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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/16/19.

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Snap-Weighted Age: 2018 NFL Rosters - Football Outsiders
We have been tracking snap-weighted age since 2012 -- calculating a team’s metric not by just averaging the ages of the roster, but by weighting the age of each player by the number of snaps he played in the regular season. For the third straight year, we saw the league’s SWA drop to a record low. We’re now down to 26.45 years as the salary cap and rookie wage scale continue to incentivize teams to keep younger, cheaper players over pricey veterans. However, for the fourth year in a row, the Lombardi trophy was hoisted by a team closer to getting their AARP cards than college diplomas. The New England Patriots have also set a new record; with a SWA of 27.9, they are the oldest team to win the Super Bowl since our records began. [BLG Note: The Eagles had the third oldest snap-weighted age in 2018.]

NFL Mock Draft 2019: Eagles take massive defensive tackle in the first round - BGN
The fit makes sense. The Eagles don’t really have a bigger, run-stuffing defensive tackle like the 6-4, 340 pound (!) Lawrence on their roster. You know, a guy in the Beau Allen or Haloti Ngata mold. The Eagles could afford to add someone like that to their defensive tackle rotation, especially with Malik Jackson getting benched for bad run defense in 2018. But do the Eagles really need to use a first-round pick to address this need? Run-stuffing defensive tackles aren’t exactly impossible to come by. Guys like Danny Shelton and Bennie Logan are still free agents.

Eagles 2019 NFL Draft preview: Offensive tackle - PhillyVoice
In 2019, the Eagles are set at offensive tackle. They have as good a situation on the edges as any team in the NFL, in my view. In 2020, and beyond, there is uncertainty at LT, and the OT depth. If Mailata proves that he can be the heir apparent to Peters this year, then the Eagles are set. If not, they could be forced to dump highly valuable resources into the position next offseason. There isn’t any room on the roster for a player who only plays tackle, unless they were to keep an abnormal number of them. On a championship-caliber team, that will be hard to do. As such, if the Eagles were to draft an offensive tackle, it would be ideal if he also had guard versatility, or at least LT-RT versatility, simply so that he could fit on the roster and have an immediate purpose.

NFL mock draft if underclassmen were eligible: Trevor Lawrence goes No. 1, Tua in top 5 - Fansided
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Grant Delpit, LSU, S. The safety class for the 2019 NFL Draft is lacking impact talent that will get off the board in the top 25 picks. But if Grant Delpit was in the draft, he would easily be the first safety off the board and likely hear his name called within the first 10 picks. At 6-3, 205 pounds, Delpit has exceptional size for the position and he’s got the production to match. Delpit had 74 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and five interceptions en route to being named a consensus All-American. He also had a forced fumble and fumble recovery as he was all over the field last year for the LSU Tigers. LSU has developed defensive backs as well as any college this century and Delpit has a chance to leave Baton Rouge as their best safety. With Malcolm Jenkins’ future uncertain in Philadelphia, Delpit would be a welcome addition for Doug Pederson’s team.

Meet The Prospect: WR AJ Brown -
In today’s edition of Meet The Prospect, Fran Duffy introduces us to Ole Miss WR AJ Brown, one of the most productive receivers in the country over the last couple of years as a slot receiver for the Rebels in the SEC.

Solak: Linebacker Rankings - The Draft Network
2) The thing about Devin White is that the mental side of his game is lacking. That’s very okay -- it keeps him out of a Round 1 grade for me, but it’s also still totally fine. There are many starting linebackers in the league who have the same issues with recognizing misdirection, remaining disciplined in their gaps, and feeling route concepts in zone coverage. I love White’s hitting power, sideline-to-sideline range, and transitional quickness. I think his coverage profile is high-ceiling. He’s a bigger Kwon Alexander, and again, that’s totally fine. It’s just not Round 1.

NFL draft: Ben Fennell breaks down the safeties - Daily News
Juan Thornhill — “I compare him to [the Cowboys’] Byron Jones. He has corner-safety experience. He was an outside corner in 2016 and 2017, then converted to safety last year, like Jones did before the Cowboys drafted him. He went to the combine and ran a 4.42 and jumps through the roof and nearly broad-jumps 12 feet. You see the range. You see the long legs. You see the high cut. The coverage abilities. Having that cornerback background is so valuable in today’s game. You can drop him down and match him up with wide receivers, yet he has the range to be a back-end player. I’m not sure he has the ability to play in the box and be a secure tackler. But teams aren’t really going to expect him to do that. He’s going to be someone you want more on the perimeter. He’s probably a Day 2 guy. But if Byron Jones could squeeze his way into the back end of the first round, I think Thornhill could as well.”

49ers sign DT Cedric Thornton to active roster - Niners Nation
As the San Francisco 49ers began their offseason program today, DT Cedric Thornton was added to the active roster, per Field Yates. His retirement from August is apparently over. In 2017, Thornton appeared in 15 games for the Buffalo BIlls, while starting three. He finished with four QB hits and two sacks. In 2016, Thornton played for the Dallas Cowboys. The prior four years Thornton played with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brady, Bennett skip Patriots’ voluntary workouts - ESPN
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and veteran defensive end Michael Bennett were not among those in attendance for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program on Monday, sources tell ESPN’s Field Yates.

A unique arc it’s been for Patriots safety Patrick Chung - Pats Pulpit
Remember Patrick Chung’s 364 days as a Philadelphia Eagle? His three-year, $10 million contract that reunited him with former Oregon offensive coordinator Chip Kelly? His release and return to the organization that once drafted him No. 34 overall after only 12 games, 59 tackles and three passes defensed elsewhere? Chung’s NFL career arc has been his own. And where the safety is now in head coach Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots defense isn’t where he was upon re-signing for a base salary of $740,000 and a cap number near $1.1 million in April 2014.

Which Teams Could Actually Choose a Quarterback in the NFL Draft? - The Ringer
The Giants may seem like they’re content to stick with Eli Manning until Manning’s children are old enough to take over the job themselves, but believe it or not, co-owner John Mara is onboard with getting a quarterback this year. ”I would love to come out of this draft with a quarterback,” Mara told ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan in March. The caveat is that this is the case only if there is a quarterback worth taking. “If the top quarterbacks are graded toward the bottom of the first round or even the second round, I’m not going to insist that we take one at no. 6 or even at no. 17,” Mara said. “Show me what the value is. That’s always been our philosophy on that.” So at least we know John Mara isn’t as impulsive as Jerry Jones. Not only could the Giants roll with Manning in 2019, which is the last year of his deal, but SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported the team was interested in extending Manning beyond 2019 if he plays well.

Russell Wilson to Giants a nice dream, but probably nothing more - Big Blue View
The Giants, though, would be making a huge mistake to give up that much for Wilson. The Giants would get their quarterback, but what else would they have? They would, essentially, be giving away the premium portions of their next two drafts. How would they add the defensive play makers they acknowledge desperately needing? Where is the right tackle going to come from? A center? A receiver?

NFL Insider Notes: Don’t blame Russell Wilson for wanting his share, plus the latest draft buzz and more - CBS Sports
If I had to do a mock draft right now, I’d put Ed Oliver to the Bucs with the fifth-overall pick. For all of the hand-wringing about how the defensive lineman performed in 2018, the bottom line is teams see how to unlock him more at the next level and better utilize him, and his projectables are off the charts … Had a trusted top executive for a team that is not in the rookie QB market tell me that there is chatter on the scouting circuit about Drew Lock, comparing his attitude and mentality to Jay Cutler. Yikes. That would be a massive red flag for me. If he is rubbing these people that way now, I can’t imagine that trends differently once he’s making millions. It won’t preclude him from being drafted higher than he should …

What If Arizona Doesn’t Draft Kyler Murray With The No. 1 Pick? - FMIA
What happens if we’re all wrong? What happens if the Arizona Cardinals don’t do the lead-pipe-lock thing of the 2019 NFL Draft, which is to use the first pick overall on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray? What happens if they shock the world April 25 and trade the pick, or take someone else? It’s 10 days before the first round kicks off, and we’ve talked ourselves into being sure the Cardinals will take Murray and pair him with the coach who lusts after him, rookie coach Kliff Kingsbury. And if I had to do my mock today, I’d give Murray to Arizona. (Useless Information Dept.: MOCK DRAFT ALERT!! Mine is next Monday.) It makes a lot of sense to pair your McVayesque head coach with the quarterback he loves. I’m not positive Murray to the Cards plays out like that. I’ve got a few reasons, after a round of phone calls in the past few days.

In Green Bay, the Matt LaFleur-Aaron Rodgers Partnership Begins - MMQB
The new Packers coach insists he doesn’t care about the team’s past coach-QB drama, but he does know that his success will rest on his relationship with his future Hall of Fame quarterback. It’s early days, but LaFleur says they’re off to a good start. Plus, the latest on the Russell Wilson contract situation; 2019 draft risers, sliders and sleepers; and much more from around the NFL.

These advanced stats tell us which 2019 NFL QB prospects will actually be good - SB Nation
Still, Ta’amu produced. And it is somewhat intriguing that in 2017 he produced at a higher level than Shea Patterson, who got hurt midway through the season. Patterson was an all-world recruit, and Ta’amu was a no-name JUCO transfer, and Ole Miss’ offense didn’t miss a beat when Ta’amu took over. As for Rypien ... well ... few penalized Allen for facing those defenses. In fact, they turned it around as a compliment — he was working with MWC receivers! If nothing else, they are worth considering as options later in the draft, especially as an alternative to picking someone with much higher risk in the first round.


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