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NFL trade deadline offers: 13 proposals for players who could get dealt in 2020, including Sam Darnold, Dwayne Haskins, Zach Ertz - ESPN
Eagles trade Zach Ertz to Cardinals. Arizona Cardinals get: TE Zach Ertz, 2022 sixth-round pick — Philadelphia Eagles get: LB Haason Reddick, 2022 third-round pick. [...] The Eagles wouldn’t be in line for a compensatory pick if they cut Ertz, so instead, they get a third-round pick in the 2022 draft. They also get Reddick, a former first-round pick who hasn’t panned out and is only playing half of the defensive snaps because the Cardinals don’t trust 2020 top-10 pick Isaiah Simmons. The Eagles are desperate for athletes at linebacker and might want to see if they can get more out of Reddick than the Cardinals have. Ertz is a beloved member of a Super Bowl-winning team, and trading him in the middle of a divisional race could backfire, but I’m not sure he is going to be in Philly much longer either way.


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Report: Will Parks set to make Eagles debut vs. Ravens - BGN
t doesn’t often feel like the Philadelphia Eagles receive good news on the injury front but that’s actually the case here for a change. Will Parks received medical clearance to play in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to a report from NFL Network’s James Palmer. The Eagles activated Parks’ 21-day practice window earlier this week. They’ll officially add him back to the 53-man roster at some point before 4:00 PM Eastern on Saturday.

Falling For Fulgham + Eagles-Ravens Preview - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton ponder if Travis Fulgham is for real, analyze Carson Wentz’s performance against the Steelers, preview the Ravens, make their NFL Picks and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

The once-reliable Carson Wentz-Zach Ertz dynamic seems as elusive as that big Eagles contract Ertz sought - Inquirer
But this is not like any other situation Ertz has encountered since arriving as a second-round pick from Stanford in 2013. The Eagles seem fine with letting Ertz believe he likely will be traded this coming offseason, which, for the team currently more over the projected 2021 cap than anyone else, would save more than $4.5 million in space, on that final year of the Ertz deal. (There are automatically voiding “dummy years” of 2022 and 2023, according to Ertz found the Eagles’ most recent contract offer insulting. It sure seems that the team is prepared to go with Dallas Goedert as the No. 1 tight end.

Does unlocking Zach Ertz help unleash the offense? -
Naturally, Ertz was peppered with questions as he met the media on Thursday and he answered them all without flinching and without placing any blame and, frankly, without sounding concerned about his personal achievements. That the Eagles are 1-3-1 is the issue, although his production and wins have often gone hand in hand. Unlocking Ertz and the entire offense are priorities for the Eagles. “I’m trying to do everything I can, Carson (Wentz, quarterback) is trying to do everything he can at the end of the day to win football games,” Ertz said. “It really doesn’t matter how many targets I have. I’ve been saying this for years now whether I had 10 catches or one catch. For me, it’s all about finding ways to win a football game and those big games, those 10-catch games, they’re probably going to come, but at the end of the day we’ve just got to find a way to win. We’re 1-3-1, not exactly the start that we probably envisioned at the start of the year.”

Zach Ertz’s dip in production among the juicy topics in Kapadia’s Eagles mailbag - The Athletic
I think we should start by identifying which players you’re talking about. I would guess you mean L.J. Fort, who signed with the Ravens last season and received an extension, and Rasul Douglas, who is starting games for the Panthers. So we’re talking about rotational/starting-caliber players, but it’s not like these guys are stars. So I don’t think it has much to do with the part about Howie Roseman bringing in talented players. The Eagles are old, expensive and not very good. That falls on Roseman, and the fact that a few guys are having success elsewhere doesn’t change those things.

A look at Eagles WRs Travis Fulgham, John Hightower and Jalen Reagor, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
Outlook: We’ll see, but the Eagles may have something here. Fulgham has pretty much been what the Eagles hoped J.J. Arcega-Whiteside would be. If he continues to play anywhere near this level for the entirety of the season, the Eagles could have their starting X receiver of the future.

Eagles rookie shares story about Carson Wentz’s leadership - NBCSP
Injuries happen and Wentz needed to make sure the rookie stayed ready. “I do feel like that was the whole reason (he did that), like maybe, what if I came back and I had to be the man up? Would I know what I was doing?” Watkins said on Thursday afternoon. “That was really the thing he was trying to see. When I come back, can he have trust in me to make plays and know what I’m doing?” Wentz, 27, is in his fifth year in the NFL. As a quarterback, he’s an obvious leader but he’s worked really hard on his leadership skills in recent seasons. Something like this, as simple as it is, shows off those leadership qualities. Some quarterbacks might only worry about the guys who are suiting up but Wentz took the time to make sure his backups were ready too.

Evans: Fantasy Football Passing Report ahead of NFL Week 6 - PFF
Travis Fulgham went bonkers against the Steelers with a 10-152-1 receiving line, and his usage backs up the stellar performance. The Eagles are starved for playmakers on offense and there is a real possibility that Fulgham seizes this opportunity. He is the best fantasy option here while DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor are out. John Hightower had an astounding 211 air yards but caught just two passes for 18 yards. Hightower had big-play chops at Boise State last year with 33 targets 20-plus yards downfield (ninth-most in college football) and can be viewed as a poor man’s DeSean Jackson with a high ceiling and bottom-barrel floor. Greg Ward had a sub-par target and air-yard share, and he was surpassed in usage by Fulgham and Hightower. His fantasy stock is trending down. Zach Ertz had one catch for six yards on six targets. He flat out stinks right now and should not sniff your starting lineup.

Start and Sit: Week 6 - Football Outsiders
I’m enamored with Travis Fulgham after his 152-yard breakout against the Steelers on Sunday. And with DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery major question marks even if they play, we are projecting Fulgham for a top-20 true-talent target share this week. That still doesn’t make him a top-20 fantasy option facing the Ravens. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey is a brand name, and justifiably given his top-five 5.1 yards allowed per target last season. You can trace his excellence in the split of the Ravens’ defensive factors for No. 1 and No. 2 receivers. The former set sees their yards per target cut by 19%, top-five in football, while the latter lands close to neutral at just a 2% decrease. There probably isn’t an Eagles receiver to take advantage of that relative weakness, but I still suggest you bench Fulgham in your shallower formats this week given his 25th-place ranking among receivers. Just don’t drop him.

The Battle of the Birds: Who will prevail? - Baltimore Beatdown
Despite historic trends of close outcomes between the Ravens and the Eagles, I don’t expect that to be the case on Sunday. Baltimore is too well-coached, talented, and well-balanced for the Eagles to come away with a victory. A myriad of injuries for the Eagles doesn’t help their case either. A more-than-underwhelming Wentz doesn’t have the weapons or talent to pick apart Baltimore’s Top-5 defense. I still do believe Wentz can rediscover his greatness from a couple of years ago, but the Baltimore defense is way too strong and driven to allow for Wentz to do damage against them. I expect a mild blowout at the hands of the Ravens barring any unforeseen circumstances.

2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends in Week 6 - Fake Teams
4) Mark Andrews has a great matchup against the Eagles, too. This ranking isn’t a slight to him, it’s just promotion of what Smith has done. The Eagles rank inside the bottom six teams of the league in receptions, yards, and touchdowns to enemy tight ends.

Six things not named Andy Dalton that will determine the Cowboys’ season - Blogging The Boys
The receiving corps. Spoiler alert: This ain’t a problem. In Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, and Cedrick Wilson, Dalton has as good an array of weapons to throw to as any quarterback in the NFL. You can probably include Dalton Schultz, who has really earned his paycheck replacing Blake Jarwin. But it is those wide receivers that are the big guns. Cooper or Lamb would likely be WR1 on most NFL teams, and Gallup would be WR1 on quite a few. Even Wilson could be a top three WR for some squads. If there is a reason to have real hope for Dallas, this is it. Outlook: Cooper is going to get his yards and catches against just about anyone, especially with the other threats around him. Lamb is on track as a candidate for OROY. And Gallup just keeps gashing teams on the deep sideline routes. We’re good to go here.

Business of Football: Dak Prescott’s Injury Won’t Significantly Hurt His Career Earnings - MMQB
Much more likely is that this upcoming February we will be in the same place we were last February: with Prescott a pending free agent and the Cowboys having to 1) negotiate a long-term contract; 2) re-apply the franchise tag, or 3) set him free into a marketplace desperate for young and proven quarterbacks. And my sense is that, as long as his recovery and rehabilitation has gone well, Prescott will again be in a position to leverage, at the least, a franchise tag of around $38 million for the 2021 season.

Poll: Giants keep losing, but fan confidence keeps rising - Big Blue View
There is something strange afoot in the New York Giants fan base. At least in the part of the fan base that votes in the weekly SB Nation Reacts survey. The Giants keep losing, now 0-5 on the season. Yet, for two weeks running, voters in our poll have shows increasing confidence in the team.

SB Nation fans project 3 losses for NFC East teams this week - Hogs Haven
That’s why this game against the Giants is so huge for both teams. With Dallas on the horizon a week from now, back to back wins for the Washington Football Team could see them undefeated inside the division with a full game lead on Dallas going into the Week 8 bye. On the other hand, two losses would leave the burgundy and gold mired in last place with a 1-2 division record, 1-6 overall, and a long bye week full of questions with no good answers.

Chiefs to sign running back Le’Veon Bell on a one-year deal - Arrowhead Pride
Like the Chiefs’ current starter, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Bell offers a dual-threat out of the backfield — and he is likely to step in immediately as the Chiefs’ change-of-pace back behind Edwards-Helaire. Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington remain on the Chiefs’ roster.

SB Nation NFL Expert Picks, Week 6: Bears vs. Panthers is the most intriguing matchup of the week - SB Nation
Our panel is starting to find their rhythm in the season and everyone is close in total record, but this week there’s one game that has split the experts: Bears vs. Panthers. Two of the NFC’s biggest surprises, both Chicago and Carolina are lingering in that weird middle ground where people are still trying to determine whether they’re for real, or pretenders. The Bears have given us some truly shocking wins en route to their 4-1 record, including a one point win over the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.


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