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Eagles News: Corey Clement poised for a bounce-back season?

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Plenty of buzz building around Corey Clement’s comeback season - NBCSP
Eagles starting running back Miles Sanders was asked about the Eagles’ quest to become a more explosive offense and on his own offered this about Clement: “Corey looks great. He looks explosive. He looks like Super Bowl Corey to me. Yeah, that’ll get your attention — Super Bowl Corey. Because Super Bowl Corey was nothing short of spectacular. This is the guy who caught four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in the biggest game of his life. Sanders was still at Penn State during Super Bowl LII, but Clement’s play in that game was seen by millions. Clement is still just 25. If he can get back to that, the Eagles have a pretty good stable of young and talented running backs.

Eagles expecting “some really big things” from Greg Ward, an emerging leader in the wide receiver room - BGN
A look at some other stats paints a more encouraging picture about Ward’s outlook. For example: 19 of his 28 total receptions resulted in either a first down or touchdown. Talk about efficiency. Ward finished 43rd out of 102 wide receivers graded by Pro Football Focus last season. He showed steady hands with only one drop, putting him 16th out of 102 receivers in drop rate. And that drop came on a play where a New York Giants defender may have slightly tipped the ball on an over-the-shoulder catch attempt. This is to say that it wasn’t some kind of routine catch to be made. Ward also displayed some juice with the ball in his hands with a 61st out of 102 finish in yards after catch per reception. He was tied with rookie sensation Terry McLaurin in that regard.

Fireside Chats #18: The Eagles 2020 Outlook w/Football Outsiders - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders to dig into the Eagles chapter of the Football Outsiders Almanac 2020! Presented by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

What’s the rush for the Eagles to extend Zach Ertz’s contract? - PhillyVoice
Maybe it might be a good idea to wait and see if he stays healthy, and doesn’t experience some sort of decline? Why commit top-of-the-market type of money to Ertz now when there’s a reasonable chance that Goedert will be better than him by the time Ertz’s current contract expires? Under his current contract, Ertz’s salary cap numbers in 2020 and 2021 will be $12,481,500 and $12,471,500, respectively. Those are big numbers for a team that needs to find ways to free up cap space as a result of the NFL’s lowering of the 2021 cap. A contract extension could help achieve that in the short term. However, is whatever small immediate savings worth the risk of another situation like the one the team has on their hands with Alshon Jeffery, a player the team extended for short-term benefits, but blew up in their faces when he was unproductive in 2019, and then suffered a major injury? The feeling here is that the Eagles should simply hold off for now, and see what happens with Ertz during the 2020 season. After all, it’s not as if another comparable tight end is going to reset the market again in 2021.

NFL teams that gained, lost the most value on fourth-down decisions in 2019 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles were a regular winner of our decision of the week award last year, and for good reason. They made the correct decision on 72% of fourth downs a season ago when going for it was the better of the two choices, generating 10 additional expected points as a result. Things didn’t always work as expected for the Eagles on this money down, though, as Carson Wentz was the victim of three dropped passes — the most of any player on fourth down — and he converted only three of his seven rushing attempts when asked to carry the ball for a first down or touchdown in 2019. Those things are more likely to improve than not in 2020.

Introducing continuity scores: Ranking NFL teams from 1 to 32 - The Athletic
10. Philadelphia Eagles (88.9). The return of Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz and Jim Schwartz gives the Eagles a high floor. Offensively, the big blow was losing right guard Brandon Brooks to a season-ending Achilles’ injury in June. Defensively, the team released Malcolm Jenkins and opted not to bring back linebacker Nigel Bradham. Overall, the offense returns 73.3 percent of its snaps, which ranks 16th. Defensively, the Eagles are at 63.4 percent, which ranks 16th. While the core pieces remain, the Eagles are counting on new faces like rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor, second-year left tackle Andre Dillard and cornerback Darius Slay to play prominent roles in 2020.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Paddi’s top 25 tight ends - Fake Teams
3) Zach Ertz: Will still lead the Eagles in targets in 2020. [...] 16. Dallas Goedert: A healthier receiver group means Goedert sees fewer looks in 2020.

Top NFL players by jersey number: Kyler Murray leads 1-99 ranking for 2020 season, nine Ravens make list - CBS Sports
62 | Jason Kelce. Kelce remains mobile as ever, but you could also make a case for Joe Thuney here.

‘Caught in the middle’: Coaches are at higher risk in pandemic but not opting out - ESPN
While the incident did not lead to a serious outcome — Taylor has since tested negative, Pederson remains asymptomatic and both have returned to the complex and the Eagles’ protocols appear to have helped prevent further spread — it illuminated the cracks in a bubble-less operation where the virus can be picked up outside the fortress walls and brought in undetected because of imperfections in the testing system. More infiltrations are expected across the NFL, and as social distance gives way to the physical closeness that football demands — teams begin padded practice next week — the chances of greater internal spread naturally increase.

Raiders reportedly tried to sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks - Silver And Black Pride
Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said on Thursday the team have “rebuilt the engine” of defense ... and they are apparently not done tinkering with the unit. On the day the team’s deal with defensive end Datone Jones became official, word broke that the Raiders tried to get a deal done with veteran linebacker Mychal Kendricks, but the talks broke down this week.

NFL rumors: Ex-Eagles draft pick works out for Detroit Lions - NJ.com
Shelton Gibson worked out for the Detroit Lions on Friday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. The former Eagles wide receiver was joined by fellow wideouts Chris Hogan, Krishawn Hogan and Keon Hatcher and quarterback Trevor Siemian at the workout, per Yates.

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