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Orlovsky sounds off on Wentz not making top 100 list - ESPN
This list stinks! Carson Wentz not being on the top 100 list … this is what happened. Because he’s not new. He’s not the new fad. It’s like when you go to a barbecue nowadays and everyone’s like here, try this new finger food, it’s great. And you look at it and it’s like feta cheese, watermelon, and mint. Just give me pigs in a blanket! Or when you’re sitting around with your friends and they’re like, look, I have this great app we can play on my phone. Just put down Scrabble or Taboo and let me bust your head in that. Or when you’re sitting around with your family and friends and everyone’s like man, play this song, it’s the greatest song ever. No, just put on Frank Sinatra and let ride and let me have my glass of red wine. The newness of some players has taken away the vision of what great players look like. 2017 he’s third in the league and last year he’s not in your top 100?! Last year he’s got a better completion percentage. He threw for 1000 more yards. Yards per attempt is just about the same and yards per game is just about the same. How can a guy go from third to not in your top 100 when he did more last year than he did the previous two years when you ranked him at 3? It doesn’t make any sense. I believe Max Kellerman is behind this, or Mina Kimes is behind this, and I will not stand for this buffoonery.

Mailbag: The Patriots’ Success Makes it Easier for Their Players to Opt Out - MMQB
From Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir): Why is the only consistent such inconsistency surrounding the public perception of Carson Wentz? One can speak to two different, intelligent NFL guests and receive two completely different analyses. My take: I can’t evaluate him because I can’t rely on him to stay healthy. — I think it’s mainly just what you said—his injury issues have kept all of us from getting a clean read on him. His best year was 2017, which ended with a torn ACL. His 2018 featured fits and starts in the aftermath of that. His 2019 was sabotaged by injuries around him, then he got hurt in the playoffs. And now, he’s off his rookie deal, which means there’ll be a little more on him to make it work. I love Wentz’s talent. I think he’s got a very bright future, and it’s not all potential—we’ve seen how good he can be. He was right there for MVP with Tom Brady in Year 2. He just has to find a way to stay healthy. That’s part of the game for quarterbacks. Part of it’s been rotten luck for Wentz. But because of his size and athleticism, he’s put himself in harm’s way some too, and that catches up with even the biggest, most freakish guys at the position (see: Newton, Cameron). Which is to say, even if it may sound a little callous to say it, at some point, we have to see him make it through more than a couple months without having something debilitating hanging over his head.

10 training camp questions the Eagles must answer - BGN
Can Andre Dillard be a starting LT? The No. 22 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft played a quarter of last season when Jason Peters was injured, with mixed results. However, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Rookie left tackles rarely burst onto the scene and dominate in their first season, especially when they’re filling in. Dillard was a disaster in the one half he played at right tackle, and in the three games on the left side, he alternately struggled and kept his head above water. When he was drafted, it was known he would need some time to develop. But there were whispers that the Eagles were looking to trade him in the weeks leading up to this week’s draft, and reports of Dillard’s less-than-tough mentality have left the second-year open to questions about his ability to hold onto the job. How he responds to all that will be a big factor in the effectiveness of the offensive line this year.

From the Bleachers #27: The Fan Identity Crisis of 2020 - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy ponders what being a sports/football/Eagles fan will be like in the weirdness of 2020. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Covid Strikes the Eagles - Iggles Blitz
In terms of football, the good thing about this is the timing. Johnson could still be ready to go by the start of the padded practices. The Eagles need him back with a new LT and Jason Peters making the switch to RG. They need the returning starters to stay healthy and play well. Johnson is arguably the best RT in football. The Eagles need him to be a force up front if the offense is going to thrive this season. The team does need to figure out who the backup RT is going to be. If they are going to use a swing tackle, they need to make sure to get that player reps on both sides. Dillard last year focused on LT and when he had to play on the right side it was a disaster. Mailata and Gerry are young players who need every rep possible. Hopefully this is just a precaution with them and they can return quickly.

Taking stock of an inexperienced Eagles WR unit after Marquise Goodwin’s opt out - The Athletic
Reagor has also forged a close relationship with Hightower and Watkins — “you would think we’ve been teammates for years,” he said — although it might be too ambitious to expect Day 3 picks to be big parts of the offense. Even for Reagor, expectations might need to be kept in perspective. Since 2015, only three of 39 wide receivers drafted in the first two rounds reached the average production of a No. 1 wide receiver and only 10 reached the average of production of a No. 2 wide receiver. Those 39 wide receivers averaged 459 receiving yards as rookies. Arcega-Whiteside’s inconsistency as a rookie could be evidence of the slow, often difficult transition to the pros. The Eagles need Reagor to be an outlier, even if they’re going to publicly try to mollify outside expectations. Their roster-building decisions this offseason leave them few other choices. Now that the only established wide receiver they added isn’t playing, it’s not as if Reagor can yield to others in the room.

Can Jalen Reagor defy odds and be among speed receivers to make a splash in rookie season? - Inquirer
Reagor might have better ball skills, though. Contested catches were a forte. Drops were also an issue. Still, the Eagles project the 5-foot-11, 196-pound receiver to be a consistent downfield threat, just as they once did Jackson. Reagor has yet to work out with Jackson, but they have spoken. “He just told me to go in with a mission in my mind,” Reagor said. “Go in with a big chip on my shoulder and know I can make a big contribution. It’s the reason why this organization drafted me. They believed in me. Don’t wait in the back. Just go ahead and step in now. Why wait?” The Eagles might have no other choice.

The Kobe Bryant Wall, explained, and more news and notes -
4. Will the Eagles add any players to the roster heading into the regular season? One of the big unknowns here is how teams will play it with the waiver wire and with any veterans still on the streets. Really, really interesting scenarios for pro personnel departments who are traditionally ready to hit the road and visit preseason games to scout players and teams. The Eagles, for example, are playing a team in Week 1, Washington, that has a new head coach, Ron Rivera. How challenging is the advanced scouting part of the business when there is no preseason to get even a basic sense of what Rivera is running there? The Eagles are going to have to rely a lot on what Rivera did in Carolina with the Panthers, I guess.

Explaining Eagles’ salary cap situation for the 2021 season - NBCSP
The wide receiver room needs to get younger. Cutting Alshon Jeffery (~$8 million or ~$13 million with a post-June 1 designation) and DeSean Jackson (~$5 million) would create another $13-18 million in cap space.

Marquise Goodwin says fans are calling him stupid for opting out - PFT
“I’ve gotten so many messages . . . from ‘concerned’ fans telling me how stupid I am and that this COVID-19 isn’t that serious,” Goodwin wrote on Twitter. “I bet my bank account that there are 150k dead people that would argue different.” After deciding to opt out of the 2020 season, Goodwin posted an emotional message on YouTube explaining his reasoning for opting out of the season. Goodwin noted that he and his wife have lost three pregnancies and he has taken football so seriously that he once left his wife at the hospital after she delivered their child prematurely so he could play in a game. Goodwin and his wife now have a young child, and he worried that he could catch COVID-19 on the field and spread it to his family. No one can accuse Goodwin of not making sacrifices for his team, but he felt that playing this season is simply too great a risk. There’s nothing stupid about that. [BLG Note: These people really need to lay off Marquise Goodwin.]

Patriots 2020 roster breakdown: Beau Allen will be New England’s next Danny Shelton - Pats Pulpit
What is his projected role? Allen is expected to fill the role previously held by ex-Patriot Danny Shelton: he will likely serve as a big-bodied two-gapper from the interior positions — aligning anywhere from the nose to the 3-technique spot — whose main responsibilities lie in the running game. While this means that he will likely not post any impressive statistics, his role and importance to the Patriots’ defensive operation alongside Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler cannot be underestimated.

What does Nate Solder’s opt out mean for the Giants? - Big Blue View
His current contract would toll, meaning that it would pause or carry over to the 2021 season. The final year of his four-year, $62 million deal is pushed to 2022. The Giants, per Spotrac, currently have $5.527 million in cap space. That number will jump once Solder’s money comes off the 2020 books. Could the Giants use that money to make a run at a pass rusher like Jadaveon Clowney or Everson Griffen? A cornerback like Logan Ryan? A center like Justin Britt? Will they save the money and roll it into the 2021 salary cap? We will see.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott made the top 25 on the NFL Top 100 - Blogging The Boys
There is a large contingency of “running backs don’t matter” on the internet, but even the most staunch believers in it acknowledge that Ezekiel Elliott is a special football player. As far as the argument against running backs, it is more of a philosophical thing and about the financial side of the game. Anybody who has been paying attention to the NFL knows that Ezekiel Elliott is phenomenal at what he does, and he is so good that this list put him inside the top quarter of players at number 24.

Which NFL players have opted out for the 2020 season? - DraftKings Nation
NFL training camp is underway, which means players are reporting to camp. We have a running list of players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

Chad Johnson played most of his career while on Viagra: An investigation - SB Nation
Nothing is more brutal when it comes to the bleeding edge of competitiveness than the NFL. In a game of inches anything you can do to be a little better than the competition is critical, and Chad Johnson shared the secret to his success on Tuesday.

How Will the NFL’s COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing Work? - The Ringer
The NFL is the last North American pro sports league to confront the coronavirus, and it has the greatest challenge.

Why are sports in trouble in the U.S.? Because we didn’t do the work. - Washington Post
We were given a job to do if we wanted our games back, a very simple job, and we couldn’t do it. Instead we did wings and sheetcake. “You are what your record says you are,” Bill Parcells said. It’s an axiom in sports: Your results speak for themselves. The scoreboard says more than a dozen major league baseball players are sick after just five days of play, and the only record this country is leading in is the number of deaths. If there is one thing sports teaches, it’s that just wanting to win is not enough. You have to do the work, or you’re going to fail and maybe even embarrass yourself. You can’t cheat the grind, or you’ll lose every time. In this case, the work was easy. Wear a mask. Stay home unless it’s a real emergency. It’s not exactly running wind sprints up hills. Americans still didn’t do it. Itching to get out, pale and restless, lethal in our boredom and urge to self-gratify, we’ve been unable to sit the hell down and stay there. Instead we’ve club-crawled and dined until swollen on lemon pepper chicken rub and store-bought icing.

The odd, growing list of Covid-19 symptoms, explained - Vox
More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, the list of symptoms caused by the disease Covid-19 is still getting longer. Beyond the most common symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath, patients have reported other troubling maladies: vomiting, rashes, a loss of taste and smell, muscle aches, and even toe lesions dubbed “Covid toes.” With more than 16.5 million confirmed cases worldwide, researchers are getting a better handle on the early warning signs of infection and how it plays out throughout the body during the course of the disease. These new insights into symptoms are shedding light on what the virus does to the body, when patients are at highest risk of infecting others, and potential ways to treat it.


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