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Best (and worst) of NFL free agency: Overrated deals, best bargain, more - ESPN In$ider
DT Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles were always going to have a challenge maintaining the best and deepest defensive front in the game, but Ngata doesn’t look to have too much left in the tank. Over the past two seasons he has played just 722 defensive snaps -- including playoff appearances -- and recorded only 24 total pressures and 20 defensive stops over that span. He hasn’t topped an overall PFF grade of 80 since 2014.

Eagles players reject Malcolm Butler’s claim that Patriots “probably” would’ve won the Super Bowl if he played - BGN
It’s been nearly two months since the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII and yet some fools are still trying to question the validity of the Eagles’ win. There was a little bit of a stir last week when ESPN reported referees officiated two key Eagles touchdown receptions in the 2018 Super Bowl with the NFL’s new catch rule that was just passed earlier this week. NFL head of officiating Al Riveron denied that report. Now we have former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler talking about how New England “probably” would’ve won the Super Bowl if he played in the game.

Doug Pederson addresses the Eagles’ slot corner spot - PhillyVoice
At any rate, on April 1, 2017, the Eagles’ corners were Mills, Robinson, Ron Brooks, Dwayne Gratz, Aaron Grymes, C.J. Smith, and Mitchell White. The roster has come a long way at that spot in one year.

An Interesting TE Prospect - Iggles Blitz
TEs coach Justin Peelle went out to Brookings, South Dakota on Friday. There are some rumors that he was out there just doing some shopping, but my sources tell me that’s not true. He was actually there to work out a TE prospect, Dallas Goedert of South Dakota State. This will be a new name to some of you, but Goedert has been a highly regarded prospect all year. He was invited to the Senior Bowl and looked very good there, before getting hurt. Goedert wasn’t able to work out at the Combine so his Pro Day drew quite a crowd. Per Tony Pauline, there were 7 TEs coaches on hand. Peelle was one of the coaches and ran some of the workout.

Meet The Prospect: Rashaad Penny -
San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny has a lot of people excited as the 2018 NFL Draft inches closer, and Fran Duffy explains why he’s one of the best running backs in the draft.

Do PFF college grades translate to the NFL for pass-rushers? - PFF
While there is still much work to be done, the directional results say that what a player had done on the field as a college competitor (as measured by PFF grades) far outweighs the feats of athleticism that occur during the weeks immediately leading up to the draft the following spring. Despite the tricks that recent memory tries to play, we are best to let a player’s college production and quality of play inform our prediction of how a prospect will likely perform at the next level. Thus, when players like Maurice Hurst are higher in our mock drafts than in others’, there’s statistically-derived reason.

Football Outsiders On-Line Mock Draft - Football Outsiders
Philadelphia Eagles: Adam Lambert, VOX, Cal State Fullerton. They’ve taken their bows and their curtain calls. The Super Bowl win brought them fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and they thank you all (mostly, admittedly, for doubting). It’s been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise; they consider it a challenge before the whole human race and they ain’t gonna lose. In the absence of Freddie Mercury, or even George Michael, Adam Lambert will have to suffice.

On Draft QBs, Trade Rumors and a New Rule That Might Change Football Forever - The MMQB
In this week’s column: The truth behind the odd Josh Rosen-Jim Mora situation, the latest on a potential Odell Beckham trade, the next steps on the helmet-lowering rule change and much more.

It’s important to understand what is at stake for Odell Beckham, Giants - Big Blue View
[BLG Note: This continues to sound more and more like the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson situation in 2014. Fun to watch another team deal with it this time.]

Why your team would be lucky to draft James Washington - SB Nation
James Washington runs so smoothly, it looks like he’s floating across the field. One second it looks like he’s jogging, the next — skrrrrrrt — he’s zooming right past a cornerback. I saw Washington ran a 4.54 at the combine, which isn’t exactly blazing speed, but I didn’t see many corners keeping up with him in the four games I recently watched. Hell, on several deep balls, Washington already had a couple of steps on his man, but had to slow down because his quarterback underthrew him. That allowed the defender to catch up, but to Washington’s credit, it didn’t stop him from making the catch.


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