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Six trades that should be made before the NFL trade deadline - PFF
CB William Jackson III – Philadelphia Eagles: The Bengals have a few assets they might be willing to move if they embrace the rebuild, and one of them is cornerback William Jackson, whose career started off so promisingly but has yet to kick on the way the team would have hoped. Jackson missed his rookie year injured but then earned an overall PFF grade of 90.2 his first year starting in what was arguably the greatest statistical cornerback season we have seen since PFF started grading in 2006. He allowed a passer rating of just 36.1, lower than if the quarterback had just thrown the ball into the dirt every play instead, and gave up only 151 yards over the entire year. After just five games of 2019, he has already allowed 188, but the talent is still evident. The Eagles have one the game’s most complete rosters, but their biggest weakness is in the secondary, and it’s getting worse as injuries strike. They could take a gamble on a player with huge potential like Jackson, who could transform the unit in the short term and help them run at a Super Bowl but also potentially be a cornerstone going forward if the move works out. If not, they can say goodbye and recoup draft capital in the form of a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere.
Barnwell: 10 NFL trade candidates, and proposing deals that make sense - ESPN
The trade: Philadelphia Eagles send a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Jets for Johnson. Teams have torched the Philadelphia secondary this offseason. The Eagles have reportedly made offers to try to acquire Ramsey, which would be a surprising move given how Philly has typically deemphasized spending at cornerback to ramp up along the line of scrimmage and on the offensive side of the ball. Howie Roseman is arguably the most aggressive and creative general manager in the league when it comes to trades, though, and taking a flier on Johnson without having to give up anything more than a future seventh-round pick would give the Eagles another option as they try to find cornerback help. In fact, let’s get to another viable Eagles deal ... Artie Burns, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers. [...] The Eagles could still very well deal a late-round pick to their in-state brethren for Burns, but I think there’s a more logical deal with a team going nowhere.
Eagles open as underdogs to the Vikings in Minnesota - BGN
Consider the Vikings are 22-10-1 as home favorites since the Mike Zimmer era began in 2014. That’s the best cover percentage in the league during that span. The Vikings are 26-7 straight up in those games, which is the third best home winning percentage only behind The Losers Of Super Bowl LII and the Green Bay Packers. More recently, the Vikings are 6-2-1 against the spread as home favorites since Kirk Cousins took over as the Vikings’ staring quarterback. That’s the second best cover percentage in the league during that span. The Vikings are 7-2 straight up in those games.
From the Bleachers #1: A Love Letter to Vikings’ Fans - BGN Radio
It’s the debut of Shamus Clancy and his new show that gives you the fan perspective from one of the biggest Eagles’ fans in the universe! On this episode, Shamus tackles the Vikings and their fan base with insights on his relationship with the Eagles!Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 6 edition - PhillyVoice
The Cowboys dropped their second straight game in which they were favored, with Dak Prescott throwing 3 interceptions. They lost 34-24 at home to the Packers, but in reality it shouldn’t have even been that close. Dak also threw a horrendous pass that should have been picked, but was dropped. The Cowboys kicked a field to cap that drive. And then Dak had another pass that was picked, but was negated by a hands to the face penalty on one of the Packers’ defensive linemen. The Cowboys punched it in for 7 after that lucky break. On top of the two losses, starting RT La’el Collins added a sprained MCL to his already ailing back, which means that the Cowboys could be without both of their starting offensive tackles, as Tyron Smith is already out with a high ankle sprain.
Erratic Attack - Iggles Blitz
Doug Pederson talked about his offense being out of sync and I think that’s a good description. The talent is there. The scheme is there. The leadership is there. Things just aren’t clicking right now. You see flashes. The Eagles average 28 points per game. Last year they didn’t score 28 points in a single game until Week 6. This offense is very different that what we saw a year ago. The next month will tell us a lot. The Vikings, Cowboys, Bills and Bears all have Top 7 defenses. If the Eagles can move the ball and score on them, all is well. If the Eagles struggle, we might have issues. Pederson and his players will need to find solutions, stop making mistakes and start making plays for the Eagles to come through this stretch in good shape.
Jay Gruden firing aftermath, plus top NFL trade candidates - NFL.com
Receiver Emmanuel Sanders, cornerback Chris Harris and defensive end Derek Wolfe, Denver Broncos: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported before Sunday’s win by the Broncos that just about anyone except Von Miller could be available in a trade if the team continues to struggle. Perhaps the Broncos were watching “NFL GameDay Morning” and gained inspiration from Ian before their victory in front of the Broncos faithful in Los Angeles, although it’s hard to imagine this team rallying enough to change its long-term fate. The 1-4 Broncos face the Titans, Chiefs and Colts before the trade deadline, and even a 3-5 record might not be enough to stop John Elway from looking for value. The veteran Sanders is the most logical target. Teams like the Patriots, Saints and even Raiders should be looking for receiver help, and Sanders has shown he’s recovered from the Achilles surgery he underwent last year. Even after a quiet day in Los Angeles, Sanders is on pace for nearly 1,000 yards in the final year of his current contract. Harris, like Sanders, is on the final year of his contract. Harris didn’t get the extension he wanted from Elway before the season, although the two sides agreed on a raise for 2019. Wolfe wasn’t playing well early in the year before suffering a high ankle sprain, but he’s another contract-year player who could draw interest. Only a winning streak by the Broncos seems likely to prevent Elway from saying goodbye to some of the last remaining pieces of the team’s 2015 championship team.
Week 5 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
Below our top two, almost all the teams in last week’s top ten dropped this week. Kansas City moved up a spot to No. 3 but its DVOA dropped from 27.3% to 22.1%. Dallas and Baltimore both dropped. Tampa Bay and Chicago dropped out of the top ten entirely. Moving up are Philadelphia (from 6 to 4) and especially Minnesota (from 15 to 7) and Houston (from 17 to 10). Philadelphia had negative total DVOA in each of its first three games, but have single-game DVOA over 60% for both Week 4 and Week 5. Their Week 4 win, 34-27 over Green Bay, was a huge offensive performance, and then in their Week 5 win, 31-6 over the Jets, the offense was average but the defense was fantastic (even after adjusting for how bad the Jets offense has been this year). The Vikings at No. 7 is probably a bit of a surprise, especially since we’re only a week separated from all the articles and discussion of how they were struggling with turmoil in the locker room. Their season has been very up and down. More specifically, the offense has been very up and down. The defense, which ranks fourth in DVOA, has been pretty consistent. The offense has been good in the wins and bad in the losses. It will be fun to watch these two teams face each other in Week 6.
This week’s 10 mind-blowing Eagles stats, featuring a whole lot of Jordan Howard - NBCSP
Jordan Howard’s five touchdowns are the second-most ever by any player in his first five games as an Eagle. Terrell Owens had six in his first games in 2004. Howard leads all NFL running backs (minimum 50 carries) with a first down on 32 percent of his carries. The only player with a higher conversion rate is Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Career choices: Eagles coaching staff answers the ‘What if?’ question - PE.com
Ken Flajole, linebackers: “I would have gone into the FBI. In fact, I interviewed and got the job going into the FBI and then they did the home interview. The guy said, ‘If you think coaching is exciting wait until you rack a shotgun on a drug bust.’ My wife (Teri) looked at me and said, ‘No way.’ That’s the truth. And that was the end of my FBI career. When I was early in coaching, I saw guys getting fired all the time and I didn’t want to put my kids through that where I’m moving around all over the place. One of my father’s friends was a Seattle director of the FBI and he got me connected. I did all the interviews before the very last one, the home interview, the last one they do before they send you to Quantico for the real FBI stuff and that’s when it ended.”
2019 Fantasy Football Rankings: Running backs for Week 6 - Fake Teams
20) Jordan Howard: It’s a very tough matchup but Howard is solidifying his role as Philadelphia lead back.
Falcons S Johnathan Cyprien heads to IR with one game for Atlanta under his belt - The Falcoholic
The Falcons surrendered Duke Riley and a sixth round pick, getting Cyprien and a seventh round pick in return. In exchange for that, they got one week of Cyprien playing 30-something snaps in the defense’s worst performance of the year, and now he’s headed to the shelf. Atlanta may very well try to re-sign him next year, but obviously this has to be incredibly frustrating for Cyprien and crazy-making for the Falcons, who thought they had added a veteran safety to the mix who could contribute after they lost J.J. Wilcox over the summer and Neal earlier in the season. Now they’re back to square one.
Sam Darnold cleared to return to lineup, will start for Jets against Cowboys - Gang Green Nation
There is not much doubt that Darnold will help the offense. His replacements, Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk, struggled mightily in his place. Darnold’s ability to extend plays should also prove handy with an offensive line that hasn’t been able to effectively block opponents. Siemian and Falk were not able to do much once their protection broke down. Quarterback was far from the only issue the Jets have had. Darnold’s return might come too late to save the season, but it at least adds some excitement for Sunday’s game.
Tight end Evan Engram “unlikely” to play against the Patriots with sprained MCL - Big Blue View
The New York Giants’ ever-expanding list of injuries added another victim on Tuesday. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is it a possibility that tight end Evan Engram will also be sidelined for Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots with a sprained MCL. Schefter tweeted this morning, “It’ll be a challenge for Engram to play at NE.” [...] Though he appears to be making fast improvements in practice, star running back Saquon Barkley (high ankle sprain) is unlikely to play against the Patriots. Running back Wayne Gallman suffered from a concussion early in Sunday’s game against the Vikings, ruling him out for Thursday’s matchup.
The 13 Candidates to Replace Jay Gruden in Washington - The Ringer
Kevin O’Connell, Offensive Coordinator, Washington: Washington has the dubious distinction of letting three current NFL head coaches—Los Angeles’s Sean McVay, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan, and Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur—leave its offensive coaching staff in a four-year period from 2013 to 2016. If Washington is afraid that the 34-year-old O’Connell is the fourth member of that Mount Rushmore, it’d be wise to hand him the job, though there’s plenty of reason to doubt he is next in line—and not just because Washington’s offense does not resemble the Rams’. McVay and Shanahan were both raised in prodigious football families, with McVay’s grandfather being the architect of the Joe Montana–Bill Walsh–era 49ers and Shanahan’s father, Mike, being a two-time Super Bowl champion coach. O’Connell was not learning professional football out of the womb, and he has even less experience than Shanahan and McVay (the youngest head coach in NFL history) did when they took their jobs. If Washington wants an offensive head coach to groom Haskins, it would be better off looking outside the organization and keeping O’Connell if it thinks he’s promising.
The case for taking the Washington head coaching job - SB Nation
The new coach who takes over in 2020 will face a similar challenge. Alex Smith may never be the same passer after a catastrophic broken leg ended his 2018, and he’ll count more than $32 million against the team’s salary cap next spring if he doesn’t retire. Trent Williams may be the best player on the offensive side of the ball, but he may never play another down in Washington thanks to a bitter contract holdout that threatens to keep him off the field in 2019 before an eventual trade next offseason. But manure helps flowers grow, and there are a few budding seeds fighting for daylight on this winless roster. If you’re a head coaching candidate — and early odds suggest names like Mike McCarthy, Byron Leftwich, Jim Caldwell, and Ken Whisenhunt will be in the mix — why should you consider Washington? There are a few reasons.
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