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I only have eyes (and felt) for you: ranking the NFL’s best and worst mascots - The Athletic
2. Philadelphia Eagles. Mascot: Swoop. Debut: 1996. Thoughts: It pains me to write this a little bit knowing my best friend is going to never let me live this down – he’s an Eagles fan. But Swoop looks the most realistic of all of the mascots and gets as close to looking like the logo as anyone. He’s definitely as scary as an eagle actually looks.

ESPN proposes trade between Eagles and Seahawks - BGN
Ultimately, though, I’m not feeling it. Pocic may offer versatility but his lack of durability is an issue. He’s logged just 1,026 snaps over three seasons. To put that number in perspective, Jason Kelce played 1,163 snaps in 2019 alone. Don’t love trying to replace Brooks with a guy who was limited to one start due to back and core muscle injuries last season. Also, are we sure Pocic is really any good? I can’t tell you I’ve watched the Seahawks’ offensive line at length (sounds like an unpleasant experience!) but Pocic has consistently graded out poorly by Pro Football Focus. Even his “promising” rookie season saw him finish ranked 78th out of 92 guards.

The Kist & Solak Show #185: Trading For Jamal & Confirming Pryors - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak lay out the pros & cons of a potential Jamal Adams trade w/a look at recent 1st round pick/player swaps PLUS is Matt Pryor the answer to replace Brandon Brooks? Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Boom roasted: Poking fun at the rest of the NFC’s teams - PhillyVoice
Buccaneers: In Jason Licht’s six years as GM, the Bucs have compiled a 34-62 record (0.354), which is better than only the Jaguars and Browns during that span. They have finished dead last in the NFC South in four of those seasons, and in 2019, their season was essentially over in October after starting 2-6. But, sure, they’re only one player away. Boom roasted.

On hold: Harold Carmichael must wait until 2021 for Hall of Fame induction -
Harold Carmichael waited nearly 30 years to get the call to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so what’s another year to wait for the induction ceremony? That’s the approach Carmichael is taking after word came down on Wednesday that the ceremony to induct the Centennial Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame would move from this fall to August 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans, and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ‘21.’”

Remembering Jerome Brown, happy, carefree and funny as hell - NBCSP
So Jerome looked at me and smiled and then picked me up and slammed me against the wall while Keith Jackson stood there laughing and saying, “Come on, Jerome, don’t kill him.” Jerome smashed me two more times face-first against the wall and then let me kind of crumple to the floor and then he stood over me and laughed and said these words that I’ll never forget: “I’m just messin’ with ya, homes!” Then he scooped me up, put me back together and sent me hobbling on my way. And whenever people ask me what Jerome was like, I tell them that story because that’s Jerome in a nutshell.

Building the best NFL team money can buy under the 2020 salary cap -
The pairing of George Kittle with Dallas Goedert gives the roster the best tight end duo in the NFL. Each offers receiving prowess and blocking capacity. However, using a second-round slot on Goedert was one of the tougher decisions in this exercise, especially considering some of the playmakers drafted in Round 2 that were left on the table (Nick Chubb, DK Metcalf, Mecole Hardman, etc.). Chris Herndon, who missed 15 games in 2019 due to injury, offers a low-cost, high-upside receiving option. Jaylen Samuels earns his keep on special teams but also brings depth to both the tight end and running back position.

Redskins listed as a top landing spot for Josh Gordon if he is reinstated - Hogs Haven
Should the Redskins pursue Gordon if he is granted yet another chance to resume his NFL career? He would likely provide a boost to the Washington offense, but is he the sort of player that Ron Rivera wants to have on the team? The Redskins head coach talked about mistakes and second chances after drafting Saahdiq Charles in April, but perhaps Coach Rivera will see Gordon, who is older and has at least 7 suspensions on his record dating back to 2011, in a completely different light than Charles.

2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame game officially cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns - Blogging The Boys
Last week concern around the NFL began to grow that the league’s annual preseason kickoff game, the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, would be cancelled. Unfortunately, those fears have met their reality as the HOF game has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

NFL lawyer: Teams told training camp will start on time, preseason might be reduced - DraftKings Nation
The NFL continues to plan for training camp to start on time. League general counsel Jeff Pash told the media on Thursday that teams have been advised training camp will open on schedule. Most teams are currently scheduled to open on July 28th. The Chiefs and Texans would open earlier due to their Thursday regular season opener, while the four Monday Night Football teams would open a day later. Pash also said the owners are still negotiating with the union about the preseason schedule. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was canceled on Thursday, and the owners and players are discussing a further reduction. Players have not had on-field workouts this offseason, so there is some talk of removing the first week or two of preseason games to provide a ramp-up period.

Browns GM Andrew Berry challenges team, fans on social justice after George Floyd killing - ESPN
Berry, the NFL’s youngest GM at 33, sat in front of his computer on the evening of June 4, typing out his thoughts as best he could. He contemplated everything he had seen taking place around the world. Images of death. Feelings of despair. The destruction of property. The loss of innocence. But the more Berry wrote, the more he erased. The words had to be just right. The message had to be clear. Within a few hours, Berry had woven together nearly 800 words of heartfelt emotion, unfiltered insight into being a father of two young Black sons. A challenge, too.


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