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2023 NFL Superstar Club: Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb attend; Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott drop out – NFL.com
JEALOUSY HURTS. Hurts took a massive leap in his third season and became a consistent dominator for a loaded Eagles team. We don’t know if he’ll match the dizzying heights he reached as a rusher of the football in 2022, when he became just the second QB ever to log 165-plus carries in a season in which he logged 4.6 yards per carry. attempts and 13 (!) touchdowns on the ground (second most by a QB in any NFL season). But he could be even better as a passer behind an elite offensive line and with playmakers around him. This was an easy decision. […] DAK PRESCOTT. When Prescott is on, as he was in the win against the Bucs in the wild card round of the playoffs last January, he can look as good as any quarterback in football. But Prescott is no longer the fresh face on the block in the franchise quarterback game. Entering his eighth season as the Cowboys’ QB1 this fall, he’s never made an All-Pro team or helped Dallas advance out of the divisional round. He led the league in interceptions last season (15) despite missing five games with an injury and hasn’t shown the ability to lift an average supporting cast like Rodgers and Mahomes into the world. Dak Prescott is a very good quarterback – we’re just done waiting for him to be a really great one.
More about Hurts – Iggles Blitz
I also think we have to give Doug Pedersen a lot of credit. He announced the move and tried to get everyone on board. Pederson liked Hurts and helped develop him in a timely manner. He used Hurts as a rookie in creative looks. The results were mixed, but kudos to Doug for trying to get the most out of a talented athlete. That offense needed all the help it could get. Hurts became a much better player than I ever would have guessed. There wasn’t an NFL player that was a good comp for him. He kind of reminded you of Russell Wilson. Hurts wasn’t as good a passer, but was a more dynamic runner. I just didn’t think Hurts had this kind of ceiling. Think about the way people talk about him.
Eagles Concepts: Inside Zone – BGN
Welcome to a new series! I’m asked every year to break down some of the Eagles’ key concepts, so here it is. The Eagles’ running game with Jalen Hurts is one of the best the NFL has seen in recent years, so I thought I’d start by looking at the running game. Using Logan Radke’s Eagles’ offensive manual to make this easier, I’d go and look at what makes the Eagles’ running game special.
Oh, There’s No One to Throw: A Children’s Book About the San Francisco Forty-Whiners – PhillyVoice
No doubt about it, the Niners were wrecked, but we would soon learn that they would deflect. Deebo and CMac and Shanny would cry, All the way up to the month of July, “We lost because of the offensive shutdown,” Man, shut up, you were down by three touchdowns.
Mueller: Identifying every NFC East team’s biggest concern from a GM’s perspective – The Athletic
Howie Roseman is the best general manager in the league right now. And I’m certainly not going to sit in my chair and say I have a ton of concerns about this team. I know head coach Nick Sirianni and what makes him tick. We had some deep conversations when we were both there Chargers. He’ll find a way to keep the narrative fresh, and the team will be hungry to get the job done after falling just short last year. Losing both coordinators is a byproduct of the success the Eagles had in 2022. It forces others into roles that may require some adjustment. This can lead to a less than ideal start when new people design and then call games for the first time.
2024 NFL Draft: A draft every NFC team should watch – PFF
Philadelphia Eagles. Potential needs for 2024: LB, WR, C. Player to watch: Johnny Wilson, State of Florida. Right now, Philadelphia seems to have some issues with inexperience in the middle of its defense. However, the team’s success will primarily be driven by Jalen Hurts and a dynamic offense. AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith are among the league’s elite pair of receivers, but there’s a bit left to be desired behind them. Hurts was at his best last season when he was willing to unleash the deep ball. No one would give him a bigger target downfield than 6-foot-7 monster Johnny Wilson of Florida State. Wilson’s massive frame allowed him to post a 92.3 grade on throws 10-plus yards down the field last season. His presence would allow Smith to move into the slot and give Philadelphia a potentially unstoppable three-receiver look.
Here’s how the Cowboys roster compares to past Super Bowl champions – Blogging The Boys
A solid and healthy offensive. This is probably the component that poses the most questions for the Cowboys, but not because they don’t have talented players. You could argue that a line of Tyron Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin and Terence Steele is one of the best top-to-bottom units in the NFL. But can this group stay healthy? Tyron Smith has missed several games every year since 2016 (although the back he struggled with before 2020 has apparently been a non-issue the past two years), and Terence Steele is coming off a nagging knee injury. If not, they need young players like Matt Waletzko, Matt Farniok, Asim Richards and others to step up and play big.
How might Giants’ RT Evan Neal develop in Year 2? – Great blue view
The common refrain this offseason has been that because Thomas struggled as a rookie before becoming one of the NFL’s best linemen, Neal will be fine. The other narrative is that he is already close to being a bust. In reality, incremental progress is what is most likely and should be expected from Neal this year. The physical features are there. Neal has good agility and is the fifth-biggest offensive lineman in the league. Now he just needs to prove that he can turn it into success on the field. We’ve only had a small sample size so far: Neal played 13 games last year and looked worse after returning from a Week 12 knee injury, though he refused to use that as an excuse.
Is Washington’s tight end unit overrated or underrated? – Hogs Haven
Logan Thomas, now 18 months removed from his grade three ACL tear, is the aging veteran among the group. In 2022, it took Thomas some time to adjust to the game from an athletic standpoint. In early October, he suffered a strain injury before Week Five, which kept him inactive until Week Eight Mod Indianapolis Colts. The month of December was much better for Thomas, however, as his straight speed became more noticeable on film and he moved much more comfortably in the open space. Thomas’ biggest strength for this team is firstly his combined hands and secondly his contested catching ability. He can also separate against zone coverage, which is an essential attribute for offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy because of his tight ends.
What are the league’s rules regarding gambling on sports? – ESPN
MLB and the NBA, NCAA, NFL and NHL fought a nearly 10-year legal battle with New Jersey to prevent the state from legalizing sports betting and lost in 2018 in the US Supreme Court. The landmark decision brought sports betting to the fore and put more focus on the policies the leagues rely on as the landscape evolves. Now that more than half the nation offers legal betting, professional leagues and collegiate sports face a new reality and a straightforward business decision about whether to participate in a growing revenue stream that is not without risk. Just five years ago, before the Supreme Court ruling, about 1% of Americans lived in states with legal betting. Now 56% of the population live in jurisdictions that have launched regulated sportsbooks. Results from a May survey by the American Gaming Association estimated that 39.2 million American adults had placed a traditional sports bet in the past 12 months.
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