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Eagles’ Derek Barnett working out with former DL coach Jim Washburn: ‘He wants to prove he was worth that pick’ - NJ.com
“He wants to prove that he was worth that pick,” Washburn told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview on Thursday. “I believe he will. He’s just got to stay healthy.” [...] “He’s one of the finest young people that I’ve ever been around in my whole life, ever,” Washburn said. “He never makes an excuse. I’d say ‘I hurt your feelings, didn’t I?’ and he’d say ‘Wash, you’re not going to hurt my feelings. Say anything to me because you’re not going to hurt my feelings.’”
Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz rank among the top head coach/QB combos in the NFL - BGN
5. Doug Pederson/Carson Wentz. This is more a reflection of Pederson than Wentz, although Wentz has certainly proven he can play at an elite level when healthy. His final month last year, with no wide receivers to throw to, was stunning, and Pederson’s ability to massage his gameplans to meet whatever deficiencies the team has had at the skill positions has been remarkable. Hopefully some additional speed at wide receiver will allow these two to take things to the next level.
The Kist & Solak Show #184: How Many Touches for Miles + Other Fantasy Musings - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak discuss the off-season schedule and it’s potential impact on the Eagles, debate Miles Sanders’ average touch per game output, and delve in to random WR discussions from around the league! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Shaun Bradley - PhillyVoice
The player I came up with as a comp for Bradley is the Lions’ Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Uh, who? Reeves-Maybin was a fourth-round pick for Detroit in 2017, who had a floor as an undersized-but-speedy special teams contributor. His size measurables stack up similarly to Bradley’s, though Bradley has a significant edge athletically.
The best tight end in the NFL: Who comes after Travis Kelce and George Kittle? - PFF
Tier 2: Man-And Zone-Beaters: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles. As I previously stated, a tight end’s ability to beat man coverage is the most stable metric when grading their potential impact on the passing game. And Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has the second-highest separation percentage (63.6%) against man coverage over the last three seasons. Ertz also ranks in the top 10 in receiving grade (79.6, ninth) and yards per route run (2.05, ninth) against zone coverage during the same period. He is equally effective against zone and man coverages, where his combined skill set makes him an excellent fit for both schemes. Ertz is a skilled route-runner who repeatedly wins separation by working to the edge of a man-coverage defender. He consistently wins leverage by forcing defenders out of their backpedal, where he will then work away from the defender as he turns his hips. His success is less about speed and more about timing and how to work a defender with footwork and fundamentals, but he remains one of the league’s best players at the position.
Better, worse or the same? Eagles’ D takes two steps forward, two back - ESPN
Jenkins, 32, was not only a do-it-all problem-solver in the back of Schwartz’s defense but was also the team leader. The Eagles opted not to exercise the option in his contract, which makes sense from a long-term, team-building standpoint but leaves them vulnerable in 2020. Mills is making the transition to safety after spending the first four years of his career at cornerback, and is doing so during an unprecedented offseason with little on-field training. Wallace and Parks are solid additions, but the Eagles are going to miss Jenkins’ reliability (he played in all 96 regular-season games during his six-year run in Philly) and generalship.
Quez Watkins getting ‘crucial’ workout time with Carson Wentz in Houston - NBCSP
Quez Watkins always knew Carson Wentz was big. He didn’t know he was that big. Watkins has been in Houston this week working out with his new quarterback and a few other receivers, including first-round pick Jalen Reagor. It’s the first time the rookies have been able to catch passes from the Eagles’ franchise quarterback. “Truthfully, I didn’t know he was that big,” Watkins said to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark on Wednesday. “I thought he was maybe 6-3, 6-2. But he was like 6-5 and I was like, man, he’s tall. I see how he can sling it now.” Watkins, 22, got to Houston on last Sunday and is spending two weeks there. His original plan was to meet Jalen Hurts in Houston and work out with him, but he then got a call from Wentz, who was also down there. Watkins still plans on meeting up with Hurts.
Biggest NFL roster holes: Lingering concerns for Seahawks, Packers - NFL.com
6) Philadelphia Eagles: BACKUP RUNNING BACK. I’m bullish on Miles Sanders’ chances to become the first bell-cow back of the Doug Pederson era, but if something were to happen to him, the Eagles could be in trouble. The cupboard currently looks awfully bare when it comes to potential replacements, with Boston Scott, Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield positioned as the top three backups. Carlos Hyde could have been an option, but he signed with Seattle. Devonta Freeman remains a possibility, but the former Atlanta starter might have salary demands that are too rich for the Eagles’ blood. LeSean McCoy says he would love to return to his former team, but the fact that he was a healthy scratch for Kansas City in last year’s playoffs raises questions about how much he has left in the tank. It might make sense to kick the tires on Lamar Miller, who is progressing in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery.
Answering Eagles questions: Salary cap outlook, 2020 predictions and more - The Athletic
A realistic, optimistic expectation for Reagor is to produce at the level of Jeremy Maclin as a rookie: 56 catches, 773 yards, four touchdowns. Maclin was the No. 19 pick in 2009. The nightmare scenario for Reagor, the No. 21 pick, is producing at the level of Nelson Agholor as a rookie: 23 catches, 283 yards, one touchdown. Agholor was the No. 20 pick in 2015. If you divide those two, it’s 39.5 catches for 528 yards and 2.5 touchdowns. Let’s make that the over/under. I’ll go over, and think his production won’t be far away from Maclin. Would you be satisfied with 50 catches, 650 yards and four touchdowns? Something else to keep in mind: Reagor is expected to have a major role in the return game, too.
I redesigned each NFL team’s jersey just for fun - Fake Teams
[BLG Note: Fake Teams gave the Eagles a kelly green design.]
Brian Westbrook feasts on Thanksgiving | Eagles highlights - PE.com
Relive the Eagles’ big win over the Arizona Cardinals on Thanksgiving night in 2008!
Gil Brandt ranked the Cowboys secondary as the fourth-biggest roster hole in the NFL - Blogging The Boys
The secondary as a whole is obviously a group of question (we named it as the one most likely to disappoint in 2020) despite the fact that the Cowboys drafted both Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II just a few months ago. While those players are undoubtedly exciting prospects for the future, the here and now is very much up in the air. Can a combination of Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix really be enough at safety? And if it is, can Chidobe Awuzie be the team’s top cornerback with Byron Jones now in Miami? Chido and his fellow draftees Jourdan Lewis and the aforementioned Xavier Woods are all entering contract years this season, if the group is in question now what will it look like in 2021?
Washington has never discussed Colin Kaepernick - PFT
Doug Williams, the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl who now serves as Washington’s vice president for player development, explained it’s because of the city the team represents. “I think what happened here, we’re in a heavily, heavily military area,” Williams said on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday, via NBCSportsWashington.com. “And I think the guy that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — made such a big stink of it, the fans in this area . . . might’ve been a tough situation for both the team and [Kaepernick].”
NFL insider notes: Why roster purge could be near, plus league’s ‘humanly impossible’ camp protocol - CBS Sports
“There is another wave coming, I promise you,” one prominent agent told me. “I made a bet with someone there would be $100M in salaries gone by the start of the season, but I was wrong. I bet there is over $140M.” I have heard plenty of rumblings about how bleak it might be if teams started yanking franchise tags from certain players – even a player like Yannick Ngakoue, if on the open market, is he getting $18M for 2020 like he would on the tag? I am far from certain and would lean to the side that he can’t get it. Does Clowney ultimately play for $10-$12M this season and nowhere near the $20M-plus he was seeking? I wouldn’t bet against it.
In 1968, a pandemic hit pro sports, including the Eagles. No one remembers it or its lessons. - Inquirer
Suppose it happened now the way it happened then. Can you imagine? A pandemic — originating in China, no less — sweeping across continents and oceans to the United States, where it kills 100,000 people. A virus scything through locker rooms all over the East Coast, infecting the NBA’s most respected player, forcing one college basketball team to postpone a game because so many of its players were sick, spreading to five players on the Eagles and leeching 15 pounds from the team’s starting tailback as he stays in bed for the better part of a week, aching and vomiting and burning with fever. The H3N2 virus strain, known at the time as the Hong Kong flu, reached America’s shores in September 1968. And as our professional sports leagues and the NCAA lurch toward the resumption of games and matches after three months of silence, it’s fascinating and instructive to look back at how those institutions responded to a pandemic that occupies little space in our collective memory more than half a century later.
The new coronavirus spikes, explained - Vox
In many parts of the United States, Covid-19 appears to be surging. It is a grim reminder that the country has not beaten the coronavirus pandemic that has taken more than 110,000 American lives and locked down the country for much of the year. The number of confirmed cases in the US has now exceeded 2 million, and while new cases nationwide appear to be flat, they’re not dropping. Moreover, the national numbers obscure the state and local trends that have public health experts worried.
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