Uh oh, there’s some buzz on Deshaun Watson to the Eagles thanks to Adam Schefter. Schefter was on Philly talk radio the other day and mentioned that the Eagles “are more equipped to make a run at Watson than any team out there.”
Here’s the full quote:
“Let’s see how it plays out first. But, again, what I would say is if there are charges and he gets imprisoned or something happens to that effect, something far-reaching and damaging and awful…like a lot of this stuff seems, then, yeah, well, it’s not happening. But I’m operating under the assumption somehow this will be settled, or he will serve his discipline for the league, or whatever punishment he has coming, whatever is fair and just, once that is done, I just think that at that point in time, whenever it is, when he is deemed ready to play by legal authorities, by the National Football League, to me, the Philadelphia Eagles should be waiting.”
In that context, it seems less like an actual rumor and more like Schefter connecting the dots on a potential fit. The Eagles will potentially have three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft (the pick from the Carson Wentz trade becomes a first if Wentz plays 75% of the snaps or if he plays 70% and the Colts make the playoffs) so the ammo is certainly there.
That said, it’s weird to me that the Eagles would already be looking past Jalen Hurts at an older, more maligned version of him. Hurts flashed big time as a rookie in a year where he didn’t get a preseason and didn’t take over until Week 12. This year he’ll be more comfortable in the offense and has a new WR weapon in first round talent Devonta Smith.
Forget Watson, Philadelphia. Let Jalen cook.
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How Urban Meyer's Run-Pass Option Affects Travis Etienne by Jeff Bell. I love the talent in Jacksonville, but I’m terrified Urban Meyer is going to be a Chip Kelly redux. Over at FootballGuys, Jeff assuages some of my concerns with an interesting look at how Meyer’s H-back usage at Florida could bode well for Travis Etienne. Read the whole article with a Rotopass subscription which includes a bundle of great fantasy sites for less than $80.
Red Zone Touchdown Reliance: Tight Ends by Rich Hribar. “What is different for the tight ends compared to wide receivers is that the position inherently relies on shorter scoring opportunities more consistently. For the field below, 74.5% of all of the receiving touchdowns have come from inside of the red zone while 48.9% have come from inside of the 10-yard line.”
📰 Fantasy News for the true sickos.
* Tom Brady led the Bucs to a Super Bowl win despite having an MCL tear, per Rick Stroud from the Tampa Bay Times. Brady has declined to give specifics about his knee surgery, saying only that it was “pretty serious.” I know this is an impressive feat for a 43 year-old, but there’s the cynical side of me that doesn’t want to indulge in any more Brady deification. Why I’m yelling from my front porch..he doesn’t write his own tweets, guys.
* We still don’t have any clarity on who the Chargers WR3 is going to be. The Athletic’s Daniel Popper expects a rotation to start the season: “The third wide receiver will depend on what personnel the defense has on the field and what the Chargers are trying to accomplish with the specific play call. If they want speed on the field, they can go with Jalen Guyton or Tyron Johnson. If they want a more physical presence and polished route-runner, they can go with rookie Josh Palmer.”
* I liked these notes from Sigmund Bloom on adjustments he’s making to his RB and WR projections since OTAs:
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Have a great weekend.