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The real reasons Eagles parted ways with Malcolm Jenkins - NBCSP
But I think the biggest factor is changing the dynamic — turning this team over to their franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. Jenkins was the leader. He was the voice of the team. He broke down the huddles. He was a very powerful voice in the locker room and a commanding and inspirational leader. He was fantastic. Helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. And he was one of the main reasons why the Eagles made the playoffs the last two years. Remember when the Eagles were down 19-3 to the Giants in 2018? Season on the brink, staring at 4-7 and possibly missing the playoffs. Jenkins urged Jim Schwartz to simplify the defense for the secondary that had been ravaged by injuries (some players off the street). The Eagles came back and won that game, catapulting them into the playoffs. But you saw what Wentz was able to do this past season when the offense was ravaged by injuries at receiver down the stretch. “Carson and the kids.” He led them to the playoffs. He was free to be the leader with the younger receivers. They say he inspired them. I believe the decision to let Jenkins walk is about changing the overall dynamic of this team so this is Wentz’s locker room.

Darius Slay says he’ll be wearing the No. 24 jersey with the Eagles to honor Kobe Bryant - BGN
Slay has a new jersey number in mind for his Eagles tenure. The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback revealed where his mind is at during an Instagram live video on Saturday evening.

A peek ahead to the Eagles’ 2021 free agents - PhillyVoice
LB Nate Gerry (UFA): Gerry played all 16 games in 2019, starting 12, and began coming into his own as an NFL linebacker. The Eagles hope he’ll make another jump in 2020. He’s something of an interesting early extension candidate if the Eagles can lock him up on a team-friendly contract, with the tradeoff for Gerry being financial security.

Two In, One Out - Iggles Blitz
The 25-year old Parks has started 15 of 62 career games. He can play SS, FS or in the slot. Parks is at his best in the box. Strong, forceful tackler. He shows okay man cover skills. I don’t think you want him starting at CB, but he can go out wide if a team goes with an empty set. Denver didn’t use him deep very often, but he did show potential when playing back there. Parks is here to take on the role that Corey Graham had in 2017-18 and Andrew Sendejo had last year. The Eagles love to use 3-safety sets. Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod project as the starters. Parks gives them a third player for those sets. And I’m sure the Eagles told Parks he will have a chance to earn a starting role. The Eagles need players competing for jobs in the secondary. Only Darius Slay has earned one.

Frenzy to trickle to fizzle ... the free agency process continues for Eagles -
Along with that, the Eagles re-signed safety Rodney McLeod and defensive back Jalen Mills, who could have a chance to slide into the role Malcolm Jenkins played – more of an in-the-box safety/quasi-linebacker/inside cornerback – the last couple of seasons. Interesting stuff. And they have Ridgeway back for added depth. The defense got a whole lot better. More work to be done, yes, but the defense is better now than it was a week ago.

Jason and Kylie Kelce Join in to Support the Philadelphia Community in Need during the COVID-19 Crisis - Ertz Family Foundation
Jason and Kylie Kelce have announced they are teaming up with Philabundance and are donating $100,000 to help address the major food insecurity problem as a result of COVID-19. Jason said, “Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation, now more than ever we need to unite together. I am glad to unite with the Ertzes and Philabundance in this time of need.” Jason was drafted nine years ago by the Philadelphia Eagles and has been a proud member of the community ever since. Jason united this entire city by his unforgettable parade speech and Jason hopes that during this trying time we can take it one step further. “Kylie and I truly love the city of Philadelphia. We are so thankful for the opportunity to represent this city on Sundays, but that love is not reserved for just the sixteen days in the Fall. We want to be a part of the solution and we know, through Philadelphia grit, we will get through this together.” Said Jason.

Top 25 remaining free agents - PFT
11. Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters [...] 14. Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby [...] 19. Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham.

Scout’s eye: How did free agency musical chairs affect the NFC East? - Big Blue View
With all respect to Dallas, the Eagles are the team to fear most in the division. After winning the Super Bowl two years ago, no team has been hit harder by injuries than Philadelphia. Such things almost always go back to the mean. The loss of Malcolm Jenkins could have major ramifications with leadership as well as his ability to wear many hats from his safety position. Linebacker is also a spot that could use help still. That being said, the additions of Javon Hargrave and Darius Slay are massive gains for this team. The Eagles very much believe in building their defense from the front to back. Hargrave is an ascending player that should complement Fletcher Cox perfectly. Coming from the Steelers, some miscast Hargrave as just a space-eating nose tackle. He is far more than that and should align perfectly as a 1 Technique in Philadelphia’s attacking front while also helping a great deal in run defense. But the trade for Slay is the key here. Finally, the Eagles have a true number one cornerback that can follow guys like Cooper and other top receivers from Philadelphia’s upcoming opponents. With Slay, the Eagles should play more man coverage while having the ability to give their other corners more help because of Slay’s presence. Also, the Eagles are now in a great position to land a major wide receiver talent in a draft that is very rich in this commodity as well as another defensive back prospect. Such a receiver would complete Philadelphia’s offense, making this a very well-rounded football team from top to bottom.

Malcom Jenkins and his fit in the Saints defense - Canal Street Chronicles
The Eagles utilized Jenkins’s skillset by having him line up all throughout the secondary during his stint there. Per PFF, last season Jenkins was the only player to play over 100 snaps at the alignments of free safety (201), slot (256), box (399), and defensive line (147). Dennis Allen will likely look to use him in a similar fashion to how the Eagles did, adding another versitle player at the safety position to team up with Marcus Williams and CJ Garndner-Johsnon. While Jenkins may not be as disruptive along the line of scrimmage as Vonn Bell was, one area he exceeds in over Bell is in coverage. Bell was targeted 31 times in coverage last season allowing 25 completions. Jenkins saw 42 targets and only allowed 22 completions, good for a 52.4% completions percantage compared to 80.6% for Bell.

Raiders sign receiver Nelson Agholor - Silver And Black Pride
Agholor could be a starter, but ideally the Raiders will draft a receiver early. Thus, their top four receivers could be a rookie, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Agholor. Like Renfrow, Agholor can play out of the slot.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Live analysis of the top free agent signings and news - PFF
Since coming into the league in 2015, Nelson Agholor has ranked among the bottom third in percentage of catchable passes caught and been one of the least productive on a per-route basis. His 1.06 yards per route run in that timespan ranked 86th of 91 receivers. Agholor is coming off a season in which he produced a 54.9 receiving grade, ranking 92nd of 98 wide receivers. Even more concerning, his 2019 grade was the third-best mark he’s had in a single season in his five-year NFL career. He was last in receiving grade at his position in 2015 and second to last in 2016.

Jatavis Brown signs with the Eagles - Bolts From The Blue
Most recently in 2019, Brown started just one game and played in 13 total. He finished with a career-low 10 tackles and one fumble recovery. Brown spent much of the last few seasons hampered by injuries, never really getting back to his rookie-year form.

Jets Agree To Terms With OL Josh Andrews - Gang Green Nation
Josh Andrews is a soon to be 29 year old, 6’ 2”, 300 pound guard/center out of Oregon State. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. Andrews spent the entire 2014 season on the Eagles practice squad, before making the team and playing in 13 games for the Eagles in 2015. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Eagles before being demoted again to the Eagles practice squad in 2017. Andrews spent the 2018 offseason and training camp with the Minnesota Vikings but did not make the team. The Indianapolis Colts picked Andrews up late in the 2018 season and he played three games for the Colts in 2018 and six games in 2019.

Report: Redskins have placed CB Quinton Dunbar on the trade block - Hogs Haven
Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk reports that the Redskins are now shopping Dunbar for a trade. The Redskins didn’t seem to interested in giving the disgruntled corner the extension he was looking for. Dunbar is entering the final year of the 3 year extension he signed, and he only makes $3.5 million. He had his best season last year, but still missed 5 games. And he has missed 14 games over the last two seasons. Dunbar wants more money, but the Redskins aren’t budging.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney weighing one-year contract - Field Gulls
For Clowney, a short-term deal makes sense, after he was dealt an unfortunate concoction of circumstances for his foray into the open market. First, he had a down season by traditional measures, with just three sacks. Then, he underwent offseason surgery as a result of a core injury he played through. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic made flights, visits and physicals practically impossible. As a result, Clowney has yet to see that $20 million annual average he had hoped for.

Here’s what the Jaguars got for $30.5 million of Nick Foles - SB Nation
Credit to the Jaguars; after four years of Blake Bortles, they swung hard to find a quarterback with a winning, albeit checkered, pedigree. They wanted Foles so badly they probably negotiated against themselves to offer a player with nine starts the prior three seasons a four-year, $88 million contract. Then, once it was clear Foles (and football in general) wasn’t going to work out for them in 2020, they found a way to not only clear that disastrous contract from their books, but get the Bears to pay them a fourth-round pick for the privilege. All Foles leaves behind for a rebuilding Jacksonville team now is memories. Some very, very expensive memories.


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