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Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount: Deploying Philadelphia’s Running Backs - BGN
How to divvy up Eagles RB touches in a suddenly crowded backfield.

Eagles vs Broncos Preview Show -
Vince Quinn, Turron Davenport & Barrett Brooks take a look at the mighty Brock Osweiler takes the helm for the Denver Broncos as they stroll into the Linc on Sunday. Will it be a defensive battle? Barrett seems to think so and Vince isn't sure if you can really gameplan around anyone on this Broncos D. Plus Turron breaks down the newest addition to the Eagles, Jay Ajayi and a lot more on Ep. 275

Brandon Brooks: Ajayi trade shows players Eagles' front office is all-in - PhillyVoice
We’re joined this week by a special guest, Lane Johnson, so we have the complete right side of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line. This took place a few hours after the announcement that the Eagles acquired running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick. Here's what Johnson and Brooks thought about the acquisition and more.

Howie & Joe Getting It Done - Iggles Blitz
I know Howie remains a polarizing target. Sure he drafted Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Mychal Kendricks and Jason Kelce, but he also had Marcus Smith and Danny Watkins. He signed Malcolm Jenkins, Connor Barwin and Nigel Bradham, but also had his hands all over the 2011 Dream Team failure, as well as 237 mediocre CBs. It is fair to say that Howie needs some postseason success (no playoff wins under him) before we praise the moves too much, but I think it is fair to say that he has learned some valuable lessons from the past and they are serving him, and the Eagles, well. At this point, it looks like Howie’s resume will be defined by Carson Wentz. Right now, that seems like a good thing for the Eagles GM (or what the heck ever his exact title is these days).

Film Room: Carson Wentz - Football Outsiders
Perhaps as interesting as Wentz's personal development is the expansion of the offense. Last year's offense was terribly conservative. Wentz's 7.5 average air yards ranked 30th among 34 quarterbacks. Wentz hardly pressed beyond the sticks on third down, too. He ranked 27th of 34 eligible quarterbacks in ALEX, which measures how quarterbacks are attacking the sticks on third down. Fear and caution no longer plague the Eagles in 2017. Wentz has jumped to fourth in average air yards this season; his 10.5 average air yards is up a full 3 yards from last year. Additionally, Wentz is throwing an average of 3.3 yards beyond the sticks on third down in 2017. Wentz is being asked to play a completely different brand of football, and he is taking to it well. Philadelphia's offense is not aggressive just for the sake of it, though. This is now a creative offense. The Eagles have done a better job of mixing up certain concepts to be ran out of multiple formations. Defenses have to stay on their toes.

Eagles' plan for Brock Osweiler: Make him uncomfortable - ESPN
"He's a tall guy. He stays in the pocket," defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said of the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Osweiler. "He can make the throws. Being his first game in a while, it's going to come down to us hitting him early and making him uncomfortable in the pocket."

This No-Name D Is Playing Its 'A' Game -
Some of the pieces were already here – Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham up front, a linebacker corps that returned intact, and a safety duo of Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod that only figured to improve. Otherwise, as the Eagles entered Training Camp in late July, there were questions about the defense ...

Takeaways will be the key for the Eagles against the turnover-prone Broncos - Inquirer
The statistic you’ll need to examine after Sunday’s Eagles-Broncos matchup will be turnover differential. It will likely determine whether the Eagles win their seventh consecutive game and enter the bye week with an 8-1 record, or whether Philadelphia fans will have two weeks to complain about a loss. The Broncos are a formidable opponent with perhaps the best defense the Eagles will face all year. But the reason they don’t share the Eagles’ record and they made a quarterback change this week is they rank 31st in the NFL with a minus-11 turnover differential. The Eagles rank sixth with a plus-five turnover differential. Eight of the 10 teams that have the best turnover differentials in the NFL have winning records. Eight of the 11 teams with the worst turnover differentials have losing records. This is not a coincidence. Denver’s 17 giveaways have led to 58 points.

All-22: Eagles offense looks to find solutions to new problems - The Athletic
All last week, Jason Kelce and the Eagles' offensive linemen prepared for the 49ers' blitzes and line stunts. Then with 2:46 left in the first quarter of Sunday's game and the offense facing a 3rd-and-8 from the San Francisco 22-yard line, the defense got to Carson Wentz with a new maneuver it hadn't previously shown on film. “That’s the NFL for you,” Kelce said. “When you think you’ve got one of them figured out, they’ve got another one dialed up.” With the Eagles' offense having had so much success this season, defenses are getting more creative on a weekly basis to try and slow Wentz down. One tactic the 49ers used was three-man line games. Rather than just having two players stunt, they added a third defender to create confusion on the offensive line.

32 NFL observations, Week 8 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive end Vinny Curry has 12 pressures in the fourth quarter. That is tied for third-most among all edge defenders.

Alshon Jeffery, Carson Wentz finally connecting on '80-20' balls - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery finally connected on a 50-50 ball on Sunday against the 49ers. Only Jeffery doesn't like the term 50-50. He calls them 80-20 balls. "Eighty percent chance I'm gonna catch it," Jeffery said. "Twenty percent chance it's going to be incomplete." Where did that expression come from? "That's something I pride myself on," he answered. "That's what I live on."

Broncos-Eagles preview: Defense and no turnovers remain the keys to victory - Mile High Report
The task is far from simple as Denver (3-4) completes the final leg of its three-game road trip against the Philadelphia Eagles (7-1). For some historical perspective, the Broncos have never fared well in the City of Brotherly Love. In the all-time series, they are 1-5 in Philly. Not that it matters, but the last and only time Denver beat the Eagles in Philadelphia was Sept. 21, 1986, when it won 33-7. Now the Broncos will try to accomplish on Sunday what they haven’t in 31 years. At least Osweiler is the one who will take a stab at defying history, as opposed to Siemian.

'They've taken care of me': Eagles' Nate Sudfeld spurns Colts for promotion in Philly - PennLive
"It wasn't a very difficult decision," Sudfeld said. "It's obviously flattering to get interest from anywhere, but I've wanted to stay here since I've been here. They've taken care of me, and I really see a great future with the team."

Fletcher Cox clears air with Joe Staley, won’t be fined - PFT
“This game is so fast, most people don’t understand,” Cox said. “He was frustrated at the time, thought it was a dirty play, but honestly, who goes out and pokes people in the eye on purpose? “I reached out to Joe and we talked through it. He did tell me that he’s been on the opposite side of that situation. . . . I checked on him, he’s fine, and we have no beef and nothing going on.”

San Francisco 49ers Get Best of Both Worlds With Jimmy Garoppolo Trade -
So our Lesson of the Week could be the lesson for any week, but is relevant now because of the trade of Garoppolo and the massive trickle-down effect it might have. That is: If you get the quarterback question right, like the Eagles have, whatever you paid doesn’t matter. “You gotta have that quarterback on your roster, a guy you can trust and you can do a lot of things with. And then, you just build around him,” said Pederson, and you can almost hear him beaming through the phone. “It’s been fun.”

The most important game left in 2017 for each NFL team - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles: Week 17 vs. Dallas: Carson Wentz went 1-1 against the Cowboys as a rookie, but the win came in a meaningless Week 17 showdown after Philadelphia had already been eliminated from playoff contention and Dallas had already locked down the top seed in the NFC. 2017’s final-week replay should carry some more drama. The two teams meet in Dallas in Week 11, and that game could have major repercussions on how important this New Year’s Eve game becomes.


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