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Giants sign Adoree’ Jackson: Eagles should turn attention to these 3 free-agent cornerbacks - NJ.com
Kevin King. King, like Gareon Conley and Jackson, would be a high-upside addition. While he’s coming off a forgettable season with the Packers, King has the size (6-3, 200 lbs.) and playmaking ability (six career interceptions) to rebound in Gannon’s presumed zone-heavy scheme. King could be signed to a one-year “prove it” deal, and a bounce-back campaign could lead to a long-term tenure in Philly.
6 things to know about new Eagles safety Anthony Harris - BGN
Harris was probably asked to do too much in the Vikings defense last year. With no discernable pass rush, a very young secondary, and a weak interior run defense, Harris was often asked to cover a ton of ground in both helping defend the run and cover receivers over the top. That resulted in some very up-and-down performances. Harris wasn’t targeted a ton in the passing game, but there were a handful of instances where lack of communication between him and the young group of cornerbacks resulted in bad angles over the top and big plays. There were also occasions where Harris was forced to come up from a deep safety position and make a play against the run, which is always asking for trouble. Alvin Kamara’s huge game against the Vikings on Christmas Day was helped by a few poor missed tackles by Harris. I don’t think Eagles fans should expect another 2019 performance out of Harris this season, but as long as he isn’t asked to do too much in the defensive scheme, I think a rebound is certainly feasible.
Eagles mailbag: Nick Foles, Zach Ertz trade talk, and other quarterback questions - PhillyVoice
Question from Ross: Who is your predicted starter at QB for week 1 as of now? ... Hurts. Even if they draft a quarterback at sixth overall, it would likely be Justin Fields and Trey Lance, both of whom could use some time before they’re thrown to the wolves, so to speak. Hurts is very likely to get at least one year to show what he can do, regardless of what the Eagles do in the draft.
The Slow Play - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles could just wait and see if they can find a CB with pick six. It doesn’t seem like Caleb Farley will be a target there anymore, though. I’m not going to pretend to know what all is going on there, but you don’t spend the sixth overall pick on a CB with a back problem. I do feel confident in saying that.
Grading every team after NFL free agency: Cleveland Browns, Washington Football Team and Denver Broncos come out on top - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Average. Philadelphia was obviously doing a lot more subtraction than addition this offseason, with the reduced salary cap affecting them as much if not more than any other franchise. They aggressively attacked the rookie-contract window for QB Carson Wentz, which did culminate in a Super Bowl victory and two more consecutive playoff appearances, but 2020 was a disaster. Wentz is, of course, now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, and the Eagles took on the largest dead cap charge in NFL history via his trade ($33.8 million). With all of that said, Philadelphia’s big losses were more big names than big-time producers in recent years, with players like WRs Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson not seeing much of the field the last few seasons. They did make one really strong free-agent signing, adding Vikings S Anthony Harris on a one-year deal for just $5 million a year removed from playing on a franchise tag for $11.441 million. Harris’ 90.6 grade since 2018 is tied for the best mark among safeties. While he didn’t have his best season in 2020, this contract is an absolute steal for a highly motivated player that will patrol the deep third on a defense that ranked 28th in forced incompletions on passes 20-plus yards downfield last season.
DeVonta Smith talks about Jalen Hurts, weight concerns and more - NBCSP
And one potential landing spot could be to the Eagles at No. 6. That would make for a reunion with his former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. The two have spoken recently, Smith said on Monday, as an Eagles question led off his virtual pro day press conference. “Yeah, me and Jalen, we talked recently,” Smith said. “Not just about that but just how the process and things are going. And how’s my training been going and just catching up about life things and things like that. It would be a blessing just to hear any team just call my name. In that situation, it’s just a blessing for anybody.”
2020 Adjusted Games Lost: Part I - Football Outsiders
Teams such as the 49ers, Eagles, and Jets with big adjusted games lost totals in 2020 are likely eager to envision themselves as the next Buccaneers, but I suspect one could draw the wrong lesson from the latter’s apparent injury regression. As stated, team adjusted games lost totals do correlate from year to year. In fact, the Bucs failed to crack the top 10 in adjusted games lost every year from 2003 to 2018, and only enjoyed their renaissance after they injected their roster with a bunch of young starters—the team’s snap-weighted age improved from 26.3 in 2018 to 25.8 in 2019. That supposition makes me more confident that the 49ers can rebound with their current roster than the Eagles. The former saw their most significant injuries hit players such as Deebo Samuel, Nick Bosa, and Solomon Thomas, who are 25 years old or younger. In contrast, the Eagles saw their pass protection devastated by injuries to Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Isaac Seumalo, and Andre Dillard, the first two of whom are on the wrong side of 30.
Adoree’ Jackson signing: Giants add former first-round pick at cornerback - Big Blue View
The money is honestly far more than I anticipated Jackson receiving. The Giants, though, now have their second cornerback. The Giants secondary now has Bradberry and Jackson at the outside cornerback spots, Darnay Holmes in the slot with Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan and Xavier McKinney. The bench includes Julian Love, Isaac Yiadom, Sam Beal and Ryan Lewis.
Report: Dallas Cowboys trying to figure out if they want to bring back Aldon Smith - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys made a big change towards their defense when they fired Mike Nolan and hired Dan Quinn to be its new coordinator. Nolan wasn’t the only departure as the Cowboys also said goodbye to defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, someone whom Aldon Smith knows well from their time together with the San Francisco 49ers. We all know that frugality is the way that the Cowboys like to operate in free agency so perhaps they are waiting this thing out. Maybe they have a number in mind that they would like Smith at and are letting him test the market. Should they be being this patient?
How the Signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick Could Impact Washington’s Draft-Day Plans - Hogs Haven
Trey Lance: To me, this one makes a bit more sense. Lance has an incredibly high ceiling, but he’s going to need some time before he’s ready. Rivera may see a slightly smaller, yet more athletic version of Cam Newton in Lance, and having Fitz here to hold down the fort, and help prepare the youngster for the rigors of the NFL, may be just what the doctor ordered. Again, I think the spot to start looking at a potential trade-up would be Detroit at number seven.
Jalen Mills was blown away by meeting the Patriots’ head coach the first time: ‘This is f—king Coach Belichick!’ - Pats Pulpit
“So, he’s just talking to me, telling me, ‘Happy to have you. Glad for you to be here. I’m excited for you to be here.’ And I literally turned my back to ho him and screamed out loud. ‘This is Coach Belichick. This is…’ Excuse my language, but I’m like, ‘This is f—king Coach Belichick!’ Like, I screamed it loud. And then I turned back around, and he was still monotone, regular, just having a casual conversation. I’m freaking out, and I was like, ‘My fault, Coach. One more thing, I have to cut you off. I don’t want to disrespect you, but, Coach, you’re a legend to me. I’m happy to be here.’ He was like, ‘Same, man. Happy for you to be here. Can’t wait to get going and coach you up.’ That was definitely a highlight outside, of course, making it official and signing my contract; meeting him and also meeting Mr. Kraft.”
Worst NFL free-agency signings of 2021: Bill Barnwell picks his least-favorite contracts, including two from the Patriots - ESPN+
Look at the deal, though, and it’s clear the Patriots misread the market. Nelson Agholor’s two-year, $22 million deal isn’t very flexible. The Pats guaranteed him $16 million over two years. If Bill Belichick wants to get out of the contract after Year 1, the Patriots will be on the hook for Agholor’s $10 million signing bonus, his $1 million base salary in 2021, $5 million of his $9 million base salary in 2022 and up to $1 million in roster bonuses for the 2021 season. This is either a one-year deal for $16 million-plus or a two-year deal for $22 million-plus. That’s a lot for a guy who was on the minimum last season. What makes this even worse is that the top of the wide receiver market didn’t develop. The Dolphins gave Will Fuller, a better player with a more productive track record, $10.5 million for one year. JuJu Smith-Schuster took $8 million on his one-year deal with the Steelers. Usually the Patriots are the ones who foresee the market, wait things out and get the right player at the right price. This time, out of desperation, they went all-in on the first day at the market’s deepest position and gave out a deal that’s difficult to justify. [BLG Note: Ronald Darby also made this list.]
Monday Football Monday #28: Teams In Need of Spring Cleaning + The Year of the Voidable - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney discuss the start of spring for the NFL with thoughts on teams that could use a good house cleaning PLUS did JuJu screw up and how voidable years are being exploited across the league.
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