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2020 NFL Draft: Doug Pederson will ‘explore’ using Jalen Hurts in Taysom Hill role

2020 NFL Draft: Doug Pederson will ‘explore’ using Jalen Hurts in Taysom Hill role

The Eagles on Friday night drafted a backup quarterback with their second-round pick, so unless Carson Wentz gets hurt again, they’ll have to find more creative ways to get Hurts on the field. 

Doug Pederson said they’re going to “explore” possibilities to make that happen. 

I think this player, obviously with Jalen Hurts, he has a unique skillset and you see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans,” Pederson said. “And now he and Drew Brees have a connection there and a bond there. You look at with (Joe) Flacco and Lamar (Jackson) in Baltimore in the short period of time, how they gelled together. It’s just something we’re going to explore. 

"I want to make a point here: First and foremost, Jalen Hurts is a good quarterback. He was drafted as a quarterback and he was a quarterback first. But he has a unique skillset. He’s a great runner, obviously. He throws well on the run. He has a unique set of skills that we’re going to take a look at as well as we keep developing this offseason and this advancement as we get ready for training camp.

On Friday night, the Eagles’ go-to explanation for using the 53rd pick on Hurts was that they value the quarterback position and thought they got a great value pick with Hurts. 

*shrugs shoulders* 

But none of that will necessarily help them win football games on Sundays, at least not in 2020, which makes this pick very peculiar. And not to mention wildly unpopular, especially with really talented players on the board who would have made immediate impacts. Typically, the second round is a round to find starters … not developmental players. 

If Wentz says healthy in 2020, the only way for Hurts to get on the field is to find ways to make that happen, sort of like how the Saints force-feed Hill into their offensive gameplan. But as of Friday night, it appeared the Eagles haven’t broached the subject with Hurts. 

“I have no idea what’s going to happen,” Hurts said about his role. “I know I got picked today by the Eagles. It’s a great opportunity for me, a great blessing and I’m looking forward to it.”

This is where we should point out that while Hill has done some good things in New Orleans — he had 55 passing yards, 156 rushing yards and 234 receiving yards in 2019 — the Saints signed him in 2017 after he had already gone undrafted to the Packers. They didn’t use a second-round pick on him. 

And even if Hurts does play some in 2020, it’s hard to envision a major role. In 2019, Hill’s third year in New Orleans, he played 23 percent of the offense’s snaps.  

Hurts said he met with the Eagles at the combine and Eagles quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Press Taylor made the trip to Oklahoma for the Sooners’ pro day. 

Remember, it was Taylor who last June had this to say about what he thought the next big twist in offensive playbooks might be: 

I do think at some point one of the big things is having multiple people on the field who can throw the ball. I think that’s something [you’ll see] going forward. You’ve seen kind of the Philly Special, all the different versions of double passes, things like that. I think at some point something like that I could see coming into play.

Maybe the Eagles have something like that in the back of their minds for Hurts. Although, without OTAs and with training camps up in the air, they might face some difficulty trying to implement new packages like this one. 

There is definitely something intriguing about the possibility of finding ways to get Hurts on the field in his rookie season. After all, he’s a great athlete and could very well become a good NFL quarterback. 

That might not do much to validate this pick, but that’s really all we got. 

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NFL players can be fined for high-risk COVID-19 conduct in 2020

NFL players can be fined for high-risk COVID-19 conduct in 2020

NFL players can be fined for high risk COVID-19 behavior during the 2020 season, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. 

The discipline schedule comes from the agreement between the NFL and NFLPA. 

According to the document, obtained by NFL Network, NFL teams may fine a player one week’s salary and/or suspend that player for up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team for engaging in what is considered high-risk COVID-19 behavior. 

There are no written warnings necessary before fines begin. 

According to the document, here are all the details about what constitutes as high-risk behavior: 

1. Attending an indoor night club unless player is wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) and there are no more than 10 people in the club. 

2. Attending an indoor bar (other than to pick up food) unless player is wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people in the bar. 

a. For clarity, a “bar” does not include an establishment that offers food service and which a player attends primarily for food service even if the establishment also includes a full-service bar. 

3. House gatherings of more than 15 people without the player and all guests wearing masks or PPE or where social distancing for more than 10 people is impossible. 

4. Attending an indoor music concert/entertainment event. 

5. Attending a professional sporting event (other than applicable NFL games or events) unless the player is seated in a separate seating section, such as a suite or owner’s box, is wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section. 

6. Attending an event that is prohibited by state and/or local regulation, executive order or law implemented due to COVID-19. 

It’s important to note that the report from NFL Network says that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees of teams are subject to comparable discipline if they violate those rules too. 

Furthermore, the report says Commissioner Goodell may discipline individual teams if they fail to discipline their players for these infractions. 

Without being in a bubble, the NFL is counting on its players acting responsibly to limit the spread of the coronavirus. While all of these things might seem obvious, the added incentive to not get fined might prevent some stupid behavior. 

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Eagles players finally learn NFL's opt-out deadline

Eagles players finally learn NFL's opt-out deadline

If any more Eagles are going to opt out of the 2020 season, they only have until Thursday afternoon to do it.

The NFL and NFLPA have finally settled on 4 p.m. Thursday as the deadline for players to opt out because of health concerns related to COVID-19, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday evening.

Later Monday evening, Schefter reported that the NFL and NFLPA finally jointly approved the CBA provision governing training camp protocols, which formally locks in that 4 p.m. Thursday deadline.

So far, only one Eagle has opted out. 

Wide receiver Marquis Goodwin, acquired in a draft-day trade with the 49ers, announced last Tuesday he was opting out.

League-wide, 48 players had opted out as of Monday evening, including former Eagles Patrick Chung, Chance Warmack and D.J. Killings.

NFL players who opt out who are considered at-risk because of a medical condition will receive a $350,000 stipend in place of their 2020 salary and will earn a year of pension credit toward free agency and benefits.

Players who are considered not at-risk receive a $150,000 advance and do not earn a year of pension credit. If players in this category are not on a roster next year, they will have to  pay back the $150,000. 

All players taking the opt out have their contracts frozen, picking up in 2021 if they remain on the roster.

Originally, the opt-out deadline was going to be seven days after the NFL and NFLPA officially agreed to CBA provisions governing training camp protocols. 

As that date continued to move forward, NFL officials moved to set a concrete date, which did not go over well with at least one prominent NFL player. Patriots safety Devin McCourty said, “It’s an absolute joke the NFL is changing the opt-out period, mainly because they don’t want to continue to see guys opt out,” McCourty told Patriots writers on a Zoom call. “I’m sure they’re shocked how many guys have opted out. I think it’s terrible. It’s BS that the league has changed that date.”

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