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Eagles News: Breshad Perriman among Philadelphia’s free agent wide receiver options

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Why Eagles might swoop in if Dallas lets Amari Cooper hit free agency - ESPN
Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Perriman has crazy speed — he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in 2015 — and at age 26, still has plenty left in those legs. He bumped up his stock with a strong finish for the Bucs in 2019, posting 100-plus-yard performances in each of his past three games with four total touchdowns. Eagles vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl was with the Baltimore Ravens when they selected Perriman in the first round out of Central Florida. He should have a good read on how Perriman is wired, why he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations of yet, and whether he’d be a good fit in Philly. From a skill perspective, Perriman checks several boxes, and would give Wentz another big-play threat. Next-level stat: He finished third in average targeted air yards (16.1) in 2019, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, and was tied for fourth in average yards per reception (17.9).

Weekly Eagles Draft Simulation: Another three wide receiver mock - BGN
Round 1, Pick 21: Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU. Other Players Available: Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama. CJ Henderson, Cornerback, Florida. Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma. With different options available than last week, I decided to pick up another blue chip defensive player. Safety isn’t a pressing need for the Eagles, but it’s hard to pass up on a versatile playmaker like Delpit when the Eagles desperately need some young talent in their secondary.

Eagles beat writer question face-off power rankings - PhillyVoice
21) Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation: Brandon doesn’t ask many questions in question face-off scenarios, but nobody churns out more content. Brandon will always have his laptop with him, and he’ll be flat-out writing his next story while the interview subject is still up there answering questions.

Options are Important - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles need CB help. I don’t think anyone would dispute that after the past two years. Ronald Darby won’t be brought back. I’m guessing Jalen Mills will re-sign, but he isn’t meant to be a number one corner. The Eagles have to find that guy in the offseason. Byron Jones is the top free agent. He’s big and athletic and talented. But he’s only got two INTs in five seasons, and those came when he played safety. Chris Harris is another possibility, but he’ll turn 31 in June and he’s at his best in the slot. There are some good CBs in the draft. Still, do you count on them coming in and starting right away? Do you expect them to play at a high level? Howie Roseman is a creative GM. He won’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to finding talent. That’s important with the Eagles need for CB help. They need options.

Four Downs: NFC East - Football Outsiders
Peters’, Howard’s, and Agholor’s potential internal replacements are the team’s first, second, and third picks from the 2019 draft. Miles Sanders has already proven himself capable of starting at running back, producing 135 combined DYAR, although skewed more toward receiving (122) than rushing (13). But neither Andre Dillard nor J.J. Arcega-Whiteside exceled in limited playing time in their rookie seasons. Dillard blew 7.8% of his combined pass and run blocks, the worst rate among offensive linemen with 300 or more snaps. And Arcega-Whiteside contributed a -12.3% DVOA on his 22 targets. Those underwhelming numbers may prompt the Eagles to make alternate plans at those positions, especially at wide receiver, where presumptive starters DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery are a combined 63 years old.

Eagles mailbag: Higher trade cost — Stefon Diggs or OBJ? Plus free agency, Malcolm Jenkins and more - The Athletic
Why don’t the Eagles value the LB position more? ... Because it probably doesn’t matter that much unless you have a truly special player. This is cherry-picking, but according to Over The Cap, two of the 10 teams (Seahawks and Texans) who spent the most money on the linebacker position in 2019 made the playoffs. Meanwhile, five of the 10 teams who spent the least on the position (including the Eagles, who ranked 30th) made the playoffs. For the record, no other position’s top-10 spenders included fewer postseason teams. I don’t think the Eagles will ever spend big on the position as long as Howie Roseman is in charge. Using a second-round pick on a linebacker is probably the very best you can hope for.

NFL free agency: Weighing pros and cons of a Darius Slay trade for Eagles - NBCSP
He wants a contract. Slay is a 29-year-old Pro Bowler entering the final year of his deal. He has a base salary of $10 million in 2019 but wants to get paid and he’s earned that. The highest-paid six cornerbacks in the NFL make over an average of $14 million per season, so to sign Slay to a long-term deal, it’ll take at least that. The highest-paid CB in the NFL is Xavien Howard at just over $15 million per season. Slay is three years older but that’s likely where his agent will want to start.

Eagles Insider Podcast: Meet The Coaches – DB coach Marquand Manuel -
He’s tough, he’s intense and he gives everything to his players Meet new defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel, who brings a wealth of NFL playing and coaching experience to the Eagles. Plus, former Eagles CB Lito Sheppard, tells us that Manuel was always on the road to coaching, even when the two of them played together at the University of Florida.

Report: Lions speaking to teams about potential Darius Slay trade - Pride Of Detroit
Slay has long been one of the Lions best defensive players since he was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. He has notched 19 career interceptions and 104 passes defended in 103 games played. In 2017, he was named a first team All Pro after leading the NFL with eight interceptions. Slay has also been named to three consecutive Pro Bowls. Per Schefter, other teams around the league believe a trade will happen, though Detroit does value their star corner very highly and the asking price is seemingly not something Detroit will move off of when deciding whether or not to trade Slay.

No Surprise Darius Slay on the Block, Credit to Mike Tomlin, XFL Interest - MMQB
Why would the Lions do this? Slay may not be the perfect fit for Matt Patricia’s program, so that’s to be considered. But there’s also where the team is logistically. If Slay is looking for more than Detroit is willing give him in a new deal, then going forward would make him, in effect, a one-year rental. The Lions also can sit where they are, at No. 3 in the draft, knowing they’d be able to draft Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah, if it were too difficult to replace Slay with another vet. All in all, Detroit’s got the flexibility to sit tight here and let things develop. And it may be that their best offer comes from a team that strikes out on the cornerback market in free agency.

Jordan Reed still in concussion protocol 6 months later, Redskins expected to move on - Hogs Haven
Rhiannon Walker and Ben Standig from the Athletic are reporting that Jordan Reed is still in the concussion protocol per Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera. This is troubling news for a lot of reasons. Reed has his extensive history with concussions, and has been resistant to using specialized helmets in the past. He has also been dismissive of the long-term effects on his health, but now seems ready to face the severity of the issue. Several teammates said he could leave the game to preserve his health.

How did former Philadelphia Eagles fare in Week 2 of the XFL? Donnel Pumphrey, DeAndre Thompkins step up - PennLive
For DC, DeAndre Thompkins’ performance is intriguing. He was one of the Eagles’ highest-paid undrafted free agents last season but did not make the team out of training camp and didn’t even land a spot on the practice squad. He’s fast, though, and has some playmaking ability. Pumphrey, the former 2017 fourth-round pick who has never appeared in an NFL game, had a nice bounce back from Week 1.

4 questions about the XFL’s relationship to both the NFL and college football - SB Nation
Like I said last week, the XFL will survive if the talent is good enough. All the other features are fantastic and I commend the XFL for putting on a good show. But in the end, with the NFL Combine approaching and March Madness soon upon us, people will watch the XFL if the play between the white lines can keep them entertained.

DC, Houston top Week 3 XFL power rankings - DraftKings Nation
1. DC Defenders (2-0) — 27-0 win vs. New York. Cardale Jones is a step behind P.J. Walker for the time being, but he’s in competition with Jordan Ta’amu for a close second in the QB/MVP race. If you have a relatively good quarterback in a new league, you’re in good position. The big thing for DC is their defense is off to a strong start as well. They made Matt McGloin look abysmal and might have the best pass rush in the league for the time being.

Ranking Every XFL QB After Two Weeks of Action - Rotoworld
10) Matt McGloin — McGloin complained at halftime in Week 2 that the Guardians needed to come out with a brand new scheme. Give me a break. Pretty much the only saving grace for McGloin this season is the idea that his performance has suffered due to extreme pressure. Still, both pressure and sacks are more of a QB stat than indicative of a porous offensive line. Regardless: McGloin has the league’s third-worst QB rating when operating out of a clean pocket this season. The Guardians left far too many yards on the field in Week 2 to feel comfortable with McGloin under center moving forward. A bad attitude certainly doesn’t help matters. A switch to Marquise Williams would seemingly elevate both the floor and ceiling of this offense.

Tim Tebow has “some communication” with XFL, but he decided to stick with baseball - PFT
Tebow last played in a regular-season football game in 2012, only one season after Tebowmania took the NFL by storm. Following one season with the Jets, however, the 2010 first-round pick of the Broncos never managed to make a 53-man roster, despite opportunities with the Eagles and Patriots. He turned to baseball in 2016, after opting not to pursue the CFL or any other non-NFL football league.


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