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Best draft-class WR by route, scheme fit with new NFL team - PFF
JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles — Best Route: Go. This one wasn’t even close. Arcega-Whiteside was the draft class’ highest-graded receiver on go concepts, including seams, back-shoulder go, end-zone fades and flys that broke off another route. On those go route concepts, Arcega-Whiteside showcased what made us here at PFF come to love him. He has an innate ability to high point the football while also dominating over defensive backs at the catch point. He made 11 contested catches on go routes last year and turned 39 targets into 14 explosive plays of 15 or more yards. All 20 of his go route receptions either moved the chains (eight) or scored six points (12). This is arguably one of the more perfect matches made in draft heaven as Carson Wentz has been downright tremendous on go routes in his short career. Just last year alone, he threw six big-time throws and despite three dropped passes, completed 12 go routes for 271 yards and two scores. Arcega-Whiteside’s ability on go routes and contested-catch situations both in the red zone and in the open field should go a long way at continuing Wentz’ development into one of the league’s top-end signal-callers.

Top Eagles under 25 years old - BGN
DEREK BARNETT (Kist: 3rd, Solak: 1st). In a shocking twist, Solak spent most of his energy defending Barnett, a player he’s been known to be tepid on. I wouldn’t call it a full-blown change of heart though. Projecting Barnett as a high single-digit sack contributor, fulfilling and exceeding that expectation would make a big difference in how well the pass rush performs overall. The Barnett Hive mating call of “he’s only 21” and “he’s only 22” doesn’t need to continue on as he turns 23 years old next month. He’s not magically getting more athletic and he’s entering his sixth year of either college or professional play. This needs to be the year that he lives up to his first round billing.

Put Some Respect on Doug’s Name - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton rank the NFL coaches in response to The Sporting News’ Doug Pederson shade! PLUS more OTA chatter! Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Most vulnerable division winners: Ravens, Texans, Rams at risk - NFL.com
Most likely to replace them: Philadelphia Eagles. Unless the Giants or Redskins step up, this projects as a two-horse race between the Cowboys and Philadelphia, and while there is a good chance it will come down to the wire, I feel good about Dallas, which I see as the more stable team. Consider that Prescott has started every game of his three-year career, while Elliott has not missed time due to injury and Cooper was fully available in 2019. The Eagles are a legitimate threat, but QB Carson Wentz also missed the final portion of each of the last two seasons, and his current backup, Nate Sudfeld, has attempted just 25 NFL passes in his young life. I see the Cowboys emerging victorious. [BLG Note: Shocking that long-time Cowboys executive Gil Brandt would pick Dallas.]

Eagles’ Stefen Wisniewski, almost gone in the offseason, turned out to be a hard habit to break - Daily News
“Not exactly,” Wisniewski said last week, asked if he ever really thought he was gone for good. “I knew when they declined my option, they told me they wanted me back, just for less money. So I looked around, saw what my options were, but felt like this was the best place for me.” [...] “I knew when I signed here that they have their starting three inside. I’ve been a starter here, but I’ve also been a backup, as well. I’m OK with that role,” Wisniewski said. “I’ll just work my butt off, and I’ll be ready whenever they need me.”

Eagles backup quarterback spot appears to be Nate Sudfeld’s to lose - NBCSP
Some might think it a gamble for the Eagles to hitch their wagon to a backup who’s thrown just 25 passes in NFL regular season games. Then again, the club’s trust in Sudfeld has never waned, going back to his rookie year in 2017 when he served as Nick Foles’ backup throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl. Clearly, the Eagles see something in the 25-year-old the rest of us simply haven’t yet had the chance to experience. They stashed him on the 53-man roster for the better part of two seasons. They’ve watched him grow as an athlete and quarterback. “I feel like I’ve improved in a lot of ways since Washington,” Sudfeld said, referring to where he got his start as a sixth-round pick out of Indiana in 2016. “I think physically I’ve developed a lot. I think I was kind of a late bloomer, so I feel like I’ve gotten a lot stronger in the weight room, faster on the field. I just feel like physical development’s been huge. And then just being in the NFL a couple years, some great systems and great coaches, just understanding ball a lot more and seeing situations and being able to apply it.

Eagles Players Swing for the Fences in Home Run Derby - PE.com
Eagles players Avonte Maddox, Jake Elliott, Dallas Goedert, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry, Rick Lovato, and Joe Ostman participated in the 2019 Home Runs for Heart at Citizens Bank Park.

Jets add two more names to General Manager search - PFT
The Jets have doubled their list of candidates for their vacant General Manager position. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, they’ve asked to speak with Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer.

What’s your favorite Hail Mary in NFL history? - SB Nation
[BLG Note: Obvious answer is the Patriots’ Hail Mary against the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.]

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