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NFL Rumors: Has Doug Pederson reached his limit? - Pro Football Network
The latest news and rumors surrounding Doug Pederson are not what you may expect for the Philadelphia Eagles head coach. On Thursday’s NFL Draft Insider’s Podcast, PFN Insider Tony Pauline mentioned that there are some in the league who feel Pederson may have reached his limit and it will be a struggle for the Eagles here on out. “There are some rumblings from people inside the league who I spoke with earlier this week who feel that Doug Pederson may have reached his limit. Doug Pederson may be stressed out a little bit. Basically, it’s not going to get any better for Doug Pederson,” sources told Pauline. Pauline did stress that this was not an opinion he shares nor one he’s rooting for, as he likes Pederson as a coach and person. [BLG Note: What exactly does this mean?]

Eagles vs. Rams Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
4 - What is the Rams’ biggest weakness? What should the Eagles be looking to exploit? Offensively, LA has yet to prove they can run the ball as effectively as they did in Sean McVay’s first two seasons. Cam Akers is a rookie and Darrell Henderson hasn’t played that much in his short NFL career. Malcolm Brown was the leading rusher for Week 1, but I do not expect that to continue. It could, I didn’t expect him to get the majority of the snaps against Dallas. Defensively, the linebackers group has lost Dante Fowler, Cory Littleton and Clay Matthews from 2019 and expected starter Travin Howard went on injured reserve. Micah Kiser started and by one report missed an NFL-worst seven tackles, but did a few good things as well. Overall, the linebackers group and their coverage/run defense may be the exploitable area for opposing offenses.

5 Qs, 5 As with Bleeding Green Nation: ‘You’re far from perfect, Carson Wentz’ - Turf Show Times
But you’re far from perfect, Carson. Week 1 was a reminder of as much. You too often refuse to play smart and instead resort to playing reckless hero ball. Your accuracy is a real problem as well. You led the NFL in poor throws (as deemed by Pro Football Reference) with 13. And it wasn’t like that was because your offensive line wasn’t good enough. There were plenty of snaps where you had clean pockets and you threw way too wide, high, or behind your intended recipients. You have the potential to be great and end all debate about who’s the best. But you’ve got to stop being so stubborn and reign it in, champ. You need to accept a quarterback coach who is able to challenge you — like John DeFilippo did — and isn’t just going to be your buddy and tell you what you want to hear.

Eagles podcast: How bad is it, and can the team rebound this Sunday, and this season? - PhillyVoice
In our latest episode of BGN Radio, Brandon Gowton and I discussed just how bad it was last Sunday, and whether the Philadelphia Eagles can rebound this Sunday, and this season.

Fantasy football Week 2 picks, sleepers, busts and rankings: Matthew Berry loves and hates these QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs - ESPN
Quarterbacks I hate in Week 2: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles, vs. Rams. I’m as big a Washington homer as there is, but even I was like, uh, Philly, what the hell was that last week? An offensive line that has been decimated by injury might get some help (Lane Johnson, who missed Week 1, practiced in full on Wednesday), but still. The line is young and a work in progress. And after giving up eight (eight!) sacks in Week 1 to Ryan Kerrigan, Chase Young & Co., Wentz now has to deal with Aaron Donald and friends. Donald and the Rams were tied for sixth in highest pressure rate in Week 1. I have Wentz outside my top 12 this week in all leagues except the ones that award fantasy points for being driven into the ground.

A fan, a coach, and a father: Montae Reagor provides a unique perspective of son Jalen’s debut -
But Reagor will forever remember last Sunday as his son, the Eagles’ first-round pick Jalen Reagor, started at wide receiver against Washington. It was difficult for Montae Reagor as the COVID-19 pandemic kept him from seeing his son play for the first time ever as no fans were allowed at FedEx Field. “I understand the circumstances and the situation,” Reagor said over the phone on Thursday. “He knows he has support from the whole family. Everybody’s praying for him, lifting him up. Praying that he does well and he competes as best as he can for the organization and continue to show them why they drafted him in the first round, and wear his last name with pride and wear the Eagles’ logo with pride.” Prior to the game, Reagor spoke with his son and recalled the exchange.

Execs Unfiltered: Who are the NFL’s top cornerbacks? - The Athletic
9. Darius Slay, Philadelphia Eagles. “The thing with Slay is, he gets around the ball a little more than he used to,” a defensive coordinator said. “He needed to get his ball production better and he has. He leads the league in picks among corners in the past few years (tied for the lead with 13 since 2017), and for a number of years there in Detroit, he covered the best receiver all the time. Last year, 13 for Los Angeles (Keenan Allen of the Chargers) was getting after Slay pretty good, and then Slay makes the pick at the end of the game to win it. I’m a big fan of Slay.” Another defensive coordinator thought Slay belonged in the bottom half of the top 10 at the position because his ball skills still weren’t elite. However, this coach couldn’t necessarily name nine corners he liked better.

Start and Sit: Week 2 - Football Outsiders
For players in shallower leagues, I’ll mention that I’m bullish for Dallas Goedert’s fantasy prospects regardless of matchup. The Eagles have finished first in football with 43% and 57% two-tight end rates, and he’s 10th in my true-talent rankings. That ranking doesn’t change this week, but Goedert does enjoy a mild boost for a matchup with the Rams defense that increases tight end touchdowns by 13% per target.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends for Week 2 - Fake Teams
[BLG Note: Zach Ertz is 4th and Dallas Goedert is 11th.]

Monson: 10 standout defensive back performances from NFL Week 1 - PFF
5. S Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints. Malcolm Jenkins’ triumphant return to New Orleans couldn’t have got off to a better start. Jenkins was used all over the Saints’ defense and had an impact in seemingly every role. He spent snaps as a deep-lying free safety (22) in the box (20), crowding the line of scrimmage as a threat to blitz (17), covering the slot (7) and even split wide as a perimeter corner to match up with Bucs’ receivers (4). He even played special teams to add to his contributions. Jenkins had two total pressures from six pass-rushing snaps on the blitz, recorded two defensive stops and didn’t give up a catch during the game as the Saints defense frustrated Tom Brady and the Bucs.

Four thoughts on the Cowboys before the Falcons game - Blogging The Boys
The offensive line felt the absence of La’el Collins greatly. UDFA rookie Terence Steele, the unexpected starter in the game, had a rough outing. Whether he learned and can show immediate growth or not is going to be the biggest thing for the line. He’s not the only thing offensive line coach Joe Philbin has to worry about, either. Were the struggles against Aaron Donald just because he is almost certainly the best defensive tackle in the league, or signs of real issues with Joe Looney stepping in for the retired Travis Frederick? Connor Williams also bears watching.

Giants-Bears 5 questions: Mitchell Trubisky, and a whole lot more - Big Blue View
Ed: Let’s get right to it. Mitchell Trubisky. Obviously he led a great comeback last week. Did that change any minds about Trubisky? Do Bears fans believe the team can win a Super Bowl with him at quarterback? Jeff: I don’t think he changed any minds. PFF put out a great stat - Trubisky finished in the top 3 of negatively graded throws from Sunday’s win. That is, throws that are significantly bad enough to be marked as negative as most QB throws are rated neutral. Oh, he also finished in the top 3 in positively rated throws. Trubisky played a game that gave Bears fans enough ammunition to defend whatever camp they’ve staked a claim. I like to call the part of the fanbase that defends Trubisky through anything the Trubisky Truthers and while some of that fanbase can be a little extreme in defending every mistake he makes as the product of something or someone else, most of them just want him to succeed because he’s a hard worker and a good guy. On the other side are those that have seen enough mistakes and not enough progression to be satisfied that he’s not the answer. A game like the opener in Detroit reinforced both sides of the argument.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Logan Thomas - Hogs Haven
Reflecting further, I wonder if the 8 targets aimed at Logan Thomas were game specific or if they indicate a trend that is likely to continue. After all, I got the sense from all the training camp reporting that the coaches really liked Logan Thomas, despite whatever reservations some fans might’ve expressed. I’ve mentioned it before, but Logan Thomas was the only tight end (and one of the few players signed this year) who got any significant financial commitment from the team. Of course, Sean Davis can tell you what that’s worth when Ron Rivera is the coach. Thomas pulled in 4 of his 8 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 — a pretty solid day at the office for most tight ends.

How to dominate ‘Among Us’ and make your friends hate you - SB Nation
Among Us has taken over. A two-year-old, little-known game has caught fire and is now one of the biggest things on Twitch. Its $5 price point (free on mobile) and completely addicting social game play has made it the much-needing gaming hit we all needed to feel connected. It’s a great way to virtually hang out with your friends and play a game together, but it’s also a competition. You want to win, and I’m here to help. Unfortunately your friends may hate you in the process, but that’s the price you pay to be the best.


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