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NFL free agency 2020: Eagles reportedly after Chiefs’ Demarcus Robinson; here are other WRs they could target - CBS Sports
If one thing’s bound to change about the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020, it’s the wide receiver position. Two years after general manager Howie Roseman remade Carson Wentz’s aerial weaponry by swapping out guys like Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham for Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, the Birds are set for another pass-target makeover. Greg Ward flashed potential late in 2019, DeSean Jackson should be back in 2020, and both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert help offset wide receiver depth with production at tight end. But with Jeffery fresh off one of the worst years of his career and former Super Bowl standout Nelson Agholor all but guaranteed to head elsewhere, it’d be a shock if Roseman didn’t add at least one veteran to the group in free agency. In fact, even before Demarcus Robinson appeared in Super Bowl LIV this month, the Kansas City Chiefs reserve had worked his way onto Roseman’s wish list, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. After grading him highly in the 2016 draft, the Eagles have set Robinson “in their sights” for this March, per the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. Robinson, of course, probably isn’t the only name on the Eagles’ radar at WR. Here are five different logical possibilities, separated by their projected price in free agency.

Eagles Weekly NFL Draft Simulation: Wide receiver triple dip - BGN
Welcome to the Weekly Mock Draft Simulation! Draft “stocks” are ever changing with combined and pro-days coming up while team needs are bound to shift with free agency fast approaching. This article series will serve to gauge the ever changing currents of the offseason and see how the draft would shake up considering those shifts. The fine folks at The Draft Network have a phenomenal simulator that I will be using throughout this series.

Previewing the Eagles’ next calendar year, in stick figure form - PhillyVoice
Over the last four years, I’ve predicted what the Philadelphia Eagles’ next calendar year would look like (in stick figure form), based mostly on logic, and mayyyyybe a little inside knowledge here and there. [BLG Note: “Cut Alshonymous” is the first prediction here.]

Better Than Nothing - Iggles Blitz
McCown then went in the tunnel, but paused before rounding a corner to where people were. He dropped to his knees and broke down again. That moment really got to me. That’s why I love sports. You see guys do everything they can to win and when it doesn’t happen, it is soul-crushing. That game wasn’t about money or fame or glory. McCown got a chance to compete in the postseason. He got a chance to lead a team in a playoff game. Sports can deliver some amazing feel-good moments, but there are plenty of devastating moments as well. McCown was on the wrong side of the ledger. But I’ll be grateful that I got to watch him play. That was special. That will stick with me. The series also showed us that McCown is very much ready to be a coach. He might not be ready for offensive coordinator, but he should be someone’s QBs coach when he’s ready. He’s smart and is great with players. All I could think is that he’s going to be the next Doug Pederson. Long time backup QB who becomes an assistant coach and then takes over an NFL team.

3 Pre-Free Agency Needs for Every NFL Team - Rotoworld
The list of No. 1 WRs to ball out against the Eagles over the past 24 months is too long for a single bullet point. The team decided against addressing the position last offseason due to injuries, but the performance of Sidney Jones (PFF’s No. 66 CB), Avonte Maddox (No. 87), Jalen Mills (No. 101), Rasul Douglas (No. 115) and Ronald Darby (No. 127) in 2019 confirms that new talent needs to be added to the group immediately. Philly was exposed at the end of last season without the likes of DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor on the field. 2019 second-round pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside finished the season with just 10 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown despite playing all 16 games. The Eagles were the league’s fifth-worst offense in yards after the catch per reception.

How the Chiefs’ Defense Turned the Tide in Super Bowl LIV in Three Plays - MMQB
USC OC Graham Harrell was one college coach the Eagles looked at hiring in January. Here’s another: Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline. Philly pursued the ex-NFL receiver to help with the team’s passing game and coach its wideouts, which is another sign of how the Eagles looked at trying to add some outside-the-NFL influence to their mix. Hartline wound up deciding to remain in Columbus in 2020, but Philly wasn’t the only team to show interest in this rising coaching star, and this isn’t the first year it’s happened. The Colts, for one, looked hard at Hartline a couple years ago, too.

Eagles Insider Podcast: Meet defensive line coach Matt Burke - PE.com
New defensive line coach Matt Burke has taken a fascinating road to his present position and we highlight it here and also hear from Jason Kelce, who compares the Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City this year vs. the one in Philadelphia two years ago. You won’t want to miss this one!

NFL free agency 2020: 5 possible Eagles safety free agent targets - NBCSP
Anthony Harris — Playing alongside Harrison Smith, Harris has turned into a really impressive player himself. And the 28-year-old is coming off his best pro season in 2019. Harris started 14 games and had 60 combined tackles, 6 INTs and 11 pass breakups. I think he’d be a good complement to Jenkins. But Harris won’t be cheap either; Spotrac estimates a deal worth $13.8M per season.

How did former Philadelphia Eagles, including draft pick Donnel Pumphrey, fare in their XFL debuts? - PennLive
It wasn’t a good weekend for former Eagles practice squad running backs, with Henderson and Pumphrey combining for minus-1 yard. It’s nice to see Harris get on the stat sheet after he was a late addition in training camp and he was shuffled on and off the practice squad during the season.

Community residents, leaders weigh in on Temple, Eagles contract extension - The Temple News
Temple and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract extension for the Owls to play in Lincoln Financial Field, the university announced today in a release. Temple and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract extension for the Owls to play in Lincoln Financial Field, the university announced Monday. The university did not comment on how much it will pay per year to lease the Linc, but previous reports suggested it could be as high as $3 million. Previously, Temple paid $1 million a year. The contract also includes an option to extend the contract to five more seasons after 2024, according to the release. The Owls played at the Linc since 2003. The previous contract was set to expire in 2017 but was extended to include the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Nick Foles and his wife Tori are expecting another baby in June - Inquirer
Former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and his wife Tori are preparing to add another member to their family. The pair revealed via a message posted to Instagram on Sunday that they are expecting to welcome their second child this summer. Their first child, daughter Lily, was born in 2017.

Report: Quinton Dunbar has requested a trade or his release from the Redskins - Hogs Haven
Earlier today it was reported that Redskins CB Quinton Dunbar was skipping OTAs as he enters his contract year. JP Finlay cited Reuben Foster major knee injury during OTAs last year, and Dunbar’s contract situation as possible reasons to miss the voluntary workouts. There appears to be more to it than that. John Keim reports that Quinton Dunbar has request a trade or his release from the Redskins. Dunbar was in negotiations with the team before Bruce Allen’s firing, and the hiring of Head Coach Ron Rivera. He has not been in contact with Rivera, and now wants out. This will be the 2nd year in a row that a major starter has requested a trade or his release. Last year we didn’t find out until the first week of June that Trent Williams wanted out.

Report: Sean Lee will play football in 2020, but where remains to be seen - Blogging The Boys
Sean Lee has played nine seasons in the NFL (he was drafted in 2010 but missed all of 2014) so this next one would mark double digits for him. Since he knows that he wants to play one would figure that it would be for the Cowboys, but it remains to be seen if Mike McCarthy will prefer that during his first year at the helm of the club.

BREAKING: Rivers to enter free agency, time with Chargers comes to an end - Bolts From The Blue
There has been so much speculation over Rivers’ future following his move from San Diego to Florida earlier this year. Most saw that as the final nail in the coffin and immediately wrote-off the chance that he would return in 2020. With this latest news, everyone can officially start scouting the future of the quarterback position without any hesitations. There will be a new number under center when the season begins. Will it be the often-mocked to the Chargers Justin Herbert? Another high-upside prospect in Jordan Love? Will Tyrod Taylor get the keys to the offense for a year while another young signal-caller is groomed? Only time will tell when it comes to this team.

More flex scheduling could be on the way - Sports Business Journal
The NFL has asked teams for feedback on the prospect of radically expanding flex scheduling, including the possibility of moving games from Sunday to Monday in mid-season, sources said. Before the holidays, league executives posed an open-ended question to teams: How much flexing could they handle? How much advance notice would teams need if broadcasters wanted to switch a Sunday afternoon game to “Monday Night Football?” What if every week of the season were opened to flexing? The NFL did not propose a specific plan.

The Winners and Losers of the XFL’s Debut Weekend - The Ringer
Super Bowl LIV may have just ended, but football is (already!) back. The XFL is here—and so are revamped rules, innovative broadcast decisions, and players celebrating by shotgunning seltzer. Let’s dive in.

6 XFL features the NFL could adopt, ranked from most to least likely - SB Nation
The XFL is back, baby, and if social media is any indication, it was a huge success this weekend. The revamped league made its debut with four nationally televised games, two on Fox and two on ABC/ESPN. The league, trying to set itself apart, implemented several changes for player safety and with the hope for more points. The XFL added broadcast insights and quirks to make the telecast more dynamic for the viewing public. When there’s a new product that introduces football with different elements, we all rush to figure out which ones could be adopted by the NFL. Before I list them out, I want to remind everyone why we watch the NFL: because of the product on the field, which is the best in the world. XFL will survive if the football is good. It appeared to be good enough in its first weekend. The NFL is always looking to improve its game, and the last time the XFL was a functioning league, the NFL followed its lead by using Skycam technology regularly. This time around, here are the XFL’s new features that I’d expect the NFL to look into, ranked in order.

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