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Eagles News: Josh McCown says signing with Philadelphia “was an easy sell”

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QB Josh McCown: ‘It was an easy sell, to be quite honest’ -
“More than anything, it was the comfort level I had talking with Doug, where they’re trying to take this thing and where they’re trying to get back to and understanding the expectations that they have here. I’ve been in a lot of situations throughout my career – where I was helping a young guy or serving as a stopgap kind of guy or being part of a rebuilding situation -- so to come to a situation where it was more established, where they’ve got the quarterback (Carson Wentz) and a veteran defense and a lot of good players on the offense, that to me was enticing. To see how it’s done at a high level and done right, that was the dialogue with Howie and Doug. It was an easy sell, to be quite honest.”

Josh McCown, Eagles agree to contract - BGN
But now it looks like Josh McCown will be Carson Wentz’s short-term backup, which has interesting implications for the Eagles’ quarterback position. Are they going to keep four quarterbacks with Wentz, McCown, Sudfeld, and Thorson on the 53-man roster? Do they risk trying to get Thorson on the practice squad? Does McCown definitely go to being the third string quarterback once Sudfeld is healthy? Is Sudfeld going to take longer to heal than expected?

Special: BLG on the Josh McCown Signing - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton breaks down the Philadelphia Eagles’ signing of veteran quarterback Josh McCown! Brought to you by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles Add a McQB - Iggles Blitz
There is added value with McCown. He can help young QBs like Wentz and Sudfeld. McCown has seen just about every defense possible. He has played in just about every scheme possible. McCown has been coached by Mike Martz in multiple stops. He’s worked with veteran offensive coordinators like Rich Olson and Aaron Kromer. He played for former college coaches Jeff Tedford and Lane Kiffin when they were in the NFL. He also played for some guy named John DeFilippo a couple of years ago. There is real value in having a veteran in the QB room. The coaches have plenty of knowledge and experience, but a veteran player brings something they can’t. He can be a bridge between the young players and the coaches. He speaks both languages. Chase Daniel was good for Wentz in 2016. Nick Foles was good the past two years. McCown takes that role for 2019.

Projecting first-year roles for each of the Eagles’ rookies - PhillyVoice
Andre Dillard will be the backup left tackle in 2019, nothing more, nothing less, barring an emergency situation in which he is needed to play somewhere else. The Eagles have rightfully decided not to try to cross-train Dillard at other positions, instead opting to get him as many reps as possible at left tackle, which the Eagles hope will be his home for the next decade. Dillard’s athleticism was immediately obvious from the first day of rookie minicamp back in May, and he has gotten better along the way in some of the more physical parts of the position throughout training camp. Should Jason Peters go down, it appears that Dillard should be able to step in without necessitating the Eagles to change what they do offensively, as in, they won’t need to overcompensate in giving Dillard significantly added help. The belief here is that Dillard would start at LT on plenty of teams throughout the league, in Year 1, and it’s pretty easy to see why the Eagles traded up for him.

Grading the move: Eagles sign Josh McCown as QB insurance - The Athletic
For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, it makes sense to add McCown for peace of mind, even if it may be an overreaction to the injuries of the last two weeks. He’s competent and causes no fuss in the locker room. The Eagles will be his ninth team. He will now have played for a team in seven of the eight divisions. Carson Wentz’s injury history and Nick Foles’ last two seasons have emphasized the importance of the backup quarterback to the Eagles, who have always placed value on the role. That’s sort of why it’s surprising it took them so long to make this kind of move. Maybe they had McCown on retainer all along. If the initial reaction is, “If they were going to pay for a backup quarterback, why not bring in Colin Kaepernick instead of a 40-year-old?” it’s not wrong. We don’t really know what Kaepernick’s asking price is or whether he’s willing to join a team in which he has no chance of earning a starting job. We do know he and Malcolm Jenkins disagreed in the past. McCown, meanwhile, was a member of the Players Coalition with Jenkins.

Is Eagles’ Josh McCown the best backup quarterback in the NFL? Ranking all 32, including Daniel Jones, Jacoby Brissett, more -
4. Josh McCown (Eagles): This might say something about the state of backup quarterbacks, but yes, a 40-year-old is one of the four best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. He’d bump down to No. 5 if Fitzpatrick was here. The reason: He’s smart, accurate and still has a little scrambling ability, even at 40. Just two years ago, he had the best season of his career (67.6% completions, 2,926 yards, 18 TD, 9 INT). The Eagles have arguably the best collection of weapons in the NFL, too, and probably better than any he’s played with before.

10 Josh McCown stats you won’t believe - NBCSP
If McCown throws a pass, he’ll be the oldest player in Eagles history to ever throw a pass in a regular-season game. Currently the oldest is Sam Baker, who was a kicker but was 39 years old when he threw one pass in the 1968 season — a 58-yard touchdown to safety John Mallory against Dallas at the Cotton Bowl in 1968. The oldest Eagles QB to throw a pass was Roman Gabriel, who was 37 when he threw three passes in 1977 — his final NFL season.

Josh McCown Could Really Ball - Deadspin
In a new-to-us-but-actually-old BREAKING NEWS STORY similar to Nate McLouth speaking perfect Spanish, here’s current Jets quarterback Josh McCown, then with the Bucs in 2014, showing off his hoops skills when he played in Anquan Boldin’s charity basketball game. McCown, who was 33 years old at the time, got in a couple of dunks—he flubs the first one in the highlight reel—and showed his range with a three. He could probably get a few minutes off the Nets’ bench, if he’s sick of getting tackled.

Re-visiting the Steelers’ projected 2020 compensatory draft pick - Behind The Steel Curtain
In order to get a better grasp on L.J. Fort’s status, Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation had this to offer in regards to Fort’s status with the Eagles. “L.J. Fort is having a solid camp/preseason with the Eagles. He’s actually getting some first team reps since projected starters Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill are both dealing with injuries. Bradham is expected to be ready by Week 1 but Grugier-Hill could be out until late September or early October. Fort’s presence as a veteran defender who can also contribute on special teams should allow him to stick on the 53-man roster. Not to mention the fact that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman previously called Fort a “target free agent” and backed up those words by signing Fort to a deal worth $1.9 million guaranteed.”

Could Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones miss the season opener? - Blogging The Boys
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones has been absent from training camp so far due to hip surgery that he underwent over the offseason. The PUP life is never a fun one. While we don’t know exactly when Jones is going to return there are certainly a lot of people speculating about it. During the Dallas Cowboys pregame show on 105.3 The Fan ahead of their preseason contest against the Los Angeles Rams in Hawaii, the voice of the Cowboys, Brad Sham, noted that the cornerback isn’t necessarily a lock for Week 1.

“You’re Going to Have to Run Faster”: How Football Neglects Black Coaches - The Ringer
NFL teams are in search of the next offensive mastermind, but where are they looking? For many black coaches, this year’s coaching cycle felt like another instance of the league moving the goalposts.

The best fantasy football team name puns for 2019 - SB Nation
It’s fantasy football season! There are plenty of resources to research which players to draft for your team, but not many suggestions for actual team names. That’s where we come in, with 50 team names free for you to use. I’ve taken the liberty of splitting these team names into groups, just in case there is a particular genre that might interest you. If more than one team name tickles your fancy, then join more fantasy leagues. The more, the merrier! Without further ado, here are the top 50 fantasy football team names for 2019.


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