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PFF Rankings: The NFL’s top 15 tight ends ahead of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
6. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles. The best tight end on the Eagles’ roster heading into 2020 is not Zach Ertz. Despite the receiving totals pointing pretty clearly to Ertz being the better player in Philadelphia, it’s actually Goedert who graded out as the better receiver in 2019. Goedert’s size and athleticism make him dangerous in one-on-one situations, evident in his receiving grade against single coverage that ranked near the top of the list this past season. Goedert can block, as well. In fact, he joins Kittle as one of just two tight ends to post top-10 PFF receiving and run-blocking grades at the tight end position this past season, and his 81.4 run-blocking grade over the past two seasons comes in at second among tight ends behind only Maxx Williams. He just needs more opportunities in a featured role, because the talent is there. [BLG Note: PFF has Ertz just behind Goedert at 7th.]

Eagles 2020 Opponent Preview: Seattle Seahawks - BGN
The Eagles’ wild card loss to the Seahawks in January was just the latest entry in Seattle having Philadelphia’s number. The Eagles are 1-8 in nine games against their bird brethren dating back to that awful 42-0 loss at Lincoln Financial Field in December 2005. The one win came 12 years ago when Seneca Wallace was starting for Seattle. The Seahawks’ current starting quarterback is slightly better than Wallace. In five starts against the Eagles, Russell Wilson has a perfect 5-0 record while completing 59% of his attempts for 1,287 yards (8.4 yards per attempt), eight touchdowns, one interception, and an 100.8 passer rating. He’s also logged 158 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in addition to notching a 15-yard reception for one receiving touchdown. Wilson clearly does not struggle to reach the end zone against Philly.

The Kist & Solak Show #189: The Darius Slay Shadow Realm - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak dive into the possibility of Jim Schwartz using Darius Slay as a WR1 shadow PLUS thoughts on the college football season(?) and the big name 2021 NFL Draft prospect opt-outs! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

KUBIAK vs. ADP 2020: The Overrated - Football Outsiders
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles — Wentz doesn’t share Tannehill’s talent uncertainty, but the downward trajectory of his passing DVOA from 23.8% in 2017 to 8.1% in 2018 to 0.1% in 2019 captures an often-overlooked ingredient of a quarterback’s fantasy potential: the quality of players around him. Eventually, freshmen Jalen Reagor and John Hightower and effective redshirt freshman J.J. Arcega-Whiteside could become plus contributors at receiver. For now, they should have outsized roles for an Eagles team whose skill talent was already thin before Alshon Jeffery’s foot injury put him at risk of starting the season on the PUP list. The Eagles might be best served by a continued heavy reliance on 12 personnel, a conservative strategy that curbs Wentz’s fantasy potential by limiting his average depth of target (8.1 yards in 2019, 21st).

Three trades that make sense for the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Within the Eagles’ system, Jaylen Samuels would make sense as a utility player who has some bulk to handle tough inside runs, while also serving as something of an upgrade to Josh Perkins as a No. 3 type of tight end, and of course, on special teams. It’s noteworthy that Ed Bouchette, a Steelers beat writer for The Athletic, did not have Samuels making the final 53-man roster. What’s the appeal for Genard Avery to Pittsburgh? The belief here is that he is not a 4-3 DE, and his appeal is that he can maybe be a hybrid linebacker / stand-up blitzing pass rusher, and an inside linebacker sub-package role in the Steelers’ scheme is probably a better fit for his strengths.

What Vinny Curry’s return to Eagles means for Shareef Miller - NBCSP
You certainly want your 4th-round picks on the field, but Miller was inactive for 15 of 17 games last year. He didn’t play in one of the two others, and he was limited to two special teams snaps in the only game he played - against the Bills in October. And now, with the Eagles re-signing Curry, Miller is just as far down on the depth chart as he was last year. Even farther, if you consider that Avery, acquired from the Browns for a 4th-round pick in late October, is back and likely to see an expanded role, and Joe Ostman, who would have made the team last year before he got hurt, is healthy again. Where does that leave Miller?

Top 25 NFL free agents in 2021: Prospective class teeming with talent - NFL.com
1) Dak Prescott — The Cowboys have botched this negotiation. They will wind up paying Prescott more in the long run, now that he’s on the Kirk Cousins-in-Washington franchise-tag track.

Report: “Large number” of Dallas Cowboys players creating bubble-like environment at The Star - Blogging The Boys
Last week it was reported that the New Orleans Saints were creating a bubble-like environment so as to take every precaution that they could ahead of the season. If there is one thing that we have learned over these last months is that Covid-19 can infiltrate anything, but the idea of a bubble obviously makes sense. The NBA has successfully operated a bubble environment and we have seen other leagues do so as well. Many have made the case for NFL teams to do this like the Saints, and it appears that the Dallas Cowboys are taking that advice. According to ESPN, there is a Cowboys bubble happening at The Star.

Jason Garrett doesn’t want to talk about Dallas Cowboys, and more takeaways - Big Blue View
Eight months after being fired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and accepting the New York Giants’ offer to be their offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett made it clear on Tuesday that he did not want to talk about his former team. After taking a moment to acknowledge the death of Steve Tisch’s daughter, Garrett said via videonconference that he was “grateful” for his time in Dallas, but that it was a “new day” and he wanted to focus on the task at hand of building an offense in New York. Garrett was asked to explain how things unfolded in Dallas when he was fired, but deferred, saying “I don’t want to talk about the past that way.”

Looking Ahead To 2021 Salary Cap Space - Over The Cap
With the Covid opt outs and 2020 draft picks now accounted for I thought it was a good time to take a peek ahead to 2021 and see how team’s salary cap situations may look next year. The chart provides two cap spaces- one in the event of a $175 million salary cap in 2021 and the second in the event of a $190 million cap in 2021. The cap space estimate is based on current cap figures on the books in 2021, signings of enough minimum salary players to reach 51 players, and carryover based on current cap space for 2020 minus a $5 million placeholder for in-season costs. Note that this is not the salary cap health we talked about before (that will be a post after cutdowns) which takes into account possible cuts/restructures just with the roster as is.

America’s uniquely bad Covid-19 epidemic, explained in 18 maps and charts - Vox
It’s now clear the United States has failed to contain its Covid-19 epidemic, with case counts far ahead of other developed nations and more than 1,000 deaths reported a day for over two weeks and counting. Asked if America’s coronavirus outbreak is the worst in the world, White House adviser and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci admitted it was on August 5: “Yeah, it is. Quantitatively, if you look at it, it is. I mean, the numbers don’t lie.”

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