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Wide receivers that would make sense for the Eagles in the NFL draft

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Wide receivers that would make sense for the Eagles in the NFL draft

We continue our positional breakdown leading up to the 2018 NFL draft with a look at receivers. Instead of a top five, we'll highlight players at these positions who fit the Eagles and have a chance to be available when the team picks. 
 
Here's a look at the quarterbacks and running backs we've already previewed.
 
At No. 32
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M, 5-10, 200

It seems like there are varying opinions on Kirk. Some seem to think he's a first-round pick (as high as the middle of the round), while others think he's a second- or even a third-rounder. What we do know about Kirk is he put together three good seasons as a receiver and was also a serious threat as a kick and punt returner. He ran an impressive 4.47 in the 40 at the Combine but for some reason, his quickness didn't show up in the agility drills. It certainly showed up on his film. He was a slot receiver in college and that's how he projects in the NFL, but he's the type of player Doug Pederson could certainly find a way to use.
 
Courtland Sutton, SMU, 6-3, 218
It's not hard to figure out what makes Sutton so attractive. He's a huge target and, like Alshon Jeffery, uses his basketball background on the football field. He doesn't have blazing speed, but his 4.54 at the Combine wasn't bad for his size. What was pretty crazy were his agility numbers. Even at his size, he was a top-four performer in the 3-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle; incredible. Not a finished product; could stand to improve as a route runner. If he does, especially with the agility he showed in Indy, he could be a big-time player in the NFL.
 
In the middle
DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State, 6-1, 205

Over the past couple of months, Hamilton has steadily worked his way into a mid-round draft pick. He didn't run at the combine but was still impressive in receiver drills and that came after a solid performance at the Senior Bowl, where he showed some potential as an outside target. For the Nittany Lions, he was a big, possession slot receiver. In that vein, he sort of reminds me of Jordan Matthews, but not quite as big. (But both played for James Franklin, by the way.) Hamilton isn't super fast or lightning quick, but he's a producer and already really polished.
 
Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame, 6-5, 214
It's not hard to figure out what's so intriguing about St. Brown, aside from his great name. He's the size of a pterodactyl but still ran the 40 in 4.48 seconds at the Combine. That's an incredible combination of size and speed. He saw a significant drop in production for his junior season and might have benefitted from another year in college. Even as a sophomore, he wasn't a huge volume receiver, but he did average 16.1 yards per catch in college and can be a deep threat to start, with more upside.
 
Late-round sleeper(s)
Antonio Callaway, Florida, 5-11, 197

He's a really talented receiver who ran a 4.41 at the Combine, so why isn't he going to be picked higher? Off-the-field red flags came up before he missed the entire 2017 season for a credit card fraud scandal. He definitely has NFL talent. Would a team like the Eagles feel like they could keep him on the straight and narrow?
 
Austin Proehl, North Carolina, 5-10, 185
Either a late-round pick or a priority free agent. If you want to feel old, he's the son of former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl. An injury limited Austin to six games in 2017. But there is obviously familiarity with Eagles new WRs coach Gunter Brewer, who coached him and played with his father.

Eagles in contact with White House about possible visit

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Eagles in contact with White House about possible visit

After winning Super Bowl LI, the Patriots visited the White House on April 19, 2017. 

You might have noticed that April 19 has come and gone this year and there hasn’t been much talk of the Super Bowl champion Eagles visiting the relatively new home of President Donald Trump. 

But on Monday, the New York Times reported that discussions about a possible Eagles trip to the White House have begun.

The Eagles confirmed that report with the following in a statement: “We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."

This is the first time the Eagles have publicly spoken about a trip to the White House and the first time they’ve revealed they have been invited. When asked about the possible trip last month at the annual league meetings, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie didn’t seem very eager to speak about the topic. 

“We just won the Super Bowl,” Lurie said in Orlando last month. “I haven’t had any of those discussions. I have no idea. It’s just … I haven’t had those discussions.” 

The idea that the visit to the White House could be an opportunity for dialogue is an interesting one. Normally, these things are pretty much photo opportunities, but perhaps that’s part of the discussion. 

As you might guess, an Eagles trip to the White House is a pretty tricky trip to figure out. 

The Eagles have several players — Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith — who have already said publicly that they wouldn’t attend. And last year when the Patriots won, Long and LeGarrette Blount were not among the group that went. Aside from that, Lurie, who donated money to Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is considered one of the more liberal owners in the league. 

“We have been in conversations with the Eagles about timing and are working with them to make it happen,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, via the New York Times. “We hope to have something finalized in the next couple of weeks.”

According to the New York Times story, Lurie had strong criticism for Trump at a private league meeting last October as owners, players and executives met weeks after Trump scolded the NFL and players, which brought more league-wide protesting during the national anthem. During those meetings, Lurie described Trump’s presidency as “disastrous” and reportedly used a vulgarity to emphasize that opinion. 

This is not the first time an Eagle has had harsh words for Trump. Last September, Jenkins said Trump was “no different than a troll on social media.” 

The Eagles are the first Super Bowl-winning team after Trump’s attacks on the league and its players who had chosen to demonstrate during the national anthem. Last September, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

The week after Trump made those comments, protests became more wide-spread throughout the league, with entire teams demonstrating and showing unity. The Eagles — players, coaches and executives, including Lurie — locked arms as the Star-Spangled Banner was performed. 

Former Eagle Daryl Worley signs with Raiders

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Former Eagle Daryl Worley signs with Raiders

A week after the Eagles released him, Daryl Worley has reportedly found a new home.

The 23-year-old cornerbacks signed with the Raiders Monday afternoon.

Worley was arrested early on the morning of Sunday, April 14 when he was found passed out in his vehicle near the NovaCare Complex. Less than 12 hours after being arrested, the Eagles released Worley, who is being charged with six different offenses. After being released, Worley cleared waivers.

Despite the Eagles’ abrupt decision to cut Worley, the Raiders obviously feel comfortable enough to sign him.

Worley’s new home will be in Oakland, but he does have a preliminary hearing set in Philadelphia for May 1.

Worley was the return from the Panthers in the trade for Torrey Smith earlier this offseason. He grew up in North Philadelphia and the trade was a chance for him to play for his hometown team, but Worley lasted just one month and one day with the Eagles.