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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/21/19.

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Alshon Jeffery correctly predicted the Eagles would win the Super Bowl in 2018. Will he be right again?

Six things to know about new Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles added to their secondary earlier this week by signing free agent safety Andrew Sendejo to a one-year contract reportedly worth $1.3 million. In order to get to know more bout Sendejo, I thought it’d benefit BGN readers to get a Minnesota Vikings perspective on him. In order to do that, I reached out to Christopher Gates (@Gates_DN) of Daily Norseman. Here’s what he had to say.

NFC East free agency grades: Landover, MD team edition - PhillyVoice
The Landover team lost a number of decent contributors, but at least that cleared some cap space to spend on new acquisitions. So what did they do with the money that freed up? They blew most of it on a box safety, signed a few additional old guys, traded for a quarterback similar to the flawed one they already have, and added one of the biggest draft busts in the last decade.

Let’s Talk Duke - Iggles Blitz
Adam Caplan knows the Eagles pretty well. He doesn’t say the Eagles are the team, but you can connect the dots. My guess is that he’s talking about the Eagles. Caplan mentions that Johnson won’t be bringing much in compensation. A late round pick should do the trick. Why would the Eagles be so interested in Johnson? He is an interesting player, even going back to college. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry and 10.4 yards per reception. He was more playmaker than workhorse. That trend has carried over to the NFL, where he has 299 career carries and 235 receptions. He averages 4.3 yards per carry and 9.2 yards per reception. Johnson is a good runner. He is a dangerous receiver. You can see where the Eagles would love to add a young RB with that kind of ability into their offense.

Carson Wentz’s deep-ball stats might explode with DeSean Jackson’s addition - ESPN
History shows Wentz’s numbers are in for a significant spike, however, now that Jackson is in the fold. It makes sense that having one of the best deep-threat receivers in NFL history at your disposal would help a quarterback in the big-play department, and the stats back that up. Just about every QB Jackson has worked with became a more dangerous and efficient downfield thrower with him on the field. On average, the quarterbacks experienced a completion rate increase of 7 percent, an additional 3 yards per attempt and an improvement of .65 to their touchdown-to-interception ratios when playing alongside Jackson. The outlier is Jameis Winston, whose numbers fell just about across the board. The fact that Ryan Fitzpatrick experienced a solid bump when teamed up with Jackson during the same time period pokes a hole in the theory that Jackson’s impact is diminishing. Jackson, 32, remains one of the fastest players in the game, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. He reached 20-plus mph on eight of his 52 touches (15.4 percent) last season, the highest rate in the league, and had the highest average target depth in 2018 at 19.1 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Info research. For whatever reason, he and Winston were just oil and water on the field.

Adam Caplan: I know one team that’s very interested in Duke Johnson - 92.3 The Fan
Adam Caplan from Sirius XM NFL joined Andy and Jeff to talk Browns. He said the OBJ deal was a no-brainer for the Browns and the team should absolutely be a favorite to win the division next year. They also discussed the Kareem Hunt signing and Adam said Hunt is one of the top-3 most talented backs in the league. They also discussed whether or not Duke Johnson gets dealt and Adam said it doesn’t make a ton of sense to keep him since Chubb has shown he can play all 3 downs. But he also added the return won’t be huge.

Eagles fans knock Cowboys out of Best Fan Base bracket -
This is pretty funny. Every year, numerous versions of brackets are released to celebrate March Madness. The NFL on FOX Twitter account unveiled its own to resolve once and for all who has the league’s best fan base. The seeding was determined by the number of followers for each team’s official Twitter account. Fans selected the winner of each matchup by a poll.

Improving the Eagles secondary, ages of the offseason additions, and the backup-QB market - Inquirer
My guess is Nate Sudfeld’s presence complicates the search. The Eagles want Sudfeld to compete, but why would an established backup come in and compete for the No. 2 job? Nick Foles didn’t do that two seasons ago. Mike Glennon, Trevor Siemian, and Brock Osweiler are among the experienced backups still available. The Eagles could wait until the draft for a developmental quarterback to compete with Sudfeld, but then they wouldn’t have a No. 2 with starting experience on a depth chart topped by a starter who has ended the past two seasons injured.

Five reasons the Dallas Cowboys are off to a great offseason - Blogging The Boys
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. The Cowboys got a stroke of good fortune when their future Hall of Fame tight end delayed his enshrinement just a bit by returning to the Cowboys. The team is still on the prowl for their tight end of the future, but having Jason Witten return to the team means that Dak Prescott will at the very least have a reliable target at his disposal. One might say that the Cowboys did nothing that deserves praise for Witten returning, however - it speaks to how much the iconic tight end loves this organization. He wants to be out there with his teammates and playing for these coaches. Nobody is running down the halls screaming about this move, but it’s solid. Witt’s always solid. [BLG Note: Signing a 37-year-old tight end is the number one reason on this list!]

Futures: Ed Oliver - Football Outsiders
Though his decision to stay in Houston made sense on a personal level, things did not quite work out from a football perspective. The lack of direction and front-seven talent in Houston’s defense during Oliver’s final two seasons with the Cougars resulted in Oliver being miscast as a nose tackle to maximize the rest of the roster. At 6-foot-2 and 287 pounds, Oliver was playing a similar position to that of Damon Harrison of the Detroit Lions, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 353 pounds. To say Oliver was playing out of position is an understatement. Oliver was regularly double-, triple-, and even quadruple-teamed by opposing offenses in order to stop him from getting to the quarterback. He was Houston’s most threatening defensive lineman by a mile, and the rest of the American treated him as such.

2019 NFL Draft: Could Redskins find trade partner in Jets in an attempt to land Dwayne Haskins? - CBS Sports
League sources say Washington is already among the teams sniffing around, and with pretty much every GM in the league wholeheartedly convinced that QB Kyler Murray is going first overall, and San Francisco likely to take its top defensive player on the board second overall (early money is on pass rusher Nick Bosa), then the Jets very well could be sitting pretty with that third pick as an avenue for a QB-needy team to jump ahead of the Giants (sixth overall) to land Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. There is a readily-accepted drop-off in the quarterback class beyond that, and while the need is not as robust as in some past years, it only takes one team to make the move.

Ranking NFL Quarterbacks: Where does Giants’ Eli Manning fall on the list? - SNY
14. Eli Manning, Giants. He completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 21 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions despite playing behind a terrible offensive line that got him sacked 47 times. He also played better late in the season, even though he lost his No. 1 receiver for the last four games. He’s not what he used to be, but putting up those numbers in those circumstances? Saying he’s done is definitely “a crock.” [BLG Note: LOL]

A favorite and sleeper in each NFL division following one week of free agency- SB Nation
The NFC East remains a sloppy mess, and Philadelphia seems like the logical call. The Cowboys have held back thus far, while the Eagles added defensive tackle Malik Jackson and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The Giants appear to be a quasi-rebuilding mess, while Washington is rolling the dice with Case Keenum. Even with the addition of Landon Collins, Washington has serious problems.


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