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Which QBs are best set up for success? Ranking them 1 to 32 - The Athletic
4. Carson Wentz, Eagles — He could play another 10 years and not have a group of pass-catchers as good as this 2019 group. The Eagles’ pieces complement each other well. Alshon Jeffery can make contested catches and be productive in the red zone. Zach Ertz is one of the best route-runners in the league and can work the middle of the field. DeSean Jackson is still an elite vertical threat. And Nelson Agholor has been productive from the slot. The Eagles are deep too with second-year tight end Dallas Goedert presenting a matchup problem in 2-TE sets. And the team drafted another red-zone target in J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round. Wentz will be playing behind a deep and talented offensive line. Doug Pederson has proven to be one of the game’s better play-callers, blending his West Coast offense background with spread concepts and adapting to his personnel. The only questions on the Eagles’ offense are with the run game (Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard) and the quarterback’s health. But the pieces are in place for Wentz to have a big year.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: A fight breaks out! - BGN
FIGHT! There was a big pile up on the field after an 11-on-11 red zone rep. It was unclear how things got started at first but then it became apparent that Derek Barnett and Andre Dillard were involved after each being pulled aside after the scrum.

Fight Night at Camp - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton & Michael Kist recap the last two days of practice and roster moves for the Eagles, including a fight that went down with the first round pick! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Why are the Eagles seemingly content with their quarterback situation, as is? - PhillyVoice
Signing another quarterback: If you sign another QB (and who knows what the cost of that would be), there’s a good chance he is going to be a vested veteran, AKA a player with at least four accrued seasons under his belt. That’s true of Brock Osweiler, Matt Cassel, Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick, etc etc. If you sign a guy like that and they make your initial 53-man roster, you have now bought them for the entire season, as their contract becomes guaranteed. Kessler, who has three accrued seasons, is not a vested veteran, and can be released at any time without penalty on his non-guaranteed, one-year contract. In other words, if there comes a point when the Eagles once again have Wentz and a healthy Sudfeld and they need that extra roster spot, they can simply release Kessler.

Paul Worrilow: ‘I’m going to make the most of every one of these moments’- PE.com
“Oh, it’s great for us and it’s great for Paul, seeing him on the football field,” linebackers coach Ken Flajole said on Monday when practice ended. “The untold story in all of this is that I don’t think anybody on the outside of our building realizes how hard this guy has worked to come back from that knee injury he suffered a year ago. So, to see the work he’s put in during the offseason to get back and to see him get out here and get some competitive reps, I’m just so happy for him. Nobody deserves it more than Paul. He’s been the consummate pro with the way he’s attacked his rehab. His enthusiasm to get back out here has been apparent and we’re all so happy to see him on the field.”

For Eagles’ Isaac Seumalo, outlook no longer seems guarded - Inquirer
When coaches and teammates talk about Seumalo, they tend not to start off with his work at left guard. They talk, as Groh did, about his versatility. This is something fans and reporters tend to undervalue, but with just 46 players active on game day, an offensive lineman who can play – really play, as in, do a good job, not just line up and lunge – at guard, center, and tackle is a precious commodity. “Smart, tough, physical, versatile,” right guard Brandon Brooks said, when asked what he thinks of when he thinks of Seumalo. “Super-smart player. The type of player that’s extremely coachable. You only have to tell him one time.” Playing three positions means taking a broad view of your situation, Seumalo said. “You can’t be too much focused on yourself,” he said. “You’ve got to be unselfish, do what’s asked of you.”

2020 NFL Mock Draft: PFF’s Mike Renner’s first preseason mock draft - PFF
27. Philadelphia Eagles – DI Levi Onwuzurike, Washington. You know the Eagles can never get enough defensive linemen. Onwuzurike is one of our favorite breakout candidates for the 2019 season. He earned a 91.0 run-defense grade and 82.5 pass-rushing grade on only 391 snaps last year.

Barnwell: Has the inevitable Drew Brees decline already begun? - ESPN
Do the Saints have something to be concerned about with their star quarterback? At 40 years old, Brees is in barely charted territory; the only other passers in league history to make it through a full season as a starter in their age-40 campaign are Tom Brady and Brett Favre. The good news for New Orleans is that both played well and made deep playoff runs, although Saints fans won’t need to be reminded of how Favre’s 2009 season ended. Normally, I like to go through the research before detailing what I’ve found, but I’m going to stick the findings up here first this time. The best answer to the Brees question I just posed is “maybe.” I don’t think what happened at the end of 2018 necessarily indicates that Brees is going to be at the Carr level again in 2019. Simultaneously, though, there’s no guarantee we will see the old Brees, because we just don’t have a big enough sample of Hall of Fame quarterbacks getting to this point of their careers in the modern era to know what triggers their decline. Brees could fall off and become a middling quarterback for reasons totally unrelated to what we saw last season. So could Brady. Father Time arrives without warning.

New and somewhat conflicting reports on the Trent Williams situation - Hogs Haven
Schefter is reporting what has happened up till now. That is, he’s offering facts, presumably sourced either from the Redskins, or, more likely, from the teams that have called looking to make a deal. La Canfora is giving us his opinion about what will happen in the future, likely based on conversations he’s had with his sources within the Redskins organization. JLC hasn’t said that Schefter is wrong; he simply states that the trade is inevitable. I find it interesting that Grant Paulsen has decided to back the prediction, however guarded his support might be, saying only that “to this point, [La Canfora] has been right” on this story.

DeAndre Baker diagnosed with a sprained knee, WR Etta-Tawo suffers torn Achilles - Big Blue View
Baker is currently listed by the Giants as “day to day,” with the hope that he will be back on the field sooner rather than later. “It’s a big relief, certainly,” coach Pat Shurmur said after Monday’s practice. “He’s been coming along real well. To know that it’s not serious at this point is good.” Unfortunately, the Giants did suffer another injury to a wide receiver in practice on Monday. Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had to be carted off the field after injuring his left leg while making a catch. Etta-Tawo, signed following the rash of injuries the Giants suffered at the wide receiver position early in camp, was diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon.

[BLG Note: Former Eagles defensive tackle Anthony Rush is playing well for the Raiders.]

RADIO WARS: Brandon Lee Gowton Again Throws Shade at John Barchard - Crossing Broad
So Barchard took the meat of the show, brought it to WIP, and left Gowton with nothing but the original naming rights. Hence the Go Birds show was born sans Gowton. That’s an awkward split. And I can tell you with some background here that allegiance to the show was a cited reason for Gowton passing up on at least one other local career opportunity, before he was eventually left on his own.

9 quarterbacks who could be free agents in the 2020 NFL offseason, sorted by likelihood - SB Nation
These are the quarterback contract situations to keep an eye on this season.

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