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Eagles News: Howie Roseman’s medical staff changes aren’t working

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/20/20.

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Eagles’ injury woes a three-year trend after medical staff shakeup - Inquirer
Howie Roseman addressed the injury concerns by making several changes to his medical staff in the past offseason. The most significant ones were hiring Tom Hunkele as director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer, and Ted Rath as director of sports performance. It was the third straight offseason that Roseman made alterations to the staff. The most notable came after the 2017 Super Bowl-winning season when the team’s top two doctors, Peter DeLuca and Gary Dorshimer, and head athletic trainer, Chris Peduzzi, departed. Jerome Reid was hired to replace Peduzzi, and a year later, Arsh Dhanota became chief medical officer and team head physician, essentially replacing Dorshimer. Christopher Dodson and Matthew Pepe have been the head orthopedics who have stepped into DeLuca’s shoes. DeLuca, Dorshimer, and Peduzzi each had around 20 years of NFL experience. From 2013-17, when the trio were together, the Eagles finished first (32.2), fifth (48.6), sixth (52.0), fourth (39.6) and 13th (53.5) in FO’s adjusted games lost rankings.

Eagles put out “estimated” injury report with 11 players on it ahead of Giants game- BGN
Miles Sanders is reportedly set to miss this week’s game. He might miss Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys as well. The Eagles are left with Boston Scott, Corey Clement, and Jason Huntley on the 53-man roster in the meantime. Not the most inspiring options. They also have Adrian Killins and Elijah Holyfield on the practice squad if they want to elevate one of them. Zach Ertz is reportedly set to miss three-to-four weeks so the Eagles might opt to put him on injured reserve. With Ertz out and Dallas Goedert potentially still not ready to return, the Eagles are down to Richard Rodgers and former receiver Hakeem Butler at tight end. The team also has Jason Croom and Caleb Wilson on the practice squad. Putting Ertz on IR could free up a spot to sign Croom to the roster.

The Eagles should use more Jalen Hurts in their offense, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
Hurts shouldn’t be viewed as a threat to Wentz as a quarterback. The Eagles’ offense is missing four starting offensive linemen (plus some backups), and as Pederson noted, if Hurts’ presence can slow down the opposing pass rush, then great. But additionally, they are also without their top three wide receivers, and they may also soon be without their top two tight ends. The Eagles should be using all hands on deck, and Hurts is a player capable of making plays.

Eagles enter the teeth of the NFC East slate and ... -
I think we would all agree that Travis Fulgham has the makings of being “for real.” He has 18 receptions for 264 yards and three touchdowns on 26 targets in three weeks, and catching six passes for 75 yards and a score against standout cornerbacks Marcus Peters, Marlon Humphrey, and Jimmy Smith on Sunday represents a significant step forward. The kid is the go-to receiver in the offense. That’s the way it is.

What Week 6’s Uninspired QB Performances Tell Us About Teams’ Playoff Hopes - The Ringer
Wentz is having a Sisyphean season. Every time he pushes the boulder up the hill, another one of his linemen gets hurt. By the end of Sunday’s Eagles-Ravens game, the only preseason starters left playing for the Eagles offense were Wentz and center Jason Kelce. Philly finished the fourth quarter playing its third-string left tackle, third-string right tackle, fourth-string right guard, and third- and fourth-string tight ends. That’s enough strings for the Eagles to create their own orchestra of sad violinists. Since so many players are hurt, the Eagles offense is poking Wentz with a stick and asking him to do something. Philly ebbs and flows by how he does. So far, that plan hasn’t worked. Wentz is the only QB in the league with an interception in each of his first five games; he’s tied for the NFL lead with five fumbles and ranks second with nine picks. He personally has more turnovers than 30 other teams.

Titans Emerge From Stretch with Disrupted Schedule as One of the NFL’s Best Teams; Buccaneers Wax Packers - MMQB
Moral victories shouldn’t exist for teams like Philly, but that might’ve been one on Sunday. At one point, the Eagles were down 24–6. At another, it was 30–14, and that deficit held into the final five minutes of the game. So that this game came down to a two-point conversion in the end wasn’t the goal—but realistically, it might be a start. And I was mildly surprised to hear Doug Pederson actually acknowledge that postgame: “As the head coach, I can stand here and say I’m proud of those guys in the locker room. And I know they’re going to get beat down this week, and that’s your job. But my job is to encourage them, and say, Hey, I get it, there are no moral victories in the NFL. There are no moral victories at all, and we’re all graded on wins and losses, but for this team to hang together on the sideline, to not point fingers, to battle, to be in this position with all the mistakes that were made in the first half, really offensively, and then we missed the kick, the field goal at the end of the half … I’m proud of the guys for the way they battled today.” The Eagles are 1–4–1. But if Dallas loses Monday night, they’ll remain tied for first in the loss column, and there’s a lot of season left. And finally something for Carson Wentz, a receiver named Travis Fulgham, and the rest of the guys to build on.

Early fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 7 - Fake Teams
RB Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (13% rostered). Miles Sanders left the Ravens game in the 4th quarter with a knee injury which is worrisome since that is what bothered him (along with a hamstring injury) early in the season. Obviously watch Sanders’ availability for Week 7, but if Sanders is out or on a snap count, Boston Scott will see the bulk of the work. In place of Sanders Sunday, Scott had two carries for four yards and two catches on four targets for five yards.

‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ review of Giants vs. Washington - Big Blue View
Daniel Jones — Here we are again. Jones did some great things on Sunday. He used his legs for 74 yards rushing, including a 49-yard run that showed his 4.81 40-yard dash speed. He threw a touchdown pass. He got through a game without a fumble. Still, there was the devastating third quarter interception that killed a 14-play drive that had reached the Washington 7-yard line. With the Giants poised to score a touchdown that would have given them a 20-10 lead, Jones tried to throw a ball out the back of the end zone, didn’t get enough on it as he was pressured by Chase Young, and Kendall Fuller came down with the interception.

No winners, only losers in the Cowboys shockingly bad loss to the Cardinals - Blogging The Boys
Loser: Ezekiel Elliott. Our first player listed here is the running back that many thought the Cowboys would feed in the absence of their star quarterback. There is no question that we have seen Zeke have a lot of success since the team drafted him four years ago, but this season he has arguably done more harm than good in big moments. We are, of course, talking about turning the ball over. Zeke had two more fumbles in this game and was even sidelined for the majority of one drive that Tony Pollard took over (and performed rather well in). He indirectly caused 14 points against the Cowboys defense when he coughed it up. This is officially a big issue for Dallas. Zeke simply has to be better.

Washington Vs. New York Giants - Studs and Duds - Hogs Haven
I saw some very good things from Kyle Allen today, but the INT was VERY bad and the fumble was inexcusable. Still, I liked the plays he made with his feet, and the touchdown to Thomas was beautiful. Many will argue he should be on the Duds list, but I’m leaving him right here.

Week 6 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
The season has not been a total waste for Minnesota, however. One of their few bright spots has been rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson, who burned the Falcons for 166 yards and two touchdowns to finish as our top receiver this week. It was not the first big fantasy game for Jefferson in this young season; he had 175 yards and a touchdown against the Titans in Week 3, and 103 yards on only four catches against the Texans in Week 4. Jefferson played his college football for LSU, and like most everyone else in Baton Rouge, he exploded in 2019. He only had 54 catches for 875 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games as a sophomore in 2018, but burst out with 111 catches (first in the country) for 1,540 yards (third) and 18 touchdowns (second) in 15 games as a junior. He skipped his senior season to enter the draft. His performance at the scouting combine was nothing special — he measured only 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds and didn’t rank higher than eighth in any of the drills in which he participated. Between that and the context of the Tigers offense, which inflated his raw receiving statistics, he was the third-ranked prospect at wideout behind Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy in Playmaker Score. At the draft in April, he was the fifth wide receiver off the board, going after Alabama’s Henry Ruggs and TCU’s Jalen Reagor in addition to Lamb and Jeudy. This was good news for the Vikings, who had traded Stefon Diggs to Buffalo in exchange for the 22nd pick in the draft, a pick they used to grab Jefferson and stick him into the starting lineup.

The New York Jets claim a Butt Interception - SB Nation
Teams aren’t bound to their personality, of course. But they have to put in a hell of an effort to beat themselves when they’re also trying to beat everyone else, and mostly they don’t. The Seattle Mariners’ futile quest to transcend their own bizarre identity is so fascinating that we produced a four-hour documentary about it. Tottenham Hotspur remade their whole club over the course of the 2010s, but still suffer from the psychic wound inflicted by the combination of their own history and Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘lads, it’s Tottenham.’ And then there are the New York Jets, who are Inescapably Associated With Butt Stuff. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the Jets are at it again.


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