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Eagles News: Philadelphia has some offensive line decisions to make

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/26/20.

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Figuring out the next moves on Eagles’ offensive line - NBCSP
What to do with J.P.? Pederson was non-committal about whether Peters will return to left tackle or play right guard when he’s healthy. Common sense says he should play guard, since the Eagles are more settled with Mailata at left tackle than with Opeta at left guard. But left tackle is more important, and if J.P. is healthy he’s better than Mailata. But he might have an easier time staying healthy at right guard. I think J.P. goes back to right guard, moving Herbig back to left guard and Opeta to the bench.

What should the Eagles do with Jason Peters when he is ready to return? -
While guard makes the most sense, the person who may have the biggest voice is Peters himself. He was the one who did not move to left tackle until he received his raise, and his past performance has garnered the respect of the Eagles organization. If Peters says that he wants to play left tackle, he most likely will wind up there, even if it is not the best thing for the offensive line and the offense.

Eagles maintain first place in NFC East with Cowboys losing to Football Team - BGN
The Eagles needed an 11-point comeback late in the fourth quarter to beat the lowly Giants but, hey, they ultimately got it done! Carson Wentz is trending in the right direction and Philly might be getting some guys back from injury in the near future. The Eagles can reach 3-4-1 by beating an awful Dallas team at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday Night Football. Gotta win this game.

BGN Memories: 1980 Eagles Jerry Robinson Interview! - BGN Radio
On the latest episode of BGN Memories, host John Stolnis continues his look back at the 1980 Eagles season, which included a four-game winning streak in the month of October on the banks of the Birds’ outstanding defense. A key member of that defense, starting linebacker Jerry Robinson, also joined this week’s episodes to discuss his memories of that incredible season, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the franchise’s first Super Bowl team. Make sure to follow Jerry on Instagram, and check out his charity, Shoes4Kidz, too! Follow John Stolnis on Twitter: @JohnStolnis.

Gunslinger Carson Wentz has Eagles atop NFC East and on a roll -
For whatever reason, Carson Wentz thrives in chaos. He’s the kind of quarterback who can escape a collapsing pocket and find some space and set up and make impossible throws into the tiniest of windows. He is the fearless quarterback who stares down two-score deficits with aggressiveness and confidence. They call these kinds quarterbacks “gunslingers.” And when you have a gunslinger, you live with the moments where you say, “What are you doing on that throwwwwwww?” And when your gunslinger does what Wentz did on Thursday night, leading the Eagles from an 11-point deficit to a victory with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes that were just so improbable and exhilarating, you say, “This guy is going to give me a heart attack!!!!”

Cowboys blasted by the Football Team 25-3 - Blogging The Boys
It is sad to start working on mock drafts before October is even done, but here we are. Just as hope died before this game was even to the halfway point, our aspirations for the season should also be laid to rest. The few remaining stars for the Cowboys are not playing to the level the team needs, the staff seems out of its depth, the younger players are similarly in over their heads, and we have to accept that Dallas is just beginning the rebuild. And with so much work to do, that rebuild is going to extend beyond 2021.

Cowboys’ Andy Dalton injured: Three trade targets worth considering with QB’s status up in the air - CBS Sports
Ryan Fitzpatrick. It makes too much sense. If bare-minimum competence wins you the NFC East, and if the Cowboys are still serious about doing that, this is their guy. Ryan Fitzpatrick is fresh off a decent run as a starter and beloved locker-room leader in Miami, but he was clearly hurt by the Dolphins’ move to rookie Tua Tagovailoa, and he’s got no long-term future there anyway. Think about it: He’s a 37-year-old impending free agent, so he’s far from an impediment on the inevitable Dak Prescott return in 2021; he’s stayed durable and productive behind decimated O-lines before; and he’s changed teams so often he’d pick up Dallas’ system in no time. Even if Dalton is healthy sooner rather than later, why not let them compete and/or back up each other? Fitz would no doubt embrace one final shot at a starting gig, especially on America’s Team, and his moxie would be a welcome addition to McCarthy’s lifeless squad.

Week 7: A Strange Day in NFL, and Why Bucs Signed Antonio Brown - FMIA
1. I think the Cowboys shouldn’t make a panic move today, or maybe even this week. Too many vital players injured. But veteran Dallas scribe Rick Gosselin had a prescient suggestion last week, which seems even smarter this morning with the real possibility that someone named Ben DiNucci of Wexford, Pa., could be the starting quarterback when Dallas (2-5) travels to NFC East-leading Philadelphia (2-4-1) next Sunday. Gosselin’s idea: sign Colin Kaepernick. Desperate times require desperate measures. I like it. Jerry Jones might not, but I do.

With Week 8 bye, WFT gets to enjoy big win for two weeks - Hogs Haven
The second blemish was yet another missed field goal attempt by Dustin Hopkins. This one was a low-pressure kick late in the game when the outcome wasn’t in doubt. It didn’t cost the WFT the victory, but Hopkins’ inconsistency has to be concerning for the coaches, who will need to rely on Hopkins to win a close game sooner or later. Aside from those two problems, there was an ill-advised pass from Kyle Allen that dropped harmlessly to the ground in the end zone, but which had all the hallmarks of an interception-waiting-to-happen, but that was really the only bad play by Allen on a day when the Washington offense was able to move the ball consistently.

Washington Football Team safety Landon Collins carted off with ankle injury - ESPN
Washington safety Landon Collins suffered an ankle injury and was ruled out of Sunday’s 25-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Washington fears that Collins suffered a season-ending torn Achilles, a source told ESPN. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Details emerging from maskless night out for several Giants players - Big Blue View
Ordinarily, players out on a Friday night when they are off and don’t play again for more than a week would be no big deal. These are not, though, ordinary times. Giants coach Joe Judge has said a number of times that to this point players on the team have been diligent about following the league’s COVID-19 protocols. He has also often said that there are consequences for mistakes. Judge recently benched rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas for a quarter after he was late to a meeting. If the facts warrant, would Judge implement discipline such as benchings to players found to be involved in this incident?

Most trades are likely to happen by Wednesday or Thursday - PFT
As one league source explained it to PFT, most remaining trades (if any) likely will occur by Wednesday or Thursday of this week. The distinction comes from the COVID-19 protocols. If a player is acquired on the November 3 deadline, he won’t be able to play until Week 10. If a trade is completed on Thursday, October 29, the player could practice the following Wednesday, and then play in the Week Nine game. For the teams having Week Nine byes (Bengals, Browns, Eagles, Rams), acquiring new players before November 3 won’t matter.


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