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Eagles News: Daniel Jeremiah has Carson Wentz as a top three quarterback heading into 2020

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Top 8 NFL QBs in 2020 | Great 8 - Daniel Jeremiah’s YouTube
Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah: “Carson Wentz, he goes at No. 3 on the list here. He’s somebody — again, I think we saw what he could do in that Super Bowl year before he got hurt. He was on his way to winning MVP. The physicality that he plays the position with, his ability to be able pull through tackles, his ability to stand firm in the pocket. I thought last year with all the injuries and issues they had at the receiver position, I thought you saw Carson Wentz elevate everybody’s play and I think he’s in the MVP discussion this year. He’s No. 3 on my list.” [BLG Note: Only Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson finished above Wentz.]

Eagles 53-man roster projection ahead of 2020 training camp practices - BGN
MIles Sanders is primed to have a special season as the first true lead back of the Doug Pederson era. Scott played well down the stretch in 2019 and deserves to be used as the Eagles’ Darren Sproles replacement. Scott should be a factor in the passing game, including screen plays. Clement needs to stay healthy after battling injuries the past two years. If he can get back to form, he could be a good role player who also helps out on special teams coverage. There’s a battle for the fourth running back spot between Holyfield and the two undrafted rookie free agents: Michael Warren and Adrian Killins. Fans have become smitten with Killins’ speed but the Eagles might prefer to keep a more physical pounder in the Jordan Howard mold. It’s also still possible the Eagles will look to sign a veteran like Devonta Freeman or Isaiah Crowell.

Eagles 53-Man Roster Projections - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton project the Eagles roster! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

An Important Tradition - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have a trio of rookies in the mix. Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley and Dante Olson all have NFL potential. Taylor is a gifted athlete with big upside. I think he will get on the field this year, even if only as a role player. Bradley is a solid athlete and could push for a roster spot. He’s more likely to make his impact on STs. Olson was a highly productive small-school player. He has solid size and might surprise some this summer. The big question with Olson is speed. He ran 4.88 in his workout. He would need great instincts to make it in the league with that speed. There is no question that the Eagles need to bring in a veteran at some point. I would let the young guys get as many reps as possible for now. There are not good LB options available. Teams will make cuts in the next month and the Eagles should have better options at that point.

Everything you need to know (and a lot you don’t) about all 40 Eagles on offense - The Athletic
Jalen Reagor: Expectations should be relatively tempered for Reagor given that the median rookie season for first- and second-round wide receivers over the past five years is 27 catches for 467 yards. But it’s also hard to imagine the Eagles offense being a top-10 unit unless Reagor becomes a big part of it early. “I don’t look at it as something that’s difficult, I look at it as a challenge,” Reagor said when asked about making an early impact. Eagles wide receivers had only 20 receptions of 20 yards or more in 2019, which ranked 31st in the league. If Reagor and Jackson stay mostly healthy, that number needs to skyrocket.

An Unbiased, Totally Correct Ranking of Every NFL Pass-Catching Group, 2020 Edition - The Ringer
6. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles had absurdly bad injury luck last year that led to them plumbing the depths of the AAF, but in theory this squad is deep. Ertz is the team’s no. 1 catcher, and Goedert pairs with him for the best tight end pair in football. Alshon Jeffery is hurt again, but they have a healthy DeSean Jackson, who played only three games last year, plus rookie first-rounder Jalen Reagor. (Marquise Goodwin, whom the team traded for during the draft, has opted out of the season.) Sanders and Boston Scott figure to be an excellent pass-catching duo out of the backfield. Carson Wentz probably won’t pass to any former XFL players this year.

Defense absorbs the ‘culture’ of winning football -
There is a large part of me that thinks the offense is more “plug-and-play ready” for 2020 than is the defense. There are fewer changes in the offense – other than left tackle Andre Dillard, who started three games there last season, anyway, and moving veteran Jason Peters from left tackle to right guard – what’s really new about the offense from a personnel standpoint? The offense, all things considered, is ready to go – understanding, of course that wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson must demonstrate that they are healthy and on track to impact against Washington on September 13. The defense? Not so much. At least that has been the thinking. But then you get to talking to Slay and fellow cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, another veteran addition, and you understand that both have been in the NFL long enough to know what it takes to prepare for a season, even with a new team. They’ve had all of the spring and the first couple of weeks of Training Camp – “acclimation periods,” head coach Doug Pederson calls what the Eagles are doing now – to get their mental reps and really, really, truly digest the concepts of the way Jim Schwartz does things.

Darius Slay, Nickell Robey-Coleman give Jim Schwartz man-defending cornerbacks. Will he lean that way? - Inquirer
Many cornerbacks prefer to defend man-to-man rather than in zone coverages. Guarding one wide receiver as opposed to an area of the field often plays to a certain elemental instinct. It’s also, mentally speaking, easier. But the physical demands of man defense in the modern NFL, with officiating increasingly favoring offense, have led to less usage of the coverage. Defensive coordinators used man coverage on just 34% of snaps last season, according to Pro Football Focus. The Eagles finished around the median at 35%, but only eight other teams used man less. Jim Schwartz probably doesn’t have a preference. “Whatever it takes” is his motto. But balance without predictability has its advantages, and the defensive coordinator has had to lean on zone the last two seasons because of injuries. Schwartz’s coverages could be tilting back toward man this season mostly because of one man: Darius Slay. The Eagles’ prized acquisition of the offseason has long employed the defense when following top receivers, and while there are ways to have the other corners play zone on any given play, when one goes man, the others often must, as well.

The Cre’Von LeBlanc conundrum and more in Roob’s 10 Eagles Observations - NBCSP
It sure seems like Avonte Maddox will get the first crack at CB2 opposite Darius Slay, with Sidney Jones backing him up. And it sure seems like Nickell Robey-Coleman will get the first crack at the slot. If I were Jim Schwartz I’d make sure I found ways to get Cre’Von LeBlanc on the field. The guy is active, tough, smart, physical and instinctive. Good things happen when he plays. I don’t know where he fits in, but Schwartz and d-backs coach Marquand Manuel need to make sure he DOES fit in.

Why the college football season is on the brink of cancellation - SB Nation
The cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments in March feels like a lifetime ago, but the threats of Covid-19 have not subsided. As we quickly approach the planned start of the college football season, it’s growing increasingly likely the season will be cancelled. On Sunday ESPN reported that commissioners of the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) held an emergency meeting to discuss their approach to the season, should individual school presidents elect to cancel fall sports at the respective institutions. Now a player movement is begging schools to allow them to play, politics are involved, and everything is a mess. Let’s try to break this all down.

College football’s coronavirus crisis, explained - Vox
On Sunday night, something historic happened in college football. No, it wasn’t the season getting canceled — yet. Instead, players from college football’s five major conferences — including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of the sport’s biggest names — put out a joint statement. They emphasized their desire to play this season, but with conditions that would make playing safer. They were bridging a critical divide between players who wanted to see their needs met before they took the field this season and players willing to play football, whether for a chance at the NFL or just their love of the sport, even during a pandemic. It was a historic step — players from across the elite tier of college football, working together to organize on behalf of student-athletes and their safety. And it comes in the midst of the equally historic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and the financial — and cultural — toll it has taken on college football, a multibillion-dollar industry.


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