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The worst NFL quarterbacks for every type of throw - TouchdownWire
Without the blitz: Eagles quarterbacks in general. You’d generally think that most quarterbacks would fare well when they’re not blitzed, but the caveat on such plays is that with four or fewer pass-rushers coming after you, you’re also going to have to deal with more defenders in coverage. That isn’t beneficial for some quarterbacks, and two of them played for the Eagles last season. Against four or fewer pass-rushers in 2020, Carson Wentz completed 188 of 328 passes for 2008 yards, 1,266 air yards, 11 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a passer rating of 72.6. When Wentz was cast aside in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts, things didn’t get any better. Hurts completed 55 of 110 passes for 778 yards, 450 air yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions, and a passer rating of 64.1. The combination of a static passing offense and quarterbacks who struggle to read more complex coverages is not a recipe for success. [...] Without pressure: Eagles quarterbacks in general. And, here we are again with these guys. As Wentz and Hurts struggled when they weren’t blitzed, they also came up short when they weren’t pressured. From a clean pocket, Wentz completed 194 of 295 passes for 2,053 yards, 1,244 air yards, 12 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 85.3. Hurts had a rating of 85.1 without pressure, completing 56 of 93 passes for 692 yards, 324 air yards, three touchdowns and two picks. A passer rating in the 85s sounds like a pretty good deal, but when you consider that 21 starting quarterbacks had a passer rating over 100 without pressure last season, it doesn’t quite work out. Dwayne Haskins had the worst passer rating without pressure at 78.5, and Wentz finished second-worst.
Nick Mullens, Eagles agree to contract - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Nick Mullens on Monday morning, according to an official announcement from the team. The Eagles had a need for another passer after unexpectedly waiving undrafted rookie free agent signing Jamie Newman last week. Mullens is now the third quarterback under contract behind presumed starter Jalen Hurts and veteran backup Joe Flacco. You may remember Mullens as one of four starting quarterbacks the Eagles defeated in 2020. The San Francisco 49ers actually benched him in favor of C.J. Beathard, who gave the Eagles a little scare towards the end of that game.
Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: JaCoby Stevens - PhillyVoice
New Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is a Mike Zimmer disciple, which means that there’s a decent bet that Eagles linebackers are going to get more opportunities as blitzers. There’s also speculation that Gannon will run a lot of zone coverages, which means that those linebackers better also, you know, be able to play zone coverage. One of the players that I thought fit that mold during free agency was Raiders LB Nicholas Morrow, a player that Oakland converted from safety after signing him as an undrafted free agent in 2017. In 2020, Morrow allowed just 4.5 yards per target, per pro-football-reference.com. He was also a threat as a blitzer, as he collected three sacks and eight pressures on the season.
BGN readers vote Ron Rivera as All-NFC East head coach - Hogs Haven
As you can see, Ron Rivera, head coach of the Washington Football Team got 78% of the vote. Keep in mind two things. First, this wasn’t a small sample poll of 64 guys; there were 1,846 votes in this poll. Second, the voters in this poll are all die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fans. These are the guys that are reading about football and voting in polls in early June. They care about the NFL and they love the Eagles. In a way, the overall respect level for Ron Rivera shouldn’t come as a surprise (though the disrespect shown to Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys head coach, is pretty awesome). Rivera came into Washington under possibly the worst conditions imaginable, and has, in the space of less than 18 months, completely remade the franchise.
Fantasy Football Rankings: Our Initial Top 150 - The Ringer
NFL teams have begun offseason workouts, which means the fantasy landscape is finally starting to come into focus. Get the early leg up on your league right here. [BLG Note: DeVonta Smith is WR38 here. There will not be 37 more valuable fantasy football wide receivers in 2021.]
Jerry Jeudy lauds Alabama’s ability to produce NFL receiver talent - PFT
Four receivers from the University of Alabama have been selected inside the Top 15 of the NFL Draft in the last two years. Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith were both off the board by the tenth overall selection in this year’s draft while Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy were the 12th and 15th overall picks in the 2020 class, respectively. Go back another two years and Calvin Ridley was a late first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons. While Alabama has been sending numerous top-tier talents to the NFL for many years under head coach Nick Saban, the run of talent at the wide receiver spot specifically has been staggering in recent seasons.
Stephon Gilmore’s Holdout Will Be Tricky for the Patriots to Resolve - MAQB
Losing Gilmore would mean going from having a top-five group at corner to being very vulnerable at a spot you don’t want to be. And with J.C. Jackson also in a contract year, the future is even murkier there. This one won’t be easy, and I’ll repeat what I’ve said, that I don’t see Gilmore playing at his current number. I think Darius Slay’s contract in Philly is around the price to get a long-term deal done. Maybe Gilmore will take some sweeteners to report, in lieu of a long-term deal, like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski once did. Either way, something is going to have to happen for New England to get its best player back.
New York Giants post-mini-camp 53-man roster projection - Big Blue View
Since my post-draft roster projection the Giants added Corey Clement via free agency and Ryquell Armstead via waiver claim to a running back room that looked like it needed more competition. What those additions mean when it comes to expectations for Saquon Barkley at the beginning of the season, we don’t know. The focus right here, though, is simply on who will and won’t make the roster. As I look at the roster, I figure that out of Brightwell, Clement and Armstead two are making the roster. Brightwell caught the ball well during mini-camp and his passion for, and ability on special teams should endear him to head coach Joe Judge. Clement, I think, is probably ahead of Armstead right now. When the Giants signed him after a rookie mini-camp tryout, Judge said “I’ve known him for a long time now and admired the way he’s played both in the offense and kicking game.”
Kyler Murray was asked if he was a Dallas Cowboys fan and aggressively said no - Blogging The Boys
It obviously hurts to acknowledge just how massively the Cowboys have failed for almost three decades if you define failure as not winning a Super Bowl, but the facts are what they are. Murray has a point to a degree, however bluntly he may have made it. Again, the conversation here doesn’t center around whether or not Murray is better than the Cowboys, or whether or not the Cardinals are a more successful franchise. We hear annually about how players always want to play for this team, but a lot of times that is due to the spotlight that is provided to them. It seems clear that there is at least some sense among active players that the Cowboys aren’t a successful franchise.
Steve Smith is turning to broadcasting, and the NFL is not ready - SB Nation
The team announced Monday morning that Panthers legend Steve Smith is joining the preseason broadcast team, and this is the best possible news for fans of every single team. If you think this is just a boring case of “ex-player joins announce team,” then obviously you haven’t thought this through. You make a conscious decision to allow Steve Smith to reap havoc on your broadcast when you hire him to do something like this. This is a man who does not bury his thoughts behind what is “proper” or “acceptable.” No, he’s going to speak his mind, whether you like it or not — and hey, maybe he’ll make someone cry in the process.
Monday Football Monday #41: The Aaron Rodgers saga continues + a noteworthy holdout + Pretender-to-Contender picks - The SB Nation NFL Show
Pete Sweeney is joined by Kyle Posey of SB Nation’s Niners Nation to discuss the latest Aaron Rodgers drama, a noteworthy holdout, and more! The guys wrap up the episode naming each of their Pretender-to-Contender picks.
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