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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/18/20.

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Kyle Brandt: Carson Wentz is a ‘top-five’ QB in the NFL - PE.com
“Going into this season, the 2020 season, he is in the top five guys that I would ever want on my team, leading my team. I’ve got [Patrick] Mahomes, Russ[ell Wilson], Lamar [Jackson, [Aaron] Rodgers, and Carson Wentz. Give me Carson Wentz before Deshaun [Watson], Dak [Prescott], [Kirk] Cousins, Matt Ryan, including a 41-year-old Drew Brees and a 43-year-old Tom Brady, that I’m not sure what I’m getting yet. Carson Wentz is fantastic. And with all that talent that the rose man sprinkled on him, if he can stay healthy — and I know it’s out of his control and mine — Carson Wentz is a top five guy in football. Do not forget it. I don’t think there’s much at stake. Just stay healthy, be you, and you’ll kill it.”

Could Wentz surprise the league and win MVP? - ESPN
Anita Marks picks Carson Wentz as her dark horse to win the 2019-20 NFL MVP at 35-1 odds.

Win expectations for the Eagles and all of their 2020 opponents - BGN
We all have our own expectations for how the Philadelphia Eagles will fare after looking at the recently released 2020 NFL schedule. I have the Birds between nine or 10 wins, which apparently falls in line with the majority of our community. Of course, this is the time of year when most fans tend to be relatively optimistic about their favorite football teams. And this hope can quickly disappear if/when the harsh reality of regular season losing sets in. So while these polling results might not be very predictive, I still thought it’d be interesting to compare the Eagles’ win expectations to those of their opponents. What are fans expecting out of the teams that Philly will face this season?

A look at the Eagles’ players over 30, and their succession plan for each - PhillyVoice
WR Alshon Jeffery (30): We won’t re-litigate Jeffery’s status on the 2020 team (I’ll reiterate that I’ll be stunned if he ever plays another snap for the Eagles again), but the Eagles hope Jeffery’s successor is already in place, in the form of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who possessed many of the same traits as Jeffery at Stanford, but had a very disappointing rookie season.

How Good? - Iggles Blitz
First, Goodwin has to make the team. That means staying healthy and learning the playbook. The Eagles brought in Rich Scangarello to incorporate some of Kyle Shanahan’s playbook. Goodwin spent the past few years in that offense so he will have some familiarity with at least parts of the offense. If Goodwin can make the team, he’ll have to carve out a role. You can bet the Eagles will want DeSean Jackson on the field a lot. Reagor will be given every chance to earn playing time. Goodwin, a small, speedy receiver, will have to find a way to get on the field. The Eagles brought him here for a couple of reasons. First, they must think he can be a contributor. As I’ve talked about, no receiver is likely to be catching 80-100 passes. This is going to be WR by committee. Goodwin is talented enough to help with that. Goodwin also provides insurance in case DeSean gets hurt. They aren’t clones to be sure, but Goodwin has the speed to take on that role. He’s just not nearly as good as DeSean.

Jason Kelce lavishes high praise on unheralded Isaac Seumalo - NBCSP
“He’s had a couple games that have been unfortunate,” Kelce said. “One game when we played Kansas City his second year in the NFL when he was first starting. He was playing a guy that nobody knew at the time (Chris Jones), but the d-tackle ended up being second in the NFL in sacks (in 2018), so it wasn’t like he was playing against a scrub. And then last year he had one game (vs. the Falcons) that kind of gave him some fits. But outside of that he was as solid as any guard in the NFL. So I’ve been really happy to watch him go out and prove to all of you guys and everybody else who doesn’t get the opportunity to see how good he is on a daily basis that he’s one of the premier guards in this league.”

NFL at Home: Brandon Graham shares his best game - NFL.com
In this edition of “NFL at Home” Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham shares why his three-sack game against the New York Jets was his most successful game.

There are legitimate reasons to be skeptical of Cowboys new coach Mike McCarthy - Blogging The Boys
What is frustrating about these games is that the Packers looked very one-dimensional as they lived and died by the arm of Aaron Rodgers. And unfortunately for Dallas, Rodgers delivered in most cases. Of course, when he didn’t - the Packers were dead in the water. Back in the regular season in 2016 when Dak Prescott was just a rookie, the Cowboys rolled the Packers in Lambeau Field as suddenly the ball wasn’t bouncing right for Green Bay. The Packers offered no hint of creativeness to their game plan unless you count Rodgers trying to catch the defense with 12 men on the field. Even more frustrating was watching the Packers play in other weeks where they would just fall flat on their face when Rodgers didn’t have it together. It was as if they had no other means to win a football game, and that is not what you hope for from your football coach. Suffice to say, McCarthy lost 70% of his final 23 games he coached for the Packers. But despite these two seasons worth of failures, people seem to completely brush that aside when it comes to McCarthy.

There might be a good reason for the Redskins to dump salary cap charges now - Hogs Haven
With Alex Smith, the Redskins are projected to have the 6th most available cap space in the NFL at the start of the 2021 league year; without him, they move up to the 5th spot. We’re talking about some huge differences here. The Eagles are projected to have the highest cap charge in the league in 2021 (based on current contracts) at $265m, while the Redskins, without Smith, should be around $124m. This means that the Eagles are currently slated to spend more than double the cap space in 2021 compared to the post-Alex Smith Redskins.

DeAndre Baker released on bond, reportedly asked to stay away from team meetings - Big Blue View
Baker was released on $200,000 bond Sunday morning following his first court appearance. He is also mandated to remain in the state of Florida. ESPN is also reporting, per an unnamed source, that the New York Giants have asked Baker to stay away from team meetings while he focuses on his legal issues.

‘Just Figure It Out, Bro’—How The NFL’s Most Challenged Team Is Handling Distance Learning Reality - FMIA
“I understand what the diversity committee is trying to do,” Louis Riddick said. “Their intention is honest and real. I know they spent a lot of time trying to think of how to get people into these positions. But the bottom line remains the same: Owners can hire who they want to hire. When I interviewed with the New York Giants, I felt it was a fair process. But if these policies are implemented, the first day I walk into the building, I know people with that organization would wonder: Did he get this job because he’s the best man for the job, or did he get it at least in part because it gives us a big break in the draft? On the first day of the job, that team would be undermining its own hire by injecting doubt in the minds of the people who work in the building. Is that how you really want a GM to start off his career?

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