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Eagles News: Former NFL player believes DeVonta Smith will be the most impactful non-QB rookie

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2021 NFL season: Which non-QB rookie will have the biggest impact? -
Joe Thomas: I expect DeVonta Smith to quickly rekindle the kinship on the field with Jalen Hurts. The rapport built during their two seasons together at Alabama will be on display early and often as the rookie becomes the No. 1 target and security blanket (when the pocket inevitably breaks down) for Hurts.

Young Guns - Iggles Blitz
You can see how talented Smith is, but just as importantly you see how smart and skilled he is. Jalen Reagor was so different last year. We talked about his speed and explosive ability. We never talked about him as a polished receiver. Smith is. That should help his transition to the pro game.

Andre Dillard, Jordan Mailata eager to compete for starting left tackle spot - BGN
Dillard opened up about how he learned a lot about himself last season, including how much the game means to him and how much he loves it. Losing a season to an injury put things in perspective for the lineman, but Dillard confirmed that he is back to 100 percent and fully cleared to return to the field. He later mentioned that as soon as he was injured he turned his attention to the things he could work on for 2021 including leg days in the gym, diet and sleep regimens, and reading self-help books. On competing with Jordan Mailata for the left tackle position: “I welcome all competition, I never shy away from it. I’m glad that it’s happening and it makes sense that it’s happening. Jordan [Mailata] came in and filled in last year, played most of the season and he played really well, so it only makes sense for the coaches to give it a little competition and not just give somebody the spot coming back from injury. We’re really good friends, sit next to each other in the locker room, and we always pal around.”

From the Bleachers #63 - Ranking the Coolest Eagles Ever - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy slugs through the offseason, creating a highly subjective list of the coolest Eagles players ever. He also finds out the devastating Joel Embiid news at the end of the show.

Mailbag: Will the Eagles sign Steven Nelson with the savings from a Zach Ertz trade or release? - PhillyVoice
I would not sign Steven Nelson. He’s a good, solid starting NFL corner, but he has 7 INTs and 1 FF in 6 seasons. He is not an impact player. In 2019, he signed a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Steelers that he felt he outperformed. At this point, Nelson and his representation probably feel like they missed out on an opportunity to maximize his worth, having been released well after the start of free agency. As such, barring an unexpected “Day 1 of free agency” type of long-term offer (that probably would have already come from someone by now), Nelson is probably more inclined to want to sign a one-year deal in 2021, with an eye toward a bigger long-term payday next offseason. Spending a substantial chunk of money on a short-term fix is not something the Eagles should be interested in. If they were Super Bowl contenders, then sure, go for it. But they’re not.

Jalen Hurts making good first impression as Philadelphia Eagles’ QB1 - ESPN
With upward of three first-round draft picks next year, the Eagles are well-equipped to pursue a quarterback if the 2021 season is a flop. But Hurts sits atop the depth chart for now, and appears to have the backing of his veteran teammates. “That’s a cool, calm and collected dude,” Eagles guard Isaac Seumalo said. “That’s what you look for in the huddle, when you look in their eyes and the way they talk, nothing fazes them, especially at the quarterback position. Jalen is already super talented, real smart, guys trust him, can make plays obviously. But so far, Jalen has really taken that leadership role and run with it. I’m happy for him, man, and hope he continues it, because we’re only going to go as he goes.”

NFL Team Preview: Miles Sanders, Jalen Hurts lead Eagles team full of questions - Yahoo! Sports
First-round pick Devonta Smith is the highest-ranked Eagles receiver (in the WR4 range), while Dallas Goedert is the middle of the TE1s. How are you attacking this pass-catching group, if at all, this draft season? ... want Smith wherever I can land him. He’s a technician, a clear candidate to reach triple-digit yardage and challenge for the rookie lead in receptions. I’m well above consensus on him, pretty much driving him into that WR4 range by myself. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if he actually produces WR2-level fantasy stats in his first season.

To extend or not to extend? The Eagles’ question with Mailata, Goedert and more - The Athletic
If there’s skepticism that Sweat can withstand a significant uptick in snaps per game or that the clock is ticking on his health, then the Eagles should prioritize Barnett and/or let this year play out. Barnett has a higher floor and he’s still young enough — and so technically sound — to believe that his best football is ahead of him. It’s reasonable to close your eyes and see years 6-10 for Barnett as comparable to those of Brandon Graham’s. Of the two, I’d feel safer extending Barnett. There’s more of a chance of getting burned in letting Sweat walk. I’d probably let this year play out unless I had a strong enough conviction in Sweat’s health or Barnett’s upside to guarantee what will be required to re-sign either one. They’d pay a higher price in March, but they would make a more informed investment.

Eagles rookie Trevon Grimes undergoes knee procedure | What it means for wide receiver depth chart -
The Eagles’ wide receiver depth chart is a little light during the offseason program. Undrafted wideout Trevon Grimes recently underwent a knee procedure, a person with knowledge of the injury told NJ Advance Media on Thursday. Grimes’ injury is not believed to be serious in nature, the person said.

2021 Eagles Autism Challenge rescheduled for August 21 -
The Eagles Autism Foundation has announced that the 2021 Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group, originally scheduled for May 22, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2021. Participants can still register for the Eagles Autism Challenge by visiting This year’s event will transform into a celebratory weekend of festivities – branded as “Eagles Autism Challenge Weekend” – beginning with the annual kick-off party for participants at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, August 20. The fourth annual Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group will take place on Saturday, August 21 and will see bikers, runners, and walkers navigate a scenic journey around the City of Philadelphia and its suburbs, ending at Lincoln Financial Field for the traditional post-ride celebration. All Eagles Autism Challenge participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the team’s second Training Camp public practice at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, August 22 at 7:00 pm.

Report: Cowboys CB Anthony Brown favorite to start at boundary corner opposite of Trevon Diggs - Blogging The Boys
With second-round pick Kelvin Joseph sidelined (reasons unclear), Anthony Brown has manned the boundary corner spot opposite of Trevon Diggs. While this isn’t totally shocking, it is interesting that with Joseph and Nahshon Wright being high draft picks by this new defensive coaching staff and front office, that they would elect to go with the veteran in Anthony Brown.

DeMeco Ryans bringing some new wrinkles to 49ers defense as coordinator - PFT
DeMeco Ryans has been a part of the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff for the last four seasons during some stretches of really strong play from the defensive side of the ball when healthy. Ryans now inherits the defensive coordinator position with the team following Robert Saleh’s departure to the New York Jets this offseason. While there isn’t much broken for Ryans to attempt to fix, per se, Ryans will be adding his own tweaks to the team’s approach in his first season as coordinator. “You will see some similarities there, but you will see some wrinkles,” Ryans said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “You will see my brand of football on it.


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