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Buying or selling the biggest overreactions from NFL Week 1 - PFF
JALEN HURTS IS THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR PHILLY. Buy or sell?: Sell… For now… Jalen Hurts had a career day against the Atlanta Falcons. He tied for the second-highest PFF grade for the week and played a disciplined brand of football inside of the pocket. Holding onto the ball and taking risks were major issues in Hurts’ rookie campaign, but that was nowhere to be found in Atlanta. Out of the pocket, Hurts completed five of his eight attempts for 50 yards and a score, one of which was a big-time throw. Hurts generated the lowest negatively graded throw rate overall of Week 1, which was a metric he ranked 33rd in last year. Philadelphia did some hand-holding with its second-year signal-caller; the receivers helped him significantly after the catch, and the defense he faced falls into the bottom-tier of the league. Still, it was a promising performance for the sophomore quarterback. Now, he needs to repeat this kind of outing consistently to prove he can be that guy.

State of the NFC East: Debating whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles are for real - Blogging The Boys
Quarterback Jalen Hurts looked like a potential answer at the position for them in the long term (there is still a lot that remains to be seen) and even finished as PFF’s second-highest rated quarterback from both an offensive and passing grade standpoint. Although on the other side of that coin he also finished with the lowest ADOT (Average Depth of Target) among quarterbacks who played at least 50% of snaps aiming 3.6 yards down the field on average. The Falcons made it easy on him to check things down and hit wide open guys as evidenced by the fact that he finished first in PFF’s adjusted-completion percentage. Things won’t be that easy every week. Defensively the Eagles were impressive as well. They were the only team in the NFL to not allow a play of over 20 yards. The Falcons are a mess everywhere, but that is undeniably impressive.

Jalen Hurts MVP odds skyrocket after Week 1 - BGN
The hype train is ramping up for Jalen Hurts after a three-touchdown performance in Week 1. His midnight green No. 1 jersey shot up the Fantastic best-selling NFL jerseys list yesterday. Now, the odds for him bringing him some prestigious hardware have jumped as well. SportsBettingDime.com has the odds of Hurts winning the NFL MVP Award going from +6500 ($10 to win $650) before Week 1 to +3500 ($10 to win $350) following the Eagles’ win over the Falcons. That increase leaves Hurts with the 13th-best odds of winning MVP, trailing, in order, Patrick Mahomes, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield.

Week 2 NFL QB Power Rankings: Tom Brady cracks top three as Jalen Hurts, Jameis Winston soar upward - CBS Sports
17) Jalen Hurts. Poise and mobility have never been questions, but Hurts was also extremely efficient inside the pocket in his first road start as the full-time QB1. The production matches the swagger early on. (+6)

Jalen Hurts: ‘Grow every day. That motto will never change’ - PE.com
Hurts welcomes the “electric, passionate” fans who will fill Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, but his focus is on executing what the coaching staff puts in place. Every week, it seems, we try to study Hurts and get a pulse on what he’s thinking, and he delivers with consistency and that Poker Face. There is no magic happening here. Hurts is all football and he’s as nit-picky about his performance as you might imagine. Never once in his year-plus time as an Eagle has Hurts expressed satisfaction at his play because, well, the goal is perfection (in the form of a Super Bowl Championship) and until that is attained, Hurts is going to keep grinding. “The biggest stat I’ll look at that the end of a game is if we won or lost,” Hurts said when asked about his 77 percent completion percentage from Sunday. “You never want to get too high or low. We’re on to the 49ers.”

NFC East Mixtape Vol.22: Recapping Week 1 + WFT/NYG Preview - BGN Radio
Following all of the Week 1 action Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa are back to recap what went down in the NFC East and preview the Washington Football Team/ New York Giants matchup on Thursday.

NFL Week 2 betting nuggets: ATS, over/unders and trends - ESPN
Kyle Shanahan is 7-17-2 ATS as a favorite in the regular season, including 1-8-1 ATS (6-4 outright) as a favorite of at least seven points. Philadelphia has covered each of its last five games as a home underdog. Jimmy Garoppolo is 6-10-2 ATS as a favorite since becoming the 49ers’ starter.

Eagles screen game vs. Atlanta, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
The Eagles ran a screen on the first play of the game. It worked, and they got the same look on the other side of the field, so they ran it again. Both were successful. The receivers blocked well on the Eagles’ screens, notably J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and DeVonta Smith.

Good Signs - Iggles Blitz
I would love to tell you that Sunday’s performance drastically changes my outlook on the season, but we need to see more before I can go there. I do think we can see the Eagles have the potential to be a good team. If Hurts plays well and they win the LOS, the Eagles will win more than expected this year. The Niners have more talent than the Falcons and now they have tape to study. Sunday will give us a better feel for just how good this Eagles team can be.

Stat Analysis: The Philadelphia Eagles are a tougher opponent than you might think. - For The Niners
The issue with the play call above is that it’s so stressful on a defense. The Eagles have matchup-winners everywhere on the football field, the 49ers cannot afford to play very much man, especially now down Jason Verrett - who was their best cover corner by a massive margin. Devonta Smith on Dontae Johnson is a matchup lost. Here’s the crux - the 49ers played more man coverage than usual on Sunday against the Lions, and that was with Jason Verrett. Unless DeMeco Ryans decides to shift back towards the Cover 3/Quarters heavy-defense that Robert Saleh deployed in his time here, and away from the Cover 1 stuff that we saw yesterday, the Eagles could definitely take advantage of a weak cornerback room with the speed they have at all three of their starting WR positions. Spreading out the defense with five-wide formations also forces the 49ers to rely more heavily on DB-heavy packages, and that’s a better thing for the Eagles again, considering how unready Ambry Thomas looks, and how bad Dontae Johnson is.

Elijah Mitchell, Rondale Moore headline Week 2 waiver adds - NBC Sports Edge
3. Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles – Rostered in 9 percent of Yahoo leagues (8-10%). Boston Scott reportedly had just two fewer catches (28-26) than Miles Sanders throughout camp but, when push came to shove, it was Gainwell who was used as the latter’s direct backup, finishing as the only other runner to handle any amount of carries (9) or targets (3) behind Sanders. Given Jalen Hurts’ league-low 3.6-yard depth of target under Nick Sirianni, Gainwell will undoubtedly keep involved via screens and underneath routes as a potential matchup-based option with standalone PPR value. Recommendation: Should be rostered in 12-team PPR leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running Backs for Week 2 - Fake Teams
RB14 Miles Sanders — Miles should excel vs. 49ers defense.

49ers injury report: Emmanuel Moseley and Javon Kinlaw still aren’t practicing - Niners Nation
If Moseley cannot go, we’re looking at Deommodore Lenoir and one of Dontae Johnson, Josh Norman, or Dre Kirkpatrick. Gulp. The Eagles have plenty of speed, and I can see them testing the Niners early and often.

Week 1 NFL Panic Meter: How Worried Should the Packers Be? - The Ringer
Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys lost to the Buccaneers in the first game of the 2021 season and their star running back wasn’t much of a factor. Elliott had only 33 yards on 11 rushing attempts and was outshined by backup Tony Pollard, who gained 14 yards on three attempts and added 29 receiving yards on four catches. Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore said this week that Dallas ran the ball less than anticipated because quarterback Dak Prescott checked out of called runs 12 times based on what he saw from the defense. Still, that doesn’t account for Pollard looking better than Elliott both as a runner and a pass catcher. Elliott signed a six-year, $90 million contract with the Cowboys in 2019. He’s probably not going anywhere for the time being, as moving next offseason would cost Dallas $11.9 million in dead money against the salary cap. It looks less and less likely that Elliott will see the remaining years of his deal beyond that, though. Final verdict: High panic.

Do the Giants have a Saquon Barkley problem? - Big Blue View
After Barkley suffered his devastating knee in 2020, Giants fans loved watching Wayne Gallman run. Gallman doesn’t have nearly Barkley’s speed, power, elusiveness or explosion. He does nothing that is special. What Gallman did in 2020 was hit holes HARD, take the ball where blockers expected it to be taken, put his head down, keep his feet churning and fight for every inch on every run. Because of that, Gallman averaged 4.6 yards per carry, which is one-tenth of a yard less than Barkley has averaged for his career. Here are some startling numbers from Football Outsiders: In 2018, when Barkley was AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, he was only 40th in the league in ‘Success Rate’ on running plays at 40 percent. In 2019, Barkley was 38th with a running play Success Rate of 38 percent. In 2020, Gallman was 14th — yes, 14th — in running play Success Rate at 54 percent. Does that mean he is better than Barkley? Heck, no. As Ottis Anderson told me way back in January, it does mean there is something Barkley can learn from Gallman, now an ex-Giant.

Washington Football Team vs New York Giants Final Injury Report - Hogs Haven
Washington was remarkably healthy heading into Week 1. WR Curtis Samuel was placed on IR with a lingering groin injury. RB Antonio Gibson had his shoulder checked out in the 4th quarter after landing on it. He said he was fine after the game, and it is reportedly a minor AC joint sprain. He was listed as DNP for Monday’s injury report, but that was just an estimation due to the short week practice schedule. Gibson was a full participant the last two days and will be full go tomorrow night. The Giants ruled out LB Cam Brown (hamstring), TE Evan Engram (calf), and G Shane Lemieux (knee) for Week 2.. Saquon Barkley is listed as questionable and has been limited all week. He will reportedly play tomorrow night, but his workload could be limited.

Colts Sign Veteran Safety Andrew Sendejo; Add OL Anthony Coyle to the Practice Squad - Stampede Blue
The Indianapolis Colts announced a few roster moves on Tuesday, as the team signed veteran safety Andrew Sendejo, while waiving cornerback Chris Wilcox in a corresponding active 53-man roster move to make room. Sendejo was one of four safeties that the Colts reportedly worked out on Monday, and it looks like he impressed enough during his tryout. Of course, the Colts desperately needed the additional depth—with just three safeties on their active roster: Julian Blackmon, Khari Willis, and George Odum. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions in 2010, the 6’1”, 210 pound safety has also had professional football stops with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns.

Anthony Levine Sr. and Justin Ellis Promoted, Offensive Tackle Added to P-Squad - Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have also re-signed veteran offensive tackle Andre Smith and cornerback Kevon Seymour to the practice squad. [...] Seymour was a sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016. He has since spent time with Carolina and Philadelphia, playing in 33 games (five starts) with 52 tackles and seven pass breakups. [BLG Note: Former Eagles CB lands on Baltimore’s practice squad.]

Norm Macdonald’s 1998 ESPYs monologue was a sports roast for the ages - SB Nation
When it was reported Tuesday that comedy icon Norm Macdonald died of cancer at age 61 a million thoughts went through my mind. Never have we had someone who felt so ahead of his time, because he was willing to transport you back. Norm had this ability to blend modern biting comedy, self depreciation, and observational comedy — all with a delivery that felt like your uncle telling jokes at a family reunion. The beautiful thing about Macdonald’s comedy was how he relished in the awkward. He made it his playground. No matter what he said, or did on stage — he always had the audience right where he wanted them, in the palm of his hand. If you groaned because he made a joke straight out of the 1950s, it’s because he wanted you to. The man understood an audience better than any comedian of the last 30 years. It’s for this reason that news of his death immediately made me think back to the 1998 ESPY Awards, something that never, ever would have happened today.

NFL University #7: Things we learned in week 1, Urban Meyer exit countdown, and The rookie report card - The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome back to another edition of NFL University! Stephen Serda, Kyle Posey, and Justis Mosqueda break down what we learned in week 1, including the Packers meltdown, the Niners relaxing in the 4th quarter, and the Ravens getting upset by the Raiders on Monday night. The Jacksonville Jaguars looked poorly managed in week 1, and the Urban Meyer countdown has officially started. We’ve got a ‘rookie report card’ for all 5 of the rookie quarterbacks who saw some kind of action in the opening week.

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