Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/20/23.
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2023 NFL Future Power Rankings: Projections for all 32 teams – ESPN+
1. Philadelphia Eagles. Reason for hope: Jeez, you name it. The Eagles have a loaded roster; a front office that has shown a deft ability to maintain and rebuild through the draft, trades and free agency; a head coach who has established a Super Bowl-caliber culture in just two seasons; and an exciting, young franchise quarterback who is locked in long-term and seems driven to be great. The Philadelphia sports fan may not be prone to optimism, but this team should change that. – Graziano. Reason for concern: Heading into 2022, some wondered if coach Nick Sirianni and quarterback Jalen Hurts were the right combination for this team’s future. These concerns no longer exist. Instead, the focus has shifted to the amount of talent on the coaching staff that has left the organization over the past few months. Both coordinators have become head coaches, leaving new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and defensive coordinator Sean Desai to lead what is arguably the best roster in the NFL back to the Super Bowl — and win it this time. Can that duo pull it off? – Riddick. Stat to know: Defensive tackle Jordan Davis was limited to just 217 defensive snaps during his rookie season, but showed serious promise as a run-stuffer. His 41% run stop win rate as an interior rusher would have ranked seventh at the position had he qualified, and his 1.1 yards of push (vertical movement in the first 2.5 seconds of a run play, per ESPN metrics using NFL Next Gen Stats) would have ranked fifth. — Walder.
Dennis Kelly returns to Eagles – BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles are adding some more offensive line depth to their roster ahead of training camp. The team is signing free agent blocker Dennis Kelly, according to NFL insider Tom Pelissero. Yes, that’s the same Dennis Kelly the Birds once traded to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for Dorial Green-Beckham. While DGB flamed out relatively quickly in Philly, Kelly forged a successful NFL career. He made 32 starts in 74 total games played for the Titans from 2016 to 2020. Kelly then recorded four starts in 10 games with the Green Bay Packers in 2021 before starting three games in 16 appearances with the Indianapolis Colts last season. All told, the Eagles’ fifth-round pick in 2012 has 54 career starts and 130 games played under his belt. Kelly clearly adds some value to the Eagles’ offensive situation when it comes to having an experienced backup.
Which current NFL starters could break their team’s franchise passing record? – SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles. Record Holder: Donovan McNabb (32,873 yds) Current QB: Jalen Hurts (7,906 yds). It’s a little early to say this is an absolute lock, but it’s very achievable. Hurts’ future is bright enough to easily become the best QB in Eagles history. Chance of breaking the record: 80 percent.
Thorn: 2023 Offensive Line Rankings – Establish The Run
1. Eagles (Jeff Stoutland) LT Jordan Mailata, LG Landon Dickerson, C Jason Kelce, RG Tyler Steen (R), RT Lane Johnson. Placement Spending: 10 ($48.2m). Notes: The Eagles were my top-ranked unit heading into the 2022 season and remained in the top tier all year. They are set to return four of their five starters (including their top four) and replace Isaac Seumalo with rookie fourth-rounder Tyler Steen of Alabama. Steen was a left tackle in college with the playmaking strength and physicality to make a successful transition into the pros, where he’ll be flanked by two Hall of Fame-caliber players in Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce. Led by arguably the game’s best developer of O-Line talent in Jeff Stoutland, this is a star-studded group with quality depth (Cam Jurgens, Jack Driscoll) that operates in a run-heavy scheme built around highlighting their talent.
Training Camp Position Preview: Edge Rusher – PE.com
Nolan Smith – The team’s second first-round pick was a two-time national champion at Georgia, where he finished his career with 114 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Smith was the heaviest player ever to run a sub-4.4 (4.39) in the 40-yard dash and leap 40-plus inches (41.5) in the vertical jump.
Eagles training camp: Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and other issues that could sabotage 2023 season – Inquirer
Nakobe Dean can’t handle it. Again, no one has been more positive about Nakobe Dean than I have. He was the best player on that Georgia defense. But he’s an intermediate linebacker at 5-foot-11 and 231 pounds. As a rookie last year, he was unable to unseat regular veteran TJ Edwards. And he will be asked to run a newly installed scheme as the first time starter. No one will work under a more penetrating microscope in this camp than Dean, but it’s like he’s being set up to fail.
Past/Present: DeMarco Murray and Tony Pollard Could Have Similar Cowboys Exits – Blogging The Boys
Eight years ago, the Dallas Cowboys decided to let a highly productive running back named DeMarco Murray walk away instead of giving him a long-term contract. Now that Tony Pollard is now officially playing 2023 on the franchise tag, could history repeat itself? With Monday’s deadline now passed, Pollard and other franchise-tagged players who have not received new deals are not eligible for contract changes until the 2024 offseason. Pollard will either be re-tagged by the Cowboys or become an unrestricted free agent. With Ezekiel Elliott gone and Pollard now the undisputed featured back, many expect a huge season for him. Last year, he managed 1,007 rushing yards and made his first Pro Bowl despite sharing carries with Zeke. Even a modest increase in touches could easily have Pollard among the league’s top producers in 2023.
Better or worse? For Giants, RB is all about Saquon Barkley – Big Blue View
The Giants are worse off if Barkley decided to miss games and not play at his franchise tag. Barkley is a dynamic leader on the Giants, who are a victim of the current running back market. Barkley is doing nothing wrong. He should look to extract as much money as possible; his situation is a sad reality tied to a deteriorating RB market. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the current state of the market at the running back position. However, the purpose of this article is to state whether the Giants backfield is better or worse than last season, and there’s no way they’re better if Saquon Barkley doesn’t wear the 26 on September 10th.
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