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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/5/20.

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Why Eagles should quarantine a quarterback for the 2020 season - NBCSP
The Eagles should quarantine a quarterback as an insurance policy and the obvious choice is Nate Sudfeld. Wentz is the starter and needs practice time. Hopefully for the Eagles, Wentz stays healthy and is able to play an entire season. If that happens, he’ll need to be game planning each week for the upcoming opponent and getting in reps with the first-string offense. And third-string quarterback Jalen Hurts needs to be at practice and in the quarterback room too. As a rookie, the 2nd-round pick is playing catch-up after an unusual offseason. In-person practices and meeting time are both really important for him. They won’t be as important for Sudfeld, who is entering his fourth season with the Eagles and fourth season in Pederson’s offense. Sudfeld, 26, hasn’t played much in the NFL. He has attempted just 25 career passes. But he’s the Eagles’ backup quarterback for this upcoming season and there’s a good chance he’s going to have to play at some point.

Eagles 2020 Opponent Preview: New York Giants - BGN
The Eagles moving ahead of the Giants in the all-time series between these two teams for the first time ever speaks to how bad New York has been for years now. The G-Men own losing record in six out of their last seven seasons; their overall record in that stretch is 42-71. After striking out on their past two head coach hires in Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur, the Giants are hopefully they finally got things right with Joe Judge. And, hey, maybe they did? It’s hard to know exactly what to make of the former New England Patriots special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach. Judge is kind of a wild card, although he might easily just turn out to be another failed Bill Belichick disciple. He’s already brought some of Belichick’s gimmickry with him to the Giants.

Ranking every NFL offense from 1 to 32 going into the 2020 season - The Athletic
12. Philadelphia Eagles. Last year: 14th. The Doug Pederson/Carson Wentz battery offers a strong foundation, and the Eagles have talented players like Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz to go along with a solid offensive line. But wide receiver remains a question. They decided to take a bunch of swings and are hoping that a couple will connect. If DeSean Jackson can stay healthy for 12 games or so, and first-round pick Jalen Reagor can contribute immediately, this offense has a top-five ceiling. If not, the Eagles are probably looking at a repeat of last year. One goal with Wentz will be to implement more play-action and bootleg schemes. He was the fourth-ranked quarterback on throws from outside the pocket last season. One area where he must improve: ball security. Wentz’s 48 fumbles since entering the league are tops among all quarterbacks.

Will there be fans at NFL games in 2020? Where all 32 teams stand for the regular season - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles — Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field. Capacity: 69,596. What we know: Currently, Philadelphia prohibits outdoor events involving more than 50 people, meaning no fans in the stands for now. The mayor’s office called it a “fluid situation,” though, leaving open the possibility that fans could be allowed to attend at some point this season should circumstances change for the better.

The Most Fun Fantasy Football Team Fake Money Can Buy, 2020 Edition - The Ringer
Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles: $2. The Eagles rookie fits the “speed and athleticism” motif I’ve established at wide receiver. Philly drafted Reagor this spring to give this receiving corps the jolt it desperately needed, and he’ll have a clear path to a starting role in this offense.

‘He has a burning passion to succeed’: Eagles’ Dave Fipp praises Duke Riley’s ‘infectious’ energy, work ethic - NJ.com
“I’d just say his demeanor and his energy (are) infectious,” Fipp said. “And that’s something he really brought to the room. He’s kind of a leader, he’s a natural ‘get in front’ guy. Players rally around him, they enjoy him — not only on the field, but off the field — all that stuff is important. He’s just a really unique person and enjoyable to be around.”

Training Camp Debrief: COVID-19 reshaping NFL before season starts - NFL.com
1) Doug Pederson’s diagnosis is a warning for the rest of the league. More than 80 players have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which indicates the individual has either tested positive for the virus or come into close contact with someone who has. At least nine players have already come off the list. But the Eagles head coach’s announcement on Sunday that he contracted the virus may have the most far-reaching impact. Pederson spoke to the media Monday and indicated he’s feeling no symptoms and will continue to coach the team as much as possible while he isolates from his colleagues and family. Assistant head coach Duce Staley will help take over, a reminder for teams throughout football that contingency plans need to be in place for all coaches. Pederson said the Eagles have backup plans in place to fill the responsibilities for all assistants. The same plans will have to be made for support staff, as well, especially when any coach or staff member tests positive during the season. It’s going to be a big year for backup plans.

The Andy Reid All-Stars - Football Outsiders
Brian Westbrook is also a fairly easy choice at running back; in 2007, he was one of only three running backs to lead the NFL in both rushing and receiving DYAR in the same season. (The other two: Marshall Faulk in 2000 and Thurman Thomas in 1991.) Obviously, what jumps out about Reid’s running backs is how often he has employed a double threat, running and receiving. That started early on with Duce Staley, whose receiving usage peaked with 89 targets in 2001. Westbrook was a rookie the next year and helped anchor Reid’s top Philadelphia offenses. Five times, a Reid running back has finished in the top ten for DYAR both rushing and receiving: Westbrook in both 2006 and 2007, LeSean McCoy in 2010, Jamaal Charles in 2013, and Kareem Hunt in 2017. Obviously, Clyde Edwards-Helaire fits the mold quite well. Terrell Owens’ 2004 season is an easy choice for our first wide receiver spot. Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in only 14 games due to a broken leg and torn ankle ligament. He finished tenth in receiving DYAR but his season pro-rated to sixth if he had played 16 games. Extra bonus credit of course for coming back from his injury remarkably early and playing — as a star, not just a decoy — in the Super Bowl against New England. It’s too bad he went kind of nutty and started doing push-ups in his driveway the season afterwards.

Amari Cooper says the expectation for the Dallas Cowboys is to have three 1,000-yard receivers - Blogging The Boys
There are rarities in the NFL as far as accomplishments go. It used to be rare to have a quarterback throw for over 4,000 yards for example, but that has become so normalized that nobody really bats an eye at it anymore. Something that is still a bit hard to find is when three wide receivers on the same team all go for at least 1,000 yards. Such a feat hasn’t been accomplished in the NFL since the 2008 Arizona Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston), but Cooper thinks that those are kind of the expectations for these Dallas Cowboys.

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