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32 bold and not-so-bold NFL predictions for 2021: Patriots and the playoffs, Eagles and that pass rush and more - The Athletic
Philadelphia Eagles: Their defense leads the league in sacks. Their biggest bright spot this summer was the play of the defensive line. The Eagles have veterans in Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox. But if their young players can take a step forward from last year, this pass rush has a chance to be among the league’s best. Javon Hargrave played injured in 2020 but has had an excellent summer and looks like a good fit for defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon’s scheme. Josh Sweat, 24, is looking to build off of last year’s six-sack season and offers big upside. The Eagles have depth with Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan and rookie Milton Williams. This group finished third league-wide last year with 49 sacks, so it’s not like this prediction requires a massive leap.

First look at the Eagles’ 2021 depth chart - BGN
I’m proud of the Eagles for not keeping Jordan Howard on the original 53-man roster. Doing so would’ve made no sense since he’s not likely to be signed by another team. The Eagles can bring him back after they clear some roster spots if they really want to do so. In the meantime, they’ll roll with three running backs.

At the Podium: Howie Roseman and Nick Sirianni on the release of the Eagles’ initial 53-man roster - BGN Radio
Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman and Head Coach Nick Sirianni spoke with the Philly media after the release of the team’s initial 53-man roster.

Ranking NFL teams by age after 53-man cutdowns: 2021 edition - PhillyVoice
[BLG Note: The Eagles are the 19th youngest team in the NFL. Same exact rank as last year.]

The Roster is 100 Percent Locked in Forever - Iggles Blitz
JJAW did keep his job. Many people hate this move, which is understandable after the past two years. “This has gotta be Howie keeping his 2nd round pick!”. I disagree with that. JJAW was better than Fulgham this summer and John Hightower was hurt too much. JJAW got the spot by default. I’m sure the Eagles will look at cuts to see if they can find an upgrade. JJAW did play well vs the Jets so there was a case for keeping him. Jordan Howard got cut. He could be brought back after the opener so the Eagles don’t have to pay his salary for the whole year. They would be on the hook on a weekly basis and could cut or add him as needed.

Predicting potential surprises for all 32 NFL teams: Stat leaders, breakouts and depth-chart changes and fantasy football updates - ESPN+
Don’t be surprised if ... DeVonta Smith leads the team in catches and receiving yards. What I’m hearing: I know, I know — I said the same thing about Smith’s Alabama teammate in the Dolphins blurb. But there is nothing but opportunity in the Eagles’ wide receiver corps, and they traded up in the draft to steal Smith from the division-rival Giants (No. 10 overall) with the idea that he would play a major role early on. Smith’s training camp injury was a minor setback, but the team says he’ll be ready to go and hit the ground running right away. He’s as polished and pro-ready a player as there was in April’s draft and should be an asset to Jalen Hurts right out of the gate.

DVOA by Route: Cracks in the Steel Curtain - Football Outsiders
The Eagles, meanwhile, allowed the worst DVOA on corners. The 13 corner targets they faced resulted in only three incompletions, with two DPIs for 24 yards and eight completions for 86 yards and five touchdowns.

Colts’ COVID-19 vaccination rate reaches league low after roster cut-downs; half of offensive starters reportedly unvaccinated - Stampede Blue
As COVID-19 issues continue to be the top storyline revolving around the Indianapolis Colts leading up to their regular season opener, The Athletic’s Zak Keefer dropped some new info on the latest One Percent Better podcast with fellow beat writer Stephen Holder. According to Keefer’s latest intel, the Colts’ unvaccinated rate has climbed after the roster was officially trimmed to 53 players. When mentioning the Colts’ overall vaccination rate, here’s what Keefer has heard: “It’s going to go down. I got that from someone who knows. By my count, half the starting offense is unvaccinated.”

The Washington Football Team announces roster cuts to finalize 53-man roster - Hogs Haven
[BLG Note: Former Eagles DE Casey Toohill and WR DeAndre Carter made Washington’s initial roster.]

Report: Cowboys looking at Cam Newton situation after cutting down to Cooper Rush as QB2 - Blogging The Boys
It may not rank up there as one of the great training camp battles of all time, but there is apparently a winner in the race to be the Cowboys backup quarterback. Cooper Rush has emerged victorious, at least for now. But there is always the possibility the Cowboys go outside the organization. There is a report out now about Cam Newton, who was released by the Patriots.

Giants guard Shane Lemieux reportedly has partially torn patellar tendon - Big Blue View
This is an injury that is worth keeping an eye on as the Giants’ offensive line was already looking thin. Lemieux played in 12 games with nine starts in his rookie campaign last season. The injury may also provide insight into the two trades the Giants have made in the past two days to upgrade their guard depth.

Miami Dolphins roster cuts 2021: 53-man roster - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday afternoon several roster moves to meet the NFL’s mandated 53-man roster limit by the 4pm ET deadline. The moves featured veterans being released, rookies being waived, and more. The team released linebacker Josh Harvey Clemons, cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc, linebacker Benardrick McKinney, tackle Adam Pankey, center Matt Skura, and center Cameron Tom.

Making Sense of Todays Veteran Player Cuts - Over The Cap
If a team were to release a younger player who they really like they run the risk of losing him in the waiver process. They do not have that same risk with a veteran since their contract is not open for a claim. So what occurs is that a team will go to the player, tell them they are releasing him from his contract simply to hold a roster spot for a few days for another player. Once they process the move they will re-sign him to the exact same contract. So for example Griffen was on a one year, $1.075 million contract. He will simply be re-signed to another $1.075 million contract. Nothing changes for the veteran it is simply a procedural move. Basically it gives the team the ability to have a 54, 55, 56, etc… man roster to comply with NFL rules. This is not to be confused with avoiding a full salary guarantee through termination pay. That only happens if the veteran is not re-signed until the second week of the season.

Off Day Debrief #52: Falcons QB Matt Ryan + Top 7 storylines from the preseason - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton give you their top seven most surprising storylines that have emerged this preseason, and talk with Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Why BLG is suddenly positive about the Eagles. Is Carson Wentz sabotaging himself in Indy? Why Kyle Shanahan is playing a dangerous game in San Francisco. The Dolphins are done with Tua. Who is the best rookie QB so far? (Recorded before Cam Newton was cut). Matt Ryan on his career, Kyle Pitts, and the one household chore he refuses to do anymore (37:08).

Report: Ben Simmons no longer wants to be a Sixer, does not intend to report to training camp - Liberty Ballers
This report, more than anything, is Simmons’ camp putting pressure on the Sixers to make a deal happen. The Sixers have seemingly been taking their time with any Simmons trade talks. It makes sense as their prime target, Damian Lillard, hasn’t requested a trade as of yet. Simmons is viewed as a key to landing Lillard, whether that’s actually putting him in a deal or utilizing the assets gained from trading Simmons in a future transaction. The writing has been on the wall for awhile now. This report, however, may finally speed up the impending change we’ve been waiting on for months now. [BLG Note: Please get him out of here.]

Why Hurricane Ida has been so devastating to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast - Vox
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, as an enormous Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour and gusts up to 172 mph. The storm tore roofs off buildings, flooded homes, and left the entire city of New Orleans in the dark. Ida will likely be one of the worst extreme weather events of 2021, a year already swelling with heat waves, wildfires, droughts, and storms. “Hurricane Ida is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Louisiana,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement on Sunday.


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