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Eagles hired John Dorsey as a consultant before 2020 draft - PFT
Per multiple reports, Dorsey already has been assisting the Eagles, and he presumably will continue to do so. He’s helping both with college and pro scouting. The move happened quietly, with word of it emerging only recently. As one source explained it to PFT, Dorsey actually has been assisting the Eagles since before the 2020 draft.
Report: Eagles hire John Dorsey as front office consultant, might promote him to full-time role - BGN
The Eagles potentially hiring Dorsey to be their next version of Joe Douglas shouldn’t be viewed a real solution to the team’s front office issues. It would just be another lame half-measure by this organization. Fans shouldn’t stand for the Eagles applying this year’s ‘Don’t hire a real offensive coordinator, just bring in a bunch of different assistants!’ approach to the front office. ‘Don’t fire Roseman, just surround him with highly thought of executives!’ The reality is it doesn’t really matter who the Eagles bring in to help with personnel since Roseman will still have final say.
The Kist & Solak Show #216: Howie “Littlefinger” Roseman + Cardinals Preview! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak dig into the report that Howie Roseman’s job is entirely safe PLUS a nerdy preview of Eagles-Cardinals! NOTE: Recorded before the news of John Dorsey joining the Eagles as a consultant and the news that Darius Slay did not travel with the team for the game. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles vs. Cardinals: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
The Cardinals like to spread the field horizontally, which often opens up the middle of the field for Murray to run. It’s a pretty safe bet that (a) facing a running quarterback, and (b) being undermanned in their secondary, Jim Schwartz is going to have little choice other than to play a ton of zone defense.
Howie Talk - Iggles Blitz
I’m still of the belief that Roseman should be fired. He built a Super Bowl roster and has made some terrific moves while GM of the Eagles. Unfortunately, most of that is in the distant past. Roseman has not had the golden touch since the team won Super Bowl LII. Keeping Roseman would be the equivalent of bringing back Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Vinny Curry, etc. You cannot live in the past. The NFL just doesn’t work like that. This league wants to know what you can do now and in the future, not the past. John Elway built the Broncos into a Super Bowl winner in 2015. He’s made some terrible moves since then.
Comparing Carson Wentz and Mark Sanchez in Roob’s 10 Observations - NBCSP
4. It struck me on Friday that Carson Wentz is literally almost the exact same age now as Mark Sanchez was when he made his first start for the Eagles in 2014 in place of injured Nick Foles. Sanchez was one day shy of his 28th birthday when he became the Eagles’ starter in 2014, and Wentz is 10 days short of his 28th birthday. That gave me a whole terrifying new perspective on where Wentz is in his career because we think of Sanchez as being at the end of the line when he was here. Wentz and Sanchez were both top-5 picks, both had a lot of success early in their career and both found themselves as backups in their fifth season. Sanchez never played at the level Wentz did in 2017, but he did win four playoff games before he turned 25. It’s a scary comparison because even though Sanchez played OK in place of Foles in 2014 — 4-4 record, 64 percent completion percentage, 88.4 passer rating — he never won another game as an NFL quarterback. He was 28 years, 47 days old when he recorded his final career win. Wentz is 27 years, 355 days old. There really is a chance that what we saw from Wentz this year is just who he is now. And who he’ll always be.
Will the Eagles re-sign Brandon Graham? Zach Ertz? Joe Banner says the 2021 salary cap will make decisions tough - Inquirer
It’s definitely going to be hard for them to be in a position where they add free agents. I’m not talking second-tier guys who sign later at cheaper prices. I’m talking about the top guys. They won’t be in position to go after any of them this year. There are a few guys they’re going to have to make tough decisions on that have played well but have fairly big cap numbers. The first guy that comes to mind is Brandon Graham ($17.9M cap number in 2021). He’s having a very good season. He’s one of the highest character guys on the team. Been an important part of their history for a long time. But they have to make a decision on what they’re going to do there. Same thing with somebody like Malik Jackson ($13.6M cap number) and maybe Zach Ertz ($12.5M). They have to decide what contracts they’re going to restructure because they’re going to have to do some of that. We’ve seen the consequences of that if you do it with the wrong guy, like Alshon Jeffery. You’re sitting there with your hands tied and lose all of your future (cap) flexibility. So you have to decide who can you do that to and really feel like there’s minimal risk. It’s most likely to be somebody like a Lane Johnson ($17.8M cap number in ’21). You can reasonably anticipate he’s going to come back healthy from his injury and still be a productive part of the team for at least the next two to three years. Then there’s Fletcher Cox ($23.9M cap number in ’21). Do they restructure his contract again and make it even more onerous as they move forward?
Fantasy Football Rundown, Week 15: Starts & sits for every NFL game - Fake Teams
Although Jalen Hurts’ Week 14 -0.7% Completion Percentage Above Expectation left a little to be desired, his 106 rushing yards certainly didn’t. As we’ve discussed all year, the Cards’ front-seven has been riddled with injuries — namely the Injured Reserve trio of DE Chandler Jones and interior linemen Corey Peters and Josh Mauro. ILB De’Vondre Campbell (ankle) will return to play this week but seeing as how Friday was the first time he’d logged a full practice participation since Week 13, he’s unlikely to be playing at 100%. Hurts’ exceptional rushing ability, combined with an injury-plagued front-seven, rocket the rookie signal caller into the thick of the QB1 ranks. The installation of Hurts at QB is certainly exciting for the city of Philly, but the rookie’s presence has cemented the Eagles as being a two-tight end team for the majority of offensive snaps. Given that slot receiver Greg Ward (74%) and deep threat Jalen Reagor (68%) were the only two receivers to play over 45% of the team’s snaps, this WR group doesn’t have much to offer for fantasy purposes. Of course, the recent track record of slot receivers facing the Cards’ secondary (ie. Cole Beasley - 11/13-109-1, Tyler Lockett - 9/9-67-1, and Cooper Kupp - 8/9-73) Ward has an outside shot at returning high-end flex value for those in desperate need of a streaming option. Reagor, unfortunately, is going to see a healthy helping of Patrick Peterson this week, making him an unappetizing flex option.
Can Kyler Murray, Cardinals keep pace in playoff race against Eagles? - ESPN
Playoff/draft picture: The Cardinals enter the week with a 56% chance of making the playoffs per FPI ... They’ll have a 65% chance at making the playoffs with a win Sunday ... They’ll have a 25% chance with a loss. No team has a larger potential swing (40 percentage points) this week. The Eagles are eliminated from the playoffs with a loss AND Washington win. They enter the week with a 6.5% chance of making the playoffs per FPI, and those chances would jump to 18% with a win.
Darius Slay out, Eagles’ secondary has a ‘lot of moving parts’ - PE.com
Who plays for the Eagles in the secondary on Sunday? The Eagles used Marcus Epps and rookie K’Von Wallace at safety last week in the fourth quarter of the win over New Orleans, and those two could line up as starters in Arizona should Schwartz opt in that direction. Jalen Mills, a cornerback for four seasons before moving to safety this year, finished the win over the Saints at cornerback. First-year Eagle and NFL veteran Nickell Robey-Coleman, signed in free agency to play the nickel position, could be a starter outside with flexibility to move inside. The rest of the candidates? Michael Jacquet (jersey No. 38, in case you don’t have a roster handy at home while you’re watching on television) is a rookie from Louisiana-Lafayette who played 30 snaps against Dallas and 21 a few weeks ago in Green Bay. There is Kevon Seymour (No. 41), signed to the practice squad in early December and who played his first NFL snaps since the 2017 season last week against New Orleans (35 snaps against the Saints). The Eagles elevated Jameson Houston (No. 46), a rookie from Baylor who was signed by Cleveland in the post-draft period and then spent Training Camp time with Carolina, from the practice squad. He’s a relative veteran, having been on the Eagles’ practice squad since late November.
SB Nation Podcast: PHI/ARI preview (John Stolnis/Walter Mitchell) - Revenge Of The Birds
[BLG Note: John interviews Walter for a Cardinals perspective on this week’s game.]
NFL fans predict that Washington will win the NFC East title and go to the playoffs - Hogs Haven
The polling resulted in a landslide outcome, with 87% of those responding predicting that the Washington Football Team will win the NFC East division title. The national narrative has clearly changed a lot since the team hit the season’s nadir at 2-7 after nine games.
Giants roster moves: Defensive backs shuffled, backups QBs added - Big Blue View
Safety Adrian Colbert was activated from Injured reserve; Defensive backs Quincy Wilson, and Jarren Williams were standard elevations from the practice squad; Quarterback Clayton Thorson was activated from PS (COVID-19 replacement for cornerback James Bradberry); Quarterback/wide receiver Joe Webb signed to the 53-man roster; Defensive back Montre Hartage was waived to make room on the 53-man roster for Webb. Webb’s versatility and special teams acumen is why he was recently added to the roster.
Cowboys point-counterpoint: Mike Nolan may still have a chance - Blogging The Boys
Ultimately, the Cowboys lack talent at every level defensively. They have good edge rushers and a couple promising young defensive backs, but that’s really it. Mike McCarthy likely knows this, and a full film review with his bosses will give him ample time to point that out. In other words, I see McCarthy convincing Jerry and Stephen that their defensive woes are player-based and not coaching-based, and if he’s able to do that then I see no reason why Nolan would be given a pink slip.
What Week 15 means for the 2020 NFL playoff picture - DraftKings Nation
The NFL season is rapidly drawing to a close, and we’re starting to get a pretty good idea of which teams are heading to the postseason and which ones will be staying home. However, the playoff seeding is still up for grabs in both the AFC and NFC. Here’s what’s on the line in Week 15. Saturday is a wrap and the Bills have clinched the AFC East title with a win over the Broncos. Buffalo rolled over Denver, winning 48-19 and winning the division for the first time in 25 years. The Packers have already sewn up the NFC North crown and their win over the Panthers allows them to retain the edge for the No. 1 seed.
Why does this darts player always carry an eggplant with him? - SB Nation
Dirk van Duijvenbode is on top of the dart world after qualifying for the finals of the World Grand Prix final, and he did it all with his faithful eggplant.
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