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Eagles are optimistic about four players fans might be overlooking - ESPN
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman. It was a welcomed surprise that the Eagles were able to sign Robey-Coleman to a one-year, $1.35 million contract in free agency this offseason. There wasn’t a pressing need at nickel corner — they like Cre’Von LeBlanc and know Avonte Maddox can play the role — but the value was too good to pass up. Philly views Robey-Coleman as a top-five slot corner in the NFL. He allowed a passer rating of 80.1 last season with the Los Angeles Rams — good for 13th among all CBs— and was sixth in yards per slot coverage snap (0.63), according to Pro Football Focus. There’s plenty more on his résumé than the controversial no-call pass interference in the 2018 NFC Championship game, including 48 career passes defensed and five forced fumbles. The Eagles believe the additions of Robey-Coleman and Darius Slay have substantially improved the cornerback position.

Part 1 - Why WAS/NYG Are Dumpster Fires - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton kick off the annual Dumpster Fire series by aiming their sights at the Washington football team and the New York Giants! Producer Note: Part 1 & Part 2 were recorded together but were split due to technical issues. As such the ending may seem abrupt, but Part 2 is coming very soon! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles new player (or current player with new role) series: Sidney Jones edition - PhillyVoice
But what really likely got him in Schwartz’s doghouse was the Vikings game, in which (as noted above) Jones took himself out of the game for a crucial series, and his replacement gave up a touchdown. By contrast, in the Packers game, Maddox was laying on the field after taking a shot from Andrew Sendejo that could have paralyzed him, and it’s shown in “All or Nothing” that he was lobbying to trainers to let him continue playing. The week after the Vikings game, the starters in Dallas were Mills (returned from PUP), Douglas (who was destroyed worse than Jones in Minny), and Orlando Scandrick (signed off the street a few weeks prior). Schwartz at times can live with poor play on the field, as we have seen, but he has shown that if he does not trust your mentality, you won’t play, right or wrong.

Now or Never - Iggles Blitz
Staying healthy is the biggest issue for Jones. He’s been hurt in each of his NFL seasons. That obviously affects him physically, but it also affects him mentally. He plays hesitant, not wanting to get beat. There was a great moment in All or Nothing when Malcolm Jenkins told him “If you’re not confident, we can’t use you.” If Jones can manage to stay healthy, he should be able to play with more confidence and more aggression. That matters at CB. Jim Schwartz loves Jalen Mills in part because Mills is completely confident. He’s delusionally confident. But that’s okay at CB. Heck, it’s a good thing. If we could just transplant some of that confidence into Jones we might have a good corner. Maybe the pressure of having to earn a roster spot will bring out the best in Jones. He knew he was going to make the team in previous years. This is different. He is guaranteed nothing.

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster projection: Breaking down where things stand entering the summer - PennLive
Wide receivers (6): DeSean Jackson, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Jalen Reagor, Marquise Goodwin, John Hightower. Physically unable to perform list: Alshon Jeffery. Practice squad candidates: Quez Watkins, Deontay Burnett. Pederson is talking up Jeffery’s ability to contribute to the Eagles this season, but his health could be the key factor in how much that happens. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in December, which puts the early part of the season in question for him. But by putting him on the PUP list, the Eagles have another roster spot open for a younger player to take advantage of. In his exercise, it’s Hightower, the fifth-round pick.

Could the 2011 Lockout Give Us One Hint Why The Patriots Wanted Cam Newton? - MMQB
While we’re there, I thought Eagles OT Lane Johnson explained what players will be facing next month well: “Ultimately, it’s a risk that we’re all willing to take to go outside your house or whatever you’re doing, going shopping. I’ve been doing a pretty good job of staying in the house, doing my social distancing protocols. Yeah, with everybody it’s going to be a risk that we’re going to have to take and see what happens.” Really, it’s not unlike what many in America are facing (without the risk of having to physically run into your co-workers over and over again, of course).

‘GMFB’: NFC East rushing attacks with the most upside - PE.com
The “Good Morning Football” crew discusses which NFC East rushing attack has the most upside heading into 2020.

Can you have a rivalry if one side never wins? - Big Blue View
It’s even worse when you look down the highway to Philadelphia. Eagles fans are intolerable, but the Giants don’t have much to argue about. The Giants are 1-11 against the Philadelphia Eagles since 2014, and the Eagles won their only Super Bowl title in 2017. Again, Eagles-Giants certainly hasn’t been much of a rivalry lately. I have sat through a number of late-season games at MetLife Stadium attended by far more Eagles than Giants fans. Until the Giants win some games against Philly, and Giants fans take back their own stadium (when anyone is actually allowed to sit in it to watch games), this is only a wannabe rivalry from the Giants side.

From Eli Manning to Cam Newton: The quarterback outlier seasons that stand out - PFF
2013 Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles. The famed season that featured 27 touchdowns and two interceptions saw Foles play well, but not to the level that those all-time stats would suggest. Foles was in a perfect storm of Chip Kelly’s new offense taking the league by storm and a downfield passing attack that put receivers behind the defense regularly while also picking up plenty of easy yards in the screen game. Foles has never come close to duplicating his 2013 production.

John Barchard Leaving 94 WIP - Crossing Broad
Some folks pointed out that John Barchard removed all references to WIP from his Twitter profile and hadn’t tweeted over the weekend. Curious? Yeah, and sure enough, today he announced he was leaving the station.

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