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5 players to prioritize on the waiver wire for Week 10 - Fake Teams
3. Jalen Reagor (24% rostered, 12% FAAB budget). Before you go scrambling to see if you somehow missed a big game from Reagor this week, the Eagles were on their bye so Reagor didn’t play. But that shouldn’t stop you from picking the rookie up off waivers. In fact, I had him on last week’s top waiver list and I’m going to put him here again as he returns from injury to an Eagles offense searching for reliable targets in the passing game. Carson Wentz has somehow turned Travis Fulgham into a legit star and now gets a healthy Reagor with game breaking speed and the ability to take the ball to the house wherever he catches it. Reagor has a chance to be a late season stud that could be a league winner in fantasy.

Waiver Wire, Week 10: Add Duke Johnson, Meyers - Rotoworld
2. Jalen Reagor, Eagles – Rostered in 24 percent of Yahoo leagues (10-12%). Fantasy players should have confidence in Reagor’s performance prior to Philadelphia’s bye since he finished with six targets to Travis Fulgham’s team-high count (7) while seeing a receiver-high two end zone targets. Reagor trailed Greg Ward in snaps (59 to 46) and routes run (36 to 26) but that shouldn’t be the case with 14 days of rest under the rookie’s belt.

Weapon X Mailbag: What is Alshon Jeffery’s role going to be? - BGN
Uhh... I hope he doesn’t have a role at all. You can separate Alshon Jeffery the Super Bowl hero from the Alshon Jeffery of 2020 in your mind. The Eagles have legitimate young talent at wideout in Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor for the first time in over a decade. Greg Ward is serviceable in the slot. John Hightower has both made rookie mistakes and flashed in 2020. Why should Alshon get any of their snaps? I’m terrified the Eagles are going to force him on the field on the outside, taking snaps from both Reagor and Fulgham. It would maybe the most damning decision Doug Pederson’s ever made. Jeffery’s not going to be here next year! Build chemistry between your supposed franchise quarterback and your promising youngsters! Lest we forget Alshon’s well-documented chemistry issues with Carson Wentz too...

The QB Factory #16: Valhallelujah! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield celebrate a big release for the brand PLUS where do we stand with Carson Wentz at the midway point, what’s going on with Daniel Jones and what are the young quarterbacks around the league proving is a must trait to be successful? Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Off Day Debrief #10: MNF reaction + Week 11 Power Rankings - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) react to the Jets doing Jets things on MNF with Mark Schofield (Pats Pulpit), and run through the Week 11 Power Rankings The Dolphins are a legit threat in the AFC East Are the Steelers still the dominant team in the AFC (taped before COVID news) Fatal flaws for each NFC contender. Will the AFC’s young QBs rule the league in the next decade?

Eagles vs. Giants: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Wentz held the ball from snap to throw for about eight seconds, before getting hit by a defender he could clearly see coming, while holding the ball carelessly. Not to mention, he was already out of the pocket, and could have easily just thrown it away if nothing was there, again, after almost eight seconds! It has to stop. Last season, Wentz carried the team on his back the final quarter of the season to get to the playoffs, while surrounded by practice squad guys. This year, his surrounding pieces are playing better than him. He needs to understand when to carry, and when to manage the game. The time for the latter is now, as he cannot continue to commit stupid turnovers against inferior opponents.

Interesting Questions - Iggles Blitz
What happens at WR? Alshon Jeffery might actually play. Might being the key word. If he does come back, how do the Eagles use him? They could slowly work him into the lineup or they could put him out there for 30 to 40 snaps. If you had him and Fulgham on the outside, with Reagor in the slot, that would be a really interesting group. You would have a lot of size and speed on the field. Fulgham and Reagor are the keys. Everyone else can fit in around them.

Eagles’ Brandon Graham does his smack talking with a smile - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is always on the hunt for his next mark, and as their Week 8 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys wore on, one emerged in wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cowboys backup quarterback Ben DiNucci was struggling in his first career start. Graham noticed Cooper beginning to sag in the midst of an unproductive day (one catch, five yards), so Graham — an elite and relentless trash-talker — turned his attention to the star wideout, telling him he “might as well hang up the cleats” and “get ready for next week!” because his efforts were futile. “I knew the rap sheet on him. His body language is bad, so when you see his body language [worsen] I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m about to get him.’ So I started talking to him,” Graham told ESPN, beginning to burst into laughter. “He was gone. He’s like, man, I can’t wait until Dak Prescott gets back. That’s the type of face he had.”

Brandon Graham turned out to be one of Andy Reid’s final gifts to the Eagles - Inquirer
Brandon Graham is ranked 11th overall among edge defenders in the NFL, and eighth in pass-rushing efficiency. He’s never been to a Pro Bowl, but he’s the only player in the top 15 who won a Super Bowl with his current team. Detroit’s Trey Flowers won two in New England (and lost one to Graham and the Eagles). Graham, 32, also is the oldest edge defender among PFF’s top 15. He stated several years ago that he always wanted to reach double-digit sacks in his career. He’s certainly on pace for it after a recent hot streak.

Travis Fulgham hits 1,100 yards? Jalen Hurts plays a half? 10 Eagles predictions - The Athletic
10. Brandon Graham leads the league in sacks. This will be tough, but it’s not crazy. Graham has seven sacks, which is tied for fourth in the league. Aaron Donald and Myles Garrett have nine apiece. Trey Hendrickson has 7.5. Donald and Garrett, at least, are going to attract a lot more attention from opponents than Graham does. There’s been nothing fluky about his sack total. Graham has 11 quarterback hits and has been consistent, durable and disruptive. It also helps that he plays next to Fletcher Cox, which means he should be able to clean up and steal some cheap ones. Is Graham the favorite over guys like Donald, Garrett and T.J. Watt? No. But he’s played some of the best football of his career and has a chance.

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
2020 overall grade: 57.2. The Eagles were on a bye; here’s what we said after Week 8: Jalen Reagor returned to action this week after missing some time injured, bringing some much-needed reinforcements to Philadelphia’s passing attack. Coincidentally, and unfortunately, his return aligned with Carson Wentz’s worst performance since his disastrous early-season play, so we didn’t get to see the full breadth of what he is capable of. Reagor was targeted six times but caught only three for 16 yards, one of which was a touchdown. He dropped one of the incompletions, but Wentz wasn’t giving his receivers the best chance to make plays, and Reagor has still yet to feature in a game with quality quarterback play and in a game plan that uses him in a coherent fashion. The best from him is very much still yet to come. [...] 2020 overall grade: 90.2. Justin Jefferson’s impact this week was limited by how much Minnesota was able to run the ball at will, just like last week, but he still chipped in with some big plays and is the team’s most dangerous deep threat. Jefferson caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 64 yards and is now second in the NFL, behind Davante Adams, in yards per route run this season. Jefferson has been a real revelation for Minnesota, and he has already conclusively proved that he can be just as effective at the NFL level lined up outside as he was from the slot in college.

Eagles’ Jalen Reagor could still factor in on punt returns in second half - PennLive
The Eagles know Jalen Reagor can bring a new level of explosiveness when he’s on the field. It’s one of the reasons why the team selected him with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But in his return from injury against the Cowboys in Week 8, Reagor did not appear at one position where those skills can be game-changing: punt returner. But that doesn’t mean Reagor won’t be used the position during the second half of the season. “We’ll see with Jalen,” Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp said Monday. “Obviously, he just got back. He had been not able to practice for a long time, we didn’t want to just throw him right back there in that situation but I’m sure as we get going, we’ll work him back in and see him more and more back there.”

The Most Pressing Questions for the Second Half of the NFL Season - The Ringer
Could an NFC East team win a playoff game? Chaos has ruled the year, and nothing says chaos like Carson Wentz throwing three picks in a 9-6 win in the wild-card round against the Bears. A hypothetical matchup such as this is made possible by the NFC East’s ineptitude and the NFL’s expanded playoff format. Earlier this year, the league expanded the playoffs from 12 teams to 14, eliminating first-round byes for the no. 2 seeds in the process. However, there’s at least a small chance that more than 14 teams could make it if additional games have to be rescheduled or canceled because of COVID-19. One contingency plan the NFL is considering is expanding the playoff field to 16 teams. That would eliminate the first-round bye for the no. 1 seed in each conference and instead match those teams up with the lowest-seeded wild card teams. The NFL would still like to complete a typical 17-week schedule, which it is currently on track to do, but this proposal is an indication that the league would prefer to alter the playoff format rather than tack on extra weeks at the end of the regular season. A 16-team field could result in a division like the NFC West getting all four of its teams into the postseason. Don’t fret, though. Even with half the league in the playoffs, it’s hard to see the NFC East sending more than one team.

Week 9 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank 28th in DVOA. The Football Team ranks 24th, the Giants rank 25th, and the Cowboys rank 27th.]

Daniel Jones and Four Verticals: A film study - Big Blue View
Last Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have been a low point. The New York Giants lost a game they probably should have won, in large part due to three critical mistakes by quarterback Daniel Jones. The two interceptions of course, and then his late read and throw on a crucial two-point conversion. That failed conversion encapsulated much of what concerns people about Jones and his development track. The physical tools are there, but the mental growth has not progressed as smoothly as the Giants and Jones need. That play was a designed route and thanks to the pre-snap motion, Jones should have known to go immediately to the flat route. Sunday’s win over Washington, however, might have provided some hope.

Jones family leaves no doubt that Dak Prescott is their quarterback of the future, regardless of draft position - Blogging The Boys
As the Dallas Cowboys continue to descend in the wins column, they are ascending in another column. The Cowboys have now slid into the third overall draft pick as things stand today. That is a lot of draft capital, and opinions about how they may use it are already being bandied about. When you are that high in the draft, attention always turns toward quarterbacks. Right now, players like Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields are likely going to be there are the top of the first round, and that has some asking whether the Cowboys might go in that direction. With Dak Prescott scheduled to be a free agent when the 2020 season is over, there is some open territory as to what might come. Especially with Prescott recovering from a gruesome injury. If you think Stephen or Jerry Jones are thing about drafting a quarterback, think again. Yesterday Stephen Jones said Prescott is their guy.

How do the 2020 rookie QBs compare to the legendary 2004 class? - SB Nation
The league has changed a lot since 2004, but we are witnessing the seemingly impossible becomes reality. The group of 2020 first round quarterbacks are blowing the vaunted 2004 group out of the water. We now wait to see whether this group has the sustained success the old guard did, or whether this is a flash in the pan. However, with everything we know right now, we are witnessing the greatest group of new QBs to ever enter the NFL. All three have franchise potential. Each is giving their team hope. In 10 years we might no longer be talking about the 2004 draft, instead asking “Can any class live up to the passers from 2020?” That’s wild to think about.


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