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Trade deadline has potential to be most active ever, with Pats, Eagles, Steelers in mix - CBS Sports
The Steelers remain open to moving Le’Veon Bell, league sources said, and are hopeful the Eagles rekindle their trade discussions from last month about the perennial All Pro. A third-round pick would likely get a deal done. The Steelers are evaluating cornerbacks, with Oakland’s Gareon Conley, a recent first-round pick, and the GiantsJanoris Jenkins, a recent high-end free-agent signing, both on their radar, sources said. The Patriots and Eagles have expressed interest in Broncos veterans, sources said, with Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris and Bradley Roby all being talked about. Veteran former starting quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Nick Foles could be moved as well, though there are few obvious suitors at this point, with the Jaguars planning on sticking with their current tandem. Injuries in Week 8, of course, could alter the landscape.

Eagles vs. Jaguars: 9 winners, 5 losers, 3 I don’t knows - BGN
But Wentz didn’t let these early mistakes define his performance on Sunday. In a spot where a number of quarterbacks easily would’ve folded for the rest of the game, Wentz showed great resiliency to fight back. He finished the game completing 70% of his passes for 286 yards (9.5 average), three touchdowns, one interception, and a 119.6 passer rating. For all of last week’s talk that Wentz isn’t “clutch,” he led a huge touchdown drive to put the Eagles up 24-15 with 9:55 remaining. His sole passing attempt for a first down on the Eagles’ final drive essentially sealed the game. Wentz delivered in big spots on Sunday. On the season, Wentz is completing 71% of his attempts for 1,788 yards (7.9 average), 13 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 110.2 passer rating. He also has 89 rushing yards. In other words, Wentz is pretty good.

The Eagles Survive London - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Brandon Lee Gowton react to the Eagles eeking by the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 24-18 in London! Turning points, injuries, winners, losers, and THREE WORDS from the gentle listeners that describe this win!

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Jaguars game - PhillyVoice
Doug Pederson has previously said that the Eagles’ benefited last season from an extended road trip last season in Los Angeles. On Friday, he was asked if this oddball road trip to Europe could have long-term benefits. ”I think the biggest thing is just that we’re all together,” he said. “We’re not scattered out like if we’re in Philly or back home. But in LA we were all together. Here we’re all together, and it’s just us. So that kind of brings you together just a little bit, and guys get to hang out if they decide to do something later today or tomorrow. I think it’s important that they bond that way. They talk about being family, they talk about brotherhood and all that kind of stuff. Well, this is just evident of that.” I don’t know if there’s anything to bonding on a long trip or not, but I will say that the Eagles’ locker room celebration was easily the loudest of the year. At a minimum, the Eagles grabbed some momentum heading into the bye.

Huge Win - Iggles Blitz
After taking an 11-point lead, the Eagles let the Jaguars score three times. That’s an issue. The defense didn’t fold like they did last week. Jacksonville had a final drive and the Eagles had an answer this time, stopping them on downs. Fletcher Cox batted a pass down on third down. He then pushed the pocket on fourth down and Blake Bortles had to rush a throw. The pass was off target. The Eagles still have plenty of issues to work on, but they won a tough game against a desperate team. That gets them back to .500 and gives the hope for the second half of the season.

Redskins Rising, Rams Relentless, Vinatieri on Top: Week 8 in the NFL - The MMQB
So where do the Eagles go from here? They’re still just 4-4, but two things should help, per my conversation with Ertz. The first one is the reemergence of Wentz, who lifted the team through left tackle Jason Peters’ brief departure from the game and right tackle Lane Johnson’s leaving the game for good in the first half. Despite that—and tackle play has been an issue for some time now for the Eagles—Wentz posted a passer rating above 115 for the fourth straight week. Over that stretch his TD-INT differential is a sparkling 10-1, and he’s moving around better and better. Simply put, he’s a different player than he was when he first came back from the ACL, back in Week 3.

Refocused, NFL Week 8: Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 18 - PFF
Injuries forced the Eagles to work their way through four different offensive line combinations by the start of the second quarter with Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai playing two different positions apiece. The constant for the Eagles was their interior offensive line getting movement on the Jags’ stout defensive tackles. The chopping and changing up front led to some understandable communication breakdowns, but when it counted, the Eagles’ offensive line came up with the key drive to help Wendell Smallwood close out the victory.

Josh Adams emerges as lead back in second half for Eagles in win over Jaguars - NBCSP
If nine carries is keeping someone going, so be it. Adams has earned more playing time. We’ll see if he gets it when the Eagles come out of the bye. He’s up to 5.4 yards per carry so far this year. Clement hasn’t looked totally right since the quad injury. Smallwood still has value as a receiver and a runner. But it really looks like Adams, with his speed, power and slashing ability, should be the lead ball carrier right now. “He explosive,” Nelson Agholor said. “Let’s see if the rest of the NFL keeps sleeping on him. He gonna tote it.”

The day after: Win vs. Jaguars has Eagles feeling like they can go on a run after the bye - The Athletic
Once​ Jim​ Schwartz​ realized that​ Wendell Smallwood’s​ fourth-quarter​ run did indeed​ pick up​ a first​ down​​ with 2:38 left to ice the game, he started strutting down the sideline. On his march, he stopped to give Duce Staley a high five and a hug. Schwartz then emphatically ripped off his headset and slammed it to the ground before congratulating the defensive players on the bench. A long week, a bizarre first half of the season and a much needed victory. “Yeah, I seen him throw his headset down on the ground,” said Avonte Maddox with a laugh. “He was just happy, excited, saying, ‘Way to close the game out!’ I mean, everyone was excited. That was a big game for us going into the bye week. We needed that.”

NFL Trade Deadline: Who Could the Bucs Trade DeSean Jackson To? - Bucs Nation
This is one of the more popular destinations for Jackson to land as a return to Philadelphia would certainly become one of the bigger stories in the league this year. Philadelphia hasn’t come back from their Super Bowl run with the greatest success this year, but they are still very much in the mix for an NFC East division title and post-season berth. They’re well aware of what Jackson can do, and can still do, after witnessing his four catch 129-yard and one touchdown effort against them in Week 2 of this very season. What would the Eagles offer up? Well, unfortunately it doesn’t seem they have a whole lot to offer the Buccaneers which would help in an area of need. There are some intriguing young cornerbacks the Eagles could potentially leverage in a package with a mid to late round draft pick.

Team that wants DeSean Jackson may have leaked the reported trade request - PFT
There’s a theory among those in the know that one specific team that really wants to pry Jackson away from the Buccaneers leaked the notion that Jackson has asked for a trade in order to create momentum toward making a trade happen. (That said, it’s still possible that Jackson did indeed request a trade.)

LeSean McCoy trade not impossible, but currently not expected - PFT
A few weeks ago, reports emerged of a potential Philly reunion for running back LeSean McCoy. But no trade has happened, McCoy remains a member of the Bills, and for now it’s expected that he will. As one source with knowledge of the situation told PFT, it’s “all quiet on that front” for now, and that it would be a surprise if a trade happens.

Mychal Kendricks met with Roger Goodell to discuss LB’s indefinite suspension - ESPN
Kendricks explained to Goodell that he never profited off his insider trading, paid back the money involved and demonstrated contrition, according to the source. As early as this week, Goodell could place an actual term on the linebacker’s suspension rather than leaving it at an almost unprecedented indefinite status.

The Winners and Losers From NFL Week 8 - The Ringer
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the NFL’s ultimate agent of chaos. Plus: Seattle’s punter’s big-boy move, Todd Gurley’s fantasy-killing rush, and the rest of the heroes and villains from Sunday’s slate.

What the hell happened to the Jaguars? - SB Nation
Early in the season, it felt safe to anoint the Jacksonville Jaguars as the best team in the NFL. On Sept. 16, the team bullied the New England Patriots in a 31-20 win in which the defense held Tom Brady in check and Blake Bortles shredded the Patriots defense. Now the Jaguars look like a disaster. After getting resoundingly defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs, and destroyed by the struggling Dallas Cowboys, 40-7, Blake Bortles was benched in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans. He was put in the starting lineup again for a London game against the Eagles, but the Jaguars lost, 24-18, dropping to 3-5 on the year. So what gives? How did the Jaguars go from a Super Bowl favorite to fraudulent so quickly?


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