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Six preseason NFL trades that teams should make: Imagining deals for Nick Foles, Xavien Howard, more - ESPN+
Jacksonville Jaguars get: TE Zach Ertz. Philadelphia Eagles get: Conditional 2022 fifth-round pick (can become a third- or fourth-round pick based on production). There’s no mystery surrounding Ertz’s preference to be traded away from Philly, as he’s been the subject of speculation throughout the offseason. With Dallas Goedert available to step into a more primary tight end role and a youth movement in some spots of the roster, the Eagles will have a new look under coach Nick Sirianni. Ertz is due $8.5 million this year, which Philly would accumulate in cap and cash savings in any deal that is executed. The draft pick adds to the Eagles’ treasure trove of 2022 selections. Jacksonville’s group of pass-catching tight ends is about as slim as you’ll find in the league, making any potential upgrade a worthwhile exploration. Thirty-year-old Ertz is coming off a disappointing season in which he posted career lows in yards, yards per catch and touchdowns, but it’s impossible to dismiss the context surrounding the dreadful 2020 Philly offense that played some part in that. He’s an exceptional pro and would help the Jacksonville culture as it begins the Trevor Lawrence era.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: John Hightower makes a big play, Jalen Reagor gets an earful - BGN
Jalen Reagor got an earful from both head coach Nick Sirianni and passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo after an early 11-on-11 rep. It’s not clear what Reagor did wrong but Sirianni was especially animated and fired up about it. On one hand, some tough love might do Reagor good in the long run. On the other hand, preferable to see the team’s 2020 first-round pick not angering the coaching staff.

Eagles training camp Day 7 recap - BGN Radio
Eagles training camp Day 7 recap! From John Hightower’s big catch to Jalen Reagor getting reamed out, Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss what stood out on Wednesday.

Deshaun Watson talks between Eagles and Texans are not “heating up” - PFT
The problem at this point is the looming possibility of prosecution. As previously mentioned, Watson’s camp believes that the evidence against him inevitably will be presented to a grand jury. If he’s indicted on felony charges, the NFL undoubtedly will place him on paid leave until the case is resolved. Until then, it’s possible he’ll be convicted and then incarcerated. “Teams have to wait to make sure jail isn’t a possibility,” one source explained. Although only a few of the women who have accused Watson of wrongdoing have alleged forcible sexual misconduct, it takes only one allegation to become an indictment and in turn a conviction. At this point, especially in light of the trade compensation the Texans expect, it’s not worth taking the risk until knowing more about when and if Watson will be available to play football.

Updating the Eagles’ best training camp battles - PhillyVoice
So far in 2021 camp, Fulgham appears to be getting more looks with the first-team offense. It would be a disappointment if Fulgham couldn’t unseat Ward for the third WR job. Since Reagor’s return to the lineup, Fulgham has mostly been playing outside, with Reagor often sliding inside in 3-WR sets. And then there’s Watkins, who has had a strong camp, and seems to be improved in a number of areas, most notably his route running. He could also carve out a role in the offense if he continues to stack days like he’s been doing throughout camp. There will be a rotation of receivers in the real games, some of which could be dictated by game plan, but for now, I would have Fulgham as the receiver most likely to see the third-most snaps once the season begins.

Latest Watson Rumor - Iggles Blitz
Not ideal. Hurts did make some good throws after that so this isn’t a case of him completely stinking up the joint. He just hasn’t looked like a QB you can think of as the long term answer. He is a young player learning a new system and that’s not lost on me. You still don’t hear reports out of TC talking about how talented he is and how you can see that it is just a matter of time for him to develop into a stud QB. Hurts has done everything asked of him, but let’s be very clear about this. Watson is one of the best QBs in the league. He is a Top 5 talent. Hurts is never going to be that level of player. I know he’s young and will get better, but guys that are special usually show you something early on. This decision would purely be about talent and Watson will have the edge in that category.

NFC East Over/Unders: Will a Little Fitzmagic Spark Joy in Washington? - Football Outsiders
Bryan: This line is asking if the Eagles are going to go at least 7-10. They might start 0-8! They may not win back-to-back games until December, when they finally get to play the rest of the NFC East in the weird backlogged schedule the NFL has given this division. Maybe Nick Sirianni has some magic in him, but that would require me, uh, knowing anything about Nick Sirianni. The one thing I do know about him is that he played rock, paper, scissors during his player interviews to judge ... competitiveness, I suppose. What, Tiddlywinks didn’t work due to social distancing? You know Bill Belichick is out there making defensive linemen play a game of Twilight Imperium and McVay is dropping in Apex Legends with a pair of tiny slot receivers. Siranni’s Eagles look like the Fall Guys of the division. Andrew: The Eagles look like the sort of team that could split with the Giants, beat the Jets and Lions, and lose literally every other game they play. Oh, they’ll pick up another couple of wins because they have a competitive roster and weird things happen, but it’s way easier to find 10 losses on their schedule than it is to find seven wins. Under. Bryan: The silver lining is they may be bad enough to get a Spencer Rattler type without needing that extra first-round pick from the Colts. Under.

Young and talented, 10 WRs battle for coveted roster spots - PE.com
Smith is the headliner. He was everything the Eagles thought he would be early in camp before suffering a knee injury that has him sidelined week to week. There isn’t any anticipation that the injury will impact Smith’s ability to return for the regular season, and the rookie is expected to have a very significant role in the passing game. Smith, along with Reagor, had been taking the first-team reps on the outside and both could be in those respective roles in Atlanta for the opener. Ward is the returning slot receiver. Now, it’s not as simple as 1-2-3, because the Eagles have their receivers lining up in all three positions. They want as much position flexibility as possible, so there are many ways this lineup could go. The most important part of what the coaching staff is seeing through the first week of camp is that the receivers are taking turns making big plays. There are 10 receivers in camp and a handful of them aren’t going to be here in September.

Mailbag: Which First-Year Coaches Are Most Likely to Make the Playoffs? - Sports Illustrated
Before the draft, there were questions in league circles on whether the Texans might go for a deal based on conditional picks—with what Houston would get back based, in part, on how much time Watson winds up missing. It didn’t happen then, and word is now that Caserio isn’t going to offload Watson at any sort of discounted rate and may be willing to wait out his price. But I wouldn’t totally rule out someone meeting the Texans’ price at some point. We ID’d four teams (Carolina, Denver, Miami, Philadelphia) to watch in the Monday column a couple weeks ago, and maybe one of them emerges. The Eagles just cleared a bunch of cap space by restructuring Lane Johnson and Derek Barnett, could have three first-rounders in 2022 (pending Carson Wentz’s availability), and are led by an owner, in Jeffrey Lurie, who signed off on risks in the past has been focused on getting the quarterback position taken care of.

State of the NFC East: New York Giants’ first padded practice sees massive team-wide brawl - Blogging The Boys
Beyond Smith, the Eagles don’t exactly have a wide receiver room that inspires confidence. Given the timeframe associated with the rookie’s return it doesn’t appear like the regular season is at all in doubt for him, keep in mind that the Cowboys host Philadelphia in Week 3 on Monday Night Football.

Down Three Starters, Colts’ Offensive Line Depth Will Be Tested in a Major Way - Stampede Blue
That’s now a total of five starters which the Colts have lost in less than two weeks of training camp. And while, yes, there’s a lot of pressure on Frank Reich and new starting quarterback — who’s practically a ‘rookie’, in Jacob Eason, Indy’s offensive line faces an immense amount of pressure, too. For the last three seasons or so, the Colts’ offensive line hasn’t just been one of the NFL’s best, but they’ve also been one of the healthiest units as well. With a real possibility of being down both their starters at left tackle and left guard entering the 2020 season, we’ll now get to see how GM Chris Ballard’s depth investments along the offensive line will perform throughout the next several weeks.

Carson Wentz’s Injury Leaves the Colts With a QB Conundrum They Won’t Easily Solve - The Ringer
Wentz’s injury presents a worrisome trap for Ballard’s team-building philosophy. A healthy year of Wentz would have provided enough information to conclude whether he is capable of being a franchise quarterback or whether the Colts needed to return to the market. Now, a quarterback who has long struggled with availability and chemistry has to rehab from another injury, and is missing critical time with his new receivers. Will the Colts have enough data on Wentz after 10 games in 2021 to define their next move as a franchise? Or will they talk themselves into affording him another year to come back at 100 percent and settle in with his new team?

49ers sign TE Joshua Perkins; waive Tim Harris Jr. and TE Josh Pederson - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers today announced they had signed TE Joshua Perkins and CB B.W. Webb to one-year deals. To make room on the roster, the team waived/injured CB Tim Harris Jr. and waived TE Josh Pederson. Pederson wasn’t giving the team much of anything, so this move made sense. Pederson had one rep during practice where he false started and then dropped a pass. That spelled the end for the young tight end. [BLG Note: The 49ers cut Doug Pederson’s son to sign a former Eagles player.]

Giants’ roster news: Newly-signed C Joe Looney retires - Big Blue View
The Giants signed Looney just three days ago, following his visit with the team over the weekend. As Raanan notes, Looney’s signing was expected to give the Giants’ some much-needed depth, versatility, and stability on the offensive interior. Ed Valentine noted from Giants’ camp that Looney was spotted snapping to Daniel Jones shortly after signing. That sparked speculation at camp that he could be in competition for the starting center job, or that the Giants could be considering a move to guard for Nick Gates. Of course, Looney’s first practice reportedly involved some penalty laps and the team punishment for the brawl which ended practice — though whether that contributed to his decision to retire is unknown

Ron Rivera Presser: Jamin Davis can be a leader as a rookie like Luke Keuchly was - Hogs Haven
Ron Rivera speaks with the media after the second training camp practice in Ashburn.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Thursday- Could the Eagles trade for Deshaun Watson? - The SB Nation NFL Show
One source says the Texans and Eagles are working on a deal to send Deshaun Watson to Philly, the Colts sure sound like they want Nick Foles in Indy, and Aaron Rodgers sounds like he still doesn’t love his GM in Green Bay.

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