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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/5/19.

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Failed Completions 2018 - Football Outsiders
That’s new Jaguars starting quarterback Nick Foles there in dead last, with a whopping 41.1 percent of his completions (and nearly 30 percent of his pass attempts) ending up as failures. Yes, the small sample size matters here, as Foles just barely had enough passes to qualify for our leaderboards, but that is still a tremendously high number. A ludicrously high number. A record-breakingly high number, as a matter of fact. Foles takes over the record for highest FC% we’ve ever recorded, beating out one Nicholas Edward Foles for the honors. It’s concerning enough that Foles, the only man to breach the 40 percent barrier, appears twice atop this list. Even more concerning is that these are Foles’ last two qualified seasons -- yes, he has a Super Bowl MVP in between them, but he didn’t have enough attempts to qualify for the leaderboards in 2017. Foles’ FC% was 29.8 percent in the Super Bowl year, which would have ranked 30th that season. In fact, Foles has only had one season where he has had a FC% below 28 percent -- his 2013 Pro Bowl year, where he put up a 23.2 percent FC%. [...] In other words, Foles’ playing style puts his teams in poor positions, setting them up in third-and-mediums and forcing punts more often than not, but at least he tends to get the ball to the players wearing the proper colored jersey. After eight years of Bortles, Blaine Gabbert, and Chad Henne, a little dink-and-dunk might sound great -- until fans get tired of seeing 1-yard passes on second-and-9.

Fantasy Football Rankings: 7 Eagles players make the top 145 - BGN
It’s true that Wentz hasn’t always gotten the best out of Jeffery. However, the two had a solid connection going on early in 2018. Their first four games together last season: 25 receptions, 306 yards, four touchdowns. Then Jeffery had a quiet game while being covered by Jalen Ramsey in Week 8. Then the Eagles traded for Golden Tate and that messed with the offense as Jeffrey’s targets immediately took a hit. This offseason figures to be the first one where Wentz and Jeffery will fully practice together. Jeffery missed most of training camp in 2017 with what we didn’t know at the time was a torn rotator cuff. Then Jeffery missed the entire 2018 offseason while recovering from shoulder surgery. Wentz also missed most of the 2018 offseason, obviously. So, hopefully a full offseason together ends up making a difference for these guys. It sure can’t hurt.

Eagles should trade for Browns RB Duke Johnson - PhillyVoice
Just as importantly, Johnson has proven so far that he can stay on the field, as he has never missed a game in his four-year NFL career. But wouldn’t Johnson just be another player similar to Corey Clement? In my view, no. While Clement certainly had some great moments during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, he regressed in his second season with the team, albeit while dealing with some injuries. Still, even if he were coming off his Super Bowl performance, it would be prudent for the Eagles not to overrate a small sample size. Yes, Clement made a great catch in the Super Bowl, however, he has 32 catches in 27 regular season games. Johnson has 235 catches in 64 games. That’s 1.2 catches per game vs. 3.7 per game. Johnson is a far more accomplished and experienced pass catcher out of the backfield. Additionally, Clement may be recovering from a serious injury. Buried deep in paragraph No. 19 in a piece about Howard, Les Bowen of the Daily News noted that Clement tore his ACL.

All For One - Iggles Blitz
That article really illustrates the importance of a strong owner. Lurie is hands-on in the right way. He doesn’t micro-manage, but he is involved with big decisions. He has good relationships with his GM, coach and even some players. The Packers didn’t really have anyone for McCarthy and Rodgers to answer to. That made the situation worse. I wrote a recent piece for PE.com on the benefits of Lurie, Roseman and Pederson working together so well. Late in the Andy Reid era, things were not so harmonious. Reid was trying to be the coach-GM. Roseman was climbing the power ladder and had his share of battles with others. Joe Banner was trying to protect his turf. Lurie was trying to be loyal to a variety of people, who all had conflicting interests. As you remember, that situation didn’t play out so well for anyone. Thankfully, things are different now.

Russell Wilson’s Contract Negotiation, and Why It’s Proving to Be Tricky - MMQB
So how do you grade a top prospect with an off-the-field issue and a recent significant injury. I honestly have no idea. But I think he’ll be drafted by a team led by a GM and coach who not only have the credibility to convince their owner to rubber-stamp the pick, but also the job security to know they’ll be around to see the potential benefits. I’m not sure the Chiefs can take these risks anymore. The Eagles? I don’t know.

What I learned while doing 2019 fantasy football projections - ESPN
32. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson has appeared in 16 regular-season games twice in 11 NFL seasons. That’s not good, but the silver lining is that he has appeared in at least 14 games in eight of those seasons. Jackson is a difference-maker when on the field, especially in non-PPR, but the 32-year-old will likely miss a game or two, which needs to be factored into his ranking.

What Jordan Howard brings to the Eagles | Film breakdown - Inquirer
Howard had only 10 15-plus rushes for 219 yards last season. His breakaway percentage (23.4) ranked 38th out of 61 running backs. For comparison, the Eagles’ Josh Adams was 16th (36.6), Corey Clement was 22nd (32.4) and Wendell Smallwood was last (4.1). Howard, 24, doesn’t have an explosive second gear. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, but he was timed at 4.59 seconds at Indiana’s pro day. In the Bears’ playoff loss to the Eagles, Howard gained six yards on this cutback run, but there was the potential for more.

Pompei: Why you should be wary of the Bears’ Jordan Howard trade - The Athletic
What’s interesting is Howard was traded to the Eagles. Doug Pederson’s Eagles. Pederson came from the same offensive system as Nagy in Kansas City. Pederson’s Eagles provided the model for using Tarik Cohen with the way they deployed Darren Sproles. But Pederson’s Eagles think Howard can do something for them that Nagy’s Bears did not. Pederson has tried to make his running game work with a variety of players in the role Howard is expected to fill. He’s done it with Ryan Mathews, LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and Josh Adams. And there’s an important takeaway here. The coaches who are most effective, especially over time, can make use of gifted players no matter their scheme. They design their offenses or defenses around the abilities of their players, instead of needing players with precise specifications to fit their schemes.

Meet The Prospect: S Johnathan Abram - PE.com
ESPN’s Mel Kiper predicted this week that the Eagles would select Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram in the first round of April’s draft. It just so happens that the hard-hitting safety is the subject of today’s Meet The Prospect.

Solak: Running Back Positional Rankings - The Draft Network
1) I can empathize with the gripes of those who don’t have Josh Jacobs as RB1. I’m as concerned as anyone about back who never broke out of a timeshare, though there’s something to be said for the 3-star recruit breaking into Bama’s backfield to begin with. At the end of the day, Jacobs did more to create with the ball in his hands than his fellow Crimson Tide backs, and while he didn’t kill his Pro Day, it’s hard to miss his explosive cuts on film. I don’t view him as a Round 1 grade, but he’s a primary NFL ball-carrier who can win on a ton of different concepts. Would love to see him in Oakland.

Pass-Rushing Value May Be Changing in the NFL. What Does That Mean for the 2019 Draft Class? - The Ringer
Two of the top teams in the league eschewing expensive edge rushers in order to fortify other position groups doesn’t necessarily constitute a trend. The Eagles devoted 19.9 percent of their cap to edge rushers when they won the Super Bowl two seasons ago, which was the second-highest mark in the league at the time. San Francisco was happy to grab Ford from the Chiefs and hand him $33.4 million guaranteed in the process. And we’re less than a year removed from the Bears trading a pair of first-round picks to Oakland to land Mack and make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

Broncos signed AAF star cornerback - Mile High Report
With the Alliance for American Football going under, players have been left holding their bags. However, some of them gained enough attention from the league to catch on else where. One such player, [former Eagles cornerback] De’Vante Bausby, led the league in interceptions and made some big plays. Enough so that the Denver Broncos have signed him.

The only 2019 NFL mock draft that’s in completely random order - SB Nation
7. Philadelphia Eagles: Devin White, LB, LSU. Original pick: No. 25. The Eagles don’t have too many holes to fill, so they can afford to make a bit of a luxury pick. The defense could use an upgrade at linebacker after the loss of Jordan Hicks in free agency. Devin White could start immediately and potentially be an improvement over Hicks, who struggled with injuries during his time in Philadelphia.

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