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Should the Eagles have interest in Dolphins CB Xavien Howard? - PhillyVoice
But then there’s the cost. During the 2019, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded CB Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for two first-round picks. Because Howard is two years older than Ramsey was at the time of Ramsey’s trade, the Dolphins would be unlikely to land that kind of bounty. But let’s just say for the sake of debate the cost is one first-round pick. The Eagles have a stockpile of extremely valuable picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, and certainly, if they really wanted Howard, they could figure out a way to get him. They shouldn’t. While cornerback is an important position, it is not anywhere near as important as quarterback. #Analysis. The Eagles will get a chance to evaluate Jalen Hurts this season, but until he proves beyond doubt that he “the guy,” their first-round picks in 2022 should be absolutely untouchable, unless they are being used for a long-term starting quarterback.
Xavien Howard requests trade from Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
Do the Dolphins find a way to appease their disgruntled star, similar to how the Green Bay Packers were able to come to an agreement with Aaron Rodgers this week? Do they find a trade partner willing to pay what should be an exorbitant price to assume Howard’s contract - knowing Howard will want a new deal with whichever team executes a trade? How will the drama play out over the next few weeks? [BLG Note: A situation worth monitoring with the Eagles owning the Dolphins’ 2022 first-round pick.]
Xavien Howard Officially Requests Trade - Over The Cap
If the QB is not successful I don’t see any scenario where Miami will value a pair of $15M+ cornerbacks when they could turn those players into draft picks. Converting salary to a bonus, especially future salary, doesn’t put Miami in an optimal position with their salary cap. Staying the course is probably best for the team this year and then they can see next year what is in the best interest for the team. I don’t think Miami will trade Howard this year. They have a lot invested in this season and need him to put the best team on the field this season. I would guess that Miami would need to be offered a young cornerback and a 1st round pick to think about trading him. Never say never but it is rare that the players in the NFL are able to force trades like this.
Eagles 53-man roster prediction as training camp begins - BGN
Five receivers might be too light given how Nick Sirianni has an affinity for the position. Then again, it’s not like it’s only up to him. It’ll be very exciting to watch Smith excel this summer before carrying that over to the regular season. Very confident he’s going to be good from the jump. Historically good, even. Reagor has much to prove after a discouraging rookie season. Many excuses have been made for the 2020 first-round pick thus far. Perhaps Reagor will truly be more effective with Hurts than he was working with Carson Wentz. Ward was running with the first team offense in OTAs. That’s fine if the Eagles are doing that in part to help motivate Fulgham to bring his A-game this offseason. It’s not OK if Ward is actually going to be playing a lot. He’s a nice story and deserves to be on the team but he’s not a top-three receiver on this roster. Getting back to Fulgham, he needs to prove he can bring it every day and earn the coaching staff’s trust. The talent is there; it’s about consistency with him. Watkins flashed in very limited playing time late last season. I could see him having a nice camp but not really having a big role come this fall. Still an important depth option to have around. JJ Arcega-Whiteside misses the cut here because I don’t know what we can possibly learn about him this summer. It looked like he had turned a corner last year ... but that clearly wasn’t the case. John Hightower, who is already 25 despite being in his second year, is also on the outside looking in.
From the Bleachers #70 - Wait for Rodgers, NOT for Watson - BGN Radio
On the latest episode of From the Bleachers, Shamus Clancy voices his anger with the Deshaun Watson rumors, makes the case that Aaron Rodgers is a way better future QB plan and yells about Twitter misinformation.
Aaron Rodgers landing spots for 2022: As QB nears new Packers deal allowing for exit, a look to next year - CBS Sports
Super aggressive front office and owner, but they may end up landing Deshaun Watson before Rodgers becomes available. I’m not sure Philly would be Rodgers’ kind of locale and it would probably take a helluva sales pitch to make it happen, but this team clearly is eyeing big-time QBs while seeing what it has in Jalen Hurts,
Where will Aaron Rodgers play in 2022? Six teams that could be Green Bay trade partners - The Athletic
The Eagles have been reported as being interested in trading for Deshaun Watson, so it would make sense that Rodgers could — and should — be on their radar as well. That’s especially true if Jalen Hurts doesn’t show significant signs of development in his first year as the Eagles’ full-time starting quarterback. A bigger question is if Rodgers would be interested, given what appears to be a long road back to competitiveness for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Eagles training camp questions: Is Jalen Hurts the answer at QB? - ESPN
Is coach Nick Sirianni ready for prime time? Will canceling mandatory minicamp hurt the learning curve? Sirianni has never been a head coach at any level, and is now the front man for a major-market team that was a serious mess last season with a record of 4-11-1. He has assembled the youngest staff in the NFL. Making matters trickier, the Eagles decided to cancel mandatory minicamp and eliminate 7-on-7 and team drills during the offseason training activities after talking with their veteran players. While that allowed Sirianni and his staff to focus on teaching and fundamentals, they’re coming in a step behind many teams from an evaluation and training perspective. With a challenging first-half schedule featuring both representatives from Super Bowl LV in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, Sirianni is working against the clock to get his offense installed and the operation running smoothly.
10 storylines to follow as Training Camp is live! - PE.com
2. Adapting the offense to Jalen Hurts’ skills. Head Coach Nick Sirianni has said it many times, how important it is to adapt an offensive structure around the skills of the players on the field. And while the quarterback position is not set in stone with Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens in the mix along with Hurts, the Eagles will be prepared should Hurts win the job this summer. His skill set is one that includes great athletic ability and legs to inflict damage on defenses, so how does Sirianni and Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen incorporate that threat into the X’s and O’s? In Indianapolis, the quarterbacks during Sirianni’s time there got the football out quickly, rarely took sacks, and minimized the giveaways. That’s likely one of the mandates for the quarterbacks here as well.
Eagles mailbag: Top candidates to be training camp darling - NBCSP
TE Tyree Jackson: At 6-7, 249 pounds, Jackson stands out. And it’ll be really fun to watch the former college quarterback make his transition to tight end. The Eagles also have Hakeem Butler, who is converting to TE from WR, on their roster. His size along makes Jackson intriguing and if he starts making some big plays, he could easily become a fan favorite.
Early news from Cowboys training camp should inspire hope for the 2021 season - Blogging The Boys
After sitting through the 2020 season where injuries and atrocious defensive play was abundant, Dallas Cowboys fans are hoping there’s not more of the same heading into 2021. Luckily, if you choose believe the news coming out of training camp, you are probably not just hopeful things are heading in the right direction, but encouraged big things could be ahead for America’s Team this year. The Cowboys have a few practices under their belt in Oxnard and so far everything is going off pretty much without a hitch. You can almost feel a renewed energy from the coaching staff and players alike, and that looks to be carrying over to the fan base as well. It’s still early, and the pads haven’t even come on yet, but there seems to be very little bad news or uncertainty coming out of Oxnard.
Dave Gettleman on hot seat? Giants owner John Mara says “no” - Big Blue View
The offseason narrative around New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been that a fourth straight losing season on his watch would likely result in the 70-year-old being replaced. Well, maybe that isn’t so cut-and-dried. In a wide-ranging Q&A with New York Post columnist Steve Serby, co-owner John Mara flatly said “No” when asked if Gettleman was on the hot seat. Mara explained that he likes the work being done by the team of Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge.
Ron Rivera Presser: Beyond frustrated with the team’s vaccination rate, we’re not where we want to be - Hogs Haven
Ron Rivera speaks to the media after the Washington Football Team checks into training camp. [BLG Note: Washington reportedly has the lowest vaccination rate in the league.]
Detroit Lions claim DT Bruce Hector off waivers - Pride Of Detroit
Hector, an undrafted free agent from the University of South Florida, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018. He logged just 82 snaps his rookie season and recorded four hurries and a sack playing in eight games for the Eagles. Hector was traded the next offseason by Philadelphia to Arizona but was waived before the start of the 2019 season. Philadelphia picked Hector back up for the 2019 season where he spent most of his time on the team’s practice squad and appeared in just three games for the Eagles. Hector signed with the Carolina Panthers for the 2020 season, but appeared in no games, and signed with the Tennessee Titans before getting waived on July 26.
Special edition NFL Show: Is the new Madden game worth your money? - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa are joined by For the Win’s Steven Ruiz to discuss this year’s Madden video game, and the decline of the franchise overall. What are the biggest fan complaints about recent editions of Madden? Why the announced features of this year’s game aren’t actually new. How EA Sports blocked a member of the development team from talking to us about the game. Easy improvements EA could make immediately. Is there hope for future editions of the game to be better?
Where to Get Smoky, Juicy, and Delicious Barbecue in Philly - Eater
13. Mike’s BBQ. This small barbecue spot just off Passyunk is one of the most popular. Get there early or reserve your ’cue online because the ribs, brisket, and wings are known to sell out quickly. Don’t skip the brisket cheesesteak with Cooper Sharp whiz. Order online for pickup or get delivery through Caviar. Ordering opens at 8 a.m., Thursday to Sunday. [BLG Note: If you’re visiting Philly for an Eagles game, definitely give this place a try. Great BBQ and the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had.]
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