Per the Athletic’s Zach Berman, Eagles HC Doug Pederson confirmed the team has remained in contact with OT Jason Peters: “But as we move forward, [2019 first-round OT] Andre Dillard was the player we drafted to be the left tackle for us. …He’s taken command in that role. I have a ton of confidence in Andre Dillard.”
Pederson said any changes on offense might not be apparent to outside observers but people inside the building will see subtle changes: “[We] “didn’t overhaul the entire offense…This offense won the world championship.” (Berman)
While the Eagles spent a second-round pick on QB Jalen Hurts to solidify their backup position, Pederson pointed out Hurts needs to “learn and pick up our system,” which gives veteran QB Nate Sudfeld the edge in 2020: “Early on in this season…teams are going to have to rely on their veterans. And Nate is one of those guys for us. …I have a ton of confidence in Nate becoming our backup QB.” (Berman)
Sudfeld said any talk of drama in the quarterback room after the selection of Hurts is overblown: “Everyone kind of makes it dramatic or a big deal. But once you’re kind of in that quarterback room, it’s a lot of helping each other out and everyone just getting better. It’s never really weird at all. Just looking forward to getting back into the room together with guys and getting to work.” (Dave Zangaro)
Per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, the attorney for Giants CB Deandre Baker believes the charges against his client for armed robbery will end up being dismissed. Baker pled not guilty Tuesday morning: “This case is going to be dismissed. One day soon, this case is gonna be dismissed.”
Baker’s status as a former first-round pick has likely helped him keep his job as his legal saga plays out, per another NFC executive: “If he was someone closer to the bottom of the roster, he’d be gone. For sure.” (Matt Lombardo)
New York has shown little tolerance for player distractions in the past, with recent examples including cutting reserve S Kamrin Moore after assault charges last summer and releasing CB Janoris Jenkins after his botched apology for using a slur.
While Baker has a clause in his contract that allows the Giants to void the guarantees in his deal for “conduct detrimental to the team, another NFL GM doesn’t expect them to pursue that: “They would probably only go after his money if he misses games. Or, if he’s convicted, which would obviously keep him from playing in games.”