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Unvaccinated NFL players will have a much, much more difficult season under new rules - SB Nation
The NFL and NFLPA have issued Covid-19 guidelines for players ahead of the 2021 season, and life will be very, very different for players who decide not to get vaccinated, from those who do. A joint agreement between the league and the union, sent out to teams this week details how players are allowed to operate if they receive the vaccine compared to those who don’t. Here is the full list of restrictions players will adopt this season. [...] The decision by the NFL and NFLPA comes after team attempts to motivate more players to get vaccinated failed to make an impact. While many teams are claiming 100 percent of their front office, and support staff are fully vaccinated against the virus, the numbers for players are lagging woefully behind, estimated to be under 50 percent league-wide.
‘Valentine’s Views’: Vaccine should be a no-brainer for NFL players, but it obviously is not - Big Blue View
I simply don’t understand the down side of vaccination for an NFL player. One day of possibly feeling awful makes their lives easier. It allows them to test less frequently and to move about their team facilities more freely. More importantly, in my view, being vaccinated also makes them better teammates. The vaccine not only protects a player and his teammates, it could well end up making a player more available to actually play during the upcoming 17-game season. Shouldn’t the availability to play be paramount any decision a player makes?
6 things to know about new Eagles quarterback Nick Mullens - BGN
“Mullens’s time with the 49ers was a journey, to say the least. He went from a UDFA in ‘17 to make the roster in ‘18 once Jimmy Garoppolo went down with an injury. After a second injury to C.J. Beathard, Mullens found himself as a starting QB in the NFL just a year later. He played well enough to earn the nod as QB2 and wound up starting eight games in 2020. He took a lot of flack this past season, but backup quarterbacks aren’t supposed to play as much as Mullens did during his time in San Francisco, especially third-stringers. When he played, the 49ers still found ways to be productive. The wildest stat, and I’m sure some of you have seen the graphic, was Mullens only trailing Patrick Mahomes for the most passing yards for a quarterback in his first 16 starts.”
NFC East Mixtape Vol.9: What-Ifs for every NFC East Team - BGN Radio
On the latest episode of the NFC East Mixtape RJ Ochoa and Brandon Lee Gowton present several what-if scenarios for each of the teams in the division.
Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Patrick Johnson - PhillyVoice
There are already plenty of hints that Jonathan Gannon will have an Anthony Barr-like role in the Eagles’ defense. Players who fit that role include Ryan Kerrigan, Genard Avery, Joe Ostman, and Johnson. The player that Johnson reminds me a bit of is Kamalei Correa, a former second-round pick of the Ravens in 2016, who has since gone on to play for the Titans and Jaguars, and who is currently with the Chiefs. At times during his NFL career, Correa played a similar role to Barr, in that he was often tasked with spying opposing quarterbacks, while also covering running backs and tight ends, in addition to the obvious edge defender duties of rushing the passer and stopping the run.
No minicamp, another QB: A look at the state of the Philadelphia Eagles - ESPN
“There’s so much to like about this guy,” said receivers coach Aaron Moorehead of Smith, the 22-year-old Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama who was selected 10th overall by the Eagles in April’s NFL draft. “He just made plays from all over the field [at Alabama] — inside, outside, they motioned him, all kinds of different things — and you could tell not only from the film, but after you get done talking to him during the pre-draft interviews just how smart he is. It wasn’t challenging for him to move to all those different [positions], and that’s something I know we value as an offense.
Mailbag: Who Will Lead the NFL in Major Stats in 2021? - Sports Illustrated
From Paul Owers (@paulowers): Why did Doug Pederson get so little interest for a coordinator job this offseason? Did he want to take a year off or did he lose a lot of credibility in league circles for the way he handled the Week 17 game against Washington? … Honestly, Paul, I don’t think it had anything to do with Week 17—I think it was clear that he was either going to be a head coach again or take a year off, and his shot at really pursuing any of the head coach openings was short-circuiting by the timing of his firing. It happened, if you remember, more than a week after the season ended. And while at some point there were feelers in with Houston, I think too many of those searches were too far down the line (some were done) for Pederson to win a job. That’s probably good, too. The couple of times he’s talked publicly since the split with the Eagles, he’s said he needed to recharge, and that’s understandable given how relationships fractured in that building late in the year, and just the overall toll Philly takes on the team’s coaches. It’ll be interesting to see what level of interest there is in him next year.
What if L.P. Ladouceur was never called for the snap infraction at Washington in 2018? - Blogging The Boys
When it comes to results in the National Football League, they are generally all that matter. People and teams get remembered for winning, for lifting trophies and raising banners, and the margin for error can be incredibly thin. As football fans it is easy to look back on certain moments, whether in a game or an entire season, and wonder what would have happened if the proverbial ball had bounced another way. What-ifs can be interesting to explore and that is exactly what Brandon Lee Gowton and I did on the latest episode of the NFC East Mixtape which you can listen to below. We drop a new episode every week on both the Bleeding Green Nation and Blogging The Boys feeds, subscribe to the Blogging The Boys podcast network on Apple devices here or on Spotify right here.
Could Washington end up with back-to-back defensive rookies of the year? - Hogs Haven
And while mock drafters may have been a bit late to the Jamin Davis party, post-draft, Ron Rivera laughed and dismissed any notion that Davis might have been overlooked by scouts and pushed back against the idea that Jamin Davis rose recently up NFL team draft boards. The head coach said that Davis was not a fast riser just because some people in the media hadn’t known about him. Martin Mayhew expanded on the theme, saying that scouts were pressing for him, and that Davis really popped on film when they reviewed his play at Kentucky. Well, Rivera and Mayhew seem to be right. While a number of media analysts and TV talking heads declared in the post-draft analysis and grading that Washington had ‘reached for need’ in picking Jamin Davis, he has emerged this week as the betting favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
One player from each NFL division set for 2021 breakout: Eight potential difference-makers for contenders - CBS Sports
NFC East – Logan Thomas, TE, Washington. Began his breakthrough last season (and we told you back then we kinda thought he would emerge), but in an offense that was all over the place. Erratic and fluctuating quarterback play, and a lack of other secondary receiving options held him back some. Ryan Fitzpatrick will make sure he still gets fed even with Curtis Samuel in the mix now and with Antonio Gibson a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. He has been getting a lot of positive chatter this spring, but it is backed up by what he did in real games a year ago. I do believe he can be unlocked as more of a downfield target, and Norv Turner/Scott Turner offenses have been very kind to a number of tight ends over the years. With one full season at tight end behind him, I expect to see his TD totals and red zone presence grow.
Off Day Debrief #41: Which minicamp holdouts should get paid? - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton look at each of the star players that didn’t report to minicamp and decide which ones deserve more money, and which teams should play hardball. Why Aaron Rodgers is full of crap (as usual). How should Bill Belichick handle Stephon Gilmore with Mark Schofield of Pats’ Pulpit (and yes we ask about Mac Jones). Will Miami give Xavien Howard a new deal after he just signed in 2019? Why Seattle should NOT pay Jamal Adams. Is Chandler Jones still worth big money to Arizona?
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