Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/19/21.
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Eagles should be looking for Fletcher Cox trade opportunities – PhillyVoice
They can get something good for him now, but if they wait it’ll be too late. In 2018, when Cox was in his prime, he had 10.5 sacks an 34 QB hits. In 2019 and 2020 combined, he had 10 sacks and 19 quarterback hits. One year from now, Cox will one year older. Trust me, I did the math on that. Even if his numbers in 2021 stay at the same levels they were in 2019 and 2020, he’s going to be worth less to other teams. And if he declines further, you’re probably looking at another Zach Ertz-like situation. His value likely won’t be higher going forward than it is right now. So, you know, do it now. [BLG Note: It was previously reported that there is “internal concern” about how Cox will age in Philly.]
Philadelphia Eagles: 25 thoughts about the Nick Sirianni-coached, Jalen Hurts-led offense entering training camp – The Athletic
19. It’s not only worth watching how Dillard has improved and performs, but also where he plays. As a rookie in 2019, he was exclusively a left tackle. That was made clear when they tried starting him at right tackle against Seattle and he was benched at halftime. But if Dillard does not start for the Eagles, he would likely need to play both sides — that’s the expectation of the top reserve tackle, especially one who is not a rookie. If the Eagles are playing Dillard at both sides this summer, then he could have more value if he doesn’t win the starting job. If he’s exclusively a left tackle, then he doesn’t have the versatility required of a reserve and it might be more beneficial to trade him (unless he’s the starter).
Projecting 2021 starting lineups for all 32 NFL teams entering training camp – PFF
The Eagles’ offensive line is a strength, but the roster as a whole is heading in the wrong direction. And the offensive line is also one of the older position groups on Philadelphia’s roster. Kelce will turn 34 years old this season, and Brooks will turn 32 in August as he works his way back from an Achilles injury that held him out of the 2020 season. Landon Dickerson is a clear succession plan on the interior, and he also provides insurance should injuries hit again. There’s a chance he could compete with Seumalo at left guard, as well. Dickerson earned a 91.3 grade as Alabama’s starting center last season.
The Dallas Cowboys are soon going to be at the center of the NFL spotlight several different times – Blogging The Boys
We are just a few days away from the Dallas Cowboys heading out to Oxnard, California for training camp. Football is just about back, people. As exciting as it is to know that pet cats are about to be picked and that pads are going to start cracking (metaphorically speaking), we should also be bracing ourselves for the Cowboys to be at the center of the NFL universe for some time. Dallas is going to be the team featured on Hard Knocks this season, but consider that they are also going to be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game to start the preseason AND the season kickoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (as astutely pointed out by a reddit user). That’s a lot of attention.
The 5 O’Clock Club: Montez Sweat, Washington’s “other” defensive end – Hogs Haven
Sweat’s ability to play the run and rush the passer equally well was one key to this aspect of Washington’s 2020 defensive success. The ability to rely consistently on the four-man defensive line allowed the defense to use those blitzes as well-timed weapons rather than a necessity to create pressure. It also allowed the defense to keep seven defenders back in coverage and flood the shallow areas of the field, where Washington ranked second in DVOA against short passes. In short, while NFL fans across the nation know about Chase Young and his incredible abilities, Washington’s edge rush, its defensive line, and its defense as a whole is far from a one-man-gang. Lost in the shadows are a lot of players who have a lot of talent at every position on the defense. Among them is a first-round draft pick and edge rusher who would be a star on half the teams in the NFL, but who sometimes seems almost a forgotten man in Washington: Montez Sweat.
Robert Saleh Is Looking Forward to Seeing the Jets Battle Adversity – MMQB
With this offseason winding down, I think it’s worth saying, again, that this year’s quarterback unrest might become more the norm. My feeling is Rodgers and Russell Wilson (and to a lesser degree, Deshaun Watson and Matthew Stafford) watched what Tom Brady pulled off over the last 18 months and saw not only what was possible, but what they were up against. Brady had a team commit to building not only for him, but on his timeline, with a lot less concern for the longer-range future than we were used to seeing in the NFL. And the key is it worked. So for the first time, we saw an NFL team built LeBron James–style getting the star around which it was founded to the Lombardi Trophy podium. And while Brady did it by playing out his contract, and Rodgers and Wilson had multiple years left on theirs, it’s not too hard to connect the dots here and understand why the other guys wouldn’t just say, “I want some of that,” but also be more than a little antsy about getting it.
NFL Daily Kickoff, Monday – Still no firm update on Aaron Rodgers – The SB Nation NFL Show
It is just about time for training camps to begin in the National Football League, but there are plenty of other storylines to discuss just before they do. Check out the latest NFL Daily Kickoff as we catch you up on everything you need to know.
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