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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/6/20.

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Eagles among potential landing spots for RB McCoy -
”I would not discount the possibility of him returning to the Eagles,” Garafolo said. “I also would not discount the possibility that he meets up with Anthony Lynn out with the Chargers, who are going to have some changes in the backfield. So, some interesting possibilities for LeSean McCoy as he heads into free agency.” McCoy joined forces with Andy Reid in K.C. last year in part due to the long connection between player and coach. That relationship didn’t stop Reid from making McCoy inactive for the Super Bowl. The Eagles would be an interesting option with Jordan Howard set to be a free agent and Darren Sproles retiring. McCoy could be a cheap veteran add for a young RB room. Regardless of whether Philly adds another back, Miles Sanders should be the lead runner with Pro Bowl potential. Boston Scott flashed pizazz down the stretch and garnered a longer look in 2020. McCoy would enter as a veteran mentor — as he was in K.C. last year — to younger players as opposed to getting a bulk of carries.

Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft following the Combine - BGN
3. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama: The draft darling of Philadelphia has done nothing this draft cycle to throw cold water on his own hype. Ruggs was a dynamic speedster at Alabama and tested like one. Ruggs is an “angle destroyer” where his speed is almost impossible to mitigate once he’s going.

Three free agents who make sense for the Eagles, version 4.0 - PhillyVoice
Dorsett’s career through five NFL seasons has been disappointing, after his 4.33 speed got him selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. While not what many projected him to be when he was drafted, in 2019, as you can see above, Dorsett had 5 TD, 4 of which came from distances of 25 or more yards, mostly working out of the slot. He was an explosive player for the Pats at times last season. In an Eagles offense that is going to employ a ton of 2-TE sets, they don’t need a slot receiver who is going to catch passes in volume. Dorsett would give them a slot receiver who create matchup difficulties because of his explosiveness. The thought of mixing run and pass with big-bodied 12 personnel and explosive 11 personnel sets should be appealing to Doug Pederson, and Dorsett could be a low-cost, but intriguing role player.

DeSean Jackson finally speaks: ‘I’ll be back stronger than ever’ - NBCSP
Jackson, who hasn’t spoken publicly since before the Bears game more than four months ago, said his rehab has revolved around strengthening his abdominal area. “A lot of ab work,” he said. “I suffered a core injury so down in that area you’ve got to build all those core muscles and kind of get the strength back and doing a lot of single leg work and just the mobility stuff, so I think I’ll be back stronger than ever.” Jackson, who turned 33, has 32 career touchdowns of 50 yards or more, tied with Randy Moss for second-most in NFL history behind Jerry Rice’s 36.

Eagles hire Marty Mornhinweg as senior offensive consultant -
Pederson cited Mornhinweg’s demeanor, makeup, philosophy, and track record for the key reasons for bringing him onto the staff. Mornhinweg returns to Philadelphia where he started as a senior assistant in 2003 and later spent seven seasons as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive coordinator. During his 10-year tenure with the Eagles, Mornhinweg was a key component of six top-10 scoring offenses, two of the top five scoring offenses in team history, and three of the top five Eagles offenses in terms of yards gained. From 2008-11, the Eagles ranked in the top eight in scoring each of those four seasons. In 2010, quarterback Michael Vick earned NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors as the Eagles ranked second in the league in yards and third in points. Football Outsiders rated the Eagles as the top rushing offense and the third-best overall offense that year. During Mornhinweg’s first tenure in Philadelphia, the Eagles made one Super Bowl appearance, reached the NFC Championship Game twice, won four division titles, and earned six playoff appearances.

The QB Primer: How the Position Stacks Up for Each NFL Team - MMQB
PHILADELPHIA: Behind Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson said he’s comfortable with Nate Sudfeld as the back-up QB, but Sudfeld will have a chance to explore other options as a free agent. As the Eagles know from the Super Bowl run, it’s an important position.

NFL source: Free agent Jadeveon Clowney has Giants as one of the teams on his wish list - SNY
If Dave Gettleman is right, Jadeveon Clowney might be the only elite pass rusher available on the free agent market. And Clowney is interested in playing for the Giants. But how much do the Giants want him? That will be the question Gettleman has to answer when the free-agent market opens on March 18, because Clowney’s price could be extraordinarily high. According to an NFL source, the Giants are one of the teams on the 27-year-old edge rusher’s wish list as he heads to free agency. But according to another source, he could be looking at a contract worth $22-23 million per year, which will likely be out of the Giants’ range.

NFL free agency 2020: No, the Giants should not sign Jason Peters - Big Blue View
Yes, the New York Giants need offensive tackle help. Yes, it was reported Wednesday that the Giants will let 2019 starting right tackle Mike Remmers enter free agency. Yes, Peters at 38 is still a far superior left tackle than Nate Solder of the Giants. But, no, the Giants should not entertain the idea of signing Peters. Bleeding Green Nation says the Eagles need to “turn the page” on Peters and let second-year man Andre Dillard take over at left tackle. It simply makes no sense for the Giants to open their checkbook for Peters.

The Redskins have given Trent Williams permission to seek a trade - Hogs Haven
Trent Williams has been given permission to seek a trade by the Redskins. The two sides could not come to an agreement on a new contract, and it looks like they will finally move on. Williams held out last year over concerns about the Redskins medical staff’s treatment of a cancerous growth on his forehead that eventually got removed, and his lack of guaranteed money in the final two years of his contract.

Dez Bryant says he would be ‘perfect’ for the Cowboys, name-checks the stars on Dallas offense - Blogging The Boys
Dez Bryant is continuing his campaign for a return to the Dallas Cowboys. The former Cowboys star has been working out this offseason after recovering from an Achilles tear and is hopeful for an NFL return, and specifically a Cowboys return.

How Jaguars went from doorstep of the Super Bowl to a dysfunctional mess in just two seasons - CBS Sports
The Jaguars head into this offseason with Minshew as the favorite right now to start at quarterback. Marrone said last week at the combine that it would be an open competition, and don’t expect Foles to be traded despite his bloated cap number. The contract would be tough to dump, and the team would take too much of a cap hit to let him go. The question now is whether Minshew can maintain that magic from last season, or will Foles and his Super Bowl-pedigree get the job back? Foles didn’t exactly endear himself to the local fans with some of his post-loss comments last season about building a culture, while Minshew has become the fan favorite.

The Jaguars Still Have a Path to Relevancy—If They Play Their Cards Right - The Ringer
The quarterback conundrum is probably next on the Jaguars’ agenda, and unfortunately, there are no attractive solutions. Releasing Foles would be devastating. Jacksonville would take on $33.9 million in dead money if it cut him before the season. Caldwell’s best hope is to wait out the looming leaguewide game of quarterback musical chairs and hope the team without a seat will trade for a late-round pick for Foles and his $15 million base salary. If not, Jacksonville may have to package a pick with Foles to get his onerous deal off the books. Keeping Foles at nearly $22 million in 2020 isn’t totally out of the question, but as the Jags try to retool the roster, their best bet is to hand Gardner Minshew the keys this season and claim they’re “evaluating him for the future.” And it’s hard to sell that to both the fan base and the locker room when a guy making about 40 times Minshew’s salary is standing on the sideline.

NFL CBA proposal: What players are voting on in the deal, plus the biggest changes - ESPN
NFL players will vote over the next week on a proposed new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the league’s owners. If a majority of the voting players approve, the deal will go into place immediately, as the owners already have approved it. NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith expressed confidence last week that the players would vote it through. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12. The new CBA will expand the NFL’s playoff field by two teams starting with the 2020 season and allow the owners the option to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 games as early as 2021. But those are only the big-headline items. More than just a deal to increase the number of games played each season, this is a document that will establish and govern the rules under which the game is played, contracts are negotiated and rules are administered for the next 11 years, through the 2030 season. We thought you might have some questions about what’s in it. Thanks to a copy of the memo the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) sent to its members late last week, we have some answers.

How Peyton Manning can give life to the ‘Monday Night Football’ booth - SB Nation
Peyton Manning has been retired since 2016, but he could be making a return to the field soon. No, not as a player, but as a broadcaster. The New York Post reported that ESPN is trying to team Manning up with longtime NBC announcer Al Michaels for Monday Night Football. While Michaels’ contract with NBC doesn’t expire until after the Super Bowl in February 2022, Manning could sign on tomorrow, if he wanted. The news comes shortly after Tony Romo became the highest-paid broadcaster in TV history. ESPN was reportedly attempting to have Romo join the MNF booth, but he agreed to a new $17 million/year deal to remain at CBS.

Ultimate XFL Week 5 Preview: DFS, Picks, More - Rotoworld
Both Cameron Artis-Payne (65% snaps) and Lance Dunbar (49%) continue to each play near full-time roles in this two-RB heavy offense. CAP (23 targets) and Dunbar (25) are well ahead of the XFL’s third-most targeted RB Donnel Pumphrey (13). The fantasy-friendly nature of these roles can’t be understated: Artis-Payne and Dunbar are two of just seven players with at least 20 receptions this season, regardless of position.


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