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Eagles News: Fletcher Cox ranks among top five pass rushers through nine games

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Myles Garrett, Aaron Donald lead PFF top-25 pass-rusher rankings through Week 9 - PFF
5. Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles. No surprise to see Cox right behind Donald for Nos. 1 and 2 among interior players. He’s got a pass-rushing grade over 90.0 for the third season in a row. The sacks may not be there, but his 38 pressures still rank third among defensive tackles.

Eagles film review: Fletcher Cox was an absolute menace against the Bears - NBCSP
Early in the season, as he recovered from offseason toe surgery, it was clear that Fletcher Cox simply wasn’t himself. Guess what? He’s back. He’s back in a big way. Even though his stat line didn’t jump off the page — two tackles, one quarterback hit — the Eagles’ All-Pro defensive tackle was a one-man wrecking crew against the Bears on Sunday, despite facing constant double teams. And it started with the first series of the game. “I was like, ‘Boy, you are on because you hit the quarterback on the first pass rush,’” Brandon Graham said. “That’s Fletch being Fletch. I’m glad Fletch back at it.”

Eagles Film Room: Breaking down the win over the Bears - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles enter the bye week with more questions than answers, at least that’s the mood among the fan base and media. They did enough against a top defense while taking care of business against an abysmal offense, but the Eagles 22-14 win over the Chicago Bears hasn’t instilled a ton of confidence in the 5-4 team. Digging into the film, there’s plenty of positives to take away from the win. The Eagles have had two of their best offensive coaching jobs in the last two weeks. A lot of credit should be given to the offensive line, but also their offensive line coach and run game coordinator Jeff Stoutland.

DeSean Jackson Placed On IR - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton react to the DeSean Jackson injury news, mull over options at WR, field listener questions and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Your Newest Eagles? - Iggles Blitz
Matthews will provide an instant boost to the passing game. When the Eagles go to 3-WR sets, he will be on the field. The coaches can put him in the slot and move Nelson Agholor outside or they can have Agholor play the slot and Matthews outside. This will get Mack Hollins off the field and that’s important. Hollins showed a lot of promise in 2017, but he’s just not producing right now. In nine games, he is 10-125. I feel like Matthews can surpass those numbers in three weeks, four at the most. I don’t know why Hollins is struggling, but something is going on. Hopefully playing less will help him to re-focus and get back to being an effective role player.

A player-by-player look at all 52 players on the Eagles’ roster at the midpoint - The Athletic
Nelson Agholor: It’s hard to overstate just how little the Eagles are getting out of their wide receivers. In addition to his high-profile drops, Agholor is bringing no juice to the offense, even when he does catch the ball. His 8.8 yards per reception are a career-low (he averaged 12.4 in 2017, 11.5 in 2018) and rank 78th among 80 qualifying wide receivers, ahead of only Bennie Fowler and Trey Quinn. As a unit, Eagles wide receivers average 10.7 yards per catch, which ranks 31st, ahead of only Washington. The wide receivers as a group average 6.35 receiving yards per target, which is dead last in the league. All of this despite the team committing the 11th-most money to the position and with Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson signed through the 2020 season. Now that Jackson is officially out for the foreseeable future, we’ll see if the offensive coaching staff takes a different approach. Maybe Jordan Matthews will move into the slot and Agholor will slide outside in 11-personnel sets instead of relying on do-nothings like Mack Hollins?

News, notes, and things I think as bye week continues -
I love this statistic: In four home games in 2019, quarterback Carson Wentz has combined for 1,000 yards (250 yards per game), seven touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 100.0 rating on 90-of-143 (62.9 percent) passing. With crucial games against New England and Seattle ahead, Wentz has to be on point.

Week 9: NFC Targets & Touches - Rotoworld
Observations: The #RevengeGame narrative may not have a direct correlation to fantasy success, but we certainly saw a sense of urgency from Jordan Howard when the Bears visited him in Week 9. Howard was on the attack Sunday, roasting his old mates for 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground. That gives the former Hoosier seven TDs in his last seven games. He’s been a red-zone staple seeing 22 carries inside the 20 (11th-most). With Philadelphia’s pass-catching corps in shambles—DeSean Jackson (abdomen) landed on injured reserve following a setback while Alshon Jeffery (ankle) has also been hobbled—Zach Ertz took matters into his own hands with a dominant Week 9, achieving season-highs in both yards (103) and catches (eight). That came while playing one fewer snap than teammate Dallas Goedert (66-65 in Goedert’s favor).

For Eagles legend Troy Vincent, Philly Sports Hall of Fame induction is a sweet homecoming - Inquirer
No matter what he’s talking about, Troy Vincent speaks with emotion, excitement usually, in a way that makes the listener imagine the former All-Pro defensive back smiling broadly through the phone. He’s confident, articulate, and enthusiastic, especially when talking about his Thursday induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, an honor even more special, he said, because it will occur in the city he still calls home, the town he grew up rooting for as a boy in Trenton and Langhorne, and the place he played for during eight dominant seasons with the Eagles.

Julian Edelman looks forward to revisiting Lincoln Financial Field: ‘That’s the first stadium I ever got to play in’ - Pats Pulpit
“I love going to Philly,” added Edelman. “I mean, of course their fans are very passionate. It’s a sports town. And I’m kind of a fan of fans, like when you play other teams’ fans – Bills Mafia, Philly fans, Chicago. I like playing against very passionate fan groups. It makes the game more fun. It makes the game what you remember when you were a kid, when you were rooting for your team.”

What are your expectations for Nick Foles and the Jaguars in the second half of the season? - Big Cat Country
I’m not sure if Foles moves the needle from that 7-9 or 8-8 mid-tier kind of team and gets the Jags to the playoffs. I do think he more than likely gives this team the best chance to “win now,” but this team has flaws that go far beyond the quarterback position — offensive line, linebackers, tight end, etc. Foles is also significantly less mobile than Minshew, so when the pocket breaks down, he’s not going to be able to escape and make many plays on the run. And the pocket will break down, as Jacksonville has one of the lowest graded offensive lines in football.

Vikings re-sign Andrew Sendejo - Daily Norseman
With Sendejo back wearing Herschel Walker’s old number, presumably, he’ll be Anthony Harris’ backup, which could be awkward since, you know, Harris used to be his backup. But once Sendejo takes out one of the other DB’s with his ‘let’s just hit someone and if I kill a teammate lol too bad’ mentality, he’ll be back in the starting lineup in no time.

Cardinals activate OG Max Garcia from PUP - Revenge Of The Birds
Offensive guard Max Garcia has been elevated from the physically-unable-to-perform list to the active roster. In corresponding moves, they placed defensive tackle Clinton McDonald on injury reserve and released linebacker Zach Brown. McDonald suffered a neck injury in the loss to the 49ers, while Brown was just signed last week. Brown’s release leaves the Cardinals with an open roster spot.

Dallas Cowboys lineman arrested on drug and gun charges in Frisco - The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Cowboys lineman Daniel Ross was arrested Wednesday morning after Frisco police found him with marijuana and a gun during a traffic stop, authorities said. Ross, 26, faces charges of possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon, Frisco police spokesman Evan Mattei said. He did not disclose details about the traffic stop that led to the arrest. Cowboys officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Michael Bennett already looks like the missing piece the Cowboys needed all season - SB Nation
I’ve been watching Michael Bennett play in the NFL for quite some time now. While it is certainly true that Bennett is likely on the downside of his career now that he’s in his 11th season in the league, the guy can definitely still bring it on Sundays. That’s why as soon as I heard about his trade to the Cowboys, I was excited to see him play in Dallas’ scheme. I am pretty familiar with it as my old defensive line coach, Rod Marinelli, is the defensive coordinator there, along with Kris Richard. I knew he would be a good fit for that defense, not only with his play but also with Bennett’s salty on-field demeanor. In addition to being highly skilled, Bennett tends to play with the kind of edge you need to have on defense. He goes hard and plays physical from the first whistle to the last. No matter what actually went down in New England that saw Bennett fall out of favor there, I was pretty sure the Cowboys could use another guy with his skillset and his take-no-shit attitude. If early returns are any indication, this may go down as one of the smartest trades in NFL history.


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