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Eagles News: Peter King has Philadelphia as a bottom-five team entering a “bridge year”

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NFL Power Rankings Feature Rising Browns, 49ers, Bolts; Middling Pats, Steelers; Falling Vikes, Broncos - FMIA
28) Philadelphia Eagles — This season falls under the category of a classic rebuilding year. The coach and quarterback who were the foundational long-term pieces of the team just nine months ago are gone, and Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts are in their places—for now. Come to think of it, that’s the most shocking thing that’s happened in the NFL in the last year. Sirianni and Hurts in, Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz out is, well, it’s more shocking than Tom Brady leading the Bucs to a world championship. The Eagles should have three first-round picks to replace Hurts if need be next April. But for the time being, Hurts will have his chance to be the Dak Prescott of the Eagles, the guy drafted as insurance but who took the job for himself and wouldn’t let it go. GM Howie Roseman did Hurts a favor by drafting his old friend from Alabama, Devonta Smith. I think Smith will be good in the NFL—he’s a competitive player who wins more 50-50 balls than a 6-0, 170-pound sprightly receiver should—and, as importantly, he won’t be cowed by the toughest fan base in the league. I think he’ll play to it and love it. But the Eagles have some long-term problems, like the state of an aging offensive line, and some significant age on the defensive front. I do like the Ryan Kerrigan addition, at least for one bridge year. A bridge year, the Eagles hope, to a brighter future after an offseason of mayhem.

Eagles mailbag: Will DeVonta Smith take pressure off of Jalen Reagor? - PhillyVoice
I do believe you may be right that Smith’s presence will take some attention away, and perhaps Reagor can stop paying attention to social media, and just play. That would help, if he can do that. He would be smart to take a long hiatus from Twitter, in my opinion. But more importantly, I think that if he can stay healthy, and the scheme can put his skill set in a better position to succeed, then yes, he’ll improve in Year 2 (a low bar), with a chance of becoming a good No. 2.

How Matt Ryan Came Out of an Uncertain Offseason in a Good Place - MMQB
The league should look into Eugene Chung’s recent comments. The former NFL lineman and assistant coach in Philadelphia and Kansas City says he was told he was ‘not the right minority’ during an interview. If the idea of diversity is to broaden the scope of voices in the NFL, someone like Chung, an Asian-American in a sport without a lot of them, should be even more valuable.

Philadelphia Eagles back Miles Sanders holds first youth football camp in Harrisburg to give back to kids, fans - PennLive
As Miles Sanders walked across the Rocco Ortenzio Stadium turf on Saturday, a smile stretched across his face as hundreds of youth football players chanted his last name. It was symbolic of why the Philadelphia Eagles running back decided to hold his first youth football camp as a pro at Bishop McDevitt High School. The Pittsburgh native and Penn State alum wanted to give back to the fans who have supported him throughout his career while also providing a message to kids who one day hope to be in his shoes, so he teamed up with Flex Work Sports to run the event.

Cowboys favored to win the NFC East in PFF’s season simulation - Blogging The Boys
PFF’s season simulation was kind to the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas won the NFC East in 35.8% of the simulations, followed by Washington at 28.2%, New York at 23.2%, and Philadelphia at the bottom winning the division only 12.8% of the time. The Cowboys made the playoffs in 45.5% of the simulations but made the Super Bowl in just 3.5%. Dallas took home their sixth Lombardi Trophy in just 1.5% of the simulations, 14th in the league.

Ranking the quarterbacks in the NFC East - Big Blue View
Hurts played in 15 games last season and tallied four starts. He recorded 77 completions in 148 attempts for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Hurts also collected 63 rushing attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns. Certain performances, like the Eagles’ Week 14 upset of the New Orleans Saints, particularly stand out. But last season was still too small of a sample size to get a real feel for Hurts at the NFL level. Philly was weak as a whole in 2020 - finishing with the worst record in the division at 4-11-1 - and that does not translate to quarterback success. It will be interesting to see how Hurts performs with more weapons around him and better protection up-front in this upcoming season.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Monday - Patriots have had internal discussions about Julio Jones - The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome to another week in the NFL where it is wild that the Atlanta Falcons could trade Julio Jones. Could they really, though? Also what’s the deal with Patrick Mahomes? We discuss it all in the latest episode of the NFL Daily Kickoff.

Sixers survive game one, Wizards get absolutely worked by your guy who loves to read, Tobias Harris - Liberty Ballers
he Sixers defeated the Washington Wizards to take a one-game lead over the 8th seeded group. But it just wasn’t really... super comfy, was it? It’s almost as if we’ve been making up excuses for this team since the All-Star Break. They’re the one seed, shut up. They’re playing down to their competition, shut up. They’re awesome, shut up. OK, that’s all fair. BUT, also... it’s maybe worrisome? If the Sixers want to win the NBA championship, today’s performance isn’t ridiculously encouraging. The Wiz? They’re legit! They finished the shortened season on a big run before Bradley Beal tweaked a hammy a couple of weeks ago. If they were to face the Knicks or the Hawks for the right to advance beyond the first round, that would be an absolutely lit series! But it would be fair to say the Sixers, who recently earned 9 days off, showed up a little bit lax today, right?

Didier Drogba’s momentous final kick in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League run demands a deep rewind - SB Nation
The sheer finality of Didier Drogba’s penalty kick after extra time of the 2012 Champions League Final is ... a lot. Everyone knew it would end his stint at Chelsea. Everyone knew it was the closing act of a great Chelsea era that had already been crumbling.To really appreciate that final, climactic moment ... yeah, you guessed it, we’ve gotta rewind. You need to know how much Bayern Munich and their goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, went through to reach that Champions League Final. You need to understand how last season and this season went for each of these teams. And above all else, you need to measure the multiple overlapping histories building toward this moment for the protagonist, Drogba: His history with Chelsea, his history in the Champions League Final, and his history with penalty kicks. All those threads form one big, taut rope of history, and the moment you’re about to see had the potential to tie that rope in a perfect, conclusive knot. [BLG Note: As a Chelsea fan, this title run was awesome.]


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