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NFL Draft 2018: List of every known prospect the Eagles have shown interest in - BGN
Are the Eagles giving us any clues?

Final Eagles-only mock draft - PhillyVoice
Though he does not have the anywhere near the speed or elusiveness of, say, a guy like Saquon Barkley, Freeman is a big back at 229 pounds who moves faster than you would expect. Over his career at Oregon, Freeman put up huge numbers, though he has a lot of mileage on his legs. Freeman also has receiving skills. Over his career at Oregon, Freeman has 79 catches for 814 yards (10.3 YPC) and 4 TDs.

Let the Board Come to You - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles need to be careful. Back in 2012 the Niners had what looked to be the best roster in the league. They were loaded with players all over the place. They looked like they could turn into a real juggernaut. The Niners were good again in 2013, but quickly went the other way. You can argue about the QB situation or Jim Harbaugh or ownership, but one of the big problems is that they quit drafting well. In 2012, the team spent a 1st round pick on WR A.J. Jenkins. That was a major reach and he was an awful pro. He was gone from SF after one season and only caught 17 passes in his short career. He makes DGB look like Canton material. In the 2nd round, the Niners took LaMichael James, the small RB from Oregon. He ran for 193 yards over the course of four years. The 2013 showed some hubris by taking major chances on hurt players. Tank Carradine had 1st round talent, but SF got him in the 2nd because of his injury. He has stayed somewhat healthy in the NFL, but only has 5.5 sacks in four years. RB Marcus Lattimore, a 4th round pick, never played a down in the NFL. Good teams must draft well to stay good.

What to expect if the Eagles trade out of first round - ESPN
I view a trade out of the first round as the most likely scenario for the Eagles Thursday night. The logic is simple: They enter with a league-low six picks, don’t have any selections in the second or third round, and can add to their stockpile by moving back a few spots while still landing a desirable player. There’s behind-the-scenes buzz about the team making a move, and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman declared the Eagles are “open for business” when asked about trading back last week.

Michael Bennett’s arraignment rescheduled for May - NBC Sports Philadelphia
We’ll have to wait a little longer for the next bit of news in the Michael Bennett case. While Monday was originally supposed to be a preliminary hearing date for the felony injury to the elderly charge against Bennett, court records show the date has been pushed back. Earlier this month, the arraignment date was rescheduled for May 18 at 9:30 a.m. That new arraignment date will be creeping close to the start of OTAs for the Eagles. OTAs are scheduled to begin on May 22. (May 22-24, May 31-June 1, June 4-7). Bennett was acquired in a trade with the Seahawks this offseason, so this would be his first chance to practice with his new teammates and in a new defense.

MVP Nick Foles: Still Setting In To Biggest Stage -
You go from backup quarterback, a relative journeyman in the NFL, to Most Valuable Player in the Super Bowl, and, yeah, things are going to change. The demands on your time, the size of the stage, the attention – it’s all new for Nick Foles. At the same time, Foles remains true to his core values – faith and family – and that includes the Philadelphia Eagles ...

Eagles’ Jason Kelce has gone from doubting himself to becoming a Philly folk hero - Inquirer
“I was at a point in my career that was a very unnerving point,” Kelce said. “You start questioning your own ability. You start asking yourself, ‘Am I good enough? Why am I struggling?’ And it really forces you self-analyze what is going on. [Offensive line coach] Jeff Stoutland is a tremendous coach, and he got my technique back in order. The coaches had a lot of confidence and the front office had a lot of confidence in me and let me really go out there and prove that I was the right guy. All the criticisms and everything, they weren’t unwarranted. I did play bad, especially at the start of the 2016 season. I had a really bad stretch. All of those criticisms from everybody, questioning if I was the right guy, forced me to reevaluate some things I was doing. It forced me to have a real conversation with myself about how I could get better and get back to playing at that level. I think it made me a much better player this year, having gone through that.”

Special Achievement: Webby Athlete of the Year - Webby Awards
The 22nd Annual Webby Awards are pleased to honor Chris Long as this year’s Webby Best Athlete for his incredible work both on and off the football field, and for using his power of celebrity and massive online platform to do the most good possible in the world and bring attention to communities in need. By selflessly donating his salary this season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville and educational equity programs in his designated “Pledge 10” cities, Chris Long is directly impacting the lives of countless students, and improving the path for students in the years to come. What’s more, as a Super Bowl-winning athlete with a massive online following of over half a million people on Twitter alone, by advocating for issues in the public eye he is also raising awareness, empathy, and action around the world. This enthusiasm for Chris’ mission is especially clear with his foundation having reached its first milestone—in just two years—to fund 32 wells around Tanzania.

Ranking the Safety prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF
4. Justin Reid, Stanford - Reid played a challenging role in Stanford’s defense as he had to cover shifty slot receivers, hurting his overall grade, though he has the skills to excel in more of a traditional safety role at the next level. He can stay in phase when covering down the field and he has the ball skills to create turnovers, though he must cut down on the big plays and ugly snaps in coverage that hurt his overall production.

Who secretly taped Jeffrey Lurie’s comments about the President? - PFT
Lurie wasn’t quoted. He was taped, saying inflammatory things about the president. Obviously without Lurie’s knowledge. And that wasn’t the headline. It should have been, and Lurie should be upset. Who taped it? Was it another owner? Was it someone from the league office? Was it one of the players who attended the meeting at the invitation of ownership?

2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mike Tanier’s Final Predictions - B/R
32. Philadelphia Eagles: James Daniels, C, Iowa: Jason Kelce’s absurd Mummer rant on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the Super Bowl parade may have been the most inspiring moment in the history of Philly sports. It was certainly one of the most Philly moments in the history of Philly sports. But...did Kelce look like a guy eager to play five more years in the NFL during the parade and speech? Or did he look more like someone ready to host an Eagles postgame show from some saloon on Passyunk Avenue? Thought so. Daniels will be ready to start quickly. He’s a smooth pass protector who will help keep Carson Wentz upright for the next decade so Kelce doesn’t have to.

BackCAST 2018 - Football Outsiders
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel shared the same backfield at the University of Georgia, and so it makes sense to consider the two running backs together. Pre-draft prognosticators seem to value Michel over Chubb. BackCAST, however, thinks that Chubb is a far superior prospect, as he outperformed Michel in all of BackCAST’s metrics.

NFL draft 2018: Why the Giants should draft Sam Darnold - Big Blue View
Statistically, Eli Manning was awful in 2017. His 61.6 completion percentage was his worst since 2013. His 3,468 passing yards his lowest since 2008. His 19 touchdown passes marked only the second time in his career as a full-time starter he didn’t reach, though of course he sat out one game last season. His 6.1 yards gained per passing attempt marked a career low. His 231.2 passing yards per game were Manning’s worst since 2008. His 80.4 passer rating was his worst since 2007. His 41.7 passer rating was also a career low. Ugly.

2018 NFL Draft: Top 200 big board - SB Nation
32. Sony Michel, RB, Georgia. Everyone is searching for this year’s version of Alvin Kamara, and it just might be Michel. He’s a slippery and agile runner who has the acceleration to burst away from defenders. Like Kamara, Michel is also effective in the passing game. He may have only had seven receptions last season but in the past he’s shown he can be an asset as a receiver. Michel even worked out as a receiver at the NFL Scouting Combine this year. Michel is a much better blocker than most running back prospects and he always gives good effort. Purely as a runner, Michel needs to be a little more patient and wait for blocks to open up. He’s also had issues fumbling the ball.

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