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Eagles player review: Jordan Mailata edition - PhillyVoice
Jordan Mailata is a better football player right now than Andre Dillard. He’s also a year and a half younger, and presumably has more upside given that his first non-exhibition football game ever occurred fewer than eight months ago. There is no good argument for Dillard to be running with the starters ahead of Mailata whenever the team reports for its first mandatory camp. There is the potential for Dillard to find himself atop the depth chart, however, simply because he is a recent first-round pick that the team spent substantial resources on. The expectation here is that Mailata and Dillard will battle it out during training camp for the starting job in 2021, and that Mailata should have a leg up, since his flaws are more correctable than Dillard’s.

‘Fire Howie’ chant breaks out at Phillies game - BGN
Attendance restrictions brought about by the pandemic spared Eagles decision-makers from coming close to hearing the loudest of boos at Lincoln Financial Field in 2020. But if Monday night’s Phillies game was any indication, it might not take long for this fan base to voice their displeasure at The Linc opens in the fall. After a series of ‘E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!’ chants broke out at Citizens Bank Park broke out (please stop doing this, the Birds aren’t something to take pride in like that right now!), so did chants aimed at the team’s GM.

FROM THE SB NATION NFL SHOW: Debating the latest Eagles draft rumor - BGN Radio
The SB Nation NFL Show brings together the greatest fan-alysts from across SB Nation’s NFL team communities in one place for the first time ever. Expect deep analysis, irreverent jokes, and plenty of bickering between rivals. It’s a show for NFL fans, by NFL fans.

Predictor reveals favorite for Eagles’ pick at No. 12 in 2021 NFL draft - ESPN
Team history and trends favor a lineman. According to ESPN’s Draft Day Predictor, Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater (10% chance of being selected at No. 12) and Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye (5%) are within the realm of possibility. The Predictor also indicates there’s a decent chance at least one of those players will be available if the Eagles were to slide back a couple slots. If it’s a lineman they’re after, trading back (again) could be the move. But if the Eagles stick at No. 12, or move up slightly to ensure they land their preferred player, the best value is at cornerback or wide receiver. The two players with the tightest odds of being available at No. 12 are Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle (50% chance) and Surtain II (47%).

10 times the Eagles drafted wrong guy at the right position - NBCSP
2014: And then they helped the Cowboys. The Eagles took defensive end Marcus Smith at 26 in 2014, eight picks before the Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Lawrence. Smith never started a game as a pro and had 4.0 sacks in three seasons with the Eagles. Lawrence has 45 ½ sacks for the Cowboys, and is a two-time Pro Bowler.

’Philly’s got a gem’ in new Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon - PE.com
Gannon got his chance to coach at Louisville under Bobby Petrino after an injury ended his football career. He followed Petrino to the NFL once the latter became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Despite previously having no intentions of ever coaching in the NFL, once Gannon got there, he never looked back. At every stop along the way to Philadelphia, Gannon has carried with him the same desire to serve his players. “My job is to make you the best player that you can be,” Gannon said. “There’s a bunch of different ways to go about that, but that’s ultimately how I always thought in my mind. When I talk to a player or someone that’s been under my watch, that’s my job.” “Philly’s got a gem in my mind,” Becker said of Gannon. Becker readily admits he was not paid an immense amount of money to do his job at Saint Ignatius but knowing that what he and the school taught still sticks with their students even decades later makes it all worth it.

Raiders sign cornerback Rasul Douglas - Silver And Black Pride
Douglas will likely push second-year player Damon Arnette for a starting role. Arnette could also play inside. Douglas is mostly an outside cornerback. Douglas played at West Virginia with Raiders’ safety Karl Joseph and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. Douglas was drafted in the third round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. He played three seasons for the Eagles. He spent the 2020 season with the Carolina Panthers and started 11 games.

You must choose: The problem of deciding between Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn for the Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
With the Dallas Cowboys front office now squarely focused on the 2021 NFL Draft, the question on many minds is who will the Cowboys take with the 10th pick this year? The most mocked players to this point have been defensive backs Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama and Jaycee Horn out of South Carolina. Both are very talented defensive backs that would give the Cowboys size, athleticism, and speed, inserting an immediate upgrade into the starting lineup opposite second-year defensive back Trevon Diggs. Looking at their measurements and pro day numbers, they are pretty equal other than Surtain II’s two-inch height advantage and Horn’s lower-body explosiveness. So the Cowboys, either way, would be picking a very talented player.

Alex Smith announces his retirement from the NFL - Hogs Haven
Smith’s journey through recovery was documented in an ESPN documentary that showed how bad the injury really was. The visuals were disturbing, but the one thing most people got out of this was Smith’s determination to not only walk, but run back to the football field. Reports started last year that Smith was working out with the team again. People, including myself, still said there was no way that Smith would play again. Good effort, but not happening. This included people in the Washington organization, but Smith convinced them that he could still play, and then doctors cleared him.

Former Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed retiring from NFL - NFL.com
Jordan Reed made his comeback in 2020. Now the former Pro Bowler, who battled an array of injuries, is walking away from the NFL with no regrets. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday morning that Reed is retiring, per sources informed of the situation. A third-round pick by Washington in 2013 out of Florida, Reed owned the ideal athletic profile for a modern tight end. An athletic freak, the 6-foot-2, 236-pounder was a pass-catching force from the position who could box out defensive backs in the red zone and outrun linebackers in space.

Jaylen Waddle to Giants in SB Nation writer’s mock draft - Big Blue View
That left me with wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, my choice of edge rushers (you know Azeez Ojulari would be my edge defender of choice), an offensive lineman like Alijah Vera-Tucker or maybe even a cornerback like Jaycee Horn to choose from.

Dolphins have received calls from teams looking to trade up to No.6 - The Phinsider
This isn’t necessarily a revelation. After all, it is no secret that Chris Grier and the Dolphins like to trade. And if the Atlanta Falcons choose to pass on a quarterback, and the Cincinnati Bengals give Joe Burrow the necessary help he needs, the Dolphins could be looking at yet another king’s ransom for Justin Fields, Trey Lance, or perhaps another prospect that a team believes is the missing piece to their franchise’s success. A trade down would allow the Dolphins to acquire future draft capital AND potentially land the player they coveted all along.

DeVonta Smith gives the Eagles a true No. 1 WR with pick 12 - SB Nation
DeVonta Smith is exactly what the Eagles need at wide receiver: Dependability and polish. Other receivers in the class might be bigger or faster or have higher upsides, but it’s hard to argue against DeVonta Smith coming in the league and easily catching 80 passes in his first year without breaking a sweat, which is exactly what the Eagles need.

Monday Football Monday #33: Do You Even Love Football, Bro? - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Brandon Lee Gowton debate the recent comments from Trevor Lawrence, the Bengals new uniforms, draft rumors they simply can’t believe, the possibility of Kellen Mond’s stock rising and teams that have done poorly setting themselves up for the 2021 NFL Draft!

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