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Three moves the Eagles could still make, including a blockbuster trade, to boost their Super Bowl chances - CBS Sports
Below are the terms of a potential deal, which I negotiated through 20 minutes of trade talks with our very own NFL editor R.J. White, who impersonated Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane -- and only “hung up” on our negotiations once! Eagles get: DE Jerry Hughes — Bills get: DE Josh Sweat, CB Rasul Douglas, 2020 fourth-round draft pick. But why would the Eagles give up so much for a 30-year-old DE when they have Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett?! Great question, but consider that Graham is 31, that Barnett has just six career starts and 7.5 career sacks, and that the top DEs not named Chris Long behind them are Miller, a 30-year-old Vinny Curry and unproven youngsters like Sweat and Daeshon Hall. They could be just fine as a group, but it can’t be the rotation Roseman truly covets, especially for a Super Bowl contender. And what about Hughes’ age, you ask? How does adding another 30-plus defender help the situation long-term? Well, it doesn’t, necessarily, but that’s not really the point. The point is improving the Eagles for 2019, and when you factor in the nice compensatory draft pick that’d accompany Hughes potentially hitting free agency after one year in Philly, you’re not even tied to another aging edge rusher if you don’t want to be. You could essentially recoup that fourth-rounder in the deal by 2021.
Projecting the top 2019 Eagles roster position battles - BGN
In our 53-man roster projection yesterday, BLG was forced to predict some surprising roster cuts, thanks to a wealth of talent throughout the roster. While most positions are already somewhat set in stone, a few of them are far from it. Here are some of the most anticipated positional battles come training camp.
Extending Carson, Losing Joe? - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton pour over the details regarding Carson Wentz’s looming contract extension, chime in on why Joe Douglas would/won’t take the Jets GM gig and give their takes on who they’re most excited to see at OTAs next week!Presented by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.
Mailbag: If the Eagles were to trade one of their many cornerbacks, who would it be? - PhillyVoice
One scenario that would make some sense is a trade of Sidney Jones to some team out there who liked him as a prospect before he tore his Achilles prior to the 2019 NFL Draft, to make for some of the other corners deserving of playing time.
The RPO and the Andy Reid coaching tree - PFF
Philadelphia’s RPO usage has been among the highest in the league since Pederson came to town (eighth in 2016, second in 2017 and third in 2018), and like Reid, Pederson looked to add to his RPO skill-player arsenal this offseason. A few weeks after the beginning of the new league year, the Chicago Bears traded running back Jordan Howard to the Eagles for a 2020 sixth-round pick. Howard has vast experience in an RPO offense, as he had the second-most rushing attempts out of an RPO in 2018, with 81. Pederson got himself an RPO experienced player in Howard, but he wasn’t finished there. With the 53rd pick in the second round of the draft, the Eagles took Penn State running back Miles Sanders. During the 2018 college season, Sanders’ 133 RPO rushing attempts were the second-most in the class, and he made the most of every attempt. Sanders recorded the second-highest rushing grade in this class out of an RPO at 82.1, and his 6.7 yards per attempt were the fifth-most. With the selection of Sanders, Pederson’s RPO offense is bound to improve after they put up a disappointing 3.4 yards per RPO play in 2018 (29th).
Artist with autism creates Lincoln Financial Field sculpture for Eagles Autism Challenge - Philly.com
Now this is a Philly Special. Kambel Smith — a local artist whose large-scale cardboard sculptures of Philadelphia buildings have gained national attention this year — has created an intricate model of Lincoln Financial Field that will be on display at the Eagles Autism Challenge this weekend. Smith, 32, who is autistic and works free-handed, created the 6-by-6-foot sculpture of the Eagles’ home turf over the last two months in the Germantown home he shares with his father, Lonnie, and his brother, Kantai, who is also autistic.
Signs point to a megadeal between Eagles, Carson Wentz - ESPN
Former NFL agent Joel Corry predicts Wentz signs a deal that averages $32 million a year with $90 million in guarantees and $75 million due at signing. ”Quarterbacks always seem to get overcompensated, to a degree,” Corry said. “And particularly what you’ve seen over the last two years is it’s been a musical chairs, pretty much; the next guy up takes his turn as the highest player in the league whether he deserves it or not. ... That’s kind of been the trend. ”If Philadelphia can get him for $32 million per year -- I know that sounds high; that’s the average of the top five deals right now -- roughly 90 [million in] overall guarantees and about 75 [million] fully guaranteed at signing, they should call that a day and be happy with that, as strange as that may seem.”
Can Joe Ostman make the jump in 2019? - PE.com
”Joe is the hardest worker we’ve got here, no question,” All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said during the season. “That guy gives more effort than anyone on the team.” This offseason, Ostman bulked up to 260 pounds, 10 more than in 2018, while strengthening his core and maintaining his flexibility with an eye on earning a spot on the 53-man roster. As a player without a credited season of experience, Ostman was able to be on the field for the Rookie Minicamp. ”I just want to do whatever to help the team and continue to get better myself in the process and that’s what I’m trying to do,” he said.
Eagles’ Jason Kelce on Andre Dillard-Jason Peters dynamic, his legacy and more - PennLive
“Well I think the dynamic works that this kid is in an incredibly fortunate situation. Usually, when you’re drafted in the first round as a tackle, you’re going to be asked to start from Day 1, you’re going to be asked to play at an elite level right out of the gate. So this kid, not only is that not going to be case, but he’s also going to get to learn from one of the best left tackles in the game, one of the best right tackles [Lane Johnson] in the game and an incredible offensive line coach in Jeff Stoutland. So I’d think first and foremost, this is a great opportunity and a great situation for Andre Dillard to learn, grow and become the tackle he has the potential to be, which is why the Eagles drafted him. And secondly, I think it’s just, it’s a great opportunity for JP. He knows his time is coming to an end here, he knows that, obviously, Father Time is undefeated and eventually he will no longer be here. So now he gets to potentially groom and mold a guy who can be the next decade-long player at that position. It’s not just Andre Dillard. Obviously, he’s a first-round pick so he’s going to be given every opportunity, but we’ve been putting guys in here with potential for the last two, three years. We’ve got Big [Halapoulivaati] Vaitai, a guy who’s played a lot of games for us, he’s been learning from those two guys, you have Jordan Mailata, a very, very raw rugby player who’s trying to learn football for the first time in his life, and he’s got two unbelievable guys to learn from. You’ve got a guy from TCU [Matt Pryor]. The list goes on. I think that the biggest thing that I take away is that Andre Dillard’s in a great situation, and if I’m Jason Peters, I get to cement another legacy, which is teaching another player how it’s done and how to be the best possible.”
10 interesting facts about Eagles’ 2019 rookie class - NBCSP
Undrafted guard Sua Opeta from Weber State did 39 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press. That was the most of every player invited to this year’s combine. Just eight players have done more on the bench at the combine in the last 10 years. Just three of those eight were offensive linemen. Mitch Petrus from Arkansas did 45 reps back in 2010. Petrus was a fifth-round draft pick and played 27 career games. For more perspective, Brandon Brooks did 36 reps (nothing to sneeze at) at his pro day in 2012.
Rumors fly of the Jets pursuing Peyton Manning - PFT
Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson wants a “great strategic thinker” to run the football operation. He needs someone who can work with coach Adam Gase. And at the intersection possibly resides one and only one name. Peyton Manning. Rumors are flying within league circles that the Jets may make a run at the future Hall of Fame quarterback who has periodically been linked to NFL management possibilities. And Gase, who worked with Manning in Denver, possibly would be one of the few guys who could draw Manning back into football.
Would You Rather: Jets GM Hunt - The Draft Network
Philadelphia has drafted pretty...okay during Douglas’ tenure. The jury is still out on 2017’s early picks (Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas), as injuries have hampered that group, but early returns on 2018 (Dallas Goedert, Avonte Maddox) are strong. Only one player (Elijah Qualls) of the 18 selected is currently off the team, though that number is likely to grow at 53-man roster cuts. Now, the real shot-caller in Philly is Howie Roseman, an unorthodox general manager who tends to zig where the league zags. Was Philadelphia’s recent success fully a product of his machinations? How much has Douglas learned from Roseman, in terms of cap management, roster allocation, and contract construction? These are the important questions Douglas must answer when he sits down with the Jets. If he hasn’t leveled up during his time in Philadelphia, you’ve just hired half of a front office, and that’ll get you nowhere.
Which NFL franchise is truly the most dysfunctional? - SB Nation
The Giants currently have no idea what to do with Eli Manning, the 38-year-old who is either going to be immediately replaced by Daniel Jones or start for the next two or three years instead — Gettleman isn’t sure yet. They let All-Pro safety Landon Collins leave in free agency with nothing but a likely compensatory pick in return. They shipped All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns in exchange for a safety to replace him and the No. 17 overall pick — a pick that made Gettleman’s decision to take Jones in the top 10 even more frustrating. They then used that 17th selection to select Dexter Lawrence, who replaces Damon Harrison ... who Gettleman traded away for a fifth-round pick last fall. New York has taken a shotgun-blast approach to ship out existing stars and replace them with debuting lottery tickets. But the past year suggests any homegrown talent won’t stay for long in the belly of a franchise that’s unable to move in any one direction before spinning out, turning around, and spectacularly detouring back to mediocrity.
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