Eagles’ Davis: ‘I just want to do anything I can to help’

On Thursday night, The Philadelphia Eagles moved up to the 13th pick after trading with the Texans for picks 15, 124, 162, and 166.

Following the move, the Eagles grabbed former University of Georgia DT Jordan Davis.

Last season, Davis(6-6, 340 pounds), who won the Outland Trophy(presented to the best interior lineman) and Chuck Bednarik Award(given to the best defensive player in college football), had career-highs in tackles and sacks.

After the selection, Davis, who is known for ability to stop the run, reacted to becoming a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Q. What was the moment like for you, and how much interest did you think the Eagles had in you during this process?

JORDAN DAVIS: It was extremely unreal getting a call. 30 seconds earlier, before the call, you hear that they moved up and you got the phone call, and you knew that they really wanted you. It was crazy. I talked to [Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager] Howie [Roseman] on the phone, and then it was like, man, this is a dream come true.

I knew the Eagles were interested in me. They were one of three of my Top-30 visits, so I [had] already been to the facility, and I saw how it looks and I saw all the staff. I’m just really excited to be here.

Q. Just curious when you talk about that pre-Draft process and meeting with the Eagles, do you remember who you were talking to, was it just Eagles Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman? Was it Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni? Was it Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon? What did they tell you about the organization, and what did they tell you that they liked about your skill set? 

JORDAN DAVIS: They liked how I was as a defensive player. They thought I could be a great addition to the D-Line. You have guys like [DT Javon] Hargrave and Fletch [DT Fletcher Cox], and those are [some] of the best people. Those are guys I watched growing up. So, to be an addition and to help the team, I just want to do anything I can to help.

Q. Could you explain more about your relationship with Eagles Defensive Line Coach Tracy Rocker and your early interactions with him dating back to several years ago? 

JORDAN DAVIS: D-Line coach Tracy Rocker, he recruited me at Georgia when he was there and gave me an offer. I talked to him and stayed in communication with him. To be able to work with him and just get to work. You can obviously see the type of work that he does, and he can put in the work. I’m really excited.

Q. As you know, in the pre-Draft process, a big question was about how you can affect the game in the passing game. How do you think you can do so?

JORDAN DAVIS: My get-off is getting faster. I’m getting after the QB, I’m working bags, and I’m just willing to learn. You have great guys in the defensive room that can teach you little tools and can teach you a lot of things. Schematically, we’re similar to what we were doing in Georgia. So, it’s like going into the same place with the same playbook, it’s just different terms. It’s definitely going to be a smooth transition. I just have to get in that playbook and learn the nuances of the game.

Q. You said you mentioned beforehand that you watched video of DT Fletcher Cox and tried to emulate some of the stuff into your game. What’s some of the stuff you took away from that video, and what’s it going to be like playing next to him now, and what can you take away from him now that you are both on the same team? 

JORDAN DAVIS: Just how dominant he is. He put in a lot of work to get where he is now. If he can do it, I feel like I can do it. Just soak in all the information, soak in all the teachings that he will give me. He’s a vet. He’s well represented in the league, not just on this team, but all across the league. Anything he says or any knowledge he drops, I just want to soak it up like a sponge.

Q. You tested as this unbelievable athlete at the Combine, all these crazy results. Are there any like crazy athletic things that you can do that we might not know about, like a back flip or anything like that? 

JORDAN DAVIS: I do back flips in the pool, jumping off the edge, I don’t know if that counts. Pretty solid at basketball if you want to know. I know Coach [Sirianni], when I was on my Top-30 we were shooting around, and I lost in a game of Pig. But other than that, I’m just an athlete. I’ve played sports all my life and I will continue to.

Q. How did you react after you lost? I am sure that is what Coach Sirianni wanted to know. 

JORDAN DAVIS: You have to give your respect, man. When an athlete beats another athlete, they really put in the work, and he spends a lot of time down there and he trains. Maybe next time I see him, we can run it back and get a rematch in.

Q. What’s the strongest aspect of your game, and how good are you at taking on double-teams and people coming at you and whatnot?

JORDAN DAVIS: Being a run defender is what my bread and butter is. That was the first thing I learned at the University of Georgia. Just being a run defender, being stout in the middle, making sure I could get out, get off, be an athlete, make a play. That play-making ability and also being stout in the middle and being selfless, not selfish, because it takes a lot of selflessness to take two defenders so your linebackers can run free, or your safety can come down cracking the B gap. It’s one of those things I learned along the way that I’m going to continue to carry with me.

Q. You were obviously part of a stacked defensive line at Georgia with Travon Walker, Devonte Wyatt and Jalen Carter. Obviously, it probably didn’t help your stats much, but how much did it help you get to this point playing with those guys day-in and day-out in practice and everything? 

JORDAN DAVIS: We push each other to be the best and we talked about this day for a very long time. Jalen’s time is coming this time next year, so I’ll be watching out for that. It’s just we work together. Those are the guys you have memories with, you bleed, you sweat, you cry with them and just to have that and those memories and to win a National Championship alongside those guys, you’re going to carry that forever.

Carson Wentz returns to the NFC East

Carson Wentz is on the move for the second time in two seasons.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Colts will send Wentz to the Washington Commanders for’ third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round selection If Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s snaps. The teams also swapped second-round picks in 2022, with the Colts moving up from No. 47 overall to No. 42.

In addition, the Commanders will pay Wentz’s entire contract, which will be $28 million next season, which includes a $5 million roster bonus, according to the report. 

In 2021, the six-year veteran, who was acquired by the Colts from Philadelphia last offseason, started all 17 games for Indianapolis and threw for 3563 yards, 27 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions, but he came up small in the team’s final game against the Jaguars with the playoffs on the line.

At age 29, this could be Wentz’s last opportunity to be a starter in the NFL. In his final season in Philly, he struggled, and Wentz did not do what he was supposed to do in Indy.

Washington, who missed the playoffs last season, was clearly looking to upgrade the quarterback position as both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Taylor Heinicke started for the team last season. Washington reportedly made a run at Russell Wilson, but that did not work out as Wilson is expected to be traded to the Denver Broncos. 

Wentz is an upgrade for Washington and still can play. People forget that Wentz had an MVP- caliber season in Philly in 2017 before tearing his ACL, and in all reality, the Eagles don’t win a Super Bowl without his play that season.

Interestingly enough, the number two overall pick in the 2016 draft of the Philadelphia Eagles will have an opportunity to play his former team two times next season, which should be a lot of fun. 

 

Chiefs-Broncos, Cowboys-Eagles set for Saturday

The NFL finalized today the schedule for Week 18, Season Finale on Saturday, January 8 and Sunday, January 9.

The week begins with a Saturday doubleheader:

At 4:30 PM ET, the Kansas City Chiefs will visit the Denver Broncos.

Then at 8:15 PM ET, the Dallas Cowboys will visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

The regular season will conclude with the Los Angeles Chargers against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football.

The Week 18 schedule (all times ET, pm):

Saturday, January 8

 

Kansas City at Denver

ESPN/ABC

4:30

 

Dallas at Philadelphia

ESPN/ABC

8:15

Sunday, January 9

 

Pittsburgh at Baltimore

CBS

1:00

 

Cincinnati at Cleveland

FOX

1:00

 

Green Bay at Detroit

FOX

1:00

 

Tennessee at Houston

CBS

1:00

 

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

CBS

1:00

 

Chicago at Minnesota

FOX

1:00

 

Washington at New York Giants

FOX

1:00

 

Seattle at Arizona

FOX

4:25

 

New Orleans at Atlanta

FOX

4:25

 

New York Jets at Buffalo

CBS

4:25

 

San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams

FOX

4:25

 

New England at Miami

CBS

4:25

 

Carolina at Tampa Bay

CBS

4:25

 

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas

NBC

8:20

 

 

WFT’s Rivera: ‘What’s gonna happen to the Washington Football Team is now in our hands’

Life is good when you control your own destiny, and at this point, the Washington Football Team control their own destiny. 

After being 2-6, Washington has won four straight to move to 6-6, including Sunday’s 17-15 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. From this point on, Washington plays only division foes, which starts next Sunday at home(8-4) in the first of their two matchups against the Cowboys. 

If the season ended today, Washington would be one of three wild card teams as the sixth seed in the NFC. However, if they sweep their final five games, Washington would win the NFC East for the second consecutive season.

On Monday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera discussed controlling their own destiny.

“We’re at the part where we control it,” Rivera said. “I mean, for ourselves, for us, what’s gonna happen to, to the Washington Football Team is now in our hands. We go out and play the way we’re capable of. We give ourselves a chance, and that’s where we wanted to be. That’s one of the things we talked about when the schedule first came out because you can get to this point, and you have a chance. You have an opportunity now; you’ve gotta make the best of it.”

Washington is playing well enough to win the NFC East, but the Wild Card is probably a little more realistic for Washington, especially when you consider they play Dallas and Philly twice in the next four weeks. It’s hard to beat a team twice in a season, and it becomes even more challenging to do when you play the team twice in such a short period. 

Rivera has this team playing very well, so we’ll see how the final five weeks will go for the Washington Football Team.

Eagles’ Sirianni on win over Falcons: ‘I’m really pleased with the way we played as a football team’

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles(1-0) had a complete performance in their 32-6 road victory against the Atlanta Falcons(0-1).

Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game 27/35 for 264 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 62 yards on the ground.

Hurts got a lot of players involved in the passing game, including rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who had six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown. Also, Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert each caught six passes, and both had a touchdown reception.

“It’s me going out there and doing what I’m coached to do,” Hurts said. “We prepare, we hit it every day. I always talk about executing. I want to execute at a high level running the ball, throwing the ball, alignment things, situation things, I just want to execute at a high level.”

Defensively, Philadelphia kept Atlanta out of the endzone. They allowed 260 yards of total offense(102 total yards in the second half) and sacked Matt Ryan three times. The Eagles also allowed only 114 yards after the Falcons’ first two offensive drives, both of which resulted in field goals.

Eagles’ head coach Nick Sirianni got a victory in his head coaching debut, and he was happy with how well the Eagles played in all three phases of the game.

“Offense played really well,” Sirianni said after the game. “Defense played lights out, special teams — it was a good team win. It felt like the guys played together, for each other, with each other, so I’m really pleased with the way we played as a football team.”

The Eagles dominated the Falcons in the trenches. Hurts had plenty of time to throw, and Philadelphia was able to run the ball effectively with Miles Sanders(74 yards) and Kenneth Gainwell(39 yards, TD). On defense, Philadelphia put pressure on Ryan throughout the game.

Philadelphia hopes to keep the momentum going as they host the 49ers(1-0) in their home-opener next Sunday, which won’t be easy. However, there seems to be some hope in Philadelphia after defeating the Falcons in Week 1.

 

 

Tebow on playing tight end: ‘I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace’

Tim Tebow is back in the NFL, but this time at a new position. Jacksonville Jaguars have signed TE Tim Tebow, the team announced on Thursday.

Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy with current Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer at Florida, played three seasons in the NFL as a quarterback, including leading the Broncos to a victory in the playoffs back in 2011.

After playing for the Jets in 2012, the Florida native tried to catch on with the Eagles and Patriots, but both times he was cut by both teams before the start of the season. Tebow tried his hand at baseball and spent three seasons(2016-19) in the Mets’ minor league system before retiring in 2020.

“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow said. “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone’s support as I embark on this new journey.”

Tebow, 33, has never played tight end on any level and has not played an NFL regular-season game in nine years, so this transition won’t be easy. Clearly, this brings more eyes and ears to the Jaguars, and clearly, Tebow is loved in the state of Florida, but it could be a distraction. 

However, it will be fun to see if he can make the transition, and if he does, “Tebowmania” will be off the charts.

 

Philadelphia Eagles announce 2021 schedule; Philly begins season against Falcons

The Philadelphia Eagles announced their complete preseason and regular season on Thursday. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni will make his coaching debut against the Falcons on the road in Week 1 of the 2021 regular season.

Below is the Philly’s complete preseason and regular season schedule.

2021 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule

Preseason

 

Thursday, August 12

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

7:30 pm

 

NBC10

 

Thursday, August 19

 

New England Patriots

 

7:30 pm

 

NBC10

 

TBD*

 

at New York Jets

 

TBD

 

TBD

 
   

Regular Season

 

Sunday, September 12

 

at Atlanta Falcons

 

1:00 pm

 

FOX

 

Sunday, September 19

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

1:00 pm

 

FOX

 

Monday, September 27

 

at Dallas Cowboys

 

8:15 pm

 

ESPN^

 

Sunday, October 3

 

Kansas City Chiefs

 

1:00 pm

 

CBS

 

Sunday, October 10

 

at Carolina Panthers

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

Thursday, October 14

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

8:20 pm+

 

FOX/NFLN/Amazon^

 

Sunday, October 24

 

at Las Vegas Raiders

 

4:05 pm+

 

FOX

 

Sunday, October 31

 

at Detroit Lions

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

Sunday, November 7

 

Los Angeles Chargers

 

4:05 pm+

 

CBS

 

Sunday, November 14

 

at Denver Broncos

 

4:25 pm+

 

CBS

 

Sunday, November 21

 

New Orleans Saints

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

Sunday, November 28

 

at New York Giants

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

Sunday, December 5

 

at New York Jets

 

1:00 pm+

 

CBS

 

Sunday, December 12

 

BYE

         

Sat., Dec. 18 / Sun., Dec. 19*

 

Washington Football Team

 

TBD+

 

TBD

 

Sunday, December 26

 

New York Giants

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

Sunday, January 2

 

at Washington Football Team

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

Sunday, January 9

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

1:00 pm+

 

FOX

 

 

 

Postseason

 

Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16 – AFC and NFC Wild Card Playoffs

 

Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23 – AFC and NFC Divisional Playoffs

 

Sunday, January 30 – AFC and NFC Championship Games

 

Sunday, February 13 – Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA (NBC)

 
   

* specific date and time TBD

 

^ nationally televised game

 

+ game time subject to change due to flex scheduling

 
   

All games will be broadcast live on 94.1 WIP

 

Flexible scheduling: “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-18. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-17, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. 

For Week 18, two Saturday games and the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 9. The schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18, but games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots.  Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.  

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.

Scheduling notes:

  • Philadelphia will begin the 2021 season against Atlanta on the road at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Eagles last played the Falcons on kickoff weekend in 2018, when they opened the NFL’s schedule with a home victory coming off their Super Bowl LII-winning campaign in 2017.

  • A national audience will once again be treated to an Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 3 on Monday Night Football. With the exception of a nationally televised 2014 Thanksgiving afternoon contest, the division rivals have squared off in primetime every season dating back to 2007.

  • Philadelphia will host the Super Bowl LV Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football in Week 6. The Eagles are one of only two teams with an undefeated record on Thursday Night Football (5-0) since 2016, joining the Seahawks.

  • The Eagles’ final flight of the season will happen in Week 10 when they travel to Denver. Philadelphia will then play four of its last seven games of the season at Lincoln Financial Field. Following their Week 14 bye, the Eagles will close the season with four consecutive games against NFC East opponents, three of which are in front of a home crowd.

 

Eagles’ Gainwell: ‘I’m a rare breed’

For Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell, getting drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of this year’s draft does a few things for him. It allows him an opportunity to fulfill his dream of playing football and a chance to play with his cousin, Eagles DT Fletcher Cox.

Like Cox, Gainwell is from Yazoo City, Mississippi. According to Gainwell, the people of Yazoo City are happy to see Gainwell and Cox together in Philly.

The city is very excited about me and Fletcher(Cox),” Gainwell said on Saturday. “Man, they just excited about us. They’re excited that we play ball, and now we are playing with each other on the same team, so they are going to be even more excited.”

Gainwell opted out last season due to COVID concerns. In 2019, he put up monster numbers for Memphis, including running for 1459 yards with 13 touchdowns on the ground, and he caught 51 passes for 610 yards with three receiving touchdowns. 

According to Gainwell, he spent a lot of time in the gym during his time away from football. 

“I basically just started training,” he said. “So basically, the next week after I opted out, I started training, and I’ve been working out ever since. It’s been basically six months for me working out straight, non-stop. I’ve just been putting in the work, staying down, staying healthy throughout this process.

While Gainwell wanted and some expected him to be picked higher in the draft, he’s happy to be in Philly.

Yeah, I was surprised,” he said about going later in the draft. “But I’m happy now; I’m happy y’all got me. I’m happy I’m with the Eagles. That really don’t matter. It’s time to work. It’s time to put in the work. Getting drafted first, getting drafted at the fifth, it don’t really matter about all that. I am ready to ball for the Eagles.”

Gainwell does not lack for confidence, and when asked who does he compare himself to in the NFL, he had this to say:

“I’m a rare breed,” he said. “I’m a different one.”

Gainwell has a lot of versatility. As the numbers show, he can do things on the ground and in the passing game.  With his skill set, he should add depth to the Eagles’ running back room in 2021.

Eagles’ Smith: ‘I don’t care too much about what people say about my weight’

The Philadelphia Eagles got their man on Thursday night in Cleveland. Philadelphia, who had the 12th pick in this year’s draft, moved up two spots to 10 after a trade(Philly sends 12th pick and a third-round pick in this year’s draft) with their bitter rival, the Dallas Cowboys.

After the deal with Dallas, the Eagles grabbed former Alabama WR and 2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith.

According to Smith, he was surprised that Philadelphia traded up to get him. 

“I was shocked that they had traded up for me,” Smith said on Thursday night. “I was really like, if they traded up for me, then they see something that they like. So I was really excited, and it’s a blessing.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman was happy to get his hands on Smith.

“He was very highly rated on our board, someone who we feel like is not only a great player but a great person, will come in and be ready to roll,” Roseman said. 

Before the draft, much was made about Smith’s stature, mainly his weight. The 6-1 Smith weighed in at 166 pounds at the NFL medical re-check in April, but according to Smith, none of that matters. 

“I don’t care too much about what people say about my weight,” he said. “I understand reporters have a job. It’s their job to make a story. I just let them do their job. I can’t get mad at them for doing their job.”

Smith will be reunited with Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, his college QB at Alabama, which he discussed on Thursday night. 

“And Jalen(Hurts), that’s my guy,” Smith said. “Been with him in my time at Alabama. Even when I was a recruit, he was the guy trying to get me to come to Alabama. That’s my guy. I have a great relationship, and I’m ready to work.”

Clearly, both the Giants and Eagles wanted Smith, but the Eagles did what they had to do to get their man. Give Roseman credit, he dropped down to 12 after the trade with the Dolphins in May and got picks for next season(2022 first and fourth-rounder), and then he moved up to get a guy who many believe is a game-breaking wide receiver in Smith.

Eagles’ Sirianni: ‘We’re going to have competition at every position’

When the Philadelphia Eagles traded QB Carson Wentz to the the Indianapolis Colts, the thought was that Jalen Hurts would be the team’s starting quarterback in 2021. The former second-round pick started four games for the Eagles in 2020 as a rookie and went 1-3.

Hurts threw for 1061 yards with six touchdown and four interceptions last season.

Today, Eagles GM Howie Roseman, head coach Nick Sirianni, and vice president of player personnel Andy Weiland met the media. Sirianni was asked if Hurts would be the team’s starting quarterback this season.

Here is what he had to say:

“To name any starters at this particular time, we’ve been working with these guys for two days, right? We’ve been working with these guys for two days,” Sirianni said. “My biggest thing is competition. Again, we’ve talked a little bit about my core values. It’s my second core value. It’s this team’s second core value. Competition is a huge thing.

We’re going to have competition at every position.”

Hurts, 22 showed flashes in the four games he started, and on the surface, the Eagles were confident enough in Hurts that they willing to move Wentz. Also, you don’t waste a second-round pick on a quarterback if you don’t believe he can eventually be a starter.

Philadelphia signed 36-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco this offseason, and Flacco made it clear that he was looking to compete for the starting job.

By not declaring Hurts the starter, maybe this is a way for the Eagles to motivate him, perhaps they’re looking to draft a quarterback with the 12th pick in this year’s draft, or maybe there will be an actual quarterback competition. Who knows.

However, when it’s all said and done, expect Hurts to be under center for the Eagles in Week 1.