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Kyler Murray, All-In On Arizona; Raiders, ‘All-Out’ On Antonio Brown? - FMIA
The All-Interview Team: DL: Grady Jarrett (July 29), Falcons; Cam Hayward (Aug. 2), Saints; Brandon Graham (July 27), Eagles; Calais Campbell (Aug. 1), Jaguars. Factoid of the Trip: Graham told me he has a video of him strip-sacking Tom Brady in the biggest moment of Super Bowl LII on his phone, and when he’s having a bad day, he’ll watch it.
Eagles 53-man roster prediction after three preseason games - BGN
The top four guys are locked in. The question is about what happens after that. I’d bet on Hollins making the team. He’s been outplayed offensively but he is a special teams contributor and that matters for a fifth or sixth receiver. Those guys aren’t going to be playing on offense as much as they’ll be contributing on special teams. I’ll also note that the Eagles’ official website has been bullish on Hollins’ chances of making the team. It wouldn’t be crazy to see the Eagles keep Greg Ward as a sixth receiver. He’s had a nice summer. But I think the team can get him through waivers to their practice squad. Is Ward really so special that the Eagles MUST keep him? Is he that much better than a Paul Turner of the past? Marken Michel’s stock is down a bit after logging zero catches against the Ravens and getting penalized on special teams.
Roster Talk - Iggles Blitz
There are two ways to look at this. First, the Eagles dealt a player who wasn’t going to make the team for a DB/STer to check out for 10 days. This move doesn’t mean much at all. The other possibility is that the Eagles traded a player they liked for a player they had specific interest in. I tend to lean toward the second option. The Eagles had a stud STer in Chris Maragos in 2016 and 2017. They missed his presence last year. The team added Blake Countess this summer to be a backup S and STer. Unfortunately he got hurt and will be out for a while. Rudy Ford is a good young STs player. He is the kind of guy you want as a role player. He’s cheap and good at a specific role, while also offering depth. The Eagles have 10 days to decide if he’s worth serious roster consideration or is better suited for the practice squad. Or maybe he’s just cut loose.
Eagle Eye: Report card time for the rookies - PE.com
In the run game, Andre Dillard moved Allen and displaced him at the point of attack. I actually liked the defensive end’s ability to hold up in the run game during his career at Kentucky, so this was great to see. Was this a dominant pancake with Allen ending up on his back? No. Blocks in the NFL rarely end up that way, but the rookie got good movement and more than did his job on the play.
An Unbiased, Totally Correct Ranking of Every NFL Pass-Catching Group - The Ringer
Tier 3: Talented and Deep — 10. Philadelphia Eagles, WR: Alshon Jeffery, WR: DeSean Jackson, WR: Nelson Agholor, RB: Miles Sanders/Darren Sproles, TE: Zach Ertz/Dallas Goedert. A team with truly no weak spots. Ertz and Goedert are the best tight end combo in football. Jeffery’s and Jackson’s games have almost nothing in common but work with what Ertz does perfectly. Jackson’s speed adds a vertical element that [Mike Wallace] couldn’t provide in 2018. Agholor was a disaster in 2017 but redeemed himself last year. Darren Sproles is still kicking, and rookie running back Miles Sanders, the heir to Saquon Barkley at Penn State, could also show capable hands out of the backfield.
Fantasy football notes from the offensive playcallers -- NFC edition - PFF
Doug Pederson (6 years). Among all coaches with at least three years of experience, Pederson ranks tied for first in TE1 expected fantasy point market share (16.4%). In terms of market share, he ranks below average in all other categories. Although Pederson’s TE1 has seen league-high volume, we should expect a decline in targets for Zach Ertz this year following a major increase in target competition. The Eagles are looking to spread the ball around a bit more, which will cap upside and make each player (though still valuable) more inconsistent on a week-to-week basis.
Eagles’ linebacker problems give L.J. Fort a chance to show he’s more than special - Inquirer
With two starters fighting injury, the special-teams ace senses a chance to get on the field more.
Kyle Shanahan hints at Jordan Matthews making the roster - Niners Nation
It’s always telling when a coach goes out of his way to praise a player. On Thursday, that’s exactly what San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan did with Jordan Matthews. We’re getting closer to when the 49ers will have to cut down their roster to 53, and wide receiver is arguably the most talked-about position on the team. Matthews has the experience. Aside from Marquise Goodwin, no other receiver on the roster was in the NFL in 2016. That’s how young this position group is. Matthews was running with the third-team for the majority of training camp. When Trent Taylor went down, that created an opportunity. Matthews ran with the first-team during Monday Night Football. Here’s what Shanahan had to say about Matthews on Thursday: “He’s had a hell of a camp. He’s done very good in practice. He’s been consistent in OTAs. He was very consistent in training camp. And we’ve seen him a lot on tape before he got here. I’ve got a lot of confidence in Jordan, and I know we can win with Jordan.” [BLG Note: Remember that the Eagles will be rooting for JMatt to make the 49ers’ roster.]
Ravens to sign ILB Paul Worrilow - Baltimore Beatdown
Worrilow has been a productive player in his career, but has remained unsigned possibly due to concerns on a torn ACL that left him on the shelf for Philly all last season. Regardless, Board’s lost time is now turning into his opportunity, because while Baltimore probably hoped to have the sam linebacker spot figured out by now, lack of clarity at that position now leads to the addition being made.
2019 Fantasy Football Draft Guide - Fake Teams
Welcome to the 2019 Fake Teams’ Fantasy Football Draft Guide! We’ve been spending the last month getting you prepared for your fantasy drafts with sleepers, busts, rankings, players to target and to avoid and everything else you could possibly need to win your league. And now, you can get all that information here, in one, nice easy place!
2018 DVOA by Routes: Quarterbacks - Football Outsiders
Earlier this week, we looked at the most common routes in the 2018 season from a receiver’s perspective -- how much production, or lack thereof, the most commonly targeted receivers could produce. That’s only half the story, however. Today, we’ll look at every qualified quarterback from 2018. We’re still looking at small sample sizes here, of course -- even on the most common route in football, the curl, not every qualified quarterback hit 25 attempts -- but larger sample sizes help give a clearer picture of both which routes teams and quarterbacks prefer to throw, and how effectively they actually throw them. Only one player was targeted on more than 30 curl routes, for example, but 22 players threw at least 50 curls last season -- we can more accurately measure Andrew Luck’s ability throwing the curl route than we can T.Y. Hilton’s ability to catch it. Obviously, there’s a lot of overlap between a quarterback’s success and a receiver’s success, but you can look at the differences between, say, Ryan Fitzaptrick and Jameis Winston to see that the quarterback has a lot of impact on both the frequency and effectiveness of any given route.
Pat Shurmur: “Eli’s the starter” at quarterback - Big Blue View
The coach grew testy when he was pressed with “so you’re not ready to say for sure that Eli will be your starter in Week 1?” “I just said Eli’s the starter. Didn’t I just say that? Excuse the fact that I had to repeat it, but I felt like I just said that,” Shurmur said. Like I said, it’s not going to stop. No matter how many times or ways Shurmur and the Giants say it.
Cowboys will wear blue jerseys in half their regular-season games - PFT
After the Cowboys lost to the Browns in the 1968 playoffs and then in Super Bowl V to the Colts, both times while wearing their blue jerseys, the Cowboys and their fans began thinking of the blue jerseys as a jinx. Many opponents then began making the Cowboys wear their blue jerseys when the Cowboys went on the road. The “curse” of the blue jersey has faded over time, and this season, the Cowboys will play half their games in their blue jerseys.
El Boogo Grande: Marlins 19, Phillies 11 - The Good Phight
[BLG Note: The Phils blew a 7-0 lead to the worst team in the National League. Be thankful that Eagles football is only 15 days away.]
How are we all feeling about Jimmy Garoppolo now? - SB Nation
Jimmy G disappointed in his first NFL action in almost a year. Does that change our expectations about him, and the 49ers, in 2019?
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