Part of the beauty of the NFL and our love for the Philadelphia Eagles is it unites us… for those most part. Hang out on Twitter or the other social media platforms with Birds fans, and ‘unity’ probably isn’t a word you’ll say very often, but you get the idea. Our nation has had its challenges with social and racial tensions throughout history, but often, our love for the game helps us forget and/or escape that. Our fandom unites men and women from various backgrounds. So does the locker room, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an organization with a richer history of fielding black quarterbacks than the one in the City of Brotherly Love. Just look at some of these names: Randall Cunningham, Rodney Peete, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Jalen Hurts.
According to Variety, Michael Vick will lead a documentary series presented by SMAC Productions and Fubo Studios, one detailing conversations with prominent coaches and players from the National Football League’s past and present about the evolution of black quarterbacks. As of right now, there’s no word on when the eight-part series will air. Trust us on this one. We’ll let you know when it does.
More Eagles news: DeVonta Smith is dealing with a groin injury.
As far as what’s going on with the Birds on the field of play, Philadelphia is hard at work preparing for a tough Tennessee Titans team and one of the greatest running backs walking Planet Earth, Derrick Henry. That isn’t necessarily what you want to hear when your team is struggling to stop the run. Knowing that your team is dealing with injuries at key positions is a bit of a letdown as well, but it is what it is. That’s how life works in the NFL.
The Birds released their first injury report of the week on Wednesday. Here’s a look.
DeVonta Smith’s groin injury isn’t something that we’ve spent a lot of time on. The hope is he’s good to go on Sunday. There’s hope that Jordan Davis can play as well. The Eagles opened a 21-day practice window for him on Wednesday. Everyone is keeping an eye on C.J. Gardner-Johnson. There’s no word on when he’ll be back, but the hope is he returns sooner rather than later.
With so many key players on the shelf, it’s nice to know that the Eagles have a signal-caller with the temperament and skill that Jalen Hurts has. He’s a legitimate MVP candidate, and he’s proven to own one of the most important traits that an NFL quarterback can lay claim to possessing, the ability to will his team to victory when all else fails. It’s a trait that we used to debate over whether or not he had ownership, a trait that every NFL franchise searches for.
Check out a recent deep dive by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank when you have a moment. He authored a nice write up on ten mind-blowing Jalen Hurts stats. Oh, and have you heard? Deshaun Watson is back.
He was expected to speak with the media on Wednesday but decided against doing so. It’s hard to believe that, with everything that transpired, we once debated over whether or not the Eagles should pursue him.
The Cleveland Browns traded for Watson and signed him to a massive deal, but by the looks of things, the Eagles made a wise decision by sticking with Hurts. His payday is coming, but first thing’s first. Philadelphia still has some unfinished business this season.