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NFL Mock Draft Simulation: Eagles pass on QB to add playmakers - BGN
Pick 38: Asante Samuel Junior, Cornerback, FSU. While Jonathan Gannon likes longer cornerbacks on the outside, he has shown some affinity for scrappy playmakers playing slot cornerback. Asante Samuel Junior is a smaller defender, but his ball skills and willingness to make big tackles gives Gannon the Kenny Moore II type player in Philadelphia that will help this defense take the next step. The Eagles desperately need playmakers in their secondary and Asante Samuel has 29 career PBU and four interceptions to prove he can fill that gap.
Stick with Hurts or Draft a QB? - BGN Radio
Segment one: News & QBs. No concrete news since Carson got traded. DJax cut. Alshon and Malik Jackson to follow. Quarterback or nah at 6? We state our cases. Segment two: Free agency on the horizon Initial look at our top free agent targets, in snake draft form. Segment three: Jason Kelce’s future in Philly? Actually play for the Eagles? Why? First step toward him getting dealt? Most logical landing spots. Any plans for when the weather gets nicer?
Eagles 2020 dropped passes tally, with analysis - PhillyVoice
The biggest offender, from a total number of drops standpoint, was Miles Sanders, with seven. Sanders also led the team in 2020 in drop percentage among players with at least 20 catches, with a bad drop rate of 20 percent. That puts him second in single-season drop rate during the Doug Pederson / Carson Wentz era. Zach Ertz also made the leaderboard, but we’ll get to him momentarily.Sanders was very effective as a runner in 2020, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and breaking off several long runs, but his regression as a receiver in 2020 was surprising and disappointing. As a rookie, Sanders had 50 catches for 509 yards (10.2 YPC) and 3 TDs. He was a weapon as a receiver both on short throws, and down the field. We had him down for 3 drops that season, or a drop rate of 5.7 percent. But beyond just the drops, the Wentz-Sanders connection just wasn’t there in 2020. Even when Sanders got open, Wentz often didn’t hit him, with the most damaging miss coming against the Bengals Week 3.
Exploring Some Options - Iggles Blitz
When you are coming off a 4-win season and you lack top talent, you might think the focus should be simple…take the best player on the board. That would be a WR or QB or CB or OL or whatever. Figure out who the elite player is and take him. The problem is that not all drafts are loaded with elite talent. You could make a case that Trevor Lawrence, WR Ja’Marr Chase and TE Kyle Pitts are the only elite prospects in this class. That doesn’t mean other players can’t develop into elite NFL players, but they all have questions. Who are the truly special prospects? The Eagles might think there are several more elite players. You never know who a team will fall in love with.
Sirianni thinks Eagles have environment for young QB to thrive - NBCSP
The Eagles’ new quarterbacks coach didn’t have a relationship with Sirianni or anyone on the staff, Sirianni told the Eagles’ website. “But we saw a great coach and we saw a great coach by numbers,” Sirianni said. “You saw what he did with that offense at Florida, super impressive. What he did with that quarterback at Florida, super impressive. So excited to have Brian. He brings so many good ideas, he brings an element of the college game that not all of us have. Again, couldn’t be more thrilled to have Brian on this staff.” This past season, Johnson was promoted to offensive coordinator at the University of Florida in addition to being the quarterbacks coach. In 2020, the Gators scored 39.8 points per game, an improvement from their 33.2 points per game in 2019. And quarterback Kyle Trask took a huge jump from his junior to senior season. In 2020, he threw for over 4,200 yards with 43 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
Four Downs: NFC East - Football Outsiders
Despite their veteran-laden team, the Eagles don’t have many starters or even rotation players entering free agency. Outside linebackers Duke Riley and Nathan Gerry will hit the open market, but the team already discovered one replacement in undrafted sophomore Alex Singleton—who nearly halved Riley’s 32.3% broken tackle rate with an 18.3% rate as a second-half starter in 2020—and seem comfortable with inexpensive players at the position every year in any case. That makes safety Jalen Mills and slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman the team’s most impactful free agents. Mills was a cornerback himself prior to 2020, but he acquitted himself nicely at the new position and likely earned a contract bigger than his one-year, $4-million deal with the Eagles last season. I’m not sure that will be the case for Robey-Coleman after his disappointing year with 9.7 yards per target and a 40% coverage success rate, but the Eagles may re-sign him anyway since he was much better with 6.5 and 55% rates in 2019; they are also thin at the position behind outside starters Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox. Defensive end Vinny Curry is also a free agent, but he never has lived up to his former second-round draft selection. He had just three sacks and 14 hurries in 11 games in 2020.
Where are they now? DE Derrick Burgess - PE.com
The Eagles relied on a deal from their past to try and improve on their future during the 2001 NFL Draft. Using a third-round pick obtained from the Chargers in 2000, Philadelphia chose Mississippi defensive end Derrick Burgess. Posting an 11-5 record that season, the Eagles won the NFC East for the first time since 1988. Burgess, however, felt that he and his teammates played in many more than 16 games, and that it led to their success. “All of the practices were like games. So every day you came to practice, it was like a game mentality,” Burgess says. “You had guys like Troy (Vincent), Bobby (Taylor), Dawk (Brian Dawkins), (Jeremiah) Trotter, Hugh (Douglas), you had a slew of guys that once you got out there as a young fella, you had to step up and play your part. You couldn’t be out there just going through the motions. They showed me how it was supposed to go. Practice was supposed to be a real thing.”
LeSean McCoy: I still have more highlights to give out - PFT
“The only thing is it has to be the right team,” McCoy said, via LehighValleyLive.com. “I can’t go from two Super Bowls to playing with BA [Bruce Arians], Andy Reid, Tom Brady, and [Patrick] Mahomes to not even having a team that’s competing. I’m still a competitor. To bring me back, I have to play for a team that is a contender, or with some young guys I could help out. I still want to be effective and get a shot to play and showcase my talent. I still have some more highlights to give out.” McCoy joked that he’s a “rabbit’s foot” for teams and the prospect that he’s a lucky charm is likely a better selling point than anything he’s done between the lines the last two seasons.
In a hypothetical Dak Prescott vs. Russell Wilson debate for Cowboys QB, who ya got? - Blogging The Boys
Granted, Wilson is frustrated, and rightfully so. But winning’s never guaranteed in any sport – especially on the gridiron, and there’s no telling whether or not his resignations could seep into another team’s inner realms should losing befall them. From a number’s standpoint, Prescott’s just as impressive as Wilson, and noticeably better in some key facets. He tossed for nearly 5,000 yards (4,902) in 2019, and was on pace to shatter the 6,000 mark in ‘20 through his four and a half outings. He’s never been known as a blazing speedster, but he’s capable as a scrambler, and has significantly improved his ability to fit the pigskin into tight spaces, as well as fire off a comely deep ball. The age battle unquestionably favors Prescott. Both have made habits of posting gaudy production numbers, and you won’t find two harder working players in the entire league.
Russell Wilson potential trade scenarios: Cowboys, Bears, Raiders, Saints top list for Seahawks star - ESPN
How doable it is for your team — and what comes next: Anything is doable, but the Cowboys are committed to Prescott. They have made him their priority and believe he is their quarterback for the present and future. If the Cowboys get frustrated in upcoming talks with Prescott’s agent regarding a long-term contract, perhaps they visit this option, but it seems remote at best.
Russell Wilson trade rumors: Projecting four potential blockbuster moves to Cowboys, Raiders, Saints, Bears - CBS Sports
Cowboys ship Dak Prescott to Las Vegas in three-team mega-deal — Holy nutcrackers, is this a big one, but just bear with us. First, who in their right mind believes Jerry Jones would turn down the chance to bring an even more proven superstar QB to America’s Team, especially after hesitating to lock up Dak? Second, for as much as Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock have praised Derek Carr, we all know they’d embrace an upgrade if it were substantial, and this would allow them to fill a long-term spot without gambling in the draft.
Big Blue View mailbag: Wide receivers, salary cap, DeSean Jackson, more - Big Blue View
Ed says: Kevin, you are asking about DeSean Jackson. My vote is no. A really, really, really strong “no.” Just on the emotional side of it, I don’t think Giants fans could deal with seeing Jackson in a Giants uniform. Seriously, though, Jackson will be 35 years old by the end of the 2021 season. He has already played for 13 seasons. He has been limited to only eight games total over the past two seasons by injuries. He’s not going to get faster, or healthier. He is only going to decline. The Giants are still a building team. You want to bring in players who can give you more than one season. You can get the skillset Jackson had early in his career by drafting Jaylen Waddle. You could select Kadarius Toney, Rondale Moore or any of several other smallish speed guys in the draft somewhere beyond the No. 11 pick. I don’t see any good reason to sign Jackson. Go get a burner in the draft. Or, sign a player in his prime like Curtis Samuel.
The Most Popular Positions in Free Agency - Over The Cap
By far the most popular position in free agency are wide receivers. We have a record of 117 players switching teams between 2017 and 2020, an average of nearly 30 players per year. The average annual value of the group was just under $5 million with the average contract size being around $3.6 million. Cornerback was tied for second with linebacker but blew linebacker away financially. Over $1 billion in contract value was allocated to corners with the average contract coming up to nearly $6 million a season and $4 million per year being the average contract size. Though there were less players at corner than wide receiver it was the corner that was considered the better level of player. Linebacker also had the same number of players switch teams but at an average of $4.7 million per year and $3.18 million per player it is nowhere near the financial investment of the top two positions.
Not trading Deshaun Watson is the worst thing the Texans can do - SB Nation
It’s become increasingly likely that after months of speculation the Texans could decide not to honor Deshaun Watson’s wishes and refuse to trade the quarterback. It’s on-brand for an organization that has become synonymous with dysfunction, but disregarding a trade request like this isn’t just bad for the future of the organization, it’s unfair to a player who handled his time in Houston the right way. Watson is clearly done with the Texans. In the past few months the organization showed him no respect by interviewing head coach candidates he wanted the team to talk to, and trying on the back-end to shower him with praise in front of teammates to embarrassing levels. It’s led to Watson understandably wanting out, but the Texans are digging their heels in.
2021 NFL Draft Special #2: Top 10 Non-QBs w/Danny Kelly - The SB Nation NFL Show
Danny Kelly of The Ringer drops by to talk with Michael Kist about the non-quarterbacks that could find their names called in the top 10 of the 2021 NFL Draft!
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