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Five players the Eagles should target to acquire before the 2019 trade deadline - CBS Sports
CB Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars: Why it makes sense: Ramsey is the only non-defensive lineman of this group, and that’s because when a player of his caliber becomes available, especially at such a premier position, you absolutely make a call. Roseman has assuredly already checked in, and he should do it again. Though Ramsey is a strong personality with an inevitable desire for a new contract, he’s also just entering his prime at a spot where the Eagles are still searching for long-term answers. If Philly can’t generate a pass rush, then the next best thing is injecting All-Pro life into the secondary. Schwartz would no doubt love him for years and years to come. Proposed compensation: Roseman isn’t likely to bow to the Jags’ reported demand for two firsts, but a package of a 2020 first, third and either CB Sidney Jones or Rasul Douglas could ultimately work. Or a one, a three and a future four or five.
Eagles need cornerback depth: Here are 7 trade options | Can Howie Roseman take advantage of struggling teams like Broncos, Bengals? - NJ.com
2. Chris Harris, Denver Broncos. Harris would be a nice get for the Eagles. He can thrive on the outside and in the slot. A proven veteran with notable experience, Harris has worked with Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin in the past. That history with the coaching staff could help Harris hit the ground running following a deal. The Broncos are 0-3 and their defense isn’t playing well. The Broncos could look to sell away current talent for future assets.
Report: It’s “not a lock” that Sam Darnold starts against the Eagles in Week 5 - BGN
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been targeting a Week 5 return after missing a couple games due to mononucleosis. It’s “not a lock” that he’ll be able to play against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday, though, according to a report from NFL insider Chris Mortensen.
NFL should discipline Andrew Sendejo for reckless ‘friendly fire’ shot on Avonte Maddox - PhillyVoice
Sendejo has been suspended once and fined multiple times since 2017 for reckless, and often dirty shots. That discipline doesn’t seem to be changing his recklessness on the field, and the NFL should fine him harshly, regardless of whether he takes out a teammate or an opponent.
Not So Bad - Iggles Blitz
A few days ago, things were scary in the Eagles world. The team was 1-2 and losing on the road to the Packers, 10-0. They seemed to be miles behind the undefeated Cowboys and their red hot offense. Amazing how things can change so quickly in September. The Eagles pulled off the come-from-behind upset and beat Green Bay 34-27. Tonight Dallas lost to the FG-kicking Saints, 12-10. DAL 3-1, PHI 2-2. Not so bad, huh? The Eagles still have plenty of issues to deal with, but it does feel good to know they are still right in the middle of things. You never want to start too slowly. Then you find yourself playing catch-up for most, if not all, of the season.
Maybe it’s just me but ... Carson Wentz is doing it all - PE.com
Maybe it’s just me but … doesn’t it seem like every time the Eagles play one of the narratives from the broadcast crew covering the team is this: “Has Carson Wentz returned to his 2017 MVP-level form?” I know that it’s an obvious storyline and, honestly, count me among those who think that for the most part league observers have “forgotten” just how good Wentz is, but what have four games shown up about Wentz, who has nine touchdown passes and just two interceptions in the Eagles’ 2-2 start? “He’s playing like we knew he could play,” head coach Doug Pederson told me on Friday in our weekly one-on-one interview at the NovaCare Complex, presented by Wawa. “He’s managing and running the offense like we know he can do. If he continues to do that, his numbers will get better and the guys around him are going to get better and they’re going to get theirs. He’s doing an outstanding job. He’s really getting us into great plays when we have a bad play called, maybe by me. He’s able to get us out of a jam from time to time, and that’s just his intelligence and understanding of what we’re trying to get done as an offense. He’s having early success and we have to keep that going.”
Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, Jordan Howard and more in Roob’s 10 mind-boggling Eagles stats - NBCSP
Wentz coming up big — Wentz has thrown two or more touchdowns in 21 of his 28 games since the start of 2017. Only Russell Wilson (28 in 36 games) and Philip Rivers (24 in 36) have more 2-TD games than Wentz since 2017, and Wentz has missed eight games. In all, Wentz has 26 2-TD games. Only Hall of Famers Dan Marino (33), Kurt Warner (30) and Johnny Unitas (27) had more in their first 44 career games.
Week 4: Re-Organizing the NFL Power Rankings After an Odd Sunday - FMIA
8. Philadelphia 2-2 (May ranking: 8). The Eagles are scoring enough (27.5 points per game), and Carson Wentz is healthy enough. He’s not what he was in mid-2017 … yet. What would concern me is a defense allowing 26 points and 386 yards per game, a defense with three sacks in four games. I don’t mean to harp on pushing the Eagles to trade for unhappy Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but he’d really help this secondary right now, even though the pricetag probably makes GM Howie Roseman want to puke.
Forget the Hype—the Browns Are Beginning to Believe in Themselves - MMQB
What a great story this Eagles corner, Craig James, is. James pulled a hamstring at his 2018 pro day at Southern Illinois and ran a 4.5 40-yard dash as a result. So he fell off the radar and went undrafted, and his agent, Bek Talipov, lined up a contract with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks. Talipov had already made the rounds with NFL folks but decided to make one last appeal to Vikings GM Rick Spielman, himself a Southern Illinois alum. It worked. Spielman invited James to rookie minicamp. He won a contract, bounced back and forth between the team’s practice squad and active roster, then got whacked during final cuts at the end of August. James then cleared waivers. The Eagles, I’m told, had noticed him while doing a cross-check on another player. So they made a call, as did the Texans, Colts and Jets. And because Talipov had a relationship with, and trust in, Eagles chief negotiator Jake Rosenberg, the agent recommended James go to Philly. He did, spent Week 1 on the 53-man roster, got knocked back down to the practice squad for Week 2, then got called back up last week when Ronald Darby got nicked up. And then, on Thursday night, he registered a game-saving pass breakup, tipping a potential game-winning touchdown throw from Aaron Rodgers into the hands of Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham to salt away the win. It’s not far-fetched to think that play could be the difference between, say, the Eagles having a bye or having to play on wild-card weekend. Which makes all this even more incredible. Good for James.
Solak’s 2020 Mock Draft 1.0 - The Draft Network
17 - Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State. Philly’s young corners have been either hurt, or a mess when healthy, thus far in the young season. Ronald Darby is entering free agency, as is Jalen Mills, and Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas both haven’t done enough at this juncture to ensure a starting role. Enter Okudah, a jitterbug at the corner position who will be comfortable in Jim Schwartz’s off-coverage alignment. Okudah needs more work in zone coverage awareness, but presents a top-flight ceiling to that effect. The young player is breaking out before our very eyes.
Report: Tyron Smith left Cowboys loss in New Orleans on a cart - Blogging The Boys
Swing tackle Cam Fleming came in for Smith at the end of the game, and he promptly got beat shortly after he entered. Smith missing any stretch of time would be very bad for the overall state of the offense, and considering the fact that they are coming off of a 10-point performance they are not in any position to have setbacks.
NFL Week 4 PFF ReFocused: New Orleans Saints 12, Dallas Cowboys 10 - PFF
It was largely an unimpressive night from Dak Prescott. He had a couple of nice throws up the seam (including one to Randall Cobb on that final drive that got them into hail mary range), but his accuracy throughout much of the night was pedestrian, and he just couldn’t get the ball moving downfield consistently.
Haskins Makes Pro Debut As Redskins Fall To Giants 24-3 - Hogs Haven
For most of the afternoon, the Redskins couldn’t move the ball against New York’s 31st-ranked total defense. The Giants gave up just 176 yards and 3.7 yards per play while recording a pick-six. New York faced heavy scrutiny after taking Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft while passing on Haskins and other highly-rated defensive prospects. Many have drawn comparisons to Jones and Haskins, and it’s likely the two NFC East quarterbacks will be compared for the foreseeable future.
Stock Market Report: Bears - Daily Norseman
Kirk Cousins, QB: Cousins is in his what, eighth year? He is what he is at this point, and that is an average quarterback, at best. I have no faith in him being able to raise his game when it matters, and once again, when he had an opportunity to change his narrative today, he only reinforced it. Whenever the Vikings need Kirk Cousins to step up and carry the team on a day when nothing seems to be working, he can’t. You look at his statline and you think ‘hey, 27/36 for 233 yards is pretty good.’ No, it’s not. He had 49 yards passing at halftime, and seemingly had no ability to make a read, throw the ball, and keep the offense moving. No, he had no help from the offensive line, as he was sacked six times. But he also held on to the ball too long, checked down, and fumbled twice more again today. Once again, when the game was out of reach, the Vikings moved the ball, piled up yards, and scored a meaningless touchdown.
Adam Thielen: "At some point, you're not going to be able to run the ball for 180 yards, even with the best running back in the NFL. That's when you have to be able to throw the ball. ... You have to be able to hit the deep balls."— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) September 30, 2019
Adam Thielen on the overthrown pass from Kirk Cousins that seemingly would have gone for a touchdown: "He made a great read of finding me open, and just didn't complete the pass. It's as simple as that."— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) September 30, 2019
Mitch Trubisky out with a shoulder injury - Windy City Gridiron
David J. Chao, who is @ProFootballDoc on Twitter, believes that Trubisky dislocated his left shoulder and could miss some time. If the injury was to his throwing shoulder, Chao said his season would likely be over. The Bears are in London next week to play the Oakland Raiders, they they’ll have their bye the following week.
Let’s overreact to Week 4 in the NFL: The Browns’ offense is fixed (maybe) - ESPN
The Jaguars need to trade Jalen Ramsey this week [...] The verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION, assuming they still don’t intend to sign him to an extension. Teams that have been in touch with the Jaguars on Ramsey say they seemed less interested in trading Ramsey last week than they did the week before, and there’s a sense around the league that they have to figure things out on their own end before they do a deal with any team. But let’s face it: Even though Ramsey hasn’t made the same kind of stink other players in similar situations might have made over his trade demand, this isn’t a situation that’s going to get better if the Jags just leave it alone. If they aren’t going to sign Ramsey to the long-term deal he wants -- and so far, indications are that they haven’t made much progress in that regard -- it’s best for the team to get a first-rounder or two for him now and look to the future.
NFL owners, player leadership still seeking resolution - NFL.com
NFL owners and player leadership are expected to resume formal bargaining talks within the next few weeks, with hopes of finalizing a new collective bargaining agreement before the league’s 100th season ends -- though a lot of work remains. According to sources involved in the process, there have been multiple staff meetings this month that have yielded additional progress on secondary issues. But the standoff on the most important issue hasn’t substantively changed: owners want to add regular-season games while preserving their share of revenue, and players want to increase their share of revenue without adding regular-season games.
The (Tiny) Hand of Goff - The Ringer
Jared Goff fumbled yet again on Sunday, this time ending the Rams’ chances at winning. It’s become a troubling trend for the fourth-year pro, but is it a sign of the predraft measurable that concerned scouts or an even bigger problem for Los Angeles?
Ranking the 9 dumbest mistakes in a messy NFL Week 4 - SB Nation
7. Dak Prescott threw into quadruple coverage. Amari Cooper is the most dangerous receiver on the Cowboys’ roster. The Saints knew this, which is why they sent four defensive backs to cover Cooper as Dallas ran its two-minute drill in the fourth quarter trailing 12-10. Dak Prescott knew this, which is why he threw the ball to Cooper anyway. The end result was ... familiar to Lakers fans.
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