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Who is Jason Peters, the Eagles’ most interesting man? ‘He won’t start anything, but he’ll finish it’ - The Athletic
Jordan Matthews remembers getting a surprising message after the 2015 season. “JP just randomly texted me, like, ‘J-Mo, what you up to?’ I was like, ‘Nothing, me and my bro, we just chilling.’ He’s like, ‘Where yo address?’ So I send him my address, he’s like, ‘All right, be ready in like 20.’ I’m like, ‘All right.’ So me and my brother are standing outside, he pulls up and it’s like a big party truck slash bus and I’m just like, ‘Is this what he’s picking us up in?’ We walk in and it’s like 10 people that we just don’t know and JP’s in the far back looking like the kingpin. We’re just like, ‘What?’ And there’s lights going, music playing, and he’s like, ‘J-Matt, what’s good!’ We go sit back there and he just played like, Louisiana bounce music, like soulful music, instrumentals and we started freestyling with all the people on the bus. He loves asking me to rap for him at all times,” Matthews says. “We were just driving through Philly. It was crazy. I was partying with JP.”
Searching for a deep threat in the NFL Draft - BGN
If the answer to this problem doesn’t come in free agency, it’ll have to come in the 2019 NFL Draft. I tried to cast a wide net in the search for the next burner and the following list of prospects span Day 1 to Day 3 projections. With the NFL Combine fast-approaching, it’s a great time to take a look at who I think will elevate their stock with lightning fast testing.
The Combine Names to Know and How NFL Might Handle Kraft - FMIA
I think the more I think about it, the more logical Nick Foles-to-Jacksonville sounds. Unless, of course, the fun dream scenario happens: Jon Gruden picks Kyler Murray and trades Derek Carr to Jacksonville in the middle of the first round April 25.
Positions and the Draft - Iggles Blitz
Cre’Von LeBlanc looks like he could be a terrific slot corner. Rasul Douglas, Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones are all recent draft picks who have shown potential on the outside. They have issues, but the point is that any one you draft won’t be a sure thing either. Avonte Maddox could play CB or FS. The Eagles have some options. Why not stick with the young players already in place and see what they can do now that they’ve got some experience under their belt?
Lawlor: Running Back Is The Missing Piece On Offense - PE.com
The Eagles could look at signing an explosive runner like Tevin Coleman. They might prefer a more physical back like Mark Ingram. They will have some options in free agency, should they choose that route. You know Howie Roseman will be talking to teams about players who could be available in a trade. No one expected Michael Bennett to be an Eagle last March, but Roseman pulled that off. What a great deal. Roseman will start talking to teams at the Combine to see if anyone is looking to trade players. We know some teams will be cutting players in the next few weeks. That could add to the talent pool and give the Eagles even more options.
Answering the top offseason fantasy questions for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN In$ider
Which Carson Wentz should we expect in 2019: the 2017 MVP candidate or the more conservative, less productive 2018 version? He’ll look closer to his 2017 self. Wentz did not have the same level of explosiveness and elusiveness coming off a torn ACL/LCL and was limited physically by a stress fracture in his back, as well. He anticipates being back at full health this season, and his game should elevate in turn
After Solicitation Charges, Where Does Robert Kraft Go From Here? - MMQB
Jeremiah was the one guy who didn’t limit his answer to the above question—what stands out most about the class?—to the defensive line. “You have premier big guys on defense, and the depth of big guys on offense, those two things jump out right away,” he said. There’s no Anthony Munoz or Walter Jones or even Taylor Lewan type left tackle in the group. But there are a lot of interior linemen and swing tackles that could start on Day 1. “In the second round,” Jeremiah says, “I could see four of the Top 10 picks being interior linemen.” That’s good, too, since the NFL is so hard up for offensive linemen that in the span of a week of free agency last year, Nate Solder became the highest paid tackle in NFL history, Andrew Norwell the highest paid guard, and Ryan Jensen the highest paid center. Getting good starter on second- and third-round deals will, by comparison, feel like stealing.
NFL teams (but not the Eagles) are starting to embrace a second intelligence test that can help with draft evaluation - Daily News
Neither executive vice-president of football operations Howie Roseman nor vice-president of player personnel Joe Douglas would talk to the Inquirer for this story, though another club executive said they view it as “similar to the Wonderlic.’’ The Wonderlic test is a 50-question written test that has been given to combine participants for years. Said Goldman: “I wish [the Eagles] were [a client]. To be honest, with their forward thinking, I think they would really get it. But unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to talk to anyone from their staff about it.’’
Mike Mamula reflects on his great Combine, 24 years later - PFT
“I think it’s a great way to judge talent,” Mamula told the Buffalo News. “But you’ve also got to look at film from the previous season and track record. You can’t just look at someone and they do nothing during their college career, then they go out and blow things up at the Combine. I mean, it makes no sense. That’s just one thing that you’ve got to look at.” Contrary to common perception, Mamula didn’t come out of nowhere at the 1995 Combine. In fact, Mamula says he decided to turn pro in 1995, rather than returning for his final year of NCAA eligibility at Boston College, only after he was told that the Jaguars (coached by Mamula’s old Boston College coach, Tom Coughlin) had a first-round grade on him.
Why Did a Dallas Billionaire Invest $250 Million in the AAF? - The Ringer
Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon injected much-needed money into the Alliance of American Football, just 10 days into its first season. Besides profit and prestige, what is the end game for the new AAF chairman?
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with solicitation of prostitution, per Florida police. What we know so far: - SB Nation
Kraft’s solicitation charge typically results in a diversionary program regarding the dangers of prostitution before the charges are then dropped. However, the Patriots owner’s high profile suggests his upcoming arrest could be anything but standard. Even if officials clear his record in south Florida, he’ll still have to deal with the NFL.
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