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News and notes for 10/14

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Eagles' Frank Reich confident in 'Big V' - Daily News

Did I mention that the guy who will be on the other side of the line from him much of the day will be Ryan Kerrigan, a six-year veteran with 50 career sacks?

“You find out guys tend to rise to the occasion,’’ Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Thursday morning. “No. 1, because of what they have within themselves, and No. 2, (because of) the confidence they gain from the players playing around them.

“Big V is stepping onto an offensive line that’s a very good offensive line. And he’s well-coached. I expect him to come out with a lot of confidence.’’

Jordan Matthews: ‘Deep Numbers aren’t there,’ receivers must improve - CSN

The deep ball has been non-existent for the Eagles so far this year. Carson Wentz throws it, but nobody catches it.

And Jordan Matthews acknowledges it’s a problem.

“The deep numbers aren’t there and that’s something we’ve been really stressing,” Matthews said. “We can talk about chemistry, we can talk about all those things all we want to, but at the end of the day, 11 (Wentz) is still putting it out there, so the opportunities are there. We’ve just got to go out there and make the plays.”

Bashaud Breeland is itching to get back on the field following his ankle injury - Washington Post

“It feels like I ain’t played in five games,” Breeland said. “You know [with the way] I started the season, I’m just ready to go ahead and turn the hat over.”

He received some negative tweets from Redskins fans after celebrating Washington’s victory on Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens. Breeland responded and said he “wanted to be the villain at that point in time” because of criticism after a win. His season got off to a rough start after an impressive training camp. Breeland recorded an interception in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he allowed two touchdowns to wide receiver Antonio Brown on plays that could’ve resulted in takeaways.

The Future of Football Is Here, and It’s Flexible - The Ringer

Sometimes, using receivers as running backs can have more than one utility. The Lions have struggled to get Golden Tate involved this season — he had one catch for 1 yard in Week 4’s loss to the Bears and sat on the bench for much of the second half — so they looked to manufacture some touches for him on Sunday against the Eagles. On their first possession, the Lions had gotten the look they wanted — Philly was in a nickel defense to counter Detroit’s three-receiver personnel grouping — so Tate motioned to line up into the backfield with Matthew Stafford and Theo Riddick to run the ball. He took a toss sweep to his right and picked up 11 yards.

United Way cashes in on "Carson Wentz" -

Today, the United Way of Cass Clay collected $40,000 from a Blackridge Bank fundraiser supporting the organization.

Originally, the bank auctioned off one signed Carson Wentz jersey, commanding $4,000.

However, at the check signing, the original bidder said he'd give even more for another signed jersey. That increased his personal contribution to $10,000 and doubled his Wentz memorabilia.

"I always wanted another jersey, and it goes to another cause, so I thought why not," said Scott Differding, bought two signed jerseys.

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