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2021 NFL Draft: Seven potential Day 1 trades that make sense - NFL.com
Eagles receive: No. 30. Bills receive: No. 37, 2021 fourth-rounder, 2021 fifth-rounder. The Eagles own 11 selections in this draft, so I suspect they’ll look for movement opportunities. They could trade back into the first round for a receiver (Terrace Marshall, Kadarius Toney) to help anointed starter Jalen Hurts, a tight end (Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth) if Zach Ertz is traded, a starting cornerback (Eric Stokes, Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr.), or one of the pass rushers mentioned above to ensure their defense is good enough to compete for the NFC East title. Buffalo is also looking for a young edge rusher or cornerback, but the Bills’ roster is so solid, they can afford to find value later while picking up good middle-round selections to foster competition at the back end of the depth chart. Or they could use those mid-round picks to move up in the second round to get a top-50 prospect.

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Draft Game Fun! Likely Options for Eagles’ 1st Round Pic‪k‬ - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski play a snake draft game to determine the Eagles’ most likely first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Eagles 2021 draft: Trade up, trade back, or stay put at pick No. 12? - PhillyVoice
However, the feeling here is that there is potentially a more substantial dropoff from who the Eagles might land at pick No. 12 and who they would have to settle for later in the teens. If a quarterback like Mac Jones were to still be available at pick No. 12, and a quarterback-needy team like, saaayyy, the New England Patriots or the Chicago Bears came calling, and the offer was too good to pass up, then sure, the Eagles would be smart to consider all options. Another opportunity to siphon off an extra pick would be to deal with the Chargers at pick No. 13. The Chargers desperately need a LT, so if Sewell and another player of interest to the Eagles were both on the board, the Eagles could perhaps coax something like a third- or fourth-round pick out of the Chargers so they can be certain they get their guy, while the Eagles still land a player they can be happy about at pick No. 13. But ultimately, with 11 picks in 2021 and 9 picks already in 2022, the Eagles should have no further urgency to move back again.

Clay: What I learned while doing 2021 fantasy football projections - ESPN+
44. TE Dallas Goedert played at least 80% of the Eagles’ snaps in nine games last season. He handled a 19% target share (6.8 per game) those weeks and a 42-479-3 receiving line was enough for the third-most fantasy points at the position. Granted Zach Ertz missed four of those games, but note that Richard Rodgers was a factor in his place (9-161-2 on 13 targets). Ertz’s future with the Eagles is in doubt (not to mention that he’s missed at least one game during five of the past six seasons), whereas Goedert is positioned as an every-down player in a TE-friendly scheme that has one of the league’s shakiest WR rooms. Consider Goedert a solid TE1 target.

Lane Johnson says he is undeterred by age, injury, or Eagles uncertainty; ‘I’m at a sense of urgency’ - Inquirer
Johnson said he has spoken recently with second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts. He said he was impressed with Hurts’ maturity before they became teammates; Johnson said he felt Hurts navigated a tricky situation well when he transferred from Alabama to Johnson’s Oklahoma alma mater before his final college season. “What you saw [in the four games Hurts started last year], I think you see a guy who has an arm and is versatile, with his legs, but we’re still waiting to see — you know, [with Hurts as] QB 1, what we can do in a full season. ... He carries himself like a veteran,” Johnson said. Asked if he could get excited about playing for a team expected to endure another losing season as it tries to get younger, Johnson said: “I wouldn’t pick us to go anywhere either, off what we did last year. We’ve got a lot to prove. I think we’ve done a lot of talking over the years. Maybe I’m one of ‘em. So, hey, it’s time to start producing.”

Michael Clay returns to the Eagles with a wealth of experience - PE.com
Six years may not seem like a very long time, but in the National Football League, that may as well be a lifetime. No one knows this more than Michael Clay. Just six years ago, Clay was roaming the Eagles’ sidelines as the team’s assistant special teams coordinator. In the time since, he has endured a two-win season, enjoyed the thrills of a Super Bowl run, and suffered the heartbreak of coming oh so close to winning it all. But with those peaks and valleys came the growth that helped him land his first coordinator position in the NFL at just 29 years old. While Clay’s success seemingly occurred overnight, it didn’t. It was something he had spent years preparing for, so when it came time to sit down with Head Coach Nick Sirianni for the Eagles’ special teams coordinator position, Clay was ready. According to Sirianni, Clay’s interview was simply “incredible.”

2020 Offensive Line Continuity Scores - Football Outsiders
Regardless, the results were a mess. The Eagles used 11 different starters on the offensive line, which is a lot, but hardly unprecedented. (Kansas City led the league with 12, largely because they rested all five starters in Week 17. The record is 13 by the 2007 Rams and the 2018 Cardinals.) Philadelphia’s 13 line changes, however, is second-most on record behind those 2015 Patriots, and they join those Patriots and the 2017 Lions as the only teams in our database to never make it three straight games with the same five starting linemen. And the Eagles’ total of 14 different starting lineups is likely unprecedented—the 2015 Patriots only had 13, and the 2017 Lions had but 11. Philadelphia finished with three different starters at both left tackle and left guard, four at right guard, and a stunning five at right tackle. For the sixth straight year, Jason Kelce started every game at center, and the Eagles still tied the record for offensive line discontinuity.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Pre-draft top 150 players - Fake Teams
36) Jalen Hurts’ rushing ability will hurt Sanders’ pass catching totals. (RB16)

Jerry Jones reportedly “infatuated” with Kyle Pitts - PFT
“We’re hearing this thing about Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys — and the GM — being infatuated with Kyle Pitts,” Mortensen said on ESPN. “He’s going to have to trade up to get Kyle Pitts. He spent $40 million a year on Dak Prescott, so why not go get Kyle Pitts?”

BRB GroupThink: The Deshaun Watson Situation - Battle Red Blog
Deshaun Watson has been sued by 22 women. This week, two of his accusers have publicly spoken out against him, putting a face and name to the allegations, Sam Darnold was traded to Carolina, ostensibly removing two teams from the Watson trade talk. Nike, Reliant, and Beats all dropped their endorsement deals with him. How do you think this plays out? Does this open the door for Watson to play for the Texans again? These were the questions I asked the masthead. These are our responses.

Finding the perfect fit for the NFL Draft’s top QBs - SB Nation
Ask anyone around the NFL about rookie quarterbacks and they’ll tell you that fit is far more important than raw potential. Even the most talented quarterbacks can find themselves languishing in the league, failing to ever reach their ceiling because they were drafted by a team that failed to set them up for success. This is why the yearly tradition of pitting quarterback vs. quarterback when it comes to the draft is such a fool’s errand. Time and time again, we see that fit determines success more than any other factor. Heck, look at 2012. Here you had endless discussion about Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III, and who would be better in the NFL. Luck landed in a stable situation in Indianapolis and flourished, RGIII was drafted into a Washington dumpster fire. Now, less than a decade later, it’s No. 8 pick Ryan Tannehill who’s going to have a better career than both of them — and he needed to escape a bad landing spot in Miami to show his potential.

The Look Ahead #31: The Jeopardy! episode in honor of Aaron Rodger‪s‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
Because Aaron Rodgers is filling in on Jeopardy this week, RJ Ochoa and Rob “Stats” Guerrera decided to play a game of their own looking ahead to the 2021 NFL season. There are way too many predictions packed into this one to list, but you should also check it out to hear RJ’s “Purple Pants Rule”.

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