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Did refs botch game-changing call in 49ers-Eagles game?

Trey Sermon hit

San Francisco 49ers running back Trey Sermon fumbled his first ever NFL rushing attempt on Sunday, but officials ruled that the Philadelphia Eagles committed a personal foul on the play. That negated a crucial turnover, and there has been extensive debate over whether the right call was made.

Sermon fumbled near midfield with the Niners leading 17-3 and roughly five minutes remaining in the game. There was a flag on the play, however, as Eagles safety K’Von Wallace was called for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the ball carrier. Wallace definitely hit Sermon in the head, but many felt the contact was totally unavoidable. If you watch the replay, it looks like Wallace was going in for a low tackle when Sermon was hit by another Eagle.

Here are a couple of angles of the hit:

The initial hit from Anthony Harris was clean. He hit Sermon in the shoulder area with his forearm, which caused Sermon to fall forward. You can even see in slow motion that the hit from Harris led to Wallace making contact with Sermon’s head. A lot of people feel the officials should know the difference and penalize (or not) accordingly.

San Francisco ended up winning the game 17-11. The Sermon turnover could have served as a huge momentum shift if it was not negated. Had there been no flag, Bart Scott might look a lot differently today.

H/T SpinMax

Eagles coach Nick Sirianni explains why he wore Jalen Hurts shirt

Nick Sirianni Jalen Hurts shirt

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is a big fan of his starting quarterback, and he had a unique way of showing that leading up to Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sirianni was spotted at practice on Friday wearing a T-shirt that featured Jalen Hurts’ face in a pair of sunglasses. He offered a very simple explanation for why he wore it.

Sirianni is in his first season as head coach of the Eagles, and some of his methods have already been questioned. If you remember, he had a very interesting way of testing the competitive spirit of draft prospects. His decision to wear a shirt with his quarterback’s face on it was also unusual, but Hurts probably appreciated it.

The Eagles are off to a good start in the Sirianni era, as they blew out the Atlanta Falcons last week. Hurts played extremely well in that game. The second-year quarterback went 27/35 with 264 passing yards and three touchdowns. He added another 62 yards on seven rushes.

Bart Scott is so confident in Eagles losing that he’s risking his eyebrow

Bart Scott

Jalen Hurts led the Philadelphia Eagles to a convincing win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, but former NFL linebacker Bart Scott apparently believes the Eagles are pretenders. In fact, he is so confident they are going to come back earth in Week 2 that he is willing to stake his appearance to it.

During Thursday’s edition of “Get Up!” on ESPN, Scott taunted Eagles fans for rushing out to buy Hurts jerseys. He predicted Philly is going to have a much tougher time against the “elite” San Francisco 49ers this weekend. Scott’s colleague Damien Woody strongly disagreed, which led to a debate between the two.

At the end of said debate, Scott said he will shave off one of his eyebrows if the Eagles beat the 49ers on Sunday. Check it out:

The 49ers should have blown out the Detroit Lions, but instead they almost blew the game. Scott doesn’t think that will have any bearing on their game against the Eagles.

If you remember, Scott once wished bad luck on the Eagles for a much different reason. He may just have something against them, though he has now given people more of a reason to root for them on Sunday.

Eagles GM has blunt assessment of Carson Wentz’s time with team

Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles made it clear that they didn’t have all that much faith in Carson Wentz when they drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round last year, but general manager Howie Roseman insists that was nothing personal.

During an appearance on the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday, Roseman was asked about the Eagles’ decision to draft Hurts 53rd overall in 2020. He gave a blunt response about Wentz’s inability to stay on the field.

“We loved Carson, but we played four (six) playoff games, and we’ve needed our backup quarterback and all of them,” Roseman said, via Chris Franklin of NJ Advance Media. “It’s too important of a position not to have that. I think that just thinking about where we were at the moment, and I think it was the right thing to do. It’s a hard decision, but it was the right thing to do.”

Wentz tore his ACL late in the 2017 season and fractured a vertebrae in his back midway through the 2018 campaign.

Roseman went on to note that the San Francisco 49ers have found themselves in a similar situation, as they took a quarterback third overall this season even after Jimmy Garoppolo led them to the Super Bowl two years ago. Niners GM John Lynch has spoken openly about Garoppolo’s injury history.

There was some speculation this offseason that the Eagles don’t believe in Hurts and were looking to trade for a quarterback. However, the hype surrounding the former Alabama star has been rapidly building ahead of the season.

If Wentz becomes a star with the Indianapolis Colts, it might sting a little for Roseman. As of now, however, there is no reason to question the his decision to draft Hurts.

Zach Ertz reveals where he stands with Eagles

Zach Ertz

Tight end Zach Ertz was at odds with the Philadelphia Eagles for much of the offseason, but things seem to have improved significantly.

Ertz said Wednesday that he has “mended” things with the team, adding that he wants to retire with Philadelphia and has never been happier.

Ertz’s issues with the Eagles date back to the end of the 2020 season, and stem largely from frustration with his contract. Trade rumors followed the tight end for much of the offseason, but nothing came of it. Ertz is entering the final season of his contract and is owed $8.5 million in 2021.

The 30-year-old is coming off the least productive season of his career, catching only 36 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown last season.

Gardner Minshew traded from Jaguars to Eagles

Gardner Minshew

After losing out on the team’s starting quarterback job, Gardner Minshew is on his way out of Jacksonville.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars have traded Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick.

Minshew’s situation doesn’t change that much, as he’ll essentially be backing up a young quarterback in Philadelphia as well. Jalen Hurts has been impressive during camp, so Minshew will be a backup and insurance policy for the Eagles along with Joe Flacco.

Minshew, who made famously clear that he wants to be an NFL starter again, has put together a respectable career when given the chance to play. In two seasons with the Jaguars, he threw 37 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions in 23 total games.

Jalen Hurts hype continues to build with latest report about Eagles QB

Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles placed a lot of confidence in Jalen Hurts when they drafted him in the second round last year, and the former Alabama star appears poised to reward the team for it this season.

There have been several reports this offseason about Hurts looking impressive in training camp. That theme apparently continued this week when the Eagles held joint practices with the New England Patriots. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “Get Up!” Friday morning that NFL sources who were at those joint practices were surprised by Hurts’ accuracy. Fowler described Hurts as “surging.”

Here’s more:

That meshes with a report from earlier in the week, which said Eagles players have been blown away by what they’ve seen from Hurts.

It will be interesting to see if Hurts lives up to the hype, especially since the Eagles have been consistently linked to Deshaun Watson. There seemed to be a feeling at one point that Hurts is not ready to start in the NFL, but that theory is sounding less accurate by the day.

Eagles player savagely trolled Cam Newton during joint practice

Cam Newton

The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have held joint practices this week ahead of their preseason game, and Cam Newton was on the receiving end of some serious smack talk during Tuesday’s session.

Eagles linebacker K’Von Wallace trolled Newton after the former MVP completed a couple of checkdown passes. Mike Kaye of NJ Advance Media says Wallace called Newton “checkdown king!” at one point as Newton threw to his running backs on consecutive plays.

Newton has had shoulder problems in the past and underwent surgery a little over two years ago. While he insisted that was not a factor in his poor 2021 season, there were times where he looked incapable of throwing the ball downfield. If that continues this season, he probably won’t keep his job for very long.

It hasn’t been all tension and smack talk between the Eagles and Patriots this week. For evidence of that, just look at the exchange Bill Belichick had with one Eagles player on Monday.

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Eagles players reportedly ‘blown away’ by Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts didn’t put to rest every question about him possibly being the franchise quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles during his limited action last season. It sounds like he might be doing it in training camp, though.

ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported Monday that there is a “fast-growing sentiment” around Eagles camp that Hurts is “undoubtedly” the franchise quarterback. Schultz added that Eagles players are “consistently blown away” by Hurts’ skill level and work ethic.

Hurts seemed to get off to a rough start in camp, but that will happen to 23-year-old quarterbacks. Evidently, he has stabilized himself brilliantly and looks to be in command of the offense.

There have been persistent rumors that the Eagles were in the hunt for a quarterback upgrade. If Hurts is as good as he sounds in this report, that won’t be necessary.

Eagles’ trade talks for Deshaun Watson heating up?

Deshaun Watson

The Philadelphia Eagles are a team that have had trade interest in Deshaun Watson, and those talks are heating up according to a report.

CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso reported on Wednesday about the status of trade talks between the Eagles and Houston Texans. He says things are heating up, though there are some hurdles.

The hurdles are more like mountains, as in the mountain of lawsuits Watson is facing for alleged sexual assault. The quarterback is facing 22 civil lawsuits for his alleged misconduct with multiple masseuses. 10 women reportedly have filed police complaints against him.

Watson was seeking a trade prior to the avalanche of lawsuits that were filed against him. He still wants a trade.

Giving up assets to acquire a quarterback who has not yet been disciplined by the league is risky for any team. But the Eagles, who have Jalen Hurts as their starter entering the season, may not be deterred. Hurts does not seem to be bothered by the rumors either.