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Fletcher Cox, now 30, has power and money. But this is a pivotal year in his Eagles career. - Inquirer
But Cox hasn’t been as consistent as the Rams defensive tackle, particularly the last two years. Injuries haven’t helped. Offseason foot surgery slowed him at the start of the 2019 season. A neck injury pestered him during the second half of 2020. To his credit, he missed only one game over that span. There was a feeling among some coaches, however, that Cox wasn’t maximizing his ability over that span, or taking the necessary preventative steps in terms of his health, team sources said. And there is an internal concern that he won’t take the extra steps as he enters his 30s to retire in Philadelphia. The Eagles aren’t tanking 2021, but they are a team in transition. Does Cox view himself as a veteran bridge to the brighter days — e.g. Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce — or as one of the centerpieces of that future? If it’s the latter, finishing out his contract or getting an extension could hinge on this season.

Julio Jones being traded to the Titans benefits the Eagles in multiple ways - BGN
The Julio Jones trade is finally happening. The Atlanta Falcons are sending their star wide receiver to the Tennessee Titans, according to a report from ESPN’s Diana Russini. TITANS RECEIVE: Julio Jones, 2023 sixth-round pick. FALCONS RECEIVE: 2022 second-round pick, 2023 fourth-round pick The way I see it, this news benefits the Philadelphia Eagles in multiple ways despite the fact they’re not directly involved in the deal.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Milton Williams - PhillyVoice
Compare highlights of both players, and they really look a lot alike. The difference was that Oliver made plays with significantly more frequency throughout his college career, so while the Bills drafted him on consistently impressive results, the Eagles drafted a late bloomer in Williams on his potentially high ceiling.

Spring Wrap Up - Iggles Blitz
There is still value the OTAs. The Eagles are a younger team. The OTAs gave the coaches a chance to do a lot of teaching. Instead of focusing on scheme, the focus was technique. Young players need that. Think about Avonte Maddox and the way he talked about eyes. The coaches beat that into his head while going through drills. You can bet the coaches had specific messages for different players. We’ll have to wait and see if the coaching makes a difference, but I like that kind of specificity and detail. Players talked a lot about the energy of the coaching staff. This is one of the youngest staffs in the league so it makes sense that they coach with a high energy style. We need to see how that translates into results, but the players seem to like it so far. Pete Carroll is a high energy coach and has had a lot of success at USC and Seattle with that style. Young players seem to respond well to it. There is a different vibe to this team than there was a year ago.

Dawson Knox: Bills adding Zach Ertz would be great for competition - PFT

“How I look at that stuff, whoever they bring in, that’s just great competition for the room,” Knox said, via “I love that Jacob is here, I’ve enjoyed getting to know him. I think no matter who they bring in, it just elevates everyone’s level of play. No matter who they bring in, whether it’s a rookie or an All-Pro like Zach, I think it’ll be great just to elevate competition. Iron sharpens iron.” Knox led Buffalo tight ends with 24 catches last season. Should they acquire Ertz, it’s likely a lot more passes will be headed in the direction of the tight end in 2021.

Giants 2021 roster profile: WR Kenny Golladay - Big Blue View
New York Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay always talks about how you should be able to expect that a player will usually play to the back of his baseball card. Meaning that more often than not his end-of-season numbers will reflect pretty much what he has done throughout his career. If Jones and Golladay play to the back of their football cards — to what they have done statistically in their careers — they should be an outstanding match. Jones’ ability to throw the deep ball with accuracy should mesh well with Golladay’s ability to make plays down the field, even when he really isn’t open.

State of the 2021 Dallas Cowboys: With Dak Prescott back, pressure’s on Mike McCarthy -
The most troubling thing for me was the Thanksgiving game, which, again, the Cowboys actually led before undergoing a horrific collapse. It was so bad, you wondered if McCarthy was going to be welcomed back into the building the following week. In the end, former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was brought in as McCarthy’s new defensive coordinator this offseason, replacing Mike Nolan. Given that Quinn and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore are reportedly signed through 2023, could McCarthy end up playing the role of Wade Philips circa 2010, with Moore as the new Jason Garrett, an heir apparent ready to take the reins?

Aaron Rodgers, The Green Bay Packers And The Compromise That Helps Everyone Get What They Want - FMIA
I have a bridge-building idea for the Aaron Rodgers dilemma. The more I think about it, the more I think, Why not? The idea: The Packers commit to trade Rodgers, pacifying the angry quarterback—but the deal would not happen till next spring. Rodgers, in turn, agrees to give the Packers one more season in exchange for being allowed to transition to a new team before the 2022 draft. [...] I would bet Rodgers, today, is solid on never playing for the Packers again, so maybe this is useless. But Rodgers might view this as the best way to get through an unfortunate situation.


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