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Report: Eagles restructure contracts of Derek Barnett, Lane Johnson - PFT
The Philadelphia Eagles have restructured the contracts of defensive end Derek Barnett and tackle Lane Johnson, according to Tim McManus of ESPN.com. [...] McManus notes that while the restructures free up cap space for this year, they are believed to be just for general cap management reasons and not to accomplish a current goal such as a player acquisition or new contract for an existing player.
The Eagles converted $8.49M of Lane Johnson's base salary and $9.061M of Derek Barnett's base salary into signing bonuses, while adding 4 voidable years onto Barnett's deal, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 3, 2021
These moves create $14.041M in cap space for Philly in 2021. https://t.co/zzHTBH2rfY
11 observations from Eagles training camp practice - BGN
More up and down from Hurts. The good: He kicked 11-on-11s off with a completion to Travis Fulgham, who used his size and strength to shield off Steve Nelson, on an out route. He hit an open Zach Ertz in stride for a 20-yard gain. He aired it out deep to Quez Watkins, who burned Nelson, for an easy-looking touchdown in 7-on-7. (Second straight practice where Watkins has made a big play down the field.) The bad: Hurts threw a little behind Fulgham as the receiver was running a slant in the end zone, though the ball still could’ve been caught. Hurts overthrew a short pass with pressure in his face from Derek Barnett blowing up Andre Dillard. Hurts overthrew Jalen Reagor deep down the left sideline as the ball sailed out of bounds (Carson Wentz-esque). I actually thought Hurts had a better day than I did before re-reading my notes on him. I do feel like there was more good than bad.
Day 5 Training Camp Recap - BGN Radio
Eagles training camp Day 5 recap! From DeVonta Smith’s injury to Quez Watkins and Tyree Jackson, Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss what stood out on Monday.
Stock up, stock down after the first week of Eagles training camp - PhillyVoice
LT Andre Dillard: If you were an alien from a planet that also had football and you were dropped off by a spaceship into Eagles training camp, having no idea about the history of any of these players, you’d be confused why Dillard is playing, at all, with the first-team offense. He has had a couple of days in which he has gotten absolutely wrecked both in 1-on-1’s and 11-on-11’s, and he has yet to have a truly good day. He’s only getting opportunities to win a starting job at LT because he’s recent first-round pick, but he is very clearly an inferior player to Mailata. WR Jalen Reagor: Reagor was a limited participant during the first four practices of camp with “lower body tightness.” That is not the start to camp the Eagles were hoping for out of Reagor in Year 2 after a disappointing rookie season.
Getting Better - Iggles Blitz
Jackson is the kind of big, athletic, young player you want to keep. But he needs to show that he can contribute this year if called upon. Catching passes in camp against second and third stringers isn’t the same as playing when it counts. Preseason games will be huge for him. I hope Jackson continues to show flashes. I love his long term potential, especially when you see what QB-turned-TE Logan Thomas has done.
Eagles’ Nick Sirianni brings edge to camp: ‘He will chew some tail’ - ESPN
“I’m on vacation at the [New Jersey] shore and there was a wedding going on in the hotel we were at. I walked by and one of the groomsmen noticed me, and said, ‘Can you wait right here? I’m going to go get the bride and groom,’” Sirianni told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “And the next thing you know, I’m taking pictures with the entire wedding party — the groomsmen, the bride, the groom, the mother of the groom, everybody. I was in there for about 20 minutes until my wife [looked at her watch and said] ‘It’s about time.’ “There was a lot of Eagles chants and there was a lot of playcall discussion. They gave recommendations. But my experiences with the fans, it’s really unbelievable how great this organization is and the fans that live in this city are as well.”
Checking in on Jalen Hurts, who hasn’t ‘touched the ceiling yet’ - PE.com
Hurts talks about the importance of attention to detail, taking care of the little things that are going to add up to the bigger picture: The Eagles want to incorporate all of his skills – the arm, the great ability with his legs, the will to win, and the leadership – into this offense. The Eagles have a lot of options with No. 1 and they intend to use them. “When you talk about growing as a player, I know I haven’t touched the ceiling yet, I haven’t scratched it,” he said. “I know that it’s important to continue to take coaching, continue to take these things so I can grow, so we can continue to grow as a football team. I love those details. I love those little details. I love the coaching and I love how hard they are on me, because they’re challenging me to be the best player I can be. I’m all for it.”
Brandon Brooks: Body by jiu jitsu and Taco Bell - NBCSP
“Man, I got texts from guys around the league,” Brooks said on Monday, over a year after he posted the photo. “(Former teammate) Arian Foster said, ‘If you get popped for steroids I’m going to laugh at you.’ I know there were some people who thought I might have had some extra help but I did get like three drug tests right after that. Passed those, so all good.” Brooks, who turns 32 in August, began doing jiu jitsu last offseason and it got him into incredible shape. So even after he ruptured his Achilles, he kept doing it and he thinks it really helped with his rehab. “I think everybody when they’re in high school, the most conditioned athletes were wrestlers,” he said. “Doing the jiu jitsu stuff in the offseason, I got in really good shape. It helped me as far as rehab, I got my weight down. Obviously, I’m back to where I need to be now and that was the plan. It’s kind of like cross-training, doing something different. But it still applies to the game.”
The Calculus of Justin Fields, Andy Dalton, and Nick Foles - Football Outsiders
Philadelphia Eagles: Blowing up your coaching staff and declaring cap bankruptcy to escape a bad quarterback contract while retaining Fletcher Cox/Zach Ertz/Brandon Graham/Brandon Brooks types and adding mid-tier veterans is a little like burning down the Bluth Banana Stand when there’s still money hidden in the walls.
2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 50 Running Backs - Fake Teams
What follows is our first pass at running back rankings for the coming NFL season. Be sure to shred us in the comments! And for this week and every other moving forward, assume 1⁄2 PPR is the default. [BLG Note: Miles Sanders barely makes the top 20 here,]
Tucker’s Takes: Carson Wentz’s injury impact and the surgery decision - DraftKings Nation
While the Colts win total has already dropped from 9.5 to 9, I don’t think this news really affects that in a negative way. In other words, you should have taken the under 9.5 when you had the chance because now there is both the chance that Wentz misses only a couple of games, if any, and the strong possibility the Colts add a veteran quarterback to start the season. Nick Foles was basically pleading with the Colts to trade for him when talking to the media on Monday and his track record of success under Frank Reich is well documented. Which, of course, is probably part of the reason Wentz wanted to try to play on the injury before ultimately making a decision that by all accounts appears to be a wise one.
In the wake of QB Carson Wentz’s elected foot surgery, there’s still a silver lining for Colts - Stampede Blue
If there’s a silver lining to new Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterback Carson Wentz missing an extended period of time to start the 2021 campaign, it’s this: 1) The Colts are far less likely to have to surrender their 2022 first round pick, as that 2022 conditional second round pick still owed to the Philadelphia Eagles will remain as is. Specifically, the 2022 conditional second round pick could only be elevated to a 2022 first, if: A) Wentz played 75% of the Colts’ total offensive snaps in 2021, or B) Wentz plays 70% of the Colts’ total offensive snaps AND Indianapolis makes the playoffs in 2021.
Bears training camp: Foles prepared to move on - Windy City Gridiron
“Listen, Frank Reich is one of my favorite, if not favorite, coaches of all time,” glowed Foles when asked about a reunion with Reich. As the conversation continued, it might as well have been a not-so-subtle campaign to wear blue and white very soon. “I haven’t had any talks with them (the Colts),” said Foles. “I’m a Chicago Bear right now. But he (Reich) knows me.” It’s unclear what the Bears would receive in return in any deal with Foles. While most would not go as far as to say that Foles is “quality” in terms of quarterbacking, there’s always a shortage at the position. Even a veteran backup presents value to an NFL team when there are barely enough actual quality starters. A late-round draft pick should suffice, in most scenarios. Listen to Foles wax about himself and his future on Monday and that price could always turn into a relative bargain for a team in desperate passer straits like the Colts. “The version of me right now is much better than the one that played in the Super Bowl (Super Bowl LII).”
How Wentz’s Surgery Impacts Two Teams - MMQB
This quote from Nick Foles, the Bears’ third quarterback, was interesting: “I don’t want to go to someone that I don’t know. When you have a great coaching staff, you have something special. Big reason we were great in Philly was we had a great coaching staff. It put us in position to succeed ... I don’t want to just go somewhere where I don’t know them, I don’t know the offense. I’ve gone down that road before and it’s not fun.” So, I can say that the Bears very much value what Foles will bring in helping the team develop Justin Fields. And part of that is that he needs fewer reps, which has allowed for the coaches to put Fields exclusively with the 2s (who get more reps than the 3s). But there is a team I’d watch here, and it’s not yet the Colts, who I think might have reservations about the idea of interesting Foles into the lineup with Wentz out, given the history (Reich loves Foles, but also is well-aware of the awkwardness that putting those two together could present). It’s the Jets. They could use a veteran backup to help Zach Wilson out, and GM Joe Douglas was together with Foles in Philly. I wouldn’t rule that one out.
Harrisburg’s LeSean McCoy holds kids camp at Bishop McDevitt, talks NFL future - ABC27
With NFL training camps now under way throughout the league, many are curious about whether McCoy will suit up for a team in 2021 or decide to retire. He answered questions at his camp, telling reporters he will make a final decision in the coming weeks.
Random thoughts at Cowboys training camp include Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and the improving defense - Blogging The Boys
Dak’s shoulder problem really sucks. I don’t doubt that it is rather minor and should have minimal if any effect on his performance. What is does impact is the evaluation of the rest of the team, because now the best passer is just a spectator. For receivers who are trying to make a case to be on a roster, they obviously are missing any chances at reps with QB1. That can not only hurt them in trying to make an impression on the Dallas coaches, it takes away possible highlights that could land them a spot somewhere else. The defense has looked a lot better, but you have to wonder if they would be a bit less successful if it was Dak Prescott throwing to CeeDee Lamb and the rest of the first team receivers instead of Garrett Gilbert. That sore shoulder hurts the rest of the team and even the staff more than it does the guy with the 4 on his jersey. But the concern and caution are understandable. It is just regrettable.
Joe Judge: Saquon Barkley is “making strides” in his return to the field - Big Blue View
The New York Giants and Giants’ fans alike are waiting with bated breath for running back Saquon Barkley to return to the field. Reports from training camp have mentioned Barkley on the field (albeit in shorts and a tee shirt) with his teammates. Others have detailed him working on distant fields with trainers. But for right now he is still going through the rehab process in the wake of the ACL tear which ended his 2020 season after a little more than two games. The subject of Barkley and his return to the field is constantly on the mind of everyone watching the Giants’ training camp. When head coach Joe Judge spoke to the assembled media on Monday, he offered a small update on Barkley’s status — though it might be a bit more vague than many are hoping.
Kirk Cousins is unvaccinated, on the Covid list, and the Vikings are paying the price - SB Nation
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday along with fellow passers Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley. As a result the team is entering the second week of training camp with only one quarterback to practice with, Jake Browning — who head coach Mike Zimmer made a point of saying is fully vaccinated. Zimmer, in a refreshing change of pace from most coaches around the league, wasn’t afraid to confront the vaccination issue head on. It comes after it was revealed that Cousins was unvaccinated prior to his exposure. In his daily press conference Monday Zimmer made it clear that some of his players not getting the shot was frustrating.
Monday Football Monday #47: Carson Wentz injured, other notable injuries & The Austin Bills? - The SB Nation NFL Show
Football is back! RJ Ochoa kickstarts the episode talking all things Carson Wentz with special guest Chris Blysthone from Stampede Blue, SB Nation’s home for Indianapolis Colts content. Later in the episode, RJ is joined by Pete Sweeney and they discussed other notable injuries throughout the league and a new possible destination for the Bills.
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