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Biggest NFL breakout candidates at every position based on 2021 NFL preseason performance - PFF
Tackle: Jordan Mailata, Philadelphia Eagles A former rugby player in Australia, Mailata only started playing football shortly before being drafted by the Eagles in 2018. Since then, he’s improved by leaps and bounds every single year. Forced into a starting role last year, he earned an admirable 70.3 overall grade on 733 snaps. And this preseason, he took another massive leap. Former first-rounder Andre Dillard was finally healthy and playing some good football in his own right [BLG Note: Not really!], but it still wasn’t close enough to unseat Mailata. While he only played 16 snaps, Mailata moved and manhandled defenders the way elite NFL left tackles do. The 6-foot-8, 346-pound tackle is in store for a big year.

Philadelphia Eagles walk fine line in keeping Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz - ESPN
Why the change of course for Philadelphia? There are factors to consider. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been keeping his options open. A widely-held belief in league circles is a potential trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson influenced the Eagles’ thinking. One of the tight ends — namely Goedert — might have to be a part of the package for Watson. Dealing the other player would leave the team empty-handed at the position. That helps explain why Philadelphia didn’t follow through after being on the verge of trading Ertz on more than one occasion.

NFC East Mixtape Vol.21: Predicting the 2021 NFC East Season - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa share their predictions for the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Washington Football team this season!

Ups and Downs - Iggles Blitz
That’s a pretty good track record. Based on that and what we’ve seen and heard from Sirianni so far I feel good about him. Think of that as short term good. Reid was the only coach who proved he had what it took to sustain excellence. Part of that is that he had long term thinking. We never got that from Rhodes. He lived in the moment. Kelly was too Larry Brown like, always tinkering and treating the players as if they were purely disposable commodities. Pederson was weird. He learned from Reid, but I still never got the sense that he had good long term thinking. He was so in love with veteran players. Sirianni feels different. He and his staff have embraced young players. These are young coaches and that might help things. You must embrace youth if you want to build a sustainable model. It sure seems like this rookie class has developed nicely so far, but the real test will start on Sunday. I’m excited to see the Eagles play, but I’m also curious to see how the Sirianni era goes. Finding the right coach makes a world of difference.

A 6-pack of not-so-obvious things to watch on Sunday -
1. Eagles pass coverage against WR Russell Gage. All the talk has been about Calvin Ridley, the outstanding Atlanta wide receiver, and Kyle Pitts, Atlanta’s first-round draft pick who is listed as a tight end but who is more like a wide receiver playing the tight end position. Understandable. Deserved. Ridley enters his fourth season after busting out last year – 90 receptions, 1,374 yards, nine touchdowns – and he’s so good that the Falcons deemed future Hall of Famer Julio Jones expendable. Slay said on Wednesday that Ridley is a “No. 1 receiver” in this league, and yeah, he’s right on the mark there. Pitts was the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and is said to be the “next generation” of tight ends. The word from Atlanta is that the Falcons plan to move him all over the formation and use creative ways to get him the football. He’s going to be a handful, and the Eagles know that. That will be a chess match to watch. But Russell Gage is also a dangerous receiver and he has barely garnered a mention publicly this week. The Eagles are talking about him inside the confines of the NovaCare Complex, you can trust that. Gage had 72 receptions for 786 yards and four touchdowns in 2020. He’s got speed and he is a strong route runner.

10 things Roob’s noticed about Sirianni - NBCSP
Energy: In a way, Sirianni comes across more like a typical high school coach than an NFL coach with his unwavering high-octane approach. I’m not sure how many NFL players are used to this sort of super-charged energy from a coach, but so far at least he’s made it work because it’s not a gimmick, it’s who he really is. And he knows ball. And really the best way to get players to buy in is by being yourself, being honest and truly knowing ball. I don’t know if it’s humanly possible to sustain this sort of pace over a long season, but I do know that every player appreciates a coach that’s working as hard as they are.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 1 - Fake Teams
QB6 - Jalen Hurts. A dome game with his legs? This ranking might be too low.

Falcons defense vs. Eagles offense: Is Jalen Hurts the answer in Philly? - The Falcoholic
Ultimately, this match up comes down to what Jalen Hurts can do. He’s got a good offensive line in front of him and some good weapons at tight end and wide receiver. His athleticism and ability to evade pressure could prove to be a problem, but guys like Deion Jones and Foye Oluokun have the speed to track him down if need be. This could actually be a really good matchup, and while I have faith that Dean Pees is going to cause havoc, I also think this is a talented Eagles offense. In my mind, this one is too close to call.

Mailbag: Are the Dolphins Being Overlooked for 2021? - Sports Illustrated
And here’s the thing—McDaniels is a brilliant football coach. That’s not just me saying it. That’s everyone I’ve talked to who’s worked with him. Which is to say, if Jones blows up and the Patriots are back to being the Patriots again, and McDaniels interviews with a bunch of teams as a result, someone’s going to fall in love with him. The Eagles did, even if they wound up going in another direction at the end.

Dallas doesn’t just have a Zack Martin problem for Thursday, they’ve got an offensive line one - Blogging The Boys
Martin’s loss is incomparably painful no doubt, but his won’t be the only presence that’s missed — at least at full strength, on Thursday. Connor Williams was just reinstated from the COVID/reserve list back after battling the virus in late August. He’ll have to make the most of his limited reps after returning to the gridiron Sunday in preparation for a much larger role with Martin sidelined. And speaking of short prep, La’el Collins’ neck stingers have hampered his health since the beginning of last month, and question marks are buzzing surrounding his ability to be a considerable contributor at the tackle spot. It’s a big blow after the votes of confidence Collins expressed regarding his own status after an injury-riddled 2020.

Washington Football Team vs Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday Injury Report - Hogs Haven
Curtis Samuel practiced yesterday and returned to the field today only to leave early after it looked like he reinjured himself. Ron Rivera said something just didn’t feel right and he was shut down for the day. He declined to even speculate on placing Samuel on injured reserve, but that option is looking more likely after today’s practice.

Saquon Barkley injury update, more takeaways from Wednesday - Big Blue View
Giants safety Jabrill Peppers said that it is apparent that Barkley is “not 100 percent,” but added that he and other defenders will do what they can to help prepare him. “It’s up to us to make sure that when he’s ready to go back out there, he’s ready to go back out there,” Peppers said. “We’ve got to bang him up a little bit, go after the ball just to get some contact on his body.”

Carson Wentz cleared to play in Colts’ season opener - Stampede Blue
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz participated in full for Wednesday’s practice. With Wentz clearing the final hurdle, which never seemed in doubt with his quick recovery from foot surgery, he’s been named the Week 1 starter against the Seattle Seahawks. Wentz was seen without a walking boot less than a week after surgery, and he was on the practice field two weeks later. Originally expected to be a 6-12 week recovery, Wentz improved at a rapid pace allowing him full-go for Sunday’s season opener at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Mack Hollins on being named captain, Tua Tagovailoa not being one with Dolphins - PFT
“I know the question will probably come, ‘Why isn’t he a captain?’ Just because you’re a quarterback or just because you’re this doesn’t mean you have to be the captain of you have to be this,” Hollins said, via Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald.

Houston Texans Injury News: Ka’imi Fairbairn, Charlie Heck Out For Week One - Battle Red Blog
In the last day, the Texans signed Danny Amendola and traded Bradley Roby to the Saints. Lost in the shuffle is that Houston added two other cornerbacks. Jimmy Moreland was acquired off waivers. Cre’Von LeBlanc, a member of the Eagles’ bizarre 2018 secondary, along with kicker Joey Slye, will join Houston’s practice squad. Cornell Armstrong was waived with an injury settlement off IR.

Injury updates: Shanahan is hopeful Moseley plays Sunday; Hurd a candidate for IR - Niners Nation
The 49ers signed veteran LB Nate Gerry to their practice squad and released OL Corbin Kaufusi.

The NFL is pain, welcome to the 2021 season - SB Nation
So dawns the beginning of another NFL season. A fresh opportunity to try to find our own magic number. Ignoring the stark reality that we too will likely crash back down. The NFL is pain, and our agony is its muse. There’s good reason you’ll rarely find a happy NFL writer. We come in two breeds: Those young enough to keep trying to find that number, and those who have accepted the fate that when the NFL comes knocking it always demands a pound of flesh, and we’ve carved as much as we can in service of its cruel desire.

NFL University #6: NFC Regular Season Preview - The SB Nation NFL Show
Welcome back to another edition of NFL University! Stephen Serda, Kyle Posey, and Justis Mosqueda get things going with the new reflective Ben Roethlisberger, and an under-the-radar trade for the New Orleans Saints. Week 1 is upon us with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night football! Before the season gets underway we have to break down the entire NFC with division winners, and the teams most likely to be letdowns.


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