Eagles’ rookie OL Landon Dickerson is ready to fill in at any position for Philadelphia on the offensive line and be a contributor. NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger believes that Dickerson was the most physically gifted lineman in the 2021 draft class.
“Physically, nobody is close to him in this whole draft,” Baldinger said, via EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Nobody can just dump 320-pound, 350-pound defensive linemen into the ground the way he can and do it with such glee like it’s the most fun thing in the world to do. He’s big, and he’s powerful, and he plays hard, and he wants to be great. He’s a cultural guy. He’ll change the culture anywhere he goes. That guy will start the fight, and he finishes the fight. Every day in practice, he’ll set the tone.”
Veteran Eagles’ C Jason Kelce has also taken notice of Dickerson since he joined the team following the draft.
“He’s a big, fun guy, loves the game of football,” Kelce said. “You can tell that right away. He loves talking about football. He’s got a great personality. I think this kid is going to offer a lot to our room. He’s big. He’s physical. He’s strong. He’s smart. He’s got all the tools.”
Giants TE Evan Engram draws a lot of ire from the fan base, and it’s not entirely without merit. He did have 11 drops in 2020 and had the second-lowest passer rating when targeted of any tight end in the league. Still, Engram’s season was deemed good enough to make the Pro Bowl and the Giants coaching staff doesn’t share the fanbase’s opinion.
“I’m telling you when you watch us practice and you watch No. 88 on the field, no one empties the tank like this guy,” Giants HC Joe Judge said via NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt. “This guy goes hard every day … Evan is always a guy that makes you say, ‘Hey, Evan tone it down a little bit.’ He works on the details, takes coaching well, he’s mentally tough and a physically tough dude.”
Washington LB Jon Bostic had high praise of veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and believes the offense has taken a visible step up this offseason.
“You can see just how much of a step that offense has taken already,” Bostic said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I mean, the first day we were out of here, the first rep, I told Cole (Holcomb), I said ‘don’t try and cheat to the check-down or don’t try and read his eyes.’ He tried to jump the route, and he (Fitzpatrick) threw the ball the other way. Cole said he had never seen that before.”
Bostic added that he’s “very pleased” with Washington’s offense going forward.
“I am very pleased with where we are on the offensive side of the football and happy we are growing as a football team,” Bostic said.
When asked the WFT’s defense for 2021, Bostic said they cannot hang onto their success last season and must assure everyone’s capable of staying healthy.
“Only time will tell. What we did last year was great, but last year was last year. It’s gonna depend on how we come together in training camp, you know with guys not only on the field but with how they take care of their bodies off the field because you’ve got to be available. We’ve got to make sure every guy is available, even the guys who may not be a starter, you’re affecting the game in multiple ways, and at some point this season, we’re going to need you. We’re only as strong as our weakest link,” said Bostic.