We don’t know how much of an effect Chip Kelly’s new scheme will have on the Eagles’ offense. It could boom, it could bust. But one advantage Kelly will have over what Andy Reid last year is a solid pair of bookend tackles.
Jason Peters, one of the best in the game, returns at left tackle after missing all of 2012 with an Achilles injury. The Eagles tried Demetress Bell there for a while and by the time the Redskins played them for the first time in Week 11 they had turned to Kind Dunlap. Neither was even up to “just a guy” level; they were both awful.
They invested their first draft pick, the fourth overall, in Lane Johnson, an athletic tackle out of Oklahoma. Even right of the bat he should be a major upgrade over Dennis Kelly, the stiff who was at right tackle for both Redskins-Eagles games last year.
The Eagles had issues in the interior of the line as well and it showed. In their two games with the Redskins Philly rushed for just 170 yards. They also gave up nine sacks to a Redskins team that had just 32 sacks on the season.
One would expect the Eagles to be better in both pass protection and running the ball just by virtue of the return of Peters and the addition of Johnson. The Redskins, of course, have Brian Orakpo back from injury and he will line up against Peters on most snaps. We will see who has the advantage.
Former Washington Redskin Terrelle Pryor may have found a new home after a tumultuous season in Washington.
The 28-year-old wide receiver appears to be on the way to the New York Jets for the 2018 season according to Ian Rappaport.
Last season, Pryor only played in nine games for Washington and was sent to injured reserve after Week 11. His season ended with ankle surgery and it closed the book on a short stint in the nation’s capital.
In his nine games, he never got on the same page with former Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. Targeted only 37 times, the six-year veteran only had 20 receptions for 240 yards and a single touchdown.
This is coming after a 1,000-yard season on the dismal Cleveland Browns team that went 1-15 in 2016. As a free-agent, he signed with Washington on a ‘prove-it’ deal for one-year, eight million last off-season. He was expected to a significant amount of touches alongside Josh Doctson.
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With so much anticipation it was easy to say that Pryor’s lone season in Washington was a disappointment.
If he does sign with the Jets, Pryor joins a New York franchise that is still continuing to rebuild. They currently own the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and are in search of a quarterback. A year ago they finished 5-11 under third-year head coach Todd Bowles.
Transitioned to wide receiver in Cleveland, Pryor was drafted into the league as a quarterback. He spent three seasons in Oakland (2011-13) all as a quarterback making 10 starts. In Cleveland (2015-16) he made the transition to wide receiver before going to Washington in 2017.
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The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.
Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction.
What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb.
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For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined.
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