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NFL experts predict: Answering the 2020 offseason’s biggest questions - ESPN+
Mike Clay, fantasy writer: The Lions trade Darius Slay to the Eagles for Sidney Jones and a third-round pick. There were rumors Slay — one of the league’s better shadow corners — was available at the 2019 trade deadline, so perhaps he’ll be moved this offseason. Slay just turned 29 and is headed into the final year of his contract. Cornerback has been a disaster for Philadelphia in recent seasons, so moving Jones, 23, and a Day 2 pick for a top corner in Slay (whom they’d likely extend) makes sense.

ESPN suggests five offseason moves for the Eagles - BGN
3. Add speed at wide receiver. This should really be the No. 1 priority. We saw how much of a difference having a legitimate deep threat in DeSean Jackson made for the Eagles in Week 1 last year. Heck, even adding Shelton Gibson to the offense contributed to some chunk plays in Philly’s sole playoff game. Speed matters! Look no further than this year’s Super Bowl teams: the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. They were the two fastest teams in the league this past season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. That’s no mere coincidence. If we’re describing the Eagles’ offense as “slow and plodding” for the third year in a row, that’s going to be extremely disappointing. It’s imperative for this team to improve in the big play department.

2020 BGN Draft #4: Top Eagles’ Options w/PFF - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Mike Renner, lead draft analyst for Pro Football Focus, to talk about top safety, cornerback, and wide receiver prospects! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

The draft or free agency: Where are the Eagles likely to improve each position this offseason? - PhillyVoice
Wide receiver. This is obviously the Eagles’ biggest need this offseason, and they are highly likely to address it in multiple ways, and with premium resources. To begin, they have to add a veteran receiver either through free agency or via trade. Yes, we all know by now that this upcoming wide receiver draft class is projected to be one of the best ever, and the Eagles should absolutely make sure they draft one (or more) of them, but they can’t count on rookies to make an immediate impact. If a rookie makes a big impact right away, fantastic, but the Eagles also must sure up that spot with at least one good veteran receiver, preferably with some speed, who can be counted on to make plays for Wentz. The Eagles must add a minimum of three wide receivers this offseason. #JimmyVerdict: Free agency, trades, draft, or even some other cool way of finding receivers that I don’t even know about.

Eagles draft bust Scott Peters, who became MMA champ, lands coaching job - NBCSP
But on Thursday, the 41-year-old Peters was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their assistant offensive line coach, his first full-time job in football. The Browns’ offensive line coach is Bill Callahan, who worked with Castillo with the Eagles when he was on Ray Rhodes’ staff. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who played at Penn, said Peters’ background in martial arts is one of the reasons the Browns hired him. ”I think his unique experience as a technician and how he comes at it from a different angle, from a Jiu-Jitsu angle, really is a unique way to coach the players in terms of hand placement and hip movement,” Stefanski said on the team’s website.

Here’s whose fingerprints are all over some of the NFL’s most successful teams, including the champion Chiefs - CBS Sports
Joe Banner was sitting in a hotel in New Zealand, about to travel to Hawaii, enjoying a life at least temporarily removed from football, when I tracked him down this week. Make no mistake, the longtime team president of the Philadelphia Eagles still follows the game as closely as possible, especially with so many of his protegees thriving in the postseason again, but within days of his old pal Andy Reid being handed the Lombardi Trophy, Banner was vacationing literally on the other side of the world. Yet his fingerprints, in some ways, remain all over the most successful teams in the NFL. For the second time in three years, the Super Bowl winner included a brain trust with an abundance of Banner’s former hires, with the Chiefs and Eagles organizations carrying a significant Banner influence. Throw in the Ravens, coached by John Harbaugh, and the Bills, coached by Sean McDermott – both of whom Banner hired in Philadelphia for the first NFL jobs to kickstart their career – and the Banner coaching family tree is in full bloom.

Eagles Coaching Changes & The Offseason (PST Show #349) - Philadelphia Sports Table
The Philadelphia Eagles have made changes to their coaching staff that will hopefully generate a new way of doing football business this coming season. With NFL free agency and the draft right around the corner, there’s much re-tooling this Eagles organization needs to do if they want to see success this coming 2020 year. This week, Brandon Lee Gowton (B.L.G.) from BleedingGreenNation.com and the BGN Radio podcast joined us to discuss these new coaching hires and how this offseason needs to shape itself for this franchise to get back into contention. It’s a great interview, folks!

Sincerely, Patience: A perfect love story for Valentine’s Day - PE.com
The love story of Patience Carter and Alex Murray is unlike any other. After they both experienced a life-changing tragedy, love brought the two together when they needed it the most. Patience and Akyra Murray, Alex’s sister, were both victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in the summer of 2016. Carter survived despite suffering bullet wounds in both of her legs, but Akyra was the youngest of the 49 lives taken in the horrid mass shooting. Three years after that devastating day, Patience and Alex were ready to take their bond to a whole new level through marriage. As Philadelphia natives and huge Eagles fans, Patience emailed the organization. She shared their journey with the hopes of having their wedding at the home of their favorite team.

Redskins release WR Paul Richardson, Jr., Josh Norman, and others to save $15 million - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have made more obvious roster move to clear cap space. Josh Norman was reportedly released and the team saves $12.5 million with a $3 million dead cap hit. Norman was expected to be released after Another name on the cut watch list was WR Paul Richardson Jr. who has been injured for most of his two years with the Redskins. New Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera and his staff have been meeting in Ashburn this week to determine the direction of the team, and which players will be part of that. Rivera has already reached out to Trent Williams who didn’t play last season after holding out over contract and medical concerns. Quinton Dunbar made headlines this week when he requested a trade or his release, then walked it back.

Ranking the eight last-place NFL teams by their chances to go from worst to first - PFF
7) Washington. Some books have the Redskins with the longest Super Bowl odds in the NFL next season. There just isn’t a whole lot of upside with this roster as it is currently constructed. That gets even shakier when a player like Quinton Dunbar, the league’s second-highest graded cornerback, publicly demands a release or trade. Especially considering star left tackle Trent Williams just sat out a season rather than return and play for the Redskins. Dwayne Haskins did some things well in his rookie season, but his forecast is the worst of the group of Murray, Minshew and Daniel Jones moving forward. That introduces some uncertainty next season to a team that doesn’t have a super talented roster to begin with. The NFC East isn’t the strongest division out there, but we expect the Dallas Cowboys to improve next season, and it’s hard to see a scenario where the Redskins overtake them and the Philadelphia Eagles to climb into the top spot

The best NFL teams for Tom Brady, based on 6 different factors - SB Nation
The best fit for Brady’s passing game (and Chris Ballard’s revenge): Indianapolis Colts. It’s not a perfect fit, but it makes some sense. The Colts could give Brady an offensive line Pro Football Focus ranked third-best in the NFL. Jack Doyle won’t be confused for Rob Gronkowski, but he’s a Pro Bowl tight end with a 73.4 career catch percentage. Nyheim Hines, electric as a punt returner, has 107 catches in his two seasons as a situational back. When Brady looks to air it out, he’ll have T.Y. Hilton as his top option. This would all be a delightful turn of events for Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard. Back in February 2018, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels agreed to become head coach of the Colts. But before he could sign that deal — and, famously, after the Colts had tweeted it out — McDaniels reneged on his agreement and decided to keep his old job in New England. Convincing Brady to finish out his career wearing Peyton Manning’s old shoulder stripes would be a pretty good heckle on New England. It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility, either. Indianapolis may be in the market for a quarterback. Jacoby Brissett struggled late in the season after suffering a knee injury in Week 8. That turned a 5-2 start into a 7-9 finish and a spot outside the playoffs.

XFL Conversions: As Easy as 1, 2, 3? - Football Outsiders
Ten and a half minutes into the first game of the 2020 XFL season, Seattle Dragons quarterback Brandon Silvers connected with wideout Austin Proehl for a 14-yard score and the first-ever touchdown in the alternative league’s highly anticipated reboot. Next, it was time for Seattle coach Jim Zorn to decide how to approach the point after touchdown. Under the new XFL rule changes, teams can choose between three options after scoring a touchdown: go for one point from the 2-yard line, two points from the 5-yard line, or three points from the 10-yard line. No matter what, teams have to run a play; there’s no option to kick an extra point. Zorn, a long-time NFL player turned coach, chose to go for one. That was the wrong move. One week in, Zorn and the rest of the XFL coaches clearly seem to think the one-point try is a smart call, having lined up at the 2-yard line following 11 of the 19 touchdowns scored in the league’s inaugural set of games. That’s understandable, given that going for one is a “safe” play which closely mirrors the NFL’s traditional two-point conversion. But the data tells another story. In fact, teams should almost never be attempting a one-point conversion. So, what is the “correct” or “optimal” call?

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