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2020 NFL odds are still high on Carson Wentz as possible league MVP - NBCSP
The 2019 NFL season just ended and we already have MVP odds for next season. And Carson Wentz isn’t that far from the top of the list. Going into his fifth NFL season, Wentz has 16/1 odds to be the MVP in 2020, according to Westgate Sportsbook. That ties him with Dak Prescott for the fifth-shortest odds league-wide.

Todd McShay’s second ESPN mock draft has the Eagles landing Henry Ruggs III - BGN
Ruggs profiles as the perfect fit for what the Eagles need to add to their offense: SPEED. The question is: will he really be there at No. 21? It’s hard to count on a player with Ruggs’ explosive ability to not go off the board in the top 20. But, hey, there are always players who fall further than expected during the draft. It’s not a perfect comparison but speed demon Marquise Brown lasted to No. 25 last year. McShay’s mock isn’t the only one that has Ruggs falling to the Eagles’ pick. Others include NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and BGN’s own Ben Natan.

The Kist & Solak Show #171: Super Recap of the Super Bowl - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak recap the Super Bowl and tackle talking points after the big game PLUS thoughts on Andrew Berry & a tease for what’s coming up next in the offseason! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Your team’s first round picks since 2010, if Mel Kiper’s initial mock drafts were perfect - PhillyVoice
Eagles — Kiper: LB Navorro Bowman, OT Gabe Carimi, LB Luke Kuechly, CB Dee Milliner, WR Kelvin Benjamin, CB Marcus Peters, DT Robert Nkemdiche, CB Quincy Wilson, OT Kolton Miller, DE Montez Sweat. [...] Actual: DE Brandon Graham, OG Danny Watkins, DT Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, OLB Marcus Smith, WR Nelson Agholor, QB Carson Wentz, DE Derek Barnett, OT Andre Dillard.

Super Bowl Lessons - Iggles Blitz
Wide receivers matter, in a big way. Deebo Samuel was the best offensive player for SF. He caught 5 passes for 39 yards and ran 3 times for 53 yards. He was especially valuable because he could get the ball right at or just beyond the line of scrimmage and still deliver big plays. Tyreek Hill caught 9 passes for 105 yards. Beyond that, SF had to focus on him a lot and that opened up other areas of the passing game as well as the run game. Hill is the fastest player in the NFL. Any time he is on the field, there is the possibility of a big play. You can do a great job covering him for 50 snaps and then in one moment he delivers a 44-yard dagger that changes the game. You can win with WRs who move the chains. You win big with playmakers, something the Eagles were lacking in 2019.

The mission: Building out the offense around QB Carson Wentz - PE.com
This is a complicated position for a lot of reasons. The Eagles have some front-line talent with Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, but both are coming off injury-riddled seasons and they’re each another season older. Nelson Agholor is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after a disappointing 2019 campaign. How do the veterans figure into the picture for 2020? Where does a guy like Greg Ward, who stepped up once he got the chance, fit into the offense? What are the Eagles going to get from second-year man J.J. Arcega-Whiteside now that he’ll have a full offseason to make himself better in 2020? The Eagles have a handful of other young receivers who are going to compete, they’re going to have a new coach, and they’ll have to make sure they significantly bump up the collective production from the wide receiver group.

NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs reign; can 49ers come back strong? - NFL.com
12) Carson Wentz needs help. The concussion that ended his playoff debut was beyond unfortunate, but that shouldn’t obscure what the former first-round pick was able to do in leading the Eagles to an improbable playoff berth. Wentz is a star, and he can be an MVP with the right supporting cast. Taking Zach Ertz out of the conversation, Philly’s playmakers were old and slow in 2019, and it’s unwise to assume healthy returns from Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson will jump-start what was one of football’s most deliberate attacks in 2019. The Eagles need to import fresh legs and allow Wentz to do what he does best — attack defenses with his downfield passing ability.

Eagles shaking up medical staff once again with two sports science departures - Inquirer
While age and history likely played some role, the medical staff turnover and lack of experience in the replacements have factored as much — if not more — in the Eagles’ injury woes, team and league sources close to the situation have said.

From Eli Manning to Ryan Tannehill: The quarterback outlier seasons that stand out - PFF
2013 Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles. The famed season that featured 27 touchdowns and two interceptions saw Foles play well, but not to the level that those all-time stats would suggest. Foles was in a perfect storm of Chip Kelly’s new offense taking the league by storm and a downfield passing attack that put receivers behind the defense regularly while also picking up plenty of easy yards in the screen game. Foles has never come close to duplicating his 2013 production.

Colts to make former Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh their new wide receivers coach - Stampede Blue
After Reich and John DeFilippo were hired away, Groh took over as the Eagles offensive coordinator and struggled through a couple of injury riddled seasons with the team. He was fired by the Eagles after their loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the 2019 playoffs. This further adds to the experienced staff the Colts have been putting together under Frank Reich, and should add a proven talent who has background with Reich.

What a Super Bowl Title Means for Andy Reid’s Legacy - The Ringer
Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, and John Madden coached for 10 seasons. Reid has 10 division titles. He already has 21 years as a head coach under his (large) belt, and Reid has made the playoffs in 15 of those 21 seasons. He has more total wins than Madden and Lombardi combined. He has won more playoff games than every coach in NFL history except Bill Belichick, Don Shula, and Tom Landry. Reid has made only two Super Bowls, but he has made seven conference championship games, or one every three seasons he has been a coach. If “Andy Reid–coached teams” were an NFL franchise, it would be tied for the 11th-most conference title game appearances. He has more playoff games in the 21st century than every franchise except the Patriots. More impressive than his ceiling has been his floor. Reid has just three seasons below .500 in his 21 seasons, the same number Bill Walsh had in 10 seasons. Reid is almost always in the playoffs. His rate of making the playoffs is higher than that of every Hall of Fame coach except for Madden and Tony Dungy. In a league in which the only thing harder than making the playoffs is making it back, Reid makes the postseason more often than LeBron James hits free throws (71 percent vs. 69 percent).

Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays (but not on Super Bowl Monday...which is a holiday) - Hogs Haven
Let’s talk about this for a second. With the hiring of a well-established veteran head coach, none of us should be AT ALL surprised that the Redskins are going to entertain the idea of starting a veteran quarterback. This is what veteran head coaches do almost 100% of the time. Very rarely do you see a coach with the kind of resume that Rivera has come in and just be happy to inherit a yet-to-be-developed youngster at quarterback. It happens...sometimes, and there are exceptions to every rule, but the more established a head coach is in the league, the less he wants to rely on a rookie or unproven player when he takes over a team. This is why “The Alex Smith Comeback Story” has legs in my opinion. It is the perfect recipe for his return (that we should all agree has no business ever happening). Think about it: a brand new veteran head coach who is defensive-minded is one who skews even more to the veteran quarterback because he knows that he needs to protect the ball and get his defense involved. The Redskins are already paying Smith no matter what he does, so his salary and salary cap space aren’t even a factor. The other big factor in Alex Smith’s favor is he is already in house...which matters because ...

Ultimate XFL Breakdown: Rules, Rosters, More - Rotoworld
Point-after-touchdown conversions. No more extra points! After a touchdown the team has the option of running a play from the two, five or 10-yard line. These would be worth one, two or three points, respectively. The defense will be awarded the number of points the offense was attempting to score on its PAT if they manage to create a turnover and return the ball to the house.

XFL Week 1 Power Rankings: DC Defenders, Dallas Renegades open 2020 season as favorites - CBS Sports
3. Los Angeles Wildcats. Their offensive skill positions don’t pop off the page, but they’ve been diligent about keeping Josh Johnson, the longtime NFL backup, atop their QB depth chart, going so far as to block the Detroit Lions from re-signing him during the 2019 season. His experience is a big plus. Even bigger: They’ve got a proven defensive mind running their sidelines in Winston Moss, with some really underrated pieces for his side of the ball — ex-Lions pass rusher Devin Taylor, former Baylor giant Shawn Oakman and former Philadelphia Eagles safety Jerome Couplin among them. Nick Novak is a sneakily solid guy to round out the special teams unit, too.

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