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10 wide receiver options for the Philadelphia Eagles - BGN
DEVANTE PARKER - Parker was a surprise scratch for the Dolphins’ Sunday game against the Jets. The 2015 first-round pick has been dealing with a broken finger but he said he felt he was healthy enough to play. Perhaps Adam Gase has soured on Parker not unlike he did with Jay Ajayi last year. Howie Roseman should call up Mike Tannenbaum to check up on the situation. Parker, 25, has 139 career receptions for 1,908 yards (13.7 average) and eight touchdowns.

It sure sounds like the Eagles are going to add a wide receiver - PhillyVoice
Despite Kenny Britt’s long NFL tenure (comparatively speaking), he is still only 29 years old. This option would of course have the least amount of sizzle, but Britt would likely come cheap, and wouldn’t cost anything in terms of draft pick compensation.

Entire Offense Needs To Step Up To Get On Track - PE.com
So where do the Eagles go from here? They’re keeping their eyes open for options to add to the wide receiver group, so we’ll see if anything transpires there. The rule of thumb in this league is that you coach what you have, and right now the Eagles have a lot of players who are either young (Shelton Gibson, DeAndre Carter, Dallas Goedert, Joshua Perkins) or new to the offense (Kamar Aiken) trying to supplement the main threats who are tight end Zach Ertz and Agholor. The latter two were targeted a whopping 25 times among Foles’ 48 passing attempts on Sunday in Tampa. That’s just too much for two players and not enough moving the football around. Agholor has 16 catches in two games, but he’s averaging just 7.6 yards per reception. Explosiveness is lacking all around.

How quickly can the Eagles’ Carson Wentz look like his old self? - Daily News
Two things about Pederson’s answers: 1) He doesn’t think carefully tiptoeing Wentz back into the fray is any kind of option, and 2) Bottom line, Pederson doesn’t really know how mobile and elusive Wentz can be, wearing a knee brace, with his knee probably still at least a couple of months from feeling the way it felt before he injured it. Nobody knows. Usually it’s a full year after surgery before everything is completely back to normal.

Eagles’ uncharacteristic breakdowns allowed Buccaneers to hit big plays - NBCSP
Those two long TDs equaled the total number of 75-yard touchdowns the Eagles allowed in their previous 23 games going back to late in the 2016 season. This is totally out of character. The Eagles usually get enough pressure that quarterbacks don’t have time to crank up deep balls. And they have talented albeit young corners and smart safeties. Heck, the Eagles only allowed nine touchdown passes longer than 20 yards in 19 games all last year! But this was just a combination of two plays where the Bucs executed at a high level and the Eagles didn’t. “We killed ourselves,” Darby said. “It’s nothing they did, it’s what we did to ourselves.”

The Starting 11: Blake Bortles and Ryan Fitzpatrick Are … for Real? - The Ringer
Pederson’s team has looked uninspiring over its first two games as Wentz has been sidelined and other key pieces (including Alshon Jeffery and Timmy Jernigan) have dealt with injuries. Even with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles under center, Philly has been in a holding pattern, waiting until Wentz was ready to play. Foles may not be at fault for Jalen Mills being unable to stay with DeSean Jackson or Ronald Darby falling off O.J. Howard in the open field, but it’s clear that the Eagles need a jolt, no matter where it comes from. Welcoming back the face of the franchise and going up against a young Colts defense (one that played quite well Sunday in a 21-9 win over Washington) might be the lift Pederson’s club needs. The hope is that the Eagles’ rocky start hasn’t pushed them to get Wentz on the field before he’s ready, but by all accounts, the final step was just getting the doctor’s signoff. Wentz has been practicing for much of the summer and was waiting only for the go-ahead. If he really is ready, this is welcome news for Philadelphia.

With Carson Wentz playing, Eagles will protect him - San Diego Union Tribune
“If he’s cleared, he’s cleared,” Pederson said. “There is no need to hold back.” Surely, the Eagles will be creative and find a way to maximize Wentz’s effectiveness. However, they can’t have it all. Although Wentz looked much improved in his pregame workout Sunday, it is medically imporssivle to be 100 percent this early. Given the increased chance of re-injury with an early return, I expect the Eagles to be smart – as they have been so far.

Mychal Kendricks starts for Seahawks - PFT
Mychal Kendricks arrived in Seattle earlier this week. Apparently that was enough time for him to learn what he needed to learn about the Seahawks defense. Or maybe he’s just better than anybody else the Seahawks could put out there at weakside linebacker tonight. He’s certainly the most experienced of their options. Kendricks opened the game in place of K.J. Wright, who continues to rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Giants’ injury update: Jon Halapio’s season over with broken ankle - Big Blue View
The New York Giants offensive line, still trying to gel as a unit, has suffered a major loss. Center Jon Halapio, who suffered a right leg injury in Sunday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, is now confirmed to be out for the season. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported the news first, saying that Halapio has a broken ankle:

UCLA Bruins Get Bulldogged by Fresno State, 38-14 - Bruins Nation
We all thought that Chip Kelly would install an offense that had creativity and put players in the best position to excel. We thought players would tackle better and be more disciplined. We had a multitude of thoughts before the season started. What do we have now? We have nine games left in which we will be the underdog in each game except for maybe one, and it’s very possible that the Bruins could lose all of them.

PFF’s Week 2 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 96.3. For the second consecutive week, Fitzpatrick makes our Team of the Week, this time on the back of an incredibly solid effort against the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 27-of-33 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns with four big-time throws to tie for the NFL lead in Week 2. He didn’t throw a turnover-worthy pass all game long and after two weeks of play, Fitzpatrick is the NFL’s highest-graded quarterback with a 98.8 overall grade.

Agent’s Take: Here are eight contract-year players who can cash in with a big 2018 - CBS Sports
Assuming the 2019 salary cap is in the $190 million neighborhood, a deal equivalent to Vernon’s would average slightly more than $20.75 million per year. This type of interpretation of Vernon’s contract will be particularly relevant because Vernon and Demarcus Lawrence have the same agent.

QB protection penalties are way up, and the NFL has a problem - ESPN
What, dear fan, are you more willing to accept: quarterbacks pummeled and possibly hurt on a weekly basis, or rule enforcement that protects them but at times makes a mockery of the effort? If we’ve learned anything during the first two weeks of the 2018 season, it’s that the NFL has bet on the latter -- even as that bet escalates into one of the biggest stories of the year. On multiple fronts, and with little public warning, the league has further elevated its extreme measures to protect quarterbacks. There were another six roughing the passer penalties during the first 15 games of Week 2, including a questionably interpreted but game-altering call against Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. That brought the season total to 21, putting the league on an unprecedented pace for the season.

How to fix the NFL’s confusing roughing the passer rules - SB Nation
The league’s ever expanding rules for roughing the passer have now ruined two games in two weeks. It’s time to rethink them.

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