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Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins: seems authorities ‘are trying to make an example’ out of Michael Bennett - Daily News
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has gained renown for his social justice work, as well as his play for the defending Super Bowl champions. Jenkins was asked Tuesday about the legal problems facing new teammate Michael Bennett, another outspoken player, who is facing charges related to a confrontation with security at Super Bowl LI in Houston. Bennett is alleged to have pushed an elderly, wheelchair-bound security guard. “From the outside looking in, not necessarily knowing all the details, but just kind of using common sense, it seems like they’re trying to make an example out of him,” Jenkins said of Bennett, who was charged more than a year after the incident, just as his book, “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” was being published. “But hopefully, those things will work out in his favor. He’s a guy that, I was excited when we [traded for him]. Still looking forward to him being a part of this team, being part of this community, because I think he’s somebody that cares. Somebody that works hard, obviously, he’s a great athlete, but a great human being as well.”

ESPN proposes two interesting NFL Draft trades for the Eagles - BGN
Would you pull the trigger on either of these deals?

The Kist And Solak Show Ep. 25: Guice Is Being Wined & Dined - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak cover a range of topics, from the Eagles preseason schedule, Twitter Mailbag prospect discussion, Josh Allen at #1 gaining steam, the big interest in Guice, plus Mike Leach chases critters and more!

Eagles LB Jordan Hicks says recovery from Achilles injury is ahead of schedule - PhillyVoice
With the main focus of attention on the recovery of quarterback Carson Wentz, linebacker Jordan Hicks has become something of a forgotten injured man who is projected to return to the starting lineup after rupturing his Achilles in a Week 7 win over the Washington Redskins last season. On Tuesday, Hicks said that his recovery is going well. ”It has been a very good rehab,” he said. “It feels like since Day 1, I’ve been ahead of schedule. Doctors and training staff are pleased with where I’m at, just progressing every day, constantly trying to get stronger, trying to get my explosion back.

Eagles’ Carson Wentz says watching Super Bowl LII was a ‘challenge’ - ESPN
“You’ve got to fight that,” said Wentz, speaking about any pangs of jealousy that came with Foles’ accomplishments in his stead. “It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be that guy. You grow up wanting to do that as a kid, but to not be able to be up there, I would not rather have anyone else be up there than Nick.”

‘The New Norm’ Is Eagles’ Daily Game -
“The new norm” is a daily level of expectation a Super Bowl champion carries with it. This is not a burden in any way. It is a challenge. To go from a “hunter” team to a “hunted” team, to know the path to the Lombardi Trophy, this is the “new norm” for the Philadelphia Eagles, and they aren’t shying away from ...

Daryl Worley clears waivers - PFT
No team wants Daryl Worley after his weekend arrest. Worley, who was cut by the Eagles after he was arrested for driving under the influence and disorderly conduct, cleared waivers today.

Philadelphia Eagles 2018 offseason moves - PFF
With that turnover, the Eagles brought in former Seahawks edge Michael Bennett to take over for Curry and signed former Lions DI Haloti Ngata to fill the void left by Allen. The re-signing of Nigel Bradham to lock up one of the league’s best linebackers in coverage should not be under-appreciated, nor should bringing in both Corey Nelson and Paul Worrilow to bolster the linebacker corps. The return of a healthy Carson Wentz and potentially some youth built through the draft could have this Eagles team the favorite to win their division if not go all the way back to the Super Bowl in 2018.

Eagles players with most to gain at OTAs — LB Corey Nelson - NBC Sports Philadelphia
It’s possible the Nelson signing will finally clear the way for the Eagles to trade Kendricks, a move that’s been rumored for years. The club could certainly use the minimum $4.4 million in savings his departure would create. Kendricks isn’t thrilled about the prospect of seeing his playing time reduced with the return of Jordan Hicks from a torn Achilles, either. Getting Nelson in the building so the Eagles can see exactly what he has to offer could influence the decision. With the NFL draft approaching in less than two weeks, there’s a lot of wheeling and dealing ahead, but also precious little time for a new player to make an impression.

Possible Philadelphia Eagles NFL draft targets for each of their six picks - PennLive
The Eagles won’t be pressed to draft for need next week, but they’ll likely identify a few roles on the roster they’d like to fill with rookies. Those desires won’t dictate everything about Philadelphia’s draft strategy, but they could pull the team in one direction or another during the middle rounds. That’s why Smythe is a player to keep an eye on. Perhaps the best pure blocking tight end in the draft, the 6-foot-5, 257-pound Smythe could assume some of the responsibilities Brent Celek handled last season before the team released the 11-year veteran. Lewis and Kiser were first-team all conference stars in major conferences. Like Reed, Pettis has punt-returning ability that would appeal to the Birds.

Eagles draft series: Could CB Isaiah Oliver be a fit? - The Athletic
Oliver is a very solid tackler, and even when he was in man coverage, he had a good sense of when the run was coming and transitioned from coverage to run support quickly. His size and physicality made it very difficult for receivers to stalk block him, and he did a good job of stopping bubble screens for minimal gains. The question is whether teams believe they could refine his game with coaching because he has great tools to work with. Oliver is a project, so he gets a late first to early second round grade from me. The Eagles already have one the deepest defensive lines in the league. They have decent cornerback depth, but it took a hit with the release of Daryl Worley. Bottom line: Oliver wouldn’t be thrust into a starting role right away. He could work with Jim Schwartz as a high-upside bet that could eventually pay off.

Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 prospects for 2018 NFL Draft 3.0 -
With about three weeks to go until the 2018 NFL Draft, here are my latest top-50 prospect rankings. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley remains the No. 1 player on my board. There’s movement up and down the rankings, but the biggest movers are in the second half of the top 50. The movement here is based on a combination of NFL Scouting Combine results, pro-day results, further film review and feedback I’ve heard about teams’ interviews with prospects. Guys like Maryland WR D.J. Moore have aced the offseason, and that’s why they’re moving up.

NFL Draft LB Rankings - Rotoworld
6) Josey Jewell is a personal favorite. As an Iowa alum, I don’t miss a snap of Hawkeye football. Jewell jumped off the screen constantly over the past four years. He had 51 tackles as a redshirt freshman and then topped 120 tackles each of the three years after that (433 tackles, 28 TFL, 10 sacks, six interceptions and 26 passes defended over his Hawkeye career). Dude diagnoses quicker than the kid on ‘The Good Doctor.’ He doesn’t get fooled, he doesn’t miss tackles, and he’s surprisingly strong in pass coverage due to his instincts. The knocks on him are size and speed, and that’ll conspire to push him down the board a bit. It’s fair to point out that he plays faster than he tests, another attribute that can be partially attributed to his smarts—he gets where he’s going as fast or faster than quicker players because he sees the play developing in his head sooner. And while he only tested in the 32nd percentile as an athlete, Jewell finished second among all linebackers with a 6.8 three-cone time—one of the 10-fastest LB three-cone times of the past decade. He also had strong shuttle times. Jewell isn’t the biggest, fastest or most explosive, but he’s right up there in productivity, brains, diagnostic skills, character, toughness, competitiveness and agility. Some team is about to get a Day 1 starter and a tone-setter on a discount.

It’s Clear Now: Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Signed - Sports Illustrated
The Seahawks’ decision to cancel a workout with the free-agent QB proves once and for all that NFL teams feel Kaepernick is on the wrong end of the talent/activism equation. Plus, how the Cowboys did Dez Bryant wrong with the timing of his release.

Why Derrius Guice might be the safest running back to pick in the 2018 NFL Draft - SB Nation
The biggest name of the 2018 NFL Draft among running backs is Saquon Barkley, and for good reason. He’s a talented back who stole the show at the NFL Combine with his freakish athleticism. But he might not be the safest pick at the position. That’s not to say Barkley won’t be the NFL’s next dominant back. If we’re going strictly by the eye test, he’s an easy pick, and will be a good one regardless. But SB Nation’s Bill Connelly took a look at a new approach to evaluating running backs, that shows drafting a running back early may not be the best, and that Derrius Guice might actually be the safest pick at the position.

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