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Ugh, I’ll chime in on this moronic Doug Pederson - Sean McVay debate too, I guess - PhillyVoice
Pederson has a ring, with his side of the ball scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl against the Patriots with a backup quarterback, and a long list of other major injuries. Leading up to that matchup, the Patriots were thought by most to have a huge advantage on the coaching front, to the point where if Pederson were able to simply control his bowels in-game, you could go ahead and chalk it up as a win for him. McVay, of course, is ringless, as his Rams offense was completely outcoached the following season in the most boring Super Bowl I’ve ever seen against those same Patriots, in which the Rams only scored 3 points.

One remaining Eagles free agent target at each position: Quarterback - BGN
Nobody knows for certain if Kaepernick would be a better player in 2020 than McCown would be, if only because Kaepernick hasn’t taken significant snaps since 2016. What we do know for certain is that, between the two, Kaepernick has been the better player across his career to this point. He’s actually held down a starting job, put out statement performances, accumulated stats, and had playoff success. Kaepernick also brings the mobility at QB that the Eagles seem to be valuing with the Hurts selection. So, if there’s any QB free agent target left for the Eagles, it must be Kaepernick, who could start in place of Carson Wentz and win some games. Again, there is a warranted question: is he better for the Eagles than allowing Hurts to start and develop for 2020? Or is the money spent on a Kaepernick contract worth losing that cap space, relative to just starting Sudfeld and trying to win with him?

Part 2 - Why the Cowboys Are a Dumpster Fire - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton continue their annual Dumpster Fire discussion by taking down the false hope surrounding the Dallas Cowboys! Producer Note: Part 1 & Part 2 were recorded together but were split due to technical issues. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Time for Concern? - Iggles Blitz
What happens if a team has 10 positive tests a few days before a game in the middle of the season? You could see a team lose multiple starting players from the same position group. The entire OL has to be replaced. Or the entire secondary. This stuff isn’t likely to happen, but we’re not talking about some insane idea like Sharknado. All it takes is one player getting Covid and he could infect those around him. The NFL has to figure out how to keep players safe, fans happy and lawyers away. That is a nearly impossible task and I don’t envy them having to come up with plans that handle all of that. It appears the NFL is considering just about anything.

Quarterbacks to target after Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes in redraft fantasy football leagues - PFF
CARSON WENTZ — The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the more intriguing teams heading into 2020, and much of that has to do with the Wentz’s health and the added weaponry surrounding him. The Eagles added speedsters Jalen Reagor, John Hightower and Quez Watkins through the draft and acquired veteran deep threat Marquise Goodwin for pennies on the dollar in a draft-day trade. Wentz threw a deep ball on 12.2% of his attempts in 2019, ranking 20th among quarterbacks who attempted at least 20 passes of 20 or more yards downfield. In addition, Wentz also ranked 20th in average depth of target (aDOT), averaging only 8.5 yards per attempt. But the additions assembled by general manager Howie Roseman — in addition to the health of deep threats such as DeSean Jackson — suggest the Eagles are interested in strengthening their downfield passing attack. And while Wentz didn’t throw the deep ball often last season, he still graded out as the ninth-best quarterback on passes that traveled 20 or more yards downfield (91.6).

Doug Pederson has Eagles ready for uncharted waters - NBCSP
People want to be here. Because Pederson not only understands how to win football games, he understands how to treat human beings with respect and he knows how to help football players and their families navigate their way through whatever challenge comes their way. Whether it’s a career-threatening injury, the death of a relative, getting benched … anything. We’ve seen it every day since Jeff Lurie hired Pederson on Jan. 18, 2016. And that’s going to serve this team well going into a football season with so many unknowns. A season that will start in the teeth of a global pandemic in empty or nearly empty stadiums if it starts at all.

Jay Ajayi’s FIFA Run Ends With Zero Wins and 25 Losses - Crossing Broad
Rough go for Super Bowl champion and former Eagle Jay Ajayi. He was representing the Philadelphia Union in the “eMLS Cup,” which is a FIFA competition where each team has a professional player compete for the title. The Union decided to punt the entire thing and instead bring in Ajayi as a clever publicity stunt, and he struggled over the course of 24 games, finishing with zero wins and 24 losses. He scored 17 goals and conceded 143, good for a goal differential of -126.

Which NFC East team has the best tight end group in 2020? - Hogs Haven
If you consider the Giants to have the cupboard stocked with Engram, then the Eagles’ pantry would appear to be stuffed full in anticipation of the zombie apocalypse. The Eagles have Zach Ertz, who has been unstoppable against the Redskins, and pretty damned good against the rest of the NFL. He is backed up by Dallas Goedert, a tight end who would start on the majority of NFL teams. With the dearth of talent that the Eagles have had at the wide receiver position of late, Ertz has been able to account for more than 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns over the past two seasons, while Goedert, the #2 guy on the depth chart, has chipped in another 941 yards and 9 TDs — about on par with the production the Giants have gotten from starter Evan Engram. I don’t think there’s a lot to think about here; the Eagles have nearly as much talent at the tight end position as the rest of the division combined. The most interesting things to look for this season will be whether Ertz can top 1,000 yards again, whether Engram can stay healthy and productive, and whether anyone on the Washington or Dallas rosters can step up and prove himself to be a quality NFL tight end.

Why trade for Jamal Adams when the Cowboys already have a Top 5 safety tandem? - Blogging The Boys
Now, this is just one statistic. Obviously, a lot goes into a team’s pass defense that extends beyond just the safety position. It is worth noting that this unit hasn’t been getting much negative press recently. They may not be game-changing playmakers, but they’re holding their head above water. Jamal Adams is a game-changing playmaker. Trading for a player like Adams would be a huge upgrade to the position. But what if we told you that the Cowboys already have a top five safety tandem? At least that is what Pro Football Focus believes as they recently ranked the top safety duo’s in the league. And guess which pairing sneaks into the top five...

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