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More than just a punter, Michael Dickson could be a real weapon for any team - PFF
Where Dickson really separates himself though is in his PFF grade, and his 2017 performance was a new record for our college grading, by a considerable margin. Special teams in college are much more primitive than in the NFL and we often see players with great raw tools massively improving grade wise with NFL coaching. That is great news for the team that drafts Dickson, or brings him in as an undrafted free agent, because his base level is far higher than anyone to come along in the past four years – he’s basically the Aaron Donald of college punters. [...] Donnie Jones retired after winning the Super Bowl with the Eagles in February and while it was great for him to go out on top, it leaves the Eagles with a hole to fill at the position. Jones was tied for 13th among punters in the NFL with a 41.2 net yard average in 2017, but he was tied for just 26th with 23 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Top 10 running backs in the 2018 NFL Draft (with pro comparisons) - BGN
With Wentz’ status uncertain for the beginning of the season; the team will need to lean on its running game, most likely, to help win some football games. While Ajayi is an exciting short-term option, the team is likely weighing his health history as he goes into a contract year. This running back class, similar to last year’s group, is incredibly deep. The Eagles could and should consider adding another back to the roster who can compliment Ajayi’s grinding style. Here are the ten best backs and it doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how deep this class is!

BGN Radio on 94WIP: Looking Through The Bargin Bin For Free Agents - BGN Radio
John Barchard, Brandon Gowton and Jack Fritz chat about Jeffery Lurie’s message to the fan base this week, possible Year 2 breakout years and also look at a few free agents who still make sense to bring on after the NFL Draft.

Doug Pederson discusses the regular season games that prepared the Eagles for the playoffs - PhillyVoice
At the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando a week ago, Doug Pederson was asked what games during the regular season most prepared the Philadelphia Eagles for their playoff run. He gave something of a surprise answer. “There was a stretch in there when we played Arizona, Chicago, San Fran, Denver,” Pederson began. “We beat ‘em pretty good. And you kept hearing comments like, ‘Oh, it’s too easy.’ What do you mean it’s too easy? Nothing’s ever easy, you know? But really, that stretch of games – we had Denver and I think we had our bye, and to score 51 points at that point, you feel like at that point, you’re rolling. You really want to keep it rolling.”

Eagles Get Some Insurance - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles see Worrilow as insurance for Jordan Hicks. The backup MLB in 2016 was Stephen Tulloch, who couldn’t run any more. Last year it was Dannell Ellerbe, who also couldn’t run very well. Worrilow ran a 4.59 at his Pro Day and he’s got the kind of speed the Eagles would like in a backup MLB. Hicks played in 8 games as a rookie and 7 last year. He did start all 16 in 2016. Hicks had some injury issues in college so it is fair to be concerned with his durability. Ellerbe and Tulloch were poor backups, mainly due to health issues of their own. Worrilow is healthy and has the movement skills the Eagles want.

LB Paul Worrilow Makes Sense For Eagles -
That Paul Worrilow is coming “home,” to play for the Philadelphia Eagles (he is a Wilmington, DE native and played collegiately at the University of Delaware) isn’t why he and the Eagles agreed to terms on a one-year deal on Tuesday ...

The Eagles’ offseason program is around the corner, and backup QB Nate Sudfeld will be a player to watch - Inquirer
You should expect to hear Nate Sudfeld’s name often this spring. The Eagles’ No. 3 quarterback will be in the spotlight with Carson Wentz out for offseason workouts and Nick Foles an established veteran whose workload might be monitored. Look for Sudfeld to get plenty of passes and the team to have a more complete evaluation of the 24-year-old quarterback. It’s fair to say they’re exceedingly high on Sudfeld after his first season with the team. “He just got better,” coach Doug Pederson said. “I know you didn’t get a chance to watch him in practice, but the things we saw in practice really gave us a lot of confidence as a staff to, if he needed to go in, he could go in and sustain the role. And that’s why this offseason is going to be big for him. Get him caught up in the offense. Feel real comfortable with him. Again having three guys is a blessing, especially this early in the offseason program.

So many parallels between Villanova and 2017 Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
They’re unfailingly unselfish. They have a different star every night. Their coach preaches team goals at the expense of individual accomplishments, and every single guy on the roster buys in. It was impossible watching Villanova without seeing a whole lot of Eagles along the way. Different sport, yes. But the exact same philosophy. Build a team based on that rare mixture of talent and unselfishness. Identify players who genuinely don’t care about stats or accolades. Coach them at an elite level. And win. Twice in three months, we’ve watched a Philly team win a championship in that exact fashion. Talent made the Eagles a good team, but their togetherness, chemistry and unselfishness made them great. The same is clearly true of Villanova.

Philadelphia Eagles draft retrospective: Looking back at Chip Kelly’s three drafts in Philly - PennLive
Before the 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26 in Arlington, Texas, we’re going to take a look back at some of the most recent Philadelphia Eagles draft classes. On Tuesday, we looked at the 2016 and ‘17 classes, two classes that had a noticeable impact on the Super Bowl run earlier this year. This morning, we’re looking at the classes from 2013-15, the Eagles’ three-year run under former coach Chip Kelly, whose fingerprints were evident on many personnel decisions.

Stanford S Justin Reid 2018 NFL Draft Report - NDT Scouting
The 2018 crop of safety prospects is LOADED with talent. I personally have three prospects with a first round grade, two more graded in the second round and several really intriguing prospects that carry mid-round grades. One year after safety’s Jamal Adams (No. 6), Malik Hooker (No. 15) and Jabrill Peppers (No. 25) were all selected in the first round, the same is primed to happen for Minkah Fitzpatrick, Derwin James and Justin Reid. Wait, what? Justin Reid? Believe it.

Sack projections for the top edge rushers in the 2018 NFL draft - ESPN In$ider
Rated as a third-round pick by Scouts Inc., Sweat is the closest thing to a SackSEER sleeper in this year’s draft. Sweat’s blazing-fast 4.53-second 40, as well as his excellent vertical leap and broad jump scores, make him the second-most explosive edge rusher in this draft in terms of workout numbers. Sweat had only 14.5 sacks in his three-year career, but his sack production on a per-game basis is not much less than the more highly rated Hubbard, who had much less impressive scores on the explosion drills. Moreover, Sweat had a strong 0.20 passes defensed per game rate, which suggests that he may have been more disruptive than his sack numbers alone suggest. In a draft that lacks true top-end edge rusher prospects by our projections, Sweat is actually SackSEER’s favorite prospect if you remove the adjustment for projected draft position.

NFL free agency: Philadelphia Eagles signing former Lions linebacker Paul Worrilow - Pride Of Detroit
Last year, Worrilow signed just a one-year deal with the Lions to help mitigate some of the damage from cutting DeAndre Levy and Detroit’s overall poor depth at linebacker. Worrilow stepped in on a few occasions to play middle linebacker when first-round draft pick Jarrad Davis was out with injury, and he got a significant amount of playing time as the team’s strongside linebacker for most of the season. While the Lions needed his veteran composure last year, Worrilow’s overall play was pretty much as expected: below average. He tallied just 30 tackles in 13 games (eight starts) and earned a PFF grade of just 60.1.

Report: Free Agent WR Jordan Matthews to visit the Titans - Music City Miracles
With the Titans’ obvious need for veterans in the receiver room, Matthews was a guy that made sense from the start of free agency. He should come cheap and is still young enough to give you a little bit of upside. We don’t know if Taywan Taylor is ready to take over full time slot responsibilities either. Making a move like this would give Tennessee some flexibility and depth, just in case.

Los Angeles Rams trade for New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks - Turf Show Times
This is an interesting move for multiple reasons. First, Cooks is on the last year of his contract (fifth year option), meaning the Rams will either need extend him long term or have another Watkins situation on deck. Second is the compensation. The Rams first selection will now be in the third round, though they do recoup a fourth in the trade.

Cardinals putting together health plan for Sam Bradford - PFT
Sam Bradford didn’t work outside with his new teammates Tuesday, instead staying inside to meet with the Cardinals’ medical and training staff to formulate a plan to keep him healthy. “We’ll identify what Sam needs to do, and put him on a program that’s based on him, the individual,” strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris said, via Darren Urban of the team website. “We like to individualize a lot around here.”

The Patriots *probably* won’t trade Rob Gronkowski - SB Nation
The MMQB’s Albert Breer wrote in an article last week mentioning the idea it “couldn’t hurt” for teams to check in on the Patriots’ relationship with Rob Gronkowski. On Monday afternoon, he mentioned the article again, this time adding he actually expects the Patriots to get trade calls from a couple of teams.


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