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Eagles News: Cowboys “can expect” Philadelphia to “lead the pack in trying to chase” Amari Cooper

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/25/20.

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Amari Cooper to be a free agent 2020: Top landing spots, projected contract, latest updates, rumors and more - CBS Sports
If the Cowboys can’t keep the reins on Cooper, they can expect the rival Philadelphia Eagles to lead the pack in trying to chase him down. The Eagles are reportedly considering moving on from Alshon Jeffery following a season marred with injury and a rumored rift with Carson Wentz, and Nelson Agholor is an unrestricted free agent not expected to be re-signed. Add to this the fact DeSean Jackson himself is aging and returning from injury, and you can rapidly see how much adding Cooper would immediately impact the Eagles receiving corps. And, of course, they’d love to stick it to their bitter rival from Texas in the process.

Former Eagles scout discusses wide receiver and cornerback options for Philadelphia in the 2020 NFL Draft - BGN
Every year, the NFL Network makes their top draft analyst available to reporters via conference call directly ahead of the NFL Combine. Mike Mayock used to handle these duties but now it’s former Philadelphia Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah who shares his insight on various prospects. Jeremiah’s a sharp dude so it’s always interesting to get his perspective. And especially so when it specifically comes to the Eagles because Jeremiah used to work under Howie Roseman in Philly and alongside Andy Weidl in Baltimore. Ergo, Jeremiah has familiarity with how the Eagles’ personnel decision makers think. Unsurprisingly, Jeremiah was asked multiple questions about the Eagles and their glaring needs at both wide receiver and cornerback. Let’s take a look at what all he had to say.

The QB Scho Show #53: The Blood Eagle Hand Size Test of Endurance - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield get you prepped for NFL Combine nonsense with thoughts on hand size, radar guns, Joe Burrow’s attitude towards the Bengals, and more PLUS thoughts on Jameis Winston and Josh Allen! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A preview of the wide receiver class competing at the 2020 NFL Combine - PhillyVoice
Justin Jefferson, LSU: Jefferson catches everything, and will frustrate defenses at the next level by coming up with big third down catches for first downs. But beyond that, he can also work the intermediate to deeper parts of the field as well. He played both in the slot and on the outside at LSU.

Cornering the Market - Iggles Blitz
BYRON JONES. Jones is the top CB on the market. He is big, fast and very athletic. Jones will turn 28 in September so he’s in the prime of his career. You put on the tape and see a player with outstanding man coverage ability. He gets in a receiver’s hip pocket and stays there. When receivers try double moves or hard cuts, Jones is athletic enough to recover and stay close. He is a really gifted CB. Jones is physical and tough. He will hit and tackle. So what’s not to love? Ball skills. Jones has 2 interceptions in his career, and they both came when he played safety. You are not getting a playmaker. Rasul Douglas has started 50 fewer games and has 5 career picks. Of course, you also have to factor in that QBs go after Douglas while they avoid Jones. There is a real case to be made for going after Jones. He could lock down one half of the field basically. He’s not an elite player, but is very good. The big question really is whether he’s worth giving mega-bucks. I don’t know how much the Eagles scouts and coaches like him, but Jones would be a major upgrade for the team. Howie Roseman better be talking to Jones’ agent to at least feel out the situation.

Ranking 2020 NFL free-agent quarterbacks: Top 15 based on current value - ESPN+
14. Nate Sudfeld. Background: Sudfeld was expected to replace Nick Foles as Carson Wentz’s backup last season, but a broken wrist landed him on injured reserve early in the season. The 2016 sixth-round pick has completed 20 of 25 passes for 156 yards (6.2 YPA) and one touchdown in his young career. Outlook: Sudfeld could interest quarterback-needy teams looking for a cheap Hail Mary option in their quarterback battle, but a return to Philadelphia on a short-term contract figures to be the outcome. The Colts, who previously tried to sign Sudfeld, are another team to watch considering coach Frank Reich’s familiarity with him from his time as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator.

NFL scouting combine: Eagles’ needs list starts with WR and CB, but they’ll be keeping close eye on defensive linemen - Inquirer
Given Graham’s age and the fact that his cap number will jump from $6.3 million next season to $17.9 million in 2021, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Eagles draft another edge-rusher this year or even sign one in free agency. But they also are hoping to get a lot more from Miller in Year 2. Right now, he’s got nowhere to go but up. “It’s going to be different next year for me,’’ Miller vowed in January after the Eagles’ playoff loss to Seattle. “I want to be on the field contributing on defense and special teams. ”I’ve got a lot of work to do. I can’t just talk about it. I can say I’m going to do a lot of things, but I’ve got to do them.’’ Some people in the Eagles organization had reservations about drafting Miller, a hometown kid from the Frankford section of the city. Not because they didn’t think he could play, but because of the pressure and distractions that can come with playing in your hometown.

Darren Sproles Says He’s A Hall Of Famer, ‘I Feel Like I Am’ - TMZ Sports
Darren Sproles says he deserves a bronze bust in Canton someday ... straight-up telling TMZ Sports he’s a Hall of Famer. ”I feel like I am,” Sproles says. “But it’s not for me to choose.” FYI ... Sproles’ ex-teammate and All-Pro OL Brandon Brooks couldn’t have agreed more with the former Eagles RB while the two were out in LA this week, saying, “Bro, there is no doubt.”

How did former Philadelphia Eagles fare in Week 3 of the XFL? Two former DBs record interceptions - PennLive
Some former Eagles defensive backs got into the playmaking action here with Hawkins and Igwebuike recording interceptions for their teams. Hawkins was forced into action in the 2019 playoffs, while both players were in training camp with the Eagles last season.

The real reason the Cowboys are likely to lose Byron Jones in free agency - Blogging The Boys
Indeed. The Cowboys caved to Elliott last offseason and now they are paying the price. There were scenarios where the Cowboys could have delayed an extension to Elliott for several years. Obviously that would have been a gamble because Elliott could have continued his holdout and you can’t get a comparable running back in replace him. But, what you could do, as most NFL teams are doing, is quit relying so much on a lead dog running back as a major part of your offense. It’s well-established that winning in the NFL no longer requires a 1,000-yard back being fed regularly to win. It’s not an end-all, be-all argument, but just look at the leading rushers on the last five Super Bowl winning teams.

2020 NFL mock draft: How each team can address a major need in the 1st round - SB Nation
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU. Offseason needs: Wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker, safety. Is there a team in the NFL with more obvious offseason needs than the Eagles? Philadelphia’s wide receiver play in 2019 was downright putrid. The team is relying on older players like Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, and that doesn’t provide much long-term hope. Jefferson is a fast wide receiver who can stretch the field and further open things up for Philadelphia’s impressive tight ends.


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