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Adjusted Interceptions 2020 - Football Outsiders
When we run these numbers for Lock and Carson Wentz, the interception co-leaders of 2020, we get very different results. Lock had 15 interceptions, but when we add five that were dropped, and subtract four more (two on Hail Marys, one that was tipped by a receiver, and one dropped on a Hail Mary), we get 16 adjusted interceptions—still in the top 10, but not at the top of the pile. The math for Wentz is simpler: we add seven drops and subtract one turnover on a Hail Mary and get 21 adjusted interceptions, most in the league. That’s a remarkable feat for a quarterback who was benched for the last four games of the year. Only one passer has ever led the league in adjusted interceptions on fewer throws, and that comes with an asterisk: in 2018, Sam Darnold threw 21 adjusted interceptions, tied for the league lead with Patrick Mahomes, on only 413 passes. [...] Though Wentz led the league in adjusted interceptions, it was his old teammate Nick Foles who had the highest adjusted interception rate (minimum 200 throws). Foles threw eight interceptions with nine more dropped in only 311 throws, a rate of 5.5%. Foles is followed by Darnold (5.3%), Ryan Fitzpatrick (4.9%), Wentz (4.8%), and another Chicago quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky (4.7%). The Bears actually led all teams with 31 adjusted interceptions, which largely explains why they traded up in the draft for Justin Fields. (The Eagles were second with 29—21 by Wentz, seven by Jalen Hurts, and one by Nate Sudfeld.) [BLG Note: Previous adjusted interception leaders: Jameis Winston (2019), Sam Darnold (2018), DeShone Kizer (2017), Eli Manning (2016), Blake Bortles (2015), Andrew Luck (2014), Eli Manning (2013).]

State of the Eagles: Post-Draft Edition - BGN
Howie dug the Eagles into a double-digit-loss hole over the past few seasons. He’s done a lot to try and get them out of it this year, but that doesn’t mean he gets a pass for digging it in the first place. That being said, his moves this offseason do make me excited for this “transition year” into a new era of Eagles football. Will Sirianni be a good coach? Will DeVonta Smith make a push for OROY? Is Jalen Hurts our next franchise quarterback? Can Gannon work magic with the mid- and late-round defensive picks? All intriguing questions, and ones that are only possible because of the smart and calculated moves Howie made this offseason. If only he had been like this every year since they brought home the Lombardi.

A look at the Eagles’ rookie salary cap numbers, and the money needed to sign them - PhillyVoice
I’ll save you the work. It’s $3,615,148. The Eagles currently have $5,021,321 in cap space, according to the NFLPA public daily salary cap report, so they have the ability to sign all of their rookie draft picks without clearing further cap space.

Competition - Iggles Blitz
Nick Sirianni has talked about how much he believes in competition. He wants players to battle it out. Push each other. Earn jobs. That’s how you bring out the best in them, at least in theory. Not every player responds well to competition, but that’s part of the point. You want to weed out the players who don’t have the right mentality for your team. Let’s talk more about Johnson. He is a good runner. He can block and catch. The big question is how the knee injuries have affected him. Did he lose speed? Agility? Only time will tell what he can and can’t do, but this is absolutely a player worth taking a chance on. If his knee holds up, he could be a good role player. Johnson can be a pure backup or he could be the third down back.

NFL draft 2021: Early-impact rookies, picks that landed on perfect teams and late-round steals - ESPN+
Kenny Gainwell is a dual-threat running back who can be deployed like Austin Ekeler in the Eagles’ system. Gainwell caught 51 passes for 651 yards in 2019 before he opted out of last season. He’s a patient route runner who can release from the backfield or flex outside to run crossers, corners and fades. The Eagles signed Kerryon Johnson after the draft, but that shouldn’t affect Gainwell’s role in Philly. New coach Nick Sirianni can use two-back personnel with both Gainwell and Miles Sanders on the field at the same time to create schematic advantages in the game plan.

Hartitz: 2021 Fantasy Football Quarterback Tiers - PFF
We saw four starts from Hurts in 2020: Fantasy QB11: 167 pass yards, 1 TD with an 18-106-0 rushing line against the Saints. Fantasy QB1: 338 pass yards, 3 TD with an 11-63-1 rushing line against the Cardinals. Fantasy QB12: 342 pass yards 1 TD, 2 INT with a 9-69-0 rushing line against the Cowboys. Fantasy QB20: 72 pass yards, 0 TD, 1 INT with an 8-34-2 rushing line against Washington. His 16-game rushing pace of 184 rush attempts would be good for the highest mark from a QB in NFL history. I won’t argue with anyone who points out he’s not the most-polished passer just yet, although 1) he’ll benefit from a healthier offensive line, 2) DeVonta Smith is now in town, and 3) the rising second-year QB has at least proven capable of putting up large passing totals already.

Black belts, Eagle Scouts and do-it-yourself ingenuity: Eagles’ Landon Dickerson’s journey to the NFL -
What are the Eagles getting besides a rock-paper-scissors champ and black-belted Eagle Scout who knows how to build park benches, erect a makeshift gym overnight and, because he’s frugal, a guy who can jerry-rig a $12 railroad tie into a rear bumper on a pickup truck? Debbie Heavner, one of the Boy Scouts coordinators, had this scouting report: “He’s a team player, and he’s so darn likable,” she said. “He’s just a positive force wherever he goes.”

Doug Pederson excited to see what Jalen Hurts can do in 2021 - NBCSP
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark caught up with Pederson at the Mike Quick Celebrity Invitational on Monday and asked him a few quick questions, including whether or not Pederson thinks Jalen Hurts has a real shot to be the quarterback in Philadelphia. “I do,” Pederson answered. “I’ve liked Jalen Hurts and I think now with the opportunity he has with the guys around him and getting DeVonta (Smith) and getting him in here and getting him working. I know that’s his buddy and just putting the pieces together. And that’s something they can build on. I’m excited for Jalen and what he can do and obviously the organization.”

Who would you like to see the Giants play in Week 1 of the 2021 season? - Big Blue View
But one opponent Giants fans might be particularly itching to see is the Philadelphia Eagles - a rivalry that reached a peak in the final week of the 2020 regular season. You will recall that the Giants had defeated the Cowboys in the afternoon in Week 17 and then would have advanced to the playoffs with an Eagles win over the Washington Football Team that night. The Giants’ odds were looking good heading into the second half of that game as the score was close. But then Doug Pederson pulled Jalen Hurts and sent third-string QB Nate Sudfeld onto the field. The Eagles’ hopes of winning, and the Giants’ hopes of advancing, were quickly dashed after that.

The division rival rookies that are the biggest threat to the Cowboys in the NFC East - Blogging The Boys
Biggest threat: WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama. The Cowboys had a hand in reuniting DeVonta Smith with Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia and they have no one to blame but themselves if he’s a thorn in their side for years to come. He is a smooth moving WR with elite separation ability who naturally snatches the ball out of the air with ease. His 170-pound frame is less than ideal and raises durability concerns, but his talent is undeniable. From day one he should be the Eagles go-to WR and a player Dan Quinn will have to account for on any given play.

NFL Power Rankings: Will 2021 be Magic or Tragic for the Washington Football Team? - Hogs Haven
The draft is over and Washington come out of that glorious weekend with 10 new players along with an UDFA RB to add to the mix. They have made a few moves over the last week, and still have 3 spots on the roster with a few free agents scheduled to visit. The draft is usually one of the last “tipping points” when it comes to the public’s perception of teams and how they will fare that year. The big waves of free agency are over, and we’re only left with the post-draft, post-comp pick deadline trickle of signings that usually don’t cause a blip in the news. Washington was 7-9 last year in Ron Rivera’s first season as head coach. They won the division after a very rocky start, and ended up starting 4 QBs including their playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Two of those QBs(Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins Jr.) are no longer with the team, but they have been replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Washington didn’t address the QB of the future in the draft which they got knocked for in their draft grades, and now in our first Power Rankings Roundup of 2021.

Report: Colts Estimate Late September Return to the Field for Reportedly Signed LT Eric Fisher - Stampede Blue
While early reports are encouraging—and the Colts were clearly comfortable with his physical and underlying medicals, it appears Fisher’s availability remains fluid—albeit with a potentially earlier timetable for returning to the football field than initially anticipated. For the Colts, with Fisher playing on a new 1-year, $9.4 million deal, there’s little downside, but potentially huge upside at starting left tackle.

Tim Tebow to sign with Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Tebow, 33, spent four years with Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer during his time at Florida, winning two National Titles (2006 and 2008), along with a Heisman Trophy (2007). The former quarterback was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and would spend three years with the franchise. He would go on to play one season with the New York Jets before bouncing around to the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason. He has not played football in five years, spending his time playing baseball in the minor leagues.

Monday Football Monday #36: The 10 Biggest Questions - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney ask 10 of the biggest questions in the NFL right now, ranging from Aaron Rodgers, Life After Brees, Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, Tua, and much more!


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