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Eagles’ Week 8 opponent trades for Carlos Hyde

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Philadelphia will see him in London.

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Two NFL teams agreed to a trade on Friday and a running back was involved. The Philadelphia Eagles were not one of the two teams.

NFL insider Adam Schefter was first to report the Cleveland Browns are sending Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.

This news impacts the Eagles since they’re going to be playing the Jags in London next Sunday, October 28. Jacksonville’s acquisition of Hyde suggests Jaguars workhorse running back Leonard Fournette, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, will NOT be available for that game.

Hyde has 22 carries against the Eagles for a total of 51 yards (2.3 average). 12 of those came last year when the 49ers played in Philly.

Given that the Eagles are dealing with injury issues at running back, some are wondering why Howie Roseman didn’t make a stronger effort to pursue Hyde. For the mere cost of a fifth-round pick, I definitely wouldn’t have minded the Eagles taking a flyer on him. But it’s hardly like they passed on a can’t-miss guy.

The Browns are trading Hyde in part because he’s been much less efficient in their offense than their other backs.

Carlos Hyde: 114 attempts for 382 yards (3.4 average) and 5 TD; 6 receptions for 29 yards

Duke Johnson: 19 attempts for 111 yards (5.8 average); 14 receptions for 164 yards

Nick Chubb: 16 attempts for 173 yards (10.8 average) and 2 TD

Hyde’s 3.4 average this year is a decline from the 3.9 average he sustained in 2017.

The Eagles will see Hyde in London next Sunday. (They’ll probably also see Hyde Park.)

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