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Colin Kaepernick landing spots: Eight most logical teams to sign the former 49ers quarterback - CBS Sports
7. Philadelphia Eagles. If the Eagles were concerned about the optics of adding a high-profile backup for Carson Wentz after Nick Foles’ tenure, they wouldn’t have drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round. And while Hurts’ early pick would seem to take them out of the mix, they incessantly justified that selection by calling themselves a “quarterback factory” and emphasizing the importance of the No. 2 spot. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie is a known progressive on the social justice front, his Eagles have been a bastion for that kind of work since Malcolm Jenkins helped further the foundation, and they’ve taken polarizing swings before (see: Michael Vick). Adding Kap, even as a one-year rental, would give Doug Pederson a new toy, Hurts more time to grow and Wentz a more experienced reserve. [BLG Note: The Eagles were among the handful of NFL teams to attend Kaepernick’s workout last November.]

7 free agent guard options for the Eagles following Brandon Brooks’ injury - BGN
Warford, who’s exclusively played at right guard in the NFL, has some noteworthy connections to Philly. He was drafted by Jim Schwartz’s Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Current Eagles director of player personnel/senior defensive assistant Jeremiah Washburn was Warford’s offensive line coach from 2013 through 2015. Warford was named to the PWFA’s All-Rookie team and earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors from Pro Football Focus under Washburn’s guidance. Warford departed Detroit to sign with the New Orleans Saints in 2017. He had three straight Pro Bowl seasons prior to being released earlier this year. Canal Street Chronicles cited Warford’s lack of versatility among other reasons when writing about why he was released.

The Best of The Kist & Solak Show Recaps: 2019 Weeks 13-16 - BGN Radio
Relive the 2019 Eagles season with Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak in this compilation of the best breakdowns & moments with the 4th installation coverings weeks 13-16! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Prince Tega Wanogho - PhillyVoice
The reality is that Wanogho will have some size disadvantages working against him in the pros, notably his 33 1/2” arms, which aren’t exactly T-Rex arms, but they’re also not ideal. Humphries has had those same challenges. Other similarities between Wanogho and Humphries: Wanogho and Humphries were both medical risks coming out of college. Wanogho was flagged for a knee injury at the Senior Bowl, while Humphries missed seven games his final two seasons at Florida with knee and ankle injuries. Both lacked experience heading into the draft. Wanogho is relatively new to the sport, as he had limited exposure to football in high school (where he played DE), though he did start 32 games at OT at Auburn. Humphries only started 19 games at Florida. Though limited in experience, both players played against high-level competition in the SEC.

Kyle Shanahan Gets Another Six-Year Deal, Player COVID-19 Cases Shouldn’t Be Surprises - MMQB
Eagles G Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles during a rehab session at the team facility on Monday, and that’s a really bad blow for the defending NFC East champs. And that it’s an Achilles is interesting, in that his injury is the type that spiked during the 2011 lockout season, when players lost their entire spring, as has been the case this year.

Beat back and forth: Brandon Brooks tears Achilles — what’s next for the Eagles? - The Athletic
This injury affects my outlook for the Eagles’ season. I’d agree their upside remains the same because of Wentz. I’d argue the downside is definitely lower, though, and probably lower than you suggested. The Eagles pride themselves on building a team with strong lines. This weakens their offensive line. And even if the replacement player will slot between Kelce and Johnson, he still must block the player in front of him. He won’t do it as effectively as Brooks. Based on the way the roster is constructed, the Eagles can get by being league average at certain positions. They cannot afford a league-average offensive line.

Inside the decade’s offensive, defensive trends for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN+
Offensive outlook for 2020: Those problems at wide receiver persist, even though DeSean Jackson should be back on the field. The Eagles will probably once again have an offense that’s above average but not near one of the best units in the league. [...] Defensive outlook for 2020: The Eagles should have an above-average defense once again, particularly if trade acquisition Darius Slay is as good as advertised.

Eagles wrap up virtual offseason program -
After nearly two months of video meetings and home workouts, Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson informed his players Monday that he was ending the virtual offseason program early. Pederson could have continued to hold workouts through June 26. But Pederson was so pleased with how the players have responded to the virtual offseason that he felt it was the right time to end it and give the players time away from the game before they are scheduled to convene for Training Camp in July.

The most underrated Eagles ever and more in Roob’s 10 observations - NBCSP
Interesting distinction between Nick Foles and Carson Wentz. Nick has had six starts in his career with a passer rating over 130 and Carson hasn’t had any (although he’s had 21 of at least 100). But Nick has also had four starts in his career with a rating under 50 and Carson has only had one. Nick has started 34 games and Carson 56. So your chances of getting an off-the-charts game are much better with Nick but your chances of getting a terrible game are far higher as well. If the QB with the wild extremes happens to line up the high points with the biggest games of his life you win a Super Bowl. But in the long run, you’re better off with the guy who’s very good most of the time and rarely awful than the guy who’s occasionally brilliant but also occasionally terrible.

Nightmare scenarios: Cowboys players we’d hate to see with a division rival - Blogging The Boys
Amari Cooper to the Philadelphia Eagles. There are many arguments about who is better between Prescott and Wentz, but no one was making the case that the wide receivers in Philly were better than the Cowboys’. Give Wentz and possibly Hurts a weapon like Cooper, and their offense gets a major upgrade. It might be enough to shift the entire balance of power in the division. Given how Cooper was a significant factor in a win or two over the Eagles, being on the other side of his receiving would be painful.

Teams have reportedly expressed interest in Ryan Anderson, Should the Redskins trade him? - Hogs Haven
Is Ryan Anderson worth more to the team this year than a Day 3 pick, or do the Redskins want to continue their current plan to not extend players until the new coaching regime gets to work with them more?

Can Darnay Holmes be solution to the Giants’ slot cornerback issues? - Big Blue View
As we have indicated all along, Holmes is expected to compete for the slot cornerback. GM Dave Gettleman said when the Giants selected Holmes that he “will come in and compete for that spot right away.” Holmes will have plenty of company. That group might include Grant Haley, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine, Dravon Askew-Henry, Rashaan Gaulden and perhaps seventh-round pick Chris Williamson. As things unfold, it’s likely there are times when safety Xavier McKinney, the Giants’ second-round pick, finds himself in the slot. NFL analyst Bucky Brooks believes Holmes will outperform his status as the 110th player selected.

Josh Harris and David Blitzer are minority owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers - Liberty Ballers
Just under a week ago, we covered the report that Sixers managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are interested in purchasing the New York Mets. While the enterprising duo continues their quest to take a bite out of the Big Apple, they’ve already secured themselves a condiment. Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzer reported today that Harris and Blitzer “acquired a stake of less than 5% in the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this year...While no details on price were available, the pair of financiers may have paid as much as $140 million, based on the $2.8 billion value Forbes estimated for the NFL franchise last September.” [BLG Note: Please sell the Sixers, Josh Harris.]

MLB commissioner ‘not confident’ there will be a 2020 baseball season - DraftKings Nation
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN on Monday he is “not confident” there will be a 2020 baseball season. A week ago, he told ESPN “unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year,” saying the likelihood was “100%.” However, he told ESPN the risk of no season continues “as long as there’s no dialogue” with the MLB Players Association. A week ago, Manfred discussed the owners’ rights under the March 26th agreement with the players that allows them to implement a season length of their choosing. The hold-up has been over how much pay players would receive, and Manfred said if need be, the league would implement a season of their choosing to get this going. Now, a week later, the threats are growing from the league. The owners sent a letter to the MLBPA stating there would be no 2020 season if the players did not waive any legal claims against the league, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Shaikin.

The ultimate sports video game bracket - SB Nation
This week at SB Nation, we’re going to be talking about video games across the network. That’s not limited to sports video games, but in this post, right here, that’s what we’re going to talk about. What is the greatest sports video game title of all time?

How often will NFL test players for coronavirus? How much money will be lost with no fans? Some answers came on Monday -
“We can’t figure out how to fit the virus into football, we have to figure out how we’re going to fit football into the virus,” Mayer said, a person familiar with the call relayed to NJ Advance Media. “This is a bad-ass virus.” Smith echoed that sentiment, saying: “We’re going to figure out if there is a way to bend this to the virus, not the other way around.” Mayer said on the call, NJ Advance Media learned, that the plan is to conduct coronavirus tests on players three times a week and that he’s about 90% certain that reliable saliva-based testing will be available in time for the start of training camp in late July. The league and NFLPA are working through protocols over the month as to what exactly that will look like.

We have to protect each other from the coronavirus - Vox
The news from America’s emerging Covid-19 hot spots did not get any better over the weekend. Florida hit a record high in new cases on Saturday. Texas just missed doing the same, but the direction in that state and several others is clear: Cases are going up. An ICU nurse in Arizona warned their wards are filling up with “the sickest patients I’ve ever taken care of,” according to this Facebook post shared by Reuters reporter Yahaira Jacquez. “I barely see my family because I’m scared to give it to them.” Current Covid-19 hospitalizations in the state topped 1,400 on Saturday, nearly doubled from a month ago. More coronavirus patients are in the ICU there than ever before. Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina also saw new highs in Covid-19 hospitalizations over the weekend. Red flags have been raised all over the country.


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