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Kapadia: Evaluating the Darius Slay trade based on film, numbers and process - The Athletic
You can see that some years they were great against No. 1 wide receivers and other years they were terrible. Even with Slay in his prime, the Lions defense finished above average just once in six seasons. Does that mean teams should completely disregard the cornerback position? Of course not. Acquiring good players at every position is always the goal. But if there’s a position where you shouldn’t be overconfident in your evaluation — especially with a 29-year-old player — it’s probably corner. The way I see it, your best path to sustained success is to pour resources into the offense — and specifically the passing game. Regardless of how good this year’s draft class is, taking a swing on a wide receiver — either via trade or free agency — makes more sense than taking a swing on a corner. If you can find a No. 1 wide receiver in his late 20s, it can set up the franchise for years to come and offer a much better chance of sustained success than a player like Slay.

There’s a chance the Eagles could bring Kelly Green back in 2021 - BGN
Some bad news and some good news for you Kelly Green lovers out there. The bad news is that the Philadelphia Eagles apparently won’t be wearing their throwback uniforms this season. Last year at this time Jeffrey Lurie said he was “hopeful” the league would change their helmet rule in 2020 but apparently that won’t be the case. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk that “there will be no change for the 2020 season” on the helmet front. The good news is that McCarthy left the door for future change by saying: “There are ongoing discussions for a potential change for the 2021 season, but no decisions have been made.”

The Kist & Solak Show #177: Secondary Thoughts & The WR Personality Test - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak zero in on the Eagles’ defensive backfield by reviewing their moves in free agency and debating their eventual starters PLUS are you emotionally intelligent enough to be a wide receiver?! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

So the Eagles just aren’t going to address wide receiver in free agency? - PhillyVoice
The Eagles’ only potentially impactful wide receiver additions will come via the draft this offseason? Well, yeah. They could still certainly trade for a receiver, but that will likely cost draft capital anyway, or they could sign a backup-level player, which they already have plenty of on the roster. Even in a draft class that is absolutely loaded with wide receiver talent, there is no shortage of reasons why that could be problematic: The rest of the NFL knows you want receivers in the draft. If you try to trade up, smart teams in front of you should smell blood, and ask for bigger returns than normal in a trade. Meanwhile, teams behind you know they have to trade ahead of you to get a receiver they may like.

Eagles Add Another DB - Iggles Blitz
You have Cre’Von LeBlanc and Sidney Jones as the backup corners. Marcus Epps and Rudy Ford are the backup safeties. The Eagles now have a #1 CB in Slay and a proven NB in Robey-Coleman. Maddox is the mystery man. Can he get the job done as a full-time starter on the outside? The Eagles are betting that he can. My only complaint is that I want LeBlanc on the field. I hoped the team was going to have him as the NB. The Eagles seem reluctant to rely on someone who played in four games last year. I do understand that side of things. LeBlanc seems to have the right attitude.

Nickell Robey-Coleman signing with the Eagles - Turf Show Times
He spent the last three seasons with the Rams, playing in 47 games with eight starts. His best year statistically came in 2017 after he first came to LA. He recorded a career-high 49 tackles, a pair of interceptions, nine pass breakups, forcing one fumble and recovering another. In his final season in LA, Robey-Coleman finished with 35 tackles, seven pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. The Rams lose one of their most reliable defenders as Nickell has played in every game but one in his career since he was signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent back in 2013.

Nickell as the nickel? Eagles agree to terms with CB Nickell Robey-Coleman -
The Eagles are adding him to a cornerback group that has had Cre’ Von LeBlanc and Avonte Maddox play in the slot, with Maddox having shown he can play at a high level outside as well, returns Jalen Mills after he tested the free agent market, brings back Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones, and features Darius Slay, who was acquired in a trade from Detroit last week. ”We’re just trying to add guys at a position that we think you can never have enough,” Roseman said. “We’ve seen it over the last couple of years, how many corners have gotten hurt.”

Why Eagles’ Will Parks turned down more money in free agency to make full-circle return to Philadelphia -
Parks, who earned $4.4 million in his first four years in the NFL, according to Spotrac, placed an emphasis on winning championships when he entered free agency this past week. Cashing in wasn’t his only goal. “He was, like, ‘It’s bigger than that, mom,’” Nyerere said. From ages 18 to 25, Parks spent his July 29 birthday in a training camp away from home. Last year, Nyerere was able to surprise Parks with a birthday visit during Broncos training camp in Englewood, Colo. This year, he will be right where it all started, much to the relief of his lifelong best friend. “I can now say he’s a Philadelphia Eagle,” Nyerere said. “I’m still taken aback by it.”

40 Classic Sports Games and Moments to Revisit While Social Distancing - The Ringer
The Phillies End Philly’s Title Drought in Game 5 — John Gonzalez: I suspect the reflexive answer to this exercise for many Philadelphians would be the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII win against the Patriots. That was a blast, but it’s easy to forget just how bleak the city’s sports landscape looked before the 2008 Phillies came along. That team ended a 25-year championship drought in the town—at the time, the longest period without a title for any city that had four pro franchises. But in typical Philly fashion, the win didn’t come easily. The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, but because of biblical rainfall in Philly, the decisive Game 5 was split into two parts over three loooooooong days. After waiting all those years for a title, the city had to wait a bit longer. The end result was worth it. When Brad Lidge closed out Game 5 Part II, he didn’t just get the save—he relieved an entire town of two-and-a-half decades of disappointment and frustration. The memory alone is enough to make you fall to your knees.

Ranking the best available NFL free agents remaining in 2020 - PFF
31. WR Taylor Gabriel. A complementary receiver in the good system, Gabriel has had two extremely productive seasons, first in 2016 with the Falcons and then in 2018 with the Bears. Despite his 5-foot-8 frame, Gabriel has worked mostly on the outside and he was more of a downfield target with the Bears. We saw Gabriel average 7.8 yards after the catch per reception with the Falcons in 2016 and he averaged 6.6 in 2017, so his best role may be as an after-the-catch threat as a third or fourth option in the passing attack.

Thor’s Wide Receiver Rankings - Rotoworld
7. Justin Jefferson — Jefferson may be relegated to the slot in the NFL, but he’s likely to be a very, very good one. Don’t put outside work beyond him, either. Jefferson spent most of the 2018 season outside, and he averaged over 16 yards per catch while dominating the aerial touches in what was at the time a ground-oriented offense. His move inside was inspired. Jefferson is extremely comfortable in congested quarters, not only finding space while maneuvering around bodies, but snatching balls outside his frame while under heavy duress. And he’s a tougher runner after the catch than you’d assume by looking at him, ranking No. 3 in the country last year with 23 missed tackles forced, per PFF.

Futures: Alabama S Xavier McKinney - Football Outsiders
Nick Saban’s favorite safeties almost always work out in the NFL. HaHa Clinton-Dix, Landon Collins, Eddie Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, etc. — safeties who start for multiple seasons under Saban often become capable starters in the NFL, if not full-blown stars. There will always be exceptions, but Saban does not tend to miss when he puts an extraordinary amount of faith in a player. Xavier McKinney is the most recent safety entrusted with the fate of the Alabama defense. Though not necessarily Saban’s best safety since he took over the Crimson Tide, McKinney is as smart, versatile, and tough as anyone at the position Saban has ever coached. Saban piled responsibility onto McKinney, especially in 2019, using him as a moving piece all over the defense as well as making him the on-field leader to help communicate play calls and adjustments. Saban put it on McKinney to fill in the gaps wherever necessary on a given play. Though that “gap” changed week by week, drive by drive, and play by play, McKinney rarely faltered. He was the glue that held the defense together.

From Tom Brady to Nick Foles: How the NFL’s new starting quarterbacks stack up - ESPN
Is he the new starter? Not yet. The Bears are expected to have some sort of competition between Nick Foles, 31, and Mitchell Trubisky, but Chicago inherited the final three years of Foles’ contract, which included $21 million guaranteed. The Bears and Foles restructured the deal so Foles can void either of the final two years.

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly talking about an extension again - Blogging The Boys
It’s always interesting to hear when negotiations re-open between a player and an organization because the immediate question is - when did conversations stop? Wednesday brought with it the news that the Cowboys and their signal-caller have apparently opened the door of conversation again. A report from Yahoo initially noted that things were of a four-year, $35M per season variety, but throughout the day more information (not really) became available.

Ron Rivera: Dwayne Haskins Jr. is going into camp as the Redskins starter, but there will be competition - Hogs Haven
There has been tons of speculation about Dwayne Haskins Jr.’s starting job with the Redskins. From speculation about the Redskins drafting Tua Tagovailoa to trading for/signing Cam Newton. Haskins is the starter going into the new season, but Rivera said there will be competition with Kyle Allen.

Jets Agree To Terms With LB Patrick Onwuasor - Gang Green Nation
According to multiple reports the New York Jets have agreed to terms on a one year deal with former Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor. Patrick Onwuasor is a 27 year old (28 in August), 6’ 0”, 230 pound linebacker out of Portland State. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 and he has spent his entire NFL career thus far with the Ravens organization. Onwuasor has some speed for a linebacker, having run a 4.62 forty yard dash in the 2016 draft process.

Robby Anderson is a star just waiting to break out for the Panthers - SB Nation
Anderson possesses elite speed, and more than that, he’s shown he’s crafty in getting open beyond simply running in a straight line. He’s still waiting for that breakout season, but with an established quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) and a coach who knows him from his college days (Matt Rhule), he could finally have one in Carolina.


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