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How Lamar Jackson Is Becoming a Better Quarterback ... While Staying the Same Guy - MMQB
Smart move by the Eagles to scoop Josh McCown up off waivers. We discussed this with McCown’s agent in late July, and it’ll be pretty much as he laid it out back then—McCown will get to live at home, take part in meetings from there and pull down $12,000 per week ($204,000 for the season). But there is a twist. McCown had been living in North Carolina, but when high school football season was postponed there (he’d been coaching at his sons’ school), he and his family decided to pull up stakes and move to East Texas, near where he grew up, owned a lake house and much of his extended family lived. One son, Owen, is now the starting quarterback at a local high school there, and his second son, Aidan, is a sophomore. So that’s where McCown will be working from, and his brothers (one of whom was an NFL quarterback himself) are close by to help him get in the field work he’ll need. The side benefit for McCown here—other than living the American Dream of pulling down a great paycheck in mesh shorts—is twofold. One, he loves the Eagles coaching staff, and he loves the quarterback room, and that love is mutual. Carson Wentz, in fact, has told guys in Philly that he wants McCown there as a resource, after having had him around in 2019. Two, McCown has aspirations to become an NFL head coach, and this will give him another level on which he can relate inside a locker room. He’s been a guy fighting to get in the league, he’s been a backup, he’s been a starter and he’s been a gameday inactive. But he’s never been a practice squad player, and this will give him that experience. So all in all, this is a pretty good deal. The Eagles get their quarantine quarterback, and give Wentz that valuable resource back. McCown gets that valuable layer of experience, and to be with a group he likes a lot—and the commute will be pretty manageable too.

Roger Goodell Is Ready For A Covid Season. Are You Ready For A Bucs-Ravens Super Bowl in Tampa?- FMIA
1. The career of Josh McCown simply will not end. Per Adam Schefter, the Eagles are investing $12,000 a week on 41-year-old Josh McCown to be a practice-squad player. QB insurance for Carson Wentz. McCown will live with his family in Texas (he has two boys playing high school football in east Texas) and be available if Wentz or backups Nate Sudfeld or Jalen Hurts aren’t available, for injury or COVID reasons. Here’s how it happened: The agent for McCown, Mike McCartney, thought of the idea—a quarterback in a pandemic being offsite and safe, and if there’s an outbreak, he’d be in position to help. He called McCown, who was interested. He called Eagles GM Howie Roseman. “Howie said, ‘What can I do to get Josh?’ “ McCartney said Sunday afternoon. With the relaxed practice squad rules (there can be six vets on the inactive unit) and the expansion of the practice squad to 16 players, making McCown an insurance policy will cost the Eagles $204,000 for the regular season. “The Eagles love Josh, and he loves them,” McCartney said. McCown will participate in quarterback meetings, by videoconference, from his home in Texas. And if he’s needed, he’d have to be signed to the active roster and pass at least two COVID tests before he could practice with the team and be on-site.

Analyzing the Eagles’ 15 practice squad signings - BGN
Keeping Caleb Wilson gives the Eagles a third tight end behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The team probably preferred Noah Togiai but lot him on waivers to the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles should still be looking for upgrades at tight end. They reportedly might re-sign Richard Rodgers in some capacity.

With focus on Washington, news and notes to start week -
1. Prediction of what you’re going to see around the league early in the season: A lot of breakdowns along the offensive line – teams just cannot replicate all of the missed practice reps from the spring and the lack of preseason snaps – and mostly dominance from the defenses. Offenses will hit on some big plays, particularly in the passing game, against defenses that haven’t been on the field all that long together. It could be sloppy early, folks, is what I’m saying.

NFL roster claims: Detroit Lions lose Jason Huntley to Eagles - Pride Of Detroit
The Detroit Lions made a somewhat surprising move on Saturday, parting ways with 2020 fifth-round pick Jason Huntley. After a promising training camp, the running back seemed like a good candidate to bring back on the practice squad. However, the Lions will not get that chance. Huntley was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles, meaning they will be awarded the running back immediately. Of course, the Lions appear set at running back right now, especially after reportedly signing Adrian Peterson earlier on Sunday morning. Peterson will join rookie second-round pick D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson as the top backs in Detroit’s offense.

Panthers claim three players off waivers - Cat Scratch Reader
Rasul Douglas probably has the most name recognition in the group and fills the most obvious weaknesses on the Panthers right now at defensive back. Douglas spent three years with the Eagles, where he played 46 games, starting 18, and intercepted five passes. He has a path to quickly take on a significant role with the Panthers. The other Eagle, Shareef Miller, was a fourth round pick just last year. He never found his footing with his hometown team and played just two snaps in his rookie season, both on special teams. He’ll try to get his career started in a pretty deep defensive end rotation.

Report: Colts Claim Former Eagles TE Noah Togiai Off Of Waivers - Stampede Blue
The 6’4”, 247 pound tight end was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State following the 2020 NFL Draft. As a redshirt senior for the Beavers, he caught 44 receptions for 406 receiving yards (9.2 ypr. avg.) and 3 touchdown receptions during 12 starts in 2019—earning All-Pac 12 honorable mention and was on the 2019 John Mackey Award Watch List. Togiai had a strong training camp for the Eagles, and it appears as though the team was hoping he would go unclaimed to ultimately stash him on their practice squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad tracker: Roster decision news and rumors - Big Cat Country
According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, the Jaguars will be signing former Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones to its practice squad. Jones, waived by the Eagles on Saturday, spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Eagles. He will provide insurance for the team’s young defensive backs room.

An inside look at wild backstory behind Saints’ last-ditch effort to sign Jadeveon Clowney -
According to sources informed of the talks, the Saints didn’t feel they could compete financially with the Titans’ offer – $12 million, plus $3 million in incentives – given budgetary reasons. So, they approached another team to find a workaround. (Sources didn’t confirm the other team, which hereafter is referred to as “Team X”, but it is believed to be the Cleveland Browns, who have ample cap space and a front office known for having a propensity for creativity, most memorably on display in their 2016 trade for quarterback Brock Osweiler.) The sides discussed parameters of a deal in which Team X would’ve signed Clowney to a one-year, $15 million contract and paid him a $5 million signing bonus. Then, Team X would’ve immediately traded Clowney to the Saints, who would’ve sent Team X a second-round draft pick, as well as a player to take additional salary off New Orleans’ books. The Saints would’ve paid Clowney’s remaining $10 million salary. Just one problem: The teams got word late Saturday the NFL was unlikely to approve such a deal.


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