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Best team fits for the NFL’s top 25 free agents in 2020 - ESPN+
11. A.J. Green, WR — Best fit: Philadelphia Eagles. Even understanding that many of Philly’s struggles this year at wide receiver have been about injury, it’s still a major need. Green -- himself out this season because of an ankle injury -- is such a terrific talent and the type of player who would help rectify this offense’s problems in a hurry.

What does the future hold for Alshon Jeffery and the Eagles’ wide receiver position? - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles won’t have Alshon Jeffery for the rest of the 2019 season after placing him on injured reserve. Jeffrey’s Lisfranc injury — which Doug Pederson confirmed will require surgery — potentially might impact his availability next year as well. The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reports that Jeffery’s recovery “should take about nine months.” Assuming that timetable holds true, Jeffery could conceivably be on the field in September 2020. But one must wonder if it’ll take even longer for Jeffery to return. It might not be an apples-to-apples comparison but Jalen Mills suffered a foot injury in October 2018 and wasn’t able to play until 12 months later.

At the Podium: Turncoats In Washington - BGN Radio
John Stolnis covers the new trend of turncoats in Washington PLUS press conferences from Jim Schwartz and Mike Groh! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Should the Eagles try to salvage Sidney Jones, or trade him this offseason? - PhillyVoice
They’re certainly not going to cut him. They’d bring him back to training camp at his cost before they did that. However, if there’s a team out there that liked him as a prospect a few years ago and they’re willing to trade, say, a 5 or a 6 for him, I think that could be a decent resolution for all parties. The Eagles get a pick, Jones gets a fresh start, and his new team gets a chance to develop him. I realize that Jones made a nice play in his one snap last week, but the reality is that he has undeniably under-performed in his two post-Achilles years in Philly. Hell, he’s the seventh cornerback in the pecking order right now, he has been a healthy scratch for several games, and I don’t think Jim Schwartz is going anywhere.

Greg Ward is the receiver Malcolm Jenkins wanted all along - NBCSP
While the Eagles were busy trying to cobble together a wide receiver corps with Mack Hollins and Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Jenkins was campaigning for somebody else to get a shot. Greg Ward. “I’ve been calling for him to get called up to the active roster since training camp,” Jenkins said Thursday. Nobody listened. Instead, Ward spent nine of the first 10 weeks of the season on the practice squad. The one week he was on the active roster, against the Lions, he only got two snaps on offense. Then it was back to the practice squad.

Turns out, Eagles’ season-opener vs. Washington told us a lot about how their season would play out - Inquirer
Nobody envisioned that this would be the only full game of DeSean Jackson’s season. His Week 2 core muscle injury, and his attempts to rehab and return without surgery, would prove disastrous to the offensive plan the Eagles took into the season. After the game. Pederson opined that “It’s good to have a quarterback that has the confidence that at any given time, the playmakers we have on this offense, he can come to the line of scrimmage and basically call whatever he wants because of the playing style we have, and the players we have in our huddle and in our locker room.” Welp. Sunday, Wentz is set to take the field without his three starting wide receivers from the opener – Jackson, Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor, plus running back Jordan Howard. In their places will be rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and some former practice squad guys – Greg Ward and Rob Davis at wideout, Boston Scott at running back.

5 must starts for fantasy football in Week 15 - Fake Teams
RB Miles Sanders, Eagles @ Redskins - 90.0% owned. The cupboard is bare in Philadelphia when it comes to the receiving corps and this opens up opportunities for Miles Sanders who has proven to be a useful receiving back in his rookie season. He’s also still the lead back despite Boston Scott’s breakout game against the Giants and this week’s match up against the Redskins who have a bottom 8 run defense favors Sanders’ workload converting into some serious fantasy points.

The 8-Point Lead: ‘V’ comes full circle, Greg Ward ‘wasn’t going to quit,’ Kamu Grugier-Hill lied about concussion - The Athletic
Ward said his quarterback background has helped in working with Wentz. When Ward played quarterback, he was particular about where he wanted his receivers on a given play. So he’s cognizant of doing the same with Wentz. Ward isn’t going anywhere for the rest of the season. He’ll have three more games — and possibly the playoffs — to show that he belongs in the NFL. But this is not the story of a player who became a big story for the Eagles overnight. He’s been in and out of the building for three years. They just finally gave him a chance. “Knew it was a matter of time,” Ward said.

Robert Davis hopes to be Eagles’ next practice squad success story against his former team - PennLive
Davis said his demeanor hasn’t changed since his promotion. He received an upgrade from a temporary stall in the middle of the NovaCare Complex locker room to a permanent stall between Ertz and tight end Josh Perkins, but he’s still preparing the same way he has for his entire career. And that’s with the expectation that he’ll play and that he’ll make plays. “I wouldn’t consider it a whirlwind,” Davis said. “I came into the NFL knowing that it was an up-and-down business, a rough business. I’m just a guy who thanks God to have opportunities like this, and I take everything in stride and just take it day-by-day.”

Stephen Jones doesn’t “see a big appetite for realignment” - PFT
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, a member of the Competition Committee, pooh-poohed Fangio’s idea. “I don’t see that,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan. “I think too many people are traditionalists here and believe in the way we’ve done things with divisions. You’re going to have the odd year where eight divisions all are not playing well. Historically, the [NFC] East has been strong in our league. But obviously this year certainly being pointed out that the East is struggling more than normal, but I certainly don’t see a big appetite for realignment.”

Redskins Biggest Surprises and Disappointments So Far in 2019 - Hogs Haven
Josh Norman - This one really goes without saying. We’ve seen a steady decline from Norman over the last year, but no one expected what we saw this year - including his benching. He’s good enough to go jump bulls in the offseason, but can’t seem to cover a 90 year old lady in a wheelchair. Hummmmmm.

Giants cut cornerback Janoris Jenkins - Big Blue View
This is absolutely the right move by the Giants. Talented or not, anyone who has been reading Big Blue View for a while knows that I believe Jenkins should have been jettisoned long ago.

Dolphins sign DeVante Parker to contract extension - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins announced Friday the signing of wide receiver DeVante Parker to a contract extension. The new deal keeps Parker with Miami through the 2023 season. [BLG Note: The Eagles should get a cut of this deal.]

Cowboys vs. Rams final injury report: Leighton Vander Esch ruled out, Sean Lee questionable - Blogging The Boys
For the Cowboys, linebacker is an issue. They will once again be without Leighton Vander Esch who is still trying to recover from a neck injury. Compounding matters is his replacement, Sean Lee, could also miss the game. He is listed officially as questionable with thigh and pectoral injuries. Lee was looks to be a game-time decision. [...] On the other side, the Los Angeles Rams are amazingly healthy. They have one player, tight end Gerald Everett, who has missed practices this week.

The 4 games that could bring chaos to the NFL playoff picture this weekend - SB Nation
The Rams have won their last two games — against the Cardinals and the Seahawks — which is encouraging, given their 1-2 month of November. Quarterback Jared Goff is now playing his best football of this season, and Todd Gurley is more productive, too. The Rams are 8-5, and even though it would help if teams ahead of them lost (the Vikings, for instance), winning out would improve their playoff chances. On the other hand, the Cowboys are moving in the complete opposite direction, riding a three-game losing streak. They were just blown out by the Bears through the three quarters, but even a strong late-game effort by Dak Prescott wasn’t enough to keep them from dropping below .500. But if they Cowboys can win on Sunday and against the Eagles next week, they’ll win the NFC East. It looks like this will be Jason Garrett’s final season in Dallas, though if he wins a playoff game, that just might be enough to keep him around for one more season.

NFL Week 15 Preview: It’s Do or Die for Teams Like the Rams and Cowboys - The Ringer
How about these Cowboys, who have lost three in a row and are in danger of losing the NFC East, which the Eagles, Giants, and Washington tried handing them on a silver platter with a blue star in the center? Before their game against the Eagles next week that could be the de facto division title game, Dallas has a grudge match against the Rams, who knocked them out of the playoffs in a 30-22 defeat in the divisional round in January. In that game, The Ringer reported the Rams offensive line discovered tells to figure out what the Cowboys were doing on defense and rushed for 273 yards. The Rams have gotten half as many rushing yards in a game just twice since then: Week 1 against Carolina and last week against the Seahawks. L.A.’s offense nosedived this season, but now it’s trending up and heading for Texas. The Cowboys couldn’t stop Mitchell Trubisky last week, so Sean McVay and Jared Goff may have their best game yet.

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