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Eagles News: 2020 season “will not be a success unless Carson Wentz gets his first playoff victory”

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

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What constitutes a successful 2020 NFL season for each NFC East team? - ESPN
There are enough questions around the team to resist the most bullish of predictions: Is Andre Dillard ready to take over left tackle? Can they fill the voids left by safety Malcolm Jenkins and guard Brandon Brooks? Can they generate a steady pass rush off the edge? Fending off the Cowboys to secure a third NFC title in four years would be another feather in the cap of coach Doug Pederson. But the season will not be a success unless quarterback Carson Wentz gets his first playoff victory. His postseason debut was cut short by a concussion last season, and he missed the playoffs the previous two years because of injury. He needs to finish the 2020 campaign on his own terms, and with at least one playoff win under his belt.

Zach Ertz shares personal reason he supports kids having sports this fall, if it can be done safely - BGN
Eagles’ veteran tight end Zach Ertz spoke to the media on Friday afternoon and shared a personal reason for him supporting kids having access to fall sports, if it can be done safely, and also how training camp has been different this year.

Grocery shopping: Five college prospects who could interest the Eagles in the 2021 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (6’2, 210). The number that will stand out to some is Bateman’s 20.3 yards per catch in 2019. While he has some deep ball ability, he is not a traditional field-stretching burner. As you’ll see in the following highlight reel, a lot of Bateman’s long touchdowns were the result of some coverage breakdowns, so that 20-plus yards per catch average is a little artificially inflated.

Making Moves - Iggles Blitz
I certainly understand wanting a proven pass rusher off the bench. If anything happens to Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, you want to feel good about their replacement. There would be real risk in going with young, unproven players. Curry is a good run defender. He is a solid pass rusher. Last year he was third on the Eagles in sacks (5) and QB hits (12). Curry only started two games, but played in all 16. He can play left or right side. He can rush from the inside. Curry is what you want in a backup. Curry isn’t anything special.

The 10 greatest NFL players who became irrelevant Eagles - NBCSP
3. WR Art Monk. Before he was an Eagle [1980-1994]: Held NFL record with 934 receptions when he signed with Eagles and ranked 4th with 12,607 receiving yards. Set NFL record with 106 catches in 1984 all-pro season. Won two Super Bowls. Had over 1,000 yards in postseason. Named to NFL team of the decade for the 1980s. Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2008. As an Eagle [1995]: Played in three games. Caught six passes for 114 yards. Final career reception was a 36-yarder from Rodney Peele in Christmas Eve loss to Bears at Soldier Field. Monk broke his arm on the play while being tackled by Mark Carrier. He never played again.

Big Blue View mailbag: Where it all went wrong, and what could have been done differently - Big Blue View
There is one hard, probably controversial, decision I would likely have made along the way. I have believed for a lot of years that the Giants thought they could fix things by making incremental changes. A coordinator here. Some personnel there. A new head coach while keeping the personnel staff. I thought the Giants had an opportunity for a fresh start after the 2015 season. They pushed Coughlin out, but not the GM or the quarterback. My view has always been that would have been the time to push the reset button, make the clean sweep and start over. Had they done so, and gotten the decisions correct on replacements, they could be ahead of where they are now.

Mid-American Conference cancelling fall sports, with intention to return in spring - Hustle Belt
All eyes were on the MAC this week, as they were the last FBS-level conference to formally announce their intentions for the 2020 season. The MAC was the most-affected party when the Big Ten announced their move to a conference-only schedule on July 9, with member programs scrambling to find replacements—and eventually, replacements for those replacements in the time since. It seems, ultimately, the losses were too much for the MAC to bear, given the nearly-mass cancellation of the FCS season and the domino effect of peer conferences adjusting their schedules.

MLB’s coronavirus problem is turning into a scheduling nightmare - SB Nation
The St. Louis Cardinals have been struggling with a Covid-19 outbreak after it was revealed members of the organization went to a casino ahead of their series against the Twins. Now, a week later things have gotten much, much worse. Ripples of the Cardinals’ outbreak is being felt throughout the league, with issues wrecking havoc on the schedule to ensure games can be played ahead of the presumed playoffs. As it stands the Cardinals now need to play 55 games in 49 days, in order to make up the rest of the season — and that presumes they won’t miss any more games that are now scheduled.


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