Eagles News: Philadelphia’s Secret Superstar

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One ‘Secret Superstar’ for All 32 NFL Teams Entering the 2022 Season – PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: LB TJ Edwards. Edwards is arguably one of the best underdog stories in the NFL. A player who consistently scores well at every level measuring PFF, Edwards has marginal physical resources and so had to earn his way into playing time – unwritten, on special teams and in preseason. However, since he took a starting job, he has been Eagles’ top linebacker for some time (an admittedly low bar to erase), achieving an overall PFF mark of 75.5 in 2021 – higher than the perennial All-Pros Bobby Wagner (71.8) and Lavonte David (72.3).

Eagles All-22 Film Review: TJ Edwards and Davion Taylor Evaluate – BGN
TJ Edwards is someone I was completely wrong. I saw the ability to play the run, but I thought he was just too limited athleticism to hold up as a starting linebacker. But he has proven to be an average/good starting linebacker, which is very impressive for a UDFA. I still don’t think he’s a good fit for the modern pass-happy NFL, but you still need good quality linebackers who can play the run. I expect TJ Edwards to play fewer snaps next year, but I still expect him to play a key role in base downs. I imagine Kyzir White and Nakobe Dean play a lot in nickel, but I wouldn’t count TJ Edwards, I think he will continue to play a pretty big role for the Eagles in 2022.

NFL Training Camp: Top Ten Position Fights to Watch in 2022 – NFL.com
Nakobe Dean vs. TJ Edwards vs. Kyzir White vs. David Taylor. The entire Eagles linebacking corps can be defined by how ready Dean is to step in and where the staff determine their best spot. The rookie, who fell to the Eagles in the third round of the draft due to medical concerns, worked on the middle and weak spots of the linebacker during spring practice. If Dean earns reps at middle linebacker, that could push Edwards, who stabilized the spot last season. Philly could also use Dean alongside Edwards even after signing White this offseason. There’s no doubt that the Eagles’ linebacking corps look significantly upgraded on paper after years of trouble. How the playtime shakes out comes down to Dean.

The QB Factory Reboot #57: Is Tier 3 Accurate for Jalen Hurts? + Thoughts on Top Gun Maverick – BGN Radio
Raichele Privette and Mark Schofield are back and better after a short summer break. The two recap their summers thus far, sharing their thoughts on Top Gun Maverick and discussing whether Tier 3 is a proper placement for Jalen Hurts in Mike Sando’s QB Tiers column at The Athletic.

The Eagles’ Over-Under Trend That’s Impossible to Explain – NBCSP
The last six times their over-under win total has been set at 9½ or higher, the Eagles have failed to hit that expected total. And three of those six seasons, they actually ended with a losing record. The Eagles go all the way back to 2005 and have only made the over once in eight times, which was set at 9½ wins or higher. That was 2009, when the Vegas profit projection was 9½ wins, and they went 11-5. Here’s a breakdown of every year since 2005 the Eagles are expected to win 9½ or more games, along with their actual winning total.

Some hurt talk – Iggles Blitz
The Eagles need to have a more consistent passing attack. You can’t live on big plays and play-action passes. DeVonta Smith is an excellent route runner and has a pretty good chemistry with Hurts. AJ Brown is a big, physical receiver that doesn’t have to be open to be open, if that makes sense. He and Hurts are old friends so I don’t think trust will be an issue. Hurts needs to get the ball to these two quickly so they can play for him. Nick Sirianni is a big believer in post-catch yards, an area where the Eagles struggled last year. Last year they were 22nd in the league, nearly 1,000 yards behind the leading Chiefs. YAC comes from a QB who makes a quick decision and then throws an accurate pass. If the receiver can catch the ball on the run, you have a shot at a big play. If the receiver has to slow down or adjust to the ball, the defense has an easier time getting to him and limiting play. Brown should be a big help in this area.

Spadaro: 12 Questions to Answer at Eagles Training Camp Opening – PE.com
5. What steps has QB Jalen Hurts made in his second season on the offensive? A big question, for sure. And we won’t know the full extent of it until the regular season, of course, but keep in mind that for the first time since high school, Jalen Hurts will play a second season in a row with the same offensive coordinator. So he knows the offense. He knows where to go with football. He knows the coaches and their expectations. There’s just another level of comfort and confidence when you do it a second time, right? Hurts was dynamic in his first full season as a starter in 2021, so the natural expectation is that he will take a big step forward in ’22. The Eagles have an all-out attack as it looks on paper with a footrace that led the league last season and a wide reception corps that is deep and very, very talented. The offensive line is great, as we all know. Hurts knows he has areas for improvement and both he and the coaches have openly acknowledged that. All eyes are on Hurts, but isn’t that always the case with a starting quarterback? He thrives in the spotlight and so this will be a summer where Hurts hopes to really take his game to the next level.

Eagles Training Camp: What You Need to Know About All 46 Defensive Special Teams Players – The Athletic
Josh Sweat is coming off his best season, a 7.5 sack year in which the Eagles were rewarded for signing an extension in September. Compared to Jordan Mailata’s extension, for example, Sweat’s deal is much closer to market value than a decided buy for the team. According to Over The Cap, Sweat’s total guaranteed money ranks 34th among all edge rushers. His 14 quarterback hits, including sacks, ranked 55th, according to TruMedia. The eye test tells us that Sweat was slightly better than that, and the speed at which opponents got rid of the ball against the Eagles affects his raw numbers, but Sweat isn’t much of a game-changer just yet.

Dan Snyder sails away from the consequences that may never come – The Ringer
After avoiding a subpoena while on his mega yacht, Snyder will finally meet Congress this week about the commanders’ toxic work culture. But it’s a jury of its co-owners who could determine what comes next — and what kind of precedent that would set.

5 things we want to see from the Dallas Cowboys in training camp – Blogging The Boys
Finally use Tony Pollard to the fullest. To say Tony Pollard has been underused in his first three years with the Dallas Cowboys is an understatement. Yes, we all know he plays second fiddle to Ezekiel Elliott in the running game, but even that is no excuse for not increasing his workload after the way he performed when he got the chance. It is time for that to change. Entering a contract year, the Cowboys have one last chance to finally take full advantage of number 20. Pollard is a versatile playmaker, whether as a runner or receiver from the backfield, and it’s been a long time since using him as such. He should see a significant increase in touches in 2022 and hopefully we start to see that happen in training camp.

Giants put Azeez Ojulari on non-football injury list, add four to PUP list – Big Blue View
The Giants also added sophomore EDGE Azeez Ojulari to the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list with a hamstring injury. Pat Leonard of the New York Post reports that Ojulari recently sustained the injury but is expected to recover with rest. As we always point out, hamstring injuries can be notoriously tricky and the Giants would do well not to rush Ojulari back onto the field.

Doug Pederson Treats Jaguars Players Like Adults – Big Cat Country
When a new coach enters a team for the first year and starts to show what kind of leader and communicator they are, players notice. Some like it. Some don’t. A few may be indifferent. But they list the similarities and differences of that new coach with the old coach in the same way that any of us would if we got a new boss or if our departments promoted someone else to lead. Think of Josh Allen as someone who loves what his new coach brings to the table. In the first week of training camp, Josh Allen commented on how he is entering his fourth season with the team. It’s been a whirlwind for the defender, now on his third head coach in just a short span of time in the NFL, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the differences between Doug Pederson and his predecessors… with Josh Allen pointing out that the most profound thing that has changed is the professionalism the new Jaguars head coach brings to the locker room.

Saints bring in RB Jordan Howard for a tryout – Canal Street Chronicles
The New Orleans Saints bring in veteran RB Jordan Howard for a tryout. Howard spent last season with the Eagles, where he had 406 yards and three touchdowns. Howard will join the USFL’s Offensive Player of the Year and former Saint Darius Victor for a tryout this week. At 27, Howard has some left in the tank and has proven in the right systems that he can be successful as a rotary back. [BLG Note: The Saints signed veteran RB Malcolm Brown, perhaps indicating they’re passing on JoHo.]

Jets Sign Rashard Davis – Gang Green Nation
Davis has bounced into professional football since signing with the Eagles as an unwritten free agent from James Madison in 2017. He had multiple stints on the Philadelphia practice squad that year, earning a Super Bowl ring as a practice squad. He also spent time with the Raiders, Chiefs and Titans before moving to the CFL and then the USFL. He was also selected in the XFL Draft in 2020, but chose not to play in that competition. The Jets haven’t really been looking for a starting return man since they gave Braxton Berrios a lucrative contract extension in the off-season. They may be looking for a backup to stash in the practice team and activate before a game in case Berrios gets injured. Davis would fit that mold.

Kyler Murray’s ‘study clause’ is a distraction from making the cardinals – SB Nation
Last week, Kyler Murray became one of the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks when he signed a $230 million five-year contract. It was a vote of confidence, a sign of faith, positive proof that the Cardinals believed their man was destined to lead their franchise into the future. Now, days later, that’s all gone — replaced in conversation with a disturbing and downright offensive caveat to the deal. The “Independent Study Addendum” was obtained by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, and it ostensibly says that the quarterback has to do his homework during the season, or that the team has the right to put the contract in a default status, which Murray would. to do. or the deal would become void.

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