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Senior Bowl 2020: 13 more potential Philadelphia Eagles draft targets to watch - PennLive
Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir Rhyne. Duggar is a small school prospect who could make some waves at the Senior Bowl. He’s apparently been impressive in practice, and at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he has a combination of size and athleticism that could make him appealing to NFL teams, especially one like the Eagles that has plenty of uncertainty at that position.

Senior Bowl 2020: 8 prospects for Eagles to keep an eye on during all-star showcase | Will Florida’s Van Jefferson, Ohio State’s K.J. Hill impress scouts? -
2. Matt Hennessy, C/G, Temple (NORTH). With Jason Kelce openly contemplating retirement, the Eagles need to remain cautious. Hennessy, a local school prospect, would seem like a reasonable insurance plan at center. Hennessy could be an option on Day 3 of the selection process.

Size, Speed, and Sloppy Play: Five Takeaways From Senior Bowl Practices - The Ringer
The senior pass catcher was highly productive for the Bears, catching 66 passes for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns this season to finish his career in Waco with 186 receptions for 2,925 yards and 28 scores. He’ll have to clean up his footwork and continue to expand his route tree at the next level, but Mims showed the ability to get off the line and battle with the ball in the air, likely pushing himself into the day two conversation. Florida receiver Van Jefferson had a big week in Mobile, too. At 6-foot-1, Jefferson played bigger than his weigh-in weight of 197 pounds, putting on a route-running clinic while using quick footwork to sink his hips and make sharp cuts to gain separation.

What the Eagles should do at cornerback - BGN
Outlook: Mills is going to be a free agent this offseason. A number of fans aren’t going to want to see him back but I don’t think they’ll get their wish. Jim Schwartz loves Mills’ confidence. I think the Eagles will be able to re-sign Mills at a reasonable rate considering how he might be perceived and how he’s missed 15 games the past two years. On that note, it’s only fair to point out that Mills could benefit from having a full offseason to get ready for the 2020 campaign. We’ve previously noted how 2019 Fletcher Cox and 2018 Brandon Graham underwhelmed after long offseason recoveries.

2020 BGN Draft #2: Senior Bowl Practice Review - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Erik Turner of Cover 1 to break down the standout performances from the Senior Bowl practices! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Senior Bowl practice notes, Day 3 - PhillyVoice
Cornerback. Darnay Holmes, UCLA: He’s got swagger, he’s aggressive, he’ll hit, and he makes plays on the football. Jim Schwartz will love this kid.

Coaching Rumors - Iggles Blitz
It sounds like Manuel is the favorite. He would make sense, having coached in a similar scheme and having played for Jim Schwartz in Detroit back in 2009. Manuel coached DBs in Seattle and Atlanta before becoming the defensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2017 and 2018. He was out of the league last year after being fired by the Falcons. I like the fact he got to be a DC, even if it didn’t work out. He now should have a good feel for how everything comes together. It is easy for position coaches to focus on their unit. Someone who has been a coordinator understands the big picture. A former coordinator can be an even better position coach because of that understanding. Walker has a wild coaching history, having worked for six colleges and five NFL teams. Walker coached the Browns secondary the past three seasons. Both guys have the experience to handle the job.

Playing the waiting game looking ahead to the 2020 season -
3. Speaking of the roster, I’m going to say this: Even with all of these defensive ends on the roster and the presence of some good players, that’s a position where an impact addition could turn the defense into something special. Look what Nick Bosa did for the 49ers. The Eagles have good players up front with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, and Vinny Curry played well especially down the stretch in 2019, and they’ve got a slew of young ends they’re developing, but an impact addition here would be a huge plus for the defense.

Eli Esoterica: Looking back at Eli Manning’s legacy against the Eagles - The Athletic
Eli Manning officially called it quits today. Aptly, he finishes with a 117-117 record, closing the book on a laudably average career. The other quarterbacks in NFL history who started at least 10 games and finished their careers with an exact .500 record are Jim Plunkett (72-72), Jeff Garcia (58-58), Tarvaris Jackson (17-17), Jim Ninowski (15-15), Brock Osweiler (15-15), Shane Matthews (11-11), Matt Robinson (10-10), Sage Rosenfels (6-6), Sean Salisbury (6-6), Jerry Tagge (6-6) and Tommy Thompson (6-6). As king of the middle ground, Manning retires with three active quarterbacks hot on his heels — Ryan Tannehill (49-49), Matt Moore (16-16) and the promising Gardner Minshew (6-6). In Philadelphia, of course, Manning’s legacy will be his generosity. His 37 interceptions against the Eagles (including playoffs) are more than he threw against any other team in his 16-year career. Let’s revisit those memorable moments of kindness.

53 Super Bowl rings, 53 stories - ESPN
Super Bowl LII. 2017: Philadelphia Eagles. Jon Dorenbos, LS Traded before the 2017 season, Dorenbos had been the Eagles’ longest-tenured player and a favorite in the organization. A subsequent medical exam revealed Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm that required heart surgery and ultimately ended his career. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie invited Dorenbos into the locker room following the Super Bowl LII win and later gave him a ring. “What he did for this community here in Philadelphia, how he represented himself here, even the time we were competing; just such a great mentor,” said long snapper Rick Lovato, who succeeded Dorenbos in Philly. “He definitely deserved it, especially after everything that has happened to him, his heart condition. It’s crazy everything that happened and we’re just thankful that he’s alive and that he could be around for that Super Bowl.”.

Reviewing the 2015 NFL Draft with PFF WAR - PFF
15. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. The last Chip Kelly draft had only six picks, with Jordan Hicks (with almost half a win generated from 2015-2018) being the best of their selections. Nelson Agholor and Eric Rowe have been busts, and that’s a big reason Kelly didn’t even finish the 2015 season.

2019 Fantasy Football Recap: Top 25 quarterbacks - Fake Teams
10. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles — 2019 ADP: QB7. Given everything that happened around him, 2019 was a pretty successful season for Wentz. Hell, he even finished the season which is something he hadn’t done since his rookie season in 2016. Fumbling issues are a worry, but he’s a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2020.

Brian Westbrook regrets inability to help squash Donovan McNabb-Terrell Owens beef - NBCSP
Westbrook said he’s cool with both guys and regrets that he wasn’t able to squash the beef 15 years ago. “One of the most disappointing things in my career was that I wasn’t old enough and mature enough to bring two guys I know we needed to be successful together. It was a point, I loved [Owens] and I loved [McNabb], I couldn’t bring them together for the success of our team. That’s one of the biggest failures I had in my career as a player. I wasn’t old enough, wasn’t mature enough at the time.”

George Paton withdraws from Browns GM search - Dawgs By Nature
On the other hand, for those of a more pessimistic nature, Paton’s decision is a reflection of the continued dysfunction surrounding the Browns and a sign of an imminent power struggle between Stefanski, who did not get “his guy” as the general manager, and chief strategy office Paul DePodesta, who is rumored to favor Andrew Berry, currently the vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles. Berry and DePodesta have a history together as Berry worked for the Browns as vice president of player personnel from 2016-2018, so that would held give the team the alignment that co-owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam claim to covet.

What can you expect from an 8-8 team with a new head coach the following year? - Blogging The Boys
Between the introduction of the salary cap in 1994 (to use a random but relevant data point in league history) and 2019, 16 teams fired/exchanged their head coach after an 8-8 season, and there’s some sobering stuff to be gleaned from looking at the historical record of those coaching changes. Only four of the 16 teams (25%) improved on their record the following year. Three teams (19%) were stuck with a Garrett-like 8-8 record the following year. Nine teams (56%) finished the following season with a worse record, despite the coaching change. Yikes!

2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Jon Runyan Jr, OT/G, Michigan - Big Blue View
Improvement in the NFL is a moving target. Every team is trying to get better every year so every team needs to get the most out of all of their free agent dollars and each of their draft picks. That is especially true of the New York Giants, who have won 12 games in the last three years. And while that obviously means hitting on the top draft picks which form the core of the roster, it also means properly evaluating and developing players down the draft board as well. Michigan left tackle Jon Runyan Jr, could be just such a player. He has 24 starts at left tackle (and one at right tackle), but he was moved inside to guard for the East - West Shrine Bowl and that is likely where his NFL future is.

Senior Bowl Day 3 - Scouts Notebook
WR James Proche has been terrific this week. He gets open and seems to catch everything thrown his way. I think he’s best suited for the slot. Here is a clip of him making a catch today. The Auburn CB actually made contact with me on this play. It isn’t my video, but I was just a few feet away. You really appreciate how big and fast these young men are when they come at you full speed.

20 NFL Draft prospects to know in the 2020 Senior Bowl - SB Nation
1. Javon Kinlaw. Unquestionably the top player participating this year is South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw. In the weigh-in session to start the week, Kinlaw starred with an 84-inch wingspan on his 6’5 and lean 315-pound frame. Yes, that is extremely strange to write, but it’s part of draft season. Kinlaw is a possible top-10 pick and did nothing to hurt his status.


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