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2020 NFL Draft: Sportsbooks have signs Eagles could go defense in first round

2020 NFL Draft: Sportsbooks have signs Eagles could go defense in first round

Go get Carson Wentz help at the wide receiver position! That’s been the sentiment from most Eagles fans recently as we inch closer to the NFL Draft.  

Last week the sportsbooks agreed with that opinion and for the most part still do. However, the sportsbooks also indicate a defensive selection is not as far fetched as one may have thought not too long ago.  

FanDuel still has seven receivers as the top choices on who the Eagles will select with their first pick.  However one name seems to be climbing up the board: linebacker Kenneth Murray from Oklahoma. Murray has leapfrogged other defensive options like safeties Xavier McKinney from Alabama and Grant Delpit of LSU.  He’s now the first non-receiver on who the Eagles could select with their first pick. Murray is listed with odds of +1300, meaning a $100 wager on him can pay out $1300. LSU wideout Justin Jefferson remains the favorite to be picked by the Eagles.  A $100 bet on Jefferson pays $180. 

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Another indication that Murray might be the pick is listed on DraftKings. Both he and Justin Jefferson have over/unders of 21.5 on their draft position. On any of the over/under bets on Jefferson and Murray a $110 bet pays $100. 

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You can also get 21.5 on both Murray and Jefferson at FanDuel with similar prices.  However, on BetMGM Murray has an over/under of 24.5 but with a heftier cost.  The wiggle room of 3 picks is nice if you’re leaning towards the under but be ready to shell out more from your wallet.  At -189 you will have to bet $189 to win $100 on Murray’s under of 24.5.

(Image below courtesy of BetMGM)

Finally, another sign the Eagles may go defense with their first pick is by taking a look at the numbers on FoxBet.  Last week that number was at -225 the Birds would select an offensive player.  That’s now dipped to -188.  So to win $100 you now only need to bet $188 if you think GM Howie Roseman is going offense with the first pick.  On the defensive side that number was at +170 and has now moved to +145.  A $100 wager on defense will now only pay out $145 as opposed to $170 from a week ago. 

(Image below courtesy FoxBet)

We are about two weeks out from all the drama that will unfold at the 2020 NFL Draft.  There are no sure things in the betting landscape.  In the sportsbook world, what appeared to be all signs pointing towards the Eagles going offense with their first pick have shifted in one weeks time. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: An athlete's role in effecting real change

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Eagle Eye podcast: An athlete's role in effecting real change

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, an open and honest discussion about race, injustice, police brutality and an athlete’s role in social change. 

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are joined by Barrett Brooks during a difficult week in the country. 

The guys discuss Jeff Lurie’s statement and role in Philadelphia, Carson Wentz’s important message and the role of everyone necessary to push the country forward.

  • (1:05) — Jeffrey Lurie releases a powerful statement after team meeting.
  • (9:09) — Carson Wentz among athletes calling for justice after the death of George Floyd.
  • (18:09) — The isn't a Democrats or Republicans issues, it's human decency.
  • (25:17) — Malcolm Jenkins and Colin Kaepernick tried to tell us and we didn't listen.
  • (33:00) — It is important to figure out the next steps.

 

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie 'repulsed' by injustice, vows to use platform for change

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie released a lengthy statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying he is “heartbroken” and “repulsed” by the injustices the black community has to endure and also vowed to use his platform to effect change. 

Lurie, who has been one of the more socially responsible owners in the NFL, had been silent since the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week. 

During a team meeting on Monday, Lurie addressed the entire Eagles organization and then released the following statement on Tuesday, via the Eagles’ Twitter account.

Back in 2018, the Eagles formed the Eagles Social Justice Fund to “provide grants to organizations that work to reduce barriers to equal opportunity, with a specific focus on education, community and police relations, improving the criminal justice system, and other initiatives targeting poverty, racial equality, and workforce development in the Greater Philadelphia area.”

As of December 2019, that fund provided local organizations with $858,000 in funding. 

In Lurie’s statement Tuesday, he said he’s dedicated to committing more resources to organizations working on reform. 

“It is our shared responsibility to address the pain and combat systemic racism,” Lurie said. “There is so much we can all do to improve our unequal system of justice, our schools and our communities. This is a time for leadership. A time for us to be united in action.”

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