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Trade Alshon Jeffery? Yeah, right after the Eagles sign Plaxico

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Trade Alshon Jeffery? Yeah, right after the Eagles sign Plaxico

Remember when the Eagles were going to trade for Plaxico Burress? Remember when they were going to trade for Le’Veon Bell? Remember when they were going to cut DeMeco Ryans before the season? Weren’t they going to trade for Antonio Brown at some point?

We live in an era of instant information, and that also means we live in an age of instant misinformation.

And that means on a random Saturday in August you could wake up, check Twitter and have 13 people asking if the Eagles are really trading Alshon Jeffery.

And when you try to figure out where this is all coming from, you get an endless string of tweets and retweets that eventually winds its way to an unsourced “trade rumor” that’s generally just somebody saying, “Hey, maybe this will happen!"

Of course it never does.

To recap: A site that calls itself Pro Football Network (fancy title, 5,026 followers) tweeted Saturday night that “Trade talk is picking up. Keep an eye on guys like Kenny Stills and Alshon Jeffery.”

This wasn’t a sourced “report,” it was just kind of idle speculation, which is totally within their right. But you know how these things go. They invariably snowball. 

Fans are starving for every bit of information on their team, and that’s understandable. But that’s how speculation turns to rumors and rumors turn to reports.

This just in: Alshon Jeffery isn’t getting traded.

Come on now.

Why would the Eagles trade one of their most valued offensive pieces 15 days before opening day in a season where they have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations?

Think about it.

This year is all about making life as easy as possible for Carson Wentz. Getting him in a comfort zone, getting him through the season healthy, getting him to the playoffs intact.

Guess what wide receiver Wentz has targeted the most over the last two years? Guess which wideout he’s completed the most passes to? The most touchdowns?

Jeffery.

Why on Earth would you get rid of Wentz's favorite wide receiver two weeks before opening day? It makes zero sense.

We’ve all been impressed by JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and maybe one day he’ll replace Jeffery. But you’re talking about a guy who hasn’t played a regular-season NFL snap vs. a guy who was a huge part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl run two years ago. Not happening.

According to Spotrac’s salary cap tracker, the Eagles have the third-oldest roster in the NFL. Which is fine. The two teams ahead of them are the Patriots and Saints. 

These are veteran-laden teams that are built to win in 2019.

When you’re rebuilding, yeah, you trade for the future. Not when you’re hoping to win 12 or 13 games and fight for a first-round bye.

What about Jadeveon Clowney? He’s a guy who would help the Eagles immediately, but the Texans seem set at wideout with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee, and they reportedly want a front-line left tackle in exchange for Clowney. And Jason Peters and Andre Dillard obviously aren’t going anywhere.

Neither is Jeffery. 

No matter what Twitter says.



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Never one to be left out, Terrell Owens has chimed in with his own social distancing home workout challenge, and it will take Eagles fans back.

Owens, aiming for people spending extra time at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, launched the "COVID-19 Driveway Challenge" on Monday evening, piggybacking off recent home exercise social media trends like the "See 10, Do 10" pushup videos.

Owens attempted to start his own movement with a video, filmed in a driveway, eerily similar to the classic 2005 situps he did while holding out as a member of the Eagles:

"All y'all stayin' at home, stayin' safe, let's get this workout in," Owens says in the video. "I need 19 situps, just like I did back in '04, '05, when I did my situps in the driveway." 

Say what you will about Owens: he's nothing if not on brand, even during a global health crisis.

Owens didn't detail whether he's looking to raise money for COVID-19 research, or simply awareness about responsible social distancing.

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Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

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ESPN's First Take is a build-your-own hot take generator, but former NFL quarterback and current ESPN personality Dan Orlovsky usually tries to stay away from saying stuff just for reaction.

Which is why Orlovsky's assessment Monday of the five best quarterbacks in the NFC generated so much... discussion? Fury? It was kind of both.

Orlovsky said, in no uncertain terms, that he ranks Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz as the fourth-best QB in the NFC, behind Russell Wilson (yep), Tom Brady (likely), and Drew Brees (yep). 

This, of course, puts Wentz ahead of Aaron Rodgers:

Unsurprisingly, Orlovsky had to deal with angry football fans all day, sifting through tons of tweets calling him out of whack and (kind of hilariously) demanding he be drug tested. You can go look at his timeline for the horror show.

I'm here to defend Orlovsky. Yes, Rodgers is one of the greats. And yes, in a vacuum there is zero comparison between the Packers legend and Wentz.

But heading into the 2020 season, knowing what we know about each QB, I'm also taking Wentz.

Rodgers has seen his completion percentage fall in each of the last four seasons, he posted the second-lowest yards-per-attempt mark of his career in 2019, and he turns 37 in December. Last year, he tossed too many errant passes on would-be easy completions. It felt like he'd turned the corner, and his prime was over.

Wentz, on the other hand, made do with embarassingly bad skill position players and led the Eagles to the playoffs with numerous clutch throws in December.

One of Rodgers' greatest remaining skills is his ability to avoid interceptions, throwing just six over his last 32 regular season games. You know who else has low INT numbers? Wentz, who posted a higher completion percentage than Rodgers in 2019 while working with you and me at wide receiver.

And Wentz, a decade younger than Rodgers and still growing as a passer, also has the added benefit of being an athletic, mobile quarterback.

The greats age, and eventually are no longer great. It happens, and it's happening here.

It took guts for Orlovsky to put Wentz ahead of Rodgers in 2020, but I'm glad he did - because now everyone else can do the same.

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