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Source: Duce Staley had no interest in South Carolina coaching job

Source: Duce Staley had no interest in South Carolina coaching job

A league source familiar with Duce Staley's thinking shot down a report on a national website that the Eagles' long-time assistant coach contacted South Carolina football officials about a vacancy on their coaching staff.

According to a story in The Athletic about the current state of the Gamecocks’ coaching staff, South Carolina football beat writer Josh Kendall wrote that Staley recently contacted head coach Will Muschamp about the running backs coach vacancy at South Carolina and was “rebuffed.” 

Running backs coach Thomas Brown left the program this week to take the running backs job under Sean McVay with the Rams, where he replaces Skip Peete, who was not retained. Peete’s brother Rodney is a former Eagles quarterback and teammate of Staley.

But the source said Staley did not inquire about the job and would never consider leaving the Eagles for a college position coach role.

Staley has been bypassed several times for promotions in his nine years as an Eagles assistant coach. But it’s hard to imagine any NFL position coach willingly leaving for a college position coach job, no matter how unhappy or frustrated he may be.

In a way, you can’t blame Staley if he is growing frustrated.

The former Eagles great was given a courtesy interview for the head coaching vacancy in 2016 after Chip Kelly was fired, but that was largely seen as a move merely to satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule requirements.

When Doug Pederson hired Mike Groh as offensive coordinator instead of Staley after the 2017 season he gave Staley the additional title of “assistant head coach,” but that title is seen as largely ceremonial.

And after this past season, when Groh was fired, Staley was seen as a top candidate again for the job, but Pederson instead hired Rich Scangarello from the Broncos as senior offensive assistant and promoted quarterbacks coach Press Taylor to the role of passing game coordinator.

Staley still carries the title of assistant head coach, but the Eagles also have a senior offensive assistant, a passing game coordinator and a running game coordinator in O-line coach Jeff Stoutland.

They no longer have anybody with the title of offensive coordinator.

Pederson and Staley go back to 1999 when they were teammates on Andy Reid’s first team here.

Including his seven years as a player and nine years as a coach, Staley has spent 16 of the last 23 years with the Eagles.

Staley was a three-time 1,000-yard rusher for the Eagles and remains the 5th-leading rusher in franchise history with 4,807 yards. He’s also 4th among running backs in Eagles history with 275 catches.

Andy Reid first brought Staley in as a special teams quality control coach in 2011, and Kelly promoted him to running backs coach in 2013. 

In his seven years as running backs coach, the Eagles rank 7th in the NFL in rushing yards with 123 per game and 9th in rushing average at 4.3. All that despite having a different leading rusher each year since 2014.

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NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

NFL Draft Betting: Will LSU's Justin Jefferson go before No. 24?

With the 2020 NFL Draft just weeks away, now is the time to start scouting your first round bets - if you haven't already.

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a breakout 2019 season, teaming up with Joe Burrow for monster numbers - 111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 TD - and a national championship.

But where will he fall in the 2020 NFL Draft?

With Jefferson's over/under set at 23.5, NBC Sports Philadelphia betting expert Brad Feinberg thinks you should take the under on Jefferson going before the 24th overall pick.

It's a combination of talent and circumstance, according to Feinberg. He expects this draft class's top three wideouts - Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III - to be gone in the first 15 picks. 

After the big three are off the board, Jefferson is almost unanimously the top choice for teams in need of young, talented pass-catchers like the Raiders (No. 19), the Eagles (No. 21), and the Vikings (No. 22).

"I think 23.5 is a great bet for the under," Feinberg said, "because I fully expect one of those three teams to snag [Jefferson] up in those picks."

Earlier this week, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Michael Gatti looked at the betting lines surrounding the Eagles' No. 21 pick, and found Jefferson as the odds-on favorite at +170.

In what's expected to be one of the most loaded WR drafts in recent memory, four wideouts going in the top 23 isn't a reach. In fact, it's starting to feel like a safe bet.

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Why Adam Schefter won't guarantee Eagles draft WR in first round

Why Adam Schefter won't guarantee Eagles draft WR in first round

The Eagles need better wide receivers in 2020 if they want to return to the Super Bowl. 

With the 2020 NFL Draft loaded at that position, and the Eagles' inactivity at wide receiver in free agency, all signs point towards GM Howie Roseman targeting a star pass-catcher in the first round.

But what if... they don't?

During a Twitter AMA on Thursday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter didn't exactly sound convinced the Eagles are going to take a wide receiver in the first round, and floated a few other possibilities for their No. 21 pick: 

And here's the answer, transcribed:

Jack, that is the most logical thing, is to see Philadelphia go wide receiver in round one. But what if there's a good linebacker there? What if there's a good defensive player there? What if they decide to trade the pick for a defensive player? There's a lot of different things they can do.

I would never say the Eagles are guaranteed to get a wide receiver in round one. What I would say is, that they're guaranteed to get some wide receivers in this draft, one way or another. They just might not be in round one.

It's a quick hit from Schefty, but there's plenty to unpack.

"What if there's a good linebacker there?"

The Eagles need to start valuing the linebacker position, especially considering their current roster of LBs, and if a name like Patrick Queen is high on their draft board, maybe he's a surprise pick. Eagles fans might not like it.

"What if there's a good defensive player there?"

There are some very interesting defensive prospects who could last until No. 21. Edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson and DT Javon Kinlaw are two notable talents who would probably pique Roseman's love for first-round defensive linemen.

"What if they decide to trade the pick for a defensive player?"

This feels like a pretty obvious allusion to the Eagles' rumored interest in trading for Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. The price for Ngakoue begins with a first-rounder, and the No. 21 pick might start an interesting conversation.

Schefter ending by saying the Eagles will leave the draft with at least one wide receiver is certainly intriguing, and might spell a second-round pick going towards a wideout if Roseman is otherwise tempted at No. 21. Could Clemson's Tee Higgins fall into the second round? Will K.J. Hamler still be available at pick No. 53?

So many question marks - but in three weeks, we'll have answers. 

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