Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/22/23.
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Kadarius Toney, Kayvon Thibodeaux leading breakout candidates for all 32 NFL teams – The Athletic
Philadelphia Eagles. DT Milton Williams. The Eagles have spent a first-round pick on a defensive tackle in each of the last two drafts, but their 2021 third-round pick may be best positioned to surprise in the team’s quest to replace Javon Hargrave’s production. Defensive tackles typically take time to develop, and the 24-year-old Williams has looked good as a rotation player with six total sacks and 12 QB hits across his first two seasons. Jalen Carter and Jordan Davis will headline this young interior, but the supremely athletic Williams will have a chance to make an impact after dealing with some nagging injuries for parts of 2022.
Eye on the Enemy #145: Tyler Ireland on whether the Vikings are a real contender this year or a pretender in the NFC – BGN Radio
John Stolnis talks with Tyler Ireland of SB Nation’s Daily Norseman about Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, how the Vikings have fixed their defense and whether they are a real contender this year or a contender in the NFC.
Training Camp Position Preview: Linebacker – PE.com
22.3 – Dean is typically known for the work he did downhill as a box-score scorer in the structure of the Georgia defense on the run, but don’t discount the value he brings on third down either. Dean was very effective as a second-level blitzer for the Bulldogs, earning a Pass Rush Win Rate of 22.3 in his final season on campus according to Pro Football Focus (a mark that would put him in the 90th percentile of linebackers drafted in the last decade). In coverage, he allowed an opponent passer rating of 70.5, according to PFF – a number that would once again place him in the 90th percentile of ‘backs drafted since 2013.
Eagles mailbag: Explaining the signing of Dennis Kelly – NBCSP
If all goes according to plan, I’m not sure we’ll see much of Kelee Ringo in 2023. The Eagles have Darius Slay and James Bradberry back as their starters this season. So if those guys stay healthy, they’re obviously not going to leave the field. Eagles nickel cornerback Avonte Maddox has dealt with injuries in recent seasons, but Ringo (6-2, 207) isn’t an ideal fit inside. Could the Eagles consider a position change for Ringo and get him some work at safety? Maybe. But they will probably bring him in at one position first. The big question for Ringo this summer is whether he looks like a legitimate backup outside of cornerback as a rookie. Because the Eagles signed veteran Greedy Williams in free agency this offseason but didn’t give him much guaranteed money. There are a few players fighting for back spots on the roster at cornerback, and he is one of them. If Ringo appears to be a backup, it could make Williams’ job less secure.
Ronald Darby to coach for Texans – PFT
Darby spent time with Washington, Philadelphia and Buffalo before heading to Denver. He has 373 tackles, eight interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 89 career games.
Dallas Cowboys players top All-NFC East defensive team – Blogging The Boys
Defensive Line: Micah Parsons, Haason Reddick, Dexter Lawrence, Daron Payne. We settled on Parsons and Reddick as our pass rushers because the former is arguably the best in the entire NFL and the latter had a ton of sacks last year. There are certainly small cases for other players to do that, but if we can only have two, then the conversation is really simple. Along the interior, Dexter Lawrence had a great season too New York Giants last year to put together a career year with 7.5 sacks. There’s a case to be made that he’s the best player on New York’s roster across the board, but that’s not exactly saying much. Payne narrowly edged out Jonathan Allen in my mind, but had the better season last year, so it’s fair to reward him as Washington’s commanders actually did with a brand new deal. Hopefully Mazi Smith is a factor in this conversation a year from now.
Cole Beasley signing: New York Giants add veteran wide receiver – Big Blue View
The New York Giants are signing wide receiver Cole Beasley, the team announced Friday afternoon. Beasley, 5-foot-8, 174 pounds, is a 34-year-old entering his 12th NFL season. He played in just four regular season games last season, two with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and two with Buffalo Bills. The Giants reportedly tried to sign Beasley last season after the Buccaneers let him go early in the season. However, a deal was never made and Beasley ended up signing with the Bills late in the season. Beasley played three full seasons for Buffalo from 2019-2022, and his offensive coordinator at the time was current Giants head coach Brian Daboll. There is thus enormous confidentiality.
Magic Johnson declares changing the team name is “on the table” – Hogs Haven
In the midst of celebrating the change in ownership, I made a small commitment to myself—and by extension, readers of Hogs Haven: Hold off on talking about a new team name for at least 24 hours after the NFL vote to purge Snyders from the franchise. And I was doing pretty well……until ESPN’s Don Van Natta went on the Rich Eisen show last night. The two got to talking about the change in ownership, things that could be done to turn the franchise around, etc., and Van Natta offered his thoughts on the prospects for another name change for Washington’s football franchise.
Why Bill Belichick is on the hot seat and could be let go by the Patriots – SB Nation
There aren’t many figures in the NFL who come across as “untouchable.” It is a realm of success so unattainable, so impossibly improbable, that almost no one feels they can make their own goals in football. Bill Belichick has always been one of those people, but maybe not much anymore. Increasingly the whispers out of New England are getting louder and now it looks like Belichick is on the hot seat. The Patriots’ lack of success since Tom Brady’s departure, paired with some significant personnel blunders, has led to reports that owner Robert Kraft might actually be willing to pull the trigger and make a coaching change after this season.
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