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Eagles News: Jalen Carter has his sights set on Defensive Rookie of the Year

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/29/23.

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Spadaro: Jalen Carter adapts to life in the NFL -
Carter said he aspires to become the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, but that is as far as he goes in speculating or wishcasting. Ask him about his role and he says he is looking to make an impact every time he is on the field. Ask him about bigger goals and he shrugs off the question. Carter is doing it all the right way – he is staying quiet, hunkering down on the responsibility of the NFL. Defensive coordinator Sean Desai said Carter is, like young players at this level, “learning to be a pro” and with that comes the understanding that it is wonderful and necessary to have talent, but perfecting technique and mastering the scheme and gaining a doctorate-level understanding of how it works in the trenches in the NFL is what separates players. It helps Carter that he has former Georgia teammate Jordan Davis in the same room and for Davis, in his second season, this is a chance to help his friend learn the nuances of being an NFL rookie. There is also veteran star Fletcher Cox, a former first-round draft pick who has gone on to become one of the league’s greats. His perspective is invaluable for Carter.

Camp Thoughts - Iggles Blitz
Carter seems to be a man on a mission. He slid down to the 9th pick and had to deal with some tough situations. Now he is back on the football field and is doing what he does best…wreaking havoc. Carter will make his share of plays, but he’ll disrupt even more. Other guys will make those plays, but Carter will be the reason they didn’t work. There was legitimate concern that the off-field baggage might get in his head and affect what he does on the field. That hasn’t been the case so far. Carter says his goal is to be the defensive rookie of the year. That is tough for a DT. Those guys normally need a season or two to adjust to pro football. Carter is good enough that he might be an exception. I like the fact he’s got lofty goals. I am more impressed with his focus and level of play to this point.

Eagles training camp practice notes: Nick Sirianni battling against complacency - BGN
Nick Sirianni is taking no prisoners early in camp. The Eagles’ head coach is no stranger to showing emotion but he’s been especially fiery through two practices thus far. Check out this moment from just a few minutes into today’s session. The thought here is that Sirianni is really trying to battle against complacency setting in after the team was so successful in many regards (except for, well, you know) last season. He’s doing his part to send the message that it’s a different year and they need to start all over again.

Eagles training camp Day 2 practice recap - BGN Radio
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Eagles Kelly green jerseys go on sale Monday at team pro shops - CBS Philly
Eagles fans itching to get their paws on a Kelly green jersey can do so Monday. The Eagles announced Friday that Kelly green merchandise will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at their three pro shop locations. The Birds’ pro shop locations are at Lincoln Financial Field, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Lancaster.

Cowboys rumors: Former Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott to visit New England Patriots - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys obviously released Elliott this offseason and he has been on the free agent market ever since. You may recall that back on March 23rd there was a report of teams that Zeke had interest in, a group that included the Philadelphia Eagles besides the aforementioned Bengals and Jets. March 23rd was a Thursday and in the report ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that Zeke wanted to make his decision by the following week and as we are about to hit August that very clearly did not happen. The running back market in general has been tough this offseason which has obviously worked against Zeke. New England also had reported interest in Dalvin Cook so they are clearly poking around to find a fit that they like. For what it is worth, the Cowboys host the Patriots in Week 4 so if Elliott signs with New England a reunion would be on the way very soon.

Big Blue View mailbag: Andrew Thomas, Saquon Barkley, Dave Gettleman, more - Big Blue View
Matthews, as you mentioned the obvious extension/second contract candidate is Xavier McKinney. As I have written before, I think McKinney has a lot to prove in 2023 and I doubt the Giants are in a hurry to get this one done. McKinney is talented, but he has only had one impact season out of three. That was 2021, the only time he was healthy for a full season. The 2022 season was a disaster for him. He didn’t play nearly as well in the first half of the season as he had in 2022, then the Cabo mess happened. I think McKinney needs a healthy, productive season to earn that second contract. Azeez Ojulari is another who needs a big 2023 for the Giants to begin thinking about an extension. It’s too early to talk about guys like Kayvon Thibodeaux or Evan Neal.

Free agent QBs for the Bengals to consider with Joe Burrow sidelined - Cincy Jungle
Carson Wentz. Wentz had a very promising career with the Philadelphia Eagles but couldn’t stay healthy and eventually lost his job to Nick Foles and was eventually traded. He’s bounced around the league since but never really caught on anywhere else. Nick Foles. After winning a Super Bowl with Philly, the team decided to stick with Foles over Wentz, but things didn’t quite work out. He was eventually released and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Foles also spent time with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.

With Joe Burrow out “several weeks,” Bengals will work out a pair of quarterbacks - PFT
Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Bengals will work out Reid Sinnett and Drew Plitt. Sinnett, who played college football at the University of San Diego, has spent time with the Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Eagles. He played for the San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL.

The Rams’ corny training camp shirts got absolutely roasted on social media - SB Nation
The Rams are in kind of a tough spot this year. They’re now on the receiving end of the “F them picks” mentality that GM Les Snead and Sean McVay employed to get them a Super Bowl in 2021, and it looks ROUGH. The defense is starting multiple rookies, very few of them actually drafted on the first two days of the NFL Draft. With the general vibe around the team being at its’ lowest point in possibly five years, the Rams had to do something to boost the morale of the team and fans that showed up to training camp. Instead, they did this.


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