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Giants’ Xavier McKinney says he holds grudge against Eagles over Week 17 loss that cost New York playoff spot - CBS Sports
Needless to say, that hasn’t sat well with the Giants faithful or their players — Xavier McKinney among them. A second-round pick out of Alabama, McKinney battled back from a foot injury that cost him much of the season to make the deciding play of Week 17 with a late end zone interception. And during an appearance on the All Things Covered podcast, McKinney admitted that he was left with hard feelings when asked if he holds a grudge against the Eagles over last year’s finale. “I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t, man. I’m not gonna lie,” McKinney said. “That was my first pick, and knowing the year that I had just being injured pretty much the whole year and then coming back and being able to help my team get to where we were supposed to be. And then going home, we all celebrate in the locker room, everybody happy, we’re like, ‘Hey, hopefully the Eagles take care of business, which I’m sure they will.’

A new rule could have kelly green uniforms back for 2022 - BGN
Every Eagle fan reading that has one thing popping into their head: kelly green. It could be back for 2022! The Eagles last wore their kelly green uniforms in Week 1 of the 2010 season against the Packers as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1960 NFL Championship team. In the years since, the league has made players have just a single helmet for the entire year for health and safety reasons, prohibiting the Eagles from using a different helmet, specifically one with a kelly green shade as opposed to midnight green. The chance to have an alternate kelly green helmet could introduce a whole new uniform set for the Birds. [BLG Note: The Eagles bringing back kelly green could save the franchise, IMO.]

Boom roasted: Poking fun at the rest of the NFL’s teams - PhillyVoice
Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa has gotten some heat for his play in 2020, which seemed confusing to me, given his stats, which really don’t look that bad (for a rookie, anyway). Because I cover the Eagles, and Miami traded their 2022 first-round pick to Philly, I was interested in taking a look at Tua’s actual play, and ... [yikes]. I’ll just say that if I were the Dolphins, I’d have tried to trade the 49ers’ 2022 first-round pick to Philly instead of my own pick. Boom roasted.

How Rallis compensates for being NFL’s youngest coach - NBCSP
He’s the youngest coach in the NFL, but he doesn’t talk like it and he doesn’t act like it, and the Eagles are hoping he doesn’t coach like it. Nick Rallis is one of the more interesting stories on Nick Sirianni’s new coaching staff, a position coach who’s the same age as his best player, who was still playing college football the year Doug Pederson became the Eagles’ head coach, who was born three years before Brian Dawkins’ rookie year. Rallis replaces Pederson’s linebackers coach, Ken Flajole, who was in his 15th year as a football coach when Rallis was born. “No shot at Flaje, but [Rallis] is a little more youthful,” Alex Singleton said with a laugh. “But I will say, obviously Flaje had 40-plus years of coaching experience and Rallis obviously doesn’t have all that, but he puts in that time. All the guys talk about the guy doesn’t leave [the NovaCare Complex] and wonder if he has a wife.

PFF ranks many of Washington’s offensive players among the NFL’s best - Hogs Haven
PFF ranks Gibson as the 15th running back overall in the NFL coming into 2021. The site points out that Gibson “already finished with a top-five PFF rushing grade (85.3) in just his first year at this level. Gibson is an excellent ball carrier and has yet to be fully exploited as a receiving weapon, given his background playing that position in college.” In looking back at Gibson’s rookie season, one promising statistic from the advanced rushing metrics is that Antonio Gibson is among the league’s best at breaking tackles. In fact, he ranked 2nd overall, breaking one tackle per 8.5 carries (Mike Davis led the league at 1:7.9).

NFL players who voluntarily opt out of 2021 season due to COVID-19 concerns will not receive stipend - ESPN
NFL players must decide by July 2 if they plan to opt out of playing this season due to COVID-19 concerns, though players who voluntarily opt out will not be paid any stipend this year. In a memo sent to clubs Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press, the league and the NFL Players Association agreed that only high-risk players will receive a stipend of $350,000. Voluntary opt-outs received a $150,000 stipend in 2020. To qualify as high risk, a player must have opted out last season and have an effective contract executed before Oct. 1, 2020, or have been newly diagnosed with a CDC-defined higher-risk condition.

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