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2019 NFL Draft: Most improved groups across the league - NFL.com
Eagles’ offensive depth: The potential trade of slot receiver Nelson Agholor never materialized. Instead of parting ways with a piece, the Eagles only added to their offensive arsenal with second-round picks Miles Sanders (No. 53 overall), a running back, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (No. 57 overall), a wideout. Sanders has a chance to end March trade acquisition Jordan Howard’s run as the Eagles’ starting running back before it even begins, while Arcega-Whiteside adds another possession threat for Carson Wentz to find in tight quarters. The depth at running back, wide receiver and tight end (where Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert comprise the best duo in football) should give coach Doug Pederson a ton of play-calling options in the fall. Even the team’s first-round selection (tackle Andre Dillard, No. 22 overall) was typical of the long-term thinking the Eagles are known for because he likely will begin his career on the bench behind Jason Peters. This is a group built to withstand injuries and create matchup problems in nearly any situation.

Four thoughts on the Eagles signing Zach Brown - BGN
Brown made sense as an Eagles target. Philadelphia needed more help at linebacker after losing Jordan Hicks in free agency. Brown brings plenty of experience to the table considering he has 74 career starts to his name. He also doesn’t impact their compensatory pick formula since Washington released him. Brown often caught my attention when I watched Washington’s defense. It seemed like he was always making plays. The stats back up that sentiment: in 29 games over the last two seasons, Brown has logged 153 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and two forced fumbles. That’s quality production.

NFC East Draft Review - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton take a look around the NFC East, including further analysis of the Eagles’ selections, to give their thoughts on how the division fared in the 2019 NFL Draft PLUS an updated look on the Eagles future compensatory picks.Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Are the Eagles still looking for defensive ends? - PhillyVoice
When you compare what the Eagles were going into the season with a year ago, and what they’re likely going into the season with in 2019, it looks something like this, assuming Chris Long doesn’t return to the team. Going from Bennett to Curry is a downgrade, and there’s no obvious “feel-good about it” candidate to take over Long’s role if indeed he’s gone. It’s pretty clear that they got worse this offseason at DE. I think they’ll still look to add someone.

More Pieces - Iggles Blitz
Zach Brown is here to compete for the MLB job. He’s 29-years old and has started 74 games in his 7-year career. Brown has played for the Titans, Bills and Skins. He has played in the 3-4 and the 4-3. The Skins released him in March to save money. He may have also been let go for speaking his mind and not embracing every move and decision by the coaching staff and front office. Brown has solid size. They list him at 6-1, 250, but I’m not sure he’s that heavy. Brown is a good athlete. He is a good tackler. There are times when he does a good job of taking on blockers and getting to the ball. Brown has some playmaking ability. In the last three seasons, he has 33 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, 4 FFs and an INT.

Eagles add a productive, physical player in Zach Brown - PE.com
There is the sense of the unknown, just a bit, with the linebackers, given the move in free agency of middle linebacker Jordan Hicks signing with Arizona. That opened up a job inside, and it’s still unclear how the Eagles plan to directly fill it. Having Brown on board gives the Eagles another extremely viable option. The Eagles can take a look at Brown there and they can also move Bradham into the middle and open up the competition on the strong side. Worrilow, a tough guy and a tackling machine during his days in Atlanta, can also play all three positions. The bottom line is this: The Eagles didn’t address linebacker in the draft, but as we’ve seen through the years the team is always keeping its eyes on ways to upgrade the roster, and with Brown available, Howie Roseman got a deal done that could pay serious benefits in the season ahead.

Eagles have intriguing RB tandem in Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard - ESPN
“I’m used to rotating. I’m not a selfish player,” Sanders said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win. High school, I split reps with another great running back. Penn State was kind of the same thing. I’m ready. I’m willing to do whatever, as far as special teams or splitting reps, it doesn’t matter. I’m ready to do whatever to help this team win a championship.” Both could end up having solid statistical seasons, with Howard (nine rushing TDs in each of the past two seasons) getting plenty of goal-line work and Sanders having the ability to take over as the lead back eventually. It will take some time until their roles fully crystallize, but the potential is there for Sanders and Howard to do some damage together almost right away, lifting the offense up in the process.

Best-Ball QB Tiers - Rotoworld
Carson Wentz (QB11) -- Scored multiple touchdowns in 8-of-11 outings last year. Eight missed games the past two seasons an obvious concern. [...] Nick Foles (QB28) -- Lack of consistency outside of miraculous playoff run remains an overshadowing question mark on ground-based offense.

Philadelphia Eagles claim former Los Angeles Rams S Blake Countess - Turf Show Times
Countess became expendable when the Rams drafted two safeties this past weekend in the second round in Taylor Rapp, and seventh round in Nick Scott. Both guys have the ability to play a vital role on special teams, and that’s where majority of Countess’ contribution stemmed from. In 2018, Countess started one game at safety for the Rams, though he ultimately suffered an injury (concussion protocol) and was pulled rather quickly. On 58 defensive snaps and 356 special teams snaps, Countess produced nine total tackles, one interception, and two pass deflections.

Best & Worst Of Washington Redskins Draft Class - The Draft Network
Worst Pick: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford. This isn’t even a bad pick, but one of them had to be “worst.” I was a bit lower on Love than where he was taken, but I understand the fit. With Derrius Guice able to bring the power, Love’s long speed will be the lightning to his thunder. I would’ve preferred them to take a speed running back a bit later considering positional value, and Love comes with injury and long-term concerns.

The NFL has a rule that basically turns the commissioner into God - SB Nation
And as for the extraordinarily unfair act rule? Well, that’s a thing that turns the commissioner into a near-deity, which Saints fans desperately wanted to take advantage of recently ... if only they could.

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