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Philadelphia Eagles fantasy football team preview - Fake Teams
Despite missing his top three receivers (Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Nelson Agholor) for effectively 26 combined games last year, Carson Wentz still took home overall QB9 results in fantasy. The fourth-year QB finished 9th in passing yards, tied for 5th in passing touchdowns, and threw just seven interceptions — the latter was easily in the top tier of full-time starting quarterbacks. Wentz managed to flash a little of his early career rushing ability too, averaging just over 15 yards per game on the ground. With a fully healthy DeSean Jackson who dominated Week 1 of 2019 and a fully integrated Greg Ward Jr., the offense is lightyears ahead of where they were last season. Expect Carson Wentz to compete for a top five fantasy QB finish in 2020. His 7.06, QB12 ADP in .5PPR is a fine place to take him.

Eagles vs. Football Team Game Preview: 6 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
I think most fans, myself included, would describe ourselves as “cautious, but optimistic.” Haskins has very little college starting experience for an NFL QB and was very raw in a lot of the nuances of the QB position in his first few games last year, but improved quite a bit as the season wore on and flashed tremendous natural gifts in terms of ball placement and arm talent. He’s very much a high ceiling, low floor player who could end up being great (based on arm talent and ability to push the ball downfield) or could end up being a bust if he doesn’t develop in all the ways he is raw (like speeding up his progressions and improving his timing). In a lot of ways, we’re viewing this as if it were his rookie year, since last year was largely wasted and Haskins was too raw to start. He shows promise, but is still unproven, and I think anything from Aaron Rodgers to Jameis Winston is in his range of outcomes, so it’s hard to say where he ranks among QBs. In terms of how I think he’ll perform this year, I’d put him in the high 20s (ahead of Tyrod Taylor, Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew, Teddy Bridgewater, Joe Burrow, and Tua Tagovailoa), but he’s got a lot of room to grow and move higher.

QB Index, Week 1: Ranking all 32 starters entering 2020 NFL season - NFL.com
6) Carson Wentz - I don’t understand the skepticism. Given an outstanding supporting cast in 2017, he emerged as the must-watch MVP front-runner for three months before tearing his ACL. Dragged down by injuries to key starters last year, Wentz played his best ball with the season on the line, elevating a cast of misfits and afterthoughts in the passing game. The Eagles would like to see him stay off the injury report and show consistent mechanics for a full, 16-game campaign.

Carson - Iggles Blitz
That’s a pretty good summation. Wentz isn’t perfect, but he played at an elite level in 2017. He was healthy and had a terrific supporting cast. Heading into 2020, Wentz is healthy and looks to have a strong set of playmakers around him. There is every reason to be excited about Wentz and his weapons. This could be a big year for the Eagles offense. They have a stud RB in Miles Sanders. They have a pair of speedy playmakers in DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are the best 1-2 combo at TE in the league. There are some young, talented players behind these guys. That depth was needed in the past couple of years. It would have been nice to have John Hightower last year or Boston Scott in 2018.

5 bold predictions for the Eagles in the 2020 NFL season - NBCSP
For the second straight season, Carson Wentz will break the Eagles’ single-season passing record. In 2019, Wentz became the first 4,000-yard passer in Eagles history, but he just barely got over that mark, finishing with 4,039. I think he topples that pretty easily in 2020. Sure, there are some questions about the offensive line in front of him but Wentz was able to get to 4,000 yards last year throwing to a bunch of guys called up from the practice squad. In 2020, he’ll still have Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders, but he’ll also have a first-round rookie, a healthy DeSean Jackson and an improved J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. With more weapons, Wentz is primed to have the best statistical season of his career.

2020 NFL season predictions: Playoffs, Super Bowl, draft order, and individual awards - PhillyVoice
7) Eagles: The Eagles sneak in again at 9-7, but as usual, they’ll be playing their best at the end of the season. It’s hard to imagine that they won’t have serious offensive line issues at some point this season. [BLG Note: Jimmy has the Eagles losing to the Saints in the divisional round.]

2020 Staff Predictions - Football Outsiders
TEAM MOST LIKELY TO FALL SHORT OF ITS FOA PROJECTION. Thomas Bassinger: Philadelphia Eagles. In recent years, the Eagles have struggled to find talent with what little draft capital they’ve had. When will it catch up to them? Last week, they released Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas, cornerbacks they picked in the second and third rounds, respectively, in the 2017 draft. And they’re still waiting for their first-rounder from that draft — defensive end Derek Barnett — to break out. I’m most concerned, though, about their offensive line. Once the strongest unit on the team, it seems to be crumbling. Already, they’ve suffered season-ending injuries to two of their five projected starters — left tackle Andre Dillard (biceps) and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks (Achilles tendon). Right tackle Lane Johnson missed significant time during training camp because of the coronavirus and an undisclosed lower body issue. The Eagles persevered through injuries to win their final four regular-season games of 2019 and sneak into the playoffs. As tough as that road was, the road in 2020 might be even tougher.

Execs Unfiltered: On what all 32 teams should worry about entering the season - The Athletic
The worry: Age in key spots undermines the offense, which could affect the quarterback. “Everyone talks about whether Carson Wentz can stay healthy, but how about the guys who are paid to help keep him that way? It’s risky letting a position group get old together, especially the offensive line. It is too hard to replace two or more in the same year. Jason Kelce turns 33 this season. Jason Peters is 38. Lane Johnson is 30. Brandon Brooks is 31 and already injured. They did draft Andre Dillard, but he’s out for the season. Then they are counting on old receivers who have been injured, so the margin for error already could be pretty slim.”

NFL Week 1 Sunday Ticket Rankings - PFF
7. Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team. Reason to watch: Terry McLaurin vs. Darius Slay. A quick look at Washington’s depth chart tells you that McLaurin should see a lot of looks in this offense. Depth is lacking, but McLaurin’s abilities shouldn’t be in doubt after his impressive rookie season. The only rookie wide receiver to post a higher receiving grade than McLaurin in the past decade was Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, and McLaurin’s 12 receptions on passes 20-plus yards downfield were fewer than only A.J. Green in 2011 (16) and Mike Evans in 2014 (18) among first-year wideouts. He should see a whole lot of Slay, who earned a reputation as one of the league’s premier shadow cornerbacks in what was a man-heavy Lions’ defense. It should be one of the better wide receiver-cornerback matchups of the weekend.

Big Play Slay set for Eagles debut on Sunday - PE.com
First things, first: He’s either “Slay,” or “Big Play Slay.” “Darius” is reserved for his grandmother, and that’s just the way it is. This is not a joke in any way. His dad is “Darius.” Our guy, our cornerback, he’s “Slay.” “Everyone calls him ‘Slay,’” says defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, a teammate of Slay’s at Mississippi State for a season. “He’s a unique guy.” And he’s a unique talent preparing to make his Eagles debut on Sunday at Washington.

2020 Philadelphia Eagles Season Preview (PST Show #379) - Philadelphia Sports Table
This week, we’ve got our 2020 Philadelphia Eagles season preview coming at you! We’re nervous. We’re excited. We don’t know what to expect this season. That’s why we brought Brandon Lee Gowton from BleedingGreenNation.com and the BGN Radio podcast on the show this week to help us break down this Eagles team. It’s always a great interview and discussion with BLG!

Merrill Reese won’t be at FedEx Field Sunday for the Eagles’ opener, and he’s actually pretty happy about it - Inquirer
“I’ve never left that stadium feeling like I did a good job. So I will have a far better vantage point with the big monitors and the TV feed we’ll have at the Linc than I would have down at that stadium. Otherwise, I will regret [not going to road games]. But this is one week that I won’t.” Reese and Quick will be broadcasting both home and road games from a suite at the Linc rather than their regular booth because the radio booth is much smaller and makes social distancing problematic. Quick and Reese will be six feet apart in the suite. Plexiglass will separate Reese from his spotter, Bill Werndl. Statistician Terry Small will sit in a row behind Reese and Quick. Joe McPeak, the longtime producer of the Eagles’ radio broadcasts, will also sit behind them.

Dallas Cowboys Week 1 opponent preview: Los Angeles Rams - Blogging The Boys
On offense, the biggest x-factor that will lead to there success will be tight end Tyler Higbee against Cowboys safeties Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson. If he can get the better of them it will be a long day for the Cowboys defense. On defense, it will be Aaron Donald. Joe Looney is going to have his hands full with Donald and for the Cowboys to succeed they will need Looney to be able to hold off the best defensive tackle in the NFL.

Fan confidence poll: 83 percent of Giants’ fans enter season with confidence - Big Blue View
The New York Giants have gone 12-36 over the past three seasons, and there is no other way to look at that other than to acknowledge that it is awful. Still, entering the 2020 season 83 percent of fans who voted in this week’s SB Nation Reacts survey expressed confidence in the team entering a new season. That’s up from 24 percent at the end of a 4-12 2019 season.

Analyzing the four starting QBs in the NFC East - a film study - Hogs Haven
While Dwayne Haskins, in 2019, probably had the roughest year of the four 2020 starting quarterback in the NFC East, things have changed. The Football Team has a new head coach, new offensive coordinator, new QB coach, new offensive scheme and new attitude. And Haskins himself seems to have morphed into a more physical and mature professional. I think anyone who projects Haskins’ performance in 2020 based on the rough start he had a season ago will be making a mistake. This division is filled with young guys — Carson Wentz, at 28, is the oldest starter of the bunch. Jones and Haskins, each 23, should both be poised, with new head coaches, OCs and offensive schemes, to compete for recognition as the best in the division as Dak Prescott plays for a big long-term contract in ‘21 and Wentz seeks to prove that he can stay healthy and win playoff games.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire Is Exactly What Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs Needed - The Ringer
Entering this offseason, the defending champs didn’t seem like they had any holes to fill on offense. But in Thursday’s win against the Texans, their rookie running back made them realize just what they’d been missing.

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