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Woke up to this. Thanks @budlight! Might send a few to @JOEL9ONE after last night & the rest are for the neighborhood. ☘️ #phillyphilly #dillydilly pic.twitter.com/1EkRPeCbHA— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) March 17, 2018
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What is the most important move the Eagles made so far? - BGN
James, BLG, and Tra recap the Eagles offseason to date, and try to decide what move has been the most important so far. Re-signing Nigel Bradham? Not trading Nick Foles? Something else?
Eagles Draft Talk - Iggles Blitz
Derrius Guice is a terrific RB prospect. The Eagles only chance at him would be to use pick 32 or to trade back into the early 2nd round. Would they do that for a RB? It doesn’t feel likely, but maybe he is a prospect they feel strongly about. Donte Jackson? A CB? Are you kidding me? Jackson is a complete DB. He played CB, slot and even some Safety at LSU. The Eagles love versatile DBs. Jackson could come in and compete for the nickelback spot or be the #3 Safety. Like Guice, Jackson would take pick 32 or a trade back into the 2nd round.
Inside The Studio: Corey Nelson - PE.com
Linebacker Corey Nelson joins Dave Spadaro in studio to discuss the free agency process and what it means to become a Philadelphia Eagle.
Roob’s 10 mid-March Eagles observations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
As the Eagles move on from LeGarrette Blount and reshape the running back position, it’s intriguing to ponder just how good Corey Clement can be. From what I saw last year? I think the kid can be a stud. His touches were limited until late in the season, but how many rookies have had 300 rushing yards, 200 receiving yards and averaged at least 4.4 yards per carry and 13 yards per catch? Would you believe three in the last 40 years? A guy named Jesse Clark with the Packers in 1983, a guy named Adrian Peterson with the Vikings in 2007 and a guy named Corey Clement. It’s tough to project, but he can run, he can block, he can catch, he’s got a real flair for making big plays and a terrific knack in the red zone. Can’t wait to see him in an expanded role.
Nick Foles gets payment today that has been guaranteed for a year - PFT
The fact that the Eagles will pay the bonus to Foles doesn’t automatically take him off the trade market. However, it could make the Eagles want a little bit more in exchange for Foles, given that they’ve already paid him $3 million. Foles would surely want a new deal, if he’s eventually traded to a new team. Given the rash of free-agent quarterback signings in recent days (and the lack of obvious starting quarterback openings), there’s currently no obvious seat for Foles. Which means that the Eagles may have to wait for another Bridgewater-style stroke of bad luck for another team — and good luck for the Eagles — in order to flip Foles for picks like they did two years ago, when trading Sam Bradford after paying him an $11 million signing bonus on a two-year deal.
10 NFL free agents who landed in perfect spots - ESPN In$ider
Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears. This is another Bears fit I liked, as Burton can be the “move” guy in Nagy’s offense, with 2017 second-round pick Adam Shaheen playing as the more traditional in-line tight end. Think of a matchup player with the flexibility to line up in multiple spots. Bump Burton to the slot, use him as an H-back or release him from a two-back look in the backfield. Burton has the skill set in the route tree to gain leverage against linebackers or safeties, and he is strong at the point of attack. In Chicago, the Bears can cater to his talent on isolation routes in the red zone or feed him the ball off play-action and run-pass options. Burton caught 60 passes over his past two seasons in Philadelphia, and he produced five touchdowns for the Super Bowl champs in 2017 playing behind Zach Ertz. Given a more prominent role in Chicago, Burton’s production should climb. And the person most happy is Trubisky.
Inside Kirk Cousins’ Fast Free Agency: Parental Jerseys, Silent Auctions and a Match Made in Minnesota - The MMQB
Cornerback Patrick Robinson (four years, $20 million) to the Saints. Robinson resuscitated his career in Philadelphia last season, becoming one of the best slot corners in football and starting the Eagles on their way to the NFC title game rout with a pick-six interception. I like the contract much more than Tennessee paying the flawed Malcolm Butler $12 million a year. Robinson started 12 games in the slot and seven games outside for the Eagles. Versatile piece for Dennis Allen in the rising New Orleans defense.
San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny - a first-round talent - PFF
This might be one of the strongest running back groups to enter the draft in some years, despite coming on the heels of several other draft classes that have been able to make similar claims. Saquon Barkley is expected to be the first back taken, and the star of the group, but there are several players behind him that will make significant impacts from day one who they are pushing to be seen as first-round picks in their own right, and may actually be better pure runners than Barkley is. Even among that group, there are the names everybody knows and underrated players that belong in the same conversation. One of those is San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny. Penny is a first-round talent at running back.
For the Giants, it’s got to be quarterback or trade down with No. 2 pick - Big Blue View
That puts the Giants squarely in control of the draft at that point. If they are in love with any of the QBs Cleveland leaves on the board — I’m working off the belief that Browns GM John Dorsey is a smart man who knows he has to take a quarterback at No. 1 — they have to take their shot. As Dave Gettleman says, though, they have to be right. If the quarterback choices leave them queasy, trading out is the only real move they have.
The NFL’s best remaining free agents - SB Nation
The top quarterbacks (and Bradford) went quickly, while the pass-rushing market dried up immediately with a pair of franchise tags to Demarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Ansah. Wide receivers are getting paid a whole lot more than anybody expected, and that market is quickly evaporating. Running backs ... well, nobody is signing running backs yet. We’ve got you covered and there are still plenty of players worth signing, depending on the need.
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