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Eagles News: Jalen Reagor among NFL’s top 5 now-or-never players

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/29/21.

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San Francisco 49ers have created win-win situation at quarterback; five make-or-break players in 2021 - NFL.com
Reagor has become Public Enemy No. 1 to some Philly fans, largely thanks to the immediate success of his first-round classmate, Justin Jefferson. Considering the Eagles bypassed Jefferson, the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up, in favor of Reagor, the pressure is mounting on the second-year pass catcher to show the football world that he can play at a high level. He failed to do so as a rookie, posting just 31 catches for 396 yards and one touchdown in 11 games (missed five contests due to a thumb injury). I know it’s still very early in Reagor’s career, but patience wears thin quickly in today’s NFL. With Philadelphia using its top pick on a receiver again this year (DeVonta Smith, 10th overall), Reagor needs to show up in a big way to carve out a prominent role in the offense.

Player Updates - Iggles Blitz
I hope he has a good year. Not for my sake, for his. Reagor seems wound pretty tight. He needs to experience some success to make sure he stays focused on the right things. All the critical comments and relentless Justin Jefferson comments have affected him. Brandon Graham had to deal with a similar situation. It was him vs Earl Thomas and vs JPP for years. Graham just kept grinding away and has had a terrific career and now might be the most popular Eagle. Reagor will be spending more time in the slot. We’ll see if that can help to unlock his talents. When asked what he worked on this offseason, he said everything. That’s the kind of comment that makes me nervous. Is he driven or is he so bitter that it’s not healthy?

Eagles Rookie Profile: 6 things to know about Trevon Grimes - BGN
I think Grimes is close to an archetypal big-body receiver who is not quite at the hulking, physically imposing level of a Mike Evans or Calvin Johnson. He’s got long arms and good paws; he can elevate and make difficult catches outside his frame, even against tight coverage. And after the catch, Grimes has decent speed in the open field. He also improved as a blocker over the course of his career, to my eye, and is probably par or better at that.

10 Eagles observations from the first week of OTAs - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski run through their biggest takeaways from both the Eagles’ first full team practice of 2021 and recent player press conferences. The guys also touch on the Eagles’ football operation changes, a key date coming up for Zach Ertz’s future, and more!

Why June 1 is important date for Eagles: Breaking down salary cap ramifications - NJ.com
Prior to Tuesday, the Eagles could release or trade TE Zach Ertz for a savings of $4.9 million in cap space. However, if the Eagles wait until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, they can save $8.5 million in space by removing Ertz from the roster. With the $8.5 million in savings from Ertz and the $4 million received from the post-June 1 releases, the Eagles would have $16.38 million in space as of June 2. That total would allow the Eagles to acquire notable veterans in trades or in free agency and sign their rookie class without issue. When Ertz wasn’t moved during the draft weekend, it became clear that the next logical step would be to wait for June 1. With the Eagles unlikely to land an immediate return for the tight end, waiting to move him in June made the most sense from a salary cap perspective.

Contract details show which 2021 undrafted players Eagles like most - NBCSP
In total, they handed out $480,000 in guaranteed money to this year’s crop of UDFAs, but quarterback Jamie Newman’s deal doesn’t include any signing bonus or guaranteed money. It’s a slight surprise that they didn’t have to guarantee any of his salary to bring him in as their third QB. But four of the Eagles’ seven undrafted players received contracts that include at least $80,000 guaranteed. Nebraska tight end Jake Stoll and Buffalo guard Kayode Awosika both received well over $100,000 guaranteed.

The Dallas Cowboys would have the most players on an all-NFC East offensive team - Blogging The Boys
When you look at the state of the offensive players in the NFC East, any silver and blue bias aside, it is difficult to think that the largest representation on the team would not go to work every day at The Star in Frisco. Clearly Dak Prescott is the best quarterback in the division, and within that is a question that is a bit interesting. Is the gap between Dak and the second-best quarterback in the NFC East (pick whoever you want, call it Ryan Fitzpatrick for argument’s sake) larger than the best quarterback in any other division and the second-best in that same division?

Big Blue View mailbag: Memorial Day Weekend edition - Big Blue View
There were apparently about 25 players not in attendance at the voluntary workout on Thursday, including Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and most of the secondary. One encouraging note was that the entire projected starting offensive line — Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez and Matt Peart — along with backups Nate Solder, Zach Fulton and Jonotthan Harrison were all in attendance. One of the often-cited reasons for the 2020 struggles of the team’s young offensive line was lack of offseason work as aa group. Offseason work is going to be more limited than in pre-COVID-19 offseasons, but the fact that there is offseason work being done as a group has to be a good thing.

2021 NFL Draft Special #13: Rookie Prop Bets w/Benjamin Solak - The SB Nation NFL Show
Michael Kist and special guest Benjamin Solak (The Draft Network, Bleeding Green Nation) run through a host of rookie prop bets and tell you where to lay your money down for the 2021 NFL Season!

Manchester City vs. Chelsea, Champions League final: Preview, team news, how to watch - We Ain’t Go No History
Nine years ago, it was written in the stars. On that May 19, it was the last hurrah of the Old Guard that defined an entire generation of football at Stamford Bridge. It was a victory and a campaign against all the odds. Napoli, Barcelona, Bayern. Chelsea finished sixth in the league, but were Champions of Europe on the greatest night in our history. This one doesn’t feel like that. This one isn’t the last hurrah, this is the beginning. An entire new guard has come and gone since 2012. Now, we’re just getting started. Only César Azpilicueta remains. But as he leads out the team today (probably), only one thing matters. Winning. [BLG Note: As a big Chelsea fan ... Come on you blues!]

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