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Report: Jeremy Maclin drew “preliminary inquiries” from Cowboys, Eagles - PFT
Free agent Jeremy Maclin received “preliminary inquiries” from the Cowboys and the Eagles before both teams signed other receivers, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. The Cowboys signed Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, and the Eagles signed Mike Wallace. Maclin is “waiting for the right fit,” per Anderson, while training in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

GMFB suggests ridiculous Nick Foles trade that would get Eagles the No. 3 overall pick - BGN
Howie Roseman should win Executive of the Millennium if he pulls this off.

Counterpoint Ep. 32: Chad Lewis Sits In The Trust Tree - BGN Radio
Jack Fritz sits down with former Eagles TE Chad Lewis! Plus he gives us a wedding update.. will Jill allow him to recreate the Philly Special as his wedding party is introduced? He’ll take you through the headlines and pop open the CP mailbag to answer your most important questions.

Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Quarterback - PhillyVoice
What quarterbacks would make sense for the Eagles in the 2018 NFL Draft? Again, none, but if the Eagles were to trade Foles, the quarterback who I think makes the most sense is Western Kentucky’s Mike White. At 6’5, 224, White fits the mold of bigger Eagles quarterbacks, as Wentz, Foles, and Sudfeld are all at least 6’5 and 235 pounds. As you can see in White’s highlight reel, he throws a pretty deep ball and has NFL arm strength.

The Gap - Iggles Blitz
I’m just not sure I buy this as a magic elixir that guarantees Dallas gets back to their success from 2016. The Eagles coaching staff did a brilliant job in 2017 and got the most out of their players. The gameplans, play-calling and execution were something special. I just don’t see Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan suddenly coaching like that. Garrett has been around long enough that we know he’s okay, but hardly a difference-maker as a coach. Linehan is a good OC, but he’s never done anything special. It is fair to question if the Eagles can repeat the great 2017 performance, but I think Brooks is over-selling the Cowboys here. They might take a huge step forward in 2018, but there are no guarantees. I don’t really see any signs that the team is ready to suddenly be great. They finished 13th in DVOA last year. The Eagles were 5th in 2016, which told you there was a solid foundation in place and that an increase in talent could lead to something special. That’s exactly what happened.

Fan Mock Draft 2.0: Who Should The Eagles Choose At No. 32? -
The NFL Draft is less than three weeks away. Fran Duffy took the first swing last month and since then a few trades have been made. Here is a look at how things could shake out on April 26 leaving you the opportunity to make the pick for the Eagles at No. 32.

NFL Draft 2018: 8 potential steals for Philadelphia Eagles at positions of need - PennLive
Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss. Smith is another undersized back with a productive past. At 5-foot-9, 195 pounds, Smith doesn’t have the size to be an every down back in the NFL. But in his final three seasons at Southern Miss, Smith rushed for 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, and he caught at least 40 passes in each of those seasons. There’s some versatility there, and in the right situation, Smith could carve out a role in the NFL.

Eagles draft series: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch - The Athletic
The Eagles used one of their 30 pre-draft visits on Vander Esch. There’s a real possibility that he’ll be the pick if the Eagles stay at No. 32. Vander Esch doesn’t have as much experience as some of the other top-rated linebackers, but his upside is tremendous. If the Eagles draft him, he won’t have the pressure of being a full-time starter right away. He’ll contribute early but also have an opportunity to develop by watching Nigel Bradham and Jordan Hicks. With a year of development, Vander Esch has the physical gifts to develop into an elite player.

Here’s why Odell Beckham’s cameo at the Giants facility won’t change much; more notes - CBS Sports
Odell Beckham, Jr. is in the building for the New York Giants for their first official day of work under new head coach Pat Shurmur, but I wouldn’t get too carried away about it. Beckham, coming off a season-ending injury, was always going to check in with the doctors and report. I wouldn’t take that as a portal into his overall feelings about the Giants or read too much into it. And it certainly is not an indicator that he will be sticking around weekly for workouts and then OTA practices and the like. Based on everything I’ve gathered to this point, Monday’s appearance had a far greater chance of being a one-and-done than anything else.

PFF Draft Board: Top 100 players for the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF
3. Maurice Hurst, Michigan – interior defender. The prototypical 3-technique defensive tackle, Hurst offers a pass-rushing toolbox that no other interior player in this class can come close to matching. His four-year career of grades is unlike anything we’ve ever seen at the defensive tackle position, proving his durability and sustainability at the position.

2018 NFL Draft: LSU WR, FSU RB among diamonds in the rough -
Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas. Some NFL teams were hoping to keep Smith under wraps, but after running a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, he’s a secret no more. Smith’s speed will only help his draft value. Clubs were already intrigued by his production -- he has 53 passes defensed, including 15 interceptions, to his name. He might need some time to acclimate to NFL route runners, but Smith’s quick feet and strong desire to crowd the route are necessary traits for future NFL ballhawks.

Redskins waived Stephen Morris after trading for QB Kevin Hogan - Hogs Haven
[BLG Note: Former Eagles QB.]

Bad NFL Scouting Report Match Game - SB Nation
Can you connect these terrible player evaluations to their matching quarterbacks? We’d like to think that NFL prospects are evaluated fairly, judged only on the merits of their on-field skills and how those translate to pro careers. But scouting is an inexact science, no matter how much the TV talking heads insist that it’s not. The reality for prospects, especially quarterbacks, is that they’re evaluated on almost everything else, too — the way they smile, how they respond to dumb questions, the color of their skin, and more. Here are 20 examples of real things said about quarterbacks, past and present, during the draft process. Can you tell which QB the “experts” are talking about? Give it a try!


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