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Ranking the NFL’s most likely worst-to-first teams in 2021: Barnwell on the 49ers, Jaguars, Eagles, Broncos and more - ESPN+
3. Philadelphia Eagles. Chances of winning the NFC East, per FPI: 11.7%. Philly fits just about every one of the criteria I posted above. As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia’s offense should be better — and healthier — than it was in 2020. The Eagles turned the ball over 29 times and posted a turnover margin of minus-10; they should be better in both categories in 2021. They’ll have a new primary quarterback in Jalen Hurts and a new coach in Nick Sirianni. They were also unlucky last season, going 3-6-1 in one-score games. The best argument for the Eagles is that the competition isn’t likely to be any good. In a year in which just about everything went wrong for the organization, they still came within 2.5 games of winning the NFC East. They actually finished with the 11th-toughest schedule in the league, per FPI, but they’re expected to have the sixth-easiest slate in football this season. FPI has the Cowboys as significant favorites to win the division — with a total of just 8.9 wins. If Hurts is better than expected, the Eagles will have a viable shot at competing for a title.

What the Andre Dillard and K’Von Wallace injuries mean for the Eagles - BGN
Let’s be honest: the left tackle “competition” was already over. Dillard has been really struggling in practice while Mailata has been really excelling. Dillard’s injury merely closes the door on any incredibly unlikely chance (less than 1%) he had to win the job. The bigger ramifications of Dillard’s injury have to do with 1) his spot on the team moving forward and 2) the Eagles’ left tackle depth. On the first point, Dillard’s injury probably kills any trade value he had left. And that’s disappointing since the Eagles probably could’ve moved him for a late Day 3 pick to clear both a roster spot and $1.62 million in cap space. That might not seem like much but it’s still preferable to keeping his salary on the books and getting no return if/when he’s cut next offseason.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.17: Preseason Week 1 Thoughts - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa share their thoughts on the Eagles, WFT, Giants and Cowboys ahead of preseason Week 1 games this Thursday. They also touch on the ‘Hard Knocks’ 2021 premiere episode featuring the Cowboys.

Going behind enemy lines to get you ready for the Steelers vs. Eagles preseason game - Behind The Steel Curtain
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles will square off in the official Week 1 of the NFL Preseason, and the game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. There typically isn’t much to discuss with the opponent prior to an exhibition game, but when Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation emailed me wanting to do a Q&A I obliged. Check out the Q&A below, including an update on how Steven Nelson is doing in his new digs, and be sure to check out all of the latest news and notes on the other side of the fence at Bleeding Green Nation.

Five things to watch in the Eagles’ first preseason game vs. the Steelers - PhillyVoice
In 2021 training camp, Hurts has been up and down. The accuracy concerns persist, and he has continued to hold onto the ball for a long time. In fairness, he has not been as quick to tuck and run when his first read or two isn’t there, at least in comparison to his training camp a year ago. He seems to recognize his deficiencies, and he is working to correct them. Generally speaking, he has gotten better as camp has progressed, but he still has a ways to go. It should be noted that training camp practices do not accentuate Hurts’ skill set. Quarterbacks who sit in the pocket and get the ball out quickly and accurately are set up to look better than those who rely on their athleticism to make plays. That is why Sam Bradford often looked like a stud in practice, while Michael Vick did not. In a game setting, Hurts will have a chance to allow his athleticism to shine.

Step-by-step: How Eagles’ Tyree Jackson went from failed QB prospect to intriguing TE in weeks -
“He’s probably longer than any player I’ve ever played with,” Flacco said. “I’m looking at him eye-to-eye and he’s probably eight inches longer on each arm.” That length isn’t lost on the defense, either. As Jackson, 23, has progressed in camp, defenders like linebacker T.J. Edwards have taken notice. “He’s big, he’s physical and he’s smooth in his routes,” Edwards said. “A guy with that athleticism and those intangibles is dangerous.” Jackson entered training camp as a project. It takes time to convert from one position to another, and while Jackson is still figuring things out, he’s been turning heads in practice. “Just having a feel and understanding for concepts has really helped,” Jackson said. “But, at the same time, it’s all new and I’m continuing to learn.”

Why Your Team Sucks 2021: Philadelphia Eagles - Defector
Some people are fans of the Philadelphia Eagles. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Philadelphia Eagles. This 2021 Defector NFL team preview is for those in the latter group.

How Kelce Excelled, McKissic Struggled in the Slot - Football Outsiders
T.J. Hockenson and Zach Ertz have now had negative DVOA in the slot in back-to-back seasons. Ertz may well be washed at this point in time, as all his advanced numbers fell off a cliff with Philadelphia’s collapse in 2020.

Eagles announce 2021 Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship participants -
Former NFL wide receiver Eddie Royal played in the NFL for nine seasons. He spent four years with the Denver Broncos, three years with the San Diego Chargers, and two years with the Chicago Bears. While Royal was with the Chargers, Sirianni was also on the sidelines as the quarterbacks coach and offensive quality control coach for two of those years. The 5-10 receiver played in 116 career regular-season games. Royal had 4,357 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns. “There aren’t any promises as far as what happens next with them. They’re here to work hard and help the Philadelphia Eagles and also to help themselves. It’s a tough profession, and you hope you have a chance to help as many people as you can along the way because you can never forget where you came from. People helped me along the way, so if I have a chance to aid in the development of some football minds, that’s even better,” said Sirianni.

State of the NFC East: Anticipating the first week of the preseason for every team - Blogging The Boys
As there is NFC East football happening this week we obviously have some things to look forward to within the division. Brandon Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation and I discussed things we are looking forward to seeing from each team on the latest episode of the NFC East Mixtape which you can listen to right above this paragraph. How is each team feeling with an actual game on the horizon?

Giants roster moves: DT Elijah Qualls signed; DL RJ McIntosh and WR Derrick Dillon waived - Big Blue View
The New York Giants announced Wednesday that they have signed defensive tackle Elijah Qualls. Qualls was drafted in the sixth round in 2017 by the Philadelphia Eagles and appeared in six games during their Super Bowl season that year. He was waived before the 2018 season and bounced around the league for brief stints with the Panthers, Ravens, Buccaneers, and the XFL’s DC Defenders. Now 26 years old, Qualls has not appeared in an NFL game since being with the Eagles.

Report: QB Carson Wentz and G Quenton Nelson ‘Trending Towards Playing in Week 1’ - Stampede Blue
Remember, too, Wentz isn’t just a one-year plan for the Colts. When the team traded for the talented quarterback, they are hoping that Reich and the pieces around him will help turn Wentz into the long-term, franchise quarterback. Indy’s got one of the most well-constructed rosters in the league. If Wentz can be the long-term answer at quarterback, that would change things drastically for this team in a positive manner. My guess is they’re not willing to risk Wentz’s long-term health for just a couple of games. The Colts, as they should, are likely thinking about the future and not just the 2021 season. They want this quarterback carousel to be resolved as much as the fans do.

2021 NFL preseason: 6 underdogs to believe in -
I’m not ready to toss the Colts out of a moving car just yet. Granted, it’s not pretty. Twin foot injuries to passer Carson Wentz and mauler Quenton Nelson totally unspooled an already questionable situation under center. The schedule, meanwhile, is a dark circus out of the gate with seven of their first eight foes looming as bona fide playoff hopefuls. Some variables to consider: Nelson is determined to return for Week 1. Wentz seems to be progressing well. General manager Chris Ballard has crafted a balanced roster on both sides of the ball highlighted by one of last year’s gnarliest defensive fronts. The backfield is powerful. There’s also the case of sixth-round rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has outplayed Jacob Eason — stealing away first-team reps — and reportedly “has people within the organization buzzing.”

NFL University #2: Deshaun Watson, Josh Allen extension, and Tips for Joe Judge. - The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome back to another edition of NFL University! Stephen Serda, Kyle Posey, and Justis Mosqueda are back to discuss how the Texans and the NFL continue to botch the Deshaun Watson situation, and Michael Thomas is ghosting the Saints. Josh Allen signed a massive extension with the Bills, and it will likely have an effect on the extensions of players like Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield. The NFL and Joe Judge hate fun so we’ve some tips to spice things up!


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