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Eagles News: Trade back up in the first round?

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Why the Philadelphia Eagles could have another NFL draft trade up their sleeve - ESPN
Which brings us to a logical Step 2 in the plan: moving back up in the first round to grab one of their targeted prospects. Let’s say they’re interested in landing Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II, believing he can be a critical piece in defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s secondary-centric scheme. If they stand pat at No. 12, there’s a good chance he is scooped up before then — perhaps by the rival Dallas Cowboys at No. 10. That would sting. And there’s no guarantee South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn will make it to them, either. The Eagles have the most picks in this year’s draft with 11, including No. 37 overall and a pair of third-rounders. There’s virtually no shot they use them all. They have the resources to move up a few slots — say, to the Carolina Panthers’ spot at No. 8 or the Denver Broncos’ at No. 9 — and grab a player they covet while still holding on to the three first-round picks next year. If it’s a receiver they’re after, the same logic applies. Sure, they could sit and hope one of the Alabama wideouts — DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle — slides to them, but hope is not a strategy. If they want one of them, go get ‘em.

Yet another report linking the Eagles to a Deshaun Watson trade - BGN
It feels strange to be speculating about Watson’s NFL future while he’s currently facing 20 lawsuits alleging sexual assault and/or inappropriate conduct. It’s hard to discuss the merits of trading for him when the legal process needs to play out, in fairness to both Watson and the alleged victims. But his uncertain future doesn’t seem to be a deterrent for the Eagles. We’ve now heard from multiple national reporters, multiple Texas-based reporters, and one Philadelphia-based reporter regarding their interest in Watson.

Locker Room Livestream Replay: Are the Eagles truly dysfunctional‪?‬ - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Shamus Clancy are joined by a number of BGN community members to discuss a wide range of Eagles topics, including The Athletic’s report on Philly’s internal issues.

Eagles player review: Jack Driscoll edition - PhillyVoice
Perhaps the answer is that the Eagles will try to develop him into a “jack of all trades,” pardon the pun, who can come off the bench and play any position, if necessary. Those kinds of players can be very valuable.

NFL Draft 2021: Here’s an insider’s look at how the top 10 picks could unfold, with the Patriots moving up - CBS Sports
The Eagles are going to have a pick of one – and possibly two – of the best wideouts in this draft by moving back to 12. I think that trade back is going to work out nicely from them.

Shane Steichen took a detour on the way to becoming the Eagles’ offensive coordinator - PE.com
“I think what your quarterback does well ultimately determines the kind of system you’re going to run offensively,” Steichen said. “You might have one quarterback on your roster that has a different skill set than the other one if it matches up like that, so you have to be able to adapt as a coach to what that quarterback does well.” “If you can be multiple in what you do, but keep it simple and get really good at those things, I think that’s when an offense can really take off,” he added.

Deshaun Watson Update: As Plaintiffs Disclose Their Identities, One Lawsuit Is Dropped - Battle Red Blog
On the football side of things, Houston still has a decision to make. Do they want to stand behind Watson and remain adamant he’s the quarterback of their team, or do they trade him to another team, assuming another team is still interested in someone with the accusations he has tied to his name? The 2021 NFL Draft is no longer the center point of the Watson trade discussions. Regardless, the legal side of this is more important than the football side. There is currently no end in sight.

Giants’ roster move: CB Ryan Lewis waived - Big Blue View
After being undrafted in 2017, Lewis signed with the the Cardinals before he bounced around the league (including a stint with the Patriots when they went to Super Bowl LII). After being cut from the Washington Football Team prior to the 2020 season, Lewis signed with the Giants’ practice squad before being added to the starting roster in Week 3. In his five games and three starts, Lewis recorded 13 total tackles with 11 solos and only 1 pass breakup. [BLG Note: Lewis briefly played for the Eagles in 2019.]

Meet the sons of former NFL players taking over the 2021 draft class - SB Nation
There’s a not-so-fun cycle of being a sports fan. As a kid, your idols are all adults — viewed from far away, and serving as inspiration. The next jump happens in college, when suddenly players entering the league are your age, and it’s kind of neat. In your early twenties it’s still fun, and people slightly younger than you are becoming superstars. The pivot begins in your late 20s. At this point you suffer the crippling weight of realization that players destined to be millionaires will be more financially successful than you ever will, and they’re a decade younger than you. Now, I’m reaching the final stage: Hilarity. This is when the players you watched as a kid have their own children entering the league. A grim realization of the unstoppable passage of time, And on that cheery note, I’d like you to share in my grim existential crisis by learning about all the players entering the 2021 NFL Draft who had parents you watch play years ago, and some who entered the league in recent years you may have missed. It’s my hope that you’ll feel terrible about all this when it’s over, because misery loves company.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Thursday- Clowney signs in Cleveland + Trouble for Aaron Donal‪d‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
In today’s episode, the Browns get a new pass rusher, the Seahawks try to sign an old rival, and Aaron Donald has assault charges filed against him.

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