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NFL general manager rankings: Howie Roseman finishes in the top four - BGN
After previously ranking NFL head coaches, Rotoworld’s Pat Daughtery is back with his annual general manager rankings. This activity is typically pretty fair and insightful so definitely go read the entire article. As far as the Philadelphia Eagles are concerned, Howie Roseman checks in as the league’s fourth best general manager. That’s a two spot drop from last year.

Fireside Chats #15: Warren Sharp’s 2020 Football Preview - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Warren Sharp of Sharp Football Analysis to dive into his 2020 Football Preview & detail what it says about the Eagles outlook! Presented by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

2020 NFL Team Preview Series: Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
The Eagles annually boast one of the best offensive lines in the league, and they finished No. 1 at the conclusion of the 2019 regular season. It will be difficult to repeat that feat without star left tackle Jason Peters and PFF All-Pro guard Brandon Brooks. However, Peters now moves to guard, where it will be a guessing game as to how seamless the transition is. The Eagles anticipated the Peters move by drafting Andre Dillard in the first round in 2019, and he’s locked in as the starter after grading out at 59.7 on 337 snaps as a rookie. For perspective, Peters allowed just 25 pressures on 602 pass-blocking attempts, while Dillard allowed 25 on 183 attempts — so it could be an adjustment for Philadelphia at left tackle. The good news is Dillard’s track record at Washington State, where his pass-blocking grade on true pass sets is the fifth-best we’ve seen from any college player moving to the NFL.

Eagles 2020 training camp preview: Linebacker - PhillyVoice
Back in April, we took a close look at Brown’s 2019 season, and it wasn’t pretty. Those who follow the Chargers closely mostly think that Brown had a very promising rookie season, but injuries and a scheme change perhaps stunted his growth. The Eagles signed him to a one-year deal worth $1,047,500, $550,000 of which is guaranteed. That’s fine. Yes, the 2019 tape is clearly bad, but I don’t think this is a bad signing, necessarily. Brown has good speed, which makes him a viable special teams contributor, with some upside in coverage in sub-packages because of his athleticism. It’ll be on the Eagles (and Brown) to re-unlock his potential.

Eagles’ 53-man roster projection features little experience behind Carson Wentz - ESPN+
RUNNING BACK (4): Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement, Mike Warren. This unit feels like an unfinished product. While the Eagles like their running back group, which also includes a couple of promising prospects in Elijah Holyfield and Adrian Killins Jr., they have been exploring the veteran market this offseason and have shown interest in Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy. The bet here is they will add some insurance between now and the start of the regular season.

4 topics to discuss in countdown to Training Camp - PE.com
Beyond Jackson and Jeffery, what do we really know about the receiver corps? Greg Ward stepped up in a big way last season from the slot and should be even better in 2020 as a reliable pass catcher and route runner. And then … what, exactly? The Eagles have a first-round draft pick in Jalen Reagor they need to bring along quickly. They need to see if veteran Marquise Goodwin fits on the roster. Same with the two other draft picks – John Hightower and Quez Watkins. Second-year man J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a terrific offseason and was recognized by the team for his conditioning and preparation. Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis hope to build from their time on the roster from last season. Shelton Gibson is trying to put it all together. There are 13 receivers on the roster and the Eagles will likely keep five, as they’ve done in the past. That, like everything else, is subject to change.

Eagles 2020 training camp battles: Figuring out the receiver spots - NBCSP
I’m taking a guess but I think Jeffery will start the season on the PUP list. That Lisfranc recovery can take a long time and if he’s not going to be ready, it won’t be worth keeping a roster spot for him. Eventually, he can return. Because of the number crunch, I think there’s a good shot that the Eagles won’t be able to keep both late-round rookies, so for now I’ll give the edge to the higher draft pick. So here’s what I have now before camp: DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, Marquise Goodwin, John Hightower.

Terrell Owens calls into 94WIP unprompted to debate what happened with Eagles - 94WIP
“So I had to get this waiver signed in order to play in that Super Bowl.”Let’s go to training camp. My agent at that time looked at my contract and said I was outperforming, and where I was statistically and amongst the receivers, he felt like I should have been one of the top two, top three paid receivers and I felt the same way. We didn’t go to the media to try and make it a me forcing the managements hand to pay me or what have you. We went behind closed doors to try to talk about it and see if we could get something worked out. That didn’t happen. At this point in time, I don’t know who to believe, whether it’s management or my agent since I am no longer with Rosenhaus. I was told management leaked it out to make me look bad that I was being greedy about wanting a new contract. That was going to turn the fans against me. From my understanding, that’s what the approach was.”

Potential defensive acquisitions the Cowboys could still make before the season begins - Blogging The Boys
Jadeveon Clowney. Sure, it’s a long-shot given the cap situation, but where there’s a will there’s a way. We all know the Cowboys have put it out there that they haven’t really taken a look at Clowney thanks to his high asking price for his services. With options dwindling, Clowney’s price has likely dropped and the Cowboys could put out feelers to gauge his interest. The Cowboys may also want to take a look after their star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence stated that he was unsure if he would report to training camp because of the virus with his wife expecting another child. Both sides may find equal interest and possibly come to an agreement. The Cowboys could bolster their pass rush and Clowney can build his stock back up. Win, win for both sides. Of course, it would take some very creative maneuvering by Stephen Jones to make it happen.

Bucs add former QB Thad Lewis as coaching fellow - PFT
The Buccaneers are bringing a former NFL quarterback in to build some coaching experience. According to Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, the Bucs are bringing the well-traveled Thad Lewis to camp as part of the Bill Walsh coaching fellow program. [BLG Note: Lewis was the Eagles’ third string quarterback in 2015.]

NFL to continue data tracking in helmets, cleats and mouthguards amid COVID-19 - The Athletic
For the past several years, affixed to the wall of NFL locker rooms is a chart ranking helmets by safety, and the league now boasts that 99 percent of players are wearing helmets that pass NFL safety tests. The rankings have been developed after years of on-field injury data capture and laboratory testing. Using data collected this year and in subsequent seasons, that poster could even have some cousins in the future: a poster ranking safe helmets by position and one that ranks cleats. “So you could see that over the course of the next year … position-specific helmets are offered,” said Jennifer Langton, the NFL’s senior vice president of health and safety innovation. “But our goal as far as the league office is happening now, once we have … conclusive data, we take us always where the science takes us, to be able to offer that to the manufacturers. Next year, 2021, is where we really have hope for (the players to be wearing those helmets).”

Some Thoughts on Contracts, the Cap, and the Pandemic - Over The Cap
The NFL and the NFLPA are still negotiating the economics of the covid impacted season and there are many different opinions on certain issues within the CBA and the impact on the players and league so I figured I may as well offer my opinion on some of the topics that should be discussed right now regarding contracts and the cap.

More people in the US are hospitalized with Covid-19 than ever before - Vox
More Americans are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 than at any prior point in the pandemic, a grim milestone that indicates the coronavirus pandemic is not slowing down in the US. On July 22, 59,628 people across the United States were in the hospital after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, according to data collected by the Covid Tracking Project; that total surpassed the previous daily high of 59,539 on April 15, when the New York City area was the epicenter of the US outbreak.

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