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Even when Jason Peters comes back, Eagles need to play Jordan Mailata - NBCSP
Against Pittsburgh, Mailata faced the biggest challenge of his young career: Bud Dupree. And for most of the afternoon, he held one of the NFL’s best pass rushers in check. So through two games, I’ve seen enough. If Mailata keeps playing like this, the Eagles just can’t take him out of the lineup. That means that whenever Peters returns from his injury the Eagles need to either play him at right guard or sit him on the bench. There are multiple layers to this, of course. Peters is an all-time great Eagle and benching him wouldn’t be easy. And before the season, the Eagles even paid him more money to slide from guard to tackle. Would they really just put him back at guard? Or on the bench? I don’t know. This franchise has been very loyal to Peters, sometimes to a fault. So maybe it’s expecting too much to think they’ll make the right decision.

Jordan Mailata and the Eagles’ young O-line may have bright future - Inquirer
Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree (No. 48) was a tough matchup, as he showed on that early power rush. But as the game wore on, Mailata wore him out. Still, Stoutland gave the 6-foot-8, 346-pound tackle a tough review after the game, warts and all. “Just my hand work again, sticking guys, getting my hand timing right as well as being more physical in the run game,” Mailata said of Stoutland’s critique. “There’s a couple times where I was a little thrown off a block.” But when Mailata is technically sound, there might not be an edge rusher who can get by him. Dupree tried to go wide here, but Mailata beat him to the spot with his vertical set, and it was as if the linebacker was up against a giant wall.

Travis Fulgham had 10 catches and 150 yards last week. What happens next? - BGN
This is the bread and butter of the value Fulgham brings to Philadelphia, and this more than any deep touchdown is why Wentz has faith in Fulgham. Fulgham is where Wentz expects, when he expects him to be there. That sounds simple, but many of the problems that Wentz has had with other receivers over the last two years has concerned their chemistry. Fulgham and Wentz are seeing the field similarly, and that’s why Wentz wants to throw him isolation routes on 3rd and longs, why the coaching staff wants him schemed into good looks on...well, on more 3rd and longs.

Eagles vs. Ravens: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
5) Travis Fulgham vs. the Ravens’ corners. Fulgham had the biggest play of the game in the Eagles’ win over the 49ers Week 4, and he was the player most responsible for keeping the game close against the Steelers Week 5, when he went off for 10 catches, 152 yards, and a TD. Against the Steelers, Fulgham did his damage against smaller corners like Joe Haden and Steven Nelson. Against the Ravens, he’ll face more physical corners in Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith, and Marlon Humphrey. I guess I’m just curious to see if Fulgham can legitimately become a long-term starter for this offense, and these Ravens corners will present a good challenge on Sunday.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 6 - Fake Teams
20) Carson Wentz — The one good thing that Philly has going in this one is that Baltimore can’t cover tight ends. The Wentz-to-Ertz connection is key.

Experts predict Week 6 NFL upset picks, fantasy football sleepers and flops, plus non-QB MVP - ESPN+
Who’s your pick to be the biggest fantasy flop this weekend? [...] Reid: Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles. The Ravens give up only 15.2 points per game — tops in the league. Don’t count on big things from Wentz in this one.

Week 6 NFL QB Power Rankings: Derek Carr cracks top 10 as Justin Herbert, Ryan Tannehill rise up - CBS Sports
13) His numbers say he doesn’t belong anywhere near the top 15, but he’s mostly passed the eye test in two straight games against good teams. Wentz has been far too turnover-prone to reclaim elite status anytime soon, but he at least looks confident after a horrendous start to the year. As a bonus, both his arms and legs are still capable of going off.

Scramble for the Ball: It Starts With an Earthquake - Football Outsiders
‘Keystone’ Fantasy Player of the Week — This week forces us to make a very difficult decision between a pair of Pennsylvania wideouts, as Chase Claypool and Travis Fulgham finished one-two in most leagues’ scoring systems. Claypool scored four touchdowns and led the Steelers to victory; Fulgham only found the end zone once but out-touched and out-gained Claypool. Fulgham was also responsible for 45% of the Eagles’ offensive production, as opposed to just under 32% for Claypool — there were significant portions of the game where it seemed that the entire Philadelphia offense was Fulgham, with his better-known and higher-paid teammates reduced to spectators. In the end, while both days are worthy of celebration, Claypool was a second-round pick who was expected to produce eventually; Fulgham was cut by both the Lions and Packers this offseason. That’ll tip the scales to Fulgham, though either receiver would have been a worthy selection.

Casey Toohill waived in puzzling decision for Eagles: Bo Wulf unpacks the move - The Athletic
Instead, a team suffering through an ugly season, in no small part because of its allegiance to players past their prime, is rushing to jettison a young player so it can bring back another familiar face who is likely to take snaps away from other promising young players like Josh Sweat and Derek Barnett. It would be symptomatic of the same short-sightedness that led the team to play Jason Peters at left tackle over Mailata and that could eventually lead to Alshon Jeffery usurping Travis Fulgham. Still in NFC East contention, the Eagles are deluding themselves into “win-now” mode when the lesson they should be learning is that their bad division allows them to let the young players play while they remain in the playoff race. Find out now who belongs long term.

Washington claims DE Casey Toohill off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles - Hogs Haven
The Washington Football Team made a roster move today! The Philadelphia Eagles released their 2020 7th round pick, DE Casey Toohill, yesterday. Washington put in a waiver claim for the former Stanford defensive lineman, and now have Toohill under his rookie contract. Toohill(6’4”, 250 lbs) was a 1 year starter at Stanford(2019) and he had 57 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 pass defended, and a forced fumble.

He’s won’t be Dak Prescott, but hope is far from lost with Andy Dalton as the new signal-caller - Blogging The Boys
Andy Dalton will never be on the level of Dak Prescott. But, he is a starting-caliber quarterback who was playing the role of a backup to start the season. Sure, the CowboysSuper Bowl chances are now even longer, but their chances of making the playoffs are still here. You can make a legitimate argument Dalton is the best quarterback in the NFC East at the current moment. All it takes is getting into the party that is the NFL postseason and anything can happen. Just ask the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.

VIDEO: Missed opportunities plague Daniel Jones, Giants’ passing game - Big Blue View
They were squaring off against a Dallas Cowboys defense that had given up huge plays in the passing game, and as such Daniel Jones and company faced an opportunity to put up some big plays of their own and perhaps turn around their fortunes to date. Yes, the Giants put up 34 points on the day, but one of those touchdowns came off a Pick Six. On more than a few drives the Giants settled for field goals rather than touchdowns, and Jones surrendered another scoop-and-score on a sack.

Week 5 Offensive Film Room: Decisions, decisions - Baltimore Beatdown
Week 5 saw a very one-sided game between the Ravens and Bengals, however Lamar Jackson still struggled to move the ball. It was certainly not his best game, and attempting to pass the ball 37 times was a questionable decision from the coaching staff. Baltimore handedly won this game, but the puzzling decisions and unfortunate executions left an odd taste after the game.

6 teams that should think about signing Le’Veon Bell - SB Nation
The entire NFC East is such a mess that we’re still in a spot where the Eagles, Cowboys or Football Team could conceivably win the division. Miles Sanders has been playing decent football, but after that the Eagles’ depth at back drops off a cliff. Philadelphia has previously shown interest in Bell, and frankly, the team is in desperation mode right now to find a way to right the ship during a season where Carson Wentz has unexpectedly fallen off a cliff. Moving to a more run-focused attack could be the answer, and with the division in such disarray it might be worth rolling the dice and seeing if this is the piece Philly needs to get back on top.

I’m Still Here - The Players’ Tribune
The drive from my house to the Seahawks’ facility was easy. I’d done it a bunch of times in the summer of 2018. Easy. I’d usually leave around 6:30 in the morning. I wouldn’t hit many lights. Wouldn’t be much traffic, either. I’d head out of my neighborhood, onto the highway, around Lake Washington and I’d get there. Not much to see on the drive, nothing really stood out. But there was this hill I’d drive down every time. Off the shoulder, there was this rocky slope that went straight down. I thought about it a lot because of how dangerous it looked. If the roads got slick, it just seemed like it would be really easy to make a mistake there. And on the morning of August 16, that was where I decided I was going to kill myself.


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