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Ex-Mizzou, Hillcrest High star Dorial Green-Beckham arrested for DWI - KY3
Local football standout Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested at 2:59 a.m. Saturday morning in Greene County for DWI, failure to display plates and window tint violation. Dorial Green-Beckham, who set the national receiving yards record while at Hillcrest High School from 2009-2012, was most recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to this season. He spent 2016 with the Eagles after being traded from the Tennessee Titans, who drafted him in the 2nd round in 2015. He had 32 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season. DGB was arrested twice for marijuana offenses during his two years at Mizzou from 2012-2013. He was also arrested for an incident involving alleged violence against a woman. Those charges were later dropped, but Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Mizzou football program shortly after.

Sidney Jones is back and we're excited about it - BGN
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Five over/unders for Eagles' season finale vs. Cowboys - PhillyVoice
Sidney Jones tackles + passes defended: 3.5. In case you missed it, Eagles rookie cornerback Sidney Jones is set to make his NFL debut on Sunday. Given that he's coming off a major injury and hasn't played in a football game in over a year – not to mention that it's the season finale – it's tough to set any kind of realistic expectations for the kid. Would it be a disappointment if he doesn't hit the over here? Not at all. We don't know how many snaps he'll see, when they'll come, and whether or not he'll have any balls thrown in his direction when he does get out there on the field. But if he impresses, you might see a lot more of him in two weeks when the Eagles host their first playoff game since 2014. In a game with little else to care about, Jones' debut suddenly makes things quite a bit more interesting. I'm going to take the under here, only because I don't want my expectations to be shattered in his first game.

The Comeback Cornerback - Iggles Blitz
Don’t expect Jones to come in and magically play like Eric Allen or Troy Vincent. Jones didn’t have minicamps or Training Camp or the preseason. He’s going to be raw. Jim Schwartz has talked about how Jones is active in all the meetings and should know the scheme pretty well. The question is how he’ll handle the physicality of an NFL game. Can he tackle? Does he take on blockers on outside runs? Will hitting and tackling wear him down? It will be interesting to see how much he plays. I’m sure Jones would love to play a lot, but I just don’t know if his body is ready for that. It will be fun to see the young man in action. He’s got tremendous potential.

Lawlor: Things To Evaluate In Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles Showdown - PE.com
Sudfeld played in preseason games with the Redskins the past two summers, but he has never played in a regular-season game. The Eagles want him to get some snaps for a couple of reasons. First, he's the team's backup quarterback and any experience can help him. The Eagles also want to see how he does. Sudfeld is a young player whom the Eagles like. Seeing him in action will give them a better feel for whether he's worth keeping around in the future or if they should look for another young developmental quarterback in the offseason.

Film Room: Newly Activated CB Sidney Jones - Locked On Eagles
Jones is excellent at the line, showing patience and sticky man skills. In the video above, he mirrors the WR and doesn’t open up too early. Once an outside release is established, Jones squeezes the route to the sideline, using it as an extra defender, and is careful to not be too hands-on with his head turned to the receiver. He consistently showed the ability to smoothly flip his hips and limit the window in which a QB can throw on these vertical releases outside of the numbers.

For 4 veteran Eagles, playoff drought is finally over - DelawareOnline
Stefen Wisniewski is 28 now, in his seventh NFL season with 106 games of NFL experience heading into the Eagles' regular-season finale Sunday against the Cowboys. He is two weeks away from giving up his couch seat and actually playing in the NFL's postseason. The Eagles will play host to a divisional round playoff game the weekend of Jan. 13-14. "I'm pumped, I'm excited," Wisniewski said. "I've waited a long time for this." The same is true for three other veteran starters on the Eagles who have never reached the playoffs. They are safety Rodney McLeod (95 career games), linebacker Nigel Bradham (89) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (79).

Reviewing the Eagles' top personnel moves of 2017 - Morning Call
1. Trading for Ajayi. Whether Ajayi proves to be the most valuable newcomer doesn’t matter as much as the statement Roseman made at the trade deadline by saying they were all in on trying to win this year. Since being acquired on Oct. 31, Ajayi has become their top back and has rushed for 408 yards on only 70 attempts (5.8 average).

How Eagles' run D can make history Sunday - NBC Sports Philadelphia
If the Eagles gain 55 or more rushing yards and allow 61 or fewer rushing yards Sunday, they will become the fifth team in NFL history to gain 2,100 or more rushing yards and allow 1,200 or fewer rushing yards.

Eagles-Cowboys scouting report - Inquirer
Foles must complete more passes to wide receivers. Only five of Foles’ 19 completions last week went to wide receivers, and No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery didn’t make a catch. Foles will try to connect with his wideouts against the NFL’s 13th-ranked pass defense. The Cowboys allow 218.4 passing yards per game. They will not have cornerback Orlando Scandrick, so rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis will be assigned to cover the Eagles’ receivers. But they could end up spending most of their time guarding reserves such as rookies Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson, who might play a bigger role in the second half.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Sidney Jones, the '04 Super Bowl team and losing assistants - The Athletic
Banner: With the bye, they're restricted to interviews that first Friday and Saturday. They have to be done in Philadelphia. And the Eagles can actually dictate the whens and whos of that — even the wheres of that. They'll try to coordinate with the coaches. Theoretically, other than the week of the bye before the Super Bowl, if they're still playing, that's the only interaction that's allowed. So again, that may help then in a situation where people are worried about waiting. Maybe come out of this a little better from a coaching perspective than it would otherwise.

Who's safe? Who's out? NFC coaches on hot seat - NFL.com
Dallas Cowboys: Coach Jason Garrett still has the support of the front office and a firm grasp on his job. But with several expiring contracts on his coaching staff, Dallas could see significant turnover. Receiver Dez Bryant going public with his frustrations with the offensive scheme makes one wonder if Scott Linehan could join defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli on the hot seat. Both of those spots will be thoroughly evaluated, sources say. If Linehan goes, one possible candidate could be former Cowboys receivers coach Todd Haley, whose contract with the Steelers is set to expire, per a source. Receivers coach Derek Dooley might want to return to college while passing game coordinator on defense Matt Eberflus is a free agent and could supplant Marinelli if Dallas chooses to make a change.

Opposing player to watch: Quarterback Nate Sudfeld - Blogging The Boys
It’s unlikely that the Cowboys will have watched much film on Sudfeld heading into Sunday so it’s possible that he could catch the defense off guard a time or two, but for the most part the Eagles offense should grind to a halt as soon as he enters the game, which you’d have to imagine will be no later than the beginning of the third quarter.

If This Was Truly His Last Game In Washington, What Is Kirk Cousins’ Redskins Legacy? - Hogs Haven
A polarizing athlete for so many reasons, Kirk Cousins has had a career that emotionally rattled many people.

Raiders may be preparing strong offer for Jon Gruden - Silver And Black Pride
For the past several seasons, former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has been a trendy name to mention whenever an NFL head coaching job comes vacant. And Gruden’s name was tossed around as a potential candidate for the Tennessee Volunteers head coaching gig earlier this year after the firing of Butch Jones. But this year, it seems like there’s more smoke than usual around Gruden, and where there’s smoke, there’s often fire. An article from ESPN.com published Saturday night by Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen says that the Raiders are preparing to pursue Gruden with a strong offer to become their head coach, and that this offer could even include an ownership stake.

NFL Panic Index 2017, Week 17: One really bad decision is going to haunt the Bills - SB Nation
The Philadelphia Eagles have not looked like the high-flying and fun team we watched prior to Carson Wentz’s ACL injury. On Monday night against the Raiders, the Eagles put out their worst offensive performances of the season in their 13-10 win. It doesn’t seem like Nick Foles is going to be the guy who can carry the Eagles to the Super Bowl. His numbers haven’t been terrible in his six appearances this season. He’s completed 59 percent of his passes for 498 yards, five touchdowns, and just one interception. But he was 19 of 38 with 163 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against a 21st-ranked passing defense by the Raiders.

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