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Eagles News: Lane Johnson told his grandma she needs to stop rooting for the Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 11/14/17.

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Lane Johnson Told His Grandma Rooting For Dallas To ‘Shut Up If You Want To See 75’ - CBS Philly
Lane Johnson is in his fifth season with the Eagles. So for the 27-year-old right-tackle from Groveton, Texas, this is his ninth “Dallas Week.” Being a Texas native, Johnson has a lot of Cowboys fans in his family — including his grandma. “Just pretty much all my family is from Texas and a lot of them say they’re Eagles fans, but I think deep down they root — like even last year, the Cowboys going to the playoffs,” Johnson told the media on Monday. “I heard my grandma in there rooting for Dallas. I said, ‘If you want to live to see 75 you better shut your [expletive] up.’ Just messing with her.”

NFL Power Rankings 2017: Week 11 Edition - BGN
Eagles still on top.

Mailbag: Which NFC team is the biggest threat to the Eagles in the playoffs? - PhillyVoice
The Saints presently have a seven game winning streak, during which they are outscoring their opponents 229-100, and their two losses have come to a pair of 7-2 teams in the Vikings and Patriots. This team is for real, and one the Eagles would be lucky to avoid in January. The Rams, meanwhile, are the No. 3 offense in the NFL (6th passing, 5th rushing), so they have good balance as well. However, I just tend to trust Brees a little more than Jared Goff, who is having a breakout season, but doesn't have Brees' consistent year-to-year greatness yet.

Learning to Fly - Iggles Blitz
This team shows real signs of dominance. They can score points in a hurry. They completely shut down the running game of every team they play. The offensive line just had their best game of the year and can be outstanding at times. The Eagles run game got a boost from Jay Ajayi and he could make a big difference going forward. The defense could get even better if Ronald Darby can stay healthy and play to his potential. One of the reasons that it often took a few years to build a team is that they had to learn how to win. The Eagles seem to already have that ability. Last year they lost close games due to sloppy play and mistakes. This team looks very different. They convert the key 3rd down late in the game. They don’t turn the ball over. They make the key play on defense to stop an opponent who is trying to score.

Analyzing Darby's Return, Adding Ellerbe -
How it works when Darby is all the way back – whether it’s at Dallas or in the weeks to come – remains to be seen. But Darby is going to be a starter, and he’s going to add a level of athleticism that gives the Eagles a cornerback who can run with the fastest receivers in the game, down the stretch and, hopefully, in the postseason. If the Eagles have Darby and Mills on the outside and Robinson in the slot, with Malcolm Jenkins on the field in a quasi-linebacker role and Corey Graham at safety, that’s a lot of versatility in the cover game. Add in the way the Eagles rush the quarterback from the front four and you’ve got a pass defense built for success.

Eagles should be prepared to lose QBs coach John DeFilippo, possibly as a head coach - Inquirer
But the Eagles, barring some sort of collapse, should be prepared for their staff to be ravaged by teams looking for coordinators and head coaches. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Frank Reich would also likely be in play for top spots, while running backs coach Duce Staley and defensive backs coach Cory Undlin could be in contention to head units on their respective sides of the ball. The recipe for drafting and developing Wentz, however, will draw teams hoping to taste some of the Eagles’ two-year turnaround. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson are, of course, the architects of that plan. And Reich has been part of the execution from the start.

Family of 'The Dutch Destroyer' receives warm welcome at Bison game - WDay
They managed to not only capture the heart Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz, but of Bison Nation, too. The family of Lukas Kusters, known as the Dutch Destroyer, took in all things Bison at Saturday's game against South Dakota. It's all too familiar sound in North Fargo: Bison Tailgating. It's as guaranteed as snow up in the Valley. But in the sea of green and gold, there were some first time faces. Faces, that have captivated America: the family of 10-year-old Lukas Kusters. "It's incredible being here. We've been welcomed in such a huge way," said Rebecca Burmeff, Lukas' mother.

Nine contenders for six spots: Sorting through wild NFC playoff field - ESPN
Even worse, opposing offenses have averaged 3.5 yards per carry with Lee at linebacker and more than 5.5 yards per attempt with Lee on the bench. The Cowboys are a top-heavy team built around a handful of (mostly) highly paid stars, and when those players aren't available, they don't have the depth to adapt. Elliott, Smith and Lee each made the All-Pro team last year while combining to miss a total of two games due to injury before all sitting out a meaningless game against the Eagles in Week 17. Next week, the most meaningful -- and important -- game of Dallas' season will come against a much-improved Philadelphia team on Sunday night.

Duce Staley expects 'bumps along the way' with Eagles' RB rotation - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley will flat out admit there might be an occasion when one of his guys isn't satisfied with his workload after a game. Staley doesn't seem to think that's a problem or a bad thing, either. How the Eagles juggle their suddenly crowded backfield will be one of the biggest storylines to follow in the second half of the season. Both Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi and alleged starter LeGarrette Blount are known to have displayed their displeasure over a perceived lack of carries in the past. Now they're on a roster together, along with three other ball carriers.

Trey Burton talks Eagles' locker room, injuries and what could be a 'special season' - CBS Sports
The tight end credits the team's success to an intensified bond and an 'unbelievable head coach.’

'He's a hitter': Philadelphia Eagles new LB Dannell Ellerbe eager for opportunity with Birds - PennLive
Ellerbe, for his part, said he's healthy. He's spent the past three months working out with his eye on an opportunity that he believed would come -- even if he didn't know it'd lead him onto one of the NFL's best teams. "It was just a matter of when," Ellerbe said. "I can't deny my talent, I've just had some hiccups along the way with injuries and things. So, I'm just happy to be here, ready to help them win."

NFL tells Jerry Jones to cease and desist - PFT
Jerry Jones officially is on notice. According to Ken Belson of the New York Times, the six owners on the NFL’s Compensation Committee have sent a letter to the Cowboys owner telling him to cease and desist with his efforts to block Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension. The letter mentions a range of possible sanctions, including fines, stripping of draft picks, and suspending Jones. (PFT reported on Sunday night that some owners have discussed the possibility of initiating a proceeding aimed at forcing Jones to sell the team.)

A look at the Cowboys playoff possibilities, are they really done for the year? - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys playoff chances as calculated by the same ESPN methodology after the Falcons game comes in at a low 24.9%. ESPN projects there are nine teams left in playoff contention in the NFC, they have conveniently dropped the Green Bay Packers out of the picture even though they have the same record as some of the contenders. Of those nine, the Cowboys have the worst odds of making it, with the Falcons next at 25.8%. The Cowboys already face the issue of losing the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Falcons if it comes to that. The Lions come in next at 32.5%. After that, you have teams that are actually in playoff position if the season ended today.

2018 NFL mock draft: Baker Mayfield lands in the top 10 - SB Nation
32. Philadelphia Eagles: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson: The other bookend pass rusher at Clemson could find his way into the first round for many of the same reasons Ferrell could. Like Ferrell, Bryant has 6.5 sacks this season and is a good power rusher.


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