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Eagles WR Mike Wallace will earn $585K if under 250 pounds - ESPN
When the Philadelphia Eagles start their offseason workout program on Monday, new wide receiver Mike Wallace will have a chance to earn $585,000 if he weighs in at less than 250 pounds, according to a league source. This is a full 50 pounds lighter than Wallace’s listed weight on the team roster, which is an indication that he should easily cash in on what is believed to among the largest -- if not the largest -- weight clause incentive for a player in a contract signed this offseason. Panthers defensive lineman Dontari Poe has up to $500,000 available via weight clause incentives as well.

Former Eagles scout weighs in on Philadelphia’s potential draft plans - BGN
Former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah and former NFL player Bucky Brooks, both now working for NFL Network, held a conference call on Wednesday to talk about the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. They answered a ton of draft questions, including a few about the Philadelphia Eagles. The thing that separates Jeremiah from just any draft analyst is that he used to work with Philadelphia’s front office decision-makers. Jeremiah was a scout for the Eagles while Howie Roseman was general manager. Roseman even wanted to hire Jeremiah for the role currently occupied by Joe Douglas. Speaking of the Eagles’ vice president of player personnel, Jeremiah overlapped with Douglas when they were both scouts for the Baltimore Ravens.

Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Tight end - PhillyVoice
Smythe’s college production wasn’t exactly all that impressive. By comparison, as noted above, Goedert had 164 catches for 2404 yards and 18 TDs. BUT... Smythe is very good blocker, and could seamlessly fill the role vacated by Brent Celek. Here’s a cut-up of Smythe against LSU last season. There are a couple receptions thrown in (he can catch, despite the numbers above), but focus on his blocking.

Too Much Interest? - Iggles Blitz
Is all of this legit? It very well could be. Guice is a terrific RB. In most years, he would be the top RB in the class. Heck, some might even like him more than Saquon Barkley. We don’t know if Guice will be drafted in the Top 20 or if he’ll go in the 20’s or if he’ll somehow be on the board at 32. It is possible the Eagles are checking on Guice so thoroughly because they are trying to figure out if they should trade up for him. I doubt that is the case, but you can’t entirely dismiss the idea if they love Guice and think they’d be lucky to get him in the 20’s.

Many Eagles are counting on 2018 to be a Leap Year - Morning Call
S Tre Sullivan. Remembered for a devastating hit on the PackersMalachi Dupre last preseason, he spent all of last year on the practice squad. By the way, that kind of hit has been made illegal by the NFL’s new rules regarding helmet-to-helmet contact.

Tight ends that could fit Eagles in NFL draft - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Hayden Hurst, South Carolina, 6-4, 250 pounds. Hurst is the most complete tight end in this draft and it’s really not even close. He was a productive receiver (100 catches the last two seasons combined) and was a willing and capable blocker during his time with the Gamecocks. The issue with Hurst is his age. He’s 25 years old after spending time as a baseball prospect in the Pirates’ system. Hurst then decided to go to South Carolina and play football. He’s a fine prospect, but at 25, probably not worth a first-round pick.

Late round gems from previous NFL drafts - PFF
The Miami Dolphins traded Ajayi away during the 2017 season, but there is no denying the impact he has made since arriving in the NFL. A workhorse at Boise State, his 349 total touches were the most in college football in 2014 and he averaged 3.55 yards after contact per carry, good for third in his draft class. That’s a stat which has held fairly true in the NFL, as he has averaged 3.3 yards after contact per carry over his three-year career so far. With 113 missed tackles forced on 526 carries over the past two seasons, don’t expect Ajayi to slow down anytime soon.

Meet The Prospect: Maurice Hurst -
Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is one of the most explosive defenders in the entire NFL Draft, and Fran Duffy explains why he’s going to be in high demand in the first round.

Mike Mayock miffed he’s not up for Thursday or Monday night football gigs - PFT
“I am highly frustrated and agitated,” Mayock said regarding the fact that he hasn’t been considered for either job, via “And when you don’t have a big name coming out — you know, I played two years and I wasn’t any good and I couldn’t stay healthy — if you don’t have a Hall of Fame jacket, it’s hard to get a high-level job calling games in our industry. Now, I’ve done Notre Dame games nationally on Saturdays. I’ve done Thursday Night Football for the NFL Network. I kind — I feel like I’ve been there and I’ve shown what I can do and that I care about it. And, by the way, that’s my favorite thing. I mean, people associate me with the draft, but my favorite thing is to do games. And it bothers me that network executives think that the only — I mean, let’s put it this way, FOX has Thursday Night Football, and they feel like the only person that can do that game is Peyton Manning, and if he can’t then Troy Aikman’s got to do two a week. I don’t understand that thought process. I mean, Troy’s great, but there’s a stable of other guys who can do it just really well. So, yeah, I’m frustrated.”

Report: Seahawks add quarterback to backup Russell Wilson - Field Gulls
Stephen Morris, who many of you have may have never heard of, played his college football for the Miami Hurricanes, and after going undrafted in 2014 he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He went through camp with the Jaguars, but was waived at final cutdowns and spent the entire season on the practice squad. In 2015 he again went to training camp with the Jaguars, and after being waived at final roster cuts was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent two weeks on the Eagles 53 man roster before being cut and spent most of the remainder of the 2014 season on their practice squad before being poached by the Indianapolis Colts in late December.

Seahawks postpone workout with Colin Kaepernick over his stance on protests - SB Nation
Kaepernick’s cancelled workout with the Seahawks comes a week after Texans owner Bob McNair said he regretted apologizing for his comment made last year at meetings between players and owners to discuss protests during the national anthem. McNair said NFL owners “can’t have the inmates running the prison,” referring to the players. It also comes a day after Eric Reid’s free agent visit with the Bengals took a turn, when owner Mike Brown asked Reid if he planned on kneeling during the national anthem.


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