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Eagles News: Despite winning Super Bowl, Eagles “act like they’re dying just to make the playoffs”

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Everything to Know About the 2018 NFL Draft Crop, According to Gil Brandt - The MMQB
The Super Bowl champions’ plans: “I don’t know what they’re going to do, but I have been amazed at their presence everywhere at these Pro Days. I told [general manager] Howie Roseman, ‘You must have an unlimited scouting budget—and I think you’ve exceeded it.’ They’ve had coaches and scouts everywhere. They don’t act like they just won the Super Bowl. They act like they’re dying just to make the playoffs.”

Seems like Ronnie Harrison might be visiting the Eagles - BGN
Drafting Harrison would give the Eagles a top backup behind Jenkins and McLeod, which is currently needed. Philadelphia utilized quite a bit of three safety packages in 2017 thanks to the presence of Corey Graham. Harrison could eventually take over as a starter when the Eagles look to move on from McLeod.

Eagles players sing Meek Mill’s ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ in post-Super Bowl locker room celebration - PhillyVoice
When the Philadelphia Eagles ran out onto the field for Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, they did so to Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares.” After their win, they also played “Dreams and Nightmares” in the locker room. And, well, for those of you who haven’t seen my Periscope video of that already, here it is.

A Big Back? - Iggles Blitz
You can argue that those are the top RBs and the Eagles are just checking out the best players. But there is one guy they haven’t shown interest in and that’s Ronald Jones, who is 204 pounds. He’s more of a speed guy. With Jay Ajayi at 223 pounds and Corey Clement at 215 pounds, I wondered if the Eagles might want an explosive back like Jones. He can score any time he touches the ball. Ajayi and Clement are likely going to get caught from behind. That doesn’t happen to Jones.

Stanford’s Dalton Schultz readies for NFL with help from Zach Ertz - ESPN
“I come back to Stanford pretty much every offseason...Dalton last summer was training for his senior year, and I needed a guy to work on my blocking with, a guy that could watch my route technique and hold me accountable, and just another set of eyes,” said Ertz in a conversation with ESPN. “We ended up working a lot together last summer and the kid worked his butt off with me. Anytime I was out there on the field working, he was out there with me.” According to Schultz, Ertz takes him and the other tight ends through drill work every Saturday, teaching them route trees and offering pointers on how to gain separation through their footwork.

Ten first-round possibilities for the Eagles at the No. 32 pick - The Athletic
D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland – The Philadelphia native would make sense on a number of different levels. Moore is an elite athlete, having tested in the 97th percentile in SPARQ when compared to NFL wide receivers. And at 6 feet, 210 pounds, he’s rocked up. From a production standpoint, Moore is great with the ball in his hands and would be a weapon on WR screens and run-pass options. He can stretch the field vertically and line up outside or in the slot. Last year with the Terps, Moore caught 80 balls for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. Plus, he could help the Eagles right away as a returner. Granted, my WR prospect takes are generally bad, but Moore is my favorite pass-catcher in this class, and I think the Eagles should be thrilled if he gets to them at No. 32.

Eagle Eye: Scouting The Draft’s Top Linebackers -
As a precursor, I didn’t do this because I think the Eagles will draft one of these players, but because I love learning more about the position and sitting with a longtime veteran to ask questions and help me evaluate these players was something I could not pass up on. Below is (most of) our conversation as we studied the consensus top three linebackers in this class by draft analysts - Georgia’s Roquan Smith, Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds, and Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch. I wanted Reese to see a game where each player was productive so he could see them at their best.

Titans sign former Chiefs defensive lineman Bennie Logan - Music City Miracles
Logan started his career in Philadelphia as a 3rd round pick out of LSU in the 2013 NFL Draft. He became a starter for the Eagles midway through his first season and spent the rest of his rookie contract as a regular starter. Last offseason he signed a one year deal in Kansas City where he served as the Chiefs starting nose tackle for the 2017 season. Logan is a pure run stuffer. He only has 7 career sacks in 5 NFL seasons, but he regularly grades out as one of the best run stoppers in the league as evidenced by this stat from Jim Wyatt.

Ryan Delaire works out for Cowboys - PFT
Rapoport adds that Delaire spoke to the Eagles about signing in December, but didn’t pass a physical with the team.

Steve Spurrier is back as a head coach, this time in a new spring football league - SB Nation
Vince McMahon’s XFL is coming back in 2020 as a pro spring football league, but another league starting in 2019 might have just as much chance of actually succeeding. The Alliance of American Football has a CBS Sports deal, some big-money investors, star execs like Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, and now a star of a head coach for its first announced team. Steve Spurrier will run the new Orlando team, which “intends to” play its home games at UCF’s stadium.


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