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Eagles News: Wendell Smallwood’s role will increase with Darren Sproles out

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Without Sproles, Eagles' Wendell Smallwood to assume 'increased role,' especially on 3rd downs - PennLive
"There's no doubt Wendell Smallwood is going to have an increased role," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday. "All the guys have some third-down ability, but Wendell has really improved in the area. He showed natural aptitude for it early, both from a protection standpoint and from a route running standpoint." Smallwood's hauled in nine catches for 66 yards over 16 games in his NFL career, which falls far short of Sproles' production. But as Reich pointed out, Sproles is one of the most prolific pass-catching running backs in NFL history, and Smallwood has provided flashes of potential in the area.

Jake Elliott nominated for two NFL awards that you can vote on - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott has been nominated for two different awards this week due to his 61-yard game-winning field goal against the New York Giants. You can vote for Elliott to win.

Afternoon QB with BLG -
It's an Eagles Victory Monday! BLG celebrates the Eagles' win, defends Doug Pederson, laments Darren Sproles' injury, talks about the left guard situation, and goes over some over/unders for the upcoming Chargers game.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Giants and 49ers are dead - PhillyVoice
At -33, the Giants have the worst point differential in the NFC. As you can see above, they are not only two games behind all the other teams in the division in overall record, they're also 0-3 in the NFC and 0-2 in the division. It's going to be extraordinarily difficult for them to win any tiebreakers. The Giants are done.

Dangerous Doug - Iggles Blitz
I wasn’t a huge fan of going for it on 4th and 8 on Sunday, but I would rather have a coach that is too aggressive than one who is too conservative. Part of the thinking there is to establish a mentality in your team that you expect to convert on 4th down. Going for it on 4th down becomes a weapon rather than a random gamble. A lot of teams look nervous on 4th down. The more you go for it, the more comfortable the players will be. You do have to accept the fact there will be failures. There are going to be times when you turn the ball over to the other team and they go score points. You don’t get the reward without some of the risk.

Lawlor: Don't Overlook The Coaches' Role In Sunday's Dramatic Win -
Give the coaching staff credit for getting everyone ready to play. When there are so many new faces in the lineup and the team still manages to win, that tells you the coaches did a great job of getting everyone prepared. Give Pederson credit for the way he handled the game. He was aggressive throughout. He went for it on fourth down three times. The Eagles converted two of those and scored touchdowns on both drives. Pederson could have become conservative at the end of the game. Instead, he went for the win. Be honest. Didn't you get nervous for a second when you saw Beckham sitting underneath the goal post? If that kick is short and he takes off, who knows what is going to happen. Pederson showed faith in his new kicker and Elliott rewarded him.

All-22: How the Eagles ignited their ground game and ran all over the Giants - The Athletic
Smallwood gave a lot of credit to Wentz for getting the Eagles in the right run looks at the line of scrimmage. “Carson gave us some great plays,” he said. “He checked to most of those run plays that we had. He put us in a good situation, and the offensive line executed, and it went on from there. “He saw a favorable box or a scheme that would work for us. Some of the schemes we haven’t done in awhile, and he checked to them. They looked pretty good.” On one 5-yard Smallwood run, the film shows Wentz changing the play and moving the back from the right to the left.

Eagles look to Smallwood with Sproles out - Daily News
“You get mad,” Reich said, when asked what energized a ground game that had struggled at Washington and at Kansas City. “You know, you get mad. We know we have the people to have a good running game. We know it. There was never any doubt. “Whatever all the outside chatter is … I can promise you, [there is] no doubt from the coaching staff and no doubt from the players that we have what it takes to have a successful running game … It was a pretty small sample size, so it was just a question of being patient and just keep calling it, and keep calling it, and give our guys a chance.”

Roob Stats: Plenty of non-kicking statistical tidbits from Eagles' win vs. Giants - CSN Philly
With 31 pass attempts Sunday, Carson Wentz increased his career total to 723. That's the most pass attempts in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 19 games. The previous record was 719 by Andrew Luck. The record for 20 games? It's 754 by both Luck and Drew Bledsoe. So Wentz needs 32 passes against the Chargers for the most attempts through 20 games. I like his odds!

Brandon Marshall: I didn’t spit on an Eagles fan - PFT
“No, absolutely not,” Marshall said, via “I think that if anybody does that — a fan, or a player — should be suspended, should probably pay a fine, and you should have a public apology prepared and they need to read through it on camera. So, absolutely not. But, that’s the world we live in. I’m sure because there was a lot of cameras around, he had his camera, all of his buddies had their cameras out. There should be video evidence of anything on his face or on his body. So, I’m not worrying about that.”

Philip Rivers Was on Fire on Sunday... in the Wrong Way - Bolts From The Blue
Philip Rivers had probably what will be the game he will remember as the worst of his career today, and if you didn't see it, don’t make yourself depressed by watching it. In 4 drives, Philip Rivers managed to cough up the ball 3 times. And none of them can really be blamed on anyone but himself. He made terrible decisions, throwing jump balls for Travis Benjamin (seriously?), and trying to force the ball to Antonio Gates, who has clearly lost more than several steps and probably shouldn’t play in between the 20s much anymore.

Is something wrong with the Patriots? - SB Nation
These three fatal flaws could put an end to New England’s repeat title hopes.


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