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Toughest four-game stretches for every team in NFC East | Game Theory - NFL.com
Cynthia Frelund analyzes which four-game stretch in the 2021 season will be the most challenging for each team in the NFC East. [BLG Note: Philadelphia’s toughest stretch is listed as Week 3 through Week 6 when they have at Dallas Cowboys, versus Kansas City Chiefs, at Carolina Panthers, and versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers game seems the most winnable, of course, but it’s still on the road.]

30 Eagles over/unders for the 2021 NFL season - BGN
As we count down the days until Philadelphia Eagles training camp, Jimmy Kempski and I thought it would be fun to preview the team’s 2021 season with a game of over/unders. So that’s exactly what we did for the latest BGN Radio podcast episode. I emerged victorious in last year’s over/under competition. My skepticism about the Eagles paid off while the community’s optimism was rewarded with a last place finish. Will things go differently this year?

10 reasons the Cowboys will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
Jerry Jones hired McCarthy because he believed that the Cowboys were ready to compete for a Super Bowl last season, and McCarthy would at least bring plenty of head coaching experience to the table. As usual, Jones overrated his own team, and while there were excuses (COVID, Prescott’s injury, OL injuries), they still finished 6-10, and lost a fate-sealing Week 17 game to a crap Giants team in which they had a 1st and Goal from the 7, down 4, with under 2 minutes to play. McCarthy’s first season with Dallas didn’t reveal obvious incompetence, but it wasn’t exactly an impressive showing either. Recently, multiple oddmakers made McCarthy the favorite to be the first NFL head coach to be fired first this year. Personally, I believe there are numerous head coaches league-wide more deserving of losing their jobs, but at the same time, it feels like whenever the McCarthy era has come and gone, it will be remembered as something of a period of “football purgatory,” when the team was neither egregiously bad nor great. So basically a continuation of what the Cowboys have been for the last 25 years.

Surprise players you should know from NFL minicamps for all 32 teams - ESPN
OT Andre Dillard. The former first-round pick says he has a fire in him like never before after missing the entire 2020 season with a biceps injury. He ditched social media to eliminate distractions and hit the weight room hard over the past year, setting a number of personal records. He is stronger and more confident, and has drawn praise from offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland for his on-field work. He’ll battle it out with former rugby player Jordan Mailata for the starting left tackle spot during training camp.

Projecting Eagles’ initial 53-man roster ahead of training camp: Will J.J. Arcega-Whiteside stick around? Who will start at left tackle? - NJ.com
In: DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, Quez Watkins, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The Eagles are expected to favor three-receiver sets under Sirianni. With that in mind, Smith, Reagor and Fulgham are likely to be the top three guys on the depth chart. All three players can play the three receiver spots, allowing Sirianni and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen to mix and match their setup in the formation. Ward is the “veteran” of the group, while Watkins is a home-run hitter to be used accordingly. Arcega-Whiteside will continue to get his flack until he proves himself, but his size — and potential versatility in the slot — could help him make the team over Hightower, who needs to have a tremendous training camp to stick around. Special teams will be the key for Hightower, Ward, Watkins and Arcega-Whiteside this summer.

Bill’s Post-Father’s Day 53-man roster projection - Hogs Haven
Two players are locks at this position — Montez Sweat and Chase Young. Behind the two budding stars, Washington has four 7th rounders who each entered the NFL in 2020 or 2021. Handicapping the backups is tough, as there is not much separating them. Mark Tyler has argued repeatedly that Shaka Toney should or will be moved to SAM linebacker. I heard Jack Del Rio say that Toney will get some looks in that position, but until I hear or see something more definitive, I’m gonna keep Toney in the DE group, but say that his flexibility and athletic profile as a natural LB make him a bit more valuable to the team, so he makes the 53, getting snaps at both DE and LB in 2021. I’m projecting the team to stick with last year’s draft pick, James Smith-Williams and this year’s draft pick, William Bradley-King, with last season’s waiver wire pickup, Casey Toohill heading to the practice squad. [BLG Note: Bring Toohill back!]

Five Cowboys players who are lost in the weeds - Blogging The Boys
Oh, sure, everyone and their weird uncle know that Cedrick Wilson is the presumptive WR4. But almost all discussion of the best unit on the roster focuses on the three players ahead of him, all of whom are expected to be at least flirting with 1,100 yard seasons. (Don’t talk to me anymore about 1,000 yards. With a seventeen game schedule, that simply is not that impressive.) Only having 189 yards receiving and two TDs last season also doesn’t help put him more in the spotlight. But here’s a prediction that Wilson is going to have a much better year, in the 500 to 600 yard range. Here are several reasons why.

Rusty Hardin: NFL has yet to interview Deshaun Watson - PFT
More than three months ago, the off-field controversy involving Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson first emerged. In less than half that time, the Texans will report for training camp. Before then, the NFL will have to decide whether to place Watson on paid leave, given the 22 lawsuits pending against him, alleging misconduct during massage sessions. Attorney Rusty Hardin tells KPRC-TV in Houston that the NFL has not yet interviewed Watson regarding the allegations. Typically, the accused in a situation like this is interviewed last. Given that the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy contemplates a preliminary process aimed at determining whether the player will land on the Commissioner Exempt list, it seems prudent to hear from Watson before deciding whether to do that.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Monday - Is ‘Washington Football Team’ here to stay? - The SB Nation NFL Show
Happy Monday! Over the weekend it was reported that the WFT tried to make a notable commitment to their new name, but things ultimately didn’t happen. Also, vaccinations continue to be a talking point in the NFL, particularly among some of its players.

Playoff Bell Ringer: Sixers go out with a whimper in Game 7 loss to the Hawks - Liberty Ballers
It’s over. The number-one seed. Home-court advantage. The MVP runner-up. All of it was for the naught as the Sixers lost their third home game of the series to the Atlanta Hawks. Trae Young shot just 5-of-23 from the field, but Kevin Huerter stepped up for 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting. The game was up-and-down throughout, but Philadelphia had a four-point lead with under seven minutes left in the game. Over the next few minutes, Trae finally connected on a couple shots and Atlanta pulled ahead by a bucket, leading to the play that will be discussed ad infinitum when the name Ben Simmons is mentioned in Philadelphia. Ben Simmons, wide-open under the basket, with only 180-pounds-soaking-wet Trae Young rushing over to protect the rim, passing up on a dunk to shovel a pass to Matisse Thybulle (who was fouled and went 1-of-2 at the line). [BLG Note: Daryl Morey, please get Simmons the hell off this roster. Please and thank you.]

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