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Eagles News: Zech McPhearson, CB2?

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The Eyes - Iggles Blitz
Zech McPhearson is always in good position. He doesn’t guess. He doesn’t take chances. McPhearson knows his assignment and does it. When runs come his way, he plays with proper leverage. He tries to keep everything in front of him in coverage. On plays when he’s got a safety over the top, he’ll play differently underneath. A coach can trust him. That’s a huge compliment to a young player. He has good eyes. McPhearson sees the field well and reacts accordingly. If there is a short throw in front of him, he comes up quickly to attack the ball. If there is a run, he gets in the right position. He sees the ball when it is thrown his way. He broke up 6 passes and picked off 4 others last year. We heard Maddox talk about his eyes being the focal point for his offseason. The coaches are trying to get Maddox to use his eyes better so that he can play smarter and more disciplined. That must be a point of emphasis for them when evaluating players. I can see why they like McPhearson so much. He plays smart and he’s got good eyes.

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster projection: Summer doldrums edition - The Athletic
Cornerback (5). In: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Michael Jacquet, Josiah Scot. Out: Craig James, Lavert Hill, Kevon Seymour, Shakial Taylor, Nate Meadors. Are any of those names made up? That’s up to you to research. There’s an obvious hole for another veteran cornerback and the Eagles could still add someone like Steven Nelson or Gareon Conley, but let’s stick with the group they have for now. The competition for spots after the top three will be worth monitoring all summer, but for now, we’ll give the last two spots to Jacquet, who both flashed and flailed as a rookie, and Scott, who has the highest draft pedigree of the group. Expect this to be a spot where the Eagles take advantage of their waiver priority following roster cutdowns.

Determining the most overrated players in the NFC East - Blogging The Boys
Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Kelce. The term “overrated” can sometimes be taken in a strictly negative connotation, but my thought process is that it is literally that, someone who is being rated higher than they should. Eagles center Jason Kelce has been among the best centers in the league throughout his career, but it feels like his performance has dipped a bit at this current moment in time. He is obviously still very good, but he is still mentioned in that truly elite range and the test of time may have knocked him down slightly.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.10: Most Overrated Players in the NFC East - BGN Radio
Episode 10 of the NFC East Mixtape is a goodie! Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa rank the most overrated players among the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Washington Football Team.

10 reasons the Washington Football Team will be a dumpster fire this season - PhillyVoice
On the one hand, signing Fitzpatrick neither makes Washington a Super Bowl contender, nor does it give them a long-term answer at quarterback, or even the potential for one. Quarterback will continue to remain the most glaring long-term need on the roster next offseason, regardless of how Fitzpatrick plays. In that sense, this team is probably looking ahead to a 2021 season in which they spin their wheels in mediocrity. On the other hand, “mediocrity” can win this trash division, as it did in 2020. Also, “sustained mediocrity” would be a massive step up from the doormat status this franchise has earned over the bulk of the Daniel Snyder era. If this team can repeat as NFC East champs, they will be the first team to do so since the Eagles did it in 2003-2004. Maybe that can help nudge a culture shift forward from a team that expects to lose to one that expects to at least be mediocre? Maybe there’s some value in that. Fitzpatrick is at least better than the four guys that started games last season (Haskins, Smith, Allen, and Heinicke).

Which first-round NFL picks are drawing rave reviews? What we learned about all 32 this offseason - ESPN+
10. DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Smith has a very real chance of being the Eagles’ lead receiver as a rookie. He and Jalen Reagor worked as the starting wideouts during the portion of offseason training open to the media. Coach Nick Sirianni opted not to conduct any 7-on-7 or team drills during OTAs after speaking with his veteran players, but Smith still managed to impress, making one-handed grabs and acrobatic sideline catches look routine. There’s an ease to his movement and flow to his game that stand out even when surrounded by world-class athletes.

Merrill Reese says DeVonta Smith drops his jaw like no other WR - NBCSP
This coming training camp will be the 50th of Reese’s career, so he’s seen a lot. But there’s a reason he’s so excited about Smith, the No. 10 pick in this year’s draft. Reese was on the latest Eagle Eye podcast and explained why. “In 50 years, I’ve seen a lot of wide receivers and I’ve seen great ones like Harold Carmichal, who’s going into the Hall of Fame, and my partner in the booth, Mike Quick, who went to five Pro Bowls. So I’ve seen great receivers,” Reese said. “But I’ve never seen a receiver that makes my jaw drop the way that he does. “Keep in mind that Mike and Harold were unbelievable talents but they weren’t blazingly fast. This guy is blazingly fast and looks like he has springs on the bottom of his shoes the way he goes up. And he may be 6-1 1/2 but he has catch radius of somebody 6-4.”

Ex-Eagles Ike Reese and Hugh Douglas see NFL’s ‘race-norming’ issue as part of a sad history - Inquirer
When the NFL recently found itself caught up in a controversy over “race-norming” in cognitive tests used in processing claims for its concussion settlement, former players shook their heads in sad recognition. The settlement the league agreed to seven years ago in response to concussion-related lawsuits — after years of denial and delay — hasn’t really settled very much, it seems. Former Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Hugh Douglas said that not long after the settlement was announced, he was admonished not to be naïve about what it meant. “I had a friend of mine tell me one time, he said to me: ‘Do you really think that the NFL is going to make it that easy for anybody to get money?’ ” Douglas said. Douglas’s Eagles teammate, ex-linebacker Ike Reese, said he was “not surprised” by the controversy. “Obviously, I’m saddened by it. Nobody is going to want to come off that type of money without a fight, or [without] figuring out how to come off of it as little as possible.”

Eagles award more than $50,000 to youth football programs - PE.com
The Philadelphia Eagles are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of Eagles fans through a commitment to youth football programming across the Greater Philadelphia Area. In an effort to support local teams and organizations that nurture a love for the game at the youth level, the Eagles are distributing more than $50,000 in grants to help fund 35 local youth and high school football programs in need. “The Return to Youth Football Grant Program allows us to support young athletes across the Greater Philadelphia Area, and to also express our appreciation to the athletic directors, coaches, and league administrators who are inspiring our youth athletes through the game of football,” said Eagles President Don Smolenski. “We are honored to support over 35 programs throughout our community.”

NFL Scouting Combine location open to leaguewide bidding process beginning with 2023 event - NFL.com
The NFL Scouting Combine is primed for a new home in the near future — multiple, in fact. The league informed all 32 clubs, via a memo obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday, that hosting the annual showcase will be open to a bidding process starting with the 2023 event. The expansion of host cities continues the league’s focus on growing and evolving marquee events to reach millions of fans locally, nationally and internationally, Rapoport added. “The League, in concert with the Combine Executive Committee, is considering ways to grow the Combine as a tentpole event, while at the same time enhancing the prospect experience and partnership,” the memo read.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Thursday- Packers don’t talk about Aaron Rodgers +big changes coming for the Combine? - The SB Nation NFL Show
In today’s episode, Davante Adams says the Packers don’t talk about Aaron Rodgers, Baker’s agent says a deal could get done this summer, and the NFL may move the Combine to a new city.

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