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Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: RB Josh Jacobs

Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: RB Josh Jacobs

Considered by many to be the top running back in the 2019 class, there’s a good chance Alabama’s Josh Jacobs could be the only running back taken in the first round this year. 

Jacobs (5-10, 220) carried the ball 251 times in three years at Alabama for nearly 1,500 yards. He had a 5.9 yards-per-carry average and 16 touchdown runs. Eleven of those touchdown runs came in his junior season in 2018. 

Aside from his ability as a runner, Jacobs has also proven to be a quality receiver out of the backfield. He had 48 catches in three years for 571 yards and five touchdowns. 

Jacobs has the potential to become a true three-down back in the NFL and has what seems like a great combination of size, power, agility and athleticism. 

Current roster at RB: The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard, but Howard has just one more season under contract. From there, the Eagles also have Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Boston Scott. They could clearly use more help at the position. 

How he would fit: If the Eagles draft a running back in the first round, he’s going to play a ton in Year 1 and become the primary running back early. Shelf life for running backs is shorter than other positions, so the Eagles would need to get as much as they can out of him while they can. With his ability and potential as a three-down back, he’s good enough to make Doug Pederson rethink his committee approach. 

Eagles history at RB in draft: The Eagles haven’t used a first-round pick on a running back since 1986, when they took Keith Byars out of Ohio State. They haven’t taken one in the first two rounds since Shady McCoy in 2009.

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

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Donovan McNabb aims to further clarify his comments about Carson Wentz

It’s 2019 and somehow Donovan McNabb is owning headlines in Philadelphia.

The Eagles’ former franchise quarterback sent out a series of tweets on Monday afternoon, attempting to further clarify his critical comments about Carson Wentz from this past weekend. 

On Saturday, McNabb was on a CBS radio show and was asked about Wentz. He said if Wentz doesn’t get out of the second round of the playoffs in the next two years, the Eagles should draft another quarterback.

Then Lane Johnson, never shy with his opinions, chimed in. He called McNabb a snake with emojis and then further explained his problem with McNabb’s comments.

Now, McNabb has responded again:

The last tweet nails the root of the problem with McNabb’s comments. 

If some talking head on a national network said these things, we would have already moved on. Heck, we probably wouldn’t have even cared. But this is McNabb. I normally want everyone to speak the truth and give honest opinions, so this might seem highly hypocritical, but in this case, McNabb can’t be this oblivious to how his comments were going to be seen. 

McNabb has to be more self-aware than this. He has to know that when he says something about the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, he’s not saying it as a talking head; he’s saying it as the Eagles’ former franchise quarterback. 

And there’s already a perception — plenty of it earned — that McNabb has passive-aggressive tendencies, that he still feels he was mistreated during his time in Philadelphia, which has seemingly left a bitter taste in his mouth. Now, all he’s doing is perpetuating those perceptions and thrusting himself into the spotlight 10 years after he played his final snap with the Eagles. 

It’s a shame these things seem to keep happening because McNabb is an all-time great Eagle. Maybe it’s unfair he’s being persecuted for giving an opinion that was asked of him. But there’s going to be a spotlight on any comments he makes about Wentz. Either he didn’t realize that, which would be a huge oversight, or he didn’t care. 

I’m not sure which one is worse. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Donovan being Donovan; it's draft week!

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Donovan McNabb's latest comments on Carson Wentz. It's surprising how unaware McNabb continues to be.

It's draft week! The guys do a mock draft roundup trying to predict what the Eagles will do with the first pick. Also, who were some of the best and worst draft picks in team history?

0:30 - It's draft week!
3:00 - Donovan McNabb speaks out again.
9:00 - How will McNabb be remembered in the future?
16:00 - Any chance he makes the Hall of Fame?
20:00 - First-round mock draft roundup.
23:00 - Roob unfollows someone on Twitter.
33:00 - Latest session with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.
41:00 - Underrated great team draft picks.
47:00 - Draft picks that didn't quite work out.

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