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Larry Fitzgerald and 4 other veterans we want saved at the NFL trade deadline - SB Nation
Matt Forte to the Eagles: Forte has only played in five games for the Jets this season, but his numbers suggest he can still produce as pass-catching tailback who adds an extra dimension to his team’s passing game from the backfield. That’s something the Eagles and sudden MVP candidate Carson Wentz could use. Forte has caught 91 percent of the passes he’s been thrown this fall, racking up 19 catches for 158 yards as a standout checkdown option. Philadelphia’s top two backs, LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood, have combined for just 12 catches. Add in Forte’s reasonable 4.0 yard per carry average and you’ve got a solid addition to the Eagles’ tailback platoon — and a probable playoff landing spot for a veteran with only two postseason games on his resume.

Eagles vs. 49ers Preview: Trap game or nah? - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #273). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. 49ers game in Week 8, analyze key matchups, and much more.

Eagles vs. 49ers: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
The Eagles' rushing attack vs. the 49ers' run defense: No team in the NFL has faced more rushing attempts than the Niners, mostly because they have been down in games this season. As a result, they have allowed 134.6 rushing yards per game (29th in the NFL), 8 rushing TDs (second-most allowed in the NFL), and they've allowed 59 rushing first downs (by far the most in the NFL). Ideally, the Eagles can lean on their run game in this matchup, and keep Wentz out of peril with a new starter protecting his blind side.

Game Review – PHI 34, WAS 24 - Iggles Blitz
The main reason the Eagles won this game was Carson Wentz. He threw 4 TD passes and made big plays with his legs as well. You could see a noticeable difference in him and Kirk Cousins. Cousins has become a good QB and he had some impressive moments, but Wentz was special. He was good on 3rd downs, in the Red Zone and in creating something out of nothing. The Eagles are now 6-1 and this has gone from a promising start to what could be a special season. It would help if star players would quit getting hurt.

Carson Wentz makes dip into college playbook work for Eagles - ESPN
There was one play Monday night that told you everything you need to know about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and where he is in his development as a player. Following the spectacular third-quarter touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement against the Washington Redskins -- in which Wentz ducked past an initial wave of defenders and tossed a perfect ball to the corner of the end zone while getting hit from both sides -- Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden focused on the roots of the play while everyone else in the nation was buzzing over the fruit. “Carson Wentz is unbelievable," Gruden said. "That’s the same play that they featured at North Dakota State. He went to [coach] Doug Pederson. He said, ‘I want to put this play in our offense.’ They threw it for a touchdown against the Giants, and now they throw it for a touchdown against the Redskins."

All-22: Mack Hollins gets deep with corner-post vs. Washington - The Athletic
Asked what the key is to selling the corner route, Hollins said, “Eyes and shoulders. Some guys will just look real quick, and DBs at this level can recognize that’s not real. So you’ve got to really sell it as if you’re running a corner route and then hit it up.” Hollins was only in the game because Torrey Smith ran a deep route on the previous play and needed a breather. Hollins played eight snaps vs. Washington.

Week 8 Rankings - Rotoworld
No. 1 overall fantasy passer Carson Wentz enters yet another smash spot against the 49ers, who are hemorrhaging a league-high 70.7 plays per game to enemy offenses, enhancing opponent opportunity for box-score production. Four of the last five quarterbacks to face San Francisco have posted top-ten fantasy weeks, including Kirk Cousins’ QB1 result in Week 6 and last week’s QB2 game by Dak Prescott. The 49ers have also allowed the NFL’s seventh-most rushing yards (118) and a league-high three rushing TDs (3) to quarterbacks. Wentz is the overall QB1 play for Week 8. … The Eagles used four backs in last Monday night’s win over the Redskins, doling out touches and snaps as follows: LeGarrette Blount (14, 38%), Wendell Smallwood (10, 37%), Corey Clement (2, 18%), Kenjon Barner (2, 6%). Blount is the best touchdown bet in the group as a two-score home favorite against a 49ers defense that broke down in DE Arik Armstead’s (hand) Week 7 absence, coughing up a 36/223/6.19/2 rushing line to Cowboys backs. Smallwood offers a slightly safer floor in PPR leagues, although I worry his pass-protection woes will cost Smallwood playing time. He was beaten badly twice in blitz pickup in the win over Washington.

Eagles' new linebacker combinations will be in focus against 49ers - Inquirer
You’ve read much about the linebackers this week, and for good reason. With Jordan Hicks out for the season, the Eagles must find a way to continue thriving without their middle linebacker. The group will be in focus on Sunday when the Eagles host the 49ers because the biggest threat posed by the 49ers’ offense is their running backs – whether it’s on the ground or in the air. The Eagles will turn to Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks as every-down linebackers. They will play in base defense and also stay on the field in nickel. Bradham, who’s the Eagles’ leading tackler, has been one of the team’s best players this year. He’ll wear the defensive headset and take Hicks’ responsibilities in the nickel. He’s finally earning recognition he believes is long deserved. Kendricks’ whirlwind Eagles career will take on another chapter; he’s wanted a bigger role, and he’ll get it. The Eagles should feel comfortable with those two on the field – as long as Kendricks remains healthy and plays as he did the first two months of the season.

Mack Hollins Q&A: Chemistry with Wentz, Backpack Kid TD dance - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Mack Hollins has sure made his 70 snaps count. The Eagles' rookie wide receiver from North Carolina is only averaging 10 snaps per game but has made quite an impact on the offense. He's been targetted six times and has six catches, five for 10 yards or more and all five of those for first downs. His 64-yard touchdown against the Redskins tied the game at 10 late in the second quarter — one play after Carson Wentz had been leveled — and got the Eagles back into a game where nothing had gone right the first quarter and a half. Hollins, a fourth-round pick, spoke Wednesday about his big touchdown Monday night, his quarterback, his rookie season and other topics.

Celek Vs. Celek: A Battle Of Brotherly Love -
The City of Brotherly Love is the setting on Sunday when Eagles tight end Brent Celek suits up against his younger brother Garrett, also a tight end in his sixth NFL season with the 49ers, at Lincoln Financial Field. "It’s going to be fun. I’m preparing just like any other game,” Brent Celek said on Thursday. "I don’t know if there are going to be any times when I’m going to line up against him (including special teams) ... if that was the case it would be a little different story. I think it will be more fun for my family than it will be for me and my brother." Who will the parents root for? "I think they’ll probably say, 'We hope you stay healthy,'" Celek said.

49ers-Eagles preview: Is Carson Wentz an MVP candidate? - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers have faced solid quarterbacks each of the past two weeks, and it only gets more difficult in Week 8. After facing Kirk Cousins in Week 6 and Dak Prescott in Week 7, they face an MVP candidate in Week 8. The 49ers travel east to face the Philadelphia Eagles, and that means one of the leading MVP candidates halfway through the season. The Eagles are off to a 6-1 start, and quarterback Carson Wentz is a big reason for that. Wentz leads the league with 17 touchdown passes, already one more than he had his rookie season. He is fourth in the league in DYAR and seventh in DVOA at Football Outsiders, and ranks third in QBR.

First-and-10: The Latest Evolution of Carson Wentz -
1. Eagles QB Carson Wentz hasn’t just looked good of late. As the staff sees it, beyond the spectacularly athletic plays he’s made, he’s also doing the routine more efficiently because he’s seeing the field and reading defenses better. One example I got: Wentz’s 64-yard touchdown pass to rookie Mack Hollins on Monday came because the quarterback saw Washington safety D.J. Swearinger settle his feet, a cue for him to uncork it deep because it would give Hollins the step he needed to beat the coverage.

The Case for Overpaying for QBs in NFL Draft Trades - The Ringer
The Eagles gambled their future to get the chance to pick Carson Wentz. His success begs the question: Does it make sense for a team to bet it all to take a star quarterback?

Carson Wentz at WR? AP at LB? What NFL Stars Could Play Alternate Positions? - B/R
Wentz's all-purpose athleticism was easy to understate when he was throwing and running for touchdowns against opponents like Weber State. Now that he's displaying his Cam Newton-meets-Ben Roethlisberger routine on Monday Night Football, there's no doubt he can make plays with his legs as well as his arm. Wentz has already caught one NFL pass—a Bengals defender batted one of his throws right back to him last year, and he dashed for a seven-yard gain. In retrospect, he may have been his own best receiver last year.


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