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NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah: Eagles added ‘so much juice to the offense’ -
Q: “Which team improved the most after the draft week?” ... DANIEL JEREMIAH: “I think when you look at the Philadelphia Eagles, a lot of criticism there with the pick when you go with Jalen Hurts, I thought it was a little bit early for Jalen Reagor, but I thought what they did in Day 2 and Day 3, they added so much speed to this team. That was their goal. They wanted to get faster. And they brought in four receivers, one via trade in [Marquise] Goodwin. But when you bring in guys like [John] Hightower, who can fly, we know Jalen Reagor can fly, Quez Watkins is a 4.3 player, they just added so much juice to this offense. And that was the missing ingredient. And so I like what they did.

NFL Draft Results: Eagles welcome 10 new rookies to Philly - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles entered the 2020 NFL Draft with eight picks and ended up with 10 new rookies. Here’s an overview of this year’s draft class.

The QB Factory #1: The Poisoned Chalice - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield discuss the Wentz/Hurts dynamic, how Hurts fits (or doesn’t), what it all means PLUS thoughts on the Rodgers/Love dilemma in Green Bay! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Analyzing the Eagles’ 2020 undrafted free agent class - PhillyVoice
Michael Warren, RB, Cincinnati (5’9, 226). Warren is a between-the-tackles bowling ball, who could be a complementary power back to the more explosive Miles Sanders and the shifty Boston Scott. He runs with power, but he also does a nice job picking his way through traffic with quick, choppy stops. Over the last two seasons, Warren has rushed for over 2500 yards, though on a low yards per carry average, mostly due to poor O-line play. The Eagles have gotten good production from undrafted running backs in the Doug Pederson - Duce Staley era, and Warren will have a legit chance of making the team.

Eagles Add a Pair of 4th Round Picks - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles added a DB who is a gifted athlete and versatile player. K’Von Wallace played in the slot a lot for Clemson. He can also play in the box or back deep. He was a solid playmaker and his skill set allowed them to be creative. Wallace is a good tackler and solid hitter. He could take over in the Malcolm Jenkins role in the future. Wallace was expected to go in the second or third round. He only ran 4.53 at the Combine. That’s not slow, but it’s not great either. It is also possible his versatility hurt him. Was he a slot or SS or FS? The Eagles like to be creative with their safeties so this is a good fit. The Eagles needed to get young talent for the back end of the defense. They can still add a CB, but I felt it was critical to add a safety. Jalen Mills only has a 1-year deal and Rodney McLeod is an older player. Wallace could be a key safety in the future. I don’t expect him to start this season, but the Eagles will find a way to get him on the field. If he plays well, he can carve out a role.

What I’m Hearing on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft - MMQB
I like the Eagles having conviction, and taking a QB when you already have one is a very Andy Reid-ish move. Only issue? I don’t know that they had to take Jalen Hurts at 53. I’m told the Ravens weren’t taking him at 55, nor were the Pats at 60. How far would he have fallen?

Eagles’ drafting of Jalen Hurts, factoring in Carson Wentz, unprecedented in the NFL - Inquirer
“It is a fair comp,” Pederson said Saturday of how Jackson influenced the Eagles’ decision to acquire Hurts. “Marty was obviously a part of that team that brought in Lamar Jackson. Obviously, he was a part of the evaluation process. … He felt very similar in Jalen as he did Lamar.” Jackson, of course, eventually took over for the injured Flacco and a year later become the league’s MVP. But he did so not in Mornhinweg’s offense but in a run-based one coordinated by Greg Roman. Hurts may not have Jackson’s physical skills, but he is athletic and has arm talent, as well. But the jury still remains out on whether the Eagles could have waited and drafted him in the third or fourth rounds.

NFL Draft Beat Writer Wrapup: Best, most questionable pick for all 32 teams - The Athletic
Most questionable: Hurts. The Eagles spent a second-round pick on a player who, if they have their way, will never start a game for the foreseeable future. Wentz is 27 and signed a $128 million contract in June; he needed weapons, not a backup. Roseman defended the pick by saying the Eagles value the position and want a “quarterback factory.” They shouldn’t have used the No. 53 pick to add inventory, though. With a dearth of young talent because they only had 10 picks over the past two drafts, the Eagles could have found a potential starter in the second round. Instead, they drafted a backup for a quarterback entering his fifth season.

NFL draft 2020: Eagles failed Carson Wentz by drafting Jalen Hurts - NBCSP
They didn’t help Carson. In fact, they did the opposite. That’s what I’m left with as we all wake up and realize we weren’t dreaming. The Eagles really did use their second-round pick on Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. The Eagles have a 27-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback in Carson Wentz. They gave him a $128 million contract less than a year ago. The Eagles owed it to themselves, their fans and Wentz himself to surround him with talent to try to win Super Bowls. They failed him. Plain and simple. Instead of drafting a receiver or a linebacker or a safety or a cornerback or an edge rusher or even an offensive lineman, the Eagles drafted a player who will only live up to his potential if their franchise quarterback gets hurt.

The incredible journey of Auburn’s Prince Tega Wanogho - ESPN
It wasn’t until he was thousands of feet in the air, looking out the window as the highlands and rivers of Nigeria disappeared from view, that Prince Tega Wanogho started to question his decision to leave home. It all happened so quickly. One minute, he was practicing his jump shot in a barren gym, and the next he was pooling money to rent a van and drive seven hours to a camp where basketball coaches from the United States might be watching. He thought he was playing poorly until the camp’s organizer, Eyo Effiong, pulled him aside and asked for his contact information. His film caught the attention of Todd Taylor, a high school coach in Montgomery, Alabama, who saw beyond the rough edges. In no time, Wanogho and Taylor were chatting on Facebook and making plans for him to move in with the Taylors and spend his junior year at Edgewood Academy. When Wanogho was officially offered a scholarship, “I went crazy,” he recalled. “I still didn’t believe it was happening.”

K’Von Wallace And A Place You Want To Be - The Draft Network
“I always dreamed about being different, being that difference-maker,” Wallace said. “And now it starts with me. Once I achieve this goal of making it to the NFL and playing a long career, I can financially help kids in my community, and hopefully, that reason of me doing it can become contagious. They can know that it’s important to become different. It’s important to become unique.” Wallace plans to rebuild the Boys & Girls Club that was shuttered in Henrico County. Like the drug dealer who wanted to buy him a new pair of shoes, Wallace sees himself in the poor kids around Creighton Court — but that wasn’t the way, that life wasn’t what he wanted. He didn’t want the clout, the risk, the notoriety, the danger. He wanted out of Creighton Court — but he only wanted out so that he could become different, and bring that different back with him.

NFL Draft Profile: K’Von Wallace - Shakin The Southland
Though he’s technically a safety, and was versatile in Clemson’s scheme, his collegiate versatility does not translate to the NFL. His home in the NFL will undoubtedly be found at nickel corner. In the best case, he has the capability to fill a role like Tyrann Mathieu does for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he lacks the same level of quickness and short space agility to line up everywhere on the field in man coverage or deep zones alike. Normally a player in his final year of eligibility would not exactly want to move from his specific position, in order to best position himself for the draft, but ironically Wallace’s nickel role in 2019’s dime best showcased the role Wallace can play in the NFL: he isn’t rangy or big enough to play deep safety, cover a tight end, and not fast enough for outside corner. But he is explosive and physical enough to blitz and cover underneath zones in frenetic schemes. He plays bigger and more aggressively than he has any business doing, and is unquestionably at his best in the box filling against the run, jumping routes, jamming slots, and punishing quarterbacks when given the chance.

Meet K’Von Wallace, Clemson’s do-it-all defensive back prospect - DraftWire
KVW: Football is everything to me. Football has been my avenue. Everything good that’s happened in my life happened because of football. It kept me out of trouble. It kept me out of the streets. It kept me in school. It kept me motivated to do better for myself, my mom and my nephew. What football has done for me has been amazing. It really saved my life. It gave a young kid a dream. Ever since I was six years old, I knew that I wanted to play football at the highest level.

49ers trade Marquise Goodwin to the Eagles - Niners Nation
General manager John Lynch maintained during the week that the team was trying to find a “good home” for Goodwin, and that appears to be the case. The Niners would be wise to designate the trade with a Post-June-1 date, as that would save the team $4.2 million in cap space. With the trade for Breida, the 49ers have cleared $7 million in cap space today. Factor in Joe Staley’s retirement, and that’s another $10 million.

2020 NFL Draft Recap: Conference USA gets 10 players selected - Underdog Dynasty
Southern Miss wide receiver Quez Watkins was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 6th round (200th pick). The Athens, AL native was one of the most dynamic playmakers during his time in Conference USA.

Casey Toohill is a Philadelphia Eagle! - Rule Of Tree
Toohill joins his former teammate Colby Parkinson in the NFL now after Parkinson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks earlier in the day. He likely presents a project player at this time for the Eagles pass-rushing unit, but a solid addition nonetheless. The Eagles have Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Genard Avery and a few others in the rotation for spots on the edge, so Toohill will have his work cut out for him to land a spot. Still, the NFL dream has been realized and he’s headed to Philly.

Eagles’ Malik Jackson Donates $100k For COVID Relief, I’m Helping Kids! - TMZ
Awesome gesture by Eagles stud Malik Jackson ... he donated $100k to help families in Philadelphia — this after he says he was inspired to give back during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I woke up one morning and realized, I said I wasn’t doing enough,” Jackson tells TMZ Sports. “I actually watched a ‘60 Minutes’ special and realized I wasn’t doing enough.” Jackson says he got with his camp earlier this month and quickly found an organization in Philly he wanted to give back to ... Fred’s Footsteps. The org assists families in the region with sick, disabled or injured children ... and Jackson tells us he’s proud his money will help that cause during coronavirus times.

Cowboys 2020 draft: The trade up for center Tyler Biadasz was a genius move for Dallas - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys have been having a pretty incredible 2020 draft so far, and it’s largely because they have let high-ranked prospects fall into their laps. But near the end of the fourth round, they decided to make a trade up the draft order. The best part? It was with their bitter rival, the Eagles. Dallas didn’t just win the trade, they also won the pick by selecting Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz. Measuring at 6’4” and 314 pounds at the NFL Combine, Biadasz is a hulking monster on the interior with an impressive résumé and a difficult to pronounce name. For the record, though:

The Redskins traded Trent Williams to the 49ers - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have finally traded Trent Williams, and he will be joining his former Offensive Coordinator, and current Head Coach Kyle Shanahan with the San Francisco 49ers. Washington will get the 49ers 5th round pick this year, and their 3rd round pick next year.


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