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The best and worst fantasy football picks in Rounds 1-3 - Fake Teams
Boom – Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. Sanders broke out over the second half of 2019 and averaged 18.8 points from Weeks 11 to 16 to finish as the RB7 over that period. Now that Sanders enters year two as the starter for Eagles, expect to see him post those numbers on a regular basis and be a top-10 running back in 2020.

The top 10 players in the NFC East for 2020 - BGN
10. Carson Wentz - QB - Philadelphia. I felt like no article that involved the Eagles and Cowboys would be complete without some kind of Carson vs. Dak debate, and I wanted to put one of the QBs at No. 10 on the list and chose Wentz. Honestly, I debated it in my head for quite some time. Prescott has been remarkably consistent in his four years and has been less injury-prone. That’s just the honest truth. But Wentz, in 2017, showed he has the ability to play at an MVP-like level and, over the last month of last season, outplayed Prescott as the two were battling for the division title, with Wentz having far less help at the skill positions.

Eye On the Enemy #23: Top 10 Players in the NFC East - BGN Radio
John Stolnis ranks his top 10 players in the NFC East and takes a look back at Michael Vick’s career! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

The Eagles played from behind through most of the 2019 season - PhillyVoice
In 2019, the “slow start” narrative died down to some degree, but the reality is that while the Eagles’ first quarter points per game rose by 0.9, 4.1 first quarter points per game remained well below average, and they actually scored fewer first quarter touchdowns in 2019 (6) than they did in 2018 (7). Credit the team’s ability, led by Carson Wentz, to come back and win as many games as the Eagles did last season, but playing from behind as much as they have and still managing to make the playoffs just isn’t sustainable. From the Eagles’ perspective, God bless the crappy NFC East, I guess.

Eagles mailbag: What is the ceiling for Miles Sanders? - NBCSP
Last week, I put together my ranking of the top 32 starting running backs in the NFL and put Sanders at No. 11. That might seem high to some people, but I think the kid is special. As a reminder, in his first NFL season, Sanders had 1,327 scrimmage yards to set a franchise rookie record. And he didn’t even become the full-time starter until Jordan Howard went down. And you’ll also remember that he averaged 112 scrimmage yards per game in the Eagles’ final four games of 2019 to get them into the playoffs. Without Howard on the roster in 2020, I expect Sanders to be the Eagles’ first true feature back in Doug Pederson’s five years as head coach.

Guest: Joe Browne Looks Back At AFL-NFL Merger, 50 Years Later - FMIA
I think Philadelphia Eagles super fan, season-ticket holder and TV business personality Jim Cramer of CNBC’s popular ”Mad Money” would be a great addition to ESPN’s Monday Night Football halftime. ESPN reportedly has been rejected in its search for a new MNF analyst by big-name personalities such as Peyton Manning and Tony Romo. Cramer, who never has thrown a TD pass, would be a welcome addition to handle a 3-5 minute halftime segment giving stock tips, talking NFL and discussing related business. If fans lost money on Sunday’s games, they could make up for it Tuesday by listening to someone who (usually) knows what’s going on in the market. Cramer is an often-times controversial, unorthodox, entertaining, big-name TV personality in the world of stock trading, media and business. His irascibility plays well on TV since half his audience enjoys him and the other half glares at him. In television, the networks usually don’t care whether or not you like the on-air talent so long as you watch.

Glendive’s Mike Person announces retirement after nine years in NFL - 406 MT Sports
Mike Person was preparing to embark on a guided fishing tour Sunday on the Muskegon River in Michigan in search of rainbow and brown trout, a Father’s Day gift from his wife, Kelly. But he wanted to make an official declaration beforehand: Person, a Glendive native and Montana State product who spent nine years in the NFL and started at right guard for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February, announced his retirement from professional football to [BLG Note: We previously mentioned Person as a potential option for the Eagles in the aftermath of Brandon Brooks’ injury.]

REPORT: The Patriots’ penalties for the Bengals situation are here, and they are bad - Pats Pulpit
$1.1 million in fines, a fine of a 2021 third-round draft pick, and Patriots’ TV crews not being allowed to film games in the 2020 season appears to be the penalty. [BLG Note: Never forget that the Patriots are cheaters.]

Grading Cam Newton’s move to the Patriots: Little risk, huge potential and a new-look Patriots offense - ESPN
In the end, Cam Newton and the New England Patriots made too much sense for each other. In a league in which every other starting quarterback opportunity was full, the Patriots gave the former NFL MVP his only realistic chance of being a Week 1 starter on a competitive team. And while I don’t doubt that the Patriots still believe Jarrett Stidham is capable of being a starter at the NFL level, the chance to acquire the 2015 MVP when the alternatives were Stidham and Brian Hoyer was always going to interest coach Bill Belichick at the right price. We might never know whether Belichick delayed the timing of the Newton signing to coincide with the news that the Patriots had lost a third-round pick from the latest in their series of league investigations, but by the time we get to September, it won’t matter. New England might have come away with the bargain of the offseason by agreeing to terms with Newton on a one-year deal, reportedly for the league minimum. Newton also can reportedly make up to $7.5 million in incentives, before he would presumably be able to hit the market again under far better circumstances in 2021.

Finding Salary Cap Savings if the Cap Drops in 2021 - Over The Cap
Almost every day more and more people are picking up on the idea that the salary cap next year could really be hurt if there are no fans at games. While Ive written about this before I wanted to put a few more numbers on it to see where teams spend money and where they can find ways to make that money up if the cap drops significantly in 2021. While we don’t typically do this online, usually I break the salary cap down into two categories- discretionary and fixed. The fixed number is what a team should expect every year to spend on slotted draft salaries, UDFAs, non-veteran free agents, practice squad players and so on. Regardless of what happens with Covid those fixed costs are just that- fixed. The way the CBA is written those numbers will not go down even if the cap goes down and in fact they will rise. Here is the year by year breakdown of those costs since 2015 using the end of the year rosters as a guide.

Poll: A growing number of Americans think the worst of the coronavirus is over, even as cases spike - Vox
A growing number of Americans of both political parties believe the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over, even as the number of daily new cases is rapidly increasing nationwide.


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