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There is a fast-growing sentiment among #Eagles’ players that Jalen Hurts is undoubtedly the franchise QB. His work ethic, intangibles and overall skill level have captured the entire locker room. Players I’ve spoken with are consistently blown away by Hurts - on/off the field.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) August 16, 2021
Eagles-Patriots Training Camp Practice Notes: Philadelphia wins the day - BGN
11-on-11: Hurts connected with both Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz on crossers in stride. Though his repetitive accuracy can be lacking, Hurts does a nice job of setting up his targets for yards after the catch when he does hit them. By contrast, that was not a strong suit for Carson Wentz. Hurts made a real nice anticipation throw to Quez Watkins that was right on the receiver after his break. Hurts hit Reagor deep for a touchdown. On the whole, Hurts and the Eagles’ offense didn’t totally stall out against the Patriots like it has against the Eagles’ defense in practice.
Jalen Hurts outshines ‘legendary’ Cam Newton in Patriots-Eagles practices - ESPN
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was dialed in Monday. Outside of one shaky 7-on-7 drill in which he threw two interceptions, he was on point with his throws, made sound decisions and acquitted himself well overall against coach Bill Belichick’s defense. It’s safe to say Hurts had the best day of any of the quarterbacks Monday, including Mac Jones and 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton. “It was my first time actually meeting him in person. In the midst of trying to find out where I was going to go [to college] the second time around, he called me,” Hurts said. “I’ve also had communication with him — just from an older athlete, obviously he’s a legendary player, the things he’s done in college and in the league. I watched him a lot growing up. Being able to talk to him, being able to have a relationship with him, and meeting him in person for the first time, it was great.” Newton called Hurts “little bro” after practice.
PHI 41, NE 33…Preseason Style - Iggles Blitz
Let’s start with the QBs, since they are the “stars” (OL are the real stars of course). By all accounts, Jalen Hurts was the best QB on the field. That put him above Cam Newton, Mac Jones and Joe Flacco, hardly a murderer’s row right now. Newton was a great player. Jones might become one. Flacco did win a Super Bowl. But today, they took a backseat to Jalen Hurts. Hurts wasn’t great. He did throw a couple of picks in 7-on-7’s, but played much better in the 11-on-11 sessions. He got the ball to Quez Watkins and Jalen Reagor for nice plays. Hurts got the ball to his TEs on a regular basis. He was accurate and generally made good decisions. Hurts started slowly in camp. There were some rugged performances. He’s been getting better since they moved away from installing the offense. It also has to help that he’s got his starting OL back. There is still a lot of room for Hurts to improve, but he’s definitely heading in the right direction.
Eagles-Patriots joint training camp practice recap (Day 1) - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss what stood out from Philly’s first session against New England. From Jalen Hurts having a good day to the defense stifling the Pats’ offense, the guys cover the biggest takeaways from Monday’s practice.
Patriots training camp notebook: Inconsistency dominates the first joint practice with the Eagles - Pats Pulpit
Wide receivers are a mixed bag...: Returning to face the team that originally drafted him, Nelson Agholor had some good plays and some bad. He was blanketed by Eagles cornerback Darius Slay twice during 1-on-1s, and caught only one pass total against Philadelphia’s starters. However, he did have his way with the team’s backup defenders.
Lane Johnson: ‘I feel like we did well today’ - PE.com
“It’s a competitive game and we take things like that as a challenge,” quarterback Jalen Hurts said. “We try to challenge ourselves every day to do it right, play at a high level, and we’re obviously getting new looks, a different opponent. We just wanted to execute and I think it was good. You have to be optimistic about it all. It’s about how you see it. It’s a glass half-empty, or is it full? Every opportunity we have to get out there, whether it’s the same looks we’re getting or different looks, are we executing? Are we doing the things we need to do? I talk about a positive and a negative on every play. Regardless of the look they give us, we have to respond the right way offensively and make a positive play out of it. It’s simply doing your job.” Training Camp is a day-by-day process and those who can focus for the windows of time necessary – on the field, in the classroom, conditioning, studying the playbook on their own time – generally emerge ahead of the game. The Eagles have one more day with New England ahead of Thursday’s preseason game, and then turn around next week and do the same thing with the Jets at their Training Camp home.
2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Tight Ends - Fake Teams
[BLG Note: Dallas Goedert is TE10.]
Ranking the Dallas Cowboys three biggest areas of concern after two preseason games - Blogging The Boys
#2 - Who starts opposite Trevon Diggs? Just missing out on the top spot is the Cowboys current situation as to who starts opposite second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs in 2021? Through two preseason games and training camp, not one single cornerback has managed to emerge and separate themselves from the pack as the clear-cut favorite to become Diggs’ counterpart on the outside this year. With two preseason games to go, this is a huge concern. Right now, Dallas’ third-round pick this year, Nahshon Wright, might have a slight edge over the competition, but probably not by much. He may be in a neck-and-neck race with fellow rookie CB Kelvin Joseph, however, Joseph is coming off a game in which he didn’t put his best foot forward. Because of that, Wright could’ve separated himself just a bit because he’s been a little more consistent. The Cowboys may, or may not, think otherwise though.
The Dave Gettleman–Daniel Jones Partnership Enters a Make-or-Break Year - The Ringer
Patience is a rare luxury in the NFL, and after three losing seasons under Gettleman and 26 uninspiring starts from Jones, the Giants’ may be wearing thin. This embattled GM and QB need to make 2021 count.
Assessing the offensive line market with Giants looking for help - Big Blue View
Chance Warmack — A 2013 first-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, the 29-year-old has not played since 2018 due to injuries and a COVID-19 opt-out. He was, though, at Alabama and has familiarity with Joe Judge and other Giants coaches.
Colts News: QB Carson Wentz will begin walkthroughs, throwing soon - Stampede Blue
Monday was the first big checkpoint in Carson Wentz’s ongoing rehab from foot surgery, and the early reports are positive.
After attending four practices last week, Deshaun Watson misses practice on Monday - PFT
As explained on Sunday, news that grand jury subpoenas are being issued doesn’t mean an indictment is imminent. The Texans quite possibly will have to make some decisions about how to handle Watson while the legal process continues to unfold. And as we’ve said for weeks, the teams interested in Watson (Panthers, Broncos, Eagles, and maybe Dolphins) won’t do anything until the criminal complaints are resolved.
Report: Former Lions CB Alex Brown facing 4 charges after allegedly driving intoxicated, injuring teammate - Pride Of Detroit
Over the past 48 hours, two Detroit Lions players were cut for reasons that may not have anything to do with football. According to Justin Rogers of The Detroit News, cornerback Alex Brown is being charged by police after getting into a non-fatal car accident at 2 a.m. early Sunday morning after driving on the wrong side of the freeway. Per Rogers, Brown’s passenger was former Lions tight end Charlie Taumoepeau. Brown is facing four charges, and Taumoepeau has reportedly suffered significant injuries in the accident. The Lions waived Brown just hours later on Sunday afternoon, ending his chances of making the team this year. Taumoepeau was waived with a non-football injury designation on Monday afternoon. It’s possible he’ll return to the team on their injured-reserve list if he clears waivers in the next 24 hours. [BLG Note: Brown once had a brief stint with the Eagles.]
Ron Rivera has had it with anti-vax lies - SB Nation
Speaking to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Rivera didn’t mince his words about the approach towards science he’s seen take hold during the pandemic. “Gen Z is relying on this,” said Rivera, now holding up his phone. “And you got some, quite frankly, f------ a-------, that are putting a bunch of misinformation out there, leading people to die. That’s frustrating to me, that these people are allowed to have a platform. And then, one specific news agency, every time they have someone on, I’m not a doctor, but the vaccines don’t work. Or, I’m not an epidemiologist, but vaccines are going to give you a third nipple and make you sterile. Come on. That, to me? That should not be allowed.” Rivera said that his cancer treatment made him more intimately aware of the science behind health care, and the plight of the less fortunate when it came to health care in the United States. Now he’s trying to impress on his players the importance of getting vaccinated, not just for themselves — but having the basic human courtesy of helping protect those who are most vulnerable. Rivera’s impact on Washington worked, raising the vaccination rate of players on his team from 55 percent earlier in the summer to 84 percent now.
Monday Football Monday #49: Things that stood out during Week 1’s preseason games - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney recap all of the preseason Week 1 action from Jared Goff’s uninspiring performance to Justin Fields looking significantly better than Andy Dalton and a bumpy start for Trevor Lawrence.
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