Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/21/23.
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One final offseason roster move for all 32 NFL teams – ESPN+
Philadelphia Eagles. Sign defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. I know the Eagles have a premier pass rusher and used their second first-round pick on Nolan Smith to promote it, but let’s get greedy as it pertains to a top Super Bowl contender. Waves of depth are essential to a pass rush in the NFL, and Ngakoue is a sack specialist who can give Philly what it felt Robert Quinn would bring when it signed him last offseason. Ngakoue isn’t exactly coming cheap, but do you think I’m worried about the Eagles finding a way to make a move work under the salary cap? He had 9.5 sacks and 29 pressures last season with the Colts.
Ruling the Trenches – Iggles Blitz
DL also gets good coaching. Tracy Rocker works with the big guys and Jeremiah Washburn works with the edge rushers. Rocker has gotten good play from Cox. Javon Hargrave had a career year for him last season. Milton Williams has developed well. The big test will be to see how Davis and Carter fare this year. Rocker certainly has some good talent to work with. Washburn got career years from Sweat and Reddick last season. He had a career high in sacks from BG and now gets to work with future HOFer Nolan Smith (too soon?). I think another key to success is being patient with players. The Eagles gave Mailata time to develop. He was drafted in 2018 and didn’t play in his first game until 2020. That’s real patience. The Eagles also gave sweat time. He barely played as a rookie and then became a situational rusher the next year. He started three games in 2020 before becoming a full-time starter in 2021. Think Marlon Tuipulotu. He really struggled as a rookie in the preseason. The Eagles kept him on the roster and he became a role player last year before getting hurt. Not all coaching staffs and front offices are so patient.
State of the Dallas Cowboys: Eye on the Enemy check-in – BGN
Last year, the Eagles won the NFC East and stopped the Dallas Cowboys from doing something no team in the division has done since 2005. Repeat as division champions. Heading into the 2023 season, the Birds are on top, not only taking over as the Alpha Dogs of the East, but advancing to the Super Bowl as conference champions, something Dallas hasn’t done since 1995. Now it’s the Cowboys , who will look to provide a service.
NFL releases key dates: Here’s what they mean for Eagles – PhillyVoice
What it means for the Eagles: An Oct. 31 trade deadline is silly. It is far too early. The NFL won’t even be halfway through the regular season, and some teams will only have played seven games. At best there will be 3 or 4 teams who think their season is over by then and therefore won’t be properly motivated to sell. The NFL should really consider pushing the trade deadline closer to Thanksgiving than Halloween. As for how the trade deadline affects the Eagles, it’s too bad for them that it’s not later in the season. Howie Roseman loves to wheel and deal at the deadline, and a later date would put more teams/players in play. (He’ll probably still make a deal like he usually does.)
Spadaro: The time is now for the class of 2022 – PE.com
There’s a reason the NFL stands by the idea that a player improves the most from his first season to his second. It’s an axiom that’s tried and true, and when you live that life, you understand it in real time. Last year at this time, linebacker Nakobe Dean was learning to be an Eagle. Safety Reed Blankenship tried to stay afloat in the fast-paced world at the NovaCare Complex. Offensive lineman Cam Jurgens did everything he could to overshadow All-Pro center Jason Kelce and defensive tackle Jordan Davis tried everything he could to stay in the moment and take things day by day. That was 2022. Now it’s a completely different situation for the Eagles’ 2022 Rookie Class, one that steps up and expects to be a major factor in the team’s success in 2023. “It’s a lot different,” said Dean, who has a chance to to earn a starting job in Sean Desai’s defense after playing 34 snaps in his rookie campaign. “It was completely new last year, so there were naturally many things to learn. We’re still learning, but we’ve gone over the daily schedule all last season. I know for us (fellow Georgia Bulldog Davis) we had won the national championship game and went right into the (NFL) Draft preparation and then the Draft and then here we are in Philadelphia. There was no time to stop, so you just kept pushing and pushing. “We have an offseason now and we can work on things and improve on what we did last year, so that’s a big difference.”
Josh Sills’ trial on rape and kidnapping charges postponed until July 31 – PFT
An Ohio judge has agreed to delay the trial of Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills on rape and kidnapping charges, nj.com’s Chris Franklin reports. The trial in Guernsey County was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but prosecutors filed a motion June 7 requesting additional time. Sills’ attorney, Michael Connick, opposed the delay, saying the prosecution has had enough time to prepare.
Why Dak Prescott Will Ultimately Be the Highest Paid Player in NFL History – Blogging The Boys
Prescott enters a season where he will have CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks and a healthier Michael Gallup as his pass catchers. The team also hopes that the play-calling improves and opens up the offense. And if Dak could return to one of his healthy seasons (didn’t miss a game his first four years) after missing time in each of the last three years, then all of these factors combined open the door for Prescott can have a great season. We’ve seen him play extremely well at times, and when he’s cooking, this offense is really hard to stop. If Prescott even flirts with any type of MVP buzz season where he puts up impressive numbers, look for him to get another record deal next summer. If you think it’s impossible for Dak to be the highest-paid player in NFL history, just remember, it’s not. He’s already accomplished that mark once before when he signed his deal back in 2021. If he puts up a strong year, there’s no reason to believe it won’t happen again.
4 questions about the New York Giants’ special teams heading into 2023 – Big Blue View
The Giants re-signed the left-footed Gillan to a two-year, $4 million contract ($1 million guaranteed) despite ‘The Scottish Hammer’ having been inconsistent in the 2022 season, his first with the Giants. Gillan, who had 48 previous games of NFL experience over three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, averaged a career-high 46.8 yards per carry. punt in 2022. However, some of his assist numbers weren’t that impressive. Among players with at least 15 punts, Gillan was 21st out of 35 qualifiers with 34.6% of his punts down inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. His 11.1% touchback rate was 29th out of 35 qualifiers, costing the Giants valuable yardage. With Gillan punting, the Giants were 24th in the league in net yards per punt at 40.4. The Giants like Gillan’s talent. Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey previously pointed out that Jeff Feagles, one of the most consistent players in Giants history, didn’t really refine his craft until well into his 22-year career. McGaughey said at the end of last season that he thought Gillan was “trending more in the right direction as far as slope and distance.” The Giants have seen enough to believe that will continue.
2023 NFL Preview: Cardinals have had a miserable year and it’s unlikely to get better – Yahoo! Sport
Can Jonathan Gannon succeed? Gannon had a rapid rise to become head coach. By the end of the 2013 season, he had never been more than a quality control coach or scout. He then was an assistant defensive backs coach for four seasons before moving to cornerbacks coach for three seasons. He got a shot at running the Eagles’ defense, and two years later he got the Cardinals’ top job. The short track record does not mean that the 40-year-old will not succeed. He earned rave reviews for his work on the Eagles’ defense. That’s just a quick rise considering that prior to the 2021 season, the highest rung on the ladder he had reached was cornerbacks coach. We don’t know too much about Gannon’s plans — new offensive coordinator Drew Petzing and defensive coordinator Nick Rallis, who will call plays, have never been coordinators before — but the Cardinals liked his energy and vision. He might also need patience this season.
Lions get first win of 2023 season with new alternate helmets – SB Nation
For the most part (/looks at Jameson Williams), things have gone in Detroit’s favor for this upcoming season. The Aaron Rodgers problem in the division is gone, headed to New York to play for the Jets. Oddsmakers like the Lions to win the division, led by a physical attack and a defense that improved in many areas last season. With the hype surrounding Detroit sky high, the Lions released a new alternate helmet to celebrate their 90th season in existence, and wow, man is it CLEAN.
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