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NFL combine notes: Inside the Eagles’ pending decisions on Jason Peters, Malcolm Jenkins, and Alshon Jeffery - Inquirer
If there is anyone who thought the wide receiver would return next season, the combine wasn’t the place to go searching for that person. The overwhelming consensus was that Jeffery, despite the salary cap hit, his foot injury, and the Eagles’ lack of talent at receiver, wouldn’t be wearing midnight green in 2020. While there may never be any proof that he was behind the anonymous quotes to ESPN criticizing Wentz and the Eagles offense, many inside the NovaCare Complex believe he was the source. Shortly after the report, a prominent player on offense confronted Jeffery to the point where they had to be separated. Wentz doesn’t necessarily have any problem with Jeffery. On the surface they get along fine, which could be one reason Pederson denied Tuesday that there was any friction between the two. But the receiver and quarterback have lacked chemistry on the field and their relationship off it has increasingly turned frosty.
What PFF’s analytics say about the 2020 cornerback prospects - BGN
MENTALITY PROBLEMS: CJ Henderson - Florida. A first round talent trapped in a fourth round mentality, Henderson is one of the most frustrating players in the class. His effort is far too often called into question whether it be do to a lax effort in coverage or a complete disinterest in tackling. Highlighting the questions about his competitiveness, or lack thereof, Henderson missed 22.5% of tackle opportunities in 2019. What makes Henderson enticing is that even when he’s a bit sluggish in his technique (see rep above), he still has all the ability to make up for it. Ultimately, I wish Henderson played like he can all the time.
Are the Eagles Bringing Back Jason Peters? - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton don’t like what they’re hearing with the Jason Peters situation PLUS a discussion on how active the Eagles will be in free agency and thoughts on the WR workouts from the NFL Combine! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Mailbag: Will the Eagles actually make their (projected) 10 picks this year? - PhillyVoice
Around this time last year, the Eagles were projected to have nine picks. Then they got one fewer comp pick then expected, made some draft-day trades, and ended up drafting just five players. This year feels different. The Eagles’ messaging all offseason so far is that they have to get younger, and with this being a strong draft (especially at some positions of need), I would be very surprised if they didn’t draft at least eight players. I’d set the over-under at 9.5.
How the Duce Staley Drill was created - PE.com
Two weeks before leaving for the NFL Scouting Combine, Eagles Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach Duce Staley received a call from Steelers Vice President and General Manager Kevin Colbert asking for a request. Colbert is one of five club executives who is a member of the NFL Scouting Combine Working Group that aids in coordinating the logistics for the weeklong job interview in Indianapolis. Colbert, who was with Pittsburgh when Staley was a running back there from 2004-06, explained how other running backs coaches from around the league wanted Staley to run a particular drill on the turf of Lucas Oil Stadium. What drill could be so special that the league reached out to the Eagles’ legend? Well, it’s one that he created. The Duce Staley Drill debuted during Friday night’s workout. Staley humbly doesn’t think that the drill should be named after him. It should, he argues, be after the all-time great running back who inspired Staley to devise it.
Jason Avant is too slow for the NFL and other Combine nuggets! - NBCSP
YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHO ORLANDO SCANDRICK WAS FASTER THAN: DeSean Jackson not surprisingly has the fastest 40 time in Eagles history at 4.35. But he was only 9th-fastest at the 2008 Combine. Among those who ran faster? Public enemy Orlando Scandrick of all people at 4.32.
2020 NFL combine recap: Kiper, McShay on top draft prospects, risers, best of workouts, more - ESPN+
Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma. Gallimore locked down the second round (or maybe better) on Saturday night. The 6-foot-2, 304-pounder is a freak athlete and ripped off a 4.79 40-yard dash. That’s faster than Joey Bosa and J.J. Watt ran, and it’s the second-best tackle time since 2006 (Khalil Davis, 4.75). Gallimore’s tape is inconsistent and there are technique issues to iron out, but that combination of athleticism and speed at his size is going to be coveted by NFL teams. My No. 47 prospect and No. 5 defensive tackle, Gallimore, is a twitchy monster on the interior. He’s tough to stop when his motor is right.
NFL Scouting Combine Notebook: Did A.J. Epenesa Crater His Draft Stock? - B/R
So Epenesa earned glowing endorsements from a first-round-caliber teammate and two of the guys who had to block him, and those were just the remarks we heard while making the interview rounds. If you don’t believe Runyan, Hopkins and Wirfs, there’s also the production across two seasons against major competition. And also there’s the tape, which shows opponents redesigning their offenses to corral him. At one point against Minnesota, for example, Epenesa was chipped by the tight end before a route, and then chipped by a running back before a route, with the left tackle backing up to engage Epenesa after he worked his way through that whole bag of chips. (It’s at the 2:09 mark on this cutup.) And then there’s...a so-so workout in compression shorts. Epenesa is not J.J. Watt. He may have missed an opportunity Saturday to climb some draft boards. But when determining whether he can be a high-impact defensive end in the NFL, you are better off believing his opponents than believing a stopwatch.
James Bradberry looking for $15+m/yr in free agency, will the Redskins be in at that price? - Hogs Haven
James Bradberry reportedly wants to be paid like the top cornerback in the NFL and get $15+ million per year. He is a good player, but does good get you the top deal in the league? This sounds very similar to the debate over signing Austin Hooper and setting the market at TE. The Redskins made Josh Norman the highest paid CB in the NFL 4 years ago, should they do it again with his replacement?
Tony Romo re-signs with CBS for $17 million per year - DraftKings Nation
Former NFL quarterback and current CBS analyst Tony Romo will be back with the network for the foreseeable future. Romo agreed to terms on a long-term deal that will pay him $17 million per year, according to New York Post media columnist Andrew Marchand. Romo was a free agent following the 2019 season, but CBS had a right of first refusal, according to Pro Football Talk. There had been chatter ESPN wanted to scoop him up for Monday Night Football, but that is not happening.
NFL Combine results: 6 winners, 3 losers from DL/LBs on bench press, 40-yard dash and more - SB Nation
3. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson. Simmons isn’t exactly a linebacker, at least not like everyone else. The 6’4, 238-pound prospect did a little bit of everything in the Clemson defense, from rushing the passer to playing safety. So it’s not surprising Simmons tested well Saturday. Expectations were so high for Simmons, he had to put up outrageous numbers to really stand out. He did exactly that. First was an 11-foot broad jump that was one of the best ever by a linebacker.
Is the Proposed Minimum Salary Growth Enough? - Over The Cap
In looking over more of the new CBA proposal information that has come out I wanted to talk more about the minimum salary increases. I said the other day it’s a major win for the players (a $100K raise for about 58% of the NFL is certainly a major bump in pay) but with more numbers being know I thought it made sense to put that in perspective. This is not to say players should vote against it- the raise alone is going to get it to pass- but just to pass along more information. One of the problems that I think exists with the system is that the minimum P5 salaries are not pegged to the salary cap. All the tenders in the NFL are but P5 levels are not. I understand that unexpected changes in P5s can be difficult to deal with but the new revenue sharing system that started in 2011 has been relatively predictable with cap growth so teams should be able to estimate year to year raises. Even if not you can simply put in a one year delay on the raise levels so teams would have a full year to prepare for the increase in salary. By not pegging to the cap you have a system that simply lags the true growth in the NFL.
Luis Perez leads XFL’s Guardians to win over Wildcats - NFL.com
Led by former Rams quarterback Luis Perez, the XFL’s New York Guardians earned their second home win in as many tries on Saturday afternoon, outlasting the Los Angeles Wildcats, 17-14. Perez, making his first start for the XFL franchise, went 18-of-26 for 150 yards and a second-quarter touchdown pass in the victory as the Guardians improved to 2-2 on the season. Perez replaced ex-Raiders signal-caller Matt McGloin as New York’s starter on Saturday. [BLG Note: Former Eagles QB replaces former Eagles QB to lead his XFL team to victory.]
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