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QB Confidence Index: Rating all 32 NFL quarterback situations - ESPN
1. Philadelphia Eagles - The only negative here is sample size, as Carson Wentz is still less than two years removed from playing for North Dakota State. But the other shoe kind of refuses to drop in Philly, where Wentz's development has accelerated quicker than even the Eagles could have imagined. He's hanging 30 points on the board every week, converting every third down, exhibiting total command with no sign of letting up. He's 24 years old, which means the future is bright. He won't cost them any real quarterback money until 2020. Nick Foles is an experienced backup who knows the system, should anything happen. It's crazy that it happened so fast, but the Eagles' quarterback situation may be the envy of the league right now.

Why does 2017 feel like more fun than 2004? No pressure. - BGN
Why this Eagles team feels like more fun than the last one that went to the Super Bowl.

Next LVL Podcast: Run The Ball Against The Seahawks -
Turron and Barrett Brooks take a look back at Chicago where the Eagles basically did anything they wanted on both sides of the ball. Plus Barrett thinks the Eagles can really exploit Seattle this week on the ground... if the RBs can hold on to the football. All that and more on this edition of the Next LVL Podcast.

Brandon Brooks: We're always trying to make good better - PhillyVoice
Bobby Wagner leads their defense. He’s definitely one of the best all-around linebackers in the game. I would put him up there with [Luke] Kuechly neck-and-neck as far as what he does with the defense and what he means to the team. I definitely give their defense a lot of respect. I know some of the secondary guys have gotten hurt, but they just got hurt. We’re not taking them lightly. We’re not looking past them. We know who Seattle is, and obviously with the crowd noise.

Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll's praise of Carson Wentz went beyond normal lip service - Daily News
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was quite impressed with Carson Wentz and the Eagles, when Carroll spoke with Philadelphia-area reporters Wednesday on a conference call. This is the time-honored way of the conference call. Never yet heard a coach say, “gee, the team you guys cover really stinks and we ought to win easily this week.” But Carroll mentioned a few specifics that were worth noting. “He’s got leadership, he’s got confidence, he’s got awareness,” Carroll said of Wentz, the Eagles’ second-year quarterback, who continues to lead Pro Bowl balloting at his position. “He just has all the elements to be a great player, I think.”

Glad to be Wrong - Iggles Blitz
I didn’t think the Eagles should keep Corey Clement. He did some good things this summer, but I just didn’t see him as a player who would contribute much to this team. I didn’t think Jalen Mills would be more than an adequate CB this year. I didn’t think Brandon Brooks was as good as his reputation. These players have proven me wrong this season and I’m happy to admit that.

Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins defends Players Coalition, discusses NFL donation offer - PennLive
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he spoke with Eric Reid on Tuesday night and was surprised to learn Wednesday morning that the 49ers defensive back had broken from the NFL Players Coalition, which Jenkins formed to organize those who wanted to spotlight what they say is social injustice in the United States. Jenkins and other members of the coalition had been discussing this week the NFL's offer to donate at least $89 million to charities designed to benefit African Americans in hopes of ending the movement of national anthem demonstrations. Reid, the first player the kneel alongside former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, told ESPN he and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas were leaving the Players Coalition because Jenkins and Anquan Boldin had not listened to their concerns. Jenkins disputed that notion.

NFC East: The Picture Once Again Changes -
There was a time, from 2001-2004, when the Eagles ruled the NFC East with authority, using division titles as a launching point to four straight NFC Championship Games. Led by head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Eagles were the Beasts of the NFC East. There was no disputing which team ruled the roost ...

Eagles numbers that matter: Derek Barnett already an impact player - The Athletic
12.8 – The percentage of pass-rushing snaps in which rookie Derek Barnett has produced either a sack or a hurry. He ranks first on the team in that category. Here's the full rundown.

Brandon Graham making Eagles fans forget about Earl Thomas - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Brandon Graham has been through so much in his eight years with the Eagles. He's gone through three head coaches, five defensive coordinators and six position coaches. He missed most of a season with an injury. He missed most of a season riding the bench. He was blasted for years by fans who wanted Earl Thomas instead. And Graham is still here, still always smiling and playing better than ever. “We’ve been here a long time," Graham said. "I’m just happy to be a part of this. I’m just happy that they stuck with me and now we’re out here and we put a team together and now we’re trying to take advantage."

Eagles rookies seem masterfully prepared for extended season - Morning Call
An upcoming West Coast road swing that has them playing NFC West title contenders in back-to-back weeks without coming home in between normally would raise the alert level for young players. But thanks to sports science, some strong veteran leadership and the overall feeling of euphoria generated by the team’s 10-1 start, the infamous “rookie wall” is not what it used be 10 years ago or even five years ago. “I feel great,” Douglas insisted Wednesday, four days before the Eagles visit Seattle on Sunday Night Football. “I guess it’s because I’m still young. But I want to play, play, play. I just watch the vets, talk to the vets, see what the vets do, how they recover and keep their bodies right.”

What I didn’t expect from the Seahawks this season - Field Gulls
Did you know that the Seattle Seahawks tight ends have caught at least one touchdown in nine straight games? Jimmy Graham has been the main headline here, leading all TEs in receiving touchdowns with an impressive eight, but the Seahawks as a whole have 12, with three from Luke Willson and one from Nick Vannett. That means more than half of Russell Wilson’s 23 TD tosses have gone to a TE. For perspective, Seahawks TEs caught 31 TDs total in the regular season from 2012-2016, which averages out to roughly a half-dozen.

Ben McAdoo benched Eli Manning in a desperate attempt to save his job - SB Nation
The Giants head coach has been candid inside the building that Manning’s part of the team’s problems. Some of his colleagues think this move was part of the coach’s last-ditch effort to save himself.


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