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Eagles’ first (unofficial) 2020 depth chart is here - BGN
Ostman deserved to be on this roster. He had a really good camp for the second year in a row and he can help on special teams. Avery making it over him is laughable; he did nothing good in camp. It’s possible the Eagles could place Avery on injured reserve to open up a roster spot and bring Ostman bring if he goes unclaimed. Hopefully that’s the case.

Eagles Roster 1.0 - Iggles Blitz
Safeties galore – Safety has also been a troublesome position in recent years. The Eagles like the guys they have this year and went heavy at the position. Will Parks is hurt and Roseman admitted that factored into their thinking. He spoke highly of Marcus Epps, who surprisingly made it. The Eagles seem to be very happy with his progress. Rudy Ford stuck because of his special teams ability, but Roseman made it sound like the team will keep a close eye on him. Ford has to live up to his potential. K’Von Wallace is the talented rookie.

2020 NFL projections and unit grades: Mike Clay’s best, worst offenses and defenses, plus ranking all 32 teams - ESPN
10. Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles aren’t quite as good as division rival Dallas on paper, but there’s no doubt this team has big upside, especially after winning the NFC East in 2019 despite an offense that was overwhelmed with injuries. The skill positions are in better shape entering 2020, although the line has already taken a hit with LT Andre Dillard and RG Brandon Brooks out for the season. The defense remains loaded at defensive tackle, especially after Javon Hargrave was signed, and a trade for Darius Slay highlights an improved cornerback room (finally!). However, linebacker, safety and edge-rushing depth are noticeable concern areas.

NFL Betting 2020: Betting preview for every Week 1 NFL game - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team. The Eagles opened as a touchdown road favorite but have dropped a half-point, settling at either -6.5 or -6 depending on the book. The football team from Washington is the second-worst team in the NFL according to our Elo rankings, 17 spots behind the Eagles. The Eagles currently have the seventh-ranked offense but have been decimated by injuries to the offensive line and wide receiver positions.

Giants’ waiver claims: 10 potential targets, including two former Eagles - Big Blue View
CB Sidney Jones. Jones was the 43rd overall pick in 2017 and would have been a sure-fire first-round selection if he didn’t tear his Achilles during pre-draft drills. A ton of people felt the Philadelphia Eagles received a steal with Jones in the 2017 draft, but it never materialized. The 6-foot, 181-pound, cornerback was never able to live up to his first-round reputation, but it’s hard to think that he’s irredeemable at this point. He’s a 24-year-old with a high pedigree who had to overcome a gruesome injury during his rookie season. He’s also never really been healthy. Jones has played 23 of 54 potential career games so far, and he’s attempted to play through injury. His 2018 campaign wasn’t great, but he was able to improve in 2019 by picking two passes off (one against Daniel Jones to help seal a victory) and force 5 PBUs, while only surrendering a 55.6 percent catch rate, as opposed to his 2018 67.4 percent catch rate. Jones may just need a change of scenery and some good luck to avoid injuries.

Report: Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins among those expected to open season on injured reserve - Blogging The Boys
Collins and Lee will each have to be on injured reserve for at least three weeks which means at minimum they will miss games on the road against the Los Angeles Rams, at home against the Atlanta Falcons, and on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Dallas has Cam Erving, Brandon Knight, and Terence Steele all as available options to play tackle without Collins. How they manage to carry on will be interesting.

Free agent running back Devonta Freeman visiting Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Signing a proven veteran like Freeman makes sense for the young team. The Jaguars, along with every other franchise in the NFL, cut the roster down to 53 players today. Jacksonville went thin at running back with just three bodies — Chris Thompson, Devine Ozigbo and James Robinson — currently on the active roster. The team also recently placed second-year running back Ryquell Armstead on the Reserve/COVID-19 list (for the second time) and will activate him once he is cleared to return.

Report: Titans ‘expected’ to sign edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney - Music City Miracles
The move has obviously been rumored all offseason, but it particularly makes sense considering what the Titans kept at edge rusher today. The Titans kept only Harold Landry, Vic Beasley, Kamalei Correa and Derick Roberson — clearly keeping a spot open for Clowney. Clowney now enters the picture as a clear upgrade, set to upgrade a Titans’ pass rush and form a pretty formidable rotation. The former No. 1 overall selection in 2014 registered just three sacks in 2019, but provided plenty of disruption for Seattle. Now reunited with Mike Vrabel, the Titans are hoping that Clowney can get them over the hump in the AFC.

LeSean McCoy: Brady is the best QB I’ve played with, then Mahomes - PFT
“It would be Tom Brady for sure,” McCoy said. “Brady would be number one obviously, even though we haven’t played a game. It would go Brady, Mahomes, and then Mike Vick and Donovan McNabb.” [BLG Note: No love for Nick Foles, Shady?]

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