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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/13/20.

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QB Index: Ranking every quarterback to start a game in 2019 - NFL.com
10) Carson Wentz really picked up his play during the second half of the campaign, finally making magic with his makeshift receiving corps. The Eagles QB1 edges out Dak Prescott in my book because he was able to do as much as (if not more than) Dak down the stretch with far less talent around him.

Top 21 quotes from Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing: Philadelphia Eagles’ - BGN
1 - DeSean Jackson: “Fuck Dallas. We hate Dallas.” This is straight up catnip (bird seed?) for Eagles fans. “Fuck Dallas” is basically every first comment on every article to ever exist on this website. Therefore, I think it’s safe to say DeSean reads BGN. This quote came when Doug Pederson had Jackson come up to the front of the room during a team meeting ahead of the Eagles’ Week 16 game against the Dallas Cowboys. A little surprising to see since 1) Jackson’s not known for being a rah-rah guy by any means and 2) guys on injured reserve typically seem to be out of the picture. Cool to see Jackson stressing the importance of beating the Cowboys ahead of Zach Ertz’s “burn the ships” speech.

The Kist & Solak Show #173: FO Moves & FA Targets - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak analyze the recent changes to the front office and medical staff & discuss free agent wide receivers for the Eagles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A look around at the Eagles’ rivals’ soon-to-be free agents - PhillyVoice
WR Amari Cooper: The Cowboys traded a first-round pick for Cooper, as you all remember, and to date, he has only played 27 games for them. In those 27 games he has an impressive 145 catches for 2085 yards and 15 TDs. In 2018, his arrival sparked a stagnant Dallas offense, leading them to an NFC East title. In 2019, Cooper was great through the team’s first 9 games, but as an assortment of injuries mounted, Cooper was not the same player, and as a result, the Cowboys’ offense wasn’t as potent. Should Cooper walk in free agency, that would be an an extremely bitter pill for the Cowboys to swallow. If he returns, there’s a good bet he’ll make close to $20 million per season on a new deal.

Lucky Chemistry - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles need to be careful in their quest for chemistry. This isn’t about finding 53 buddies or 53 nice guys. You need players that bring out the best in each other. You need some loud, confident, brash players (they would be considered jerks if they had a star on the side of their helmet). You need serious leaders. You need guys that can follow. Too many alphas can be a very bad thing. You need the right mixture of players and personalities. I do think focusing on youth will help. Veterans bring experience, but they can also bring baggage. Young guys come in desperate to play and prove themselves. There is something to be said for that.

Eagles scouts will pay close attention to their stopwatches at NFL scouting combine - Inquirer
Henry Ruggs III. 5-11, 192 | Alabama. Fennell: “Ruggs has sprinter’s speed. He reportedly ran a sub-4.3 forty this past summer. He’s a high-effort, competitive player who can block and play on special teams. Ruggs is an exceptional yards-after-the-catch receiver. The biggest question about him is his positional fit in the NFL. Can he play in the slot or is he a gadget wide receiver?’ His negatives: “Questions about his positional fit in the NFL. Can he play in the slot or is he a gadget wide receiver?’’ NFL comp: Santana Moss.

The top 100 pending unrestricted NFL free agents - The Athletic
95. Jalen Mills, CB, Eagles (26). Feisty outside corner who started on the Eagles’ Super Bowl team in 2017. He’s missed 15 games due to injury over the past two seasons. Mills is a good tackler and a physical player, but his lack of speed is an issue, and he gives up too many big plays. May look to sign a prove-it deal with hopes of testing the market again next offseason.

32 NFL players who could use a fresh start this offseason, from QBs to injured stars - ESPN
CB Sidney Jones: He was touted as one of the premier corners in the 2017 draft before rupturing his Achilles at his pro day. Injuries have since been a part of his story, preventing him from becoming the fully confident player that his position demands. He has plenty of ability, but a a reset might just be what the doctor ordered.

Energy, chemistry, and physicality: Characteristics needed for 2020 - PE.com
”I think the thing you see,” quarterback Carson Wentz said during the course of the four-game winning streak that won the NFC East for the Eagles, “is a lot of energy. You see these young guys playing with a lot of desire. That kind of helps everybody.” The Eagles called it “energy.” You can also use terms like “urgency” and “hunger” because that’s what is required to win in this league. The Eagles need to have a roster filled with “energy” and “urgency.” This is a trait the Eagles are looking for in the months ahead. Everybody in this league has talent. Sometimes, many times, players who have a higher level of energy on a consistent basis are the ones who win.

No, the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t be totally nuts to consider Dak Prescott vs. Tom Brady - Dallas Morning News
So that brings us to why a consideration of Brady or Prescott is not absolutely nuts. Gone are the days that Prescott led this team as a fourth-round bargain. His future play will come at a great cost under terms of the league’s salary cap. That being the case, should the Cowboys have a sensible discussion of their options rather than simply conceding that Prescott holds all the cards and giving in at the negotiating table as is their custom? In other words, if you think Brady has enough left, that he’s as good as or better than Prescott for two more years ... why not kick the tires?

Report: Wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson could be a Giants free-agent target - Big Blue View
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound 25-year-old is overshadowed in Kansas City by wide receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman, as well as star tight end Travis Kelce. The Giants could be looking at Robinson as a player with untapped potential. Here is what Pete Sweeney of SB Nation’s Chiefs website, Arrowhead Pride, told me about Robinson: “Interesting player. Can play both outside and inside. Can thrive in a secondary role as he has had in Kansas City but I don’t see him as a No. 1 or No. 2. He might end up getting paid like that though if he drums up enough teams. A rookie with a couple hundred less snaps in Hardman outproduced him.”

The Alex Smith comeback attempt: “the first to do it” - Hogs Haven
“He’s really far along,” she said, when asked where Smith is in his recovery, adding, “I mean, as you say, I’ve been following [his recovery], so I’ve seen, over a year, somebody who was just getting out of the hospital after facing a life-threatening situation, to a guy who...is doing drop-backs and throwing accurate passes, and who really has his mind focused on a potential return.” Let me be clear here — I’m still not sold on the idea that Alex Smith will ever take another competitive snap on an NFL field. If I were a betting man, I’d bet against him. But Ms. Bell seems impressed, at least by how focused Alex Smith is on his goal.

The Chargers’ 9 best options to replace Philip Rivers at quarterback - SB Nation
1. Nick Foles (Jaguars). A broken collarbone derailed the Foles era in Jacksonville just eight passes into the season. Then, Gardner Minshew stole the show and when Foles was thrust back into action, he couldn’t keep the rookie on the bench. Now the Jaguars are stuck with most of the overpriced contract they gave the Super Bowl 52 MVP, and that means the Chargers could get a starting quarterback for less than $20 million per year on the trade market. Jacksonville probably wouldn’t ask for much to offload their free agency mistake and recoup some value. Foles has never produced outside of Philadelphia, but he hasn’t had the best supporting casts either. The Chargers may have the receivers to get the most out of a player who led the Eagles to their only Lombardi Trophy.

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