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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts to DeVonta Smith among most exciting new QB-pass catcher combinations

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/5/21.

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Ten most exciting new QB-pass catcher combos for 2021 - NFL.com
8) Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith — Jalen Hurts has to prove he can be a franchise quarterback this season — otherwise, the Eagles will move in a different direction in 2022, when they’ll have more cap space and two to three first-round picks (whether the 2022 pick acquired from Indy in exchange for Carson Wentz will be a first- or second-rounder is dependent on how much Wentz plays). So I’m expecting to see Hurts lean a lot on DeVonta Smith’s playmaking ability. The 10th overall pick adds instant juice to an Eagles pass-catching corps that, as mentioned in the Colts’ blurb, helped hasten Wentz’s exit from Philly. After all, while Smith was catching 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns en route to winning the Heisman Trophy in 2020, the Eagles were failing to field a single player who could log more than 53 catches or 539 receiving yards. Oh, and though Hurts and Smith didn’t peak at Alabama at the same time, they did spend time on the field together, and that has to count for something. 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor could also lend a hand if he’s able to learn to run routes better.

DeVonta Smith’s one-handed catch highlights the final Eagles OTA practice - BGN
I mean, sure, there’s no defense and he’s not even wearing pads. But just look at how easily he caught that with one hand in stride! That’s awesome. That catch made the legendary Merrill Reese (also standing nearby) put his hands on his head in awe. Buy all the DeVonta stock while you can, folks.

One non-QB each NFL team can’t afford to lose to injury in 2021: Travis Kelce, DeAndre Hopkins crack the list - CBS Sports
Philadelphia Eagles: WR DeVonta Smith. Jalen Hurts can weather pressure better than Carson Wentz did at the end of his Eagles career, but he absolutely needs playmaking help, and Philly has sorely lacked a No. 1-type wideout. If you’re looking for an alternative, Darius Slay is pretty much the only sure thing at cornerback, where the Eagles are banking on young reserves to step up.

Eagles takeaways from the 2nd week of OTAs - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski run through their biggest takeaways from the Eagles’ second (and final) practice AND recent player interviews. The guys touch on DeVonta Smith’s promise, a potential Dallas Goedert contract extension, the battle at left tackle, Nick Sirianni’s desire for competition, and more. Plus: How do the Eagles stack up compared to the rest of the league?

Offseason program ends as Eagles build on fundamentals, connection - PE.com
Sirianni was asked about Jalen Hurts and some first impressions from an in-person standpoint of the second-year quarterback who played a significant role in five games last season, with four starts. “He is a relentless worker. He comes to work every single day with the intent to get better every single day,” Sirianni said. “I just saw him take command of the offense and was just on it. You ask him a question and he’s on it. And it’s really translated into walkthroughs on the field and drill work. Really impressed with his command, his attention to detail, his work ethic. He’s got all those intangibles right there and I was really impressed with that from him.

Why there is even more pressure than normal on Cowboys draft pick Micah Parsons - Blogging The Boys
For Cowboys linebacker and top draft pick, Micah Parsons, it’s probably all business as usual. As a football player, he’s just doing what he does every offseason. Prepare your body and your mind for the upcoming season. Granted jumping up to the pro level is a different thing, and learning a new defense is a challenge, but in general Parsons is likely just approaching it as always. For Cowboys fans and media, it’s a different story. There are layers of pressure coming down on Parsons and for him to be considered a success, he’ll have to break through them all. There’s the pressure that comes from being the Cowboys top draft pick. Any player taken in the first round has to succeed, and succeed at a high level, not to be considered a bust. Then there is the fact he’s a top 15 pick, an added level of “can’t-miss” pressure. Taken that high in the draft implies that he is a player who will be a cornerstone.

The Look Ahead #39: Time for Falcons to make a move + USFL returns + favorite football announcers - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Rob “Stats” Guerrera react to the latest Julio Jones report, the return of the USFL, and Amazon courting Al Michaels for Thursday Night Football. Why the latest report on Julio makes no sense. Why the USFL will only be good for one thing when it returns. Does Amazon need Al Michaels for Thursday Night Football? Who are your favorite announcers?

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