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2019 Offensive Personnel Analysis - Football Outsiders
The Eagles were the only team to have a tight end on the field for every single snap. That will happen when you both have Zach Ertz and a M*A*S*H unit for a receiving corps.

Answering 7 questions to help preview the Eagles’ 2020 season - BGN
Many believe Avonte Maddox and Sidney Jones will be battling it out for the No. 2 cornerback spot across from Slay but the feeling here is that’s less of a competition than people realize. Maddox is going to be the guy there. The bigger point of interest is … what happens at receiver? DeSean Jackson will be starting if he’s healthy and avoids further off-field trouble. It’s unclear who’ll be lining up with him. Doug Pederson publicly tempered expectations for Reagor by saying he’ll be learning Jackson’s role to start out. Alshon Jeffery seems bound to begin the season on PUP. JJ Arcega-Whiteside looked like a bust as a rookie; is he really ready to step up? Are the Eagles going to count on 2019 practice squad call up Greg Ward in the slot? How does Goodwin factor in? Can one of the Eagles’ Day 3 draft picks — John Hightower or Quez Watkins — emerge early on? There are more questions than answers at this position.

The Kist & Solak Show #188: Special Guest Ross Tucker - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak are joined by NFL analyst Ross Tucker to discuss the gutting of the preseason, Ben’s social media campaign to take Ross’ job, and thoughts on the return of Jason Peters & MUCH MORE! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles mailbag: Yes or no on Devonta Freeman, and who will be in the next round of cuts? - PhillyVoice
Question from Trevor: Yes or no on Devonta Freeman? — Maybe. The Eagles previously had interest in Freeman, but Freeman overvalued his worth, and remains unemployed. It was reported that Freeman had a similar offer on the table that Carlos Hyde signed in Seattle, which he turned down. Freeman’s agent subsequently severed her relationship with him. Freeman has now signed with Drew Rosenhaus, who many Eagles fans remember negatively from the Terrell Owens days, but who has actually had a very good working relationship with Howie Roseman. In fact, the Eagles two biggest acquisitions this offseason — Darius Slay and Javon Hargrave — are both Rosenhaus clients. Rosenhaus seems to have gotten through to Freeman that he should probably lower his asking price.

2020 NFL offseason: Ranking most, least improved teams from 1-32, starting with Dolphins, Bengals - ESPN+
17. Philadelphia Eagles. Not to be an interior-offensive-line nerd, but the loss of Brooks to injury could hurt the Eagles as much as or more than the loss of Frederick to retirement hurts the Cowboys. Jenkins will also be tough to replace on the back end of the defense. Reagor will have to be an instant contributor to an already underwhelming WR corps. And while Slay is surely an upgrade at cornerback, he’s going to have to be pretty amazing to justify the contract the team gave him. Philly fans ... they notice these kinds of things.

NFL 40 Under 40: The rising stars shaping the direction of the NFL - The Athletic
ALEC HALABY. Title: Eagles VP of football operations and strategy | Age: 33. The Eagles are considered to be at the forefront of analytics from an NFL perspective and Halaby is the one who runs that group. He oversees the Eagles’ use of analytics and data in decisions (whether roster building or in-game strategy) and works closely with Howie Roseman. He graduated from Harvard in 2009 and has worked for the Eagles ever since. The Eagles have long maintained a veil of secrecy about Halaby and his department, but as teams around the league look to become more analytically savvy, Halaby is an enticing possibility to run a team someday.

10 major questions entering Eagles training camp: Has enough been done at wide receiver? How will Malcolm Jenkins be replaced? -
4. Have the Eagles done enough at wide receiver? The Eagles passed on adding a free-agent wide receiver this offseason, which was the right call because the group that was available. However, they enter training camp with three rookie draft picks and veteran speedster Marquise Goodwin as their only upgrades at the position. While first-round pick Jalen Reagor will have an immediate role in the offense behind DeSean Jackson, late-round picks, John Hightower and Quez Watkins, will need to prove themselves this summer to make the most of their opportunities.

8 Philadelphia Eagles on offense hurt the most by no preseason games - PennLive
The Eagles have emphasized that Jalen Hurts will be a quarterback for them, though coach Doug Pederson left the door open to mixing in Hurts, the No. 53 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, with the regular offense in a Taysom Hill-type role. Even if the Eagles weren’t to tip their hand on that package during the preseason, Hurts would still get valuable reps, especially since starter Carson Wentz would barely play, if at all. Back in April, executive vice president/general manager Howie Roseman made his now-infamous comment that he wants the Eagles to be a “quarterback factory.” A key part of development is getting live reps, and Hurts could lose four opportunities to get those this summer. Quarterback is already a tough enough job to learn in the NFL as it is.

Jalen Mills on his health following injuries: ‘I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been’ -
Philadelphia Eagles DB Jalen Mills joins “Good Morning Football” to discuss his health following injuries, the Eagles’ potential in 2020 and discusses how he’s helped his community during the pandemic.

How do the ‘Skins linebackers stack up against the rest of the NFC East? - Hogs Haven
His problems getting off blocks and tackling are more concerning. After starting 4 years in college and serving as a backup for 2 years in the NFL, he should have better technique than he does. His angles could be improved, but the bigger problem seems to be his ability to wrap up and stay on his feet (I saw him go to the ground too many times while tackling and blocking). I think his problems with tackling and getting off blocks is due to lack of functional play strength and mass. It remains a question if he can not only gain the needed mass and strength to play LB, but also do so without losing speed. All of this makes him a liability in run defense and a question mark to get better. Overall, I think Gerry is below average in pass defense and bad in run defense. Although he might be able to improve several of his issues in pass defense with experience, it’s more of a question if he can improve much in run defense, as I think those problems stem from lack of functional play strength. He may benefit from losing weight and moving to more of a hybrid safety role.

Eagles and NFL are back, but a long way from 2020 season start amid coronavirus pandemic - Inquirer
10. Media access will be restricted and limited. Locker rooms will be closed to reporters. Most interviews will be conducted by video conference. And only a select number of media members will be allowed access to practices should they pass screening protocols.

NFL fans will be required to wear masks in 2020 amid coronavirus - NBCSP
We still don’t know if Eagles fans will be allowed to attend NFL games at Lincoln Financial Field at all in 2020. But if they do, they’ll be required to wear masks. That will be a league-wide rule, according to NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy.

NFL insider notes: Why Dak Prescott, not Patrick Mahomes, will be real trailblazer, NFLPA makes hay and more - CBS Sports
Consider than Mahomes will earn $63M in the first three years of his deal, while Prescott will earn $70M in the next two. And if Prescott opts to follow the Cousins path after successive franchise tags in 2022 (and we assume the business of football will be booming as never before post-pandemic with a vaccine widely available) then what would Cousins’s fully guaranteed, three-year, $86M deal equate to in those terms? With the cap back soaring? Three years, $140M? More?

How Can the NFL Prevent a Salary Cap Crisis? - The Ringer
A projected loss of revenue because of the pandemic could have major ramifications on next season’s salary cap. The league and the players are negotiating solutions to deal with the shortfall.

Markus Golden’s rights revert to Giants - Big Blue View
If Markus Golden wants to play in the NFL it 2020, it appears that will have to be with the New York Giants. The Giants confirmed that the deadline for other teams to sign Golden to a free-agent contract passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

What scientists are learning about how long Covid-19 immunity lasts - Vox
Covid-19 continues to confound us all, with a growing list of symptoms, unexpected modes of transmission, and a wide range of outcomes, from benign to severe. More than 600,000 people around the world have been killed by the virus, as of July 22. And for many survivors, Covid-19 is becoming a long-term condition too, with symptoms lasting for months. Yet the majority of people infected with the virus recover on their own. And without a vaccine or much in the way of treatment options, the human immune system — a vast network of cells and tissues — remains the most potent defense against infection. Scientists’ rapidly evolving understanding of this human immune response to Covid-19 is critical for answering some of the most important questions at this stage in the pandemic


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