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Eagles draft takeaways: Roseman did his job to bolster the offense — now it’s on Wentz and Pederson - The Athletic
1. Roseman has positioned Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz for success. I don’t think the Eagles entered this draft intending to spend their first three picks and four of five overall on the offensive side of the ball, but that’s what happened. In addition to adding Dillard, Sanders and Arcega-Whiteside in the draft, they previously made trades for Jordan Howard and DeSean Jackson. Roseman and his staff did a tremendous job of bolstering the offense and addressing specific issues from last year like a lack of talent in the backfield and no vertical threat on the outside. Put more bluntly, there is no excuse for this to be anything but a top five offense in 2019, but Wentz and Pederson have to do their jobs. The Eagles are deep and talented and should be able to withstand injuries at offensive tackle, wide receiver and tight end. Here’s what they’re working with in terms of pass-catchers: Alshon Jeffery, Jackson, Nelson Agholor, Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins at wide receiver; Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at tight end; Sanders at running back. Up front, even if Brandon Brooks takes some time to return from his Achilles injury, it’s still an above-average group. “Listen, we have got an affinity for scoring points, there’s no question about it,” Roseman said. “The way we’ve built our team, we want to score a lot of points and we want to make teams one-dimensional and get after the quarterback. That’s how we build this.”
NFL Draft Grades 2019: Grading the Philadelphia Eagles picks - BGN
This is the pick that will ultimately make or break Philadelphia’s 2019 draft class. The Eagles called Dillard a top 10 player on their board and they clearly wanted him as they traded up from No. 25 to No. 22 to select him. It’s not hard to see why the Eagles valued Dillard so much. He boasts elite athleticism and realistically has potential to be a very good starting left tackle for the next decade once Jason Peters retires. It’ll be pretty awesome if the Eagles can just plug Dillard in once Peters is gone and not have to worry about that spot again for a long time. Dillard’s development will be aided by the fact he doesn’t necessarily have to play right away. While he bides his time as a backup, he should greatly benefit from learning from both Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and Peters himself.
At the Podium: Welcoming Andre Dillard! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist further analyzes the Eagles’ first round selection Andre Dillard followed by two fresh press conferences! First up, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson after the first round, then Dillard introduces himself to the Philadelphia media! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.
2019 UDFAs - Iggles Blitz
LB T.J. Edwards – Wisconsin – 6-0, 230 – Redshirted in 2014 and then started 52 games over the next four years. Played ILB in Wisconsin’s 3-4. Freshman All-American in 2015. All-American in 2017 and 2nd team All-American in 2018. Highly productive. Finished his career with 366 tackles, 37.5 TFLs and 10 INTs. So how does this guy go undrafted? Lacks ideal size and he’s a limited athlete. Pro Day numbers weren’t bad (4.77 in the 40 and 3-cone time of 6.99), but you don’t see that on tape. Shows poor change-of-direction ability. Edwards is instinctive and tough. Fights through blocks to get to the ball. Physical player. Maximum effort guy. Will do everything he can to make a play. At his best when things are in front of him and he can attack. Not a sideline-to-sideline guy. Wrap-up tackler. Takes good angles to the ball. Works hard to get off blocks. Active player who wants to get in on every tackle. Not explosive, but has some pop when he hits. Aggressively takes on blockers. Does a good job of using his hands to keep blockers from getting to his body. Good eyes. Does a great job of playing the passing lanes. Might remind you of Jordan Hicks in that regard. Doesn’t have Hicks ability in man coverage, but that’s not critical for a MLB. Does have good hands and catches the ball when it comes his way.
In the age of Carson Wentz, the Eagles — like a lot of NFL teams — have an offensive bias - Daily News
Ever since they pushed all of their poker chips to the middle of the draft table three years ago and staked their future on Carson Wentz, the Eagles have been committed to surrounding him with everything the North Dakota redhead needs to be successful. That never was more evident than in this past weekend’s draft, when the Eagles selected offensive players with their first three picks. They traded up in the first round for Washington State tackle Andre Dillard and took Penn State running back Miles Sanders and Stanford wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with second-round picks. It was just the third time in the last 33 years that the Eagles have used their top three picks on offensive players. “Do we talk about the offense a lot? We do,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said Saturday evening when asked whether the presence of a young franchise quarterback and an offensive-oriented head coach – Doug Pederson – has caused the organization to favor offense over defense.
Winners and Losers of the 2019 NFL Draft - Sports Illustrated
Broncos: We tend to over-praise when a team’s board aligns with its biggest needs, but I didn’t think there was a way John Elway could have played the first round better. Joe Flacco adores athletic tight ends who can get open in intermediate space, then he gets a quality starter in round two with Dalton Risner and Drew Lock, who has much less pressure than previous Elway draft picks. Something else to consider (and this is in bold so Eagles’ fans don’t hijack my Twitter mentions): I felt very similarly about Howie Roseman’s draft this year. The Eagles should also be considered a big winner from this weekend, given their ability to patch up a few holes with talented players who can start right away.
Miles Sanders and Shareef Miller joked about being Eagles teammates and now they are - NBCSP
Sanders is a Pittsburgh native, but he said he and Miller actually used to joke about playing together after college here in Philly. “We actually talked about it,” Sanders said with a laugh. “We actually did. ‘Hey, we could both go to the Eagles. I mean, it’s a possibility.’ For that to actually happen? It’s a blessing, it really is.” Life as an NFL rookie isn’t easy. You’re dealing with a ton of pressure. You’re no longer in that college cocoon. You’re suddenly in new surroundings and not sure who you can trust. You have money for the first time. There’s tremendous value in going through that with someone you’ve known for years.
Next step for Eagles: Finding out how roster translates on the playing field - PE.com
Second round, wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: Big and strong with great hands and a major threat in the red zone, Arcega-Whiteside has a lot of traffic to get through to earn playing time. The Eagles think highly of him for every reason, but Alshon Jeffery, Jackson, and Nelson Agholor have some pretty good track records individually and collectively.
Wisconsin announces LB T.J. Edwards will join the Philadelphia Eagles - Bucky’s 5th Quarter
Look at Edwards’ career numbers, and he certainly left an impact in his time in Madison. He finished ninth all-time with 367 tackles, and his 10 interceptions is the most by a Wisconsin linebacker. Along with 37.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks, he led the team in tackles in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Last season as a team captain, Edwards led UW in tackles (113), tackles for loss (11.5) and interceptions (3). In 2017, Edwards tallied 75 tackles, 11 for loss, for a defensive unit that ranked in the top 3 in the nation in four different categories: pass efficiency defense (No. 1, 96.4 rating), total defense (No. 2, 262.1 yards per contest), scoring and rushing defense (both No. 3 at 13.9 points and 98.4 yards per contest, respectively).
Several Lions Sign Free Agent Contracts - Black Shoe Diaries
Following the NFL Draft there were a handful of Penn State players waiting by their phones. Ryan Bates was projected to be chosen but the draft came and went without his name being called. Bates signed a free agent contract with Philadelphia. [...] DeAndre Thompkins will be heading to Philadelphia alongside Bates. Thompkins’ career was up and down, but his speed and ability to get off the line of scrimmage got him a look at the pro level.
2019 Draft Scenes—Agony In Jersey, Making [Stuff] Up In Arizona and High Drama In The Raiders Room - FMIA
Thursday night. Round one. Pick 22 on the clock. Baltimore up, then Houston at 23, Oakland at 24, Philadelphia at 25. Two more picks for the Raiders to sweat out before they choose a player at 24 they’d targeted right here for the last three months. “There’s been a trade,” someone in the Raiders’ draft room calls out. “Philadelphia’s got 22 now. Eagles on the clock.” NOOOOO! The rookie GM running his first draft, Mike Mayock, froze. “I’m like, ‘Sh–!’ Moment of panic. THE EAGLES JUMPED US FOR OUR GUY.” The coach, Jon Gruden, who’d irascibly told Mayock he’d better not screw up the Raiders’ three-pick first round, jumped out of his chair, seething. “There goes our running back,” Gruden said. Coach and GM knew the Eagles loved the same player they did, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, and now, moving up from 25 in trade, the Eagles would be in position to steal the guy Gruden had his heart set on making one of the three cornerstone players in his offense.
Draft Wrap-Up: Dave Gettleman Defends the Giants’ Daniel Jones Pick - MMQB
The Giants GM surprised pretty much everyone by taking the Duke QB at 6. He explains why he did it, and why he’s confident it was the right move. Plus, how the Dolphins snapped up Josh Rosen (and still left themselves the option to draft a 2020 QB), a Tyreek Hill take, an early look at next year’s prospects, and more on the 2019 draft
Report — Giants’ draft pick Corey Ballentine injured in fatal shooting - Big Blue View
Corey Ballentine, just selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round, was apparently injured in a fatal shooting early Sunday morning. Ballentine reportedly has been hospitalized with “a non-life threatening gunshot wound.” Per WIBW’s Tyler Greever, Ballentine is “expected to make a full recovery.” The shooting took place in Topeka, Kan.
The best available players after the 2019 NFL Draft - SB Nation
[BLG Note: reported Eagles signings include: 173. Nate Herbig, G, Stanford and 175. T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin.]
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