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4 teams that won and 3 that lost the 2020 NFL offseason - SB Nation
The losers — Philadelphia Eagles. Key additions: CB Darius Slay; WR Jalen Reagor; QB Jalen Hurts; WR Marquise Goodwin. Philadelphia needed help on both sides of the ball to become a legitimate NFC contender once again. This offseason, the Eagles’ biggest need on defense was cornerback. The most notable thing the Eagles did was trading for former Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay and giving him a $50 million extension, making him the highest-paid corner in the league. The Eagles didn’t re-sign five-time Pro Bowler Malcolm Jenkins, and instead is moving cornerback Jalen Mills to safety. As good of a move as getting Slay was, the Eagles didn’t get another corner this draft, which was strange.. The Eagles’ biggest need on offense was receiver, and they waited until the draft to address it. Philadelphia took TCU’s Reagor in the first round, despite LSU’s Justin Jefferson still available. Jefferson to the Eagles was a popular mock pick leading up to the draft. They also acquired Goodwin in a trade with San Francisco, but he’s had under 400 yards receiving in each of his last two seasons. In a surprise pick, the Eagles used their only second-round pick on Hurts, the former Alabama and Oklahoma quarterback, in the second round. The No. 1 question with this pick is: how will they use Hurts? The Eagles have made it clear that Carson Wentz is their quarterback, so it seems probable that Hurts can be used as a gadget player. There have been reports that Hurts might be used as a “straight up running back,” but if the Eagles wanted a back, there were plenty of them available in Round 2.

Eagles Film Room: Looking back at JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s rookie season - BGN
If I had to summarize what I thought of JJAW based on last years tape, I would say underwhelming and troubling. On the positive side, JJAW is a big body who showed a few examples of very good body control and the ability to track the ball downfield and make adjustments. He also showed some good intermediate routes where he understood how to set up and cornerback and get open. When he gets a step, he is good at playing strong and physical and creating a throwing window for his quarterback. He also showed the ability to catch some low passes. On the negative side, he offers no vertical element, has no explosive element to his game and struggles to separate against man coverage, especially press coverage. Even when he looks like he might have a step on a corner he just has average speed so he can’t get away from them. He takes way too many steps when trying to get out of his breaks and this stutter slows down his momentum. He also looks tight on some routes and is unable to get in and out of his break smoothly.

Eye On the Enemy #18: Predicting the NFC East Schedules - BGN Radio
John Stolnis goes team-by-team through the NFC East to give his win-loss predictions and crown a champ! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Post-draft edition - PhillyVoice
6) Eagles (9-7 in 2019): When Philadelphia finds a way to have nice things, it doesn’t last very long. The 1983 Sixers won it all, and could have been a dynasty, but weren’t. The 2008 Phillies got over the hump, and seemed primed for multiple World Series, but nope. And now the 2017 Eagles, who found the ultimate success with a roster that felt like it could sustain greatness for a while, now feel like each offseason they get a little further away from what they were. Let’s just be real. The 2018 and 2019 Eagles lucked into the playoffs. They got in as a wildcard in 2018 because the Vikings choked in Week 17, and they won the division in 2019 as a result of a putrid NFC East. They still have a good roster, highlighted by a legitimate franchise quarterback, a great offensive line, and an intriguing (though expensive) interior defensive line. But there are certainly still concerns at plenty of other spots.

Understanding Roles - Iggles Blitz
I would love it if a star WR would emerge, but the Eagles don’t have to have that. They just need to be better. WRs last year caught 146 passes. I would be shocked if the Eagles didn’t exceed that this season. And Hightower and Watkins are both better athletes than what the Eagles, or other teams, are usually adding late in the draft. If one of them can emerge and push for playing time, that would help quite a bit. I continue to leave Alshon Jeffery out of WR discussions. I don’t think he’ll be back.

Ted’s Film Room: How the Eagles could use Jalen Hurts now while developing him - The Athletic
Nonetheless, unlike the Saints’ package for Hill, I could see the Eagles doing more than just having Hurts line up as a quarterback while Wentz shifts to wide receiver. Hurts could line up as a running back or slot receiver. He could receive handoffs in the backfield and run fly sweeps from the perimeter and then have downfield passing options. A few years ago, Princeton was explosive on offense, using a two-quarterback system with all sorts of unique designs from which the Eagles could draw inspiration. “Your second pick of the draft is maybe going to play, (on the high end), 10 snaps a game,” Phillips said. “Well, you average 70 (offensive) plays a game, so the guy is taking a good, significant amount of your snaps. Defensively, if I’m a coordinator, I have to spend a decent amount of practice defending this, so there’s a lot of good that I think can come out of it.”

What Fifth-Year Option Decisions Teach Us About How NFL Teams Evaluated Their 2017 Drafts - The Ringer
14. Derek Barnett, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles. 2021 option: Roughly $10 million (exercised). Derek Barnett has already paid his due in Philadelphia after recovering the Super Bowl–winning fumble forced by Brandon Graham. Beyond that one play, Barnett was somewhat disappointing in his first three years, and injuries have often kept him off the field, but he showed improvement in 2019. After playing in just six games in 2018 because of a shoulder injury, Barnett led the Eagles in quarterback hits last year with 22. Barnett has earned the respect of Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who praised the defensive end for playing through an injury late last last year. “I think he’s always been a guy that will lay it all on the line,” Schwartz told reporters. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world, not the fastest guy in the world, but he is one of the toughest guys in the world, and just brings such a presence when he’s on the field.” Self evaluation: You can’t put a price on winning the Super Bowl.

Jack Driscoll’s quest for versatility taught the Eagles’ rookie a new position - NBCSP
The Eagles’ fourth-round pick out of Auburn already had some versatility, starting at right tackle for the Tigers and previously playing some left guard at UMass. But then he added more. At the advice of his college coaches, Driscoll added center to his resume. “I just told him when you’re at home and you ain’t got nothing to do, you gotta get the ball and snap it, start working on snapping,” Auburn offensive analyst and former NFL offensive lineman Kendall Simmons said to NBC Sports Philadelphia last week. Driscoll listened. Auburn was one of just a few schools to sneak in their pro day before they were all shut down because of the COVID-19 and it’s a good thing. Because while Driscoll stood on his very impressive numbers from the combine — he ran a 5.02 in the 40! — he used the March 6 pro day to do position drills. And, yes, he showed off his new skill.

NFC East review: Evaluating the Philadelphia Eagles 2020 draft class - Big Blue View
Round 2 (No. 53 overall): Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma. This is the pick, of course, that immediately comes to mind when thinking of the Eagles’ 2020 draft class. And it is probably their worst pick of the draft because the value does not match the need. I like Jalen Hurts as a prospect and think he has earned the utmost respect for gracefully taking the sideline and supporting Tua Tagovailoa in Alabama’s championship game. He’s shown that he is a team player and a humble leader - qualities that any team would want in a quarterback. The problem? The Eagles do not need him right now and they don’t even need him soon. GM Howie Roseman wants to produce a “quarterback factory,” but the Eagles already have Carson Wentz who is fresh off leading his team to an NFC East championship. With the No. 53 overall pick, the Eagles had a chance to draft someone who can make an immediate impact. Yet, they selected Hurts who, in the most ideal scenario, will not take many snaps in the upcoming years. At this rate, the Eagles could have traded No. 21 and No. 53 to trade up to No. 16 in order to snag Lamb. Instead, they got one player who might make an immediate impact and another, who hopefully never will.

Film Room: Breaking down Will Parks -
Get full analysis on new Eagles safety Will Parks in this edition of Film Room, presented by Miller Lite.

Penn State offers 2023 LB Josiah Trotter, the son of former Philadelphia Eagles star Jeremiah Trotter - PennLive
Penn State offered St. Joseph’s Prep freshman linebacker Josiah Trotter Monday. Trotter is the son of former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and the brother of former St. Joseph’s Prep linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., who has committed to play at Clemson.

Former Calgary Stampeder Mike Labinjo’s 2018 death deemed suspicious: police - Global News
Calgary police say they have new information that suggests the 2018 death of former Calgary Stampeder Mike Labinjo is suspicious in nature. Labinjo, 38, was found dead in his home on Sept. 21, 2018. At the time, the circumstances of his death were not believed to be criminal in nature. [BLG Note: Labinjo spent time with the Eagles in 2004 and 2005.]

The Dak Prescott Contract Situation - Over The Cap
There isn’t really a reason to justify a massive increase over Wilson’s contract at all. As stated above it would be in the $35.4-$35.5M per year range. As far as guarantees go those would also likely be under Wentz and Goff who had million from their old contracts included in their guarantees. Neither Cousins nor Garoppolo reached Staffords number nor did Carr reach Luck. You would probably be looking at a guarantee in the $90M range rather than $110M range. When you look at the cap inflated values for the contracts I could see why Dallas would hedge at these numbers but I think there is enough reason for Prescott to dig in until that is offered. If he is looking for far more than this there should likewise be reason for Dallas to dig in and say no and force the year on the tag.

Dallas Cowboys’ offseason story: From panic to hope - ESPN
When free agency began, the Cowboys lost a number of key players. Byron Jones left for the Miami Dolphins as the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. Robert Quinn, who led the Cowboys in sacks in 2019 with 11.5, left for the Chicago Bears and a deal worth $14 million a season. Receiver Randall Cobb, who many assumed would be back to play for his former coach, Mike McCarthy, left for the Houston Texans and a deal worth $9 million a season. Add in the departures of tight end Jason Witten, defensive tackle Maliek Collins and safety Jeff Heath to the Las Vegas Raiders. Not long after, Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick retired, surprising many, though not everybody in the organization. If the offseason is a roller-coaster ride, the Cowboys went through a number of twists, inversions and stomach-churning almost all at once. But the exhilaration of the ride is matched by the calm on the easy straightaways, even if they last only for a matter of seconds. Taking a big-picture view of the offseason, the Cowboys seem to be in a position to contend in McCarthy’s first season as coach.

NFL Teams Are Exploring New Training Camp Sites in States Less Restricted Due to COVID-19 - MMQB
Per sources, a number of teams are already deep into exploring out-of-state training camp sites, in anticipation that their states’ restrictions will make staging camp at home in late July and early August impossible. Simple reality dictates that the 10 teams in the Northeast corridor and on the West Coast need to get ahead of this now. In Seattle, the best-case scenario, based on the plans laid out by the state, is that gatherings of over 50 people are allowed eight weeks from now. In Massachusetts, the mayor of Boston just called off all festivals and parades through Labor Day. New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and California, likewise, are a ways off from loosening the reins to the degree needed to hold an NFL camp. Counting 90 players, the coaching staff, scouts, doctors, trainers, strength staff, cafeteria staff, etc., if you cut away everything else, you may be able to run a camp with 150 people onsite. And the fact is, that’s a number that’s a still a ways off from being allowable in some corners of the country.


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