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Redskins’ Josh Norman critical of Eric Reid’s comments on Malcolm Jenkins - ESPN
“To hear Eric come out and do what he did it’s almost like, wow it’s a slap in the face,” Norman said, “because Malcolm has been nothing but stand-up in the Players Coalition, like nothing but stand-up, and everyone knows that. For him to take a shot like that ... he’s not only taking a shot at him, he’s taking a shot at everyone in the Players Coalition.” Norman spoke to the media for 16 minutes, 46 seconds Thursday, with more than nine minutes devoted to what happened Sunday between Reid and Jenkins. Norman’s first response -- to a question on whether he had a comment on what happened -- lasted approximately four minutes. Norman referenced an article on The Undefeated that laid out the issues between Reid and Kaepernick in particular and the coalition. Reid said Sunday that Jenkins had “co-opted” the movement that Kaepernick began.

Final Injury Report: Jaguars likely missing 3 out of 4 top cornerbacks against Eagles - BGN
The Eagles aren’t the only team banged up heading into Sunday’s game.

The Kist & Solak Show #34: Eagles O vs Jaguars D Preview & Predictions - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have one last nerdy, deep dive preview for you as they break down all the pros and cons of the match-up between the Eagles offense and Jaguars defense. They also give their predictions for the game and read the best iTunes reviews!

Urgency Level ‘On A Scale Of 10, A 15’ -
All the while, they know the stakes. At 3-4, the Eagles are in desperation mode. “On a scale of 10, a 15,” tight end Zach Ertz said when asked about the team’s level of urgency. “We’ve got to be successful this week. There’s really no other way to put it. We’ve got to put a full game together, 60 minutes. We can’t play 58 minutes well and let two minutes slip. We need to play 60 minutes of Eagles football. That’s what we’re focused on.”

32 NFL Observations, Week 7 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins has nine stops in coverage, which is tied for the most for safeties this season.

Silva’s Week 8 Matchups - Rotoworld
A cross-pond flight seems unideal for a team one week removed from benching its turnover-machine quarterback and fighting in the locker room after its third straight loss, but such is the Jaguars’ plight. Not to let Blake Bortles off the hook, but part of the problem is Jacksonville’s inability to protect his backside after losing first-string LT Cam Robinson (ACL) and second-string LT Josh Wells (groin, I.R.), forcing “Josh Walker” to start. A fifth-year UDFA out of Middle Tennessee, Walker has been pulverized for four sacks and 10 hits on 250 career snaps, “good” for a 16-game pace of 16 sacks and 40 hits allowed. Both would have easily been league highs in PFF’s 2017 charts. The Jags have permitted the NFL’s fourth-highest pressure rate (34.5%) on the year. All of this makes Philly’s D/ST an appealing play. The Eagles lead the league in both QB hit rate (22.2%) and tackles-for-loss percentage (30.8%). As coach Doug Marrone has promised Bortles will be on a “short leash,” he is not playable beyond two-QB leagues. … Living in enemy backfields as their TFL rate suggests, Philadelphia has held running backs to a miniscule 100/387/2 (3.87 YPC) rushing line. The Eagles have surrendered the NFL’s fourth-most catches (47) and ninth-most receiving yards to Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon’s position, however. Based on script projection and matchup, this game sets up much better for Yeldon than Hyde. Neither is a desirable flex play, but Yeldon is preferred.

What happened to ‘Big Balls’ Doug Pederson? - Inquirer
On first down, Corey Clement gained 4 yards on the ground before the two-minute warning. On second down, Wendell Smallwood ran 4 yards. And on third down, with the clock ticking down to 1:19, Smallwood ran a tough 2 yards for the first down. Pederson burned a timeout and called a screen pass to Smallwood. The tailback picked up 51 yards, but a Brandon Brooks holding penalty brought the play back to the 11-yard line. ”You’re back behind in the field position with a long way to go at that time,” Pederson said. “I felt like we were OK in that situation.” But there was a minute left on the clock. It was only first-and-13. Wentz threw a screen to receiver Alshon Jeffery that netted only 3 yards. Still, there were more than 50 seconds and two timeouts remaining. It was only second-and-10. But Pederson chose not to use another timeout, and ran out the clock with a Clement 4-yard loss.

Corey Clement has one more game to prove the Eagles don’t need a trade - NBCSP
Smallwood has started the last two games since Jay Ajayi went down for the season and has 27 carries to Clement’s 19. “I would love a bigger role,” Clement said. “I’m doing my job, coming to practice every day, working hard. And with the opportunities I do get, I make the most of them.” As an undrafted rookie last season, Clement ended up having a huge season and even played a big role in Super Bowl LII. Expectations for Year 2 were high, but he had that quad injury and hasn’t really gotten going through seven games. In five games played, he has just 161 yards on 46 rushing attempts and has 116 more on 13 catches. Not the jump everyone expected, especially after we all assumed he’d have an expanded role. But there’s still time. Clement said he’s not even looking at this game as his last shot to prove to everyone these running backs can do it; he’s just worried about a win. The two might go hand in hand.

Jacksonville Jaguars fans are the least confident fans going into Week 8 - Big Cat Country
Oh sweet Jesus we are a bad team and fans know it. That 3 percent of fans confident in the direction of this team is the lowest around the league.

Will Patrick Mahomes II Have Dan Marino’s Career … or Nick Foles’s? - The Ringer
The Chiefs QB is burning as bright as anyone in the league right now. But as history shows, that doesn’t mean a long, fruitful tenure is inevitable.

Film Room: Vikings Defense - Football Outsiders
After a second-place finish in defensive DVOA a year ago, the Minnesota Vikings defense has failed to maintain their strength in 2018. Each layer of the defense has experienced its own downfall, ranging from Everson Griffen’s absence at defensive end to miscommunications in coverage. This is not the elite unit that was supposed to carry the Vikings to and through the playoffs. A 27-6 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills sticks out among the rest of their schedule, but Minnesota played poor defense for a month. The Vikings currently hold the 16th-placed defense per DVOA, including a 19th-ranked pass defense. They may look a little better to the naked eye, but that’s because they’ve faced the weakest slate of offenses in the league. Though the past two weeks have looked more encouraging and boosted their DVOA standing, allowing 17 points to the offenses of the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets is nothing to hang their hats on. The past two weeks are not enough evidence to suggest the Vikings’ defense is “back.” Rather, the defense was allowed a reprieve before facing a juggernaut this week in the New Orleans Saints. With quarterback Drew Brees headed toward a possible MVP award, the Saints offense ranks fourth in overall offensive DVOA and fourth in passing DVOA, neither of which bode well for a Vikings defense that has struggled for much of this season.

Would Le’Veon Bell actually sit out the entire 2018 NFL season? - SB Nation
The good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers during their bye week was that each of the other three AFC North teams lost, springboarding the Steelers from third to first in the division standings. The bad news was Le’Veon Bell didn’t show up. Earlier in October, there was a report that the star running back intended to end his holdout during Pittsburgh’s Week 7 bye. That didn’t happen and it’s still unclear when he plans to join the team. One report says Bell is considering sitting out the remainder of the year and never playing for the Steelers again. That’d be a surprising move, but it’s not impossible.


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