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Eagles News: “I still can’t imagine [Alshon Jeffery] playing in midnight green again”

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/31/20.

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Eagles positional reviews: Wide receiver - Inquirer
Jeffery suffered a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury on Dec. 9. While the Eagles have been reluctant to give a timetable on his return, sources close to the receiver said he was as far out as nine months from a full recovery from surgery, which theoretically could have him back in uniform by Week 1. The Eagles would love to trade Jeffery. They tried as far back as last October before anonymous quotes criticizing Carson Wentz, the offense and the front office were attributed to him. But he is virtually untradeable considering his contract, age, relative decline, and mostly, his injury. The Eagles could release him at any time and spread out the dead money against the salary cap (approximately $26 million) into next year, but there really isn’t an impetus right now if they hope to accrue something in return for the 30-year old. Maybe they envision working Jeffery back into the fold once healthy. He wasn’t happy last season when he found out about the possible trade, and whether that had anything to do with his alleged comments to ESPN, I still can’t imagine him playing in midnight green again. But a lot could depend on how Jackson returns from November core muscle surgery, how Arcega-Whiteside develops in Year 2, and how the new pieces fit. The Eagles simply aren’t in a position to be dumping (former) Pro Bowl receivers, however distant they are from their best seasons, and from the starting quarterback.

Eagles free agent running back comparison: Devonta Freeman vs. LeSean McCoy - BGN
The same is not true of McCoy, who certainly isn’t the loose Shady McCoy of Eagles lore, but remains a better athlete despite being a few years older than Freeman. McCoy generated an explosive (10+ yard) run on 11.9% of his carries last season, largely because of his superior athletic ability to Freeman (8.2% of his runs) at this stage of his career. Of course, McCoy also had the benefit of a better offensive line, and more space in his scheme as well. The reality of the running back room in Kansas City was that many backs could create explosive plays against light boxes and on RPOs, and younger players like Darwin Thompson and Damien Williams warranted more touches accordingly. McCoy was indeed a healthy scratch for the playoffs, but when he played, produced as he was asked to.

Why We’re Excited for the Eagles in 2020 - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton are super jazzed up for these 10 things that they’re looking forward to from the Eagles 2020 season PLUS new and notes from around the league! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

How many compensatory picks should the Eagles expect to receive in the 2021 NFL Draft? - PhillyVoice
In short, I would set the Eagles’ over-under at two compensatory picks. They will very likely get a 6 for the loss of Howard, but then it gets murky. They could get either a 6 or a 7 for Jernigan, or a 7 for Darby, depending on whether or not Jernigan counts or not. If Jernigan doesn’t count, the Eagles will be rooting for Darby to stick with Washington and play enough snaps to maintain his positioning on the list.

Real Life - Iggles Blitz
I’m sure being around Malcolm Jenkins the past four years had something to do with that. You can’t be around a strong leader like Malcolm and not have some of that rub off on you. Good on Carson for speaking up. There isn’t much to be gained from that, but it was the right thing to do. So many athletes are calculating, careful to guard their “brand”. Will I lose my marketability if I speak up?

NFL’s top remaining free agents: Projected landing spots for Cam Newton, Jadeveon Clowney and more - CBS Sports
RB LeSean McCoy. Proposed team: Philadelphia EaglesProjected contract: 1 year, $1 million. Shady should be even more affordable than Freeman after even old pal Andy Reid opted not to utilize him in the Super Bowl, and common sense says he’ll strongly consider a discount to return to Philadelphia, which he’s publicly called his true NFL home for years. The Eagles don’t really need him, with Miles Sanders set in stone as the lead back, but owner Jeffrey Lurie has long been a McCoy advocate, and Doug Pederson worked with him before. Howie Roseman also a.) has a penchant for nostalgic moves, and b.) is very clearly interested in veteran insurance at the position. The reunion continues to appear more inevitable.

NFL rumors: Eagles’ Lane Johnson offers his take on a potential LeSean McCoy reunion - NJ.com
“I want to see it,” Johnson said about a McCoy reunion. “You already know how I feel.” Jackson agreed with Johnson but also acknowledged that McCoy’s return was out of their hands. “If we were going off how we feel, there would have been a lot of (expletive) we would have already been seeing, right?” Jackson said.

Head-coaching continuity gives Eagles an ‘advantage’ in NFC East - ESPN
The only comparable situation in recent history was the 2011 season. A labor dispute led to a lockout that started in late March and lasted until July 25, forcing all teams into crash-course mode once the NFL season commenced. Stability proved key then. Five of the eight division winners that 2011 season had a head coach entering at least his sixth season with the team, while John Harbaugh was going into his fourth season with the Baltimore Ravens. On average, playoff teams had a coach that had been at the helm for more than five years. There were a pair of playoff teams guided by new coaches, however: the 8-8 Denver Broncos (John Fox) and 13-3 San Francisco 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship Game under Jim Harbaugh. And, somewhat surprisingly, the data shows that life for a first-year head coach wasn’t any rougher than normal, at least in terms of final results. The win percentage for teams working with new coaches in 2011 (.461) was actually the fourth highest in the nine-year span from 2011 through 2019, according to ESPN Stats & Information research — thanks in part to San Francisco’s wild success — while the number of playoff teams with a head coach in his first year (two) was right on average for that time frame.

Chris Long was moved by Carson Wentz’s tweet about George Floyd - NBCSP
“It think that’s something white players, white coaches, influencers, should hear. I just had this conversation with Carson Wentz. I shared with you that tweet. I was very moved by that. You heard Shannon Sharpe talk about that this week. He said, ‘Who’s gonna step up? We need Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers. It’s great that we’ve got X, Y, Zs of the world but we need the big-name quarterbacks’ and that sort of thing. So to see that happen and [Wentz] said ‘institutional racism.’ He typed those words out. That was really important to me. I got chills thinking about it. It’s so bare minimum, but that’s all we need. We just need guys to address it.”

Eagles DE Joe Ostman working at family’s bakery amid COVID-19 pandemic - 6ABC
“Since that injury happened, I’ve just been working as hard as I can to get back. I think I’m gonna come back stronger. I’m feeling really encouraged about it, especially lately, I’m feeling like myself again. Close to a full recovery now. I can’t wait to get back on that field,” Ostman tells Skversky with excitement. After nine months of rehab Ostman believes he’s whipped himself into shape ready to beat out others for a roster spot in Eagles training camp. Ostman says his knee feels close to 100% and feels almost like his right knee does with the exception of occasional soreness which is to be expected coming off an injury of that magnitude.

House of Pain Game | Eagles highlights - PE.com
Relive our hard-fought win over the Houston Oilers in 1991 that is famously known as the House of Pain Game. Get a deep retrospective on the House of Pain Game on the premiere episode of the Return Game podcast!

Big Blue View mailbag, 5/30: Larry Warford, DeAndre Baker, free agents, more - Big Blue View
Marcus Mewborn asks: Are there any lingering free agents you could see the Giants trying to nab during the off-season that could fill a need for this team? Ed says: Marcus, there are a couple. Obviously, the Giants have placed the free agent tender on Markus Golden. It would be a nice addition if Golden doesn’t find a suitor and ends up having to sign the tender. Golden has until July 22 to find a new team or his rights revert solely to the Giants. If they want a veteran center I like the idea of bringing in Justin Britt. I’m not sure about his health or the health of Jon Halapio right now, but Britt has had a more successful career. I also still wouldn’t mind seeing a veteran cornerback like Logan Ryan or Darqueze Dennard added to the secondary. Perhaps that depends on what happens with DeAndre Baker.

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