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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/2/20.

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Why Eagles took QB Jalen Hurts in second round of NFL draft after paying Carson Wentz $108 million - Inquirer
Roseman and the Eagles have cultivated a good relationship with Riley, who is one of the nation’s top college coaches. Two years ago, the Eagles were considering drafting Oklahoma offensive tackle Orlando Brown in the second round, but viewed him as more of a right tackle than a left tackle, and they weren’t really interested in moving Lane Johnson back to the left side at this stage of his career. Riley agreed with their assessment of Brown and the Eagles ended up drafting tight end Dallas Goedert, who has quickly emerged as one of the league’s top all-around tight ends. [...] Riley even had some influence in the Eagles’ decision to take TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round. Riley had recruited Reagor when he was a high school star at Waxahachie (Texas) High School. His team also played against him for three years in the Big 12. He spoke glowingly of him to Eagles scouts when they talked to him about Hurts. He indicated that Reagor would’ve been a 100-catch-a-year receiver. in Oklahoma’s offense.

Eagles’ Day 3 rookies talk virtual offseason, teammates, roles, and more - BGN
Three more Eagles rookies spoke to the media Friday afternoon after practice, Jack Driscoll, Shaun Bradley, and John Hightower. They all touched on the unique virtual offseason and commented on their fellow rookie class, along with what kind of roles they are focusing on.

Wentzy McBeef + All the Updates - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton hit a plethora of topics including Billy Madison, Carson Wentz’s NFL100 snub, pressers from the assistant coaches, the RB room, Slay shadowing WR1s and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: My Eagles two-way squad - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz is my quarterback. I think some might take Jalen Hurts here because of his athleticism. I’m not doing that at quarterback. The dropoff from Wentz to anyone else, at quarterback, is too great, and Wentz has some athleticism of his own. I’ll just find a spot to hide him on defense. Let’s go with OLB. I’ll just have him cover tight ends.

What have we learned about the Eagles? Well, actually ... - PE.com
That brings us to Clement, one of the reasons the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. He’s had more than his share of injuries the last two seasons and he says now that his body is right, his weight is where he wants it to be, and he has a very keen understanding of his crossroads summer. The question is, ultimately, can Clement show the Eagles enough in the next four to five weeks to win a job? It’s an underrated question, but if Clement is right and on top of his game, the Eagles should be fine in terms of depth at running back. If not, depth could be something to think about. Said Staley about Clement: “He has his ears pinned back. He’s ready. He looks awesome. You can tell he’s been working. He wants to get back to the old Corey.”

‘Valentine’s Views:’ Joe Judge right head coach at right time for Giants? Maybe - Big Blue View
Again on Friday I came away from listening to Judge — I asked no questions, just listened and tried to digest what he said — thinking that the Giants might have gotten it right when they handed the head-coaching job to a first-time head coach who wasn’t even thought to be on the radar yet when it came to the NFL’s head-coaching carousel. The Giants have gotten the choice of head coach wrong the last two times. Ben McAdoo sounded good when he ascended from offensive coordinator to boss. The job, though, ended up engulfing him the way the oversized suit he wore at his introductory press conference did. Pat Shurmur is a good man and in many respects a good football coach. He spent two years in New York, though, proving that he hadn’t really learned from his mistakes with the Cleveland Browns and that he just isn’t really a winning NFL head coach.

After an impressive 2019 campaign, Michael Gallup can take another leap in 2020 - Blogging The Boys
Few players in the entire National Football League had as large of a jump in production from 2018 to 2019 as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup did. The Colorado State products’ ascension played a big role in the success of the Dallas offense early on. Gallup’s first year in the NFL was an up and down ride. One thing we learned about the rookie in 2018 was he clearly could create separation. Gallup found himself getting open plenty of times, but was only able to turn this into 33 receptions for 507 yards. The biggest reason for these struggles was he and quarterback Dak Prescott being unable to get on the same page. Far too many times we would see Gallup and Prescott just be a tad bit off from hitting a big play down the field.

They May Not Be the Best, But the Washington Football Team Has the Most Intriguing RB Room in the NFL - Hogs Haven
The wild card in this positional group in newcomer Antonio Gibson. The 6’0” 228 pound blazer out of Memphis is a do-it-all type of weapon that new offensive coordinator Scott Turner can use similar to what he did with Christian McCaffrey in Carolina. Gibson operated primarily out of the slot during his final season with the Tigers, but is expected to be used mainly as a running back in Washington. However, expect to see him used often out of the backfield to create mismatches in Turner’s offense.

Football historians talk about the game in a previous pandemic - ESPN
Football — college and the NFL — is wrestling with how to play amid the coronavirus. A look into the pages of history reveals some of the same questions surrounding travel restrictions and the desire to play just over a century ago. The H1N1 virus — called the Spanish flu when it broke out in 1918 — is estimated to have infected 500 million people worldwide, with 675,000 deaths in the United States, according to information from the CDC. Longtime Pro Football Hall of Fame historian Joe Horrigan and curator and historian at the College Football Hall of Fame Jeremy Swick have spent time over the past several months looking back at football during the 1918 flu pandemic.

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