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If Eagles are talking to Broncos, go for Emmanuel Sanders

If Eagles are talking to Broncos, go for Emmanuel Sanders

As evidenced by a report on Monday that the Eagles offered up a second-round pick for Amari Cooper, it certainly seems like Howie Roseman is itching to make a trade before next Tuesday’s deadline. 

Maybe he can strike a deal with the Denver Broncos, who are 3-4 and are looking up at the Chargers and Chiefs in their own division. If the Broncos are sellers, the Eagles could be their buyers. (The Eagles are also 3-4, so it’s amazing how different things can be in a weaker division.) 

According to CBS' Jason La Canfora (h/t 247 Sports), the Eagles have inquired about Broncos corners Bradley Roby and Chris Harris, as well as wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. La Canfora says the Broncos are trying to deal Demaryius Thomas. 

Certainly some decent names out there. The Eagles’ interest in corners shouldn’t be shocking based on their reported interest in Patrick Peterson, who would really be the white whale of this whole trade deadline. He’s still an elite corner. But Harris is up there too. He’s a good player and a three-time Pro Bowler. Adding a corner would help the Eagles as Sidney Jones is recovering from a hamstring injury. 

But the most interesting name on the list is Sanders, who is 31 now but has that field-stretching ability the Eagles have been desperately missing without Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins. Maybe Wallace will return this season, but can the Eagles rely on a Week 11 return for a 32-year-old coming off a fractured fibula? Hard to say. 

Through seven games, Sanders has 46 catches for 603 yards but is also averaging 13.1 per catch. His 11 catches of 20-plus yards rank fifth in the NFL this season. The Eagles have just 22 as a team. 

I know a lot of folks still consider running back to be the biggest need for the Eagles, but I think it’s a speed receiver. That’s the biggest missing element to this offense right now. Alshon Jeffery can do some things down the field, but he’s not that prototypical burner. Sanders would be. 

Sanders would fit under the cap this year. He has a $12 million cap hit next year in the final year of his deal but he’d be cuttable without leaving much dead money. 

Unfortunately, ESPN reported just a couple days ago that the Broncos aren’t interested in trading Sanders. Maybe the Eagles can entice them enough. Howie has worked some magic before. 

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Denver Bronco DaeSean Hamilton supports Eagles Autism Challenge

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Denver Bronco DaeSean Hamilton supports Eagles Autism Challenge

There's typically a pretty sizable overlap between Penn State football and Eagles fans in the Philadelphia area, but just in case some weren't aware of DaeSean Hamilton's story, the Denver Broncos' wide receiver gave us all a reason to take notice this week.

DaeSean's brother Darius has non-verbal Autism and the Penn State product has spent much of his life helping his brother grow up with the various challenges associated with it.

The NFL Network has done great profiles on DaeSean's relationship with Darius in the past. And you can watch a Big Ten Network feature on the brothers from 2016 embedded below.

Despite being a member of the Denver Broncos organization, Hamilton made a nice gesture by teaming up with the Eagles in their annual Autism Challenge. The weekend of May 19 is when their big bike ride event takes place and Hamilton wanted to help raise awareness for it.

"We may all wear different uniforms on Sundays, but the NFL community comes together to support each other for important causes," Hamilton says.

You can learn more about the Eagles Autism Challenge at its website here. And watch DaeSean's message below.

New Eagles LB Nelson ready to compete for Kendricks' job

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New Eagles LB Nelson ready to compete for Kendricks' job

Corey Nelson has primarily been a backup and a special teams player during his first four seasons in the NFL. He now wants desperately to be a starter. 

It’s telling he thinks he can do that in Philadelphia. 

At the 25-year-old’s introductory press conference on Thursday afternoon, Nelson said the Eagles told him he’ll be competing at the weakside linebacker position, which is currently occupied by Mychal Kendricks and his $7.6 million cap hit.

Go ahead and cue the Kendricks trade rumors for yet another offseason.

“I kind of wanted to go out on a limb and show people I can be a starter in this league,” Nelson said. “The Eagles gave me the opportunity to be able to compete, to work hard to earn that right.” 

If Nelson is going to compete to be the Eagles’ starting WILL linebacker, he’s not going to be competing with Kendricks because if Kendricks is still on the roster, he’s going to be starting. Now, of course teams will promise guys more opportunity in free agency, so maybe we have to take the Eagles’ talking up competition to Nelson with a grain of salt. But if they were serious about that, it might mean the end of Kendricks’ long and strange run in Philadelphia. 

But what about Nelson? 

He played just 44 defensive snaps last season but grew into an important part of the Broncos’ special teams groups. Coming to Philadelphia is a part of his plan to shed the label of being a “special teamer.” 

“It definitely was important to me,” Nelson said. “A lot of guys get labeled as things, just like practice squad guys. They kind of get labeled as practice squad guys. You kind of don’t want to be labeled as that. You want to be able to showcase your talent and show people that you’re better than what they say you are if the opportunity presents itself and if you’re able to handle that.” 

Nelson is recovering from a torn biceps that limited him to just five games in 2017. On Thursday, he said he’s 90 percent healthy and expects to be 100 percent by mid-April for the start of offseason workouts. He’s at 235 pounds now and thinks that would be adequate to play linebacker for the Eagles. 

When Nelson did get his rare chance to play defense for the Broncos, he said he did a little bit of everything. He played on all three downs and was asked to cover running backs, tight ends and even the occasional wide receiver. In Philly, he’ll play in a much different scheme than the one Vance Joseph runs in Denver.

When asked what he knows about Jim Schwartz, Nelson said he knows he “has a kick-ass defense.”

“I saw them on TV a lot,” he said. “I like their linebackers. Jordan Hicks, that’s my guy. Been knowing him since high school. I love watching Nigel Bradham go out there and ball out. I watched them quite a bit and I knew these guys are the real deal.”

Nelson failed to mention Kendricks. Maybe it was an oversight; maybe it wasn’t. Either way, it seemed fitting, especially if he ends up taking his job.