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Five free agent cornerbacks who still make sense for the Eagles - PhillyVoice
The Eagles — and this is a big one — were already very interested in acquiring him in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to Jimmy Kempski, the Eagles were actually planning on taking him (and not Derek Barnett) with the 14th pick that year, but at the time Conley was being accused of sexual assault (of which he was later cleared) and that caused him to slide down draft boards, ultimately not going until the 24th pick. Had those allegations not been hanging over him, Kempski reports that the Eagles would have drafted him instead. Of course, if those allegations weren’t hanging over his head, he also likely wouldn’t have fallen to them at 14. If the Eagles can get Conley at the right price — and assuming he’s healthy after a pair of ankle surgeries cost him the entire 2020 season — then he seems like a slam dunk option for the Eagles.
Mel Kiper mock draft has the Eagles double-dipping on defense with with their first two picks - BGN
Correct me if I’m wrong (wouldn’t be the first time) but I feel like most Philadelphia Eagles fans would like some combination of a wide receiver and a cornerback with their first two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. That’d be an ideal outcome considering they’re the two biggest positions of need on a roster full of holes. Such a scenario does not play out for the Birds in Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft. The ESPN analyst instead has the Birds going defense with both of their first two selections, starting with a cornerback at No. 12 overall.
Off Day Debrief #32: Eagles dysfunction with Sheil Kapadia + Edelman isn’t a HoFer - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) dive into the problems in the Eagles organization with The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia after he co-wrote a expose on them this week. Plus, Stats goes off on the people saying Julian Edelman deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Why is there constant infighting between coaches and ownership? Who is most to blame for the current state of the team? Can and how does this thing get fixed?
APRIL MADNESS: It’s Time to Vote in the Elite Eight of our Eagles Media Field of 64 - Crossing Broad
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Context - Iggles Blitz
Am I biased toward Lurie and Roseman? I’ve never met or interacted with Lurie. I used to think he was one of the best owners in the league, but that opinion has gone down in recent years. He’s made plenty of great decisions in the last 27 years and brought us a Super Bowl. Recent years have not brought out the best in him. Howie and I have a mixed track record. I have a lot of respect for the way he climbed the ladder from intern to GM. And he made some great moves and I’ll forever be grateful for him building the Super Bowl winner. Howie sent me an email after my dad passed away, offering his condolences. That was very nice and not something he had to do. Things haven’t been so smooth in recent years, unfortunately. I’ll leave it at that. I tend to be positive. That’s my personality. But both men have not performed their duties well in the past few years. If not for playing in the worst division in football, the 2018 and 2019 seasons could look very different. I think we can all look at those years and see the issues building. We thought things would be different in 2020. They were, but not the way we expected. We saw things completely fall apart, on and off the field. That doesn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t happen unless there are issues from the top down.
Ranking the Eagles’ NFL Draft options at No. 12: DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle? - The Athletic
2) DeVonta Smith — Kapadia (2): Full disclosure: I was torn between Pitts and Smith for my No. 1 ranking. I texted Coach Flinn, and he gave Pitts the nod. Smith falls in the “don’t overthink it” category. He was ridiculously productive (3,965 yards and 46 touchdowns!) in the best conference in college football, and his instincts and feel are off the charts. Smith can get open, catches everything and dazzles with his sideline acrobatics. I love his competitiveness and toughness. He plays with an Allen Iverson mentality. I understand the history with 170-pound wide receivers, but Smith stayed healthy and was productive while playing in the SEC. I see a blend of Marvin Harrison and Antonio Brown. Eagles fans should be thrilled if they land Smith at 12.
Why Jordan Howard thought his NFL career may be over - NBCSP
Jordan Howard is 26. A former Pro Bowler. A two-time 1,000-yard rusher. And he thought his career was over. Such is life for NFL running backs these days. He had two 1,000-yard seasons before he turned 24 and had the 3rd-most rushing yards in the NFL in his first three seasons. Now he’s back with the Eagles because nobody else wanted him. “Honestly, my market was just pretty dry,” said Howard, who re-signed with the Eagles last month. “I was at the point I was having thoughts I might be done because teams weren’t really calling.”
If the Cowboys trade into the back-end of the first round of the draft, these are the potential targets that would tempt them - Blogging The Boys
CB Greg Newsome II. CB Asante Samuel Jr. If Farley is either not there, or the team is not happy about his medicals, these two frequently show up as being available late in the first round. It might depend on how the draft is falling, as the Cowboys might risk seeing if one of them makes it to 44. But if things look a bit risky, this might be a move they would consider to shore up the secondary.
LeSean McCoy: I’ve got a good shot at the Hall of Fame, Julian Edelman does not - PFT
Count free agent running back LeSean McCoy as one player who does not think Julian Edelman is heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Asked by Yahoo Sports if Edelman is a Hall of Famer, McCoy scoffed. Hall of Famer? No, come on, man,” McCoy said. McCoy said Edelman’s strong postseason performances don’t change the fact that his regular season stats don’t measure up.
2021 NFL Free Agency: Veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie visiting Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
It’s a tradition unlike any other: The Buffalo Bills are looking to add veteran cornerback depth via free agency. According to reports, free-agent corner T.J. Carrie is visiting the Bills. The visit was first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. [BLG Note: The Eagles have reportedly shown some interest in Carrie.]
Players Beginning to Opt Out of Workouts - Over The Cap
In something has probably been some time coming NFL players are beginning to collectively opt out of their offseason workout programs. Thus far today the Broncos and Seahawks have said they will not attend the offseason programs and I would expect many more to follow suit. The concept of the workout program has always been something that was very hit or miss with veteran players. It is often a trivial amount of money relative to the NFL contract for attendance in an offseason program. To encourage participation teams devised the contract mechanism called a workout bonus in which a player was paid a reasonable sum of money for attending most of the offseason program.
Each MLS team in 2021, previewed by the experts who know them best - SB Nation
2020 was the best season in Philadelphia Union history, as the team won the Supporters’ Shield, and capped the season off with the record sale of two highly sought-after homegrown academy products. It has often been the case that teams must decide between competing regularly for trophies (ex. Atlanta/Seattle etc.) and investing heavily in the academy and youth development (ex. FC Dallas). However, the Union broke that mold last year, demonstrating to the league that it is possible to both compete seriously, while also relying heavily on young players.
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