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Eagles “stay or go” final results - BGN
Now that BGN’s “stay or go” series is finally over, let’s take a look back at the results. Here’s how Philadelphia Eagles fans voted on players, coaches, and executives.

The Kist & Solak Show #80: Part II - Overrated/Underrated Draft Prospects - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak highlight the most overrated and underrated prospects in the NFL Draft & may have found the Eagles’ a pass rusher worth trading up for! PLUS a discussion about the important dates in the NFL offseason, including more talk about the franchise tag window and Nick Foles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Tackling the OL - Iggles Blitz
Let’s say 2020 rolls around. Peters retires. Mailata is still a question mark. The Eagles could draft an OT early and plug him into the lineup. I know LT is one of the most critical positions in football so you don’t want to take chances there. I also know OL isn’t a position where you rotate players. Stockpiling OL talent is different than stockpiling DL talent. If the Eagles fall in love with an OT and draft him at 25 or in the second round, I can live with that. I do not think they should feel obligated to draft an OT this year. Peters, Johnson, Vaitai and Mailata might give you the best set of OTs in the league. And don’t forget that Seumalo can always play outside. That’s a lot of depth and options.

Buying/Selling the top free agent pass-rushers in 2018 - PFF
Brandon Graham – Buy. Of any of the top-six edge options on the market this free agency, I feel confident in saying Graham will command the smallest contract. Age (he will be 31) and sack production (zero double-digit sack seasons in career) being the reasons why. No matter, Graham is going to be racking up pressures well in his 30’s.

Fran Duffy’s Combine Preview: Linebacker -
T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin. Entering the year, Edwards was one of my favorite senior linebackers in the country, and he finished his career much like the first three campaigns had gone. A four-year starter in a pro-style 3-4 scheme, Edwards is tough, instinctive, has great ball skills, and was a tackling machine for the Badgers. He wasn’t at the Senior Bowl. He wasn’t even at the Shrine Game. But I’m going to stick to my guns on this kid making it as a future starter at linebacker. I think he’s just athletic enough to be that level of player in the league, and I think he’ll test that way.

The Giants are in disarray (so are the Redskins and Cowboys) - NBCSP
The headlines have not been kind to the organization over the past week. Odell Beckham Jr.? Possibly on the move. Landon Collins? As good as gone. And the Giants still don’t know what they’re doing about a quarterback for 2019. The mere possibility the Giants could trade their best player and one of the top receivers in the NFL should be concerning to any QB who might take the job. Beckham was reportedly on the block last season too, and the organization ultimately decided not to pull the trigger, yet league insider Jay Glazer boldly predicted a swap is coming this offseason. The key word there is predicts, not reports, but Glazer is connected and wouldn’t throw that out there on a whim.

NFL Combine 2019: 16 prospects who could interest Philadelphia Eagles at positions of need - PennLive
Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia. So the Eagles need a running back right? And they’re not necessarily prone to breaking the bank, either? The draft seems like a solid solution. Holyfield follows in the footsteps of Todd Gurley and Sony Michel as a prominent Georgia running back after rushing for 1,018 yards and averaging 6.4 yards per carry last season. It’s hard to see the Eagles spending a high pick on a running back, so Holyfield could be there in the second round or so.

Free Agency Preview: Eagles Feel the Need for Speed - Rotoviz
A year after a 13-3 regular season record, not to mention a victory in the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t have it all their own way in 2018. Thanks in no small part to a three-game winning streak to close out the year, they finished with a 9-7 mark. This was good enough for a second-place finish in the NFC East, and a Wild Card berth in the playoffs. They eventually lost in New Orleans to the Saints, after a stunning victory over the Chicago Bears in the WC round. The Eagles scored 367 points in the regular season, only the 18th most in the NFL. They only surrendered 348 however, good for 12th. The Eagles amassed 4,275 yards through the air, with 29 touchdown passes and only 11 interceptions. They finished 10th in net yards per attempt at 6.7 and completed 70.5 percent of their passes (422/599). Carson Wentz led the Eagles with 3,074 of the yards, as well as 21 of the touchdown passes. This marked his second consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Only Randall Cunningham has more such seasons for the Eagles, managing it in three straight years between 1988-1990. Wentz missed the first two games of the season, as well as the last three, due to injury, and rarely looked like the same player who was an MVP front runner before his 2017 injury. Wentz’s full-season projections would have seen him eclipse his 2017 numbers, but it is noteworthy that Wentz was more efficient in 2017 than he was last season.

State Your Case: Is Jerome Brown a short-career Hall of Famer? - Talk of Fame
Since White is considered one of the greatest defensive linemen in NFL history, where does that leave Jerome Brown? On Canton’s doorstep or a defensive version of Denver running back Terrell Davis, who opened the door for consideration of short-career brilliance as being Hall of Fame worthy? The Hall’s 48 voters will have to make that determination, but one fact is unassailable: For the 76 games Jerome Brown played in the NFL he was among the very best. Isn’t that what enshrinement in Canton is about?

Five offseason moves to improve every AFC South and West team - ESPN
If the Jaguars don’t think Haskins is a lock to become a franchise quarterback, they’re better off going for one of the two top veterans on the market. Nick Foles has struggled to stay healthy for long stretches of time, but when you include his postseason heroics, he has posted a 64.4 Total QBR across 491 dropbacks since joining the Eagles in 2017. He is pretty clearly the highest-upside option on the market, although his price tag also will be commensurate: It wouldn’t be shocking if a Foles deal approached $25 million per season.

Will Colin Kaepernick return to the NFL? Surveying the quarterback landscape of all 32 teams - The Athletic
What is the biggest hindrance to signing him? We know the Eagles won’t sign Kaepernick because they already didn’t do it when the stakes were highest. It’s easy to forget now how poorly Foles initially played after Wentz suffered his season-ending ACL tear in December 2017. Foles was so shaky during the Eagles’ final few regular-season games that Pederson refused to rule out the possibility that he could make an in-game decision to bench Foles for Sudfeld. If the Eagles weren’t willing to bring in Kaepernick then, with the No. 1 seed in the NFC locked up, then it’s hard to imagine them doing it now. The history between Kaepernick and Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins is also worth noting, though Jenkins has long been vocal about Kaepernick’s rightful place on a roster.

Scouts buzzing about NFL draft prospect who’s blind in right eye -
Daniels is completely blind in his right eye, the result of a childhood accident that had an impact on his personality but apparently hasn’t affected him much on the football field -- so little, in fact, that very few people in the entire Charleston program over the last four years even knew about it. “I knew when we got him he had a little bit of an issue with his right eye, but didn’t realize it was to the extent it was until he said something, or else I would’ve never known,” Charleston head coach Pat Kirkland said by phone the other day. “It did not limit his play at all. He played on both sides, left and right, and never used it as an excuse or crutch or anything like that. I truly don’t think in his eyes -- no pun intended there -- he saw it as an issue.”

Predicting the 2019 NFL destinations for 10 veteran quarterbacks - SB Nation
Nick Foles: Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags’ championship window seemingly slammed shut after their breakthrough 2017 gave way to a massive 2018 regression. Jacksonville’s defense went from “great” to “good,” but the team’s offense disintegrated like a comet plummeting through the earth’s atmosphere. Foles would give an unthreatening offense a Super Bowl MVP at quarterback, albeit one not exactly known for his consistency. The Jaguars have plenty of work to do to fix their scoring engine this offseason, including replacing the bombed-out husk of what was once a promising receiving corps and figuring out what to do with career 3.7 yards-per-carry haver Leonard Fournette. But with the Blake Bortles era likely over, the first item on that to-do list will be finding a quarterback.


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