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Change is the Only Constant - Iggles Blitz
Most likely, Jordan Mailata will take over at LT. He finished the game there last week. Mailata is as raw as the day is long, but he’s big and has legit potential. This will be a tremendous opportunity for him. The Eagles will give him a chance to show what he can do. Mailata has to prove that he can be a functional player, while learning on the job. If he can’t get the job done, the team can try rookie Jack Driscoll or rookie Prince Tega-Wanogho. When I re-watched the Cincy game this week, I was reminded just how bad Jason Peters was in that game. He stunk. We can talk about Carson Wentz’s struggles all day long, but it is hard to thrive when the RDE is on top of you over and over. That is the worst I’ve ever seen Peters look on a football field.

It’s time to kick the Jordan Mailata experiment into high gear with Peters out - NBCSP
The good news for Mailata is that he has played 20 snaps in relief of Peters so far this season. He played 18 in the opener and two last week against the Bengals. They were the first 20 snaps in his career in a meaningful game. In those 20 snaps, he allowed just one hurry and pressure, according to ProFootballFocus. But it’s obviously a small sample size.

Eagles announce seven roster moves - BGN
TRAVIS FULGHAM — Fulgham had some nice moments this summer being a late addition to the roster during training camp. He’s not a burner (4.58 speed) but he does bring size (6’2½”, 215 pounds) to the Eagles’ receiving corps. Will be interested to see if he can doing anything this week. Fulgham is just one of four healthy Eagles receivers heading into this game so the 2019 sixth-round pick is going to get playing time. Hit this link to read more about him: [click here].

Eye On the Enemy #33: 49ers Preview w/Niners Nation - BGN Radio
John Stolnis is joined by Kyle Posey of Niners Nation and The Palpably Unfair Podcast to get the 49ers side of things regarding the Eagles upcoming Sunday night tilt!

Five over/unders for Eagles’ Week 4 matchup vs. 49ers - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz turnovers: 1.5 [...] So what does that mean for Wentz on Sunday night? It’s probably going to be another long one for the Eagles QB. Sure, he put a similar receiving corp on his back last year and won the NFC East, but this version of Carson Wentz has looked nothing like the one we saw down the stretch a season ago. If this just said interceptions, I might be inclined to take the under — I mean, he can’t keep up this pace, can he? — but since we’re talking total turnovers, I’m going to take the over. It feels like a strip sack is coming in this one.

NFL Week 4 Best Bets: Picks for every Sunday game - ESPN+
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers (-7, 46). Kezirian: I never gave up on you, San Francisco. In fact, I doubled down following that opening loss to Arizona, which I chalked up to an impressive Cardinals performance more than a Super Bowl hangover derailing a season.This is a top-tier organization, and I have had faith it would stay the course despite the injuries. And now, George Kittle is expected to return and Deebo Samuel might not be far behind. On the flip side, the only thing the Eagles and their supporters are good at is generating excuses. That Super Bowl run is not the norm; that was an anomaly, and they lost Frank Reich. Instead, this is a team that routinely disappoints with its consistent inconsistency. I trust San Francisco to get the home win.

Eagles-49ers cheat sheet: Matchups to watch, trends to know, predictions & more - The Athletic
Kapadia: This game can go only one way. At around 11:30 p.m. ET, Eagles fans head to the kitchen. They find leftover pizza and scarf it down before even bothering to warm it up. Then it’s to the freezer. One pint of ice cream equals one serving. On the computer, highlights of Super Bowl 52 and the Philly Special on repeat. An emotional roller coaster of smiles and tears about how great things used to be and how bad they are now after a blowout loss to the 49ers has their team at 0-3-1. Every Eagles fan right now is nodding in agreement. 49ers 33, Eagles 14.

Parsing through injuries and how to overcome them -
You’re going to see a lot of Greg Ward. Like, tons of him. Rookie John Hightower missed practice time during the week with an illness, but he had a full practice on Friday and is going to be ready to go. Ditto Deontay Burnett, who was called up from the practice squad on Saturday. Same with Travis Fulgham, who was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. He’s got some NFL game experience – exactly three games, 63 offensive snaps with zero targets, 26 special teams snaps – so that puts him ahead of the rest of the group. Rookie Quez Watkins is in the 21-day practice window but is not ready to be activated from the Injured Reserve list. The Eagles also promoted Adrian Killins from the practice squad to the active roster. The electric 5-8, 177-pound rookie free agent accounted for 864 receiving yards at Central Florida, so he has to be mentioned here as well. However it plays out for Sunday night, it’s certainly not the scenario the Eagles envisioned when they put this roster together. And it puts maximum focus on quarterback Carson Wentz. As you evaluate him, keep in mind the group he has at wide receiver. There just hasn’t been a lot of reps with the receivers available – outside of Ward – and that isn’t easy on a quarterback who is doing everything he can to get back on the right track.

Eagles have turnover problem on defense, too: Darius Slay, Rodney McLeod on interception drought -
“It’s been brought up every week,” safety Rodney McLeod said Wednesday. “We’ve lost the turnover battle and that has possibly determined the outcome of the games, honestly.” The Eagles previously favored zone coverage under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The team is now implementing more man coverage looks due to the arrival of Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. While Slay has been a strong addition, his arrival has led to an adjustment for his fellow defensive backs. The veteran cornerback says the move to man coverage could be why the Eagles aren’t picking up interceptions early on in the season. “There’s plenty of plays out there, so we’ve just got to wait until the plays come to us,” Slay said. “Don’t force nothing; picks will come. We’re mostly a man (coverage) team, so it’s hard to get picks because your back is always turned to the ball. You don’t see the ball as much as everyone else does.”

49ers announce roster moves for Week 4 against Eagles - Niners Nation
The team and their fans have already expressed joy at having Deebo Samuel activated, although the running back will supposedly be used sparingly on Sunday. Ford and Reed remain out with back and knee injuries, respectively. Here’s what the official 49ers press release had to say about RB JaMycal Hasty, CB Jamar Taylor, and LB Joe Walker.

Carolina Panthers expected to activate cornerback Eli Apple from injured reserve - Cat Scratch Reader
To make room for Apple on the 53-man roster, the Panthers are expected to waive defensive end Shareef Miller according to a report from Tom Pelissero. [BLG Note: We’ll see if the Eagles try to bring him back in some capacity.]

Report: Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins to have surgery, could be out for the season - Blogging The Boys
La’el Collins has been out since before the 2020 season began with a hip injury. He was placed on injured reserve but was eligible to come off the list this week. That didn’t happen and all week long we’ve heard whispers about possible surgery. According to a source talking to Jane Slater, that is what will happen.

Washington Injury Update: Terry McLaurin expected to play vs Ravens - Hogs Haven
Adam Schefter reports that McLaurin is expected to play today. This is huge for a Washington offense that doesn’t have a lot of proven playmakers. McLaurin has been fantastic since he stepped foot in the NFL, and has been Washington’s #1 receiver. Any time he’s out, the entire offense takes a step back.

BBV mailbag, 10/3: Kevin Zeitler, Nate Ebner, Nick Gates, dogs and more - Big Blue View
Ed says: Neil, I don’t think you’re crazy at all. Will your scenario happen? I don’t know. No one does. It is, though, the type of thing that Giants fans should be hoping for, and the type of thing Joe Judge, his staff and his players are working for. This was never going to be easy, especially in a year where a pandemic wiped away spring on-field workouts. What everyone from John Mara on down is looking for are signs that the Giants are better at the end than at the beginning, that things are going in a positive direction, no matter what the final record is. I keep saying this team is at a beginning with Judge and a new staff. Three games have been played. There are 13 to go. Let’s see what happens.

Report: Saints player on team flight to Detroit tests positive for COVID-19 - Pride Of Detroit
According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, a New Orleans Saints player who was on the flight to Detroit has tested positive for COVID-19. Florio did not name the player who tested positive, but reported the Saints are testing everyone who came into contact with that individual.

BREAKING: Cam Newton tests positive for Covid-19, Patriots-Chiefs postponed, Brian Hoyer to take over as starting quarterback - Pats Pulpit
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates, the player in question is none other than the team’s starting quarterback: Cam Newton, who led one of the most productive offenses in the NFL for the first three weeks of the season, has tested positive for Covid-19 and is naturally out for the upcoming game against the Kansas City Chiefs.


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