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Eagles News: ‘There is a stunned disbelief inside the team from Lurie on down’

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Want To Trade For Deshaun Watson? Here’s What It Might Take - FMIA
Over the weekend, in talking to two people who know the inner workings of the Eagles, it’s clear that there is a stunned disbelief inside the team from Lurie on down. A year ago, Pederson and Wentz were the keystones for the future of the franchise. Today, it’s almost inconceivable Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts are the coach and quarterback, and the franchise is cap-strapped with so few young building-block players. It used to be that a coach with recent Super Bowl currency wouldn’t get erased after one bad year. It used to be that a struggling young quarterback would take his medicine and fight to get his position back, not semi-force a trade so soon after making his money. Roseman is public enemy number one with an angry fan base right now. “Angry” is a mild term, most likely. Philadelphia is mad as hell at the Eagles, and at Roseman. “I hate Howie Roseman with a passion now,” Eagles fan (presumably) Adam Michalesko tweeted after the trade. “I don’t want to be a fan anymore.” (Rumor has it he’ll be wearing a green jersey come September.) The Super Bowl seems 13 years ago, not three. But that’s the NFL world now, where spite is routing patience.

Special: Will the Eagles Regret Trading Wentz? w/Guest Joseph Santoliquit‪o‬ - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton sits down with Joseph Santoliquito to discuss the ramifications of the Carson Wentz trade and the lessons to be learned from it...

Ranking the Eagles’ 2021 offseason needs from most glaring to most stable - PhillyVoice
The Eagles could go one or more of the following directions at quarterback this offseason: 1) They could select one with the sixth overall pick, or even trade up for one. 2) They could go the Day 2 route again, like they did last year with Hurts (this would be insane, in my opinion). 3) They could look to draft and develop a Day 3 guy to play behind Hurts. 4) They could spend some money on a former veteran starter this offseason, who can challenge Hurts for a starting job in training camp. 5) They could go the old, wily vet who knows his place and is there to help mentor Hurts. 6) They could go the “We’re going to suck anyway, so let’s just find the cheapest veteran backup possible” route (cough, Nate Sudfeld, cough). The bet here is that they take a quarterback at sixth overall.

The Eagles QB Situation - Iggles Blitz
I just don’t think we have enough information on Hurts to make any kind of definitive conclusion. He started four games, playing on a bad team and in a highly dysfunctional season. There were moments when Hurts looked like the real deal, but he struggled in the second half of the games he played. Once teams adjusted to him, Hurts didn’t handle it well. There are real questions about his arm strength. QBs can overcome that, but they need to anticipate really well. If you wait for someone to come open, you’re going to need more velocity to get the ball there. I don’t think we saw enough of Hurts to know if his arm limits him to being a backup. There is an argument to be made that the Eagles should go with Hurts in 2021. He’s cheap. He has upside and did show potential. If it is going to be a rebuilding year, see what you’ve got with the young QB already on the roster. That would allow you to spend draft resources on other areas that need to be addressed.

An offseason of roster uncertainty is ahead for Eagles -
QUARTERBACK: Jalen Hurts returns for his second season after starting four games and doing some good things in that small sample size. He’s got arm strength, he’s got mobility, he works hard, and he’s a smart guy. Again, though, we don’t know how new Head Coach Nick Sirianni sees Hurts and his role here. Nate Sudfeld, the team’s third quarterback in 2020, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. OK, so yes, it’s going to be fascinating to see how this position is addressed in the months ahead. Stay tuned.

Comparing New Colts QB Carson Wentz to Last Season’s Starter Philip Rivers - Stampede Blue
Wentz has a high ceiling—if he can fix some acquired bad habits, but also a very low floor—if he cannot. Rivers would’ve presumably presented a much safer, comfortable option (and higher floor), but the Colts were limited in their play calling offensively and may have already maxed out their ceiling with the longtime Chargers quarterback behind center (and his clear physical limitations to work around). There’s also the small chance that Rivers at age 39 could’ve fallen off the face of the earth entirely, as one truly never knows when it’s all going to go for a quarterback of that advanced football age. As such, Wentz has the chance to be much more dynamic and a starting upgrade to Rivers—if he can potentially iron out some of his deficiencies from this past season, but not without inherent risk for the Colts. This is still a gamble, but the obvious talent and upside are apparent.

NFL draft 2021 rankings: Todd McShay’s updated top 32 prospects in the class, including pass-rush risers - ESPN+
2. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU*. The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner tallied 1,780 yards and 20 scores through the air for LSU during that season before opting out in 2020. He is explosive off the line, a smooth route runner and tough in the open field. His body control stands out, and his speed is solid.

Ed’s mock draft, 2.0: Ignoring wide receiver for Giants in Round 1 - Big Blue View
Round 1 (No. 11) — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State. If I had been considering a wide receiver here, DeVonta Smith is the one of what I consider the Big 4 who was left. To be honest, I probably take Parsons in this spot, anyway. Inside or off-ball linebacker isn’t one of the positions analytics will tell you is of prime value. Still, it’s not hard to understand that Parsons is a tremendous talent who could be special in the NFL. The kid can do everything you want an off-ball linebacker to do. Plus, in my view, this kid could start full-time on the edge as a 3-4 outside linebacker and excel in that role. I would have no problem with the Giants, if they drafted him, playing him on the edge. Honestly, he might be the best standup edge defender in the draft class.

The US is about to surpass half a million Covid-19 deaths - Vox
Sometime this week, just over a year after the first known Covid-19 death in the United States, the US will surpass 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said Sunday that the death toll is “almost unbelievable.” “But it’s true,” Fauci told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday. “This is a devastating pandemic. And it’s historic. People will be talking about this decades and decades and decades from now.”


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