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Eagles Rookie Profile: 7 things to know about Jalen Reagor - BGN
TRIEBWASSER: Jalen was one of those talents that TCU fans will look back on and wonder what could have been. When he chose the Horned Frogs over Oklahoma, it didn’t seem possible that TCU would win double-digit games just once in his tenure and finish his career in purple not even in a bowl game. Unfortunately, Reagor’s three years in Fort Worth saw him play with seven different quarterbacks — and Kenny Hill in 2017 was the best of the bunch by a mile. Jalen’s three years in purple were best characterized by extraordinary moments followed by extraordinary inconsistency; the wide receiver would make an impossible catch and then drop something easy. But man, when he is on and locked in, he is special. He is capable of taking over a game as a play-maker — when you watch his film from the Baylor game in 2018 he jumps off the page. That day in Waco, TCU lost their starting quarterback early and were left with a fourth-string, fifth year senior who had attempted something like three passes in his career. And they had to win their final two games to make it to a bowl — which ended up being the Cheez-It Bowl, aka the Greatest Bowl Game in History. Reagor lined up at wide receiver, running back, quarterback, and returned punts. I am pretty sure he would have taken snaps at corner and dominated there, too, if needed. He put the team on his back and carried the Frogs to a win. His freshman year, he made one of the most ridiuclous hail mary catches of all time (in a huge moment), leaping over the entire SMU defense in the end zone as time wound down in the half. This past year was hard on him and hard on everyone in the program; he looked frustrated and disinterested at times as the Frogs rolled out Alex Delton (who was very bad) and Max Duggan (who was very much a freshman) behind center. It was pretty obvious that Reag was going pro no matter what happened in 2019, and at times that showed in his play. But he still flashed greatness, played through pain (he bounced up off the mat time and time again in a really physical game at Oklahoma State), and didn’t do anything to hurt his team on the field or in the locker room. Even as his dad [former Eagles defensive lineman Montae Reagor] constantly complained about the offense and the play-calling on Twitter (and he wasn’t wrong, to be honest), Reagor kept quiet — though he did occasionally like or RT something that talked about what was wrong with the TCU offense. The TL;DR: Jalen Reagor is a special, unique talent that can play multiple positions on the field and won’t be a problem off of it. He can make an immediate impact in the pros, especially on special teams.

2020 BGN Draft #14: Best & Worst Picks w/Brett Kollman - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Brett Kollmann (The Film Room) to discuss what he likes about Jalen Hurts the prospect and the selection PLUS best & worst picks from the first round and some of his favorite value selections from round 2!

My (mostly) useless, way-too-early Eagles 53-man roster projection - PhillyVoice
Jackson, Reagor, and Arcega-Whiteside are all obvious locks, with Ward not far behind. Beyond those four, it’ll be difficult to keep all three of Hightower, Watkins, and Goodwin. Since it’s difficult picking one out of hat and projecting them not to make the team, for now we’ll keep all three. Of the other receivers not named above who at least had a cup of coffee with the team last season, I believe Deontay Burnett has the best chance of upsetting the field and earning a roster spot. The obvious omission here is Alshon Jeffery. Howie Roseman will hang onto Jeffery for a while and try to trade him as his foot heals, but bringing him back for Year 3 of his quarterback bashing distraction tour would be borderline reckless.

Have Eagles done enough at wide receiver, or are we left to rely on hope? - NBCSP
Wentz deserves better, and it’s exciting to imagine what he could do with an elite wideout to grow with for the next several years of his career. Donovan McNabb never really had that. He had T.O. for a year and a half and DeSean when he was nearing the end. The Eagles are definitely faster at wideout, and they’re definitely younger. But this is the team that brought you Josh Huff, Dorial Green-Beckham, Rueben Randle, Golden Tate, Steve Smith and Mack Hollins. The best receiver the Eagles have brought in since Roseman became GM is probably Jordan Matthews and they got rid of him three times. So far. So it’s not easy to buy in. Is this more of the same or have the Eagles truly solved a lingering problem?

Matchups to watch coming out of the 2020 NFL Draft - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor vs. Dallas Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs. Speed vs. size. Reagor is a legitimate deep threat with 4.4 speed that plays even faster on the field, while Diggs brings size, length and press coverage ability. We don’t know exactly how the new defensive scheme in Dallas will be structured, and Diggs’ role is also unknown, but both players project to play on the outside at the next level. It’s a contrast in styles as Reagor has incredible acceleration off the line of scrimmage while Diggs got the nod as the best press-man corner in the draft class in the PFF Draft Guide. If Reagor can get off the line, he likely gets past Diggs for a big-play opportunity, but if Diggs gets his hands on him, Reagor will be taken out of the play entirely. Keep an eye on this NFC East battle.

Answering the 2020 NFL draft’s biggest questions: Experts debate favorite picks, more - ESPN+
What was the most head-scratching pick of the draft? Seifert: QB Jalen Hurts to the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 53). This pick doesn’t add up, at least in a world where Wentz is the Eagles’ unquestioned and long-term starter. The second round is a valuable spot to draft a backup or an “offensive weapon,” if that’s how the Eagles view Hurts. If Wentz’s injury history has compelled the Eagles into thinking they need to be a two-quarterback team, that’s no less workable in the long term. It’s hard to interpret the Eagles’ plan here. [...] Reid: QB Jalen Hurts to the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 53). This is not meant as a shot at Hurts. Several player-personnel people told me they had him ranked in the 50s. It’s just that Carson Wentz, obviously, is the Eagles’ guy. Even factoring in Wentz’s injury history, the Eagles used a second-round pick on someone who, in a best-case scenario for the franchise, will remain as a backup for a long stretch.

Updated Best-Ball RB Tiers - Rotoworld
TIER TWO. Miles Sanders (RB7) — It took several injuries for Sanders to steal the spotlight, but his 72 percent snap rate in Philadelphia’s last eight games (including 14.6 carries and 5.1 targets per outing) pave the way for an increased role in 2020. Only Boston Scott, Elijah Holyfield, and Corey Clement remain under contract behind the second-year stud for this upcoming season.

Film Room: Analyzing Jatavis Brown - PE.com
Find out what LB Jatavis Brown brings to the Eagles defense on Film Room, presented by Miller Lite.

“It’s Totally an Unhealthy Relationship With Food” - The Ringer
Jack Driscoll, an Auburn tackle drafted in the fourth round by the Eagles, adopted some of the same approaches as Bartch and Hennessy. Like them, he wasn’t naturally heavy. Like them, he was undersized to start his college career. And like them, he evolved from binge-eating pizza and ice cream to working toward a healthier and more sustainable way of staying swole. Still, Driscoll points out that while it’s important to have a better understanding of nutritional science, it’s not logistically easy to eat right, particularly in college. “I have class all day, then practice. I don’t really have time to get a huge lunch. So I have to pack snacks. So what can I pack? What food will stay good? And I’m really trying to plan that out ahead of time so I’m not missing meals,” Driscoll said. “It’s definitely a challenge.”

Report: Frank Gore to sign with the Jets - Gang Green Nation
Veteran running back Frank Gore will be signing a one year contract with the Jets per Ian Rapoport. Gore has put together a long and prolific career. There is already debate about whether he is going to make the Hall of Fame. [BLG Note: Joe Douglas prevents Philly from re-signing a true Eagles legend.]

NFL executive on Cowboys draft: “A lot of guys they took are super talented” - Blogging The Boys
The first two picks of Lamb and Diggs has to be up there with every other class across the league. A wide receiver with superstar potential and a talented corner that has a chance to make an impact early is hard to top. An executive told Sando that “this draft to me is probably one of the best ones.” “The only thing you can say about them is, a lot of guys they took are super talented,” an exec said. “Diggs was probably the third-best corner on the board. If you get the best out of him, you hit a grand slam. This draft to me is probably one of the best ones. When your owner is also the GM, you can take some risks.”

Cornerback Logan Ryan is still available — should Giants be interested? - Big Blue View
It is pretty stunning, honestly, that seven-year veteran cornerback Logan Ryan is still unemployed this deep into the NFL offseason. Ryan took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce that he will be moving on from the Tennessee Titans after three seasons there. He wrote “My chapter in Tennessee has come to a close.” Ryan spent four years with the New England Patriots before joining the Titans, so he has familiarity with New York Giants coach Joe Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. I advocated two months ago for the Giants to sign Ryan.

Mark Tyler’s Four Breakout Candidates for the Redskins in 2020 - Hogs Haven
Derrius Guice: Entering his third season in the NFL, Guice has played in just five games, totaling 245 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It not his ability, but rather his availability that is in question here. When healthy, he’s a bull in a china shop who simply can’t be brought down by one defender. Last year, before going down with an injury, he was averaging 5.8 yards per carry. If he can stay healthy, I think Guice is in for a big year in Burgundy and Gold. He certainly has all the necessary tools you look for in a bell-cow back.

What Could Happen to the Salary Cap in 2021 - Over The Cap
One of the questions I have been getting over and over recently has been what happens to the salary cap next year if the NFL season is impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. I talked about it a little bit on last weeks podcast and thought I would expand on it In a post. Obviously this isn’t something I (or anyone at the moment) would have a firm answer on but it is something that we can at least speculate about and discuss. While the topic of cancelled games and their impact on the salaries of NFL players, contract length of NFL player contracts is not defined there is one section of the CBA where they do discuss the potential impact of cancelled games, “Cancelled Games. If one or more weeks of any NFL season are cancelled or AR for any League Year substantially decreases, in either case due to a terrorist or military action, natural disaster, or similar event, the parties shall engage in good faith negotiations to adjust the provisions of this Agreement with respect to the projection of AR and the Salary Cap for the following League Year so that AR for the following League Year is projected in a fair manner consistent with the changed revenue projection caused by such action.” What that tells me is that one the salary cap for 2020 by no means will be changed and that two the salary cap in 2021 can be changed, significantly, based on how much revenue is lost this season.

The Dolphins have a plan to start letting fans attend NFL games, and it’s wild - SB Nation
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami has a capacity of 65,000, but the Dolphins’ plan means that no more than 15,000 fans will be in attendance at any given time. Entrances are being altered so only half the doors will be open, requiring fans to stand in lines six feet apart upon entering the venue. From there security personnel would manage the crowd, having them enter in rows — rather than a free-for-all to ensure social distancing measures are maintained. In order to assist with this fans would pre-book an arrival time ahead of the game, so their spot is maintained and entrances aren’t all hit at once from fans trying to find their seats.

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