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Eagles select Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts in surprising second round move

Eagles select Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts in surprising second round move

With the No. 53 pick in the NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles drafted quarterback Jalen Hurts out of Oklahoma. The move is an unexpected one considering the team's current situation. 

With 27-year-old Carson Wentz directing the offense, quarterback did not seem like a position needed to address. While Wentz has regressed since his MVP-like season in 2017 and struggled with injuries, he's still an elite option under center when healthy and given weapons.

Even with Hurts dominant senior season at Oklahoma that included over 3,800 yards and 32 touchdowns, he's not in the running to overthrow Wentz.

Hurts can easily become a top-tier backup for the Eagles as he progresses, but was grabbing a backup quarterback in the second round the best decision?

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The Eagles have plenty of other areas to address. Though first-round pick Jalen Reagor will help strengthen a receiver core that struggled in 2019, another pass-catcher couldn't hurt. Maybe that comes in a later round, but linebacker and cornerback are among other positions that need help.

Only time will tell. But something to consider giving where the Eagles took Hurts is that he may not be used as just a quarterback. Viewed as an all-around athlete, Doug Pederson could find ways to get Hurts involved in his creative offense and special teams from other spots on the field. Think Taysom Hill 2.0.

Additionally, maybe there are greater concerns surrounding Wentz and his ability to stay healthy.  No matter what comes of it, Philadelphia's selection of Hurts in the second round is truly one of the most shocking moments of the draft so far.

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Report: Washington to announce name change from Redskins 'in next few days'

Report: Washington to announce name change from Redskins 'in next few days'

The Washington football team will reveal the team's new name over “the next few days,” according to a report on ESPN Radio's Dallas-Forth Worth station by Yahoo's Chris Robinson.

The report also says that NFL teams have "been told to scrub the old racist logo off of their platforms."

Eight days ago, the team announced they would be conducting a "thorough review" of the team's name after mounting pressure from several prominent sponsors. 

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It has been reported by NBC Sports Washington and others that a new name would be coming before the kickoff of the 2020 season. The pressure was further amplified on Friday after a report indicated that FedEx would remove all signage from the team's stadium following the 2020 season if the name was not changed. FedEx said that the current name "Redskins" would harm the image and reputation of its brand and it goes against the company's ideals.

One NFL business expert says that attempting to create a new name and identity would be a "Herculean task." Given the short turnaround time with the season set to start in less than two months, there would be several hurdles. 

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However, as more apparel providers continue to pull the team's merchandise off the shelves and minority owners wanting to sell their stake, options may be dwindling for the team. 

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SEE IT: Antonio Gandy-Golden makes incredible one-handed catch on pass from Dwayne Haskins

SEE IT: Antonio Gandy-Golden makes incredible one-handed catch on pass from Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins has spent the offseason working on his craft with so many wide receivers it's hard to keep track of all the names. Antonio Brown, Jerry Jeudy, Chad Johnson and Terry McLaurin are just some of the names he's connected with as he prepares for Year 2 in the league. 

One player he hadn't worked with yet was Washington's fourth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, Antonio-Gandy Golden. That is until now.

Videos have circulated on social media of Gandy-Golden joining Haskins for the latest round of training, and the two look like they already have some strong chemistry.

As good as that looks, you may be thinking "okay, but let's see how they look when there are defenders involved." Well, this is what happened when Haskins worked with Gandy-Golden in coverage. Hint: it's even better than the first clip.

Note: There is profanity in the video.

That's right, just your casual one-handed grab, no big deal. A replica of that in the end zone during Sundays this season is something Washington fans -- and Ron Rivera -- would love to see.

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When it comes to the receiving core in Washington, Terry McLaurin has established himself as the clear-cut first option. But besides that, Haskins is still in search of consistent targets. Gandy-Golden is young and will need to adjust to the defense and route-running at the professional level, but there's no reason he can't eventually assert himself as a main target.

The more he and Haskins can work together to build a sense of familiarity, and the more insane catches he can make, the brighter the future will be in Washington. 

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