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NFL insider thinks the Eagles would “at least explore” trade for Joe Thuney - BGN
Doug Pederson indicated that the Philadelphia Eagles plan to first look at in-house options to replace Brandon Brooks but the head coach didn’t rule entirely out external additions. Due to their cap situation, the Eagles aren’t likely to make a big splash. But if they defy expectation, there is a noteworthy name to consider ... New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney. The MMQB’s Albert Breer recently suggested Thuney could be on Philly’s radar.

Brandon Brooks is Out... Now What? - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton react to the news of Brandon Brooks’ season ending Achilles tear & debate what’s next for the Eagles’ right guard spot PLUS thoughts on Doug Pederson’s call with the media & a grab bag of other topics! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Big Impact? - Iggles Blitz
The potential replacements for Brooks do not have ideal experience. Matt Pryor only started one game last year. Nate Herbig and Sua Opeta have played less than that. Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho are talented rookies, but both played OT in college. I do think it helps that the Eagles can start looking at these guys in Training Camp. They will feed these players reps and see who looks best prepared to handle the job. Pryor will be entering his third season and has played in games. Herbig got a lot of practice time last season. The coaches seem to be high on him. Driscoll was good enough to be a mid-round pick. I had Tega Wanogho rated as a second round talent if healthy.

Part 1: 50 things I wanted to observe at the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp - The Athletic
14. Greg Ward spent the past three years trying to earn a roster spot at this time of the year. He proved he was an NFL player in December, and he has an advantage over the newcomers because of his experience in the offense. Is he the top option to take over for Nelson Agholor in the slot or will the Eagles use Reagor or Marquise Goodwin inside?

10 Looming Contract Situations That Will Have a Significant Impact on the NFL - MMQB
Why is his next contract interesting? Because I think it has the chance to finally close the gap with the far superior wide receiver market. Tight ends have long been a market inefficiency, before the Ravens made it painfully obvious to the rest of the football world in 2019 with their creative deployment and utilization of cheap tight end talent. But with Kittle, like Rob Gronkowski before him, like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz alongside him, is far more valuable than a lot of the receivers in football and should be compensated as such.

50-plus NFL players who could get contract extensions before the 2020 season - ESPN+
Other potential TE extensions: The ChiefsTravis Kelce and the Eagles’ Zach Ertz each have two years left before free agency. But as similarly vital parts of their respective teams’ offenses, they’re watching the Kittle deal closely.

Rodney McLeod: Why it’s ‘important’ to have discussions about social justice, racial inequality - PE.com
Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod joins “Good Morning Football” to discuss protests in Philadelphia, social justice, racial inequality and more.

The Cowboys should trade Jourdan Lewis to the Buccaneers for O.J. Howard - Blogging The Boys
Tampa Bay may not be ready to part ways with a player like Howard, but it’s going to be hard for them to utilize all their pass catchers. They already have a top-notch wide receiver duo in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, so it’s going to be difficult to find work for three different tight ends within the offense. This could push the Bucs to a decision on Howard and the Cowboys are the ideal trade partner as all they have right now is Blake Jarwin. Tampa Bay gave up the third most passing yards last season and need help at the corner position. A deal like this could end up benefiting both teams.

Daniel Jones — Giants are banking on Year 2 leap from their franchise QB - Big Blue View
Jones’ rookie season was about proving the doubters - myself included - wrong. Jones accomplished that goal. While there are certainly areas of his game that need improvement, most notably the ball security issues as well as his processing speed and decision-making, the rookie passer proved the doubters wrong and showed that he belonged in the NFL. Now, the quarterback needs to take that big step forward in Year 2 and show that beyond simply belonging in the league, he can be the franchise quarterback the Giants thought they were getting when they turned in a card with his name on it.

The Sad Tale of Christian Hackenberg Will Soon Include a Baseball Comeback Attempt - The Ringer
How does one of the best high school quarterbacks in recent memory end up not playing a single NFL down and attempting to revive his career in an entirely different sport? Blame Temple.

Juan Castillo preaches consistency in the fundamentals - Windy City Gridiron
When the 2019 season ended the Chicago Bears parted ways with several offensive assistant coaches. One of which was well respected and experienced offensive line coach Harry Heistand. His former players all swear by him, and there’s never been a discouraging said word about his coaching style, but he and Bears head coach Matt Nagy simply didn’t mesh during their time working together in the Windy City. Enter Juan Castillo, who has a previously relationship with Nagy, and who has plenty of experience in the offensive system the Bears are running.

Expansion of practice squads from 12 to 16 is under consideration - PFT
As the NFL further processes the challenges of playing 269 total games that count amid an ongoing pandemic, the NFL is beginning to realize that more players than usual will likely be needed. NFL Media reports that conversations are occurring regarding the possibility of expanding the practice squads from 12 to 16 per team. While that’s helpful, that probably won’t be nearly enough to have players ready in the event that a team experiences a coronavirus outbreak.

Locker Rooms Are Petri Dishes. Can the N.F.L. Clean Up Before Training Camp? - New York Times
In this most unusual off-season roiled by the coronavirus pandemic, the N.F.L. has adapted by conducting business (mostly) as usual. Free agency, the college draft, rookie camp and voluntary workouts were all held on time, albeit remotely instead of in person. The league may have a harder time sticking to its plan to open training camps at their usual time in late July. While the N.F.L. and the N.F.L. Players Association have created guidelines that let coaches and team staff return to their offices, they have yet to figure out how several thousand players can attend training camps safely even as confirmations of infected players emerge.

The 12 best video game athletes of all-time - SB Nation
Michael Vick, Madden 2004/NFL Street. We all know Michael Vick is one of the most dominant video game athletes of all-time, but which version was best? Kofie Yeboah laid out the case for a few different titles. Here are a few examples from Madden. Vick was so dominant that Madden made a Wilt Chamberlain-style rule change that seemed specifically targeted at toning him down — the now widely-derided “QB Vision” added in Madden 06.

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