First training camp practice today, baby! Be sure to follow BLG on Twitter to keep updated on everything Eagles. BLG and Jimmy Kempski will also be bringing daily heat on BGN Radio during camp. Tune in!
Time for this week’s questions. I got a nice crop of them.
@vroomrags: What do you think is Devonta Smith’s ceiling? what’s his floor? Realistically, how do you think he performs compared to the other top rookie WRs (Chase, Waddle, Toney, etc.)
His name is all over the Eagles record books. #6 raised up to the top of Lincoln Financial Field. A two-touchdown performance in Super Bowl. Gold jacket. Kids throughout the tri-state area named “DeVonta.”
Hyperbolic? Perhaps, but the guy is just that damn good. He has the potential to be an All-Pro, a game-altering threat every game for years to come.
His floor? A quality #2 wideout who isn’t a game-breaking player, but competent enough to carve out a role in this league for a decade. He’s the rare combo of a high-floor and high-ceiling player. For a team that’s disappointed so frequently, that’s been so devoid of talent at wide receiver throughout its history, the Eagles have never added a prospect like DeVonta Smith to their team. Believe the hype.
Ja’Marr Chase has similar potential. Here are the tiers I’d put rookie wide receivers from the first two round of this year’s draft in:
Tier 1: Smith, Chase (Bengals)
Tier 2: Jaylen Waddle (Dolphins), Rashod Bateman (Ravens)
Tier 3: Elijah Moore (Jets), Terrace Marshall Jr. (Panthers)
Tier 4: Rondale Moore (Cardinals), Tutu Atwell (Rams)
Tier 5: D’Wayne Eskridge (Seahawks), Kadarius Toney (Giants)
Toney’s going to bust.
@Mobbin2Mars: Which second-year player would be your choice to have a breakout season?
The clear answer would be for Jalen Hurts to blossom into one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, but, again, that’s a bit too obvious and has been discussed constantly. The same could be said of Jalen Reagor, a Year 1 disappointment whose sophomore season development would do wonders for improving this Eagles offseason.
How about K’Von Wallace?
He got some solid 7-on-7 reps during the first practice of training camp. We’re still not exactly sure what type of defense Jonathan Gannon will deploy this season, but a situation where Wallace steps up as a does-a-little-bit-of-everything safety with Rodney McLeod on the PUP list would be HUGE.
Anthony Harris was a great value free agent signing this offseason, but he’s a one-year deal. McLeod, at age 31, is likely entering his last season in Philadelphia and has dealt with multiple serious injuries the last couple of years. The future success of the Eagles’ secondary remains very much in doubt. They don’t have any real blue chippers. Wallace, at 24, will be given the opportunity to establish himself with McLeod missing from the lineup to start the season.
I’m of the opinion that safety is the most important position on defense outside of premier pass-rushers. Wallace becoming a key cog for the next half-dozen years would completely transform the outlook of a defense that is filled with aging vets.
@ShireNation: What is the first thing you will do when you step foot back in the Linc?
Take a selfie in a Hurts #2 jersey and post it on the Bleeding Green Nation Instagram with the caption “Home, Like NoPlace Is There.”
Then I’m buying a cold one, Gatorade (gotta keep hydrated when it’s hot in September!) and two pretzels (carb loading).
@Phillyguy413: Who gets traded first? Zach Ertz or Ben Simmons?
Ben Simmons is getting traded tomorrow night (the NBA Draft). Book it!
@ndutton13: What classic movie most deserves a remake and why is it Logan’s Run?
When the Stranger Things craze began and we saw ‘80s coming-of-age-tinged horror and adventure stories come into prominence, I assumed The Goonies was ripe for remaking.
The Goonies was definitely an influence on Stranger Things, as was Stephen King’s It, which got a recent film remake of its own.
This would be a low-budget flick that would make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office or be an instant smash success on any streaming platform.
@BenJ_Iv3rson: Power rank your excitement for these upcoming releases: Suicide Squad, Shang-Chi, Eternals, Spider-Man, Venom 2, & Dune.
People may not realize it because of how much I talk about the MCU specifically, but Venom is one of my favorite characters ever from any publisher. He may be top five for me with Spider-Man, Daredevil, Batman and Hellboy. Venom was a GREAT bad movie. So goofy. The relationship between Eddie Brock and the symbiotic was outrageous and Tom Hardy crushed it. We’re getting Woody Harrelson as the psychopathic Carnage now? Sign me up.
Speaking of Spider-Man... where the hell is the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer? We’re getting “Spider-Verse” in live-action form! It’s going to transform the MCU completely. It’ll be a pre and post-NWH world.
I haven’t read any Shang-Chi comics before, but the action looks killer and seeing Mortal Kombat as my first post-pandemic theater experience got me amped for the martial arts genre. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings should run laps around MK.
Eternals might really get WILD when viewing the history of the Marvel universe and may even lean into the multiverse madness more than we realize. Reading the current Eternals run that Marvel is publishing from Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribić is also getting me invested in these characters who don’t have any mainstream visibility.
I bought my tix for The Suicide Squad today. James Gunn doesn’t miss.
I’ve never read Dune before, but I did order the book a couple weeks back. I’m sure I’ll get to it at some point in the next decade next to the massive stacks of unread books I have. What a cast though!
Here’s how I’ll rank them:
- Spider-Man: No Way Home
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage
- The Suicide Squad
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings