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  • Eagles pick up three new players in ESPN’s 2019 NFL re-draft
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on January 23, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images How do you like this hypothetical haul? Still no real news on the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator search so why not pass the time with a fun activity like ESPN’s recent re-draft of the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft? As a reminder, here’s what the Philadelphia Eagles ended up with in reality: 1st - No. 22 (trade up) - Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State 2nd - No. 53 - Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State 2nd - No. 57 - J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford And here’s what the Eagles ended up with in ESPN’s re-draft: 1st - No. 25 - Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina Samuel led all rookies with catches of 20-plus yards (17), finished fourth with 802 receiving yards, and racked up 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He would look pretty good paired with quarterback Carson Wentz for the next several years, especially given the Eagles’ need to find young talent at the position. 2nd - No. 53 - Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia Thornhill had three interceptions — including one he returned for a touchdown — to go with eight passes defensed and 58 tackles before an ACL tear late in the season. Rodney McLeod is a free agent and Malcolm Jenkins has said he won’t return under his current contract. The Eagles could use a succession plan at the safety position. 2nd - No. 57 - David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State Montgomery finished second among rookies in rushing yards (889) and rushing touchdowns (six). The Eagles are happy with how the actual draft shook out, having landed Miles Sanders, but they’ll settle for Montgomery, who proved he can be a productive, tackle-shedding back in this league. Arcega-Whiteside caught just 10 of his 22 targets. The Eagles’ re-draft class obviously would’ve been able to help the team out a lot more in 2019 than their real class did. The Eagles desperately needed help at receiver and JJAW basically gave the team nothing. Thornhill would’ve been a nice No. 3 safety as a rookie before taking over as a full-time starter in place of Rodney McLeod in 2020. Montgomery is a downgrade from Sanders but he still would’ve helped out. Of course, the Eagles’ re-draft doesn’t give the team a replacement plan at left tackle, which is kind of a big deal. And are the Eagles able to make their late season run to win the NFC East without Sanders around? Let’s put it to a vote: which class would you rather have? We should also note that Dillard dropped to the Los Angeles Rams at No. 31 in the re-draft. The Rams went into the season hoping a few of their young midround offensive linemen would pan out. Through injuries and shifting positions, several young linemen showed progress in their development. However, they should have spent a first-round pick on a tackle like Dillard, who could have spent a season learning from the longtime veteran Andrew Whitworth before taking over full time in 2020. Sanders, meanwhile, went off the board to the Miami Dolphins at No. 48, which was earlier than his real draft spot: The Dolphins were the NFL’s worst rushing team last season, and Sanders is a great choice to help that issue. His explosive rushing and receiving ability made him an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. There was strong consideration here to take Christian Wilkins or Jeffery Simmons given the great value, but it’s hard to take back-to-back interior defensive linemen given Miami’s many needs. You’ll be shocked to see that JJAW was not selected in the first two rounds of the re-draft. Nine total wide receivers did get selected in the re-draft. For perspective, JJAW was the sixth receiver selected in the actual 2019 NFL Draft.

  • The Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens feud apparently still isn’t over
    by John Stolnis on January 23, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images It’s been 15 years, guys. I’m sure when Andy Reid’s Chiefs beat the Titans to advance to Super Bowl 54, we all knew that Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens would once again be front and center in our lives once more. The long-running feud between the two former superstars that helped break up a championship Eagles team in 2005 reared its ugly head once again this week. In an interview with Bleacher Report, McNabb was asked about the 2004 season in which Reid led the Eagles to Super Bowl 39 against the Patriots and what happened in that game. ”I was trying to be perfect,” he explains, “and so some of the balls I threw obviously ended up being intercepted.” McNabb went 30-for-51 for 367 yards and threw three touchdowns but also three picks with a QB rating of 75.4. But the real headlines from the interview came when he was asked about what happened in 2005, the year the Super Bowl, and why the Eagles were never able to get back to the big game with McNabb under center. “The lead-in to the following year, I’m thinking [Owens] will be back healthy, we have [Jevon Kearse], we have guys elevating their game, gaining experience, and I’m thinking, ‘We’re going to be back.’ Then the offseason goes on and all of a sudden there’s turmoil here and there, different conversations going back and forth, and we had to answer those questions instead of focusing on what we need to do in order to get back to where we were. I thought that was the major distraction for us. He’s doing sit-ups, he’s doing push-ups, he’s playing basketball, he’s ordering pizza for the people out there, and we’re sitting there in training camp just like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ We’re in our dorm rooms, and I’m just sitting there watching on TV. Brian Dawkins and Jeremiah Trotter were my roommates, and Dawk would come in like, ‘What’d he do now?’ I’m like, ‘Take a look.’ This is like “Days Of Our Lives”. It was unbelievable. But that was something that kind of broke us up. That was the most frustrating for me, because I knew what we could do, and, if we decided to just come together, what we could accomplish.” McNabb’s full comments can be seen in the video below. In the hours after the video was posted, Owens saw it, and responded on (where else?) Twitter. Ohhhh shit!!!! I can’t wait 2 tell my story!!! I’m bringing , doing sit-ups and gonna eat a couple cans of “CHUNKY SOUP!!” This guy is a joke!! Talking bout I broke up the @eagles!! Did u tell em that u vouched for the Eagles to pay Westbrook but NOT ME!! ‍♂️ It’s on! https://t.co/jU8aGymIfD— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 22, 2020 Hey @MasterTes!! Let me know when u want to hear the truth!! Did u ask him about those DUIs and what he was doing at the parties I threw at my house during “our time” in Philly?!! Hmmm Don’t worry, I’ll tell ya!! ✌ ✌ https://t.co/jU8aGymIfD— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 22, 2020 .@MasterTes Along with the sharing of what it meant to be the 3rd black QB to start in the Super Bowl but did he share that he was and is the “FIRST and ONLY” QB, black or white, to throw up in the huddle?! Oh yeh! Just found out why he was throwing up too. ‍♂️ https://t.co/NsXPfCeF49— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 23, 2020 Wow, those tweets had everything — vomiting accusations, a Chunky Soup reference, DUIs, and those were just a handful of Owens’ responses. The bottom line is that it’s sad these two guys are still fighting in the media. It’s sad McNabb couldn’t have found a more diplomatic way of answering the question, it’s sad Owens couldn’t take the high road, and it’s sad that, with their former head coach about to try and redeem his first Super Bowl coaching performance a week from Sunday, that these two guys have decided to make things all about them. Guys, it’s been 15 years. This is ridiculously childish and petty. Who’s right and who’s wrong doesn’t matter anymore. No doubt both players did things to exacerbate the problem. At this point, either have yourselves a summit and hash it all out or let it go. The focus of this week should be on two great teams, the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, and the Andy Reid Redemption Tour. Not your 15-year-old feud.

  • The Linc - PFF names one free agent that the Eagles need to pursue
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on January 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/23/20. Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... One free agent each NFL team needs to pursue in the 2020 offseason - PFFPhiladelphia Eagles: S Anthony Harris. Malcolm Jenkins helped improve the Eagles’ secondary this year, playing exceptionally well in his box safety/slot role. Everywhere else wasn’t terrible, but there is certainly room for improvement, and adding Anthony Harris would elevate the most important unit on the defensive side of the ball. Harris has been one of the NFL’s best free safeties these past couple of years, recording the highest two-year PFF overall grade at that alignment. He also had seven interceptions as a free safety in that timespan while allowing six catches. NFL Free Agency Rumors: Eagles linked to Byron Jones and Chris Harris - BGNI know signing NFC East players — and specifically former Cowboys — hasn’t worked out so well for the Eagles in recent history but there’s reason to believe Jones could buck the trend. Jones checks a lot of boxes. The 2015 first-round pick doesn’t turn 28 until September. He’s only missed one game in his five-year career. He has experience at safety in addition to cornerback. He boasts an elite athletic profile; just look at this beautiful spider graph. Jones ranked 15 out of 134 cornerbacks graded by PFF in 2019 and 7th in 2018, when he made the Pro Bowl. 2020 BGN Draft #1: Senior Bowl - Day 1 Practice Recap - BGN RadioMichael Kist is joined by Russell Brown of Cover 1 to break down the winners and losers of the first day of the Senior Bowl practices! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation. Senior Bowl practice notes, Day 1 - PhillyVoiceI came to Mobile looking forward to watching the wide receivers on hand here, and so far, I have been underwhelmed. As we noted in our Senior Bowl preview, the receivers projected to go Round 1 (or early in Round 2) are underclassmen, and won’t be competing in Mobile. That group includes guys like Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs of Alabama, CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma, Tee Higgins of Clemson, Justin Jefferson of LSU, and Leviska Shenault of Colorado. The Eagles better get a wide receiver early, because there is a significant drop in talent from those guys to the seniors competing here. In my view, waiting to select one at some point later in the draft because it is deep and talented would be a bad strategy. Get one early, and if there’s another one you like later, then great, get another one. Senior Bowl Day 1 - Iggles BlitzI’m honestly not sure what to say about the Eagles and receivers. Nelson Agholor is almost certainly gone. Alshon Jeffery could also be gone. You might be bringing back DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, Robert Davis and Deontay Burnett. DeSean is the only sure thing in that group and he’s coming off injury. Will the Eagles want speed? Size? Slot guys? There aren’t a lot of burners in Mobile. There are some good big guys and several good slot guys. [...] One possible target at 21 is DT Javon Kinlaw. That dude is a stud. Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson aren’t getting any younger (unless Sports Science has gone big time) and the Eagles could use a young, talented DT. Kinlaw is really good. Eagles receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery: Stay or go? - ESPNBut Jeffery, who turns 30 in February, was limited to 10 games in 2019 and finished with his lowest totals of catches (43) and yards (490) since his rookie season. Given the dip in availability/production and the chemistry issues between Jeffery and Wentz, the decision to lock in the receiver for 2020 now seems regrettable. His injury complicates matters further. Jeffery had Lis Franc surgery in December and faces a lengthy rehab. It’s too early to say how long he’ll be sidelined (some estimates say nine months) or how effective he’ll be upon return. Trading Jeffery would be ideal, as it would limit the cap hit, but it’s hard to envision a scenario in which a team would be willing to deal for him until he proves he’s back to full health. That might take a while. Given all the factors in play, this situation will take some time to sort itself out, but a clean break is called for once the opportunity presents itself, even if that means eating a big serving of dead money. Verdict: Go. Hands, shoulders, hips and toes: The week-by-week physical toll of an NFL season on Eagles center Jason Kelce - The AthleticOn Monday, he undergoes another MRI, this one on the hip that’s been bothering him down the stretch. Again, there’s nothing new, but the results ease Kelce’s mind. He still thinks the hip and back pain are probably related to the three-day stretch he went without anti-inflammatories, but he acknowledges that’s only one idea. It’s also possible he strained his core some other way or there’s a hit he can’t remember taking or it was just the cost of another season’s worth of football. Sometimes, there are no answers. This offseason, he’ll fully cycle off the anti-inflammatories to really assess the state of his body. That should also help him determine whether surgery to remove the fabella is necessary since Kelce acknowledges there’s probably not any one thing causing his chronic knee pain. He and the training staff have developed a routine that allows Kelce to feel good during practice and games, so it might not be worth it to mess with what’s working. He’ll probably end up getting a few more MRIs across his body just in case, but he doesn’t expect any other surgeries. Despite all that, Kelce says he feels “pretty good.” Eagles Stay or Go 2020: Big decision looming at LB - NBCSPKulp: Midway through 2018, Bradham’s release looked inevitable. Then he had a monster second half, and the Eagles let Jordan Hicks walk instead. That appears to have been a pretty big mistake. At 27, Hicks finished third in the NFL with 150 tackles, plus 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 16 games for the Cardinals. Bradham turned 30 and meandered through 12 games with 61 tackles, no sacks, 1 interception and no forced fumbles. Sure, he was hurt from the get go, but he just had no impact, and on balance, his last seasons have been a disappointment overall. It won’t bring Hicks back, but moving Bradham will save close to $5 million while giving a chance to a younger player. Verdict: Goes. 2020 NFL Free Agency rumors: Philadelphia Eagles could target Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones - Blogging The BoysByron Jones has played very well for the Cowboys since transitioning to cornerback full time ahead of the 2018 season. It remains to be seen just how highly the Cowboys will value their former first-round pick. Jones didn’t put forth the stellar campaign of 2018 during this most recent season, but he was still very good. What’s more is that he is a free agent and in situations like these players are generally overpaid (this is said with no disrespect for Jones). If the Eagles are intending to be aggressive, with the Cowboys having to focus so much attention and money on Prescott and Cooper, it stands to reason that they could lose their cornerback to Philadelphia or someone else. Browns interview George Paton a second time for GM role - Dawgs By NaturePaton is one of three candidates that the Browns have interviewed for the general manager position, joining New England Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort and Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry, but Paton is the only one to be granted a second interview for the moment. According to Cabot, Paton did not originally want to take an interview with the Browns because he believed that Berry had the job in the bag. But Paton is interested in working with head coach Kevin Stefanski after the two spent the past 13 seasons working together with the Minnesota Vikings. New York Giants’ Eli Manning announces retirement - Big Blue ViewNew York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will hold a press conference to announce his retirement on Friday. It has pretty much been a foregone conclusion that the Giants would be moving on from Manning after this season, and now that has come to pass. “For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” said John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.” The Ringer’s 2020 NFL Draft Guide - The Ringer19 - Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs is an explosive pass catcher with track speed (he broke the Alabama high school state record for the 100-meter dash with a 10.58-second time in 2017) and natural instincts for eluding defenders after the catch. If he gets some green, he’ll take advantage of it; the Crimson Tide standout has excellent acceleration and uses long strides to weave through defenses, annihilate pursuit angles, and pull away from the crowd. The dynamic playmaker followed up a 46-catch, 741-yard, 11-touchdown performance in 2018 with 40 catches for 746 yards and seven touchdowns this season, adding one rushing score to again prove that he’s a high-level touchdown-maker. Ruggs finished at Alabama with 24 of his 98 career receptions ending up in the end zone. Because of that home-run potential, defensive backs and deep defenders always need to know where Ruggs is lined up―but he’s more than just a straight-line deep threat. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound pass catcher takes advantage of typical cornerback cushions on hitch and stop routes and is a back-shoulder master near the sideline. He’s also a major pain in the ass on crossing routes, where defenders struggle to match his easy speed across the field. While he was durable at Alabama, playing in 40 games, he has a slender, wiry frame that could make him susceptible to big hits at the next level. And he’s consistently a beat late getting out of his stance, with a hitch that slows him up before he can get into his route. Senior Bowl Day 2 - Scouts NotebookWR Denzel Mims from Baylor was the offensive standout on Wednesday. Mims, 6-3, 206, was very productive in college with 168 career catches and 28 TD receptions. He made plays all over the field today. Mims started off by catching short passes. He showed good strength and was able to play through contact. That is important for a receiver with his size. It wasn’t all small ball. Mims was able to get deep multiple times and haul in long passes. Black NFL executives and coaches sound off at town hall: ‘We just want a fair shot’ - The Undefeated“It’s hard to justify [Cincinnati Bengals head coach] Zac Taylor, and not Eric Bieniemy. It’s hard to justify how [Miami Dolphins assistant head coach] Jim Caldwell didn’t get an interview this time. It’s hard to justify Leslie Frazier not getting an interview. Look at the job he did in Buffalo with that defense. Look at the job he did as a playcaller, getting the most out of that defense.” To hear Frazier tell it, finally clearing the obstacles that still block the path for coaches of color is much more important than what occurs individually with him and Bieniemy. The XFL is Back: Complete 2020 XFL Schedule and Rules - Radio.comFootball does not have to end with the Super Bowl. Nineteen years after Vince McMahon debuted the original XFL in 2001, the WWE CEO is giving it a second try as the league prepares to debut the week following Super Bowl LIV. This time things will be a little different in the XFL, though. Instead of using sex appeal and violence like last time, McMahon and commissioner Oliver Luck aim to cater the new XFL to families and plans to complement the NFL, rather than be a sideshow. The new XFL will certainly still be a unique football experience. The 49ers and Chiefs did *just* enough for first-round byes, and it proved crucial - SB NationThe San Francisco 49ers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record — good enough for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. It came right down to the wire, though. Their last four games of 2019 (three of which they won), were decided in the final seconds. San Francisco’s Week 17 finale against Seattle was literally an inch away from being a loss. Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister was tackled right next to the goal line on a fourth-down play with nine seconds left. Had it been a touchdown, the 49ers would’ve lost the NFC West and entered the postseason as the No. 5 seed. Instead, they landed at the very top of the NFC, thanks to tiebreakers over the Packers and Saints. Watch a gigantic bald eagle take flight from a Melrose street, in slow motion - Boston.comA bald eagle stunned onlookers in Melrose on Monday when it took off from a city street, after apparently feasting on something in the roadway. The huge bird of prey was spotted near the Wyoming Hill MBTA commuter rail train station, according to Matt Karolian, Boston.com’s general manager, who shared a video of the moment. ... Social Media Information: BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreen BGN Instagram: Follow @BleedingGreenInsta BGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowton BGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio

  • Report: Eagles discussed coaching role with Josh McCown but he wasn’t ready to officially retire from playing
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on January 23, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images What’s next for the 40-year-old? Many have floated the idea of Josh McCown joining the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff this offseason. Apparently it’s something the team has actually considered as well, according to a report from the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane. The Eagles discussed with quarterback Josh McCown the idea of returning to the team in a coaching role, possibly as offensive coordinator, during his exit interviews, NFL sources told The Inquirer. While it’s unclear whether the team offered McCown a position, the 40-year-old veteran told the Eagles that he wasn’t ready to officially retire from his playing career, a source said. Aside from meeting with coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman, McCown also sat down with owner Jeffrey Lurie, according to a source. Lurie doesn’t typically meet with players immediately after the season ends. It’s interesting to hear that McCown wasn’t quite ready to call it quits on his playing career. He was already retired before the Eagles lured him away from ESPN last summer. It’s understandable, though, that McCown wouldn’t want his last NFL action to be where he failed to lead his team to victory in a playoff game. McCown was really emotional after the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Of course, he had nothing to be ashamed of given how he still played relatively well for having to play through a torn hamstring at his age. If McCown really wants to keep playing, the Eagles could always bring him as a backup in 2020. Carson Wentz’s backup for next season isn’t settle since both McCown and Nate Sudfeld are going to be free agents. But maybe McCown will have a change of heart about playing if the Eagles formally offer him their offensive coordinator role? There’s reason to be skeptical about making McCown the OC. He’s only formally coached at the high school level to this point. One must be wary of the Eagles continuing to over rely on familiar faces. But there’s also reason to think McCown could be the right fit. He already took on an informal coaching role during the Eagles’ late season success in 2019. Kellen Moore went from being the Cowboys’ backup quarterback to their offensive coordinator in a short span of time and that move worked out well for Dallas. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with McCown. I think it’d be ideal if the Eagles could add him to the coaching staff in some capacity. But maybe he returns as Wentz’s backup instead? We’ll have to wait and see.

  • Giants quarterback who lost 20 of his last 24 games against the Eagles retires from the NFL
    by Brandon Lee Gowton on January 22, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Philly will miss you, Eli. It’s a sad day for the Philadelphia Eagles. Long-time New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring from professional football after 16 years in the NFL. The Eagles really had Manning’s number. He went just 10-21 in 31 games against Philadelphia, including a 4-20 stretch to end his career. To put that failure in perspective, Donovan McNabb — who last played for the Eagles in 2009 — also has four wins in those last 24 Eagles versus Giants games. Manning’s struggles also allowed the Eagles to take their first ever lead in the all-time series between these two NFC East rivals. The most memorable Manning loss, of course, was when the Eagles staged an epic comeback against the Giants during the 2010 season: the Miracle at the Meadowlands II. And so it’s a bummer to see Manning go. It must be tough to realize all he’ll ever be remembered for is his career .500 record as a starter (117-117) and often losing to the Eagles and nothing else.

 

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