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Is 2020 Eagles roster better than Super Bowl-winning team?

Is 2020 Eagles roster better than Super Bowl-winning team?

Is it possible to be better than a team that went 13-3 and won the first Super Bowl in franchise history? Barrett Brooks thinks so.

Brooks broke down the 2020 Eagles roster Friday on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants and explained why he believes this roster is superior to the one that won Super Bowl LII: 

“… This may be the best Eagles team, maybe even better than the Eagles team that won the Super Bowl. Think about the speed that they possess, what it opens up on offense. It’s going to open up a run game. Now Doug [Pederson] has a consistent running back that can be a bell cow back. Everyone says, ‘Oh, they like running back by committee.’ That’s only because he didn’t trust a guy to be able to go out there and play down after down. He has that in Miles Sanders. Speed on the outside — not just [DeSean Jackson], but Marquise Goodwin. This guy ran a 4.2 [40-yard dash] coming out of the University of Texas. ... We have two of the best tight ends in the league. 

“The offensive line, whether [Andre] Dillard is there or whether they sign [Jason Peters], this offensive line is still going to be pretty good. And defensively, we finally have a shutdown corner to go out and follow the best receiver. We are stacked … at the wide receiver position and at the cornerback position. The only real slight I see is at the linebacker position, not enough experience there. Defensive line, we’re stacked. We’ve got guys that can rush the passer from inside and outside. So I’m going to say that this is a far better team than not just last year, but I think better than the Super Bowl team. Yes, I said it.”

The Eagles did certainly prioritize adding speedy weapons for Carson Wentz, acquiring Goodwin for a sixth-round pick swap and drafting Jalen Reagor with the 21st pick. Jackson’s health will be a key factor after the 33-year-old was limited to three games last season because of injury. 

The “shutdown corner” Brooks refers to is, of course three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay. “Two of the best tight ends in the league” — at least in Brooks’ opinion — are Zach Ertz, who needs 65 more catches to pass Harold Carmichael for most receptions as an Eagle, and Dallas Goedert. 

Though the Eagles were good enough last season to earn a playoff spot with Wentz throwing to an eclectic cast of fringe receivers in the final few games, there are still numerous questions about the roster. How will the team adjust to the departure of Nigel Bradham? Will Jalen Mills be able to fill Malcolm Jenkins’ shoes at safety? What's going to happen at left tackle? Can Sanders build on an excellent rookie year and back up his apparently limitless self-confidence?

It’s only May, but Brooks is making his stance clear. 

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

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Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins kneels with Philadelphia protesters in Center City

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Saints' Malcolm Jenkins kneels with Philadelphia protesters in Center City

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins spent Monday afternoon in Center City protesting institutional racism and last week's killing of George Floyd by a police officer.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis last Monday night by a police officer in an incident caught on camera. The officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time while Floyd was handcuffed.

Protesters were demonstrating and rallying across Philadelphia over the weekend, and continued Monday. Jenkins also spent Sunday protesting.

On Monday, Jenkins posted a two-minute video of protesters kneeling and facing police officers, captioned "Resist," accompanied by an emoji of a raised fist.

In the beginning of the video, protesters are heard chanting, "Police, take a knee in solidarity," a reference to some police officers across the country — including in Philadelphia — who have taken knees alongside protesters.

At one point, a single woman stands up and yells at the police officers.

The video ends with the protesters chanting, "No justice, no peace."

You can watch the full video below:

Jenkins, who signed with the Saints this offseason, spent much of his time and platform with the Eagles working to enact meaningful criminal justice reform.

It's clear Jenkins wants to remain involved in Philadelphia even after leaving the Eagles. Last month, he delivered the commencement address during The School District of Philadelphia's virtual graduation ceremony.

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