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Eagles Report: Cowboys Expected to Disappoint as One of Top NFL Teams in 2024

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4 NFL teams who could shock the world in 2024, and 2 who could disappoint – SB Nation

Dallas Cowboys. Key additions: *crickets*. The Cowboys were largely hamstrung in free agency due to a lack of cap space, and then didn’t really do much in the draft to get better. Yes, I know Zeke is back, but it’s not 2018. Hoping for him to return to being a 1,000 yard back is blind hope, with absolutely nothing but faith to back it up. It’s a make-or-break year in Dallas, and the tea leaves are swirling in a way that could indicate that it’s all about to collapse. This 12-5 team a year ago got bounced by the Packers in the Wild Card, and didn’t get any better. It would shock people if this team regressed, but the stage is set for a seven win season and then tearing this apart and trying again. Sorry Cowboys fans.

2024 NFL season: Buccaneers, Cowboys among most vulnerable reigning division champions – NFL.com

1B) This ranking should definitely be read as concern about the Cowboys’ offseason, which has been … quiet? Underwhelming? Setting aside the odd approach to Dak Prescott’s contract, the offensive line and running game have changed significantly (goodbye, Tyron Smith; welcome back, Ezekiel Elliott), and likely not for the better. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles gave their offense an injection with the addition of Saquon Barkley and used their first two draft picks to rebuild the secondary, adding Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean. The Eagles’ confounding second-half collapse last season opened the door for Dallas to finish with one more win and, thus, the NFC East title. Barring a repeat of that faceplant, the Cowboys figure to face a far more difficult path to repeating as the division champions.

Eagles Film Review: Will Shipley projects as a nice scheme fit for Kellen Moore’s offense – BGN

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Shipley, but that’s because I didn’t see him as a feature back and I wouldn’t draft backup running backs until day 3. Remember that a lot of rankings are just down to your philosophy. I like to prioritize explosive players who can excel on limited touches as backups, whereas Shipley is more of a chain mover. I wanted the Eagles to target more of a low-touch explosive back (such as Tyrone Tracey) in the 4th round, whereas I see Shipley as more of a ‘safe’ pick. I think Shipley is a solid backup, who doesn’t have any elite traits. I think Shipley (along with Kenny Gainwell) could keep the Eagles’ running game ticking along if Saquon Barkley misses any time, but I don’t think he will do anything special. When I’m ranking running backs, I am always considering fantasy rankings (as I play a lot of dynasty) and Shipley isn’t someone I see as a feature back so I was slightly lower on him than some of the other backs in this tier.

Way-too-early Eagles 53-man roster projection – PhillyVoice

Wide receiver (6): A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, DeVante Parker, Ainias Smith, Johnny Wilson, Britain Covey. The Eagles signed two uninspiring veteran receivers this offseason in DeVante Parker and Parris Campbell. I believe one of those guys will make the roster simply for their experience, and Parker offers more than Campbell, in my opinion. There’s some question as to whether Covey should make the roster or not, since the Eagles drafted three players — Cooper DeJean, Will Shipley, and Ainias Smith — who were good returners in college. We got into deeper detail on that debate here, but the CliffsNotes version is that college return success doesn’t always translate to the NFL, and Covey was arguably the best punt returner in the NFL last season. It would be silly to cut him and put the return team’s success at risk. As for the two rookies, Smith will very likely contribute in some way on special teams, while Wilson may not. As such, Smith is a safer bet to make the roster if they only keep five receivers, but I have Wilson on for now.

Ranking the NFL divisions by strength heading into 2024 – PFF

3. NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys carry the might of the NFC East. The two teams combined for 23 regular-season wins in 2023. The Cowboys won the NFC East on the back of Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb becoming one of the best QB-WR duos in the NFL, with Prescott earning a 90.8 grade and Lamb earning a 91.1 grade. The overall talent on the Cowboys’ roster means they’ll be one of the big players in the NFC once again. The same can be said for the Eagles. Jalen Hurts’ 86.4 grade was a top-10 figure at the quarterback position despite some issues, and the Eagles’ roster is strong. Vic Fangio’s installment as defensive coordinator will boost a defense that gave up a ton of points. The Washington Commanders will afford themselves some hope for the future after drafting Jayden Daniels with the No. 2 overall pick but feel like a team in transition after losing some big hitters, such as Montez Sweat and Chase Young, in recent times. The New York Giants limped to a 6-11 record and lost Saquon Barkley in free agency, but a big trade for Brian Burns, as well as the selection of wide receiver Malik Nabers, will help them in the long term. However, they’ll only go as far as Daniel Jones can take them.

Brandon Graham wins inaugural MVP Award – PE.com

Brandon Graham has already set the franchise record for most games played. He signed a contract extension to return for a 15th season, which will set a new team benchmark. The former first-round pick and the longest-tenured professional athlete in the City of Philadelphia now has another honor to add to his star-studded resume – MVP. The Philadelphia Visitor Center will recognize Graham with the inaugural Most Valuable Philadelphian Award on Monday night at the Philly Opener extravaganza at Independence Visitor Center, an event to kick off the tourism season previewing the can’t-miss experiences this summer in a festive pep-rally-type atmosphere. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Philadelphia Visitor Center as the inaugural recipient of its Most Valuable Philadelphian Award,” Graham said.

4 key observations about the Cowboys 2024 schedule – Blogging The Boys

4. Tough early on, but easier down the stretch. While the overall 2023 record of the Cowboys’ opponents is close to .500, the distribution of tough vs. easy opponents isn’t evenly spread out. The Cowboys have some tough matchups early on, but it gets a lot easier down the stretch. Seven of their first 10 opponents had double-digit wins last year, while only one of their final seven opponents reached 10 wins a year ago. Again, what happened last year doesn’t mean it’s happening this year, but as it appears right now, the Cowboys might get a little reprieve before they head into their fourth-straight playoff appearance.

4 things to watch during New York Giants OTAs – Big Blue View

What’s up with Daniel Jones? Will the quarterback, rehabbing from a torn ACL and under pressure after a horrid 2023 season, do anything on the field? Jones is about six months out from surgery to repair the ACL, with an expected recovery to return to play of eight to 10 months. All indications from the Giants have been that they expect Jones, who may face a fight from Drew Lock for his starting job, to be ready for training camp and ultimately the start of the 2024 season. Could Jones do some on-field work during OTAs? Perhaps throwing routes to receivers during individual and install portions of practices? Jones said in April that he has been moving and throwing in “quarterback-specific drills.”

The 5 O’Clock Club: Olamide Zaccheaus – Hogs Haven

I have to think that Brian Johnson had a lot to say about the decision to bring OZ to Washington. I believe that he and Kliff Kingsbury will have a plan to both play and target Zaccheaus much more than the Eagles did last year. I am guessing that Johnson didn’t have complete autonomy under Siriani in ‘23, and that, if he had, he would have done more with his multi-talented receiver. In his 5-year…

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