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Eagles trade rumors: Will Eagles make a trade? Rankings positions of need

Eagles trade rumors: Will Eagles make a trade? Rankings positions of need

The NFL trade deadline is tomorrow at 4 p.m. and Howie Roseman isn’t a guy who normally sits on his hands. 

He has until that deadline to figure out a way to bolster the 4-4 Eagles as they try to make a playoff push. 

“It’s gotta be right,” head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. “We’ve gotta do what’s right for the Philadelphia Eagles and our team.” 

The Eagles have made deadline deals in each of the last two seasons. In 2017, they shipped a fourth-round pick to Miami for Jay Ajayi. And last season, they sent a third-rounder to Detroit for Golden Tate. 

Pederson has mentioned several times that in any potential trade, the fit has to be right on and off the field. On Monday morning, he was proud of his current team for the way it has battled through adversity this year. 

“This team is starting to gel and come together,” he said. “If we can add a piece, I think it’s great. If we don’t add a piece, I think it’s great. Because of the guys in the locker room. That’s a credit to those men.”

If the Eagles do make a move, here’s how I’d rank their needs, which is not necessarily the order of what’s most likely:

1. Speed receiver

DeSean Jackson has now missed the last six games and without him, the Eagles have been desperate to find someone to catch the ball downfield. In Jackson’s absence, the Eagles have gotten next to nothing from Mack Hollins (who is playing a lot) and JJ Arcega-Whiteside can’t even get on the field. Sure, Jackson is expected to practice some this week, but even Pederson has admitted Jackson won’t be 100 percent this year. And can you really trust that when Jackson returns, he won’t get hurt again? I can’t, not with this injury that has taken this long to heal. 

Without that vertical threat, this offense looks like the same offense that sputtered last season. The ability to run the ball is great and the Eagles ran the ball really well in Buffalo, but even if this offense becomes a ground-and-pound unit, they’re still going to be limited by their inability to open up the field. 

A couple receivers were already traded last week and prices seem high. The obvious fit from a need perspective would be Robby Anderson from the Jets. He’s in the final year of his contract, so we might just be talking about a rental, but he’s a pretty good deep threat and would help give that speed dimension to the at-times stagnant offense.

2. Defensive tackle

This is the position Pederson mentioned last week because of injuries. Tim Jernigan is expected to return at some point, but he’s really struggled to stay healthy. Coming into this year, DT was a position of great depth but Malik Jackson, Jernigan and Hassan Ridgeway all got hurt. On Sunday in Buffalo, Fletcher Cox lined up next to Bruce Hector, Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins. If the Eagles don’t add anyone, and if Jernigan can’t return in a timely fashion, expect Cox to get doubled all the time in the second half of the season.

The Eagles’ entire defense is predicated on getting pressure with the front four. The good news is that the edge rushers appear to be getting on track and Cox looks like himself again, but another good interior rusher would go a long way. It would also help Jim Schwartz avoid blitzing, which puts stress on a secondary that has been exposed at times this year and in previous years. 

One of the most intriguing names on the trade block got moved on Monday: 

Would you have done that for a guy on an expiring contract? 

3. Cornerback

If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago, cornerback would have been at the top of the list. But Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are back and both played well against the Bills. Even more help should be coming soon with Avonte Maddox and then Cre’Von LeBlanc. No, it’s not like the Eagles have shutdown corners, but they are in a better position than they were earlier this month, to the point where it’s not the most desperate need. That doesn’t mean this won’t be the position the Eagles go after, but it means if they don’t get a corner, they might just be OK. Also remember, the Eagles reportedly tried to make a deal for Jalen Ramsey earlier this month but were outbid. 

If you’re looking for a name here, there are some big ones: Patrick Peterson, Chris Harris, Darius Slay. Because there are seemingly more names available at this position, the Eagles might have a better chance of pulling something off.



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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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