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Even without a featured role in the Eagles’ offense, Dallas Goedert is a top tight end in the NFL - PFF
Goedert and the reigning PFF Stephenson Award winner (Kittle) are the only two players to show up in the top 10 for both receiving grade and run-blocking grade at the position, highlighted in the plot above. Kittle is in his own tier with top-three marks in each metric, but that shouldn’t take anything away from how well Goedert has played in both areas to start his career. If you look at the entire picture, he has the fifth-highest PFF grade of any tight end since 2018, trailing only Kittle, Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews and Darren Waller. Noticeably behind Goedert in the rankings is Ertz, whose 76.4 PFF grade ranks 10th at the position among 68 qualifiers. Strictly following the receiving numbers, you’re never going to make the argument that Goedert may actually already be a better football player than Ertz, but the grades say — at the very least — that it’s not a ridiculous argument. Even ignoring Goedert’s run-blocking advantage, he actually put up a higher receiving grade than Ertz in 2019 and edged him out in receiving yards per route run (1.70 vs. 1.67) on the year.

Eagles positional preview: Tight ends - Inquirer
This could be Ertz and Goedert’s final season together. Both have two years left on their contracts. Assuming Goedert continues to improve, both are going to be looking for deals that put them among the league’s highest-paid tight ends. Given the money the Eagles have invested in Wentz and their offensive and defensive lines, having two of the league’s five or six highest-paid tight ends likely is a luxury they can’t afford. Particularly if some of their young wide receivers pan out. The odd man out would be Ertz, who is four years older than Goedert and doesn’t have the blocking ability that his younger teammate brings to the table.

Eagles Rookie Profile: 6 things to know about Shaun Bradley - BGN
Bradley showed a propensity for making big plays in big games, as evidenced by his pick six at Maryland and the game-sealing interception in overtime against a ranked Cincinnati team as a junior. And back in September, Bradley stopped Maryland running back Anthony McFarland, an eventual fourth round pick of the Steelers, on a fourth-down, goal-line stand that helped Temple beat a 21st-ranked Terrapins team. He also fared well at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he posted the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash time among all linebackers at 4.51 seconds. Any head coach or defensive coordinator at Temple I talked to always described him as extremely motivated and coachable, and he was the unquestioned team leader in that locker room this season.

Eye On the Enemy #21: Giants’ Off-Season Update w/Big Blue View - BGN Radio
John Stolnis is joined by Ed Valentine of Big Blue View to catch up with the New York Giants’ off-season PLUS Stolnis offers his thoughts on the Dak contract situation and latest playoff odds! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Davion Taylor - PhillyVoice
With Reagor and Hurts, we found comps that were probably closer to their respective ceilings. With Taylor, we’ll comp him to a player that’s closer to his floor, in Washington LB Kevin Pierre-Louis. In 2014, the Seahawks drafted Pierre-Louis in the fourth round, and while he has survived, heading into his seventh year in the league, he will be on his fifth team in as many years. Both Pierre-Louis and Taylor did not have impressive production in college, but they both got drafted relatively early because of their athleticism.

Carson Wentz vs. Dak Prescott leads off Roob’s 10 random Eagles observations - NBCSP
8. One of the reasons I don’t worry about Wentz is his remarkable consistency. He has 29 starts since 2017 with a passer rating of at least 90, fifth-most in the league, behind Drew Brees (33), Kirk Cousins (32), Russell Wilson (31) and Philip Rivers (30). Bad games? He’s had just three games with a passer rating under 70, and since 2017 some 43 quarterbacks have had more. When you’re usually very good and rarely very bad, it’s a winning formula … if you’re healthy.

Eagles’ Malik Jackson says he won’t accept Drew Brees’ apology for national anthem comments - PennLive
“I lost a lot of respect for Drew Brees,” Jackson told 6abc’s Jeff Skversky. “Great player, but very insensitive about the times and where he stands. I also did an Instagram post, I think ESPN showed it, and I said something like, my great-granddaddy and dad fought in the war, too, and they were getting spit on at the same time, so I understand where you’re coming from, but I said ‘F’ you for your mindset because you’re still not understanding where we’re coming [from].

Matt Leo’s improbable journey from Aussie plumber to the NFL - ESPN
“You could see some of the potential he had just doing some of the weight-training stuff and his box jumping and running and footwork. You take a shot on a 6-7, 245-pound kid,” Minnick said. “You can’t teach that. I told him he could walk on for the first semester. Before the semester was over he was on a scholarship, and the rest is history.” Well, it wasn’t quite that easy sailing. Leo was green when it came to football, leading to a bumpy first season and some levity-providing bloopers. He played special teams initially. In one game, the opposition tried an onside kick, which came bounding toward Leo. Unsure of the rules, he had no idea how to react. He froze.

Even in virtual world, Eagles display the kind of leadership that leads to success -
Leadership comes in many forms, as we’ve seen through the years. The Eagles’ locker room has changed since January, as it does every year. Leaders leave and other players step up to fill the void. Players see the examples set by ownership and they hear the messages put forth by the coaching staff. For the Eagles, it all about having team success, and that includes everyone in the organization and, by extension, the fan base. Never before has it been more important to understand that everyone is in it together, and during these times of crises we find out about leadership and team chemistry. And even in a virtual world, the Eagles have achieved progress in developing a trusting bond because they have done what they have done since Lurie bought the team. They’ve worked in a side-by-side manner with trust, respect, and honesty.

Valuing backup quarterbacks: Cowboys have a very good deal in Andy Dalton - Blogging The Boys
First, they do have a bit of confusion concerning the Philadelphia Eagles, listing their true starter, Jalen Hurts, as the backup to Carson Wentz. We all know what is really going on as the Eagles made the necessary move to prepare for Wentz not finishing the season. Yes, that’s a bit we do, but the reality of how Wentz has struggled with injury is no joke. We had a good laugh when they spent a second-round pick on Hurts. However, there may be a great deal of wisdom in that move, even if Hurts does just wind up as an insurance policy they don’t cash in on. The price of a second-round rookie deal is certainly right.

Lack of Draft Signings Indicates Different NFL Approach in 2020 - Over The Cap
Basically we have gone from an 85% signing rate to just barely over 20%. If this is attributed to not being to not being able to conduct physicals in the normal manner then signings should accelerate now that facilities are slowly beginning to re-open. If its more of a financial consideration then there is no reason to speed things up until they have a better idea about camps.

Anger, Apologies And Videos Gone Viral—Inside The Three Days That Sparked Major Shift In The NFL - FMIA
I think these words from Malcolm Jenkins—”We must not make the grave mistake of allowing the world to fall back asleep”—are apt one to end this historical week.

Drew Brees stands by apology after Trump called out quarterback on Twitter - Canal Street Chronicles
While many would have expected Brees to back down, or at the very least remained silent, when President Trump took to Twitter the quarterback doubled down on his apology and his newly informed position. Brees took to Instagram to directly respond to Trump’s Twitter comments. Brees defended the need to be an ally of the Black community while once again admitting that this situation is far more than just kneeling for the anthem and flag.

Trump tweet: Players who kneel are “disrespecting our Country & our Flag” - PFT
President Trump will again make NFL players kneeling during the national anthem an issue this year. Responding to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement that the league was wrong not to be more supportive of players’ protests, Trump tweeted late on Sunday night that he still considers kneeling during the anthem to be disrespectful.


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