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Predicting who’ll be the best at their position in 2020 fantasy football - Fake Teams
Wired Pick: Miles Sanders. I think Joe Mixon has a shot at being a top 5 fantasy back this year, but let’s get wired wired here. As of now, the Eagles haven’t done their stupid idea of signing a power back to take 12-15 touches from Sanders so we’re still operating with an entirely Sanders run backfield. In the words of Captain Raymond Holt: Bingpot. Sanders flashed plenty last year as both a runner and a pass catcher. If he’s the sole running back in Philly through the entire season, I have a hard time not seeing him finishing in the top 5 and making a push for the top spot.

Report: LeSean McCoy, Devonta Freeman are possibilities for the Eagles - BGN
Shady might have some gas left in the tank but one must consider how he was phased out of KC’s offense late during the 2019 campaign. He was a healthy scratch in the playoffs during the ChiefsSuper Bowl run. There’s obviously nostalgic value to the Eagles re-signing McCoy but that shouldn’t be a driving force behind a potential reunion. One must consider he’s also not the physical runner that Philly could afford to add. On that note, Freeman might better fits the mold the Eagles are looking for. He also only turned 28 years old two months ago. The downside is that multiple injuries have limited Freeman to 16 games over the past two seasons. His 198 rushing attempts for 724 yards from that span only come out to a 3.7 average. He also fumbled three times.

QB Factory #2: Round 1 Landing Spots & Andy Comes to Dallas - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield work through the round 1 QB selections and take a moment to break down Andy Dalton’s new gig with the Cowboys! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

2020 NFL offseason winners and losers: QBs, free agents, teams and trends - ESPN
Losers: Teams with lots of guaranteed money tied up in 2021. While we’re again months and months away from having any idea about what the cap will look like next year, there are teams that have to be sweating the possibility of a reduced cap. Take the Eagles, who already have $263.3 million on the books for 2021, much of it tied up in players who are core pieces of the roster. Getting down to $210 million would require a couple of restructures and cuts of veterans like DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Marquise Goodwin. Moving to $175 million would require another $35 million in savings. The Eagles would find a reduced cap most difficult, but teams like the Saints, Falcons and Steelers would also be in compromised positions. Again, the league and players could come to terms on a deal that could restore some of the missing revenue, and the NFL would get a bump from a possible 17-game season in 2021, but the alternative looms as a dangerous scenario for several of the league’s highest-spending teams.

Contract details show which 2020 undrafted players Eagles value most - NBCSP
The easiest way to tell how much a team likes an undrafted player is to follow the guaranteed money and signing bonus amounts. Just last year, the Eagles held on to three of their four highest-paid UDFAs: T.J. Edwards, Nate Herbig and Sua Opeta, who all got at least $80,000 in guaranteed money. Via a league source, here’s a look at each of the Eagles’ 13 undrafted players and how much the team paid them, in descending order of guaranteed money: Luke Juriga, C, Western Michigan, Guarantee: $116,000, Signing bonus: $16,000. Raequan Williams, DT, Michigan State, Guarantee: $100,000, Signing bonus: $15,000.

Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson weigh in on DT picture -
“I’ve missed playing football, being on the field and being around the guys, so much,” Jackson said. “I think about it all the time, what it’s going to be like coming back. All I do is visualize and see myself doing great things. It’s all I have right now. It’s in my mind now and next it’s a matter of going out there and doing it physically. As football players, we never get to write the end of our story, whether it’s because of injury or when the front office says you’re done, you’re done. For me, I’ve got the leverage of being able to go out and play and show what I can do it and I can’t wait to go out and do it.”

Dynasty Rankings, Part I: The Bottom Six - Football Outsiders
With names like this, Frankford won more games than any other team — because they scheduled more games than any other team. Since Philadelphia’s blue laws kept them from playing on Sundays, they would typically schedule a home game on Saturday, win, get on a train, ride to another city, and then play a road game on Sunday, which they would also win. This hectic schedule helped them go 14-1-2 in 1926, winning their only official NFL championship. 14 wins in a regular season would hold up as the record until 1984. These weren’t close games, either — they shut out 10 of their opponents, and their SRS of 7.5 translates into an estimated DVOA of 20.0%. Like Holmgren’s Seahawks, the Yellow Jackets are so low on this list because they alternated dominant seasons with poor ones, finishing just sixth and seventh in the league in 1925 and 1927. But when they were on, they were on — champs in 1926, runners-up in 1928, and with an argument for the 1924 championship depending on which teams you count as official NFL franchises. So what stopped the Yellow Jackets? The Great Depression, mostly — the economic crunch forced the team to cut nearly all veteran players in 1930. A fire also forced them to move from their Frankford neighborhood stadium to downtown Philadelphia, which killed their local support. Without money, without fans, and without stars, the Yellow Jackets tumbled to the bottom of the league and folded after the 1931 season. The franchise returned to the league, and two years later, their assets were sold to Bert Bell for his new “Philadelphia Eagles” squad. In that sense, their legacy does sort of live on, and any time the Eagles bust out their terrible blue-and-yellow throwbacks, that’s to honor the Yellow Jackets, not the Eagles.

What if the Minneapolis Miracle never happened? - Canal Street Chronicles
Most impacted by this lack of “Miracle” would be the city of Philadelphia. The Eagles would be denied their first Super Bowl in franchise history and the world would be denied what was a far superior highlight in the Philly Special. The Jacksonville Jaguars would have saved $88 million by not signing Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, and the world would have been denied Minshew Mania during the 2019 season. The New England Patriots would have saved face by losing to the all-time passing yardage leader Drew Brees rather than someone who is currently backing up Mitch Trubisky. [BLG Note: Lol.]

Winning with Expensive QB’s - Over The Cap
But for today’s topic I don’t think that any of the data backs up the point that dropping from a Prescott to a cheap option like Dalton or Fitzpatrick type players will lead to any success nor that paying a QB completely eliminates the chance of winning. Its about finding the right players to pay and making the very difficult decisions on those who are not worth it.

Former Cowboys player Marcus Spears on Cowboys and Dak Prescott negotiations - “this ain’t normal” - Blogging The Boys
This may all get worked out and all the drama will fade away, as the Jones’ say, deadlines make deals. This all could just be a case of both sides digging in until a compromise is reached somewhere around July 15th. But if there is more, and there is something in this contract that Cowboys are insistent upon, and that Prescott’s camp won’t accept, whether that is length of the contract, guaranteed money, or some structural issue that is putting off Prescott’s camp - then all bets are off. The Cowboys have roughly two months to solve this equation.

What if David Wilson never got hurt? - Big Blue View
Playing behind a sub-serviceable offensive line, Wilson struggled immensely for the rest of his season. In Week 5, Wilson scored his first touchdown of the year. But later in the game, Wilson had an Eagles defender slam him into the turf as he was trying to break a tackle. The whiplash was obvious to see, and the injury cost Wilson the remainder of what was a morbid 2013 campaign for the Giants. During the 2014 preseason, Wilson suffered a “burner,” which caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities. Doctors advised him to end his playing career, and Wilson obliged. While Wilson doesn’t believe he came back to the field too early, he’s since stated additional caution and rest could’ve helped his health.

Should the Redskins Move Brandon Scherff to Right Tackle? - Hogs Haven
It was reported late last summer that Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff turned down a contract extension worth over $13 million per year. And why should anyone be surprised about that? If Scherff was allowed to test free agency this past winter, he would have likely landed a contract exceeding that of Eagles guard Brandon Brooks ($14.087M- average), who is the league’s highest paid as his position. As expected, Scherff received the franchise tag this offseason guaranteeing him just over $15 million for the 2020 season. It appears though, that Scherff would like to be paid at or near what the top offensive tackles (a much more premium position) are currently making. He’s not going to make near the record-breaking contract Texans’ left tackle Laremy Tunsil just negotiated on his own behalf (22M per year average), but he could come close to the $14.5 million dollar per year contract that Cardinals’ left tackle D.J. Humphries agreed to, and should certainly exceed the three year, $42 million dollar contract that Jack Conklin just signed with the Browns in free agency. So why not simply make Scherff into what he was drafted to be - a right tackle?

Allen Iverson never won an NBA championship. Here’s what left him empty-handed. - SB Nation
What stood in the way of Allen Iverson earning a ring? It’s tempting to simply say “practice,” but that oversimplifies all the factors that worked against Allen, and it sort of glosses over the fact that he was an incredible player. Sure, he’s got a reputation for skipping practices and going to practice only makes you better— but there was more that kept Iverson from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.


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