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Lane Johnson thinks Eagles may bring Jason Peters back - NBCSP
Six weeks after free agency started, Jason Peters still doesn’t have a job. And Lane Johnson, his longtime teammate, thinks he may find one back in Philadelphia. Peters, the nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle, became an unrestricted free agent in mid-March but remains unsigned six weeks later. Johnson told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark he thinks there’s a chance the Eagles re-sign Peters. “I think there’s always a chance,” Johnson said. “Really, right now, all we have is time. We’ll see what happens, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Here’s what anonymous scouts had to say about the Eagles’ 2020 NFL Draft picks - BGN
Reagor was the fourth receiver selected in this year’s draft behind Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy, and CeeDee Lamb. McGinn’s polling had Reagor ranked as the eighth best receiver. “Holy shit, he’s exciting,” said one scout. “His speed and run after … we’re looking for explosive playmakers. His punt returns were like holy hell. … His skill set is outstanding.” [..] “He’s faster and quicker than CeeDee or (Justin) Jefferson,” said a second scout. “He’s tough, he’ll catch in the middle and he takes the ball away from people. But, if the ball’s not coming to him, he doesn’t do much. He doesn’t block. He hardly gets off the line of scrimmage sometimes. He is a talented, talented kid, but his body language and attitude, from film only, is bad. Kind of a reluctant football player. When the ball’s coming to him he’s full-speed.” […] “He may be the most explosive guy coming out of this draft,” said a third scout. “Quick and aggressive, plays fast, quick hands. Can he be a slot receiver, too? I think he can.” […] Added a fourth scout: “If I want a jet sweep guy I want Reagor. That (guy) is fast.”

Podcast: Analyzing the Eagles’ 2020 draft - PhillyVoice
On Tuesday, we graded (and analyzed) the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2020 draft haul, in print form. Today, Brandon Lee Gowton and I talked about it, in podcast form.

Brian Baldinger says Eagles ‘missed the boat’ with many of their NFL draft picks - Inquirer
“There’s such a thing as functional speed,’’ said Baldinger, a former NFL offensive lineman who finished his 11-year career in 1993 after two seasons with the Eagles. “Everybody wants to get faster. But if you’re not able to get on the field, if you’re not productive, what’s the point in being fast? Anybody can collect fast guys. They’re everywhere. But that doesn’t mean they’re good football players or can make plays. “It’s bizarre. Outside of [fourth-round safety] K’Von Wallace, I don’t know one player they drafted that is going to help them out Week 1. Even [first-round wide receiver] Jalen Reagor. I like him personally. He’s a good kid. Good bloodlines and all that stuff. “But I honestly don’t know how anybody could look at Reagor the last two years and look at Justin Jefferson and take Reagor over Jefferson [who went to the Vikings at No. 22 after the Eagles took Reagor at No. 21]. I don’t know how anybody can do that.’’ Baldinger’s no-holds-barred take on the Eagles’ 10 draft selections.

Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Football Love/Hate, 2020 NFL draft edition - ESPN
Pass-catchers I hate after the 2020 NFL draft — Alshon Jeffery, Eagles: Coming off a season when he averaged a career-low 11.4 yards per reception and considering he has missed nine games over the past two seasons, you can’t feel great about the fact that Philly drafted three wide receivers and traded for Marquise Goodwin. When Jeffery was out there last season, he was targeted on 26.3% of his routes (seventh best among WRs), and it is hard to see him getting that same kind of volume this year, as it’s clear the Eagles want to overhaul their passing attack this year.

5 players set to breakout in their sophomore season - Fake Teams
RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles. You may not have forgotten about Sanders entirely, but maybe you’ve forgotten just how good he was at times last year. Sanders finished 2019 with 818 yards and three touchdowns on 179 carries and 509 yards and three touchdowns on 50 catches. Those are great numbers for a rookie year and things only got better for Sanders as the Eagles didn’t bring back Jordan Howard who racked up 119 carries last year. More carries for Sanders in the backfield and possibly even more production in the passing game could set him up to take a huge fantasy leap his sophomore season.

2020 NFL Draft Report Card Report - Football Outsiders
Most Polarizing Grades — 5. Philadelphia Eagles. Jalen Hurts. That’s it, that’s the comment. The most contrasting grades for the Eagles in this Report Card cycle either praise or lambast the selection of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd overall pick. Because it was so out of the blue, many people began theorizing the rationale behind it. Immediately Taysom Hill comparisons arise, but you can’t have the value of Taysom Hill by drafting him in the second round. The whole allure of Taysom Hill is the fact that he was an undrafted free agent. His value was his versatility and output relative to the resources used to acquire him. You can’t get that same value with a guy taken in the second round. The next bullet point becomes Carson Wentz’s injury history and the immaculate Super Bowl run of Nick Foles. At the very least, the Eagles have locked in a high-floor backup quarterback to slide onto the field in the event Wentz goes down long-term again. Detractors will argue that the value is too high for a backup quarterback. For a team within striking distance of an NFC playoff berth, that selection doesn’t immediately help Philadelphia. Even in the case of Green Bay’s dismal draft, Jordan Love is at least being groomed for some larger role. Becoming a “quarterback factory” might be a good way to accrue future draft picks, but it could cost them in the short term.

From the GM’s Eye: When a team doesn’t fill a position of need in the draft - The Athletic
Most teams cannot keep eight receivers on their 53-man rosters. By drafting this position in the later rounds, the Eagles are essentially saying two things. One: they could not pass on the talent of Hightower and Watkins at that point in the draft, and Two: both are significantly better than either Arcega-Whiteside or Ward. Why else make the picks? The last thing the Eagles want to do is draft a player who has no chance to make the roster. It’s hard enough to get one rookie receiver ready to play at an NFL level, let alone three. All of them will need individual and specific training. Without the benefit of the rookie minicamp, the offseason program, the OTA days as well as the veteran minicamps, these young players will struggle. They will struggle to apply the techniques and fundamentals to their position and with the volume of plays within the offense. Remember, playing wide receiver in college is vastly different than playing wideout in the NFL, especially for players coming from a smaller conference. There are various ways players drafted on the third day make NFL teams. One way is their ability to thoroughly comprehend their side of the ball quickly as well as being able to play more than one position and their ability to impact the kicking game significantly. Rarely, especially at wide receiver, does a third-day pick make an immediate impact. It takes time.

Will the stay-at-home draft lead to more work from home? - PFT
“I think that we’re going to learn that we don’t need to be chained to our desks,” Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman said on Tuesday’s #PFTPM podcast. “Like, it’s OK to go home, it’s OK to work from home. You know, your kids have something. If people in our front office — and we try to do this anyway, I don’t know if we do a good job of it, and maybe some of us as leaders have to make sure we are setting the tone — so if my kids, it’s this strain during the draft time, it’s the spring, my kids have a basketball game, they have a baseball game, I have to walk next door to Andy Weidl, our Vice President of Player Personnel, and say, ‘I’m going to the game and you should go, too, we can work at home,’ you know? We have shown we can do this at home, and hey we’re not home for dinner in the fall when it’s football season, so let everyone go home for dinner, go work after the kids go to bed, and we can do it. And I think it’s a great message, it’s a great message to all of us family has to come first.”

Trolling The Nation: Rival fans react to Cowboys draft picks on Days 2 & 3 - Blogging The Boys
Most Cowboys fans were probably too busy cheering the Cowboys’ draft selections to pay much attention to what other NFL fans thought of the Cowboys’ picks. So today we remedy that. Here’s your chance to re-live the last two days of the draft through the comments of other SB Nation readers as they react to each Cowboys pick. The quotes are taken from each teams’ respective SB Nation site, and are only edited for language and legibility.

New York Giants pick up fifth-year options on Evan Engram, Jabrill Peppers - Big Blue View
The New York Giants announced late Wednesday evening that they have picked up the fifth-year options on tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers. That means both player swill be under contract through the 2021 NFL season.

The art of the forced fumble, explained by the NFL Draft class of 2020 - SB Nation
Fumbles, for the most part, don’t just happen. They are crafted. Each player on the defensive side of the ball has his own assignment when it comes to prying a possession loose from its holder. Several pieces have to fall into place just right to get a 240-pound tailback, arms wrapped tightly around the ball as though he were protecting his offspring, to abandon his primary directive. Sometimes it’s a one-man operation. Other times it’s a collaboration. But each fumble, barring the occasional DeSean Jackson drop at the 1-yard line or Mark Sanchez slide into his own lineman’s posterior, is the synthesis of drills and tape study accumulated from years of practice. No fumble is just a single moment; it’s a stalagmite created from a steady football drip into a defender’s brain.

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