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Eagles News: Nick Sirianni says DeVonta Smith reminds him of Keenan Allen

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NFL insider notes: Jalen Hurts’ case to be Eagles starting quarterback strengthened by his absence - CBS Sports
Sure, it would have been great to see Hurts get a chance to connect with first-round pick DeVonta Smith, who made his debut after fighting through some health stuff. Especially on a night when Smith got a lot of run. But the Heisman winner has already flashed enough in practices to look the part, and the excitement about him is very real. “He is such a polished young receiver,” Sirianni told me. “I haven’t seen a young receiver this precise since being in San Diego with Kennan Allen in 2013.” High praise. He and Hurts will make for some very entertaining watches. Of course, the evaluation of the quarterback will continue. I wouldn’t anticipate any proclamations just yet. Philly’s aggressive general manager Howie Roseman is always up for a blockbuster should there be a trade to be made for a proven young starter — which seems a stretch at this point. But Hurts is displaying more than sufficient promise to indicate he can win games at this level, and is clearly their best option. [BLG Note: Allen had 105 targets for 71 recs, 1046 yards, and 8 TDs as a rookie when Sirianni was a Chargers offensive quality control coach.]

Eagles place Jason Croom on injured reserve, work out a tight end - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles placed tight end Jason Croom on injured reserve, as first noted by Aaron Wilson. Croom reportedly suffered a “significant right patella tendon injury” during the Eagles’ preseason loss to the New England Patriots. It didn’t look good for Croom when the entire team came out on the field to comfort him before he was carted off the field. Now we officially know his season is over.

Eye on the Enemy #63: Scott Hanson joins to share thoughts on the 2021 Eagles and players he’s excited to see - BGN Radio
John Stolnis spoke with Scott Hanson, host of the NFL RedZone for the NFL Network. They talked about his thoughts on the 2021 Eagles, as well as some players and teams he’s most excited to watch this season. Also, my 4 big takeaways from the Birds’ 2nd preseason game, a 35-0 loss to the Patriots.

10 things we saw in Eagles’ loss that concern us - NBCSP
Jalen Reagor: Reagor went into the game Thursday night coming off a very good week of practice, but he wasn’t able to transfer it onto the field. It didn’t help that Flacco played the first half and Reagor didn’t get to work with Jalen Hurts, but Reagor didn’t really have a lot of success creating separation and getting open. He played 22 snaps, was targeted three times and caught 1-for-5. One of the other targets was an interception Reagor really couldn’t have done much about.

Eagles Autism Challenge: A celebration of transformational change - PE.com
The Eagles Autism Challenge, the signature fundraising event for the Eagles Autism Foundation, has raised more than $2.5 million and counting in 2021 and nearly $12 million in four years. Participants will still be able to fundraise through Thursday, September 30. One hundred percent of participant-raised funds from the Eagles Autism Challenge benefit

Eagles take a break from training camp to raise money for important cause - NJ.com
“This is definitely special because I’ve been here for this long, and knowing Mr. Lurie’s story and how this came about, it’s just something that opened my eyes because I’ve never had anybody that had autism, but just learning about it wanting to give back and help as much as I can. It’s a great event.” Rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith took part in his first Challenge, taking selfies with bike riders and wishing them well on their trip. “It’s amazing to be out here this morning,” Smith said. “Mr. Lurie has done a good job raising money for autism. For a cause like this, it is great to be out here.” The Eagles will be raising money again when they hold their second and final open practice Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets for the practice are $10, and all of the proceeds will once again go to the Eagles Autism Foundation.

Eagles former GM Joe Banner: Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon could be rising star, Dallas Goedert will command high price in extension talks - Inquirer
There were half a dozen teams legitimately interested in him as a defensive coordinator, and that’s just unheard of. There’s just enough difference of opinion in the league that, if you’re really popular, maybe three teams will be interested in you. Virtually every team that was interested or needing to hire a defensive coach had him pretty high up on their radar. These are knowledgeable people that are good at hiring, some of them have worked closely with him and actually have first-hand knowledge of how he does things and how he thinks. Like everybody else, I have never seen him actually be the coordinator, so we’ll have to see. But I go into his time as the Eagles defensive coordinator with very high expectations. He’s coming out of a good scheme. The fact that this many people knew him and thought that he was ready and could be an effective coordinator at this point, I have very high expectations.

Things I think’ before the Giants face the Browns - Big Blue View
I had originally intended to make the GM’s future with the Giants beyond 2021 the focal point of today’s post. Then, I more or less said everything I had to say in Saturday’s mailbag. Here is what I wrote: “I think eight or nine wins and NOT making the playoffs is the gray area where John Mara and Steve Tisch have to sit down and go through a painstaking, unemotional evaluation of exactly how the season went. “How did the Giants get to where they end up? Did the season start well and end badly, or vice versa? How did the big decisions on Daniel Jones and the offensive line pan out? Did the free-agent signings pan out? Were there injuries that derailed everything? Does ownership come out of the season feeling like there is a core of players and a decision-making tandem (Gettleman-Joe Judge) that can eventually take them to championship contention?

Four takeaways from the Cowboys 20-14 loss in their preseason game with the Texans - Blogging The Boys
Garrett Gilbert’s shine is fading. When Garrett Gilbert was inserted into the starting line up last year against the Pittsburgh Steelers and almost pulled off an upset win, there was a thought the Cowboys may have found something. He entered this offseason as the Cowboys #2 QB, even if it wasn’t etched in stone. Through three preseason games, he may have relinquished the position. He hasn’t looked good, and when Cooper Rush was brought in after a few series, he made the Cowboys offense look like it was capable. Rush put two touchdowns on the board and looked to be in control. Many fans may not think the Cowboys backup QB is on the roster at the moment, and that may be true, they may be waiting on cutdown day. If they aren’t, then Rush just may be the guy and not Gilbert.

Things we learned from Friday night’s Bengals game - Hogs Haven
All in all, this looks like a team that can start strong defensively from Week 1. They may take time to gel enough to score a lot of points, meaning that the Football Team will likely get more competitive as the regular season progresses, but things may be a bit rough early, based on what we’ve seen in the first two preseason games.

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