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Ranking all 32 NFL quarterbacks by deep passing performance: Dak Prescott makes the top-five, Josh Allen slips to the bottom - PFF
10. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. 35.1% completion percentage, 10.7 yards per attempt, 79.4 Passer Rating. Heading into the 2019 season, we thought Carson Wentz might have the best receiving corps in the league to throw to. By the end of it, they were all hurt and he was tossing passes to a former college quarterback and AAF star in Greg Ward. DeSean Jackson being missing especially crippled Wentz’s ability to win deep down the field regularly, and though his passing itself was solid, the production the offense had on these attempts was lackluster at best.

2019-20 Deep Ball Project - Football Outsiders
Kyler Murray wasn’t the only rookie to find himself in the top 10, as Gardner Minshew came in at seventh in deep accuracy. His combination of mobility, deep passing, and an iconic moustache are enticing for a late Day 3 rookie, and Jacksonville appears to wisely be sticking with him to see what he can offer in 2020. This does not mean I’d rather have Minshew as a deep passer over Russell Wilson, who would’ve ranked higher than eighth had it not been for a streaky second-half stretch. Even still, he’s arguably the best deep passer in the league with an awe-inspiring play style, and at least his receivers didn’t screw him over to the extent Carson Wentz’s did. Eagles’ fans’ complaints of the receivers dropping everything coming their way were valid, as the corps forced 12 accurate incompletions, tied for the most in the 2019-20 Deep Ball Project. As you may have guessed, this helped benefit Wentz’s accuracy percentage, and he finished ninth for the second consecutive season.

Yet another update on the Eagles’ interest in Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy - BGN
There’s thought that the Eagles should just stick with the young talent they have on their roster but it’s clear they have interest in acquiring a vet. At this point, it looks like Freeman is the primary target and Shady is the backup plan.

Special: Being “Injury Prone” w/Dr. Edwin Porras - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton has a special conversation with Dr. Edwin Porras of Fantasy Points to have an in-depth discussion about the meaning of “injury prone”, if Carson Wentz’s injury history is concerning & how DeSean Jackson can recover from his core muscle injury PLUS thoughts on Sidney Jones & Alshon Jeffery!

Philadelphia sports documentaries we want to see - PhillyVoice
TO-McNabb. Another crazy Eagles “what exactly happened” story, this doc would follow the careers of Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb as they eventually intertwined for two memorable seasons in Philadelphia, albeit for different reasons. Their stories will always be thought of, at least in Philly, together.

Gadget guy or legitimate NFL quarterback? A look at what Jalen Hurts can do for the Eagles. - Inquirer
Riley was pleased to see Hurts get drafted by the Eagles. He thinks it’s a good fit for him; a place where he will thrive. “As a quarterback, you want to go to a place that’s motivated to have you, and they obviously are,” he said. “To have a head coach who is as involved offensively as much as coach [Doug] Pederson is and to have them take you as early as they took Jalen is a great thing. “They saw some things they recognized. I can tell you this: They were very detailed in the discussions [about him] and the homework that they did on him. They’ve got a plan [for him]. I think it’s a great situation for him.

The most dominant single-season NFL team for every franchise since 1970 - The Athletic
19. Philadelphia Eagles (2017). The 2017 Eagles (33rd overall) and 2004 version (59th) outranked the 1980 Super Bowl team (61st) for dominance, at least according to our formula. All three were fairly comparable in most categories. The 1980 team led the way in regular-season PPG ratio (1.7), but the 2017 edition fared better in postseason PPG ratio, point differential against winning teams and, obviously, in postseason winning percentage. The 2017 Eagles went 7-3 against winning teams, compared with 3-2 for the 2004 team and 5-4 for the 1980 team.

Who are the Eagles’ 10 best players under 25 years old? - NBCSP
1. RB Miles Sanders. Had one of the finest rookie seasons in Eagles history, with 818 rushing yards, 50 catches and 1,327 scrimmage yards. Led all NFL rookie running backs in scrimmage yards. Turns 25: May 1, 2022. [...] 10. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside I know, I know, but somebody has to be No. 10, and at least JJAW had seven 1st-down receptions last year. That’s 70 percent of his career catches! Turns 25: Dec. 31, 2021.

Coaches Masterclass: Press Taylor teaches quarterback progressions -
Passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Press Taylor breaks down what goes into a quarterback’s progressions on this episode of Coaches Masterclass presented by Lincoln Financial Group.

Ranking the NFC East, 2020: Safeties - Hogs Haven
Overall, McLeod is a solid and dependable, though not especially athletic FS. Teams can occasionally exploit his aggression, but he clearly makes few enough mistakes that his coaches trust him. In a lot of ways, I think McLeod represents the best-case scenario of what Xavier Woods could become if he greatly improved his tackling and got quicker at reading and reacting to the play.

Report: Bucs interested in RB Devonta Freeman - Bucs Nation
Many thought the Bucs would seek help at the running back position during the offseason, so it was no surprise when they drafted Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais a little over a month ago. Apparently, they’re not done. Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Bucs have given former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman an offer to join the team. Now that’s a bit surprising when it comes to the Bucs and their running back situation.

With Patrick Mahomes in negotiations for new deal, the Dak Prescott deadline is even more important - Blogging The Boys
Still, Mahomes’ eventual deal will only increase the market for quarterback contracts. This is not to say that Prescott, or any other quarterback due for a new contract, will match Mahomes’ numbers, but it won’t lower the number either. This is especially true with Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson also likely to receive contract extensions sometime in the relatively near future. For the Cowboys, it would be very smart to find a way to get a deal done this offseason with their franchise quarterback before the middle of July rather than taking their chances with how things will go next year.

Dallas’s CeeDee Lamb Pick Was More Than Just Another Flashy Move - The Ringer
With Prescott making $31.4 million on the franchise tag and Cooper now playing on a second contract, Dallas is devoting nearly 20 percent of its 2020 salary cap to two players. That type of commitment to an already potent offense would seem to necessitate using a valuable, cost-controlled resource like a first-round pick to improve a defense with multiple holes. But there’s plenty of evidence that maintaining a great offense is more important for long-term success than building a balanced roster. One of the basic principles that’s come from Football Outsiders’ research through the years is that offensive success is more consistent and more predictable from year to year than defense. A team committed to building a top-10 offense is more likely to be an annual contender than a team committed to building a top-10 defense. Even franchises with elite quarterbacks have benefited from adding quality offensive pieces whenever possible. Take a look at how the Chiefs have built around Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City is set to spend 51.8 percent of its 2020 salary cap on offense. That’s the 13th-highest rate in the league—but it’s the third-highest mark among teams with starting quarterbacks still on their rookie deals. The two teams ahead of the Chiefs with rookie-contract QBs—the Giants and Texans—are also carrying bloated salaries for guys like Nate Solder and David Johnson, which artificially inflate those numbers. The Chiefs are one of only two teams with five non-QBs each slated to take up at least 4.9 percent of their 2020 cap. You could argue that even with the league’s best QB on the roster, no franchise in the NFL has devoted more cap resources to its supporting cast than Kansas City.

The NBA’s possible July return at Disney World, explained - SB Nation
The league is looking into making a July return with an announcement potentially coming in June. A lot has to happen before the players can step on the court. Most notably, the NBA’s international players have to return to the United States. The U.S. government currently has a ban on people traveling into the country, but the Department of Homeland Security issued exemptions for athletes like Slovenia’s Luka Doncic to make their return.


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