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Eagles News: PFF ranks Philadelphia’s offensive line outside the top half of the NFL

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Ranking all 32 NFL offensive line units ahead of the 2021 season - PFF
17. Philadelphia Eagles. Right tackle Lane Johnson consistently ranks among the best at his position, though his 71.9 grade in 2020 was the lowest of his career. Johnson is normally a dominant run blocker and a solid pass protector, and he’s graded out at 80.0-plus in five of his eight NFL seasons. Right guard Brandon Brooks returns after missing all of 2020, an unfortunate injury after he was the highest-graded guard in the league in 2019 (92.8). If he’s back to form, the Eagles get one of the best pass-protecting guards to shore up the middle of their line. Isaac Seumalo returns to left guard after an odd season that saw him rank eighth as a pass blocker but just 68th as a run blocker. Center Jason Kelce has been the highest-graded center over the past few years, but his 69.6 overall grade in 2020 ranked 11th. It was his lowest grade since his rookie 2011 season. But perhaps the Eagles are looking to the future with second-round pick Landon Dickerson. He has injury concerns, but he topped all college centers in run-blocking grade last season and earned the top grade among centers in the draft class. The other intriguing player is Jordan Mailata, a 2018 seventh-rounder who played rugby and is still a baby in football years. Mailata was forced into action and held his own with a 70.3 overall grade last season, including the 13th-highest percentage of positively graded run blocks among tackles. The Eagles could rank anywhere by the end of the season, but if their veterans stay healthy and avoid declines, this has the potential to be one of the best offensive lines in the league once again.

Eagles waive three players, sign a receiver - BGN
Jamie Newman. The most noteworthy and surprising development. There was thought that Newman was a draftable prospect. He figured to be a quarterback the Eagles could groom behind the scenes, not unlike how the team handled Nate Sudfeld. The Eagles waiving Newman leaves them with just two quarterbacks on their roster: Jalen Hurts and Joe Flacco. Teams usually carry at least three passers (and sometimes four or five) for training camp, so it seems like they’ll be bound to add another arm at some point.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.8: Building an All-NFC East Special Teams - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa are back this week building their All-NFC East Special Teams. The guys were not able to see eye to eye when selecting their All-NFC East General Manager and head coach. Whose side are you on?

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Marlon Tuipulotu - PhillyVoice
Dane Brugler of The Athletic had Tuipulotu as his 69th overall prospect. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network had him at 126th. ProFootballFocus had him at 130th. At pick No. 189, Tuipulotu was a nice late-round value. Tuipulotu reminds me of Kelly Gregg, another sixth-rounder who played in the NFL for 11 years, mostly with the Ravens, racking up 574 tackles, and also contributing 20.5 sacks (about 2 per season). You want to see a Kelly Gregg highlight reel from his time in college at Oklahoma? Of course you do!

The New Guys - Iggles Blitz
This is a big year for Moorehead. He’s got talent to work with and a more normal offseason than last year. He needs to get this group to play well if he wants to keep his job. I think keeping him was smart, but let’s not be naive and act like he’s got this job locked up for life. He needs the receivers to show something.

Does Mailata or Dillard have an edge in LT competition? - NBCSP
The Eagles don’t know who their starting left tackle is going to be for the 2021 season. And when asked about the competition, Stoutland made it very clear. “Oh there’s definitely one,” the veteran offensive line coach said. “And I think that anytime there is competition like that and it’s that close, it brings the best out of both players. Both players have to be on every day, all day because it’s a competition. Whoever’s the most productive and whoever does the best, whoever has the best value going into the season, will be the starter.” In fact, the competition between Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard is already underway. The two rotated with the first team at left tackle throughout the spring and will likely continue to do so when training camp begins in late July. Stoutland on Wednesday said neither player is ahead in the race.

Eagles finalize preseason schedule - PE.com
The Eagles’ summer calendar is complete. Philadelphia will travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets to conclude the preseason on Friday, August 27 at 7:30 PM (NBC10/94WIP). It is a rite of passage as these two teams have finished the preseason against one another every year since 2001. Of course, COVID-19 eliminated all preseason games in 2020.

Kareem Jackson: Deshaun Watson wants to play for the Broncos - PFT
“I’ve got a great relationship with Deshaun” Jackson told Talib. “I’ve been talking to him the last couple weeks, man. And like all he’s been telling me is like, look, Jack, just tell them, like that’s where I want to be. . . . I want to be in Denver.” Jackson played with Watson in Houston during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In 2019, Jackson signed with the Broncos. It’s unlikely that Watson will be traded until the 22 civil lawsuits filed against him are settled. If not settled, the cases could go to trial as soon as May 2022. Although there has been scant reporting on his preferred destinations, many think he’s interested in the Dolphins. There’s also a belief that, if he becomes available, the Eagles will be interested.

Saquon Barkley vague about when he will return to the Giants - Big Blue View
What is the timetable? “I’m going to take it one day at a time, come in with my head down and ready to work. I’m fortunate enough that I don’t think that I have anyone around me — not going to think I know from top to bottom, there’s nothing that’s going to be forced for me to come back. It’s going to be whenever my body tells me I’m ready and it will show when I’m ready to go, that’s when I’ll be able to go out there and be hopefully as good as I was before or even better.” Will he be “full go” when the season starts? “It’s tough because it’s getting closer and closer. But at the end of the day, you’ve just got to continue to stay patient. This is helping teach me patience. When you’re a dad and you have a little three-year-old girl running around the house, that teaches you patience, too.

Determining who should serve as the primary return man for the Cowboys in 2021 - Blogging The Boys
At times throughout 2020 the Cowboys trotted CeeDee Lamb out to return punts, and while that was fun to watch, it is unlikely to continue with his role on the offense continually growing. Lamb did technically return a kickoff for a touchdown last season although it was an onside attempt from the San Francisco 49ers, so not exactly normal circumstances. Speaking in an overall sense there is really only one logical choice to return kickoffs for the Dallas Cowboys - Tony Pollard. Pollard should also see an offensive role that is larger than last season which will be great to see as well, but he is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands and the Cowboys have to find as many opportunities as they can to try and make that happen.

Publicly funding stadiums for billionaires is a scam - SB Nation
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper re-asserted his position on Tuesday that he would not build the team a new stadium without government assistance. It’s the latest example of a multi-billion dollar NFL owner expecting local citizens to foot the bill of pet projects under the guise of fandom. Tepper’s proposition isn’t unique. Rather, it’s become part of the fabric of the NFL’s new-normal which treats its cities as expendable — unless they’re willing to pay. The ever-present subtext in these discussions is that if local government won’t foot the bill, a team will find a city that will, even if nobody is saying it. “I’m not building a stadium alone,” Tepper told reporters on Tuesday. “The community is going to have to want it.” The Panthers owner added that he wasn’t going to force a new stadium on anyone, but once again, the devil is in the details. It’s bizarre of Tepper to say he won’t “force” a stadium on the people after years of publicly stating he wants a new stadium with a retractable roof to house the Panthers, his recently-purchased MLS team, and host larger events, potentially even a Super Bowl.

Off Day Debrief #40: Best fits for remaining free agents + Charles McDonald on Julio Jones - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton try and find fits for the best remaining free agents, and talk with For The Win’s Charles McDonald about the Falcons’ side of the Julio Jones trade. What exactly is the Falcons’ plan at this point? Why the Julio Jones trade is the end of an era. The best free agent homes for Richard Sherman, Melvin Ingram, and more!

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