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Eagles News: Philadelphia is reportedly prioritizing speed in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Latest 2020 Draft Rumors for Every NFL Team - B/R
PHILADELPHIA: It’s no secret the Eagles need help at wide receiver, but I’m told by sources with knowledge of the team’s draft plans that speed will be the priority—not just at receiver, but for the entire draft class. [BLG Note: It’s about time.]

The pros and cons of trading for Yannick Ngakoue - BGN
He would give the Eagles the best defensive line in the NFL. Combining Ngakoue with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett on the edges, as well as Fletcher Cox, a healthy Malik Jackson and new addition Javon Hargrave in the middle, the Birds would have their best pass rush since the Buddy Ryan days of Reggie, Clyde Simmons, Jerome Brown and Mike Pitts. It would cover up deficiencies elsewhere in the defense. If the Eagles are overwhelming offensive lines and opposing quarterbacks with their pass rush, it would make improving at safety and linebacker less important, allowing the Birds to potentially focus on needs on the offensive side of the ball.

Eye On the Enemy #14: A Giant Check-In w/Big Blue Blue View - BGN Radio
John Stolnis is joined by Ed Valentine of Big Blue View to ask the question, just what is Dave Gettleman up to? Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles new player (or current player with new role) series: Matt Pryor edition - PhillyVoice
Pryor is a backup only, in my view, and maybe only at guard. His size and power are nice, but if he were to have to start multiple games, opposing defensive coordinators would look to put him in situations where he was forced to try to handle speed, and I don’t think that would go well.

How 2019 NFL second-round draft picks fared, what’s in store in 2020 - ESPN
57. Philadelphia Eagles — J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford. Analysis: Arcega-Whiteside finished 29th among rookies in receiving yards with 169, unable to achieve the instant success multiple players from his draft class enjoyed. That came as a bit of a surprise given the ability he had shown at Stanford and during the preseason. Asked to learn all three receiver positions, he suffered from information overload. With better coaching and a little more seasoning, Arcega-Whiteside has the potential to blossom in Year 2. But with the Eagles looking to bolster the position in the draft, he’s going to have to earn his snaps in 2020. Rating: Has a lot to prove.

2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU - Big Blue View
Justin Jefferson is a scheme-versatile receiving prospect who thrived as a “big slot” in a spread offense, but has the traits to play a variety of alignments in a variety of offensive schemes. He will likely be best in an offense based on West Coast or spread principles. Jefferson has a varied route tree and is a savvy route runner, allowing an offense to use his routes as weapons. An offense that uses route combinations to create defensive conflicts would give Jefferson a chance to use his route running to its fullest advantage, as well as create opportunities to be a playmaker with the ball in his hands. That being said, he should also be used in vertical concepts as well, as his use of subtle head, shoulder, and hip fakes, as well as tempo changes, make it difficult for defensive backs to stay in phase. Likewise, his deceptive long speed has a tendency to take cornerbacks by surprise, eating up cushions or negating recovery speed. Teams might want to try and manufacture free releases for Jefferson early in his career, at least until he shows the ability to consistently deal with NFL size and speed in press situations. All told, Jefferson has a well-rounded game that should appeal to a wide variety of teams.

Will Eagles legend Jason Peters even have an NFL job in 2020? - NBCSP
When the Eagles cut ties with Peters, they issued a statement saying among other things: “We will remain in communication as each side continues to evaluate its options in free agency.” So what are the chances they bring him back? Small. The Eagles traded up to draft Andre Dillard last year for a reason. If they truly wanted Peters to play left tackle in 2020, they never would have let him go in the first place. Would Peters come back as a backup? The only backup tackle the Eagles have at this point is Jordan Mailata, who has never played a snap in a meaningful football game on any level. Guard Matt Pryor might get a look outside. Would Peters come back as a sub if he can’t get a job elsewhere?

Paul Domowitch’s NFL All-Decade team includes LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles; five other Eagles on second team - Inquirer
Five Eagles, including three offensive linemen – tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce, and guard Brandon Brooks – are on my second-team along with tight end Zach Ertz and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Sproles, who announced his retirement in January, averaged 9.9 yards per return and had six returns for touchdowns from 2010 to 2019. In six seasons with the Eagles, he averaged 11.7 yards per return. He led the NFL in punt return average in 2014, which was his first season with the Eagles, and averaged eight yards or better seven times in the decade.

NFL Draft 2020: How coronavirus impacts prospects, scouts, GMs | ‘It’s uncharted water for everybody’ - NJ.com
Scouts are working the phones to make up for the lack of in-person interviews, but it’s still not the same. A player can handle a phone call or video chat differently than an in-person discussion, and that can be dangerous for a scout looking to pound the table for a prospect. “Pro days are very, very valuable,” the scout said. “You can spend time with players during their pro day and really get a vibe of a kid.” Not being able to get updated medical histories from players is also an issue for not only the scouting staffs but the top decision-makers as well. “You’re going to probably have to work off a smaller board unless you feel comfortable rolling the dice and picking a player that you don’t have a physical on,” the personnel executive said.

One-on-One: Doug Pederson | April 2, 2020 - PE.com
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson sits down with Dave Spadaro to discuss adjusting to this unusual offseason and more.

Eagles safety Rodney McLeod wants to help residents impacted by COVID-19 - 6ABC
Eagles safety Rodney McLeod wants to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the hard-hitting effect it’s having on Philadelphians and children in need. Through their foundation, Change Our Future, McLeod and his wife, Erika, are donating $25,000 to Philabundance. ”We’re giving back to a city that gives so much to us. We’re encouraging others to rally behind us,” Rodney McLeod tells Jeff Skversky about how he wants to help.

CARSON WENTZ AO1 FOUNDATIONCHARITY SOFTBALL GAME CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 - AO1 Foundation
The 3rd annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game scheduled for May 8, 2020, at Citizens Bank Park has been cancelled. We thank everyone who already purchased tickets or planned to attend. We cancelled the game because we are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. We were looking forward to an event that brings the Philadelphia community together to have fun and help others, but the health and safety of our supporters is of utmost importance to us. All tickets will automatically be fully refunded. It will take 5-7 business days for the credit to appear in your account depending on the processing bank. If you have questions about your ticket purchase or refund, please contact the Phillies via email at tickets@phillies.com. We greatly appreciate your support of the AO1 Foundation. We hope to see you at the ballpark in 2021 for the 4th annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game!

Ronald Darby is excited to be back in the DMV, and to play the Eagles twice a year - Hogs Haven
Ronald Darby signed a 1-year deal with the Washington Redskins after spending the last 3 years on the rival Philadelphia Eagles. He’s excited to return home to the DMV, and to play against his former team. He says he’s fully healthy right now, after missing 20 games with the Eagles. He’s also looking forward to playing for Ron Rivera and with the Redskins defensive line.

More reasons why the Cowboys defense will be further behind the offense heading into the season - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are one of a handful of teams with a new coaching staff coming in this season. Coincidentally, two of the other NFC East teams, Washington and New York, also have new coaching staffs. With the possibility increasing each day that OTAs and minicamps are going to be canceled due to the coronavirus, it’s going to hurt a lot of these new coaches and coordinators trying to implement their new schemes and verbiage on offense and defense. One thing that works in the favor of head coach Mike McCarthy is that he was able to keep the offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to call the plays this season. Having Moore gives McCarthy the ability to continue to use the verbiage and run the same plays from last season, leaving McCarthy to only worry about any new offensive free agents and rookies coming in to learn the offense. The same cannot be said for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan who is planning on installing a new defensive scheme for the Cowboys

Dispelling Misconceptions Surrounding Henry Ruggs III - The Draft Network
This grinds my gears; selling Ruggs’ 4.27-second 40-yard dash as some sort of negative is lazy. While there is validity that speed only matters if it can be controlled, Ruggs’ game tape clearly showcases that he knows how to remain balanced and his speed as a weapon. John Ross is the poster boy for why someone shouldn’t fall in love with a receiver just because he is fast. Ross doesn’t control his speed well and it leads to sloppy routes that aren’t challenging to mirror because there is very little deception. Despite clocking a record 4.22 40-yard dash, Ross isn’t a meaningful NFL receiver because he doesn’t know how to make his speed matter. There are other dynamics to Ross’ game like his injury history, inconsistent hands and ball skills that have led to his demise; lumping Ruggs with Ross is short-sighted. The two have very little in common aside from their historic 40-yard dash times.

The 2020 NFL mock draft database - SB Nation
While the majority of the sports world has grinded to a halt due to the spread of coronavirus, the NFL machine has raged on. The 2020 NFL Draft is still scheduled for April 23-25 — albeit a modified one that won’t take place in Las Vegas. With the draft coming soon, experts are trying their best to predict how it’ll all shake out. Almost everybody believes it’ll be LSU quarterback Joe Burrow who gets picked first by the Cincinnati Bengals. The vast majority think Washington will use the second pick to take Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young. Every pick after that is up in the air. Here at SB Nation, we’re rounding up mock drafts from all over the internet, chewing them up, and spitting out the most popular results for each team. In a survey of 49 mock drafts, these are the results (this will be continually updated ahead of the draft).

Everything you need to know about making your own face mask - Vox
For a while, it felt as though every day advice from health professionals was changing about whether most Americans should be wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially recommended that everyone but infants should wear a cloth mask or face covering in certain public settings. As German Lopez writes for Vox, “While the evidence is limited, the research suggests that more mask use by the greater public could help stop the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Some studies in households and colleges ‘show a benefit of masks,’ Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, told me, ‘so it would be plausible that they would also protect in lower-intensity transmission settings such as in the general community.’”

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