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Seven hypothetical NFL trades that could still make sense this offseason - The Athletic
4. Panthers trade Curtis Samuel to the Eagles for a third-round pick and Sidney Jones. Sources told The Athletic’s Joseph Person that the Panthers aren’t shopping Samuel, but they might consider moving him for the right offer. Would this proposed deal be strong enough? Maybe. The case for the Panthers would be that they just signed wide receiver Robby Anderson in free agency and already have D.J. Moore. Christian McCaffrey’s 142 targets last year were tops on the team and eighth league-wide. Do the Panthers see Samuel as a key part of their future? If not, he’s entering the final year of his deal, and they might want to get something back for him. As for the Eagles, they have not added a single wide receiver this offseason and appear to be banking on the draft. But as mentioned, wide receivers taken in the first and second rounds over the last five seasons have averaged just 459 yards as rookies. The Eagles need to set the floor at the position and can’t afford to go into next season with DeSean Jackson, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward and a rookie. Samuel will be 24 at the start of next season. He has 4.31-second speed in the 40-yard dash and could line up outside or in the slot in the Eagles’ offense.
NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Eagles linked to 8 different first round wide receivers - BGN
I really struggle to view a non-receiver as a viable first round option. If the Eagles pass on a wideout at No. 21, they essentially MUST address the position at No. 53. And that’s not a great spot to be in. There could easily be a big run on pass catchers before that second-round pick. Teams are going to know the Eagles’ intentions and they’ll be motivated to jump ahead of Philly. The Eagles aren’t going to have great leverage to pull off a trade up of their own since teams will realize their desperation. These potential issues speak to why I don’t get the team passing on veteran options in the free agent and trade market. The Eagles aren’t in a strong position to pass on receiver at No. 21 should a better prospect become available to them.
X-Factors - Iggles Blitz
INJURIES: After the last two years, this is a sensitive subject for Eagles fans. I love WR Laviska Shenault from Colorado. But he only played in 27 games in three years. This year he had to deal with a core muscle injury and inflammation of the pubic bone. Yikes. That led to surgery just after the Combine. Shenault is a first round type of talent who might be on the board at 53. Do you take him? Shenault is hardly the only prospect with issues. This is going to be a tough factor for all 32 teams. One of the reasons teams bring players in for visits is to make sure they are comfortable with the medical side of things. That won’t happen this year so we may see some guys slide in the draft.
Amidst Stunning 2020 Draft Possibilities, How One NFL Team Cuts Through The Mayhem To Get Ready - FMIA
“People here don’t realize it, but Wuhan is one of the biggest cities in the world,” he said. “It’s the size of New York. Once I heard it was infecting so many there, my alarms went off. Then I started thinking, ‘What can we do?’ “ Lurie figured it was not enough to simply know if a person has the disease or doesn’t, but testing of immune system at the same time was paramount. Penn Medicine has a flu lab and has experts studying the best way to fight this and other flu strains. “We will not win this way till we do massive antibody testing,” Lurie said, and he hopes his gift not only gets others to contribute to finding the best ways to diagnose and solve the coronavirus mystery but to encourage people around the world to work together on it. “My overall macro worry is we’re living in a time of increasing nationalism. This is the time we need the best and the brightest all over the world, and we’re all contributing knowledge, and we have to be best at everything. We have to be the best at antibody testing, with very few false positives and false negatives, in high-level labs. We’ve got to be best at global cooperation. “Now is the time we should work together. We can go on the offensive. This is the time to trust science and trust the humanity of people. Everyone do their small part and trust data, trust science.”
Didinger: Tom Dempsey’s career was more than just one memorable field goal - PE.com
Tom Dempsey did not like being referred to as a kicker. ”Kickers,” he said, “are weird.” Dempsey saw himself differently. ”I’m a football player that kicks,” he said. Dempsey, who died Saturday after contracting coronavirus at age 73, started his football career as a lineman in high school. He was born without fingers on his right hand and with only half a right foot, but he played football in addition to wrestling and throwing the shot put because his father Huey told him, “There’s no such word as ‘can’t.’” So kicking a football? Sure, why not?
Les Bowen’s Eagles All-Decade Team - Inquirer
I thought about Nick Foles over Carson Wentz at quarterback and decided against it. Foles never played a full season as a starter here. His 2017 playoff run was astonishing, but Wentz’s body of work, 2016-2019, is better overall than Foles’ Eagles career. Mike Vick’s 2010 season gets an honorable mention.
1980 Super Bowl tickets and more in Roob’s 10 Random Eagles Points - NBCSP
It’s just weird to me that Halapoulivaati Vaitai gets a five-year, $45 million contract just a few hours into free agency, and here we are three weeks later and Jason Peters is still unsigned. I get that Big V is younger, but he’s started four games over the last two years and as we’ve all seen, he isn’t the world’s most consistent lineman. J.P. has been banged up, and he’s 38, but he has started 32 of 35 game the last two years. And let’s be honest: Even at 38 he’s way better than Big V. I wrote the other day about some of the reasons Peters is still on the street. But I’m still surprised. It might not be till after the draft till he finds a home, but I still feel like he’ll be playing somewhere next season.
2020 NFL draft rankings: Kiper’s Big Board, with top 25 prospects and best 10 at every position - ESPN
22. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU — I picked Jefferson as my top riser from the first day of the combine, as the wideout ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and blew away my expectations. He has a chance to be a top-15 pick now. Jefferson broke out last season, catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns in a devastating LSU passing attack. He also led the FBS in total catches and first-down receptions (66) last season. That was after just 54 catches — and seven drops — in 2018. He’s a really good player who could play out wide or in the slot.
Tee Higgins NFL draft profile and fantasy projection - DraftKings Nation
While Higgins has plenty of size, his athleticism isn’t quite on par with the top-flight receivers ahead of him. His best 40-yard dash time at his pro day was a 4.54. His vertical jump clocked in at 31 inches. The players ranked above and behind him were far more impressive in these ares.
It’s an “open competition” at QB, so may the best man win - Windy City Gridiron
After watching Trubisky take a step back in 2019, I feel Foles gives Chicago their best chance to win in 2020, and I feel Bears’ brass has the same notion (otherwise why send a 4th-rounder to the Jags), but if somehow Trubisky has it “click” and he puts a stranglehold on the QB1 job in camp, then so be it. May the best man win.
Your alternative April 2020 sports calendar - SB Nation
If you’re disappointed that sports have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, you’re not alone. Even though social distancing and canceling events are incredibly necessary steps to stop the spread of the virus, we’re sad about it too! So we made our own sports events. SB Nation’s entire network of team sites has worked together to create the best possible sports calendar to fill your April with events you can enjoy from home. We included everything from sports trivia and gaming livestreams to Q+As and watching old games, so there’s something for everyone.
This week will be coronavirus’s worst yet in the US, experts warn - Vox
Top public health officials warned this weekend that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States will be seen this week, a sentiment echoed by President Donald Trump. Speaking on Fox News Sunday and Meet the Press on Sunday, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the virus would be catastrophic and that its effects will be felt throughout the country. “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment,” Adams said on Fox News Sunday. “Only, it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that.” Adams repeated that warning on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, and called on individuals to “do their part” in maintaining social distancing. “It’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives, and we really need to understand that if we want to flatten that curve and get through to the other side, everyone needs to do their part,” Adams said.
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