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ESPN NFL Future Power Rankings have the Eagles as the fourth highest NFC team - BGN
Many believed the Eagles had the league’s best roster heading into 2019. Now the Eagles are thought to have a relatively average roster outside of quarterback. The Eagles’ quarterback score changed but they retained the same ranking from last year. Same thing for the coaching category. Drafting dropped from fourth last year to 15th this year. The front office rating also dipped from third to fifth.

Eagles 2020 training camp preview: Defensive tackle - PhillyVoice
In past seasons, Cox didn’t always have great numbers, but you could see on the eye test that he was dominant, and opening up opportunities for his defensive line teammates. While that was still true to some degree in 2019, that “eye test dominance” wasn’t consistent. Cox did close the season strongly, wreaking havoc on the Seahawks’ interior OL in the playoffs, which is a good sign for the health of his foot, and thus, his 2020 production. As we noted on Monday in our look at the defensive ends, Brandon Graham bounced back in 2019 after similar circumstances in 2018. If Cox can regain his 2018 form in 2020, that will be a huge boost for the defense. One other quick note — In past training camps, Cox didn’t always seem super interested, but in real games he would turn it on. He’s a player who could theoretically thrive in a season in which there’s no training camp or preseason, going up against offensive linemen who actually need that offseason work.

No Projects - Iggles Blitz
A lot can still change obviously, but if that schedule is anywhere close to accurate…yikes. Undrafted players and street free agents are going to have a major uphill battle to make any kind of impression on teams. Beyond practice, usually the first and last preseason games are mainly for backups and UDFAs. There won’t be any preseason games this year. Young players are going to have tremendous pressure this summer. They must find a way to stand out with limited chances. UDFAs will still have a chance. NFL teams love young, cheap talent. The salary cap next year will likely be coming way down so finding young talent will be at a premium. It will be interesting to see how NFL teams balance this out. There are probably going to be some heated arguments between coaches and personnel staff. Coaches love veteran players. Personnel guys tend to love young players with upside. Coaches want players they can trust. Personnel guys want to see their long shots pay off.

On this Tuesday, Eagles football is in the air! - PE.com
By 7 a.m. on Tuesday, the NovaCare Complex was buzzing. Huge white tents set up in three locations in front of the entrances to the building were in place, designating specific areas for players, coaches, and Eagles administration to enter their workplace. Cars lined up for drive-thru COVID-19 tests, one of two required by the end of this week for the few employees, beyond players and coaches, to participate in Training Camp. It’s a start. What happens next isn’t exactly clear – more on that later – as the NFL and the Players Association continue discussions and iron out the final details of what camps across the league will look like in advance of the 2020 regular season.

Is JJ Arcega-Whiteside In Better Position To Succeed In 2020? - The Draft Network
Arcega-Whiteside will be coached once again to continue growing as an X receiver behind Jeffery, and with Jeffrey currently rehabbing from a Lisfranc foot injury, Arcega-Whiteside might be the Eagles’ starting X sometime in September. If that is the case, I believe we’ll see a better Arcega-Whiteside than the previous season. How much better will be on him and his confidence level after a disappointing rookie season.

Terrell Owens 40-yard dash shows he could still catch passes in the NFL today - NBCSP
Terrell Owens brings up plenty of emotions for Philly sports fans, but one will always be awe. In his prime, Owens was purely awesome. And at 46 years old, it turns out, the Hall of Fame wideout is still capable of producing that feeling. Owens raced a 40-yard dash against Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, likely the fastest player in the NFL, in a video published to Hill’s YouTube page Tuesday. While Hill was ultimately the faster dude on the field - obviously - it’s astounding to watch Owens’ speed, considering his age. [BLG Note: The Eagles would’ve been better off with T.O. than playing Jordan Matthews or Mack Hollins last year.]

Cowboys rookie CeeDee Lamb in line to get touches in more ways than just catching passes - Blogging The Boys
Tavon Austin has been the guy in the Cowboys offense that has seen plays designed for him in that regard, but he remains unsigned at the moment. Lamb, meanwhile, feasted on opposing defenses in the open field — both after the catch and on punt returns — during his time with the Sooners. Therefore, it only makes sense for the pairing of McCarthy and Moore to want to get the ball in Lamb’s hands in every way possible. As a pass catcher, Lamb was nearly unstoppable in Norman. Playing with three different signal-callers with three different skill sets and abilities, Lamb was a consistent target from his true freshman season in 2017 to his All-American campaign as a junior in 2019. In fact, Pro Football Focus states that Lamb’s passer rating when targeted at Oklahoma was a staggering 145.8.

NFLPA: At least 59 NFL players have tested positive for Covid-19 - DraftKings Nation
The NFLPA updated the page, changing the 95 to 59. NFL Network reporter James Palmer tweeted that the higher number had included staff across the league as well. The new number (59) reflects just players.

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