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  1. Howie Roseman, Nick Sirianni talk Eagles’ roster cuts and decisions Plus, Sirianni confirms two offensive starters. By Alexis Chassen@Lovelybuckeye Sep 1, 2021, 7:45am EDT The Eagles trimmed their roster down to 53 players just ahead of the deadline, and following the announcement GM Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni spoke to reporters about some of their decisions. Roseman confirmed that more moves will be made in the next 24 hours once they see who clears waivers and what other players they may try and add to the roster. But for now, the GM and head coach are happy with the guys they have and look forward to getting to the best 70 players they can — the game day roster, practice squad and international player (Matt Leo). Here’s what they had to say. On only keeping five receivers Roseman and Sirianni were asked about the decision to keep JJ Arcega-Whiteside (JJAW) over guys like Travis Fulgham and John Hightower. Roseman explained: Sirianni later said that he didn’t want to speak on Fulgham specifically, but rather pointed out that JJAW did a good job on special teams and sometimes that’s what ultimately separates a player. Roseman went on to note that they are heavy on offensive and defensive line, and by having depth up front, they’re going to have to make sacrifices at other spots. On the QB position When asked about adding Gardner Minshew, Roseman joked that the Eagles are a QB factory and noted that they are always going to invest in that position. When speaking to both Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco about the decision, they just explained that they had an opportunity to get a good player and a good person. Roseman said that they’ve typically carried three quarterbacks in his history with the team, and especially with a 17-game season and the pandemic, they’ll do the same again this season. Roseman said that Hurts handled the Minshew addition well and is all about how it helps the team, but is also confident in his own ability and his status with the team. Sirianni then followed up and confirmed what was pretty much widely known, that Hurts would move forward as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. Gardner, however, had previously talked about wanting to compete for the starting role in Jacksonville, but Roseman explained that he’s coming into camp late and after the preseason, so for now, the QB’s priority is learning the system and connecting with players and coaches. They’ve seen his work ethic already, he’s already in the building, and he’s been working a lot with Hurts and Flacco connecting and getting to know each other. Sirianni later confirmed that right now Gardner is QB3 behind Hurts and then Flacco. On building the roster Roseman talked about balancing the short- and long-term of the franchise when putting together the roster, which he explained was evidenced in their decisions two keep the two defensive lineman they drafted. Sirianni was later asked about the 2021 draft class and how all but one ended up making the 53-man roster. He explained that they were really confident in the abilities of the guys and were genuinely excited about everyone they drafted, not only because they had talent, but also because they were high-character people. Other notables Roseman confirmed that the team chose to activate Rodney McLeod and Landon Dickerson because they don’t anticipate either of those guys missing the first six weeks — which would have been the case if they put them on the PUP list. He didn’t want to put an exact timetable on when either McLeod or Dickerson would return to the field, but said they’ll leave that up to the doctors and training staff. When asked whether they considered vaccination status when thinking about the roster — something Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer admitted was a factor for them — Roseman noted that they only looked at putting together the best 53 guys to help the team. Sirianni confirmed that Jordan Mailata has earned the left tackle starting role, although the head coach was sure to point out that Andre Dillard had a similarly great camp, but missed some time and chemistry building during his injury. Ultimately, Sirianni said he’s just glad to have both guys on the roster. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/9/1/22650999/philadelphia-eagles-howie-roseman-nick-sirianni-roster-cuts-decisions-jalen-hurts-jordan-mailata-nfl?fbclid=IwAR3skuwFgQcdqPUI8fU8XrauznYZ2SQHH5LG4CFYE6dpVmrDA_NIJD078JI
  2. Eagles News: Kenny Gainwell among best preseason rookies graded by PFF Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/3/21. By Brandon Lee Gowton@BrandonGowton Sep 3, 2021, 7:59am EDT Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... 2021 NFL preseason: Highest- and lowest-graded rookies for every NFL team - PFF PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Highest: RB Kenneth Gainwell, 78.7. Lowest: DI Marlon Tuipulotu, 30.5. The fifth-round running back did more than enough this preseason to make veterans like Jordan Howard expendable. Gainwell impressed through the air, just as he did at Memphis, with nine catches for 66 yards on only 33 routes. He’s firmly a change-of-pace back from Miles Sanders. RotoPat’s Final 2021 Fantasy Rankings - Rotoworld 20. Miles Sanders — Kenneth Gainwell has Sanders living dangerously as low-end RB2. Matthew Berry’s 100 facts for the 2021 fantasy football season - ESPN 50. Last season, Miles Sanders had three runs of 70-plus yards. 51. Remove those runs and last season Sanders was 41st among running backs in fantasy points per touch. 52. Sanders has never had a game with more than 20 carries in his two-year career. 53. He did, however, have three games last season with 10 or fewer total touches. 54. To put that another way, Sanders played only 12 games last season. In 25% of them, he had 10 or fewer touches. Report: Eagles discussed Dallas Goedert trade with Vikings - BGN Despite being a constant subject of trade rumors in the offseason, it appears Zach Ertz will remain with the Philadelphia Eagles this year. The veteran tight end finally broke his silence on Wednesday and indicated the relationship between him and the organization has been mended. It still seems possible that Ertz could be moved before the NFL trade deadline on November 2, especially if the Eagles struggle and find themselves as ‘sellers.’ For now, though, Ertz is here. But are the Birds planning to trade another one of their tight ends? Former Eagles reporter Matt Lombardo had an interesting note in a recent FanSided column. Checking in on the Colts and Dolphins - PhillyVoice The Colts’ offensive line is very banged up: The Colts could be without LT Eric Fisher and LG Quenton Nelson to start the season. Fisher is still rehabbing an Achilles tear from last season, and now is also recovering from a positive COVID test. Nelson, meanwhile, like Wentz, has a foot issue and also may not be ready for Week 1. The Colts also lost Sam Tevi for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Tevi is thought of by some as one of the Colts’ top offensive line reserves, though he had some rough moments in the Colts’ preseason games. Still, losing him for the season before it even begins is especially bad timing, and may have led to the Colts’ trade for Matt Pryor. Practice Squad - Iggles Blitz Depth is the most important part. Players can be ready to join the active roster when there is an injury. In recent years the league has changed the rules and allowed some veterans to be put on the PS. That’s been a good change. It helps to keep those players employed and it helps the team. Jordan Howard is a perfect example. He is a veteran role player. You aren’t developing him for the future. The Eagles will activate him when they need help at RB. Howard can step in and play right away. Player development is obviously more of a long term thing. The Eagles liked JaCoby Stevens enough to draft him. He got hurt this summer and wasn’t able to earn a roster spot. The Eagles saw flashes of ability from him, but Stevens needs practice to develop his game and adjust to the NFL. The PS is perfect for him. OL Kayode Awosika wasn’t drafted, but he’s got NFL ability. He needs time to hone his skills. I was worried some other team might claim him, but he made it through and now can develop his game. Players tell all: Which Philadelphia Eagles are primed for a big season? - The Athletic Fletcher Cox: There’s a couple, man. There’s two people. I’ll go with 1a and 1b. I’ve gotta say Quez (Watkins) because I’ve seen this guy work his balls off all camp. He just wanted to come out and show everybody what he’s capable of doing and I think he’s doing a good job of it. And Josh Sweat. I’ve seen this coming and Josh has been having a good camp. I expect a lot of good things from him this year. Browns, Dolphins, and the Masters of Addition by Subtraction - Football Outsiders Five other quarterbacks have attempted 100 passes in one preseason in this century: Joe Webb for the 2019 Texans (115 attempts), Joey Harrington for the 2002 Lions (112), Matt McGloin for the 2017 Eagles (109), Kevin Kolb for the 2007 Eagles (105), and Ryan Nassib for the 2017 Giants (103.) Eagles partner with Audacy for Eagles Radiothon presented by Firstrust Bank and The Green Family Foundation - PE.com The Philadelphia Eagles and Audacy are teaming up for the annual "Eagles Radiothon.” The multi-day auction, presented by Firstrust Bank and The Green Family Foundation, offers fans the opportunity to bid on exclusive sports and entertainment experiences, with all proceeds benefiting Eagles Autism Foundation’s commitment to raising funds for innovative autism research and care. The auction is now live online and will be broadcast on SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM), the flagship station of the Eagles, on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8. Could Deshaun Watson force a trade by telling the Texans he’s ready to play? - PFT This isn’t a question of whether he truly wants to play for the Texans. It’s a question of whether he’ll tell the Texans he’s ready to play in order to force Houston’s hand. With Tyrod Taylor, Jeff Driskel, and Davis Mills on the roster, what happens if Watson says, "Put me in, Coach? I’m ready to play.” That could be the only way to get the Texans to trade Watson during the 2021 season. Film review: Ben Bredeson, what can the Giants expect? - Big Blue View The issues along the New York Giants’ offensive line have were discussed ad nauseam since Kevin Zeiter’s departure. New York had the coaching hubris to suggest there wasn’t an issue. Still, the preseason alluded to an unfortunate truth - all five of the projected starters are relatively unproven, and the depth poses concern. The retirements of Zach Fulton and Joe Looney made the problem worse. The Giants made a pair of trades with AFC North teams with less than two weeks to go before opening kick-off. They acquired 2018 first-round pick Billy Price from the Bengals for B.J. Hill and a seventh-round selection. The next day they traded a fourth-round pick for 2020-fourth round guard Ben Bredeson, a fifth-round pick, and a seventh-round selection. The acquisition of Bredeson was a necessary move to improve the immediate depth, and Bredeson has the upside to start on this line. Predicting who will be the Cowboys biggest "X-Factor” this season - Blogging The Boys My X factor is Keanu Neal. We are all excited about Micah Parsons, but his expected starting partner in the nickel defense has the potential to really harass and baffle offenses. He can line up at any level of the defense as required. He can rush the passer, stuff the run, or drop in coverage. Parsons has some of the same flexibility and more speed, but Neal has veteran savvy and should start the season as the best linebacker the Cowboys can put on the field. Other teams are likely to have their eyes on the rookie because of that disruptive speed, which will also put Neal in a position to make an impact. Parsons will surpass Neal, probably by midseason or so, but he still has a lot to learn about the NFL game. And Parsons needs someone beside him he can rely on and trust. I think Neal is that guy, and he will be a driver for the overall success of the defense. Ron Rivera Presser: Our confidence is high in Curtis Samuel, but if he isn’t 100% we won’t play him - Hogs Haven Ron Rivera opened his post-practice presser talking about WR Curtis Samuel who has been dealing with a groin injury for what seems like his entire time in Washington. Samuel will work back into practice with the team on Monday as the team works in pads. Rivera’s level of optimism is very high that Samuel will be ready for Week 1. He doesn’t feel that Samuel needs extra work with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he already knows the offense that OC Scott Turner runs. Rivera also said that Samuel won’t play if he’s not 100% game-ready. He won’t return before he’s ready for a full workload. Rivera said the faster guys take a little bit longer to return from groin injuries. You don’t want them to tweak the injury coming back too soon. Samuel’s speed and quickness are coming back, and he’s been getting his rhythm back catching balls on the side field. Report: Colts Activate Ryan Kelly, Carson Wentz and Zach Pascal From Reserve/COVID-19 List - Stampede Blue The Indianapolis Colts have activated center Ryan Kelly, quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Zach Pascal from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Zak Keefer, a writer for The Athletic. All three starters missed a total of five days after being considered "close contacts” with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The Look Ahead #52: Ten things we’re looking forward to this season - The SB Nation NFL Show Rob "Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa break down the biggest storyline of the week and tell you what you should be paying attention to this weekend (except for this week with no preseason games). Instead, here are ten things we’re looking forward to this season. The Bills taking control of the AFC from the Chiefs... if Josh Allen plays like he did last year. Justin Herbert winning the MVP. The Chiefs not getting back to the Super Bowl. Andy Dalton getting benched for Justin Fields. The Packers season ending in disappointment. Kyle Shanahan with no excuses to fall back on. The Cleveland Browns deal with success. Belichick proving he’s just as responsible for the Patriots’ success as Tom Brady. The Los Angeles Super Bowl. The Manning alternative Monday Night Football broadcast. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/9/3/22655508/eagles-news-kenny-gainwell-among-best-preseason-rookies-graded-pff-kenneth-running-back-rb-sanders?fbclid=IwAR3mBIipOTdSmR-iAZHYDc2Ghma7P4EcTstGVvyFcsfwNZNTOnOzkODKxBc
  3. First look at the Eagles’ 2021 depth chart How many wins do you see from this group? By Brandon Lee Gowton@BrandonGowton Updated Aug 31, 2021, 4:45pm EDT Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The Philadelphia Eagles’ roster cuts are in and now you can find an (unofficial) depth chart below. Please note that the Eagles will likely continue to tweak their team over the next few days. For now, though, here’s your initial Eagles 53-man roster for the 2021 NFL season! OFFENSE Quarterback (3) — Jalen Hurts, Joe Flacco, Gardner Minshew Running back (3) — Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell Wide receiver (5) — DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Tight end (4) — Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll, Tyree Jackson Offensive tackle (5) — Jordan Mailata, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Andre Dillard, Brett Toth Offensive guard (3) — Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Nate Herbig Center (2) - Jason Kelce, Landon Dickerson DEFENSE Defensive end (5) — Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, Tarron Jackson Defensive tackle (4) — Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams, Marlon Tuipulotu Linebacker (7) — Eric Wilson, Alex Singleton, Davion Taylor, T.J. Edwards, Genard Avery, Shaun Bradley, Patrick Johnson Cornerback (5) — Darius Slay, Steve Nelson, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Josiah Scott Safety (4) — Rodney McLeod, Anthony Harris, Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace SPECIAL TEAMS Kicker (1) — Jake Elliott Punter (1) — Arryn Siposs Long snapper (1) — Rick Lovato RESERVE/INJURED Out for the entire 2021 season. S Blake Countess TE Jason Croom WR Michael Walker PRACTICE SQUAD The Eagles can start signing players to their 16-man practice squad starting on Wednesday. THOUGHTS I’m proud of the Eagles for not keeping Jordan Howard on the original 53-man roster. Doing so would’ve made no sense since he’s not likely to be signed by another team. The Eagles can bring him back after they clear some roster spots if they really want to do so. In the meantime, they’ll roll with three running backs. Richard Rodgers is another candidate to return in the near future or after Week 1 in order to prevent his 2021 salary from being guaranteed as a vested vet. This assuming the Eagles still look to trade Zach Ertz. The Eagles could look to bring Le’Raven Clark back considering he outplayed Andre Dillard. But the Eagles might be in jeopardy of losing him with the Colts dealing with some offensive tackle injuries. Andrew Adams could potentially come back on the practice squad since the Eagles could use some extra safety depth. Tyree Jackson being kept on the roster confirms he’ll be eligible to return this season. Had the Eagles put him on IR before these cuts, he’d have been out for the season (like Countess now is). Correct decision not to shut him down for the year. Congratulations to Jack Stoll, the only Eagles UDFA signing to make the 53-man roster. Elijah Riley getting waived is a surprise. He provided depth at safety and looked good on special teams. Maybe the Eagles are thinking no one will claim him since he was recently banged up. Sua Opeta is a noteworthy waiving since he was on the roster bubble. The Eagles notably decided to keep extra tackle depth by rostering Brett Toth instead. Toth’s presence could signal a Dillard trade is eventually coming, as it should. JaCoby Stevens is the only pick from the Eagles’ 2021 NFL Draft class NOT to make the roster. The other eight rookies are on ... for now, at least. Philly will likely look to bring Stevens back on the practice squad. Marlon Tuipulotu’s roster spot could be in danger should the Eagles find an upgrade on waivers. Mr. T was really bad in the preseason so the bar there shouldn’t be too high. Or the team might just replace him with McGill after the vet is cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Tarron Jackson made the roster after being on the bubble. Had a strong showing in the final preseason game. The Eagles are keeping seven linebackers! For now, at least. It was previously reported they’re getting calls on some of them, which is surprising. Davion Taylor will go to IR to free up a roster spot in the interim so it’s really just six healthy ones. Genard Avery made the team for the second year in a row despite not looking amazing in camp and being hurt. Josiah Scott is yet another player on the bubble who made it. Not going to say it’s convenient for anyone to ever be on the COVID-19 list but this timing worked out favorably for the Eagles and McGill. They had a tough decision to make on him since he looked good in camp but he’s a vested vet and they might not want to keep him on the original 53. Kayode Awosika could be in jeopardy of being claimed. The Eagles will be happy if he makes it through waivers. John Hightower and Travis Fulgham just didn’t do enough to earn roster spots. Hopefully the Eagles can get Jason Huntley through to the practice squad. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/8/31/22650032/eagles-depth-chart-roster-cuts-2021-nfl-philadelphia
  4. Howie Roseman voted most untrustworthy NFL general manager 33 NFL agents were polled. By shamus_clancy@shamus_clancy Aug 24, 2021, 4:14pm EDT Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images A new NFL agent survey, courtesy of The Athletic, has stirred the pot today, particularly among Eagles media members and fans. Polling 33 agents who represent a wide array of players from around the league, the agents were asked what general manager or front-office leader they trusted the least. The person who received the most votes? Eagles exec Howie Roseman. Seven of the 33 agents chose Roseman, pointing to him "playing both sides at all times” and lacking transparency in communications. For what it’s worth, Patriots coach Bill Belichick finished second with six votes. That dude’s had a pretty good career! Former Eagles executive and current Jets general manager Joe Douglas was third with three votes. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree it seems. I don’t necessarily think this is something the Eagles fans should be angry about. They should want their top front-office executive to extract as much value as possible and consistently try to win deals. There’s something to be said about how poor agent relations could affect the team’s ability to bring in big-name players in the future, but money talks and the Eagles have not been scared to hand out huge contracts during Jeff Lurie’s ownership tenure in Philadelphia. In another noteworthy wrinkle, two agents said the Eagles had the worst offseason of all 32 teams. Their concerns relied on the Eagles’ Super Bowl core crumbling so quickly and the early tepid response to Nick Sirianni’s hire as head coach. I’ve had no hesitation to criticize Roseman and the Eagles in the past, but this offseason has been a smart foot forward for the organization. The poor situation they found themselves in was certainly their own doing following poor drafts and decisions the last few seasons, but this offseason has been sound. The team traded away a quarterback who supremely underperformed in 2020, got back great draft capital for him, picked up an extra future first-round pick from Miami along the way and drafted a Heisman Trophy winner. Sirianni’s early press conferences may have been a tad too Ted Lasso-like, but hearing the guy speak about Xs and Os and watching the way he interacts with players should boost people’s opinion of the first-time head coach. Roseman’s standing among Eagles fans (and now agents too) might be shaky, but this should do nothing to take away from what could be a surprising football team this fall. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/8/24/22640000/howie-roseman-eagles-fired-wentz-trade-lurie-draft-voted-most-untrustworthy-nfl-general-manager?fbclid=IwAR2Hy073yr2yX8KRoTltbG7f6vTvjCAdVw7fkAc75M7FqMqz_wxlwqZJDGI
  5. Eagles News: Philadelphia makes list of NFL teams most likely to improve in 2021 By Brandon Lee Gowton@BrandonGowton Aug 25, 2021, 7:36am EDT Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Predicting NFL teams most likely to improve in 2021: Numbers, history say these five will win more games - ESPN+ Like the Niners, in addition to getting healthy, the Eagles will count on turning the ball over less frequently. With Wentz and Hurts both struggling to protect the football, the Eagles turned the ball over 29 times despite recovering more than 70% of their offensive fumbles a year ago. (The league average was 53.7%.) They finished with a turnover margin of minus-10, which was just behind the 49ers for the fourth-worst mark. Philly’s defense intercepted just eight passes all season, which ranked 29th. New defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon will have to hope that a secondary anchored by Darius Slay and Anthony Harris will pick off more passes in 2021. And to make one final comparison to the Niners, the Eagles should be hoping to ride an easier schedule to a better record. Despite playing in the national disaster that was the NFC East last season, FPI estimates that they faced the NFL’s 11th-toughest schedule. Heading into 2021, FPI has them down for the eighth-easiest set of opponents. Eagles-Jets Training Camp Practice Notes: Philadelphia outshines New York - BGN The Jets’ starting offense didn’t have much success against the Eagles’ starting defense. NYJ fumbled away their first possession before then going three-and-out on their next try when practice narrowed down to one field towards the end of the session. Philly’s defensive line was causing a lot of trouble for New York. Javon Hargrave was especially disruptive. Eagles-Jets Joint Training Camp Observations (Day 1) - BGN Radio Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss the biggest takeaways from the first Eagles-Jets joint training camp practice! The guys touch on the Birds looking like the better team, Jalen Hurts’ ups and downs, Philly’s defensive domination, MVPs/LVPs,and much more! Jalen Hurts should absolutely start the Eagles’ preseason finale - PhillyVoice Jalen Hurts must play in the final preseason game against the Jets. It’s that simple. There is no way the Eagles can honestly say this is about giving Hurts a fair and honest look at the position without also giving him the basic preparation that comes from the preseason. 10 truths to be self-evident in the 2021 season ahead - PE.com The Eagles are going to have a lot of guys in QB’s face. They are going to come from everywhere in this defense. It’s not going to be just Fletcher Cox or Brandon Graham or Josh Sweat. The Eagles have depth in pass-rush talent, and it’s going to be fun to watch offenses try to figure out from where the pressure is coming. Off the edge? Sure, the Eagles can bring it. Inside heat? Oh, for sure. The goal is to collapse the pocket and the Eagles have, well, pocket collapsers. There may not be a single guy who hits double digits, but after watching this defensive line this summer, the Eagles have the pieces to generate some H-E-A-T. Good, old-fashioned Eagles defense. 10 Eagles on the bubble before final roster push vs. Jets - NBCSPLe’Raven Clark — Clark is off the Active/PUP list and he’s been ramping up. In these practices, he just needs to show he’s healthy. There are some questions about the depth at the tackle spot, especially because Andre Dillard is still here and clearly shouldn’t be a starter. If Clark looks healthy this week, he offers the Eagles a veteran backup. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/8/25/22640912/eagles-news-philadelphia-nfl-teams-most-likely-improve-2021-espn-jalen-hurts-jets-training-camp-qb?fbclid=IwAR2sXEgUxu8FjaqbeypcwXL_Bb4CzUlF0TJsyj7r9HDlyxca1OoCP7pXZ7I NOTE: only posted current Eagles team related news (click on link if you wish to read blurbs about other teams)
  6. Weapon X Mailbag: Where does Travis Fulgham fit in the Eagles’ offense? Plus: DeVonta Smith’s nickname? By shamus_clancy@shamus_clancy Aug 17, 2021, 1:30pm EDT Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports It’s the season of training camp hype. Quez Watkins is about to make Tyreek Hill look like Todd Pinkston. Jordan Mailata will make Walter Jones look like Danny Watkins. The Eagles defense may give up zero touchdowns all season. I’m hanging on every word of every beat writer live-tweeting the Eagles-Patriots joint practices. As we get amped for the regular season opener that’s less than a month away, I’ll answer this week’s round of questions... @GoodhartJustin: With the emergence this preseason (and hopeful health) of Quez Watkins, where does someone like Travis Fulgham fit into the fold? @MillsWrld: With the emergence of Quez, does Fulgham get put to WR4, and then have Smith Quez and Reag be the starting WRs? These two questions are basically the same, so I’ll throw them together. Travis Fulgham looked like he was on the way to becoming the next great Eagles folk hero in 2020. During a five-game stretch, he had 29 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns. He was statistically the best wideout in football from Week 4 through Week 8. He then dropped off the face of the earth. There’s been talk of Fulgham falling out of favor with the Eagles’ former coaching staff because of his practice habits following his hot streak. With the Doug Pederson era in the past, it was reasonable to assume that a new head coach with a strong history of working with wide receivers like Nick Sirianni could unlock that version of Fulgham we briefly saw. It just hasn’t happened. Coming into this summer, it seemed like DeVonta Smith as the Z receiver and Fulgham as the outside X wideout with Jalen Reagor now in the slot was a perfect fit for their skillsets. The Eagles have wanted Fulgham to take charge and win a starting receiver job. He simply hasn’t done so. What make matters worse for Fulgham is the emergence of Watkins, who’s shined in training camp, the preseason and in joint practices. It’s going to be tough to keep Watkins, who’s nearly three years younger than Fulgham, off the field. He deserves to get real starter-level snaps in the regular season given the way he’s balled out this summer. Where does Fulgham fit in the rotation if Watkins ends up being a starter? He’s not the burner that Watkins is, he’s not the "do everything” wideout that Smith is and he’s not that (at least, in theory) YAC guy that Reagor is. I wouldn’t start him at this point. How can they? The 2020 season was the biggest disaster in my time as an Eagles fan. I don’t want it all to be for naught though. We saw glimpses of the electric talent Jalen Hurts possesses and there’s hope he can turn into something special this season. I don’t want Fulgham’s blip on the NFL radar to merely be a flash in the pan, but it’s hard to be confident about his 2021 prospects right now. @Devin_luke7: If Smith can’t stay healthy do you think we will sign a veteran WR? How do we define "can’t stay healthy” here? He’s participated in team drills during joint practices with New England. I wouldn’t be shocked if he played in the preseason. Building off the above answer about Fulgham, I wouldn’t be opposed to bringing in a veteran outside receiver, but who is actually available? Dez Bryant? Marqise Lee? I’d rather bank on Fulgham somehow playing like 2020 Fulgham despite how disappointing he’s been in camp. The options just aren’t there. @ericlachman1: Compare/contrast this team to the RG3 led 2012 WFT? I can’t imagine Hurts will lead the NFL in yards per attempt the way Robert Griffin III did as a rookie in 2012 (8.1), but I get where your head’s at. Working with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, RG3 had one of the most impressive rookie seasons ever, leading Washington to a 10-6 record and a division win. He was injured in his playoff debut and was never the same after. Washington was sixth in Football Outsiders’ Offensive DVOA and finished 16th in Defensive DVOA that season. That doesn’t feel like the identity of this Eagles team right now. If anything, there’s a better chance of the defense being a top-six unit with the offense coming out around league average than vice versa. The way the teams may be most similar is the run game. Washington finished tops in the NFL with 2,709 yards on the ground. It was an efficient attack too, as they finished second in yards per rush at 5.2. RG3’s dynamic athletic talents were on display, as he picked up 815 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs. Undrafted rookie running back Alfred Morris exploded, going for 1,613 yards and 13 scores. Miles Sanders’s struggles as a receiver in 2020 and in this summer’s training camp are concerning, but he looks better than ever as a rusher. He’s had two 800-yard-plus rushing seasons. Can he put it all together and top 1,000 or even approach 1,200? Jordan Howard, Boston Scott and Kenny Gainwell can pump up that total too. I wrote last month about the way the Eagles can utilize 21 personnel with two running backs. That would only further the Birds’ rushing prowess. The crux of the comparison, obviously, comes down to RG3 and Hurts. Hurts won’t match RG3 in terms of passing efficiency, so it comes down to the running game. In his four starts in 2020, Hurts averaged 68 rushing yards per game. Extrapolated over a 17-game season, he’d be on pace for 1,156 rushing yards. That may seem like a wild total, but Lamar Jackson topped 1,000 yards each of the last two years. Hurts can get close to that this season. @Mobbin2Mars: More likely Hurts 4000yrds and 30 TDs or Smitty 1000 yards and 6 TDs? If we’re talking total yards and total touchdowns, I’d go Hurts. If we’re simply doing passing numbers, that’s probably out of reach for Hurts in his first full season as a starter. Not only is Smith more likely to hit those benchmarks, I legit think he’s going to do it. Justin Jefferson had 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020 when he finished second in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. What’s stopping DeVonta from doing that? BANK ON IT! @3_AV_Crue: Better nicknames than Smitty? The Eagles called DeVonta Smith "Smitty” in a tweet on Monday. Hurts then called him "Smitty” when speaking with reporters: I can’t say I’m a fan. If Hurts is into it and Smith himself likes it though, go for it. Nicknames do have to be natural after all. I can’t shake the feeling that "Smitty” sounds like a character Sean William Scott would play in an early 2000s comedy. "Smitty” is also the dude you were friends with in high school but kinda hated at the same time and you dread running into him at the local bar every Thanksgiving Eve. I know Kevin Durant has been given the "Slim Reaper” name, but he hated it when the name was popularized. It doesn’t matter if he’s owned it now. He lost his chance at an incredible nickname. Smith has been frequently called "Slim Reaper” and it’s just perfect. Stay with that. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/8/17/22627829/eagles-mailbag-nfl-training-camp-travis-fulgham-fit-offense-jalen-hurts-preseason-fantasy?fbclid=IwAR2yJ2HcxwI-srDA91hshStHHDdBVO8UT-Dzvl83MqysaEcFWtU2cvNhkn8
  7. Eagles News: NFL offense rankings have Philadelphia towards the bottom of the league Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/6/21. By Brandon Lee Gowton@BrandonGowton Aug 6, 2021, 7:26am EDT Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... Ranking every NFL offense from 1 to 32 going into the 2021 season - The Athletic 29. Philadelphia Eagles. Last year: 28th. Their best recipe for success is to implement a run game that involves a heavy dose of Jalen Hurts. On paper, the Eagles should have a strong offensive line, but their best players are all on the wrong side of 30. Hurts completed just 52 percent of his passes last year, but he produced 0.12 EPA per play, which would have translated to about the 21st-ranked starting QB if extended over a full season. The Eagles are counting on rookie Devonta Smith to have a big impact and for second-year player Jalen Reagor to make the leap. This group could reach mediocrity if the run game clicks, but it has a low floor. Head coach Nick Sirianni will be calling plays in the NFL for the first time and is a complete unknown. NFL Offense Power Rankings: All 32 offenses ranked into 5 distinct tiers - PFF Tier 5 - The Rest. Philadelphia had a chance to upgrade at quarterback this season once they traded away Carson Wentz, but instead elected to address the wide receiver position and turn the keys over to Jalen Hurts for at least a season. DeVonta Smith has the potential to make a massive impact even as a rookie. He is one of the most technically sound receivers to enter the league in years, with passes thrown his way in college resulting in an NFL passer rating of 153.4. Hurts may put a cap on how good this offense can be, but he also raises the floor with his threat as a rusher. Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Jalen Reagor did some good things - BGN JALEN REAGOR: We’ve been waiting for Reagor to do something and he finally did on Thursday during WR vs. DB 1-on-1s. Nick Mullens lofted a fade to the Eagles’ 2020 first-round pick in the back right corner of the end zone. It didn’t look like it was going to be completed as it was a little too high ... but Reagor stuck his hand up and made an incredible one-handed grab to ‘Moss’ Darius Slay. Easily the best catch of training camp thus far. Nice to see! (Update: The Eagles posted video.) Unfortunately, Reagor failed to win his next two reps. Slay’s sticky coverage prevented him from getting any separation on their next battle. Reagor absolutely dusted Slay on their final matchup but failed to catch the pass after getting wide open. Really nice route! But gotta finish that. Reagor had a solid catch along the sideline during an 11-on-11 that prompted Nick Sirianni to run up to him and put his arm around the receiver. Some positive reinforcement for Reagor after Sirianni previously chewed him out on Wednesday. That rep might’ve been Reagor’s most successful play in team drills; he’s been more effective in 1-on-1 than 11-on-11. Though, Reagor did have another short catch on the boundary where Nelson really tried to rip the ball out and he held on. Training Camp Buzz: Eagles in ‘no rush’ to name Jalen Hurts QB1 - NFL.comJalen Hurts is the presumptive starting quarterback for the Eagles. It’s just not his official title. That might continue to be the case for a few weeks. Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni told reporters Thursday that "there’s no rush” in naming Hurts the starter ahead of Joe Flacco. "We’re just not there yet,” Sirianni said. The noncommittal answer didn’t help dispel a CBS report that trade talks have intensified between Philly and the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson. Sirianni neither confirmed nor denied the validity of that development when asked about it. "I’m not going to talk about the hypotheticals with rumors,” he said. "All I can tell you is that every decision that we make here is a group effort. How and his staff and myself, we’re working together to get the best 53 out on the field every Sunday.” Nick Sirianni gets taste of Philly when asked to crash random wedding on family vacation - 94WIP "But we’re there and we’re coming off the beach at night and there’s a wedding going on at the hotel we’re staying at. We had to walk through the area of the wedding to get to the elevator to our room. And there was a groomsman and he was like, ‘Hey! Can you stay right there, I’m going to get the bride and groom.’ So I think it was like 20 minutes, I was in the wedding party photos. And there was an Eagles chant that happened—’E-A-G-L-E-S’—after every one. And I’m like this is pretty cool. I just saw my son staring at me, he’s six, like what the heck is going on here? DeVonta Smith and the Eagles Draft Curse - Football Outsiders There are more recent draft busts, near-busts, or injury cases at other position groups. At left tackle, 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard is in the process of losing his job to Australian behemoth Jordan Mailata. Center Landon Dickerson, this year’s second-round pick, is still on the mend (not unexpectedly) from the ACL tear he suffered at the end of last season. Linebacker Davion Taylor, last year’s third-round pick, left the field on Tuesday with a quad injury. Throw in the guys who aren’t even around anymore (Sidney Jones, You Know Who) and the Eagles have very little to show on the field right now for the top three rounds of their drafts dating all the way back to 2014. There’s Hurts, of course, running back Miles Sanders, sturdy guard Isaac Seumalo, defensive end Derek Barnett (having a strong camp), some prospects such as Dillard who are maxing out as just another guy, plus the 2020/2021 receivers. That’s it. There’s no young core, just a dusting of hopefuls atop a thick permafrost of aging veterans. (Ed. Note: In an upcoming ESPN+ article, Football Outsiders will rank the Eagles 25th out of the 32 teams in talent under the age of 25.) It’s fashionable in Philly to blame Howie Roseman for the last half-decade of unproductive drafts. Could Andre Dillard become option for Rams in the future? - Turf Show Times There has been some thought that Dillard could become expendable by the end of training camp, just two years after he was a first round pick. The Rams would not be high on the waiver priority but for a team that’s looking for answers as to the future of their tackle position — including their own International player in Max Pircher — any option is something worth considering. Texans still want too much for Deshaun Watson - PFT Per a league source, the Texans still haven’t softened their trade expectations for Watson, despite the lingering uncertainty regarding his career. It’s an odd position, given that teams are reluctant to acquire Watson given the possibility that he’ll be indicted by a grand jury, tried on criminal charges, and potentially convicted. The latest twist comes courtesy of Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who reported on Thursday night that the Texans have stopped returning phone calls from teams interested in Watson. That’s quite possibly because the Texans are sick of getting lowballed for Watson. Deshaun Watson’s Training Camp Behavior is Hurting his Own Trade Value - Battle Red Blog There are several hundred athletes waiting for a team to give them a call up for training camp. These players are actually so desperate they are hoping other players get injured to open up a roster spot for them. Watson occupying one of these spots to aimlessly stand on the training camp field is quite possibly the most vain and impartial act in Texas sports history. Watson isn’t helping the offense get better by playing on defense. He isn’t helping the defense get better by just standing there. He isn’t helping the coaches evaluate talent. He’s merely helping his own bank account. Deshaun Watson isn’t helping the Texans and never will again. Titans sign QB Matt Barkley - Music City Miracles The backup quarterback position is an obvious point of weakness on this roster. Before the addition of Barkley, it was Logan Woodside and DeShone Kizer battling it out for the No. 2 job behind Ryan Tannehill. Barkley now adds another arm to that competition, one with considerably more experience. Barkley was a fourth round pick back in 2013, falling to the Eagles. He played two seasons in Philadelphia before moving on to spend one season in Chicago. Barkley has since spent the last three seasons as the backup in Buffalo. Report: Kenny Golladay to miss 2-3 weeks with hamstring injury - Big Blue View The Giants are counting on Golladay to man the "X” receiver position and help open up their offense as a whole. The "2-3 week” timeline should get Golladay back on the field about three weeks before the start of the regular season. Retired Colts QB Philip Rivers Hasn’t Completely Closed the Door on a Late Season NFL Comeback - Stampede Blue While he had obvious shortcomings regarding his diminished arm strength and a complete lack of mobility, Rivers commanded the line of scrimmage, largely avoided pressure, and was incredibly accurate for the Colts this past season. He played pretty smart, efficient, and winning football—even if it wasn’t necessarily spectacular by any stretch overall. The energetic grizzled field general brought much needed leadership in the locker room. That being said, with newly acquired starter Carson Wentz expected to miss 5 to 12 weeks recovering/rehabilitating from recent foot surgery, the Colts theoretically need Rivers now—not late in the season, where their postseason fate may already be well determined. The Look Ahead #48: Deshaun Watson rumors + Football is back - The SB Nation NFL Show Rob "Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa react to the out-of-the-blue Deshaun Watson rumors that popped up Wednesday night and wonder what could have happened that triggered them. Plus, we preview the Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers as well as the inductions this weekend. How could the Eagles consider making a trade now? Why was this shot down so quickly? What to watch in tonight’s Hall of Fame Game Who will make the best induction speech during the HoF enshrinement ceremony? https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/8/6/22612601/eagles-news-nfl-offense-rankings-philadelphia-bottom-league-pff-the-athletic-pro-football-focus-bgn?fbclid=IwAR3dNY0yD3eC8L066hNN5vGFGzwb_YHUo7RCNUZJ0SRqOi8YhUinv0nOzb4
  8. New twist to the Eagles’ linebacker position this year Eagles training camp position preview: Linebacker. By Brandon Lee Gowton@BrandonGowton Jul 22, 2021, 6:28pm EDT Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Philadelphia Eagles training camp is right around the corner! Players are scheduled to report to the NovaCare Complex on July 27. As we count down the days together, Bleeding Green Nation will be previewing every position on the Eagles’ roster. We continue today by taking a look at the linebacker position. Previously: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Offensive line. THE PLAYERS OFF-BALL LINEBACKERS ERIC WILSON, ALEX SINGLETON, T.J. EDWARDS, SHAUN BRADLEY, DAVION TAYLOR, JACOBY STEVENS, RASHAD SMITH Wilson was an intriguing signing; the 26-year-old is coming off his first season as a full-time starter. He sure filled the stat sheet with 122 tackles, nine quarterback hits, eight passes defensed, three interceptions, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. Then again, his production came while playing for an uncharacteristically bad Vikings defense and Minnesota didn’t exactly make a big effort to retain him. Wilson very well might continue to ascend in Philly. He has a reputation for being strong in pass coverage, allowing just a 74.3 passer rating when targeted last year. But there are concerns about his tackling efficiency after 17 missed attempts in 2020. It’d be nice to see Wilson flash some playmaking ability in practices and/or preseason games. Singleton might be the new Greg Ward in that he’s being overvalued because he offered mere competency at a spot where the Eagles were really struggling. He’s also the anti-Wilson in that there are concerns about his coverage abilities (102.8 passer rating when targeted last year) but is a tackling machine. Maybe Jonathan Gannon can find a way to play to his players’ strengths. As a limited athlete, Edwards fits more of the Singleton mold. The former UDFA signing has mostly been a role player and special teams contributor to this point. Will that change under the new coaching staff? Maybe. We’ll see if he can earn more playing time. Bradley had a decent training camp last year and he also flashed in some limited playing time on defense. Maybe there’s something here with this guy. Good under-the-radar player to watch this summer. Taylor predictably struggled as an especially inexperienced rookie. He needs to take some kind of step forward this season, even if he’s just limited to being a good special teams player. Stevens is making the transition to linebacker after being listed as a safety at LSU. The 2021 sixth-round pick isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. He’ll need to show why he deserves to be on this roster. Smith is a long shot to stick around as he enters his first camp with Philly. Might max out at making the practice squad. PASS-RUSHING LINEBACKERS GENARD AVERY, JOE OSTMAN, PATRICK JOHNSON I created a separate category for these three players who are essentially undersized edge rushers. Based on some early indications, it looks like Jonathan Gannon could have them playing some kind of Anthony Barr role. Avery had a bad training camp last year but made the team anyway in part because the front office didn’t want to give up on him after trading a 2021 fourth-round pick for him. Avery justified his roster spot with a strong showing against the 49ers before disappearing the rest of the season. It’s very possible the new coaching staff might trust him a lot more than the previous one did. Avery switching from traditional 4-3 defensive end to a situational linebacker role might also help his case. Ostman, like Avery, was seen working out with the linebacker position group in OTAs. He’ll compete for a roster spot as he transitions to a new role. The Eagles’ final pick in the 2021 NFL Draft could have his work cut out for him when it comes to making the team. It’ll be interesting to see if Johnson can flash at all this summer. HOW WILL IT PLAY OUT? Wilson and Singleton seem like the favorites to start, though Edwards could be in the mix there. At least one, if not two, from the pass-rushing group should make the final 53. Overall, it’s hardly the most inspiring linebacker corps in the league. The realistic hope is that it can be passable. WHO COULD BE A SURPRISE CUT? Taylor could be gone after just one year with the Eagles if he still looks totally lost this summer. Stevens might not make the team. Avery getting cut shouldn’t be a shock but would be noteworthy. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2021/7/22/22589350/eagles-training-camp-preview-linebacker-philadelphia-eric-wilson-alex-singleton-genard-avery-defense
  9. Jonathan Gannon says it’s ‘awesome’ Nick Sirianni allows for physical Eagles practices Plus, the Eagles’ DC talks importance of versatility among defensive players By Alexis Chassen on July 29, 2021 3:18 pm The Eagles were back on Thursday for Day 2 of training camp and we had a chance to hear from Jonathan Gannon after practice. The defensive coordinator spoke about the benefits to having a physical practice, the emphasis they’re placing on takeaways, and the importance of having guys who can play multiple positions. Here’s what he had to say: On getting physical in camp Gannon was asked about the level of physicality seen through the first two days of camp, and he noted that it wasn’t exactly the plan, but that’s just how they’re going to play. On creating turnovers It was pointed out that the defense has forced some fumbles early in training camp and Gannon talked about how they have a very defined language with how they talk about takeaways. On the defensive line formation The DC said that they’re going through a bunch of looks for the defensive line, and they consider the d-line a strength and want to put the group in the best position to make a bunch of plays. Gannon noted that a lot of the lineman have unique skillsets and they’re going to try and capitalize on those skillsets with how they align people. He acknowledged that it’s only Day 2, so they have a lot more to figure out in terms of where each guy would best be positioned. Gannon talked about having so many guys return on the defensive line is a big advantage for the team, and the leadership in that room is key. The experience that a lot of those guys have is invaluable to the younger players, who are open books. When asked about Josh Sweat taking first team reps on Day 1, Gannon said that he sees both Sweat and Derek Barnett as starters and the personnel is going to switch up and rotate each period and each day. He doesn’t so much consider it a competition between the two, just a group of guys out there trying to get better. Gannon was asked about Milton Williams and acknowledged that he has the intelligence and ability to play multiple positions along the defensive line. On LB Davion Taylor As far as the linebacker position goes, they are still working to define each role, and tailor those to the skillsets of the players they have on the roster. Other notables Gannon said that it was great to add Steven Nelson to the secondary and get some more veteran experience in the group. They expect he’ll be in some man-to-man coverage during the season, but also plan to change things up each week based on their opponent. With an emphasis on liking guys to play multiple positions, Gannon pointed out that how they train players depends on the guy and the position. Some players they might rotate in and out, and others they might try and focus on one until they are really proficient, and then work on others. But, players being able to play multiple positions is huge, because it builds depth on game day. https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/platform/amp/2021/7/29/22600294/philadelphia-eagles-training-camp-jonathan-gannon-defense-updates-versatility-physicality?fbclid=IwAR1dDjuUkTCES87kPT0kZgGPVI47Bch__i-xnyUdPSzeAVAlX_qLIdCOOCo
  10. Eagles News: Howie Roseman takes a tumble in the NFL GM rankings Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/22/21. By Brandon Lee Gowton on July 22, 2021 8:36 am Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... NFL General Manager Rankings 2021 - NBC Sports Edge 16) Really, what is there to say other than "that escalated quickly.” 2017 felt like the birth of a dynasty. Howie Roseman’s hand-picked quarterback Carson Wentz was on track to win MVP until he tore his ACL in Week 14. What should have been a season-ruining disaster turned out to be a speed bump as the Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. That’s how good the 53-man roster was. Until it was too good to be true. The skill corps got old in a blink, the offensive line was ravaged by injury and the secondary simply never came together. Roseman’s best-laid plans splintered apart in every imaginable fashion, right down to his would-be cornerstone piece in Wentz devolving into one of the worst players in the league by 2020. A team that should have been running roughshod over the worst division in football is now rebuilding for the third time in eight years since Andy Reid’s departure. Roseman has given himself options with 19 draft picks over the past two springs, but 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor is already looking shaky, to the point that Roseman went back to the Day 1 receiving well this April. Roseman also made the least inspiring head-coaching hire of his career, with Nick Sirianni in seemingly no danger of out-scheming Chip Kelly and Doug Pederson. That, of course, could be the point after the increasingly convoluted Pederson years, but that is the charitable interpretation. Roseman’s rise, fall, rise, fall career arc is a vivid illustration of the one speed at which the NFL comes at you: Fast. [BLG Note: Roseman finished 4th in these GM rankings last year. Dropped 12 spots.] Report: Zach Ertz will attend Eagles training camp, "great chance” he’s on this year’s team - BGN Maybe Ertz reporting to camp doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’ll be on the Eagles’ roster this year. Maybe both Ertz and/or the team are hoping another team suffers a significant tight end injury that boosts his value, akin to the Sam Bradford situation in 2016. But mere "hope” doesn’t seem like the best strategy. There’s also a chance that Ertz gets hurt and the Eagles are on the hook for his salary. It’s understandable why some fans will be excited to see Ertz is back. He’s one of the biggest fan favorites on the team. But while his return might benefit the team in 2021, it’s not the best long-term move for the franchise. Beyond the issue of his cap number, there’s the impact his return has on Dallas Goedert. Is Goedert, who is entering a contract year, really going to love having to share snaps with Ertz yet again? Are the Eagles going to get a great read on what Goedert can do as a TE1 if Ertz is around? NFC East Mixtape Vol.14: Questions Entering Training Camp - BGN Radio With training camp starting at the end of this week, it’s only right for Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa to preview questions and concerns for the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Washington Football Team ahead of the season. 2020 Receiving Plus-Minus: The Return of Stefon Diggs and the Deep Threat - Football Outsiders And, with that in mind, we turn to Miles Sanders and his 54.9% catch rate. His -13.1 isn’t just the record for the position, it’s the only time we have ever seen a running back hit negative-double digits. Eight drops on 53 targets is atrocious. It’s a huge fall from grace from a player who was seventh in receiving DYAR as a rookie, though you have to wonder in retrospect how much of that 2019 success was based on unsustainable big plays. For what it’s worth, Sanders had a -31.1% CPOE when targeted by Carson Wentz and a -8.5% CPOE when targeted by Jalen Hurts. It’s conceivable that Sanders was just brought down by Wentz’s 2020 implosion. Eagles fans better hope that that’s true, because word out of camp is that Nick Sirianni is bringing "more emphasis on the screen game” in 2021. If Sanders can’t recover from the drops, that bodes very poorly going forward. Questions surrounding each NFC East team as training camp begins - Blogging The Boys There was no bigger makeover in the NFC East than in Philadelphia this offseason as both head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz were jettisoned, albeit in different capacities. This is now the Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts show, at least for 2021, which brings up the question as to whether this show is even any good or not. Philly has some veterans that have helped make them contenders for some time, but most of their notable players are over the age of 30. Time has run out on whatever run they had around their Super Bowl win and now young players are going to have to step up. Ranking the defensive lines of each NFC East team - Big Blue View 2. Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants and Cowboys’ defensive lines were ranked 18 and higher by PFF while the next two NFC East teams both fall within the top five rankings. The Philadelphia Eagles received a No. 5 overall ranking. The 5 O’Clock Club: Statistical Data Dump - Hogs Haven Football Outsiders has a stat they call "Completion percentage over expected”. Ryan Fitzpatrick was ranked 9th best on this metric among qualifying QBs just ahead of Baker Mayfield. Dwayne Haskins was the worst-ranked in this metric. Bill Barnwell Ranks the Colts as Having the League’s 5th Worst ‘Offensive Weapon Arsenal’ - Stampede Blue Now, it’s true though. The Colts lack an elite, alpha dog #1 wideout. The big name. However, for the Colts’ offensive arsenal, it’s still strength in numbers. The team features a breakout star at running back, Jonathan Taylor, and has talent at wideout with Hilton, Pittman Jr., Pascal, and Campbell (*if he can stay healthy)—where each wide receiver brings a unique skill-set. Not to mention, scatback Nyheim Hines is dangerous with both his feet and his hands—as he’s a versatile, electric weapon in the backfield. Ranking the NFL’s second-year breakout candidates: 15 players who could become stars - ESPN+ While Washington pass-rusher Chase Young and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert — both top-six picks in the 2020 NFL draft — didn’t waste any time showcasing their talent at the NFL level last season, most rookies stumbled through a year of hopefully correctable errors. The Class of 2020 endured one of the most unique first years ever amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now, that group will have a chance to settle down and soak in a normal offseason. Which second-year players could break out in 2021? We ranked the best 15 sophomores who could star in 2021 after showing only glimpses of their potential last season. [BLG Note: No Eagles players made this list.] How long will Tom Brady play? Trainer says he’s wants to go 2 more years - SB Nation If you’ve been anxiously awaiting Tom Brady’s retirement from the NFL, well, I’ve got some bad news for you. On Monday morning Brady’s longtime trainer Alex Guererro said Brady has every intention of playing two more seasons, fulfilling his goal of playing in the league until the age of 45. Guererro said his greatest joy as a trainer is extending the careers of players a few years past what people think is possible, and he’s applying that to Brady. Off Day Debrief #46: Akers goes down, Rodgers news + AFC North All Star Team - The SB Nation NFL Show Rob "Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton discuss a big loss for the Rams and the latest twist in the Aaron Rodgers saga before choosing the best players in the AFC North. Is Adam Schefter’s tweet about Rodgers even news? How big a deal is losing Cam Akers for the Rams? Does OBJ still deserve to be considered a top wide receiver? When did the Browns become such a smart organization? Who coaches the AFC North all star team? https://www.bleedinggreennation.com/platform/amp/2021/7/22/22588426/eagles-news-howie-roseman-takes-tumble-nfl-gm-rankings-philadelphia-general-manager-football-nbc?utm_campaign=brandongowton&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0sA-CaN5EN19xxQWUHwRiZbDLVia43qVhXrCAAComXE179SgIi4lFI6hM
  11. Study shows how the NFL has been hurting the Eagles and giving the Cowboys an unfair advantage By Brandon Lee Gowton on May 15, 2020 2:13 pm  Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports The Philadelphia Eagles already know that the Dallas Cowboys possess an unnecessary and unfair advantage over them.  Such was the impetus for the Eagles’ 2019 proposal to stop automatically giving the Cowboys home games on Thanksgiving every year. BGN previously explained why this is an issue: Since Thursday Night Football began in 2006, the Cowboys have played just two Thursday road games … and neither were on short rest because they previously played on Thanksgiving the week before. By comparison, the Eagles have played FIVE Thursday night away games on short rest in that same span. Zero versus five. Not exactly even! [MAY 2020 UPDATE: Following the 2019 season, the count is now zero versus six.] It’s completely understandable that the Eagles wouldn’t want an NFC East division rival (the Cowboys) and an NFC conference opponent (the Lions) to have an unnecessarily unfair advantage over them. What’s so hard about Dallas and Detroit rotating home and away each season? It’d be cool to allow other cities to host Thanksgiving games more often, too. This advantage might not seem like the biggest deal but often times a single game can swing an entire season. The NFL should strive to foster a level playing field as much as possible and yet that’s clearly not what’s happening here. Unfortunately, the Eagles withdrew last year’s proposal due to a lack of support. But maybe other teams should be willing to revisit this topic after looking at this Sharp Football Analysis study that shows the lopsided rest advantages in the league:  As Warren Sharp notes, the inequality gap in the NFC East is especially egregious. The Giants were -12 in games with a rest advantage. The Eagles have the second-worst ranking with a -11 net, and have played 44 opponents the last decade who had over a week to prepare. It was the most of any team in the NFL (avg of 29). The inequality is glaring when considering these two teams play in the same division as the Dallas Cowboys, who have one of the strongest edges: The Cowboys had more rest in a net of +10 games (#2 best) and played 9 short rest road games (#2 best). The Giants had more rest in a net of -12 games (#1 worst) and played 20 short rest road games (#1 worst). The Eagles had more rest in a net of -11 games (#2 worst) and played 19 short rest road games (#2 worst) [...] While a team like the Cowboys clearly will play at home on Thursdays each year due to Thanksgiving, the NFL didn’t make any efforts to send them on the road for Monday night games (6 home, 4 road) like they did for a team like the Lions (4 home, 7 road). Obviously, rest advantages aren’t everything when it comes to winning football games. It’s not like teams at the top of the table such as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a lot of success in the last 10 years. The Eagles won a Super Bowl while being disadvantaged while the Cowboys haven’t even made it the past the Divisional Round since January 1996. But that kind of results-over-process-oriented thinking shouldn’t prevent the NFL from trying to fix their inequality issue. Who’s to say the Eagles couldn’t have been even more successful if they weren’t at a significant disadvantage while a division rival was receiving one of the strongest benefits of unfair scheduling? And, as BGN’s John Stolnis astutely noted, what if the Eagles’ relative lack of rest has contributed to their injury issues? There’s no good reason why the league can’t make a better effort to maintain competitive balance when it comes to rest advantage. Jeffrey Lurie should be applying pressure to make sure this doesn’t happen again over the next decade. Sorry guys first time doing this... If anyone can provide guidance on how I put quotes in and format text on a mobile then I can present it better...
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