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NFL free agency 2020: Veteran QB options to back up Daniel Jones with Giants - Big Blue View
Nate Sudfeld. The Giants are not the only NFC East team with some decisions to make regarding their quarterback room. Just down I-95 the Philadelphia Eagles face another offseason with questions about the backup spot behind Carson Wentz. Josh McCown performed admirably replacing an injured Wentz in the Wild Card round, but after having retired a season ago - and having suffered a torn hamstring in that game - McCown might be looking to return to the analyst’s chair. Behind McCown is Sudfeld, a strong-armed passer with a penchant for taking the deep shot when available. (Seriously, watch his preseason game against the New England Patriots a few seasons ago. Any time he saw man coverage, he was throwing a 9-ball). It might be tough to pry Sudfeld away from Philadelphia, given both the current state of play among their backups and the fact that the Eagles do seem to like him. A season ago Sudfeld was a Restricted Free Agent, and the organization placed a second-round tender on him, showing the value they see in the former Hoosier. Furthermore, Sudfeld does not exactly fit the “veteran mentor” part of the equation. But from a play-style perspective, his traits fit with what we expect the Giants’ offense to look like next season.

What happens with Alshon Jeffery? Should the Eagles sign Byron Jones? And more offseason questions to ponder - BGN
JIMMY: I’m already on the record over and over again saying that I think they’re going to cut Alshon Jeffery. BLG: But why? Because I write this on BGN and people are like, ‘You’re crazy. It’s not going to happen.’ JIMMY: Well, I think they just want him out of the building. And rightfully so. I mean, it’s two straight years he criticized the starting quarterback. BLG: Yeah, but how do you know it was him? JIMMY: I can’t say that. But I’m extremely confident that it was him. And I think the Eagles know it was him. So, I think they’re going to want to get him out of the building. And I think they’re just going to take their medicine and take the cap hit.

The Great Snitch Conspiracy - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton reveal the winner of the Kelce Brothers Bobble Head PLUS thoughts on the front office moves, Duce Staley’s situation, a theory about the mole, thoughts on WR vs. CB in the draft vs. FA, Derek Barnett’s fifth-year option and the Beat Writer Press Conference Power Rankings!

Nick Saban Discusses Tua Tagovailoa’s Injury, Rehab and Special Makeup - MMQB
Another name I considered for last week’s cut list was Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery. The reasons they’d get rid of him are there—health, his place in the locker room, his price tag, and his age. The trouble is there would be major cap implications to walking away, and Philly’s already thin at the position. This is a tricky one for Howie Roseman.

Should the Eagles exercise Derek Barnett’s fifth-year option? - PhillyVoice
The benefit is that the Eagles would keep him under their control for an added year, and with Barnett having finished his third year in the league, the Eagles would be eligible to negotiate a contract extension at a time when his long-term cost could be reasonable, should Barnett be open to an early extension. The only real risk the fifth year option presents is if Barnett either regresses or stagnates, and then also sustains a serious injury during the 2020 season that would carry over into the beginning of 2021. Without the injury, they could simply release him prior to March of 2021, and would not be on the hook for the fifth-year option at all. With such an injury, they’d be on the hook for the $10-ish million. But certainly, the benefit of keeping Barnett under the Eagles’ control for the added year outweighs the risk of a precipitous drop-off in play, plus a devastating injury.

More on Duce - Iggles Blitz
My guess is that Duce talked to South Carolina to see about a shot as their offensive coordinator or play-caller. Duce knows that he needs some time in a different offensive scheme and that he needs a chance to call plays. I think he was smart to consider a move to college. Muschamp “rebuffed” him. I’m sure this was Muschamp’s way of saying “Don’t do this. Stay in the NFL.” Rebuff makes it sound like Muschamp didn’t want him. I’m sure Muschamp would have been thrilled to add a good coach. Instead, Muschamp did the right thing and told Duce the smart move is to stay with the Eagles. Muschamp has a 26-25 record at South Carolina and doesn’t have the best job security. Duce clearly wants to move beyond his current role. I’m not sure what the right answer is because I don’t know his preferred goal. Is he more focused on becoming a head coach or an offensive coordinator?

Identifying Every NFL Team’s Dream 2020 Draft Target - B/R
Philadelphia Eagles: Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama. It’s no secret the biggest weakness for the Philadelphia Eagles last year was the wideout position. The unit completely face-planted, plus DeSean Jackson only appeared in three games. You would have to look all the way to the fourth name on the team’s list of receiving leaders to find the first wideout (past two tight ends and a running back). Not a single wide receiver reached the 500-yard mark. Speed is the name of the game for the Eagles, so it doesn’t get much better than Henry Ruggs III from Alabama, a blinding flash of a player who averaged 18.7 yards per catch on 40 receptions last season. Ruggs isn’t the top wideout, but he’s perhaps the best fit for the Eagles and maybe, just maybe, has a chance of making it to No. 21.

NFC East rookie grades: QBs power Giants’, Redskins’ classes - NFL.com
Dillard couldn’t hack it as a replacement starter at either tackle position, but he still has natural talent that is worth working on. Sanders, who led all rookies with 1,327 scrimmage yards in 2019, was a revelation and a slam-dunk pick for the Eagles. Arcega-Whiteside found success in a barren receiving corps but wasn’t anywhere near marvelous. Thorson ended up elsewhere in the NFC East, landing with the Cowboys. Miller played a total of two snaps in 2019. The Eagles earn a B for the quality of Sanders and potential of Dillard, despite not having a ton of picks to work with. Free agency/combine focus: Depending on DeSean Jackson, who appeared in just three games, at his age (33) isn’t wise. Greg Ward was extremely helpful as a former undrafted rookie and practice-squad denizen making good on an opportunity, but he doesn’t have a high ceiling; Nelson Agholor, meanwhile is headed for free agency. Philadelphia should think about going after a wideout in the draft. Cornerback is a massive need for the Eagles, as is safety, with Malcolm Jenkins standing at 32 years old and entering the final year of his contract. A defense ravaged by injuries needs depth (at linebacker), but so does the offensive line, which is still reliant on Jason Peters (38 and headed for the market) and Jason Kelce (32 years old). Edge rusher could also use an addition.

NFL Combine 2020: 9 players to watch at Philadelphia Eagles positions of need - PennLive
Antoine Winfield Jr., DB, Minnesota. Does that name look familiar? Well, it should. Winfield has NFL bloodlines, and he played like a Day 2 pick in 2019. Winfield had 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and seven interceptions last season. The Eagles need to revamp their safety position, and Winfield has the skill set to join Jim Schwartz’s defense.

Eagles kicker gives fan a free car - NBCSP
Jake Elliott gave away a car to an Eagles fan at the Philadelphia auto show and also talked about the biggest bromance on the Eagles.

The next American Idol? Eagles Cheerleader Kyle Tanguay showcases a new talent - PE.com
American Idol, the nationwide singing competition, returns tonight at 8 PM for its third season on ABC in search of the best undiscovered talent in the country. Eagles Cheerleader Kyle Tanguay is among the many talented individuals who hope to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood. After being named the first male Eagles Cheerleader in more than three decades, Kyle took that same energy to the stage of American Idol. ”The opportunity presented itself to audition for American Idol,” Tanguay said. “I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to audition to be an Eagles Cheerleader, and I took that same mentality into this endeavor. I just went for it! The whole experience was truly amazing, and I am so grateful that I can apply the skills I’ve learned from being an Eagles Cheerleader in different avenues of my life.”

NFL experts predict: Answering the 2020 offseason’s biggest questions - ESPN+
Who is the sneaky-good free agent that teams should covet next month? Mina Kimes, senior NFL writer: Cory Littleton, LB, Rams. The inside linebacker has been a stud for the Rams since going undrafted in 2016; he finished the season ranked second among all linebackers in tackles, according to Pro Football Focus, with terrific coverage skills and sideline-to-sideline speed.

Ten Educated Guesses On All The 2020 Offseason QB Movement - FMIA
“Has there ever been a year with so many quarterback questions?” one NFL head coach asked me Friday. Not that I know of, I said. “What’s really weird,” this coach said, “is I don’t think we know where any of ‘em are going.” That’s the crazy part. Ten significant quarterbacks in flux—all-time greats, other vets, one fascinating newbie and prospective first-rounders—and we probably have a good idea where only one will end up in 2020: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the likely first overall pick in April, likely bound for Cincinnati. The 10 I’ll tackle in this column: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, Joe Burrow, Taysom Hill, Cam Newton, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Tua Tagovailoa, Ryan Tannehill.

How would you feel if the Dallas Cowboys were proven to have cheated during a Super Bowl-winning run? - Blogging The Boys
The sports world has had its collective eye fixed upon the Houston Astros as of late, an interesting phenomenon to have happen in the months of January and February. As you are likely aware, the Houston Astros were proven to have stolen signs en route to winning the World Series in 2017. That was a particularly rough sports year for hardcore DFW fans as the Astros won that title and a few months later the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. If you are anti-Astros then you have likely been bathing in the drama of the last few weeks as the Astros were punished by the MLB for their actions, an aftermath that included firings and apologies that either were deemed too harsh or not enough by the opinions of many. Depending on who you ask, the Astros did either what all other baseball teams do and just did it better or they broke rules, won a championship, and now that title is tainted.

Vernon Davis is upsettingly good at crying on cue - SB Nation
Looking back, it makes a lot more sense. Davis is clearly taking this venture in his life after the NFL seriously. And even though his SportsCenter appearance is prime meme material, it’s letting everybody know what Davis is up to now that he’s hung up the cleats. Any PR is good PR, even if people don’t know in the moment why they were watching Davis cry on SportsCenter.

XFL Week 2 takeaways: Landry Jones’ ugly debut, Matt McGloin’s telling comments, Houston and D.C. in top gear - CBS Sports
The BattleHawks are a championship contender. We already know the Roughnecks are. They have the best quarterback in the XFL, one of the best wide receivers in the league and a defense to boot. But the BattleHawks gave Houston everything it could handle on Sunday evening. Give credit to Jonathan Hayes’ team. Being down 21-6 at the half is not where you want to be against possibly the XFL’s best team. In this league, though, a 15-point deficit is nothing and St. Louis got to within three points heading into the fourth quarter. It also pulled back to within four inside two minutes after a Houston touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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