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Training camp is creeping up and roster tweaks could be on the horizon. The Philadelphia Eagles’ front office might want to address glaring holes that weren’t filled in the NFL draft. Or maybe they just want to unload some dead weight.

Whatever the case, July is the perfect time of year to make a low-risk trade.

General manager Howie Roseman has never been a guy to rest on his laurels or not pick up the phone. That philosophy extends to rival executives calling him to check in on a player, as well as Roseman himself proposing something.

“Our job is to look for any opportunity to improve the team, and we’ll always do that, and we’ll have discussions on that,” Roseman said after the draft. “We can still continue to get better and add pieces, and we’ll do that.”

Howie Roseman has made big trades with Colts, Saints, and Dolphins last two years:

Gave away:
– 6th overall in 2021
– 19th overall in 2022
– Carson Wentz

– DeVonta Smith
– Jordan Davis
– AJ Brown
– 2023 1st round pick
– 2024 2nd round pick


— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) May 12, 2022

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3 Potential Blockbuster Trades Prior to Camp

The Eagles have ammunition in the holster if they wanted to take a swing for the fences ahead of training camp. The two biggest names are Jalen Reagor and Andre Dillard. Problem is, everyone knows they want to unload them. But let’s take a look at a few possible trades that could benefit both parties in the coming weeks.

Trade WR Jalen Reagor to Las Vegas for DE Clelin Ferrell

Clelin Ferrell presenting problems ????

(via @NFL)

— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 8, 2019

Why This Makes Sense for Vegas: Ferrell has been a first-round bust for the Raiders and they aren’t even trying to hide it. The No. 4 overall pick has seen his snaps decrease from 648 in 2019 all the way down to 261 in 2021, along with his sack totals: 4.5 to 1.5. Ferrell hasn’t been good. And now the Raiders have a new defensive coordinator and plan to switch to a three-man front. The writing appears to be on the wall for Ferrell.

Why This Makes Sense for Philly: Reagor is a wasted roster spot at this point with A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Greg Ward all ahead of him on the depth chart. The Eagles also want to see what Devon Allen – a dual-threat on returns with his Olympic speed – and Britain Covey – a surprise standout at OTA sessions – can do at camp. This trade would provide the change of scenery both Reagor and Ferrell need. Plus, Philly could use an extra edge rusher.

Trade LT Andre Dillard and S K’Von Wallace to Cincinnati for S Jessie Bates

The #Bengals are placing the franchise tag on star safety Jessie Bates, per multiple reports. One of the most underappreciated defensive players in the NFL, Bates has only missed one game in four years. Both sides will have until mid-July to hammer out a long-term deal.

— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 7, 2022

Why This Makes Sense for Cincinnati: The Bengals are in no rush to hand Bates the lucrative multi-year contract he desires, instead they want him to play on the franchise tag. He doesn’t want to do that. And, as Kelsey Conway reported, Bates is “unlikely” to return to Cincinnati next year if they force the issue. Meanwhile, starting left tackle Jonah Williams has suffered his fair share of injuries in Cincinnati as he heads toward free agency in 2024.

Why This Makes Sense for Philly: The Eagles need a starting safety. They could get by this season with Jaquiski Tartt and Marcus Epps, but why not trade for an All-Pro player? Offer Dillard and Wallace. It’s worth a shot. Dillard’s 2021 campaign was very hit and miss, according to Jimmy Kempski, and it seems silly to carry a one-dimensional backup tackle. And Wallace can’t seem to earn more than a special-teams role. If the Bengals don’t bite, throw in a late-round pick.

Trade RB Miles Sanders to Miami for TE Mike Gesicki

Mike Gesicki: 3.7% drop rate since entering the NFL in 2018. 7th lowest among all Tight Ends????

— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Dolphins) June 26, 2022

Why This Makes Sense for Miami: The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Gesicki back in March as the two sides work out a long-term extension. There are no reported hard feelings. However, Miami could decide to cheap out and hand the starting job to backup Durham Smythe, especially after backing the Brinks truck up for WR Tyreek Hill and CB Xavien Howard. The other part of the equation is RB Chase Edmonds. He has never tallied more than 116 touches in a season as walks into the RB1 role. Sanders would alleviate the burden in the backfield.

Why This Makes Sense for Philly: Sanders is eligible for an extension on his rookie deal as he enters his fourth season. There is no guarantee the Eagles will shell out big bucks for an injury-prone back with a history of drops and fumbles. When healthy, Sanders is explosive: 2,439 career rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry. But Philly drafted a guy – Kenny Gainwell – ready to slide into the starting spot. It could be argued his potential is higher. Trade Sanders for Gesicki and pair him with Dallas Goedert, two birds of a feather. Both guys are excellent blockers, run angry, and ooze athleticism. They are also fairly young players: Goedert (27), Gesicki (26). Those two could morph into the NFL’s best tight end tandem.

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Jets Prospect Had Monster Performance vs. Eagles: Was a Force

Getty A battle in the preseason trenches between the New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The biggest mystery man following the 2022 NFL draft was Texas A&M pass rusher, Micheal Clemons.

He was the final selection by the New York Jets and had a varied background as an older player with some off-the-field concerns.

However, his all-business approach and intensity he brought to the gridiron intrigued a lot of fans ahead of the preseason opener. The talented defender delivered on the excitement in more ways than one during his debut.

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Everyone loves talking about the starters and high draft picks but the players that get the most playing time are the depth pieces and lower draft picks in preseason football.

Clemons ended up getting 30 snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday and he certainly made the most of them.

#Jets snap counts from last night. Rookie (draft pick) update:

Gardner – 15
Wilson – 15
Johnson – 15
Hall – 10
Ruckert – 10
Clemons – 30
Mitchell – 48

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 13, 2022

Michael Nania of Jets X-Factor credited him with “plowing anything in sight” and whether it was as a pass rusher or in run support he was “impactful.”

Rewatching and my goodness Micheal Clemons was plowing anything in his sight. His bull rush was on point, and his edge setting vs the run was impactful

— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) August 13, 2022

Jack Stollow did a very nice job putting together a thread of Clemons reps to show how impressive he was on a play-to-play basis.

Micheal Clemons winning his reps in his NFL preseason debut, a thread:

— Jack Stollow (@jetsbyjack) August 14, 2022

The overall numbers Clemons put up were jarring (via The Jet Press):

  • 7 total pressures
  • Five quarterback hurries
  • First sack of his career
  • A quarterback hit
  • Impressive 78.7 pass rush grade from Pro Football Focus

#Jets rookie DE Micheal Clemons had an awesome debut last night:

• 7 total pressures
• 5 hurries
• 1 sack
• 1 QB hit
• 78.7 PFF pass rush grade

— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) August 13, 2022

Those seven pressures by Clemons led the entire Jets defense according to PFF.

#Jets pressure leaders last night, per PFF:

• Micheal Clemons: 7
• Jabari Zuniga: 5
• Tanzel Smart: 5
• Jacob Martin: 2
• Bradlee Anae: 2
• Bryce Huff: 2

Smart had 2 sacks. Zuniga, Clemons, and Jermaine Johnson had 1 sack apiece.

— The Jet Press (@TheJetPress) August 13, 2022

On his first sack which came early in the third quarter, Clemons threw the left tackle aside and quickly cleaned the quarterback up in the backfield.

Micheal Clemons SACK ???? @MichealClemonss

— Barstool Texas A&M (@BarstoolTexasAM) August 13, 2022

Dennis Waszak Jr of the Associated Press said the talented defender displayed some “serious pass rushing speed/power” during the game.

Micheal Clemons with a sack for the #Jets. The fourth-rounder has some serious pass-rushing speed/power.

— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) August 13, 2022

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Although the most impressive play I saw from Clemons didn’t make any highlight show but was so impressive that I stood out of my chair and audibly gasped.

It was the final play of the game. There were three seconds left on the clock with the Jets up three points in a 24-21 game from the Eagles’ own 30-yard line.

Clemons was lined up as an inside rusher with four defenders up front. He exploded off the ball and threw the left guard into the backfield. Clemons then shed that player aside as the quarterback escaped to his left trying to find somewhere to throw the ball.

Clemons started chasing him down like a madman and nearly came down with a sack. As it was he forced the Eagles quarterback to dump it off over the middle and the game was over.

I can’t get over this play. Watch #Jets DL Micheal Clemons (@MichealClemonss) burst off the line + explode into the backfield + great pursuit on #Eagles QB. Just scary traits, this guy is a freak of nature ????: ???? @nyjets #TakeFlight #NYJvsPHI

— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) August 13, 2022

Clemons’ raw power, his continued pursuit of the quarterback, and his tools just wowed me.

[email protected] asked #Jets HC Robert Saleh about rookie DL Micheal Clemons (@MichealClemonss), ‘doing a good job’ + ‘proving he can play inside & out & we’re asking him to do both’ + compared him to Deebo from movie Friday, ‘he doesn’t flinch’ ????: ???? @nyjets #TakeFlight #JetsCamp

— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) August 8, 2022

Head coach Robert Saleh has been pleasantly surprised with what they have been able to get out of Clemons. The ability to play anywhere in the front and impressive play early on is earning brownie points with the coaching staff.

The defensive line is deep with the Jets, however, he is giving the coaching staff no choice. He is going to continue to earn reps in that rotation with the way he has played and this could prove to be one of the best steals of the 2022 NFL draft when everything is all said and done.

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