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NFL offensive line rankings: All 32 units entering the 2020 NFL season - PFF
10. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles annually boast one of the best offensive lines in the league, and they finished No. 1 at the conclusion of the 2019 regular season. It will be difficult to repeat that feat without star left tackle Jason Peters and PFF All-Pro guard Brandon Brooks. The Eagles anticipated the Peters move by drafting Andre Dillard in the first round in 2019, and he’s locked in as the starter after grading out at 59.7 on 337 snaps as a rookie. For perspective, Peters allowed just 25 pressures on 602 pass-blocking attempts, while Dillard allowed 25 on 183 attempts — so it could be an adjustment for Philadelphia. The good news is Dillard’s track record at Washington State, where his pass-blocking grade on true pass sets is the fifth-best we’ve seen from any college player moving to the NFL. [...] Replacing Brooks at right guard will be a big task, as he’s among the top two or three guards in the league. 2018 sixth-round pick Matt Pryor will be in the mix in addition to rookie fourth-rounder Jack Driscoll. Pryor graded out at 60.9 on 143 snaps as a rookie, while Driscoll was one of our favorite developmental tackle options in the draft — though he’s a much better pass protector than run blocker. The Eagles should be strong again up front, but with Peters and Brooks out of the equation, it will be difficult to achieve another top-five ranking.

Denzel Mims calls Philadelphia a “dirty ass, trash ass city” - BGN
New York Jets rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims didn’t exactly, uh, mince words when recently asked about his feelings about Philadelphia. Instagram account @phillybirdsonly caught a clip of Mims saying the following during a Call of Duty stream (hat tip to Philly Sports Network): “I didn’t like that dirty ass, trash ass city.”

The 6 most interesting NFL rivalries - SB Nation
Eagles-Cowboys is a classic. I can’t imagine I’ll be the only writer to include the team they write about — so, call me biased if you must — but I have to say Eagles versus Cowboys. I mean, Buddy Ryan once called for a fake QB kneel in order to run up the score against Dallas. That shows how this rivalry isn’t merely limited to fans from different teams disliking each other. There’s been legitimate bad blood between these two sides. Unlike some other feuds that may have fizzled out with time, Eagles versus Cowboys is still going strong. The Carson Wentz versus Dak Prescott “debate” is fanning the flames for the modern generation. - Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation

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.

Eagles new player (or current player with new role) series: Boston Scott edition - PhillyVoice
Scott emphatically secured his 2020 roster spot by making plays down the stretch in 2019, and while Miles Sanders will be “the man” at running back, Scott will be part of offensive game plans as a complementary piece, especially in the passing game. However, it is understandable why the Eagles have shown that they are interested in bringing in an additional veteran back. That will likely be a power guy who can push piles in short yardage situations and ease the load on Sanders in the fourth quarter when the Eagles have leads and are running their “four-minute offense.” I don’t believe that Scott is ideal in that role. The belief here is that Scott would flourish in a No. 3 RB role who can enter games situationally, and who proved in 2019 that he can be the primary back in a pinch, should he have to take over for an injured Sanders.

Have Eagles really done enough to fix wide receiver position? - NBCSP
It was time for a total rebuild, and that’s what Howie Roseman did. But as we wait to see what form — if any — a 2020 NFL season takes, the reality is that there isn’t a single sure thing in the restructured Eagles wide receiver corps. Every single guy is a big, giant question mark. There are once-great veterans. Youngsters with potential. Long shots who could be keepers. But there isn’t one guy who you can safely say, “OK, he’s going to catch 65 passes for 850 yards and seven touchdowns this year.” Yet the Eagles rank sixth in projected 2020 wide receiver spending at $34.1 million, according to Spotrac. The Eagles currently have 14 wide receivers on the roster. We broke them down into five categories. Who will wind up making the team? Who will wind up starting? Who will wind up contributing? How good will they really be? A lot of projecting so far. A lot of unknowns. And a lot of hoping.

Eagles’ Casey Toohill excited to ‘just get off the ball and go’ on defense: Q&A with draft pick -
“Well, I think the thing with that, that’s kind of a misconception, but still understandable, is that I was a starter my senior year, not just my fifth year. I was a starter my senior year too, but I missed seven games with an injury. It kind of looks like I wasn’t a starter because I missed so much time that year, but that year, I kind of felt like I was building up on the last few years where I was primarily a rotational player, and I felt really good about that year, but then it was ended very prematurely and that’s tough. You go into your last year with little-to-no NFL hype or recognition. So, I think coming into my last season, there were a lot of unknowns. But, I think I was able to stand out in a way that helped me get drafted and helped me get invited to the NFL Combine, so I’m happy about that. But, I still have a lot to prove and I have a lot of areas I want to grow in.”

How Lane Johnson is honing his interviewing skills on new Instagram Live show - The Athletic
Lane Johnson spent part of his quarantine researching Bob Saget. He funneled down a deep dive on the internet. He watched the comedian’s early stand-up routines. He even refreshed his memories of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” It was not just to fill his time. It was so he could fill your time. Johnson, the Eagles’ star right tackle, launched “Outside the Lane,” a weekly video interview series on Instagram Live, which is archived on YouTube. The impetus was no different than someone starting a new hobby or binging a television show in recent months: He was home with time on his hands and thought he would enjoy it. Johnson said it was the brainchild of his marketing rep, Brian Bradtke of B2 Enterprises.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Pat Mahomes beat the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott to a long-term deal - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys have until next Wednesday, July 15th, to negotiate a long-term deal for Dak Prescott before this season.

Report: Patrick Mahomes agrees to 10-year, 503-million contract extension with Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Patrick Mahomes has agreed to a new 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. [...] Schefter first reported that the extension was worth $450 million, with $140 million in injury guarantees. Then NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport dropped an even bigger bombshell.

Patrick Mahomes lands Chiefs deal worth up to $503 million: Here are the highest-paid QBs entering 2020 - CBS Sports
[BLG Note: Carson Wentz is now the seventh highest paid quarterback on an annual basis.]

Not many NFL players have received a 10-year (or more) contract - PFT
Donovan McNabb signed a 12-year deal with the Eagles in 2002 that had a maximum value of $115 million. Brett Favre signed what was termed a “lifetime contract” in 2001 when he agreed to a 10-year, $100 million deal with the Packers in 2001. Drew Bledsoe received a 10-year, $103 million deal with the Patriots in 2001. Michael Vick signed a 10-year, $130 million contract extension with the Falcons on Christmas Eve 2004.

Covid-19 cases are rising, but deaths are falling. What’s going on? - Vox
That means it could still be another few weeks before we really start to see the consequences, in lives lost, of the recent spikes in cases. And in the meantime, the virus is continuing to spread. By the time the death numbers show the crisis is here, it will already be too late. Difficult weeks will lie ahead. Even if death rates stay low in the near term, that doesn’t mean the risk of Covid-19 has evaporated. Thousands of Americans being hospitalized in the past few weeks with a disease that makes it hard to breathe is not a time to declare victory. Young people, who account for a bigger share of the recent cases, aren’t at nearly as high a risk of dying from the virus, but some small number of them will still die and a larger number will end up in the hospital. Early research also suggests that people infected with the coronavirus experience lung damage and other long-term complications that could lead to health problems down the road, even if they don’t experience particularly bad symptoms during their illness.


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