Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/22/18.
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NFLPA TOP 50 PLAYER SALES LIST - NFLPA
The Eagles are the most represented team, with five players. In addition to Carson Wentz (No. 3), TE Zach Ertz (No. 17), QB Nick Foles (No. 22), WR Alshon Jeffery (No. 43) and RB Jay Ajayi (No. 45) represent Philadelphia. This is the second straight year that quarterbacks from the same team appear on the Top 50 Players Sales List, since Prescott and Tony Romo appeared last year for the Cowboys. [...] Five of the top 10 in Strideline socks sales were Eagles –Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Jay Ajayi and Alshon Jeffery.
More details on Nick Foles’ new contract, including an explanation of the 2019 option - BGN
Closer look at the revised deal the Eagles handed out.
Game-by-game 2018 Eagles win-loss predictions - PhillyVoice
If you were to ask me how many games I think the Eagles will win this year, I would probably say 11 or 12. Above, I have them going 13-3, like they did in 2017. Too optimistic? Yeah, maybe. Then again, they are the best team in the NFL.
More on Foles - Iggles Blitz
If Foles plays a decent amount this year, he will make good money. If he leads the team to another Super Bowl, he’ll make good money. The revised deal is a way to make him a happy camper, but also to give both sides some flexibility. This is a highly unusual situation, with a backup QB winning the Super Bowl and playing at such a high level in the postseason. Then you mix in the fact that Carson Wentz is coming off an ACL injury and we don’t know for sure if he’ll be ready for the start of the season.
Red Zone Becomes TD Time For Zach Ertz - PE.com
Twelve receptions, 82 yards, eight touchdowns. Those were the red zone numbers from tight end Zach Ertz in 2017, among the best of all receivers, not just tight ends, in the NFL. The numbers represented The Next Step for Ertz in his football evolution, so now it can be said with full agreement: Zach Ertz is one of the best in the business ...
Forget empty Day 2 of draft, Eagles hoping to find gold in Day 3 - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Douglas is right on all those stats — 22 of 44 starters in the Super Bowl were drafted in the third or lower and 18 of them would be considered Day 3 picks. Not bad. Here’s how the Super Bowl starters broke down by round: 1-10, 2-12, 3-4, 4-4, 5-3, 6-3, 7-2, UDFA-6. The Eagles accounted for seven of the 18 players who were drafted in the fourth round or later, so the Patriots were the ones who found even more value late in drafts. And of those seven, just three were original Eagles — Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jason Kelce and Jalen Mills.
Agent’s Take: Here’s a fifth-year-option forecast for every 2015 first-round draft pick - CBS Sports
Pick No. 20: Nelson Agholor rebounding in 2017 from a disappointing 2016 season probably means Philadelphia intends on having him around in 2019. Trading Torrey Smith to the Panthers increases Agholor’s importance in the passing game.
Norris: Top 150 Draft Board - Rotoworld
10. RB Derrius Guice, LSU | 5’11, 224 | Athleticism: 28th percentile | Age: 21. Where He Wins: No nonsense runner. Wants to maximize the blocking in front of him and will win on contact, either a few yards on final contact or break into free space. Not afraid of contact and faced a number of heavy boxes. Displayed big play ability during his first two years. Shows patience behind the line to wait for an opening on the front side or back side. Makes his cuts off a single step while maintaining momentum. Comparison: On the Thomas Rawls - Marshawn Lynch spectrum
Top five NFL draft needs for all 32 teams - ESPN (In$ider)
The Super Bowl champions are in great shape, but do have a couple of areas to address in the draft. Nigel Bradham was locked up at OLB, but the Eagles need a starter across from him -- especially if they get rid of Mychal Kendricks. Backup tight end Trey Burton signed with Chicago, so depth is needed behind starter Zach Ertz. With Jason Peters now 36 and coming off a torn ACL, help is needed at left tackle. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is an effective swing tackle, but only an adequate starter. The Eagles could also use some depth at defensive end and wideout.
Seven-Round NFL Mock Drafts Are Our Favorite Exercise in Impossibility - The Ringer
Nobody has ever produced an accurate seven-round mock draft. So why have they become a staple of NFL coverage?
The best linemen in the 2018 NFL Draft play on the inside. Here are the top 7. - SB Nation
Connor Williams — From Texas, he’s an intriguing prospect. Williams was considered the top prospect at tackle heading into the season, but he was limited with injury and didn’t look quite the same in 2017 as 2016. He’s listed as a tackle but will most likely move inside to guard at the next level because of his limited range in pass protection. With his limited range comes poor sets to the proper landmark, which makes him more suited to guard. However, it will be interesting to see him when he’s fully healthy. If he’s fixed some of those range issues, he could slide back out to tackle in the NFL.
Philly Special: Phillies 6, Pirates 2 - The Good Phight
When I look back on the end of this season, I’ll be able to identify the exact moment I got completely on board with this team. That’s Rhys Hoskins calling some Philly Special play action as he rounds the bases after hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning. That fills me with so much joy I’m barely able to contain it.
Get your Sixers playoff shirts! - BreakingT
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