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Bold NFL training camp predictions for all 32 teams: Jameis Winston vs. Taysom Hill, Tim Tebow’s future, more - ESPN+
Zach Ertz’s wish to be traded will finally get granted. General manager Howie Roseman said last week he expects the tight end to be on the roster Week 1, but things remain very much unsettled behind the scenes. Roseman will collect final offers from tight end-needy teams across the league before moving the three-time Pro Bowler. The 30-year-old Ertz is in the final year of his contract and scheduled to make $8.5 million.

Eagles 53-man roster projection, after the first full week of training camp - PhillyVoice
Jackson is big and athletic, but he has a long way to go in terms of refining his game. I can see a role for him in 2022, but in the meantime, the Eagles shouldn’t chance losing him, because he possesses legitimate promise. As for Ertz, the Eagles are playing a dangerous game having him as a full participant in practice every day, but keeping him on the roster in 2021 at $8.5 million doesn’t make much sense. I remain convinced the team will trade him.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Zech McPhearson rules the day - BGN
LEFT TACKLE BATTLE: I’ve already been ready to call it but I’m making it official. After today, I’m not using the term “left tackle battle” because it should already be decided that Jordan Mailata is the starter. For his part, Mailata has looked good. He actually pancaked Brandon Graham (!) at one point today before then later bowling over a linebacker at the second level. Mailata did get driven back into Hurts by Derek Barnett on one rep but he doesn’t get beat nearly as quickly as Andre Dillard does. Speaking of Dillard, he got absolutely destroyed by Josh Sweat on one rep. Just straight up flattened into the ground. Part of that is Sweat continuing to have a good summer, sure. But Dillard’s anchor issues are hardly new. We saw him get pancaked like this by Joe Ostman in last year’s camp. Just can’t be happening. I imagine the Eagles are going to drag out this left tackle decision longer than needed but I fully expect Mailata to be the winner whenever it’s finally called.

Biggest Takeaways from Day 5 of Eagles Training Camp - BGN Radio
Eagles training camp Day 5 recap! From Zech McPhearson’s big day to Andre Dillard’s struggles and everything in-between, Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss what stood out on Tuesday.

NFL player prop of the day: DeVonta Smith could be focal point of Eagles right away - Yahoo! Sports
The SEC is practically the NFL’s junior varsity. More talent comes out of the the conference than any other, and it’s not all that close. Alabama’s DeVonta Smith dominated the SEC to a historic extent. There’s a good reason Smith was the first receiver to win a Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard in 1991. He led FBS with 117 receptions, 23 receiving touchdowns and 1,856 receiving yards last season. He set SEC career records for receiving touchdowns with 46 and receiving yards with 3,965. He became a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles and immediately their top receiving option. Yet, the BetMGM totals for Smith’s rookie season are pretty low.

What do we think we know about the Eagles? -
2. Combining what we know from Nick Sirianni’s days in Indianapolis plus what we’ve seen here, the running game is going to be an important component in the offense. And, why not? The Eagles are in a situation where they have one of the top offensive lines in the league that can road grade, so leaning on the running game is a good thing. It’s hard to make a read on the backs until the defense can tackle, but we know about Miles Sanders and Boston Scott from their time here. Jordan Howard looks like he is in great shape. Kerryon Johnson is moving well. Jason Huntley has juice and Elijah Holyfield looks worlds more comfortable than he did last year. The wild card here is draft pick Kenneth Gainwell, who has been used in a variety of ways out of the backfield. He’s going to be fun to watch. Adrian Killins is another jack-of-all-trades who can do some damage in the open field.

Eagles Create $14.04 Million in Cap Space - Over The Cap
The Eagles had approximately $2 million in cap room so most likely these moves are designed to give them breathing room for the regular season and additional carryover to 2022 where they are currently projected to be around just $3 million under the cap. Given that Barnett’s contract is a pure net neutral move (any carryover will be offset by his dead money next year assuming it is a straight void) I would guess that part of the reason for that restructure was to also have enough cap room this year in the event they were looking to trade for a player as the Johnson savings should have been enough to get through the regular season.

Three players you’ll be surprised make the WFT roster - Hogs Haven
DeAndre Carter: The journeyman wide receiver who entered the league in 2015 as an undrafted free agent is now on his 8th team in his career. He was signed by Washington in April, after having played for the Bears last season, as a return specialist. It’s no secret that Washington had serious issues in its punt return game last year, and they were looking for an upgrade. Over the course of his career, Carter has averaged 9.3 yards per punt return and 21.8 yards per kick return. As points of comparison, those numbers would have put him at 8th in the league and 12th in the league, respectively, last season. Steven Sims averaged 6.7 yards per punt return and Danny Johnson averaged 22 yards per kick return for the WFT last year. The news from camp suggests that Carter’s not only getting looks in the return game though. He’s also getting reps in the slot, which is probably bad news for Steven Sims. Back of roster players need to bring versatility to the table, and Carter appears to have that in spades, which should bode well for his chances of making the 2021 WFT. [BLG Note: Former Eagles player still impressing.]

Massive fight mars end of Giants’ first padded practice - Big Blue View
The New York Giants’ first padded practice of training camp ended Tuesday in a massive midfield donnybrook that brought virtually the entire team into the scrum, saw quarterback Daniel Jones throw himself into the middle of the fracas, and drew the wrath of an absolutely irate coach Joe Judge. The melee began during the final 11-on-11 period of practice when Corey Clement, after a nice cutback run that launched him into the secondary, got blasted to the ground by Jabrill Peppers. Tight end Evan Engram jumped to Clement’s defense. Defensive back Logan Ryan went after Engram. Chaos at midfield involving what seemed like every player in uniform ensued. Judge did not enjoy the proceedings. The coach broke up the fight with an expletive-filled tirade that lasted several minutes. Players ended up running multiple 100-yard sprints, doing pushups, then repeating the sprints and pushup. All the while they were harangued by an irate head coach. “You’ve got to know what comes with it,” said Clement. “You better enjoy this fight in the meantime because you know some consequences are coming.”

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons has quickly silenced the doubters - Blogging The Boys
More than that, Parsons’ profile was that of a linebacker who thrives in blitz-heavy schemes and gives him less responsibilities in pass coverage. The coverage issues lowered his value in any scheme given that the NFL is becoming more pass-happy each year, and being drafted to a team whose new defensive coordinator rarely blitzes made the team fit seem poor right off the bat. All of this, coupled with the later revelation that Mike McCarthy hadn’t even been present at Parsons’ pre-draft meeting, seemed to spell big trouble for the newest Cowboy. But give credit where credit is due: Parsons has been shutting down those criticisms left and right all summer, and his start to training camp thus far has furthered that sentiment. By all accounts, Parsons has been one of the biggest stars of training camp thus far. Even before players put the pads on, Parsons was seemingly everywhere during team drills, frequently flashing and making an impact.

Breaking News: Colts’ Quenton Nelson To Have Surgery on Injured Foot; Will Miss 5-12 Weeks - Stampede Blue
With Nelson’s injury, the Colts are now down three starters along the offensive line. Ryan Kelly is going to be out a few more weeks, LT Eric Fisher is still recovering from an Achilles tear suffered in last year’s AFC Championship game, and now the All-Pro guard is set to miss an extended period of time, too. If there’s any silver lining in the Nelson news, it’s that the injury isn’t season-ending. But, just like with Wentz’s injury timeline, it’ll be at least 2-3 weeks post-surgery before the Colts have a better idea of when they’ll be getting their best offensive lineman back in the starting lineup. [BLG Note: Maybe the Eagles can get a high second-round pick from Indy,]

Panthers are quietly keeping an eye on Deshaun Watson - PFT
The number of teams interested in Watson remains unclear. The Eagles definitely are. The Dolphins aren’t believed to be. The Broncos seem to be willing to ride with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater for 2021, content to explore their options for 2022 when 2022 comes. Per a league source, the Panthers quietly are keeping an eye on Watson. Yes, they traded for Sam Darnold and picked up his 2022 option. Owner David Tepper nevertheless is committed to finding a long-term franchise quarterback. Watson has the skill to become that guy, and Tepper — who made his money buying low and selling high — could be inclined to make a move if Watson’s contract can be secured at a reasonable amount.

The SB Nation NFL Show returns with a new lineup of shows - SB Nation
The NFL preseason kicks off this Thursday, and we’ve got even more football news to celebrate at SB Nation. We’re excited for our second season of The SB Nation NFL Show podcast, which relaunches this week! Subscribe for free on your preferred platform HERE. The podcast will publish Sunday through Friday, with different hosts and areas of focus each day. [...] Tuesday: The Off-Day Debrief features hosts Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton and will break down Monday night’s game, review current power rankings, and just generally get weird as they talk about the state of the NFL.

Off Day Debrief: Something stinks in Indy + Stock up/stock down training camp stories - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton point out some things that don’t make sense about the Carson Wentz situation, and make their picks for Stock Up/Stock Down training camp stories. Why did the Colts confuse the message about the injury? Would a deal for Nick Foles wreck Carson Wentz mentally? How does this change things for the Eagles now that they likely won’t get Indy’s 1st round pick? Stock Up: Trey Lance in San Francisco. Stock Down: Jalen Hurts + Unvaccinated teams.


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