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Eagles News: NFL.com ranks the NFC East as the league’s worst quarterback division

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/23/20.

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Ranking the eight NFL divisions by quarterback: NFC South claims No. 1 - NFL.com
8) NFC East. Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott. New York Giants: Daniel Jones. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins. Wentz is a flat-out stud. Prescott should shine under Mike McCarthy. There is slight pause on both, with the Jalen Hurts implementation in Philly and Dak’s contractual ambiguity in Dallas. But for the sake of conversation, I think both situations play themselves out in a positive way. While Hurts’ presence equals drama in a city that loves it, Wentz is still special. He can rise above sports talk radio chatter. The jury is very much still out on both Jones and Haskins as they head into Year 2. Neither set the world on fire last fall. (Sure, Jones had some productive games, but his general ball security was a serious issue.) By the end of the coming season, when it comes to stacking up all of the quarterbacks in the AFC East and NFC East, I won’t be at all surprised if Jones and Haskins rank Nos. 7 and 8. And that’s what cements this ranking for the division.

Film breakdown makes the case for Carson Wentz as a top five NFL quarterback - BGN
“Yes, we all know Wentz got concussed in the first quarter of the Wild Card game and the Eagles lost to the Seahawks, 17 to 9. But the fact that they even made it to the playoffs with this cast of characters is a miracle in itself. Wentz had a far from perfect situation to take this team to the playoffs. But to prove his talent, it was actually the perfect situation. The NFL doesn’t wait around for your roster and weapons to be operating at 100%. Often times, the best moment to prove yourself is when everything is going wrong. How many quarterbacks dropped into Wentz’s situation would take this team to the playoffs? Elite quarterbacks wait for nobody. It doesn’t matter the circumstances, the talent around them, or who they’re facing. They are going to win. That is what makes Carson Wentz an elite top five quarterback.”

10 reasons the Cowboys will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
The Cowboys had the benefit of having a legitimate starting quarterback on their cap at an extremely low number for four years, and all they have to show for it was one playoff win. Now that Prescott is making over $31 million in 2020, the Cowboys had to part with some good players to make room for that extreme increase...

The best and worst quarterback play of the Super Bowl era: Ranking all 32 NFL teams - ESPN+
Did you know? The future looks bright. In 2019, Carson Wentz became the first player in Eagles history with 4,000 passing yards in a season. And he was the first quarterback in NFL history to do that without a 500-yard wide receiver, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. Clay’s 2020 projections for Wentz: 27 TD passes, 9 INTs, 3,801 passing yards and 268 fantasy points.

Why JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s college coach believes better days are ahead for Eagles WR - Inquirer
“I know there were probably some times where he was kind of doing some soul searching and was frustrated,” Kennedy said. “I always tell guys this ... even when you think you’re the most ready to step into somebody’s shoes, there’s always an adjustment period. I’m sure with him there was an adjustment period, and who doesn’t want to be the guy and have success right away? I’m sure there was some disappointment and frustration, but the JJ that I know is the guy that kind of takes things head on and he’ll continue to battle.”

Why Chip Kelly is the ultimate Eagles Villain - NBCSP
As the Eagles’ organization moved on from Kelly, Lurie said he wanted the next coach to have “emotional intelligence,” which just so happened to be the one thing Kelly possessed none of. The Eagles basically wanted to find Kelly’s emotional opposite as they hired their next coach. In fairness, Chip wasn’t all bad. Some of his offense is still being used and he assembled a pretty good coaching staff. But there are edible portions on a moldy piece of bread too. When it’s all said and done, the Chip Era Era will be remembered as a gray, dystopian period in Eagles history. Some will say without Kelly, the Eagles never would have won the Super Bowl. Maybe that’s true, but I’m not giving credit to a guy who screwed up everything so royally that it needed to be fixed.

Great coaches of the NFC East - Hogs Haven
Dick Vermeil - A look at his NFC East record and accomplishments doesn’t make Vermeil’s name leap off the page, but, he took over a team that had spent about 15 years in a morass of losing football following Buck Shaw’s retirement, and Vermeil re-energized them. I remember well when Vermeil was hired to coach the Eagles in 1976, and it was akin to the recent hiring of Sean McVay by the Rams, signalling a break with the past, and introducing new energy and a new style of football. Vermeil has gone on to have continued success with the Rams and Chiefs, as well as in broadcasting. Vermeil is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.

Dwayne Haskins Is 2020’s Under-the-Radar Sophomore Quarterback - The Ringer
Haskins still has plenty of variables working against him: The team’s offensive line is, to put it charitably, a work in progress, particularly on the left side, and the skill-position group is young and lacks experience. But despite his atrocious overall rookie numbers and the coaching staff upheaval, I remain bullish on Haskins heading into this season. He’s supposedly down to 218 pounds after reporting last year at 235―no, really, he’s in the best shape of his life―and that change in body composition should help him better elude pressure behind the line. Crucially, Haskins will have another offseason under his belt building chemistry with his top targets in Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims, Kelvin Harmon, and the rest of the team’s young playmakers. Perhaps most importantly, he’s set to get all the first-team reps in whatever training camp and preseason look like―and, at least in theory, he’ll be playing in a scheme that maximizes his talent. Goff made a massive jump in his second season after posting abysmal rookie numbers, in large part thanks to the team’s change in coaching staff and scheme. After posting Goff-level stats as a rookie, Haskins has a chance for a Goff-level breakthrough in Year 2.

Dak Prescott has signed his franchise tag, but what’s next and who has the leverage now? - Blogging The Boys
Prescott is still looking for a bigger payday and signing the franchise tag doesn’t change anything as he and the team hope to get a deal finalized before the July 15th deadline. If a new deal isn’t reached by then, Prescott will play under the tag for the upcoming season as they would no longer be able to sign a multi-year deal until the 2020 season ends. As it stands now, that’s still the big deadline we should have circled on our calendars. Should the two sides not be able to reach an agreement by the deadline, what happens exactly in terms of what a future contract might look like? Who then has the leverage?

10 bold predictions for 2020 fantasy football - Fake Teams
CeeDee Lamb finishes as the Cowboys leading receiver. I nailed my last bold prediction involving CeeDee Lamb so I figured I’d double down on this new found talent of mine. Lamb was arguably the best wide receiver in this draft class and has been working his ass off getting ready for this NFL season. It may take him a little bit of time to get settled into the offense, but if things click for him early, he has the talent to instantly take off and become the number one guy in Dallas. Amari Cooper, while productive, has dealt with drops throughout his career and it’s unsure where exactly in the offense Mike McCarthy will have him play. (Cooper is a stud slot receiver but not as great on the outside. Hopefully McCarthy will see that and bump him inside.)

Will Hernandez film study: What went wrong, and right, for talented young guard in 2019? - Big Blue View
Will Hernandez was the New York Giants’ second-round pick in 2018 out of UTEP. Ostensibly, Hernandez regressed in his second NFL season, after a promising rookie year. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that Hernandez had a sophomore slump in 2019, but there were many variables that led to that decline.

NFL remains highly optimistic that season will happen, less optimistic fans will be in stands - PFT
In early May, we reported that there is an “extremely small” chance there will be no NFL football in 2020. Recent events, culminating this afternoon in a recommendation from the NFL Players Association that players stop practicing together, have sent us back to our sources for an updated assessment. And there’s good news, even if the news regarding the prospects for football amid a pandemic has felt like anything but good. The NFL remains highly optimistic that the 2020 season will happen.

NASCAR drivers came together to support Bubba Wallace and denounce racism - SB Nation
On Sunday afternoon, someone reportedly snuck into the Talladega Garage and left a noose in Bubba Wallace’s stall. Wallace, who is the only Black full-time driver in NASCAR, did not see the noose himself, but a member of his No. 43 team reported the incident as soon as they saw it. NASCAR and the FBI are now conducting an investigation into the matter. On Monday, as a result of this horrendous and racist incident, all of NASCAR stood in solidarity with Wallace. Before the race, drivers walked together and walked Wallace’s No. 43 car to the very front in solidarity. Several drivers gave Wallace hugs and came together for a selfie in what was emotional and important moment for NASCAR and all of sports. It’s important to not only denounce racism whenever possible, but to come together to show that we are stronger than hate.

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