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PFF Interior Defender Rankings: Top 32 Ahead of 2023 NFL Season – PFF
19. Jordan Davis, Philadelphia Eagles. There is some projection here with Davis, who played just 270 snaps in the regular season and playoffs last year, but he should pair with former Georgia Bulldog Jalen Carter to lead the Eagles’ defensive interior by the end of 2023 season. Davis recorded 10 tackles, resulting in one defensive stop on 142 snaps against the run and flashed as a pass rusher, including four pressures on 14 pass-rushing snaps against the Commanders in Week 3.
Eagles’ Jordan Davis poised to reach high expectations in Year 2 – Inquiries
The Eagles re-signed Cox to a one-year deal, but Hargrave, Joseph and Suh are all gone, paving the way for Davis to take on a bigger role in Year 2. “I definitely know what’s expected of me,” Davis said Thursday . “And I’m ready to live up to those expectations. “I understand that you’re asking a lot more from me, and that’s okay, that’s what I’m here for. I’m lucky that I had that experience behind those guys to see what it would take. But just try to take the lessons they gave me and not let it go to waste. I watched the film, watched film about myself and I just realized that a lot of my technique was raw so I wanted to come in and I wanted to come in hot. I wanted to come in sharp and especially since the guys here are new towers I want to make sure I set a good example for them. … I don’t want to be the guy that falls behind or the guy that the coach has to correct my technique every time.”
How exciting it is to be boring – BGN
We’ve reached the most offseason part of the offseason and not much is happening for the Eagles. However, this is not the case for all teams at this time of year. From what’s going on with Stefon Diggs and the Bills — let’s call it a miscommunication — to the Bears reportedly unhappy with Chase Claypool, plus the guys around the league holding out for better deals — like Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley — , there has always been some kind of drama between teams and players. But not for the Eagles. I’d argue the biggest upset was when Darius Slay was on his way out before he decided to stay and CJ Gardner-Johnson’s subtweeting before he ultimately signed with the Lions. Other than that, the Eagles have been just like their quarterback, cool, calm and steady as they head into the summer break.
Mike McCarthy is on PFF’s top 5 ‘hot seat’ list for NFL head coaches – Blogging The Boys
It was 15 years ago Dallas Cowboys had two consecutive double-digit win seasons. That was until the last two seasons, when they accumulated two 12-win seasons and a 24-10 overall record to end that drought. The Cowboys have been able to win football games lately, but none of that will matter if they don’t take it to the next level this year. Expectations are high this season, and if the Cowboys don’t find a way to get over the hump in 2023, many believe it could mean the end of Mike McCarthy as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. One of those people is Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, who has McCarthy squarely on his “Top Five Coaches on the Hot Seat” list heading into the year.
Giants fans think Saquon Barkley, the team will reach a long-term deal … and I agree – Big Blue View
Schoen also knows that if Barkley hangs out in training camp or beyond, plays unhappily on the mark or ends up forcing his way to another team, he risks both damaging the product on the field and alienating players in a locker room who love and respect Barkley. “I can’t visualize him in another jersey,” Sterling Shepard said during mandatory minicamp. “That’s my best friend. Obviously I want him here.” There are many players who feel the same way. Schoen knows that alienating — or at worst, losing — Barkley isn’t going to play well in the locker room. All this against a backdrop of Schoen still trying to clean up the salary cap mess he got when he took the job. He can’t recklessly overspend on Barkley, throwing the team’s salary cap out of whack and hoarding the Giants with a deal that’s too long and too expensive in case Barkley suffers more injuries or starts to decline. So it’s not an easy deal to get done. Still, it would be better for both sides if it did.
The 5 O’Clock Club: Playing “what if” with the Kirk Cousins contract – Hogs Haven
I want to keep this question fairly simple without regard for ripples in the timeline of NFL history since 2017, so here is my basic question. If Washington had made the identical contract offers to Kirk Cousins that the Vikings made, and if Washington had gotten identical results in terms of regular season records (46-35-1) and playoff record (1-2), you would—in the alternate 2023 offseason— universe — feel satisfied with the outcome of paying and keeping Kirk Cousins, or would you look back and wish the front office had done something differently?
‘He’s starting to step up and be the man’: How Sam Howell prepares for life as QB1 – ESPN
Earlier this month, Sam Howell’s offseason quarterback coach offered a prediction. Anthony Boone, who has worked with the Washington Commanders quarterback since Howell’s freshman year of high school, tutored him again this offseason. Boone knows him well. “He’s going to make a lot of people happy in that building,” Boone said, referring, of course, to the Commanders’ facility. That, the coaches would tell you, is the goal. The happier he makes them, the better off the Commanders will be this season. But Howell already pleased them enough that coach Ron Rivera said he will enter training camp as the starter. Howell still has to earn the position for the season, but took the necessary steps in the spring — after the work he’s put in over the winter. “He’s very much shown us what we want to see,” Rivera said. With one start on his resume, and playing for a new offensive coordinator in Eric Bieniemy, Howell will undergo a natural transition this season. But commanders remain optimistic that he has done the necessary work.
NFL holds supplemental draft for first time since 2019 – NFL.com
The NFL has informed clubs that the supplemental draft will return and take place on July 11, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. This will be the first year a supplemental draft has taken place since 2019. One prospect, Purdue wide receiver Milton Wright, has been confirmed to teams as eligible as of now.
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