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Would Eagles be interested in speedy Bengals wide receiver John Ross?

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Would Eagles be interested in speedy Bengals wide receiver John Ross?

Some interesting news as the combine is set to begin in Indianapolis. According to a few reports, the 40-yard dash record holder is available for trade. 

This comes just two years into his so-far disappointing career. 

So the 40-yard dash record holder is available and it just so happens that the Eagles desperately need a deep threat. In fact, it was one of the big missing elements of their 2018 offense. The Eagles had Torrey Smith in 2017 and tried to make Mike Wallace the deep threat in 2018, but an injury early in the year wrecked that. 

So, when it comes to Ross, the Eagles should at least make a call. 

You’ll remember that the Bengals drafted Ross with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft after Ross put up a blistering 4.22 in the 40-yard dash to break Chris Johnson’s record. 

That impressive combine performance came after his 2016 season, when he caught 76 passes for 1,122 yards and 17 touchdowns at Washington. At the very least, Ross was expected to become a deep threat with Cincinnati. 

But two years into his career and Ross has been a disappointment. He finished his rookie season without a catch. In 2018, Ross had a really weird stat line: Ross had just 21 catches (on 58 targets) for 210 yards and somehow seven touchdowns. 

The real question: How much would it cost? 

Because trading for Ross obviously isn’t a move based on his production in the NFL so far. It would be a move based on projection and ceiling and hoping a change of scenery helps him unlock his potential. If it takes a mid-round to late-round pick, it might be worth it for the Eagles to take a gamble. 

And make no mistake, it would be a bit of a gamble. There’s a reason the Bengals are willing to give up on Ross after just two seasons, even though there’s a new head coach and a new offensive scheme coming to town. 

Ross has guaranteed salaries of $2 million and $2.8 million in his last two seasons under contract. That’s not a ton of money, but it’s not nothing for a guy who hasn’t had any production either. 

Maybe the Eagles won’t take the gamble, but it’s at least worth a phone call from Howie Roseman. Actually, scratch that, everyone is in Indy. A face-to-face will work too. 

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Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: K’Von Wallace primed for a big rookie year

Eagles 2020 breakout candidate: K’Von Wallace primed for a big rookie year

Over the next two weeks, I’m taking a look at 10 Eagles players who might be primed for a breakout season in 2020. I looked at Boston Scott yesterday. 

Up today: K’Von Wallace 

Age: 22

How acquired: Drafted in 4th round (No. 127)

Entering: Year 1 

It might seem overly ambitious to name a fourth-round rookie as a breakout candidate but there are reasons it isn’t crazy. 

While Wallace was the 127th selection in this year’s draft, he’s considered by many to be be a steal in the fourth round. In fact, ProFootballFocus named Wallace one of the biggest steals in the entire 2020 draft class.

At Clemson, Wallace was a three-year starter and played 59 games for the Tigers. He was a versatile player at Clemson, playing strong safety, free safety and some as the nickel corner. That type of versatility is likely one of the attributes that really attracted the Eagles to him. 

Another huge part of Wallace’s game is his physicality. 

Check out what VP of player personnel Andy Weidl said about Wallace after the Eagles drafted him: 

“You know, the thing about K'Von Wallace is his tape, and what stuck out was his physicality, his tackling, his ability to play around the line of scrimmage. The mentality he played with, the motor he played with. He's a guy that likes contact. He gets to the ball. He passes people to the ball, and when he gets there, he strikes. We saw that. It was consistent with the motor that he played with, the mentality he played with, and we really enjoyed it and thought he fit what we were doing and what we're putting together here.”

At 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, Wallace isn’t the biggest player and he’s not a speed demon. His 4.53 time in the 40 put him in the 65th percentile among safeties. 

But it’s not like Wallace isn’t athletic. He is. 

During the pre-draft process, Wallace became one of my favorite players and I actually mocked him to the Eagles several times. He seems to check a lot of their boxes for defensive backs. He’s instinctive, competitive and versatile. 

And a reason he has a chance to break out, perhaps more than many of his fellow rookies, is opportunity. The Eagles will be able to get him into the rotation and the only players in front of him are Jalen Mills and Will Parks, who are both on one-year deals. 

While Mills knows the Eagles’ defense, he’s switching positions this offseason from corner to safety. And while Parks knows the position, he’s switching teams this offseason from Denver to Philly. 

Maybe Mills or Parks becomes a long-term solution — it’s certainly possible — but the Eagles drafted Wallace and if he impresses enough early, he should be at least given a chance to win the safety job next to Rodney McLeod, not just for this season but for the future too. 

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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