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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/20/20.

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Best routes for rookie NFL wide receivers: Why CeeDee Lamb’s out, Brandon Aiyuk’s screen are unstoppable - ESPN+
Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles. Draft/college: Selected No. 21 out of TCU. Best route: Post. Reagor ran 53 post routes over the past two seasons, fourth-most among all FBS wide receivers. And he was quite successful on those plays, nabbing 13 catches for 355 yards and five touchdowns. The Eagles ran posts and targeted them at an above-average rate, but Philadelphia ranked 29th in expected points added (EPA) per targeted post, though it was a small sample size. Philly needs any receiving help it can get, but Reagor’s post route might be particularly useful.

Will the Eagles be able to replace Malcolm Jenkins? - BGN
Mills putting himself in the same breath as two of the best players in NBA history speaks to his extremely high confidence. That quality contributes to why Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz loves him so much. They trust him to not be mentally defeated by any mistakes he makes. The Eagles are counting on Mills’ confidence to serve him well as he transitions to a new role. Mills also has a background at safety considering he played the position at LSU. His skill set could better lend to lining up all over the defense as opposed to being vulnerable to getting roasted deep at corner. Still, there are reasons for skepticism here. The Eagles’ coaching staff was previously so adamant that Mills wasn’t a safety. He hasn’t truly played the position since 2015 and he’s going to make this position change during an offseason where practice reps as more limited than ever. It’ll be fascinating to see if Mills can succeed in his new role. It’s hard to ask him to be what Jenkin was but can he at least be competent? Mills is playing on a one-year, $4 million contract in 2020. This year marks his audition for a long-term deal.

Eagles podcast: The return of Jason Peters, and some NFC East talk - PhillyVoice
In the latest episode of BGN Radio, Brandon Gowton and I discussed the return of Jason Peters, some leftover DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery stuff, as well as the rest of the NFC East screwing up, as usual.

Tour Of Vikings Complex Gives Insight Into NFL’s New Normal In ’20 - FMIA
DeSean Jackson made some idiotic anti-Semitic remarks; his Eagles career should still be in danger (July 6). Jackson, the veteran wide receiver, posted quotes on social media that were indefensible, abhorrent and incomprehensible. Jackson’s bosses, owner Jeffrey Lurie and GM Howie Roseman, are Jewish and had to have been apoplectic over this; the team fined him and talked to him about what he’d have to do to make this right. Regardless, who in the world posts something on the side of Adolf Hitler? Jackson committed to educate himself about Jewish topics. But for Jackson to continue to have a job in the NFL, I believe he needs to be strident and unswerving about denouncing Hitler and all statements remotely inferring that Jewish people did the acts he originally posted about. Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made an excellent offer, saying he’d take Jackson to the Holocaust Museum. When the pandemic has passed, that should be the first thing Jackson does.

6 Eagles undrafted rookies with easiest paths to Week 1 roster spots - NJ.com
1. RB Michael Warren. Warren tops this list because of the low numbers at his position. As of Sunday, the Eagles have just six running backs on their roster, and the team typically keeps 4-5 tailbacks entering the regular season. Warren offers a power-running style that isn’t shared by the rest of the depth chart, so he could fit in well with the rotation this season. Warren could be a dark horse for playing time on offense this year.

Mark Schofield’s RSP Scouting Lens: Jalen Hurts (OU) and Growth Potential - Matt Waldman RSP
Jalen Hurts is a very interesting prospect. Many of the things those on the outside cannot test for, such as character and leadership, are critical components to playing quarterback. From everything we on the outside can read, Hurts is going to test off the charts in those areas. But as to the position between the lines, how does Hurts really stack up? In this video, we take a look at an area where there is room for growth, and how a few little improvements can make him a really enticing prospect.

The lame NFC East and more in Roob’s 10 Eagles observations - NBCSP
1. It’s unbelievable to me that we’re sitting here a few days before rookies are scheduled to report to training camps, and the NFL and NFLPA still haven’t agreed on operational protocols to protect the league’s players, coaches and staff members during a pandemic. How can you keep the virus from spreading throughout your roster and staff without a bubble and without daily testing with immediate results? Players and coaches go home after practice and interact with family members who have been working or going to school or shopping, and then they go back to practice. How can there safely be NFL football with all that going on? Especially in places like California, Florida, Houston and Phoenix, where it’s much worse than Philly? I’m not sure it can be done. I really hope I’m wrong.

Report: DeMarcus Lawrence debating reporting to training camp amid coronavirus pandemic - Blogging The Boys
Dallas Cowboys edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence is a leader on the team and has always been outspoken when he feels the need to be. According to ESPN, the team’s star pass rusher is considering reporting to training camp given the uncertainty.

I am Native American and a former football player. Our history is much darker than racist mascots. - Vox
I come from Chatsiks-si-Chatsiks and Chahta communities in Oklahoma. I also was a safety for the Pomona-Pitzer college football team in California. This juxtaposition is not rare. There is a long history of entanglement, violence, and complicated feelings between Indigenous peoples and American football. On Monday, I celebrated as Washington, DC’s NFL team announced their plan to change its name and mascot from a racist caricature that has been deeply offensive to me and Indigenous communities across the country. Then, on Thursday, 15 female employees of the team came forward with accusations of sexual harassment in a Washington Post report. The team, and the NFL at large, is corroded from the inside.

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