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Eagles’ 53-man roster projection has Jalen Hurts picking up playing time - ESPN+
WIDE RECEIVER (7): DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward Jr., John Hightower, Quez Watkins, Alshon Jeffery. All three rookie receivers (Reagor, Hightower, Watkins) have impressed this offseason and deserve a spot on the 53-man roster. Pederson said Jeffery (foot injury) has increased his running of late and hopes to have the receiver back soon, which seems to indicate he might not start the season on physically unable to perform list. It’s hard to picture exactly where Jeffery fits with the youth and speed movement at receiver in full effect. Could the Eagles find a willing trade partner if they agreed to eat some of Jeffery’s salary?
Jets Injury Report: Wide Receiver Injuries Continue to Pile Up - Gang Green Nation
There have been plenty of injuries for the Jets in training camp. Wide receiver has been hit particularly hard. That trend continued on Tuesday as the Jets suffered multiple injuries at the position. Additionally, while technically not a receiver, Sam Darnold’s top target at tight end also left practice early. [BLG Note: Joe Douglas gonna call Howie Roseman about Alshon? Jeffery was previously linked to the Jets in February.]
9 things we learned from Eagles training camp - BGN
The Eagles were the second most injured team in 2018 and the 12th most injured team in 2019. So, they’re finally due for some good injury luck in 2020, right? Especially after making two key medical hires from some of the NFL’s healthiest teams? Apparently not!
At the Podium: Eagles’ Owner Jeffrey Lurie - BGN Radio
A rare press conference from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who touches on a wide range of topics in his talk with the media!
So the Eagles are playing a RG at LT, and a LT at RG, because... continuity? - PhillyVoice
The reality is that it’s only a matter of time before they pay Peters to play LT. Peters has the leverage to ask for more money, and there’s little doubt that he’s going to get it. The Eagles aren’t going to torpedo the 2020 season, and possibly get their $128 million asset at quarterback killed, to save a few million dollars. The sooner they get it done, the sooner they can work toward perfecting the timing along the offensive line that Pederson mentioned.
The Hits Keep Coming - Iggles Blitz
Will Parks was going to be a key role player. Now he’ll miss a couple of weeks (possibly more). That opens the door for Wallace to show what he can do right away. The Eagles also have Marcus Epps and Rudy Ford in the mix. They have played more on special teams than defense so they aren’t exactly locks to make the team or win roles. But those guys do have some experience and Wallace is a rookie at a complex position. And he doesn’t have the advantage of playing in preseason games. Parks will be a key player this year and it will be interesting to see how the Eagles replace him for a few games.
Agent’s Take: Six players who likely want a do-over on long-term contracts with multiple years left - CBS Sports
The Eagles attempted to extend Zach Ertz’s contract last season around the same time Philadelphia signed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks and Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson to new deals last November. Although Philadelphia’s offer was in the $12 million per year neighborhood, one of the sticking points for Ertz was a contract structure deemed too team-friendly for his liking. The Eagles have reopened contract talks with Ertz and as expected have an affinity for Kelce’s extremely team-friendly structure, which is problematic for Ertz.
Thirty-two bold (and not so bold) NFL predictions for the 2020 season - The Athletic
Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders will produce 2,000 yards from scrimmage. He was at 1,327 yards from scrimmage as a rookie, and that was with playing just 53 percent of the offensive snaps. It took until about midseason for Sanders to understand his reads and the Eagles’ run scheme. Once things clicked, he put the offense on his back for stretches at a time. Sanders has no competition in the backfield, and he looked like a special pass-catcher as a rookie, averaging 10.2 yards per reception. If he can stay healthy, he’s going to be a huge part of the Eagles’ offense.
Can Eagles’ Avonte Maddox thrive outside at cornerback? NFL exec, experts weigh in - NJ.com
“He has good quickness, he has good speed and he’s a willing tackler,” Walker told NJ Advance Media. “I think he’s a great complement to Slay. I wouldn’t worry about leaving him out there and not being able to handle his business from a size standpoint and (his) skillset. I like him a lot, just watching him on tape.” Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy spent 18 years as an NFL scout. Now, he studies and recruits prospects for the most notable college all-star game in the country. While watching Maddox at the 2018 East-West Shrine Game, Nagy was impressed by the cornerback’s instincts and ball-hawking skills. Nagy says those intangibles can help Maddox make up for his lack of height at the position.
There you have it. The Buccaneers add yet another weapon to the offense, agreeing to terms on a one year deal with former LSU Tiger, Jacksonville Jaguar, and top five NFL Draft pick Leonard Fournette.
Will Bucs keep Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy? - PFT
The arrival of running back Leonard Fournette in Tampa seems to signify, at first blush, a short stay for veteran running back LeSean McCoy, who signed with the Bucs in late July. For now, though, he’s being told he’s staying put. Per a league source, the Buccaneers have informed McCoy that he’ll still have a spot on the roster.
Falcons sign QB Kyle Lauletta - The Falcoholic
I doubt Lauletta is here to supplant either Schaub or Benkert—particularly this late in training camp. It’s more likely that Lauletta will be taking a spot on the practice squad as the emergency backup QB, which would give the Falcons an opportunity to evaluate him for the future as well. [BLG Note: So much for the Eagles bringing Lauletta back to their practice squad.]
Cowboys roster moves: Adam Redmond and Clayton Thorson released as trimming begins - Blogging The Boys
With all due respect, the releasing of Thorson is hardly a surprise. The Cowboys are keeping three quarterbacks at maximum and he simply does not fit into those plans. All the best to him wherever he ends up. [BLG Note: Former Eagles draft pick is back on the street.]
Giants’ roster moves: C Jon Halapio, WR Johnny Holton signed - Big Blue View
Halapio’s 2019 season a bit early when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Giants’ week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. And while the Giants opted to not tender Halapio — making him a free agent — they did say that they would be keeping tabs on his rehab and would be open to bringing him back if his rehab went well. His rehab, apparently, has gone well enough that the Giants are confident in bringing him back into the fold. [BLG Note: Holton had a brief stint with the Eagles.]
Ron Rivera Presser: Dwayne Haskins is the starter, he’s lived up to everything we’ve talked about since January - Hogs Haven
Ron Rivera opened up his presser by naming Dwayne Haskins Jr. the starting QB for the Washington Football Team. If you have been following training camp, and the entire offseason, you know this was just a formality, and the question was when, not if it was going to happen. Rivera said Haskins has lived up to everything they talked about in January.
Andy Reid talks about his Super Bowl ring but not his impending contract - Arrowhead Pride
“You wear it for special occasions,” Reid said, “or if you want a free cheeseburger, you just point right there and show them the ring and you might get one. I’ve had a little bit of a sneak peek at a picture of one, so I kind of know what it looks like on a piece of paper. But I look forward to seeing it just like we’re all looking forward to seeing it. I mean, there’s such hard work that’s gone into it.”
Kirk Cousins is twisting himself into knots with his comments on masks during Covid - SB Nation
It’s possible for someone to read this and say Cousins is doing the right thing. He talks about following protocol and respecting his teammates. At the same time, he voices his true beliefs which are couched in dangerous ideas that are harmful to the public. Cousins’ remarks are only going to embolden people who already don’t like wearing masks. Ultimately, Cousins is twisting himself into a knot to say that he personally doesn’t think wearing masks is worth it but he’ll do it keep other people comfortable. OK? Like Cousins said: “You know, even if I die. If I die, I die.” Cousins is probably used to being publicly ridiculed at this point. I mean, have you see him on a grill? His stupid comments about Covid at least got America to come together for one of its favorite past times: dunking on Kirk Cousins.
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