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Eagles News: Philadelphia Health Commissioner says the city is “unlikely” to allow fans in the stands

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City says no Eagles fans in stands for home opener; Vinny Curry struggles with loss of brother - Inquirer
On the day that Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley reiterated that city COVID-19 restrictions likely will not allow the Eagles to host any fans at Lincoln Financial Field for the scheduled Sept. 20 home opener, defensive end Vinny Curry said the death of his half-brother from the virus made him think hard before signing to play another NFL season. Those developments were a reminder of the difficulty of what the Eagles and the NFL are trying to do in the midst of a pandemic that is without precedent in modern times. They also served as a counterpoint to more-optimistic developments — the team’s announcement earlier in the day that offensive lineman Jordan Mailata has returned from the COVID-19 restricted list, leaving no Eagles with that status, and coach Doug Pederson’s quick return to the team on Wednesday, after a 10-day absence following positive tests. Farley said on July 14 that guidelines in place at that time wouldn’t allow fans to be present at the Linc. The team has been hoping the virus situation would improve to where the city might at least allow some fans, but “it’s going to be unlikely that situation will change by Sept. 20,” Farley said Thursday. The Eagles are scheduled to host the Los Angeles Rams in their home opener.

NFL insider says there are “no indications” the Eagles and Zach Ertz are close to a contract extension - BGN
The feeling here is that the Eagles shouldn’t be in a rush to extend Ertz at this point. He’s signed through 2021 so he has two years remaining on his current deal. It’s not like there’s a rush to get ahead of the market now that it has already been set so high. The Eagles should see how the 2020 season plays out. Maybe the Eagles look to trade Ertz in 2021 if Goedert shows he’s capable of handling an even bigger role. Or maybe the Eagles decide they should keep both — an outcome the organization internally believes is at least possible — if their 12 personnel package proves to be very successful. Gathering data from the upcoming campaign can help the team decide what to do after the year is over.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Paddi’s top 75 wide receivers - Fake Teams
58) Jalen Reagor — Reagor has every chance to take the number one spot in the Eagles’ receiving corps. [...] 69) DeSean Jackson — The archetypal deep threat, but is there anything left in the tank after an injury-hit 2019?

What all 32 NFL teams need to see from their 2020 rookie class - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor makes the Eagles’ offense more explosive. By the end of the season, the number of injuries that had mounted at wide receiver for the Eagles was almost comical — unless, of course, your name is Carson Wentz. A running back (Miles Sanders) led the team with 165 receiving yards on passes 20 or more yards downfield. Desean Jackson (who ran all of 38 routes all season) nearly matched that total, as well. After Jackson went down with injury, Philadelphia really didn’t have anyone who could challenge defenses deep. Reagor won’t only fill that deep threat role in 2020. He’ll also have a good chance of being the team’s top wide receiver in production by the end of the season. Don’t let the limited production in 2019 fool you; TCU quarterbacks notched the fourth-lowest rate of accurate passes of any Power Five program on the year. Reagor is faster than his 40-yard dash time at the combine, and he is as explosive as they come. That athleticism, combined with a willingness to attack the ball in contested catch situations, makes him the top deep threat in the class. Philadelphia will hope that a Reagor/Jackson pairing out wide will lead to significantly more big plays on offense this year.

2020 NFL training camp position battles for all 32 teams: Quarterback openings for Patriots, Dolphins, more - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles: Wide receiver. There is some sorting out to do at safety, cornerback and linebacker, but the most intrigue lies at receiver. Can first-round pick Jalen Reagor land a starting gig, and will it be in the slot at the expense of Greg Ward? Will Alshon Jeffery be healthy enough to contribute early, and is J.J. Arcega-Whiteside ready to step into his role if he isn’t? Will one of the rookie wideouts make up for the loss of Marquise Goodwin, who has opted out of the 2020 season? So much needs to be figured out within Carson Wentz’s new ensemble.

Meet the NFL’s No. 3 quarterbacks, who play a different role in 2020 - The Athletic
Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts or Nate Sudfeld — If the season started today, the Eagles would likely keep second-round pick Jalen Hurts as their No. 3 quarterback while he learns the offense. Hurts will eventually be Carson Wentz’s backup quarterback, but the lack of an offseason program and the presence of Nate Sudfeld allows the Eagles to be patient. “The presence of Nate Sudfeld” is not a sentence that one would typically expect from an organization that fancies itself as a “quarterback factory.” Sudfeld’s experience in the offense (he’s been with the team since 2017, was the No. 2 quarterback in Super Bowl LII) made him desirable to re-sign in March with the uncertainty of the months ahead.

Projecting roles for new Eagles in this defense -
S K’Von Wallace. A fourth-round draft pick who comes from a winning program at Clemson and who is a ballhawk deserves a mention here. Depending on how fast he picks up the defense, Wallace will have an opportunity to earn some reps, either at safety or as a quasi-linebacker, or, well, in any role that Schwartz deems a good fit. Wallace is smart, he’s athletic, he’s a winner, and he’s hungry. He is going to be fun to watch when the camp heats up on Monday with pads on and full-contact action. Can’t wait!

The 12 Teams That Could Win Super Bowl LV - MMQB
8. Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t think you can count out the Eagles, who have a veteran roster and strong foundation at the quarterback position. Before sustaining a concussion in a playoff loss to the Seahawks last year, Carson Wentz had a defining moment as he pushed an injury-ravaged roster into the playoffs amid an ugly race with the Cowboys for first place in the division. This roster has some serious holes, most notably at cornerback. But if they can experience the flip side of the awful luck they’ve sustained in previous years, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them in the playoffs making a run.

Everson Griffen is just the latest smart free agent signing for Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
Do you remember when the league looked on the Jones family and their leadership of the Cowboys as a joke? Now, with the exception of one notable contract, they are just killing things. From hiring Mike McCarthy, to the stunning draft, and all these free agent moves, they are doing things right. That is a change. For years, the approach of the Cowboys to free agency was to do a little bargain shopping and get very little value in return. This is a radically different group of signings, and you might want to throw in Greg Zeurlein. These are not players that have marginal chances to even make the roster. Four of them can be penciled in as starters, five if you count specialists, and Aldon Smith is hopefully going to become a key rotational piece after he has a few games to get back into shape. Now that Everson Griffen has joined the party, the Cowboys will almost certainly roll out a starting defensive line with only one returning player, DeMarcus Lawrence. And if you only were going to keep one of your starting DL from last season, he is a pretty decent choice.

“We Just Brought the King of the Mountain of Sports Slurs to Its Knees” - The Ringer
For decades, Native activists have protested the Washington NFL team name. Now it is gone. To those who dedicated their lives to this fight, it’s a long-overdue moment of triumph—and what comes next is just as important.

Roster rule changes to consider for 2020 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
The 2020 NFL season is on track to start September 10th with its Thursday kickoff game between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. The preseason has been canceled, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and there are concerns about roster issues in the NFL. This is going to extend into fantasy football. Drafts have begun, but the bulk of fantasy drafts usually take place in late August. This is meant to reflect the potential for injuries in the first three weeks of the preseason, but even without preseason games, training camp injuries are still an issue. The question for leagues still sorting out their 2020 plans is how to deal with players that end up inactive or on the new Covid-19 injured reserve list in a given week. Do leagues carry on like normal, or do roster adjustments make sense?

Carter Hart can’t lose - Broad Street Hockey
Hey you guys remember that wholesome network television show about high school football that was apparently universally loved and well-regarded by fans and critics alike? You know how the Flyers have a wholesome young goaltender universally loved and well-regarded by fans and sports journalists alike? Well we’ve brought these two things together in this new tee shirt, which perfectly captures the faith Flyers fans have in Carter Hart. As your playoff excitement grows, as your faith in this team gets stronger with each win, walk around town letting everybody know.


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