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2019 NFL Draft: LB T.J. Edwards scouting report - Bucky’s 5th Quarter
Strengths: Extremely high football intelligence. Muscled up build, particularly thick through the upper body. As dependable a run-stopping linebacker as there is in this class. Does a good job disengaging offensive linemen at the second level. Exceptional form tackler. Excels in the box and in traffic. Above average awareness in underneath zone coverage. Weaknesses: Average at best athletically. Lacks the long speed to play sideline-to-sideline. Was rarely asked to play man coverage in college. Summary: If this was 2003, T.J. Edwards would be a top 50 pick. Edwards’ career will be determined on how well he is able to make up for some of his athletic shortcomings at the next level. Likely a 3-4 inside linebacker only. Can he stay on the field on third down when the offense goes empty or 10 personnel? Will do everything right in the building and off the field. Should be an excellent special teamer. Lost 10-15 pounds leading up to the draft—will it make him quicker?

Analyzing the Eagles’ (unofficial) 2019 undrafted free agent class - PhillyVoice
The prize of this class is Wisconsin LB T.J. Edwards, who, in my view, would have been a perfectly reasonable pick in the fifth round, had the Eagles gone that way. Instead, they were able to nab him as an undrafted free agent. [...] Edwards doesn’t have good athleticism, and while you don’t want him covering guys like Tarik Cohen or Alvin Kamara out of the backfield, he is good in coverage, particularly in zone assignments, which is what Jim Schwartz prioritizes in his linebackers.

The Kist & Solak Show #93: Analyzing the Eagles’ Draft Haul - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak go deep into the 2019 NFL Draft Class for the Eagles to discuss what they liked, didn’t like, and hated PLUS they give thoughts and insights on how the first round went down! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

The Tyreek Hill investigation reportedly had an impact on the Eagles’ plans in the 2019 NFL Draft - BGN
the Eagles were impacted by the domino effect of the ongoing Tyreek Hill investigation. With Hill’s NFL future very much in doubt, the Chiefs were desperate to trade up to No. 56 to select his potential replacement in Mecole Hardman. And with the speedy Georgia wide receiver prospects off the board, the Jets were no longer interested in trading up to the Eagles’ pick at No. 57.

Why Teams Should Be Nervous About Stidham and Patriots, the Steal of the Browns’ Draft, More Notes - MMQB
Two years ago, the Jets made an effort to go up and get Alvin Kamara. This year, the team targeted another offensive weapon as they negotiated a trade with the Eagles (the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta wrote on that today, and I confirmed it) at 57. And that effort was rendered moot by an aggressive play from the Chiefs to wrangle the 56th pick from the Rams, and get that player—Georgia’s Mecole Hardman. Obviously, the need there was pushed by Tyreek Hill’s situation, but the Chiefs aren’t under the illusion that Hardman will be what Hill has been. As they see it, he’s somewhere in-between Hill and De’Anthony Thomas as a h-back type of player, and I had another evaluator agree with that assessment. Who were the Chiefs worried about? They knew about the Jets, but the Eagles and Colts, who also had receiver needs, were there, too. The Eagles, I’m told, actually liked Ohio State’s Parris Campbell more than Hardman for that kind of role, and wound up taking a more traditional receiver (Stanford’s J.J. Arcega-Whiteside) anymore. The Colts? They liked Hardman, but my understanding is they had Campbell, who they took at 59, ranked above him, too.

2019 NFL draft: Biggest post-draft questions for all 32 teams - ESPN
Who is going to replace Jordan Hicks? The Eagles’ middle linebacker for parts of the past four seasons is now in Arizona, and though they did pick up L.J. Fort in free agency, the linebacker position still feels light. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman noted post-draft that talent acquisition season is not over. Look for them to add via trade or signing before the offseason is through.

Eagles bulk up on lines in offseason - PE.com
“In a lot of ways, we’re boring,” Roseman told me at the NFL Annual Meeting in late March. “We’re kind of predictable. It’s going to be about the O-line; it’s going to be about the D line and then we build out from there.” His actions speak just as loud as those words. The Eagles devoted considerable resources to the line of scrimmage in the last couple of months with the intention of having an offensive line and a defensive line that dominate.

As Chris Long sets to depart Eagles, a tribute: Macnow - Metro
While he has only spent two seasons here, Long leaves a legacy that Philadelphia fans should celebrate for years.I bring this up today because it’s increasingly apparent Long’s days as an Eagle are over. He has hinted since the season ended that he’s unlikely to return, and made it more clear last Friday, tweeting: “I’m not willing to come back and play 10-15 base plays a game. I’m overqualified and it’s a lot of sacrifice... when I don’t have any opportunities to help the team.” As a player, Long was good, not great, in midnight green over the past two seasons. We didn’t get the best of his career, most of which came in St. Louis. Still, he totaled 11.5 sacks and 38 quarterback hits. Along with that came six forced fumbles – mostly at critical points in games. He also had a key recovery of a Case Keenum fumble in the 2017 NFC Championship Game against Minnesota.

Did Most-Anticipated Episode Of ‘Game of Thrones’ Live Up To the Hype? Chris Long Reviews. - Sports Illustrated
Stop the fight. The thought seemed to cross the mind of each and every notable character onscreen at some point during Sunday night’s heavyweight bout (that we squinted over like an iPhone with the brightness on zero in the summer sun). All night it was one step forward, two steps back for the crew tasked with defending Winterfell. Bloodied and shellshocked, each character found a way to fight on, however futile resistance appeared. If not to win, to die with dignity. Many of our favorites hit psychological dead ends in their efforts.

After an up-and-down draft day, Jake Dolegala carries on NFL family legacy by signing with the Bengals - The Athletic
Dolegala chose the Bengals over the Eagles. He deliberated for a half hour with his parents, brother Jarrett, former St. Francis offensive coordinator John Scibetta and personal passing instructor Jim Kubiak before making the call.

Final NFC East draft grades: Who is on top? - Blogging The Boys
The Eagles came into the draft with arguably the most complete roster in the division, with their biggest challenge in 2018 being all the injuries they sustained. Still, their biggest needs were on defense, so it’s puzzling that Philadelphia only spent one draft pick on that side of the ball in a developmental edge rusher. That said, the offensive players they did draft are pretty good. Andre Dillard won’t start right away but he’ll replace Jason Peters shortly and should do a great job of that, while Miles Sanders is a dynamic running back to share snaps with Jordan Howard. JJ Arcega-Whiteside is a physically dominant pass catcher who can win almost any 50/50 ball thrown his way. Clayton Thorson looks to be the primary backup quarterback now, but with Carson Wentz’s injury history, I’d be hoping for a better backup plan than that if I were an Eagles fan. The Eagles sent a message with this draft that they’re all in on Wentz after an offseason filled with fairly ludicrous takes about whether they should move on from their former second overall pick. Philadelphia fortified their skill positions for Wentz while also investing in his long-term security, but their lack of defensive improvement is concerning. Grade: B-

Dave Gettleman continues to defend selection of Daniel Jones at No. 6 - Big Blue View
“I agonized over that,” Gettleman said from his office in New Jersey. “I agonized. Before the draft, we discussed that thoroughly as a group—first last Friday, then again Wednesday. Obviously we had great regard for Josh Allen. But the one thing I have learned is you don’t fool around with a quarterback. If he’s your guy, you take him. If you put 32 general managers in a room and gave ‘em sodium pentathol [truth serum], every single one of them would tell you a story of how they got cute in a draft and it cost them a player they wanted. So you don’t get cute there. You don’t get cute with a quarterback.”

The Five Most Revealing NFL Draft Strategies - The Ringer
Teams like the Cardinals, Rams, and Dolphins showed their hands over the course of draft weekend, and their selections (or trade downs) can give us some hints about the directions they’ll take this season.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman should stop talking - SB Nation
When the scrutiny poured in from all angles — even George R.R. Martin got into the action — the general manager just kept digging, hoping the circumference of his problem was small enough to break through to the other side. He won’t, because his reasons for selecting Jones in a year where he could have drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round, waited for Drew Lock in the second, or traded a Day 2 pick to free Josh Rosen from Arizona have been equal parts disastrous and nonsensical. Gettleman INSISTS two teams would’ve drafted Jones, despite evidence to the contrary.

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