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Biggest takeaways from the 2021 NFL preseason for all 32 teams - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. The Eagles are going to run a lot more two-high, zone coverages in 2021. The Eagles ran man coverage at a top-five rate in the NFL during the 2020 season, but it looks like that’s changing under new defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Philadelphia led all defenses this preseason in Cover 2 rate (39%) and number of snaps with two-high safeties post-snap. On the flip side, no defense ran less Cover 1 than the Eagles over the past month (7%). It’s a trend that should carry over into the regular season, given Gannon’s tendencies while with the Colts.

Official: Eagles sign 15 players to their practice squad - BGN
Kayode Awosika was a contender to make the roster. The Eagles seemingly tried to hide his ability by having him play at multiple offensive line positions this summer as opposed to keeping him at one spot. Could be a future starter or a key backup. Le’Raven Clark reportedly had other suitors, so the Eagles are likely paying him more than the minimum to stay on their practice squad. His presence gives the Eagles a competent backup tackle who boasts game experience.

A look at the Eagles 53-man roster + the first 15 practice squad additions - BGN Radio
The Eagles’ 53-man roster is set! For now, at least. Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski break down the team position-by-position and give their thoughts on what the Birds are working with. Plus, the guys touch on the first 15 practice squad additions and big picture thoughts.

5 roster moves that make sense for the Eagles after 53-man cutdowns - PhillyVoice
Trade LT Andre Dillard to the Rams for S Terrell Burgess (22). Let’s take a shot in the dark, shall we? In the 2019 draft, the Rams selected a couple of safeties in Burgess (third round) and Jordan Fuller (sixth round). Burgess had a bad ankle injury that ended his 2020 season, while Fuller became a good starter as a rookie. The Rams are flush with safety talent, as they kept six of them at 53-man cutdowns. At Utah, Burgess was a versatile player who could play deep, in the box, and who could man up against slot receivers. He could be an immediate fit as the third safety in the Eagles’ defense. Meanwhile, longtime starting LT Andrew Whitworth (40 in December) is likely playing his last season in 2021. Dillard could provide LT depth for the aging vet, and the Rams would have time to try to coax Dillard’s potential out of him, with the possibility of him becoming a long-term answer at LT.

Why Zach Ertz chose to focus on the future despite a difficult past year with the Eagles - Inquirer
But after the draft, there was a sit-down with Roseman and new coach Nick Sirianni, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Sirianni liked Ertz, had studied his film intently when former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich became Colts head coach and Sirianni his assistant. But the coach wants an explosive offense that favors three-wide receiver sets over two tight ends. But day after day, week after week, nothing happened. Some NFL insiders believed that Roseman wasn’t making any significant moves during camp with a possible acquisition of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in the mix. Ertz, meanwhile, showed up for camp in his usual great shape, and aside from his bleach blonde hairdo, not much seemed to change. And over the next month, Sirianni slowly adjusted to the idea of keeping both Goedert and Ertz.

Mailbag: Where Will Aaron Rodgers Play in 2022? - Sports Illustrated
Eagles: The Eagles have done their homework on Deshaun Watson, and owner Jeffrey Lurie’s got a healthy desire to get the quarterback position taken care of after dealing off a young one he thought would be there for a decade and a half. Maybe Jalen Hurts will take off in Year 2. But I don’t think the Eagles are married to the idea he will the way they’d hitched themselves to Carson Wentz. And Philly will have flexibility to build around a QB next year.

News and notes leading off with Zach Ertz’s first press conference of 2021 - PE.com
“I’ve given so much to this team for the past eight years, they’ve given me so much for the past eight years, and I love this team, at the end of the day. And so for me, it was all about respecting that,” Ertz said. “This team is going to be a lot bigger than (No.) 86 going forward. And so for me, I love this city too much to quote-unquote burn it down like some people wanted me to do at times or whatnot, because ultimately I love this place.”

Gardner Minshew ‘back for revenge’ on Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni - ESPN
Speaking to the Philadelphia media for the first time since being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional sixth-round draft pick, Minshew told a story about his most meaningful interaction with Sirianni prior to this week. It came during the pre-draft process in 2019 when Minshew visited the Indianapolis Colts, where Sirianni was the offensive coordinator. “We were playing HORSE and it was getting pretty competitive, and I had a button-up on and I had to take that off because the game was getting a little too competitive. I think that really stood out. I think that might have played a role into why I’m here,” Minshew said, cracking a smile. “Dang, he [won]. I was up and then we started talking ball, he was kind of distracting me, I took my shirt off and it didn’t help and he just continued to beat me. That’s why I’m back. I’m back for revenge.”

Ranking All 45 Bears Quarterbacks Since the Team Last Won the Super Bowl - The Ringer
15. Nick Foles. That’s SUPER BOWL MVP Nick Foles, who turned back into a pumpkin after his magnificent victory over the Patriots. Other than McMahon, he is the only quarterback on this list to win a Super Bowl as a starter, either in Chicago or elsewhere. Unfortunately, his ring and his thing have not led to success outside of Philly. He is 7-16 as a starter for not-the-Eagles, and is currently a very expensive third-stringer for the Bears.

Cowboys roster move: Dallas signing running back Corey Clement to active roster - Blogging The Boys
It appears that the Cowboys plan to utilize the fifth-year runner on special teams as well which is normal duty for an RB3, something the Cowboys did not have on their initial roster. Ultimately this is a rather normal move for them to make as they construct their roster to the point that they want it.

Washington Football Team signs 15 players for the practice squad - Hogs Haven
[BLG Note: WFT has three former Eagles on their practice squad. DB Jeremy Reaves, DL Gabe Wright, and OL Jon Toth.]

Giants establish their 2021 practice squad - Big Blue View
[BLG Note: Former Eagles DL Willie Henry is on their PS.]

Josh McCown: Kirk Cousins not getting vaccinated takes away from his ability to lead - PFT
“Obviously, we have a personal choice, and that’s a freedom that he has,’’ McCown told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “But I think in the realm of a team and understanding everything we do about the science and the safety of it, I would just say it would be hard week in and week out for a quarterback to say, ‘Hey, I’m all for my team, but I’m not going to do this.’” McCown said the unvaccinated Cousins won’t be the best leader a franchise quarterback can be.

T.Y. Hilton placed on IR after undergoing surgery for neck injury - Stampede Blue
It remains unclear exactly how many games Hilton will miss, but losing him should not be overlooked going into the season. Hilton brings a strong amount of leadership and reliability to the Colts’ locker room and team in general. While Hilton’s role role may have been slightly reduced over the past few seasons, he still attracts double teams more often than not. As one of the team’s more polished route runners, Hilton always has a knack for getting open. Hilton has only missed 10 games in his career, and the Colts have continuously struggled with him off the field.

A complete timeline of how Bishop Sycamore fooled ESPN - SB Nation
A high school showcase game has sparked a high school sports scandal in one of the most remarkable stories of the year. The “school,” Bishop Sycamore, was scrutinized after a 58-0 loss on ESPN that left announcers appalled and fans bewildered at how and why a team this bad was allowed to compete on national television. In the wake of those fairly innocuous questions, we’ve been led down a remarkable path that continues to get more bizarre with each passing day. If you’ve been struggling to understand this whole debacle, let’s break it down.

NFL University #5: AFC Regular Season Preview - The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome back to another edition of NFL University! Stephen Serda and special guest host Jay Binkley of 610 Sports Radio discuss the biggest news from NFL cut day and all the transactions you need to know. We’re only 8 days away from the NFL regular season kickoff! We preview every team in the AFC, and what you should expect from the contenders and pretenders this season. [BLG Note: Worth listening for discussion on the Dolphins and Colts, who both obviously owe high draft picks to the Eagles.]

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