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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts draws Donovan McNabb comparison

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/25/20.

By Brandon Lee Gowton@BrandonGowton May 25, 2020, 6:00am EDT
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Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Rookie Comparisons With a Twist - Iggles Blitz
2 – QB Jalen Hurts – Donovan McNabb. Both players were outstanding dual threat QBs in college. They posted big numbers and led their teams to a lot of success. They have similar builds (Hurts is 6-1, 222 and McNabb was 6-2, 225). McNabb was the more polished passer, while Hurts played in a more explosive offense. Each player came to the Eagles with some controversy. McNabb was a player that most people wanted, but there was a vocal minority that wanted the team to take RB Ricky Williams (how insane does that seem now?). McNabb was booed by the fans who came to the draft and he never let go of that fact. Hurts didn’t have to deal with in-person booing, but he did have social media, which might be worse. Hurts was tested by his benching in college and that should give him the mental and emotional toughness to handle any negative stuff that fans may throw his way. McNabb was an elite prospect and franchise QB. Hurts is more of a project so please don’t see this as me saying he’ll turn into a borderline HOF player like McNabb was. They do have similar builds, skill sets and backgrounds.

Tom Brady clearly still isn’t over the Patriots losing to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII - BGN
It’s said that ‘time heals all wounds’ but that hasn’t exactly been the case for Tom Brady. The future Hall of Fame quarterback is still clearly bothered by the New England Patriots’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

Mailbag: Should the Eagles trade for Jets S Jamal Adams? - PhillyVoice
As such, I do certainly agree that he would have a big impact on the Eagles’ defense. However, as you suspected, you probably do already know my answer to this. They can’t afford him. Adams wants a contract extension, now, or he wants to be traded, and while the Jets have said that they’re not interested in trading him, they would reportedly listen to offers, which means, you know, they probably are interested in trading him. I can’t vouch for Michael Irvin’s reporting chops, but this compensation sounds about right. [...] And then on top of it, the Eagles would then have to make Adams the highest-paid safety in the NFL, which will cost a minimum of $15 million per season, that they just don’t have available.

Eagles mailbag: Picking the 1st 2020 starter to get demoted - NBCSP
This is an interesting question and there were two positions that came to mind first: Cornerback and safety. Let’s start with corner. For now, it seems like Avonte Maddox is the starter penciled into the CB2 spot. He hasn’t won that job yet, but he’ll probably get the first crack at it during training camp this summer. I think Sidney Jones has a chance to win the job but if he can’t, I wonder how long Maddox’s leash would be. And at safety, Jalen Mills will get the first chance to start at Malcolm Jenkins’ old spot next to Rodney McLeod, but the Eagles also signed Will Parks and drafted K’Von Wallace. Because of the potential to rotate, I’m not sure this would be a benching as much as it would be a phasing out. We have no idea how Mills will handle this new role and if he struggles, there seem to be two viable options behind him in Parks and Wallace.

NFL Has A ‘Broken System’ For Minority Hiring. Here Is How To Fix It - FMIA
The NFL did a smart thing is eliminating the barrier to coordinator mobility. Until last week’s vote, teams have been able to block top assistants from interviewing to be coordinators elsewhere. No more. That might have allowed Chiefs quarterback coach Mike Kafka to be the Eagles offensive coordinator this year. Kafka was blocked of the chance by the Chiefs. Allowing an assistant for Team X to interview for a coordinator job at any of the other 31 teams is a rule long overdue.

Matt Burke: The most interesting run game coordinator/defensive line coach in the world - PE.com
He graduated from an Ivy League school. He proposed to his wife while hiking with gorillas in Uganda. He once called a literal storage closet his office. He is the most interesting run game coordinator/defensive line coach in the world. He is Matt Burke. Yes, the title of being the most interesting run game coordinator/defensive line coach in the world is long and rather specific, but how many other NFL coaches have traveled to an estimated 40 countries and nearly attended medical school? But what is also quite interesting is Burke’s journey to this point in his career. It is a journey that began in his hometown of Hudson, Massachusetts.

Kyler Murray will win 2020 NFL MVP; plus, LeBron James a HOF TE? - NFL.com
3) Zach Ertz — The NFL leader in receptions by a tight end through the first seven seasons of his career (525) has emerged as one of the best at the position thanks to his polished route-running skills and sticky hands. Ertz has led the Eagles in catches and receiving yards in each of the past four seasons while thriving as the team’s go-to guy in the passing game. No. 86 routinely wins his one-on-one matchups against linebackers and defensive backs by utilizing his wiggle and short-area quickness to create space against tight coverage. As a dominant pass-catching tight end with the capacity to play as a traditional Y or as a Flex playmaker, Ertz has quietly been the Eagles’ No. 1 receiving option for years.

Thoughts on the Concept of Trading Jamal Adams - Over The Cap
The rumor mill is once again swirling around Jets All Pro safety Jamal Adams as the Jets are apparently hesitant to give him an extension which has Adams reportedly very upset again with the organization. Trade rumors started again which sources close to the Jets have denied but I think these are interesting situations and worth exploring. Player’s like Adams are very hard to sometimes take a fair look at. On one side there is the player and there really are little holes in his game. He is arguably the best overall safety in the NFL. He plays up in the box, can rush the passer a bit more than others and can cover well enough in the secondary. He’s the best player on the Jets at the moment. However, being the best player on a bad team sometimes doesn’t carry the same value as the same player on a good team. Since Adams arrived in New York the Jets are 16-32. His being the best safety has made little impact on the overall success or failure of the team. That isn’t a knock on him its just that there is only so much a safety can do to increase the chances of winning for a team. Adams being at the peak of his career isn’t going to make the Jets a 10 win team. It is also one of the reasons why the league values safety on the lower end of the salary spectrum, basically on par with running backs and tight ends.

Examining the Randy Gregory saga and how he could impact the Cowboys defense if reinstated - Blogging The Boys
When Randy Gregory entered the NFL Draft in 2015, expectations were sky high for the defensive end out of Nebraska. In his two years of college ball, Gregory recorded 119 total tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, and an outstanding 16.5 sacks. This impressive play led SI.com to give him some high praise in their draft profile, citing he could be the NFL’s next great edge rusher. When Gregory failed a drug test at the combine, red flags started to pop up. Team’s questioned his dedication to football, and if he was worth a premium pick. These concerns caused Gregory to fall from a likely first-round pick, all the way down to number 60 in the second round. Right into the lap of Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. Jones was looking for the next DeMarcus Ware, and thought he may have found it in Gregory.

Adult website wants name on Saints’ stadium - The Falcoholic
We wish both parties the best and look forward to when the Falcons travel to New Orleans in 2020 and play at either the Stripchat Superdome, or maybe the Dave’s Vape and Smoke Shop Superdome, the Huge a** Beers Superdome, or whatever other New Orleans establishment is willing to tarnish their brand by associating themselves with the Saints.

Cardinals’ Brett Toth fulfilling Army commitment at Arizona State ROTC - ESPN
It’s mid-March and Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Brett Toth sits at a conference table in the middle of a room inside the Social Sciences Building on Arizona State’s campus. He’s holding a red pen in his right hand, grading midterm exams. It’s a couple of days before the start of spring break and about a week before campus closes for the semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. In front of Toth sits a pile of papers. Toth is stone-faced and quiet, focused on the task at hand. He already has been to the Cardinals’ Tempe headquarters for a weightlifting session, but by midmorning Toth has traded in his Cardinals gear for another kind of uniform: Army fatigues. Toth, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and as part of the Department of Defense’s decision to allow him to play in the NFL, Toth needs to fulfill his active-duty requirement. For him, that’s an assignment at Arizona State’s Army ROTC. [BLG Note: The Cardinals claimed Toth off waivers from the Eagles last year.]



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