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DeVonta Smith wins Alabama’s first ESPY since 2006 – AL.com
In a canary-colored tux, DeVonta Smith added a new trophy to her cause Saturday night. The former Alabama recipient took home an ESPY from the prime-time broadcast on ABC. The Heisman winner claimed ESPY for best college athlete, men’s sport. It was the first time an athlete in Alabama claimed that the award after Mark Ingram (2010) and Derrick Henry (2016) were previously finalists. After accepting the honor, Smith said this was an experience he could only have dreamed of as a child.
From Dak Prescott to Chase Young, in 2021, NFC East is ready to take on – ESPN
Which newcomer in NFC East will rise above the rest? Tim McManus: DeVonta Smith, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama, will not face much of a learning curve as he moves from the SEC to the pros in Philly. He is already a polished route runner who has sound technique and lurking speed, and he uses top-level body control and sticky hands to snare almost anything thrown at his path. His weight (166 pounds) is the biggest knock on him, but his small frame did not stop him from beating the pressman and thriving against some of the best corners in college football.
Lane Johnson: Nick Sirianni has taken great command of the Eagles – PFT
“He has taken great command of the team early on,” Johnson said via Jeff Skversky of WPVI. “I think what I value most about him is that he holds everyone accountable. When we go to practice, it does not matter if you are a veteran or a rookie the first day. If you make a mistake, he will push you on the board. Not to call you out, but really to get you better. What it shows is if he can do it with veterans, then the younger guys will come along too. That has been my impression early on. It’s been a lot of fun, really a lot of energy. Going forward, we have a lot to prove. ”
Ranking of the narrow groups in NFC East – Big Blue View
At this point, Zach Ertz is still an Eagles’ list, though he’s probably on his way out soon. Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowler, is obviously a strong tight end in himself despite having a down-season in 2020 due to an ankle injury. He was one of only eight narrow ends in the league to run at least 250 routes and averaged fewer than 1.0 receiving yards per game. Routing of 0.94. But Ertz’s past still speaks volumes, and there are many reasons to believe he will have a setback next season. But even though this rebound season is happening outside of Philadelphia, Dallas Goedert is an explosive backup plan that receives a No. 5 overall ranking from Pro Football Focus. Goedert is the only tight end in the NFL with receiving and driving blocking grades of 80.0 or higher since 2018 per game. PFF. He ranks seventh in receiver class and first in running block class over the three-year period. Goedert may not be able to catch the amount of passes Ertz has in his career, but his other strengths, especially yards after the catch, compensate for that.
Eagles’ Shaun Bradley Achieved Something He Wanted to Do After Being Announced: Be a Football Camp for His Community – NJ.com
Shaun Bradley Community Football Camp was held at Rancoca Valley Regional High School on Saturday. The two-session camp was held for children ages 7 to 18 years. The kids participated in several drills and heard from Bradly and others, including former Eagles linebacker Barry Gardner and other local youth and high school coaches. “This is amazing,” Bradley said. “It could not have been a better day. It’s a community, and my family that I grew up with is out here. It’s an amazing day. Bradley, who grew up in Mount Holly, added that when it looked like he was going to play in the NFL, an event like the one that took place on Saturday would be a very high priority.
Roobs 10 Memories of Eagles West Chester training camp – NBCSP
JEROME’S INTAKE: We always waited for the players on the first day of camp outside their dorm room, Schmidt Hall (one of the few WCU dormitories from the era that still stands). One summer, Jerome Brown arrived with nothing but a drum kit and a TV. He greeted the writers at the door and then disappeared inside. Three or four minutes later we saw a window open on the fourth floor and there is Jerome with a big smile on his face. And then in that unique blossoming voice, everyone – like everyone within a mile – heard Jerome screaming, “BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP WEST CHESTER !!!!!”
Why Cowboys Receiver Ceedee Lamb Exceeds Expectations in 2021 – Blogging The Boys
The reality is that we as fans were robbed of an opportunity for a really special rookie year due to injuries and things beyond his own control. Lam himself would tell you that he has things to work on and he would be the first to tell you that he also had a few too many drops. The fact is, the kid has the ‘it’ factor, and there’s no doubt why Jerry Jones and the rest of the Jones family wanted him to wear 88 and be the next member of the exclusive club. The sky is the limit and the young man has all the tools and filler you are looking for in the leagues next big star. From an increased workload in this offense and position flex as an inside and outside wide receiver, the Cowboys are ready to use him to their full potential in 2021. The bar is set for Ceedee Lamb this year and there is reason to believe that not only will he meet that expectation, but explode right past it.
KS4GMs Five Breakout Washington Football Teamers for 2021 – Hogs Haven
After being in the league for over 15 years, I admit that it’s a little weird for Fitzpatrick to be nominated as a “breakout” player. But as I have written elsewhere, Fitz plays the best football of his career in his golden years. In 2021, paired with one of the best defenses in the league, as well as given an offensive approach with offensive weapons, tailored to his strength as a quarterback, I think Fitzpatrick will have his best season as a pro, and finally playoffs. There is no player on this list and probably no player on the team whose breakout will be as integrated into this team’s success this year as Fitzpatrick’s. If he does, the sky is the limit for this team and I would not be surprised to see his name mentioned in the MVP interview.
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