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Eagles News: Jordan Mailata did “some really impressive things” in his first NFL start

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Duffy: A comprehensive film review of the Eagles’ win over the 49ers -
I thought Mailata did a nice job with everything he was asked to do. He lost balance a couple of times. He let some defenders into his chest. He had that false start on the third-and-1. Those are all correctable mistakes, but for a guy playing in his first start, in his third year ever playing the sport, I thought there were some really impressive things. Credit the Eagles’ coaching staff too, not just for preparing Mailata and getting him ready both physically and mentally, but also for helping both the offensive line and Wentz out with their play design and playcalling. The Eagles moved the pocket a lot in this game. The Eagles utilized a wide variety of running plays. There was misdirection. There were gadget plays. They didn’t all work, but it slows down the rush and does not allow the defensive linemen to pin their ears back and go. I’m excited to continue watching Mailata and how he settles into the role at left tackle. [BLG Note: PFF graded Mailata out well in pass protection but weak in run blocking. He ranks 82nd out of 107 tackles this season.]

Ex-Aussie rugby player Jordan Mailata taking shape for Eagles - ESPN
The inexperience showed Sunday night — he committed a false start on a third-and-1 that stalled a promising drive — but so did the ability, as Mailata demonstrated his power and athleticism on a number of clean, effective snaps. Mailata has not allowed a sack in 82 snaps this season. “He’s still a work in progress; he’s still like a ball of clay that we’re shaping and molding and making into a left tackle,” Pederson said. [...] “I’m not trying to fill anyone’s boots. I’m trying to make my own boots,” he said. “That’s the one thing I came here to do: try and put some respect on my name, and tell people that I’m not a rugby player anymore. I’m a footballer.”

8 thoughts on the Eagles’ win over the 49ers - BGN
It certainly wasn’t a pretty outing for No. 11. It was never reasonably expected to be, though, given his lackluster supporting cast. The Eagles were down to backups at every offensive line spot except center and they were down to four wide receivers with 60 combined career catches. Far from ideal. Wentz finished the night with the following stat line: 18/28, 193 yards (6.9 average), 1 TD, 1 INT, 81.4 passer rating. There were still too many accuracy issues. There were still moments where he held on to the ball too long. But, not unlike Pederson, Wentz ultimately did enough to help the Eagles win. It was a tough, gutty performance. His 42-yard touchdown pass down the field to Travis Fulgham was a thing of beauty. Encouraging to see a dime like that. It was also been good to see Wentz using his legs to compensate for his struggles throwing the ball. Wentz has gained 102 yards on the ground over the past two games after only running for nine yards during the first two weeks.

The Day After: With a new cast of no-names, first-place Eagles pick their spot - The Athletic
Long term, the Eagles need Wentz to be even better than he was Sunday. He missed what should have been an easy throw to Miles Sanders over the middle on a well-schemed play that would have been a long gain. His only throw downfield before the Fulgham touchdown was a wobbler to Richard Rodgers that hung in the air too long and was broken up. He was jittery in the pocket at times. And even if his interception looked unlucky, it stemmed from an issue with batted passes that has plagued him his entire career. It seems like we have to grade him on a curve after his performance over the first three weeks.

Week 4 Quick Reads - Football Outsiders
26) This was Wentz’s best game of the year, but he was still the league’s worst passer on throws down the middle. He completed four of his five throws in that direction, but only gained 28 yards and two first downs, and that fifth pass was intercepted. He was also worst on no-huddle plays, going 0-for-4 with an interception.

How Week 4 Tested the NFL’s COVID-19 Protocols and What Happens Next? - MMQB
The Eagles showed a lot of grit on Sunday night. And Doug Pederson said it: “It wasn’t pretty but it doesn’t matter. A win is a win in this league.” Carson Wentz still has a lot to work out. The defense sprung some leaks, and the offensive line is impossibly beat up. But the defensive line keeps flashing its potential, and the Eagles started to get contributions from weird places—linebacker Alex Singleton had a pick-six and ex–practice squad receiver Travis Fulgham had a big 42-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter comeback—which has been a staple in the resilience of Pederson’s teams the last five years. The hope now has to be that all of that, plus the tire fire that is the rest of the NFC East, will buy time for Wentz to get right and the line to get healthy. Even at 1–2–1, it looks like Philly’s got a decent amount of runway.

What the Hell Is Going On in the NFC East?- The Ringer
Consider the Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz debate over. Yes, Wentz played decently enough on Sunday to get the win, but he’s been a problem throughout the season. Wentz is straight-up missing open receivers; he threw exactly seven picks in each of the last three seasons, but has already thrown seven in 2020. It is as if the injuries around Wentz exacerbate his worst tendency, which is to play heroball.

The Steelers defense could challenge the all-time sacks in a game record vs. the Eagles - Behind The Steel Curtain
The NFL record for teams sacks in a game is 12 (set by 4 different teams), and the record for sacks in a game by an individual player is 7 set by Derrick Thomas in 1990. While it will be nearly impossible for anyone to ever break Thomas’ record, it might be possible for an entire unit to crack 12. If the Steelers offense is able to build a lead, forcing the Eagles to throw the ball north of 40 times, then I think they could do it. Keep in mind this will be a very motivated unit coming off a surprise bye week.

Four overreactions after Sunday night’s loss to the Eagles: No, the season isn’t over. - Niners Nation
On Sunday night, the Niners offensive line didn’t just play poorly; they looked out of sorts. Multiple players were missing blocks, free rushers were coming on blitzes, and even when Kyle Shanahan decided to “max protect,” Mullens, a rusher still got through. What’s troubling is that these issues are nothing new. Against the Eagles, the offensive line’s issues were highlighted at the worst possible times. Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey were both high first-round picks. Suppose the team is going to continue to try and get by with Daniel Brunskill at right guard and veteran journeymen Ben Garland at center until Weston Richburg returns. In that case, the 49ers will need their offensive tackles to play to their potential. The blocking has trickled over into the running game. Yes, the offense averaged 5.8 yards per carry against Philadelphia. The running backs had 17 carries for 60 yards. There are no rushing lanes for them to run through. Everyone must improve upfront if the 49ers are going to be playing in January, or it won’t matter who is throwing or carrying the ball.

10 takes after the Chicago Bears first loss of the 2020 season - Windy City Gridiron
1. The team’s long-term answer at quarterback isn’t on the roster but we already knew that. Let’s be honest with ourselves here. For as exciting as Nick Foles’ comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 was, concerns about the long-term outlook of this team’s quarterback spot was still looming large. On Sunday afternoon, all we did was realize that the “magic” Foles brings won’t be enough to force the issue with the organization in terms of him becoming their unquestioned starter past this season. Make no mistake, Foles was not good on Sunday. He was inaccurate, his decision making was questionable at times and his lack of mobility was perfectly obvious. Even for as little as I think about the team’s quarterback situation, I expected better from Foles, even against a top end defense.

4 winners and 3 losers from Week 4 in the NFL - SB Nation
Loser: Nick Foles.. Remember when Foles had everyone buying in to the Chicago Bears being for real and bringing this team back to prominence? Lol, that lasted a week. Foles was bad on Sunday against the Colts, so bad that this looked like a different team. Chicago seem destined to have a weekly QB controversy, with Foles and Mitchell Trubisky duking it out to see who can out-fail each other at the position and let the entire city down. Thank god there’s Allen Robinson to bail out whoever is under center and at least make them look semi-normal, otherwise this would be one of the ugliest offenses in the NFL. Well, it’s still ugly. Let’s give this another week or so to progress, but the QB problems for the Bears are going to be a thing all season long.

Broncos sign LB Nigel Bradham to practice squad - Denver Broncos
The Broncos added another defensive player to their practice squad when they signed linebacker Nigel Bradham on Monday. Bradham, a nine-year veteran, has tallied 619 career tackles, three interceptions, 33 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 8.5 sacks and 34 tackles for loss since entering the league as a fourth-round pick in 2012. Bradham spent the first four years of his career in Buffalo before moving to Philadelphia ahead of the 2016 season. He played for the Eagles through 2019 but has not appeared in a game yet this season. At inside linebacker last season, Bradham started 12 games and recorded 61 tackles, an interception and five passes defensed.

Piling on the Cowboys defense as they are killing the 2020 season for Dallas - Blogging The Boys
It’s not news, at least not now after four weeks of the season, that the Cowboys defense is really bad. So bad that they are dragging down a historic effort by the Cowboys offense. That brings up the first point of debate. Just how good is the Cowboys offense playing? We have to point out that the Cowboys offense has created a lot of the troubles by turning the ball over nine times. That is tied for the worst in the league with the Eagles. The Cowboys -7 turnover differential is the worst in the league; that’s a stat that indicts both the offense (nine turnovers) and the defense (caused only two turnovers). But the offense is putting up points.

No team discipline expected for Giants’ Golden Tate, Joe Judge says - Big Blue View
Tate and Ramsey were involved in an on-field brawl after Sunday’s game. “I don’t want John Mara, Steve Tisch or anybody involved in this team to have to deal with something like this after the game. This isn’t why we play the game,” Judge said. “There’s a history, obviously ... there was a punch thrown. Golden was defending himself. I was told he wasn’t the one that threw the punch and everybody involved was trying to break it up. Judge doesn’t expect any team discipline for Tate. “Based on the information I was given and what I saw with my own eyes and what our players gave me it didn’t sound like there is an immediate need for that, but we’ll look into it if there is,” he said.

Vikings rookie Justin Jefferson is PFF’s highest-graded receiver in the NFL - Radio
Jefferson, who broke out in a big way in Week 3 with seven catches, 175 yards and a touchdown, proved that it wasn’t a fluke performance by following it up with another 100-yard effort in Week 4. He entered the Vikings’ contest with the Texans as the No. 3 PFF wide receiver, behind DeAndre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley, and came out of it atop the list (though Ridley will play on Monday night). His 175-yard performance earned him a league-high 93.8 grade, which was the third-highest number ever recorded on PFF for a rookie receiver (via Anthony Treash of PFF).

BREAKING NEWS: Houston Texans Fire Bill O’Brien - Battle Red Blog
With the Texans starting the season 0-4 and looking completely overmatched while doing so, this shouldn’t be a surprise. This was Bill O’Brien’s team from top to bottom. After yesterday’s loss to the Vikings, I finally thought O’Brien’s time in Houston had expired, but I never thought a change would happen until the 2020 season was over. I was, as usual, totally wrong.


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