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LeSean McCoy has talked “to a couple of teams” - PFT
“Right now, I’m just talking to a couple of teams — some of my favorite teams — that I’d think would be a great fit for me. I won’t tell you exactly,” McCoy told Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. “But I think the biggest thing is to find the right fit. Find the right fit for me. I think at this point in my career, not just playing football, I want to play for the right team. I want to be able to contribute. I want to be able to win another championship. You can’t go from playing with the Chiefs with all that talent and winning a championship to now just trying to play. I’m the type of guy, I want to come in a room, challenge the running backs get them better. Be a veteran leader. All the type of things I want to bring to a team. So, just got to find the right fit for me.”

Numbers that help explain why the Eagles don’t highly value the linebacker position - BGN
The only team that hasn’t drafted a first-round linebacker since 1979? The team that has the lowest 2020 cap space dedicated to linebackers? Who could’ve guessed? Okay, so no one is actually surprised. But let’s dig a little deeper into why the Eagles operate this way. Football Outsiders recently posted defensive personnel groupings from the 2019 NFL season. Their numbers show that dime defense (meaning, six defensive back sets) increased by 2.7% league-wide and the Eagles were among the contributing teams:.

Fireside Chats #16: OL/DL Rankings w/Brandon Thorn - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Brandon Thorn of the Trench Warfare podcast, Establish the Run, and the Scouting Academy to rank the Eagles OL/DL with detailed analysis on each player along both lines! Presented by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

Eagles 2020 training camp preview: Cornerback - PhillyVoice
Howie Roseman’s comments from back in March show that the Eagles are high on Avonte Maddox, and they believe that he can be a full-time outside corner. He’s likely to start on the outside, opposite Darius Slay, over Sidney Jones.

2020 NFL training camp: Biggest questions, roster projections for all 32 teams - ESPN
How will quarterback Carson Wentz handle the addition of Jalen Hurts? Wentz, 27, is entrenched as the starter, making this an unprecedented situation that will be fascinating to watch. The Eagles believe strongly in over-investing in the quarterback position — a philosophy that helped them win the Super Bowl in 2017 — and are faced with the reality that each of Wentz’s past three seasons were cut short because of injuries. In Hurts, they have a dynamic playmaker who is expected to be sprinkled into the offense in the short term and provide value as an insurance policy/potential trade asset over the longer term. The logic is understandable, but by bucking convention, the Eagles have increased the odds of a quarterback controversy.

Biggest line movements related to 2020 NFL season win totals - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles — After Philadelphia opened with a 10-win team projection, the market has adjusted slightly, dropping the team to 9.5 wins with juice shaded to the under. This number has held steady since the draft, but the Eagles continue to drift from the Cowboys for frontrunners of the NFC East. Our simulation results are significantly lower than betting market odds, making the “under 9.5 wins” bet for the Eagles one of the best still on the board.

Predicting Eagles’ 53-man roster before 2020 training camp - NBCSP
WR (6): DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, Marquise Goodwin, John Hightower. I have serious doubts that Alshon Jeffery will be ready for the season as he recovers from Lisfranc surgery, so I’m keeping him on PUP for now. Even without Jeffery, there’s a numbers crunch here and I have 6th-round pick Quez Watkins as the odd man out. He’ll compete with Hightower, a 5th-round pick, for a roster spot. Goodwin isn’t a lock either, but I like the idea of keeping him around for some DeSean insurance. Could the Eagles decide to keep both rookies and cut Goodwin? Sure. But not having a normal offseason might make that tougher.

Eagles great Harold Carmichael awaits delayed Hall of Fame enshrinement in 2021 while staying careful during pandemic - Inquirer
“I waited 31 years,” Carmichael said this week in a telephone interview. “Another year won’t hurt.” Carmichael was notified late last month by Hall of Fame president David Baker that the ceremony had been canceled. The news hardly came as a surprise. “I knew for a while it was going to happen,” he said. “They couldn’t hold the ceremony right now. I’ve been to several previous ceremonies. You’ve got thousands of people there. Everybody’s close. I wouldn’t have been comfortable with it.” One potential consolation of the ceremony’s being pushed back is that he might get the opportunity to go into the Hall of Fame with one of his dearest friends and former coach, Dick Vermeil.

Brian Westbrook comes to the rescue | Eagles highlights - PE.com
Take a look back at the Eagles’ miraculous win over the New York Giants in Week 7 of the 2003 season!

Alex Smith has been cleared for full football activity, what’s next for Washington’s former starting QB? - Hogs Haven
Stephania Bell said this in February about Alex Smith’s quest to do something that’s never been done before. Today she is reporting that Smith has been cleared for full football activity. He is currently undergoing COVID-19 testing, and is expected to report to the team for a physical on Monday. What happens next is up to the Washington Football Team and their doctors. Smith has been cleared by his doctors for full football activities, but he will have to pass his physical and be cleared for contact.

Big Blue View mailbag: Lack of preseason games, front office changes, more - Big Blue View
I will repeat what I have said many times — yes, this entire situation hurts the Giants. They have a 38-year-old first-time head coach with new coordinators trying to install schemes. They have a second-year quarterback. They have a plethora of young players. Losing the spring is going to hurt. Losing the preseason is going to hurt. The uncertainty and limited practice that will take place in training camp is going to hurt. This is an incredibly difficult situation for Joe Judge and the Giants. No one will — or should — offer them sympathy. I wouldn’t, though, expect miracles from Judge and the Giants this season.

Eight Cowboys hurt the most by no preseason games - Blogging The Boys
Speaking of that center position, Travis Frederick’s retirement opened up a hole at center. While it’s not easy, or even realistic, to replace one of the league’s best centers over the last decade, the Cowboys must do their best. Tyler Biadasz might be their best shot at doing so, as the fellow Wisconsin Badger drew favorable comparisons to Frederick for his dominant college career. But a down senior season caused Biadasz to slip to the end of the fourth round this year, and there are concerns over whether that dip in production was tied to arthroscopic surgery the offseason prior. When drafted, Biadasz was regarded as a potential long-term cornerstone for the Cowboys’ line, but there were questions over whether he’d be able to regain his form and play right away. The preseason was supposed to figure that out, and if Biadasz looked like his former self he’d have easily won the starting job over veteran Joe Looney. Now, things are a lot more uncertain, and the starting center job could now be Looney’s to lose.

Get ready for training camp: NFL, NFLPA agree on financial, health issues - The Athletic
Earlier this week, the NFL proposed that all teams reduce their training camp rosters to 80 players. That was approved, but can happen two ways. Teams can either cut down to 80 players prior to July 28 when veterans report; or they can make those cuts between reporting date and Aug. 16, the last day before padded practices can begin. These roster reductions mean fewer players will be on the field during training camp, which could hurt younger players or veterans on the roster bubble. But the two sides did agree to increase practice squad size, from 12 to 16 players, for 2020. A notable additional change to practice squads this season is that six of those players can have an unlimited number of accrued seasons. Typically those practice squad spots are reserved for players with no more than two accrued seasons.

It was the best, and worst, day for naming Washington sports teams - SB Nation
Duality is fun. Bert and Ernie. Peanut butter and jelly. Joy and the inescapable feeling that this hell year will never end and with every passing moment things keep getting worse. Sorry, lost myself for a second. But duality in sports is especially magical, and that happened on Thursday when in a very short span of time we were gifted with two, very different sport team names, both representing Washington.

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