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Eagles News: Les Bowen retires

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Hey, thanks for putting up with me through all these years - Inquirer
Sometimes you find the finish line. Sometimes the finish line finds you. This Eagles season would have been my 20th as a beat reporter. I had a loose, hazy plan to make it my last, before retiring next year at age 66. Then, as new sports department management took the reins, I was given the chance to take home the same money I would have made by working through next spring, if I left this summer, instead. So, yeah, they’re gonna pay me to not write. I’m sure readers, players, coaches, and general managers throughout the land wish someone had hit upon this solution long ago, but, better late than never, right? And from my end, who doesn’t aspire to be Chase Daniel? I came here 38 years and one month ago from The Charlotte Observer. No one asked me to come, but the people in charge ended up letting me hang around a very long time, and I am grateful. [BLG Note: It’s sad to see the Eagles beat is losing a legend like Les. But congrats are in order for a heck of a career.]

Eye on the Enemy #57: Key off-season moves made by the Chargers, Broncos, Saints and Giants - BGN Radio
On this week’s episode, John Stolnis talked about the key off-season moves of the L.A. Chargers, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and New York Giants. The Chargers could be one of the NFL’s surprise teams, the Broncos stink (why no Justin Fields???), the Saints will miss Brees and the Giants are looking for Eagles blood.

Finding 2021’s Fantasy Breakout Wide Receiver: Jalen Reagor - PFF
PFF’s consensus fantasy rankings have Reagor as WR54, slightly worse than his current ADP at WR61, and our fantasy projections are less optimistic at WR74. There’s added competition in the wide receiver group after the Eagles spent their top pick on DeVonta Smith.

Eagles, City of Philadelphia host mobile vaccination clinic -
While the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available for adults who want to receive it, the stark reality is that there are people who are unable to get to the places that distribute it. Through an ongoing partnership with the City of Philadelphia to help make COVID-19 vaccinations more accessible, the Philadelphia Eagles teamed up with the Philadelphia Fire Department to host a mobile vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 19 (Juneteenth) at St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. All residents who live or work in the City of Philadelphia, 18 or older, were eligible to receive the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. “There are so many people in our city who just don’t have the means or accessibility to get out and get vaccinated, so it’s important that we bring these services to them,” said Eagles Legend Barrett Brooks, who was on hand for the event.

Eagles Turning Leftover Fan Cutouts Into Park Benches To Be Placed Around Philadelphia - CBS Philly
In all, the Eagles say the leftover cutouts amounted to nearly two tons of plastic and now, the park benches they’re being made into will be placed around the Philadelphia area.

Dallas Cowboys 2021: Three in-season predictions for the defense - Blogging The Boys
Randy Gregory leads the team in sacks? In a season where the Cowboys pass rush started off with a bang, it ended with little pass rush to be found. One exception was the returning Randy Gregory who was able to continue to get pressure for this Cowboys defense, or it may have looked even worse down the stretch. This season Gregory has a full offseason of training under his belt and if we are to believe that last season was as good as he could be after not playing football for a few years, with this amount of training with the team he should be even better. The downside for him is that now teams are going to be better prepared to deal with him, and that should give DeMarcus Lawrence more chances to get to the quarterback. Expect Gregory to be close to Lawrence in sacks, but Lawrence will still be this team’s sack leader at the end of the season. Thanks in part to Gregory’s ability to pressure the quarterback and force him into the waiting arms of Lawrence.

A closer look at when Ryan Fitzpatrick performs best - Hogs Haven
In my estimation, this bodes very well for Washington in 2021. Washington’s defense last year - ranked 4th in the NFL - was better than any defense Fitzpatrick has played alongside in his career, and it appears to have improved this offseason. I would be surprised if, given the historical pattern of Ryan’s career this doesn’t end up being his best statistical season, assuming he’s able to stay healthy and resist the urge to try to put this team on his back.


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