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2020 NFL Draft: Day 3 picks who landed in favorable situations - PFF
Pick 127: Philadelphia Eagles — S K’Von Wallace. Wallace’s main competition to take over the role left vacant by Malcolm Jenkins is much-maligned former cornerback Jalen Mills. Mills has earned coverage grades of 49.8 and 55.8 the past two seasons, and in his last season at safety back at LSU in 2014, he earned only a 70.6 coverage grade. Wallace, on the other hand, has earned coverage grades higher than that in every single year he was a starter at Clemson. This past season, he earned an 89.7 coverage grade. He has also been one of the best tacklers in the country, missing just 13 times on 159 attempts over the past three seasons.

Eagles Question of the Day: What is your favorite football movie? - BGN
After months of watching my way through my DVR, Netflix, et al, I’ve seen my fair share of football movies. From the classics, to comedies, and family features, there are SO many options to put in my No. 1 spot. In terms of Eagles’ fandom, Invincible seems like an easy and obvious choice — it’s great, I love me some Marky Mark, and it reminds me of where my Mom grew up —, but I also love Draft Day and it’s fairly accurate depiction of the chaos and second-guessing that goes down during the NFL Draft. BUT, my all-time favorite football movie: Little Giants

Three running backs who could make sense for the Eagles in a trade - PhillyVoice
Royce Freeman, Broncos: The Broncos already had a quality back in Phillip Lindsay, and they added Melvin Gordon this offseason, leaving Freeman, a 2018 third-round pick, as the third back in the pecking order, at best. Freeman is a 238-pound back who has shown flashes of talent at the pro level, but has been inconsistent in figuring out the subtleties of the NFL through two seasons. The Eagles also of course have the Rich Scangarello connection to Denver.

Eagles mailbag: What’s the most exciting training camp battle? - NBCSP
That said, Jim Schwartz really likes Maddox, who was a 4th-round pick back in 2018. Maddox’s best position seems like nickel corner but the Eagles have Nickell Robey-Coleman and Cre’Von LeBlanc so Maddox will play outside. At just 5-foot-9, he doesn’t have the typical size of an NFL corner but guys at his height have had successful careers and the Eagles don’t seem to care. Because there were no spring OTAs or minicamps, Maddox probably has an even bigger edge. My guess is that this spring the Eagles would have rotated the two at the position opposite Slay. Without the spring, Jones will have less of a chance to wrestle away this starting job. But the Eagles would still love nothing more than Jones finally looking like a first-round talent.

Better, worse or the same: Stacking up NFL teams’ progress in 2020 - ESPN
Offense: For a team that shocked the world by drafting a first-round quarterback in Jalen Hurts, there’s plenty to consider when questioning if the Eagles’ offense improved this offseason. [...] Defense: Philadelphia moved in the right direction by trading for three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, but in fixing one problem area, did it create an even bigger issue at another?

State of the Franchise: Super Bowl or bust for Carson Wentz’s Eagles? -
Members of the Philadelphia Eagles organization, Eagles fans around the world and those who know I’m never taking any calls when I’m at McCusker’s in South Philly: It took the Eagles more than 50 years to nab their first Lombardi Trophy. And I have to say that it’s hard to believe we’re two seasons removed from Philadelphia winning the Super Bowl. It seems like just yesterday. But as Paul McCartney once wrote, “Yesterday came suddenly.” Philly hasn’t fallen apart in the ensuing campaigns, making the playoffs each year with a 9-7 record, but Doug Pederson’s crew also hasn’t made it past the Divisional Round since the title run. With better injury luck, I expect this team to be fighting for football’s biggest prize once again in 2020. And shoot, I just realized that a reference to an Eagles song might have been more appropriate. Next time.

Christmas Day showdown | Eagles highlights -
Take a look back at the Eagles’ playoff-clinching win over the Dallas Cowboys on Christmas Day in 2006!

Big Blue View mailbag: Aldrick Rosas, 2021 draft, Dez Bryant, more - Big Blue View
There aren’t many name brand kickers available in free agency right now. Stephen Gostkowski, Nick Folk, and Ryan Succop are names most NFL fans know. The Giants could sign one of them. They could look at undrafted free agents or young guys whose names we don’t know. That’s how they found Rosas, a former NAIA kicker, in the first place. By my count, there are also 12 teams with more than one placekicker on their 90-man roster. So, the Giants could hold a training camp competition and, if they aren’t satisfied with what they have, look to pick up a kicker when teams trim their rosters.

The US’s new surge in coronavirus cases, explained - Vox
The past week gave America an ugly reminder that the threat of the coronavirus pandemic is far from over. Cases are rapidly rising again. The nation on Wednesday hit a new record for daily new infections, and then hit a new record again and again over the next two days. There’s some debate about whether this is the “second wave” of infections, or whether it’s a continuation of the first wave that began in early 2020 and never really ended. But what’s clear is the US is now suffering from a rapid rise in coronavirus cases. So far, that’s yet to translate to a rising death toll, likely because rises and falls in deaths tend to lag behind rises and falls in overall cases.


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