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Predicting NFL teams most likely to improve in 2021: Numbers, history say these five will win more games - ESPN+
Like the Niners, in addition to getting healthy, the Eagles will count on turning the ball over less frequently. With Wentz and Hurts both struggling to protect the football, the Eagles turned the ball over 29 times despite recovering more than 70% of their offensive fumbles a year ago. (The league average was 53.7%.) They finished with a turnover margin of minus-10, which was just behind the 49ers for the fourth-worst mark. Philly’s defense intercepted just eight passes all season, which ranked 29th. New defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon will have to hope that a secondary anchored by Darius Slay and Anthony Harris will pick off more passes in 2021. And to make one final comparison to the Niners, the Eagles should be hoping to ride an easier schedule to a better record. Despite playing in the national disaster that was the NFC East last season, FPI estimates that they faced the NFL’s 11th-toughest schedule. Heading into 2021, FPI has them down for the eighth-easiest set of opponents.

Eagles-Jets Training Camp Practice Notes: Philadelphia outshines New York - BGN
The Jets’ starting offense didn’t have much success against the Eagles’ starting defense. NYJ fumbled away their first possession before then going three-and-out on their next try when practice narrowed down to one field towards the end of the session. Philly’s defensive line was causing a lot of trouble for New York. Javon Hargrave was especially disruptive.

Eagles-Jets Joint Training Camp Observations (Day 1) - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss the biggest takeaways from the first Eagles-Jets joint training camp practice! The guys touch on the Birds looking like the better team, Jalen Hurts’ ups and downs, Philly’s defensive domination, MVPs/LVPs,and much more!

Jalen Hurts should absolutely start the Eagles’ preseason finale - PhillyVoice
Jalen Hurts must play in the final preseason game against the Jets. It’s that simple. There is no way the Eagles can honestly say this is about giving Hurts a fair and honest look at the position without also giving him the basic preparation that comes from the preseason.

10 truths to be self-evident in the 2021 season ahead -
The Eagles are going to have a lot of guys in QB’s face. They are going to come from everywhere in this defense. It’s not going to be just Fletcher Cox or Brandon Graham or Josh Sweat. The Eagles have depth in pass-rush talent, and it’s going to be fun to watch offenses try to figure out from where the pressure is coming. Off the edge? Sure, the Eagles can bring it. Inside heat? Oh, for sure. The goal is to collapse the pocket and the Eagles have, well, pocket collapsers. There may not be a single guy who hits double digits, but after watching this defensive line this summer, the Eagles have the pieces to generate some H-E-A-T. Good, old-fashioned Eagles defense.

10 Eagles on the bubble before final roster push vs. Jets - NBCSP
Le’Raven Clark — Clark is off the Active/PUP list and he’s been ramping up. In these practices, he just needs to show he’s healthy. There are some questions about the depth at the tackle spot, especially because Andre Dillard is still here and clearly shouldn’t be a starter. If Clark looks healthy this week, he offers the Eagles a veteran backup.

Jets Trim Roster To 80 - Gang Green Nation
In the most significant move for the Jets, they placed edge rusher Vinny Curry on the reserved/non football injury list. That move means Curry will miss the entire 2021 season. Along with the recent season ending injury to Carl Lawson and the ankle injury to Jarrad Davis that will keep him out two months, this has been a devastating week for the Jets defense. The three players were all brought in as unrestricted free agents this offseason, and now the Jets will get very little for their investments this year. The loss of Curry for the 2021 season along with the loss of Lawson for the 2021 season leaves the Jets with a giant hole at edge rusher and precious little proven NFL talent to fill that hole. It will not be surprising if the Jets look to trade for an edge rusher. In other moves today, wide receiver Manasseh Bailey [...]

Texans signing Rasul Douglas - PFT
Douglas was released by the Raiders on Monday. He had signed with Las Vegas in April after spending the 2020 season with the Panthers. Douglas appeared in 14 games with 11 starts last year, recording 62 total tackles and nine passes defensed. He spent the first three years of his career with the Eagles, who selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft. In 60 games, he’s recorded five interceptions and 34 passes defensed.

Colts Waived-Injured TE Noah Togiai - Stampede Blue
The Indianapolis Colts waived-injured tight end Noah Togiai on Tuesday, as the team got down to the required 80-player roster limit. If Togiai remains unclaimed on waivers, he’ll revert back to the Colts injured reserve (*at least in the short-term). Togiai was initially claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles last offseason, after the team’s final 53-man roster cuts, and appeared in 4 games for Indianapolis during 2020.

49ers release five players to meet the 80-man roster deadline - Niners Nation
NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco said the 49ers were placing Mychal Kendricks on the IR with turf toe. That effectively ends Kendricks’ seasons before it started.

Could My 4-3 Under Defensive Wish for the Washington Football Team be Coming True? - Hogs Haven
Before the summer kicked off, I spoke a lot about finding ways to get all three of our top defensive lineman - Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis on the field at the same time. Now, my plan was two-fold: 1)this look could give a breather to either Sweat or Young, by allowing Allen to kick out and play some 7-technique EDGE; or 2)we could run some 4-3 Under and have Sweat, Young or even Shaka Toney in that walked-up SAM position. I wrote this article back in early June, with some creative ways we could mix the defense up (including the 4-3 Under), to maximize the talent and skill on the field at the same time. According to Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic DC, the Washington Football Team is doing just that.

Giants’ Saquon Barkley won’t attend Wednesday practice vs. Patriots — report - Big Blue View
Per a report from Jordan Ranaan of ESPN, Barkley will not be in attendance on Wednesday as he attends to a personal matter. He is expected to participate in Thursday’s joint practice. Barkley, coming back from major knee surgery, did only individual work during joint practices last week with the Cleveland Browns. “He keeps advancing in his rehab. His foot is tapping every day, wanting to do more and more, and physically he keeps progressing and showing us he can do more and more,” head coach Joe Judge said on Monday. “We’ll formulate a plan for what he’s going to do in Foxborough through the practices and the game, but I would expect it to be more than what we saw last week.”

Hard Knocks episode 3 recap: Gilbert’s and DiNucci’s fall, Rush’s rise - Blogging The Boys
The rapid downfall of Garrett Gilbert led to the equally rapid ascent of Cooper Rush in the battle for QB2, or at least to prove to the team that they don’t need to go outside the building to backup Prescott. And with Rush’s performance, Cooper and Lamb got some time to work. While neither would get to score, they got the blood flowing and got some needed action. We also were treated to a great view of just how good the touchdown throw to Cedrick Wilson was. Gilbert’s fall was nothing compared to the second half meltdown of Ben DiNucci. The documenting of his three interceptions was brutal. The staff, including his sponsor, Mike McCarthy, tried to get him straight, but to no avail. It was hard to watch a person fail in his biggest moment, but clearly illustrates the decision the Cowboys are faced with him.

QB competition brewing in Cleveland? Yes - and no - Dawgs By Nature
But so far, Lauletta is the only quarterback in NFL preseason with over 300-yards passing plus two touchdown passes and ranks second in total passing yards. [BLG Note: Former Eagles QB Kyle Lauletta, that is.]

Everson Griffen’s Vikings reunion will be awkward after calling Kirk Cousins ‘ass’ - SB Nation
Everson Griffen became one of the faces of the Minnesota Vikings after the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The defensive end developed into one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL during his 10 seasons with the franchise, amassing 74.5 career sacks in purple and white and being named to the Pro Bowl four times. Griffen left the Vikings for the first time in his career when he opted out of his contract after the 2019 season and spent last year with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions. Now he’s back: Griffen signed with the Vikings on Monday to help bolster the defensive line. He had six sacks last season and should still have some good years left in the tank at 33 years old. While Griffen’s return to Minnesota is a feel-good story for the team, it’s also going to be a little awkward. Why? Because earlier this year, Griffen went on Twitter and called Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins “ass.”

Off Day Debrief #51: What’s up with Cam Newton + Coaches most likely to get fired first - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton react to the juciest storyline of the week and feature the only 100% accurate power rankings in the entire sports universe. The aspect of the Cam Newton story that people aren’t paying enough attention to Can Mac Jones sneak in and take that job away from Cam? Has anyone ever gotten more out of a Super Bowl title than Jon Gruden? Matt Nagy is insisting on doing something that’s going to get him fired The NFC West coach that’s hanging on by a thread and more!


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