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The biggest ‘fluke’ seasons for NFL QBs - ESPN In$ider
10. Dak Prescott (2016 Dallas Cowboys). On the surface, Prescott’s three NFL seasons might not look that different from one another, but that’s partly because an increase in attempts has kept his total stats somewhat stable. By advanced metrics, however, Prescott’s second and third seasons have fallen far short of his rookie performance. Prescott was fourth in the league in total value as a rookie (as judged by DYAR). In the two years since, he’s fallen to 17th and then 25th. His QBR has fallen similarly, from 77.6 as a rookie to 69.9 and then 55.2 last year. Prescott is only 10th on this list because he’s just three years into his career. He certainly could have another highly efficient season that rivals his rookie year. But so far, that first season sticks out as a clear exception on his statistical record. [...] 5. Nick Foles (2013 Philadelphia Eagles.) It might seem odd to claim that 2013 was a fluke year when Foles led his team to a Super Bowl title in 2017. But when you look at Foles’ regular seasons, the 2013 campaign stands out like a sore thumb, primarily because of two numbers: 27 and 2. As in, 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Foles also led the league with 9.1 yards per attempt and 14.2 yards per completion. His career highs in all his other seasons? Just 7.5 yards per attempt and 11.6 yards per completion. By Football Outsiders’ passing DVOA measure of efficiency, Foles was the No. 2 quarterback in 2013, behind only Peyton Manning and his record 55 touchdowns for the Broncos. In no other season has Foles ranked higher than 20th in passing DVOA. Last year, despite completing over 70 percent of his passes, he ranked just 25th.

Are the Eagles going to trade for Jadeveon Clowney? - BGN
There hasn’t been a single legitimate source that’s claimed the Eagles are actually in the mix for Clowney. It’s all been speculation to this point. And yet it feels like some have mistaken baseless rumors for a trade that actually has a decent shot of happening. The only time when an actual national NFL insider reported about the Eagles’ potential interest in Clowney was when Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports threw cold water on the possibility.

A peek around the NFC East: Washington names its starting QB, and Cowboys contract stuff - PhillyVoice
As we mentioned last week in our peek around the NFC East, there really was no bad option for the Eagles Week 1, in terms of whatever Washington quarterback they’d have to face. However, Keenum may be especially ideal, seeing as they already know exactly who he is, whereas Haskins might have been a little more challenging to prepare for, given his extremely small amount of professional game tape.

Rankings: The best pass-rushers through three weeks of the 2019 NFL preseason - PFF
1) Daeshon Hall, EDGE, Philadelphia Eagles, 94.5 PFF Pass-Rush Grade. Hall has been a monster up front for the Philadelphia Eagles so far this month, racking up three sacks, six hits and two hurries on just 46 pass-rushing snaps. He has also forced two fumbles so far and has a pass-rushing productivity rating of 17.9, highest among edge defenders with at least 40 pass-rushing snaps.

Which NFL teams gain the biggest advantage at home? Ranking them 1 to 32 - The Athletic
12. Philadelphia. They have been tough to beat at Lincoln Financial Field, compiling an 18-6 record and ranking third — behind the Patriots and Ravens — in home DVOA since 2016. The big difference for the Eagles has been on defense. Only the Bucs and Packers have experienced a bigger gap in their defensive DVOA when playing at home versus on the road.

Gridiron Digest Fantasy Football Special: Saquon Barkley or Bust! - B/R
Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles: Sanders, a second-round pick, may be overvalued at this point; he has climbed from the mid-seventh round to early fifth over the last few weeks. Sanders has been the best running back at Eagles practices and has gotten long looks in preseason games, but he’s guaranteed a committee role with Jordan Howard and (when healthy) Darren Sproles. He’s a high-priority keeper-league acquisition, but a low ceiling for 2019 makes him a risky RB3 or RB4.

Welcome to a week like no other in the NFL season -
“I think the stress is the same as it is every day here,” offensive lineman Matt Pryor said. “You’re expected to perform at a high level or they’re going to find someone else to do your job. That doesn’t change. For me, I’m just looking forward to going out there and playing my best game against the Jets. I won’t lose that stress, that feeling, until I become a starting player in this league.” In the NFL, you always move on to the next thing. You never dwell on the negatives or the positives. Another challenge awaits. Always. The reality is staring players in the faces.

Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: “Right now on the depth chart, Ereck Flowers is the left guard” - Hogs Haven
[BLG Note: Yikes!]

McClain: Why Texans decided to put Jadeveon Clowney on trade market - Houston Chronicle
Until recently, I thought Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney would report before the opener in New Orleans, sign his $15.967 million franchise tender, and take his place opposite Whitney Mercilus in the starting lineup against the Saints. Clowney still might report and not miss any game checks — $939,235 a week over 17 weeks — and risk or welcome being traded to a team that needs him for this season and will try to sign him to a long-term deal in 2020. When Clowney signs, I expect him to be traded. I believe Miami is the most likely destination, and the Texans sure could use their talented left tackle Laremy Tunsil. He was the 13th overall pick in 2016, has been a three-year starter, and is regarded as the Dolphins’ best offensive player.

Lions officially sign QB Luis Perez, release QB David Fales - Pride Of Detroit
[BLG Note: Perez briefly spent time on the Eagles’ roster earlier this offseason.]

2019 NFL Season Preview - SB Nation
Bleeding Green Nation prediction by Brandon Lee Gowton: 11-5. The Eagles arguably have the NFL’s deepest roster. The offense projects to be a top-five unit in the league with a healthy Wentz. He has a ton of weapons to work with: DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders, and Jordan Howard. He’ll also be lining up behind one of the league’s best offensive lines. On defense, the Eagles have talent to regularly harass opposing quarterbacks. Philadelphia should take advantage of a relatively easy schedule en route to double-digit wins.


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