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Eagles 2019 dropped passes tally, with analysis - PhillyVoice
The biggest offender, from a total number of drops standpoint, was Alshon Jeffery, with five. He also led the team in 2018 with five drops, which didn’t include his season-ending drop in the divisional round of the playoffs in New Orleans. Jeffery also led the team in 2019 in drop percentage among players with at least 20 catches, with a bad drop rate of 10.4 percent, which puts him on the Pederson-era drop leaderboard.

Eagles’ free agent running back search is apparently down to two options - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles were reportedly interested in Carlos Hyde but they will not be signing the veteran free agent running back. Hyde is instead signing with the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. ESPN recently reported that Hyde was one of three running backs the Eagles “have narrowed their focus” upon. The other two options mentioned were Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy.

Eye On The Enemy #20: Washington Draft & Schedule Recap with Mark Bullock - BGN Radio
On Episode 20 of Eye on the Enemy, host John Stolnis is joined by The Athletic’s Washington analyst Mark Bullock to chat about their draft, the Chase Young pick, hits and misses and Washington’s 2020 schedule. Could they get to 8 wins? Also, what are reasonable expectations for Miles Sanders in year No. 2, two new rules changes proposed by the Eagles, and are the Birds the most improved team in the NFL?

Will the Eagles go 16-0? - DraftKings Nation
Betting on win totals, division titles, and Super Bowl appearances is a traditional side of sports betting. However, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering a fun twist for the coming season. They have posted odds on whether one of six teams will go 16-0 in the 2020 regular season. The Chiefs have the best odds to do just that with a +2500 line. The Baltimore Ravens come in second to go 16-0 with a +3000 line, while the Eagles are the biggest longshot you can bet on to go 16-0 at +12500.

Way too early 53-man roster projections for the Eagles - The Athletic
Berman (6): DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Marquise Goodwin, Greg Ward, John Hightower (PUP: Alshon Jeffery). The Eagles have more wide receivers than spots, and in this scenario, sixth-round pick Quez Watkins would be waived and go to practice squad. Ward’s late-season performance and ability to play the slot should help his case. The wild card, of course, is Jeffery. Coming off a Lisfranc injury, his health will be the determining factor. Jeffery can remain on the PUP list as long as he doesn’t practice this summer. Watkins’ speed and potential might make him a hard cut, so perhaps the Eagles keep seven and go lighter elsewhere.

Eagles mailbag: Will lack of fans hurt Eagles more than most teams? - NBCSP
This is an interesting question and one worth contemplating. Because as the scheduled start of the 2020 season gets closer and closer, it seems more and more likely there won’t be fans in the stands. Earlier this week, we talked to Merrill Reese about that possibility. The Eagles have had a great home-field advantage in recent seasons and if a big reason for that has been the home crowd, then the numbers absolutely say this will hurt the Eagles more than most teams. In the last four seasons, the Eagles have the fourth-best home record in the NFL.

Eagles host second community blood drive for American Red Cross -
In an effort to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and to avoid a potential shortage during these uncertain times, the Philadelphia Eagles and the American Red Cross, with the support of Budweiser, hosted its second community blood drive at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, May 21. The blood drive collected 90 pints of blood, which has the potential to help up to 270 patients. The first Eagles Community Blood Drive, held on April 16, collected 74 pints of blood, which has the potential to help up to 222 patients. The need to sustain a stable blood supply for patients with life-threatening conditions is critical at this time. The need for blood remains constant throughout the year, as volunteer donors serve as the only blood source for individuals relying on transfusions.

With the 36th pick in the SB Nation 2017 re-draft, the Bears take Derek Barnett - Windy City Gridiron
And besides, I was able to snag a edge rusher with the 36th overall pick in our 2017 re-draft... Derek Barnett. The Eagles took Barnett with the 14th overall pick that year, and recently he was one of only 17 first round picks in 2017 that were either extended or had their 5th year options picked up. He’s started all 20 games he’s appeared in the last two years, and I think the best football is in front of the 23-year old. His 14 sacks (in 35 career games) is the 6th most of that draft class and he was a member of the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky, Nick Foles navigate virtual QB derby - ESPN
The Chicago Bears’ eagerly anticipated quarterback competition might technically be on hold, but the manner in which incumbent starter Mitchell Trubisky and challenger Nick Foles navigate their way through Chicago’s virtual offseason program could determine the eventual winner. “There’s no competition going on right now over Zoom, as you know,” Bears coach Matt Nagy conceded on Friday. “I think what those guys are doing right now is they’re all building up their mental capacity within this offense as to what they like.” Offensive preferences aside, Foles’ presence in Chicago is directly correlated to Trubisky’s performance in 2019.

Seahawks sign veteran running back Carlos Hyde to one-year deal - Field Gulls
Carlos Hyde is heading back to the NFC West. After spending 2019 with the Houston Texans, the former Ohio State star running back has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Ian Rapoport says that Hyde could earn up to $4 million.

Report: Cowboys “seriously in play” to trade for Jets safety Jamal Adams - Blogging The Boys
Are you tired of hearing about Jamal Adams and the Cowboys? No? Well good, because this week the Jamal Adams and Cowboys trade talks have taken over twitter, and we’re starting to hear from a reporter who has ties with the Jets and the Cowboys of some actual interest. Gary Meyers reported via his twitter that he’s hearing the Cowboys have serious interest in trading for Jamal Adams now that the asking price is being reported as a first- and third-round pick.

Is it true that the Redskins haven’t given Dwayne Haskins enough “weapons”? - Hogs Haven
Right from the jump, Ron Rivera challenged Dwayne Haskins publicly to dedicate himself to football and do everything necessary to become the best version of himself he can be. It appears as if Haskins has responded. At the very least, Rivera refrained from going out and getting a Haskins replacement. The Redskins did not draft a quarterback with the second-overall pick in the draft, nor did they sign a clear starting quality veteran to challenge him in camp, though plenty were available. Instead, the team signed thrid-year player Kyle Allen, who has barely more playing experience than Haskins, but has the advantage of having played for Rivera and Turner in Carolina — something that may prove valuable in this COVID-19 affected season. If Haskins is able to master the Scott Turner offense, then the weapons he has around him probably will be sufficient for him to demonstrate that he is the present and future for the Redskins.

The best new lockdown sport is bird basketball - SB Nation
Until we get the NBA back in our lives (and more importantly have precautionary measures and low infection rates that would warrant that), we have to get by on the little live basketball we have. Watching streams of athletes, gamers, and celebrities play NBA 2K is a fantastic activity to do in the interim. But what if you’re not into simulated basketball? Well, you can always opt for the bird version of basketball.

8 ways to go out and stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic - Vox
People are starting to leave their homes again. Here’s how to do that and stay as safe as possible.


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