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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts answers question about potential quarterback competition

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Jalen Hurts addresses Eagles quarterback competition, what he needs to do to win job - CBS Sports
Jalen Hurts will certainly be in a quarterback competition with Carson Wentz this offseason, the first under new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni as the franchise has yet to decide whether Wentz or Hurts will be the starting quarterback for the 2021 season. The Eagles remain uncommitted to Wentz despite four years and a $132 million cap hit kicking in. Hurts can only control what he can control, as the Eagles starting quarterback job is undecided — a competition he’s willing to embrace. “That’s a great question,” Hurts said when asked on CBS Sports HQ Tuesday. “I’m putting the work in on my end. I’m trying to put in relationships with my guys. I’m just trying to take the next step. Regardless of what’s what, I’m challenging myself to be the best quarterback I can be. “Learn from my mistakes as a team, learn from my mistakes last year. Those four games I got the opportunity to get my feet wet and take off next year.”

What the Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff trade means for Carson Wentz, Eagles - ESPN
The most relevant detail of the Stafford trade from Philadelphia’s perspective is where he landed — or, more specifically, where he did not land. The Colts have long been viewed as the most logical destination for Wentz given the presence of coach Frank Reich, who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Wentz was at his best and helped him to a near MVP season in 2017. Wentz’s former quarterbacks coach, Press Taylor, recently joined the Colts’ staff as well, putting two of the coaches Wentz trusts the most — Reich and Taylor — in one place. It feels like a safe bet Wentz would do his part to help facilitate a trade there should a split with the Eagles become inevitable. It is yet to be seen how hard the Colts might pursue him, but the longer the Colts are in the market for a new quarterback, the better from the Eagles’ standpoint.

Treash: Landing spot predictions for top QBs in free agency, trade market and 2021 NFL Draft - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Prediction: Carson Wentz does not get traded, and he and Jalen Hurts battle for QB1. New Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson will likely have their hands full with trying to salvage a franchise quarterback out of either Wentz or Hurts in 2021. The two ranked 33rd and 35th, respectively, among 38 qualifying quarterbacks in passing grade last season. Combined, they gave Philadelphia the second-most turnover-worthy plays at the quarterback position among the 32 offenses. They also ranked third-to-last and last, respectively, among quarterbacks in uncatchable passes thrown beyond the line of scrimmage. The new regime has its work cut out.

What the Eagles should do at safety - BGN
REVIEW: Whereas Mills was expected to take on Jenkins’ role as a player, McLeod was being counted on to replace Jenkins as a vocal leader. He seemed to do well in that regard. McLeod was also having a good season (22nd highest-graded safety) on the field before suffering another ACL injury in mid-December. He hadn’t missed a single defensive snap prior to that point. It was a shame to see the Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee go down like that. OUTLOOK: There would be a case to trade McLeod if he was healthy since he turns 31 this year and dealing him clears $2.7 million in cap space ($2.4 million dead money). But McLeod’s value is hampered by a recovery that will likely linger into the 2021 season. The Eagles will bring him back hoping he can get healthy sooner than later and be one of the team’s two starters on the back end.

Rodney McLeod owes his number and a lot more to Eagles’ new DBs coach - NBCSP
Several years later, when McLeod signed with the Rams after going undrafted out of Virginia, he teamed up again with Wilson, who had taken a job as a quality control coach in St. Louis that offseason. After four years together, McLeod left to sign with the Eagles. And five years after that, he’s being reunited with Wilson again. The Eagles last week hired Wilson to be their new defensive backs coach on Nick Sirianni’s coaching staff. “I was in disbelief,” McLeod said. “I never thought I would have another opportunity to (play) underneath him. So when I saw the news, I was thrilled to have him in our room, now a part of this organization and team. And understating who we’re going to get to lead our group.

Pain and progress: Ralph Goldston paved the way for Black players - PE.com
Ralph Goldston was one of the first Black players to integrate the Eagles. Not everyone welcomed him with open arms.

Houston Texans Coaching News: Team Hires New Special Teams Coordinator, Secondary Coach - Battle Red Blog
Ross will reportedly be joined in Houston by Dino Vasso, who’ll move from the Eagles to the Texans to coach the secondary under new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. Vasso spent the last five seasons in Philadelphia, most recently serving as “assistant coordinator/defense” under Jim Schwartz. Perhaps Dino Vasso will be the man to finally unlock the talents of Lonnie Johnson Jr.

In new role, LeSean McCoy says future is ‘up in the air’ - Bucs Nation
McCoy was always going to be a bit of a role guy for the Bucs, but the signing of Leonard Fournette made that role even smaller. After Tampa Bay added the former Jaguar to the running back room just before the regular season, McCoy said he saw the writing on the wall. However, he made it clear that he’s been happy to accept his current role as a veteran voice for the younger running backs.

Scouting Jets wide receiver Manasseh Bailey - Gang Green Nation
At the end of the season, the Jets signed several players to futures contracts for the 2021 season. We’ve been taking an in-depth look at the strengths and weaknesses for each of them over the past few weeks, continuing today with wide receiver Manasseh Bailey. The 23-year old is listed at 6’1” and 195 pounds and was undrafted out of Morgan State in 2020. He has never played in the NFL before in regular season or preseason action, but spent time with the Eagles and Chargers last season.

Super Bowl squares template, how to play online, and more - SB Nation
The 2021 Super Bowl matchup is between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs are making their fourth appearance, having lost in the first Super Bowl and then winning in Super Bowls 4 and 54. The Bucs are 1-0 in Super Bowls entering this year’s game, defeating the Raiders in 2003’s Super Bowl 37. With Super Bowl 55 taking place in Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs are the first Super Bowl team to play in their home stadium. If what’s happening on the field isn’t quite enough to draw your attention, putting some money down on the action could make things a bit more interesting. Setting up a Super Bowl squares game is one way to stay involved in the matchup and may help keep the interest up for friends and/or guests who might not be as into football as the rest of us. Here’s a quick and simple way to play squares.

Off Day Debrief #22: Mike Tannenbaum on Deshaun + Who follows in Tampa Bay’s footsteps? - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) power rank the teams with the best chance to do what Tampa Bay did this year - make the Super Bowl after going .500 or worse the previous year. Plus, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum joins us to give his take on what will happen with Deshaun Watson. Why the Chargers could spoil the Chiefs’ fun in the AFC next year. Will Dak lead the Cowboys back from the dead in 2021? Tannenbaum on how the Texans will handle Deshaun Watson going forward. Tannenbaum on why the Rams are playing a very dangerous game right now.

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