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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/6/20.

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Eagles rookies likely won’t cross-train at multiple positions in 2020 training camp - PhillyVoice
In recent seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles have tried to cross-train some of their rookies at multiple positions in training camp. In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re told that the Eagles “won’t give their rookies three or four things to do,” and will instead allow them to focus in on learning one position. [...] QB Jalen Hurts: He’s a quarterback (duh), and he’ll be trained as such. While there’s a possibility that Hurts could see a snap here or there as something other than a quarterback throughout the season, the idea that the Eagles are going to introduce some extensive package of specialty plays for him to run is far-fetched.

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Hurts has to learn how to play at the NFL level while competing for a job at the same time. That’s tough for a QB. He has to deal with more than any other player. The QB has to call the play. Then he has to make a pre-snap read of the defense and decide if any adjustments are necessary. The QB must have a full understanding of the protection scheme for that particular play. He needs to know if the receivers are going to adjust their routes at all. And then the QB must have good timing/chemistry with his receivers once the play is underway. Sudfeld doesn’t have a lot of regular season experience. He has been part of the Eagles for three years, though. That is a lot of practice reps. He knows the playbook inside out. Hurts may have more raw talent, but experience is a huge factor at QB.

Eagles Question of the Day: Will the 2020 NFL preseason stay at 2 games? - BGN
But, despite all the efforts by the NFL and the Eagles to make training camp safe, there are still a long list of potential problems, including the burgeoning COVID hot spots throughout the country. So, while I think these changes are a good start, I don’t think these are the final adjustments we see ahead of the season. I think as teams return to their facilities and unforeseen issues arise, the NFL ends up cancelling the preseason altogether.

From the Bleachers #26: The History of the Eagles Rivalries - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy looks to the past and present to detail the Eagles various rivalries with their NFC East foes! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A lost opportunity for Sidney Jones in Roob’s 10 Observations - NBCSP
1. I keep trying to convince myself, “This will be the year we see the real Sidney Jones.” And coming out of last year, I really believed Jones, going into Year 4, had a chance to really get his legs healthy this spring and then show everybody in minicamps, OTAs, training camp and the preseason games that he could hold down the CB2 opposite Darius Slay. But if the curtailed offseason and preseason hurts anybody the most, it’s Jones. The Eagles have made it clear Avonte Maddox is the projected starter, and as long Maddox stays healthy I don’t see how Sidney can win the job. Without any spring workouts or preseason games? Can Jones do enough just in a few weeks of training camp practice to beat out Maddox? I don’t think so.

Redskins Name Change: Ron Rivera wants to see a change before season, 3 minority owners trying to sell - Hogs Haven
Rivera supports a name change, and has had discussions with Dan Snyder about it for more than a month. “If we get it done in time for the season, it would be awesome,” Rivera said Snyder started talking with NFL officials about the name change 2 1⁄2 weeks ago, and he’s ready for the change. Roger Goodell issued a statement after the Redskins announced their review supporting the change. Rivera said he has discussed potential names with the owner, and they want to do it in a positive way. They want to make sure the name won’t be a joke.

Ranking the Giants’ trade pieces - Big Blue View
1: Evan Engram, TE. Giants fans seem to be split on Engram’s value to the team. One side can point to his inability to stay healthy, less-than-ideal blocking acumen and the promising late-season play of Kaden Smith as reasons to move on from Engram. The counterpoint to that is Engram’s unique speed and explosiveness at the tight end position and the fact that new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett plans to fully utilize the tight ends. Additionally, the Giants themselves don’t seem to be fully committed to Engram, despite picking up his fifth-year option. ESPN’s Matthew Berry reported in March the team will test the trade market for Engram and “don’t believe” he can ever stay healthy.

The NFL and NFLPA Need to Agree on Additional Coronavirus Protocols Soon - MMQB
The season is fast approaching, and both sides need to work together to tie up a few loose ends before the season can start. Plus, how Washington should go about picking a new team name, the top seniors in the 2021 draft, 10 takeaways from this bizarre offseason and more.

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