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Darius Slay rips Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia in post-trade interview - Pride Of Detroit
Both Dave Birkett and Michael Rothstein followed up with Slay in separate interviews. The Lions cornerback told a story about a troubling team meeting that appears to be the source of many of Slay’s frustrations. Here’s a snippet from Birkett’s article: “He told me in front of the whole team, in the team meeting room, showed clips of me in practice getting a ball caught on me or so in practice,” Slay said. “I posted a picture (of a wide receiver on social media), and he told me, stop sucking this man’s private. So I’m like, ‘Whoa.’ I’m like, ‘Hold up.’ Where I’m from, that don’t fly. Cause I wouldn’t say that to him. I wouldn’t say to him to stop you know what to Bill Belichick. I wouldn’t do that. That’s just not me as a man. That’s disrespectful to me and so from there on it was done with.”
6 things to know about new Eagles cornerback Darius Slay - BGN
Slay was not who anyone initially wanted when the Lions drafted him back in 2013. We knew the Lions needed a corner, we were hoping for Dee Milliner or Slay’s partner in crime at Mississippi State Jonathan Banks. But Slay made everyone change their minds immediately. Then he just kept getting better and better every year. You could tell early on that he would be good. Then around 2015 he seemed to hit this level that nobody thought he would hit and he became elite. I think this was around the time that he started working with Rod Woodson. Last year his play began to take a dip. But it’s likely due to him playing on a bad hamstring.
Darius Slay Emergency Quadcast! - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski, Brandon Lee Gowton, Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak come together for a very special emergency show covering the following: The Eagles trade for Darius Slay! Thumbs up or thumbs down? Analyzing the Javon Hargrave signing and how it fits with the team! Upside and downside to the moves Most wanted FA target available? Yannick Ngakoue?! AND MORE! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Darius Slay interview: Eagles CB has message for his new fans - NBCSP
You had Carson Wentz’s first interception. Do you still want him to sign the ball? “Of course I still do. Now that we’re teammates, he’ll probably have no problem signing it. I hope he still would. Because I still got it, because that was one of my best games. I hope he does, but if he doesn’t, it’s all good.” From playing against him, what do you think of Carson Wentz? “Aw man, Tough guy. I’d just say very tough. When we scouted him as a player and as a team we knew he had great balance and great at escaping the pocket and extending plays. Very, very, very tough, man. You see him sit in the pocket strong, bouncing big guys off him, slinging them off him and making plays downfield. I believe in his confidence, I like how he approaches the game. He reminds me a lot like (Matt) Stafford, to be honest, so that was a good thing for me, because I like a quarterback who’s kind of tough and has a great mindset and goes out there and puts a team on his back. I love him.”
Eagles’ splashy trade for Darius Slay has some risk, big reward - ESPN
The risk is that Slay, 29, is coming off a down season. In 2019, he managed a coverage grade of 56.9, per Pro Football Focus, which ranked 92nd in the NFL. Philadelphia not only gave up draft capital, it made Slay the highest-paid corner in the league by handing him a three-year, $50 million extension. He will make $16.7 million on average, putting him ahead of Jones ($16.5 million) and Xavien Howard ($15.1 million). Are the Eagles catching Slay past his prime, or did contract concerns affect his play in 2019, making last season a simple blip?
A Legit Corner - Iggles Blitz
Howie Roseman didn’t make this move lightly. I think he knows that he had to find an impact player for the secondary. Howie has been looking for several years and hasn’t had much luck. If this move fails, someone else could be looking for the next CB in a few years. Howie obviously thinks Slay can be the guy the Eagles need. Schwartz is a believer as well. The team will still take a CB in the draft. This secondary needs more than one player to get better. Slay gives them a foundational player to build around. That’s critical in the current NFL, where passing is king. It probably doesn’t hurt that Slay fares well against Amari Cooper.
A stacked Philadelphia Eagles defensive line got even better with the Javon Hargrave signing - PFF
If you’re an Eagles fan, the best part of his grading profile has to be the steady rise of his pass-rushing grades. There is value to a big body that can stop the run at a high level, something that Hargrave has shown the ability to do over the last two seasons. But the real game-changers inside — the Aaron Donalds of the world — have the ability to push the pocket and disrupt the passing game as well. During the 2019 season, that’s what Hargrave did. His pass-rushing grade of 76.8 ranked 13th among all interior defenders, slotting just behind the newly minted, second-highest-paid player at the position, DeForest Buckner. From a raw pressure perspective, Hargrave’s results were even better. He generated 49 pressures on 345 pass-rushing snaps over the course of the season. This 14.2% pressure rate ranked third in the NFL for the position behind only Donald and Chris Jones, a recipient of the franchise tag for the Kansas City Chiefs. There are some truly impressive reps on his tape showing him making very good NFL guards look overmatched.
Big Day! Big Play! Eagles reportedly trade for CB Darius Slay - PE.com
The Eagles knew they needed to address cornerback, and they’ve done it in a convincing way. Slay will start on one side, with the other starting job still in question. The Eagles reportedly retained Jalen Mills prior to the open of the new business year, and could take a look at him in the role that Malcolm Jenkins played in the last year or two, a quasi-linebacker who moves around in the defensive backfield. Avonte Maddox is a possibility, as are Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas. The Eagles also like what Cre’Von LeBlanc brings as a nickel cornerback – both LeBlanc and Maddox have played that role very well the last two seasons.
Eagles breakup with Malcolm Jenkins is a mistake - Metro
Tell me the Eagles defender who had a better 2019 season than Jenkins, as he excelled in that hybrid safety-linebacker position. And tell me who’s going to take his spot next season. Jalen Mills? Really? But this being the cruel reality of sports, we say goodbye to the unofficial captain of the defense. So long to a man whose talents were essential to the only championship the Eagles won in the past six decades. Farewell to the best free-agent signing in franchise history. Go back 40 years and count the defensive players who meant more to the Eagles. I’ll give you Reggie White, Dawkins, Eric Allen, Seth Joyner, Fletcher Cox, and maybe Jeremiah Trotter. That’s it.
Falcons, Eagles aren’t talking about a Julio Jones trade - PFT
PFT Commenter’s dog, who doubles as an NFL insider, heard Thursday night that the Eagles and Falcons are talking about a trade that would send receiver Julio Jones to Philadelphia. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, that’s “absolutely not” happening.
Cowboys free agency: Dallas set to sign safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Blogging The Boys
It’s easy to understand why Ha Ha would want to play for the 2020 Dallas Cowboys as they are coached by the head coach that he has known the longest in Mike McCarthy. Clinton-Dix played for McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers from 2014 all the way until the team traded him during the 2018 season. Since then he’s been with both Washington and Chicago. We talked back in January about how Ha Ha made a lot of sense for McCarthy’s Cowboys when free agency rolled around. Not only does Ha Ha have experience under McCarthy, he has a great amount of respect for him. The safety has defended his former head coach in the public eye before and that says a lot.
‘Valentine’s Views:’ 5 thoughts about the New York Giants’ free agency haul - Big Blue View
The Giants have gotten better. It’s impossible to know right now which free agent signings will work out and which didn’t. It’s also impossible to know if the Giants will win more games in 2020. The Giants did not land the absolute best free agent at any position. Maybe Cory Littleton is a better player than Martinez. I will take Martinez over Alec Ogletree, though. Byron Jones is probably a better player than Bradberry, but I’ll take Bradberry over anything else the Giants have on the roster. I’ll take Bradberry’s three-year deal over Jones’ five-year deal, too. Like the contract or not, the Giants’ defense is better with Leonard Williams than without him. Cameron Fleming gives the Giants veteran depth they didn’t have a year ago.
Arizona Cardinals agree to one-year contract with linebacker De’Vondre Campbell per report - Revenge Of The Birds
Campbell is coming off his best season in the NFL and offers the Cardinals a nice athletic counterpart to Jordan Hicks. Campbell, in his fifth NFL season, was a fourth round draft pick out of Minnesota by the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-4 232lbs Campbell lit up the combine on test day in 2016, but his raw athleticism needed to be harnessed. He was a starter the final three seasons in Atlanta and continued to improve each and every year and now gets a chance to continue to build on that in Arizona. [BLG Note: Another potential Eagles linebacker target is off the board.]
It’s official, the Bears have the worst starting quarterbacks of the Super Bowl era - Windy City Gridiron
After the kick in the nuts yesterday of the Chicago Bears sending a fourth-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for journeyman quarterback Nick Foles, I logged into Twitter hoping to find a bit of a pick me up about our favorite team. Maybe news of a new free agent right guard or starting safety. Perhaps some juicy rumors that would get me excited for the day But then I saw the following Tweet from NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Sean Payton tests positive for the coronavirus - Canal Street Chronicles
The NFL world has its first confirmed case of covid-19 and it hits close to home for Saints fans. Adam Schefter broke the news on twitter that Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the virus that has essentially shut down the world of sports and beyond.
The Cowboys’ lack of foresight is costing them money and talent - SB Nation
The 2020 offseason hasn’t gone well for the Dallas Cowboys so far. While the team did it what it could to retain quarterback Dak Prescott (at least through the 2020 season) and receiver Amari Cooper, it wasn’t cheap to do so. And along the way, Dallas lost both cornerback Byron Jones and defensive end Robert Quinn in free agency. The Cowboys are losing important pieces and overpaying the ones they’ve managed to keep. It’s a problem that Dallas should’ve seen coming from a mile away.
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