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Jon Gruden: If Eagles stay healthy they will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl
“Yeah, they’re the best team I’ve seen. You can talk about [Tom] Brady and all the other great quarterbacks right now, but in the first half of the season, Carson Wentz has lit it up. And he has made some unbelievable scramble plays, some audibles at the line of scrimmage. He can run any play you can think of. And they’ve added some players. Getting [Jay] Ajayi to go with LeGarrette Blount is impressive. Their receiving corps went over a huge makeover, getting Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery. You can say one thing about Philadelphia: they will rush the passer and they will hit your quarterback. And when you get a lead, they can protect it with that pass rush […] I don’t know. You look at this league, there are a couple injuries here, a couple injuries there that can really impact you. If they stay healthy, I would bet on Philadelphia to be the representative of the NFC this year, you bet.”

Predicting the Eagles' record in remaining games on the 2017 schedule - BGN
With the Philadelphia Eagles taking a break to recover during their bye week, let’s take a look ahead to the rest of the season. The Eagles are off to a great start at 8-1 but things are about to get tougher. Here's a rundown of the remaining matchups on the Eagles' 2017 schedule.

This Week In Fantasy - Week 10 -
James Seltzer and Sigmund Bloom break down every game on the Week 10 slate. Plus, for the first time ever, Inside the Mind of Sigmund Bloom becomes something else entirely - listen in to find out what and why.

10 Eagles players who are exceeding expectations - PhillyVoice
Nelson Agholor has become a legitimate weapon for Carson Wentz as a slot receiver in the Eagles' offense, catching 29 passes on 42 targets for 428 yards and 5 TDs. In fact, when Eagles quarterbacks have targeted Agholor this season, they have a passer rating of 141.7. I'll take my crow medium rare, please.

How Malcolm Jenkins turned Philadelphia into a hub for NFL's social activism - ESPN
Over the past year-and-a-half, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has evolved into the leader of the NFL Players Coalition. The group of more than 50 men -- through a combination of demonstrating on the field during the national anthem and organized efforts behind the scenes -- has driven a movement that has grown in force. The players now have a seat at the negotiating table opposite the league's power brokers and have captured something that rarely gets out of the owners' grips: leverage. The league wants the protests to stop. The players are protesting against social injustice and racial inequality and have a plan to provide a platform for those issues to replace the anthem protests.

Self-Scouting: The Keys To Wentz's Success -
Greg Cosell examines the Eagles offensive success on third down before Mike Quick and John Clark look at Zach Ertz and his productivity in the red zone.

Derek Barnett has advantage most rookies don't - NBC Sports Philadelphia
A lot of NFL first-round picks are expected to show up on Day 1 and not only start but also become top contributors for their teams. Derek Barnett hasn't been met with those same expectations. While Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry have remained the Eagles' starters at defensive end — both have played at an extremely high level this season — Barnett has been able to rotate in and learn from them and the rest of his talented new teammates. It's a pretty good position for the rookie to be in.

Shelton Gibson, Eagles' invisible man, puts in the work to improve - Daily News
When the Eagles drafted Gibson, fans noted the 4.39 40 he ran at West Virginia’s pro day and envisioned the rookie blowing the top off defenses. But from the earliest spring drills, Gibson was swimming. The Mountaineers’ spread offense wasn’t great preparation for the NFL. The more Gibson struggled with route concepts and mechanics, the more he pressed. He started dropping passes, a trend that continued well into training camp. Coming out of the preseason, many observers figured he’d make the 53-man roster only because he was a draft pick. “We’ve had to develop him in a lot of different areas, just because he comes from a system which only asks him to run three or four routes, primarily,” Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh said recently. Groh said the coaches have worked on “just his comfort level, learning an NFL route tree, coverage recognition. Getting in a huddle and hearing a play call and going out to a new spot all the time, instead of always being on the left. It’s just a process he’s had to go through, and he’s done a great job with the transition.”

Q&A with Joe Banner: On re-signing Jeffery and 4th-and-26 memories - The Athletic
There are actually two answers that I think are compelling. People may not remember this, but Andy Reid's Packers were in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers when we were deciding who to hire as a coach. And there was a question in the building about if Green Bay won and kept playing, should we keep waiting for Andy or should we go ahead and hire another coach? If people remember, San Francisco won the game on a pass right down the middle that T.O. caught going into the end zone, which made Andy Reid available and ended any question about whether he was going to be the head coach. Everybody knows what happened for the next 14 years.

Torrey Smith and his dancing, Instagram-famous sons - The Undefeated
The Eagles receiver on fatherhood, family and black masculinity.

The Legion of Boom’s magnificent reign of terror for the Seahawks is over now - SB Nation
It’s on Russell Wilson to carry the Seahawks in 2017 and beyond.


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