Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/18/21.
Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links …
A.J. Green to the Cardinals? Matt Ryan’s altered Falcons deal? The worst offseason moves for all 32 NFL teams – The Athletic
The Eagles signed three players during the opening week of free agency. Andrew Adams is a depth safety/special teamer who joined on the cheap. OK. Anthony Harris is a starting-caliber player at a major position of need who also has familiarity with the new defensive staff. Great. But Joe Flacco? Why? Sure, the Eagles need a backup for Jalen Hurts, but based on Flacco’s level of play since Lamar Jackson took his job, there’s little difference between him and the other veteran backups who were still on the market weeks later. Heck, even Nick Mullens, whom the Eagles signed in late June, would have been a fine No. 2 for a team that should only be concerned with the long term. Flacco’s skill set is so contrary to Hurts’, which makes the eagerness to sign him all the more confusing. — Bo Wulf. [BLG Note: The Athletic previously wrote about the Eagles’ best offseason move.]
Roob’s Observations: Is there hope for Arcega-Whiteside? – NBCSP
5. I have a feeling Andre Dillard will either win the left tackle job or won’t be here. If Dillard plays well this summer – but not well enough to beat out Jordan Mailata – I’d expect him to have some value on the trade market. And I just don’t see the value of having a backup offensive lineman who can only play one position. If the Eagles feel like Jack Driscoll can give an honest effort at left tackle, why keep Dillard? Driscoll can play guard and tackle and that versatility is what you want in a backup. Bad look trading a 25-year-old 1st-round pick from just two years ago, but if you’re really trying to put together the best 53-man roster, I’m not sure it makes sense to keep him.
A step back for the Packers? Improvement for the Falcons? Barnwell’s six against-the-grain NFL predictions for 2021 – ESPN
The Eagles were counting on their five starters (and then Peters after he was signed) to take the majority of the snaps up front. Instead, they got 16 mostly healthy games from Kelce and about 13 complete games from the other five combined. Other teams dealt with serious offensive line injuries, including Philly’s archrivals in Dallas, but this is about as bad as it gets for a team in a single season. On the whole, the Eagles were the second-most injured team in the league, according to Football Outsiders’ Adjusted Games Lost metric. What happens next is up in the air, but my suspicion is that the Eagles won’t be as injured in 2021, particularly along the offensive line. Many of the players jettisoned were perennially dealing with injury problems and/or at the tail end of their careers. Some of the players left have injury histories, too, but Philadelphia has a much better shot of fielding an above-average offensive line in 2021. Given that it ranked toward the bottom of the NFL in Adjusted Sack Rate (31st), a healthier line could do wonders for Jalen Hurts’ efficiency as a passer in Year 2.
Eagles player review: Josiah Scott edition – PhillyVoice
Scott is obviously a player the Eagles liked in the 2020 draft, because they wouldn’t have traded a sixth-round pick for him based solely on his limited 2020 tape. If we’re assuming that Maddox is going to be the Eagles’ starting slot corner in 2021, Scott will very likely back him up. If Maddox somehow ends up at safety or back on the outside due to other injuries in the defensive backfield, Scott may not need an injury specifically to Maddox to see the field.
Giants 2021 roster profile: QB Clayton Thorson – Big Blue View
The Giants have Daniel Jones and Mike Glennon as the top two quarterbacks. It’s hard to see Thorson as more than what he was for the Giants a year ago — a practice squad emergency third quarterback. Pre-draft scouting reports indicated Thorson’s ceiling was likely as a backup quarterback. That seems to be playing out.
Six contract-year Cowboys who can cash in by having a big season in 2021 – Blogging The Boys
The bad news for Gallup is that he is pretty clearly WR3 for the Cowboys. The good news is that the two receivers ahead of him are Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, who are one of the best one-two punches in the entire league. He had an 1,100-yard season in 2019, and still managed 843 last year with Cooper and Lamb eating up catches and a motley crew of quarterbacks throwing passes for the last three-quarters of the year. Many teams will rightly see Gallup as an upgrade at WR2, and someone will probably think he has WR1 potential. It is highly unlikely he remains in Dallas, but that shiny new contract will at least make him feel better. That could also be good news for either Cedrick Wilson or Noah Brown, or possibly both. Neither should get an eye-popping new deal, but if Gallup does move on, the team will want some experience behind Cooper and Lamb. It could mean a nice offer, just not one big enough to make this list.
Dyami Brown is going to be better than you think – Hogs Haven
I really liked the choice to take Dyami Brown in the third round of the 2021 draft. Before the draft, I was thinking he was probably a second round talent, but, more importantly, that his skill set was a great fit for Washington’s receiving needs. He’s a fast, deep threat capable of lining up outside opposite Terry McLaurin to help open up the field. “Steal of the draft” was a common refrain, from a variety of sources, regarding Brown’s selection in the days after the draft. But, as the post-draft hangover wore off, attention turned to other players and other topics. In the past week or so, however, I’ve begun to get excited about Brown’s potential again.
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