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Eagles News: Daniel Jeremiah says Philadelphia has been “blown away” by Jalen Hurts

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Daniel Jeremiah: Eagles have been ‘blown away’ by Jalen Hurts -
“I’m excited to see what they do with Jalen Hurts. And all reports I’ve got out of Eagles camp are that they have been blown away with — not only, everybody knows how athletic he is — but just how smart he is and how much of a professional he is. He just carries himself like a veteran. Everybody on the team has really fallen in love with him. So, how are they going to use him? I know Taysom Hill is kind of the template some have used for him. But, to me, I don’t think he’ll get that much volume that Taysom Hill got. But I think they’ll find spots. Maybe it’s in short-yardage, probably a good chance you’ll see him sprinkled him in in the tight red zone to do some things kind of running the football and using that mobility. He’s somebody they think can develop and be a starter and be a quality starter in the league. [BLG Note: Always worth listening when DJ talks about the Eagles given his relationship with Howie Roseman.]

15 observations from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
The Eagles opened up in 12 personnel with DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as the top two wide receivers. JJAW (X), Jackson (Z), and Greg Ward (slot) were then the top three receivers in 11 personnel. Before you freak out, let’s note that Jalen Reagor did rotate in with JJAW. Reagor actually lined up in the slot for at least one rep, too. But the Eagles clearly aren’t just handing a full-time starting job to their rookie first-round pick with no questions asked. The feeling here is that Reagor can and will push for more playing time than JJAW but the Eagles aren’t merely giving up on their 2019 second-round pick.

Training Camp Recap - Day 3 - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton recap the Eagles rainy third day of training camp with thoughts on who has impressed them the most so far AND MORE! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A look at Jim Schwartz’s history of playing rookie linebackers - PhillyVoice
Davion Taylor was drafted in the third round, so in theory, history would show that he has a decent chance of playing a significant role in the defense, but he has two things working against him in comparison to the third rounders mentioned above: The pandemic-shortened offseason, as noted above, will limit the amount of time Taylor has to learn the defense, duh. Taylor hasn’t played much football, as religious beliefs kept him off the field until his mother finally allowed him to play in college, where he only played for two seasons. If sixth rounder Shaun Bradley were to play a legitimate role in the defense as a rookie, he would be breaking a trend of late-round linebackers sitting as rookies.

Ceilings and floors for all 32 NFL teams in 2020, and how they get there - ESPN+
Ceiling: 12-4 | Floor: 7-9. Biggest variable: The reworked offensive line. The Eagles have enjoyed continuity along the front for a good while now, but this year’s group looks different and comes with more questions than it’s used to. How will Andre Dillard, the team’s 2019 first-round pick, fare protecting Carson Wentz’s blindside? Can Jason Peters make the transition from tackle to guard and help ease the loss of Brandon Brooks? Will veteran center Jason Kelce maintain his high level of play in his 10th NFL season? The success of the offense and the team hinges a good deal on those answers.

About those injuries from Eagles Training Camp ... -
The point here is this: Yeah, injury news is not ever good stuff, but let’s keep it in perspective. The Eagles have zero players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. They think they’re going to be very healthy for Washington on September 13. They’re building chemistry. They’re working hard. They look fast and confident. In a matter of a few days, the Eagles are going to have “live” sessions just so that last bit of rust is knocked off. Maybe Pederson plays his vets a decent amount in those practices, but more than likely he will give the young Eagles and the new Eagles time to prove they deserve to make the roster. Those are the sessions that, more than any other on-field work being done in Training Camp, will determine the last few spots on the active roster and the majority of the practice squad.

In new role, Darren Sproles finding ways to coach up young Eagles - NBCSP
Darren Sproles technically isn’t a coach. The Eagles hired the 15-year veteran this offseason after he retired. The former running back and Pro Bowl returner was given the title of Personnel Consultant, so he’s not technically a member of the Eagles’ coaching staff. That makes Duce Staley chuckle. “Well, he is coaching. So he is doing that,” Staley said. “I joke with him all the time. It’s definitely a big help when the younger guys see him in the room.” Even as a quasi coach behind a blue surgical mask, Sproles, at 5-foot-6 is unmistakable. And despite his stature, his presence looms large.

PFF’s Preseason 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Trevor Lawrence lands in Jacksonville at No. 1 overall, Justin Fields goes No. 2 to Washington Football Team - PFF
23. Philadelphia Eagles — S Andre Cisco, Syracuse. I don’t anticipate a safety with 4.3 speed and 12 picks by the end of his true sophomore year lasting too long in the draft. While his tape is incredibly up and down at this point, you can’t teach the sort of playmaking ability he possesses.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Defenses - Fake Teams
[BLG Note: The Eagles are 7th.]

Ex-Giants QB Kyle Lauletta who was arrested getting Jets tryout - New York Post
Kyle Lauletta will be back on New Jersey roads again, but it may not be for long. The former Giants quarterback, who was cut by the team before the 2019 season, is getting a tryout with the Jets, according to the NFL’s transaction wire on Wednesday. [BLG Note: The Eagles waived Lauletta on Monday.]

The 49ers sign S Johnathan Cyprien - Niners Nation
Cyprien appeared in five games last season with the Eagles and the Falcons before suffering a season-ending injury. Atlanta traded a draft pick for him, and one game later, Cyprien was lost for the season, and signed with the Eagles in August. The 30-year-old is known as a hard-hitting box safety who excelled against the run, but not much in coverage. He is very similar to Marcell Harris, which begs the question, why now? Is K’Waun Williams’ injury more serious than 2-3 weeks? San Francisco also signed undrafted free agent safety Evan Foster earlier on Wednesday to bolster its secondary depth.

Browns bring in four kickers for workouts - PFT
The Cleveland Browns had a quartet of kickers in for tryouts on Wednesday. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Nick Folk, Matthew McCrane, Kai Forbath and Cody Parkey were the four kickers to work out for the Browns.

Report: Jaguars ‘extremely close’ to trading defensive end Yannick Ngakoue - Big Cat Country
Lombardi indicates that the trade is set to occur either today or tomorrow, and there is a firm offer in place, likely a second-round pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. If the Jaguars were to trade the disgruntled defensive end for a second, it would be far below the original asking price of one or more first-round picks. [BLG Note: Probably not going to be the Eagles.]

Former Washington RB Derrius Guice accused of raping two women at LSU - Hogs Haven
The Derrius Guice story is getting worse as more details come out. Guice was drafted by the Redskins in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft, and there were immediately question marks. The incident at the Combine with Eagles staff, his “fall” to the 2nd round, reports about maturity issues, etc. Fast forward two injury-marred years later, and the Washington Football Team released Guice after he was arrested for domestic violence for 3 separate incidents going back to Valentine’s Day.

Daniel Jones ranked No. 2 among Year 2 QBs by NFL execs - Big Blue View
“Watch the way he handles the ball, his fakes, his play-action — there’s a lot of skill there,” an NFC offensive coach told ESPN. “And he’s a tough dude. He had that rep coming out of college. If he takes care of the ball, he’ll make a big jump.” Injuries to the Giants offense did not help Jones throughout the course of his first season in the league. Running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram both missed significant playing time. Now, with a healthy Barkley and Engram joining Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and breakout star Darius Slayton, Jones is poised for a strong sophomore season. Fowler pointed out that Jones has more innate athletic talent than people think.

Sean McVay Is Going to Have to Learn How to Do More With Less - The Ringer
Two seasons ago, McVay was the most-hyped coach in the NFL. But after an up-and-down 2019, the shine has worn off. A roster and coaching staff overhaul suggests it may take more ingenuity for him to help the Rams reach those same heights.

Thom Brennaman dropped a homophobic slur on a hot mic, then called a home run during his apology - SB Nation
Veteran announcer Thom Brennaman dropped a homophobic slur live on air Wednesday night during the Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals game. As Brennaman started apologizing later in the game, Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos hit a home run that Brennaman called before going back into his apology. This is the most surreal sports moment of 2020 and it should be the last time you hear Brennaman call a game again.


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