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Eagles News: Rotoworld ranks Philadelphia’s quarterback situation in the top six

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NFL’s Best Quarterback Situations 2020 - Rotoworld
6. Eagles, Carson Wentz. Even when Carson Wentz stays healthy, he doesn’t. After appearing in all 16 regular season games for the first time since his rookie year in 2016, Wentz was knocked out early in the Wild Card Round with a concussion. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise heroic campaign where Wentz helped rally the Eagles to a 4-0, division-stealing finish despite a biblical wave of injuries at wideout. All the way recovered from his 2017 torn ACL, Wentz looked like a finished product at quarterback. A safe, efficient passer who knows when to pick his spots deep. More big plays will follow if the Eagles ever get their down-field personnel sorted out. First-rounder Jalen Reagor is their latest attempt. Headed into his age-28 season, Wentz has a proven floor with a tantalizing ceiling. The Eagles are set at quarterback.

The best (and worst) NFL QBs at everything: Where Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes and others rank - ESPN+
Most aggressive — 7. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles: +2.7 ALEX. Second in ALEX behind Rodgers in 2017, Wentz has alternated aggressive and unaggressive seasons since his debut. He had just a plus-0.2 ALEX in 2016, and a plus-0.5 ALEX in 2018 coming off major injury. Surprisingly, Wentz’s yards per attempt fell to 6.7 in 2019, but it was mostly an early-down phenomenon. He averaged a target distance of 7.4 yards on first and second downs, but 9.8 on third downs. In Wentz’s first game of the season, with DeSean Jackson playing, he converted four of his five long third-down attempts for first downs or touchdowns — three of them to Jackson. In every other game, he completed a total of 11 of 40 third-down throws that went more than 15 yards. Yeah, a healthy Jackson might make a difference in 2020.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Jalen Reagor makes an encouraging first impression - BGN
Miles Sanders headlined my first day of Eagles training camp practice notes last year. This year it’s another offensive rookie that people are excited about: Jalen Reagor: The No. 21 overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft got off to a bad start by muffing two punt return attempts with no real coverage around him. But he sure looked good on offense, where he was mostly playing with the staters. I already mentioned the pair of slants he caught from Wentz; it was good to see those two on the same page timing wise. Reagor also made a nice diving touchdown on the right side of the end zone that elicited high fives from his teammate. Encouraging first impression from a young player that the Eagles are really counting on this season.

Training Camp Recap - Day 1 - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton recap the Eagles first training camp practice! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Training Camp Opens - Iggles Blitz
Corey Clement impressed a few people. Very encouraging to see him back and looking good. Elijah Holyfield also had a couple of good reps. The Eagles just might not need a veteran RB if the young guys stay healthy and look good. Rookie LB Shaun Bradley had a solid hit on Dallas Goedert and was there for a sack on another play (no tackling today). He got reps with the backup Nickel LBs. Good start for him. Will Parks was the #3 safety. K’Von Wallace was working with the third team. I know Wallace was a fan favorite and I expect him to play this year, but he might need some time to carve out a role.

2019 Slot vs Wide: Defenses - Football Outsiders
The Eagles jump out, too; the only team to face more targets out wide than in the slot. That’s really bizarre, because the Eagles were better out wide than in the slot; at first glance, teams were hurting themselves by not attacking Avonte Maddox and Malcolm Jenkins more inside. Splitting the season into two halves helps shine some light on the subject. Over the first eight weeks, the Eagles had a 5.8% DVOA in the slot and a 5.9% DVOA out wide; opposing offenses went to the slot just 45.9% of the time, but on the whole, that’s much of a muchness. When you consider the opponents in the first half of the Eagles’ slate included Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Stefon Diggs, John Brown, and Davante Adams, perhaps it makes sense that opposing offenses opted to go outside more; that’s where their talent was. Over the second half of the season, however, the Eagles wide DVOA improved to -18.6%, while their slot DVOA climbed to 24.4% as injuries and demotions changed the makeup of Philadelphia’s secondary. Over that period of time, opposing offenses went to the slot 50.3% of the time — still not a ton, but it has the Eagles join the rest of the league in facing more slot targets than wide targets.

Eagles Corey Clement going all-out as he tries to recapture rookie magic - Inquirer
“I’m just focused on going balls to the wall,’’ the Eagles running back said Monday after the Eagles kicked off their 2 ½-week training camp at the NovaCare Complex with a 90-minute padded practice. “Let the chips fall where they may and have fun and be excited to get another opportunity to play with the guys and be back in the building.” In his mind, his impressive rookie season, highlighted by his memorable performance in Super Bowl LII, never happened. And neither did the two forgettable seasons that followed it. “I hit a hard reset and asked myself, ‘What did I do my first year that I need to grab and bring in to this year?‘’’ he said. “This is my fourth year. But I’m approaching it like it’s my rookie season. I’m not coming in like I know it all or don’t need any extra work or don’t need any extra study time.”

Nigel Bradham circles back, after initial slight of Philadelphia - PFT
Reached later in the day by John Clark of NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com, Bradham said he meant no offense to the organization he actually won with, but he didn’t find it that way when he arrived in 2016. He said that after the unfortunate Chip Kelly era, the Eagles weren’t what they became under new coach Doug Pederson. “We built that atmosphere of winning with coach Pederson and I was the first free agency class he had,” Bradham said. “I love Philadelphia always and forever.” He may get away with that one. At least until the Bills fans get to him.

Patriots bolster tight end depth by reportedly signing free agents Paul Butler and Alex Ellis - Pats Pulpit
Following a stint with the New Orleans Saints the following season, Ellis joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018 for whom he appeared in two contests before being placed on injured reserve. He joined the Philadelphia Eagles one year later, adding three more in-game appearances to his career résumé.

UPDATE: Gerald McCoy suffered ruptured right quad tendon in Monday’s practice, done for season - Blogging The Boys
As far as other options at defensive tackle go, the Cowboys definitely have some. They signed McCoy’s teammate from last year as well this offseason in Dontari Poe, drafted Neville Gallimore, brought Antwaun Woods back, and of course have second-year man Trysten Hill. There is also always the option of kicking Tyrone Crawford inside, especially with someone like Everson Griffen in town and capable of manning the right edge spot. The point is that the Cowboys prepared and have options, but losing McCoy would be devastating. All the best to him.

For Giants, it’s get it right or face the consequences - Big Blue View
“There are consequences on the field for making mistakes. In a game, it’ll cost you five, 10, or 15 yards. In practice, there needs to be consequences so we learn how to deal with our mistakes.” That was New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on Monday afternoon, explaining why in the practice a handful of media members had just witnessed that on four separate occasions players were subjected to the indignity of running a lap after making a mistake.

2020 fantasy football draft guide - DraftKings Nation
2020 fantasy football is at hand, and draft time is upon us. We’ve put together a strategy guide to help you get ready. We’ve got position rankings, potential sleepers and busts, rookies and second-year players to watch, and even some best ball strategy.

Looking at Recent Positional Market Growth in the NFL - Over The Cap
Over the last year, no positional group in the NFL has seen stronger growth than the Tight End market. Prior to last week, the Tight End market had been stagnant for years. From 2015-2019, the top 5 of the Tight End market had grown merely 6.91%, the lowest growth rate of all positional groups in that timespan (excluding STs). The gold standard in the TE market was set by Jimmy Graham when he signed a 4-year extension with the Saints in 2015, valued at $10M Avg./Year and 7.5% of the cap. While Graham signed another deal in 2018 with an Avg./Year of $10M, the deal was valued at 5.6% of the cap due to cap growth. During 2020 free agency, the title of highest paid Tight End on a multi-year deal was finally passed onto Austin Hooper after he signed a 4-year contract with the Browns averaging $10.5M/Year. From a dollar perspective, Hooper’s deal was seen as a market reset. However, his deal was valued at 5.3% of the cap, which still fell under Graham’s 7.5% cap figure. Last week, the TE market finally experienced a true reset after George Kittle signed an extension worth $15M/Year, valued at 7.6% of the cap. This marked a 42.85% growth from Hooper’s deal and also eclipsed the gold standard in the TE market, set by Jimmy Graham’s 2015 deal with the Saints.

Reading the QB Tea Leaves in New England - MMQB
The league-wide number of players on the COVID-19 list is now down to 12—with three more coming off it, and none going on at 4 p.m. ET Monday. That’s fantastic news, and it’s really crystallized the importance of daily testing, for me at least. It’s also why the low cost, rapid results and accessibility of the saliva test that’s coming could be a game-changer not just for football, but for all sports. If it becomes feasible for college programs to test daily, their chances of being able to start and finish a season change all together. Which is why I think all the major conferences would smart to gather, agree to take a deep breath, and reconvene to see where all this is on Sept. 1.

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