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More teams are considering keeping a quarterback in quarantine - PFT
In May, we floated the concept of NFL teams keeping a backup quarterback in quarantine. Coaches like Bruce Arians publicly have suggested that the Buccaneers may employ this strategy in 2020. Privately, more coaches than Arians are thinking about it and talking about it. Per a league source, the notion of peeling a quarterback away from the rest of the team and keeping him quarantined has begun to spread, as coaches begin to crystallize their plans for the coming season. [BLG Note: Remember this report after the Eagles drafted Jalen Hurts?]
Bill O’Brien Talks About Mindsets and Protocols With Rookies in the Texans’ Facility - MMQB
The quarantine quarterback is actually a pretty decent idea. I had a good conversation on Sunday morning with veteran agent Mike McCartney, who explained the concept he’s discussed with teams on his own free agent quarterbacks. Teams could carry these guys on their rosters, trust them to get the physical work they need to away from the facility, and have them in on all the meetings virtually. Those teams could either have those guys living at home, and fly them in as needed, or ask them to move to the team’s city for the season and hole up at an apartment nearby. For the players? Getting paid $12,000 per week (vets on the expanded practice squad will make $204,000 for the year) to fill that role seems like good work if you can get it. “It just makes too much sense,” McCartney said. “That’s an extremely inexpensive insurance policy at the most important position, and it gives you a guy who not just knows the offense but is keeping up with the intricacies of the game plan every week.” And the team would be protecting against the doomsday scenario of a COVID-19 outbreak wiping out the quarterback room on a Friday, two days before a game. So anyway, McCartney’s been working on this with experienced clients like Josh McCown (who you could connect to staffs in Philly and Chicago, and who lives in Charlotte) and Drew Stanton (who you can connect to Arizona, Tampa and Dallas). And certainly, those two aren’t the only guys who’d be qualified for that sort of role.
NFL Versus COVID Begins As Camps Open With Careful Optimism - FMIA
Is it possible that X number of positive tests could cause a team to be sidelined for a week or two? Yes. But I think Goodell is more inclined to not draw a line in the sand, but rather to take things on a case-by-case basis. Four starting offensive linemen on a team testing positive is different than single players from four positions groups testing positive. I realize this is all so speculative. I am making some educated guesses. But the Miami Marlins postponed their flight home from Philadelphia on Sunday evening after speculation spread that several of their players (including Sunday’s starting pitcher in Philadelphia) tested positive for COVID, and manager Don Mattingly said multiple players would remain in quarantine in Pennsylvania while the rest of the team returned to Miami for a Monday night game. Baseball is not in a bubble. Football will not be in a bubble. Baseball has been playing games for four days now, and this happened. We’d be naïve to think the NFL, as controlling as it is, is immune from in-season outbreaks.
NFL Players Who Contract Coronavirus at ‘High-Risk’ Events Subject to Discipline, Lack of Pay - Sports Illustrated
As part of the league’s new rules surrounding COVID-19, NFL players who contract the coronavirus while attending “high-risk” events will be subject to team discipline and potentially not receive pay checks, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Graziano reports that a memo sent by the NFLPA to agents goes over several rules regarding player contracts, opt-out provisions and the ramifications of a canceled season. The final language of the agreement is still being worked out, but what has been agreed upon is that players will be held accountable for how they interact in public settings as the pandemic persists.
First look at Jalen Reagor and Jalen Hurts in their Eagles uniforms - BGN
For the first time since they were selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, we finally have a look at Jalen Reagor and Jalen Hurts in their Philadelphia Eagles uniforms! With all due respect to the Photoshop edits out there, it’s nice to see the top two picks actually wearing their real jerseys.
Eagles podcast: Listener Q&A session - PhillyVoice
In the latest episode of BGN Radio, Brandon Gowton and I took around 30 or so questions from listeners and readers.
Finally Some Optimism - Iggles Blitz
Those aren’t just scrub camp bodies. The Eagles cut guys that were on the fringe, but also players they had some knowledge of. They didn’t expect these players to challenge for roster spots. The Eagles kept rookies over these guys because the team wants to see the rookies in action. They don’t know what the rookies can do. The players who were cut could still be practice squad candidates.
Taking you inside the new rules for NFL play, 2020 - PE.com
On August 17, teams can practice in pads for the first time; they will be allowed 14 padded practices in total. August 8 will be a mandatory day off across the league, after which teams will be required to give players one day off per every seven days of work. Those are the rules. The NovaCare Complex has been remodeled, and I will have exclusive details of that here and in the Eagles Insider Podcast. It’s a fascinating situation in which an entire organization has come together to provide a safe, socially distanced environment in which the Eagles can thrive from the moment they enter the building. Enjoy the weekend, stay safe and healthy, and, finally, we know something for certain: We have an Eagles season to look forward to enjoying together!
Report: Dallas Cowboys WR Jon’Vea Johnson has been placed on the reserve/COVID list - Blogging The Boys
As mentioned training camp has already begun and players are at team facilities. Organizations are going to have to work through protocols as they relate to Covid-19, and there is a new reserve/COVID list as a result. Cowboys receiver Jon’Vea Johnson has been placed on it.
Giants agree to terms with K Chandler Catanzaro, per reports - Big Blue View
The signing of Catanzaro is likely connected to the legal issues of Aldrick Rosas, who was arrested earlier in the offseason. Reports earlier Sunday indicated the Giants were expected to cut Rosas, a move that would save them all of the $3.259 million he was due this season. It remains to be seen whether the team will bring in another kicker to compete with Catanzaro, but more moves seem likely.
10 Most Important Bears of 2020: #1 The Quarterback (whomever he may be) - Windy City Gridiron
If the Bears are forced to turn to Trubisky that would mean that the oft-injured Foles is back in the training room, or even worse, he just doesn’t have the consistency to keep the job. If the Bears are forced to turn to Foles, that would mean that Trubisky thrived in practice and fooled the entire coaching staff into thinking he had it figured out.
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