- Mike Kaye of NJ.com notes that the Eagles will likely continue to develop rookie QB Jalen Hurts during practices before putting him into a package during games. Kaye mentions that the team also has the option of using QB Nate Sudfeld as a backup while allowing Hurts to develop.
- Kaye is against the idea that first-round pick WR Jalen Reagor needs to explode onto the scene in order for the team to be successful, considering that WR DeSean Jackson will be returning healthy next season.
- Kaye also downplays the notion that the Eagles should add another running back such as LeSean McCoy or Devonta Freeman prior to the start of the season. Kaye believes the team already has a solid backup in RB Boston Scott and they also have young players who could make a difference including Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, and Adrian Killins.
- According to Kaye, the Eagles are still keeping the door open for LT Jason Peters to return, but he wonders how much patience the team will have for current LT Andre Dillard as they prioritize their protection for franchise QB Carson Wentz.
One of the biggest priorities for the Giants’ new coaching staff is ensuring the development of 2019 first-round QB Daniel Jones. To that end, New York hired former Cowboys HC Jason Garrett as their next offensive coordinator to work with Jones. Garrett was once a backup quarterback for the Giants, and the starter ahead of him, Kerry Collins, says his influence on Jones will be “phenomenal.”
“For a young guy like Jones, who has obviously shown a lot of ability, Jason is gonna help him immensely, with everything,” Collins said via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “He’s not just gonna be an X’s and O’s guy, he’s gonna talk about that position and what it means to be successful. I’m really excited to see that combination.”
- Over The Cap’s Nick Korte lists Giants G Will Hernandez and WR Darius Slayton as players who are helped by the new CBA’s PPE rules and are on track to get raises in their fourth season.
- SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano doesn’t expect the Giants to look at an extension for TE Evan Engram until after 2020 and even then there’s a good chance New York lets Engram play out his fifth-year option in 2021.
- The exact context and circumstances would play a role, but Vacchiano thinks Giants GM Dave Gettleman‘s job would be safe if New York makes the playoffs or finishes with a winning record, while double-digit losses would likely spell the end of his tenure.
There are several new players who could make an impact for Washington during the upcoming season, and the most important among them is the second overall pick DE Chase Young, who already looks ready to make the jump to the pro game.
“That’s where some pass rushers struggle making the (college-to-pro) transition. They need to get stronger to play at the next level. To me, that was the first thing that jumped off the tape with Chase, just how powerful he is, and it shows up in all phases,” said former NFL scout and Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy via Ben Standing of The Athletic. “I think that’s what gives him a chance to come in and play right away. He’s got an NFL body already — NFL strength, power and explosion — which makes him really difficult to block and why I think he’ll transition pretty quickly.”