USA TODAY Sports Weekly


- Storyline of the week

QB room gets new member: Despite Jalen Hurts being the clear starter at the quarterbac­k position, Philadelph­ia added another player to the depth chart after trading for Jacksonvil­le Jaguars backup Gardner Minshew. Minshew provides an intriguing dynamic. With Joe Flacco on a one-year contract, Minshew fits the mold of a solid backup and a guy who can efficiently play the position if something happens to Hurts. Minshew, 25, is 7-13 as an NFL starter but has thrown for 37 touchdowns against 11 intercepti­ons in 23 games (20 starts). Minshew has thrown for 5,530 yards.

Rookie watch

RB Kenneth Gainwell has establishe­d himself as a young player to watch in the passing game and someone Nick Sirianni can turn to if Miles Sanders struggles. DeVonta Smith is the clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver and a guy aiming for a 1,000-yard season as a rookie. Landon Dickerson will likely start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, while Milton Williams is firmly entrenched in the defensive line rotation.

– Glenn Erby, Eagles Wire

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