Eagles CB Michael Jacquet was the 4th highest-graded defensive rookie in Week 8
The Philadelphia Eagles will already enter the 2021 offseason almost $70 million over the salary cap and even with $24 million to roll over, the loss of revenue from fans not being in attendance will cost the franchise over $100 million as well.
With the Eagles needing to secure good players at value, one 2020 undrafted free agent could have a future opposite Darius Slay at cornerback. Michael Jacquet joined the Eagles after the draft on and last Sunday night, he quietly was one of the league’s most impressive rookies.
Jacquet played 38 snaps against Dallas, giving up zero catches along with four tackles and a pass defended. Pro Football Focus rated Jacquet as the fifth-best defensive rookie for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season.
Jacquet, 23, spent the reduced offseason and training camp with the Eagles and made an impression before being one of the final cuts.
Jacquet (6-1, 203) is a former wide receiver who flipped to the defensive side of the ball for his last two collegiate seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2018 and 2019.
An undrafted free agent, the Eagles signed Jacquet to one of their bigger deals and he has the size and athletics to find a place in Jim Schwartz’s defense.
Eagles CB Darius Slay to honor the late Kobe Bryant vs. the Rams with custom ‘Black Mamba’ cleats
Darius Slay like so many athletes in the world today, grew up inspired by Kobe Bryant and his relentless work ethic. Bryant was an Eagles fan and after being traded to Philadelphia, Slay honored the late Lakers star by changing his number to 24.
Against the Washington Football team last Sunday, Slay warmed up in a black Bryant Lakers jersey.
On Sunday Slay will pay tribute again, this time wearing an awesome pair of especially custom,
‘Black Mamba’ Nike Cleats.
The shoe design is courtesy of Marcus Rivero, aka, ‘SolebySir’
For Slay, it was Bryant “doing anything and be willing to do anything to be great”.
Philadelphia Eagles to wear Midnight Green jerseys vs. the LA Rams
The Philadelphia Eagles will face the LA Rams at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday and the Birds will pull out the Midnight green uniforms for the home opener.
Last season the Eagles had a losing record in the Midnight green top and white pants combo.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson had high praise for rookie tackle Jack Driscoll & Nate Herbig after their first starts
The Philadelphia Eagles gave up 8 sacks and were thoroughly embarrassed in the second half of the season-opening loss to the Washington Football Team, but not everything was a disaster. Rookie offensive linemen, Jack Driscoll made his first start at right tackle in place of Lane Johnson and held up well against No. 2 overall pick, Chase Young.
Nate Herbig made his first start at right guard for the Eagles and finished the game as the team’s highest-rated offensive linemen.
On Thursday after confirming that he would return to the lineup, Lane Johnson had high praise for both players, telling the media that he was impressed by both players who were making their NFL debuts as starters.
The Eagles are hopeful that Herbig continues to learn from his debut performance and with Johnson returning, he’ll be able to focus simply on playing guard.
Cre’Von LeBlanc released by the Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles secondary will look dramatically different after the team just announced the release of popular cornerback Cre’Von Leblanc.
The Eagles now have four cornerbacks on the roster after releasing Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas as well. The Eagles release LeBlanc to make room for former Lions running back Jason Huntley on the roster. running back
7 takeaways from the Eagles first padded practice of 2020 training camp
The Philadelphia Eagles had their first padded practice of the 2020 NFL season and several rookies shined as Doug Pederson works to mesh Carson Wentz with some explosive weapons.
Here are seven takeaways from the Eagles’ first padded practice of the year.
1. Alshon Jeffery primed for a big season
If this is Alshon Jeffery’s last hoorah in Philadelphia, expect the physical receiver to go out with a bang. Jeffery put in the work this offseason and has been engaged with quarterback Carson Wentz and his teammates since arriving early three weeks ago.
Bruce Hector claimed off of waivers by the Carolina Panthers
Bruce Hector wasn’t unemployed long and the former Eagles defensive tackle will now try to make a name for himself in Charlotte after being claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.
Hector was placed on waivers along with defensive back Prince Smith after the Eagles re-signed Vinny Curry. Hector was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2018.
Vinny Curry signs a 1-year, $2 million deal with the Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles were sitting in a decent place with their salary cap space and after a value signing on Friday, things are still looking efficient.
The Eagles re-signed Vinny Curry on Friday and Ian Rapoport is reporting that it’s a one-year $2 million deal.
The Eagles entered Friday top-10 in the league in available salary-cap space and that shouldn’t change even after Curry’s signing per Over The Cap.
Curry reportedly turned down the Browns and another AFC team to return to the Philadelphia Eagles and he’ll now settle in as the third defensive end in the rotation.
First look at Jalen Reagor, Jalen Hurts in an Eagles uniform
The Philadelphia Eagles rookies have landed at the NovaCare Complex and after undergoing the initial phase of their Covid-19 testing, Jalen Hurts, Jalen Reagor and K’Von Wallace were among the rookies who got first dibs on uniform fittings.
Thanks to a video from Jalen Reagor and K’Von Wallace, the Eagles rookies including Jalen Reagor showed off in their uniforms.
Eagles rookies and veterans will have to undergo an acclimation period that focuses on strength & conditioning before being able to get on the field for the practice field.
Philadelphia linebacker Nate Gerry will play a huge role in the Eagles matchup with the Patriots
Any Eagles related conversation focusing on Nate Gerry is certain to bring a variety of opinions centered on his value as a linebacker in Philadelphia’s defense. Gerry for the most part, is either beloved or severely questioned by local fans and media on a weekly basis.
This week, the Eagles face the king of getting the most out of key matchups, when Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots come to town.
With the Patriots practicing and preparing for a tough Eagles front-7, ESPN’s Mike Reiss pointed out New England focusing and preparing specifically for Fletcher Cox, and Gerry.
With Belichick having a highlighted jersey for Gerry at Patriots practice, Belichick is either concerned about the Birds inside linebacker or, he’s sees something he can obviously exploit early and often.
With Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead in the backfield, Josh McDaniel’s and the Patriots could choose to center their offensive game plan around targeting Gerry’s man whenever he’s forced into pass coverage.
Gerry has shown himself to be the Eagles’ most versatile linebacker, playing upwards over four positions during the past five or six weeks. He’s amassed 33 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, and a pick-six over that time span.