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Chris Long defends Carson Wentz against 'injury-prone' and 'soft' hot takes

Chris Long defends Carson Wentz against 'injury-prone' and 'soft' hot takes

Carson Wentz's season ended on Sunday when Jadeveon Clowney's helmet hit his own and forced it to subsequently hit the turf at Lincoln Financial Field.

While they may be a vocal minority, there were a number of media personalities and former NFL players who pointed to this incident as yet another instance of Wentz being "injury prone." Not to mention a portion of the fan base that feels similarly.

Former Eagles defensive end and teammate of Carson on the Super Bowl 52 squad, Chris Long, wasn't having any of it. Long took to his Twitter on Sunday evening to drag all of the bad takes.

First up, ESPN's Josina Anderson who you likely remember from the "anonymous player" / Alshon Jeffrey distraction earlier this season. Former NFL WR Torry Holt commented that "it's always something with Wentz," during the game to which she responded, "I hear you Torry..." Holt's initial tweet was later deleted at some point, but her reaction remains and both have been screenshot.

Long's reaction to Anderson called her professionalism into question:

Next up, there's former NFL QB-for-a-minute Danny Kanell, who tweeted that "Not saying he's soft but some dudes aren't built for the NFL. Until Wentz plays a full season, it's a more than fair question."

Long wasn't having any of it: "His brain unavoidably collided w his skull on a dirty hit... with no concussion history I’m aware of. Yeah... Had it been a pulled hamstring or a slipped disc, you could justifiably identify a pattern and your point wouldn’t be so dogs***."

Then there was a guy from Pro Football Focus who tweeted this hot garbage take:

And finally, former NFL WR Brandon Stokely got his name out there again.

Long didn't even want to address that one:

So there it is, some in the media still want to call Carson Wentz soft and injury prone. Guys who have actually played with him disagree.

As for Carson, he shared a message this morning that he's feeling good today and is proud of this Eagles team.

"Onward to next year... big things comin'; believe that!" Wentz said.

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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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