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2020 NFL Draft: K.J. Hamler turns to tech in scouting shutdown -
So Hamler has spent the past few weeks working out at home while talking to teams via teleconference instead of in person. He says he’s done one interview almost every day since the scouting circuit shut down, including with the Ravens and Eagles in recent days. Given the fact he played at Penn State, is close friends with former Nittany Lions running back Miles Sanders and knows the Eagles will likely draft a wide receiver early, Philly seems to be an intriguing destination.

ESPN’s latest mock draft doesn’t have the Eagles taking a wide receiver in the first two rounds - BGN
ESPN’s Mel Kiper published an updated post-free agency mock draft last week that has the Philadelphia Eagles taking a wide receiver in the first round. Not so shocking, right? What IS surprising is that the latest mock from ESPN’s Todd McShay doesn’t have the Eagles taking a wide receiver in the first round ... or the second! Here’s a look at his latest picks for Philly.

Babes On Broad #29: Breaking Quarantine to Find Howie - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne break down the Eagles off-season moves with thoughts on the defense, WR, the weird upcoming draft and trade rumors surrounding Brandin Cooks & Yannick Ngakoue! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

Podcast: What are the Eagles doing at receiver, and is Alshon Jeffery returning? - PhillyVoice
Howie Roseman says the team is higher on the position than fans are. Are they really relying on the draft? And Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson?

More WR Talk - Iggles Blitz
Someone hit me up on Twitter wanting to know why the Eagles weren’t going after Rashard Higgins or Taylor Gabriel. My response…they are JAGs (just a guy) with some kind of track record. People want the Eagles to make a move so they’ll have an answer at WR and see something concrete. Higgins breakout year was 2018, when he went 39-572-4. Last year he got in the coaches doghouse and barely played. Gabriel showed speed and playmaking ability in 2016. Since then he’s been a possession receiver and has scored 7 TDs. Oh, and he’s 5-7, 168. Higgins has potential. Gabriel would be a waste of time.

Zach Ertz a big part of Eagles’ plans, but for how much longer? - ESPN
It’s beyond next season when things get hazier absent a new deal. The Eagles are high on fellow tight end Dallas Goedert, whose contract, like Ertz’s, runs through 2021. He’ll be eligible for a new deal after this season. How would it play if they gave Goedert a shiny new contract, but not Ertz? Or how about the other way around? Would Goedert, 25, be keen on staying in Philly if there’s no clear path to becoming the No. 1 tight end? Are the Eagles prepared to dedicate all those cap resources to the position by extending both, or would it make sense to move one of them?

Eagles postpone season-ticket payments to help their fans during coronavirus crisis - Inquirer
The Eagles had some good news Tuesday for their season-ticket holders, particularly the many whose financial situations have been dramatically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The team informed ticket holders that it is indefinitely postponing future payments on season tickets. The second payment on tickets was due April 16. That one and all future payment installments will be pushed back until the crisis has subsided. The first payment installment was March 16. Eagles president Don Smolenski told The Inquirer that the organization decided to postpone future payments shortly after that.

Fantasy football breakdown of Eagles roster following free agency - DraftKings Nation
The Eagles addressed their weaknesses on defense in free agency, but still need more offensive firepower. We break down the potential fantasy football impact of the players on their current roster.

The best players by jersey number in Eagles history - The Athletic
11: Carson Wentz. A strong argument could be made for Norm Van Brocklin here, considering he quarterbacked the Eagles to a championship, but Wentz’s 2019 campaign — in which he became the first 4,000-yard passer in franchise history — bolstered his Eagles résumé. The eras must be taken into consideration during an evaluation, yet it’s hard to ignore Wentz’s records for yards and touchdowns. Until Wentz wins a playoff game — much less a championship — this is up for debate. A year ago, it might have been Van Brocklin. One year from now, it might be an easy call to go with Wentz.

Full NFL Game: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants - Week 15, 2010 | NFL Game Pass -
Relive the 2010 Week 15 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants by watching this full game replay brought to you by NFL Game Pass.

Redskins Newest Cornerback Ronald Darby - Film Study - Hogs Haven
When Eagles corner Ronald Darby became a free agent, I was hoping the Redskins would at least sniff around. When I voiced my desire for this to happen, many fans were reluctant to see past his inconsistencies and injuries - and look, I get it. Availability is the biggest ability in the NFL, and Darby has missed a total of 20 games over his last three seasons in Philadelphia. When the Redskins signed Darby for one year, $3 million(up to $4m with incentives) last week, fan opinion was very mixed. I am cautiously optimistic however, that he can perform at a high level and fill the void at outside cornerback that was left when Quinton Dunbar was traded to the Seahawks for a fifth round pick.

’Carnage in the streets’: ESPN’s Adam Schefter rips NFL Draft plans amid coronavirus pandemic -
“We all want to see the days where we have that distraction of football. But OTAs? That’s not happening. The offseason program? That’s not happening. The draft is happening only through the sheer force and determination and lack of foresight. They are determined to put this on while there is carnage in the streets.”

NFL is planning for a full season with full stadiums - PFT
At a time when the entire American sports industry is shut down (with very limited exceptions) due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL intends to not lose 2020 regular-season games to the crisis. During a conference call with reporters held on Tuesday, NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said the league is planning for a full season. “That’s my expectation,” Pash said. “Am I certain? I’m not certain I will be here tomorrow. But I’m planning on it, and I’m planning on a full season.”

The Eagles can be contenders again if they add a little more speed - SB Nation
The Eagles addressed some of their needs in free agency. They boosted the cornerback position by trading for Darius Slay and adding Nickell Robey-Coleman. but there is still a lot of work to be done, especially at receiver. Most notably, the Eagles released their best safety, three-time Pro Bowler Malcolm Jenkins, and re-signed Jalen Mills, who will move to safety. 1. Wide receiver: The Eagles didn’t address wide receiver in free agency. Although GM Howie Newson said the team was focused on defense primarily in free agency, Philly has to make receiver a priority in the draft. A receiver like LSU’s Justin Jefferson or Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. should be available at pick No. 21.


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