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How Tom Brady is Already Getting the Most Out of His Teammates in Tampa - MMQB
Name to watch — Eagles: DE Josh Sweat. The former five-star prep recruit looked freakish on the day I was there, and Philly has pretty consistently seen the big, long defensive end flash that ability the last few weeks. I watched him at the end of a two-minute period absolutely turnstile left tackle Andre Dillard (obviously, before Dillard got hurt) for a sack. Sweat’s another guy where health remains the question. But man, he can play.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: John Hightower shines (again), Matt Pryor struggles - BGN
John Hightower has had a great summer. He’s made at least one highlight catch in every practice within the past week or so. And I can’t recall him dropping a single pass in camp. Hightower shined today by getting past Maddox and Jalen Mills deep down the field for a touchdown from Nate Sudfeld. Hightower caught another touchdown pass — this time thrown by Jalen Hurts — on a play where Craig James got his hands on the ball but couldn’t hold on for the pick. Hightower showed good concentration to stay with the play in back right corner of the end zone while keeping both feet in for the score. Hightower got open on a curl while being covered by Rasul Douglas for a first down. Not perfectly sure what Hightower’s role is going to be this year but he sure looks like he can play. The Eagles might just have to find a role for him in the offense. Still think he’s behind Jackson, Reagor (if healthy), JJAW, and potentially Greg Ward.

The NFL’s Surprise Team Of ’19 Doesn’t Plan To Be One-Year Wonder - FMIA
Lurie on the attack. Listening to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on Sunday—he did a Zoom call with the media for the first time—you could hear how how hard it was for him to hide his frustration with the political powers that be. Though he never mentioned President Trump, you be the judge who he was talking about late Sunday afternoon when he said: “We have almost 200,000 deaths in the United States. This is from COVID-19 alone. Thirty thousand in the month of August. Over 1,000 in the United States every single day. So if I told you that yesterday, five Boeing 737s crashed in the United States, everybody died, well, that’s every single day right now, every single day. It’s been like that for many weeks. We are 4 percent of the world’s population [and have] 21 percent of the fatalities. . . . We’re the wealthiest country in the world, and 21 percent of the deaths? We have to own this. We have to own the questions of leadership. We have to own the questions of policy, and there’s a lot to be discussed here on that in the future. It’s heartbreaking. These are needless deaths. Needless. We are an embarrassment and a tragic embarrassment.”

Eagles player stock up / stock down media poll - PhillyVoice
On the stock down side, eight players received votes, but Sidney Jones took the stock down crown this year, with 61 percent of the vote. If we had more voters like in previous years, he would have easily surpassed Patrick Robinson as the highest stock down vote-getter in the four years we’ve conducted this poll. My pick on the “stock down” side was Jones, who entered camp in something of a “now or never” situation, but hasn’t been available, an all too common theme throughout his Eagles tenure.

25 fantasy numbers you need to know before your draft - The Athletic
The number of rookies in the last 15 years who have had at least 800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving: Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders. Sanders put the Eagles’ offense on his back at times during the second half of last season. He took some time to adjust to the new scheme and learn his reads, but things started to click around Week 8. Looking ahead to 2020, Sanders has no competition for touches in the backfield and has already shown he’s adept in blitz pickup. Doug Pederson is going to ride Sanders, and the second-year back will be a big part of the Eagles’ prolific screen game. You are not crazy if you consider taking Sanders with a top-three pick. He has that kind of upside.

The Ringer’s 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings - The Ringer
[BLG Note: Miles Sanders ranks 13th overall here.]

Fantasy Football: Examining the impact of Jalen Reagor’s injury - PFF
John Hightower: Hightower earned the 16th-best receiving grade on deep balls in college football over his final two years at Boise State. Overall, his nine deep scores with at least a step of separation in that span tied for the second-most in the nation. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Eagles get Hightower’s speed (4.43-second 40-yard dash) on the field sooner rather than later if JJAW continues to struggle.

Dallas Cowboys fantasy football team preview - Fake Teams
Rookie CeeDee Lamb walks into an excellent situation. He’s in an analytically-infused pass-happy offense and does not have to bear the responsibility of being a team’s No. 1 receiver. His strength as playing the X-receiver fits perfectly in conjunction with Amari Cooper, who plays well on the outside but may be the best receiver in the league when operating in the slot, and Michael Gallup who’s already developed into one of the NFL’s premier downfield threats while occupying the Z-receiver role. Camp reports indicate Lamb is progressing well and will also be given access to the high-value slot role in a rotation with Cooper. Lamb’s .5PPR 8.08, WR40 ADP is a fine place to take him. Lamb may not have a high floor as he’s 3rd in the pecking order, however, his talent and situation give him a great weekly ceiling.

‘Valentine’s Views:’ Roster cuts, Daniel Jones’ fumbles, more thoughts - Big Blue View
The idea of pocket presence is one that is also often discussed with Jones. Our Mark Schofield has pointed out a number of times that Jones sometimes seems oblivious to the rush, as though he doesn’t feel it or sense it coming. That is something quarterbacks have to be able to do. A slight step forward or a subtle slide to the side can be the difference sometimes between getting a pass away and not getting it away. I have had the pocket presence discussion with Schofield, Emory Hunt and others I respect. I just don’t know that it is something that can be developed. Jones isn’t a quarterback newbie. He’s a second-year NFL player, but he’s been playing the position — facing a pass rush — since at least high school. If he lacks a true pocket presence, a true instinct or feel for oncoming danger now I think it’s fair to wonder if that will ever change in any significant way.

Chase Young is a Monster - Hogs Haven
Chase Young continues to impress in training camp. Here’s a quick clip of him taking down Adrian Peterson head-to-head. [BLG Note: Young going up against the Eagles’ offensive line in Week 1 isn’t the most comforting thought right now.]

Texans returner DeAndre Carter solidifying status as incumbent - Houston Chronicle
Texans wide receiver DeAndre Carter has solidified his status as the incumbent kick returner. Carter has provided consistency throughout training camp, not missing a practice. Keke Coutee missed a week with a mild stress fracture and Chad Hansen is sidelined currently with a shoulder injury suffered Thursday that has no structural damage. Carter finished third in the NFL and second in the AFC with a 9.7 punt return average last season. He averaged 22 yards per kickoff return and caught 11 passes for 162 yards on 14 targets last season with a long reception of 46 yards. [BLG Note: Former Eagles WR/PR.]

2020 Houston Texans Training Camp: Could Cody Kessler Back Up Deshaun Watson? - Battle Red Blog
While Kessler is far from Deshaun Watson, he’s been around the league long enough to have a solid grasp on clipboard holding and camp-arming. And he fits one of the Bill O’Brien prerequisites for free agent acquisition—he used to be a Cleveland Brown. [BLG Note: Kinda forgot Kessler was with the Eagles last summer.]

Bucs bringing in kicking competition - PFT
The Buccaneers are going all-in this season, and they aren’t going to be satisfied with inexperienced kickers potentially spoiling Tom Brady‘s work. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers are bringing in kickers Ryan Succop and Cody Parkey for a competition next week.

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