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  1. Darius Slay compares Jalen Hurts to a young Russell Wilson: 'They're both the same type of player' Slay was a guest on 'All Things Covered' and discussed Jalen Hurts and the Eagles season By Jeff Kerr USATSI Even as the Philadelphia Eagles are in a playoff race despite the franchise dubbing 2021 as a transition year, questions still remain on whether Jalen Hurts can be the franchise quarterback past this season. Through 16 starts, the verdict isn't out on Hurts -- who is coming off one of the worst games of his career in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants. Eagles cornerback Darius Slay sees immense potential in Hurts and doesn't appear to want the franchise to give up on the second-year quarterback so easily. Slay was a guest on the CBS Sports' "All Things Covered" podcast with Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson this week, comparing Hurts to a superstar quarterback the Eagles have been linked to at various points this season. "He can be real good. I don't like to compare people too much, but he can be like Russell Wilson," Slay said. "They both were baseball players and Russ has a stronger arm for sure -- but (he) was young and behind a great defense and making all the right reads and all the right checks. In year two when they won the Super Bowl, you watched how he played. They handed the ball off, gave to to Marshawn for 120, 130 (yards). "You watch how we play now. We're averaging 200 yards per game for the past five games. I feel like they're both the same type of player and Russell kind of evolved as a passer -- and that's what (Seattle) had to lean on because Marshawn was gone. "The Eagles still have a young core, so Hurts can keep learning on the go. And the Eagles can keep running, just like Russell did (in Seattle)." Philadelphia's running game has been the best in the NFL thanks to Hurts, who leads the team with 695 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Hurts leads all players in explosive plays in the NFL (85) and ranks eighth in total offense with 3,130 yards. Hurts has recorded 50 rushing yards in six consecutive games, tying Randall Cunningham for the longest streak by a quarterback in franchise history. Hurts' passing numbers aren't as dominant as his rushing totals. Hurts has completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,435 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions (83.9 rating). Of the 34 qualified quarterbacks, Hurts is 28th in completion percentage, 23rd in touchdown percentage (3.7%), 18th in interception percentage (2.3%), 23rd in yards per attempt (6.9), and 28th in passer rating. "He lacks no confidence," Slay said. "He's going to have the same mindset to try and go out and dominate a guy and try to be the best player he can to try and help this team win. There aren't too many people in this building that can be a leader (like him) this early (in their career). "He's vocal, he works hard, and he knows what to say to a team to get them going. He has the mindset that gets players to go 'dang I want to run through a wall for you.' He does a good job with that." If the Eagles do decide to go with Hurts past this season, Slay's on board with the decision. With three first-round draft picks coming in 2022, the Eagles can build around their quarterback and give him another season to grow in the offense. There's little reason to make a brash decision on a starting quarterback based on a small sample size. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/darius-slay-compares-jalen-hurts-to-a-young-russell-wilson-theyre-both-the-same-type-of-player/
  2. Eagles vs. Saints score: Jalen Hurts rushes for three touchdowns as Philadelphia cruises past New Orleans Hurts becomes the first QB in franchise history to rush for three touchdowns in a game By Jeff Kerr Jalen Hurts became the first quarterback in Philadelphia Eagles history with three rushing touchdowns in a game, guiding the Eagles to a dominant 40-29 victory over the New Orleans Saints as Philly now becomes a factor in the NFC playoff race. Hurts led a dominant Eagles offensive rushing attack as Philadelphia rushed for 244 yards on the ground. Hurts finished with 18 carries for 69 yards and three touchdowns, the final one coming on a 24-yard run with 3:59 to play to seal the Eagles' victory. Miles Sanders led the Eagles with 94 rushing yards and Jordan Howard added 63. Hurts finished 13 of 24 for 147 yards throwing the ball, which wasn't needed much with the way the Eagles controlled the game on the ground. Darius Slay had an interception return for a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to give Philadelphia a commanding 27-7 lead heading into the break. Slay has three touchdowns in his last four games, which leads all NFL defensive players this year. The Saints' lone touchdown in the first half was aided by a Sanders fumble (forced by Christian Ringo) deep in Eagles territory. Trevor Siemian found Adam Trautman for an 18-yard touchdown on third-and-18 to cut the Eagles' lead to 14-7. The Eagles answered with two field goals from Jake Elliott, 50 and 37 yards, to make it 20-7. New Orleans scored two touchdowns late to cut Philadelphia's lead to 14 points. Siemian found Marquez Callaway for a 26-yard touchdown to begin the fourth quarter and Siemian ran for a 17-yard score (the longest run of his career) as New Orleans cut the deficit to 33-19. Siemian finished 22 of 40 for 214 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Mark Ingram had 16 carries for 88 yards and Trautman recorded five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Here are our takeaways from the game: Why the Eagles won Philadelphia led the NFL in rushing yards the last three weeks -- and decided to challenge the No. 1 run defense in the NFL from the opening snap. The Eagles ran the ball 50 times for 242 yards against the Saints defense that entered the contest allowing just 72.9 rushing yards per game. New Orleans allowed just 3.07 yards per carry entering the game, which was also first in the NFL. Philadelphia averaged 4.8 yards per carry and wore out New Orleans' front seven with three players that ran for 60 yards. The Saints couldn't contain Hurts on zone-read plays, which led to Hurts' three scores on the ground. Hurts' 24-yard touchdown run was tied for the longest run allowed by the Saints defense this year. He's the seventh player in Eagles history with three rushing touchdowns in a game. Why the Saints lost Trevor Siemian had his first game which he struggled to find a rhythm for New Orleans. Two first half interceptions by the Saints quarterback led to 14 Eagles' points. The first interception was a misread that T.J. Edwards easily intercepted and led to a Hurts touchdown run on a short field. When the Saints were trailing 20-7 late in the first half, Siemian was trying to led New Orleans to a field goal before the break and Darius Slay picked off his pass and returned it 51 yards for the score and put Philadelphia up 27-7. Simian had three touchdown passes in the game, but was inconsistent throughout the afternoon and accumulated most of his passing yards when the game was out of reach. The Saints will need a better performance from Siemian if they want to make the postseason. he couldn't recognize any of the rare blitzes Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was dialing up. Turning point The Eagles dominated the game from start to finish, but T.J. Edwards' interception off Siemian set the tone for the contest. New Orleans started its second possession on its own 34-yard line when Siemian was looking for Adam Trautman after a fake to Mark Ingram -- only to make a confusing read. There was Edwards to make his second career interception and give Philadelphia the ball at its own 39-yard line. The Eagles followed with a seven-play drive to take a 7-0 lead on a Hurts touchdown run with 7:17 left in the first quarter. Philadelphia never looked back. Play of the game Slay's 51-yard interception return for a touchdown had Lincoln Financial Field rocking as the Eagles took a 27-7 lead heading into halftime. Slay is starting to garner defensive player of the year conversation with his third defensive touchdown in the last four games, his first interception return for a score since 2017. Siemian made a dangerous throw in the direction of Deonte Harris on a second-and-5 from the Saints' own 41-yard line that was right in the direction of Slay. The Eagles cornerback easily took the pass 51 yards for the score to put the Eagles up 20 points -- and total control of the game. The Eagles defense has been playing great in three of the last four weeks, thanks to Slay's incredible play on the field. Slay has more touchdowns than Lamar Jackson this year. The quote "He hit that L1 juke I couldn't even tell you where he was. Next thing I know he sticks it (his foot) into the ground and makes a big time play." -- Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson on Jalen Hurts' 24-yard touchdown run to seal the win. Hurts had one of the most impressive touchdown runs of his young career to put the Eagles over 40 points on the afternoon. He's the first quarterback since Russell Wilson (2012) to run for three touchdowns in a game. Up next The Eagles (5-6) head to New York for consecutive road games, first against the New York Giants (3-6) next Sunday than the New York Jets (2-8) the following week. Both games are at MetLife Stadium. The Saints (5-5) will host the Buffalo Bills (6-4) next Sunday. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-vs-saints-score-jalen-hurts-rushes-for-three-touchdowns-as-philadelphia-cruises-past-new-orleans/live/ NOTE: click on link to article to view videos
  3. Eagles sign Dallas Goedert to four-year, $57M contract extension, making him one of highest-paid TEs in NFL The Eagles signed Goedert to a four-year, $57 million deal By Jeff Kerr Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Dallas Goedert will be the No. 1 tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time. Philadelphia announced a four-year contract extension with Goedert Friday, months before the 2018 second-round draft pick was set to hit free agency. NFL Network reported Goedert's deal was for $57 million, $35 million of which was guaranteed. The deal, which keeps Goedert in Philadelphia until the 2025 season, makes Goedert the third-highest average paid tight end in football (average $14.25 million), while the $35 million guarantee also is the third-highest guaranteed money given to a tight end. A key piece of the Eagles offense, Goedert became the No. 1 tight end in Philadelphia once the Eagles dealt free agent-to-be Zach Ertz after the conclusion of their Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Goedert has emerged as one of the best tight ends in the game since, ranking tied for sixth amongst NFL tight ends in receptions (14), third in yards (213), and second in yards per catch (14.25). Goedert wanted a contract extension done with the Eagles since the offseason, but talks hit a snag in September. While the tight end was discouraged an extension won't be done by the start of the season, the Eagles made sure they remained committed toward making Goedert a key piece of their future. "We've got a ton of faith in Dallas to be the guy and to get more reps," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said on Goedert following the Zach Ertz trade last month. "And we feel like we're in a really good spot with Dallas getting all the reps and getting all the targets, that he'll continue to ascend and to be the player we anticipate he'll be." Goedert has 29 catches for 429 yards and two touchdowns this season, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. He's eighth amongst tight ends in receiving yards and second in yards per catch (minimum 30 targets). The Eagles knew what they had in Goedert, and signaled they wanted to get a deal done sooner rather than later. "We have expectations of Dallas," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said last month. "We've seen it, but he's never really had the opportunity to go out there and just be the guy and play 80 percent....We have high expectations. This isn't something, like, we have to see a certain number of things before we know. "I think we know in Dallas who he is, but at the same time, he's got to take that, and he's got to take that baton and run with it." Goedert certainly did -- and he's one of the highest paid tight ends in football as a result. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-sign-dallas-goedert-to-four-year-57m-contract-extension-making-him-one-of-highest-paid-tes-in-nfl/
  4. Eagles stock up, stock down after Week 7 loss to Raiders: Jalen Hurts left with no answers for poor offense Plenty of Eagles players' stock has dropped as season continues to go south By Jeff Kerr USA Today Images Another ugly loss for the Philadelphia Eagles raises more questions than answers with the direction of this franchise. Can Nick Sirianni fix everything that's broken? Will Jonathan Gannon adjust his defensive scheme? Do the Eagles really know what they have in Jalen Hurts? The Eagles have enough issues to address in the coming days as they are clear sellers with the trade deadline approaching. Stock isn't worth investing in this Eagles team right now, even if there are some positives to take away from Sunday's embarrassing loss -- and one major negative. Stock up Dallas Goedert Finally getting the opportunity to be a No. 1 tight end, Goedert took advantage on the Eagles' first series of the game. He hauled in a 24-yard pass from Hurts which led to an Eagles touchdown in the opening minutes, showcasing the playmaker he can be in the middle of the field. Goedert led the Eagles with 70 receiving yards on three catches, averaging 23.3 yards per catch. Expect the Eagles to target Goedert more the rest of the season as they determine whether he's worth the massive extension this offseason -- either from Philadelphia or some other team. Avonte Maddox The Eagles' cornerbacks have been good this year -- and Maddox turned in another strong performance. He allowed just four catches (on five targets) for 20 yards and Derek Carr had just a 43.8 passer rating and an interception targeting him. Gannon's defensive scheme isn't great, but it's helping Maddox earn a nice contract this offseason. The Eagles would be wise to keep Maddox in the fold as the slot cornerback. Kenny Gainwell Miles Sanders will be out a few weeks with an ankle injury, which means Gainwell gets his opportunity as the No. 1 running back. There were some ups and downs Sunday, as Gainwell finished with five carries for 20 yards and four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, averaging 6.78 yards per touch. Seeing what the Eagles can do with Gainwell will be interesting, though his fumble late in the second quarter on the first play from scrimmage after a Vegas touchdown was concerning. If Gainwell can secure the football, he adds an interesting dimension to the Eagles offense. Gainwell probably isn't a No. 1 running back, but it's worth giving him a shot. Stock down Jalen Hurts Another inconsistent day at the office for Hurts, who finished 18-of-34 passing for 236 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (94.7 rating) and had 13 carries for 61 yards -- the majority of his stats coming when the game was out of hand at 30-7. This isn't including the inexcusable fumble in the second half. Accuracy issues have plagued Hurts, who is 28th in the NFL in completion percentage, 16th in passing yards, 20th in touchdown percentage, 22nd in yards per attempt, and 22nd in quarterback rating. Hurts isn't a bad quarterback, but he's not a good one, either. Hurts does add an extra dimension as a runner, which the Eagles do need to use better in the coming weeks. Sirianni isn't putting Hurts in the best position to succeed, which is part of the problem. There's no reason to bench Hurts for Gardner Minshew, but the recent trade of Joe Flacco, which places Minshew as the backup, demonstrates the leash is getting shorter on Hurts as the starter -- fair or not. Hurts deserves the whole season to see if he can improve. Will the coaching staff be patient enough to allow that, especially if their jobs may be on the line? Jordan Mailata Mailata's return to left tackle wasn't good, as he was bullied around by Yannick Ngakoue all afternoon. As Hurts was running for his life, Mailata allowed seven pressures on the day -- including one sack. The Eagles had their best offensive tackles back with Mailata and Lane Johnson, yet the tackles allowed a combined 10 pressures and were overmatched by the Raiders defensive ends. Mailata is a young player who is still coming into his own, so these performances are expected. Sunday's matchup against the Lions will be worth monitoring. Could a Mailata bounce-back game be in store, or is his knee injury still lingering? Davion Taylor The Eagles gave Taylor the start at linebacker, yet Carr picked on him all afternoon. Gannon's scheme plays a large role in Taylor's struggles, but athleticism couldn't made up for the poor pass coverage. Taylor was targeted four times and gave up four completions for 61 yards -- allowing 29 yards after the catch. Taylor played 36 snaps and also struggled against the run. The Eagles just don't have a linebacker who can excel in Gannon's scheme, which is on the defensive coordinator to change. Too early to write off Taylor, but Sunday's game was a concern for the 2020 third-round pick. Miles Sanders Sanders finally gets his opportunity to shine with five carries on the Eagles' first drive -- which led to a touchdown. Then came the ankle injury that will sideline him multiple weeks, right when Sirianni decided to revolve a game plan around him. Whether it's lack of touches or injuries, the Eagles running back just can't catch a break. Sanders is the cog who can make the Eagles offense go if given the opportunity. He won't be getting that chance for a few weeks, a huge setback for this team going forward. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-week-8-power-rankings-bengals-making-believers-of-us-all-after-blasting-ravens-while-chiefs-in-free-fall/
  5. Eagles' Nick Sirianni gives familiar answer about Miles Sanders' lack of carries in loss to Buccaneers Sanders wasn't really used as a running back until late in the game By Jeff Kerr USA Today Images Miles Sanders is just not getting the football, something Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni does recognize. Unfortunately, the Eagles head coach fails to act on it. Sanders received just nine carries in the Eagles' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, which was the latest indicator on how seldom he's used. The Eagles had just one carry to a running back in the first 25 offensive plays, painting a clearer picture of why Jalen Hurts struggled for the majority of the game. To be fair, the Bucs boast the league's No. 1 run defense; many have abandoned the run against them, as teams are averaging only 12.3 rush attempts by running backs against Tampa Bay this season. But that been a season-long trend for the Eagles, and Sirianni's excuse for not attempting to run the ball was nothing new -- some might say a tired one, given Philadelphia's lack of designed running plays in an inept offense that isn't helping a young quarterback. "Some of them same thing are RPOs. Some of them we look at screens as being able to get the running backs the ball as running back plays as well," Sirianni said after the loss. "Again, just the way the flow was going, we weren't getting much on the first one. Then the RPO we weren't getting much on either. "Either way, it didn't work. We were bad in the first half, and I put that on me first." The Eagles run a lot of run-pass options under Sirianni and not a lot of designed runs, but those could benefit Hurts and Sanders. Hurts is getting a lot of criticism for taking the pass option on the RPOs, even if the run appears to be there. Having designed runs would fix the issue, as Philadelphia appears to be relying too heavily on a quarterback that has started just 10 career games. "You want to be able to take things off the quarterback at times, too. Again, sometimes it is with an RPO, sometimes with a called run, sometimes with a boot or a naked, sometimes it's with a screen. Those are what we think of as breather plays for the quarterback where he doesn't have to do much except just execute that ability of that," Sirianni said. "And so, yeah, we want to get all our playmakers the football. Miles is a playmaker. He showed that today and he's no exception." When Sanders was handed the ball on what looked to be a designed running play, he had consecutive runs of 23 and 14 yards. The Eagles had a touchdown drive on the possession where Sanders earned four carries. Don't expect the designed runs to continue. Sirianni's offense will be heavy on RPO designs, period. "The couple plays that Miles had today that were lower long runs, those were RPOs too," Sirianni said. "We have to be able to get them touches in there. I have said that too before, that we got to be able to make sure they get their touches. "Again, we're trying to call the best play that's for us in that particular time. We had called runs today. They weren't real great for us, and that's why we went with a little more RPOs with it.' https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-nick-sirianni-gives-familiar-answer-about-miles-sanders-lack-of-carries-in-loss-to-buccaneers/
  6. Eagles at Panthers score: Jalen Hurts leads Philadelphia comeback with two rushing touchdowns Jalen Hurts scored two rushing touchdowns to rally the Eagles By Jeff Kerr Jalen Hurts showcased to the Philadelphia Eagles why he deserves to be the franchise quarterback with the first fourth-quarter comeback of his career. The Eagles, dormant against the Carolina Panthers for the majority of three quarters, outscored the Panthers 15-3 in the final 16 minutes to steal a 21-18 victory in Charlotte. Hurts finished just 22 for 37 for 198 yards, but rushed for the two Eagles touchdowns in the final 16 minutes that paced Philadelphia to the victory. On the final four possessions, Hurts finished 5 of 10 for 105 yards with five carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns to help the Eagles erase a nine-point, first-half deficit. The Eagles offense was ineffective in the 11 possessions prior to the comeback attempt, as the Panthers' defense held them to just 81 yards late into the third quarter. Three of the Eagles' points came off a Sam Darnold interception via Darius Slay, who took the return to the Panthers' 10-yard line. The Eagles had a fourth-and-goal touchdown by DeVonta Smith called back thanks to an offensive pass interference penalty by Greg Ward, which forced them to settle for a field goal. A 58-yard field goal by Jake Elliott just prior to the half were the Eagles' other points, showing how inept the offense was before the comeback. Carolina had opportunities to put Philadelphia away, but the Panthers could just muster eight points over the final three quarters -- two from the defense via a safety. Darnold threw three interceptions, including one to Steve Nelson with the Panthers at their own 35-yard line driving to tie the game with 1:57 left. Darnold finished just 21 of 37 for 177 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions (44.5 rating in the loss). Philadelphia didn't lead in the game until Hurts had a 6-yard touchdown run with 2:38 left. The Eagles actually outgained the Panthers 273-267 despite being dominated for three quarters. Here are the takeaways from this one, and a recap of the game is in our live blog below! Why the Eagles won Defense ruled the day in Philadelphia, an unexpected twist after the Eagles allowed 40 points in consecutive weeks. The Eagles didn't face an elite quarterback and took advantage, getting three interceptions off Darnold -- two by Darius Slay -- on the afternoon. Philadelphia finished with three sacks and seven quarterback hits, getting pressure in Darnold's face throughout the afternoon. They held Carolina to 267 yards, but the Panthers earned just 182 yards after the first quarter -- scoring just six points. Philadelphia held Carolina to just 3.3 yards per play in the final three quarters, setting the stage for Hurts to complete the comeback for the victory. In addition, special teams stepped up as TJ Edwards earned the first blocked punt for the Eagles since 2017. A candidate for "play of the game," Edwards' block set up the Eagles for the win when they were trailing 18-13 late in the fourth quarter. Why the Panthers lost Darnold struggled against an aggressive Eagles defense that took chances and forced him to throw the ball under pressure. Carolina's offense just couldn't move the ball as Darnold threw three interceptions that kept Philadelphia in the game. Darnold missed a big throw to Robby Anderson in the second quarter that would have essentially put the Eagles away, but Avonte Maddox broke up the pass and kept Carolina from scoring a touchdown. The Panthers averaged just 4 yards per attempt, despite having the ball 35 minutes. Darnold and the Panthers ended up with 158 net passing yards. The Panthers quarterback needs to be better if Carolina wants to contend for the playoffs. Turning point The Eagles' offense couldn't get anything going through three quarters until Quez Watkins provided the catch of the game -- the spark Philadelphia's offense needed. On a third-and-10 from the Eagles own 37-yard line, Hurts took a shot to Watkins on a X-post route that was right on the money to the speedy wideout. Watkins recorded a 53-yard reception on the pass, one which Hurts took a shot as soon as he threw the ball. The Eagles were trailing 15-6 when Watkins caught that pass. Hurts rushed for a touchdown two plays later to cut the lead to 15-13, setting the stage up for his comeback in the fourth quarter. Play of the game There are a few plays the Eagles made in this one, but Nelson's interception on Darnold with 1:57 to go preserved Philadelphia's lead and allowed them to run out the clock and sealed the victory. Nelson read Darnold's pass intended for Anderson and jumped the route to get the turnover the Eagles defense needed. Darnold had the clean pocket, but give credit to Nelson for shadowing Anderson and knowing where Darnold's eyes were going. Two plays earlier, Nelson allowed a third-and-15 pass to go for 25 yards and extend the drive. The Eagles cornerback got some much-needed redemption, part of a very good day for Eagles defensive backs. The quote "He's all bite, no bark. He talks it and he walks it. And that's encouraging to see from your QB." -- Eagles tackle Jordan Mailata on Hurts. Hurts has established himself as the leader in the Eagles' locker room, leading Philadelphia to the first fourth-quarter comeback of his career. Hurts willed the Eagles to victory in a performance that wasn't impressive on the stat sheet, but earns a victory -- which is what he's been seeking. Up next The Eagles (2-3) have a short week as they play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) on "Thursday Night Football." The Panthers (3-2) will look to regroup against the Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at home next Sunday. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-at-panthers-score-jalen-hurts-leads-philadelphia-comeback-with-two-rushing-touchdowns/live/?fbclid=IwAR1g6S0czezqB8Bub2qv98I1anzSumM8bqadp7x7SRrGU7K40ORDMYuOsHQ CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW VIDEOS EMBEDDED IN ARTICLE
  7. Eagles stock up, stock down after Week 5 win over Panthers: Darius Slay soars after standout performance Slay and the Eagles defense stood tall against the Panthers By Jeff Kerr USA Today Images The Philadelphia Eagles certainly didn't turn in the prettiest performance in Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers, even though they earned the win. Philadelphia's defense responded after back-to-back abysmal weeks, allowing just 16 points and 267 yards with three takeaways -- as Carolina averaged just 3.8 yards per play (4.0 yards per pass attempt). Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns in the final 16 minutes to help the Eagles snap a three-game losing streak, capping off what once seemed to be a comeback that was never going to happen with the way the offense was moving the ball through three quarters. The win was far from convincing, but the Eagles are 2-3 through five games -- and have the Tampa bay Buccaneers coming into town in three days. Philadelphia's defense has been on blast the past few weeks, but a lot of praise went around the unit in Sunday's win. Buying stock prior to the Panthers game would have cashed in, as evident in this week's Eagles stock report. Stock up Darius Slay Slay earned the nickname "Big Play Slay" against the Panthers, finishing with two interceptions on the afternoon -- his first multi-interception game since 2017. Slay also had two pass breakups in the game, as the Eagles had him shadow D.J. Moore in most of the contest. Moore was held to just five catches for 42 yards by the Eagles defense in the game. Slay had the first multi-interception game for an Eagles cornerback since Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Week 1 of the 2012 season, ending a long drought for Philadelphia cornerbacks. Steve Nelson Nelson's first interception with the Eagles couldn't have come at a better time. With a defensive stop essentially sealing the victory, Nelson jumped Sam Darnold's pass to Robby Anderson and picked off the pass with 1:57 left. This occurred just two plays after Nelson allowed a third-and-15 completion to extend the Carolina drive. Nelson also had two pass breakups on the day. A strong day overall for Eagles cornerbacks. Javon Hargrave What else can be said about Javon Hargrave at this point? Another sack brings Hargrave's total on the season to six, the first Eagles defensive tackle with that many sacks through five games in franchise history. Hargrave is the only defensive tackle since 1987 (when tackles became an official stat) to have 24 tackles and six sacks within the first five games of a season. He's been that good. Fletcher Cox Cox finally earned his first sack of the season, getting the one-on-one matchup he needed because the Panthers had to worry about Hargrave beating them inside. Cox finished with a sack and two quarterback hits, making a difference on this Eagles defense Sunday. Quez Watkins Watkins provided the big play a dormant and inept Eagles offense needed, securing a 53-yard grab late in the third quarter that sparked the Eagles comeback. The Eagles called Watkins to run a X-Post and the second-year speedstar ran the route perfectly for the big completion. The Eagles scored their first touchdown of the game two plays later, cutting Carolina's lead to 15-13 heading into the fourth quarter. Watkins finished with three catches for 48 yards, but that 53-yard catch may have saved the Eagles season. T.J. Edwards Edwards had the block on the punt that gave the Eagles excellent field position late in the fourth quarter -- and ultimately set up the winning touchdown. The block gave Philadelphia the ball at Carolina's 27-yard line and the Jalen Hurts ran in for the winning touchdown four plays later. A miss on the block by Edwards would have given Carolina a first down and an opportunity to extend the drive and run more clock down. Instead, he recorded Philadelphia's first blocked punt since Kamu Grugier-Hill had one back in Week 15 of the 2017 season. Jalen Hurts Sunday wasn't Hurts' finest performance, but he earned the first fourth quarter comeback of his career in just his ninth career start. On the Eagles' final four possessions, Hurts finished 5 of 10 for 105 yards with five carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns -- and a two-point conversion pass to DeVonta Smith to lead Philadelphia to victory. Hurts has a lot of things to work on -- and Nick Sirianni has to help him by running the football more -- but great quarterbacks find ways to win football games. He was able to accomplish that Sunday when having the opportunity. Stock down Miles Sanders Even when Sanders gets opportunities, he blows his chances to prove why he deserves the football. The Eagles were trying to run out the clock and seal the win with under two minutes to play, giving the ball to Sanders. Twice Sanders failed to run out of bounds, saving the Panthers from burning timeouts at the end of the game. The Eagles benched Sanders for Kenny Gainwell, who was able to keep the clock running. Sanders led the Eagles with 11 carries for 45 yards, but the lack of awareness in situational football may be way he doesn't get the touches the Eagles should be giving him -- or that's at least part of the reason. Jalen Reagor Just a bad game from Reagor overall. On the first series of the game, Reagor dropped the first pass attempt thrown to him and committed a holding penalty that led the Eagles to go three-and-out. He took a kick return deep in the end zone and didn't come close to the 25-yard line, pinning the Eagles deep in their own territory. On the next play, Jason Kelce had a high snap that led to a safety. Reagor finished with three catches for 24 yards in the game. The Eagles wanted to get him involved in the offense early, but he just wasn't the difference maker this franchise hoped he'd be when they used a first-round pick on him. No reason to completely give up on Reagor, but he has to start performing soon. Greg Ward Ward's offensive pass interference penalty took a touchdown off the board for the Eagles -- and he didn't even need to go near the defensive back he committed the penalty on. Smith was wide open for the score and all Ward had to do was stay out of the way. Wondering why Ward is on the team is a fair observation. He's just made too many mistakes in the red zone this year for the Eagles warranting him snaps. The problem -- does JJ Arcega-Whiteside deserve playing time over Ward? https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-stock-up-stock-down-after-week-5-win-over-panthers-darius-slay-soars-after-standout-performance/ NOTE: CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW VIDEOS EMBEDDED IN ARTICLE
  8. Jalen Hurts discusses 2021 Eagles season, talk with Patrick Mahomes, DeVonta Smith progression, and more Hurts is confident the team can turn it around following a 1-3 start By Jeff Kerr USATSI The Philadelphia Eagles may have found their franchise quarterback in Jalen Hurts based on the numbers he's put up for the organization in just eight career starts. Hurts has amassed 2,462 yards in his first eight starts, third most for any player in NFL history behind Cam Newton (2,603) and Patrick Mahomes (2,591). Hurts is the only quarterback in NFL history to record 2,000 passing yards (2,086) and 400 rushing yards (498) in their first eight career starts. Philadelphia is just 1-3 through four games this year, through to little fault of Hurts. He's produced 1,325 yards of offense this season heading into Week 5, trailing only Tom Brady (1,333) for the most in the NFL. Hurts has 54 plays of 10-plus yards, fifth-most for any quarterback in the league. The Eagles have a top-10 passing offense and rushing offense thanks to the arm and legs of Hurts, who has been winning over the Philadelphia fanbase with his passion for the game and tireless work ethic. In an interview with CBS Sports, Hurts opened up on the Eagles' season so far and what Philadelphia has to do in order to get some wins and turn the year around. You've been talking all week about how the Eagles are close, and I agree with you. I think the Eagles are a lot closer than people think. What were you able to see in practice this week that makes you feel these wins are going to start coming? Hurts: "It's not about practice, but it does start with that. It starts with mentality, the attention to detail, the attitude you have, and what our actions are. Our actions reflect what we're trying to do and our goals. "I'll say it again and I'll continue to say it. I'll continue to work -- we will continue to work that way. We're very close and we're all looking forward to this weekend to Carolina and trying to put it all together against a really good football team." This past week, you faced Patrick Mahomes. The offense was able to go toe-to-toe with a very good Chiefs offense. I saw you spoke to Mahomes after the game. Did he give you any advice going forward? Hurts: "I have a good relationship with Pat. We both train at the same place down in Dallas, and prior to knowing him I've always heard great things about him. Texas guy, Texas quarterback -- he gets respect from me where I'm from (Houston). He just was telling me to keep going, keep playing the way that I am -- and it will come. He told he to 'keep being you.'" What have you learned from watching good quarterbacks like Mahomes and others over the course of a game? Hurts: "I learn from everybody. I'll tell you what. I've learned so much from Joe Flacco. His presence, his experience, and everything he's been able to do over his career. I'm happy to be in the same room as him, being able to talk to him and pick his brain and do all of that. To have him in the same room as me, it's tremendous for me. I've learned so much from him. "He's been in many ways a mentor. I ask him about his past experiences whatever has come up. Overall, he's just a great presence for me. "To sum it all up, I learn from everybody. I try to be a sponge -- and I'm just grateful about playing and learning from these players." DeVonta Smith has really come into his own as a player. What improvements have you seen from him over these last four games and how has he helped you going forward? Hurts: "DeVonta is a great player. He has a great mentality, a great motor. He approaches the game, from what I think, is the right way -- head down, hard work, and goes about his business. He respects the people around him. "I got a lot of love for him. He's far from a finished product. He's just like everyone on this team. We're far from a finished product." You said during the preseason Quez Watkins isn't a secret anymore. How much has he grown? Hurts: "He's hungry for knowledge. In terms of being on the same page, he's a big-time playmaker for us. You ask me about all these great playmakers here, and we're going to put this all together. We have a lot of good pieces, but we have to put it all together and turn it into W's." You have one of my favorite quotes of all time: "I try to stay away from the rat poison." When did Nick Saban introduce that to you? Hurts: "So he didn't teach us that or anything. It's not like a lesson. I think the difference is some people are coached by Coach Saban...he's coached a lot of great players and still does to this day. Some players listen and some players don't. I was one that listened. I valued everything that he said in terms of mentality and the process oriented approach to things. A lot of that still sticks with me. "I learned a lot from my dad as well. The rat poison doesn't do anything for you." *Hurts was available through FedEx, representing the new generation of NFL quarterbacks who deliver both in the air and on the ground through the NFL's player of the week awards. FedEx will be giving $4,000 each week of the season to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for needs-based scholarships to deserving students. Hurts also started a program that makes a donation toward the quarterbacks and running backs who win the award at the collegiate level, which goes toward HBCUs. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/jalen-hurts-discusses-2021-eagles-season-talk-with-patrick-mahomes-devonta-smith-progression-and-more/
  9. Eagles stock up, stock down after Week 4 loss to Chiefs: Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith showcase potential Hurts and Smith are positives in rough day for Eagles By Jeff Kerr Oct 4, 2021 at 9:05 am USATSI In what looks to be the midst of a long season for the Philadelphia Eagles, there were some positives to take out of the 42-30 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Eagles offense was able to put up points on the board and rack up a lot of yards, even with all the miscues in the red zone. Philadelphia put up 30 points for the second time in four games (never scored 30 in a game last season) and didn't punt once -- the first time the Eagles did that since 1981. The defense was historically bad, allowing 40 points for the second consecutive game -- just the fourth time in franchise history the Eagles allowed 40-plus points in back-to-back games (1943, 1966, 2015). The Chiefs finished 9 of 10 on third down, the highest mark in an NFL game since the 2008 New Orleans Saints accomplished the feat against the 0-16 Detroit Lions. Even though the Eagles looked competent, they still turned in an embarrassing performance as Philadelphia is off to a 1-3 start for the second consecutive year. Regardless of the result, there's still some stock on this team to invest in -- and some that needs to be sold immediately. Stock up Jalen Hurts Hurts may not be satisfied with his performance since it was a loss, but Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni called his game one of the 'better quarterback performances I've seen." Sirianni would be correct in his assessment of Hurts, who threw for 387 yards and two touchdowns (105.1 rating) and rushed for 47 yards. The 387 passing yards are a career high and the most by an Eagles quarterback without an interception since Nick Foles threw for seven touchdowns against the Raiders in 2013. Hurts joined Cam Newton and Patrick Mahomes as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to accumulate 2,500 total yards in their first eight starts. The Eagles get excellent production and move the football with Hurts, but penalties and poor defense have kept the team from winning games. Philadelphia -- for this week at least -- may have its long term quarterback. Great job by Hurts responding after the worst game of his young career. DeVonta Smith Smith responded from the first game of his career last Monday night with a career high in receptions (seven) and yards (122). While Smith didn't find the end zone (had a touchdown nullified due to an illegal touching penalty), became the first Eagles rookie to produce 100-plus receiving yards within their first four career games since Jeremy Maclin in 2009. Smith has 237 yards on the season, the most by an Eagles player in their first four career games since DeSean Jackson in 2008. The Eagles have a No. 1 receiver for the first time since Jackson and Maclin were terrorizing defenses on Sundays in the early 2010s. Kenny Gainwell Sirianni continues to play Gainwell, and he continues to produce. Gainwell posted 89 yards from scrimmage after finishing with three carries for 31 yards and a score while catching six passes for 58 yards. He finished with the most receiving yards for an Eagles rookie running back since Boston Scott in Week 17 of the 2019 season (84 yards). The Eagles have done an excellent job incorporating Gainwell into their offense. They certainly have a reliable third down pack in the rookie fifth-round pick. The sky's the limit for Gainwell on this roster. Javon Hargrave Hargrave is the first defensive tackle in Eagles history to have five sacks in the first four games of the season, notching another sack in the loss to the Chiefs. Hargrave finished with six tackles and a sack in this one, giving him 24 tackles and five sacks on the year. Hargrave is the first defensive tackle in league history to put up 20 tackles and five sacks in the first four games of a season. The Eagles defense has been atrocious, but that's no fault of Hargrave's, he's playing at an All-Pro level this year. Stock down Fletcher Cox Another game where Cox played, but didn't fill up the stat sheet. The double team excuse wears thin when a player has four tackles and no sacks through the first three games of the season. Cox didn't record a tackle nor a sack for the second consecutive game -- and the Eagles gave up 200 rushing yards. Simply put, Cox was a non-factor. Derek Barnett Barnett seems to commit a boneheaded penalty each week, no matter what he produces on the field. A roughing the passer penalty on Patrick Mahomes extended a drive late in the second quarter on second down in the red zone that led to a Chiefs touchdown that made the score 21-13 right before half. Barnett has 24 penalties in his five-year career -- and just 19.5 sacks. It's time for the Eagles to move on after the season. Darius Slay No one should be bragging about individual accomplishments on a day the defense gave up 40 points and 471 yards, yet Slay decided to talk about what he did in Sunday's loss. Whether Slay is right or not, it's not a good look. There's a reason why Slay has never been on a roster that's won a playoff game in his nine NFL seasons. Miles Sanders One has to wonder what Miles Sanders did to just not get the football in this offense. Sanders had just seven carries for 13 yards (five more than he received last week) and three catches for 34 yards in the loss. Sirianni giving Sanders just 10 touches is unacceptable against a defense that allowed 160.3 rushing yards a game after the first three weeks. The Eagles moved the ball on offense, but Sanders just wasn't involved enough. Perhaps the Eagles would be better in the red zone if they gave Sanders the football. Greg Ward The Eagles aren't deep at wide receiver, yet Ward doesn't get many opportunities to produce. On his one opportunity Sunday when the game was in reach, Ward dropped a touchdown catch in the end zone that would have given the Eagles the lead late in the second quarter. This came after a penalty on Andre Dillard nullified a touchdown (that was offsetting thanks to a personal foul by Daniel Sorensen), setting up a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. The throw from Hurts could have been better, but Ward needed to haul that pass in for the easy score. Philadelphia needs depth at wide receiver. Can this team really count on Ward? JJ Arcega-Whiteside Another wide receiver that continues to be on the roster, yet doesn't provide much. Used primarily on special teams and as a blocker, Arcega-Whiteside committed a penalty on a fourth-and-goal that nullified a Jalen Hurts touchdown pass to Zach Ertz that would have cut the Eagles deficit to 21-19 in the third quarter (at the very least). The offensive pass interference call (albeit a questionable one) put the Eagles back 10 yards and forced Sirianni to kick a field goal. Just more points taken off the board for the Eagles. Arcega-Whiteside doesn't have a catch all season and has just 14 receptions for 254 yards in 27 career games. The Eagles would be wise to move on from the former second-round pick after this year. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-stock-up-stock-down-after-week-4-loss-to-chiefs-jalen-hurts-devonta-smith-showcase-potential/
  10. Eagles vs. Chiefs score: Andy Reid makes NFL history as Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill have a monster day Reid returned to Philly and became the first coach to win 100 games with two teams By Jeff Kerr 13 hrs ago Andy Reid became the first head coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two different franchises, earning his 100th victory with the Kansas City Chiefs defeated Reid's former team -- the Philadelphia Eagles -- in a decisive victory. Reid, who has 240 career wins (including postseason) improved to 3-0 all time against his former team, making his first appearance coaching in Philadelphia in eight years. Reid was able to get the Chiefs offense back on track this week, scoring six touchdowns on their first seven possessions. Patrick Mahomes accounted for five touchdown passes in the victory, three of which went to Tyreek Hill as Kansas City totaled 472 yards of offense. Mahomes became just the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw three touchdown passes in each of his team's first four games of a season and has 14 touchdown passes through four games -- becoming the first player in league history to throw 14 touchdowns in the first four games of a season multiple times (he also accomplished the feat in 2018). The Chiefs were also able to wear down the Eagles run defense, rushing for over 200 yards in the victory. Clyde Edwards-Helaire finished with 102 yards on 14 carries as Kansas City was able to get back to .500 with the win -- a must-needed victory for a squad that entered the game in last place in the AFC West. The Chiefs also only had one turnover in the game, a stark contrast toward last week (when Kansas City had four in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Eagles were unable to keep pace with the Chiefs, despite not having to punt once in the game. Philadelphia didn't even have a turnover in the loss, totaling up 461 yards of offense. Jalen Hurts threw for 387 yards and two touchdowns (the last one coming to Greg Ward in the final seconds) while also rushing for 47 yards in the loss. Kenny Gainwell finished with 89 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown while DeVonta Smith recorded his first 100-yard game (seven catches for 122 yards). We'll have takeaways from this game coming shortly, but here's a recap of this offensive thriller in our live blog below. Why the Chiefs won The Chiefs just didn't beat themselves in this one, scoring touchdowns on six of of their seven possessions and completely dominating the Eagles defense in all facets of the game. Patrick Mahomes threw for five touchdowns in the victory -- his fourth career five touchdown game -- and his performance overshadows Kansas City rushing for 200 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire averaged 7.3 yards per carry in the win, leading a Chiefs rushing offense that averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Kansas City picked a perfect opportunity to notch its first 40-point effort of the year, but credit also goes to the defense -- holding the Eagles to 3 of 6 in the red zone. Holding the Eagles to field goals deep in the red zone instead of touchdowns is why the Chiefs were able to pull away in the second half and win easily. Why the Eagles lost Philadelphia scored 30 points and put up over 450 yards of offense, not committing a giveaway and not punting on the afternoon. The Eagles had too many penalties, finishing with nine in the loss -- and now have 44 through four games. In addition to crucial penalties that kept Kansas City on the field, the Eagles defense just couldn't stop the Chiefs at the point of attack. Philadelphia's defensive line was dominated by Kansas City's offensive line up front, allowing Mahomes to have a clean pocket and pick apart the secondary throughout the afternoon. The Chiefs had plenty of room in the gaps to run the football, as five of their seven possessions went for eight-plus plays. Philadelphia has trouble stopping high-powered offenses because of their tackling issues at linebacker, their coverage scheme in the secondary, and their lack of aggressiveness up front. What defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is doing isn't working. Turning point Jalen Hurts found Dallas Goedert for a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the score was nullified on an Andre Dillard being an ineligible receiver downfield. The Eagles trailed 14-10 at the time in the second quarter, and managed to net just a field goal (trailed 14-13). In the third quarter, Hurts found Zach Ertz for a 3-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line. The score was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty from JJ Arcega-Whiteside and the Eagles kicked a field goal. The touchdown would have cut the Chiefs' lead to 21-19 (at worst), but Philadelphia had to settle for 21-16. Eight points taken off the board by penalties. Mistakes teams can't make if they want to beat the Chiefs. Play of the game The first of the five touchdown passes from Mahomes was one of his highlight reel throws -- only this one was thrown like a bowling ball. Channeling his inner Norm Duke, Mahomes took the ball and rolled to his right on an attempted screen pass, only to flick the ball underhanded to Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the score. The throw gave the Chiefs a 7-3 lead, one they wouldn't relinquish in an offensive shootout. The quote "I think when you look back upon it you'll look at him at Kansas City (head coach) ...No offense to Philly but I'm glad they let him go." -- Patrick Mahomes on Andy Reid winning his 100th game with the Chiefs. Raeid and Mahomes are arguably the best quarterback-coach combination in the NFL, winning 40 of 50 games together. Mahomes has the most passing yards and passing touchdowns through the first 50 games for a starting quarterback in NFL history, giving a lot of credit to Reid. Up next The Chiefs (2-2) square off against the Bills (3-1) in a showdown on "Sunday Night Football "next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Eagles (1-3) head to Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers (3-1). https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-vs-chiefs-score-andy-reid-makes-nfl-history-as-patrick-mahomes-tyreek-hill-have-a-monster-day/live/?fbclid=IwAR13yUpNYzMqv7THebqOgqC8itabd0fdsF16RKpxNtvMVRdd2zW9hpQAmi8 NOTE: CLICK ON LINK TO ARTICLE IF YOU WISH TO VIEW VIDEOS
  11. Eagles stock up, stock down after Week 3 loss to Cowboys: Jalen Hurts at forefront of embarrassing performance Plenty of Eagles had their stock fall after a humiliating loss to the Cowboys By Jeff Kerr 12 hrs ago5 min read The Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed themselves in front of a nationally televised audience, suffering a humiliating 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on "Monday Night Football" in a game where they were outmatched in all three phases. Nick Sirianni was outclassed by Mike McCarthy -- who had a bad game himself -- failing to make adjustments during the game and abandoning the run (even when the game was still within reach). Not only were the Eagles knocked out by the Cowboys, they lost Isaac Seumalo to a season-ending injury and K'Von Wallace went on injured reserve. Philadelphia is down three of its starting five offensive linemen after just three weeks, not good for an offensive line that started an NFL record 14 different offensive line combinations last year. The Eagles are beaten and bruised after just three games. Monday's defeat at the hands of the Cowboys showcased how far this team has fallen over the past few years, and the uphill battle they have to climb to be competitive again. There's plenty of stock to sell on this team, which may be heading towards a freefall as October begins. Stock up Javon Hargrave What else is there to say about Hargrave at this point? The Eagles defensive tackle has been phenomenal through the first three games of the season, including two sacks, two quarterback hits and a tackle for loss Monday night. Hargrave led the Eagles with three pressures and finished with five tackles, including getting pressure on Dak Prescott that led to the fumble Fletcher Cox picked up for a score. Double teamed most of the night, Hargrave turned in an excellent performance. He's the first Eagles' player to register two-plus sacks in two of the first three games of the season since Trent Cole in 2006. Hargrave leads all interior defensive linemen in defensive stops (17), pressures (14) and sacks (four). He's been outstanding for the Eagles thus far. Fletcher Cox Just one pressure on the stat sheet, but Cox did make an impact that wasn't in the box score. The Cowboys double teamed Cox and Javon Hargrave throughout the night, yet Cox was able to find his way into the backfield and make an impact -- recovering a fumble for a touchdown. The Cowboys double teamed Cox and Hargrave to get to the Eagles linebackers on inside runs, and they greatly succeeded in doing so. Cox did show he can still make an impact on the Eagles defense. The sack numbers and pressures will come. Zach Ertz It wasn't much on the stat sheet, but Ertz finished with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown -- his first score since Week 1 of the 2020 season. Nice to see the Eagles target Ertz and Dallas Goedert throughout the night, as the duo combined for 119 receiving yards. Arryn Siposs When things are bad, the punter makes this list. Siposs deserves some praise after punting six times Monday night, two of which landed inside the Dallas 20-yard line. Siposs has six such punts after three games, which is tied for sixth in the NFL. The Eagles took a gamble on Siposs this offseason -- and it's paid off. Stock down Jalen Hurts Hurts turned in the worst performance of his young career, throwing two interceptions and not accumulating significant passing yards until the game was out of hand. Both of Hurts' interceptions were on poor throws, the first on an underthrown ball and the second a result of staring down DeVonta Smith -- making it easy for Trevon Diggs to read the quarterback and take the interception the other way for a touchdown. Hurts was 9 of 10 on play-action passes, but the concept is ineffective when the Eagles don't run the ball. The Eagles quarterback has his deficiencies, but the coaching staff isn't putting him in the best position to succeed either. Miles Sanders Sanders shouldn't be on this list, as he averaged 13.5 yards per carry. Here's the problem: he had just two carries for 27 yards. Sanders was completely abandoned -- as was the entire run offense -- as Eagles running backs totaled just three carries in the loss. That's just unacceptable from Sirianni. The Eagles have to get Sanders involved in the offense more. DeVonta Smith Just a rough night for Smith, who recorded just three catches for 28 yards while being targeted six times. Diggs got the better of Smith throughout the night, as Smith had just two catches for nine yards with Diggs covering him. Hurts had a 23.6 passer rating when targeting Smith, who seems to have hit a rookie wall, even though the Eagles are asking him to be the No. 1 wideout. Landon Dickerson Another poor night for Dickerson, who earned his first-career start filling in for the injured Brandon Brooks. In 53 pass blocking snaps, Dickerson allowed four pressures, including a sack and two hurries. He's allowed nine pressures in 73 pass blocking snaps through two games. He also had an ineligible receiver downfield penalty on this strong throw from Hurts. The Eagles clearly missed Brooks on the offensive line, as Dickerson isn't ready for a starting role yet. The hope for the Eagles is Dickerson improves with more reps. Nate Herbig Herbig filled in for Seumalo and struggled, allowing two pressures on 18 pass blocking snaps. Herbig is the projected starter at left guard as Seumalo is done for the season, and he must perform better if he wants a future with the Eagles. Patrick Johnson Johnson played 28 snaps at linebacker, which was too many. The Eagles were trying anything to stop the Cowboys, but Johnson isn't the answer there. He finished with three tackles and a run stop, while his missed tackle percentage was 33.3%. Eric Wilson Wilson has been a huge disappointment through three games. His tackling issues continued in the loss to Dallas, missing one and struggling to bring down ball carriers who came his way. Dallas clearly wanted to get to the second level and challenge Wilson, which worked. He finished with a missed tackle percentage of 16.7%. Alex Singleton Singleton recorded 10 tackles, but he was bulldozed and battered by Ezekiel Elliott throughout the game. The Eagles have issues stopping the run, and none became more evident than watching Singleton Monday night. And while he's usually strong in pass coverage, Singleton allowed two catches on both targets that came his way, one of which went for a touchdown. Darius Slay Rough night for Slay in coverage, but that was also due to lack of pressure on the quarterback. Slay was targeted in coverage seven times, allowing two touchdowns as Prescott had an 136.6 passer rating when throwing in Slay's direction. The good news for Slay? He allowed just six catches for 51 yards on the night, allowing just 7.3 yards per target. The touchdowns allowed certainly hurt Slay's performance. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-stock-up-stock-down-after-week-3-loss-to-cowboys-jalen-hurts-at-forefront-of-embarrassing-performance/
  12. Eagles stock up, stock down after Week 1 win vs. Falcons: Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith rise; Boston Scott falls A complete performance resulted in a 32-6 rout to open 2021 By Jeff Kerr The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't have asked for a more dominant performance in a Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons, scoring 30 points in a game for the first time since Week 17 of the 2019 season and racking up 434 yards of offense. The defense shut down the Falcons after the first two possessions of the game, holding them to 114 yards on the final 37 plays and just one play in opposing territory. Philadelphia is alone in first place in the NFC East, as it was the only team to win in the division over the weekend. Carson Wentz also played every offensive snap for the Indianapolis Colts in a loss. (The Eagles need Wentz to play 75% of the snaps to get a first-round pick from Indianapolis for the offseason trade of Wentz). It was an excellent weekend for the Eagles, one that couldn't have went any better for the organization. There's plenty of stock to invest in this Eagles team this week, but there are also some players to sell after just one game. Here's this week's stock report: Stock up Jalen Hurts What else could be said about Hurts that hasn't already? Hurts finished 27 of 35 passing for 264 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while also rushing seven times for 62 yards. The second-year signal-caller has the last two games where an Eagles quarterback has thrown for at least 250 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and 60 rushing yards. Only three times has a quarterback accomplished those numbers in a single game in NFL history in his first five starts, and Hurts is responsible for two of them. Hurts is the only player since 1950 with at least 1,100 pass yards and 250 rush yards in his first five starts. The Eagles are going to use all of 2021 to evaluate Hurts, but the early returns indicate he could be their franchise quarterback. DeVonta Smith Smith lived up to the hype in his debut, showcasing that instant chemistry with Hurts that was discussed the entire offseason. Smith finished with six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown, tying DeSean Jackson for the most catches in franchise history for a player in his first-career game. He's the first player in Eagles' history to record five catches and a touchdown in his first-career game. Smith's first-career catch was for a touchdown, an 18-yard pass from Hurts where he beat Fabian Moreau on a basic corner route. The Eagles appear to have a No. 1 wide receiver for the first time in years. Jason Kelce Kelce is still really, really good. His highlight reel block on Deion Jones was just the icing on the cake on how great the Eagles' Pro Bowl center was against the Falcons. Kelce allowed just one pressure in 41 pass blocking snaps and set the tone for an Eagles offense that rushed for 173 yards on the day. Not bad for a player beginning his 11th year. Jordan Mailata Mailata signed a four-year, $64 million extension less than 24 hours before the Eagles' season opener, then proceeded to show why Philadelphia chose him as its franchise left tackle. Mailata allowed just two pressures in 41 pass-blocking snaps (both hurries) and didn't allow a sack. He also had this monster block on Jalen Reagor's fourth-quarter touchdown. Javon Hargrave Hargrave was a force on the defensive line, welcoming Jalen Mayfield into the NFL by finishing with six pressures, two sacks and three quarterback hits on the afternoon. Philadelphia finished with nine quarterback hits and 23 pressures in the game, the majority of which came in the fourth quarter. Hargrave had four run stops as well to cap a dominant performance. Hassan Ridgeway Ridgeway was a force in Sunday's win, tying Hargrave with three quarterback hits on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. He had one sack and should have finished with two if the official didn't rule Ryan for intentional grounding. Ridgeway finished with four pressures and a run stop, which is impressive for a player that logged just 36% of the defensive snaps. Arryn Siposs The Eagles couldn't have asked for a better debut from Siposs, who averaged 47.3 yards per punt -- three of which landed inside the 10-yard line and were downed inside the 20-yard line. The Falcons were buried deep in their own territory the entire second half because of Siposs. Stock down Boston Scott Scott didn't log a single offensive snap in Sunday's win, making it clear he's the No. 3 running back on this roster. Kenneth Gainwell surpassed Scott as the No. 2 back, finishing with nine carries for 37 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut. Gainwell logged 25 snaps (35%) in the win -- snaps Scott would have received heading into training camp. Scott is a special teams player at this point, while Gainwell is the one who backs up Miles Sanders. The Eagles will certainly use Scott at some point this season, but he's third on the depth chart as of now. Eric Wilson Wilson missed a lot of tackles for the Minnesota Vikings and continued that trend in Philadelphia, leading the Eagles with four missed tackles -- many of which came early when the Falcons were able to get inside the Eagles' 10-yard line on their first two possessions. The Falcons targeted Wilson three times, and the linebacker allowed 33 yards in coverage. Wilson was solid against the pass, but his tackling ability is a concern for the Eagles going forward. And it doesn't get any easier with the San Francisco 49ers coming into town this week. Greg Ward Ward played 16 offensive snaps but didn't receive a single target. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside would have logged more snaps than Ward, but he left Sunday's game early with an ankle injury. Arcega-Whiteside was great as a run blocker and almost got his hands on a punt. Ward wasn't even the top option at punt returner, as Reagor lined up as the first teamer on that unit. Ward is the veteran wideout on this roster. Outside of that, who knows what role he'll have with this team going forward. Genard Avery The starting SAM linebacker on the depth chart played 22 snaps but showcased why he deserves less playing time. Avery just can't stop the run, whiffing badly on tackle that led to a Mike Davis big run -- one of only three run stop attempts he had. Avery is clearly a pass-rushing specialist, which is why he plays. He finished with two pressures and a quarterback hit, but the Eagles run defense is in serious trouble when Avery and Wilson are both on the field. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-stock-up-stock-down-after-week-1-win-vs-falcons-jalen-hurts-devonta-smith-rise-boston-scott-falls/
  13. Eagles' Nick Sirianni evaluates Jalen Hurts' performance in win: 'He was in complete control the whole game' Hurts had a banner day in Week 1 for the Eagles By Jeff Kerr 6 hrs ago Getty Images Jalen Hurts continues to show the Philadelphia Eagles front office why he should be the next franchise quarterback. Nick Sirianni may be way ahead of his superiors in believing it. Hurts finished 27 of 35 for 364 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for the Eagles in a blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons. Finishing with a 126.4 passer rating, Hurts also had seven carries for 62 yards. The Eagles quarterback has the last two games where a quarterback has thrown for 250 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, while rushing for 60 yards. Only three times has a quarterback has accomplished those numbers in a single game in NFL history in his first five starts. Hurts is responsible for two of them. "Jalen was in complete control the whole game," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said of his performance. "He played a heck of a football game. I'm really happy with the way he played." Hurts is one of just four players in NFL history to complete 75% of his passes, throw for 250 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game. He is the only player since 1950 with 1,100 pass yards and 250 rush yards in his first five starts. An impressive start for a quarterback the Eagles front office wasn't even sure they wanted in the offseason. "It's not about control, it's me going out there and doing what I'm coached to do," Hurts said to reporters after the game. "I always talk about executing. I want to execute at a high level, whatever that is -- running the ball, throwing the ball, alignment things, situation things -- I just want to execute at a high level." Through five starts, Hurts has been performing up to his standards. The Eagles quarterback likely isn't satisfied. Eagles game jerseys now available The new Eagles season is here! You need a jersey for your favorite player before the next game kicks. Shop Eagles jerseys, hats, jackets, and a whole lot more here. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-nick-sirianni-evaluates-jalen-hurts-performance-in-win-he-was-in-complete-control-the-whole-game/
  14. DeVonta Smith ho-hum on historic Eagles debut, first career touchdown catch: 'It's just Round 1' Smith didn't reflect much on his historic debut for the Eagles By Jeff Kerr 20 hrs ago Getty Images DeVonta Smith's highly-anticipated debut with the Philadelphia Eagles lived up to the hype. Smith matched a feat only DeSean Jackson accomplished in Eagles history, tying Jackson for the most catches in franchise history for a player in his first career game (six). He's the first player in Eagles history to record five catches and a touchdown in his first career game. Smith finished with six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 32-6 win over the Atlanta Falcons, leading all receivers in yards and tying for the game lead in catches (Jalen Reagor also had six receptions). In Smith's mind, he did what a first-round pick should do -- not really reflecting on the significance of his accomplishments. "It hadn't hit me yet, honestly," Smith said after the game. "In the moment (of the touchdown), I was still getting into it -- knowing I still have a task at hand. It hadn't hit me yet." Smith's touchdown catch was the first reception of his NFL career, an 18-yard pass from Jalen Hurts for the Eagles' first touchdown of the season. He's the first Eagles player with a receiving touchdown in his NFL debut since Tony Stewart in 2001 and the first Eagles receiver to have his first career catch for a touchdown since Marvin Hargrove in 1990 (Cris Carter was the other in 1987). Smith wouldn't reflect on his performance, nor did he know where the game ball he scored his first career touchdown went. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner didn't seem to worry about that, joking the ball will find him -- just like it does during the game. "We'll enjoy this for 24 hours and move on to the next week," Smith said. "It's just Round 1. We got 16 more to go." DeVonta Smith game jerseys now available If you're an Eagles fan, you need a DeVonta Smith jersey before the next game! Shop the latest Devonta Smith game jerseys featuring No. 6. Click here to shop. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/devonta-smith-ho-hum-on-historic-eagles-debut-first-career-touchdown-catch-its-just-round-1/
  15. Lane Johnson breaks down emotional team meeting by Nick Sirianni that fueled Eagles to Week 1 win over Falcons Johnson said Sirianni's team meeting was different than others he's heard before By Jeff Kerr 4 hrs ago Getty Images Nick Sirianni won his NFL debut as a head coach, outclassing Arthur Smith in a dominant Philadelphia Eagles victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. The way the Eagles won may have been surprising around the NFL, but Lane Johnson seemed to know a performance like this was coming from his team. Speaking on the JAKIB Media Post Game Show Sunday night, Johnson explained the emotional team meeting Sirianni had with his players in the team hotel the night before the game. What Sirianni said to the Eagles energized them to victory. "He showed us some clips of some players. He showed a clip of himself playing basketball back in high school," Johnson said. "It showed his way of persevering and ended up playing the same team again and winning. At the end, he told us to break down and go around and shake everybody's hand -- so that's what we did for 5-10 minutes. "We just dabbed everybody up. Coaches, players, everybody. He said 'man this is a team.' It was a cool moment and it was unlike any meetings I've had before." The Eagles scored 30 points for the first time since Week 17 of the 2019 season (Philadelphia and the New York Jets were the only two teams that didn't score 30 points in a game in 2020). Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense put up 434 yards and rushed for 173 yards (5.6 yards per carry). The defense allowed just six points and held the Falcons to 113 yards in their final nine possessions (37 plays, 3.05 yards per play). "It comes down to execution," Johnson said. "We wanted to run the ball effectively. I thought we were able to control the tempo and the pace of the game. I thought we could have been a little bit cleaner at the end. "Having that continuity and rhythm on game day -- it shows. You can see the result." The Eagles stand alone at first place in the NFC East, which was believed to be unthinkable heading into Week 1. This is a game the Eagles want to build off, as the outlook of their season changed with the win. The next three games the Eagles have (49ers, Cowboys, Chiefs) will be a true test for this young group. "The young guys came in, stepped up, and played well," Johnson said. "When I see them play well against Atlanta, it makes their confidence grow. They're getting a little taste of that success. This is something I want to build on." Eagles game jerseys now available The new Eagles season is here! You need a jersey for your favorite player before the next game kicks. Shop Eagles jerseys, hats, jackets, and a whole lot more here. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/lane-johnson-breaks-down-emotional-team-meeting-by-nick-sirianni-that-fueled-eagles-to-week-1-win-over-falcons/
  16. Eagles vs. Falcons score, takeaways: DeVonta Smith, Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia defense too much for Atlanta The Eagles got a big game from their first-round pick By Jeff Kerr 23 hrs ago DeVonta Smith's NFL debut was as good as advertised and Nick Sirianni earned his first career victory as a head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Atlanta. The Eagles' first-round pick tied a team record with six catches in his debut, finishing with 71 yards and a score as Philly scored 25 unanswered points to beat the Atlanta Falcons 32-6 in a crucial road victory. Jalen Hurts had a banner day in his first Week 1 start, finishing 27 of 35 for 264 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 62 yards. Hurts has amassed 300 total yards in three of five career starts and rushed for 60 yards in that same amount. The Eagles quarterback threw touchdown passes to Smith, Dallas Goedert, and Jalen Reagor. Smith's first career catch for the Philadelphia Eagles went for an 18-yard touchdown as Smith became the first Eagle since Tony Stewart in 2011 whose first career catch was a touchdown. Smith is the only player in franchise history to have five catches and a touchdown in his first career game. The Eagles had a two-minute drive to score their second touchdown, a 9-yard pass from Hurts to Goedert with two seconds left in the half, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Miles Sanders converted a two-point attempt to put the Eagles up 15-6, momentum they wouldn't relent in a dominant second half. Kenny Gainwell rushed for a touchdown to put Philadelphia up three scores, as Gainwell and Smith became the first pair of rookies in franchise history to each score a touchdown in their first career game. Hurts capped off the victory with a 23-yard pass to Reagor to put Philadelphia up 29-6 with 4:20 to play. Atlanta had its chances in the first half, but the Falcons failed to convert both of their red-zone attempts. The Falcons went inside the 10-yard line on their first two possessions, yet came away with just six points. Matt Ryan was sacked three times -- all in the fourth quarter-- as Atlanta finished with just 58 yards in the second half. Why the Eagles won The Eagles were able to control the line of scrimmage on the offensive and defensive lines. Philadelphia had Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson back together on the line for the first time since 2019 and it showed -- as the Eagles rushed for 173 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Hurts was hit just once and only sacked once, just a year removed after the offensive line allowed 65 sacks (which led the NFL). The defensive line dominated the Falcons offensive line in the second half, as Atlanta faced a lot of pressure on the interior. Javon Hargrave had two sacks in the fourth quarter and Hassan Ridgeway had one -- as the Eagles finished with 10 quarterback hits on Ryan (Ridgeway and Hargrave each had three). Atlanta was beaten up front in the second half, thanks to the Eagles' defensive tackles. Why the Falcons lost The Falcons failing to convert touchdowns in the red zone on their first two possessions stopped them from talking control of the game. Atlanta went inside the 10-yard line on their first two possessions, yet came away with just six points. The Falcons went to the Eagles' 3-yard line on their first possession and had two downs to score, yet couldn't punch the ball into the end zone. Back-to-back penalties facing a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line held Atlanta to another field goal -- and the opportunity to go up 10-3. The Falcons were able to run that ball at will on their first two possessions, yet Arthur Smith never reacted to Jonathan Gannon's adjustments. Atlanta had just one more play in Eagles territory the remainder of the game, which was an intentional grounding penalty by Ryan. Turning point Hurts found Goedert on a 9-yard touchdown catch with two seconds remaining in the first half that gave the Eagles a commanding 15-6 lead and set the tone for the remainder of the game. The throw by Hurts to Goedert may have been the play of the game, as the Eagles quarterback rolled to his right and threw on the run to a diving Goedert for the touchdown. Hurts led the Eagles on a 12-play, 62-yard drive that started at the Eagles' own 38 with 1:44 to play in the first half. Hurts went 5- for-7 for 41 yards on the drive (one was a spike) and rushed for 24 yards, That drive by Hurts was the back breaker for the Falcons. Play of the game There are multiple candidates here, but Hurts throwing an 18-yard touchdown to Smith on the Eagles' first possession of the year is the one that had Eagles fans jumping out of their seats. Hurts found Smith on third-and-4 from the 18-yard line for the touchdown, the first career catch for Smith and the Eagles' first touchdown of the season. Smith is the first Eagles player to catch a touchdown in his first career game since Marvin Hargrove in 1990 and the third Eagles receiver to accomplish the feat (Cris Carter was the other). His six receptions tied DeSean Jackson for the most from a player in his NFL debut in Eagles history. The Eagles took the lead for good on this play. The quote "When things are wrong, he's the guy who's picking everybody up. When things are right, he's telling everyone to keep pushing." -- Smith on Hurts in postgame. Hurts had an impressive performance against the Falcons and is the first quarterback since the merger with 1,000 passing yards and 300 rushing yards in his first five career starts. Hurts has 1,183 passing yards and 334 rushing yards in his first five career starts -- but he's been praised for his leadership throughout the summer. 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  17. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/tony-romo-on-why-he-likes-the-eagles-chances-in-nfc-east-this-team-is-much-better-than-people-understand/ Tony Romo on why he likes the Eagles' chances in NFC East: 'This team is much better than people understand' Romo spoke to CBS Sports in a 1-on-1 interview on the Eagles and previewing the Chiefs-Browns matchup By Jeff Kerr 3 hrs ago6 min read USATSI The Philadelphia Eagles are an unknown commodity in the NFC East with a new head coach in Nick Sirianni and a new starting quarterback in Jalen Hurts. Coming off a four-win season, NFL on CBS analyst Tony Romo had some surprising revelations when I asked him about the team and their chances in the NFC East. "I think the Eagles are going to be a surprise team," Romo said on a conference call last week. "If you go in and think they're really not ready, they could shock a lot of people and go 10-6 or 11-5 very quickly. That's an uphill battle right now but I still think they have a lot of talented players and the coaching staff is good. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Eagles have a great season this year." In an interview with CBS Sports, Romo discusses the Eagles and Jalen Hurts heading into the 2021 season -- and also previews Sunday's Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns matchup he'll be calling with Jim Nantz. Last week I asked you about the Eagles and the NFC East. You said you thought they could win 10-11 games this year. That caught my eye a bit. Can you elaborate on why you feel they can be the surprise team in that division? Romo: "Did I say 10 or 11 (laughing)? The Eagles are so under the radar in some ways because of some stuff that happened in the offseason and last year. But you got to remember, they are not far removed from being a Super Bowl team. The biggest reason -- and I've said this before -- they have great ownership and it starts from the top. They hired a really good coach in Nick Sirianni, I think he's really smart. "I just think they have a lot of good players. People don't realize their offensive line is far healthier this year than last year. Just that by itself makes them way better. You tell me what do you think of their offensive line? Kerr: "I think it's one of the best in football." Romo: "See I agree with you. When they're healthy on the offensive line, the game is super simple. When you don't have a good offensive line, the game is fast, and you have to come up with new ways to come up with and counter balance that to move the chains. Wirth a good offensive line, you can just mash them and you can just throw it here, do that. Then you can wait and take your shots and you are allowed for people to run double moves, you're allowed for people to get to the second level and the third level. I didn't think they had that opportunity last year. "This team is much better than people understand. They've had defensive linemen that have been good for years. Fletcher Cox is still there? Well, guess what -- you're going to have a good D-line. That group has been good for a long time. If you have a good offensive and defensive line, you are not that far away from being a really good football team. "I really believe now their job is just to use their personnel and I know they were talking about this is going to take some time and everything, but I think they're underselling the possibilities of how they can control the line of scrimmage. That's why I was saying they could win that many games." Guess this year is the prove it year for Jalen Hurts then? Romo: "It's a prove it year for every quarterback I feel like. 'This is the year' -- well every year is like that because if you lose a lot of games you might be somewhere else. That happened to Carson right? It's just a situation where I believe the offensive line didn't help make it easier on him and on top of that things just snowballed. "But at the same time Jalen came in. He had an opportunity and took advantage of it. He played really well right out the gate. I think it's going to be really -- without studying it completely yet and I certainly will before we do a game -- but the Eagles have the ability to make the game simple. The game can be slower for him and he'll have an extra second in the pocket because of the offensive line -- and you can run the football. You can run play action, you don't have to just drop back and pass under duress consistently to move the chains. "I think he has a really good opportunity in front of him. He's surrounded by a better cast of players than people realize." When we talked during the Super Bowl, I remember discussing the Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady "G.O.A.T" debate. Mahomes didn't need to beat Brady to enter that conversation, but that win would have definitely helped his chances. Do you think he can still reach that pinnacle? Romo: "These are the fun ones. Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers -- these are the standard quarterbacks already in the NFL and will be as long as they're playing. That's not changing. Patrick Mahomes is so good -- this guy is literally in his fourth year as a starting quarterback, fifth year in the league -- the fact that this guy is in this discussion shows me how amazing this kid really is. "I wouldn't put anything past him. Obviously I said that because I was thinking this is such a huge game and you don't get matchups like this in real sports. You have the legend that's toward the end and the legend in the beginning and they're playing. You can see the future here. "You just don't put anything past Patrick Mahomes. This guy could win four (championships) in a row and no one would be shocked. But it's hard to win because injuries happen, free agency, coaches come and go. It's hard to maintain that level of consistency and greatness that Tom Brady has shown. "If there is anybody -- that's the kid who has the chance." I wanted to get to Baker Mayfield since you're calling the Chiefs and Browns this week. What do you think Mayfield needs to do to elevate his game and take Cleveland to the Super Bowl? Romo: "It's not just the quarterback right, but you're going to have to go through some of the game's best quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl. He's going to have to go through Mahomes, Brady, Rodgers, Josh Allen -- are these guys that are great. Baker is really good too, but that's the reality of the game. You're going to have to take your team down at some point in the playoffs and have a big drive. Your defense is also going to have to have a big stop. "Just last year you look back, Chad Henne converted on a third-and-18? That sometimes is out of Mayfield's control, he had nothing to do with that. So he had his team in a position to do that. Now your job is to say as a player you're looking at yourself 'I could have done something to put my team in a better situation before so that situation wouldn't have come up.' Sometimes it takes more than that. "For him, it's just about improving and continuing to get better. And things will happen the way they should." *In addition to his CBS duties, Romo is still the ambassador for Corona -- which started the Romotivation campaign in time for football season. Romo, a fan of the nickname, says he's embracing the ups-and-downs of a season as a fan and keeping "an optimistic perspective through it all."
  18. Jalen Hurts opens up on being QB1 for Eagles, passion for city of Philadelphia, DeVonta Smith and more Hurts spoke to CBS Sports previewing his first season as the Eagles starting quarterback By Jeff Kerr Sep 9, 2021 at 9:36 am USA Today Images Jalen Hurts has captivated the Philadelphia Eagles fanbase with his blue-collar mentality, embracing a personality of a city that has existed for hundreds of years. Philadelphia fans have always coveted hard-working athletes striving for greatness, a philosophy that Hurts has carried with him throughout his life. Hurts has a passion for the Philadelphia fans and the Eagles quarterback continues the opportunity to give back -- now that he's finally been announced as the starting quarterback for the franchise. Hurts has teamed up with Pepsi and its "Made for Eagles Watching" campaign, kicking off this season. As part of the campaign, Hurts (virtually) will help one family take their pregame food prep up a notch. Viewers can bring the content to life at madeforeagleswatching.com and get Hurts' help in creating game day recipes in time for NFL Sundays. Pepsi also teamed up with the Eagles, giving fans the opportunity to win signed Eagles gear and game tickets to their very own chance at two sideline passes to an Eagles home game. "I've been able to do some really good things with Pepsi," Hurts said to CBS Sports ahead of the campaign. "It's a great way to get me connected with Eagles fans and get them excited -- add some spice to this year. Everything is about connecting with the fans this year and getting them involved with everything that's going on." In connection with the campaign, Hurts spoke to CBS Sports in a 1-on-1 interview previewing the 2021 Eagles season. Hurts is out to prove he deserves to be the next franchise quarterback, helping the Eagles get back to the postseason after a 4-11-1 record last year. I'm sure you hear the talk all the time. The Eagles are going to be last in the NFC East. They're not going to win a lot of games. What's your reaction to that? How does that motivate you? Hurts: "To be honest, I'm just a hungry person. I don't think any external chatter will affect that. This team is going to be hungry regardless." All summer long, Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce -- really all your teammates -- have expressed and praised your leadership capabilities. What makes you, Jalen Hurts, a leader? Hurts: "I just try to go out there and be myself. I'm going to go out there and be Jalen. That's all there is to it." Nick Sirianni has been known to have interesting competitions with you guys. Gardner Minshew mentioned the H-O-R-S-E game in his pre-draft meeting the other day. Any competitions he had with you since he's gotten to Philadelphia? Hurts: "(Laughing) None I'd like to share at the moment! We've competed in a few things, but I'll tell those stories another day." Gardner Minshew told us last week you were the first one to welcome him to the Eagles. How did that conversation go? Hurts: "We had some great conversations thus far. Gardner has some experience playing ball. I'm excited to have him around." I talked to DeVonta Smith before the draft and he said he was excited to catch passes from you again if he had the opportunity. Your two are reunited in Philadelphia now. How has DeVonta adjusted to life in the NFL? Hurts: "DeVonta has always been a hard worker. He's always had his head down and brings a working mentality. I've always admired that about him, even since we played at Alabama. I'm excited to have him on board in Philly and we definitely want to do some special things." You and Jalen Reagor have developed a close relationship over the past year as well. Hurts: "Jalen has been doing well. This is about everybody. We're really excited to have the opportunity to do some special teams and put everything together." Are there any improvements that you think you need to make to your game to become the player you want to be this year? Hurts: "Probably drink some more Pepsi huh (laughing)? Seriously, though, I always have the mentality of growing every day. I tell people this all the time, but I try to learn from the people around me. From my experiences -- the good and the bad -- I'm going to move on from them and learn from them. It makes me a better person. I carry that mentality to football as well." We both know Eagles fans are second to none. How have you embraced the city of Philadelphia so far? Hurts: "I wanted to mention this being from Houston. We get hurricanes all the time, different things that impact the city -- Katrina Ike, Harvey. It's been a long list of things and I hate that Philadelphia had to experience Ida and the aftermaths of that. My thoughts and prayers go out to the city. I really want to do some special things for them. "I'm always mindful of the things going on. I try to do what I can to help. I'm a man of service and I want to uplift those around me. I try to lift as I climb." How has Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson has helped you in your development this offseason? Hurts: "Oh man, Brian and I go way back. My dad coached him when he was in high school. I've had a great relationship since, but I'm all ears when it comes to Brian. I try to be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge as I can and as much coaching as I can. I just want to be the best player I can be for the Eagles." What's it going to take for you, Jalen Hurts, to bring that winning culture back to the Philadelphia Eagles? Hurts: "Win." Get the latest Eagles news from insider Jeff Kerr by downloading the CBS Sports app. Will Nick Sirianni boom or bust as an NFL head coach? Can Jalen Hurts live up to the hype? Get the CBS Sports app and find out. 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  19. Gardner Minshew trade grades: Eagles and Jaguars get high marks for 53-man roster deadline deal The Eagles and Jaguars aced the Minshew trade By Jeff Kerr The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off one of the surprising trades as 53-man roster cutdown day is approaching. Hours after the team's preseason finale vs. the New York Jets, Philadelphia sent a conditional 2022 sixth-round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for Gardner Minshew. The pick for Jacksonville can upgrade to a 2022 fifth-round pick if Minshew plays at least 50% of the snaps in three games this season. How did the Eagles and Jaguars fare in this deal? Turns out both of them accomplished their mission as the 53-man roster deadline is approaching. Eagles: A Watching Philadelphia's backup quarterback situation this preseason was abysmal. Joe Flacco didn't appear to be a fit in the offense and Nick Mullens struggled throughout the exhibition portion of the schedule. The Eagles couldn't continue with Mullens on the roster, as the veteran quarterback didn't have the zip on his throws after having elbow surgery earlier this offseason. Mullens looked if he needed more time to get his arm strength and fastball back, which is why the Eagles released him immediately after the Minshew trade was official. Flacco's future is in doubt, despite the Eagles giving the former Super Bowl MVP $3.5 million guaranteed. The veteran appeared to be in line for the Eagles backup quarterback job prior to the Minshew trade, but the Eagles played him the entire first half in the preseason finale vs. the Jets -- a potential showcase to other teams that need a backup quarterback. Flacco could still remain on this roster as a No. 3 quarterback, even though $3.5 million is a lot of money for a player who would be inactive most Sundays (barring injury). Let's get to Minshew, who should be the No. 2 quarterback on this roster. The resume speaks for itself. Minshew completed 66.1% of his passes last season for 2,259 yards with 16 touchdowns to five interceptions, finishing with a quarterback rating of 95.9. He has started 20 games for the Jaguars over his two NFL seasons, completing 62.9% of his passes with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (93.1 rating). Minshew is 25th in the league in completion percentage, 20th in touchdowns, and and fourth in interception percentage (1.38) since entering the league in 2019. His 93.1 passer rating is the 12th highest for a quarterback after their first two seasons (minimum 500 attempts). The Eagles gave up a sixth-round pick (potentially a fifth), for a quarterback that can step in if Hurts suffers an injury. Minshew's skill set fits this offense better than Flacco and has familiarity with a key member of this front office. Former Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell joined the Eagles as a personnel executive this offseason after spending eight years leading Jacksonville's front office. Caldwell selected Minshew in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and was instrumental in bringing him to Philadelphia. Improving the depth in the quarterback room is a mantra of the Eagles under general manager Howie Roseman. They accomplished that with the Minshew trade -- a proven quarterback that can start in this league if needed for a Day 3 pick. Jaguars: A- Jacksonville was never going to start Minshew over Trevor Lawrence, no matter how head coach Urban Meyer tried to spin the quarterback competition this offseason. Once Lawrence was officially named the starting quarterback, Minshew was on the block. The Jaguars also signed C.J. Beathard this offseason, who elevates to the No. 2 quarterback role. They also have Jake Luton on the roster, so the quarterback room is set. This move was all about Lawrence, ensuring he's the quarterback and won't be looking over his shoulder (he shouldn't have to anyway) in a rookie season where he'll learn how to play in the NFL. The Jaguars are still rebuilding the roster and are looking to see what pieces fit around Lawrence as he plays all 17 games his rookie season (barring injury). Not having Travis Etienne puts a damper on developing Lawrence, but he'll be growing in the system throughout year one. Minshew did his job of providing adequate competition for Lawrence before the formality of the No. 1 overall pick getting the starting job was his. Give Jacksonville credit. They drafted a quarterback in the sixth round, developed him, and got potentially a higher draft pick in return for that quarterback two years later. Of the 41 quarterbacks drafted in the sixth round or later since 2010, Minshew has been by far the most productive. Getting any draft compensation for Minshew is a win in broader terms, but could they have landed better compensation for him if they waited a few more days? Didn't help Minshew being on the trading block was known around the league and Jacksonville was still able to land a decent Day 3 pick for him. Jacksonville takes a hit at backup quarterback, but Lawrence is the franchise quarterback on a rebuilding team. The Jaguars didn't need a premium backup quarterback on this roster. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/gardner-minshew-trade-grades-eagles-and-jaguars-get-high-marks-for-53-man-roster-deadline-deal/?fbclid=IwAR0JdDrJAC36YkFy-o5Sp-g4lrRUrfVW0JzcESqWy0VZXZNdktKsrH2ziYk
  20. Eagles stock up, stock down in 2021 preseason: Jalen Reagor soars, Travis Fulgham on roster bubble The Eagles wide receiver battle has taken a dramatic turn By Jeff Kerr Aug 20, 2021 at 11:02 am ET5 min read USA Today Images Though two preseason games, Philadelphia Eagles fans don't have a reason to be optimistic about the 2021 season. Philadelphia hasn't scored a point in its last six quarters, being outscored 52-0 during that stretch as the exhibition portion of the schedule couldn't have started any worse. The first team hasn't played much in either of the contests, as head coach Nick Sirianni views the joint practices with the New England Patriots and New York Jets -- the the actual preseason game reps -- as indicators of how his team will perform on Sundays. The Eagles have joint practices next week, so expect the same minimal first team reps in the preseason finale against the Jets. Jalen Hurts has played in only one preseason game, but the Eagles offense did get a boost against the New England Patriots with DeVonta Smith making his debut. There wasn't much to write home about at the conclusion of this game, even though some players have shown over the last 10 days of practice that they are going to be critical contributors on this roster in 2021. As the Eagles head into their preseason finale, these are the players to invest stock in -- and players to sell before their value reaches an all-time low. Stock up Jalen Reagor Reagor didn't have the best of performances in Thursday's preseason game against the Patriots, but the whole team has to hit the reset button after that loss (plans changed after Hurts was inactive and sent to the hospital with a stomach infection). Heading into the game, Reagor had performed very well in camp and emerged as the No. 2 option to DeVonta Smith. The highlight reel catches are what's trending on social media, but Reagor has been making contested catches and becoming a reliable asset in the passing game. Amazing what chemistry with a quarterback and a healthy offensive line can do for a player who's just 22 years old. Philadelphia's wide receiver group is formidable if Reagor lives up to his first-round talent. He's looked the part over the past two weeks. Quez Watkins The Eagles needed one of John Hightower, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Quez Watkins to develop in camp. Watkins lapped this field -- and is playing his way into a starting receiver role in the process. After an excellent preseason opener, Hurts said Watkins "isn't a secret anymore" -- and he's right. The Patriots saw first hand in joint practices how dangerous Watkins' speed can be, as he beat cornerback JC Jackson for a touchdown down the sideline in the first of two joint practices. Watkins is emerging as a legitimate deep threat in this offense and already has excellent chemistry with Hurts. Have to temper the expectation on Watkins a bit, but it's hard not to get excited regarding his potential in this offense. Alex Singleton Singleton has been outstanding since he was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list, living up to the expectations of a starting outside linebacker in Jonathan Gannon's defense. When there's a tackle to be made, Singleton is there to make a play. The Eagles linebacker showcased his presence on the field in the first quarter against the Patriots on consecutive plays. On the first play, Singleton blew up a run that resulted in a 1-yard loss. On the second, he recorded a tackle on a screen that would have resulted in a first down if he doesn't make the stop. The Patriots were forced to kick a field goal two plays later, which resulted in a miss. That's the impact Singleton has on this Eagles defense. Singleton is a player, and one of the bright spots to look forward to on this Eagles team in 2021. Stock down Travis Fulgham Fulgham barely saw the field Thursday night, not even cracking the first team in an anemic first half by an offense comprised of mostly second team players. Fulgham was on special teams in the fourth quarter of a preseason game, a sign he's competing for a roster spot. Starting the game on kickoff coverage isn't a good sign he's in the plans as a first or second team receiver either. Fulgham played just 14 snaps in Thursday's loss and received just one target. Watkins has passed him on the depth chart and both Hightower and Arcega-Whiteside may be next. At this point, it wouldn't be a surprise if Fulgham doesn't make this roster. Just brace yourself, Eagles fans. Matt Pryor In an offensive line deficient league, some team would probably give the Eagles something for Pryor -- who has become expendable. Pryor looked lost picking up blitzes at right tackle against the Patriots, appearing overmatched on certain plays. Nick Mullens wasn't close to average against New England, but Pryor didn't help matters. The Eagles have a lot of depth on the offensive line, one Pryor has played his way off the unit. Time for Philadelphia to move on. Nick Mullens The Eagles can't really go with Mullens as the third quarterback, can they? Mullens was dreadful in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers -- and wasn't much better against the Patriots. He went 5 for 10 for 27 yards and an interception against a third team defense, looking lost and indecisive about where to throw the ball. Philadelphia is going with the most vanilla offense possible, but Mullens was bad. If he makes the roster, he is a lock for being a game day inactive. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-stock-up-stock-down-in-2021-preseason-jalen-reagor-soars-travis-fulgham-on-roster-bubble/
  21. DeVonta Smith expected to make preseason debut for Eagles vs. Patriots, per report Smith was limited in the Eagles joint practice with the Patriots earlier this week By Jeff Kerr 3 hrs ago USA Today Images The Philadelphia Eagles are planning on DeVonta Smith making his debut in Thursday's preseason game vs. the New England Patriots, per a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark. Smith, who was listed as day-to-day with a knee injury, was limited in the team's joint practices with New England this week but suited up in pads -- a positive sign the Eagles first-round pick was going to play in the preseason. Smith returned to 11-on-11 drills during the joint practices, mostly used as a decoy even though he was still out there. Smith said earlier in the week his knee felt good and he was "taking it day-by-day" in getting back to 100% health from the sprained MCL he suffered a few weeks ago. If all goes as planned, Smith will make his debut for the Eagles in the team's second preseason game -- a week sooner than anticipated. "I always think it's necessary for guys to play in preseason and go through that," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said earlier this week. "We are still evaluating. We have a preliminary plan of what we want Thursday to be like, but we got a lot of good work yesterday (Monday) and we will have a lot of good work today so that's going to be constantly changing with every player." Smith immediately is the No. 1 option at wide receiver in the Eagles offense, already having chemistry with quarterback Jalen Hurts from their days at the University of Alabama. With Smith in the fold, Jalen Reagor slides to the No. 2 spot and Quez Watkins is the favorite for the No. 3 job. Watkins has been a standout in camp while Reagor has had a strong finish to camp -- including two highlight reel catches that caught attention around the league. Smith may only see a few snaps, but his return is huge for the Eagles offense -- especially for his development with the season opener less than four weeks away. DeVonta Smith game jerseys now available If you're an Eagles fan, you need a DeVonta Smith jersey before the new era starts! Shop the latest Devonta Smith game jerseys featuring No. 6. Click here to shop. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/devonta-smith-expected-to-make-preseason-debut-for-eagles-vs-patriots-per-report/
  22. Eagles rookie coach Nick Sirianni watching, learning from Bill Belichick during joint camp practices Sirianni is looking to pick Belichick's brain leading up to Thursday's Eagles-Patriots game By Jeff Kerr 14 hrs ago USA Today Images Nick Sirianni is typically a perky individual, a teacher who loves to coach and talk about football. Sirianni had some extra pep in his step when the New England Patriots came to the NovaCare Complex this week, mostly due to the opportunity to be on the same field with NFL-legend Bill Belichick. Prior to this week, Sirianni never met Belichick. He certainly wanted to pick Belichick's brain on how a championship organization is run. Hard to blame Sirianni when Belichick has eight Super Bowl rings (six as a head coach, two as a defensive coordinator). "I think you learn just from being around them, people that are really good at their job," Sirianni said to reporters prior to the Philadelphia Eagles joint practice with the Patriots on Tuesday. "I'm not looking for something in particular, but I'm always observing, right. I'm always observing guys that are good at those things. "So I just admire the way he prepares. I admire the way he gets his guys ready, how he motivates his guys. Those are things -- you see little things like that, so it's good to be around him. Most of my attention, obviously, it better be, right, is around our football team, but you still get to learn from guys that you're around." Sirianni has certainly learned the concept of efficiency and discipline through Belichick. The Eagles' first-team unit didn't commit a penalty in the first preseason game and were fundamentally sound in the exhibition opener, similar toward how they looked in training camp practices over the first three weeks. Belichick also noticed another reputation the Eagles are developing under Sirianni. "I think an important part of developing your team is learning how to practice and practicing so that you get better, the guy you're working against gets better, both sides of the ball get better," Belichick said. "It's not a full-speed level, but it's a level where we can work and improve and try to minimize the risk to having a lot of guys on the ground and having piles and things like that. That's how we practice. It's obvious that's how the Eagles practice." The Eagles continue Sirianni's mantra of getting 1% better every day. The concept is Belichick-esque, as the Eagles seek to be a team that gets the most out of every player on its roster. "This is the best in the business ever, ever to coach. I mean, this is the best NFL coach ever," Sirianni said. "So really look forward to learning from him. Just like we watch tape of guys, just like we throw on the tape and say, 'Hey, look how you watch this guy run this route, look how to read this play' of players in the NFL. I'll do the same thing here with Coach Belichick." https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-rookie-coach-nick-sirianni-watching-learning-from-bill-belichick-during-joint-camp-practices/?fbclid=IwAR3chxWHNseSKFZ1sRhuT0M6ma1Uxi5Ww9-sj4LoWmz2Oq61UKiSloqRcj8
  23. Eagles linebackers have strong day in joint practice with Patriots, a welcome change from years past The Eagles linebackers are nothing to scoff at this year By Jeff Kerr 15 hrs ago2 min read Getty Images The last time the Philadelphia Eagles had an above-average linebacker group, they won the Super Bowl. Eric Wilson and Alex Singleton aren't exactly at the measure of Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks, but the duo are showcasing a level of play the Eagles haven't seen from their linebackers in years. The first of the two-day joint practices with the New England Patriots was a strong indicator of the potential of those two in Jonathan Gannon's defense. Wilson recorded an interception in the end zone of the team session against Cam Newton, part of a subpar day for the Patriots quarterback. Javon Hargrave was able to get pressure on Newton, forcing him to get rid of the ball where Wilson was awaiting the pass. Wilson also broke up a Newton pass in the end zone, taking another touchdown off the board for New England. Already a strong linebacker in pass coverage, Wilson is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker in Philadelphia. He fits the qualifications Gannon is seeking in a three-down linebacker. "Being where they are supposed to be, that's the first thing I think," Gannon said at the conclusion of Monday's Eagles camp practice. "Processing very quickly because it happens fast, those spots. You know, the closer you are to the ball, the less reaction time you have, so those guys are kind of that second line. So, there's not a lot of room for indecision with decisions that they are making. "But I would think that processing and really a feel of, 'Hey, this is your coverage responsibility, here is the formation, here is what's going on in front of you, here is where you need to be or here is where you need to get on." Alex Singleton also had a strong session against New England, almost intercepting Newton twice in 7-on-7 drills and nearly picking off a pass in the team session. Singleton just got off the reserve/COVID-19 list last week but hasn't missed a beat since returning. "He's got a super-high motor, and he runs around and makes plays. And he processes very fast, like all our linebackers do," Gannon said. "They are processing at a pretty good level, I think, and we ask those guys – we put a lot on their plate in the run and pass game. He's doing a good job as far as, 'Hey, here is the call. Here is what you need to do. Here is the communication that needs to be said and then go play free.' And that's what you see him doing right now." Wilson and Singleton are establishing themselves as the favorites to start at linebacker. Davion Taylor emerged in training camp and Shaun Bradley had a strong preseason opener against Pittsburgh. Genard Avery is establishing himself in a new role as a blitzing linebacker, giving the Eagles depth at the position they haven't seen in years -- a group that is just getting better under Gannon. The times are changing in Philadelphia, and for the better. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-linebackers-have-strong-day-in-joint-practice-with-patriots-a-welcome-change-from-years-past/
  24. Miles Sanders sits out preseason opener as Eagles avoid tipping hand on run offense There was a reason the Eagles didn't run very much in their preseason opener By Jeff Kerr Aug 13, 2021 at 5:19 pm ET1 min read Getty Miles Sanders was an interesting scratch for the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener against the Steelers, especially since his absence from Thursday's game wasn't health-related. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni simply didn't want to risk playing a back who's going to be a vital part of his offense this year. "We just felt like we have seen him, we know what he is, we know that we're excited about him," Sirianni said after the Eagles' 24-16 preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. "We're really excited about him, wanting to be keep him fresh and we'll re-evaluate and look at next week and if he'll play next week." Jordan Howard ended up starting the game for the Eagles, but only played five snaps in the contest. Boston Scott only played five snaps in the loss, while Kenneth Gainwell led all the backs with 19. Kerryon Johnson recorded just eight snaps. Overall, the Eagles called 29 pass plays to just 11 run plays, so the running game was virtually nonexistent. Sirianni doesn't want to tip his hand with anything the Eagles are doing this preseason, explaining it's an "advantage" other teams don't have tape on what Philadelphia is running. "To say we're going to show everything Thursday or the following preseason game or the following preseason games, it's just not going to be the case," Sirianni said earlier this week. "That's an advantage that we have that other staffs don't." As for Sanders not playing? He was fine with being a healthy scratch for the preseason opener. The Eagles need him for the games that count, anyway. "I explained to him, talked to him. His running back coach Jemal [Singleton] talked to him. We thought it was best for the team that he sat that one out," Sirianni said. "He had a couple big runs against Pittsburgh last year, right? So, his people in Pittsburgh saw those big runs last year." https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/miles-sanders-sits-out-preseason-opener-as-eagles-avoid-tipping-hand-on-run-offense/?fbclid=IwAR2ACMoPaHBqvSS2lYfHeIsCLzYYT-P-YmmE2wp_1AHm-udisKuU9pxT7gc
  25. Nick Sirianni will call plays for Eagles, won't reveal full plan for Jalen Hurts in preseason opener Sirianni won't divulge his team's plans for the preseason opener vs. Steelers By Jeff Kerr 17 hrs ago2 min read Getty Images Nick Sirianni will make his NFL debut as a head coach Thursday night when the Philadelphia Eagles open their preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The preseason opener will also be the first game Sirianni will be the primary play-caller as well. "I will be the play-caller, and then Shane [Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen] will be the one talking to the quarterback," Sirianni said prior to the start of the Eagles training camp practice Tuesday. "So I'll say a number to Shane and Shane will say the number to Jalen [Hurts] if it's a wristband play, or I'll say the number to Shane and he'll read it to Jalen. "We've been in that situation before. That's just so I can talk to other people, too, and make some notes here. I just think that's the communication that he hears every day in practice and that's why we'll do it like that in the game." Sirianni does have experience calling plays, revealing Frank Reich gave him the primary play-calling responsibilities in preseason for the Indianapolis Colts when he was the offensive coordinator. He also was the play-caller for some Chargers preseason games under Mike McCoy and called the passes for the Kansas City Chiefs in a 2011 game (Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers) after Todd Haley was fired as head coach. "When we were calling the plays at all the places I've been, it's always, 'Hey, here's' – I think the only difference is I'm not the one pulling the trigger on every single one because there was constant communication in between series," Sirianni said. "'Hey, Frank, what do you think about this, this, this, and this?' Then it was Frank pulling the trigger, but we would talk through it. "It's just a different guy. We are still going to talk through it as a staff, 'Here is what we want to run, and just we're calling this at this time.'" Sirianni also revealed Jalen Hurts will start the game with Joe Flacco coming in after him and Nick Mullens rounding out the night. The Eagles have a plan for how long the first team will play in the preseason opener, but won't reveal it. "We're still talking through that. We're still talking through that every day," Sirianni said. "We don't have exactly -- again, there are guys -- everybody is in a little different scenario. For me to say, 'Hey, the starters are playing 'this' many --,' we've discussed everybody, and everybody has their own little scenario that we're doing. "That's why I don't want to tell you guys, 'This is how many series. 'If we go out and have a seven-play drive, then we reevaluate, just like in a game. If we go three and out, then we reevaluate. "Everything is on -- I don't want to say sliding scale, to say." https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nick-sirianni-will-call-plays-for-eagles-wont-reveal-full-plan-for-jalen-hurts-in-preseason-opener/?fbclid=IwAR3ZeLJqathCSdcRWQlGP0TiI262gOcRPXlC3euGjC62qqvWNQanJxo2dfQ
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