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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/1/19.

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One stat to know on every team’s highest-graded free agency signing - PFF
Brandon Graham is one of only four edge defenders who has tallied 50 total pressures in each season since 2014, with Von Miller, Khalil Mack and Ryan Kerrigan being the others.

Darren Sproles gives an update on his future with the Eagles - BGN
Will Darren Sproles be back with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019? It sure sounds like it’s possible. The veteran free agent running back recently told Dave Weinberg of the Press of Atlantic City that he’s been in discussions with the Eagles to potentially return for another season.

Do you understand why the Bears traded Jordan Howard? - Windy City Gridiron
As a fan of Jordan Howard, and a fan of old school power football, I would have liked to have seen him carrying the rock for the Bears for the next several years, but I understand why the Bears did what they did. [...] The Bears could have kept Howard, but his touches would have declined in the committee, and then they’d have nothing to show for him walking after the 2019 season. I may not like that the Bears traded Howard for a low pick, but I understand the situation surrounding the move.

FMIA: Teamwork, Technology and How The NFL Came Together to Use Instant Replay on Pass Interference - FMIA
I think Jordan Howard (24 years old, 3,370 rushing yards in three Chicago seasons, fully healthy) fetching only a 2020 sixth-round pick in trade Philadelphia tells you everything you need to know about the value of running backs in today’s game. Particularly running backs who don’t make defenders miss. Howard’s a nice player who’s averaged 4.1 and 3.7 yards per carry in the last two seasons.

The Odell Beckham Jr. Era Begins in Cleveland - MMQB
Give Goodell credit too. Things got a tenuous a few times in the room, and I’m told Garrett, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Goodell were largely responsible for keeping everyone focused on the right things. Ultimately, this is one of those spots where the commissioner should be acting as a steward of the game, not an agent of the owners. And Goodell did.

Meet the Prospect: DT Jerry Tillery - PE.com
The defensive line class is supposed to be extremely deep, and Jerry Tillery is one of the big reasons why. Fran Duffy shows us why in the latest Meet the Prospect.

Report: Giants leaning toward pass-rusher with sixth overall pick - PFT
According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, the Giants may be looking at this year’s draft with an eye toward the law of supply and demand rather than a particular position. “There are a ton of great defensive players in this draft,” he quoted a team source as saying. “As much as we need a young quarterback, I honestly don’t know how we can pass on one of the pass rushers at six.”

10 Giants Takeaways from NFL owners meetings - SNY
They’re not kidding about the thought of bringing back Eli Manning in 2020. Yes, really. The key people in the organization don’t think he’s done, and they feel they saw a ton of positive signs in the second half last year. Ideally, they’ll have his successor ready to go next season. But if not, barring a disaster of a season, they won’t hesitate to extend Manning’s contract by a year. They really do want him around to rub off on the next Giants franchise quarterback, if they can make it work.

Rashan Gary has potential ... but will that be enough in the NFL? - SB Nation
I have to say, as a prospect Rashan Gary confounds me a bit. On tape he looked like a guy who should have made a lot of plays, but he didn’t actually make a lot of them in the four games that I watched. At the combine he also performed like a top athlete, running a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash and notching a vertical leap of 38 inches, which is kinda wild for a guy who is 6’4 and almost 280 pounds. But, again, I didn’t always see that kind of speed and explosiveness on the field.

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