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Eagles News: Philadelphia boasts two of the top dynasty fantasy football rookies

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/11/21.

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The Top 60 Rookies for Dynasty Fantasy Football - The Ringer
9. WR DeVonta Smith, Eagles. Smith’s lack of size (he weighs just 170 pounds) and his status as a senior declare are both dings on his dynasty profile, but his outrageous college production, refined pass-catching skill set, and silky smooth (yet explosive) style all help to allay those concerns. The fact he was chosen 10th overall helps, too. The Heisman winner, who led the nation with 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2020, is just a straight-up baller; he should slot in as the go-to guy in Philly, where he’ll see plenty of target volume early in his career. [...] 27. RB Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles. Gainwell’s fall into the fifth round (150th overall) saps a lot of the excitement around his future potential, but if he can beat out Boston Scott for the team’s pass-catching-back role, he could still make his fantasy mark. There’s always the chance the team utilizes him as a de facto slot receiver, too, a role he played at times at Memphis.

Cowboys fan says Howie Roseman is the NFC East’s best general manager - BGN
RJ is right (for once) in that it’s not exactly the most competitive field to pick from. Dave Gettleman has been less of a joke lately but there’s no way he’s the top dog. If we’re talking about Dallas, are we going Will McClay or Jerry Jones? And are either of them truly deserving? Washington could have the strongest case against Roseman, though it’s not exactly clear who’s representing them. Kyle Smith is gone and Marty Hurney is new as Ron Rivera’s consigliere. Does the credit go to Doug Williams?

At the Podium: Eagles’ positions coaches - BGN Radio
Several of the Eagles’ positions coaches spoke with the Philly media on Tuesday afternoon. Hear from Wide Receivers Coach Aaron Moorehead, Quarterbacks Coach Brian Johnson, Running Backs Coach Jemal Singleton, Tight Ends Coach Jason Michael and Passing Game Coordinator Kevin Patullo.

Eagles player review: Travis Fulgham edition - PhillyVoice
In my opinion, Fulgham is one of the three most talented receivers on the roster, along with DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor. In OTAs, the first-team receivers were Smith, Reagor, and Ward, with Fulgham playing on the outside with the second team unit, so it would appear that they’re making him earn his way into the starting lineup. That’s fine for now, but if Ward is getting more snaps than a more talented Fulgham during the season, that’s going to be pretty difficult to understand, much like it was when a washed up Jeffery was getting more snaps than him down the stretch in 2020.

Film Room: Breaking down Zech McPhearson’s instincts in coverage - PE.com
Fran Duffy breaks down CB Zech McPhearson and his instincts in coverage in this edition of Film Room.

7 options for Eagles’ 3rd quarterback spot - NBCSP
Nick Mullens. Mullens 26, went undrafted out of Southern Mississippi back in 2017, which means he was once teammates with Eagles wideout Quez Watkins. Mullens signed with the 49ers after going undrafted and spent the last few seasons in San Francisco, splitting time on its practice squad and active roster. Mullens has played in 19 games with 16 starts. He has a 5-11 record, completing 64.5% of his passes for 4,714 yards with 25 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He started eight games with the Niners last year and had a 2-6 record.

GamePlan: How Vaccine Hesitancy Among Players Is Affecting NFL Teams - Sports Illustrated
So instead of getting to play for a national contender in the fall, and gobble up important game reps, Newman spent the year training for the combine, and to throw at pro day, and came out of it in a worse spot than he went in. Now, he’ll have to hope to get invited to a training camp, or maybe have to try to kickstart his football career in Canada. The moral of the story, to me, for college kids in that same spot now, that are starting to see their names connected to “draft grades”: Do your best to ignore them. Teams don’t even set initial boards until after Thanksgiving, and even the notes they’re compiling on prospects now are graded on a curve—with the expectation there’s more progress coming in the fall. And all those way-too-early mocks? Those really are supposed to be just for fun (and, full disclosure, we’re guilty of having had one on our site that had Newman in it last May). Harmless fun? That’s the idea, of course. But that’s only if people don’t take them so seriously.

Who will return kickoffs and punts this year? - Hogs Haven
At this point, my money is on Adam Humphries as the primary slot receiver on offense and DeAndre Carter as the primary punt returner for special teams, with either Sims or Milne on the practice squad. Making this sort of projection in June, based on little besides career stats as a guide is a fool’s errand, but it’s that time of year. These opinions are subject to (potentially dramatic) change as we see these guys on the field in the three preseason games, but for now, I’m placing a (very small) bet on DeAndre Carter to be one of the big surprise inclusions on the 53-man roster based on him being the most viable candidate on the roster to return punts reliably and effectively.

Observations from the New York Giants mandatory mini-camp - Big Blue View
Wide receiver Darius Slayton said Jones is “jacked” and “actually has cuts in his arms.” Those things may be new. One thing that is old, and still seems annoying, is that Jones displayed some hesitation in getting rid of the ball on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m not happy with myself for not bringing it up on Wednesday, to be honest. Pat Traina of Giants Country and I were discussing Jones’ indecision when she put a stop watch on a half-dozen of his throws.

Nahshon Wright may be on his way to stealing a starting job at outside corner - Blogging The Boys
It was a controversial draft selection, but Nahshon Wright is already proving doubters wrong. [BLG Note: Lol.]

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians: ‘If you want to go back to normal, get vaccinated’ - NFL.com
Vaccination rates among NFL players continues to be a popular topic as we near training camp. Two days after Washington held an informative session to educate its players on COVID-19 vaccinations, the Buccaneers hosted a clinic to increase vaccine accessibility among the team’s players, personnel and family members. Coach Bruce Arians said his goal is to provide his players with a chance to get vaccinated if they so choose, with the hopes that most of his team will be vaccinated and Tampa Bay can operate without the need for strict COVID-19 protocols in 2021. “There’s going to be a long line over there right now,” Arians said, looking toward the location of the clinic after Thursday’s minicamp session. “I better have a (long line) after today. We were pretty short up until now, but hopefully we have a pretty good line today.”

The NFL needs to get its act together with vaccinations - SB Nation
As we approach NFL training camps, a common question for players has been their vaccination status. Despite overwhelming resources and motivation to prevent illness, players are still avoiding getting vaccinated at alarming rates. On Wednesday, two players, Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold and Washington defensive end Montez Sweat, both positioned themselves as being anti-vaccination through either inaction or outwardly disagreeing with the process. Darnold, largely non-commital on receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, said he was “still evaluating the situation.” Meanwhile, Sweat said he “wasn’t a fan” of the vaccine — even after Washington brought an infectious disease expert to speak to players. “I haven’t caught Covid yet,” Sweat said, “so I don’t see me treating Covid until I actually get COVID.”

NFL Daily Kickoff, Friday - Russell Wilson says he never asked to be traded - The SB Nation NFL Show
A whole lot of action went down in the National Football League on Thursday and our job is to catch you up on all of it! Check out the latest episode of NFL Daily Kickoff as we discuss Russell Wilson’s latest statement, some injury news, and where the league stands on the vaccination front.

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