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2020 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 preseason poll, plus who’s on the hot seat? - ESPN
12. Philadelphia Eagles. Who’s on the hot seat? CB Sidney Jones. Why his seat is warm: Jones was one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2017 draft class but tore his Achilles at his pro day and has had a tough time shaking the injury bug since. Suddenly it’s Year 4, and he has just eight starts and two interceptions under his belt. With his rookie contract set to expire at the end of the season, it’s now or never to make his mark in Philadelphia.

8 notes from today’s Eagles training camp practice - BGN
EAGLES INJURY UPDATE: Genard Avery left practice early on Monday and was listed out due to illness today. Jordan Mailata (upper body) and Vinny Curry (lower body) are being listed as day-to-day. That’s not good for Mailata’s stock; he needs all the reps he can get. Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson had rest days today. Andre Dillard was taking reps at left tackle so maybe he’ll be back in full on Wednesday? Sidney Jones missed his sixth straight practice even though today was light. John Hightower and Anthony Rush returned after missing the last two days due to illness.

Q&A w/the Gentle Listeners - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton answer a million questions in this Twitter Mailbag edition of BGN Radio! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles fantasy football rankings, with buy/sell analysis - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz (9th QB, 84th overall): In 2019, Wentz had 4,000+ passing yards and 27 TDs with no wide receivers eclipsing 500 receiving yards. That’s nuts. Still, taking him higher than where he’s currently slotted (QB9) is a slight risk, because you have to bet on his health and the health of guys like DeSean Jackson. I believe it’s worth the bet, as he has top 3 potential, should everyone stay healthy. Just be sure to get a second competent QB. Verdict: Buy.

2020 NFL season: 1 pivotal rookie for each of the 32 teams -
Jalen Reagor — It feels like we are about to see a big year from Carson Wentz — and if that ends up being the case, Reagor will have had a big hand in it. Sources in Philadelphia say the TCU burner has looked terrific and that Wentz sees him as a potential WR1 with time. His ability to attack on all three levels meshes perfectly with what the Eagles need.

TE Dallas Goedert has big plans for offense in 2020 -
“We can get mismatches on the field no matter what,” Goedert said. “If they play base (personnel), it’s either going to be a safety and a linebacker on us or if we get both safeties (in coverage), the running back gets a linebacker (in a matchup) and there’s nobody deep for DeSean (Jackson, wide receiver), so being able to have us both, if they put in nickel (an extra cornerback), we can run the ball. And then they’re short in the run game. There are so many different things that we can do, so many things that both of us bring to the table and we can cause a little bit of nightmares for defensive coordinators.” That’s the idea. Cause nightmares. Dreams for the Eagles, nightmares for the defense. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, no doubt,” Goedert said.

2019 DVOA by Routes: Receivers - Football Outsiders
The trailer in curl route DYAR was technically a tight end — Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz — but 59% of Ertz’s targets came in the slot last year, and 4% more came split out wide. Ertz had been quite effective on curls in 2018, with 44 DYAR and a 17.8% DVOA. His struggles in 2019 may be a reflection of the Eagles’ devastated wide receiver corps, which allowed opponents to focus on Ertz. [...] No flat routes gained 50 yards last year; Vernon Davis came closest with his 48-yard touchdown against Philadelphia in Week 1. For DYAR, however, it was a different flat route against Philadelphia that scored highest: Buffalo’s Devin Singletary had a 28-yard touchdown on third-and-13 that was worth 26 DYAR.

NFC East deep dive: The great Amari Cooper debate - Fake Teams
The guys each pick a trustworthy elite, sleeper, bust and more from the NFC East for fantasy football.

Grant Delpit out for season with Achilles injury - Dawgs By Nature
Delpit was Cleveland’s second-round draft choice out of LSU in this year’s draft and was expected to have a big role in defensive coordinator Joe Woods’ system. [BLG Note: The Eagles play the Browns in Week 11.]

Report: Cowboys will not be pursuing Earl Thomas, but Jerry Jones disputes that characterization - Blogging The Boys
Jerry just happened to be on the radio shortly after Rapoport’s report came out and he disputed it immediately, in animated tones. He doesn’t say anything about the team actually pursuing Thomas, instead Jerry made vague comments about the Cowboys evaluating their roster and adding that hey had not met with Thomas yet. So it appears there is life yet in the Earl Thomas to Dallas rumor. Stay tuned.

Shady shining in practice - Bucs Nation
Lots of positives coming out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp about new addition LeSean McCoy and his incorporation into the offense. Given that Ronald Jones is still slated to be the number one guy at the running back position, expectations surrounding McCoy are limited as many are curious to see exactly what role he is going to fill. Following practice on Sunday, there were quite a few positive things said about Shady from the coaching staff. For starters, head coach Bruce Arians was excited by what he saw from the 32-year old back.

Detroit Lions cancel practice in wake of police shooting of Jacob Blake - Pride Of Detroit
The Detroit Lions decided to halt team practice on Tuesday, in response to the police shooting of 29-year old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident, in which Blake was multiple seven times in the back by Kenosha police officers as he walked to his SUV, was caught on camera and has inspired renewed protests and demonstrations across America. On Tuesday, Blake’s father revealed that his son was paralyzed from the waist down. Blake was shot in front of his children.


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