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Eagles snap counts: Malcolm Jenkins’ Iron Man streak is just incredible - NBCSP
We might never see another Malcolm Jenkins. That’s how incredibly durable Jenkins has been in his career in Philly. The Eagles’ 2019 regular season ended with a win and a playoff berth, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the Eagles’ star safety. Jenkins, who turned 32 just 10 days ago, played all 74 snaps in Sunday’s 34-17 win over the Giants. That means he played all 1,034 defensive snaps this season for the Eagles. It’s the second straight year he hasn’t missed a play. And since the start of the 2017 playoffs, he has played 2,420 consecutive snaps. Since Jenkins arrived to Philadelphia in 2014, he has been on the field for 6,754 of 6,845 possible defensive snaps (98.7 percent) in the regular season and the playoffs. To top it off, Jenkins has also chipped in another 933 snaps on special teams!
Here are the 13 teams the Eagles will play during the 2020 NFL season - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles are focused on the playoffs after clinching the NFC East in Week 17 but it’s never too early to peek ahead to next year! Thanks to the league’s formulaic schedule structure, we already know all of the Eagles’ 2020 opponents. Here’s an overview of the 13 teams they’ll play.
At the Podium: The Debate Is Over, It’s Carson’s Team Now - BGN Radio
John Stolnis ends the Foles vs. Wentz debate while discussing his Three Things about the Eagles playoff berth and NFC East clinching win over the Giants PLUS three new press conferences (Doug, Wentz, Doug)! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Doug Freaking Pederson - Iggles Blitz
He is fantastic with X’s and O’s. I don’t think Eagles fans understand just how good he is with this. Too many people obsess on Reich because of the success from 2017. The Eagles had seven games this year with 30 or more points. That is crazy when you think about all the injuries on offense as well as the struggles of the WR corps. It will shock some people to find out the Eagles finished 12th in the league in scoring this year. And that wasn’t with a bunch of defensive or special teams TDs. Pederson is able to put together a strong gameplan each week and he is one of the best play-callers in the league. The offense averaged 28 points and more than 400 yards per game over the four-game winning streak, despite having so many rookies and practice squad players as the playmakers.
49ers Won a Game of Inches to Clinch the NFC’s No. 1 Seed—and the NFL Playoffs Are Set - MMQB
But in the long run, Philly’s getting something better—a great learning experience for its franchise quarterback, who’s displaying an ability to lift those up around him. The next opportunity comes this weekend, and after missing the 2017 playoffs with a torn ACL, and the 2018 playoffs with a back injury, Wentz is looking forward to every part of it. “I mean first steps first: I’m looking forward to next week,” he said. “And at the same time, I’m extremely grateful it’s a home game. I know what our fans are like, and I know the type of energy and passion that they’ll bring next week. Whoever we’re playing, they’re gonna show up. I’m just excited to run out of the tunnel in front of our home fans and go do something special in these playoffs.”
The Day After: Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz prove Eagles are in good hands in delivering NFC East title - The Athletic
The last four games have been especially impressive for the Wentz-Pederson partnership. Robbed of its big-name weapons, the offense has been forced into creativity. A once boring, plodding offense is now exciting. The Eagles topped 400 total yards for four consecutive games for the first time since 2013. “Doug’s been phenomenal these last few weeks,” Kelce said. “I would hate to say this, but I think it’s probably freed him up a little bit. I mean, you see him — it feels like every call goes off of something. It feels like you’re really, just, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ It’s been a lot of fun the last four weeks. It really feels like we’re in a great rhythm and the play calling is a huge part of that, and what he’s been doing the last four weeks with the guys that we have, and finding a way to utilize guys to their strengths. It’s such a testament to a head coach, or anybody calling plays, of finding out what guys are good at. Everybody’s good at something in this league; they got here for a reason and they have strengths and weaknesses, and how can we utilize all those attributes? And he’s found a way to make it seamless within the offense.” Beyond his play calling, Pederson deserves credit for stewarding the turnaround after the Week 13 loss to Miami dropped the team to 5-7. While the last four opponents comprised the teams from the league’s worst division, a lesser Eagles team could have packed it in.
‘We’re going to get this thing done, no matter what’ - PE.com
“I still feel good,” Pederson said following his Monday press conference, when asked how he felt about this team. “I look back at where we’ve come and, you hate to say it, but injuries are a part of this football game. You hate to lose any player. Brandon has been a huge part of our success and to lose him is big for our offensive line, but Matt Pryor stepped in and played well yesterday and we’re hopeful that (right tackle) Lane Johnson can come back this week and give us some valuable time, but it’s always been the next-man-up mentality and I really feel like where we are as a football team, we can overcome just about anything. “We were faced with adversity in New York and we were able to overcome it ... obviously, we have to put in the hard work and preparation again this week. We’ve got to study this opponent and clean up the mistakes we made from that game.”
PFF 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Cowboys land LSU safety Grant Delpit in the first round - PFF
21. Philadelphia Eagles — CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah. Johnson has been one of the biggest movers up the PFF draft board this season. He allowed only nine completions from 22 targets for 112 yards over his last seven games in Pac-12 play.
Barnwell’s bizarro 2019 NFL season: Moves and injuries that could have changed everything - ESPN
Jackson returns for the Week 11 game against the Patriots and proceeds to push the Eagles back into the playoff race. With virtually every other weapon sidelined by injuries, Jackson becomes the difference-maker in the second half. He catches a 67-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to tie the Patriots game up at 17-17 in the third quarter, although a late miss from Jake Elliott eventually sets the Pats up for a game-winning field goal from Folk. Back-to-back 100-yard games from Jackson against the hapless Seahawks and Dolphins secondaries get the Eagles to 7-5. He follows that by catching game-winning touchdown passes against two NFC East foes in the Giants and Washington. Frustratingly, in the battle for first place in the division, Jackson goes down with a recurrence of his abdominal injury, but the Eagles still manage to pick up a 17-9 victory before sealing the division up with a win over the Giants in Week 17.
Two quarterback sleepers for wild card DFS - DraftKings Nation
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles ($6,300): Wentz is the third cheapest quarterback on the slate and gets a good matchup against the Seahawks at home. This game has the second-highest over/under of the weekend at 46 total points and a close spread at -1.5 in favor of the Seahawks. Wentz has managed to piece together decent fantasy days of late despite his total lack of receivers and he will need to do that again this weekend, as there isn’t any calvary over the horizon. But, he’s almost willed his team to wins of late and I expect this will be another grind out game where he puts up positive fantasy points despite his lack of talent at receiver.
Injury Update: Mychal Kendricks out for the season - Field Gulls
Kendricks is set to be a free agent after playing 2019 on a one year contract signed last spring. Kendricks would be the second relatively notable name to tear an ACL in recent weeks, following Rashaad Penny. Add in Justin Britt tearing his ACL in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons, and it’s been a rough couple of months. While it seems likely the team will replace Kendricks with rookie Cody Barton in base defense, most fans will likely ve more interested in learning whether this means the team will increase the amount of time it spends in nickel. The Hawks used base personnel more than any other team in the NFL this season, and fans have been clamoring for an increase in its usage.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: End of regular season edition, Cowboys are dead - PhillyVoice
Quarterback: Dak Prescott is, in my view, clearly a good starting NFL quarterback. I’d put him somewhere on the cusp of breaking through to the top 10 in the league. Unfortunately for Dallas, a big pay day awaits, and their “maybe/sorta/almost” top 10 quarterback is looking to be compensated like a top 3 quarterback. If Prescott gets what he is looking for, that is going to severely hinder the team’s ability to build around him
For the first time ever Cowboys have gone two straight decades without an NFC title game appearance - Blogging The Boys
What’s more is that this was unfortunately the second decade in a row that the Cowboys have missed an NFC Championship Game as they did not appear in one from 2000 to 2009 either. This is the first time in Dallas Cowboys franchise history that they have failed to appear in an NFC Championship Game in two straight decades. Consider the types of players that have played for this team since 2000. We’re talking about DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Marcus Spears, Roy Williams (both of them), Tony Romo, Marion Barber, Terrell Owens, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, you could go on for as long as you like depending on who you want to include. None of them yielded even an NFC Championship Game appearance in two straight decades. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.
Exit Interview: Dallas Cowboys - The Ringer
This is one of the most consequential offseasons the Cowboys have had in years. Jerry Jones will almost certainly need to hire a head coach, sign Prescott to a long-term extension or franchise tag him, and then figure out how to re-sign Cooper. Dallas may try to make a splashy move by hiring one of the college coaches du jour, whether that is Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Baylor’s Matt Rhule, or free agent Urban Meyer. Whomever Jones hires, expectations will be huge. The big winner of this offseason is Prescott. He is due to hit free agency in March, and though there is no chance he will get there, he has a ton of leverage to negotiate his next deal. Prescott reportedly turned down an offer of $30 million per year this offseason, and if the Cowboys use the franchise tag on him now, he’ll earn around $32 million. Tagging him again in 2021 would cost around $38.7 million. That means a two-year deal for $70 million is the floor for Prescott’s next deal, and if he reaches a deal with Dallas that number could be far higher. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes will likely sign a mega-contract this offseason that could crack $40 million annually, and Prescott could ask for at least $35 million a year just by inhaling that second-hand smoke. Prescott may not be as good as Mahomes, but he may have more leverage: Mahomes is under contract for two more years whereas Prescott’s deal is up. Jerry Jones wants Prescott to be a Cowboy, and the rest is just details.
With Dave Gettleman staying, let’s assess his first two seasons - Big Blue View
The 9-23 record has frequently been cited in the reason for Pat Shurmur’s dismissal, but that is Gettleman’s record as well. That stands in stark contrast to the duo’s mandate to “Win Now” and get the Giants back to a winning record and into the play-offs in 2018. Assuming Gettleman doesn’t announce his retirement in Tuesday’s press conference, this will be his third offseason as the Giants’ general manager. So let’s take a look at some of his biggest decisions from the previous two seasons.
Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
Welcome to Black Monday, y’all! The Washington Redskins have been taking part in this annual tradition in some capacity for the majority of Dan Snyder’s tenure as steward of the team. This one is a big one for us though...for only the second time under Snyder, a huge domino has fallen. Not since the firing of Vinny Cerrato has there been news like the kind we are waking up to today. We can finally end the hashtag campaign because Bruce Allen has been fired! As we kick off the final Sixpack of 2019, I will let that sink in for a moment, and we will relish in this news before moving ahead to why it might not be the advent of a completely new era for Redskins football. In terms of organizational direction, this is a move we can honestly be excited about.
4 reasons Ron Rivera is the right hire as Washington’s next coach - SB Nation
Washington, which fired Jay Gruden in October, is expected to hire former Panthers coach Ron Rivera. I know ya’ll are probably wondering the same thing: Did Washington actually do the right thing for once? Team owner Dan Snyder, who’s been in charge of this dumpster fire for over 20 years now, is making good decisions for the first time in years. First, he fired longtime president Bruce Allen, which was step one in fixing some of the dysfunction in the building. The team is also making changes to the training staff, which is optimal after the Trent Williams situation.
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