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NFL coaches and evaluators have Carson Wentz ranked just outside the top 10 quarterbacks - BGN
Saying “Some of it was” really undersells Wentz’s lackluster supporting cast. The dude was dealing with the league’s worst wide receiving corps for nearly the entire season. He sure didn’t look physically diminished or so inconsistent when he had proper support in Week 1. Also, why are we still talking about Foles (who finished 26th in these rankings, by the way)? He’s long gone. There may have been (read: there was) a locker room divide in 2018 but Wentz erased doubts and proved that the Eagles were HIS team with his excellence down the stretch in 2019.

Eye On The Enemy #26: Breakout Players in the NFC East - BGN Radio
On Episode 26 of Eye On The Enemy, host John Stolnis breaks down two players from each of the Eagles’ three NFC East rivals who will “break out” in 2020. Also, 10 questions that need to be answered during Eagles training camp this summer, whenever it gets started!

NFL quarterback rankings: All 32 starters entering the 2020 NFL season - PFF
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles — Looking at Wentz’s first four NFL seasons, we see a quarterback who ranks in the top half of the league, though his 2017 MVP hype was a sign of his ceiling, not his norm. Wentz’s 2017 campaign was a classic case of a small sample of excellence in unstable areas, such as play under pressure, on third down and touchdown rate. Wentz has come back down to earth since then and has settled in as a quarterback who can flip the field with his arm. And when aided by a solid group of playmakers, he’ll give them ample opportunities to make plays. The Eagles have made moves to put those playmakers in place, so this could be another big statistical season for Wentz.

Doug Pederson: ‘It’s just us. We’re in our own little world’ -
So, we wade slowly into uncharted territory with the young players here now, followed by the veterans. The Eagles have the benefit of a returning coaching staff that has had its offensive playcaller (Pederson), defensive coordinator (Jim Schwartz), and special teams coordinator (Dave Fipp) together for four full seasons, heading into a fifth. The projected starting lineups mostly have veterans who know the schemes, so that transition should be smooth. But there are questions, of course. On offense, the Eagles need DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery to be healthy and ready to go for Week 1 at Washington. The Eagles would surely benefit from learning if No. 1 draft pick Jalen Reagor can produce early in his career. The offensive line has new starters at left tackle (Andre Dillard) and right guard (Jason Peters, who manned left tackle in such a dominating manner for the Eagles since 2009).

How will COVID-19 precautions affect Doug Pederson, Eagles’ ability to evaluate, build roster? - Inquirer
But the Eagles also have returning young players, including receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and tackle Jordan Mailata, who need practice repetitions. Backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld has thrown only 92 preseason passes – let alone 25 regular season ones – and would have benefited from more live snaps. The same, naturally, could be said of rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. And what about returning veterans playing new positions? Jason Peters, who the Eagles re-signed two weeks ago, is a future Hall of Famer, but he’s never played guard and is slated to start. Jalen Mills has been penciled in as a starting safety, but he hasn’t played there since college. “We took a look at our roster obviously and felt that where Jason is and the type of player he is, obviously his leadership on the football team, that the transition would be relatively easy,” Pederson said of Peters.

Six takeaways from Doug Pederson: From Eagles practice changes to Jason Peters - The Athletic
4. Don’t count out the rookie class entirely. To generalize, coaches have a tendency to overvalue the familiar. In a season that could play even further into those impulses, Pederson warned not to count out the Eagles’ rookie class, which includes 10 draft picks. In some cases, such as first-round pick Jalen Reagor at wide receiver, the Eagles need to rely on rookies. But with training camp set up in a fashion required to maximize readiness for the starters, it will be harder for rookies and bottom-of-the-roster players to stand out. “Every year, there’s gonna be a rookie or two that really steps up and performs and catches our eye,” Pederson said. “It doesn’t matter if he’s a guy on offense or defense, he could be a starter on special teams. I mean, we can’t forget that, so that’s what I’m most excited about. We’ve got to, as coaches, we’ve got to get our young players caught up extremely fast. … We had a really good offseason, as virtual as it was with the meetings. We spent some time virtually with our rookies this past week and these guys are in a really good place mentally. Now it’s about taking it to the grass, seeing what they know and then leaning on these guys as much as we can throughout training camp.”

What Eagles cuts tell us and more in Roob’s 10 random Eagles observations - NBCSP
There are 21 guys who played on the 2017 Super Bowl team that went on to play for another NFL team. Good luck trying to find more than a couple out of those 21 who did anything at their next stop. Stefen Wisniewski started in the Super Bowl for the Chiefs last year, but he started only two games during the regular season. Jordan Hicks had a solid year for the Cards in 2019 (but didn’t actually play in the Super Bowl). That’s really it. Almost none of those 21 guys did anything at their next stop, and only four of those 21 are currently with the team they joined after leaving the Eagles (Joe Walker, Hicks, Mack Hollins, Marcus Johnson). The Eagles got so much out of so many guys who haven’t done anything since.

NFLPA reviews, approves Eagles’ Infectious Disease Emergency Plan ahead of training camp -
The NFLPA has reviewed and approved the Eagles’ Infectious Disease Emergency (IDER) plan ahead of the team’s training camp launch on Tuesday. The approval of Philadelphia’s IDER plan was announced on Monday by the union. The Eagles are one of 20 teams who have received approval from the NFLPA.

Eagles add Pepsi as official partner, drop Coca-Cola at Lincoln Financial Field - PhillyVoice
The Philadelphia Eagles have again joined forces with PepsiCo at Lincoln Financial Field, ending the team’s eight-year run with Coca-Cola as its official partner. In a statement on Monday, the team announced a seven-year agreement with Pepsi that will feature the company’s products and Frito-Lays snacks at Lincoln Financial Field. The deal makes Pepsi the Eagles’ exclusive provider of carbonated soft drinks, water, sports performance drinks (Gatorade), energy drinks and salty snacks, as well as freshly squeezed juices, with the exception of lemonade.

Texans claim Albert Huggins off waivers - PFT
The Texans claimed defensive tackle Albert Huggins off waivers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The Eagles waived Huggins over the weekend.

DeAndre Baker update: Giants’ cornerback placed on Commissioner’s Exempt List - Big Blue View
Charges have not yet formally been filed against Baker. That is a different from the case of placekicker Aldrick Rosas, who was charged with a trio of misdemeanors in an alleged hit-and-run traffic accident and has reportedly been cut by the Giants. Baker will not count against the Giants’ roster limit while on the exempt list. Patel told SNY he remains “hopeful” that the Broward County (Fla.) prosecutor’s office will not file any charges against Baker.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Maurice Canady is opting out of the 2020 NFL season - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys signed Maurice Canady this offseason and while he was hardly going to fill the void left by Byron Jones, he was going to be part of a new-look secondary that many were excited to see. Canady and Daryl Worley are both cornerbacks that joined the team in free agency while the organization also drafted Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II.

Washington Roster Moves: Reuben Foster, Alex Smith to PUP, Cody Latimer on Commissioner’s Exempt List, Caleb Brantley opts out - Hogs Haven
It was also reported earlier today that Alex Smith was taking his physical and would likely be placed on the active/PUP list to start training camp. Smith passed his physical and was officially placed on that list along with LB Reuben Foster, who tore his ACL/MCL/LCL(along with nerve damage), during mini-camp last year. Foster has been shown working out in several videos this year, but has to be cleared for full practice before he can even be considered an option for this season. The team declined his 5th-year option, which will make him a free agent after the season if he can’t play.

Seahawks guard Chance Warmack opts out of 2020 NFL season - Field Gulls
Warmack was signed by the Seahawks with the intention of competing for a roster spot at the guard position, with Mike Iupati and Damien Lewis as the presumptive starters. Originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans, Warmack last played for the Philadelphia Eagles and had more special teams snaps than offensive snaps in 2018.

The Marlins’ COVID-19 Outbreak Puts NFL Travel Protocols Under Spotlight - MMQB
Why a bubble wouldn’t work for the NFL and how MLB’s issues may affect NFL travel. Plus, the 49ers do right by Raheem Mostert, Joe Douglas goes to bat for Adam Gase, the Vikings suffer a big loss and more NFL news.

NFL has no current plans to go to bubble, chief medical officer says - ESPN
The NFL has no immediate plans to shift to a bubble concept in response to the news that at least 13 members of MLB’s Miami Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus. Instead, according to NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills, the league will continue to focus on quick and efficient handling of positive tests as part of what the league now refers to as a “virtual football bubble.” “We’ve said all along that we expected there would be positive cases among players and personnel,” Sills said in a phone interview with ESPN on Monday. “And there may be a number on each team. As long as this virus is endemic in society, we’re going to continue to see new cases.


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