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Eagles stock up, stock down after preseason loss to Ravens

Eagles stock up, stock down after preseason loss to Ravens

We’ll never know what would have happened in the last 11:43 of this game. Would the Ravens still have won their 16th straight preseason game? Would Clayton Thorson have ruined John Harbaugh’s dorky streak? 

We’ll never know. 

What we do know is we have just one more preseason game before the games start counting and that’s something to get excited about. 

In the meantime, here’s our latest Eagles stock watch: 

Stock up

Josh McCown 

McCown was retired this time last week. It didn’t look like he came out of retirement until his sixth snap on Thursday, but he eventually looked very good. The 40-year-old eventually finished with an impressive stat line: 17/24, 192 yards, 2 TDs, passer rating of 122.2. After so much angst about about the Eagles’ backup quarterback spot, everyone can relax. 

JJ Arcega-Whiteside 

This was the breakout game we were waiting on from Arcega-Whiteside. He had eight catches for 104 yards, which included a 20-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. His most impressive catch was actually a shoestring grab. He’s the first Eagles receiver to go over 100 yards in a preseason game since Jordan Matthews in 2014. 

L.J. Fort 

While Fort is the linebacker to come off the field in the Eagles’ nickel package, he made some plays Thursday night. He had four tackles and 2 TFLs. We could have also included rookie LB T.J. Edwards, who led the team with seven tackles. 

Corey Clement 

The stat line wasn’t tremendous — seven carries for 25 yards — but Clement looked pretty good, especially on a 3rd-and-6 run that he took right for 11 yards. Most importantly, Clement showed no signs of the injury that ended his 2018 season early. 

Greg Ward 

Another solid performance for Ward, who had four catches for 45 yards as he continues to push for a roster spot. Mack Hollins had a pedestrian two catches for 15 yards and has been shaky in practice, but might still have the advantage because of special teams ability. But Ward has this: If one of the outside receivers gets hurt this year, Arcega-Whiteside will step in. Ward could be the backup slot guy. 

Stock down

Jeremiah McKinnon 

The 26-year-old cornerback gave up two touchdowns on Thursday night. Based on the depth chart, McKinnon isn’t going to make the Eagles’ roster, so he’s playing for tape at this point. He didn’t help his cause against Baltimore. 

Cody Kessler 

There was a time not long ago when we thought Kessler would go into the season as the No. 2. Those days are long gone. Kessler was brutal on Friday. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 34 yards. His worst play came on a 4th-and-3 on the opening drive when he took an 8-yard sack. Just can’t take a sack there and a veteran should know better. 

Jake Elliott 

The Eagles’ kicker missed a 41-yard field goal wide left. He’s now 2-for-4 this season. His two makes have come from 50-plus, but his two misses are from 41 and 40. It’s great that Elliott can drill long kicks, but he needs to be more consistent in the short/midrange game. 

Boston Scott

Scott was once thought to be the running back/returner to fill the Darren Sproles void and then Darren Sproles came back to fill the Darren Sproles void. Since then, Scott has been a forgotten man. On Thursday, he returned four kickoffs for an average of 21.5 yards per return. He didn’t make it to the 25-yard line on any of his returns. 

Preseason football

This game, in general, was brutal. The penalties got completely out of hand. There were 24 total penalties for 203 yards … and they didn’t even play the final 11:43! 

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Eagles hold video meeting with possible sleeper pick WR Quartney Davis

Eagles hold video meeting with possible sleeper pick WR Quartney Davis

The Eagles are exploring all options to fix their wide receiver corps in this month's NFL Draft. Fans want Howie Roseman to spend top-tier draft picks on big-name receivers, but the team doesn't seem fixated on just one round.

Which is why they recently held a video conference with Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis, a possible sleeper wide receiver pick who could be available come the later rounds in the draft, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

Davis caught 99 passes for 1,201 yards and 11 TD across his two years with Texas A&M. He saw his receptions and yards jump from 2018 to 2019, but his touchdowns and yards per reception both fell.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro explored the Eagles' likely wide receiver options at each level of the draft, and noted Davis could be a solid late-round option to flesh out Carson Wentz's potential weapons.

The Eagles, however, certainly aren't the only team interested in Davis. From Wilson:

"Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis, a rising NFL Draft prospect from Langham Creek High School, has video conferenced with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.

"Davis worked out and met privately for the Arizona Cardinals prior to the social distancing edict from the NFL prompted by the coronavirus pandemic."

Davis, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Combine in 4.54 seconds.

It's worth noting that, over the last 20 years, the Eagles have drafted just two wide receivers after the third round who went on to catch at least three touchdowns with the team: Jason Avant and Riley Cooper.

But in a draft noted for its depth at wide receiver, the Eagles are likely checking in on every possible option at the position ahead of April 23.

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NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles could pick these defenders instead of WR in first round

NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles could pick these defenders instead of WR in first round

We're just 15 days from the 2020 NFL Draft, and draft rumors are swirling more than the winds over the Schuylkill. One rumbling we've heard more than once now: the Eagles might be interested in using their No. 21 pick on a defender.

Over at Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, NFL insider Albert Breer answered in a mailbag column one of the hottest questions in this year's draft: Are the Eagles taking a wide receiver in the first round?

And Breer, like Adam Schefter before him, isn't sold. Breer even listed a few possible defensive options the Eagles might like more than, say, LSU wideout Justin Jefferson at No. 21:

I get the idea that Eagles fans are ready to burn the Linc to the ground if Philly doesn’t take one in the first round—given the inactivity in fixing that position this offseason, and awkward contractual spot they’re in with Alshon Jeffery. But I’m not totally convinced it happens.

(...) 

Let’s say (Xavier) McKinney is there. Or K’Lavon Chaisson is there. Or (CJ) Henderson is there and the value in pairing him with Darius Slay, and fixing the corner spot once and for all, is too great.

And to further this, let’s say (Ceedee) Lamb and (Jerry) Jeudy are gone. If Henry Ruggs is there, maybe you take him. Or maybe you think to yourself that taking one of the others makes sense, knowing a similar player, in K.J. Hamler, might be around in Round 2. If Ruggs is gone? Then, it’d seem, the value of the defensive guys may further outdistance, say, Justin Jefferson.

The odds say Jefferson is a likely pick for the Eagles, and they've been linked to him many times. But is that more out of convenience and perceived fit?

Howie Roseman is nothing if not a guy who wants to get value out of his draft picks, and if he thinks the best value at No. 21 is taking a cornerback like CJ Henderson instead of a wide receiver like Jefferson, he'll make the defender move every time.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank examined today some possible options at wide receiver who might be available in the third round. This is a deep wide receiver draft.

Eagles fans are, indeed, hungry for a young star wide receiver. Roseman knows this, but he still might zig on draft night when fans want him to zag.

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