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Jeffrey Lurie offers fans the opportunity to design and call the next Philly Special! - PE.com
OK, how many times have you watched an Eagles game from the stands at Lincoln Financial Field or from the comforts of your own home and said to yourself, “What was that play call? I could have come up with something better than that!” Well, it is time to put your money where your mouth is. One lucky fan will not only get to design a play, but work with the Eagles’ coaches to implement it, teach it to the team, and call it during a preseason game through the ALL IN Challenge. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie was approached by Michael Rubin, the executive chairman of the online sporting goods retailer Fanatics as well as a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, to take part in what is being billed as the largest digital fundraiser ever, the ALL IN Challenge, where fans can enter for a chance to win truly extraordinary sports and entertainment experiences. Simply visit ALLINChallenge.com and purchase 10 entries for $10, 25 for $25, 100 for $50, and 200 for $100.
Mel Kiper’s fourth mock draft has a surprise for the Eagles - BGN
With the 2020 NFL Draft merely NINE days away, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has published his latest mock simulation (Version 4.0) that goes two rounds deep. Kiper previously had the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Justin Jefferson at No. 21. This time around, though, Jefferson goes off the board to the Denver Broncos at No. 15. And that leaves a surprise name on the board for Philly’s first-round pick: 21. Philadelphia Eagles — Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama.
The QB Scho Show #56: Top 5 Quarterback Prospects - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield break down the top 5 quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft with thoughts on Burrow, Tua, Herbert, Love, and Eason! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles 2020 NFL Draft preview: Interior offensive line - PhillyVoice
Matt Hennessy, Temple (6’4, 307). As a redshirt sophomore in 2018, Hennessy began wearing a single-digit number (No. 3), which Temple awards to the toughest players on the team. (Being a center, Hennessy can’t wear the No. 3 during games, but he wears it during practice and on his helmet.) He is thought of as very smart player and person (check out the Inquirer’s Marc Narducci’s piece on Hennessy here), but he is also a very athletic lineman. Here’s his game in 2018 against Boston College.
Ranking 16 non-WR draft options for the Eagles at No. 21 - The Athletic
Kapadia (2): He’s one of my favorites on this list. I really like K’Lavon Chaisson. He did a little bit of everything at LSU — played the run, rushed the quarterback and dropped into coverage. He had 6.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss last year. Chaisson plays with great effort and high energy, and he makes plays all over the field. He’s a bendy, athletic edge rusher with a ton of potential, and he’s not yet 21. I see a lot of upside. Brandon Graham turns 33 this month, and Derek Barnett is entering his fourth season. If Chaisson lasts to No. 21 (unlikely), he’d be a great option.
Trends with 5th Year Options With 2017 Rookie Decisions Looming - Over The Cap
Derek Barnett- Philly is currently 5th in league spending for defensive linemen and currently project to have the most invested towards the positional group next year. The team may prefer to have Barnett play 2020 under a contract year before making any commitments. [BLG Note: I fully expect the Eagles to pick up Barnett’s option.]
Eric Froton analyzes Day 3 Wide Receivers - Rotoworld
Day 3 Wide Receiver Prospects. Quez Watkins - (6’0/185) - Southern Miss. As an under the radar two-star prospect from Athens, AL, Watkins only received one other FBS scholarship offer besides his overture from then head coach of Southern Miss, Todd Monken. Watkins redshirted his true freshman season after not enrolling until mid-September and didn’t see his first game action until his second year on campus. In an impressive opening day performance against Kentucky he caught 4-of-6 passes for 103 yards and 25.8 YPC against the Wildcats, a competitive SEC East program. His usage varied over the course of the season, playing a prominent role against UTSA where he caught all five of his targets for 78 yards and a touchdown, and versus Charlotte when he caught 4-of-5 passes for 61 yards. Overall, Watkins caught 23-of-43 passes for 337 yards, two touchdowns and four drops while also returning kicks and punts in his first taste of game action.
UPDATE- Source: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott won’t participate in the virtual offseason program just agreed to - Blogging The Boys
Prescott does have every right to hold off on attending the virtual programs, and with a new coaching staff coming in, Prescott has a lot of leverage while to two sides continue their negotiations. As noted above, since Prescott has not signed his franchise tag he’s technically still not under contract. The fact that he is reportedly going to hold out of virtual activities, which have zero risk of injury, is further making his point he wants a long-term deal.
Offseason Pay Could Be the Next Issue in the NFL’s Unusual Summer - MMQB
While other leagues have dealt with the cancellation of games, the NFL is moving forward with a virtual offseason. But more significant issues are coming around the corner as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama - Big Blue View
Xavier McKinney projects as a scheme-diverse starting safety at the NFL level. McKinney has the versatility to be moved around the defensive back 7, and can be used as a deep safety or a box safety as necessary to match up with offensive players or to disguise coverages. McKinney was often rotated from a disguise at or just before the snap, and shows the ability to handle complicated defensive concepts. McKinney has very good communication skills and is constantly communicating and helping his teammates adjust before the snap.
How Alabama star Jerry Jeudy overcame tragedy to become an NFL draft gem - ESPN
THE PARTY WAS set for South Florida on April 23, the first night of the NFL draft and the last hours before Jerry Jeudy turns 21. The thought of being in Las Vegas for the draft never really appealed to Jeudy. There wasn’t a big enough table, nor were there enough hotel accommodations, for all the people he wanted to invite. His mom, Marie, would make the food, with a Caribbean flair to honor their Haitian roots. It was her night too. She had scrimped to support the family through the years, selling purses and lotions out of her car to supplement her paycheck. “When I get older,” Jeudy used to tell his mom, “I’m going to buy you a house.” They didn’t know that football would change their lives someday.
Denzel Mims is a big play waiting to happen for whichever NFL team drafts - SB Nation
Denzel Mims is the very epitome of a “big play” receiver. And I don’t just mean a guy who can catch a deep ball or make defenders miss once the ball is in his hands. For me, a true big-play wide receiver is a dude who also shows up in crunch time. It’s cool to catch a bomb in the fourth quarter, but who is going to make a play when you need one late in the game? Mims, that’s who. But before I get to his timely heroics, let me just talk about how impressive Mims’ tape was from his time at Baylor. To me, Mims already looks like a Mini Megatron. He can run by you, jump over you, and run through you if need be. He is also the first receiver I’ve broken down this year who actually looks dominant as a blocker. He brings an attitude to blocking the same way he does when he is fighting for the football in the air, and most teams would love to have a tempo setter like their in receiver room.
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