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Eagles News: Doug Pederson is ready to increase Jay Ajayi’s workload in the playoffs

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Eagles readying Jay Ajayi for heavier workload - ESPN
Ajayi's recent absence could be a cause for concern. But it can also be viewed as a sign the Eagles are preparing him for a heavier workload in the postseason. They have been conservative in their use of Ajayi, even though he's averaged 5.8 yards per carry since coming over while looking like the team's most explosive back. Despite bursting onto the scene with a 46-yard touchdown run against the Denver Broncos days after being acquired from Miami, Ajayi carried the ball seven times on average over his first four games with the Eagles. He has experienced an uptick of late, averaging 14 rushes in his past three games. Pederson hinted those numbers could go up in the postseason.

Nick Foles might not have a long leash, and other Eagles takeaways from Doug Pederson’s press conference - BGN
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson held a press conference on Tuesday and touched on a number of different topics.

A look at Sidney Jones' rookie debut, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
Overall, there was some good and some bad, which you would expect of a rookie playing in his first game after a torn Achilles in Week 17 of the regular season. That said, I think the next time Eagles fans will see Jones on the field will be during the 2018 season.

The Eagles - Iggles Blitz
Pederson has talked about the need to run the ball and play strong defense in the playoffs. The Eagles are going to throw some passes, of course, but I’m happy to hear him talk so much about the run game. When the weather is crappy, you just don’t want to be throwing 40 passes. You must run the ball. You must be able to win ugly.

Complete NFL playoff predictions through Super Bowl 52 - PFF
The Eagles, on the other hand, are still adjusting to Nick Foles, who has a 25.1 passer rating under pressure and 19.4 percent conversion rate on third down passing in relief of Carson Wentz (81.7 and 47.9 percent, respectively). It’s not difficult to see New Orleans, Carolina or Atlanta, with their plus-defenses and Super Bowl-pedigree quarterbacks, going into Lincoln Financial and upsetting Philadelphia.

No Question: Nick Foles Is The QB -
There is no doubt, even as some want to create it. The Eagles have Nick Foles as their starting quarterback for the playoffs ahead, with second-year man Nate Sudfeld in reserve. That’s the end of the conversation ...

How hard could coaching losses hit Eagles? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
That's not the only reason for the team's gradual and almost complete decline over the second half of Reid's tenure with the Eagles, but it definitely had a lot to do with it. Reid was never able to properly replace that original group. Whatever magic he had building from that original staff was gone. And after going 75-37 with eight playoff wins from 2000 through 2006, his last six years in Philly resulted in two postseason wins and a 50-45-1 record. Which brings us to 2018, and Doug Pederson's staff, which I think is almost as strong as Big Red's initial staff was two decades ago.

2018 NFL Free Agent Tracker - Rotoworld
Comprehensive list of upcoming free agents. Who should the Eagles sign?

The Playoff Crashers: Some Welcome New Teams and Fresh Faces for the Postseason - Sports Illustrated
Eight teams that didn’t make the postseason last year are in the playoffs this year—outsiders like the Bills, Rams, Jaguars and Titans and surprising high seeds Philadelphia and Minnesota. In what has been a tumultuous season, it’s a refreshing restart.

Ranking the NFL’s best and worst head coach openings in 2018 - SB Nation
Which head coaching job should be the most appealing this offseason?


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