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Bill, Hillary Clinton to visit Philly for event with former Eagle Nnamdi Asomugha - Inquirer
Bill and Hillary Clinton are coming to Philadelphia, for an event with an unusual guest: former Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Former President Bill Clinton announced the April 13 event on Twitter, as part of a tour that includes other “conversations with” the likes of actor Ben Stiller, television personality Star Jones, and longtime Democratic strategist Paul Begala. [...] Asomugha, now an actor, joined the Eagles as a prized free agent in 2011, but after arriving with Pro Bowl credentials he muddled through two disappointing seasons and is widely remembered as a bust in Philadelphia.
Adam Schefter: “I don’t think that the Eagles are done at the running back position” - BGN
SCHEFTER: “Listen, first of all, I don’t think that the Eagles are done at the running back position. I still think that they’ll add another back or two. And I think this was part of the puzzle. [...] And so they wound up on Jordan Howard. I don’t think he’ll be the last back they add between now and training camp.”
Draft Talk - Iggles Blitz
If you want the simple version, Jacobs can run, catch and block. And he does them all very well. I focus on two things when it comes to RBs…footwork and vision. The RB needs to be able to see where to go. He also must be able to get there. Beyond that, I like physical runners. Guys who run behind their pads, meaning they keep their shoulders parallel to the line of scrimmage and they run with good pad level. Those runners are tougher to tackle. You don’t want runners that are too upright or who run east-west. Jacobs is 220 pounds. He uses his size and strength to his advantage. He rarely goes down on first contact. He finishes his runs. Jacobs prefers to be the hammer, not the nail. But he has the feet to make tough cuts and to be an elusive runner. He’s not just a straight-line guy that relies purely on size. He reminds me of Edgerrin James. Both were big guys who could be physical or athletic and were gifted receivers.
Eagles Mailbag: Dividing the pie, RBs in draft, Doug Pederson on injury report - NBCSP
As Pederson would say, this is a lower-body injury. The Eagles’ head coach had surgery on his ankle to prevent an Achilles tear. Basically, he had a bone spur that was rubbing into his tendon and they had to shave it down to make sure the Achilles didn’t rupture. He’s stuck with that walking boot for a total of 10 weeks, but said he’ll be fine for OTAs. He better make sure to stay out of the way, though. As much as Pederson wants to be involved, he might need to take a little step back to keep out of harm’s way.
Meet the Prospect: DT Christian Wilkins - PE.com
Christian Wilkins is touted as one of the best players in this year’s draft because he checks a lot of boxes from the defensive tackle spot. Fran Duffy analyzes why in the latest Meet the Prospect.
Solak: Interior Offensive Line Positional Rankings - The Draft Network
3) Garrett Bradbury — IOL, NC State. So here’s how it goes: Garrett Bradbury is my third iOL among three that I really like, because they all get graded on the same scale -- and comparatively, Bradbury’s lacking in functional anchor and first-level power. But if he goes to a heavy zone-blocking team that will protect him with play action (cough the Rams cough) then he’ll be the highest impact player of the lot. As per usual, it’s all about fit.
From South Bend to South Africa, Jerry Tillery is ready for what’s next - ESPN
Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Tillery describes himself as a “super inquisitive kid.” He was always reading, always asking questions. His parents, both nurses, stressed education. His three older sisters went to college and then into either nursing or teaching. His father, Jerry, called Big Jerry even though his son is taller, also played football at Northeast Louisiana, now Louisiana-Monroe. ”Always adventurous, curious about everything,” Mildred said. “He was the top reader in his grade and then he was the best football player. He was friends with all the nerds and the jocks.” Byron Dawson, who coached him at Evangel Christian Academy, remembers Tillery reading the business section of the newspaper in high school. On long drives, Dawson and Tillery talked stocks and investing. He didn’t have the resources here to study abroad and do things like that, but he was really into books,” Dawson said. “He was always trying to learn. He always asked questions. If you get into a conversation with Jerry, there’s not going to be much awkward silence.”
4 ways the XFL can learn from the AAF’s mistakes - SB Nation
Attempting to start a football league that’s not the NFL is no easy task. It appears the latest attempt, the Alliance of American Football (AAF), won’t be keeping its doors open for much longer. On April 2, it was announced the league would be suspending its operations with the likelihood of folding altogether. This doesn’t seem to forebode well for the next reincarnation of the XFL, which will be starting in 2020. However, the XFL can learn from the AAF’s mistakes as it gets ready to open its league next year. Here are four lessons the XFL can take away from the catastrophe known as the AAF.
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