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Cardinals head coach and general manager both mention possibility of trading for quarterback - PhillyVoice
“When you don’t have one, there is no other way [than to aggressively pursue a quarterback],” said Keim. “We will have plans in place for free agency, but again, a trade option potentially, and the draft, it’s all three because we don’t have any on the roster currently. Whether we are going to keep two or three, we’re going to have to have someone that’s experienced, and you’d like to be able to take a young guy and develop him.” As luck would have it, the Eagles may have an extra quarterback on their roster available for trade. That would be Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Maybe you’ve read some trade speculation about him lately? The Cardinals are a very interesting trade partner, not only because of their dearth of quarterbacks but also because they have four picks in the first three rounds.

8 takeaways from Howie Roseman’s NFL Combine press conference - BGN
Some assume the Eagles automatically won’t trade Foles because it’s unclear if Wentz will be ready for Week 1. The mistake in doing that is treating Nate Sudfeld like a non-factor. He’s not just some camp arm. He’s clearly a guy the Eagles like. Think back to how the Eagles promoted him to their 53-man roster when the Colts tried to poach him from their practice squad. Think back to what former Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo said about Sudfeld after he took the Vikings’ offensive coordinator job.

Howie and Doug Speak - Iggles Blitz
Someone asked about Nate Sudfeld and Roseman couldn’t say enough good things about the young QB. He mentioned that the Eagles see him as a potential starting QB in the future (not with the Eagles, but just to point out that he can be more than just a backup). Roseman talked about a philosophical agreement with Pederson that the Eagles would develop QBs, always trying to keep three on the roster.

Ranking the 10 best Eagles Super Bowl tattoos - ESPN
It has been almost a month since the Philadelphia Eagles captured their first Super Bowl championship, and the demand for ink is still going strong. On Sunday, tattoo artist Dan Czar held an “Eagles Flash Day” at AC Ink in Somers Point and, by his tally, serviced about 30 customers. ”All in all, a great day,” Czar said. There have been a lot of them for tattoo parlors across the Philadelphia area since the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis to capture the Lombardi Trophy. Fifty-plus years had passed between Eagles titles, and fans have been eager to commemorate the feat. After scouring social media, here are our picks for the 10 best tattoos so far.

A One-Day NFL Scouting Combine Experience - PE.com
It is 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday and I’ve just hailed a cab outside of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. It’s time to get to the airport, with a drive-thru pit stop for lunch, and return to Philadelphia. My NFL Scouting Combine is over for 2018. I arrived here at 10:10 a.m. In and out in one day. That’s how I like my NFL Scouting Combine. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman met the media an hour ago and, well, that’s pretty much the extent of my time in Indianapolis. The NFL prospects don’t get on the field until Friday, not that reporters are given much access, other than television, to watch the workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium. So why stay? One day was all I needed. And it was a great few hours, let me tell you. I landed and jumped in a cab that took me to the Westin Hotel, where so many of the league’s coaches and personnel executives stay. I waved hello to a dozen people and then chatted with former Eagles center Hank Fraley, now an offensive line coach with Detroit. We talked coaching. We talked family. We talked winning the Super Bowl.

Stick to Sports?...Naw, I’m Good (by Malcolm Jenkins) - Vice Sports
My Eagles teammates and I were active in our community all year, and it didn’t stop us from winning the Super Bowl. It’s time to stop looking at athletes as one-dimensional.

For Howie Roseman’s next trick, he’ll try to bail Eagles out of salary-cap bind - Daily News
That plan is to accumulate as many draft picks as possible the next few years so that they’ll be able to counter-balance the monster contracts they’re already paying many of their top veterans and the Godzilla deal they’re going to be giving Carson Wentz in either 2019 or 2020. “Our task is to study the successful teams that are paying [high-end] quarterbacks and look at the resource allocation,’’ Roseman said. “The flip side of that is, from a draft-pick perspective, because of the original trade [to move up to draft Wentz] and some of the other moves we’ve made, we haven’t had a lot of draft picks. “So, going forward, we have to make sure we have the resources in place where we have more draft picks; more guys who are making rookie-level salaries to balance the higher salaries. “It’s a good problem. But we have a lot of guys on our roster who are making real money. We want to keep those guys. The best way to do that is to try to balance that with some young salaries.”

Nelson Agholor’s big 2017 leap in efficiency - PFF
Maybe 862nd isn’t exactly elite, but compared to his bust-worthy numbers of 2015 and 2016 (he was in the bottom-60 over the whole decade), 1.60 yards per route run is somewhat akin to Julio Jones going from his typical 3.0-ish yards per route run to, I don’t know, 5.0 or something. Agholor was among the worst-graded receivers in the league in 2015 (PFF grade: 37.6) and 2016 (39.4). In 2017, he was 24th (80.4). That improvement came alongside a big jump in Agholor’s slot usage. He ran 192 routes out of the slot in 2015 and 2016 combined, then 413 in 2017 alone. All 8 of his touchdowns and all but 16 of his receiving yards last season came on slot receptions.

Eagles Stay or Go — A few underperforming youngsters - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Normally, I wouldn’t even hesitate to say that a 23-year-old running back who the Eagles had drafted in the fourth round would be back for a second season. But Donnel Pumphrey looked so over-matched in training camp and in the preseason games and the Eagles are so deep at running back that I wonder. If the Eagles go with Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement and keep Wendell Smallwood as a third running back and Darren Sproles as a punt returner, where does Pumphrey fit in? It would be unusual to give up on him this early, but barring a huge turnaround this summer, Pumphrey faces a tough road.

Howie Roseman thought he was done when he was pushed aside for Chip Kelly - PFT
In 2015, Roseman was exiled from football operations in favor of then-coach Chip Kelly, and Roseman told PFT Live that at the time, he thought he was done having any significant role in Philadelphia. “As it turned out, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me. Did I ever think I would be back in a significant position in Philadelphia? No. I don’t think that I did. But I was just determined that I was going to try to do the right thing every day, and get better and learn more,” Roseman said.

How the NFL’s Proposed Rule Changes Could Affect the League - The Ringer
When the league considers a rule change, it turns to the competition committee for a solution. The committee will meet after this week’s NFL combine to finalize proposals, which can cover everything from the technology allowed on the sideline to, yes, the definition of a catch. The proposals that make it out of committee are sent to the NFL owners, who will vote on whether or not to adopt the changes at their owners meeting March 25-28. Here are some of the proposals the committee is considering, along with what would happen if they are implemented.

After three seasons, the Cowboys still aren’t sure where they want to play Byron Jones - Blogging The Boys
It’s been over 1,000 days since the Dallas Cowboys drafted Byron Jones in 2015. When Byron walked out on stage and held up that unique Cowboys jersey with gold lettering, people already began to wonder where the team would use his athletic prowess. Would Byron Jones’ skill-set be best utilized at cornerback or safety in the NFL? While some would say it was a little irresponsible to draft him with the 27th overall pick despite not knowing this information, it’s an understandable plight to immediately find yourself in. It was understandable then. It’s ridiculous now, over a thousand days later, when so much time has passed that the team has to decide whether or not to pick up Byron’s fifth-year option.

Forget the 40 times. The most important part of the NFL Combine has nothing to do with workouts - SB Nation
What teams are really interested in from players is how they respond to four days that’s really just one big mental test. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains.

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