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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/27/20.

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NFC unsung heroes: Allen Robinson, Vonn Bell outpaced buzz - NFL.com
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Greg Ward, wide receiver. Carson Wentz went down with a head injury during the team’s playoff loss to the Seahawks, and his backup, Josh McCown, played despite having his hamstring ripped from the bone. Now, if McCown hadn’t been able to continue, do you know who would have been his replacement? That’s right: Ward, who played quarterback at the University of Houston. That would have only added to the legend of Ward, who had already become a huge part of the Eagles’ offense as a receiver, with injuries hitting that position as well.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Multiple scenarios have Henry Ruggs III falling to the Eagles - BGN
Always interesting to see the mocks that former Eagles scout and Howie Roseman’s friend Daniel Jeremiah puts out. He and three others think Henry Ruggs III can fall to Philly at No. 21. It’d sure be great if they were right. Ruggs is exactly what this team needs. He’s The Chosen One. (DJ is being pretty generous since Ruggs is No. 14 on his big board.)

Thoughts on newest Eagles coach Marquand Manuel, LeSean McCoy’s Hall of Fame case, more in Roob’s 10 observations - NBCSP
4. How many QBs would you rather have right now than Carson Wentz? First I’m going to eliminate anybody in their 30s — Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, all those guys. Who does that leave? You’d rather have Pat Mahomes than anybody, but beyond that? Lamar Jackson? Brilliant talent but I wonder how sustainable his style of play is. Dak Prescott? No thanks. Jimmy Garoppolo? Nope. Deshaun Watson? You can make a case, but I’d take Wentz. Jared Goff? Kyler Murray? Daniel Jones? Nah. The injuries are frustrating but no doubt in my mind that despite everything the Eagles have the right QB to build around.

Fletcher Cox rumbles 61 yards for a touchdown after Harrison Smith’s interception - PE.com
Fletcher Cox took the pitch from Harrison Smith and rumbled 61 yards for a touchdown at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.

3 A.M. Wakeup Call with Andy Reid: Talking Meatballs, Mahomes and Trying To Rip Out Hearts in Miami - FMIA
I fast-forwarded to the weird 2004 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, and the way his only Super Bowl as head coach ended. The Eagles trailed the Patriots 24-14 with 5:40 left in the fourth quarter, and Donovan McNabb moved the team at a maddeningly glacial pace to a touchdown. Playing with zero urgency, McNabb took 3:45 to drive for a touchdown. I asked Reid if he was telling McNabb to hurry it up. “Yeah, I probably was. It’s my responsibility to do that.” Reid on the game: “I wanted Donovan to have a great game. It didn’t work out that way. He took the blame for it when he didn’t deserve the blame. We were all part of that thing. Unfortunately, the quarterback takes the blame. He had a heck of a career there. He played a heck of a year that year. Couple balls got away from him in that game so didn’t look the best, but it wasn’t because of these stories out there that ‘he choked’ or ‘threw up’ or any of this stuff.” Then . . . the end of Reid’s Eagles career. In August 2012, at training camp, his son Garrett, a camp assistant to the strength and conditioning staff, was found dead of a heroin overdose in his room. Then the Eagles floundered, finishing 4-12. Reid got fired on New Year’s Eve 2012. Wouldn’t this have been a good time to step back, decompress, ponder life, stare at the ocean and do whatever for a while? Not for Reid. Seven days after Reid was fired in Philadelphia (and five weeks after Kansas City had a tragedy of its own, with linebacker Jovan Belcher murdering his girlfriend and then killing himself), the Chiefs introduced him as the successor to Romeo Crennel.

Andy Reid remembers his last Super Bowl but refuses to dwell - Arrowhead Pride
And there’s another storyline, too: this isn’t the first Super Bowl in which Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has appeared. In the 2004 season, Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles made it to Super Bowl XXXIX, where they lost to the New England Patriots 24-21. A couple of times this week, Reid has been asked what details he remembers about that game 15 years ago — and the preparation that led up to it — and he has said that he can’t recall much about it. But on Friday, he said he always remembers the losses. ”The crazy part about this business is you remember all those,” he told reporters. “You remember all the losses. Sometimes they’ll overlap some of the wins. But you learn to get over it — and you move on.”

Cowboys 2020 free agency: The tricky decision on how much to pay Byron Jones - Blogging The Boys
While Jones is a player the Cowboys would love to have back in the fold for the 2020 season, there are some roadblocks standing in the way. Yes, they have to find a way to pay Prescott and Cooper as the front office has made it clear that signing those guys are the team’s top offseason priorities. And it’s possible the team makes a serious bid to keep edge rusher Robert Quinn after a great performance last year. The team traded away some cheap draft capital to land him for the 2019 season, but they may be looking to cash in on a few more years of his services if the two sides can work out a deal. Things might be a little trickier for Jones. It’s early, and we don’t know what he’ll demand in the open market, but there’s a chance it’ll be more than the Cowboys are willing to shell out to keep him in Dallas. For starters, the cornerback market is rather lean in talent this year, all the more increasing Jones’ stock. He’s the top guy on the list. Many other players like Cliff Harris or Ronald Darby are guys who are either up there in age or players that just haven’t lived up to their potential. With Jones, you’re getting a player with proven ability to be an effective corner in this league, but is that worth elite corner money?

NFL Pro Bowlers cite safety issues as deterrent to 17th regular-season game - ESPN
If the players participating in the Pro Bowl are a true representation of the rest of the league, NFL owners are going to have a fight on their hands during negotiations to potentially add a 17th regular-season game to a new collective bargaining agreement. Only a few of the players polled at Pro Bowl practices at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports this week were receptive to the idea of a 17th game, with most against the idea because of safety concerns.

Ask a former NFL player: Who can be the secret X-factor in Super Bowl 54? - SB Nation
In his pre-Super Bowl Week mailbag, Geoff Schwartz picks one player we should be talking more about and how to limit the damage Patrick Mahomes can do.

Mamba Out - Silver Screen And Roll
Kobe Bryant was a complicated man. A loving father to his four daughters, he could be seen so often taking them around Disneyland in Anaheim that employees were said to be no longer star struck by his presence. I remember running into him on his way towards Frontierland, smiling while bouncing Bianka, the third of his four beloved daughters, on his shoulders as his two older children, Natalia and Gianna led the way. In what will be one of the public’s last memories of Kobe, the basketball nerd within him could be seen as he outlined and explained something to her between moments of palling around with the current Lakers and proudly snapping photos of her with celebrities, including her favorite, Trae Young. He posted mushy Instagram captions about his wife and beaming ones of pride about his daughters that couldn’t have been further from the vision most had of him as a cutthroat, win-at-all-costs competitor.

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