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Eagles News: Philadelphia among teams that “MUST” get the 2021 NFL Draft right

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/5/21.

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Seven teams that MUST do well in the 2021 NFL Draft - NFL.com
Eagles GM Howie Roseman is a realist — he seems to be well aware that his roster is past its 2017 peak. Philadelphia’s trade down with Miami in this year’s draft — which netted an extra first-rounder in 2022 — also suggests he knows the rebuilding work won’t all be done this year. If Carson Wentz hits his play-time incentives with the Colts, the 2022 choice Philly acquired from Indy in exchange for the QB should become a first-rounder, as well, giving the Eagles plenty of ammunition to secure a quarterback if things don’t work out with Jalen Hurts this season. That said, it would make sense this April to do as much as possible to help Hurts succeed — and coming off a season in which Philadelphia receivers ranked 28th in the NFL in catches and 29th in receiving yards, with stalwart tight end Zach Ertz likely headed out of town, it will be crucial to find better playmakers in the draft. That, unfortunately, has been difficult for this team, which must break a recent trend of whiffing on receiver prospects (like Nelson Agholor, who had his best pro season after leaving Philly, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who has 14 catches and 254 receiving yards in his career thus far; the jury is still out on Jalen Reagor after an injury-marred rookie campaign). Philadelphia should also think about finding someone to develop behind veteran corner Darius Slay.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Eagles pick one of two Alabama wide receivers - BGN
I can’t shake the feeling that all this talk about wide receiver and cornerback is going to be for naught. Deep down, we all know the Eagles are actually going to draft an offensive or defensive lineman, right? That’s the direction Howie Roseman has gone in with seven of his nine first-round picks since 2010. Carson Wentz and Jalen Reagor were the only non-trench players. We should probably be talking about the likes of Slater, Penei Sewell, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Kwity Paye as the most likely options for Philly’s pick. In terms of realism, at least, and not necessarily preference.

Eagles player review: Arryn Siposs edition - PhillyVoice
In 2020, Siposs had interest from a few teams as an undrafted rookie free agent, and he chose to sign with the Detroit Lions. He competed with 2019 UDFA Jack Fox for the punting job in training camp, a battle that Fox won, but was apparently close. Obviously, in 2020, there were no preseason games for Siposs to show what he could do in live NFL action. Fox would go on to be one of the more effective punters in the NFL, according to these nerds who track punters. ProFootballFocus agreed, as they had Fox as the highest-graded punter in the NFL last season. Still, the Lions thought enough of Siposs to keep him on their practice squad all season long.

From Jalen Hurts to Russell Wilson, the Eagles’ QB options after draft trade - The Athletic
Consider what an NFL executive told The Athletic’s Mike Sando: “I would put Philly in the driver’s seat for Russell Wilson next year if Seattle moves him. That would have Howie Roseman written all over it.” Although the Eagles were not on the list of teams Wilson’s agent told ESPN the quarterback would consider in a potential trade, few teams would be as well positioned to acquire him when it comes to draft inventory. Wilson will turn 33 next season, but his production has shown no sign of waning. You won’t need to convince the Eagles brass of Wilson’s ability. Their interest in Wilson leading up to the 2012 draft has been well documented. He sent a text message to an Eagles scout before the draft started and has said the Eagles were “one of the top teams really, really talking to me.” If long-time Eagles officials were honest about their biggest draft mistakes, there might not be one above misreading when Wilson would be picked in 2012. The pros of acquiring Wilson are obvious. The complications are whether the Seahawks would trade him and whether Wilson would want to come to Philadelphia. The price likely wouldn’t be prohibitive considering the Eagles’ resources.

Free Agency Review 2021 - Over The Cap
The cap strapped Eagles basically signed nobody and while they have never been extremely active in this timeframe this was nearly 80% off from their norm.

The Cowboys may have a viable plan to make a playoff run in 2021 - Blogging The Boys
Maybe it’s just the usual offseason optimism, but it sure looks like the Dallas Cowboys have a real blueprint for trying to get back to the top of the NFC East and make a playoff run. It looks like this might actually have a shot at working. At the heart of all this is that the personnel moves in the early stages look better than they have in recent memory. Admittedly, this isn’t a wholly objective view. Still, the steps taken show that the brain-trust of the team do not think they are a couple of seasons or more from getting back to being in the thick of things. Despite what someone once said, maybe the team can get fixed in an offseason. Let’s delve into the reasons why that turnaround could come about.

Houston Police investigating report concerning Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson - ESPN
The Houston Police Department has launched an investigation concerning Deshaun Watson after a complainant filed a report against the Houston Texans quarterback on Friday. “As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process,” the department said in a statement. It did not specify what Watson is being accused of in the complaint. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement later on Friday that he and Watson will “fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

Justin Fields, NFL Draft’s Man Of Mystery, Faces Down ‘Reckless’ Criticism About Work Ethic, Desire - FMIA
The number changes could be maddening, but with the likelihood that the practice squad will be either 14 or 16 players in 2021, and with the retired numbers helping clogging up rosters league-wide (Chicago has 14, San Francisco 12, the Giants 11, Kansas City 10, Philly nine, the Rams and Colts eight), it’s a necessary adjustment.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Monday - Alex Smith to Houston? | The price for Jimmy Garoppol‪o‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
Another week in the National Football League has arrived and news continues to swirl about the game’s quarterbacks. Check out Monday’s episode of NFL Daily Kickoff as we discuss the contingency plan that the Houston Texans have for Deshaun Watson, Chicago’s infatuation with Andy Dalton, and how disconnected the San Francisco 49ers are from reality when it comes to setting a price for their current signal-caller.

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