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Fantasy Football: Is Jalen Hurts being overdrafted? - PFF
I’m all in on Hurts if his ADP falls more in the latter buckets than the former. My QB9, Hurts is in my second tier: “True top-10 fantasy QBs.” The rushing upside at hand is simply too good to pass up. We don’t have a history of run-heavy QBs failing to emerge as high-end fantasy assets. Overall, we’ve seen 22 instances of a QB totaling at least 100 rush attempts in a single season since 2010; 15 (68%) finished as a top-eight fantasy QB. [...] Reminder: Hurts was on pace to break the damn record for rush attempts by a QB. Throw in the reality that this offense is trending toward being a bit less of an overall run-first unit than many think, and the ingredients are in place for 2021 to be Jalen Hurts fantasy QB1 szn.

Is Dallas Goedert a top tight end? - BGN
So Goedert’s somewhere at the top of the third tier of tight ends. He’s a growing young player like Fant and Andrews, but he’s behind them in terms of volume and dynamic playmaking ability. A sudden surge of targets could unlock some big plays from Goedert, who’s always seemed to have more in the tank than Ertz allowed him to show, but to this point, we can’t call him that player. Goedert isn’t a top tight end yet.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Zech McPhearson - PhillyVoice
McPhearson also showed that he can be a positive contributor on special teams, as he had 2 blocked PATs in his college career, as well as long blocked FG return for a TD. A player who caught my eye during the Eagles’ 2020 season was Cincinnati Bengals CB Darius Phillips. He is similar in many ways to McPhearson: Undersized at 5’10, 193. Inside-outside versatility, though you’d prefer not to play him outside. Good athleticism overall, but lacking a good 40 time (Phillips ran a 4.54). Both players were good college special teamers. Phillips was the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year twice, though he was recognized for his return ability, while McPhearson made special teams plays in other ways. Phillips has good ball skills. In limited action, he has 5 INTs in the pros, and he had 12 INTs his last three seasons in college. Both players are sort of “hang on, drag down” tacklers in run support.

News and notes as we wait for Training Camp to begin -
6. Speaking of which ... who lines up as the starters at cornerback? This has been discussed so many times, but there isn’t an answer right now other than Darius Slay on one side. Avonte Maddox is going to be in the mix. He’s a veteran who has played a bunch of snaps here. Who else? There are several young players who will get a long look during Training Camp. Michael Jacquet started two games at the end of 2020. Zech McPhearson will have plenty of opportunities to win playing time as a rookie. The Eagles acquired Josiah Scott from Jacksonville and added some young veterans this offseason like Shakial Taylor, among others.

5 thoughts on Eagles’ rookies: DeVonta Smith has No. 1 wide receiver vibes, Jamie Newman competing against himself -
While he’s only been in Philadelphia for roughly a month, Smith has the feel of a subtle star. He’s got quiet confidence in press conferences, and his veteran teammates have already given him rave reviews as a worker. Smith knows what it’s like to work on the big stage from his time at Alabama, and he has experience being the most talented player on the field from his Heisman Trophy-winning campaign last season. Smith is already the Eagles’ top receiver. The group has been largely static this offseason — outside of Smith’s addition — and the rest of the bunch is lacking in experience and production. Smith’s slight frame warrants some skepticism, but his work ethic, football character and technical prowess offer the Eagles plenty of reason to feel confident about the young playmaker. So far, he’s been as good as advertised.

NFL quarterback rankings 2021: Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers top list - NBCSP
23. Eagles: Jalen Hurts. With just four starts under his belt in an awful situation, it wasn’t easy to find a spot for Hurts. But he did enough good things in limited time to keep him out of the basement. And with his dual threat ability there is a relatively high ceiling here. [...] 21. Colts: Carson Wentz. Wentz was one of the hardest players to place on this list. Based on his performance last year, he deserves to be much lower. But if the reunion with Frank Reich in Indy works, he could quickly get his career back on track. There are some problems to fix but he still has the talent.

What’s Next for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers? - MAQB
And a leftover from my talk with Giants coach Joe Judge—I asked if his feelings for the players played into his end-of-season rant on Philly lying down in Week 17 against Washington, which ended any shot his team had at winning the NFC East. His answer was pretty interesting: “It really had nothing to do with our team. It had nothing to do with the Eagles either. It had nothing to do with us making the playoffs. Our record was such that we didn’t deserve it. We were 6–10. We gotta be better. There was no point where it was woe is us, that’s the furthest thing from what it was. My whole thing was the players all watched that, guys around the league watched that, and they asked me in turn, ‘Would you ever do this? Would you ever tank a game?’ And I had to tell them in a squad meeting, ‘No, we would never do that. We’re never gonna intentionally lose a game. We’re not ever going to do that, we’re not going to disrespect the game.’ But to me, what I was talking about, with the players involved, the families involved, it wasn’t just our team, it was the entire league. I just never pictured in the last game of the year, guys that I’ve asked to do everything throughout the entire course of Zoom meetings and COVID and lockouts and daily testing and all that stuff, I could just never picture looking those guys in the eye and saying, trust me, and then not putting them in a position to have success with their work. My whole message was simply about the respect for the game and the people involved in the game. Look, we didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs.” So in case any thought this was about sneaking into the playoffs with double-digit losses, that wasn’t what Judge was getting at.

Cardinals sign Xavier Williams, cut Shareef Miller - PFT
As a corresponding move, the Cardinals have cut linebacker Shareef Miller. He signed a futures deal with Arizona in January after bouncing from the Eagles to the Panthers and back to the Eagles in 2020.

Washington adds Gabe Wright and Najee Toran - Hogs Haven
Since being drafted, Wright has played for the Browns, Eagles, Dolphins, Raiders, Jaguars, and the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL. While at one time, Wright appeared to have a promising NFL career ahead of him, it will be interesting to see what the team sees in him after having languished for several years.

Three Dallas Cowboys veterans on the roster bubble in 2021 - Blogging The Boys
Although he’s just entering Year 3, DT Trysten Hill could be on the Dallas Cowboys roster bubble heading into 2021. Unfortunately for him he doesn’t have any ties to the Cowboys current coaching staff. That could be his undoing considering the addition of Neville Gallimore last year and several other DTs added to the mix this offseason through both free agency and the draft. It’s possible nobody’s in his corner rooting for him which could very well make him the odd man out when roster cuts are made despite still being on a rookie contract.

Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel dies at 71 - ESPN
Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel has died at the age of 71, his son, John, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Monday night. Jim Fassel, who lived in Las Vegas, died of a heart attack while under sedation after being taken to a local hospital Monday with chest pains, John Fassel told the Times. Jim Fassel was head coach of the Giants from 1997 to 2003 and guided the team to three playoff berths. He was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 1997.

Falcons trade Julio Jones to Titans: Who are the winners and losers? -
LOSERS — Indianapolis Colts: The Colts felt like the runaway favorite in the AFC South about 24 hours ago. Carson Wentz has a great chance of resuscitating his career now that he’s reunited with head coach Frank Reich (who coached Wentz in Philadelphia), and Indianapolis has the kind of rushing attack and defense that leads to postseason runs. The problem is the Titans just improved immensely with the arrival of Jones. An offense that could’ve been limited by free-agent departures has a real shot of ranking among the league’s best with Henry, Brown and Jones working alongside each other. This isn’t to say the Colts shouldn’t be the favorite to take that division this year. It’s that their dreams just became much harder to realize with the Titans’ trade.

The Julio Jones trade turns the Titans into a Super Bowl contender - SB Nation
Yes, there are concerns for the Titans moving forward. However, they pale in comparison to landing a player of Jones’ talent. Without him this was a team poised for a major step back, regressing further from the AFC elite and becoming one of many good, not great teams in the NFL. Now they’re one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL on paper, with a potential the supporting structures could hold them back. That’s a risk worth taking. Assuming Downing can manage the offense well, and the line can hold up, we really could be looking at a team ready to make the Super Bowl. I don’t know if it’s possible to say that prior to Julio Jones’ arrival.

Monday Football Monday #40: Julio Trade Reaction w/Buck Reising + The Latest Aaron Rodgers Drama - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney are joined by Buck Reising of 104.5 The Zone to talk about the Titans trade for Julio Jones PLUS the Aaron Rodgers drama in Green Bay continues!


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