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NFC East news: ‘Tush Push’ remains for 2024; Washington, New York continue free agency activity

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By: TCDeckard

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The latest news around the NFC East division.

NFL will allow Eagles’ “Tush Push” play to remain next season – Rishikesh Rajagopalan, CBS News

The Eagles’ bread-and-butter play will still be legal next season.

No ifs, ands, or buts about it — the NFL’s “Tush Push” is here to stay, at least for another season. NFL executive Troy Vincent said Thursday that the league would not consider banning the controversial play ahead of the 2024 season.

Also known as the “Brotherly Shove,” the play was first popularized by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022. Similar to a quarterback sneak, where the quarterback lines up behind the center and drives himself forward with the ball, the rugby-style maneuver involves Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts being pushed forward by multiple teammates — to great effect in short-yardage situations, such as on the goal line for a touchdown.

The Eagles had a 90% success rate on the play last season, according to the Athletic, far higher than any of their opponents who attempted the move. Thanks in part to the play, Hurts finished the season tied with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen for the league lead in rushing touchdowns among quarterbacks with 15.

Following wide-ranging criticism from across the league, the Athletic reported in December that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sought to eliminate the Tush Push.

“I don’t have the energy to care about whether it gets banned or not,” Eagles center Jason Kelce said in response to the report on the “New Heights” podcast he hosts alongside his brother, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. “We’re going to run it right now because we’re good at it and it’s effective. And whatever they do next season, we’ll figure out a way to do something at a high level and make it effective.”

While the Tush Push will be available for the Eagles next season, Kelce will not — the legendary center officially retired earlier this month after 13 seasons with the team.

Commanders add another NFL cornerback to roster – Ivan Lambert, USA Today

Washington continues their free agency moves.

Adam Peters signed another cornerback on Thursday.

The new Commanders general manager was able to ink Pittsburgh Steelers free agent corner James Pierre.

Pierre, age 27, was undrafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2020. He was signed by and joined the Steelers in 2020 and has played four seasons in Pittsburgh (2020-23).

It looks like perhaps another depth signing, as Pierre has managed to start only six games in his four seasons in the NFL. He has collected two interceptions and forced three fumbles, recovering one.

It might be helpful to remind Commanders fans that NFL teams can take 90 players on their roster when they go to training camp. Consequently, there will be these types of signings where Adam Peters is attempting to accomplish two things.

He is attempting to do this job to fill the roster with 90 players, providing him with enough camp bodies at each position to fully participate in training camp, scrimmages, and preseason games. He is also attempting to find enough of the type of players who will compete in training camp, wanting to make the roster, even if it means accepting a role of primarily playing special teams.

Giants continue adding to offensive line, agreeing to terms with OT Matt Nelson – John Flanigan, Yahoo! Sports

New York looks to improve protection for QB Daniel Jones.

The Giants continue adding to their offensive line this offseason, as they’ve signed veteran OT Matt Nelson.

Nelson was reportedly with the team in East Rutherford for a visit on Wednesday, and he must’ve liked was he saw, as the two sides were able to come to an agreement just a day later.

The 28-year-old presents a potential swing-tackle option for Big Blue after Matt Peart left in free agency on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos.

Nelson spent his collegiate career at the University of Iowa as a defensive end, and he won the Team Hustle award his senior year and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten nominee.

After signing with the Lions as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 Draft, he quickly made the transition to the offensive line.

Nelson spent his first season with the team on the practice squad but he quickly cracked the roster and made 16 appearances in 2020, followed by a career-high 11 starts the year after.

He started each of the first two games of last season at right tackle before suffering an ankle injury which landed him on injured reserve and ultimately ended his season.

Now with Big Blue, he’ll look to help turnaround this completely revamped offensive line which has also added Jon Runyan Jr., Jermaine Eluemunor, Aaron Stinnie, and Austin Schlottman to the mix this offseason.

Originally posted on Blogging The Boys