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NFL experts debate most improved teams, underrated 2020 moves, more - ESPN+
What was the most underrated move of the offseason? — Field Yates, NFL analyst: The Philadelphia Eagles added two players to their secondary — slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Will Parks — for less than $3 million combined for this year. Even though neither projects to start, the Eagles know the importance of depth in the secondary after theirs was tested so severely last season, and each player adds pedigree to this position group.

Eagles Film Room: What to make of Derek Barnett - BGN
How about this for a hot take, I think Derek Barnett is… fine. He’s fine. He’s an average starter. Is he terrible like some fans think? No. Is he a star? No. Would you like more from a high first round pick? Yes. Is it a disaster? No. Can he get better still? Yes! Barnett is only 23 years old. He came into the league very young and he has battled with injuries. I do not think this is a final judgement on him as a player.

At the Podium: Doug Pederson On Off-Season Progess - BGN Radio
Michael Kist gives some quick thoughts on what Doug Pederson meant about the subtle changes in the offense PLUS Pederson speaks with the media about how the Eagles off-season is going! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles still talking to Jason Peters; also have ‘a ton of confidence’ in Andre Dillard - PhillyVoice
So that all sounds positive for Dillard. Except that: Pederson said Dillard played last season, but he didn’t say that he played well. Pederson brought up Dillard’s strength deficiencies, unprompted. They’re still, you know, talking to Peters. If there were truly unanimous confidence in Dillard, the Eagles would have already had their big “We love you Jason Peters” social media send-off and wouldn’t be keeping in touch with him about a possible return. In other words, Peters could still be back, or not, and the Eagles probably remain unsold on Dillard. So nothing has changed. So I guess this isn’t really an update. Sorry.

Adaptation - Iggles Blitz
Jalen Hurts will give the offense a weapon to use creatively. I firmly believe he was drafted to be a QB, but I’m sure it wasn’t lost on the Eagles coaches that the top offenses last year did some creative things. The Ravens led the league in scoring and ran a very creative offense, led by a brilliantly talented dual-threat QB. The Niners had WR Deebo Samuel run the ball 14 times. They faked to him 114 times (felt like it, anyway) and that made it tough on defenses. Niners receivers were 2-2-51 with a TD when they threw the ball. The Saints used Tayson Hill as an effective role player. Both SEA and NE scored TDs on trick plays against the Eagles. There are times when you must be able to really open up the playbook. The Eagles have better schematic ideas on how to do that, but also better personnel to do that.

Eagles’ WR picture further muddied by absence of offseason workouts - Inquirer
Alshon Jeffery is still months from returning following foot surgery, but while he and the 33-year-old Jackson can still rehab at the NovaCare Complex during the league-wide team facility shutdown, his future with the Eagles remains indeterminate. If they had gotten more out of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside — Jeffery’s presumptive successor — during his rookie season, the Eagles might have already moved on from the veteran. But Arcega-Whiteside is almost as much of a mystery as the rookies, and thus stood to benefit from his first full offseason – until the pandemic hit.

The six things Doug Pederson said that you should know about the Eagles - The Athletic
What it means: The Eagles plan on having Sudfeld enter the season as the No. 2 quarterback behind Wentz while Hurts learns the offense. In an atypical offseason without on-field work and uncertainty about what training camp (and the preseason) will look like, the Eagles will value familiarity in that role and take it slowly with Hurts. However, Pederson acknowledged the unknowns about how a player will progress. It might appear that Hurts has too much talent to remain behind Sudfeld. If the Eagles must turn to a backup quarterback for an extended period, they could go with Hurts. But if they need a player to finish a game or play for a short period of time, they’ll value experience in the scheme. That’s what Sudfeld offers.

Eagles would lose over $200 million if games are played without fans - NBCSP
If the NFL has to play games in 2020 without fans in the stands because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagles are among the top 10 teams who will lose the most revenue. According to Forbes, based on numbers from the 2018 season, the NFL would lose $5.5 billion in stadium revenue without fans in stadiums. For this story, stadium revenue includes the total of ticket sales, concessions, sponsors, parking and team stores.

Sorry, Eagles fans. We have to wait to know about this team for 2020 -
“I do think because we’ve missed the entire offseason, it’s going to take all of the five to six weeks that we have of Training Camp to be prepared for a regular season. I think that you have to – that’s part of Training Camp is conditioning the mind, conditioning the body for the physical aspect of the game. In the spring and summer, it’s about the mental side, and then just your physical conditioning from workouts and running and things of that nature,” Pederson said. “So I do think that a full Training Camp, moving forward, would it prepare you – because I do think you can get enough contact in, and get enough padded practices in, and you would have to maximize those, but at the same time, you would have to be smart to get your guys ready and prepared for that opening weekend.”

Dynasty Rankings, Part III: Nos. 31-40 - Football Outsiders
No. 36: 2000-2006 Philadelphia Eagles. The actual answer as to why the Eagles kept scoring so high is that they were really good. If they had a problem, it’s that they could never get the defense and offense peaking at quite the same time; the defense led the league in 2001 and nearly repeated in 2002 as players such as Hugh Douglas, Jeremiah Trotter, Troy Vincent, and Brian Dawkins led the way. Then they started sinking back towards the pack just as McNabb was really taking off. The addition of Terrell Owens put them over the top in 2004; McNabb’s 1,324 DYAR remains the franchise record, and Owens’ 307 DYAR (in 14 games) has only been topped once. At the time, the loss in Super Bowl XXXIX was considered a failure, with McNabb throwing up and unable to pull off a fourth-quarter comeback. Looking back, a more common reaction would be “oh, they ran into the Patriots just as the New England dynasty was beginning to kick off.” It’s always so much easier to understand these things in hindsight, but no, these Eagles really were good. Things gradually tailed off as McNabb got old and fragile, and Reid was eventually fired after the fizzle of the so-called “Dream Team,” so they were never able to finally get that long-awaited ring.

Ranking the NFC East, 2020: Running backs - Hogs Haven
In terms of playing style, Sanders is a quick, shifty back who reminds me of a slightly larger (and hence, slightly slower) LeSean McCoy. He is best when running outside and being used on screens and passes to get him in space, where he can use his agility and jukes to break tackles and get additional yards. He also has sufficiently good vision and patience to run inside between the tackles, but doesn’t have the weight and leg drive to run through much contact. However, the Eagles have a pretty good run blocking offensive line, and whenever Sanders was given a good hole to run through, he had the vision and burst to exploit it. He is a good (though not elite) pass protector and pass catcher, so there’s no reason he should have to come off the field on 3rd down. Sanders is fast enough in the open field to run away from most LBs and safeties, though he doesn’t have the elite speed of Saquon Barkley.

LeBron James got a contract from Jerry Jones amid the 2011 NBA lockout - Blogging The Boys
LeBron is a noted Cowboys fan so it’s possible that his contract from Jerry Jones was more ceremonial than anything; however, as one of the top athletes in the world it is interesting to consider what went on there given that basketball was somewhat of an uncertainty. Many have suggested before that LeBron’s athleticism would translate well as some sort of pass-catching option. In 2011 the Cowboys featured a wide receiver group that consisted of Dez Bryant (pre-breakout), Miles Austin, and Laurent Robinson (told you this was a while back), plus they obviously had Jason Witten starring at tight end. Could LeBron James have contributed to that? It appears that Jerry Jones may have sort of thought so.

Cam Newton’s top 5 landing spots for 2020 - Fake Teams
Chicago Bears — Unsurprisingly, the Bears completely fricked up their quarterback situation. Right off the bat, they should have moved on from Mitchell Trubisky a while ago. But they didn’t. Instead, they traded a forth round pick to the Jaguars for Nick Foles. I’m not saying Foles is a bad quarterback, but I’m fairly certain if the Bears had just waited a week, the Jags were going to release Foles and they could’ve gotten him without giving up a pick. Or they could’ve signed Andy Dalton or, the man they should sign, Cam Newton. Newton instantly would make the Bears a viable threat in the NFC with the Bears’ defense still being at the height of it’s powers.

John Oliver’s breakdown of coronavirus’ effect on sports is the perspective we all need - SB Nation
Look, we know this is all a mess. It’s affected us directly. We want sports back as soon as possible but we also know that none of this is worth anyone losing their lives over. Sports will be back — someday, and we’ll be ready. Until then we’ll keep watching stuff like Oliver’s breakdown of the industry to give us a little perspective. Sports often seem like the biggest thing in the world, but not now.


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