Philadelphia Eagles bomb in recent raking of NFL ‘triplets’

Jalen Hurts #1, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

We’ve all been watching the NFL for a while now right? We have, haven’t we? So, with that being said, certain lessons should have been learned by now. Never count anyone out (except for the Detroit Lions). On any given Sunday, any team can lose, and the Philadelphia Eagles are from the City of Brotherly Love, a town known for its underdog spirit.

Come on. One of Philly’s favorite sons is a fictional boxer who carved out a nice career for himself despite the fact that he was predicted to lose just about every fight that we saw him walk into. Don’t look now, but it appears that Philadelphia’s football team is being counted out again.

Not much is expected from the Philadelphia Eagles version of ‘the triplets’.

Here’s something that’s actually pretty interesting if you missed it. Recently, Around The NFL Writer Nick Shook ranked every NFL team in what he calls a 2021 triplets ranking. For the uninitiated, we’re talking about every team’s quarterback, starting running back, and primary receiver or ‘X’.

Let’s put things this way. If you’re an Eagles fan, you probably aren’t going to like what he came up with. Jalen Hurts cracks the list ranked 31st among quarterbacks. Miles Sanders received a near-middle-of-the-pack ranking (18th), and DeVonta Smith landed 27th among wide receivers.

Here’s what Shook added as his defense.

"Hurts is a bit of an unknown, playing under his second head coach in as many seasons. While I won’t at all be surprised if he is better than this standing in this exercise, there’s too much uncertainty to project him any higher at this point. We know more about Sanders, whose four-game absence last year didn’t hurt his statistical output. A full season in an offense that isn’t crumbling because of QB issues should help him improve on his totals — though, again, his ranking better reflects his potential than it does his reality. Smith didn’t win the Heisman Trophy on pure luck, but the rookie (who already missed time this preseason due to injury) ranks low because we don’t have any proof of his skills at the pro level. That can change rather quickly."

There is a bright side to all of this. With everyone expecting this team to fail, there’s no worry of underachieving. That’s for doggone sure. There isn’t anyone on this team with an ounce of pressure on them because everyone expects mediocrity (or something much worse). In all honesty, there’s nowhere for them to go but up.

That should allow them to play loose, and any of you that have played competitive sports knows one thing. Teams that play loose play better and are dangerous. No one seems to be buying in, but maybe they should. Every year, we hear the Dallas Cowboys are a Super Bowl contender, and nothing happens.

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Maybe it’s time to back this Philadelphia Eagles team. Look for them to shock a few teams during the 2021-2022 season. It may not be time to dust those dog masks off yet, but you can trust and believe that this team isn’t going to be as bad as everyone is saying.