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Ranking offensive weapons for all 32 NFL teams in 2020: Barnwell picks the best and worst - ESPN
10. Philadelphia Eagles. On paper, the Eagles should be higher. At wide receiver, they can utilize two talented veterans (DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery), two highly drafted young players (JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor) and two speed demons (Marquise Goodwin and John Hightower). When you throw in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at tight end, this should be one of the best receiving corps in the league. Of course, that group has flaws. Jackson missed most of 2019 with a core injury, and his future with the team is uncertain after he posted anti-Semitic messages on social media. Jeffery suffered a Lisfranc injury in December, and he has no timetable for return. Arcega-Whiteside was a disaster as a rookie, averaging just 0.58 yards per route run while dealing with injuries and making mental mistakes. Goodwin has missed 12 games over the past two season with various injuries and personal absences. Reagor and Hightower are rookies. Chances are that one or two of these guys will turn out to be productive players, but there’s also a realistic chance that Philadelphia is frustrated by its wide receivers again in 2020.

6 thoughts on the Eagles re-signing Jason Peters - BGN
Can the Eagles really count on Peters, who turns 39 in January, to effectively learn a new position at his age? And during an offseason where practice reps are more limited than ever due to COVID-19? Peters doesn’t have any kind of extensive experience playing the position. The closest he’s come to playing right guard was lining up at right tackle for 10 games on the Buffalo Bills in 2005. He’s otherwise been anchored at left tackle. The Eagles seem to be banking on Peters’ talent winning out. There’s reason to believe he’s still an effective player. Pro Football Focus had him graded as their sixth best offensive tackle last year.

The Kist & Solak Show #187: Jason Peters Emergency Show! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak react to the news that Jason Peters will be back as a guard for the Eagles in 2020! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Updating Alshon Jeffery’s standing with the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Many fans have questioned Eskin’s credibility on the subject, while others have chosen to pin it on outgoing players like Nelson Agholor or Malcolm Jenkins. However, I can confirm via a half dozen sources that it is accepted as fact inside the Eagles’ organization that Jeffery was indeed Anderson’s source.

NFL tight end rankings: All 32 units entering the 2020 NFL season - PFF
3. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have one of the best tight end duos in the league in Zach Ertz and Dallas. Goedert, and they helped keep the offense afloat throughout all the injuries suffered by the team’s wide receivers a year ago. Ertz is a difficult cover for any linebacker or safety, and he was open on 73.1% of his targets against single coverage last season, the best rate in the league among tight ends. He’s one of the most effective receiving tight ends in the entire NFL, grading above 75.0 as a receiver in all but one of his seven years in the league. Goedert, on the other hand, was a first-round-caliber prospect in 2018 but was drafted in the second round, at 49th overall. He had a strong rookie season and followed it up with an 82.7 overall grade last year that ranked 10th in the league. Goedert has a good combination of downfield speed and ball skills, and he can also block, as his 78.9 run-blocking grade ranked second in the league in 2019. We may see Goedert steal more of Ertz’s production as he heads into Year 3.

Grading the move: Eagles bring back Jason Peters to play right guard - The Athletic
I’m pretty skeptical about taking this transition to right guard at face value. For one, it provides the initial cover Sheil alluded to about the team’s perception of Dillard. And frankly, because there’s a chance the season doesn’t happen, the designation of Peters as a right guard provides plausible deniability down the road that the Eagles wouldn’t have if they brought back Peters to play left tackle, had the season wiped out and were left with a Dillard who knew the team had lost faith in him. More importantly, the decision to re-sign Peters is more defensible, in my estimation, if they don’t think Dillard is ready to take over as left tackle and Peters is their left tackle than if they’re paying $3 million (and up to $6 million) for a 38-year-old changing positions and sides when they’ve been touting their young offensive line depth for the past two seasons. It’s not the same, because of the scheme knowledge and force of personality, but imagine the Eagles signed, say, Andrew Whitworth to this deal to play right guard. You would think they were out of their collective minds. Then there’s the laughable suggestion that Peters will be happy to stick at right guard one second longer than Dillard’s first sign of struggle at left tackle. Yes, he has been a valuable mentor for young offensive line teammates throughout his Eagles tenure, but he is also immensely prideful. He told reporters at the end of last season that he still considered himself one of the best left tackles in the league. The market did not agree with him, but, that’s more likely to serve as motivation for Peters to prove the league wrong than it is to cause him to accept a relative demotion. So, I won’t be surprised if Peters is the Eagles’ starting left tackle in Week 1.

Eagles trust Jason Peters to be the right guard for the job -
The idea of Peters playing guard at some point in his career is, let’s be honest here, something that has been discussed for a long time. I have had many opportunities over the years to sit in Stoutland’s NovaCare Complex office talking about a variety of different topics. I once asked him if he thought Peters could ever play the guard position. His answer: Jason Peters can play any position. We both got the gist. That’s how special Peters is as a player.

Is there an NFC QB you’d rather have than Carson Wentz? - NBCSP
It comes down to Prescott and Wentz. Like it always does. And, honestly, Prescott is a good player, but if you compare their first four seasons and take into consideration who they’ve been throwing to, it’s no contest. Wentz last year had more touchdowns and fewer interceptions than Prescott throwing to an ineffective Alshon Jeffery, a non-existent Mack Hollins and a slumping Nelson Agholor than Prescott did throwing to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. Head-to-head? Prescott has 8 TDs and 7 INTs and an 83.5 passer rating vs. the Eagles. Wentz has 12 TDs and 2 INTs and a 99.4 passer rating against the Cowboys.

Report: Cowboys “final offer” for Dak Prescott is between $33M and $35M/yr with over $100M guaranteed - Blogging The Boys
If the annual average value were in fact $35M on the dot then that would tie Dak with Seattle’s Russel Wilson for the second-highest AAV among quarterbacks. That is certainly noteworthy. It should also be mentioned that there is reportedly “over $100M guaranteed” here, but what exactly does that mean? Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff received over $110M in guarantees last year, and not only is he of the same draft class as Dak Prescott and the number one overall pick at that, but Dak has played considerably better. “Over $100M guaranteed” isn’t exactly a detail to be boasting about here.

The Rams’ Next Chapter Will Be Sean McVay’s Toughest Challenge Yet - The Ringer
McVay was once the NFL’s coveted wunderkind, and in some ways still is—he’s still the youngest coach in the league by three years. But the shine has come off a bit. The NFC West is a gantlet. The Rams do not boast the full continuity other teams do amid a weird offseason that will give teams with established chemistry a greater edge. Los Angeles is scheduled to play what’s rated as the league’s 10th-most-difficult schedule. Long term, the Rams won’t have a full cupboard of draft choices until 2022, and their salary cap bind could become even worse if league revenues dip this season. Their approach has led to two divisional crowns and the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in more than a decade. But the sustainability of that success isn’t a given.

NFL, NFLPA prepare to continues talks on Wednesday - PFT
Soon is the key word, as to this entire effort. As one source put it, the NFL owes the NFLPA answers on multiple different proposals. And the clock isn’t just ticking at this point; the bells are starting to ring at this point. If camps are going to open, decisions need to be made. Unless, of course, the decision is to wait a bit, given the extent to which the pandemic is currently getting worse instead of better.

The other infectious diseases spreading in the shadow of the pandemic - Vox
In recent decades, the world has made dramatic progress in lowering the number of deaths from infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, and polio. But as campaigns are paused or cut back and as people miss routine care due to the coronavirus pandemic, these illnesses are getting a rare opportunity to come roaring back. A new study in The Lancet Global Health estimates that deaths from tuberculosis could increase by 20 percent over five years — and deaths from malaria by 36 percent — if Covid-19 runs rampant in areas where these illnesses are prevalent. Others suggest that the impacts could be even worse.

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