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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts projects as a top 10 fantasy football quarterback

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/28/21.

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Early 2021 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings - Sharp Football Analysis
10. Jalen Hurts: Hurts scored 19.3, 37.8, 18.6, and 16.3 points in his four starts last season after the Philadelphia season was a lost cause. His 272 rushing yards in those starts were second in league history for a quarterback over his first career four starts behind Lamar Jackson. Hurts was last in the league in completion rate (52%), but also last in expected completion rate (55.5%), according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Despite that, he still led all rookie passers in yards per pass attempt (7.7 Y/A) from a clean pocket. If the Eagles commit to Hurts for a season, he joins the high-floor group aided by rushing production with the upside of crashing a ceiling should he improve from a passing stance.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: 10 different options for the Eagles at No. 6 - BGN
The feeling here is that the Eagles can’t go into this year’s draft with the idea they’re taking a quarterback at No. 6 no matter what. Don’t want to see them force it like that. If they’re totally in love with Fields (or someone else), then QB is a reasonable pick. The overall aim should be to acquire an elite-level difference-maker, almost regardless of position.

The Solak Show 002: If They Drafted Hurts When They Had Wentz..‪.‬ - BGN Radio
On this week’s episode of The Solak Show, Benjamin Solak breaks down the Eagles’ approach when drafting Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft, and how that approach indicates they’ll take a quarterback at 6 overall regardless of how they feel about Hurts internally. After the break, he’s joined by Zach Hicks of Stampede Blue (29:15) to talk Carson Wentz in Indianapolis. Just how much clout does Frank Reich have in the building? Which coaches will take which approaches to resuscitate his career? Are the Colts actually better?

Eagles mailbag: Ranking the 2021 NFL head coaching hires - PhillyVoice
1) Brandon Staley, Chargers: I like Staley as a young up-and-coming coach, but also, the Chargers might actually be good. In the short term, it’ll be hard not to improve on a 2020 season that started at 3-9. Long-term, Justin Herbert will keep them competitive. ... 2) Robert Saleh, Jets: The Jets have a buttload of picks, and Saleh feels like the right man for the job to get the most out of what will be a very young roster. ... 3) Arthur Smith, Falcons: The Falcons are in a similar situation as the Eagles, in that they require a bit of a teardown before they can rebuild, but I’ll give a slight edge to Smith over Nick Sirianni. ... 4) Nick Sirianni, Eagles: The bet here is that the first two seasons won’t be pretty, but it appears that Sirianni will be given a bit of time to turn things around. An unexpected decent season in Years 1 or 2 would exceed expectations.

Pass Catchers - Iggles Blitz
This receiver class is deep and talented. It is amazing that year after year, we are seeing terrific classes. Shouldn’t we run out of outstanding prospects? The passing game has exploded all over the football world and that means there are more talented receivers than ever. That fact makes it especially frustrating that the Eagles can’t seem to build a good receiver corps. I don’t know if that is more drafting, coaching or scheme/QB play. The bottom line is that the Eagles must change this. You can’t win in today’s NFL without good receivers. I don’t think the Eagles have to take a receiver at 6, but they do need to add a talented player to the mix. That could be a trade or free agent addition. Or the Eagles could spend a mid-round pick. They must add more talent. They need competition. The current group of receivers hasn’t earned the right to count on anything, other than a chance.

2021 NFL offseason: All 32 teams’ WR situations ahead of free agency, draft -
As a team, the Eagles had the lowest completion percentage (55.9) and tied for the fewest yards per attempt (6.2) last season. Specifically, receivers only caught 56.7 percent of passes tossed their way, which was the second-lowest rate for any team. Philly will have to bring in the right mix of receivers to complement whoever takes over at QB1 (whether it’s Jalen Hurts or someone else) after the trade of Carson Wentz, and to potentially make up for the loss of a really key pass-catcher (tight end Zach Ertz, who is a cut candidate). In so doing, the Eagles might have to shell out — this is one team my model flags as in danger of potentially overpaying, because they have needs where the projected available free agents are expected to fetch a high price. They hold the sixth overall pick, meanwhile, but that’s likely not quite high enough to leverage a strong return from quarterback-needy teams.

Four of seven new coaches had only one interview in the 2021 cycle - PFT
The list reveals that, of the seven coaches hired, four of them (Campbell, Culley, Meyer, and Nick Sirianni) had only one interview during the entire cycle. Bieniemy ultimately was requested by all seven teams; however, the Eagles reportedly did not actually interview him. All teams except the Texans requested an interview with Saleh — who was one of the candidates recommended to ownership by quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho to host ‘The Bachelor: After the Final Rose’ special - 6ABC
“The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” has a new host! Bestselling author, on-air personality and former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho will host the special that is set to air immediately following “The Bachelor” season finale. Acho and “The Bachelor” official Twitter accounts made the announcement on social media Saturday.

Secret Base Reviews: Fan Controlled Football - SB Nation
On February 13th, a new football league came into our lives. It’s one of the most creative, interest-piquing ideas I’ve seen in a while: A football league where the fans call the plays and make decisions. That might sound great, but is the league making a quality product? Over the past two weeks, I’ve been analyzing the play on my twitch channel, and it’s time to get these notes off. Let’s take a look.


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