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Eagles News: It’s looking like the Giants will pass on taking a quarterback at No. 6

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Quarterback at No. 6 for Giants? It isn’t looking that way - Big Blue View
Mock drafts are still overwhelmingly giving Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants at No. 6, with Haskins being the choice in 80 percent of the most recent mocks listed in the SB Nation database. The winds, though, are blowing in another direction — toward the guys who terrorize the quarterbacks. ESPN’s Dianna Russini said Friday that the Giants are not interested in Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick. Russini said she was “pretty confident” the Giants will take a defensive player at No. 6. Pat Leonard of the Daily News wrote that “no matter how experts rank these QBs, there is near-universal agreement that the best player available at the Giants’ first pick will not be a quarterback.” With that in mind, Leonard wrote that the Giants selecting a quarterback at No. 6 “doesn’t add up.”

Mid-Free Agency Eagles’ 7-Round Mock Draft - BGN
NASIR ADDERLEY – Safety, Delaware (5’11 3/4”, 206). The Eagles’ have shown an early interest in bolstering their defensive backfield by bringing in Florida safety Chauncy Gardner-Johnson on an official visit. Gardner-Johnson has been my highest riser when I revisited his film, boosting his grade to a first round value. He was off the board, but I ended up grabbing my highest rated safety anyway. Adderley has some of the best film you’ll come across in this class. In coverage, he shows the requisite range to play single-high, the short area explosiveness to click and clack on intermediate routes, and the ability to mirror receivers when playing closer to the line.

For Delaware’s Nasir Adderley, a Hall-of-Fame name was never going to be enough - PhillyVoice
Late next month, Nasir Adderley will be nestled somewhere at a table with family and friends in a green room in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, absorbing his surroundings and everyone gathered around him. He’ll be impeccably dressed, with maybe some bling in his ear, when it may dawn on the 2015 Great Valley High School graduate how fortunate he is to be there among the top college football players in the nation about to be drafted into the NFL. The 6-foot, 206-pound defensive back out of Delaware finds himself among the top safeties in the country and projected to be a late first-round or early second-round draft pick. Adderley, the third cousin of NFL Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, a three-time Super Bowl winner, took an arduous route to arrive on NFL draft boards.

Darby Sticks Around - Iggles Bltz
Keeping Darby does buy the Eagles some time to figure out the CB situation. Jalen Mills struggled in 2018. Is he going to bounce back from that? Can Sidney Jones stay healthy? Can he play well? Rasul Douglas finished 2018 hot. Can he continue to play like that? And what about Cre’Von LeBlanc? He looked terrific down the stretch. If he can play at that level, he’s your nickel corner for the next five years. Not all of those questions are going to get favorable answers, but some will. I left one player out of the discussion so far, Avonte Maddox. He needs to be on the field somewhere. With a deep group at CB, I’m thinking the Eagles will move Maddox to being the #3 safety. And should either Malcolm Jenkins or Rodney McLeod get hurt, Maddox could step in and start for them.

Making sense of the Eagles’ Ronald Darby contract - NBCSP
The Eagles lost Mills with a foot injury in the Jacksonville game, and they lost Darby a week later against Dallas. Between injuries and guys just not playing well, they went through 10 cornerbacks during the season. And still made the playoffs. It’s easy to sit back and say, Douglas, Maddox and LeBlanc can hold down corner, but the reality is that those three have started a combined 35 games in their careers. They’ve shown promise, but none of them are a proven commodity over the long term. And relying on promise and potential isn’t always the best way to build an NFL team. Darby — when healthy — is very good. He’s fast and aggressive, has good size and is fearless. As much as I like the promise that Douglas and Maddox have shown and the potential Jones has and the spirit that LeBlanc played with last year and Mills’ swagger from the Super Bowl run, a healthy Darby is the Eagles’ most talented cornerback.

Ronald Darby’s return adds to interesting CB picture -
A starter the last two seasons, Darby has done a good job when he’s been healthy. He suffered a dislocated ankle in 2017 that sidelined him for half a season and then lost the second half of the 2018 campaign with the ACL injury. Darby has to continue to attack his rehab and get on the field and stay there. How close to 100 percent can Darby reach before September? That’s an important question that will be answered as we get closer to Training Camp.

Grading the Move: Eagles make puzzling decision to bring back CB Ronald Darby - The Athletic
One could argue that the Eagles have money to spend, so who cares? But cap space rolls over, so if you save it one year, you can use it the next year. It’s also worth questioning whether this money would have been better used on a running back or a defensive lineman in the short term. The move also speaks volumes about what the organization must think of Jones, a 2017 second-round pick. Mills is a Schwartz favorite and is likely to start. And the Eagles aren’t bringing Darby back to be a backup. Maddox and LeBlanc both looked like better fits than Jones in the slot. Maybe that means there will be another shoe to drop between now and Week 1.

Has DeSean Jackson, the Eagles’ prodigal receiver, changed his diva ways? - Inquirer
Torrey Smith filled the role to an extent and enough to aid the Eagles in their Super Bowl victory two years ago. But Jackson’s big-play abilities may be unequaled among modern receivers. He has the most 60-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (24) and the sixth-highest per-reception average (17.4) in NFL history. Jackson had previously stated his desire to return. He did so in 2016 during his final season with the Redskins, and again this offseason, even though he had one year left on his contract with the Buccaneers. Roseman couldn’t say anything publicly, but he pined for Jackson’s return, sources close to the situation said.

Picking the most underrated, overrated 2019 NFL free-agent signings - ESPN In$ider
Jordan Hicks, ILB, Arizona Cardinals. The deal: Four years, $36 million, $12 million guaranteed. Why it’s underrated: Injuries are the obvious reason why Hicks’ deal paled in comparison to the new contracts for Kwon Alexander, Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley, but when on the field, Hicks has been the best of the bunch. Even after his Achilles tear in 2017, Hicks played 775 snaps in 2018 and was the highest graded of the group. He has missed only 25 tackles for his entire career -- a figure Alexander has topped in single seasons -- and Hicks has proved to be good in coverage, something vitally important in today’s NFL.

NFL Draft Notes: With Most Eyes on Kyler, Clayton Thorson Shows Off His Knee (and His Kneel Down) - MMQB
The Northwestern QB, an intriguing prospect a year ago before tearing his ACL in a bowl game, is starting to win back evaluators who didn’t think he was healthy in 2018. Plus, a small-school defensive lineman draws attention, Wisconsin’s linebackers in the spotlight, and more.

The NFL’s best remaining free agents at the start of the 2019 league year - SB Nation
Best Available: Jay Ajayi, C.J. Anderson, Marshawn Lynch, Isaiah Crowell, T.J. Yeldon. There’s still a strong market for running backs, with young guys like Ajayi and Yeldon available. It’s a strong group of running backs, and even the players below all have shown they have something to offer. Others available: Ameer Abdullah, LeGarrette Blount, Alfred Blue, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris, Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, Stevan Ridley, Darren Sproles, Jonathan Stewart, Spencer Ware.


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