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Eagles News: Philadelphia has two of the more underrated fantasy football wide receivers

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/24/20.

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10 Players To Target Outside of the Top 100 - Rotoworld
WR Jalen Reagor, Eagles - ADP of 115, WR45. Nearly 70 percent of my drafts this summer include Reagor. Over the last 60 days his ADP has jumped up 20 spots. He was a value at pick 135 and still remains one at 115. The Eagles have 128 targets available from last season. Add another 73 if Alshon Jeffery misses extended action - which looks likely. The team does not have the luxury of taking their time with Reagor, a player they highly coveted, and he has the talent to maximize on those expectations. TCU did an awful job manufacturing easy touches for Reagor. Nine screens and nine slot receptions on 113 slot snaps. Only 14 rushing attempts. Pathetic coaching and quarterback play. Doug Pederson will remedy that. At worst you are drafting a high variance explosive receiver who will put up spiked weeks. At best? You are drafting the Eagles No. 1 WR at a WR45 value. Reach for him, Reagor is my WR36. [...] WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles - ADP of 147, WR55. Draft DeSean Jackson (WR55), Jalen Reagor (WR45) and Carson Wentz (QB9). It’s an affordable stack on a good team with a quarterback who has already played at an MVP-caliber level. The Eagles put all of their explosive eggs in DeSean Jackson’s basket last summer. It paid off in a big way for one game. Howie Roseman doubled down this summer, adding Reagor, John Hightower and Marquise Goodwin, who has since opted out. But the original is still involved and could end up as the best receiver value this summer. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert led the team in targets last season - when was the last time two TEs did that? Decades. A wide receiver will disrupt that in 2020. Jackson is my WR46.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Don’t sleep on Nickell Robey-Coleman or Deontay Burnett - BGN
I already hyped up Nickell Robey-Coleman in my “16 winners and 8 losers from Eagles training camp [so far]” piece but NRC deserves more attention after today’s practice. He was in good position to contest a leaping effort from Ward that went incomplete. NRC knocked down a Wentz red zone pass intended for DeSean. That’s like at least the third time he’s broken up a ball that’s been meant for Jackson since camp started, thus making him the most successful corner to cover the veteran speedster. NRC playing in the slot should be an upgrade from the production the Eagles got there in 2019. He’s on track to be their best slot corner since 2017 Patrick Robinson.

Training Camp Recap - Day 6 - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton hit up notes from Sunday’s practice with updated thoughts on how the 53-man roster shakes out based on the performances to this point PLUS thoughts on the Earl Thomas saga! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Stock up, stock down, after the first week of Eagles training camp - PhillyVoice
Stock up — Malik Jackson: When the Eagles signed Jackson last offseason, they thought that he and Fletcher Cox would form one of the best interior line duos in the league. As you know, that didn’t last long, after Jackson sustained a Lisfranc injury Week 1, ending his season. Now rested and healthy, Jackson looks like the player the team hoped they were getting last year, as he has had a standout camp. If Cox, Jackson, and Javon Hargrave can play to their potential, the interior of the defensive line could be the strength of the team.

Training Camp Roundup – Day 6 - Iggles Blitz
Another day, another strong showing by J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Maybe the light really has gone on for the second-year receiver. He’s lighter and faster, but also playing bigger and stronger. Last year he didn’t do a good job of using his size to win battles. It sure sounds like he’s made big strides in that area. You want big guys to use their size. Some struggle with that idea (which I don’t get). JJAW is stacking good practices. This really is a good sign for the young man. He caught a lot of flak for his rookie season (deservedly so), but luckily he seems to have handled it the right way.

Training Camp observations with only three weeks until the opener -
3. When the line starts to mesh, the offense is going to be dangerous. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are matchup nightmares, we know. DeSean Jackson just looks so smooth and fast and catches the ball effortlessly and he and quarterback Carson Wentz connected on a timing throw to the sideline on Sunday that was a thing of beauty. Alshon Jeffery remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list, so we’re still not sure when he’s coming back, but in the meantime J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has made noticeable improvements in his quickness and confidence and with the sharpness of his routes. He was effective in the red zone on Sunday. First-round draft pick Jalen Reagor twisted Parks all up with a couple of sweet moves in the red zone on Sunday. Greg Ward is more confident and every bit as reliable in his second season of real football action in the slot. He had a red zone touchdown catch on Sunday. Miles Sanders remains out with a lower-body injury, but Boston Scott was back on Sunday and Elijah Holyfield and Corey Clement (prior to his illness) have given the offense some sizzle running with the first-team offense.

For Eagles, two nickel corners are better than one when you’re playing in a pandemic - Inquirer
“For the past two years, I’ve been mainly in the slot,” he said. “But I don’t mind going outside. If Coach Schwartz wants me on the inside, if he wants me on the outside, if he wants me as a backup safety, whatever. I’ll do it. When 34′s number is called, I’m going to get on it and get it done.” It’s going to be interesting to see how the Eagles’ season-opening roster shakes out, particularly in the secondary. Because of the uncertainty of COVID-19, teams have to prepare their rosters — and their expanded 16-man practice squads — for worst-case scenerios, which means Schwartz likely will find work for LeBlanc in a variety of roles. Other cornerback questions aren’t so clear. What will the Eagles do with Sidney Jones, who once again is spending more time in the whirlpool than on the playing field? Have they run out of patience with him? And what will they do with perpetually inconsistent Rasul Douglas?

Why wearing Kobe’s jersey means so much to Jason Kelce - NBCSP
“I didn’t know Kobe that much on a personal level,” Kelce said. “Obviously, he talked to the team in 2017 on the Super Bowl run and made a very big impact pretty much on the entire team. I was able to see him another time at an ESPN event and reiterate to him how much I thought that meant to our team. I’ve heard a lot of motivational speakers throughout the years, and a lot of motivational speakers were players or coaches or whatever, (and) they kind of speak in these age-old mantras or cliches. Kobe was very much not like that. It was a very real conversation. It felt very authentic, and I think that’s why it resonated so much with a lot of guys on the team. It didn’t feel like he was just saying things because it was the right thing to say. He was saying things you could tell he meant and he had thought about.”

Report: Baltimore Ravens set to release safety Earl Thomas, Cowboys “leading contender” to land him - Blogging The Boys
This is gigantic news. Many Cowboys fans made peace with the safety position after the team not only didn’t trade for or sign Thomas in recent years but also didn’t acquire Jamal Adams (who Coincidentally went to Thomas’ previous home, the Seattle Seahawks). Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Xavier Woods seem like stable options at the position, but Thomas was outstanding for Baltimore in his one season there in 2019. There is no question that Thomas is not the exact player today that he was during his prime with Seattle, but if the Cowboys could land him this late in the game their odds for winning a Super Bowl this season (which are squarely in the mix) go up all the more. This might actually be happening.

Ronald Darby Presser: I’m happy playing for Washington, it’s a blessing - Hogs Haven
Ronald Darby spoke to the media today(video was not provided by the team). He grew up a fan of the Washington Redskins, and noted that when he finally gets here they’re not called that anymore. He loves being here and being a part of the team this year. Darby likes the new defense, and said it is a lot more varied than he’s used to. DBs Coach Chris Harris brings the energy that carries over to the players. Darby said the team needs to improve their communication, something that has been said about Washington’s secondary for a long time. There’s also a bigger focus on creating turnovers.

Repeat in a Pandemic? Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs on a Mission - FMIA
With sun occasionally reflecting off his coronavirus-protective face shield like a popping flashbulb, Reid looked very into the work of repeating his first Super Bowl title, and sounded a little feisty. “He’s just as energetic as when I first met him [in 2004], working with the Eagles,” Veach said. “Maybe more.”

Sunday’s False Positives Gave the NFL’s Gameday COVID-19 Policies a Trial Run - MMQB
By now, you probably know what happened here. The Browns and Bills, as well the Eagles, Patriots, Jets, Giants, Lions, Bears, Packers, Steelers and Vikings, all had false positives on Sunday morning. Getting the false positives actually hasn’t been all that uncommon across the NFL over the last few weeks. Those happen. What was unusual this time was the volume and consistency, and then, upon closer inspection, the common location.

The NFL’s Sunday coronavirus scare: What happens if it occurs during the 2020 season? - ESPN
Matt Nagy’s phone buzzed Sunday at 2:51 a.m. For an NFL coach, a call at that hour means trouble. Bracing for the worst, Nagy listened as Andre Tucker, the Chicago Bears’ infection control officer, told him that nine members of the organization had tested positive for COVID-19. Nagy was floored, he told reporters Sunday afternoon. Like the rest of the NFL, the Bears had sailed through the first month of training camp amid the coronavirus pandemic. Not a single Bears player had returned a positive test since the initial intake process. And out of nowhere, it appeared, the team had the kind of outbreak that could disrupt it for weeks and call into question whether the league could truly make it through a 16-game regular season. “My initial, five-second gut reaction when I was told was just pure disappointment and frustration,” Nagy said. “It’s hard when you hear that, because everyone is doing such a great job of doing everything that we possibly can in our control to prevent stuff like this. “When you hear this, you think, ‘Wow, what’s next?’”


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