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Eagles schedule preview: Are the Packers good, bad, or in between?by Dave Mangels on July 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Contender vs pretender? By quarterbacks, this is a marquee matchup. The rest of the rosters... it could be lopsided. When and where: Week 4, Thursday Night Football at Lambeau Field Last season: 6-9-1. Offense: Scoring 14th, Yards 12, DVOA 7th; Defense: Scoring 22nd, Yards 18th, DVOA 29th Notable additions: Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Billy Turner, HC Matt LeFleur Notable losses: Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews. HC Mike McCarthy What are they good at? As long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the floor of the Packers offense should be pretty good. But last season they were held to 17 or fewer points six times, including a shutout. Can Matt LeFleur make it better? He’ll need to, because the defense needs a lot of work. This is a rebuilding team with a rookie head coach, but also with a Hall of Fame quarterback, though he’s 35. That makes them both not particularly good, and dangerous. What are they bad at? The Packers couldn’t stop anyone last year, and that could be the case again this year. Mike Pettine returns as defensive coordinator, and they’ve given him some new faces through both free agency and the draft, where they took Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage in the first round. If he can get them to be an average defense, this should be a playoff team. Why the Eagles will win At risk of sounding like a broken record, because they’re the better team. That’s what happens when you’re a Super Bowl contender with an MVP caliber QB and one of the best head coaches in the game: you have a lot of built in advantages. Additionally, it’s going to take time for the Packers and their new head coach to adjust to each other. The Eagles benefit from playing this game in Week 4 rather than Week 14. Why the Eagles will lose It’s easy to leave it at “Aaron Rodgers” because Aaron Rodgers is excellent, and that could be enough. And maybe it is for the Packers. But they also get the bonus of hosting this game, which is on Thursday Night. If Matt LeFleur is the next big thing and if the changes to the defense pan out, this could be a very good team. […]
The Linc - The Eagles’ most underpaid playerby Brandon Lee Gowton on July 18, 2019 at 10:35 am
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/18/19. Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... The Most Underpaid Veteran on Every NFC Team - RingerPhiladelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Safety. Contract: Four years for $35 million (signed 2016). The fine print: $21 million guaranteed through three years, followed by team options in 2019 and 2020. Total guaranteed at signing: $16 million (10th among safeties). Average annual value: $8.8 million (ninth among safeties). 2019 salary and bonuses: $8.4 million (12th among safeties). Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is also a contender here, but Jenkins wins the tiebreaker because he has openly discussed wanting a new deal. Jenkins was a pillar on Philly’s defense for the past three years, including during its Super Bowl run. Yet Kansas City’s Tyrann Mathieu and New York’s Landon Collins signed deals for $14 million annually, or 60 percent more per year than Jenkins makes. Considering Mathieu is on his third team in three years, it’s eyebrow-raising. Closer look at the Eagles’ safety situation heading into 2019 - BGNAt the same time, what kind of message does it send when the Eagles aren’t willing to reward an extremely durable and versatile team captain who played a big part in the team winning a championship? If you’re the Eagles, don’t you want Jenkins to be who other players model themselves after? The feeling here is the Eagles need to do what it takes to make Jenkins happy. He’s critical to their success. And it doesn’t seem crazy to bet on Jenkins aging relatively well considering that he takes very good care of his body. Beat back and forth: Eagles breakout candidates, Nate Sudfeld thoughts and more - The AthleticOn the latter question, Sidney Jones is the one who fits the bill. It’s fair to call him a disappointment thus far, even if you accept that his timeline was always going to point to a delayed return on investment. With Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills sidelined this spring, Jones took first-team reps on the outside and inside, but there’s a reasonable case to be made that he’s no better than the sixth-best cornerback on the roster right now. The Eagles will give him every chance to succeed, and there’s definitely opportunity at corner, but at this point, I’d be surprised if he ever makes an impact in Philadelphia. Which is to say that he’s about where Agholor was entering 2017. Big Question: How will the players returning from injury not named Carson Wentz impact the team? - PE.comCorey Clement was a rookie season-standout as a running back who helped as a receiver, occasionally as a runner, certainly as a pass blocker, and most definitely on special teams. After a roller-coaster 2018 season that ended with a knee injury suffered in the overtime loss in Dallas, Clement is poised to be a jack-of-all-trades help again this season. Clement may not carry the football all that much and, heck, his touches might be limited overall. How much Clement plays remains to be seen with the upgrades the Eagles have made at running back – adding Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders – but he’s going to make a difference. Clement has something to prove this season and he’s going to be in the best shape of his life, and that is a good thing for the backfield picture and the special teams situation. If you want to latch on to an “underrated” player coming back from injury, or just an under-the-radar kind of player who is going to help this football team in 2019, Clement’s name should be near the top of the list. He’s an excellent receiver, a terrific pass blocker (who could be the best in the running backs room here), and a difference-maker on special teams. Donovan McNabb, Fran Dunphy headline 2019 Philly Sports Hall of Fame class - InquirerFormer Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and ex-Temple coach Fran Dunphy will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame later this year, the organization announced Tuesday. The two are part of a 15-member class that will be honored at the SugarHouse Event Center on Nov. 7. Ranking the NFC East, 2019: Wide Receivers - Hogs HavenJJ is also a good route runner and solid (though not aggressive) blocker. Overall, he is big, strong, has good hands, and is nuanced at many aspects of playing WR, but shows a lack of deep speed on film. The more I learn about certain recent Eagles draft picks, the more it seems like they are perfect long-term replacements for some of the star players on the Eagles roster. Derek Barnett has a very similar skillset to Brandon Graham. Dallas Goedert was likened to Zach Ertz even before the draft. Andre Dillard is a clear successor to Jason Peters. And J.J. Arcega-Whiteside seems like he was chosen to be the eventual replacement for Alshon Jeffery. Both are big, strong, physical WRs who are great at making contested catches, highpointing the ball, and serving as their team’s WR1. Jeffery plays with more speed than JJ, but JJ plays with more strength and has less of an injury history. Which teams are under the most pressure? All 32 ranked by who’s feeling the most heat - CBS Sports2. New York Giants: This Eli Manning/Daniel Jones thing will be a daily national story. It’s Gotham. GM Dave Gettleman makes back page tabloid headlines at every turn. So many strange decisions to defend and an ownership group that has stumbled repeatedly in recent years, with the fanbase now perpetually restless. 3. Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones can smell a Super Bowl and, soon enough, will have a high payroll again when he doles out some extensions. Jason Garrett is coaching for his life, without an extension, and with the Jones family overseeing football ops, it’s always the coach on the heater in Dallas. A new OC may save the day. Giants’ Pat Shurmur ranked 26th among head coaches by NFL.com - Big Blue ViewThere are a couple things we need to make clear here: First, this list is taking into account the totality of a coach’s career, not just the 2018 season. Second, Pat Shurmur the man is nothing but a breath of fresh air following Ben McAdoo in 2017, when a floundering coach’s lack of leadership fractured the locker room and sunk a playoff caliber roster. And third, Shurmur’s offense isn’t bad in and of itself. It is easily the most flexible and quarterback-friendly attack the Giants have fielded in recent memory. NFL, NFLPA: We had “productive, constructive and beneficial” CBA talks - PFT“Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue.” Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the two sides wanted a chance to “review and regroup” before coming back together on July 29 for more discussions. Why the NFL should flush the idea of an 18-game schedule right down the toilet - SB NationThe NFLPA has continually said “no” to 18 games. After this new development, the players association, and all fans, should absolutely reject it. This is a garbage proposal for various reasons, and judging by the reaction on social media, almost everyone is in agreement with me. Football, whether in college or the NFL, has a sense of urgency that the fans appreciate. Every single game matters, no matter the time of the year. If this new proposal becomes the new normal, we’d begin to lose that urgency. I’ll explain how. Broncos coach Vic Fangio had an incredible answer when asked about the team's 19 training camp practices that will be open to fans this year, the most in the league. pic.twitter.com/27yxPkysKe— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 17, 2019 [BLG Note: Meanwhile, the Eagles are charging their fans $10 to attend just one open practice.] ... Social Media Information: BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreen BGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowton BGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio […]
Closer look at the Eagles’ safety situation heading into 2019by Brandon Lee Gowton on July 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Eagles training camp position preview: Safety. Philadelphia Eagles training camp is almost here. Players report to the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday, July 24. As we count down the days together, Bleeding Green Nation will be previewing every position on the Eagles roster. We continue today by taking a look at the safety position. Previously: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Offensive line | Defensive end | Defensive tackle | Linebacker | Cornerback. The players MALCOLM JENKINS The big thing to watch with Jenkins is how the Eagles handle his contract situation. After skipping voluntary spring workouts for the first time in his career, Jenkins showed up to mandatory minicamp and told reporters: “I feel like I’ve outplayed that contract. [...] When you’re under contract, you can’t be out to be the highest paid out there, nor do I want to be, but you want to be within the ballpark of what your value is.” Jenkins noted at the time that negotiations with the Eagles were “ongoing.” There’s since been no word of any progress on a new deal. We’ll see if that changes as camp draws closer. The Eagles could be hesitant to give more money to Jenkins because they’re worried about a decline in performance. Jenkins turns 32 this season and he’s logged nearly 10,000 total snaps since entering the league in 2009. That’s about 1,000 per year, which is a lot of wear and tear on one’s body. At the same time, what kind of message does it send when the Eagles aren’t willing to reward an extremely durable and versatile team captain who played a big part in the team winning a championship? If you’re the Eagles, don’t you want Jenkins to be who other players model themselves after? The feeling here is the Eagles need to do what it takes to make Jenkins happy. He’s critical to their success. And it doesn’t seem crazy to bet on Jenkins aging relatively well considering that he takes very good care of his body. For 2019, Jenkins should resume his role as a versatile defender for Jim Schwartz to work with. A look back at his 2018 snap count: Malcolm Jenkins 2019 defensive snap breakdown by @PFF:Defensive line: 122Box: 514Slot cornerback: 362Wide cornerback: 30Free safety: 148#Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 17, 2019 RODNEY MCLEOD McLeod is coming off a season-ending knee injury he suffered back in September 2018. The 29-year-old is optimistic about his chances of playing in Week 1. McLeod did warm up with the team during spring practices and also participated in some position drills, so that seems like a positive development. As is the case with any player coming off an ACL tear, it’ll be interesting to see just how effective McLeod will be this year. He was playing well prior to his injury last season. He has a lot of financial motivation to pick up where he left off considering he’ll be a free agent after 2019. The Eagles should at least be able to count on McLeod being a solid starting free safety. Hopefully he can stay healthy this year. ANDREW SENDEJO Shortly after the Eagles signed him in March, fans were quick to remember Sendejo as the Vikings defender that LeGarrette Blount bowled over in the 2018 NFC Championship Game (38-7). Once an enemy, Sendejo could now potentially be a significant contributor to the Eagles’ defense. The 31-year-old took took all of his snaps at first team safety in the spring with Jenkins and McLeod missing. Even when Jenkins returned, it was still Sendejo out there on the back end of the defense. And he didn’t look bad out there. Sendejo is looking like the favorite to replace Corey Graham as the Eagles’ third safety. Schwartz has already referred to him as “Dejo” (pronounced: Day-ho) so #NicknameAnalytics are working in his favor. Though he has a reputation as a physical box safety, Sendejo has actually lined up much more often as a free safety dating back to when he first became a full-time starter in 2013. TRE SULLIVAN Sullivan, a 2017 undrafted rookie free agent signing, is back for another summer with the Eagles. He took all the first team safety reps next to Sendejo during OTAs when both Jenkins and McLeod were missing. Then Sullivan headed back to the second team once Jenkins returned for minicamp. Sullivan was seeing some significant playing time down the stretch as a third safety in 2018 when the Eagles were down to starting Jenkins and Graham. He should compete for a third or fourth spot on the team this year but there’s no guarantee he makes the roster. Sullivan could really use a strong summer to make his case. BLAKE COUNTESS The Eagles were able to reacquire their 2016 sixth-round pick when the Rams waived him in a cost-cutting move back in May. Shortly after claiming him, Philadelphia signed Countess to an extension. Countess, 25, figures to be a backup safety and key special teams contributor for the Eagles. He’s essentially the new and improved version of Chris Maragos. DEIONDRE’ HALL After trading a seventh-round pick to the Bears to get him, Hall barely played for the Eagles in 2018. Kind of a weird pickup. Hall actually saw some first team reps as a third safety during spring drills with Jenkins and McLeod missing. He had a couple plays on the ball that stood out. Hall seems to be on the outside looking in when it comes to the roster picture. He’ll have to stand out this summer in order to beat out the likes of Sullivan and/or Countess. TRAE ELSTON Elston, briefly a member of the 2017 Eagles, was brought back to Philly last month. He’s probably just a camp body. But then again, his presence on the roster could be key to winning a championship. Number of seasons the Eagles won a Super Bowl without Trae Elston on their roster: 0 Number of seasons the Eagles won a Super Bowl with Trae Elston on their roster: 1 You can’t argue with math, folks. GODWIN IGWEBUIKE Igwebuike picked off his former college teammate Clayton Thorson on the final play of the Eagles’ first minicamp practice. This is probably the most interesting thing I’ll be able to write about Igwebuike this summer. Camp body. How will it play out? Jenkins will continue to spend a majority of his playing time as a box safety while McLeod resumes his role as a starting free safety. Sendejo could get playing time in big nickel packages (the old Corey Graham role). Sullivan, Countess, and Hall are primarily competing for fourth and/or fifth safety spots. Countess’ special teams ability should help his chances of making the team in some capacity. The Eagles have some injury, age, and contract issues at safety. Things could play out poorly if McLeod isn’t 100% and Jenkins starts to feel the effects of playing so many snaps. On the flip side, the Eagles could end up having a good pair of starting safety with Sendejo working in as a capable role player. Overall, I think the Eagles should be OK at safety. Who could be a surprise cut? COMPENSATORY PICK TRIGGER ALERT: If you don’t comp pick talk, well, this isn’t the section for you! It’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles handle Sendejo in light of comp pick considerations. As it currently stands, Sendejo’s roster presence (or L.J. Fort’s, depending on how you look at it) means the Eagles are currently not projected to receive a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick they’d otherwise get for losing Jordan Hicks in free agency. The Eagles can get this pick back by waiving Sendejo prior to Week 10. So, maybe the team keeps the veteran safety around and sees how things go before making a decision on him. If Sendejo’s serving as a valuable contributor to the team, they could just keep him around and lose the pick. If he’s playing awful, though, they can cut him to save the pick. Of course, keeping Sendejo beyond Week 1 means his 2019 salary is fully guaranteed. Otherwise, cutting Sendejo before Week 1 would allow the Eagles to save $800,000 in cap space with $500,000 in dead money. Another thing to consider is the Eagles could trade Sendejo if some team gets desperate for safety help. As I previously wrote about with Fort, trading Sendejo for even just a seventh-round pick would actually be like trading him for a fourth-round comp pick in addition to the seventh. Not to mention the trade would save the Eagles $1.03 million in cap space compared to just $270,000 in dead money. Ultimately, I think Sendejo will stick around on the 53-man roster. I think the coaching staff will want him around. But the front office must consider the draft pick and salary cap implications of keeping Sendejo. […]
Eagles schedule preview: Detroit Lionsby Dave Mangels on July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports Do not fear the beard When and where: Week 3, Philadelphia Last season: 6-10. Offense: Scoring: 25th, Yards: 24th, DVOA: 23rd; Defense: Scoring: 16th, Yards 10th, DVOA: 28th Notable additions: Danny Amendola, CJ Anderson, Justin Coleman, Trey Flowers, Jesse James, Jermaine Kearse, OC Jim Bob Cooter Notable losses: Ziggy Ansah, OC Darrell Bevell What are they good at? Hiring bad coaches. The Lions went 9-7 in back to back years before hiring Matt Patricia to change the culture and give him credit, he did. Detroit went 6-10, and Patricia grabbed headlines all year, a stark contrast to Jim Caldwell’s existence. He caught heat for, among other things, a sexual assault indictment that came to light after he was hired, practicing in the snow to toughen up players before they played four straight games in a dome, criticizing a reporter for posture during a press conference, only showing up to said press conferences on time once, and being consistently late to team meetings. What a leader. What are they bad at? By any measure the Lions offense stunk last year, but there’s reason to believe that won’t be the case this year. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell should be an upgrade over Jim Bob Cooter, and there’s talent in the passing game with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and TJ Hockenson. Why the Eagles will win They’re the better team, from top to bottom, and the last time Doug Pederson went up against Matt Patricia, Pederson’s backup QB won Super Bowl MVP. Why the Eagles will lose Are you ready for the dreaded TRAP GAME? There’s elements to one here. The weeks before and after this game are road prime time games for the Eagles against the Falcons and Packers. In between they host the Lions at 1:00pm. If you’re looking for a game where the Eagles sleep on their opponents, this could be it. […]
The Linc - 6 Eagles make CBS Sports list of top 100 NFL playersby Brandon Lee Gowton on July 17, 2019 at 10:00 am
Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/17/19. Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... Top 100 players in the NFL: Aaron Donald, Patrick Mahomes fight for top spot in 2019 rankings - CBS Sports50. Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles. After an up-and-down rookie campaign, Wentz has been pretty terrific across 24 starts over the past two years. Of course, he has also suffered a season-ending injury in each of those seasons. The talent is obvious. The durability is in question. [BLG Note: Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Malcolm Jenkins are the other five Eagles to make the cut.] How the heck is the Eagles’ cornerback position going to play out? - BGNRonald Darby ended up settling for a one-year, prove-it deal (worth around $6.5 million plus incentives) with the Eagles. The team wanted to keep him around more than most expected. As such, a healthy Darby figures to be a starting corner for the Eagles in 2019. It’s just a matter of when he’s going to be ready to get back on the field. Darby warmed up with the team and did some position drills during spring practices, so a Week 1 return doesn’t seem off the table. 2019 is a big year for Darby. He’s hoping to test the free agent market again in search of a big deal next offseason. He’ll have to be more consistently good than he was in 2018. He’ll also have to stay healthy after previously missing eight games in 2017 and seven in 2018. Darby has talent. The pressure is on the 25-year-old needs to put it together this year. The Kist & Solak Show #105: Eagles’ Prop Bets - Defense Edition - BGN RadioMichael Kist & Benjamin Solak switch side to the defensive side of the ball as they pick over/unders for key defensive players on the Eagles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation. What effect do the potential holdouts by Ezekiel Elliott and Jadeveon Clowney have on the Eagles? - PhillyVoiceWell, we’ve covered this at other points during this offseason, but the Eagles have about $21 million in cap space, and Howie Roseman has been known to make splash acquisitions in the past. Of course, Clowney wouldn’t come cheap. The cost to acquire him would probably include (a) at least a first-round pick, and (b) something in the neighborhood of a $20 million per year new deal. Certainly, you wouldn’t make that kind of trade without having the parameters of a deal in place. This would be a move of the, “Eff it, let’s go all in on the Super Bowl this year” variety. Obviously, in this scenario, Clowney would not be a third DE. He would start (duh), which would relegate either Brandon Graham or Derek Barnett to more of a situational role. To be clear, this is a long shot, but there’s certainly an argument to be made that Clowney and the Texans are continuing to move closer to a breakup. Big Question: How will the Eagles incorporate Dallas Goedert into the offense? - PE.comI look at Dallas Goedert and, to me, my eyes just light up with the possibilities for the Eagles’ offense in 2019. Why? His presence alongside Zach Ertz in the Eagles “12 personnel” grouping provides Doug Pederson with a grouping that defenses will have trouble matching up with. It’s first-and-10, and the Eagles come out with this look. Will they run it? Or throw it? Will the defense respond with a smaller nickel subpackage? If so, the Eagles can try and run the ball. Will the opponent go big with its base defense to defend the run? If so, the Eagles can throw and take advantage of matchups in space. Not only that, but when you have a running back who can be moved around and used as a versatile chess piece (like how Miles Sanders can, in theory), that opens up the possibilities of going into hurry-up mode and really throwing the defense for a loop. There is a lot that I can write on this topic, but make no mistake about it, opponents have to prepare for this two-tight end look from the Eagles, and Dallas proved why last year as a rookie in flashes. PFF ranks all 32 run defenses ahead of the 2019 NFL season - PFF8. Philadelphia Eagles — The Eagles’ commitment to adding to an already dominant front-seven is legitimately impressive. Linebacker Zach Brown should be the big needle mover here, as he ranked 14th in run-stop percentage (8.9) last year in Washington and has had back-to-back run-defense grades over 80.0. From Super Bowl to World Cup, Julie and Zach Ertz stay connected - ESPNJulie Ertz said she was scared to do the math. Sitting next to her husband, Zach Ertz, on Thursday at the Philadelphia International Airport, about to head off on the next leg of their whirlwind tour, she was asked how often the couple is together during the course of a calendar year. ”Not as much as obviously I want to,” she finally said, “but probably way less than half the year that I get to see him in person. I jokingly say I have a relationship on my phone because we probably FaceTime more than I actually see him.” It made the past month all the sweeter. Rare are the times that Zach and Julie Ertz’s schedules align, but that’s exactly how it played out for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Chris Long and Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins help Clean Slate Act become law - InquirerThe two NFL players, along with the Players Coalition, have worked for years toward offering opportunities to those convicted of lesser and nonviolent crimes. Most booed Philly athletes of all time - NBCSPRich Kotite: Sure, this is an athlete list. But if you’ve ever coached in Philadelphia, you’ve been on the receiving end of plenty of boos. Has any coach been booed more than Rich Kotite? Maybe if you add up all of the boos Andy Reid got over a decade-plus. Why these NFL opponents teamed up for a weekend of film review before training camp - USA TodayYes, Lane Johnson has heard. Perennial Pro Bowler Von Miller hosts a pass-rush summit. Johnson, riding a two-Pro Bowl streak himself at right tackle for the Eagles, knows what you’re thinking: The offensive linemen who gathered this past weekend for their second-annual OL Masterminds Summit are simply trying to respond. Johnson agrees, in part. “I think you see all these pass-rush summits, all these defensive linemen have a cohesiveness, and that’s something the offensive line has never really had,” Johnson told USA TODAY Sports. “I wanted all the NFL linemen to start communicating and start really talking football, something that’s never really happened.” After all, Johnson says, offensive linemen are “protectors of very valuable men.” Could Roger Goodell Change Mind in Disciplining Ezekiel Elliott After Pressed Charges? - MMQBIn light of the possibility that Elliott could be charged with simple battery, Goodell has created a conundrum of sorts. By declining to punish to Elliott, Goodell annoyed Johnson and unintentionally made it more likely that Johnson would then press charges against Elliott. Goodell now faces the possibility of Elliott being criminally charged after Goodell cleared Elliott. If Elliott is charged, it would be at least partly because Goodell had cleared Elliott. This is not the ideal situation for Goodell. Goodell likely could—but probably wouldn’t—change his mind and punish Elliott should the running back be charged with a crime. Relations between Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys aren’t strained but this week’s contract talks will be crucial - Yahoo! SportsSources familiar with both Elliott and the Cowboys said the two sides have been talking about Elliott and a potential new deal for roughly the last month. Those talks have been slow to progress in any meaningful way, at least partially because the Prescott deal remains the top priority for Dallas and is expected to set the table for the Elliott and Cooper extensions. One source said that lack of progress has led to frustration on Elliott’s part, which appeared to be a nod to Monday’s ProFootballTalk report that Elliott has told associates that he is planning to hold out of training camp, where the Cowboys are scheduled to report on July 26. NFL.com ranked Jason Garrett outside the top half of all coaches... and that’s absolutely ridiculous - Blogging The BoysObviously, the Dallas Cowboys are the Dallas Cowboys and the standard is the standard. With more eyes and attention on him and his team, Jason Garrett has failed in the eyes of many by not winning a Super Bowl or even appearing in an NFC Championship Game. It didn’t help his cause publicly when Doug Pederson led the Philadelphia Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII. The national temperature is generally pretty low on Jason Garrett, but it is starting to reach ridiculous places. NFL.com did their annual head coach rankings and guess where they slotted Garrett? 17th. That’s outside of the top half. Report: Redskins have offered Brandon Scherff multiple contract extensions, they are still far apart on new deal - Hogs HavenBrandon Scherff’s 2018 season ended in Week 9 after he suffered a torn pec that landed him on injured reserve. The Redskins offensive line has been decimated with injuries over the last few years, and Sherff’s name was added last year. The Redskins have a stud at RG, and a lot of question marks on the rest of the line. They also have a lot of money tied up at the tackle positions, and there are reports that LT Trent Williams wants a new deal. The Redskins can’t pay everyone, so is Brandon Scherff worth getting paid like a top guard in the NFL? Giants’ 90-man roster: WR Golden Tate should fit nicely into Giants’ passing attack - Big Blue ViewThe long-term wisdom of signing Tate might be questioned, though his contract is fairly team friendly. The Giants can get out of it after two seasons with only a $2.5 million cap hit by designating Tate a post-June 1 cut in 2021, should that be something they want to do. Tate, though, should help the Giants over the next two seasons. The former Notre Dame star shrugged off the idea that there is pressure on him to replace Beckham’s production. 2020 NFL Draft Stock - Quarterbacks - RotoworldDay 3 Projections: Jordan Love (Utah State, JR) is being called “toolsy” by NFL scouts. Nathan Stanley (Iowa, SR) is viewed as a mid-level starter by at least one NFL scout. Shea Patterson (Michigan, SR) was notably left off this 2020 QB preview. Sam Ehlinger (Texas, JR) is a second-tier Heisman Trophy favorite. D’Eriq King (Houston, SR) is an analytics sweetheart, but he’s reportedly 5-foot-8. Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma, SR) has enough accuracy, intangibles, and athleticism. Joe Burrow (LSU, SR) brought attention to scouts with a strong late-season push. Steven Montez (Colorado, SR) has a “first-round arm, but he’s a Day 3 pick, at best.” Blake Barnett (South Florida, SR) only because of this NFL scout-based column. The Patriots once let 43-year-old Doug Flutie drop kick an extra point for no good reason - SB NationAllow me to preface all of this by saying that I’d love to see more drop kicks. It’d actually be pretty damn awesome if an NFL team had a quarterback capable of consistently nailing drop kicks through the uprights. After every touchdown that team would be able to set up for a two-point conversion. If the defense is lined up to stop the play, the passer can just step back and make a chip shot kick for one point. Hell, it might even be easier than an extra point, considering it’d be about 15 or so yards closer now that kickers have to try from 33 yards. ... Social Media Information: BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our page BGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreen BGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowton BGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio […]