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  1. NFL Agent on Jalen Hurts Eagles Contract: ‘That’s the Magic Ingredient’ By Mike Greger Updated Aug 8, 2022 at 10:04pm Getty Jalen Hurts finished 17-of-29 for 199 yards and two touchdowns versus New York on December 26, 2021. Jalen Hurts seems content to bet on himself and ride out his rookie contract. He’s entrenched as the starter, yet the long-term financial commitment remains off in the distance as the dual-threat quarterback enters Year 3. The Philadelphia Eagles have taken a wait-and-see approach with Hurts. No one has questioned his intangibles or character, but concerns abound over his quarterbacking skills. Things like arm strength, pocket presence, accuracy, and decision-making. Neither side seems ready to take a seat at the negotiating table until those questions are answered. "We have Jalen Hurts, who’s a 23-year-old quarterback, who led his team to the playoffs, and he’s going to get better and better and better,” Eagles GM Howie Roseman said. "He’s going to do everything possible to get better, and we have to do our part in that.” The Eagles did their part by surrounding Hurts with weapons, none bigger than Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown. It’s up to him to reward their faith and prove he’s the franchise quarterback. Those guys don’t "grow on trees,” as legendary NFL agent Leigh Steinberg told Heavy. He should know, too. Steinberg has represented some elite signal-callers from Troy Aikman to Patrick Mahomes. "Ultimately what it comes down to is, if not him then who? In other words, it’s all fine to have doubts and to take one’s time in evaluation, but at the end of the day again these quarterbacks don’t grow on trees,” Steinberg told Heavy. "It’s really hard to find them and if you’re not going to commit to this incumbent [quarterback], I mean if you commit and he turns out not to flourish, that’s a problem. But one of the keys is having stability at the quarterback position so that signing a quarterback long-term sends a message to all the incumbent players and everyone else that this is our guy, and you don’t have any controversy about that.” It’s a delicate balance, though. If Hurts comes out and lights it up in 2022, then his price is going to skyrocket. The Eagles should be in the process of finding good comps for Hurts. Derek Carr has been mentioned. Kyler Murray, too. Steinberg threw another name into the mix: Dak Prescott. The Dallas Cowboys inked Prescott to a four-year, $160 million in 2021 after two years of very public negotiations. "So, we’ll see. I think it makes sense to take an extended look from the perspective of the player themselves. It all depends on their internal psyche,” Steinberg said. "I mean a self-confident person is going to be fine, it’s not like the player’s not being paid. And every quarterback’s contract is going to get larger than the one before.” Hurts Figures to Get Better with More Snaps Steinberg has represented eight former No. 1 overall picks and 12 Hall of Famers during his 48 years in the industry. Yes, he’s a living legend and the quarterback whisperer of sports agents. He presented Warren Moon for enshrinement in Canton. So, hearing Steinberg evaluate Hurts shouldn’t fall on deaf ears. His voice is an important one when discussing a potential contract extension and Hurts’ career trajectory. "The first thing to say is that Jalen Hurts figures to get better and better. So much of a quarterback’s efficiency is based on how many times they’ve seen the field,” Steinberg said. "So the more they play, if they’ve got the talent, the better they’ll get. Because the decision-making gets better. And we’ve been sort of fooled about the normal quarterback progression by the fast start of like a Joe Burrow or Justin Herbert, right? "In other words, it’s not supposed to be that easy. It’s supposed to be a developmental process where the player throws interceptions he won’t throw again, or he makes poor decisions that he learns from, and all the rest of it.” Defining the Term ‘Franchise Quarterback’ The "eye test” is a term sometimes thrown on franchise quarterbacks. Throw the stats out. Can the player do it on the biggest stage? And in the most critical moments? The jury is still out on Hurts. He lost his first and only playoff game, although he was going up against Tom Brady in that one. The Eagles were also playing with house money. Still, Hurts didn’t have a good outing and the wild-card performance has clouded perceptions throughout the offseason. Steinberg wasn’t about to dissect the tape, but he was quick to define what a franchise quarterback is. There are certain clues to extract from every game, especially when the lights are the hottest. "So here ultimately is the dilemma: in judging that incumbent quarterback, in trying to project whether he’s a franchise quarterback,” Steinberg said. "And let’s define that as someone you can build a team around for 10 to 12 years, someone you can win because of rather than with. And, importantly, someone who in critical circumstances, like he’s thrown a couple of interceptions, the crowd is booing, the center’s looking at the quarterback like he’s on hallucinogens, what does he do now? Can he compartmentalize and adopt a quiet mind and elevate his level of play to take you to and through victory? That’s the magic ingredient in contemporary pro football for the franchise quarterback.” Has Hurts shown that "magic ingredient” over his first 19 NFL starts? That’s the $160 million question. Steinberg added: "But the problem is, if you take the snapshot too early, you’re not going to get it fully developed.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-magic-ingredient/
  2. Eagles Camp Takeaways: Jalen Hurts Tracker, Backfield Surprise By Mike Greger Updated Aug 9, 2022 at 6:26pm Getty Jason Huntley gets congratulated by Jalen Hurts after making a play in Week 17 against Washington. The Philadelphia Eagles are dealing with a dizzying number of injuries through nine practices. There were 12 players missing at camp on Tuesday, highlighted by Jason Kelce (elbow), Boston Scott (concussion), and Kenny Gainwell (hip). Not ideal. The good news? None of the injuries appear to be too serious. And, for those searching for the silver lining, those guys being out provides an opportunity to get extended looks at some possible bubble bursters. For example, third year running back Jason Huntley. Huntley’s speed cannot be questioned. He looks like he can break one every time he touches the ball and bolted into the second level of the defense on multiple plays at Tuesday’s practice. Huntley also saw time on special teams as the main kick returner. His best rep came on a toss play out of the backfield, which probably would have resulted in an even bigger gain if he had cut it back inside. Huntley is fast – 4.37 in the 40 fast – and got snaps with the first-team offense due to Scott and Gainwell being out. (Yes, Miles Sanders also ran with the ones and broke a big gainer of his own). Here are some random observations from a scorching hot day – the Eagles moved practice up an hour, from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m., due to an extreme heat advisory. They went for 1 hour, 35 minutes. Gardner Minshew Rusty, Josiah Scott Flashes Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew arrived at camp in a converted prison bus, but he’s been the one locked up so far. The 26-year-old was throwing ducks in team drills, and a touch off in individual work. He tossed back-to-back interceptions on Tuesday as third-stringer Reid Sinnett outplayed him. Minshew’s first pick came courtesy of linebacker Davion Taylor, after a nifty tipped ball from safety K’Von Wallace. It was a superb defensive play by Wallace. Josiah Scott sniped the second one off a pass intended for Quez Watkins. Scott has flashed in recent days while splitting time at safety and cornerback. He’s looking like the second-team nickel. "Josiah’s been doing a really good job at nickel and safety,” starting nickel Avonte Maddox said. "Showing that he can do both. And just coming from my experience from playing both, it’s showing everyone that you can play multiple positions and be able to compete at a high level as well.” Wallace’s Big Day, Left Tackles Return K’Von Wallace was a disruptive force on the second-team defense. In addition to the interception, the third-year safety made a couple of big hits on the day. He delivered the boom on Jason Huntley – well, as much boom as you can possibly deliver in shorts and shells, with no tackling to the ground – on one highlight-reel play. Then, Wallace stopped Jalen Reagor dead in his tracks before he could cut up the field. This is a make-or-break camp for Wallace. His contributions on special teams, combined with pedestrian play from Jaquiski Tartt, should at least earn him a roster spot. Speaking of hard hits, starting left tackle Jordan Mailata and backup left tackle Andre Dillard returned to practice. They were limited participants, but good to see them back on the field. The two blindside protectors had been in the concussion protocol since suffering head injuries last week. Third-team tackle Le’Raven Clark remained out. A.J. Brown Tracker: Next Terrell Owens? It’s really starting to feel like the Eagles really have something special in A.J. Brown, arguably their best receiver since Terrell Owens. That’s high praise, of course. Owens is a Hall of Famer; Brown is entering Year 4. However, the connection between Brown and Jalen Hurts keeps growing by leaps and bounds. He’s far and away the most targeted receiver at camp while lining up inside and outside. "We’re still building,” Brown said. "We’re definitely headed in the right direction. I have a lot of trust in him. He has a lot of trust in me.” Brown isn’t perfect, though. He missed two plays on Tuesday: one ball bounced off his hands and, luckily, into the arms of Dallas Goedert. Crisis averted. The other one was initially a catch before James Bradberry climbed the ladder and poked it out. It went incomplete, out of bounds. Great play from Bradberry. Jalen Hurts Keeps Stacking Days Can’t say it was a noteworthy day for starter Jalen Hurts. It wasn’t his fault as the Eagles were working on situational stuff, including a few plays that Nick Sirianni walked back for down and distance. "Third-and-2,” Sirianni shouted after the Brown-Goedert mishap (see above). Hurts was playing the role of game manager more than anything else and did what he was asked to do. He threw no interceptions. On the flip side, he threw no touchdowns. "I think that’s my reality. I’m a quarterback, I can run it and I can throw it, too,” Hurts said. "Biggest thing is just being consistent and being at a high level at both of those, in the rushing game and in the passing game.” Hurts did break off one long run after scanning the field and seeing no one open. Maybe he pulled it down a tad too early. Debatable. He also got blindsided by a fast-charging Brandon Graham toward the end of team drills. The Pro Bowl pass rusher knocked the ball loose to record a rare strip-sack. Graham has been bringing it this summer. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/eagles-camp-takeaways-jalen-hurts-tracker-backfield-surprise/
  3. A.J. Brown Steals Show at Eagles Training Camp: Takeaways By Matt Lombardo Updated Aug 6, 2022 at 3:37pm Getty Images A.J. Brown warms up prior to a game in 2021. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — The Philadelphia Eagles offense now has all the pieces to take flight. Philadelphia entered the offseason needing to dramatically elevate the passing game, and provide quarterback Jalen Hurts the kind of playmaker who could not only be an after-the-catch weapon, but also speed up Hurts’ process of getting rid of the football early in his progressions. A.J. Brown seems primed to fill both voids, in a big way. Early in practice on Saturday, August 6, Hurts launched a deep ball downfield on a post pattern to Brown, who went full extension over safety Kary Vincent, and without breaking stride pulled down the pass before sprinting into the end zone for a touchdown. Just A.J. Brown doing A.J. Brown things. The Eagles have built a potential juggernaut around Hurts. Especially with Brown having the ability to both get behind a safety and also serve as a security blanket on third down and manageable, paired with DeVonta Smith’s precise route-running and ability to take the top off a defense, along with the reliable hands underneath of tight end Dallas Goedert. If Hurts elevates his game as a passer, this offense will be as versatile and difficult to defend as they come. Last season, Hurts finished as the NFL’s 21st-ranked passer with 3,144 yards and 16 touchdowns to 9 interceptions. The Eagles need him to be much, much more prolific if they are going to surpass lofty preseason expectations. However, the Eagles did not have a single 1,000-yard receiver in 2021, with Smith coming 84 yards shy of that benchmark. Brown’s presence creates the opportunity for this offense to produce multiple 1,000-yard receivers based on the attention he’ll undoubtedly command from opposing secondaries. Likewise, Hurts numbers could see a dramatic uptick, as a result. That’s the formula Philadelphia is hoping to ride to the postseason. Here are key takeaways from the Eagles’ August 6 training camp practice. Kyzir White Brings Steady Veteran Presence Throughout his career, Kyzir White has shown a knack for constantly winding up around the football. Last season, White posted a career-high 144 tackles, including 90 solo, while adding 7 tackles for loss, and 1.0 quarterback sack. While the Eagles will absolutely take any contribution White can make as a pass-rusher up the middle, the 26-year-old’s presence from a leadership standpoint is invaluable. Saturday, White’s instincts in coverage shone through, when during a 7-on-7 period the former Charger jumped the route and batted a Jalen Hurts pass away from Miles Sanders. White is slated to start alongside rising fourth-year linebacker T.J. Edwards and Haason Reddick, one of the Eagles’ major offseason additions, but given coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s propensity for deploying matchup-oriented personnel, don’t be surprised if White winds up taking snaps at middle linebacker and making a major impact there. Miles Sanders’ Interesting Series There’s no question that Eagles running back Miles Sanders has entered this camp with a sizable chip on his shoulders. "Just get the respect that I finally deserve,” Sanders recently told reporters was his mission in 2022, the final year of his contract. "That’s all.” Saturday underscored exactly why the Sanders conundrum is such a significant one for this coaching staff, and front office. Early in an 11-on-11 period, Sanders fumbled the exchange from quarterback Jalen Hurts, after putting the ball on the carpet seven times through his first three seasons. But, just three plays later, Sanders burst through the line of scrimmage off a block from left guard Landon Dickerson for a would-be touchdown. Sanders’ burst out of the backfield makes him a home run threat, it just comes down to him harnessing that consistency, and the Eagles coaching staff committing to making him the bell cow. Expect Kenneth Gainwell to get his touches, but this running game should funnel through Sanders, and he showed exactly why during this practice. Undrafted Rookie to Watch It will take a Herculean effort for Britain Covey to make the Eagles’ roster, and climb the ladder inside a crowded receiving room. Still, he made a couple of flash plays running with the second-team offense and quarterback Gardner Minshew. Covey took off on a slant pattern and beat the defensive back by about two steps before Minshew threw a perfect strike that the Utah alum pulled down for a big reception. As the Eagles’ exhibition opener looms next Friday against the Jets, the 5-foot-8 and 170-pound Covey could be a player to watch. If he makes an impact on special teams, potentially as a returner, Covey could make a strong argument to stick as the Eagles’ sixth receiver coming out of camp. James Bradberry Rebound Coming? By all accounts, Bradberry has gotten off to a fast start to this training camp. Playing opposite Darius Slay, who intercepted Hurts during an 11-on-11 period, Bradberry seems locked into covering a side of the field, rather than traveling with a team’s top receiver. Saturday, Bradberry tipped 2 passes, and seemed to be far similar to the player who held opposing quarterbacks to a meager 70.1 passer rating in 2020, than what he put on film a year ago in a Giants scheme where he appeared miscast being asked to play off-coverage. Good luck to opposing quarterbacks attempting to throw against this cornerback duo. Next Stop Heavy’s NFL training camp tour continues in Ashburn, Virginia and Washington Commanders camp on August 16, perhaps with some additional stops in the interim, before getting a look at the New York Giants and New York Jets’ joint practices in East Rutherford on August 25. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/a-j-brown-makes-his-presence-felt-eagles-training-camp-takeaways/
  4. Eagles Breakout Star Shakes Up Depth Chart: ‘I Want to Be the Guy’ By Mike Greger Updated Aug 5, 2022 at 4:13pm Getty T.J. Edwards stops Jets RB Tevin Coleman during a 2021 game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. No one was more motivated to make an impact at Philadelphia Eagles training camp than T.J. Edwards. Coming off his best year in midnight green, Edwards watched the team load up on competition at the linebacker spot. The Eagles signed veteran linebacker Kyzir White in free agency, then used a third-round pick on Nakobe Dean. These guys were added to strengthen what was widely viewed as a weak position, one anchored by Edwards in 2021. Disheartened? Never. He’s emboldened to "be the guy.” "I want to be the guy,” Edwards told reporters. "I want to be the guy in the middle.” Edwards has been flying around at summer practices, a disruptive force at middle linebacker and a guy who is always around the football. He put his physicality on full display on July 27 when he jammed up A.J. Brown to force an incompletion. Or fumble, depending on if it was a completed pass. Rules are rather lax at camp. Either way, Edwards turned heads with the way he ripped the ball out. He’s been arguably the best linebacker on the roster through six practices. Edwards and White are the first-team linebackers. And it’s not by accident. "Couple of practices in, there’s so much more I want to be better at, so much more I want to continue to grow my game with,” Edwards said. "And, obviously, making plays is nice, and I want to be consistent with that. That’s the biggest thing, day in and day out, to be a guy that’s counted on to make plays. And that’s what I want. So, I just want to keep growing, and also make sure as a a whole, as a unit – especially the linebacker unit – that we’re steady improving.” Edwards Committed to Route Recognition Edwards has worked his tail off to earn starter’s reps since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2019. He has started 30 games over three seasons while turning into a key playmaker on special teams. The Eagles rewarded him with a one-year, $3.2 million extension last year. The contract came one day after he recorded 10 tackles against New Orleans, plus a fumble recovery and interception. He finished second on the team in total tackles (130) behind Alex Singleton. His arrow is very much trending up, even with rookies Nakobe Dean and Kyron Johnson pushing him for snaps. Those guys have had quiet camps, proving they have much to learn, especially when dropping back in coverage. Edwards’ feel for guarding receivers might be his biggest asset. "I kind of have a good feel for route recognition, and now going into Year 4, I’ve seen a lot in terms of routes and where everyone should fit,” Edwards said. "I work my tail off in the books, man. I’m studying as much as I can, and it’s really giving me an edge because I think instincts are everything in this game and being able to do that is something I pride myself on.” Crowded Linebackers Room in Philly Pro Football Focus called the Eagles linebacking corps "historically bad” in 2021 and ranked them No. 29 out of 32 NFL teams. Not this year. The analytics-driven website bumped the Birds up to No. 15 while citing Edwards and his "breakout 2021 season.” Seth Galina wrote: The Eagles depth chart at linebacker lists Edwards (middle), White (weakside), and Haason Reddick (strongside) as the starters. That’s a bit of a misnomer since Reddick is going to be used as a "weapon of mass destruction,” or hybrid linebacker and pass rusher. Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley are the next backers up, with Nakobe Dean, Kyron Johnson, and JaCoby Stevens fighting for the scraps. Patrick Johnson and Christian Elliss are likely to be cut. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/tj-edwards-middle-linebacker/
  5. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts Delivers Practice Rant: ‘Try Stuff, Figure It Out’ By Mike Greger Updated Aug 2, 2022 at 5:30pm Getty Eagles starter Jalen Hurts is leading a Philly offense loaded with rookies and unknowns coming into the 2021 season. Training camp is a hot, sweaty football laboratory for the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s where players like Jalen Hurts get to experiment. The first-team offense isn’t trying to embarrass the defense. Why would they want to destroy their confidence? According to Hurts, the point is to test out new "things and tools” he can use in a game setting. He’ll go back and watch the tape to see what worked and what failed. Summer practices are supposed to be fun. "In training camp, we’re not scheming for our defense,” Hurts told reporters. "We’re just running plays and we’re trying to get the ball to the most advantageous person to make a play. So it’s not like we’re trying to beat our defense, or anything like that. "We’re just trying to be efficient and put the ball where it needs to be. So to answer your question, I think practice is definitely a place where you try stuff, figure it out, and do things. Kind of create your own little pot of things and tools you can do.” It almost sounded like Hurts was channeling Allen Iverson’s practice rant, right? He wasn’t. But the fact remains that summer practices – especially in the sweltering South Philly heat – shouldn’t be put under the microscope. Offenses are extra vanilla at camp. And tracking individual stats is a meaningless chore. "I think practice is a place where you see if you can do it,” Hurts said. "Think about how many times like we don’t like the way something looks in practice, well we don’t run it in the game. If we like the way it looks then we’ll probably run it. If we have confidence in it, we’ll run it.” Not for nothing, Day 5 of Eagles camp proved to be Hurts’ best showing so far this summer. He hit Jalen Reagor in stride on a long ball that traveled 50-plus yards in the air. He also dropped a perfect dime to DeVonta Smith. And Hurts showed off his accuracy on a nicely timed slant route to A.J. Brown. The wide receiver screen game was working, too. The only negative was Quez Watkins leaving the field early with an illness. Limiting Mistakes: Treating Practices Like Games Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen mostly agreed with Hurts’ assessment, adding that he wants players to treat practices like games. He wants to see sharper decision-making and fewer turnovers, which has been a bit of an issue early on in camp. This is the time to clean up mistakes because there are no consequences. You can’t lose against your own defense, but you can be efficient. "Yeah, I think this: Like in practice, we want to treat practice – just like we always do – we want to treat it like the game, right? Because in practice sometimes there is no consequences because it’s not going against another team,” Steichen told reporters. "I think in practice we want to treat it just like the game. Be smart with the football. If you got a chance to make a play, make a play, but if you don’t have it, throw it away and live for another down, especially on third down. If we don’t have it, let’s throw it away and punt it and go.” Hurts Eliminates Sugary Drinks, Same Weight Hurts showed up at camp looking strong and jacked but not bulky. He talked about paying stricter attention to his diet – no sugary drinks, more protein – while adding more cardio to his intense workouts. Surprisingly, Hurts revealed that he weighs the same as last year: 220 pounds. "Eating greens, eating my protein,” Hurts said, "and drinking a lot of water.” One big thing he cut out was lemonade, his favorite beverage. Hurts has been drinking Lemon Perfect – a water-based lemonade substitute, endorsed by Beyonce Knowles-Carter – and he feels "cleaner” as a result. "Just changing things I put in my body,” Hurts said. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-practice-rant/
  6. Cowboys Urged to Swap Pick for Eagles ‘Versatile Playmaker’ By Mike Greger Updated Jul 25, 2022 at 4:51pm Getty Dallas WR CeeDee Lamb embraces Jalen Reagor during an Eagles-Cowboys game in 2020. Things would probably have to get pretty contentious for Jalen Reagor to wind up catching passes from Dak Prescott. It’s no secret the former first-rounder has been discussed in various trade scenarios this offseason. But the Dallas Cowboys? That’s a new one. The Philadelphia Eagles have publicly stated their commitment to Reagor, the 21st overall pick from the 2020 draft. They have also voiced their disappointment in Reagor’s stunted development. One report had Reagor being dangled in a trade to the Baltimore Ravens for safety Chuck Clark. That never materialized. Now Brian Martin of Blogging the Boys has thrown out Dallas as a potential landing spot for Reagor. Remember, the Cowboys lost receivers Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson in the offseason. And Michael Gallup might miss the start of the year as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL. Reagor — a Texas native, and a player the Cowboys heavily scouted in 2020 — could be an "ideal candidate” for Dallas, according to Martin. "Dallas’ familiarity with Jalen Reagor, and the need for a player with his skill set, could make him an ideal trade target, even between divisional foes,” Martin wrote on July 20. "Like Deonte Harty, Reagor is a player who can play inside/out, be used as a gadget player, and be the primary punt returner. A 2023 late-round pick could be all it takes to acquire this versatile playmaker if the Eagles want to get something back for a bust in their system.” NFL Insider Thinks Eagles Shopping Reagor Reagor caused a bit of a stir when he scrubbed his social media of all Eagles references following the team traded for A.J. Brown in April. Rumors suggested he had requested a trade, but those were never proved. Speculated, not confirmed. But the general feeling around the league is that a mutual parting of ways might be best for both player and team. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport mentioned the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers as possible destinations. "There was some conversation going on between the draft,” Rapoport said on May 2. "I kind of wondered if one of those receiver-needy teams — maybe the Chiefs, maybe the Packers — would make a run at Jalen Reagor. In the end, it just wasn’t enough compensation.” Problem is, that teams generally don’t like to give up too quickly on high draft picks. The Eagles might be better off opening up a three-man competition at slot receiver — Reagor vs. Greg Ward vs. Zach Pascal — when training camp opens on July 26. "I think the main problem the Eagles have with Reagor is he still could be good,” Rapoport said. "We’ve seen teams like the Rams, for instance, win the Super Bowl with four receivers. They [the Eagles] may still need him. We’ll see if he ends up sticking.” Coaching Staff Still Sees ‘Explosive Player’ Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen gave Reagor a nice vote of confidence when asked about the disappointing receiver at OTAs. His biggest asset is his speed, something the Eagles have placed a huge emphasis on in recent years. "He’s explosive. That’s one of his biggest assets. He’s an explosive player,” Steichen told reporters in June. "He still has that ability to run routes and be fast and strong and physical. And, again, we’re just continuing to improve on those things every single day.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-reagor-cowboys/
  7. NFL Rumors: Ex-Giants Starter ‘Makes Sense’ for Eagles By Mike Greger Updated Jul 22, 2022 at 8:22pm Getty Devontae Booker #28 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown with teammates. Safety is the one position everyone is harping on the Philadelphia Eagles to improve. They might. Jessie Bates III is in a contract dispute with the Cincinnati Bengals and could force his way out of town. But trading for Bates would cost the Eagles money – remember, he would want a lucrative extension from his new team – and draft capital. Philadelphia might not be willing to meet the asking price on either. Instead, general manager Howie Roseman might decide to bolster his backfield by adding another running back. According to Pro Football Network’s Mike Kaye, one name that "makes sense” for the Eagles is Devontae Booker. His reasoning? The Eagles have only five running backs under contract: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell, Jason Huntley, and Kennedy Brooks. They could use the extra depth at the position. Kay wrote: Booker has been a productive rusher in the NFL, a guy capable of throwing his 5-foot-11, 219-pound frame around at the goal line. He racked up 593 yards on 145 carries and three total touchdowns last season for the New York Giants. The 30-year-old appeared to have plenty of gas left in the tank while making four starts in 16 games (519 offensive snaps). Yes, the Howard role would be an intriguing fit for Booker. He can also catch it out of the backfield. Cardinals Pay Kyler Murray $230.5 Million The Arizona Cardinals held a press conference for Kyler Murray on July 22, one day after news leaked that he would be signing a five-year, $230.5 million extension. He’ll be under contract through 2028. Murray is now the second-highest paid quarterback on a per-year basis at $46.1 million. Which got people in Philly thinking about Jalen Hurts who is entering the third year of his rookie deal. The Eagles will have to make a decision on the 23-year-old at the end of the 2022 season, or maybe in November or December if he balls out. Hurts had been looking at somewhere in the $30 million range, or something similar to what the Las Vegas Raiders did with Derek Carr. There is a growing sense that Murray’s new deal has raised the price tag on Hurts. Those two players have very similar numbers over their first two NFL seasons. Jordan Mailata Owns ‘Best Contract’ in NFL Pro Football Focus ranked Jordan Mailata’s contract – four years and $64 million – as the best one in football. The new left tackle in Philadelphia was a revelation in his first full year as the starter: 87.4 overall grade, with an 83.3 pass-blocking grade and 87.8 run-blocking grade. Brad Spielberger called him a "true dancing bear with tremendous footwork for his size and lack of experience,” adding that Mailata had the "second-most Wins Above Replacement among all tackles in 2021.” One more thing: Mailata can sing, like professional grade. He recently opened for Ne-Yo at the Dell Music Center in Strawberry Mansion. Listen to him belt out Stevie Wonder. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/devontae-booker-giants/
  8. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts Delivers ‘Unique’ Message Ahead of Camp By Mike Greger Updated Jul 18, 2022 at 12:15pm Getty Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has the second-best selling jersey in the NFL after Week 1. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was the picture of positivity on July 16 at his Breed of 1 Youth Football Camp. He was there to encourage children and anyone else who needed a nudge to chase their dreams. Hurts is taking his job as a role model very seriously. He was joined by teammate Jordan Mailata and the two ran campers through various drills and exercises. Hurts began the day by delivering a powerful pep talk to the kids who ranged in age from 6 to 16. The inspiration for the event — held at Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, PA — was Hurts’ own childhood experiences at Houston Texans camp where he worked out with Andre Johnson. "I want you to think about what makes you unique,” Hurts told the campers. "I want you to understand that everybody has something special about themselves. Everybody has something special about themselves but you decide what that is. So trust in that, own that. Believe in yourself, be yourself, love yourself, and go chase your dream.” Hurts even took time to play some pitch-and-catch with campers, including this beautiful back corner fade pass. His two-year audition to become the Eagles’ new franchise quarterback has stretched into his community activism. "I want the youth and I want everybody to realize that they’re their own Breed of 1,” Hurts said. "And everybody has something that makes them special and everybody has something about them that makes them unique. So I just wanted to deliver that message, relay that message to the kids, to the parents, whoever it touches.” Accuracy Remains Point of Emphasis Head coach Nick Sirianni has been open and honest about Hurts’ development throughout the offseason. He wants to see improved accuracy and quicker decision-making in the pocket. Those are the two areas coach and quarterback have been attacking. "Ranking what’s important in a quarterback, accuracy is always going to be No. 1,” Sirianni told Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. "I’m back and forth at No. 2 between decision-making and the ability to create plays for the offense. I’m really impressed with his ability to process and get it out on time. He’s making good, accurate decisions and he’s doing it on time. I’m seeing a better base to make throws.” Hurts, always the coolest cucumber in the room, can’t wait for training to begin on July 26. "I can’t wait. I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” Hurts said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. "We put in a lot of work, everybody’s been grinding, putting the work in, so when the time comes we’ll be ready. We’re taking it day by day and everybody’s hungry and looking forward to what’s to come.” Open Practice Tickets on Sale The Eagles are holding one open training camp practice this summer on August 7 at Lincoln Financial Field. Those tickets are on sale for $10 with all proceeds benefiting the Eagles Autism Foundation. There is also the option to purchase an upgraded $25 VIP ticket that will provide fans with a "special on-field experience before the start of practice.” The open practice begins at 7 p.m. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-unique-message/
  9. Ex-Georgia Stud Leads Potential USFL Tryout Candidates for Eagles By Mike Greger Updated Jul 13, 2022 at 2:54pm Getty Former Georgia LB Davin Bellamy makes a play in the 2018 College Football National Championship Game. The Philadelphia Eagles are getting ready for training camp, with some players working out extra hard at their home gyms. Things are looking up after a one of the best offseasons in recent memory. The Eagles are quietly gaining momentum as the favorites to win the NFC East. The free-agent signings of Haason Reddick, Kyzir White, and James Bradberry – coupled with the trade for A.J. Brown, and drafting of Jordan Davis, Cam Jurgens, Nakobe Dean – have only heightened those lofty expectations. And general manager Howie Roseman may not be done tweaking the roster. "We’re a better football team than we were when we last took the field, and I say that with all due respect to where we were at that time, but I think we’ve gotten better,” Roseman told reporters on April 30. "We can still continue to get better and add pieces, and we’ll do that.” USFL Standouts Eagles Should Invite to Camp The USFL wrapped up a successful return season on July 5 when the Birmingham Stallions beat the Philadelphia Stars 33-30 for the championship. The league plans to run it back in 2023, but it may be lacking some standout players if they choose to pursue their NFL dreams. Here are a few guys who may have earned training camp invites with their stellar play, including three perfect fits for the Philadelphia Eagles: Davin Bellamy, Edge Rusher: The 6-foot-5, 259-pounder was a revelation during his first season in the USFL. He was named to the All-Defense Team after racking up 5.5 sacks and 40 total tackles for the New Orleans Breakers, while using his raw athleticism to push the pocket on every play. Bellamy also earned a sterling reputation as a team leader and resident trash talker. Yes, he would fit in quite nicely as a rotational edge rusher next to Brandon Graham. He can also play multiple positions after starting at outside linebacker at Georgia in 2017, two years before Nakobe Dean took over. More "Dawg Culture” would certainly appeal to the Eagles’ locker room. Cheyenne O’Grady, Tight End: The former Arkansas Razorback was one of the best tight ends in the USFL. He made 32 catches for 371 yards and two touchdowns for the Tampa Bay Bandits. The 6-foot-4, 256-pounder has the size necessary to excel in the NFL, but concerns linger over his blocking ability. O’Grady was cut in 2021 after a three-month tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals. He could be worth another look, especially on a veteran minimum salary. And the Eagles could use more talent and depth at the position. Tyree Jackson continues to rehab from a torn ACL. He’s expected to start the year on the PUP list which leaves a lot of inexperience at tight end. O’Grady plays like a physical receiver, a guy who can pick up yards with defenders draped on him. He’ll have to prove his "maturity issues” from college are a thing of the past. Brandon Wright, Punter: The Eagles will enter training camp with only one punter on the roster: Arryn Siposs. The Aussie footballer is coming off a down year and everyone knows how much Nick Sirianni loves competition. He is definitely going to bring in a camp body to push Siposs, preferably someone with NFL experience. Enter Wright who served practice squad stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams in 2020 before making his way to the USFL. The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder had a golden boot last season as the league’s best punter. Wright averaged 48.4 yards per punt while placing 16 punts inside the 20-yard line and generating seven touchbacks. He’s the real deal. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/usfl-tryout-candidates/
  10. Eagles Talked ‘Real Money’ with Pro Bowl WR: Report By Mike Greger Updated Jul 15, 2022 at 12:38pm Getty Allen Robinson Wide receivers were flying off the shelves at ridiculous prices when free agency opened in mid-March. The Philadelphia Eagles were thought to be in serious conversation with a few of the top targets but decided not to break the bank. Instead, the Eagles executed a draft-night trade for A.J. Brown. Which ended up costing them a team-friendly $100 million; yes, general manager Howie Roseman masterfully structured Brown’s deal. He’ll earn a $986,000 base salary in 2022 with a potential out in 2025. It was a stroke of good fortune and perfect timing. Philadelphia’s top target was Calvin Ridley until an investigation into his alleged sports gambling blew that trade up. The deal was done until the league handed him an indefinite suspension. But the Eagles had a Plan B and his name was Allen Robinson. Not Christian Kirk or D.J. Chark. According to Inside the Birds’ Adam Caplan, they had productive talks with Robinson and talked "real money.” Then the Los Angeles Rams swooped in with a three-year, $46.5 million deal. That was too rich for the Eagles. Caplan wrote the following: Howie Roseman Climbs Up Top GM List NBC Sports Edge’s Patrick Daugherty recently ranked all the general managers in football – well, 27 of them since the league saw five new hires – and Howie Roseman was pretty high up the list. The Eagles top executive held down the No. 8 spot for the way he cleaned up Chip Kelly’s mess and won a Super Bowl. The way he has handled a short rebuild following the Carson Wentz trade earned him extra points, too. "If [Jalen] Hurts lacks a second gear, Roseman has left himself well positioned to find his replacement with another pair of 2023 first-rounders,” Daugherty wrote. "Roseman is a whirlwind, but one that has made the playoffs four times in five years and has a Lombardi Trophy to show for it.” Hurts Looking Jacked in Workout Photos It’s the time of the year when players share eye-popping photos from their offseason workouts. Lane Johnson does it all the time. Ditto for Brandon Graham and A.J. Brown. But the biggest gains might be from Jalen Hurts who looks jacked with lean muscle. His biceps are bulging and veins exploding in a new Instagram post. Yes, Hurts appears ready for the start of training camp on July 26. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/allen-robinson-real-money/
  11. NFL Insider Reveals Problem Area Where Eagles ‘Haven’t Improved’ By Mike Greger Updated Jul 5, 2022 at 7:40pm Getty Jalen Hurts threw for three touchdowns in Week 1, including one to DeVonta Smith. Everyone seems in agreement that the Philadelphia Eagles won the offseason. Will those good spring vibes translate into a championship this winter? Well, it all depends on the starting quarterback. Jalen Hurts is the key to everything. The second-year starter has to improve his passing numbers from the 2021 campaign while looking more comfortable in the pocket. If he does that, the Eagles should be able to compete with anyone in the NFC. It’s a common sentiment being shared around NFL circles. "I think a lot of teams have improved. Let’s take the Philadelphia Eagles, for example,” NFL Insider Michael Lombardi told After Hours with Amy Lawrence. "I mean, they think they are going to be really good this year and they may be, but they haven’t improved at the quarterback position. Now if they do – if Jalen Hurts plays better – certainly you have to think that they’re going to be an improved team.” Hurts has all the intangibles and the whole city is cheering for him. No one will ever question his work ethic, especially not his teammates. Right tackle Lane Johnson knows first-hand from seeing the way he has attacked the offseason. He’s the first one in the gym and the last one out, doing it all with a calming presence. "Man, a lot of it goes down to what you do every day,” Johnson told the GoJo podcast. "He works his ass off. What I liked about him is he always has a calm demeanor about him. It’s like with a head coach, same with Andy Reid, or guys like Bill Belichick. Guys that are always calm under pressure or if they’re in a bad situation they don’t show it. Teams feed off that energy, so when you have that presence, it keeps the team calm in the huddle and in the games.” Power Lifter, Lower-Body Strength Hurts has become a bit of a legendary figure due to those viral videos showing him at the Bro Barn on Johnson’s property in New Jersey. He was seen deadlifting 620 pounds in 2021. The quarterback has insane lower-body strength, stemming from his time as a power lifter in high school. "He is super strong. He was a power lifter in high school,” Johnson told Mike Golic Jr. "He’s got a crazy strong squat, deadlift, things like that. I’m excited about this year. I know we loaded up with A.J. Brown, the offense is looking good. We got some good guys in the draft. On paper we’re looking really good right now but as you know that can change. "That can go away real quick. You got to take it day by day. But, yea man, Jalen’s looking good. I think he’s a little more muscular from what he was last year. It’s always nice having a quarterback who has the mobility, escape-ability, in the pocket that makes it easier for the O-line.” Josh Sweat Named ‘Most Underrated Player’ Defensive end Josh Sweat was named the "most underrated player” on the Eagles in an ESPN/Football Outsiders list detailing the most overlooked players for all 32 teams. They are expecting big things out of the 25-year-old pass rusher who signed a team-friendly three-year extension in 2021. They wrote: https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-improvement/
  12. Eagles Insider Delivers Very Troubling Report on Jalen Hurts By Mike Greger Updated Jul 10, 2022 at 4:56pm Getty Jalen Hurts attempts to throw it over Jaquiski Tartt during their Week 2 contest in the 2021 season. It’s never a good thing to read too much into minicamps and OTAs. Those practices are controlled environments or glorified walkthroughs where certain plays are drilled into memory. Rinse and repeat. Run the play, blow the whistle, do it again. Still, they do provide the earliest insights into how well players know the offense. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has been winning praise from the coaching staff throughout the spring and summer months. He has done everything necessary to take the next step in his development as a pocket passer, according to head coach Nick Sirianni. His footwork is much improved. Ditto for his accuracy and deep ball. Hurts has even earned some under-the-radar buzz for MVP. Hold the hype, says one well-respected reporter. Derrick Gunn made a recent appearance on JAKIB Media’s Sports Take where he revealed a disappointing showing from QB1. Hurts went through a 10-play scenario in a controlled environment: he chucked three interceptions, four incompletions, and took three sacks, according to Gunn. Here is the whole transcript from Gunn’s conversation with a trusted source: Everyone Wants to See Jalen Hurts Succeed No one wants to see Hurts fail. Gunn went on to say how much he likes Hurts and wants him to succeed. His intangibles and character make him an easy player to root for. Everyone can agree on that. "I first and foremost want to see Jalen Hurts succeed because of all the negativism out there surrounding him right now. He sucks. You hear more he sucks than he’s the quarterback,” Gunn said. "And because of how this young man carries himself I want to see him succeed because of that. But when I get this breakdown on him, I’m like if he’s doing this in a controlled environment, what’s he going to do when he’s got to make decisions in a fraction of a second? Because he’s not going to play much in the preseason. You can forget that.” Offensive Coordinator Praises Footwork, Timing Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen went out of his way to praise Hurts’ development at the end of OTAs. He specifically called out his improved footwork and the quickness of his drop back. The coaching staff, at least publicly, appears to like the quarterback’s progress. "Yeah, you can see right now obviously his feet, we’re working on his feet right now, the drop, the quickness of it, the timing, and it’s starting to show,” Steichen told reporters on June 3. "Every year just like any player, you’re a young player and you’re trying to get better every single year, every single day and that’s what he’s been doing, and it’s been really good to see.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-ways-to-go/
  13. Eagles QB Jalen Hurts Shares Strong Message on Expectations By Mike Greger Updated Jul 9, 2022 at 3:48pm Getty Eagles QB Jalen Hurts is 2-5 as a starter in the NFL after losing in Week 3. Training camp is right around the corner, and a few key offensive playmakers for the Philadelphia Eagles are getting private workouts in. No surprise, Jalen Hurts has been leading the charge. The starting quarterback was spotted running sprints down a steep hill on a rainy afternoon, going stride for stride with his two top wide receivers DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown. It seems like the 100th time Hurts has been seen putting extra work in this spring and summer. He is 100% committed to getting better. While the standalone scene wasn’t necessarily newsworthy, what Hurts was wearing had people talking. Read the motivational message inscribed on Hurts’ shirt (h/t Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports😞 Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni waxed poetic about Hurts’ work ethic after Philly’s abbreviated OTA sessions ended. He has always taken great pride in leading by example; however, it seems that his character off the field has rubbed off on everyone in the locker room. Hurts has also improved his fundamentals. "The reason we know Jalen is going to continue to get better is because of the character, and the football character and the personal character that he has,” Sirianni told reporters on June 8. "He’s just the type of guy that’s going to reach his maximum potential because of all the off-the-field qualities he has. I’ve also noticed just the crispness of the drop. It’s been the fundamentals – his fundamentals have improved, and he’s really worked hard at that.” Jalen Reagor Gets Misquoted in Viral Meme There was an odd quote graphic making the internet rounds on Saturday morning which attributed an unconfirmed quote to Jalen Reagor. It had no sourced news outlet attached to it, plus the wording was not in line with Reagor’s personality. In it, Kirk Cousins is praised while Carson Wentz, Justin Jefferson, and Jalen Hurts all get trashed. It is most definitely a fake quote in my opinion, but Vikings bloggers were circulating it like gospel. Take a look at it: Darius Slay Responds to ESPN Snub Pro Bowler Darius Slay was mysteriously left outside the Top 10 at his position in a recent ESPN Insider poll ranking the best cornerbacks in football. Slay saw the article and quickly responded: "Noted!!” Slay was mentioned in the "Honorable Mention” section, with the panel citing his lack of interceptions as a main reason why he dropped. He has only four total picks since 2020. ESPN wrote the following in regard to Slay’s production: https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-get-it-done/
  14. Former Eagles Make Semifinalist List for NFL Hall of Fame By Mike Greger Updated Jul 8, 2022 at 6:34pm Getty Maxie Baughan and Brian Westbrook were inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame prior to a game in 2015. The Pro Football Hall of Fame submitted a list of 54 semifinalists for the Class of 2023 on Thursday. It includes 25 eligible players who last played in 1996, plus 29 "Coach and Contributors.” The list will get reduced to 24 names on July 27. The Philadelphia Eagles are represented by linebacker Maxie Baughan who spent six seasons in green. He recorded 18.5 of his 24.5 career sacks in Philly while earning nine Pro Bowl nods during stints with the Eagles, Redskins, and Rams. Baughan was the starting right outside linebacker, playing alongside Chuck Bednarik, for the 1960 world championship team. "It was a Cinderella year,” Baughan told the team’s website in 2020. "Bednarik wasn’t playing on defense to start with; he was just playing on offense (at center). But then (middle linebacker) Chuck Weber got hurt and he had to come over and play both ways.” Baughan was a second-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 1960. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2015. The 6-foot-1, 227-pounder played 12 total seasons before retiring in 1974. He finished with 18 career interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown for the Eagles in 1965. Philly Natives Named Semifinalists for Hall Philadelphia saw three city residents named semifinalists for the Class of 2023: Joe Klecko, Billy "White Shoes” Johnson, and Frank "Bucko” Kilroy. Klecko’s name surely rings a bell to young and old football fans. He was a member of the New York Jets’ famed "New York Sack Exchange” and his son, Dan, played for the Eagles in 2008. Joe played his college ball at Temple University and the family lived in Chester, PA. Johnson, a native of Boothwyn, PA, enjoyed a legendary 14-year career with stops in Houston, Atlanta, and Washington. He was selected to three Pro Bowls and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996 for his time at Widener University. His "White Shoes” nickname is an ode to his flashy end-zone celebrations. And his sense of style. "Back in high school, a friend of mine challenged me to wear white shoes to football camp, and being young and dumb at that time, I took the bait,” Johnson told FOX Sports in 2016. "And after one of our good games, a local news reporter named Ed Gebhart gave me the name — ’Blazin’ Billy White Shoes’ — and when I went to college it stuck.” Kilroy is a Philly native who played offensive line – mostly at right guard – for the Eagles from 1943 to 1955. He won two world championships (1948, 1949) while making three Pro Bowl appearances. The 6-foot-2, 243-pounder attended Temple University and went on to become a successful NFL executive after his playing days. Kilroy earned three Super Bowl rings as a member of the New England Patriots front office. Otho Davis was also named a semifinalist on the "Coach and Contributor” list. He served as head athletic trainer for the Eagles from 1973 to 1995. Eagles Celebrate 89 Years as NFL Franchise The Eagles celebrated their 89th year as a professional football franchise on Friday. The team was founded on July 8, 1933. The ownership group, led by Hall of Famer Bert Bell, was established as a replacement franchise for the bankrupt Frankford Yellow Jackets. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/former-eagles-make-semifinalist-list-for-nfl-hall-of-fame/
  15. Potential Blockbuster Trades to Shake Up Eagles Roster By Mike Greger Updated Jul 1, 2022 at 5:27pm Getty Mike Gesicki of the Miami Dolphins. Training camp is creeping up and roster tweaks could be on the horizon. The Philadelphia Eagles’ front office might want to address glaring holes that weren’t filled in the NFL draft. Or maybe they just want to unload some dead weight. Whatever the case, July is the perfect time of year to make a low-risk trade. General manager Howie Roseman has never been a guy to rest on his laurels or not pick up the phone. That philosophy extends to rival executives calling him to check in on a player, as well as Roseman himself proposing something. "Our job is to look for any opportunity to improve the team, and we’ll always do that, and we’ll have discussions on that,” Roseman said after the draft. "We can still continue to get better and add pieces, and we’ll do that.” 3 Potential Blockbuster Trades Prior to Camp The Eagles have ammunition in the holster if they wanted to take a swing for the fences ahead of training camp. The two biggest names are Jalen Reagor and Andre Dillard. Problem is, everyone knows they want to unload them. But let’s take a look at a few possible trades that could benefit both parties in the coming weeks. Trade WR Jalen Reagor to Las Vegas for DE Clelin Ferrell Why This Makes Sense for Vegas: Ferrell has been a first-round bust for the Raiders and they aren’t even trying to hide it. The No. 4 overall pick has seen his snaps decrease from 648 in 2019 all the way down to 261 in 2021, along with his sack totals: 4.5 to 1.5. Ferrell hasn’t been good. And now the Raiders have a new defensive coordinator and plan to switch to a three-man front. The writing appears to be on the wall for Ferrell. Why This Makes Sense for Philly: Reagor is a wasted roster spot at this point with A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Greg Ward all ahead of him on the depth chart. The Eagles also want to see what Devon Allen – a dual-threat on returns with his Olympic speed – and Britain Covey – a surprise standout at OTA sessions – can do at camp. This trade would provide the change of scenery both Reagor and Ferrell need. Plus, Philly could use an extra edge rusher. Trade LT Andre Dillard and S K’Von Wallace to Cincinnati for S Jessie Bates Why This Makes Sense for Cincinnati: The Bengals are in no rush to hand Bates the lucrative multi-year contract he desires, instead they want him to play on the franchise tag. He doesn’t want to do that. And, as Kelsey Conway reported, Bates is "unlikely” to return to Cincinnati next year if they force the issue. Meanwhile, starting left tackle Jonah Williams has suffered his fair share of injuries in Cincinnati as he heads toward free agency in 2024. Why This Makes Sense for Philly: The Eagles need a starting safety. They could get by this season with Jaquiski Tartt and Marcus Epps, but why not trade for an All-Pro player? Offer Dillard and Wallace. It’s worth a shot. Dillard’s 2021 campaign was very hit and miss, according to Jimmy Kempski, and it seems silly to carry a one-dimensional backup tackle. And Wallace can’t seem to earn more than a special-teams role. If the Bengals don’t bite, throw in a late-round pick. Trade RB Miles Sanders to Miami for TE Mike Gesicki Why This Makes Sense for Miami: The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Gesicki back in March as the two sides work out a long-term extension. There are no reported hard feelings. However, Miami could decide to cheap out and hand the starting job to backup Durham Smythe, especially after backing the Brinks truck up for WR Tyreek Hill and CB Xavien Howard. The other part of the equation is RB Chase Edmonds. He has never tallied more than 116 touches in a season as walks into the RB1 role. Sanders would alleviate the burden in the backfield. Why This Makes Sense for Philly: Sanders is eligible for an extension on his rookie deal as he enters his fourth season. There is no guarantee the Eagles will shell out big bucks for an injury-prone back with a history of drops and fumbles. When healthy, Sanders is explosive: 2,439 career rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry. But Philly drafted a guy – Kenny Gainwell – ready to slide into the starting spot. It could be argued his potential is higher. Trade Sanders for Gesicki and pair him with Dallas Goedert, two birds of a feather. Both guys are excellent blockers, run angry, and ooze athleticism. They are also fairly young players: Goedert (27), Gesicki (26). Those two could morph into the NFL’s best tight end tandem. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/training-camp-trades/
  16. Eagles Grab Clemson ‘Game-Wrecker’ in 2023 NFL Mock Draft By Mike Greger Updated Jun 28, 2022 at 12:19pm Getty Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy was pegged to the Eagles in a 2023 NFL mock draft. The Philadelphia Eagles hold plenty of ammunition heading into the 2023 NFL draft. They’ll go into it with two first-rounders, including what could be a very high pick if the New Orleans Saints flounder as badly as many think they will without Sean Payton. Speculation was running rampant that the team might be loading up for a quarterback. Their offseason moves seem to indicate otherwise. Jalen Hurts is the guy. That could change, of course. But the early mock drafters are expecting the Eagles to invest in defense. ESPN’s Matt Miller released his first-round predictions for all 32 NFL teams. He has the Eagles picking at No. 16 and No. 19, highlighted by the selection of a "game-wrecking” defensive end out of Clemson. Myles Murphy could be the successor to Brandon Graham. Cornerback is the next area of need for the Eagles, according to Miller. He has Philadelphia grabbing Cam Smith at No. 19, a player who might be the "most well-rounded cornerback in the nation.” The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder recorded 11 pass breakups and three interceptions at South Carolina in 2021. Early Scouting Report on Myles Murphy Clemson should boast one of the fiercest defensive lines in college football, anchored by Myles Murphy and Bryan Bresee. Murphy has been rising up draft boards after a stellar 2021 campaign where he racked up 43 tackles, including a team-high 14 tackles for loss. Murphy also tallied a team-best seven sacks, plus two forced fumbles and two pass breakups in 549 snaps over 13 games (10 starts). Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network thinks Murphy can be a potential "game-wrecker” in the NFL with his ability to play defensive end and defensive tackle. His quickness off the edge is off the charts. "Murphy’s all-encompassing profile grants him some projected scheme versatility,” Cummings wrote. "At the end of the day, he’s an elite physical talent with a phenomenal combination of burst, power, and play strength. At his maximum projection, he can be a game-wrecker — not just on the edge but on the entire defensive line.” Howie Roseman Confident in Jalen Hurts Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has backed Jalen Hurts as the starter for this year and beyond throughout the offseason. The decision to swap picks with New Orleans wasn’t necessarily made to draft a new quarterback in 2023. "We’re excited about Jalen Hurts and we’re going to support Jalen and want him to have a great career in Philly,” Roseman said on April 20. "This was about flexibility for our team and about making sure that we had resources to improve our team for not only this year’s draft, but next year’s draft going forward. We thought it made a lot of sense.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/myles-murphy-clemson/
  17. Eagles Pro Bowler Fires Back at ‘Excited All-Star’ Teammate By Mike Greger Updated Jul 3, 2022 at 1:50pm Getty Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts were both limited participants heading into Week 15 against Washington. Miles Sanders caused quite the stir when he referred to the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles as an "All-Star Team” during a recent interview with CBS Sports. It was an innocent comment from an excited player that took on new life when compared to some similar thoughts made in 2011. That 2011 "Dream Team” never lived up to the hype. And people were quick to attack Sanders for labeling this year’s squad an "All-Star Team.” Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown took to Twitter to pipe down Sanders’ comments, brushing it off as an overexcited teammate offering a misguided opinion. Unlike teammate Nakobe Dean, Sanders wasn’t talking about winning multiple Super Bowls but his words were being used as bulletin board material across the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys might have something to say about it. Meanwhile, Sanders tried to downplay his comments while taking a shot at the pot-stirring media. "Oh man. We all feel like we’re on an all-star team, so we feel great,” Sanders told Cody Benjamin. "We feel unstoppable, I’m not gonna lie. The vibes are great, always have been. Nick Sirianni is doing a great job just keeping the vibes right, the chemistry good. We compete a lot in practice. But we’ve gotta see. Its gonna come down to camp, taking it one day at a time … putting everything together.” Sanders Sounds Off on Jalen Hurts Sanders was pretty open about his expectations when he met with reporters during spring practices. He called the 2022 Eagles a "great team” at the time while acknowledging they needed to put "all the pieces together.” The starting running back also described the great strides taken by quarterback Jalen Hurts. "The thing about Jalen is he’s always even Stephen, you can’t really tell but he handles himself very well, and I love how he leads the team,” Sanders told reporters on May 11. "You know, he’s always talking and trying to do stuff or give ideas, to see certain stuff we can do to make us better. "He’s always hitting receivers up. I know he throws with receivers at different times, whenever, people don’t even know. He does a lot of work behind closed doors and that’s what I love about him and, at the end of the day, he’s a great leader and I think a great guy for this city and this team.” Haason Reddick Poised for First Pro Bowl? NFL Media’s Nick Shook compiled a list of 32 first-time Pro Bowlers in 2022, picking a rostered player for all 32 teams. He selected pass-rushing linebacker Haason Reddick for the Eagles. Reddick has 31 career sacks in five NFL seasons, including 23.5 sacks over his past two years during stints in Carolina and Arizona. Shook wrote: "He’s grown into the player Arizona envisioned it was selecting with its first-round pick in 2017, and if he follows this track through another season, it’ll be hard to ignore his candidacy for postseason recognition.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/aj-brown-miles-sanders/
  18. Potential Contract Details Revealed for Eagles QB Jalen Hurts By Mike Greger Updated Jun 28, 2022 at 4:23pm Getty Jalen Hurts commands the Eagles' huddle during Philly's 31-15 loss in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Philadelphia Eagles have a big decision to make on Jalen Hurts in 2023. He’ll be entering his fourth year and eligible for a new contract. Will the team extend him? If so, how much is Hurts worth? The dual-threat quarterback’s future will likely come down to how well he plays this season. Hurts must show he can win games with his arm and improve as a pocket passer. More importantly, he has to be the reason the Eagles get back to the postseason. And advance beyond the wild-card round. Adam Caplan of Inside the Birds recently detailed what an extension might look like for Hurts. His best comparison was something in line with what Derek Carr signed in Las Vegas. That deal – three years and $121.5 million – was essentially structured as a one-year, $25 million deal. "I don’t care how well Hurts plays, over $40 million a year just isn’t going to happen,” Caplan said. "What you can do is load up one year. If you look at Carr’s deal, he got a $7.5 million signing bonus and his base salary is $17.4 million, so he’ll make $25 million in Year 1. Now what the Raiders did, what his agent did was smart. "The base salary is ridiculous, $32.9 million, he’s not going to get that if he doesn’t play well. But what the agent did that was really smart: Carr’s base salary becomes fully guaranteed, $32.9 million, on the third day of the waiver period which is the third day after the Super Bowl.” The Eagles could sign Hurts to a similar contract and get something inked in January. They’ll have two full seasons of tape on him, plus (hopefully) back-to-back playoff appearances. According to Caplan, the Eagles want to see Hurts "play well.” A breakout season – maybe 30 passing touchdowns? – gets it done. "If Hurts lights it up this season, you [already] love the kid, you love the character and the upbringing and all that,” Caplan said. "He’s got the intangibles, but he’s got to play well. He didn’t play well enough last year. If he plays really well, he’s getting his contract extended. There’s no question about it.” Hurts Not Getting $50 Million, No Way Some have oddly speculated that Hurts might get a "massive contract” worth up to $40 million next offseason. Don’t bank on it. The Eagles want to be wowed by him in 2022, according to Caplan, and own all the leverage in contract negotiations. "I just have a feeling if they do make the playoffs, it won’t be just because he’s their quarterback,” Caplan said. "It will be because he played well. That would be a big part of it.” So, how much should Hurts expect to get from Philly? It won’t be anywhere near the $50 million per year that Aaron Rodgers received. "No matter how well he plays, he’s not going to get $50 million a year,” Caplan said. Or the $45 million per year that Patrick Mahomes got. Or the $43 million per year that Josh Allen received. And it won’t approach Dak Prescott’s $40 million per year. "Dak Prescott was good immediately,” Caplan said. "When he took over for Tony Romo – Tony Romo never got the job back – because he was so good when Romo broke his collarbone. Prescott was good from the very start.” Gardner Minshew Making More Money Gardner Minshew will earn $2.54 million in base salary for 2022, compared to $1.08 million for Hurts. That’s right. The backup quarterback is making more money than the starter. Hurts might be the best value in all of football. Which is all the more reason why the Eagles are in no hurry to hand him a massive extension. He’s under team control until 2024 when his four-year rookie deal expires. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/potential-contract-details-revealed-for-eagles-qb-jalen-hurts/
  19. Eagles Sound Off on Jalen Reagor: ‘That Was Our Discussion’ By Mike Greger Updated Jun 13, 2022 at 11:33am Getty Eagles receivers DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor walk off the field in disgust after losing in the 2021 NFL playoffs. Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jalen Reagor was absent during the two days that OTA practices were open to the media. Reagor was taking some personal time off following the tragic death of Jeff Gladney, his college roommate and "right hand man.” He was a pallbearer at Gladney’s funeral on June 4. Context is important when discussing Reagor. It’s justifiable to bash him for underwhelming statistics on the field; however, it isn’t fair to kick Reagor when he’s hurting — physically, mentally, whatever the case. Head coach Nick Sirianni was very forthcoming when asked why Reagor was missing during the final day of OTAs on June 8. He has no issues with the third-year receiver. "He had great attendance through this, and just so happened the times that you guys were here he wasn’t,” Sirianni said. "But he had great attendance through this and was really into it, and there’s no denying that Jalen has talent. He just has to continue to try to be consistent. That was our discussion.” Sirianni’s comments hearkened back to Howie Roseman saying Reagor needed to take "another step.” The Eagles are fine with Reagor taking a break to grieve and mourn his friend. The organization has a sterling reputation for supporting its players and providing them with the resources they need off the field (see: Lane Johnson). But the team is counting on Reagor to report to training camp on July 26 ready to work. Sirianni has already talked to Reagor about what he needs to improve on. "We have a discussion with every player at the end of the year of what we need to do better, what we did well,” Sirianni said. "Jalen, one of the things that we talked about was well, okay, you’re not at TCU where you get 11 balls thrown to you a game. You might get three or you might get two; take advantage of the ones that you get and just be consistent with it. And that’s what we’re working on right now, because there’s no doubt that he has talent, and we are excited to work with him again.” Howie Roseman: ‘No Secret About That’ General manager Howie Roseman was in the room for some of the conversations between Reagor and Sirianni. He was the one who green-lighted the Reagor pick — a controversial move that allowed Justin Jefferson to go to Minnesota one pick later — and the Eagles aren’t going to give up on the burner from Texas Christian that easy. "We talked about it at the end of the season; we need Jalen [Reagor] to take another step,” Roseman said on March 2. "We need Jalen to do some of the things we drafted him to do. He knows that. There’s no secret about that. We’ve told him the same things.” Roseman brought Reagor up again, unprompted, on April 20 when asked to evaluate previous drafts. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is another early-round pick that hasn’t panned out. "I would say with Jalen [Reagor], obviously I know he gets a lot of attention in this city and I know he’s working his butt off,” Roseman said. "And when you look back — we were having this conversation this morning with our strength and conditioning staff — that was a hard year for some guys because you had COVID, you didn’t have an off-season program, and so sometimes the book isn’t necessarily written on all those guys.” Offensive Coordinator Sees ‘Explosive’ Player Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is another guy keeping the faith in Reagor. His voice might be the most important one considering he’s the one calling the plays. While Reagor’s role remains unknown heading into the 2022 campaign, it sounds like the Eagles want to utilize his speed in some capacity. "He’s explosive. That’s one of his biggest assets. He’s an explosive player,” Steichen said on June 3. "He still has that ability to run routes and be fast and strong and physical, and again, we’re just continuing to improve on those things every single day.” Reagor could morph into an option at slot receiver with Quez Watkins lining up more on the outside. It worked for Nelson Agholor in 2017 after some lean years to start his career. The Eagles aren’t giving up on the 21st overall pick from the 2020 draft. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-reagor-discussion/
  20. Eagles’ Jalen Hurts Stunningly Compared to All-Pro QB: ‘It Just Happens’ By Mike Greger Updated Jun 13, 2022 at 10:37am Getty Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. Franchise quarterbacks don’t grow on trees. Everybody knows that. They need time to mature, time for the roots to take shape underneath the ground. Jalen Hurts is in the germination stage of his journey. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is entering his third NFL season, his second as a full-time starter. Hurts’ numbers have steadily risen since taking the reins. More importantly, they look very similar to what Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen did in 2018 and 2019. Allen took the leap into elite status in Year 3, a random fact not lost on Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. "It’s very, very difficult to project what you call or what we might call franchise quarterback,” Lurie told reporters on March 29. "It happens. It just happens. After Year 1 or Year 2 was Josh Allen a franchise quarterback? Was he even thought to be a franchise quarterback when Buffalo drafted him? "I think the answers are very clearly no, no and no. He developed into one, so now we have a young, 23-year-old, playoff quarterback who gets better every year in college, and in the pros, he’s had really one full year.” Lurie continued: "No one knows where that’s going to end up. But I think what you do know is you have a guy that is incredibly dedicated. Excellent leader of men — players around him gravitate to him. He will do anything and everything to get better and work on every weakness he has and try to maximize every strength he has. That’s why we’re committed to Jalen at age 23. Who knows what the future holds, right? So that’s where it goes.” Hurts Getting ‘More Comfortable’ in Eagles’ Offense Head coach Nick Sirianni challenged Hurts to work on his fundamentals in the offseason. He did. He showed up to OTAs looking more comfortable in the pocket and throwing a crisper ball. Hurts has also benefited from working with the same offensive coaching staff for a second straight season. That has happened to him since high school. "Jalen is, in my opinion, more comfortable in the offense, right. That’s just the part of the process the second year,” Sirianni said. "He knows where the receivers are going to be versus different looks. He knows where to go with the football a little bit quicker.” The next stage in Hurts’ growth is getting reps. He needs to build chemistry with his revamped receiving corps, highlighted by the additions of A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal. "We’ve done our job as coaches,” Sirianni said, "and I don’t want to say we’ve done a good job, but what we’ve done as coaches is figured out what he likes and what he’s good at and all these different things. It’s just accumulating those reps.” Public Practices Tickets on Sale: August 7 The Eagles will hold an open training camp practice for the general public on August 7 at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit the Eagles Autism Foundation. There is also a $25 VIP option that allows fans a special on-field experience. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-josh-allen/
  21. Eagles Rookie Records Blistering Time After Bonding with Jalen Hurts By Mike Greger Updated Jun 19, 2022 at 1:32pm Getty Devon Allen was a deep threat at Oregon in 2014 where he caught 41 passes for 684 yards and 7 touchdowns. Rookie receiver Devon Allen hasn’t even put on his Philadelphia Eagles’ uniform, yet the expectations for the blazing fast track star continue to build. The two-time Olympian posted another blistering number in the 110-meter hurdles, running it in 13.16 seconds at a Diamond League event in Paris, France on June 18. The victory marked Allen’s third win in the event since June 12. The 27-year-old took first place in 13.22 seconds at a Diamond League event in Oslo, Norway on June 16, right after torching the field in 12.84 seconds at the New York Grand Prix on June 12. The latter was the third-fastest time in the history of the 110-meter hurdles. Allen has a few more races slotted on his calendar this summer, highlighted by the World Athletics Championships which run from July 15-July 24 in Eugene, Oregon. That race will be a homecoming for Allen who spent four years at the University of Oregon where he ran track and played football for the Ducks. That was the last time Allen stepped foot on the gridiron. He hasn’t played organized football since 2016. Eagles Wowed by Allen’s Speed, Show Support at Penn Relays Allen worked his way onto scouts’ radars after posting an unofficial time of 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his Oregon Pro Day. According to Oregon Live, Allen also had a 34.5-inch vertical jump and ran the three-cone drill in 7.23 seconds and 20-yard shuttle in 4.55 seconds. It’s good to get a fast time on paper,” Allen said, via James Crepea. "That’s why I ran it; I probably didn’t have to run it, but I wanted to do all the drills.” Many NFL general managers saw Allen’s numbers and started drooling, including Howie Roseman. He immediately picked up the phone and inked the Olympian to a three-year rookie contract. "Obviously with Devon you see just flat-out speed,” Roseman said on April 30. Allen has been flashing that speed all summer, starting with his electrifying finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays. He ran that in 13.11 seconds, with new teammate Darius Slay sitting in the stands. "He is a phenomenal teammate, and he was right there with him watching him win the 110 hurdles today,” Roseman said of Slay. "What did he run, a 13.1, 13.11? Yeah, that’s amazing. [Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan] Gannon ran something like a 14.25 in high school. You guys will have to look that up, but obviously that’s nowhere near what Devon is running.” Allen Enjoys Crawfish Boil with Jalen Hurts Jalen Hurts continues to bond and build relationships with all his teammates, especially the new ones. Allen revealed that Hurts had him over his house for a crawfish boil. That’s right, the starting quarterback is treating every player on the roster the same. His No. 1 receiver is just as important as No. 8. "He’s a great leader,” Allen said, via John Clark. "I think something that’s important is to try to build a relationship and rapport with all of your teammates. The first week I was there he invited me over for dinner. We had a crawfish boil. So that was pretty cool.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/devon-allen-hurdles/
  22. Eagles New Assistant GM Breaks His Silence on ‘Unscripted’ By Mike Greger Updated Jun 15, 2022 at 5:48pm Getty Eagles GM Howie Roseman chats with head coach Nick Sirianni prior to a game in 2021. The Philadelphia Eagles released Episode 1 of their new behind-the-scenes video series titled "Unscripted: Inside the 2022 Eagles Season.” It starts by detailing Brandon Graham’s rehab from a torn Achilles, then dives into team’s experience at the NFL Scouting Combine. The whole episode is insightful and worth the 27-minute run time. The best part – aside from Jason Kelce singing the National Anthem at a Sixers game – focuses on new assistant general manager Alec Halaby, a title he shares with Jon Ferrari after a front office restructuring was announced on June 3. The analytics guru from Harvard has never addressed the media, so it was telling to hear him describe his information-gathering process on prospective draft picks. "So, I would say the Combine is really invaluable as a source of information, right? And I mean information in the broadest terms,” Halaby said. "Like, when we sit down with a player for formal interviews and we’re talking about what it was like to grow up, we’re talking about what their coaches told them, and they’re taking us through a blitz that they ran on third down in the national title game … that’s information we’re learning about the player there. It’s really unstructured. People have subjective interpretations of it. Then we get some really hard data for what happens on the field.” Halaby explained that "hard data” can be mined from watching players on film, then the next step is seeing how it translates in the drills they run on the field. Meanwhile, assistant director of scouting Ryan Myers and director of player personnel Alan Wolking addressed the importance of attending Pro Days. "It’s a major part of the process,” Myers said. "Coaches are coming out and spending time with these young men. We’ll interview guys. We’ll see how well they can retain information and spit it back it back to us. The mental part is key, obviously.” Nick Sirianni Delivers Spirited Pep Talk Head coach Nick Sirianni welcomes the guys back with a spirited pep talk prior to the start of OTAs. His youthful energy and genuine passion really seems to resonate with the team. The motto for the 2022 season is simple: "If you want to fly fast, fly alone. If you want to fly far, fly together.” Their journey started on January 17 after the wild-card playoff loss to Tampa Bay. "Really our journey started after the season, and you guys haven’t been sitting on your ass not doing anything. You all have been working your ass off to get better,” Sirianni said. "So it started at the end of the season and it starts even a little bit more together today. "Because the best teams I’ve been on, that I’ve been a part of, right, have these things in common. They’re close. They connect. They compete. They’re vicious competitors. They’re accountable to each other. They’re smart football players. And they have good fundamentals.” Kelce Steals Show with National Anthem Display Kelce’s gravelly voice didn’t miss a note during his memorable rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner” on March 14 prior to the Sixers-Nuggets game at Wells Fargo Center. He went through some rough patches during the song, but no one complained. Kelce’s performance was one for the ages, especially since it came on the same day the 34-year-old announced he wasn’t retiring. "I don’t think I’ve been nervous really, like, nervous, nervous, in years. I’m nervous, nervous right now,” Kelce said prior to the game, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. "My knees were shaking out there doing the sound check so we’ll see how this goes.” His nerves didn’t show. And that scene is one of the best moments in Episode 1 of Unscripted. Better yet, Kelce helped raise a ton of money for Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/alec-halaby-assistant-gm/
  23. Eagles Starter Sounds Off on Uncertain Future: ‘I’m No Stranger’ By Mike Greger Updated Jun 9, 2022 at 11:16am Getty Jason Peters talks with Isaac Seumalo during an Eagles training camp practice. Rehabbing starter Isaac Seumalo has been getting the first-team reps at right guard during OTAs. The job appears to be his to lose heading into training camp assuming his foot is fully healed from Lisfranc surgery. The 28-year-old underwent two surgeries to repair the fracture – one in October to "put the metal in” when the injury happened, another in February to take the screws out – and has been moving well on the practice field. The harder part for Seumalo has been adjusting to playing next to Lane Johnson on the right side of the Philadelphia Eagles’ vaunted offensive line. He was the starting left guard prior to injuring his foot last season. "Switching from one guard to the next is different, technicalities and weight position and all this kind of specific O-line stuff,” Seumalo told reporters. "But it’s been going really well. Being out there, especially with [Jason] Kelce and Lane [Johnson], still getting to play next to them, is truly a blessing. I’m excited about it.” But Seumalo isn’t out of the woods yet. He has a few more hurdles to clear before team doctors declare him 100% healthy again. He’s listening to what they tell him and adhering to their timeline, although the 303-pounder has his own deadline. Seumalo is going to push himself to be ready for training camp on July 26. "I’m not really planning on taking any breaks [over] these next six or seven weeks,” Seumalo said. "I want to be as good if not better than what I was before. That’s always been my goal since October. My goal is to be ready by training camp.” Ready to Compete, Nothing Promised Seumalo has started 43 out of a possible 64 games during his six seasons in Philly. He’s been a vital cog along one of the most dominant offensive lines in football, a guy who team captain Jason Kelce got emotional talking about following his 2021 injury. Still, Seumalo knows nothing is promised. He and everyone else on the roster is replaceable. "Every year you’re competing,” Seumalo said. "It doesn’t matter if you’re a 12-year All-Pro or a first-year rookie, you gotta come in with that mindset that they’re always going to bring in somebody to compete for your job, that’s just what it is. I’m no stranger to that but I think when I’m healthy, I think that the film says a lot, that I can play at a really high level, and I still feel that way especially with the way the foot is feeling. I definitely feel when I’m good and ready to go that I’ll be out there.” Unless he isn’t on the roster. There has been chatter of the Eagles possibly releasing Seumalo to save $5.65 million. Remember, the former third-round pick is a set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2023. "I can’t talk about that, any sort of those conversations,” Seumalo said when asked about his future in Philly. "I’ll tell you one thing, out there on the field, I’m going to go ball out as soon as I can. Coach Stout [Jeff Stoutland] always talks about hungry dogs run faster and I’ve been as hungry as they come the past six or seven months.” High Praise for New Starter Landon Dickerson The reason Seumalo is switching positions is due to a stellar rookie year from Landon Dickerson. The former Alabama standout was a revelation at left guard in 2021 after injuries forced some musical chairs along the O-line. Seumalo watched the whole thing unfold from the sideline, with no animosity or jealousy. "I’ll tell you what, Landon balled out last year,” Seumalo said. “[He] got thrown in there, which unfortunately has happened a lot across the league for offensive lines, weathered the storm, ended up playing really well at the end, and he and Jordan [Mailata] have such a tight bond, relationship.” The Dickerson-Mailata "bromance” has been an offseason topic of conversation. It’s a real thing. The Eagles’ front office has compared that duo to being the left side version of Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson. If Seumalo wants to win a starting job, he’ll have to do it on the right side. "Me, personally, I kind of embrace challenges anyway,” Seumalo said. "They play so well next to each other. I love playing next to Jordan [Mailata], that’s been great but I feel … I’ve played next to Lane, too. They’re both, two of the best at what they do.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/isaac-seumalo-rehabbing/
  24. Eagles Pro Bowler Reveals True Feelings on Hitting Free Agency By Mike Greger Updated Jun 8, 2022 at 4:09pm Getty The Eagles inked Fletcher Cox to a one-year deal worth $14 million to return for the 2022 season. It’s been a weird offseason for Fletcher Cox as he looks down the barrel of his 11th NFL season. The six-time Pro Bowler was initially released by the Philadelphia Eagles, then quickly returned on a one-year deal. Cox was a free agent for a minute, although his loyalty to the franchise that drafted him never wavered. The 310-pound defensive tackle knew the Eagles wanted him back. It was just a matter of finding a mutually beneficial arrangement, something his agent Todd France was able to hammer out with general manager Howie Roseman. The two sides were in constant communication and everything was done in a professional manner. Cox said he knew he was coming back "days or maybe a week or so” before the deal was finalized. "I knew the team wanted me here,” Cox told reporters on June 8. "There was a deadline before we could get things done, and time is always ticking, you only have a certain amount of time to get certain things done. Like I said, I knew they wanted me here but it was just part of the process. Everything was respectfully professional and obviously, I appreciate the organization for that. And then we got everything figured out.” That being said, Cox admitted to a few other teams blowing up his phone. Talks never got serious but offers were on the table. "When you’re a free agent obviously teams do reach out,” Cox said, without naming names. "And it’s part of the process.” The 31-year-old never got "nervous” but he isn’t naive to the fact that this could be his final year in midnight green. Every player has to say farewell eventually. "Everybody has that day, right? That day where they get released from the team they’ve been playing for for a long time,” Cox said. "Obviously at some point that day has to come. We were able to get things worked out. Excited to be back in the building.” Cox Putting His Energy Into Mentoring Jordan Davis Eagles rookie Jordan Davis has gushed about Cox in nearly every interview. He grew up watching him and trying to mimic his movements. Now the first-round pick gets to share a locker room with one of his favorite players. Full circle. "I’ve talked to him,” Cox said. "I’ve been on him a little bit, just trying to teach him how to be a professional, how to be a pro, how to practice, how to handle certain situations. It’s good [to have him here], I think the more talent we have on the defensive line the better we are.” And Cox has been coaching Davis up hard this summer. He wants to mold him into the NFL’s next great defensive tackle. "I want to be able to share a lot of information with Jordan,” Cox said. "And I know he’ll get it. It’s going to be a lot for him. He’s a rookie. I’ve been in the same position before where guys have kind of taken me under their arms and led the way. I’m excited about Jordan. We converse all the time. We talk about football and more importantly about life.” Trying to Bounce Back From ‘Up and Down Year’ Cox’s streak of six straight Pro Bowls was snapped during the 2021 season. He finished with 3.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits while trying to adjust to Jonathan Gannon’s new defensive scheme. It was far from rainbows and unicorns for the head-strong veteran; however, everyone got on the same page by the end of the year. "It was up and down, and that was the biggest thing,” Cox said. "But going into Year 2 of a defense, you know what to expect. I know what to expect, and just make the best of it, you have fun playing the game. This is my 11th year and I’ve been enjoying it.” This marks the first time Cox will enter a season on a one-year deal — $14 million, with a $12.5 million signing bonus (via Spotrac) — but don’t expect his mindset to change. Same offseason routine. Same effort on Sundays. "I don’t do anything different. I still carry myself the same way,” Cox said. "I don’t think that maybe trying to do something spectacular [works] — I’ve been here for 10 years, the team knows what to expect. They know I’m a hard worker. They know I’m a leader. They know i’m going to show up on Sundays.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/fletcher-cox-free-agency/
  25. Nick Sirianni Reveals What Eagles QB Jalen Hurts Worked On in California By Mike Greger Updated Jun 7, 2022 at 10:31am Getty Jalen Hurts finished 17-of-29 for 199 yards and two touchdowns versus New York on December 26, 2021. Everyone knows Jalen Hurts took a trip out to California this offseason to train with quarterback coaches and footwork specialists to improve his game. However, details have been scant about whom or what the Philadelphia Eagles starter actually worked on out there. Well, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni spilled the beans during an interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. He wouldn’t divulge which trainers the 23-year-old saw — Tom House was one rumored name — but Sirianni did reveal that Hurts spent a lot of time drilling fundamentals. More specifically, Hurts worked on setting his feet to improve his accuracy and trajectory on deep throws. All his coaches have been preaching better mechanics and fundamentals. "He’s really worked his fundamentals, that’s what he went out there to do and we talk about fundamentals all the time,” Sirianni told Paolantonio. "And he went out there to work on his fundamentals, getting his feet right, getting his release right. Fundamentals is our lifeline here as players and coaches, to get better fundamentally means you’re going to take your game to the next level. "Obviously, with all positions, it’s important, like the way the receivers place their foot coming out of the break, the way Jalen sets his feet to throw to the left or to the right. So everything we can do to get our team better, individually, and we’ll do it collectively, is big and that was big for Jalen. So I’m noticing a big difference.” Hurts Showing Quick Feet, Better Timing The Eagles have only been on the field for a handful of OTA practices, but Hurts’ offseason work is already apparent. Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen has been impressed with the quarterback’s improved footwork during 7-on-7 drills. "Yeah, you can see right now obviously his feet,” Steichen said. "We’re working on his feet right now, the drop, the quickness of it, the timing, and it’s starting to show. Every year just like any player, you’re a young player and you’re trying to get better every single year, every single day and that’s what he’s been doing, and it’s been really good to see.” Sirianni mentioned that the idea to send Hurts out to California was a group decision. Hurts wanted to do it, and he worked together with Sirianni, Steichen and Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson to make it happen. "That was something that he was interested in doing and something that we were interested in doing,” Sirianni said. "So, it was a group effort like a lot of the things that we do here. When we game plan, it’s a group effort. This was a group effort. So, it was fun to organize that together and to be able to work to get him out to southern California to throw.” Reps and Reps and Reps: Building Chemistry Now Hurts’ attention turns to stacking days and recording reps with his revamped receiving corps, one featuring best friend A.J. Brown and former college teammate DeVonta Smith. That process started last week during abbreviated OTAs, aka summer passing camps — and Hurts loves putting in the work. "It’s just been a conversation, getting on the same page. Reps and reps and reps,” Hurts said. "I think it’s been good for us to be out here doing some competitive drills and I think that will help us in the end.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-california-workout/
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