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What re-drafting the 2018 NFL Draft would change (Baker Mayfield still goes to the Browns, phew) - SB Nation
32. Philadelphia Eagles. 2018 pick: n/a. Re-draft pick: Phillip Lindsay, RB. The Eagles get the lead back they need in Lindsay, who went from undrafted free agent to Pro Bowler in Denver. He’ll get an immediate behind the Philly offensive line, even if he slowed considerably at the end of last season as fatigue set in and other teams began to figure him out. He’ll also add a scoring threat to a platoon that averaged just 3.9 yards per carry in 2018 — third-worst in the NFL.

NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles among teams “very intrigued” by Josh Jacobs - BGN
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Eagles linked to Jacobs leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft. Philadelphia used one of their 60 official meetings with him at the NFL Combine in February. Last week, Geoff Mosher said: “I’ve been hearing that ... don’t be shocked if the Eagles take a running back in the first round. They really like Josh Jacobs.” Doug Pederson praised Jacobs when asked about him at the NFL owners meetings. It should also be noted that Eagles director of team development Joe Pannunzio was Jacobs’ running backs coach at Alabama last year.

At the Podium: Doug & Howie at the NFL Annual Meeting - BGN Radio
Two new press conferences from the Eagles’ offseason as Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson talk to the media at the 2019 NFL Annual Meeting! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles Draft Interest - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are sending Duce Staley to every freakin’ Pro Day they can think of. It really feels like they are going to take a RB early in the draft. With that in mind, they are being very thorough by having Staley check everyone out.

13 Eagles takeaways: How Wentz and Pederson can improve, analytics obsession, RB situation and more - The Athletic
Doug Pederson has spent some time reflecting on how he can improve. And he apparently did so in a meaningful way. He was asked Tuesday morning where he wants to grow as a coach before the 2019 season. “I think for me, taking another step in play-calling,” Pederson said. “I think I can still continue to grow and get better. A lot of situational things I looked at, I can get better with some of the decisions I made last year. Just more or less, run-pass type options. I think going back to ’17, there were some opportunities I’ve just got to maintain that aggressiveness. Each year, maintain that and stay on the cutting edge. And then find unique ways and convert. Last year was obviously a tough year. But I look at it, some of the fourth-down decisions, I look at and again, like I mentioned earlier, maybe I go and throw the ball a little more instead of run the ball. You’ve got to weigh it back and forth. Two-point conversions, I think about some of the decisions I’ve made. Still having the aggressiveness and showing the team that we’re going to stay aggressive in kind of a calculated way, not in a silly, kind of a whim type of decision. Other areas I’ve looked at, third-down decisions. … And then just running the team. Day-to-day, managing the team. Still being open, still being honest, communicating with the players. Being demanding, holding guys accountable, things like that. Those are all the areas I can continue to grow in.”

2019 NFL free-agency ratings: Most impactful moves for all 32 teams - ESPN
Most impactful move: The trade acquisition of wide receiver DeSean Jackson gives coach Doug Pederson the exact type of deep threat his offense needs. Quarterback Carson Wentz’s long-ball numbers are about to skyrocket now that he is partnered up with one of the best downfield receivers in NFL history.

As Carson Wentz’s next contract looms, Eagles are already preparing - NBCSP
It’s coming. At some point, be it this offseason or next, the Eagles are going to break the bank for Carson Wentz. They’re going to sign him to a mega contract to be their franchise quarterback for years to come. That contract is going to be wildly expensive. It’s also an inevitability. It’s something for which the Eagles have been planning for years. At the 2019 owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, it’s pretty clear every move the Eagles have made recently keeps in mind the fact that they will one day soon pay Wentz over $30 million annually.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie sees a ‘very bright’ future, impressed with Doug Pederson’s 2018 coaching job - Inquirer
Jeffrey Lurie gave coach Doug Pederson high praises for the job he has done and for the direction the franchise is headed.

Agent’s Take: Let’s take a close look at the 15 most notable contracts from free agency - CBS Sports
The maximum value of Foles’ contract is $102 million. There are $3.5 million in annual incentives primarily based on Foles’ playtime and Jacksonville’s playoff success. If Foles proves he isn’t the answer at quarterback, the Jaguars would have $17.5 million in dead money for releasing him in 2021. Dead money is a salary-cap charge for a player that is no longer on a team’s roster. Foles’ $5 million fifth day of the 2021 league year roster bonus, which was guaranteed for injury at signing, becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2020 league year next March. This guarantee contains an offset, which would allow Jacksonville to recoup the $5 million payment obligation to Foles from any money he made from another team in 2021.

Mychal Kendricks sentencing postponed - Field Gulls
However, as of today the sentencing hearing for Kendricks has been postponed indefinitely as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has cancelled the hearing without setting a date for sentencing in the future. The sentencing hearing for Damilare Sonoiki, the other party with whom Kendricks conspired, has also been pushed back to mid-July, so this may or may not be specific to Kendricks’ situation.

Futures: Hakeem Butler - Football Outsiders
After three years of competing for targets in a crowded group of upperclassman wide receivers at Iowa State, Hakeem Butler finally broke out during his redshirt junior season. Butler took over the offense in dominant fashion in the absence of the seniors who left after 2018. In 2019, his first year as the primary receiver, he amassed 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns. Both marks accounted for over 40 percent of the team’s total receiving production. He was an explosive workhorse of a receiver for the Cyclones even though defenses knew the quarterback always wanted to throw his way. Butler’s defining feature is his presence as a vertical threat. A player with his size and speed warrants extra respect from the defense almost by default, never mind how skilled the wide receiver may be. For Butler, though, being a devilish deep threat is about more than his measurables. He is a technician, a master in the subtleties of his craft.

Dave Gettleman: Giants have had “really good offseason” - Big Blue View
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, appearing on ‘Good Morning Football’ Wednesday with Peter Schrager, said the Giants have had “a really good offseason” and continued to preach patience as the organization builds the team for 2019 and beyond.

Freddie Kitchens says Duke Johnson has ‘a role on our football team’ and other things from the NFL meetings -

Freddie Kitchens cautions not to rule out those “Duke” chants at FirstEnergy Stadium just yet. He re-iterated Tuesday at the coaches’ breakfast at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix that Johnson is still a valuable member of the Browns even though they signed Kareem Hunt. ”I don’t know why it’s assumed that we’re going to trade Duke Johnson,’’ Kitchens said. “I don’t know why we would ever want to voluntarily give up a good football player. Duke Johnson is a good football player. Duke Johnson will have a role on our football team. All these guys that are here will have a role. I don’t know when it just became a necessity to trade Duke Johnson because we signed Kareem Hunt. And I know I’ve heard that a lot.’’


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