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Eagles News: “The belief is the Eagles want a younger [receiver] who will mesh with Carson Wentz rather than a veteran who might have his own style of play”

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2020 NFL free-agency buzz on all 32 teams: Execs help us make sense of the frenzy - ESPN+
The Eagles loaded up on defensive firepower with a Slay trade that didn’t require much draft compensation to facilitate (third- and fifth-round picks) and a defensive tackle (Javon Hargrave) they believe will be a force in their attacking style of defense. But a team that desperately needs receivers is sitting a few plays out in March, applying a lot of pressure to get it right in April. After making dozens of calls on the receiver market the last week, the belief is the Eagles want a younger player who will mesh with Carson Wentz rather than a veteran who might have his own style of play. They took a similar approach with the offensive staff, opting not to hire a playcaller from the outside. Philly is all-in on Wentz, obviously, so the pieces around him will be tailored accordingly. [BLG Note: This sentiment aligns with the “Carson and the kids” vibe that John Clark was recently talking about.]

Eagles miss out on the top remaining free agent deep threats - BGN
Perhaps the Eagles are merely relying on getting some instant impact receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft. Such a strategy seems incredibly ... bold ... for an organization that has struggled to successfully draft and develop receiver talent over the past 10 years. I mean, it was just last year that the Eagles drafted JJ Arcega-Whiteside and he had a very discouraging season while plenty of other rookies flashed in a good way. It’s hard to believe the Eagles haven’t been more serious about fixing such a glaring need to this point. They clearly had the worst wide receiving corps in the league last year.

The QB Scho Show #55: Quarterback Free Agency Frenzy Fallout - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield talk Foles, Brady, Jameis, Cam, Teddy, XFL studs and more from all the quarterback moves around the league! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Should the Eagles trade a 1st round pick for Yannick Ngakoue? - PhillyVoice
Question from Yannick Ngakoue: Jimmy, if you were Howie Roseman would you trade your 1 for me? No. I probably wouldn’t even trade a 2. [...] Sure, Ngakoue would be a nice addition. He’s a very good player, who would certainly make a difference, but we’re not talking about, saayyyy, a Khalil Mack-type player here. Given the Eagles’ lack of good, early-20’s players, their cap challenges in 2021, and their severe needs at other positions like wide receiver, it’s just not a realistic idea.

What’s Up at WR? - Iggles Blitz
I’ll have to admit, I’m surprised. I knew the Eagles would focus on the draft, but I did figure they would sign a veteran to help offset the loss of Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Best and worst move made by all 32 teams - PFF
Worst move: Re-signing Jalen Mills for one year, $5 million. Jalen Mills has been far from a reliable player in his four-year career. Among the 74 qualifying cornerbacks since 2016, Mills ranks 73rd in PFF coverage grade. He’s allowed a whopping 2,651 yards on his 1,920 coverage snaps and has had three of his four seasons end with a coverage grade below 56.0. Philly still needs help in the secondary, even with Slay now on the roster, but Mills isn’t the answer.

In a new-look secondary, Rodney McLeod sees great growth for 2020 -
”I think my role could change a little bit (as a leader), but at the same time, I’ve always looked at myself as a leader. I’ve always gained the respect of the guys in the locker room, which is what you want and what kind of makes someone a leader. I don’t think too much will change. In hindsight, it’s just continuing to do what I’ve done, and that’s lead by example. I think that’s the best way to lead at times. Of course, there could be times where I’m asked to be a lot more vocal than what I’ve been – I feel like my counterpart, Malcolm, handled that role – I will do what’s needed at the end of the day to make sure guys are headed in the right direction and that we’re on pace to win games and compete at a high level.”

Eagles’ new-look secondary will face unique challenge to find chemistry - NBCSP
Rodney McLeod is looking forward to playing next to cornerback-turned-safety Jalen Mills in 2020. And he’s excited to play alongside recent Eagles acquisitions Darius Slay and Will Parks in a new-look secondary. The problem is we don’t know when this new group will finally be together on the field. Because of the coronavirus spread, the NFL has already postponed the beginning of offseason workout programs scheduled for April and teams are in what seems like pretty serious danger of losing their Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp. And this year’s OTAs would have been huge for an Eagles secondary with so many new or different pieces.

Redskins 2020 Free Agency: TE Richard Rodgers signed to 1-year deal - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have added another tight end! Former Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles TE Richard Rodgers has reportedly been signed to an undisclosed deal. The Redskins released Jordan Reed and lost Vernon Davis to retirement earlier this year. They have already signed Logan Thomas, and now add Rodgers to the returning group of Jeremy Sprinkle, Hale Hentges, and Caleb Wilson.

Sentencing for Seahawks Mychal Kendricks postponed again - Field Gulls
No reason was provided for the postponement, however, a superseding indictment in the case of Mark Wayne Ramsey was filed earlier this month, just three weeks before that case was set to go to trial. It would appear as though that trial has thus been rescheduled, and with both Kendricks and his fellow co-conspirator, Damilare Sonoiki, likely to testify, it is likely the court is working to keep all the dates in alignment. In any case, it is yet another delay in a process which saw the illegal activity take place in 2014, a guilty plea in September of 2018 and now a slew of delays have pushed sentencing back a couple of months yet again.

Historical DVOA Estimates Revisited - Football Outsiders
Shifting to the other side of the ball, the 1991 Eagles are still the best defense ever measured by DVOA and it’s not even close. No. 2, the 1986 Bears, are closer to No. 20 than to No. 1. The Steel Curtain makes three appearances in the top 11 in a four-year span (and they won the Super Bowl in the fourth year). Having four Hall of Famers on one defense is a good thing. New FO readers are always surprised when our numbers show the 1991 Eagles so far ahead of everyone else. They are generally in the conversation when people talk about all-time great defenses, but not the clear frontrunner. This is partially an issue of a difficult schedule -– their VOA without opponent adjustments is “only” -38.2% -– but that still leaves them comfortably ahead of the pack. The other major reason is their teammates. While the Eagles had an average special teams unit in 1991, that offense was terrible. Their offensive DVOA of -24.6% is the worst by far of any of the other teams with top defensive DVOAs. This set them up in more unfavorable situations than many of the other all-time great defenses. In contrast, Buddy Ryan’s other all-time great defense, the 1985 Bears, shared a locker room with the year’s No. 4 offense. The fact that the 1991 Eagles were still able to end up in the conversation despite their albatross of an offense is perhaps their most impressive accomplishment. Historically, the 1991 Eagles are the No. 2 defense against both the pass and the run. Only the 2002 Bucs and 2000 Ravens, respectively, managed to top them.

Looking at the Next Stage of NFL Free Agency - Over The Cap
Free agency is just about a full week in now and this is about the time that we get the first market reset as the money dries up and teams and agents have to re-evaluate their plan for the upcoming season. Usually most free agent periods have at least three phases. The first phase is the mad rush which sees the biggest players signed to massive contracts in the first 48-72 hours of free agency. Phase II then begins with the mid tier players taking center stage, often getting pretty lucrative terms, and then Phase III where the dynamic changes and more and more bargains are found for teams. This has been an odd free agency, I guess in part due to the Covid-19 outbreak, where I kind of feel that Phase I barely existed and Phase II was really the start leading for us to immediately jump into Phase III really a few days ago. The amount of massive money deals seems way down. Perhaps that is because more teams used the franchise tag this year, but last year there were 30 non-Qb’s who by this time signed big contracts that averaged at least $10 million a season and 17 making at least $13 million a year. This year the numbers are 27 and just 11.

The Carolina Panthers have released quarterback Cam Newton - Cat Scratch Reader
With teams being unable to get a good handle on Newton’s health due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s nearly impossible for the Panthers to trade him. Since the Panthers don’t want to have both Newton and Bridgewater on the roster and can recoup $19 million in cap space by releasing Newton, it makes little sense for them to keep Newton on the roster. So now, the Cam Newton era is over. I don’t know what the future holds for the Panthers, but it’s going to be weird not seeing Cam on the sideline or on the field making plays. I still don’t know how to feel about this, but I hope it works out for the best.

Mickey Loomis wants to postpone the draft - PFT
The G.M. subcommittee privately (until someone leaked it) lobbied the NFL to postpone the draft on Tuesday. Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis is publicly doing so. “I’d be personally in favor of delaying the draft, so that we could get some of the work done that our scouts and personnel people ordinarily do,” Loomis tells Peter King in the latest installment of the Peter King Podcast. “And then just the logistics of trying to conduct the draft with not having access to your draft rooms and your offices creates a lot of logistic problems. This is not a fantasy draft that you conduct out there with just a list of things on a piece of paper. There’s a lot of things that go into it to prepare, and there’s a lot of work that is done during the draft. Listen it’ll be very, very difficult to conduct that and do it in a way that you’re doing justice to the process.”

The history of Los Angeles Rams logos, ranked from worst to first - SB Nation
6. The Rams’ 2020 logo looks like it belongs at a gas station. OK, stating the obvious here: yes, the swoop coming off of the “A” looks eerily similar to a certain president’s hair. I’ll let you connect the dots. But this looks far from the logo of a football team and more like one you might see for a Circle-K or Texaco.


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