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Vincent Papale Jr. will get his own tryout with the Eagles - PFT
Vinny Papale played college football at Delaware, where he was a wide receiver like his dad and had a solid senior season last year. Today at Delaware’s Pro Day, Papale told Andrew DiCecco of The Eagles Wire that he’ll be participating in the Eagles’ local Pro Day on April 17.

The Eagles continue to foster a locker room culture that draws players to the team - BGN
The Eagles have been putting in work lately to secure some of the team veterans — Jason Peters, Brandon Graham — and have even brought back a few familiar faces including DeSean Jackson and, most recently, Vinny Curry. More than the team wanting to lock in these guys is the fact that they all (except Jackson who was traded) chose to come back to the Philadelphia locker room. There’s been plenty of time since the locker room saga of the Chip Kelly era, and with a Super Bowl to claim since, it’s all way back in the rearview. But it’s easy to forget that the locker room culture at the time was considered toxic, and was much more difficult to get guys to want to stay, much less take lower deals than they would get elsewhere.

Taking Stock of Free Agency - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton discuss Vinny Curry returning home, the Andrew Sendejo signing, the need at running back, Carson Wentz’s outlook, a rule that favors the Cowboys, and betting offs for the 2019 NFL Season! Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A look back at 15 years ago, the day Veterans Stadium imploded - PhillyVoice
It was surreal, 15 years ago today, watching a chunk of my childhood go up in an enormous dirt plume. Below is the story I wrote with some added changes about a sports venue no one really embraced as they have Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field. A large part of that reason was the inanimate, passionless way it stood, like the rest of the other cookie-cutter places to watch ballgames in the 1970s. It did house a resonating nightmare that occurred on a Friday afternoon, October 7, 1977, when the Phillies were down to their final strike from going up 2-1 in their best-of-five National League championship series to the Los Angeles Dodgers and blew it. It also was home to the first World Series in Phillies’ history and an NFC championship victory over the Dallas Cowboys that no Philadelphia sports fan will ever forget.

Just a Number? - Iggles Blitz
If you do look long term, the Eagles do have a lot of players that are nearing age 30 and that is something to watch. The team has a lot of draft picks over the next two years and it is crucial that they draft well. They need young, cheap talent. One thing that makes me more comfortable with adding/keeping so many older players is that they aren’t getting huge money and they aren’t foundational players. As good as Jason Peters is, the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017 with him as a spectator. DeSean Jackson is here to be a complementary player, not the lead receiver. The other X-factor in all of this is that numbers have changed. 30 is no longer 30. Players take incredible care of themselves. Teams do a much better job of taking care of players. We had never heard of Sports Science a decade ago. Now the Eagles study player movement/activity on a daily basis and know when to take it easy on their guys. Teams now focus on recovery when studying how to help players. This kind of proactive approach by teams and players has helped guys to play into their 30’s at a high level.

Chemistry, culture central themes in Eagles offseason -
Andrew Sendejo could feel it when he walked through the hallways of the NovaCare Complex. Vinny Curry saw it the instant he walked through the doors and peeked in at the Lombardi Trophy in the lobby case. “There’s an energy here,” Sendejo said. “They’re winners. They know how to win. The way they pulled things together the last two seasons and turned it around and won, that’s what you want. That’s the culture here.” Said Curry, nearing bursting into tears: “Seeing that trophy, man, everything came back to me from winning the Super Bowl. It’s overwhelming. It’s just so great to be back here, to be back home.”

Eagles are getting older, and that’s a growing concern - NBCSP
Who are their best players under 28? Carson Wentz is 26, Nelson Agholor is 25, their promising young defensive backs like Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones are all in their early 20s. Derek Barnett is only 22. But there are question marks about every one of them. This is why Roseman, Joe Douglas and Co. have to nail this draft and the next couple drafts. This is a roster that really needs an infusion of young talent. When this current group of veteran stars moves on, who takes over? Roseman has had only three drafts since being returned to power, and he’s taken only six guys in the first three rounds. Of that group, Wentz is a certified Pro Bowler and a star, although he still needs to show he can stay healthy.

Grading the Eagles’ offseason moves: Adding depth in Vinny Curry, Andrew Sendejo - The Athletic
I understand the case for familiarity and there’s no doubt the Eagles need help with their pass-rush depth. One would think that Curry is coming back fully accepting that he’ll be a backup, but his one-time starter status might complicate that. The move feels a little fan-servicey. I also think Curry’s ability against the run is overstated a bit – he’s prone to losing the edge on misdirection plays. But for the price, I would be lying if I said I had a better suggestion. If the Eagles aren’t willing to pay a premium for Ziggy Ansah or Justin Houston, I’m not sure there is a better option on the market right now in terms of cost and fit assurance. Which is why I’m not sure the Eagles needed to make this move now rather than after the draft. And if he signed elsewhere, other players of his caliber would still be available. Grade: A sweater from your grandmother that’s one size too small because, to her, you suffer no effects of aging.

NFL Draft Notes: A QB Sleeper From Connecticut, Round 1 Buzz for Grier, Gruden Loves Lock? - MMQB
FERGUSON HAS HIS DAY: According to Gil Brandt, defensive line coaches from the Eagles, Cowboys, Dolphins, Vikings and Lions attended Louisiana Tech’s pro day to evaluate edge rusher Jaylon Ferguson, who was uninvited to the combine after a background check revealed a simple battery conviction that happened during his freshman year at Tech.

Just How Close Are the Redskins From Being Contenders? - Hogs Haven
Getting a franchise QB, some new wide receivers for him to throw to, and a tight end who can stretch the field, but also block, would be a good start for an anemic offense. On defense, we need players who can get after the passer from the edge, and another linebacker with sideline-to-sideline ability. Another impact player in the secondary wouldn’t hurt either. Certainly, all of these players can’t arrive in just one draft, so it’s going to take a while for the Redskins to acquire the necessary talent to compete at the highest level for a sustained amount of time. Hopefully the 2019 NFL Draft can be a place the Skins can start building the necessary playmaking talent to begin to take the next steps...but believe me, it’s not going to be a fast or easy process. Unlike what Bruce Allen may want fans to believe, we really aren’t that close.

Christian Wilkins is gonna bust his ass for whichever NFL team drafts him - SB Nation
Christian Wilkins is a quality interior defensive line prospect. Clemson moved him around from a five-technique on the outside edge of the tackle on a couple of plays, to a 4i on the inside shade of the tackle, to a three-technique on the outside edge of the guard, to a 2i with an inside shade on a guard, to a one-technique on either edge of the center, to some zero nose. And he held up well in all of those alignments. That versatility is one of his strongest selling points, and Wilkins has already shown that he can play well in pretty much any defensive scheme. ”Sturdy” is the word that came to mind while watching Wilkins playing the run. Although he wasn’t the biggest defensive tackle you will ever see at 6’3 and 315 pounds, Wilkins showed some really good functional strength on film. The guy was hard to move once he anchored down.


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