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Eagles Draft Picks: Matt Pryor is consistent, reliable, and versatile - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Matt Pryor with the No. 206 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles offensive lineman, I reached out to SB Nation’s TCU blog: Frogs O’ War. Horned Frogs writer Melissa Triebwasser was kind enough to answer my questions about Pryor.
The Kist & Solak Show Ep. 34: Putting A Bow On The NFL Draft - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak have initial reactions to the Timmy Jernigan news and over some hope for the future. Plus, it’s time to put a neat bow on the NFL Draft by throwing out random questions and arguing about ROY awards!
Mailbag: How about trading Mychal Kendricks to the Steelers? - PhillyVoice
It was expected that four linebackers were going to be selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. They were Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds, Leighton Vander Esch, and Rashaan Evans. Surely the Steelers would have been very interested if one of those four players dropped to pick No. 28. The Steelers were probably hopeful momentarily when only one linebacker (Smith) was taken in the first 15 picks, but then, bang-bang-bang, the other three came off the board all within seven picks. I think Kendricks would be a nice fit at ILB in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense, and they badly need players there. Would Pittsburgh give up a 2019 fifth round pick? That’d probably get it done.
Biggies - Iggles Blitz
Jeff Stoutland, Joe Douglas and Doug Pederson like big offensive linemen. Really big. The Eagles had a lot of interest in Kolton Miller, the 6-9, 309 LT from UCLA. He ended up going in the middle of the 1st round. The Eagles showed interest in Orlando Brown, Oklahoma’s 6-8, 345 LT. He was taken in the 3rd round. The Eagles took a long look at Chukwuma Okorafor. The WMU blocker was tiny at just 6-6, 320. The Eagles ended up drafting Matt Pryor (6-7, 333) and Jordan Mailata (6-8, 345). I’m not always the biggest fan of massive O-linemen, but there is something to be said for the Eagles knowing what they want and drafting those players. The scouting staff and coaching staff are all on the same page.
Fifth-year options: Why 20 were picked up and 12 weren’t - ESPN
Nelson Agholor. Why his contract was picked up: He found his footing this past season after a slow start to his career, catching 62 balls for 768 yards with eight touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Eagles. The former Southern California star took over as the team’s slot receiver when Jordan Matthews was traded to the Bills. The role proved to be a perfect fit for his skill set, and he took off. What he needs to do to get a second contract: Agholor fought past the confidence issues that held him back in 2016 and took a big step toward reaching his potential. As long as the arrow continues to point up, he’ll get paid.
Exclusive: Dallas Goedert’s Arrival - PE.com
Dave Spadaro rides along with new Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert as he arrives in Philly in style.
Special Athlete or Special Teamer – Avonte Maddox Scouting Report - Eagles Linc
As well as competing down after down, Maddox is also highly competitive at the catch point. Although he stands at only about 5-foot-9, he’s got a fantastic leap. When he’s at least even with a receiver down the field, the former Pitt Panther has a strong chance of making the play. Maddox shows good timing, targeting a receiver’s hands at the right moment. A combination of his leaping ability and timing make him an effective redzone corner, capable of challenging bigger receivers in scoring territory. Maddox did not align in the slot very often at all in college, but he has some of the tools to suggest he’s capable of making the transition. Ultimately, however, the Eagles emphasised special teams with this mid-round selection. Dave Fipp must have been livid with the regression of the unit in 2017, after a spectacular first season. Maddox excels as a vice (the corner covering gunners on special teams returns), using his athleticism in the open-field to seal opponents in space. If he is active on gamedays, expect him out on the field when the ferocious front four force another punt. Maddox should also make an effective gunner himself. He shows good form as a tackler, and possesses the long speed to get down the field in a hurry.
Carson Wentz shouldn’t dial down aggressiveness - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Even before Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, there were fears the Eagles’ signal caller was exposing himself to too many hits. This year, the handwringing over the need for Wentz to protect himself is only going to get louder. It would be a mistake for Wentz to take those cries to heart. Listen, of course the Eagles need Wentz to stay healthy, and that will require exercising some caution and restraint on occasion. But do you really want him staying out of harm’s way to the point where it alters his style of play?
2019 NFL mock draft - Rotoworld
28. Philadelphia Eagles- Florida T Martez Ivey. The Eagles drafted a couple of Day 3 tackles last week, but those guys are limited (Matt Pryor) and big-time projects (everybody’s favorite Aussie, Jordan Mailata). Let’s identify a legitimate Jason Peters replacement plan. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Ivey, a former five-star and top-five overall recruit, is about to become a four-year starter. He’s rapidly improved during his time with the Gators, going from a raw-but-gifted starting guard to one of the SEC’s best tackles. If the improvements continue under Dan Mullen and his new staff, Ivey could very well lock down a first-round ticket next spring.
Projecting top 100 NFL rookies of 2018: Players 1-100 - NFL.com
Avonte Maddox checks in at No. 60 while Dallas Goedert is No. 83.
Washington’s NFL team removes ‘who’s hotter’ cheerleading feature from website following New York Times report - SB Nation
The “Cheer 365” section of the site was deleted on Thursday morning, after being a staple on the site since 2015. Branded as “First Ladies of Football,” the slug line for the section read “The Hottest Way To Pass Time All Year Long.” It was a daily head-to-head voting site that asked people to select which cheerleader from team history was “hotter.” You can find an archived version of the site here — but photos have been removed entirely since the New York Times’ story went live.
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