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‘Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid’ — Aaron Rodgers Takes Zen Approach At Packers Training Camp - FMIA
3. I think it was interesting to hear from Doug Pederson that he had two opportunities to be offensive coordinators in the league after being fired by the Eagles. “I had two chances to get back in, but it just didn’t feel right, to rush back after what happened,” he told me. “I needed time away, to clear my head. But I do want to coach again. I’d love to coach next season. The longer you’re out, the harder it is to get back in.” [...] Pederson: “I really wanted to go to Indianapolis, to see Frank especially. But I knew Carson was there, of course, and I wanted to see him too. Carson and I were together for five years. We accomplished so much together. I wanted to run into Carson. I wanted to hug his neck and wish him well, and I think the feeling was mutual with him. We did that, on Thursday. It was very positive, something I really wanted to do. It was natural, it was real. I saw him and hugged him. Carson and I always had a great relationship, and I have great regard for him, and I didn’t want what happened at the end to tarnish that. He moved on, I moved on, and let’s be men about it.
Reviewing the Preseason Opener - Iggles Blitz
Marlon Tuipulotu had a terrible showing. I really thought playing in a game would bring out the best in him, but yikes. Not good. Got pushed around almost all game. PIT was able to run in large part because Tuipulotu was moved off the ball so consistently. He had a couple of solid snaps, but really struggled. Major longshot for a roster spot. Needs to show a lot in the next two weeks to even earn practice squad interest.
7 Eagles with a better shot to make the roster than you think - NBCSP
LB Genard Avery. You might be ready for the Eagles to give up on Avery, who was brought in when the Eagles traded a fourth round pick for him during the 2019 season. Avery hasn’t done much in his year and a half with the Eagles but he has a new position this year and based on what we’ve seen in training camp, DC Jonathan Gannon likes Avery in this role. Avery has been dealing with a groin injury recently but before that he was getting first-team reps quite often. The Eagles’ PR staff even listed him as a starter at SAM. This summer, the Eagles have been figuring out this position, which is a hybrid rusher and off-ball linebacker. Avery has been ahead of Joe Ostman and Patrick Johnson at this spot. But Johnson is starting to make a push. In any case, it seems like Gannon wants this position in his defense and Avery is still the top option.
New faces, new X’s and O’s: The Patriots come to town for joint practices - PE.com
The planning started long ago as the Eagles and Patriots discussed the idea of two days of joint practices prior to their preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field. There were many details to work out – accommodations for the visiting Patriots at the NovaCare Complex with access to conditioning and film review, a practice script to put together, lodging and transportation for New England and its travel party, etc. – far beyond agreeing to which team’s rookie class had first dibs at the Rita’s Water Ice stand adjacent to the practice fields. From then until now, the work required a full-team effort from both the Eagles and the Patriots. Now, we’re at the moment. New England arrives on Monday at the NovaCare Complex to begin two mornings of joint practices with the Eagles, part of a popular wave in the NFL that many teams are adopting in the new-world summer that includes three preseason games and an extra week of practice between the final preseason game and the opening of the regular season.
Setting the stage for the Patriots’ joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles this week - Pats Pulpit
The NFL’s Coronavirus rules prohibited teams to hold joint training camp practices last summer, but they are back on the menu in 2021. The New England Patriots have agreed to join forces with two clubs: they will visit the Philadelphia Eagles over the coming days before working out with the New York Giants a week later. With joint practices against the Eagles set to kick off this morning, let’s take a close look at the two teams’ schedule for the week.
Cancer Helped Ron Rivera Find His Voice, Including on the COVID-19 Vaccine - MMQB
That said, Mac Jones looked very comfortable in his debut. And I think that’s the best thing you can say for the Patriots’ first-round pick—the operation looked clean, he ran the no-huddle confidently at the start of the second half, the ball was out on time and there really wasn’t anything that looked too fast or big for him (which makes sense, given that he played in a program that basically mirrors the pros in a lot of ways). Specifically, the negatives I gathered were that he aimed the ball a little too much after he first got in the game, and that there were a couple of shots downfield there for him that he didn’t take. But overall, he made the Patriots offense look like the Patriots offense we’ve seen run for the last 20 years, and the coaches showed confidence in him in one very real way. Five of Jones’s 19 pass attempts on the evening were out of empty formations—meaning that there were just five guys blocking for the quarterback, and that he personally had to be responsible for extra rushers coming free. Jones connected on the first four of those throws and took a hit while he threw an incompletion on the fifth one. Which, again, is a pretty good starting point for a rookie. We told you at the start of camp that this was going to be a real competition. My belief is that it is one, still, and Jones is going to make this call a really tough one for Bill Belichick.
Washington claims TE Caleb Wilson off of waivers - Hogs Haven
This is a bit of a “get back” since the Eagles had claimed Wilson off waivers from the Washington Football Team over a year ago. Wilson, 24, entered the NFL as Mr. Irrelevant after the Cardinals made him the No. 254 overall selection out of UCLA in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Wilson did not make the Cardinals out of training camp, and he ended the season with Washington.
Game plans for Kellen Moore to steamroll each defense in the NFC East - Blogging The Boys
Against the Eagles, the Cowboys will be looking to do the exact opposite of what was prescribed for the Giants, and that’s attack a suspect Philadelphia secondary. While it’s still a good idea to get Elliott and Pollard going early, the Cowboys have the talent on the outside to beat the Eagles. Receivers Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup should be the main focus for offensive coordinator Kellen Moore; their combined abilities will make it tough for the Eagles to hold them up as all of them have the potential to take over games. What makes this even better for the Cowboys is they have been putting Gallup in the slot and are starting to move Lamb around the formation more, and that is giving them more opportunities to create mismatches based on what the defense is showing them. Prescott will be able to go with his best option and if given enough time in the pocket he will make life miserable for this secondary. The Cowboys receiving trio is going to be what breaks this defense in Philly.
Giants-Jets ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ review - Big Blue View
Clayton Thorson — The thing about watching third-string quarterbacks get extended playing time is they usually show you why they are third-string quarterbacks. Thorson did that Saturday. He threw a couple of nice deep balls, but missed some open receivers, made some questionable decisions, threw a simple pass to running back Alfred Morris straight into the turf and finished the game just 5 of 16 for 72 yards.
No timetable for resolution of Deshaun Watson criminal complaints - PFT
The fact that subpoenas are being issued for a grand jury regarding the 10 criminal complaints against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has significance. However, beyond confirming that prosecutors have officially commenced the process of gathering evidence for eventual submission to a grand jury, the recent news from Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston doesn’t shed much light on the broader situation. Watson’s camp has believed that a grand jury will inevitably consider the allegations against Watson. The sheer volume of complaints — 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints — makes it difficult if not impossible to not present the evidence to a grand jury.
2022 NFL Draft QB rankings: Sam Howell - NBC Sports Edge
Howell is an even-keeled sniper who never takes his eye out of the scope or his finger off the trigger. Drops dimes surrounded by bodies. Very slick at finding throwing platforms in tight quarters. This is what makes it so dangerous to send waves of pressure at Howell. If it doesn’t get home very quickly, you’re leaving your corners on islands downfield against a quarterback looking for exactly that. I love his pocket game. Composure and presence beyond his years. Smooth, repeatable release. Howell’s placement and touch evoke Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma. Howell hits receivers on the hands on-the-go and gives his man the best of it in one-on-one shots downfield. He shows off his touch against zone coverage or when attacking the seam, arcing balls over linebackers and corners and in front of the oncoming safety. Very creative thrower. Howell led the nation with 30 big-time throws last year, per PFF. Only three quarterbacks — Zach Wilson, Mac Jones and Spencer Rattler — finished with a higher PFF passing grade on throws 20+ yards downfield. Howell hangs in the pocket and will take a shot to get a throw off. He’s arguably too brave. There were a few games last year where Howell got battered.
NFL Daily Kickoff, Monday - Week 1 of the preseason in the books! - The SB Nation NFL Show
Every team in the NFL played a preseason game over the weekend and it was glorious! Check out the latest NFL Daily Kickoff as we catch you up on who did well, what you need to know, and the latest weird story with the Green Bay Packers.
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