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32 NFL observations, Week 9 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles defense has a combined 226 pressures, which is 53 more than any other defense. There are three teams where the Eagles have more than double the amount of pressures they have.

Eagles’ 2017 NFL Draft class is already showing some good promise - BGN
Derek Barnett has only played 45.2% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps this season, which ranks seventh among Philly’s defensive linemen. He wasn’t noticeably making a big impact early in the season but the rookie has seemingly come on lately. Barnett is getting pressure and showing up in the run game. Barnett ranks 20th out of 64 defensive ends in pressure rate; he has 25 pressures in 191 pass rush snaps. According to Pro Football Focus, Barnett actually ranks first overall in “run stop percentage” among all NFL 4-3 defensive ends.

The Eagles Will Be Ready For The Cowboys After The Bye -
We welcome to the BGN Radio airwaves Mr. Tom Kelly from Sportsradio 94WIP as he reminds us how badly this Eagles team can't wait to play Dallas. PLUS Tom goes over just how special this team could be and a lot more on the latest BGNR Daily.

He Said Yes!!! - Iggles Blitz
Jernigan feels like a sign of how things are going right for the organization. They swapped draft spots with the Ravens to get him. Now, they have signed him to a deal to keep Jernigan around for the next four years. Joe Douglas scouted Jernigan when he was with the Ravens and helped to draft him. Douglas obviously sold Howie on the idea that the Eagles should deal for him. Howie was able to engineer the deal so that the Eagles got a good player, but at a reasonable price. Then Howie worked with Drew Rosenhaus to get an extension done. The scout, the trader and the dealmaker.

Jernigan Extension Smart In Big Picture -
“This is a very unique place. It’s a blessing to be here and to play with a lot of great people,” Jernigan said, recently. “I felt it would be a good fit for me and it’s turned out that way. I love playing for Coach Schwartz. He’s a demanding guy. He tells you what he wants from you and then you do it, or he’s going to let you know it. I’ve grown here. I’m very happy and I think our defense is rounding into the form we expected.”

With Tim Jernigan deal, Eagles investing big in unheralded position - ESPN
On one hand, it makes sense to pay your best players regardless of position. And it is absolutely true that Schwartz's scheme is predicated on the defensive front being a disruptive force without the assistance of extra pass-rushers. To that end, they're investing in an area that both the organization and the defensive coordinator put a lot of value in. It does, however, run counter to a philosophy held by some around the league that big dollars should be reserved for more critical positions such as quarterback, offensive tackle, defensive end and cornerback.

Carson Wentz is tone-setter for unselfish Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
"At the end of the day, touchdowns [are] whatever," Wentz said on Sunday afternoon, quickly dismissing a question about his stats. "That’s all great, but being 8-1 is what it’s all about. I didn’t really know what to expect with stats and all that stuff, that doesn’t really matter." On a team full of unselfish players, Wentz is the tone-setter. And he's on his way to becoming the NFL's most humble superstar.

'He’s developing a full arsenal': Early returns promising for Derek Barnett - The Athletic
As a pass rusher, the early returns on Barnett are promising. Compared to every first-round pass rusher over the last four years, Barnett's rate of quarterback pressure (inclusive of sacks, quarterback hits and hurries) per pass-rush snap, according to charting done by Pro Football Focus, trails only Joey Bosa, Arik Armstead and Leonard Floyd, among rookies who played as many snaps as Barnett has thus far.

Thoughts on Tim Jernigan's contract extension - Inquirer
The Eagles want to prioritize building along the lines, so that’s where they’ll make their biggest investments other than quarterback. Jernigan has impressed the Eagles since they acquired him in the spring, and he’s a scheme fit with the athleticism and personality that the Eagles want. At 25, he’s in the prime of his career, too. He fits next to Fletcher Cox. His sack total isn’t high (1.5), but he has five quarterback hurries and has been a key part of the Eagles’ rush defense with eight tackles for losses. Look for him to continue to get better — he’s an ascending player with a lot of talent.

NFL midseason awards and our updated Super Bowl predictions - Yahoo! Sports
At the halfway point, it seems like a two-man race for MVP. Carson Wentz has more touchdowns (23-18), Brady has more yards (2,541-2,262) and has been a little more efficient. Wentz can also make plays with his legs, and his Eagles have the best record in the NFL. That gave Wentz the slight edge for the first-half award. It should be a fun race between the 24-year-old Wentz and the 40-year-old Brady the rest of the way.

Football in America: The Philly Mentality - The MMQB
The Eagles’ 8-1 start to the season has emboldened the city of Philadelphia to think about its first NFL championship since 1960. The early 2000s run of three straight conference championship losses, followed by the Super Bowl loss, instilled a sense among some fans of always waiting for the other shoe to drop. But the Eagles haven’t lost since Sept. 17, and the city seems to be buying in. And as teammate Zach Ertz put it, “[Wentz] is the face of the franchise; he’s the face of the city right now.” Look no further than the Wentz Wagon displayed outside one tailgate, with Pope Francis and Rocky as Wentz’s fellow passengers.

Next Ezekiel Elliott hearing set for December 1 - PFT
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Elliott’s appeal regarding the denial of a preliminary injunction has been set for December 1. It means that, barring some sort of legal miracle between now and then, he’ll miss at least four games: Sunday at Atlanta, the following Sunday against the Eagles, Thanksgiving vs. the Chargers, and the ensuing Thursday, November 30, against Washington.

Ben McAdoo has given the Giants every reason to fire him - SB Nation
Ben McAdoo said after the Giants’ 51-17 loss to the Rams that he’s not worried about his job security. He should be. The Giants’ 1-7 start is the team’s worst since 1980. They’re winless at home, and it’s wearing on fans. MetLife Stadium was nearly empty by the time the Rams’ beatdown of the Giants mercifully ended Sunday. When there were still enough people in the seats to be heard, fans chanted “We want (Tom) Coughlin,” asking for the former Super Bowl-winning head coach who stepped down after finishing both the 2014 and 2015 seasons with six wins.

Roy Halladay packed a lifetime of memories into his four seasons in Philadelphia - The Good Phight
Life is a flickering mess of moments, that when grouped together create the people we are. For the rest of time, and especially over the next few days, we’ll be reminded again and again what person Roy Halladay was. Below, you’ll find a collection of some of the memories—hopefully, a lot of the less obvious ones—that helped make him the Roy Halladay we felt like we knew.


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