Grading Eagles 2021 Draft Haul

2021 Class

The Eagles once again completed a draft in which they made more picks than any single team starts with. In 2021, they made nine selections even after moving up in the first round and trading into the 2022 draft.

Opinions on their draft actually seem very positive from a national outlook, though many fans in Philadelphia are not happy.

With that in mind, a few of our writers decided to put together their grades.

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Birds Sign 11 To Futures Deals

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With their season over, the Eagles made a bit of a housekeeping move on Tuesday night.

The team signed 11 players to futures contracts that will bring them along with the Eagles to training camp.

The 11 players are listed below, but are essentially all the players who were on the team's practice squad this year.

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Postgame Report: Coaches, Hurts Lead Eagles To Another Embarrassing Loss

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half looking defeated.

Gannon had his defense perform worse in the first quarter of this game than he did in the second half of the week six game, which is a feat seeing that his personnel was almost entirely worse and that of the Bucs' offense was absolutely worse.

Meanwhile, Jalen Hurts looked like a player who once again appeared to have never played before, missing open receivers and making poor decisions.

The coaches didn't help with Gannon running his Chip Kelly "you play my scheme not to your strengths" mindset and Sirianni putting the ball in the hands of Hurts, the exact opposite of which is what put this team on a playoff run.

Nothing changed until the fourth quarter when the game was already over, so for all intents and purposes, Sirianni and Hurts lead this offense to a shutout with some of the worst QB play we've ever seen along with brutal play calling.

The fourth quarter was just window dressing for the Eagles so that it didn't look like such a blowout.

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Injury Report: Eagles at Buccaneers

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles are in the playoffs and the injury report is a bit shorter after starters got some rest last week.

Noticeably absent from the report for the Eagles is any running back. Both Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard are without a designation this weeks, meaning they should play.

The Buccaneers meanwhile are hoping to win this game to get back some key players as they've designated Giovani Bernard, Lavonte David and Leonard Fournette as players who have returned to practice earlier this week.

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STP Staff Predictions: Eagles vs. Buccaneers

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The Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) travel to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) on Sunday at 1:00 PM.  The Eagles are an 8.5-point underdog on most betting sites and are a considerable underdog among media members. Find out if our contributors think the Eagles can pull off the upset and move on the NFC Divisional round. 

 

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Analysis: Eagles Offense vs. Buccaneers Defense

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles offense has been humming fairly consistently once the team discovered how effectively they could run the ball.

They will hope to keep this going on Sunday against the Buccaneers in order to advance in the playoffs for the first time since Jalen Hurts arrived at QB.

The run-heavy Eagles offense will be facing the third best run-defense in the Buccaneers, but there's a caveat to that stat: avoid the inside.

The Eagles running back room figures to be full strength and that will help, but bouncing to the outside, or really avoiding defensive tackle Vita Vea.

Really, if the Eagles can bounce the ball outside and/or target the middle while Vea is on the sidelines, they should be able to establish their strong rushing style.

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Buccaneers Offense vs. Eagles Defense Analysis

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

For much of the year, the Buccaneers offense was humming.

Of course, it's easy to do that when your offense has three of the top ten, perhaps five, receivers in the league along with three good tight ends and a running back room filled with household names.

That's changed a bit over the end of this season, as Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense have struggled to keep up with the Jets and Saints over final four weeks of the season.

The team is now without Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette, putting more pressure on the backup running backs and Tom Brady to make plays to keep the offense moving down the field.

Of course, that was not the case when the Eagles and Bucs met in week six.

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Eagles Clear COVID List, Place Three on IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles cleared their COVID list on Monday afternoon, pulling all 11 players remaining on the list off of the list.

Those players included Fletcher Cox, Marcus Epps, Dallas Goedert, Nate Herbig, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, Avonte Maddox, Alex Singelton, Rodney McLeod, Genard Avery and Jack Stoll.

The Eagles also shifted Tyree Jackson, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Brett Toth to injured reserve, which leaves a few spaces on the roster open.

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Tyree Jackson Suffers Torn ACL

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles rested almost all of their starters Saturday night.

It proved to be the right move as the Birds had at least seven players limp off the field. While none are necessarily starters, players like Shaun Bradley, Tyree Jackson and Andre Dillard provide valuable depth and could miss out on playoff experience.

It appears that Jackson will miss more than just that time, however.

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Postgame Report: Dallas Manages To Top Eagles Backups

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half down two scores, which would be bad if it weren't for the fact that this is the Eagles practice squad who hung tight with the Cowboys starters until a poor final drive that gave Dallas an extra score.

To the shock of no one, that didn't change.

The only shock was that the Cowboys left their starters in until partway through the fourth quarter, apparently afraid that their backups would be unable to hold a two-score lead against that of the Eagles.

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Injury Report: Cowboys at Eagles

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

This week is far from normal as impact players being out really may not change the game at all with the potential that both Philly and Dallas sit their starters.

Instead, it's the bottom of the depth chart guys who may be unable to play that will likely lose the most in this game as they lose an opportunity to try and showcase their own talent - and on primetime, no less.

The Eagles have not officially activated most of the dozen players they placed on the COVID list earlier this week.

They did activate center Jason Kelce who will be able to take a snap or two and keep his starts streak alive, bringing him to 122 consecutive starts.

The Cowboys also have a lengthy COVID list including players like Micah Parsons, Tyron Smith, Malik Hooker and Osa Odighizuwa, so even if the teams wanted to play all their starters, neither would be able to.

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