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Dalvin Cook set to meet with Eagles: Is he a 1st-round option?

Dalvin Cook set to meet with Eagles: Is he a 1st-round option?

INDIANAPOLIS -- We won't know how fast Dalvin Cook will run the 40-yard dash until Friday (Update: He ran a 4.49). But on Thursday afternoon, he certainly didn't waste any time.

The Florida State product is one of the top running backs in a draft class full of good ones.

In fact, he thinks he's the best.

"We got the top guys in this class at running back," Cook said, answering the first question thrown his way at the combine. "It's probably one of the best you've seen yet. I think what separates me, I can do it all. I can stay on the field all three downs. I'm just a do-it-all back. And I just feel like I am the best back in this class."

We won't know for years if Cook is right about being the best running back in this year's class, but we will find out what teams think on April 27 when picks start getting announced in Philly.

The Eagles will have either the 14th or 15th pick in the draft (a coin flip will decide). Depending on how the draft shakes out, Cook, who has been the desired pick for many Eagles fans, could be a real option.  

After stepping down from the podium on Thursday afternoon, Cook said he had a meeting set up with the Eagles on Thursday night. Meanwhile, LSU's Leonard Fournette said he hadn't yet met with the Eagles and Tennessee's Alvin Kamara said he had.

For now, Fournette is forecasted to go earlier in the first round and be the first back taken off the board. If that happens, he won't be available. And Kamara might sneak into the first round but might be a stretch at 14 or 15. Same with Christian McCaffrey.

Cook might go off the board around where the Eagles pick.

But will the Eagles pick him?

It's hard to tell. Last season, while the Eagles still had the eighth pick, de facto general manager Howie Roseman didn't discount the possibility of taking Ezekiel Elliott in that spot. Since then, Roseman has acknowledged that everything he said back then in regard to the draft was nonsense; they were just trying to move up to snag Carson Wentz.

While the Eagles moved up and drafted Wentz, the Cowboys took Elliott off the board at No. 4, put him behind a great offensive line, paired him with another electric rookie and watched him blossom into arguably the league's top back.

Cook thinks he can have similar success.

"It goes to show if a running back gets put in the right system and put in the right place, he can do a good amount of things for a team," Cook said. "I feel like if I get put in the right system, I can do the things Zeke did."

While the Eagles' needs at wide receiver and cornerback have been more publicized -- and probably for good reason -- they need some help at running back, too.

Ryan Mathews is coming off a serious neck injury and will likely not return to Philly. Kenjon Barner is a restricted free agent. Darren Sproles will play his final season in 2017 and Wendell Smallwood showed promise, but not enough to feel confident with him carrying the load.

The good news for the Eagles is that this is a really good draft class for running backs. Maybe better than ever.

"Certainly when you look at the running back position," Roseman said, "we think it's a possible historic class with how many guys and where they would have gone in previous drafts."

Even if the Eagles don't use their first-round pick on a running back and even if they don't take one of the top prospects in the class, it seems rather likely they'll snag one at some point during the seven rounds.

Players like D'Onta Foreman, Kareem Hunt, Jamaal Williams, Corey Clement and plenty of others could be options after the first round.  

And, yes, Cook is still in play in the first. After all, he's pretty fast on the field as well as at the podium.

What will his 40 time look like on Friday?

"I'm gonna run something fast," he said with a smile.

Eagles WR Bryce Treggs fined $25K, says he'll start a GoFundMe to pay it

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Eagles WR Bryce Treggs fined $25K, says he'll start a GoFundMe to pay it

Eagles receiver Bryce Treggs is out $25,000.

The second-year player tweeted on Monday that the league fined him $25,000, presumably for his hard block on Packers corner Damarious Randall in the first quarter of the first preseason game on Aug. 10. 

The hit left Randall with a concussion. 

Treggs, who was claimed by the Eagles after final cuts a year ago, made $450,000 in 2016. This fine is about 5.5 percent of his salary from a year ago. 

Since the first preseason game, Treggs has missed practice with and the second preseason game with sore legs. He did have a fantastic preseason opener though, catching seven passes for 91 yards. 

While Treggs didn't seem happy about the fine, he expected it. Here's what he told Philly.com about it: 

“I tried to hit him in the shoulder, but I think the top of my helmet caught him in the chin, from the film that I watched," he said. "I just gotta be more precise with my target area, just a little bit lower, and I think I’ll be fine next time." 

NFL Notes: Bills' Anquan Boldin announces retirement

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NFL Notes: Bills' Anquan Boldin announces retirement

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Anquan Boldin says a violent, racially charged protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, caused him to re-assess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver's decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons.

In interview Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Boldin said he's "uncomfortable" with how divided the nation is and wants to dedicate his entire focus to humanitarian and criminal justice work.

Boldin spoke a day after abruptly informing the Bills he was retiring a little under two weeks after signing a one-year contract. Saying it wasn't a "fly-by-night decision," Boldin says he gradually came to the realization that his off-the-field work outweighed football.

The NFL's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Boldin oversees the South Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for underprivileged children. He has become an advocate for criminal justice reform since his cousin was killed by a plain-clothes police officer along the side of a Florida highway in October 2015.

Broncos: Siemian reportedly wins starting QB job
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the decision has told The Associated Press that Trevor Siemian will be named the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback after beating out Paxton Lynch.

The person requested anonymity to speak candidly prior to coach Vance Joseph's news conference at 3:15 p.m. EDT Monday in which he's expected to make if official.

Siemian, a 2015 seventh-round draft pick out of Northwestern who won the starting job last year when he beat out veteran Mark Sanchez, quickly surged ahead of Lynch, a first-rounder in 2016 from Memphis, when training camp opened.

Lynch showed more comfort with the new scheme and coaching staff but still proved inadequate at decoding defenses while Siemian was steady and solid, if unspectacular.

Jets: Lee, Williams cleared of conduct violations
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams have been cleared by the NFL of any violations of the league's personal conduct policy following a review of an incident at a musical festival in New York in June.

In a moment caught on video and splashed across social media, Williams stepped in front of Lee , who had an argument with a girlfriend, according to coach Todd Bowles. Williams then briefly lifted and forcibly removed his teammate from a potential altercation.

Lee was not arrested or charged with anything resulting from the situation, and he wasn't disciplined by the Jets.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement Monday that the league "concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

ESPN first reported the NFL's decision.