Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links …
Eagles trade TE Zach Ertz to Arizona Cardinals for CB Tay Gowan, 2022 fifth-round pick – PFF
Eagles add a PFF draft favorite at cornerback: Tay Gowan was PFF’s eighth-ranked cornerback and a top-70 player overall on PFF’s Final Big Board for the 2021 NFL Draft after allowing just 40% of the passes into his coverage to be completed in his final season at UCF. Gowan wasn’t active for Arizona through the team’s first five games.
Ertz Trade Ripple-Effects – Revenge Of The Birds
I agree with Kyle Odegard that Gowan, plus a 2022 5th was a lot to give up for a 30 (31 in November) year-old 2022 unrestricted free agent who is coming off his least productive season in 2020 (having missed a month and half of games for a high ankle sprain) and who has been overshadowed in Philly by Dallas Goedert. The Cardinals felt highly enough about Tay Gowan that they chose not to risk waiving him. However, despite the Cardinals’ injuries at CB, Gowan had not as yet played a single regular season snap.
Why Eagles wanted cornerback Tay Gowan in Zach Ertz trade with Cardinals – NJ.com
“He’s a guy we spent a lot of time with in the draft process,” Roseman said. “He was somebody that we would have considered with our sixth-round pick. He was in a group of names. He went right before we picked, and he’s a long corner. He’s got tremendous speed.” Gowan has not played in any games this season, with the Cardinals deactivating him in the first five games of the season.
A look at new Eagles CB Tay Gowan – PhillyVoice
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projected Gowan as a seventh-round pick, with the following scouting report: Outside cornerback who will struggle to stay connected to routes against speed or quality route runners. He does a nice job of crowding underneath routes and has the length and ball instincts to make receivers really work for it on contested catches. Gowan needs to get stronger, but has good size and length to work with. His area of effectiveness will be limited at the next level. He might need to be paired with defenses utilizing more Cover 2 or Cover 3 schemes. It does seem that Gowan could be a fit for Jonathan Gannon’s zone-heavy defense. Gowan will likely be inactive on gameday for a while with the Eagles as he gets comfortable in a new defense.
At the Podium: Zach Ertz speaks to Philly media after being traded to Arizona Cardinals – BGN Radio
Future Eagles’ Hall of Famer, Zach Ertz spoke with the Philly media on Friday afternoon after the team officially traded him to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the2022 NFL Draft and rookie cornerback Tay Gowan.
What we learned from Eagles-Bucs: Don’t be surprised by Nick Sirianni’s slow start – Inquirer
The run game, duh, has to improve. I think too much of the run game is centered around Hurts’ mobility, or scripting one-read run-pass option plays. My column off the game touched on this subject. Sirianni confirmed what I had written: that one of the issues is the coach and coordinator Shane Steichen have very little experience with zone read plays. “We’ve never really been in a system that has done that because we haven’t had a quarterback like that,” he said. Hurts has long played in that kind of system, but Sirianni is either leaning too much on those plays or he isn’t doing enough to disguise his calls because defenses have been at the ready.
Nick Sirianni outlines plans to evaluate offense during mini-bye weekend – PE.com
One plus two equals three, and in the case of the Eagles’ offense on Thursday night against Tampa Bay, it just didn’t add up satisfactorily for Head Coach Nick Sirianni. A 3-of-10 success rate on third down didn’t sustain drives for the Eagles, who opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive and then managed just one first down in the next six offensive possessions in a 28-22 defeat. In Sirianni’s mind, one (first down) plus two (second down) didn’t add up to a favorable three (third down), and it cost the offense against the Bucs. That is something that Sirianni knows must improve, and he will spend this mini-bye weekend examining that, and everything else.
NFC East Notebook: Dallas is the real deal, Washington’s rebuild and Ertz’s departure from Philly – Big Blue View
The Eagles continue to look like an increasingly different team than the one that won the Super Bowl in 2017.
Cowboys at Patriots: Three bold predictions for Sunday’s matchup – Blogging The Boys
1) The defense keeps their streak intact, intercepting Mac Jones two times. Turnovers have been a big problem for the Patriots through five games. New England has given the football away nine times, tied for the third-most in football, and has turned the ball over two or more times in four of their five games. As is usually the case, when a team struggles to take care of the football the quarterback is almost always at the center of the problem. New England signal-caller Mac Jones has proven this true. The rookie first-round pick is one of the eight quarterbacks in football with five or more interceptions on the season, and he could have many more. Jones has thrown 10 interceptable passes and has 14 danger plays on the season, via Player Profiler, showing he’s lucky to have just five interceptions.
Byron Jones, Preston Williams headline Miami’s inactive players for Sunday’s London showdown with Jacksonville – The Phinsider
To say Miami isn’t at full health is an understatement.
NFL ‘right where we need to be’ in crackdown on taunting penalties – ESPN
The NFL’s crackdown on unsportsmanlike penalties is working the way the league intended. Officials threw 11 flags for taunting in the first two weeks of this season — the same number called in the entire 2020 season for the same foul — but only three over the next three weeks. “We’re right where we need to be and we’re now seeing the correction we were looking for,” NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press. “We saw the spike the first three weeks and now we’re seeing the decline. The coaches and the NFL Competition Committee are pleased. Coaches have told us their players are adjusting, they’re thinking about what they’re going to do, knowing it may cost the team. These are game-changing penalties for a selfish act.”
4 must watch games in NFL Week 6 – SB Nation
This is just going to be fun. We get to see two of the best young quarterbacks in the league with Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson, and two of the only teams who look poised to challenge the Bills in the AFC this year. Los Angeles has been a delightful surprise this season and legitimately one of the feel-good stories this season. I don’t think anyone saw them being legitimate threats in the AFC West, let alone now potentially looking like one of the best teams in the AFC as a whole. This team is young, hungry, and looking to prove itself. Meanwhile it’s weird, because the Ravens are 4-1 and rolling, but it still feels like an underwhelming season so far. I think a lot of this is because we’ve seen Baltimore really struggle with teams like the Colts and Lions, both of whom would have been assumed to be easy wins. That said, there’s something to sticking around and still winning games — so the proof is in the record. This team is dang good.
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