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Three deals that make sense for the Eagles at the trade deadline - PhillyVoice
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery and a 2021 fifth-round pick for the Patriots’ 2021 sixth-round pick. As we have noted since early in the offseason, the Eagles would be happy to trade Jeffery for literally anything. The difference in trading Jeffery vs. releasing him would have been a difference of roughly $10 million in dead money had it happened during the offseason. It would be closer to around $5 million in savings if they got something done at the trade deadline. That added $5 million would help the Eagles’ upcoming salary cap challenges in 2021. Meanwhile, the Patriots have gotten one TD from the wide receiver position so far this season, they are absolutely loaded with cap space, and the Eagles will have already paid Jeffery approximately half of his guaranteed $9.9 million salary in 2020. The Patriots are projected to have 10 draft picks, after compensatory picks are awarded next offseason. The Pats would get an extra fifth-round pick for Jeffery while the Eagles would at least maintain their same number of picks, moving from round 5 to round 6. [BLG Note: People might not like this idea but dropping a round in Day 3 could be worth the roster spot and extra cap space clearance for a player who won’t be back in 2021 anyway.]
Eagles activate practice windows for four players - BGN
There’s talk that Reagor might actually be able to play against the Cowboys. It’d be great to see the Eagles’ 2020 first-round pick back on the field, especially with DeSean Jackson set to be out for some time. The Eagles could ideally go with Reagor at Z, Travis Fulgham at X, and Greg Ward in the slot as their starting wide receivers. John Hightower could also see some rotational playing time. Then again, Alshon Jeffery might be able to return this week. So it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in to the equation. The Eagles will also have to free up a roster spot to bring Reagor back. What do they do with JJ Arcega-Whiteside? Is Quez Watkins’ roster spot totally safe after he was a healthy scratch last week?
How can the Eagles unlock Carson Wentz? Think LeBron James - ESPN
It has gone that way of late for Wentz, who continues to fight accuracy issues — his 23.4% off-target rate is the second highest in the league behind only Mitchell Trubisky, per ESPN Stats & Information research — but has rediscovered his penchant for big plays and late-game heroics and has the Eagles (2-4-1) trending upward in turn. The question in front of the Eagles is: How can they harness the good and mitigate the bad in Wentz’s game to turn those flashes into a more reliable energy source?
The reality about Nelson Agholor and more in Roob’s random observations - NBCSP
4. Maybe it’s a little early to start up the Brandon Graham Pro Bowl conversation, but if he keeps playing the way he’s playing, he’s going. Right now he leads all NFC edge rushers with 6.0 sacks, and the only NFL players with more are Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (7.5) and Browns edge rusher Myles Garrett (7.0), who Graham won’t be competing with for Pro Bowl votes. B.G. has plenty of name recognition, he’s well-liked around the league (and everywhere else), he’s been around forever and you never know with these things but I feel like if he’s up there with sack, he’s going. Which would be so sweet for a guy in his 11th season without a Pro Bowl on his resume. At 32, Graham would be the Eagles’ oldest first-time Pro Bowl position player since linebacker Dave Lloyd, who was 33 when he made the team after the 1976 season. Long snapper Mike Bartrum was 35 when he went in 2005. I can’t imagine there’s one person who’s ever met B.G. or spoken to him who’d be rooting against him.
Eagles trade deadline primer: From selling Malik Jackson to buying Will Fuller - The Athletic
Genard Avery: Would Roseman trade Avery again before the fourth-round pick used to acquire him has even conveyed? Avery had a breakout game against the 49ers and then … has been buried on the depth chart after Curry’s return. Maybe there’s a team that thinks Avery could help as a 3-4 rusher, which is probably his natural position. Deal: Avery and a sixth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2021 fifth-round pick.
Finding Parallels Between Current and Former Sixers and Eagles - Liberty Ballers
Being a Philadelphia sports fan is a particularly fraught experience that is often equal parts redemptive and tortuous, at once. No professional sports tag team works to enthrall and then disappoint fans in the same city like the 76ers and the Eagles. Currently, both teams are run with questionable aptitude at best. The Sixers are helmed by Elton Brand, a man who recently admitted to having no idea what he was doing when he was initially appointed general manager. For the Eagles, Howie Roseman has far too often relied on older players — older players on second tours of duty with the team, sometimes — to keep the organization in contention. This reliance on elder statesmen has left the Eagles with an injury report more crowded than a non-COVID K-lot at the Linc on gameday.
Welcome to Dallas Week, and all that goes with it - PE.com
6. The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. Howie Roseman is one of the most active general managers in the NFL and you never really know what he’s got up his sleeve. Will the Eagles be active as the trade deadline looms? Stay tuned. The Eagles have been awfully quiet and there haven’t been many rumors out there. Even though the deadline is Election Day, teams are expected to work to get deals done this week due to COVID protocols – if you want the player in your building for the Week 9 games, you need to get the trade done this week. The Eagles aren’t as affected because of their Week 9 bye. We will see how it goes between now and next Tuesday.
Jets claim Daeshon Hall - PFT
The NFL’s daily transaction wire brings word that the Jets claimed Hall off of waivers. The Eagles waived Hall off of their physically unable to perform list a couple of days ago. Hall was waived with a failed physical designation this summer and reverted to the PUP list after going unclaimed. [BLG Note: Joe Douglas taking a shot on Hall.]
Could Mike McCarthy really be a “one-and-done” head coach for the Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
Usually, one would think that it is garbage, and that an established head coach like Mike McCarthy would be given more room to maneuver and that his first season would have no bearing on his long-term viability in Dallas. The fact that it is being discussed, though, just shows how badly this Cowboys team is performing. Again, it’s not just the 2-5 record and the fact that their two wins have been last-second jobs against really bad teams. It’s the fact that the team seems listless. They don’t seem to be inspired. They seem to be talking behind close doors, and occasionally anonymously to the press.
The Patriots and Cowboys Aren’t Just Losing. They’re Getting Embarrassed. - The Ringer
The bad luck exposes the bad decisions. As bad as the offense has been without Dak, the defense has been worse. Dallas has allowed the most points in the NFL, but that barely scratches the surface of its ineptitude. The Cowboys have allowed more points through seven games than all but one team in NFL history. Only the 1973 Houston Oilers allowed more points in seven games than the 2020 Cowboys. Dallas can’t stop the run (it ranks 30th in run defense grading per Pro Football Focus) or defend the pass. Its PFF pass coverage grade is 36.4 of 100. Across a whole season, that would be the worst mark any team has had in five years.
‘Valentine’s Views:’ Things I think about the New York Giants at midseason - Big Blue View
What is really bothersome, a little bit like Thomas, is that we continue to see the same mistakes. Lack of decisiveness. Not properly protecting the ball. Locking on to receivers. I have often said I wonder if some of the flaws we see with Jones are correctable, or if what we see with him is what we’re going to get. Ideally, Jones would succeed and the Giants can build around him. If those flaws in his game don’t show signs of improving, though, it will leave the Giants with a difficult decision entering the draft.
Washington Vs. Dallas - Studs and Duds - Hogs Haven
Dustin Hopkins - Defend the guy all you want...but I am DONE! He’s horribly inaccurate over 40 yards. He’s cost us games in the past, and he’ll continue to do so in the future. I know the grass isn’t always greener...but at this point, especially with a bye on our schedule, I’m willing to take that chance!
DK Metcalf’s touchdown-saving tackle was a thing of legend - SB Nation
DK Metcalf is not human. I know that’s a bold statement which requires evidence, so I humbly submit this to the court.
America’s third Covid-19 surge is here. It was predictable — and preventable. - Vox
America is in the middle of its third nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases — what some are calling a “third wave” — with reported cases hitting a record high of more than 85,000 in one day on Friday. With that, the much-feared fall and winter surge of coronavirus cases that experts warned of for months seems to be here. Despite the US already suffering at least 225,000 Covid-19 deaths — the highest death toll in the world — it looks like things are getting worse. As of October 25, the seven-day average of coronavirus cases was nearly 70,000 — a record high. That’s up from a recent low in the seven-day average of fewer than 35,000 cases on September 12. The increase doesn’t appear to be driven by a single state or region — although the Dakotas, Montana, and Wisconsin appear to be in particularly bad shape — but rather spikes across much of the country at once, with more cases reported in the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West.
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