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Eagles News: Philadelphia named one of the biggest winners of the NFL schedule release

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/13/21.

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2021 NFL schedule winners, best matchups, win total predictions: Experts make their picks - ESPN
Who or what is the biggest winner of the schedule release? Graziano: Philadelphia Eagles. All of the NFC East teams got nice-looking draws (which, based on last year, they all could use), but the Eagles don’t have to get on a plane after Week 10. Late-season travel is a big part of what players look at when they assess the schedule. I haven’t dug in enough to know whether Philly is the biggest winner, but I did see that late-season travel note and thought it was worth pointing out here.

Eagles record prediction for the 2021 NFL season - BGN
It’s really not the end of the world if the Eagles finish with a poor record this season. As much as people don’t like to hear it, they’re just not seriously competing for a Super Bowl this season. Jeffrey Lurie told us as much after the season by admitting this team needs a retooling. The hope is the Eagles can show enough positives in 2021 to build on next offseason as they have more cap space and three potential first-round picks to work with. A strong performance by Howie Roseman could have the Birds realistically challenging for a title again in 2022.

Eagles Schedule Analysis: Predicting the final record in 2021 - BGN Radio
It’s that time of year when Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski go through every Eagles game and hand out wins and losses! Plus the guys dive in to some of the general advantages and disadvantages of Philadelphia’s schedule.

Projecting first-year roles for each of the Eagles’ nine rookie draft picks - PhillyVoice
Playing in the NFL’s version of Triple-A (the SEC), Smith averaged 9 catches for 143 yards and 1.8 TDs per game for Alabama in 2020 on his way to the Heisman trophy. He already has the best hands of any receiver on the roster, and is probably also the team’s best route runner, out of the box. On top of that, he played for two seasons with Jalen Hurts at Bama, and while their on-field, “real game” experience together was limited, there will still be plenty of familiarity there. The bet here is that barring injury, Smith lead the team in receptions, yards, and TDs. If that sounds like some sort of monumental achievement for a rookie receiver, it shouldn’t, since the Eagles’ leaders in receiving were as follows in 2020: Receptions: Greg Ward, 53 ... Yards: Travis Fulgham, 539 ... TDs: Greg Ward, 6. Smith is very talented, and he’ll have all kinds of opportunities to rack up big numbers, due to target share, and also the likelihood that the Eagles will be trailing in a lot of games.

2021 schedule offers a world of possibilities - PE.com
Don’t expect Sirianni to keep the team in North Jersey for the week, but he has that option, as the Eagles play at the New York Jets the following week and, at least we think this is going to be the case, will have a chance to see No. 2 overall draft pick Zach Wilson at the quarterback position for a team that has loaded up on draft picks the last two springs. How good will the Jets be? It’s a great question with New York under the guidance of new Head Coach Robert Saleh. The Jets are the “17th game” on the Eagles’ schedule, on tap for a Week 13 battle on December 5. Finally, ahhhhhh, the bye week comes, giving the Eagles a chance to gird up for the stretch run.

Why a rookie’s grandma is getting an Eagles tattoo - NBCSP
“Getting drafted and hearing my name called during the draft was a big deal,” Stevens said. “It’s a dream come true. Just to hear my name called, every kid grows up wanting to be drafted. That’s one of the things I said I was going to do ever since I was young. In fact, I bet my grandma that I was going to get drafted so she has to hold her end up the bet up. She knows what that is.” OK, JaCoby … What was the bet?“The bet was that if I made it to the NFL, she had to get a tattoo of the team logo that drafted me on her arm,” Stevens said. “So now she has to get an Eagle tattoo on her shoulder. I told her she didn’t have to do it but she said she’s going to hold up to it. It’s going to be interesting.”

2021 NFL schedule: 10 teams get five primetime games each - PFT
The Eagles and Dolphins both received two primetime games. The Jets, Lions, Jaguars, Bengals, Texans, Panthers, Broncos and Falcons got one night game each.

6 takeaways from the 2021 New York Giants schedule - Big Blue View
You’ll have to hold your anger. Sorry, Giants fans. You don’t get to vent your anger at the Philadelphia Eagles — over Nate Sudfeld, DeVonta Smith, or just the fact that they are the Eagles — until they come to MetLife Stadium in Week 12.

Which NFL teams have the easiest 2021 schedule - DraftKings Nation
Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys won just six games last year and didn’t have their starting quarterback Dak Prescott for most of the season. This year they get him back and they get a schedule that I think you will agree, isn’t the toughest in the league. Yes, they have to take on the two Super Bowl competitors as they travel to Tampa Bay and Kansas City this season, but they also get to face the NFC South and NFC East. If the Broncos somehow get Aaron Rodgers, the schedule gets tougher, but as it is, even the AFC West has two opponents that won’t strike fear in your heart, as the Raiders and Broncos are set to be average at best. The Eagles, Washington and Giants all have quarterback trouble, which in the end, will likely be their downfall this season. The Falcons, Panthers and Saints are all beatable. The Patriots should be better, but they will struggle. The Cardinals and Chargers are on their way up, but haven’t gotten to the point where you mark down an “L” on the schedule.

Backup quarterback is quietly a big question mark for the Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
Any time your starting quarterback goes down there are going to be challenges. Teams every year have to weather that storm, and some do it better than others. Bringing in Dalton last year, on the surface, looked like a solid move to keep the Cowboys afloat. if Dak were to be out for a game or two here and there, the idea was to keep the team in contention during his absence. Granted there were many other factors in play, such as a poor defense, and other mounting injuries throughout the season, but if the NFC East wasn’t so poor the Cowboys very well could’ve been out of contention by about Thanksgiving time, if not sooner. And the fact of the matter is they just did not get the job done. As you look at what players are available, and what is currently on the roster outside of Dak Prescott, the question will remain, did the Cowboys do enough if they had to weather some games without Dak?

The Future is Now: Zaven Collins reportedly will start at MIKE Linebacker immediately for the Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
Though Jordan Hicks had 268 tackles and four interceptions in his two years in Arizona, he was constantly abused in coverage. The Cardinals signed Hicks to a four-year $34 million deal in 2019 because of his strength in pass coverage but it was a weakness in the desert.

Packers sign QB Blake Bortles, per report - Acme Packing Company
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is still adding quarterbacks. The Packers will sign free agent quarterback Blake Bortles, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bortles, now 29, was the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and played five largely unsuccessful seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2017, his best statistical season, he completed just over 60% of his passes for 3,687 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Notably, the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator that season was Nathaniel Hackett, who now holds the same position with the Green Bay Packers. Bortles spent the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Rams and later returned to the Rams after a short stint with the Denver Broncos in 2020. [BLG Note: A look at Joe Flacco vs. Bortles ...]

The most important games in the 2021 NFL schedule - SB Nation
The 2021 NFL season is going to look a lot different. A 17th regular season game has been added to the slate for the first time in league history at the expense of a preseason game. We still don’t know how an increased slate will impact players, who were against the idea. In addition, games are returning to London for the first time since the Covid pandemic began, and there’s still considerable concern surrounding the event. We also have a slate of new quarterbacks entering the league, Aaron Rodgers drama unfolding now until the start of the season, and we get to see if Tom Brady can keep drinking from the fountain of youth. It’s going to be so much fun. This is everything you need to know about the 2021 NFL schedule.

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Kyle Posey and Kate Magdziuk preview the opening week for the NFL with their best matchups and biggest disappointments!

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