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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/13/18.

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Eagles World Championship wine is now available! - 94WIP
Eagles fans now have the opportunity to purchase championship wine and champagne! The Philadelphia Eagles and Mano’s Wine have come together to partner on this collectable. “Championship Red” is a limited edition Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and Monterey Merlot handcrafted reserve, which is on sale now at ManosWine.com (for $49.95) and at local wine retailers in the Philadelphia area. This blend has been aged for 15 months in a combination of French and American Oak barrels.

Making the Case for the GodErtz Package - BGN
We’ve all heard the debates; how can you use your first pick to draft what amounts to a back-up tight end? The Eagles traded out of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft before trading back up to get ahead of a tight end needy Dallas Cowboys to select South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert in a move that will be debated until a clear answer emerges on the field. With the highly productive, 27 year old Zach Ertz on the roster and under contract until 2021, why would the Eagles spend precious draft capital to double down at the position? Going beyond player evaluation to discuss why the Eagles would spend their highest pick on a tight end, you have to have a grasp on why this selection came about from a philosophical and analytical standpoint.

Worth Hating - Iggles Blitz
Dallas sucks. I think we all agree on that. To most Eagles fans, this is the biggest rival. This is a team that should be hated. What made Dallas so hateable was all the success they had from 1966-1985 (no losing seasons, 2 Super Bowls) and then 1991-1996 (3 Super Bowls). They called themselves America’s Team. They had the fan base and the trophies to back it up. Beating Dallas in those times was glorious. Beating those Cowboys actually meant something.

Lawlor: Who Will Be The Next Corey Clement? - PE.com
I’m fascinated by Purdue receiver Anthony Mahoungou. He got red hot at the end of the year and delivered big play after big play. He caught the game-winning pass in his bowl game. Mahoungou has good size and does a great job of making contested catches. He can have defenders draped on him and still haul the throw in. That skill could serve him well in the NFL. He is a project, but has some upside.

Humbled rookie cornerback Jordan Thomas determined to prove his worth to Eagles - Daily News
Two years ago, Jordan Thomas was on top of the world. The University of Oklahoma cornerback had five interceptions as a sophomore in 2015 and was being projected by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay as the best corner in the 2017 draft. Since then, very little has gone right for him. He played poorly his junior year, passed on coming out early for the ’17 draft, and by his own admission, “didn’t play half as good’’ his senior year. There also were a few off-the-field incidents. In December 2015, he was arrested for failure to appear in court for a traffic violation. He also was suspended twice for undisclosed team violations.

Eagles rookie tight end Dallas Goedert wants to make immediate impact - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Dallas Goedert’s first practice as a member of the Eagles was nothing out of the ordinary. The rookie tight end simply wasn’t used to seeing so many athletes his own size on the same football field. “Football is football, so there wasn’t a ton different,” Goedert said Friday. “Probably just the size of the people.” Such a reaction is probably to be expected. Coming from a small-time FCS program like South Dakota State, Goedert hasn’t always seen or faced the best the competition. Of course, Goedert is listed at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds himself. Even in the NFL, only so many men are that large.

The Eagles are predictably favored to win Week 1 against the Falcons - The Falcoholic
The Atlanta Falcons ended their 2017 season against the Philadelphia Eagles in a gutty defensive battle featuring virtually zero offense that ended in a loss. The Eagles, of course, went on to win the Super Bowl, and will get to host the Falcons on Thursday night in the very first game of the 2018 season. Also predictably, the Eagles are favored, per CG Technology, which has them as four point favorites at the moment. They may or may not have Carson Wentz available for the first week of the season, and that means the Falcons may see Nick Foles (hopefully minus his playoff Flaccodust). The Eagles team they’ll meet will be missing offensive coordinator Frank Reich, now the head coach in Indianapolis, and saw defensive end Vinny Curry head to Tampa Bay after he was released. Otherwise, they’ve mostly added to their roster, bringing aboard Michael Bennett, Mike Wallace, Haloti Ngata, Matt Jones, and a handful of intriguing draft picks from their limited class. They’ll once again be in the running to be the NFC’s Super Bowl representative, unfortunately.

Post-Draft Fantasy Winners - Rotoworld
There’s a case that both Jay Ajayi and Marlon Mack belong here, but there’s still some ambiguity for each moving forward. On Ajayi’s front, I believe his current 5th-round draft price is just fine, but I’m not entirely certain how much it is elevated. We know the Eagles like to use their entire backfield weekly, and since Doug Pederson joined the team, the Eagles have had just seven regular season games in which an individual back had more than 15 carries in a game and just nine games in which an individual back reached 17 touches in a game. The team also retained niche back Darren Sproles to go along with Corey Clement, who both cut into the receptions promise for Ajayi. The club also liked using Clement inside of the 10-yard line, where he out-touched Ajayi seven to four after Philadelphia acquired Ajayi, which includes the postseason.

The crazy underworld of NFL undrafted free agency - ESPN
The NFL draft stretched three days and took in excess of 13 real-time hours for all the selections to be made. When it all wrapped, there were a total of 256 players selected by the league’s 32 teams. Then the real chaos ensued. The draft quickly transitioned into undrafted free agency, which in reality was already underway for several hours in a wink-wink underground way that only the NFL can cultivate.

The season starts now for the NFL’s longest of longshot rookies - SB Nation
They’re mostly there to give teams enough players to hold rookie camp. But there’s also a slim chance to make an NFL career out of it.

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