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On Saquon Barkley, Matt Millen and Readers’ Response to Monday Morning QB News - The MMQB
Millen did the Giants’ last game of 2017 for FOX, with Sam Rosen: Washington at the Giants, on New Year’s Eve. Two days earlier, the Giants hired Dave Gettleman to be the GM and re-invent the team, and Millen loved the hire. Still loves it, because Gettleman is the kind of meat-and-potatoes, better-be-able-to-run-the-ball team architect Millen admires. Millen, as you may know, is a Pennsylvania guy, and a Penn State guy. “You can go back and listen to the tape,” Millen told me, in the yard of his lovely home 85 miles west of Manhattan. He’s a little weak these days, which is very unlike him, but the verve is still very much there. “On that FOX telecast, I said, basically, ‘Dave Gettleman’s got experience. He’s been here before. He knows how to build a team. With this draft coming up, it’s a big draft. If I was them, I’d take Saquon Barkley, the running back from Penn State. He will change the offense.’ “I would like Saquon for every team. I’ve been following him, I know him, I watched him at Penn State, and he could always make you miss. I kept hearing, You gotta get rid of Eli, he’s done. Ridiculous. He had no line. He had no running game. Odell [Beckham, the wide receiver] was hurt. How do you judge a quarterback on that?

Hang out with BGN Radio at the All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival - BGN
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Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Josh Sweat - PhillyVoice
In the NFL, Danielle Hunter blossomed into a productive edge rusher. In just three seasons as a pro, he already has 25.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. The Vikings were able to take his athletic traits and mold him into a disruptive player. The biggest difference is that Hunter was medically clean entering the NFL, while Sweat has injury concerns stemming from a devastating high school injury in which he had surgery to repair his ACL, MCL and PCL. If Sweat is indeed fully recovered, as the Eagles say he is, and he can take the coaching he receives and incorporate it onto the field, he has a high ceiling like Hunter did three years ago.

Visiting Day - Iggles Blitz
Upshaw has played OLB, DE and DT in his time in the NFL. The last couple of years he was an effective rotational DT for the Falcons. The Eagles will probably add a veteran to provide depth with Tim Jernigan out for the next four to six months. Joe Douglas was with the Ravens when they drafted Upshaw in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft. In fact, Douglas was the Southeast area scout so Upshaw (Alabama) would have been one of his kids to scout for an extended period. Upshaw has started 56 games in his career. He just isn’t a great fit for a specific position. Upshaw is 6-2, 272. He’s strong, tough and physical. He’s nothing special athletically. Upshaw makes sense for the Eagles. He can play DE or DT. The team believes in a heavy rotation, which is critical for him. A guy his size isn’t going to thrive at DT for 50 snaps. If you play him 20 or so, he can be at his best.

Early Thinking On Some Roster Battles To Watch -
WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER: DOES NELSON CHALLENGE KENDRICKS? The Eagles signed linebacker Corey Nelson for a reason: He’s young, he plays very fast, and he can make an impact in coverage against the passing game. Nelson is here to challenge at the weakside linebacker position, manned by Mychal Kendricks. It’s as straight-forward as that: Kendricks has a challenge on his hands in the person of Nelson, who is here on a one-year contract intent on proving that he deserves a long-term contract in this league. The Eagles survived the Hicks injury last year at linebacker and Kendricks had a good season in the defense, but in the pursuit adding speed to the defense, Nelson was an early priority in free agency. Good battle to come here.

Eagles continue to be nightmare for fantasy football players - NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles are very good at real football; the Lombardi Trophy at the NovaCare Complex is proof of that. They’re far less good at fantasy football. This isn’t something new. The Eagles were incredibly balanced during the 2017 season — it was really one of their strengths — so banking on one player to put up big numbers didn’t make sense. The Eagles didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver or a 1,000-yard rusher, becoming the first Super Bowl champion without one since the 2003 Patriots. Doug Pederson was more than happy to spread the ball around and his quarterbacks shared that approach.

NFL’s top 10 offenses: Saints, Patriots, Steelers top list -
[BLG Note: The Eagles only rank at No. 7 on this list.]

Free-agent running back Kenjon Barner visiting Buffalo Bills today, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back and current free agent Kenjon Barner is visiting the Buffalo Bills today, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old Barner is someone who specializes in the return game, and could conceivably compete to be the Bills starting kick or punt returner. As a running back, Barner is good in space. The Bills currently have six running backs on their roster: LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, Taiwan Jones, Travaris Cadet, Marcus Murphy, and Aaron Green.

Report: RB Terrance West visited the Eagles - Baltimore Beatdown
West and Dixon formed a solid one-two punch after the team released Justin Forsett two years ago, as West would have his best season notching 193 attempts, for 774 yards, and five touchdowns. It was certainly a feel-good story for the hometown kid and Towson alum to contribute for the Ravens, but it came to an end last season after the injury and being inactive for all but five games. If he were to sign in Philadelphia, West would be going to a place that houses some of his former Ravens teammates such as Mike Wallace and Timmy Jernigan. The Eagles depth chart at running back, however, is loaded with talents such as Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and the newly re-signed Darren Sproles. Wherever West signs, he will have a mountain to climb, but as we saw in Baltimore, he’s done it before.

Four Downs: NFC East - Football Outsiders
Notable Undrafted Free Agents: The Eagles won the Super Bowl. They suffered few losses in free agency. They have one of the deepest rosters in the league. So of course they may have found a starting player in Notre Dame running back Josh Adams. Adams fared better in BackCAST than first-rounder Sony Michel. Adams ran for 1,430 yards (6.9 per carry) and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2017; the only question is how much he was helped by running behind a pair of top-ten linemen in Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. The Eagles didn’t add a veteran after losing LeGarrette Blount in free agency, so they’ve got a clear need for a power runner like Adams. The Eagles liked South Alabama safety Jeremy Reaves enough to bring him in for an official visit before the draft. He can also play corner and special teams. LSU offensive lineman Toby Weathersby had a fifth-round grade at Philadelphia has a trio of studs at defensive tackle (Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, and Haloti Ngata), but they liked South Florida’s Bruce Hector enough to sign him to a $60,000 deal.

Which quarterbacks are most subject to temperature in 2018? - PFF
I expected to see Josh McCown and Carson Wentz at the top of the list. You should not overlook the fact that the timing of their injuries cost them mostly cold-weather games that likely would have pulled down their per-game averages for the season. Rodgers would have joined them if I had eased the qualification standard, but since his established level of production is built in cold weather, your perceptions of his likely production are no doubt spot-on.

Longtime NFL cornerback Dimitri Patterson arrested again - PFT
Longtime NFL cornerback Dimitri Patterson has tried giving cops the slip before, but wasn’t successful this time. According to Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald, Patterson was arrested this week after a felony warrant was issued for him in Miami last November. The charges from that warrant were for battery and culpable negligence.He was detained in Orlando.

The best players left at every position for the second wave of NFL free agency - SB Nation
Eric Reid filed a grievance through the NFLPA alleging his choice to kneel during the national anthem is the reason he’s still a free agent. But he’s not the only safety who has struggled to find a new team so far. Boston has been a starter for the Panthers and Chargers in the last two years and is still just 25. There could be a big market for safety help in the remainder of May.


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