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‘My confidence is through the roof’: Eagles’ Miles Sanders posts video training for ‘MVP year’ - PennLive
In a video from his Instagram story Wednesday, Sanders exclaims, “MVP year!” after completing a footwork and resistance drill while training. [...] “My confidence is through the roof and I know what I can do for this team, I ain’t apologizing for saying that, just don’t be surprised when it happen!” Sanders wrote.

Miles Sanders: Eagles drafted me to be the lead back - PFT
That will likely mean a jump from the 229 touches that Howard handled last year and Sanders said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s “absolutely” ready for that kind of increase. “I believe that’s why they drafted me in the first place,” Sanders said. “It was really just a switch that turned. All of a sudden, I was a starting running back and I didn’t start at the beginning of the season. I just looked at the opportunity and attacked it.”

8 things we would’ve been watching at Eagles OTA practices - BGN
2 - The many questions at wide receiver. Is Alshon Jeffery around at all? He skipped OTAs last year. Where’s he at in terms of recovering from his Lisfranc injury? Is DeSean Jackson fully healthy and practicing after having core muscle surgery? Is Jalen Reagor immediately getting first team reps? Is he lining up in the slot or on the outside? Both? Is he making big plays down the field from the jump? Is JJ Arcega-Whiteside showing any signs of progress after a discouraging rookie season? Is he running with the first team receivers as Jeffery’s replacement? Is Greg Ward the first team slot receiver? Where does he stand on the depth chart? Where does Marquise Goodwin fit in? Are Day 3 rookies John Hightower and/or Quez Watkins showing promise? Do they look like they belong?

OTA Fantasy Island - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton fill the void left by no Eagles’ OTAs by discussing what they’d be discussing in there were OTAs (just go with it), including thoughts on position battles, new schemes, Jason Peters and much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Ranking the situations for the NFL’s 2020 rookie wide receivers - PFF
9. Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles. Reagor gets moved down this list because his path to the field looks the murkiest of any first-rounder. His projection skyrockets if he replaces DeSean Jackson or last year’s second-rounder J.J. Arcega-Whiteside early on, but neither of those are guaranteed at the moment. Usurping the 33-year old Jackson seems a more logical fit from a skillset perspective, but Reagor will still need to prove he’s versatile enough to kick into the slot when need be. He took a grand total of 240 snaps in the slot over the past two seasons for TCU.

NFL quarterback tiers 2020: Franchise guys, rising stars and stopgaps; here’s where your team’s starter ranks - CBS Sports
Tier 1: Bona Fide Franchise Quarterbacks. 2020: Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz, Ben Roethlisberger. [...] If Wentz stays healthy, and I understand that is a bit of a big if, he will be in the MVP conversation. Book it.

How will the Eagles use Jalen Hurts this season? Think Lamar Jackson - ESPN
The Ravens’ use of Jackson in his rookie season was more moderate and more closely resembles how the Eagles likely will operate, especially with little time to acclimate Hurts to the offense amid the coronavirus pandemic. Baltimore ran 56 plays with two QBs in 2018. Jackson averaged 9.5 snaps over the Ravens’ first nine games before overtaking Flacco as the starter, throwing the ball 11 times while rushing three times per game on average. The Ravens’ offensive coordinator at the time? Marty Mornhinweg, who now serves as a senior consultant on the Eagles’ staff. “He felt very similar in Jalen as he did in Lamar,” Pederson said of Mornhinweg’s evaluation of the two quarterbacks. “Having Marty look at Jalen and his skill set and what he can do, and then how they put plans together, how they designed an offense around putting Lamar in his rookie season and allowing him to play certain plays, it’s all part of the process.”

Doug Pederson says Jalen Hurts not ready to be Carson Wentz’s backup - NBCSP
Sudfeld, 26, is on a one-year contract and has expressed a desire to compete for a starting job after this season, which won’t happen here. So Hurts in 2021 will be expected to be No. 2. But for now he’ll be the world’s most famous third-stringer, trying to make an impact as a gadget player as he learns an offense the Eagles hope he doesn’t have to run for a long time.

The list: Ranking the 10 most dominant Philadelphia teams of the past 50 years - The Athletic
2. The 2017 Eagles might be remembered as underdogs who defied oddsmakers during their run to Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl, but it shouldn’t be forgotten how they dominated that season before Carson Wentz’s injury. They won 10 of their first 11 games, including a seven-game stretch from Week 5 to Week 12 in which they outscored opponents by 149 points, enjoying an average margin of victory of 21 points, with no game decided by less than 10 points. They finished the season ranked third in scoring offense, fourth in scoring defense and tied for first in point differential. Six Eagles players were voted to the Pro Bowl, and Wentz was in contention for MVP before his ACL injury in Week 14. And good luck stopping them in the red zone. The Eagles scored touchdowns on 65.5 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line, the best mark in the league.

Report: Seahawks have spoken with RB Carlos Hyde - Field Gulls
Silver, after providing contract details for the Seahawks’ offer to Freeman, offered a new name: Seattle has also been in contact with another veteran free agent, former 49er tailback Carlos Hyde. [BLG Note: The Eagles have also reportedly shown interest in Hyde and Freeman.]

Dallas Cowboys DE Aldon Smith has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL - Blogging The Boys
Virtual offseason programs have been going on across the NFL for a bit now and Smith is officially eligible to take place in them. The Cowboys saw Robert Quinn leave in free agency and will be looking to get contribution from Smith in 2020, and hopefully from Randy Gregory as well (who’s reinstatement remains to be seen). Dallas also drafted Bradlee Anae in the fifth round so they have options along the edge.

Redskins WR Antonio Gandy-Golden has fully recovered from COVID-19 - Hogs Haven
One thing they didn’t highlight at the time was that AGG had contracted COVID-19 on March 24th and self-isolated for 2 weeks. He was cleared on April 7th, and says he feels 100% now.

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