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Top 25 offensive linemen of the 2017 NFL season - PFF
Back in 2013, Jason Kelce was one of the best centers in the game, but after a slight dip following that, his play fell off a cliff last year. This season though, he has been back better than ever, at least as far as his run blocking goes. Kelce is actually one of the more one-dimensional players on this list as far as his play this season goes, because while he has been executing every block in the Eagles ground game, outdoing his opponents with quickness and execution, he has struggled relatively as a pass-protector, surrendering two sacks and 20 total pressures, compared to half that total for some other centers in the league.


Morons are blaming Doug Pederson for Carson Wentz's injury - PhillyVoice
Something bad happened in the Philadelphia Eagles' win over the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. As such, a faction of moronic fans are legally obligated to find a way to blame Doug Pederson for the badness.

Clean It Up - Iggles Blitz
To win games down the stretch and in January, the Eagles are going to need to cut down on mistakes and make plays when they those chances come up. That game might have been very different if Bradham caught the ball in the Red Zone. That would have killed a scoring drive and deflated the Rams. That game might have been very different if Corey Clement blocked the correct rusher on the punt. The Eagles still had the lead at that moment. The fact the Eagles did make those clutch plays in the 4th quarter says a lot about this team. And Foles had a hand in some of those plays. There was real pressure in that game on Sunday. Foles handled it well. That is something that will translate well to the postseason.

News, Notes And A Focus On The Giants -
Will Stefen Wisniewski be able to go for the Eagles at left guard on Sunday? He’s battling an ankle injury that knocked him out of the game in Los Angeles. If he can’t go in New York, the Eagles will likely turn to second-year man Isaac Seumalo. The team has high hopes for Seumalo, who was the starting left guard at the start of the season. He’s a talented player who needs to play with confidence. It’s taking some time with Seumalo, but the ability is there.

Eagles' Sidney Jones makes practice debut after 'long journey' - Inquirer
Sidney Jones hasn’t played this season. He won’t play Sunday. And the rookie cornerback might not play a game until next season. But the sight of No. 22 participating in drills at the Eagles’ practice Wednesday was new to everyone who knew of Jones’ potential but has not seen him play in Philadelphia. “It’s been a long journey,” Jones said by his locker Wednesday in his first extended comments since the spring.

Nate Sudfeld has reasons to feel 'very confident' as Eagles' new backup QB - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Nate Sudfeld stood by his locker on Wednesday afternoon, early in his first week as the Eagles' backup quarterback, and claimed his game-day responsibilities won't change. He'll still be helping the starter to see coverages, go through plays and diagnose pressures. The only difference is he'll now wear a helmet and shoulder pads. Well, actually, there's one more difference. "I won't be dead tired when the game starts," Sudfeld said. During the first 14 weeks of the season, when Sudfeld was the Eagles' third-stringer, quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo would put him through an intense 45-minute workout before each game. Sudfeld is grateful for those workouts, which helped him with throwing and footwork, but said DeFilippo "kills" him each week.

Banks: Jeff Hostetler on Nick Foles, the Eagles' Super Bowl hopes and echoes of the 1990 Giants - The Athletic
“It’s a tough thing to do this late in the season, to take over for a guy who’s been playing so well and try to pick it up right where he left off, at the toughest part of the year and into the playoffs,’’ said Hostetler by phone Tuesday. “I look back at it and that was a pressure-filled time, with kind of a David and Goliath situation, us against the world. But it was awesome to be a part of it.’’ Hostetler had just two career starts with the Giants before stepping into the lineup in Week 16 of 1990, but he had won each of those games (one each in 1988 and 1989) and had played well in a couple of brief appearances earlier that season. While deflating to lose Simms, New York did not panic when Hostetler took over.

Dak Prescott won’t change his playing style because of Carson Wentz’s injury - PFT
Dak Prescott felt for Carson Wentz after the Eagles quarterback tore his left ACL on Sunday. But the Cowboys quarterback insists Wentz’s injury won’t change his playing style. “No, I’m not going to put that in my mind,” Prescott said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I don’t think anybody is. That’s part of the game. That just comes with it. Us running quarterbacks, we know that we’re susceptible to that when we’re running.

NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 15: Browns’ quarterback curse is spreading - SB Nation
The Browns have somehow managed to spread the Cleveland curse to two quarterbacks they didn’t even draft — Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson. They could have drafted Wentz at No. 2 in 2016 if they hadn’t traded the pick away to the Eagles. And the Browns could have recovered from passing on Wentz and finally locked up a franchise quarterback if they’d taken Watson in April. Instead, they traded the pick to the Texans.


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