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The real reason the Eagles aren’t very good right now - NBCSP
At some point, and that point is growing closer, the focus has to turn from the secondary and wide receivers and pass rush and running game to Howie Roseman. He built the Super Bowl roster — along with Joe Douglas — and he deserves all the accolades he got for that. But the biggest challenge for any championship team — in any sport — is figuring out how to stay on top, and the only way to do that is to constantly replenish the roster with young talent and fill in the blanks with free agents. Hasn’t happened. Wentz is the only Pro Bowler the Eagles have drafted since 2013, and Chip Kelly obviously plays a small role in that as well because the 2015 draft was his, but in the big picture, the lack of young talent on this roster is alarming. Not just OK players who may have a terrific game here and there. But young, elite, playmaking, impact, superstar talent.

What is going to happen with Jalen Ramsey? - Big Cat Country
Outside of a godfather offer at the deadline, which I believe is highly unlikely, there’s two scenarios I can see playing out. First, the trade deadline passes and Jalen Ramsey is still a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team decides to put him on injured reserve with his back injury and after the season everything is reassessed with Ramsey most likely traded prior to the 2020 NFL Draft. The other scenario I could see playing out is the deadline passes with Ramsey still on the roster and he decides he’s lost the short battle and ends up playing. I think it’s clear the Jaguars coaching staff and players want Ramsey to play, because why wouldn’t you, and would welcome him back to the field. Continuing to sit out after the deadline passes only hurts on person ultimately, and that’s Jalen Ramsey.

Report: “There is big hope” DeSean Jackson can play in this week’s Eagles vs. Cowboys game - BGN
DeSean Jackson hasn’t played since Week 2 due to an abdomen injury but he might finally be making his return to the field in Week 7. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark is making it sound like Jackson could be available for the Eagles’ big game against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.

Modern Art - Iggles Blitz
There will be a lot of talk this week about his “guarantee”. Pederson said the Eagles would win this week in Dallas and the media ran with that. He tried to explain he wasn’t guaranteeing anything, but just showing confidence in his team. Talk radio and Twitter rarely parse words that carefully. They’ll be obsessing on the guarantee angle. To me, that’s much ado about nothing. I’m more focused on whether Pederson can solve his team’s problems than worrying about one comment on a radio show. Pederson doesn’t panic. There were real tough stretches in 2016 and 2018. Pederson kept his team together and was able to right the ship. He handled all the injuries of 2017 and kept that team playing at a high level. He’s got another big challenge on his hands right now. Trying to figure out the Eagles right now is like looking at a piece of modern art. Is this blur of lines and colors a unicorn riding into the sunset or Satan hurling a ball of fire toward New Jersey?

Dallas Week: 5 things the Eagles must address -
The Eagles traded Michael Bennett and then Chris Long retired and the Eagles hoped young defensive ends like Josh Sweat and Daeshon Hall and Shareef Miller would replace that production. Hasn’t happened yet. Derek Barnett plays hard and is around the football, but he’s not changing the game getting to the quarterback. The young players aren’t developmental guys. The Eagles need players like J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Miller and some of the recent draft picks to contribute.

NFL Week 6 Team of the Week - PFF
RG Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia Eagles. Brooks has been the best right guard in football this season, and he proved that again with an impressive showing on Sunday. For the fourth time this season he didn’t allow a single sack, hit or hurry in a game, and he has now produced a PFF grade north of 80.0 in all but one game so far this season.

Eagles Surprise High School Team With New Equipment and Tickets - NBC10
Thomas Edison High School’s football team was blind-sided Monday afternoon when a few Eagles players attended their practice. NBC10’s Tim Furlong gives you a look at the excitement it brought to this passionate group of teens.

Zach Brown fails to check self, ends up wrecking self - Daily Norseman
We don’t generally report on a lot of the roster moves made by other teams. But, given the circumstances behind this one, I think it’s worth noting. Leading up to the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 6 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday, Eagles linebacker Zach Brown. . .who was a teammate of Kirk Cousins in Washington. . .loudly declared that Cousins was the “weak link” in the Minnesota offense. Well, after being a part of the crew that allowed 38 points to the Vikings and got torched for four Cousins touchdown passes, the Eagles apparently decided who the weak link was for themselves.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson guaranteed a win over the Cowboys on Sunday night - Blogging The Boys
This seems like Pederson trying to speak positively and keep an optimistic mindset more then rah-rah, over-the-top and in-your-face confidence, but saying it on the radio is still a very interesting move. Remember that just before the last trip that the Eagles took to Dallas one of their own players decided to talk some trash and ended up having to eat some crow.

Cowboys appear unfazed by Doug Pederson’s comment - PFT
Whether Pederson intended it to be Joe Namath-esque or not, the Cowboys appear unfazed. “Honestly, it doesn’t bother me,” cornerback Jourdan Lewis said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “That’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re supposed to come out here and try to beat us. I mean, he said it publicly. Doesn’t matter. I mean we already understood that there was going to be questions on it, but we’ve got to go out there and execute and win this game. We have to go out there and play our best game.” Garrett did not play the audio for the Cowboys in their meeting today or even mention it, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports. Garrett long has stressed ignoring outside noise and controlling what they can control day by day.

NFL News and Notes: Root of the Cowboys’ Issues, Kyle Allen’s Productivity - MMQB
The Cowboys’ issues on Sunday mostly boil down to something that had previously felled the other team on that New Jersey field—flaws at corner and along the offensive line are very tough to cover up. The latter issue is health-related, and it’ll be hard to pass judgment on where this Dallas team is until Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are healthy again at tackle. The former is more troubling. The quartet of Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown hasn’t performed to the level that Dallas anticipated it would, and that needs to quickly improve, particularly with Jones now injured. Aside from that, an internal talking point has been the inconsistency in players following and trusting their assignments and teammates—that has led to slow starts and some of the big plays given up the last few weeks.

How on edge 3 underwhelming Super Bowl contenders should be after their latest loss - SB Nation
The Cowboys started fast this season, especially on offense. It was against three very bad defenses: the Giants, Washington, and Dolphins. Nonetheless, we all got excited. I wrote gushingly about the changes on offense because it was so new. RPOs, a high dose of play-action pass, and Dak Prescott looking super confident on third downs. The offense was humming. Then came the last three games against the Saints, Packers, and Jets. Those three games looked like the Cowboys’ offense we saw in 2017 and 2018. Boring. Predictable. Unproductive for the weapons they have. It appears Jason Garrett has taken back the offense from Kellen Moore after Moore was receiving the credit for the first three weeks. Seriously. I’ll work to confirm this if I can, but there’s no other explanation. Gone is anything creative. There seems to be no purpose. I know, I know, they have injuries, but I’m so tired of blaming everything wrong with this offense, or Prescott, on injuries. Teams can be successful with injuries for a week, or multiple weeks. Prescott can’t handle his left tackle being out, while the Eagles won a Super Bowl with their future Hall of Fame left tackle out for half the season. Enough with the excuses, please.

Russell Wilson Is the Story of This NFL Season—and the MVP Favorite - The Ringer
Throughout Wilson’s career, Seattle has been defined by the Legion of Boom, a dominant running game, and otherwise uninspiring offensive systems. But this year the Seahawks bet big on their QB, and he’s proving them right.


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