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Eagles News: Nathan Gerry among Philadelphia’s top contract extension candidates

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/25/20.

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4 Eagles players who could sign contract extensions in 2020 -
3. LB Nathan Gerry. The Eagles are likely to make Gerry their primary three-down linebacker this season. The converted college safety is a coaching staff favorite, and he seemed to progress with extended playing time last season. With the range to play in coverage, Gerry has been groomed into an extensive role. Much like with Barnett, signing Gerry before he breaks out is important. The Eagles clearly feel he offers something more than the rest of the players at his position, so extending him now could curb any questions about the team’s commitment to the former fifth-round pick. As previously mentioned, 2021 is likely to be the land of the unknown for the Eagles. The team will be shopping on a budget, and if they believe Gerry is worth being a centerpiece linebacker, now is the time to get ahead of the curve on his long-term future.

PFF ranked all 32 NFL rosters and the Eagles finished second in the NFC East - BGN
The eight teams that rank ahead of the Eagles, in order: Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans. It’s hard to argue with the top four but you can make the case for the Eagles ahead of the remaining four. I do think the Dallas is fairly ranked ahead of the Eagles given their offensive firepower. Ninth overall lines up with the feeling that the Eagles are a good team — certainly playoff caliber — but not a great one.

10 reasons the Washington team will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
Regardless of your political views, falling for that is the equivalent of fake throwing a tennis ball to your dog. As of this publish date/time, Del Rio still hasn’t deleted the tweet, despite like 90 percent of the replies either laughing at him or informing him it’s fake. Much worse, Del Rio seems to be buying into a notion that NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who went through a lot of bullshit this week, faked a hate crime. I can’t imagine that will go over well with any of his players, black or white. I’m an unathletic 43-year-old dork sitting behind a keyboard, but if I were Chase Young, I would not want to play for that dope.

The Simms top 40 countdown, No. 6: Carson Wentz - PFT
In late 2019, with the Eagles on the ropes and pretty much everyone but Wentz injured, the quarterback found another level of performance, basically willing the team to the postseason. That performance, along with his overall skill set, has placed him at No. 6 on the Chris Simms top 40 quarterback countdown. This year, if both Wentz and the rest of his teammates can stay healthy, the Eagles could be in position to make some real noise, three years after winning it all with Nick Foles subbing for Wentz.

The 10 worst assistant coaches in Eagles history - NBCSP
Carson Walch. Walch last year became the Eagles’ fifth WRs coach in five years. It did not go well. Nelson Agholor had a terrible season. Mack Hollins went two months without catching a pass before finally getting cut. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a miserable season. Alshon Jeffery didn’t do much even when he was healthy. As far as anyone can tell, Walch still hasn’t found a coaching job on any level.

Coaches Masterclass: Matt Burke dissects pass rush moves -
Eagles run game coordinator/defensive line coach Matt Burke teaches the art of pass rush moves on this edition of Coaches Masterclass, presented by Lincoln Financial Group.

Quick Reads Decade in Review: WR Totals - Football Outsiders
DeSean Jackson and Demaryius Thomas both had positive total DYAR in all 10 years of the decade, the only wideouts to achieve that feat.

Redskins remove George Preston Marshall from Ring of Fame, history wall, and online - Hogs Haven
The anti-George Preston Marshall movement has had some small wins over the last week, and now the Washington Redskins are reportedly making a few more moves to distance themselves from their founder. The GPM memorial statue was removed from RFK Stadium on Friday(Juneteenth). This was followed up by the Redskins officially retiring Bobby Mitchell’s jersey, and changing the name of the lower level of FedEx Field from Marshall’s to Mitchell’s. The Redskins are going even further by reportedly removing Marshall from their Ring of Fame, their history wall, and their website. George Preston Marshall was an unapologetic segregationist, and was the last NFL owner to allow black players on his team. The Redskins only integrated after being threatened by the US government to take away the use of District of Columbia Stadium (RFK Stadium) for games.

ESPN with the least surprising Bears thing ever - Windy City Gridiron
Clay’s 2020 projections for Nick Foles: 13 TD passes, 8 INTs, 2,626 passing yards and 144 fantasy points. — Another NFL expert predicting that Foles will get the bulk of the playing time at QB for the Bears in 2020, but if that’s the stat line he puts up then the Bears will be looking for a new QB in 2021.

Five big coronavirus concerns for the 2020 NFL season: Guiding principles for navigating COVID-19 - ESPN
Football is played by large groups of men in close quarters, with frequent shouting and heavy aerobic breathing — all commonly accepted ways of spreading the coronavirus. The point of social distancing is to keep people away from the range of individual spread. Servicing those disparate natures is a central question of football during a pandemic. Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay is among many who wonder whether it’s even possible. “I mean, we’re going to social distance, but we play football,” McVay said during a conference call earlier this month. “This is really hard for me to understand all this. ... I don’t get it. I really don’t.”


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