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Eagles News: Malcolm Jenkins benched Ryan Tannehill in his fantasy football league

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/11/15.

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Malcolm Jenkins Is Benching Ryan Tannehill: ‘Interceptions Are Negative Points In Fantasy’ - CBS Philly
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins fell for the Tannehill-preseason hype and drafted him for his fantasy football team. "I have him as my fantasy quarterback," Jenkins said Monday of Tannehill on 94WIP’s Locker Room Show with Eagles center Jason Kelce, Merrill Reese, Howard Eskin, and Jon Runyan. "He’s obviously not gonna start this week." "Yeah, you’re benching him this week?" Kelce joked. "Yeah, he’s not gonna start this week." Jenkins reiterated. "I plan on playing well. Interceptions are negative points in fantasy, so I plan on getting my hands on a couple. Gotta sit [him] on my bench this week."

Film breakdown: Brandon Graham becoming a smarter pass rusher - PhillyVoice
If you look back up at the above sacks, you can see exactly what Graham is talking about. Graham fakes like he's going to try to push Smith back into the pocket, but instead gains the edge and is able to pop the ball out of Matt Cassel's hands. He was able to do that partly because he had been setting up Smith with bull rushes earlier in the game. Here's a bull rush in which Graham gets a good push on Smith and drives him back into the pocket.

No Answers Yet - Iggles Blitz
Kelly is right to focus week-to-week. That’s what good teams do. That’s how you play consistent football. I think part of his mentality comes from the fact he was a college coach. Guys with extensive NFL backgrounds might feel a bit differently. Kelly came from a world where one loss could ruin an entire season. You couldn’t pick and choose which games to get up for. The Eagles need to build off the Dallas win. They need to get above .5o0 and put together a winning streak. This team can still make postseason noise, but only if they keep winning and earn a playoff spot.

Eagle Eye: Exotic Looks From The 'D' -
After diving deep into the offensive tape in Monday's piece, I wanted to give a long look at the defensive performance on Sunday night against Dallas. Overall, I thought the defense really stood tall against a Dallas offense that is starting to get healthy again. With Dez Bryant going full bore, Jason Witten’s presence inside, the sixth-ranked rushing attack in the NFL and one of the most vaunted lines in the league, the Eagles' defense faced a stiff test. The defense faced a very effective rushing attack for the second game in a row. Even though Dallas was able to pick up some chunks of yardage in certain situations, I thought the defensive line came out on top overall. Dallas right tackle Doug Free had a rough time with Cedric Thornton and Connor Barwin. Rookie guard La’el Collins, the same guy who did this and this, had maybe his worst game of the season going up against former teammate Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox.

Did Eagles make wrong call vs. Dallas Cowboys? Nope, Chris Maragos says he called tails -
Since the game ended on Sunday night, there has been a growing controversy that Maragos, who called tails at the beginning of overtime, actually called heads at the last second. On Tuesday, Maragos put the debate to rest.  "I called tails," Maragos said. "That's it. I don't even know where the (controversy) came from."

Notes: Maxwell’s PIs; Johnson Readying For LT - Birds 24/7
Byron Maxwell wondered aloud if his past behavior influenced the officials on Sunday night. "They look at tape, too. Maybe he saw something on tape like I was holding, because I mean, sometimes I do," he said with a laugh. "Maybe he got it in his mind, ‘That’s what this guy does.’ I don’t know what the case was." Maxwell has been by far the Eagles' most penalized defensive player. According to stats kept by the league, he has been flagged 10 times -- nine of which have been accepted. (The next closest in penalties on that side of the ball is Nolan Carroll with four.) Of those, four have been pass interference and three have been defensive holding.

Eagles' patched-up line working just fine - Inquirer
Some sour ingredients had been mixed together in the days leading up to the Eagles' showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. Combine the absence of the Eagles' seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle, Jason Peters (back injury), with the presence of Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy and the assumption was that quarterback Sam Bradford would be pulling himself off the turf quite a bit and that yards and points would be difficult to accumulate.

Bill Davis: Losing Jordan Hicks 'a big hit' despite ILB depth - CSN Philly
"As soon as I saw the nature of the injury, I’ve seen enough of them," Davis said. "I’ve been around enough, especially having a background in linebacker coaching, so I kind of had an idea that’s what happened." Hicks had returned an interception for a touchdown earlier in the game. In just seven games on defense, Hicks had two interceptions, a sack, an NFL-leading three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He’s only the fourth rookie in NFL history to accomplish all of that. "It’s a big hit," Davis said. "It’s a shame that it happened."

Philadelphia Eagles' inside linebacker depth paying off - Morning Call
Just because Emmanuel Acho was absent from the Philadelphia Eagles locker room for the first eight weeks of this season doesn't mean he wasn't part of the team the whole time. But because of the unusual glut of inside linebackers intentionally created by coach Chip Kelly this past offseason, there was no place for him on the roster after he broke his thumb in the preseason. They cut him with an injury settlement in which he was not eligible to be re-signed until Monday, when he was immediately brought back to take the place of Jordan Hicks following the rookie's season-ending pectoral injury.

Which .500 is poised for a playoff push? - PFT
With seven teams currently residing at or one-game below .500, Rodney Harrison is confident Sam Bradford and the Eagles can make a playoff push while Mike Florio is intrigued by Jay Cutler and the Bears.

DraftKings and FanDuel ordered to stop accepting bets by New York attorney general - SB Nation
The New York attorney general declared that DraftKings and FanDuel games constitute illegal gambling.

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