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NFL reviewing Jadeveon Clowney hit on Carson Wentz for possible fine

NFL reviewing Jadeveon Clowney hit on Carson Wentz for possible fine

The hit that knocked Carson Wentz out of his first playoff game with the Eagles won't cost Jadeveon Clowney a spot in the Seahawks' lineup this weekend, but it could cost him some dough - maybe.

The NFL is reviewing Clowney's hit for a possible fine, according to a report from NFL Network, but the league will not suspend the Seattle defensive lineman.

Considering the hit didn't warrant a flag during the game, it seemed unlikely a suspension was coming for Clowney. If he isn't at least fined for the hit, Eagles fans might have a few words for Roger Goodell and the league's player safety office.

Conversation around the hit swelled to a fever pitch Sunday night and into Monday morning, with a number of former NFL players weighing in on what the injury meant about Wentz's toughness, and also what defines a malicious hit in the NFL in 2020. 

Jason Peters said he told Clowney he felt the hit was dirty. Zach Ertz called it a late hit. Doug Pederson said he didn't have a chance to see the hit in the moment.

Clowney, for his part, said he wasn't trying to hurt Wentz, and was simply "playing fast", and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he didn't understand why the hit engendered so much conversation.

If Clowney is indeed docked, it would mark the second time he received a fine for a hit on an Eagles quarterback. In November 2018, Clowney was fined $40,110 for a late hit on Nick Foles, while Clowney was with the Texans. It was Clowney's second fine for a hit on a quarterback that season, just one week after he was fined for a hit on Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

According to the NFL's website, an "impermissible use of the helmet" offense results in a first-time fine of at least $28,075, and a second-time fine of $56,156.

Of course, $28,075 amounts to 0.35% of Clowney's base pay in 2019, a small price to pay for advancing to the divisional round.

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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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