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Vegas odds support idea Eagles are in good spot at 32

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Vegas odds support idea Eagles are in good spot at 32

A couple weeks ago, on a lengthy conference call with reporters around the country, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said he thought the Eagles were in a good position with the 32nd pick in the draft (see story)

Mayock said the Eagles can either pick the best player on the board or there might be a chance to trade down and pick up some much-needed draft choices if another team wants to sneak back into the first round and get a quarterback. 

The bonus for a team that wants to do that would be to guarantee they get their guy and to also get the fifth-year option on that QB's rookie contract. 

The latest odds from Vegas seem to support Mayock's assertion that the Eagles have "prime real estate." According to Bovada, the over/under for Lamar Jackson's draft position is set at 32½. 

Jackson, the quarterback from Louisville, could very well be the key for the Eagles in this spring's draft. If he hasn't been selected by the time the Eagles are on the clock at 32, there's a good chance some phone calls might be coming in. And the Eagles will very likely be willing to answer. 

The best example of something like this happening recently came in 2014, when the Vikings moved up to draft Teddy Bridgewater with the last pick in the first round. The Seahawks moved down to pick No. 40 and added a fourth-rounder. 

The Eagles have six draft picks this year but none in the second or third rounds. And the first of their two fourth-round picks is the 30th pick of that round. That's a long time for the Birds to wait between selections. 

At the combine last week, Howie Roseman said the Eagles wouldn't hesitate to draft a player they like with the 32nd pick — but if there are a few players with similar grades or guys who they deem aren't worthy of the pick, they'd then look to move down. 

Of course, in order to move down, the Eagles will need a partner. If Jackson is still on the board, it could help them find one. 

The 'biggest thing' for Eagles' Donnel Pumphrey is coming soon

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The 'biggest thing' for Eagles' Donnel Pumphrey is coming soon

Donnel Pumphrey waited a year for the preseason opener.

Then two days before it? He hobbled off the practice field with a hamstring injury. Another hamstring injury.

Pumphrey will have to wait one more week to show what he can do.

Pumphrey, who hasn’t practiced since Aug. 7, said Tuesday he’s finally 100 percent, but coach Doug Pederson is still holding him out vs. the Browns Thursday night.

He does plan on being back on the practice field this weekend, once the Eagles return from Cleveland.

“I feel 100 percent,” he said. “It’s just [unfortunate] that it happened just before the first preseason game because that’s where I really wanted to showcase myself. 

“Practicing for 2½ weeks you want to play against someone else, that’s what was so frustrating for me. Waiting the whole year to compete against someone else.”

Pumphrey didn’t play as a rookie last year, technically because of another hamstring injury but in reality because he had a dreadful preseason.

He was enjoying a much more impressive training camp this summer when he got hurt. 

While he’s been out, none of the other backs competing for the fourth running back spot have done anything to take ownership of a roster spot. So conceivably, a strong performance a week from Thursday against the Jets could give Pumphrey a chance at a spot on the 53.

But he knows he’s running out of chances.

“Whether it’s playing here or somewhere else, that’s the biggest thing — have to put something on tape,” he said.

“I can’t really go out there and do [more than I can do]. Just play like myself and do what got me here to this point and I’ll be fine.”

Pumphrey, the all-time NCAA rushing record holder while at San Diego State, said he’s been running for about a week now without any discomfort.

“I’m really just focused on what I can control, which is rehab and getting back to my normal self,” he said.

“The goal was to push for the third game, but they don’t want me to play this week and risk it, so just doing what I can do.”

Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Matt Jones are all expected to play against the Browns, so there’s a chance Pumphrey will fall even further behind Thursday night while he watches from the sideline.

But he said he's only concerned with himself and being at his best for the Jets game.

“I just gotta put something on tape,” he said. “If I don’t make the team, I still have to be healthy, still have to have something on tape for another team to pick me up. 

“Obviously, I want to be part of the Philadelphia Eagles. But I can’t control what I can’t control.”

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