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2019 NFL trade deadline winners and losers: How the Rams got ahead - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles needed help on defense in the worst way and came up with only Genard Avery, Cleveland’s fifth-round pick from 2018 who’s basically a developmental pass-rusher. No help for the beleaguered secondary. No help for the defensive line. Philly’s schedule also gets a lot easier from here, and the team believes a roster it thought was excellent before the season can be excellent once everyone gets healthy. The Eagles could have used the boost a big deadline deal would have provided on the field and in the locker room.

Grading the biggest NFL deals ahead of the 2019 trade deadline - SB Nation
Eagles grade: C. Avery showed off some reasonable pass rushing chops as a rookie, notching the aforementioned 4.5 sacks and adding 14 quarterback hits. He’s not especially versatile, but he’s capable of cleaning up the mess a wrecking ball lineman leaves in the pocket. That was Myles Garrett in Cleveland. Now it’ll be Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, and Brandon Graham in Philadelphia. Avery might shine in a new environment, but hooooo boy, that’s a high price for a player who couldn’t make an impact for a 2-5 team.

Eagles pass on making an NFL deadline day trade - BGN
One on hand, it seemed like selling teams had very high asking prices. Adam Schefter said the New York Jets wanted a second-round pick in exchange for Robby Anderson, for example. It’s hard to kill the Eagles for not overpaying and depleting their future resources. And yet, I can’t fathom how the Eagles are really preparing to play the second half of the 2019 NFL season (and ideally beyond) with the following wide receivers.

The Kist & Solak Show #140: Nothing & A Film Review - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak breakdown an uneventful trade deadline where literally nothing happened which is a story in itself PLUS the gang has takes after breaking down the coaches film of Eagles-Bills! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 9 edition: Buccaneers are dead - PhillyVoice
In the Eagles’ two best games this season — wins over the Packers and Bills — the offense racked up a lot of yards on the ground behind a good rushing game plan. Winning that way is not sustainable, especially without a good defense. Don’t let one good game in bad conditions fool you. The receivers are still crippling the potential of the offense: Alshon Jeffery is a 2, at best. Nelson Agholor, is, well, Nelson Agholor. (I could write 1,000 words on that sentence, but we’ll pass on that for now). Mack Hollins is giving them less than nothing. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside apparently isn’t even better than Hollins. Whenever DeSean Jackson returns to the lineup, that will be a huge boost, but I don’t see how anyone could realistically view him as a player you can depend on to play each week. The Eagles have to add a receiver at the trade deadline, and hope that he can assimilate into the offense better than Golden Tate did a year ago. They really have no choice, and they’re probably going to have their feet held over the coals on the price. [BLG Note: The Eagles did not add a receiver at the deadline.]

Sounds of Silence - Iggles Blitz
I’ve talked a lot about going young in the last week or so. There can be real value in that. Bruce Hector, Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins all played hard on Sunday. Akeem Spence hadn’t shown that same level of urgency when he played. These guys are hungry and want to impress the coaches. I thought all three of them had good moments. The young LBs played well. Nate Gerry may have played his best game in the NFL. T.J. Edwards showed real potential. I was very impressed by him.

Weak spot in Eagles’ defensive approach leaving unit vulnerable -
By refraining from using light boxes, Schwartz has succeeded in deterring offenses from electing to run. This followed a general trend that has held true since 2017. Opposing offenses elected to run on the Eagles on just 33.1 percent of their plays in 2017, the lowest rate in the NFL. Game script surely played a role, as the Eagles’ defense also was losing on just 11.4 percent of its snaps that season (the lowest in the NFL). However, the Eagles also had the lowest run-rate faced (34.5%) in 2018, and that season, they trailed on 33.5 percent of snaps (15th-highest rate in the NFL). This season, the Eagles’ opponents have run on 37.8 percent of snaps (ninth-lowest rate in NFL), still much lower than expected, given that, again, Philly has trailed on 50.3 percent of its snaps. While it discourages offenses from running the ball, the Eagles’ single-high structure often puts the outside CBs on an island without safety help over the top. This has helped them earn their reputation as being susceptible to routes involving double moves. According to PFF, defenders aligned as outside CBs for the Eagles have been targeted on these routes 36 times since 2017, eight more than any other team. These targets have resulted in 15 receptions (most in the NFL), 377 yards (second-most) and seven TDs (most in the NFL).

Kapadia: Five thoughts on the state of the Eagles going into Week 9 - The Athletic
Back in May, during an interview with The Athletic, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie openly mocked the idea that teams needed to establish the run. The Eagles pride themselves on being a data-driven organization and have long believed the key to winning is to build an efficient, dynamic passing attack. That’s what makes the game script from the first half of this season puzzling — especially when we consider that they just paid the franchise quarterback $128 million. Think about it: The Eagles are getting a healthy Wentz season in his theoretical prime, and they are among the most run-heavy teams in the league. The bottom line is that the Eagles have had a mediocre offense for a year and a half now. They’ve clearly been searching for an identity through the first eight weeks, and I don’t think the one they found in the wins over the Packers and Bills is sustainable — particularly with this defense. Teams self-scout during the bye (Week 10 for the Eagles), so it will be interesting to see these numbers four to six weeks from now.

NFL Trade Deadline Takeaways: Jets Stand Pat, Rams Deal Talib to Clear Cap Space - MMQB
Is it surprising the Eagles didn’t land a corner? Sure, a little, and especially considering that they were in the thick of the Ramsey sweepstakes. But one thing I do know is that their dynamic has changed a little with Carson Wentz off his rookie deal. They’ll value draft picks a little more going forward, knowing that’s where they’ll have to fill their roster out—without as much financial breathing room to spend on veterans.

Week 8 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank 12th overall in DVOA. The Bears rank 19th overall.]

At the midway point, the Eagles control what’s ahead -
The returns of cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are stabilizing presences for the defense, clearly. The Eagles are hopeful of getting Avonte Maddox back for the Bears game, and Maddox could fit right into the nickel spot if the Eagles think he’s ready. Add in Cre’Von LeBlanc, who is eligible to practice, and the near future looks much brighter for the cornerback room after a spate of injuries through the first half of the season.

Jordan Howard giving Eagles what they’ve lacked for years - NBCSP
The only thing missing in Howard’s game is big plays. He and Aaron Jones of the Packers are the only running backs among the top 25 rushers in the NFL without a run longer than 20 yards. It’s really actually incredible that Howard is averaging 4.4 yards per carry without a long run. His first two years, Howard had five runs of at least 50 yards, tied for most in the NFL with Mark Ingram (and one more than Jay Ajayi). He doesn’t have any since. “Definitely feel like I’m still looking to breaking big runs,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons I had a lot of yards my first year, I broke a few big runs, so I’m still trying to get to that and just trying to stay consistent week in and week out.”

Top 75 wide receiver standard rankings for Week 9 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said that DeSean Jackson would return to practice this week. He isn’t currently in our rankings, but Jackson is a standard league star and an integral piece to the Eagles passing attack. The Bears aren’t slouches against the pass, but Jackson opens up that offense better than anyone, and the ripple effects would be felt in our fantasy rankings.

2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 9 - Fake Teams
17) Miles Sanders’ breakout has been gradual but it arrived in full force last week as he took home the RB9 finish across all formats. He is not expected to miss any time with his shoulder injury and the Bears defense has been posterized by opposing run games all year.

Penalty recap: Flags were mostly a non-factor as Eagles best Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills hosted the Philadelphia Eagles and lost a one-sided affair. While there’s plenty of blame to go around on all sides of the ball, one area that was surprisingly not a catastrophe was penalties. Make sure to read all the way through as the first section will make it seem like I’m lying.

NFL Trade Deadline: Cowboys don’t meet asking price for New York Jets safety Jamal Adams - Blogging The Boys
Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere spent the better part of Tuesday afternoon on Jamal Adams watch. There are few things as riveting as thinking that you’re going to land a star player. The trade deadline a year ago provided for some fireworks as the Cowboys were able to land wide receiver Amari Cooper, a move that saved their season and turned them into legitimate contenders. It was thought that Adams could provide a similar sort of spark to the team, but it appears as if the New York Jets just wanted too much.

Demarcus Lawrence: Giants have “another little Manning” - Big Blue View
Difference is this “little Manning” can run, so Lawrence isn’t going to find him “just sitting back in the pocket.” The Giants and Cowboys, of course meet in Week 9 at MetLife Stadium in a Monday Night Football matchup.

Trent Williams reports to the Redskins, the holdout is over - Hogs Haven
And just like that the Trent Williams holdout has ended. The NFL’s trade deadline came and went and the Redskins weren’t able to get a deal done to move the Pro Bowl Left Tackle. Williams has now returned to the team, likely expecting to accrue a season, and get closer to free agency. Dan Graziano says that might not be the way things go down. Since Williams was still holding out when the deadline passed, the Redskins will have to request that he be reinstated by Roger Goodell. There have been reports that Williams still has to recover from previous injuries. It makes zero sense for Bruce Allen to ask for reinstatement at this point, which likely means Williams sits out the rest of the year. The Redskins will then begin the trade dance again next year with 2 years left on Williams’ contract.

Jamal Adams seems frustrated the Jets were discussing him in trade talks - Gang Green Nation
The Jets seem to have an issue on their hands now. It is up to the team to resolve it. For what it is worth, the media reports we have heard back Joe Douglas’ story. Piecing together separate accounts of what the Jets asked for and what the Cowboys offered, it doesn’t sound like the two sides were even in the same ballpark.

The 13 Plays That Have Defined the NFL Season, Ranked - The Ringer
From Lamar Jackson’s rushing touchdown to beat the Seahawks to Aaron Rodgers’s backpedaling end zone dime and everything in between, here are the most pivotal and illuminating plays from the first half of the season


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