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2020 NFL Draft: Eagles close draft with Stanford linebacker in 7th round

2020 NFL Draft: Eagles close draft with Stanford linebacker in 7th round

The Eagles added Stanford outside linebacker Casey Toohill Saturday with their final pick of the draft.

Toohill was pick No. 233 overall, one of the picks acquired from the Bears earlier Saturday with picks acquired earlier in the day from the Dolphins.

Toohill is the second linebacker the Eagles selected in the draft. They took Davion Taylor from Colorado in the third round.

This is the first time they’ve taken two linebackers in the same draft since 2011, when they selected Casey Matthews in the fourth round, Brian Rolle in the sixth and Greg Lloyd in the seventh.

This past season, Toohill had 11 1/2 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He ranked sixth in the Pac 12 in tackles for loss and fifth in sacks.

In three years in Palo Alto, Toohill had 14 career sacks, 21 1/2 tackles for loss and 124 tackles along with an interception.

He’s not considered an elite run stuffer or cover linebacker, but he’s an above average pass rusher and at 6-4, 250 could be a 4-3 edge rusher if he can get stronger.

Toohill is the fourth Stanford player the Eagles have taken since 2013, following Zach Ertz in the second round in 2013, safety Ed Reynolds in the fifth round in 2014 and receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round last year.

Whether he plays linebacker or edge rusher, Toohill will have a chance to compete at a position where the Eagles need depth.

There isn’t much at edge rusher behind 32-year-old Brandon Graham and inconsistent Derek Barnett. Josh Sweat is the next man up.

Nate Gerry and Duke Riley are the only outside linebackers with any NFL experience. 

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Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts 'a distraction'

Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts 'a distraction'

In a brief Instagram video Friday, former Eagles safety and current New Orleans Saint Malcolm Jenkins publicly addressed DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts.

Jenkins called Jackson's comments "wrong", while also calling for an unspecified group to "stay focused".

Here's the full transcription of the video:

We gotta stay focused. All of this back and forth that's going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

But we've got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor's killers are still not arrested. We're still fighting for justice. We've got a lot of work to do. And this ain't it. Stay focused.

Jenkins also included this caption with the video:

We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country.

Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote and anti-Semitic sentiment from Louis Farrakhan in a series of social media posts earlier this week, all of which the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Jackson has publicly apologized multiple times, and he's committed to working towards a better understanding of anti-Semitism, but also seemingly pushed back against some criticism on Instagram.

Elsewhere, Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson defended Jackson's decision to quote Farrakhan, and outspoken former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended Jackson, saying the wide receiver shouldn't have to apologize or be threatened with termination by his employer.

Another former Eagle, Chris Long, called the entire situation a "f*****g disaster" earlier this week.

At this point, it's hard to disagree.

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Eagles' DeSean Jackson is taking Julian Edelman up on offer to educate each other

Eagles' DeSean Jackson is taking Julian Edelman up on offer to educate each other

Looks like DeSean Jackson is taking up Julian Edelman on his offer.

Edelman, who is Jewish, posted on social media Thursday that he hoped to arrange an educational exchange program where he took Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Jackson took him to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, also in Washington.

"Afterwards, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations."

On Friday morning, Edelman tweeted that he had spoken to Jackson, and while he didn't specifically say they were planning to tour the two museums together, he did say they "plan to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together."

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote in a series of social media posts earlier this week that the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Edelman's paternal great grandfather, Harry Edelman, was a Polish Jew and emigrated to England, where he married an Irish woman. Edelman, the former Super Bowl MVP, wrote in his autobiography, "Relentless," that he had researched his ancestry to learn more about his Jewish background and has spoken often about experiencing a Jewish reawakening.

In the Eagles' statement, the team said it is "committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

It's safe to say Jackson was strongly encouraged by team officials to participate in that learning and growth process, and certainly it’s a positive sign that he accepted Edelman's offer.

Edelman, 34, is about six months older than Jackson and one of 13 active NFL players with more career receptions than Jackson. Edelman has 599 and Jackson has 598. Edelman was MVP of Super Bowl LIII after the 2019 season.

The two museums are both located in Washington's museum row, adjacent to the Washington Monument, about a quarter of a mile apart.

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