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Eagles News: Philadelphia has “real interest” in Laviska Shenault

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/27/20.

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Laviska Shenault Jr. opens up on his experience sitting courtside with Kobe and Gianna Bryant - The DNVR
“I actually haven’t been able to talk to anybody about this, but one of the talks we had—he had an Eagles hat on, and one of the things he said was, ‘Man, Philly sure needs a receiver,’” Laviska explained, raising his eyebrows and smirking in a way that helped you imagine the exact way Kobe delivered the line. “That was so exciting for him to say that,” he added. “I responded with, ‘Aye, I can get the job done for you.’ That was a special moment.” Interestingly enough, on Monday night in Indianapolis, an NFL source told DNVR that the Eagles have real interest in the Colorado product. But unfortunately, even if fate would have it, we’ll never get to see Kobe Bryant in a jersey that reads “Shenault Jr.” on the back.

It’ll be pretty disappointing if Andre Dillard isn’t the Eagles’ starting left tackle in 2020 - BGN
Even assuming Dillard is a downgrade from Peters, the equation shouldn’t be that simple for the Eagles. Roseman has admitted the team needs to get younger. He’s also talked about how his loyalty to the team’s veterans has been a “weakness.” Most recently, Roseman said the Eagles aren’t trying to go all in on the 2020 season as much as they’re trying to consider a three-year window from 2020 through 2022. If that’s truly the case, it doesn’t make sense for the Eagles to block Dillard from playing while paying a good chunk of cap space to bring Peters back. It’ll be truly concerning if Dillard isn’t ready to be the Eagles’ starting left tackle in 2020. Otherwise, the Eagles will have traded up for a player in the first round who isn’t even at least a true swing tackle by Year 2 since he can’t play on the right side. And it’s not like Dillard’s this extremely raw and undeveloped prospect; he turns 25 in early October. By contrast, the projected first round tackles in this year’s NFL Draft are currently 20 years old. There’s also no real precedent in recent history for a first round offensive tackle to sit on the bench for two entire seasons.

Eye On the Enemy #11: Cowboys Off-Season Primer w/Blogging the Boys - BGN Radio
John Stolnis is joined by RJ Ochoa of Blogging the Boys to preview how Dallas will attack the off-season w/thoughts on Dak, Cooper, Byron Jones, the draft and more! PLUS thoughts on recent Eagles news and trade rumors, including the release of Nigel Bradham! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles 2020 draft: Trade up, trade back, or stay put? - PhillyVoice
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eagles’ biggest obvious need is at wide receiver, and while the pre-draft process still has a long way to go, the triumvirate of Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy, and Alabama’s Henry Ruggs appear to be in something of the top tier of a loaded receiver class. The belief here is that none of those three receivers will still be available when the Eagles are selecting at pick 21, but if one slides into the middle-to-late teens, a reasonable projection, then the Eagles should be interested in moving up for any of the three. (It’s probably also worth noting here that some teams picking behind the Eagles have needs at wide receiver, and could also be interesting in moving up, most notably the Buffalo Bills, who are picking 22nd.)

Expect new Eagles coach Rich Scangarello to work closely with quarterback Carson Wentz - Inquirer
Like he did with Garoppolo, Scangarello altered Lock’s footwork. He had him place his left foot forward in the shotgun – on the surface a minor peculiarity, but a starting point that Shanahan and other like-minded coaches teach and preach to right-handed quarterbacks. “I always try to coach guys with the left foot up,” Shanahan said. “I think it times out better. You lose a step, you lose time [with the right forward] because you don’t have the ball in your hands right away. So I think you need to lose a step in your drops. Some guys have been doing it with their right foot up or parallel their whole life and they just struggle with it. You try to coach them in the offseason and if they can’t get it, you make sure you do what they’re comfortable with.” Wentz, for the record, places his right foot forward. It’s unclear if Scangarello will attempt to teach him the opposite way and how exactly he’ll fit in with the coaching staff and game-planning.

2020 NFL combine: Draft needs, prospects to target for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
Wide receiver. The Eagles are looking to reconfigure a wide receiver group that failed to produce a single 500-yard performance in 2019. ESPN draft analysts suggested this receiver class could be historic, with as many as 25 wideouts being selected in the first three or four rounds. There will be a wealth of talent to choose from, and Philadelphia will be on the hunt for the right fit in Indianapolis.

How Andy Reid’s life has changed since winning the Super Bowl - NBCSP
“I stay in the office, so I’m isolated a little bit that way. There’s not much change there. I’m sure the players, if you talk to them, they’re out there and being recognized as world champs. I have gotten a couple free meals. That was nice. But I’m not out there that much to where I’m affected by it too much.”

2020 NFL Scouting Combine Cheat Sheet: Wide receiver -
Will kill the drills: Justin Jefferson, LSU. Jefferson is automatic at the catch point and one of the savviest route runners in this class. A long, lanky slot receiver who looks the part, Jefferson should shine in position-specific drills. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t one of the most impressive players on the turf.

Who Has the Most to Gain at the NFL Combine? - The Ringer
TCU’s Jalen Reagor could push for the fastest 40-yard dash, too, and has a chance to be one of the biggest post-combine risers thanks to his explosive athleticism. The turbo-charged receiver measured in at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds and has a chance to run in the 4.3s ... or maybe even faster. Recruiting Analytics clocked the TCU star at 22.6 mph on a 93-yard TD this past season―a faster top speed than any player reached in the NFL in 2019, according to Next Gen Stats’ tracking. And speaking of dark horse candidates to post the best 40-yard dash time, don’t forget about Penn State’s KJ Hamler. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound dynamo boasts jitterbug quicks, RC-car acceleration, and should run somewhere in the 4.3-second range. Speed kills when it comes to NFL passing offenses, and both Reagor and Hamler have the chance to separate themselves in that area this week.

Byron Jones leaving the Dallas Cowboys could make next offseason all the more difficult - Blogging The Boys
As free agency continues to draw itself closer and closer the likelihood of the Dallas Cowboys keeping Byron Jones, as low as it was when the offseason began, continues to diminish. The path to Jones seemingly inevitable departure began long ago as our own Dave Halprin recently detailed, and it’s important to note that the effects of it will be felt long past this particular offseason. Jones has been - without question - the best player in the Cowboys secondary for just about the entire time that he’s been on the team. If he is gone, the group drops in average and what’s more is they will all need new deals in just a year.

Giants release linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin - Big Blue View
The New York Giants continue the restructuring of their defense with the release of cornerbacks Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, the team announced Wednesday. Both played two seasons in New York. In the wake of defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s firing this offseason, Ogletree and Martin’s days were numbered as the Giants were expected to make salary cap moves.

Gardner Minshew II’s impressive rookie season gives Jaguars confidence - Big Cat Country
While Caldwell wouldn’t outright state that the team will be building around Minshew II for the future, he did give ample ammo to those that feel the team needs to lean in that direction. Caldwell made sure to say in his press conference that simply because Minshew II started the majority of the season, it doesn’t necessarily give him a “leg up” on the quarterback competition, “another year being in Jacksonville, we will see how that plays out.” “I think both of those guys are in a situation where they both have proven in their own way that they can be a good quarterback in the NFL,” Caldwell said when asked about the quarterback situation. “And Nick obviously has a much larger body of work than Gardner does, but for what Gardner did last year as a rookie I think was very impressive and he won six games and was .500 in games he started, and 20+ touchdowns, low interception rate.”

Shanahan hints at trading Marquise Goodwin - Niners Nation
If you saw what Goodwin did toward the end of the season in 2017 with Jimmy Garoppolo, you’d have thought Goodwin would have been a 1,000-yard receiver the past two seasons. Injuries and inconsistencies prevented that from happening. Shanahan said, “We could, yeah,” when asked if the 49ers were open to trading Goodwin. I’m not sure what his market is, but if the 49ers could get even a fourth-round pick for Goodwin, that’d be a no brainer. Realistically, it’d be a fifth-round pick I’d imagine. Overthecap says the Niners would save $3.6 million if they release Goodwin before June 1. That figure stays the same if Goodwin is traded.

Rick Spielman shoots down dumb Stefon Diggs trade rumors - Daily Norseman
We’re not even out of the month of February yet, but Minnesota Vikings fans have already been given enough stupidity to last them for the entire offseason, largely because of the still persisting trade rumors surrounding wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Vikings’ GM Rick Spielman attempted to set the record straight about just how dumb those rumors are.

Report: Browns may be eyeing Chase Daniel as backup QB - Dawgs By Nature
The Cleveland Browns are set at quarterback with Baker Mayfield entering his third season as the unquestioned starter. The rest of the quarterback room, however, remains a work in progress. Drew Stanton filled the “veteran backup” role the past two seasons, but went on injured reserve after Week 1 of last season and is now a free agent. Behind him is Garrett Gilbert, who has attempted all of six passes in an NFL career that begin in 2014. If general manager Andrew Berry is looking to rebuild the position behind Mayfield, one name to keep an eye on in free agency is quarterback Chase Daniel, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

XFL Power Rankings, Week 4: Roughnecks rise to No. 1 amid major shakeup across the league - CBS Sports
1. Houston Roughnecks (3-0). When the season started, some poked fun at June Jones for throwing the ball so much. Now, our one wish is for him to throw it even more. P.J. Walker’s breakout cannot be overstated, and with each passing week, the inevitability of his return to the NFL increases. Not only that, but he’s surrounded by underrated playmakers, from RB James Butler (5.7 yards per carry) to WR Cam Phillips, who leads the XFL in every major receiving category. Do they rely on Walker and the offense too much? Sometimes. But the pass rush is capable of big plays, and as long as No. 11 is healthy, they should be favored.

The 4 kinds of prospects to watch at this year’s NFL Combine - SB Nation
1. Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama. The 40-yard dash is the most popular combine event, and this year some players will get close to John Ross’ record of 4.22 seconds. Texas receiver Devin Duvernay should time well, but Ruggs probably has the best chance of breaking Ross’ mark. Ruggs ran a 4.26-second 40 at Alabama’s junior pro day last year, and has spent the run up to the combine working on his times.


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