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2020 The NFL The year unofficially began more than three weeks ago, although teams around the league are trying to find the best way to improve their roster with the limitations looming over the coming draft.
Indeed, league officials announced Monday that the 2020 draft would be “completely virtual“Because of the coronavirus pandemic. This means the team has to draft a business outside their facilities, which can cause awkwardness in terms of preparation and coordination.
Much is unprecedented for draft candidates, which must replace individual pro-day training for individual sessions and video conferences.
Above all, there are still some free tent agents on the market, with many teams hoping to navigate the remaining hat space and make one last spark before completing their draft plan.
With all this in mind, here are some of the latest rumors from around the NFL.
Eagles Have Been Trying to Trade Jeffery Alshon Since 2019
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Wide receiver is a very frustrating position for the Philadelphia Eagles throughout the 2019 season.
They expect wide DeSean Jackson can produce with Alshon Jeffery. But while the veteran releases nine catches for 154 yards and two goals in the opening season, he will play in just two more matches due to injury.
Jeffery managed to play in only 10 matches, and he is still dealing with a Lisfranc injury to his left leg after undergoing operation in December. The former Pro Bowler may not be ready for Week 1, even though it might be considered a small miracle he is still on Philly’s list.
Jeff McLane from Philadelphia Inquirer reportedly Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been trying to trade 30 years since before the 2019 season, when his salary in 2020 was fully guaranteed.
In addition, GM has said that while he does not imagine Jeffery trading because of injuries at the moment, he has not ruled out that possibility.
The South Carolina product has missed nine games over the past two seasons, and even when he was healthy, he was underwhelmed last season. He averaged a career low of 11.4 meters per reception and only 6.7 meters per target. The wounds seem to have drowned his abilities as a deep threat.
Although Jeffery’s future is uncertain and Nelson Agholor’s departure, the Eagles haven’t done much in terms of improving the receiving corps. Instead, Roseman might put his hopes on health and also the wide swimming pool in this year’s concept class.
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Unlike the Eagles, the Cleveland Browns are very aggressive in free agency.
First-year general manager Andrew Berry has shown no hesitation in spending money, signing former Tennessee Titans offensive to deal with Jack Conklin while also making former Atlanta Falcons tight Austin Hooper the richest player in his position thanks four-year deal, $ 42 million.
But Browns might not be able to add tent players. Jeremy Fowler ESPN reported that they showed interest Jadeveon Clowney, adding “some people around the league believe Cleveland is closer to Clowney than other applicants …”
The Seattle Seahawks still hoped to re-sign the 27-year-old, but Fowler noted that their offer was not in accordance with Clowney’s wishes. While he initially hoped to get closer to $ 21 million in annual average value, the player he said dropped the asking price to $ 17 or $ 18 million in AAV terms.
Cleveland still has more than $ 43 million in cap space, according to Over the Capso they might be able to spend a little extra on Clowney if they wanted to. That might also be a wise decision, because Brown could use another tip across from Myles Garrett.
Clowney only managed 3.0 sacks when he fought against injuries last season, but he also recorded four failed punches and a pair of defense goals during the regular season while dominating each of Seattle’s two playoff games. He also has a seventh best pass victory rate in a hurry among the defensive ends, per ESPN.
The Browns have (and will) focus on protecting Baker Mayfield’s quarterback, but adding Clowney will give them another capable defensive playmaker.
Patriots Interviewed by FIU Quarterback James Morgan
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For the first time in 18 years, the New England Patriots will head for Week 1 without Tom Brady as their initial quarterback after he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While the Patriots – at least for now – seem fine by giving 2019 a chance in the fourth round Jarrett Stidham a chance at the start of work, Mike Weiss ESPN reports they will almost certainly choose a quarterback at some point during the draft.
Weiss also noted the Patriots had a video conference with Florida International quarterback James Morgan, which seemed to fit the caller bill the signal came in Bill Belichick era. After all, Brady’s former reserve, Jimmy Garoppolo changed from an undetectable child out of a small school (Eastern Illinois) to a man who finally got a lucrative contract from the San Francisco 49ers.
Morgan took a little step back in his final season at FIU, but he threw nearly 2,600 yards in 12 games, with 14 goals against five interceptions, according to Sports Reference.
The 23-year-old is more of the “reverse” type of man in this draft, although that may be exactly what Belichick and Co. look for when they maintain the next set of quarterbacks.
All statistics obtained through Pro Football Reference, unless otherwise stated.
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