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NFL Offensive Line Rankings following Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
2. Philadelphia Eagles. Highest-Graded Offensive Lineman: G Brandon Brooks, 87.5. What Eagles guard Brandon Brooks has been able to do after suffering a torn Achilles in their divisional loss to the Saints last January is nothing short of remarkable. He was given an 8-9 month recovery prognosis – the upper bound of which would have meant him coming back after the start of this season – and despite that has been the highest-graded guard in the league so far.

Looking back at the Eagles’ drops from their loss to the Lions - BGN
Carson Wentz has had some real bad luck the past two weeks. In Week 2, the Philadelphia Eagles inexplicably lost three key offensive starters who combined for 15 receptions, 221 yards, and four touchdowns in Week 1 — DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert — to injury during pregame warmups. Wentz then predictably struggled in the first half of the Falcons game but he nearly willed his team back to victory. “Nearly” being the key word there since Nelson Agholor dropped a perfect throw from Wentz for a potential game-winning touchdown. Somehow, drops were an even bigger issue for the Eagles during their Week 3 loss to the Detroit Lions. Jimmy Kempski, widely known as my co-host on BGN Radio, pulled clips of all those mistakes.

Babes On Broad #3: How to Lose a Football Game - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne have a lot of problems with how the Eagles loss to the Lions went down and they detail every single one of them in their Week 3 recap!Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 4 edition - PhillyVoice
Week 3 of the NFL season is in the books, and the Philadelphia Eagles took the biggest tumble in the hierarchy this week. Let’s just get right to it, shall we? [BLG Note: The Eagles rank 10th out of 16 NFC teams.]

Game Review – DET 27, PHI 24 - Iggles Blitz
Miles Sanders was the headliner, both good and bad. He was 13-53 on the ground and once again showed good speed and athleticism. Sanders was 2-73 as a receiver. He showed the ability to get down the field and catch the ball. Those big plays led to points. The downside? He fumbled twice, losing one. You cannot do that in the NFL. Jordan Howard was 11-37 and ran for a TD. He had a couple of really impressive runs early on. His physicality is great to watch. He gets low and punishes tacklers. The whole team seems to respond to his best runs. It would be great to see him get more opportunities. Howard had a pass thrown his way and dropped it. Darren Sproles had a quiet game, 2-4 on the ground. He had one pass thrown his way. Sproles pushed off and was called for OPI.

Upon further review: Ten likes and dislikes from Week 3 in the NFL - The Athletic
DISLIKES — 4. The performance of the Eagles’ skill-position players. They went into that game against the Lions without Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. It was a chance for younger players like Mack Hollins, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders to step up. Instead, Eagles skill-position players combined for seven drops, three fumbles (two lost) and three offensive pass interference penalties in their 27-24 loss to the Lions. After a blocked field goal by Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles took over at midfield with 1:39 left and a chance to tie the game with a field goal or go ahead with a touchdown. Hollins dropped a pass over the middle, and Arcega-Whiteside dropped another near the Lions’ goal line. The Eagles have scored 30 points or more once in Wentz’s last 10 starts (and two of his last 14) going back to last year. Injuries or not, this offense has been flat-out mediocre for a while now. In their next seven games, the Eagles face some of the most talented defenses in the NFL (the Packers, Vikings, Cowboys, Bills, Bears and Patriots). It feels like this is a significant stretch for the Wentz-Doug Pederson partnership.

Eagles film breakdown: What’s going on with Fletcher Cox? - Inquirer
In Schwartz’s scheme, that isn’t a consistent recipe for success. “We’re very reliant on the four-man pass rush,” Schwartz said. “You saw like we’ve made some plays blitzing, we’ve also given up some plays blitzing, and when your rush is getting there without having to blitz, it puts you in a much better position defensively.” The Eagles have invested heavily in their defensive line, but no more than with Cox. He is the linchpin. But for various reasons — blocking schemes, personnel, injuries to Malik Jackson and Jernigan and his own health — Cox hasn’t been as productive. Eagles coach Doug Pederson and Schwartz have pointed to his recovery and the lack of repetitions in training camp. “You see a bunch of plays when you see me burst. I feel good,” Cox said. “People may say this or that, but I feel like Fletcher Cox.” But Cox isn’t playing as many snaps as normal — 70 percent this season vs. 80 last year — for a reason. And the bar is high for the 28-year-old.

Any Given Sunday: Lions over Eagles - Football Outsiders
It’s not hard to explain why Philadelphia’s offense has struggled on paper the last two weeks. DeSean Jackson has a 59.0% DVOA on the 10 targets he had this season. He left Sunday Night Football against Atlanta and didn’t play in Week 3. Alshon Jeffery has a 43.7% DVOA on the six targets he has this season. He left Sunday Night Football against Atlanta and didn’t play in Week 3. The (searching for adjective) ever-mercurial Nelson Agholor caught two touchdown passes in this game, but also fumbled. He dropped passes left and right against Atlanta, and also caught a big fourth-down pass that set the Eagles up with a chance to win. Agholor has been a wild ride. Zach Ertz had the worst DVOA of any tight end through two weeks, and didn’t exactly have a great Week 3 either. Two of Ertz’s incompletions hit him in the hands. Chris Spielman out-and-out noted that Ertz had been doubled a lot during the game against Detroit, and that Philadelphia was being forced to go further down the route tree.

Eagle Eye: Miles Sanders’ talent provides exciting possibilities for offense - PE.com
Where Sanders really made his presence known however was in the passing game against Detroit. We’ve seen him do the work as a blocker, and that’s very impressive, but we haven’t witnessed the full scope of his potential on third down until this week. Not only can the rookie be effective on screens or in the flat or even on wheel routes out near the sticks, but he can be used vertically as well, either down the seam or on corner routes in the intermediate area. That’s a layer to this offense that hasn’t been peeled back since Doug Pederson has been here, and Sanders gives them that kind of juice from the backfield. I know the fumbles are frustrating, and it’s something that Miles knows he has to work through, but there’s a reason why the Eagles took this kid in the second round. He’s got a load of ability, and with his workmanlike attitude to get through the playbook and know his assignments from an X’s and O’s standpoint just in the summer after missing most of the spring with an injury, I think that speaks a lot to his work ethic and football character. You have to let the kid develop on the field, and I expect he will continue to do just that.

Incredible heights: Darren Sproles’ journey to NFL greatness - ESPN
Safety Malcolm Jenkins was asked for a favorite memory of running back Darren Sproles, and instead offered a striking thought. ”Every time I think about Darren, it’s really one thing that constantly pops into my head,” Jenkins said of his Philadelphia Eagles teammate. “He makes you reconsider if you want to be great.” He makes you reconsider if you want to be great. Jenkins has seen Sproles’ meticulous approach up close for nine years now -- first as his teammate with the New Orleans Saints and now in Philadelphia. He knows how hard Sproles trains. How he takes care of his body. How he always goes full speed at practice, even at age 36. That he habitually finishes every rep, not stopping until he’s in the end zone. That he has done this day after day, year after year, without complaint. Jenkins, like most who have come into contact with Sproles, marvels.

Eagles-Packers Q&A: How does Carson Wentz look nearly 2 years after ACL tear? - Acme Packing Company
On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers take the prime-time stage against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation kindly volunteered to answer our questions about the Eagles and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.

State Your Case: CB Eric Allen and his forgotten 54 interceptions - Talk of Fame
Eric Allen has as many interceptions as Darrell Green and more than Deion Sanders. What he lacks is their gold jacket. Cornerback Eric Allen intercepted Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly, Troy Aikman, Steve Young and Brett Favre in his career and went to six Pro Bowls. Allen intercepted as many passes (54) as Hall of Famers Willie Brown and Darrell Green and one more than Hall of Famers Ty Law and Deion Sanders. Yet those four cornerbacks are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and most went in on roller skates. Allen can’t even get into the discussion. He’s never even been a semifinalist, much less a finalist. There’s a logical explanation. Brown, Green, Law and Sanders all have championship rings to go with their gold jackets and busts. In fact, all won multi-Super Bowls. Allen’s teams never won a title. In fact, his teams never even reached a title game.

Jones on Surviving Saquon’s Injury, Shaq’s Sack Fest, the Burden on Rudolph, More - MMQB
4. Over the weekend, teams inquiring on Jalen Ramsey were met with the Jaguars drawing a hard line on the price they’d set—two first-round picks—after the Pro Bowler made his trade request. Now, it’s fair to wonder if EVP Tom Coughlin gets ornery over Ramsey calling in sick to work on Monday, and just stops listening to offers. Remember, the Jags have the fifth-year option on Ramsey for next year, so it’s not like they risk losing him for nothing by just riding this out.

There’s No Justification for Not Starting Dwayne Haskins - The Ringer
Washington head coach Jay Gruden may be the last person in the nation’s capital who does not want to start Dwayne Haskins. The Chicago Bears throttled Gruden’s squad on Monday Night Football, 31-15, a final line that obscures a game that was 28-3 at halftime. Washington plummeted to last in the NFC East at 0-3, effectively ending its season. The Washington Post reported that Gruden won’t be fired this week, but betting markets suggested in August he was facing long odds to make it through the end of this year, let alone the beginning of next season. Washington is playing for 2020, and Gruden is not taking the obvious step for a future he is likely not going to be part of.

Why you should or shouldn’t buy the hype on 4 young NFL quarterbacks - SB Nation
It was a big week for backup quarterbacks. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz tells you which ones you should jump on the bandwagon for, and which to hold off on.

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