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Eagles’ Jalen Mills says he’s poised for ‘breakout season’ at safety - NJ.com
“I feel like at my position, my competitiveness and the position that I (know) this Eagles defense is going to be able to put me in to make the plays that I know I can make, that I’m going to have a breakout season,” Mills said to Maaddi. “I’m ready for it, so as far as when we’re talking about any type of other players and bringing in other guys, especially at the safety position, I definitely feel like I can hold my own.”
Eagles can enjoy the Cowboys failing to reach a long-term contract with Dak Prescott - BGN
The theory here is that the Cowboys have been reluctant to pay Prescott because they truly know he’s a quarterback you win with and not one you win because of ... and they know they have to pay him like the latter. The problem with doing just that, though, is that committing so much money to Prescott limits the talent they can surround him with. And Prescott needs to be supported by an environment in which he can thrive as opposed to being the guy to elevate a lesser supporting cast. Prescott’s situation mirrors the one that Kirk Cousins experienced back in Washington. Washington was reluctant to sign Cousins to a long-term deal because, while he posted some good stats, it didn’t translate into meaningful team success. The same is true for the Cowboys, who’ve only achieved one playoff win (with help from a moronic opponent) in four years with Prescott starting.
The Kist & Sikkema Show #1: The Rules of Engagement - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Trevor Sikkema’s debut show for BGN where they talk about the Rules of Engagement on Twitter... best follows, chalk formats, pet peeves, and the advice you need to be a Twitter all-star!
A closer look at the Eagles’ re-signing of Jason Peters - PhillyVoice
Andre Dillard bust insurance: Through the entirety of this offseason, there was speculation that Peters could be back, though it was in the context of coming back to start at LT in place of Dillard, not at RG. There’s really no way to sugarcoat it — Dillard was bad as a rookie. This offseason, Dillard has bulked up a bit, which should help with his issues anchoring against power in 2019. To be determined if he can be a substantially better player in 2020. Having Peters in place allows the Eagles to hand over the starting reins to Dillard at LT, while also covering themselves in case Dillard just isn’t getting the job done in Year 2. They can sort of have their cake and eat it too. If Dillard plays well, great! If he falters and has to be benched, it’s better to find out about his makeup now, so that LT can be a focus for the team next offseason, but at least they’re covered in the short term.
The Bodyguard is Back - Iggles Blitz
The downside to his return could be the effect it has on the young players. Will his presence bother Dillard at all? You don’t want Dillard looking over his shoulder after every series or game. He needs to know he has room to grow this year. Ups and downs are okay. It is important that the Eagles develop Dillard into the LT of the future. I’m sure Pryor is disappointed. No one wants the guy in front of them to get hurt, but when it happens, you seize the opportunity to show what you can do. I’m sure Peters will miss some snaps and Pryor will get on the field here and there.
How might Jason Peters’ Eagles return affect Andre Dillard? - Inquirer
Peters mentioned an eventual move inside as far back as 2015, but he would often bristle anytime the topic was broached, and when he was asked before the final regular-season game of last season about nearing the end of his career, he challenged a reporter. “You tell me somebody’s that’s better than me and I’ll walk away from the game,” he said. “You got somebody?”
The best seasons ever by Eagles 35 years old and up - NBCSP
As soon as he starts another game in an Eagles uniform, Jason Peters will become the oldest starter in Eagles history. Peters, who rejoined the Eagles on Tuesday, was 37 years, 348 days old when he started at left tackle against the Seahawks in last year’s wild-card game. That made him the 2nd-oldest starter in Eagles history, about a month younger than Hall of Famer Art Monk was in 1995 when he started his only game as an Eagle. Here’s a look at the 10-oldest starters in Eagles history with their age on the day they made their final start as an Eagle, according to Pro Football Reference. Note that five of them — Monk, Lofton, Dent, Matson and Humphrey — are Hall of Famers:
No deal for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys: Picking winners, losers and dominoes - ESPN
Winners: The rest of the NFC East. While the Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders this year with Prescott in the lineup, the best thing that could happen for the Eagles, Giants and Washington would be to see Dallas lose its star quarterback for free. What happened on Wednesday pushes Prescott and the Cowboys closer to a divorce. Washington knows all about Dallas’ predicament, having franchised Cousins twice before letting him hit free agency. Daniel Snyder’s team was 26-30-1 (.465) with Cousins as its starter; while that’s not championship football, the organization has gone 10-22 (.313) since, even while trading a second-round pick for Alex Smith and using a first-round choice on Dwayne Haskins. The team couldn’t have anticipated what would happen with Smith, of course, but it has become clear that it would have been better off by sticking with Cousins, who has been an above-average quarterback in Minnesota.
The Cowboys will now have to make history to keep Dak Prescott - Blogging The Boys
All of this serves to make it harder for the Cowboys to get Prescott signed to a long-term deal a year from now without having to cave to his demands. Since it’s clear from the current situation that Stephen Jones would rather risk losing a player than doing that, this makes the odds of keeping Dak long term a bit less likely. But on the off chance the Cowboys do manage to work out a long-term extension at the conclusion of the 2020 season, they would be making history. It would be a unique situation where a team failed to do what they should have done but was still smart enough to avoid making the same mistake Washington did with Cousins. Still, it would require history to be made. A lot can happen in a year, so it’s far too early to rule anything out. But with Prescott now playing the year on the franchise tag, the odds of him being in Dallas for the long haul have dropped considerably.
Cowboys, Dak Prescott take next step toward potential divorce - PFT
Whatever happens, the failure to reach a long-term deal pushes the minute hand much closer to midnight for Dak leaving Dallas. If they tag him in 2021, a long-term offer will need to be good enough to get him to trade in $37.68 million for 2021 and the doomsday option for 2022: more than $45 million under the transition tag, more than $54 million under the franchise tag, or the open market. Whatever that is, it will be a lot more than what it would have taken in 2020. That could be where it’s heading, with the Cowboys not being able to keep it from happening. And with the Cowboys potentially being required to compete with other teams in order to get Dak signed to a long-term contract.
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys Are Both Playing With Fire - The Ringer
Precedent suggests that Prescott will get the money he’s looking for. As his brother, Tad, suggested on Twitter, it’s unclear whether that will be in Dallas. The Cowboys had the leverage in 2019 when star running back Ezekiel Elliott held out of training camp before agreeing to a six-year, $90 million extension. But this time, Dallas doesn’t hold the cards. Mahomes’s contract helps Prescott’s case only as far as his market value is concerned. Heck, the fact that Prescott would be due to earn only the same amount of guarantees as Goff, the no. 1 pick of the same draft class who has underperformed Prescott, suggests that Prescott is right to pursue a larger contract. Carson Wentz, the no. 2 pick in that draft, has already cashed in on an extension, too. The longer Dallas waits, the more money it will likely have to pay Prescott. Sure, Prescott is gambling with his health and against what is currently an uncertain salary cap landscape, but it appears to be a risk worth taking.
Bombshell report about toxic culture at Redskins Park coming out today, is Dan Snyder in trouble? - Hogs Haven
The Redskins name has been a point of controversy and it is finally being changed after owner Dan Snyder finishes his “review”. So why is that not the biggest story for Washington’s fans right now? Because there have been rumors and teases of a huge story coming about that implicates a lot of the top people at Redskins Park. From executives to coaches, and possibly even Dan Snyder himself. The whispers started on Sunday night before Washington’s name announcement the following morning. They have continued throughout the week with some national personalities chiming in.
NFL owners to meet Friday, sources say, as pandemic looms over coming season - The Athletic
The NFL has called an owners’ meeting for Friday, multiple sources told The Athletic, presumably to make decisions surrounding the opening of training camps and player pay and protocols. The development comes as the number of novel coronavirus cases nationally has skyrocketed, and players increasingly are expressing concerns about playing an NFL season in the teeth of a pandemic. “The meeting on Friday, although there’s no agenda that got sent out, I firmly believe it’s a sort of update on the player negotiations,” a high-level football source said. “And where we stand on next steps regarding the start of training camp.
Hospitals are running out of staff, supplies, and beds for Covid-19 patients — and this time could be worse - Vox
With Covid-19 hospitalizations steadily approaching a record high in the US, states like Arizona have activated emergency plans and requested refrigerated trucks to prepare for overflow at morgues. Doctors there say packed emergency rooms and ICUs are forcing them to prioritize the sickest patients, leaving other ill patients to deteriorate while waiting for care they’d ordinarily receive right away. Hospitals in hot spots across the country are expanding and even maxing out their staff, equipment, and beds, with doctors warning that the worst-case scenario of hospital resources being overwhelmed is on the horizon if their states don’t get better control of the coronavirus.
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