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Michael Bennett to plead not guilty if case reaches trial - ESPN
The attorney for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett said his client will enter a not guilty plea if his felony case on a charge of injury to the elderly goes to trial. ”The only two possible outcomes for this case is the DA’s office [saying] they don’t have a case and dismissing, or a trial -- one or the other,” attorney Rusty Hardin told ESPN. “If and whenever they ask for a plea, it will be not guilty.” Bennett’s next court appearance in Harris County, Texas, is set for April 23, court documents show. Hardin does not expect a plea request on that date; the first setting is mostly an opportunity for Hardin and the district attorney’s office to exchange information.

Which Eagles player will step up the most in Year 2? - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #308). In this episode, we talk about the NFL owners meetings, Year 2 breakout candidates, and much more!

Who will be ‘this year’s Nelson Agholor’ for the Eagles? - PhillyVoice
Isaac Seumalo was one of the extremely rare disappointments on the Eagles’ roster in 2017. He started the first two games, but was benched after a dreadful performance Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. As the season wore on, Seumalo did get playing time once again, as the sixth offensive lineman in the Eagles’ jumbo sets. The Eagles aren’t going to give up on Seumalo. They like his versatility, and at a minimum, he’s a player who can fill in at multiple spots as a backup. Seumalo had an encouraging rookie season in 2016, so his falloff in 2017 is something of a mystery. If he can regain his confidence like Agholor did last offseason, he can perhaps get his career going in the right direction again.

Even Better - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles defense finished 4th in points and yards allowed last year. Then they shut down the Falcons and Vikings, before getting lit up by Tom Brady in the Super Bowl. That was a bad showing in the big game, but overall the defense had an outstanding season. The defense has a chance to be even better this year. They will add a potential difference-maker at CB in Sidney Jones. He has a chance to be a star.

Some News And Notes In Draft’s Home Stretch -
In the very real sense, this is the stretch run for NFL teams as they prepare for the draft. There are still player visits to conduct and Pro Days to consider and evaluations to sharpen. But make no mistake, the settings for draft decisions are in place. Draft boards are up and the action is live. Let’s discuss where the Eagles stand on the heels of the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando and after an active free-agency period …

1 stat to know for every NFL team’s top-graded free agent signing - PFF
Mike Wallace: The veteran pass-catcher generated a passer rating of 101.8 and posted a catch rate 42.9 percent from his targets of 20 or more yards downfield, which ranked sixth and eighth, respectively, among receivers with at least 20 deep targets in 2017.

10 Eagles observations, thoughts from owners meetings - NBC Sports Philadelphia
I wrote it earlier in the week, but it was cool to see Doug Pederson be “the man” down there. But the praise wasn’t limited to Pederson. Jeff Lurie, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas were all treated the same way. They deserve it. A long time ago, Lurie talked about the gold standard. The Eagles finally are.

Local artists need help creating permanent Philadelphia Eagles mural - FOX29
Imagine a huge Eagles mural somewhere near Market Street before the start of the next Eagles season. That’s what some local artists want to do and when it comes to murals.They’re some of the best in the business. From the massive American flag off Delaware Avenue to the “Common Threads” mural along Broad Street these works of art are all over the city. So, what should be the next big thing? ”Eagles? Eagles, yeah! Do a big green mural,” Chuck Brokenborouch said.

Here’s how an Odell Beckham trade would or wouldn’t work for all NFL teams - CBS Sports
Trading OBJ in the division wouldn’t be unprecedented, but it also wouldn’t be ideal or likely. Howie Roseman is the ultimate deal maker, but he’s done well with less compensated receivers paired with Carson Wentz and is near his spending wall.

Los Angeles Chargers Sign Former Eagles DB Jaylen Watkins - Bolts From The Blue
It remains uncertain what size role Watkins can be expected play for the Chargers, but he did not play a particularly large role for the Eagles logging well under 200 snaps across the entire regular season. The San Francisco 49ers hosted Watkins a little over a week ago but were unable to come to a deal, so the former fourth-round pick was in some level of demand.

The Raiders have tragically cut Marquette King, the NFL’s most entertaining punter. WTF? - SB Nation
That doesn’t do him any justice. Sure, the team’s gotta keep it professional and whatnot, but, my God, King was so much more than some punter who signed with the team in 2012 who booted the pigskin into the dry Oakland air. King was more than just a punter. He told SB Nation in December 2016 that with each punt, he felt like he was “going to just explode into confetti.”

The 2018 Contextualized Quarterbacking - NDT Scouting
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to release today the full 2018 Contextualized Quarterbacking (CQ): a wealth of charting data on the Top 13 quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. The CQ endeavors to provide hard data that responds to the typical quarterbacking narratives we hear during the Draft cycle. There are tons of surprises inside: for example, that Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is actually one of the most precise deep throwers in the class; that UCLA QB Josh Rosen actually struggles to throw the ball behind the line of scrimmage; that Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield turns red zone dropbacks into touchdowns almost 10% more often than the next closest QB.


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