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PFF’s latest NFL quarterback rankings - PFF
7. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. It’s been an odd few seasons for Wentz, who has played consistently well since 2017, though he’s finished each of the last two years on the sidelines due to injury. Wentz has the special plays in his arsenal (ranks seventh in big-time throw percentage this season), and that was a big part of his 2017 success as he continually made plays under pressure and while throwing into tight windows. This year, many of Wentz’s best throws have fallen incomplete, skewing his stats toward league average when he should rank among the league’s best.

State of the Eagles: Midseason Review - BGN
To pass, or to run? I find this discussion fascinating because ever since Andy Reid was hired we have long bemoaned the Eagles’ avoidance of the run game (with the exception of the ill-fated Chip Kelly years, of course). And now that Doug is trying to run the ball, we want him to pass! I know, I get it - the NFL has changed and you’ll have more success passing the ball. (That, and the fact that they are paying Wentz $128M to hand the ball off.) I think the coaching staff got inspired by the Green Bay game to “establish the run” to control the clock and conjure up the dynamism the offense lacks without a deep threat. And with that offensive line, leaning on your strengths is not the worst idea, but the stubborn adherence to it in all situations is maddening. Not only are the “run, run, run, punt” game-opening drives extremely uninspiring, but also taking all three downs to convert every single time is painful to watch. Sure, be a run-heavy team if you want Doug, but for goodness sake don’t be afraid to open a drive with a pass once in a while.

Being Blocked By BLG - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton detail the Eagles’ inactivity at the trade deadline sans one move the day before while also looking back at the Bills game, looking forward to the Bears game, and giving their one NFL pick for a very relevant game to the Eagles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation Learn more about your ad choices.

Eagles vs. Bears: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
In the playoff game last season, out of curiosity, I went back and looked at how often he lined up on each side. He lined up 24 times on Johnson’s side, and 35 times on Jason Peters’ side. Peters and Johnson held Khalil Mack in check for three quarters, but Mack was a menace in the fourth, even if he didn’t have any sacks in the stat sheet. The Bears have a new defensive coordinator in 2019, but Mack still rushes off of both sides. Andre Dillard has improved in each game he has played the majority of the snaps this season, but the Bears would be crazy not to primarily let Mack rush against him on Sunday, as opposed to Johnson, who has the aforementioned experience facing Mack, with far more success than most. In the first three games Dillard has played, the Eagles have mostly put him on an island against the opposing pass rusher. That would be a big mistake against this team.

The Dead Live! - Iggles Blitz
RB Miles Sanders did not practice on Wednesday, but said he should be out there on Thursday and he expects to play against the Bears. That’s good news for a couple of reasons. First, Sanders has been a big play machine for the Eagles. He has three plays of 40 or more yards. He has eight plays of 20 or more yards. Those plays have been a big help with DeSean sidelined since early September. You have to wonder if the long TD run on Sunday will give Sanders a confidence boost. He’s been erratic as a runner in recent weeks and that play could get him going. As a receiver, he’s been lights out all year. The other reason the Eagles need Sanders is to help out Jordan Howard. Howard has been terrific for the Eagles this year. He is tough, durable and a consummate pro. With Sanders hurt on Sunday, Howard had 23 carries. He was tired and beaten up by the end of the win over the Bills. He looked like one sore dude.

Genard Avery: ‘I’m going to go wreck stuff, man’ -
“I’m here with a team that wanted me and I’m excited to get going,” he said. “I have to learn the calls, but it’s football. Football is football. I’m going to give effort to the ball. Effort. Effort. Effort in everything I do, man. I’m going to go wreck stuff, man.”

From Jalen Ramsey to Mohamed Sanu to Aqib Talib, NFL execs weigh in on the notable October trades - The Athletic
Avery seemed much more effective as a pass-rusher for the Browns in 2018 than he was this season. What possibly could have changed besides the entire defensive scheme? One evaluator theorized that former Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with his multitude of defensive packages, might have had an easier time finding a role for Avery. “He is really a base SAM linebacker slash some kind of specialty pass-rusher,” the evaluator said. “He is an odd fit, but I think a worthy fit. You just have to find the package. Maybe Jim Schwartz can do that with him in Philadelphia.”

Avonte Maddox says he lost feeling in body for about 20 seconds after collision - ESPN
“I couldn’t move for a second,” said Maddox, who described it as being “stuck a little bit,” adding, “but once I came back in, that’s when I was like, ‘All right, I’m not paralyzed, so that’s a good thing.’ That’s when I started smiling.” Sendejo apologized to him, Maddox said, and greeted him with a hug as he took the practice field again Wednesday. ”I told him he’s got to hug me for five seconds before every practice and every game,” Maddox joked. Maddox has been fully cleared and said he had no hesitancy about returning to play.

2019 NFL trade deadline winners and losers: Bengals waste opportunities, Eagles and Rams on the fence - CBS Sports
Whenever you have one of the NFL’s most aggressive general managers, you expect big, bold moves, and the Eagles steered clear of those this season despite ties to a number of big names since the start of September -- Clowney, Ramsey and Melvin Gordon among them. Numerous reports indicated Philly called about Harris and Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay on Tuesday but consistently deemed prices too high for their liking. That’s just fine if teams were genuinely overvaluing talent (thinking of the Jets and Robby Anderson, in particular), and Roseman already dealt for a high-upside pass rusher in Genard Avery on Monday, but it’s also hard not to be concerned about their WR depth moving forward. DeSean Jackson is apparently getting healthy, but he’s 32, and what if he aggravates his prior injury? If he gets banged up again, they’ll be putting a lot of pressure on Carson Wentz to lead a mostly plodding attack.

Jaws Dropped an Interesting Eagles Statistic - Crossing Broad
Intriguing to me is that the Miles Sanders TD run was the only score that did not come from an under center set. That was out of the shotgun. The Goedert catch, Howard score, Boston Scott score, and 2-point conversion all started under center. And one thing about under center vs. shotgun is that it makes Wentz a little more mobile. Three-step or five-step drops can sometimes help QBs find a rhythm that they wouldn’t typically find if they’re just standing back there and receiving a snap. You can play-action, bootleg, move him outside of the pocket, stuff like that, right? I went back and tallied it and Wentz was 5-7 for 37 yards throwing from under center, with one scramble and one illegal formation making up for the other two attempts. One of the incompletions was a blown up screen.

Carson Wentz, Dallas Goedert settle bet with oversized check - PennLive
Dallas Goedert had to pay up. His South Dakota State Jackrabbits lost to Carson Wentz’s North Dakota State Bison for the Dakota Marker over the weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback wanted to make sure everyone knew about it. And he did. When the Eagles locker room at the NovaCare Complex was opened to media Wednesday afternoon, there was a large novelty check propped up above the lockers for Wentz and backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

D/ST rankings for Week 9 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a few digs at Mitchell Trubisky taking on the Eagles in Philadelphia. Last week David Montgomery kept the offense from falling completely apart, but this week that will be a tough row to hoe for Montgomery against the Eagles top run defense. If Trubisky is pushed to do more than he’s capable of, he’ll make mistakes, especially in hostile territory.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller’s Post-Trade Deadline Predictions - B/R
15. The Pick: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson. The Philadelphia Eagles badly need to add speed at the wide receiver position. But with Henry Ruggs III off the board and no true speedsters left to consider, they will gladly settle for a sure-handed 6’4” prospect in Tee Higgins. Higgins, who looked like a runaway for WR1 in the 2020 class two years ago, has cooled off to some extent as Clemson develops other wide receivers. His traits are still Round 1-caliber, though, and good testing will only further push him up the board in a class of receivers that isn’t overwhelmingly big.

Bill Callahan Redskins Presser: Trent Williams failed his physical - Hogs Haven
Bill Callahan spoke to reporters today, and answered questions about...Trent Williams. He says he spoke with Williams today, and he is hopeful that he will be back on the field for them. He also said that Trent did not pass his physical which is why he didn’t practice today. Williams had discomfort when putting helmets on. This doesn’t line up with earlier reports that stated Williams had indeed passed his physical this morning.

The Seven Single-Season NFL Records That Could Be Broken in 2019 - The Ringer
At this season’s midway mark, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, and others are on pace or close to breaking some long-standing league records. Who could realistically get there by the end of the year?

4 winners and 6 losers from a boringly quiet NFL trade deadline - SB Nation
Loser: New York Giants. The Giants acquired defensive tackle Leonard Williams from the Jets on Monday. Even though Pat Shurmur’s team desperately needs defensive help, the pickup doesn’t make a whole lot of sense contractually. Williams is set to be a free agent at the end of this season, and he cost the NFC’s New York team a 2020 third-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2021. If Williams decides to not re-sign with the Giants at the end of the season, they will have given up those draft picks for a brief rental of a player who has failed to live up to his potential in the NFL. Williams, the former No. 6 overall pick in 2015, has recorded just eight total tackles and zero sacks this season. The Giants, currently 2-6, may have just given up draft picks for a decent player on a down year, and he might not be with the team after the season. Yikes!


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