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Hey everyone, and welcome to another week of training camp in the NFL. This also marks the first week with multiple preseason games, so buckle your seat belts. John Breech decided to get some vacationing in before the real games begin, so you've got me -- Cody Benjamin -- to take you through all the latest from around the league.

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We've got Cowboys buzz, Hall of Fame highlights, Deshaun Watson news, and more:

  1. Today's show: Are we overrating the Cowboys entering 2021?


John Breech joined Will Brinson on Monday's "Pick Six NFL Podcast" for a training camp mailbag, and there were lots of juicy questions, perhaps none bigger than: Might we all be giving the Dallas Cowboys too much credit? America's Team is about to get a major spotlight on this year's edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks" (check out CBSSports.com for episode power rankings every week!), and plenty have chalked them up as NFC East contenders now that Dak Prescott is back. But the guys aren't so sure about Dallas.

"I picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl in 2020," Breech said, "but I am so far off the Cowboys bandwagon, I am on a different continent." Dallas was nearly 0-4 out of the gate in 2020 even with Prescott, Breech added, and now the quarterback is coming off not only an ankle injury but new shoulder strain. Couple Dak's health questions with a remade defense, and all of a sudden the East doesn't necessarily look like an easy division for Dallas.

The guys also touched on whether Tom Brady might actually retire after 2021, whether the Browns should pay Baker Mayfield right now, and much more. Catch the entire episode (and subscribe for all kinds of daily NFL talk) right here.

2. Hall of Fame recap: Top speeches, preview of 2022 class

The Pro Football Hall of Fame officially closed the book on the induction of its Class of 2021 on Sunday night, and resident NFL historian Bryan DeArdo has rounded up all the best highlights of the weekend, from Peyton Manning's joke-filled speech to Drew Pearson's celebratory night (and in case you missed it, you can check out his takeaways from Saturday's belated Class of 2020 induction). Bryan also dropped an early forecast of 2022 Hall of Fame candidates, including:

3. Ranking active QBs by Hall of Fame potential


Peyton Manning was the only QB to enter the Hall of Fame this weekend, but he gave a shout-out to Brady in his acceptance speech, even jokingly predicting when the Buccaneers QB will give his own induction speech. It got us thinking: Which active QBs have a real shot at getting a gold jacket? We ranked 12 current signal-callers as either stone-cold locks, safe bets, premature candidates or just-missed outsiders. Here are the five we consider virtual locks to be inducted someday:

Check out the full list for explanations and a look at others who may (or may not) be Hall of Fame-bound.

4. Deshaun Watson update: QB returns; Texans mull future

The Texans quarterback returned to practice for the first time in a week on Monday, stirring up all kinds of speculation regarding his cloudy future in both Houston and the NFL. Still facing 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints, Watson may not be off the Texans' own radar for the 2021 season, with Yahoo! Sports reporting that Houston intends to wait out the QB's "hold-in" in an attempt to have him back as its starting QB, barring a strong trade offer. Other reports, however, suggest Watson's Texans career is already over.

5. Three bold Eagles predictions: DeVonta Smith explodes


If we're overrating the Cowboys, are we underrating the Eagles? Jeff Kerr might tell you as much, because he's made three bold predictions for the 2021 Birds, each of which should have Philly excited. His biggest and boldest guess: First-round pick DeVonta Smith will explode to the tune of a franchise receiving record as the Eagles' new No. 1, helping catapult Jalen Hurts and Co. to immediate offensive success:

DeSean Jackson, who holds the Eagles franchise record for receiving yards in a rookie season with 912, is one of the few rookie wide receivers to start Week 1 of his first season and make an immediate impact. Smith will have that same effect on an Eagles offense that badly needs him.

6. Rapid-fire roundup: Saints feud, T.J. Watt holdout and more

Hungry for more NFL news? We've got a bunch of other nuggets for you right here: