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The promising undrafted free agents of 2018 that shouldn’t be overlooked - PFF
EDGE JOE OSTMAN, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Ostman might have a difficult time cracking the Eagles’ deep defensive line rotation, but the ability is there for him to prove his worth. In his final season at Central Michigan, Ostman produced the fifth-highest overall grade among draft-eligible edge defenders, and his 54 total pressures were in the top 10 at the position.

Jordan Mailata still has an important role in the Eagles’ future - BGN
2020 should be a different story for Mailata. Assuming he’s able to build on the “unbelievable” potential he showed last summer, he could easily serve as the team’s swing tackle. Peters is bound for retirement as he turns 38 next January. Vaitai is bound for unrestricted free agency after failing to sign an extension with the Eagles to this point. Those two departures will have Mailata just one snap away from filling in for Dillard at left tackle or Johnson at right tackle. “Jordan Mailata: Swing Tackle of the Future” admittedly isn’t as exciting as “Jordan Mailata: Starting Tackle of the Future” but it’s not like it’s an unimportant role to play. We all know the Eagles won Super Bowl LII using a backup at left tackle.

A too-early look at what positions are strong in the 2020 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
Wide receiver: While the Eagles themselves are pretty loaded up with wide receiver talent at the moment, they are likely to lose Nelson Agholor in free agency next year, DeSean Jackson will be 33 years old, and it’s worth noting that Alshon Jeffery will count for a hair under $16 million on the salary cap in each of the next two seasons.

Strong Up Front - Iggles Blitz
I think Halapoulivaati Vaitai will end up a solid starter in the NFL. He’s been up and down with the Eagles, but usually under tough circumstances. I think some team will sign him next March and let Big V settle into a position. For now, he’s learning to play OG. Big V has 17 career starts at OT and has played very well at times. Then you have Andre Dillard, who should be a good starter, and Jordan Mailata, who has huge potential. Teams would kill for prospects like that. If the Texans had been able to draft Dillard at pick 23, he would likely be their starting LT. In Philly, he will probably sit for a year. Depth like that is rare.

The NFC East’s Best Third-Year Talents - The Draft Network
2) Derek Barnett, EDGE, Philadelphia Eagles. Opinions are a bit divided on Barnett. I thought he was a good player who was overdrafted, and his productive season in Year 1 was largely the part of scheme/teammates, not so much individual talent. But Barnett took some strides forward in Year 2, and was one of the Eagles most efficient rushers before losing the 2018 season to injury. Now with Michael Bennett and Chris Long out of the building, Barnett is in for the largest workload of his young career, and must stay healthy and deliver to live up to a hefty draft billing.

Predicting the story of the season for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
Can Carson Wentz stay healthy? The Eagles let Nick Foles walk this offseason and are committed to Wentz for the long term. He has ditched his knee brace and looks as healthy as we’ve seen him since 2017. If he can shake the injury bug and return to MVP-caliber form, Philly has a real chance of being the best team in the NFL.

Could Eagles’ Tre Sullivan emerge as Corey Graham’s replacement -
Sullivan said defensive backs coach Cory Undlin and safeties coach Tim Hauck have been giving him a lot of feedback during the offseason program. McLeod has also been offering his input as well. “All aspects of the game with technique, knowing the scheme, it’s going to help me out a lot,” Sullivan said about the extra work behind the scenes. “Meetings have been different. Cory really being on me, Tim and Rodney as well, just making sure I know what’s going on. It’s been helpful so far.”

A backstage pass to where food and football collide -
Armed with some lessons from a few of my culinary heroes, I truly try to put the love of food culture and brotherhood right in my cooking every day. I share myself and my passion through the food I cook and my work on the Feeding the Birds podcast. I do it when I cook for my wife and son, friends and family. I do it when I cook for everyone in the NovaCare Complex. When we cook together and share a meal, we become family. Our Eagles family just keeps getting a whole lot bigger.

Ezekiel Elliott’s Las Vegas incident ‘likely’ to be reviewed by NFL commissioner - Yahoo
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters last week that, “I don’t see that having any consequences for us.” Despite that stance, a source in the NFL’s executive branch told Yahoo Sports the Las Vegas incident is “clearly” subject to review by Goodell under the league’s personal conduct policy, particularly in light of Elliott’s previous six-game suspension for alleged acts of physical abuse against an ex-girlfriend. That previous case continues to be a source of resentment at the highest levels of the Cowboys franchise, largely due to the league’s sole interviewer of Elliott’s accuser having recommended no discipline after finding inconsistencies and credibility issues with the alleged victim’s statements.

Patriots’ Adjustments to Benjamin Watson’s Suspension, Jets’ GM Search Heats Up, More NFL Notes - MMQB
4. Of course, Philadelphia’s Joe Douglas remains the favorite, and the one hire the Jets can make that could mitigate the public relations mess of the last few weeks. One reason to hire Douglas, beyond just his relationship with Adam Gase and sterling reputation as an evaluator, would be his ability to assemble a loaded scouting staff, sort of like Chris Ballard has in Indianapolis. There’s a belief in scouting circles that if Kelly doesn’t get the GM job, he could still land in Jersey working under Douglas. And Eagles execs Andy Weidl and Ian Cunningham are well-regarded, and brought to Philly from Baltimore by Douglas—so it’d hardly be a surprise if he were to try and poach them, should he land/decide to take the job.

Jets’ GM search: Hiring process could be a doozy, even though it’s believed they have candidate in sights - CBS Sports
My response basically went like this: Three GMs I know well who don’t have a history of spreading false info were convinced before the draft that Joe Douglas was going to take over the Jets after the draft. If you are owner of a team that has had a hard time getting qualified candidates to talk to you in the past, you don’t fire your GM, randomly, in the middle of May and anoint a head coach who has been on the job about four months interim GM unless you have a pretty good idea of who the next guy is. Even Woody and Chris Johnson couldn’t be naïve enough to do otherwise, right? Yes, I hear the same as you, that Douglas has what has the makings of a sharp-looking staff ready to go, and his pre-existing relationship would seem to be a trump card here. Perhaps things fall apart with him, and your guy could get the offer … But would you really want to take it under these terms, working for these owners, in this scenario with the last GM just run out of the building weeks after being allowed to run the draft?

Jets request interviews with George Paton and Scott Fitterer for general manager job - Gang Green Nation
Paton’s name regularly pops up during NFL general manager searches. He has frequently turned down interview requests in the past. As Rapoport noted, he has been on the Jets’ radar in the past. He seems to be waiting for the right opportunity rather than somebody who will take the first available job. How that bodes for the Jets would be a guess at this point. Fitterer is Co-Director of Player Personnel in Seattle along with Trent Kirchner. Kirchner was on the Jets’ radar during their last search for a general manager four years ago. He has interviewed for numerous general manager jobs over the past few years, including for openings in San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Kansas City. The duo joins Champ Kelly and Joe Douglas as candidates for the open job.

Four things New York Giants fans should feel good about - Big Blue View
1) An heir apparent is in place. We can argue forever — and probably will — over whether or not GM Dave Gettleman should have/could have waited until the 17th pick to select quarterback Daniel Jones. We can argue forever — and probably will — about whether Gettleman should have selected Dwayne Haskins instead. Or taken Sam Darnold a year earlier. Or waited another year to select Justin Herbert, Jake Fromm or Tua Tagovailoa. In my view, though, Giants fans should feel good that the “who comes after Eli Manning?” question has been answered. From the day he became general manager it was obvious that Gettleman would eventually have to make the decision. He has. Will the choice of Jones be right? It will be years before we really know the answer to that. In my view, it is also a good thing that there aren’t “he needs to play Week 1” expectations being heaped upon Jones.

Fixing the biggest offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams - SB Nation
The Eagles already have a roster that should continue to be in Super Bowl contention, so the offseason has mostly just been small tinkering to make it even better. The Eagles added Malik Jackson to the defensive line, traded to bring receiver DeSean Jackson back to where his career began, and added running back Jordan Howard in another trade. There are no holes on the roster that desperately needed to be filled in the draft, so getting a replacement for 37-year-old left tackle Jason Peters ended up being the priority instead in the first round. Offensive tackle Andre Dillard was the No. 22 overall selection, but might not play at all during his rookie year. Second rounders Miles Sanders and JJ Arcega-Whiteside should give the offense a boost right away, though.


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