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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/5/20.

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Scramble for the Ball: 2020 Award and Stat Predictions - Football Outsiders
Bryan: My longshot is the rare non-quarterback whom I believe can change an offense entirely. The Eagles were counting on DeSean Jackson to open up the offense last season; they fell into a very conservative shell when he went down early with a sports hernia. The return of Jackson (plus Jalen Reagor, if he’s healthy after this weekend’s injury scare) should see Philadelphia return an element of verticality to their passing attack, and if none of the quarterbacks have particularly good seasons, that might be enough to win the award. [BLG Note: I think DeSean’s going to have a great season if he can stay healthy. Of course, that’s a big “if.”]

Eagles 53-man roster prediction: Final edition - BGN
Training camp is over and now the Philadelphia Eagles (along with 31 other teams) will begin their 2020 NFL roster cuts. The Eagles have until 4:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, September 5 to get their roster down to the regular season 53-player limit. [BLG Note: This tracker will be busy today!]

Announcing The SB Nation NFL Show: For Fans, By Fans - SB Nation
Tuesday: On the Off-Day Debrief, aka The ODDcast, hosts Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) and Rob Guerrera (Niners Nation) break down Monday night’s game, review the current power rankings, and just generally get weird as they talk about the state of the NFL. It is The ODDcast, after all. [...] Monday: Monday Football Monday will feature hosts Pete Sweeney (Arrowhead Pride), RJ Ochoa (Blogging the Boys), and producer Michael Kist (Bleeding Green Nation) reacting to Sunday’s games and breaking news around the NFL. Wednesday: If film breakdowns and analysis are your thing, the Palpably Unfair Podcast (aka The PUPcast) is for you. Join host Kyle Posey (Niners Nation) and producer Michael Kist every Wednesday for film analysis and conversation.

More Action - Iggles Blitz
Washington cut RB Adrian Peterson and plenty of wondered if he might be the veteran RB the Eagles could bring in. I don’t know that the team needs a veteran. The young players can lean on Duce Staley and Darren Sproles for advice. The team might like a big RB. Peterson would make sense on that front. This doesn’t feel like a likely move to me. I am interested to see if the team stays put with the young guys or does look for outside help. Jimmy Bama pointed out the other day that the Eagles always keep four RBs under Pederson/Roseman. They only have three right now.

Rankings: Ranking all 32 defenses ahead of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
14. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Philadelphia has had one of the best defensive fronts in the league for years with Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham but managed to get even better this offseason by signing Javon Hargrave from Pittsburgh. Cox is in the next tier of elite pass-rushers at his position after Aaron Donald, producing a top-five grade in that facet for five years in a row now. Graham has been a top-20 graded player at the position for eight seasons (with most being in the top 10). As for Hargrave, he’s been a secret superstar on the Steelers’ loaded line the last couple years and performed at a top-10 level in Stephon Tuitt’s absence (finished eighth in PFF grade). The secondary got a much-needed boost this offseason with the additions of Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman. Philadelphia’s cornerbacks and safeties combined to produce a coverage grade that ranked just 26th in 2019 and struggled significantly when the stout line didn’t get pressure on the quarterback.

Eagles release video featuring DeSean Jackson, Carson Wentz, others preaching for change | “Enough is Enough” - NJ.com
“Enough is Enough” That is the message that Eagles players said during a 2-minute, 57-second video posted on social media Friday. Members of the Eagles’ Social Justice Council conveyed their frustrations, concerns, and goals the group of players addressed in the video. The Council, formed in 2018 and comprised of players, coaches, and executives with the team, met last Friday and discussed different ways the team could address problems in the community and come up with solutions.

Bears name Mitchell Trubisky Week 1 starting quarterback - Windy City Gridiron
The grueling training camp competition has come an end, and Mitchell Trubisky is expected be the Bears’ Week 1 starting quarterback when they take on the Lions next Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news, citing that Trubisky’s progression throughout camp and his leadership as deciding factors. The Bears brought in Nick Foles to push Trubisky for his starting job. The Super Bowl LII MVP fought tooth and nail with the 2017 No. 2 pick, but it appears that his efforts were not strong enough to remove the incumbent starter from his position.

Roster move: Adrian Peterson released by Washington - Hogs Haven
While some people had predicted that Peterson would be released, they seem to have been a small minority. Most people had Adrian Peterson slated to be the Week 1 starter for the team — especially after Derrius Guice was released following domestic violence allegations. With respect to what we’ve heard about Scott Turner’s offense, Adrian Peterson wasn’t perhaps the best fit, but his veteran leadership and productivity over the past two years in Washington seemed like exactly what Ron Rivera is looking for as he seeks to embed his culture in DC.

Report: Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has been reinstated by the NFL - Blogging The Boys
We obviously do not know the player that Randy Gregory is at the moment, but this has been about more than football. Gregory is looking to better himself and he has had the Cowboys working with him towards that cause from day one.

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