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Answering the 2020 NFL draft’s biggest questions: Experts debate favorite picks, more - ESPN+
Matt Bowen, NFL analyst: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor will lead all rookies in receiving yards. The first-round pick has the vertical stretch ability to threaten down the field, but he will be a full-scheme player in coach Doug Pederson’s offense. That means quick-game throws, play-action and run-pass option targets, and reps in the slot. Plus, Pederson will work to get Reagor loose on screens to utilize his explosive ability after the catch.

NFC East Outlook: The top player at every offensive position in 2020 - BGN
QUARTERBACK - Dak Prescott (Cowboys). It’s just a take; it can’t hurt you. Looking back to 2019 before we gaze forward to 2020, the case that Prescott was the better quarterback is straightforward. Using key metrics from PFF’s QB Annual, the analytics show that Prescott was substantially better than Carson Wentz from a clean pocket, produced more positively graded plays, avoided negative plays, was on target more often, had a better adjusted completion percentage and was more efficient on third down. The areas where Wentz rated higher, like when under pressure and with big time throws, it’s much tighter. Thus Prescott graded higher as a passer (13th vs. 18th) and had added value as a quality runner. It’s not just PFF either. DVOA, QBR, QB Rating, ANY/A, and so on all favor Prescott. The all-mighty film also favors Prescott. He was the more consistent of the two, hitting the proverbial ceiling and avoiding the floor more than Wentz.

Babes On Broad #31: I’m Thinking 16-0 - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne give their predictions of the Eagles 2020 regular season schedule! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

Eagles new player (or current player with new role) series: T.J. Edwards edition - PhillyVoice
Edwards is very likely to have an increased role in 2020. At a minimum, he should be in the game when there are three linebackers on the field. He was very good against the run as a rookie, and he can fill a role in Jim Schwartz’s defense similar to that of Joe Walker or Dannell Ellerbe, but potentially be much better than anyone the team has had in that role. That would put his game participation share at somewhere around 10-30 percent, depending on the opponent. He could be a key player against some of the teams in the NFC that want to run the ball, like the Cowboys, Giants, 49ers, and Seahawks, for example.

The LB Corps - Iggles Blitz
Nate Gerry is a player on the rise. That comment is a double-edged sword. Gerry is improving, but he’s still got a long way to go. Tackling is his biggest issue. There are times when Gerry wraps up and puts the runner/receiver down smoothly. There are too many misses. Some of them bad misses. But Gerry has gotten better each year in the league. He is a gifted athlete. Gerry has become a good blitzer. He had 2.5 sacks last year. He’s gotten much better in coverage. He used to look lost at times. Things have slowed down for him and he now can use his speed more effectively. Gerry broke up 5 passes last year. And we’ve seen him make big plays in the passing game.

Ranking 2020 NFL Draft classes by their college win shares in 2019 - PFF
8. Philadelphia Eagles. Jalen Hurts (1.42 WAA) was a great draft pick in the second round, earning almost a full win more than the third and fourth quarterbacks taken in the draft combined in 2019. K’Von Wallace (0.43) and John Hightower (0.42) were also both very productive at important positions in 2019.

Game-by-game preview of the Eagles’ 2020 schedule -
Since acquiring the wide receiver from the then-Oakland Raiders in 2018 for a first-round pick, the Cowboys are 9-1 against the NFC East. The only loss? It came in the de facto NFC East title game in Philadelphia last December. With the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys needed to convert a fourth down to either extend the drive or get in the end zone and Cooper was on the bench. He had just four catches on 12 targets for 24 yards in the loss. The Cowboys committed to Cooper long term with a reported five-year, $100 million contract in the offseason. He’s earned Pro Bowl honors in four of his five NFL seasons. He eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of those campaigns. Last year, Cooper accumulated career highs in both yards (1,189) and touchdowns (8). Despite the setback in Philly, Cooper has been the go-to weapon to help quarterback Dak Prescott. Now, the Cowboys just need to get Prescott’s contract situation settled.

Why Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley doesn’t like Eagles’ Jalen Hurts being compared to Saints’ Taysom Hill -
“Taysom is a great player, I think there are similarities — these guys can do a lot of things,” Riley said. “But, nothing against Taysom Hill, again, you’d love to have him on any football team you ever have, but I do believe Philadelphia, and a lot of the other teams that were interested in Jalen, are looking at him purely as a quarterback, excited about all the things he can do. Bringing that winning attitude, bringing a very versatile skillset in and I’m glad he got with a guy like Doug Pederson, who will do a great job of developing him and using him in a lot of creative ways.”

Carson Wentz’s foundation raises over $137K for COVID-19 relief - NBCSP
Carson Wentz’s AO1 Foundation raised over $137K for COVID-19 relief during its Day of Relief on Friday. The final total from the 24-hour virtual fundraiser was $137,534 that will go to support the AO1 Foundation’s latest initiative, Love From the Crumb.

Stephen Jones: Paying QBs too much ‘decreases your chances to win’ - CowboysWire
Jones did not hesitate to say they want to pay him, and they’ve made numerous offers but the deal has to work for the team along with working for Dak Prescott. However he is forever negotiating in public. He referred back to Jerry’s pie analogy in efforts to build this team with pieces around Prescott to be successful. He warns that because the salary cap is a “zero sum game”, the club has to be cautious not to sink too much into one particular position. “There’s all sorts of analytics out there that show if your quarterback takes up too big a percentage of your salary cap, that it decreases your chances to win.”

Predicting the Giants’ final record for the 2020 NFL season - Big Blue View
In all honesty, predicting a 7-9 finish could easily be called overly optimistic. It probably is. Having just gone through this schedule game-by-game this could easily be a four-win season for the Giants, especially under current circumstances. Or, things could go well and it could be a seven- or eight-win season.

Is the Redskins’ offensive line really that big a concern in 2020? - Hogs Haven
That doesn’t seem to have slowed the folks who were badly mistaken last year from holding forth and predicting collapse once again this year. According to some, besides Chase Roullier, there is no one on the line who can be counted on in 2020 (I assume the notion is that if Brandon Scherff can’t be signed to a long-term deal, there’s a belief he would be traded before the season). To me, that perspective neglects a great deal of information that actually points to the possibility that the Redskins’ line could even be better in 2020 than it was last year.

I had no idea the Titans team president was actually The Lorax this whole time - SB Nation
Titans team president Steve Underwood announced on Friday he would be retiring from the team. That’s news if you’re a die-hard Titans fan, but to the rest of us we just couldn’t stop staring at his facial hair.


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