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If Eagles are talking to Broncos, go for Emmanuel Sanders

If Eagles are talking to Broncos, go for Emmanuel Sanders

As evidenced by a report on Monday that the Eagles offered up a second-round pick for Amari Cooper, it certainly seems like Howie Roseman is itching to make a trade before next Tuesday’s deadline. 

Maybe he can strike a deal with the Denver Broncos, who are 3-4 and are looking up at the Chargers and Chiefs in their own division. If the Broncos are sellers, the Eagles could be their buyers. (The Eagles are also 3-4, so it’s amazing how different things can be in a weaker division.) 

According to CBS' Jason La Canfora (h/t 247 Sports), the Eagles have inquired about Broncos corners Bradley Roby and Chris Harris, as well as wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. La Canfora says the Broncos are trying to deal Demaryius Thomas. 

Certainly some decent names out there. The Eagles’ interest in corners shouldn’t be shocking based on their reported interest in Patrick Peterson, who would really be the white whale of this whole trade deadline. He’s still an elite corner. But Harris is up there too. He’s a good player and a three-time Pro Bowler. Adding a corner would help the Eagles as Sidney Jones is recovering from a hamstring injury. 

But the most interesting name on the list is Sanders, who is 31 now but has that field-stretching ability the Eagles have been desperately missing without Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins. Maybe Wallace will return this season, but can the Eagles rely on a Week 11 return for a 32-year-old coming off a fractured fibula? Hard to say. 

Through seven games, Sanders has 46 catches for 603 yards but is also averaging 13.1 per catch. His 11 catches of 20-plus yards rank fifth in the NFL this season. The Eagles have just 22 as a team. 

I know a lot of folks still consider running back to be the biggest need for the Eagles, but I think it’s a speed receiver. That’s the biggest missing element to this offense right now. Alshon Jeffery can do some things down the field, but he’s not that prototypical burner. Sanders would be. 

Sanders would fit under the cap this year. He has a $12 million cap hit next year in the final year of his deal but he’d be cuttable without leaving much dead money. 

Unfortunately, ESPN reported just a couple days ago that the Broncos aren’t interested in trading Sanders. Maybe the Eagles can entice them enough. Howie has worked some magic before. 

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What Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's latest order means for the Eagles

What Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's latest order means for the Eagles

Pennsylvania’s governor has issued an order that could possibly allow the Eagles to return to practice as early as next week. 

But that’s far from guaranteed to happen in that time span. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday issued an order that will allow professional sports teams in Pennsylvania to return to practice or to play, without fans in attendance, if their county is in the yellow or green phases of reopening from COVID-19 precautions. Philadelphia is expected to move from red to yellow on June 5, so that’s the absolute earliest the Eagles could return to practice at the NovaCare Complex under state rule. 

It’s very important to note that this order doesn’t guarantee that the Eagles will return to practice as soon as the state allows. By NFL rule, the Eagles won’t be allowed to practice until all 32 teams are allowed. 

But at least this order from the governor clears one hurdle:

“(Professional sports teams) are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of reopening without on-site or venue spectators if the team (or league on behalf of the team) has developed a COVID-19 safety plan.

“Such a plan must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and include, among other requirements, testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel. Also, no fans or spectators may be permitted on interior or exterior venue property. Professional sports organizations are encouraged to contact the Wolf Administration to share their reopening plans and get them approved by the Department of Health.

This is the time of year the Eagles would typically be holding their voluntary Organized Team Activities leading up to a mandatory minicamp in mid-June. While it’s possible the Eagles will be allowed to hold a real minicamp in June, that’s still very much in question. The team has been holding a virtual offseason for several weeks, utilizing Microsoft Teams. 

The good news here is that is seems like there is a growing possibility the Eagles will be able to hold a training camp in late July/early August at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. There are still more hurdles to clear before that and the importance of training camp is not lost on the team. 

Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said he was preparing like training camp would be held on time. He also said it’ll be important for the Eagles to have an entire training camp (five to six weeks) to adequately and safety prepare for the 2020 season. 

“I do think that a full training camp moving forward would prepare you,” Pederson said. “I do think you can get in enough contact in, I do think you can get enough padded practices in. You’d have to maximize those. At the same time, you’d have to be smart to get your guys ready and prepared for that opening weekend.”

The Eagles are scheduled to open their 2020 preseason on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. They will open the regular season on the road against the Redskins on Sept. 13. 

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The Redskins tweeted ... nothing ... and the responses were hilarious

The Redskins tweeted ... nothing ... and the responses were hilarious

What have the Redskins done for their fans lately?

The answer came from the team’s own Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

A tweet with literally nothing in it. A nothing tweet. The Seinfeld of tweets, without the actual entertainment value. Suffice it to say, the responses were hilarious and plentiful.

This is bound to happen when you’re a team that has half as many playoff wins (2) in the last 27 seasons as Nick Foles had in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Over that same span, they’ve finished in last place 11 times.

So far this offseason, their most memorable piece of social media content seems to be a butt-dial.

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