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RGIII Pleads His Case To Eagles: ‘I Can Help’ - CBS Philly
Robert Griffin III made his case to the Eagles, pleaded they bring him in as a backup to Nick Foles. “You know, I sat here and I watched you banging the hammer for Colin Kaepernick to go there yesterday, right?” Griffin told Stephen A. Smith during a guest appearance on ESPN’s First Take via The Washington Post. “I think you should be banging the hammer for me to go there. If you want to talk about a guy that can do similar things that Carson can do, why not? Why not? Why not?”

This Eagles season is not completely lost with Nick Foles starting - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #285). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. Giants game in Week 15, talk about how the team moves forward with Nick Foles, and much more.

Where does Doug Pederson rank in new 'Head Coach Rating?' - PhillyVoice
According to 'Head Coach Ranking,' Doug Pederson is rated third in the NFL, behind Bill Belichick and Sean Payton.

Game Review – PHI 43, LAR 35 - Iggles Blitz
Jay Ajayi had a good game, maybe his best as an Eagle. 15-78. Ran hard and did a good job of breaking tackles. Made several good cuts in the game. Had a terrific run in the early 2nd. Went to the left. Made a jump cut to get by the ILB and then read his downfield blocks well. Got 19 on the play. Ran for 10 yards in the 4th Qtr to move the team into good FG range. Made a real smart play when he went down inbounds on outside run at the end of the game. Forced Rams to burn a timeout. Bobbled the handoff on 3rd down run and made everyone hold their breath for half a second, but secured it and almost got the 1st down. Loved the fact he protected the ball on the final drive. Also had some good pass blocks.

Eagle Eye: Then And Now, Analyzing Nick Foles' Entire Career - PE.com
With the Eagles losing Carson Wentz due to a knee injury, many people - fans, reporters, analysts - are trying to project what the Eagles' offense will look like with Nick Foles moving forward. I wondered the same thing so I watched all of Foles' tape from the last few years because it’s been quite a journey. We all remember the "27 and 2" year from 2013 when he was incredibly efficient as a starter in Chip Kelly’s first season. He was more down than he was up in 2014 but still managed to win a lot of games for the Eagles. He was traded to the Rams in 2015, performed moderately well, but was released after the team selected Jared Goff with the first overall pick. He was signed by Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 and won his lone start. Now he’s here and ready to take the reins of a team looking to make a deep playoff run.

'Listen, he's going to get hurt.' Philly soaks up another beatdown - ESPN
The diagnosis slammed the door on the quarterback's breakout sophomore season -- his franchise-record 33 touchdown passes, his MVP pursuit -- and abruptly rerouted the Eagles' 2017 campaign. If they get to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, backup Nick Foles will have to take them there. But Wentz's newly torn ACL did more than just lay waste to the Eagles' plans. It also ripped the scab off an old wound the size of the Delaware Valley. "If you're a Philadelphian, you accept the reality that you're living in a Road Runner cartoon," explains Ray Didinger, the Pro Football Hall of Fame-recognized scribe who has seen more Philly football games than almost anyone. "You go through life looking up, waiting for the anvil to fall. And this is it. This is the anvil."

32 NFL observations, Week 14 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been one of the most effective pass-catchers in scramble drill situations this year. Through 14 weeks, he’s caught 4-of-5 catchable targets when his quarterback has scrambled, for 43 yards and one touchdown, and a wide receiver rating of 127.1 that ranks third among receivers with at least five targets during the scramble drill.

How will the Eagles respond after Carson Wentz's injury? Doug Pederson, key veterans work to set the message - Inquirer
“To the fans out there, you can’t lose faith,” Pederson said. “This has been a resilient football team all season long. If there’s ever an opportunity for me as a head football coach to rally the troops, now might be the time.” Pederson wants it on his shoulders. Good luck walking by him in the team facility wallowing in sorrow. He won’t allow the Eagles to feel bad for themselves. He hit the same note after Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, and Jordan Hicks were injured, and he’s not going to stand for it now that the Eagles are a league-best 11-2 with a chance to clinch a first-round bye on Sunday against the New York Giants.

Lucky for Nick Foles, his go-to guy is back - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Nick Foles won't see many familiar faces when he makes his first start for the Eagles in over three years, but at least one of his go-to receivers is still around. Foles hasn't been in the lineup for a week, and the Eagles quarterback is already getting reinforcements. Zach Ertz cleared the concussion protocol on Wednesday and is expected to play against the Giants on Sunday, adding a valuable weapon to the offense, and reuniting a dynamic duo in the process.

What Philadelphia Eagles' Doug Pederson wants to see from Nick Foles against Giants' blitz - PennLive
"Obviously, No. 1 would just be get the ball out of your hand and then get it to the right receiver," Pederson said. "Secondly, would be to make a protection check and get us into a safer protection possibly. And then, thirdly, is just sometimes you know you're getting heated up and you know you're going to be one less [blocker] and just make a play. Those are kind of the three factors that go into it."

Q&A with Joe Banner: On the Eagles with Foles and revisiting the A.J. Feeley trade - The Athletic
So I'm a big fan. I think whoever signs [Trey Burton], including the Eagles, will be getting a great value. It's just going to be hard for the Eagles as they look at all the different guys to just keep everybody. Because he's a backup, he may fall into that category. But they're lucky to have him. I think if they were in a different situation with the roster overall or with the position, they'd be working really hard to sign him. You can't really miss it once he starts to play.

Can Eagles win it all without Carson Wentz? Giants showed the way - Big Blue View
He raised the Super Bowl rematch against the Bills, completing 62 percent of his passes for 222 yards and a touchdown, doing enough — along with a 39-carry, 172-yard rushing attack — to dominate the time of possession, while an innovative defense concocted by Belichick frustrated the Jim Kelly and the K-Gun offense. The moral of all this? Even if the Giants were healthy and playing up to expectations, they can not take the Wentz-less Eagles for granted this Sunday. They still have a good team with good pieces around Foles, and that can be enough. All they have to do is look to their own history books to see an example of the backup getting it done.

Is the XFL coming back? - PFT
In 2001, the WWE (then the WWF) and NBC launched the XFL, a no-holds-barred football league that served as a supplement to the NFL, whose broadcast rights NBC didn’t have at the time. A documentary that debuted earlier this year regarding the long-defunct league ended with WWE owner Vince McMahon and former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol musing about a revival. Now, out of nowhere, rumors of a potential return of the XFL have surfaced, with Brad Shepard reporting that McMahon is “looking to bring back the XFL and may announce it on January 25th, 2018.”

Panthers investigating owner Jerry Richardson for alleged workplace misconduct - SB Nation
The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that an internal investigation has been launched into allegations of workplace misconduct against the team’s owner, Jerry Richardson.

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