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The highest-graded NFL players, rookies and surprises at every position during the 2019 season - PFF
Offensive Guard — Best overall: Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia Eagles – 92.9. The Eagles are rightfully represented by two of their interior players on the offensive line here, as the common theme from Philly appears yet again in our postseason accolades. Brooks anchored an offensive line that is arguably the best in football and clearly the Eagles’ calling card. He allowed just 19 pressures this year — and one sack — on his 647 snaps in pass protection, while he led all guards across the league in run-blocking grade. [...] Center — Best overall: Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles – 81.0. Kelce once against dominated from the center position. He commanded the action in the run game and allowed six combined sacks and hits in pass protection. Kelce has now finished six of the past eight seasons with a PFF overall grade above 80.0.

What the Eagles should do at wide receiver - BGN
Outlook: Due to Howie Roseman inexplicably guaranteeing Alshon Jeffery’s 2020 money prior to the 2019 season, the Eagles are in a really bad spot with his contract! Cutting him means $26.1 million in dead money. But how are the Eagles really going to bring him back into the fold after he’s seemingly anonymously criticized the team’s starting quarterback two years in a row? Not to mention how he was ineffective in 2019 and his 2020 doesn’t project to be much better as he turns 30 and comes off a Lisfranc injury. The Eagles might be able to do an NBA-type salary dump trade where they actually give up a draft pick (4th round selection?) in order to recoup an extra $10 million they’d lose by otherwise cutting him. I have a hard time believing Jeffery is going to be back in 2020. The offense and team chemistry improved when he wasn’t around late in the season.

Top Free Agents for the Eagles - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton update you on the offensive coordinator situation in Philly, discuss Harold Carmichael’s HOF induction, list their top free agents for the Eagles, and preview the upcoming decisions the Eagles have with their roster! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Jason Peters aside, which Eagles players have the best Hall of Fame chances? - PhillyVoice
Question from SM: With the talk of big contract veterans potentially on the move, how can they honestly bring a guy like Alshon Jeffery back and let guys like Malcolm Jenkins walk. How would that go over? ... I don’t see a way that the team can bring Jeffery back. You can’t have a guy repeatedly trashing his quarterback behind the scenes and keep him around, especially when he isn’t even that good in the first place. As for Jenkins, they won’t just let him walk. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement on a new deal, the team isn’t just going to say, “OK, Malcolm, here’s your release. Please don’t sign with a team that plays us this year.” I imagine they would be able to deal him to a team more willing to pay him. But yes, I believe they should work earnestly toward bringing him back in way that both sides can be happy. If Jenkins’ asking price is simply unreasonable, then he could choose to hold out.

Be Patient - Iggles Blitz
One reason they are likely waiting is to talk to someone or multiple candidates who are still alive in the playoffs. They could have their eyes on Mike Kafka. He is a former Eagles QB and is currently the QBs coach for the Chiefs. Maybe they like Mike LaFleur from the Niners. There could be guys on the Titans or Packers. I don’t think you want to wait until after the Super Bowl unless you think there is someone who is a great fit. If so, bide your time. It would be good to get the hire done in the next week to 10 days so you could start working on the offseason. That means self-scouting, planning for 2020 and also personnel decisions. More important than time is getting the hire right.

Eagles’ evaluation of cornerbacks has been dismal for years - Inquirer
Sidney Jones had pivotal pass breakups when called upon late in December games with playoff implications. But a couple of plays do not an every-down cornerback make. Jones doesn’t turn 24 until May, which could either buy him time with the Eagles or make him attractive to another team. If Jones leaves, the Eagles would likely need to add an established veteran or trade for one — again. They may need to either way. Their record in free agency over the last decade has been subpar. Corners such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Byron Maxwell, Nolan Carroll, and Leodis McKelvin failed to Band-Aid draft failures.

Major changes coming for Eagles as they usher in youth movement - ESPN
Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins, 32, has already stated he won’t return on his current deal. Depending on how those contract talks shake out, the Eagles could have a new starting secondary. The wide receiver corps will likely have a fresh look as well, with Agholor exiting via free agency and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery’s future with the team in doubt. However you slice it, major change is coming.

10 things we learned from the Eagles’ 2019 season - NBCSP
1. Carson Wentz is clutch. It was a shame to see Wentz suffer a concussion early in the playoff game but that didn’t change how well he played down the stretch for the Eagles. In three of the four wins in December, Wentz was credited with a game-winning drive and in two of them he was credited with a fourth-quarter comeback. This season, Wentz led the Eagles on four game-winning drives, half of his career total. And, overall, his numbers in December were great despite playing with a bunch of guys who had been called up from the practice squad. Check them out: 66%, 1,509 yards, 10 TD, 1 INT, 99.3 rating. We saw Wentz grow as a player and as a leader this season, especially down the stretch. Everything doesn’t carry over from year to year, but a clutch quarterback gaining confidence while he earns the confidence of his teammates is big.

Miles Sanders on Carson Wentz, Offensive Rookie of the Year and more, plus more Philadelphia Eagles news - PennLive
In a bit of a humorous thread of conversation, Sharpe asked Sanders if Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz or Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott — Bayless’ quarterback of choice — was better. Sanders gave the obvious answer. “I’m gonna take my guy 11,” Sanders said. “I got a lot of confidence in him. The thing that I love about him is it doesn’t matter who’s on that field, he’s gonna give them confidence.” Sharpe and Bayless also tried to goad Sanders into responding to Scandrick’s pointed comments about the Eagles in October. The 22-year-old deftly maneuvered, much like he did through the line of scrimmage late in the season. “I ain’t going to get into all that,” Sanders said. “I’m a rookie so I keep my head down. I don’t really pay attention.”

Inside the process to elect Harold Carmichael into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -
Twenty-four members of the Centennial Slate Blue-Ribbon Panel – comprised of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters, Hall of Famers, coaches, executives, and historians – returned from lunch last Wednesday afternoon at the Hall in Canton, Ohio to resume presentations to select the special 15-member group that will complement the five modern-era Hall of Famers in a special Class of 2020 to commemorate the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season. ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio nominated Eagles legend Harold Carmichael back in the summer and volunteered to make a case for the wide receiver. ”I’ve known Harold’s career for years. I’ve known him for years. I felt passionately that he deserved to be in the Hall of Fame and I didn’t want to leave it to anybody else,” said Paolantonio, a member of the Centennial Slate Blue-Ribbon Panel.

A surfer, a teacher and a football mind: How Cory Undlin rode a wave to Lions defensive coordinator - The Athletic
“I’m a big fan of this game and I’m not the easiest person to coach. I do a lot of film study, I watch just as much tape as most coaches,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “For me, I had always struggled in my career to find coaches who were teachers. Coaches who could teach you more than just what the playbook says to do, but can teach you the game or a technique. When Cory first got to Philly, all he did was preach press technique. Down to the smallest details, the first steps. That was stuff I was able to learn and actually use on the field. He instantly helped make me a more efficient player.” Undlin seized his opportunity in New England and had turned it into NFL coaching stops with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Denver before Chip Kelly hired him to coach the Eagles’ secondary in 2015. Jenkins was blown away. He describes Undlin as a coach who has the ability to help players go beyond the distance their talent has already taken them. Shaving off a split second on a break here. Teaching players how to stay detail-oriented in a fashion that allows them to get to a spot one step quicker. Jenkins had never been to a Pro Bowl before he met Undlin. He played in three during their first four years together in Philadelphia.

Browns to reportedly interview Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort for their vacant general manager position - Pats Pulpit
Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort will reportedly be interviewed by the Browns on Friday as a candidate to fill their vacant general manager position. Ossenfort is one of “three to five” executives tied to the organization’s search for a new GM, according to Mary Kay Cabot of, alongside the Philadelphia Eagles’ Andrew Berry and the Minnesota Vikings’ George Paton.

Panthers interview former Giants HC Ben McAdoo - Big Blue View
The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule have reportedly completed an interview with former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. The Athletic’s Joe Person reported that the Panthers spoke to McAdoo, who has spent the past two seasons out of football. The 42-year-old helped the Giants earn 11 victories in his first year as head coach in 2016 but was fired the following December after New York started 2-10.

Drew Rosenhaus conditionally terminates relationship with Antonio Brown - PFT
Antonio Brown has no team, and for now he has no agent. Per an NFLPA source, agent Drew Rosenhaus has informed Brown in writing that the relationship between the two men has been terminated, conditionally. The letter, per the source, explains that Rosenhaus will rescind the termination if Brown secures appropriate counseling within the next five days.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s arrest warrant for slapping a security guard’s butt after the LSU championship game, explained - SB Nation
The culmination of the 2020 College Football Playoff was a beautiful moment for Odell Beckham Jr. Not only did he get to watch his alma mater, LSU, topple Clemson for its first national title since the 2007 season, but he also got to do it with VIP status from the Tigers sideline. Then things got ... weird. A celebration that started with Beckham handing out $100 bills to still-in-uniform LSU players has led to an arrest warrant for simple battery after slapping a security guard’s behind. How’d we get here? It’s a play in five acts (so far).


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