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Eagles News: Philadelphia among teams who remain interested in Deshaun Watson trade

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/22/21.

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Report: Several teams remain interested in a Deshaun Watson trade - PFT
With seven lawsuits filed, five more promised, and at least 10 more possibly coming, common sense suggests that it has become difficult if not impossible for the Texans to trade quarterback Deshaun Watson. A Saturday report from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle suggests otherwise. Wilson cites unnamed sources to support the claim that multiple teams remain interested in Watson: Eagles, Panthers, Jets, Dolphins, 49ers and Broncos. Being interested and actually making a trade are two different things. With the current legal cloud(s) over Watson, anyone who trades for him would assume the risk that Watson will be suspended without pay, eventually. The new team also would possibly have to pay Watson, if he’s placed on the Commissioner-Exempt list while the various lawsuits proceed — or while a prosecution happens.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Multiple outlets have Eagles passing on Ja’Marr Chase to pick Kyle Pitts - BGN
For all the “Pitts isn’t just a tight end!” talk, this aforementioned PFF stat hardly paints him as a full-time wide receiver: “His 59 snaps lined up out wide was third among all tight ends [...]” The latest NFL draft buzz indicates the Atlanta Falcons have interest in Pitts at No. 4. It could be nice for the Eagles to not have to make a decision on him! Also potentially helps Chase fall to No. 6.

Takeaways From NFL Free Agency So Fa‪r‬ - BGN Radio
On Episode 173 of BGN Radio, Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton and The Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski break down all the notable action in free agency so far. For the Eagles most of it has been at safety, with the signings of Anthony Harris and Andrew Adams, but they also lost Jalen Mills and Rudy Ford. Net loss or gain? A few more Eagles in new places: Cameron Johnston (Texans), Duke Riley (Dolphins), Malik Jackson (Browns). Rumors: Nick Foles, Adoree’ Jackson, Deshaun Watson, JuJu Smith-Schuster. NFC East free agency: Biggest splashes have been Ryan Fitzpatrick and Curtis Samuel to the Football Team, and Kenny Golladay to the Giants. Cowboys mostly bargain shopping after the new Dak deal. What is your too early projected order of finish in the NFC East this year? Pressers: One takeaway each from the Howie/Sirianni pressers. One takeaway each from the Wentz presser and/or Pat McAfee interview.

Offense vs Defense - Iggles Blitz
You can see that there are still holes at WLB and CB. The new coaches may find out Taylor is the answer at WLB, but they sure can’t know that based on 2020. He’s still a mystery. Craig James might be the projected starter at the other corner spot. That’s not good enough. Beyond that, there is a need for depth at a few spots. Put simply, the offense was in better shape so the defense got the free agent solutions. I don’t know that the Eagles will have a specific agenda going into the draft. This team needs young talent all over. I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. This is not a one-year fix. They don’t need to fix every issue in this draft, nor could they. Be patient. Think long term.

The one big question Carson avoided and more in Roob’s 10 Observations - NBCSP
6. The only defensive back drafted by the Eagles to start 16 games in a season for the Eagles over the last decade is Nate Allen in 2013. ... 7. Why did Carson Wentz keep declining to answer Thursday when he was asked repeatedly why he wanted to get traded? He spoke for 26 minutes but wouldn’t answer that one, and it’s really the only question that mattered. I’d really like to know the true answer. I can’t help thinking he was avoiding the question because he thought the answer wouldn’t make him look very good.

Free-Agency Millions Or NFL TV Billions, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Simply Is ‘In This Business To Win’ - FMIA
CLEVELAND and PHILADELPHIA got excellent safeties—John Johnson (the Rams’ defensive signal-caller, and still just 25) goes to Cleveland and ex-Viking Anthony Harris is manna from heaven for a needy Eagle secondary.

How the NFL’s New Television Contracts Position the League to Keep Growing - MMQB
That said, Reich was also cognizant that he hadn’t coached Wentz in three years, and a lot had changed in Philly. That’s why, beyond Ballard’s extensive work—and the GM watched every NFL snap Wentz has taken multiple times—Reich was going to go in and do his own study. And that really started right away, after Ballard told him that a Wentz deal could be on the table. “When the season ended, my mind was not thinking that getting Carson was gonna be a possibility,” he said, “especially when Nick Sirianni got the job there.” And after grinding through all the evidence that Wentz had put on tape, there really was one season that stood out: And it was neither 2017 nor 2020. “I wasn’t just saying, ‘Well, O.K., in 2017, he was having an MVP type of year,’ ” Reich said.“All you had to do, for me, was turn on the film in 2019, and with four games to go the Eagles needed to win out. And not only did they need to win out, but in each of those games, as I recall, looking at the film, Carson had to play great in the second half, and play a major role in that team winning those games in the second half.

2021 Eagles Autism Challenge Postponed -
As we continue to monitor the current situation regarding COVID-19 in our community, the Eagles Autism Foundation has announced that the 2021 Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group – originally scheduled for Saturday, May 22 – has been postponed. “We have been closely monitoring developments over the last few months, and while much progress has been made in terms of turning the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel at this time that it is best to postpone the 2021 Eagles Autism Challenge,” said Ryan Hammond, Executive Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation. “This decision was carefully made in the best interest of our loyal participants, Eagles fans, volunteers, support staff, and the wider Philadelphia community.

Report: Rams signing veteran receiver DeSean Jackson - Turf Show Times
The LA Rams are signing receiver DeSean Jackson, according to reports on Sunday. It gives Sean McVay a third weapon after Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods to work with next season on offense.

NFL free agency: CB Adoree` Jackson next domino for Giants? - Big Blue View
Giants defensive back Logan Ryan played with Jackson for three seasons in Tennessee. Ryan is a New Jersey native who made no secret of how much he enjoyed playing for the Giants last season, and is now signed to do so for three more seasons. Ryan also happens to have been a mentor for Jackson in Tennessee. “When I came in, (Logan) is one of the guys I leaned on a lot to help me out,” Jackson said. “I told him I appreciate him more than he knows. He was there for me, the big brother that you need.” You can bet that Ryan has been part of the Jackson recruiting process. Jackson is scheduled to arrive in East Rutherford, N.J. Sunday evening and then meet with the Giants Monday morning. He is then scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. Let’s see if he gets there.

Cowboys enter 2021 NFL draft with most draft capital since 2016 - Blogging The Boys
This year, the Cowboys have four picks in the top 100 and six more picks beyond that. And that is the real value of the draft capital the team has amassed: they should expect all four picks in the top 100 to deliver future starters, and they may get lucky with one or two of their picks in the later rounds. The Cowboys squandered their chance at even more draft capital with some meaningless wins in the second half of an already lost season, but even with the draft capital they are left with, they should be able to put together a nice draft class that should rival some of their best over recent years.

Does Kellen Mond have what it takes to be Washington’s QB of the future? - Hogs Haven
With Washington signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal, and adding him to a QB room with Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, it’s my belief that the pressure is off to find a rookie who can compete for the starting job immediately. That was a great decision by Ron Rivera and his cadre of former GMs, and lays the foundation for a move like taking Mond or Davis Mills at the end of Day 2 or early on Day 3. While Mond has an NFL-caliber arm and the athleticism necessary to succeed at the pro level, his accuracy and, occasionally, his decision making, have to improve in order for him to be anything other than a career back-up in the NFL. Given that completion percentage (and, particularly, completion percentage over expected) is one of the best predictors of NFL success among college QBs, I have serious concerns about Mond’s prospects in the League. Certainly, without at least a year or two of tutelage from Fitzpatrick, Turner, and Zampese, there’s not reason to expect much from the young QB. In the plus column, Chris Simms has Mond rated more highly than Justin Fields and Trey Lance, impressed especially by his arm strength and decision making.

Underrated, overrated NFL free-agent signings for 2021: How the Browns improved, and which teams got the best value - ESPN+
OVERRATED: Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots. Even assuming New England can extract the better end of that boom-or-bust play in 2021, Agholor is overpaid relative to his counterparts. He ranked just 45th among 99 qualifiers in receiving grade in 2020 despite it being easily his most productive NFL season. We’ve seen enough from him to know what kind of receiver he is; in the five years prior to 2020, he ranked 73rd among 74 qualifying wide receivers in receiving grade. This was one of several head-scratching signings by the Patriots early in free agency.


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