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Eagles News: There’s now a Wawa hoagie named after Brian Dawkins

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Wawa to debut a hoagie created by Brian Dawkins and a tiny Philly store with a walk-up window -
Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins has tackled the challenge of creating a hoagie for Wawa, but you won’t be able to find it anywhere in Philly. We’re calling a fowl. Dawkins, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, created “The Dawk” hoagie — a wheat roll with grilled chicken, spinach, Parmesan cheese, tomato, pickles, sweet peppers, and honey mustard — to benefit the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville. The sandwich will debut at the opening of Jacksonville’s newest Wawa on April 16 and will be available only in that area.

Chris Long will be writing “Game of Thrones” recaps for the final season - BGN
He’s always been a real treat on Twitter and in interviews, so there’s no doubt his “Game of Thrones” recaps will be just as epic ... Who do you see sitting on the Iron Throne when it’s all said and done?

Eagles 2019 NFL Draft preview: Running back - PhillyVoice
Darrell Henderson is a lesser-known running back prospect in this draft, but he’s already one of my favorites. Henderson is a home run threat every time he touches the ball. As an added bonus, Henderson is a good receiver out of the backfield, as he had 63 catches and a 12.0 YPC average in three years at Memphis.

This isn’t the first go-around for WR Charles Johnson -
”I think I’m pretty much an all-around receiver,” Johnson said. “I can go deep on guys who like to sit on routes. I think I’m a pretty good route runner. I know how to run routes against guys who want to play tight and play bump and run. I’m a bigger guy with a quick first step. I’m a student of the game as well, so I’m good at identifying coverages, identifying plays. It makes it easier for me when I go out there that I’m not just running routes to create separation. I take a lot of pride in being the best that I can be. Each and every day, I try to focus on one or two points and try to master those.”

5 reasons Eagles don’t need to draft a linebacker first - NBCSP
That doesn’t mean it’s necessary. While the Eagles’ base defense employs three linebackers, the reality is only two are on the field the overwhelming majority of the time, and by the end of last season, Bradham was often alone out there. In this day and age, NFL teams really need one good every-down linebacker – Bradham – and two competent players to mix and match situationally. The Eagles appear to have the latter as well in Grugier-Hill and Fort. It might not be sexy, and to be clear, this is not to advocate the Eagles pass on a linebacker if he’s the best player available. It’s just one of several reasons Howie Roseman won’t be forced to target the position at any point during draft weekend.

NFL Draft 2019: Penn State QB Trace McSorley to reportedly work out at Philadelphia Eagles pro day - PennLive
The Eagles currently have Wentz, presumptive backup Nate Sudfeld and former AAF starter Luis Perez on their roster. It would not be a surprise for the Birds to select a developmental prospect in the later rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft or find one as an undrafted free agent. McSorley seems to fit the bill. He tested well athletically at the combine, with his 4.57-second 40-yard dash ranking first among quarterbacks. But at 6 feet, 202 pounds, he measured on the smaller side, which is something that has followed him during his career. At the combine, he was reportedly asked to work out with the defensive backs but refused.

Bucky Brooks’ top 5 2019 NFL Draft prospects by position 3.0 -
The 2019 wide receiver class is loaded with big-bodied pass catchers boasting spectacular ball skills. Marquise Brown is a bit of an outlier, as a slender playmaker with home run potential. The 5-10, 160-pounder is a DeSean Jackson-like deep threat with speed to burn. A.J. Brown is a rugged pass catcher with outstanding hands and ball skills. He routinely plucks the ball off the heads of defenders on vertical routes down the boundary. Questions about his speed might depress his stock, but the Ole Miss standout looks like a natural WR1 with the size and strength to dominate smallish corners. Harry’s strong performance at the combine silenced the naysayers questioning his speed. The 6-2, 228-pound pass catcher is a physical receiver with an Allen Robinson-like game that could make him a WR1 in some systems. Metcalf is an athletic freak ideally suited to play as a vertical threat in the NFL. He has “wow” speed and acceleration, but lacks polish as a route runner. The big-bodied speed demon could dazzle as a Josh Gordon-like playmaker on the perimeter down the road. Samuel is a catch-and-run specialist with exceptional stop-start quickness and playmaking potential. He could blossom into a high-end utility player in an offense that fully maximizes his versatility as a receiver/runner/returner.

McShay’s 2019 All-Satellite team: The NFL draft’s best playmakers - ESPN In$ider
3. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina. Samuel is a thick and sturdy slot receiver with very good speed and excellent field vision. There’s a noticeable second gear as he turns upfield, as evidenced by a 4.48 40 time, 7.03 three-cone drill and scorching 4.14 short shuttle at the combine (fifth among wideouts). He has a unique feel for locating creases and setting up defenders in the open field. What stands out is his ability to make defenders miss without making violent cuts that would cause him to lose momentum. Of the receivers who had at least 60 catches in 2018, no one bested Samuel’s mark of 9.7 yards after the catch.

The Four GMs Who Could Wreak Havoc on the NFL Draft - The Ringer
Jon Gruden has three first-rounders and an itch to trade. Bill Belichick has 12 picks and could pick up more. What does this mean for the rest of the league?

Report: Falcons working out AAF standout S Ed Reynolds - The Falcoholic
The son of a Patriots linebacker, safety Ed Reynolds was an interesting talent at the position with very little chance to prove himself in Philadelphia in the 2014 and 2015 seasons before being waived and heading to Cleveland in 2016. He’s played in a total of 16 NFL games with 61 tackles, a sack, an interception, and two pass deflections, and his most noteworthy attribute during that brief stint was probably his physicality. Since then, he’s been out of the big leagues, but he found a spot on the Atlanta Legends roster this winter. Like so many of his AAF contemporaries, Reynolds showed enough improvement to warrant another NFL look.

Ask a former NFL player: What style of quarterback is the easiest for an OL to block for? - SB Nation
What offensive linemen want from their quarterback is consistency: Drop to the same point and climb the pocket. Don’t panic. If the ball is supposed to be out quickly, throw it quickly. Pass protection at its simplest is just staying between your man and the quarterback. If you know where the QB is going to be, it makes it easier. Quarterbacks who are less mobile tend to do all these things at a higher rate. They want to get rid of the ball to avoid having to move or getting crushed in the pocket. They don’t rush out the back of the pocket or make quick decisions to roll out. We know exactly where they will be. The downside of a “pocket” quarterback is just that. They stay in the pocket and can’t escape when we get beat. Mobile quarterbacks are more likely to make defenders miss, get out of the pocket, and then make a sweet downfield play.

Sixers Playoff Primer: A comprehensive look at the upcoming series against the Brooklyn Nets - Liberty Ballers
The 2018-19 season has been one of the most eventful in Sixers history. There was Markelle Fultz drama, there was a big trade, there was Jimmy Butler drama, there were injuries, there was another big trade, and there was a push for playoff seeding, and there was a long and boring finish. But we’ve finally made it to the first round of the NBA Playoffs. With the Sixers facing the Brooklyn Nets, think of this as a reference sheet for all storylines and angles to be following throughout the series. [BLG Note: Let’s go Sixers.]


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