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Nick Foles Refused Trade to Surprising NFC Team: Report - Heavy
Nick Foles had the chance to return to the team he won a Super Bowl with, and he apparently refused. According to NFL insider Tyler Dunne, the Chicago Bears were looking to move on from the veteran signal-caller after his none-too-impressive 2020 campaign — and the team had a particular trade partner in mind — but Foles didn’t want to return to the Philadelphia Eagles. “The Bears tried cleansing their hands of the Nick Foles mistake by trading Foles back to Philly. Foles didn’t want to go, one source says, so the Eagles refused to trade for a QB who wouldn’t report,” Dunne reported May 24.
Eagles observations from the first week of OTAs - BGN
In case you missed it, a new BGN Radio episode featuring Jimmy Kempski and me recently dropped on the Bleeding Green Nation podcast feed. We discussed our biggest observations from the first of two weeks of Eagles OTAs in terms of the practice and press conferences we watched.
Action on the Way? - Iggles Blitz
We are 99 percent sure Zach Ertz is gone, either via trade or cut. The only reason I didn’t say 100 percent is that he’s still on the roster and I didn’t expect him to last this long. I just can’t see a way he can come back. It would be great if the Eagles could get something for him, but since teams know he’s likely to be cut they may just wait the Eagles out.
Broncos, Bears, and Vikings Set to Benefit the Most from the June 1 Rule - Over The Cap
Eagles- $4 million. The Eagles made use of the June 1 on two players- Alshon Jeffery and Malik Jackson. This was arguably the most creative use of the June 1 in the history of the NFL with the Eagles renegotiating the contracts of the players at the end of the 2020 season in order to lower their cap numbers by millions of dollars so they could carry them at a low number from March to June. Without that renegotiation they never could have used the June 1 and been cap compliant. The Eagles have just $3.7 million in cap room right now and this will get them to $7.7 million. Jackson will cost $3.611 million on the Eagles 2021 cap while Jeffery will count for $5.59 million. The numbers in 2022 are huge- Jackson at $9.03 million and Jeffery at $5.4 million. The Eagles 2022 dead cap of $14.4 million from these two is more than 20 teams currently have in 2021.
In Roob’s 10 Eagles Observations, why Jalen Hurts struggled after halftime - NBCSP
Keep an eye on rookie tight end Jack Stoll this preseason. Stoll went undrafted out of Nebraska, but assuming Zach Ertz isn’t here, Dallas Goedert is the only experienced TE on the roster. If the Eagles don’t sign Richard Rodgers or another veteran, Stoll would be competing with guys like Jason Croom, Caleb Wilson and Hakeem Butler for a roster spot. And keep in mind that the Eagles gave $122,500 in guaranteed money, more than they gave any other UDFA. That’s a lot for an undrafted rookie. That means the Eagles really wanted him. Stoll — coached at Nebraska by former Chip Kelly offensive coordinator Scott Frost — only caught nine passes in three games this past season amidst some awful Cornhuskers offense. Stoll did catch 46 passes for 479 yards and four TDs in 2018 and 2019 on bad teams with only slightly better QB play. He’s 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, a willing blocker, soft hands. He’s got a shot.
Ranking the wide receiver corps in the NFC East - Big Blue View
The Eagles have been in need of an elite wide receiver since last offseason and they finally filled that need by trading up in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith out of Alabama. Smith’s success has been well-documented. Despite sharing the field with Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and Jaylden Waddle throughout his time in Tuscaloosa, Smith left Alabama with the most receiving yards and touchdown catches in SEC history. His 46 career touchdowns ranks No. 5 all-time in FBS history. But after Smith, the Eagles remain thin at wide receiver. Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson were released this offseason. The team’s top receivers are now Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Quez Watkins and John Hightower. While this list does represent quantity, it is short on quality. The Eagles were ranked in the bottom 10 of the league last season in receiving yards with 3,728. While Smith may turn out to be the top receiver in the division, he is still a part of a weak unit overall.
Washington’s secondary is preparing to get scary - Hogs Haven
So, Jackson has basically been a lockdown outside corner for much of his time with the Bengals, but the issue with man coverage - even great man coverage - is that it breaks down if the surrounding pieces are sub-par. It’s unforgiving in the sense that each man has his own responsibilities, but that the defense is only as strong as its weakest link. Unfortunately for Jackson, the Bengals D was a heavily weathered chain. Given that reality, Washington’s subsequent moves in the secondary this offseason make a ton of sense.
Greg Zuerlein could be due for a bounce-back year with the Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
Still, Zuerlein had moments that kept us up late at nights (both for good and bad reasons) and a lot of the reason for that is that he attempted more field goals than any other kicker in the league. As noted, the 2020 Cowboys offense wasn’t exactly a whole lot of fun. Standard regression suggests that Zuerlein won’t attempt as many kicks in 2021, but a huge part of that will also likely/hopefully be that the Cowboys are scoring touchdowns in situations where they had to settle last year. Kickers who are a part of teams with great offenses still find ways to score generally (even if it is extra points) which means that Zuerlein could be among the top kickers in fantasy, which is what served as the inspiration for this conversation.
Carson Wentz on being a member of the Colts: ‘After just two weeks, I feel a little bit at home here’ - Stampede Blue
Colts QB Carson Wentz spoke to local media Thursday afternoon. One of the first things he mentioned was just how welcoming everyone has been since he arrived just a few months ago. “Everyone’s been awesome, been super welcoming and embracing, “Wentz said. “After even just two weeks, I feel a little bit at home here, and I’m excited for it.” After OTAs, the team won’t meet again in-person until Training Camp in July. But Wentz and several of his fellow receivers have already been making plans to meet and work outside of the designated times throughout the offseason. “I’m not 100% sure of the details yet. We’ll get together — maybe even in June and probably in July as well,” Wentz said. “I’ve done that in the past, in Philly as well, and it’s just a great time to not just get the physical work on the field but to get together and bond outside of football, and just really build relationships and get to know guys.”
Pro Football Talk: “Titans are perceived favorites to land Julio Jones” - Music City Miracles
Pro Football Talk (PFT) is reporting that the Tennessee Titans are the “perceived favorites to land Julio Jones.” The story illustrates an apparent belief in league circles that the Atlanta Falcons will eventually send Jones to the Titans in return for a 2022 second-round pick. This would obviously be great news. Jones is still a legit game changer. The Titans would quickly go from lacking depth at receiver to possibly having the best one-two punch at the position in the league.
Monday Football Monday #39: The Latest On Julio Jones + “Forgotten Dynasty” Special Preview - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney update you on all things Julio Jones from over the weekend PLUS a special snippet from Baltimore Beatdown’s new series on the history of the Baltimore Colts, “Forgotten Dynasty”!
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