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Kurt Warner says Carson Wentz needs to become more consistent as an every-down passer - Inquirer
“It starts with technique,’’ said Warner, whose 65.5 career completion percentage is the fifth highest in NFL history. “His technique gets away from him so often that he relies too much on his arm. And that’s why you see him [being] wickedly inconsistent. “I know he can make those throws. And there are times where his technique actually is really good. But it gets away from him way too often. And that leads to inconsistencies.’’ [...] “Even the year he would’ve been the league MVP [2017], he wasn’t overly consistent that year,’’ Warner said. “But he was consistent in making crazy plays when things broke down. But I just don’t think you can live in that world, no matter how talented you are. Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, any of those guys. You can’t live in the world of trying to make special plays every week and think that’s going to carry your team.” [BLG Note: The issues referenced by Warner make me skeptical about the job Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor has done with Wentz. Taylor might be a good schemer but can he help Wentz tighten up his mechanics? Maybe giving Taylor a bigger offensive role and allowing Rich Scangarello to be harder on Wentz will be a winning combo.]

Eagles might be playing in Mexico in 2020 - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles might be playing one of their eight road games in Mexico this season. The NFL officially announced that the Arizona Cardinals will play a home game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico in 2020. While the Cardinals’ opponent has yet to be confirmed, we do know there’s a 12.5% chance it’s the Eagles. They’re one of the eight road opponents that Arizona is scheduled to face later this year. The Eagles playing in Mexico would be fun for both the fans who already live there and the travelers who would journey down south of the U.S. border. Not to mention the Eagles would benefit from having one of their road games turned into a neutral site.

2020 BGN Draft #6: WR Combine Winners & Losers - BGN Radio
Michael Kist reacts to the first day of athletic testing with thoughts on the WR class, including his Pre-Combine top 10 WRs and his Winners and Losers from the testing! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles 2020 draft: Trade up, trade back, or stay put? - PhillyVoice
In the 2020 NFL Draft, the Eagles’ biggest obvious need is at wide receiver, and while the pre-draft process still has a long way to go, the triumvirate of Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy, and Alabama’s Henry Ruggs appear to be in something of the top tier of a loaded receiver class. The belief here is that none of those three receivers will still be available when the Eagles are selecting at pick 21, but if one slides into the middle-to-late teens, a reasonable projection, then the Eagles should be interested in moving up for any of the three. (It’s probably also worth noting here that some teams picking behind the Eagles have needs at wide receiver, and could also be interesting in moving up, most notably the Buffalo Bills, who are picking 22nd.) The question for the 2020 NFL Draft, like with any draft, is where is the line between the impact players, and the dropoff? While the 2020 NFL Draft is thought to be a deep and talented one, my sense is that Roseman will still want to get up into the teens from the Eagles’ spot at pick 21. The disastrous 2014 draft in which Eagles targets flew off the board before the Birds eventually settled on trading back and drafting Marcus Smith no doubt was a lesson learned for Roseman.

Who would you really rather have than Carson Wentz? - NBCSP
There are six active QBs under 28 who’ve made Pro Bowls, reached the playoffs and have winning records and career passer ratings over 90. Mahomes, Jackson, Prescott, Watson, Wentz and Goff. Wentz just turned 27 and until he finds a way to have a healthy, successful postseason he’ll always have that hanging over him. But it’s hard to argue with 97 touchdowns, 35 interceptions, 64 percent completion percentage and a 92.7 passer rating after four seasons. Elite.

How workout warrior Mike Mamula changed the future of the NFL combine in 1995 - ESPN
THE MAN who changed the NFL combine forever celebrated arguably the greatest workout performance in league history by taking a trip to the mall. This was 1995, when the mall was still a pillar of the cultural zeitgeist, and Mike Mamula was at the peak of his football stardom. Believe it or not, this was a time before round-the-clock coverage of the combine and months of mock drafts, and Mamula had a novel approach to the whole thing. He took it seriously. Mamula was one of the first players to train specifically for the combine, and he dominated virtually every drill. His numbers — a 38.5-inch vertical, 26 reps of 225 on the bench press, a Wonderlic score of 49, which still ranks as the second-best in history — were off the charts for a defensive lineman. But the performance that really stood out was the 40-yard dash, and Mamula knew he would kill it.

NFL insider notes: Sizing up 18 players’ likelihood of getting the franchise tag, latest on CBA vote and more - CBS Sports
COWBOYS: DAK PRESCOTT / AMARI COOPER – Dallas is fully prepared to use two tags. Prescott absolutely positively gets a tag, and at this point he would have zero motivation to even want to engage with the Cowboys brass until he sees what the future holds for guys like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. No reason to even talk until mid July, when the deadline for extended franchised players rolls around. Cooper gets the tag, too, assuming they can use two.

NFL Combine Takeaways, Day 4: Nobody Knows Anything - The Ringer
The NFL is about to change, and that’s created a bit of a holding pattern on everything that’s happening. The NFLPA sent a CBA proposal to players for a vote that could take weeks, and with that, teams literally do not know what rules they’ll be operating under for free agency and the draft. They do not know, for instance, how many teams will make the playoffs this year. Or how many regular-season games they’ll play in a few years. Or the minimum salaries of their players. Or the salary cap. Imagine being the Chiefs and not knowing under what conditions you’ll be negotiating with Patrick Mahomes. If you are the Dallas Cowboys, you have quite literally no idea whether you will have the capability to tag two players—Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper—or just one. If the new CBA is ratified before the league year begins on March 18, they will be able to tag only one. “There’s no question it’s going to put on a bigger angst,” Jerry Jones told reporters on Thursday regarding not having two tags. “It removes a very strategic thing for us. That is, we lose the transition [tag]. Strategically, that was really thought of a lot.”

Daniel Jeremiah’s 2020 NFL Scouting Combine takeaways - NFL.com
Justin Jefferson, LSU (No. 36 to Giants): Jefferson ranks at No. 16 on Jeremiah’s top-50 draft prospect rankings. The WR had quite an impressive day receiving high praise from D.J. after running a 4.43 40. “That is huge. That’s the most important time that we’ve seen today. He’s a great player on tape and now you’ve got some big-time legitimate speed on record to back it up.”

NFL combine testing and tidbits on 9 top wide receiver targets for the Eagles - The Athletic
What he said at the combine: K.J. Hamler models his game after DeSean Jackson and wants to meet Jackson. (The Eagles could make that happen this spring.) “Just because I think we’re similar,” Hamler said. “Small stature, he’s a deep threat, he can do everything on the field.” He didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the combine because he tweaked his hamstring, but said he expects to run in the 4.2s. “I’m not your typical receiver — 6-5, 230 pounds — but I can prove (his value) in other areas with my speed, quickness, hands and elusiveness, so I think those are advantages to me,” Hamler said. He called Miles Sanders his “best friend” and imagined the possibility of playing together (and with Jackson, of course). “That would be a fun adventure,” Hamler said of his fellow former Nittany Lion. “That’s my guy. We talk about things like that every day. But the team that loves me and the team that wants me is going to get me.” Why he makes sense for the Eagles: A creative play-designer such as Pederson could have fun finding ways to get the ball to Hamler, who can stretch the field and also be used in space. The Eagles would need to be comfortable with his size, though.

The 4 wide receivers who won the NFL Combine - Fake Teams
Donovan Peoples-Jones. Peoples-Jones came to the combine and proved that he’s one of the most explosive receivers in this year’s class. Hell, in both the broad jump and vertical jump, he was the most explosive receiver. He hit 11-feet-7 inches on the board jump and 44.5 inches on the vertical. That’s insane explosion for a guy who also happens to also be 6-foot-2. And don’t let Peoples-Jones’ college stats sway your opinion of him. According to PFF, he had the 4th most uncatchable targets among this year’s class. If he lands on a team with a good quarterback, you can bet I’m going to draft him in just about all my fantasy leagues.

2020 NFL Scouting Combine Cheat Sheet: Offensive line - PE.com
Best pro comparison: Matt Hennessy, Temple. A junior who received his degree in three years and therefore was eligible to play in January’s Senior Bowl, Hennessy is a longtime starter for the Owls as a smart, athletic center. Hennessy is never on the ground, has light feet, and a workmanlike mentality in the trenches. I couldn’t help but think of Weston Richburg while studying him. Richburg was built very similarly out of Boston College with a similar skill set. A Day 2 selection, Richburg turned into an immediate starter. I expect Hennessy to follow the same path.

NFL salary cap projected at $200 million, pending CBA negotiations - DraftKings Nation
The negotiations are impacted by current CBA negotiations. The two sides are talking about an expanded playoff, which would result in an increase in the cap. There are talks of a 17-game regular season, but that will have no impact on the 2020 salary cap. Last year, the salary cap was $188.2 million, which was an $11 million increase over 2018, when it was $117.2 million. Since a $10 million increase per team from 2013 to 2014, the cap has increased by at least $10 million each year.

How Much Do Teams Care About Marijuana-Related Incidents, Given the CBA Changes to the Policy? - MMQB
If the proposed CBA passes with a majority vote from NFL players, the league will make a major change to its drug policy as it relates to marijuana use. The current proposal eliminates game suspensions strictly for positive marijuana tests, narrows the testing window from four months to two weeks before the start of training camp, reduces the number of players tested and increases the nanogram limit from 35 to 150.

Garth Brooks fans mix up Barry Sanders with Bernie Sanders on a jersey - SB Nation
Barry Sanders, one of the best running backs in NFL history, is a Detroit legend who wore the number 20 throughout his 10-year career with the Lions. Bernie Sanders is a democratic candidate for president in the 2020 election. Unfortunately for Garth Brooks, some of his fans aren’t as familiar with the former as they are with the latter.

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