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Quarterback Tiers Revisited: Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Carson Wentz, more - The Athletic
“Carson Wentz deserves to be a 3 [third tier quarterback]” an offensive coordinator said. “He needs to hit rock bottom because his decision making is just atrocious. He doesn’t know when to say when. Everything is trying to extend the play like it’s the last play of the game every play. They have all these coaches, all these analytics guys, but there isn’t anybody holding him accountable. He is not afraid of anybody and he’s not accountable enough and they probably think he is, but the results don’t say that, which is hard.” [BLG Note: The lack of accountability when it comes to Wentz is something I wrote about back in September. It’s a big issue.]
Brian Westbrook says Carson Wentz needs to do better at holding himself accountable - Inquirer
“For some players, that’s hard to do. But at some point, the [head] coach or the quarterbacks coach, somebody has to be able to get through to him.” Westbrook said that he’s been told one of Wentz’s problems, particularly early in his career, was that he didn’t want to listen to older players on the team. “I kind of associate that to what’s going on now and wonder if maybe he doesn’t want to listen to coaches, either. And that can be a problem.”
5 keys to the Eagles having second half success - BGN
Sheil Kapadia did an outstanding deep dive into what’s happened to Wentz since his MVP-like 2017 season and, needless to say, there are a litany of issues. Read Sheil’s entire piece to get the skinny but, in short, Wentz has struggled with pressure, accuracy, mobility and confidence. Other than that, he’s been aces. Sure, the offensive line has been in flux, but overall they’ve been OK this year. The running game has come and gone, with injuries to Miles Sanders taking some of the explosiveness out of the backfield, Carson’s had a rotating cast of skill position players and the coaching staff has not helped him get into any kind of a rhythm. It doesn’t seem as though Pederson, Rich Scangarello or anyone else knows what kinds of plays to dial up for Wentz, and he’s looked lost as a result. He turns the ball over way too much, he makes poor decisions, and he doesn’t trust what he sees. He plays hero-ball and forces the issue when he shouldn’t, and doesn’t make the big throws when he should.
Midseason Report Card - Defense + Giants Preview - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton grade each unit of the defense, coaches and front office PLUS a preview of the Giants and NFL Picks for Week 10 action! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles better not play Jeffery over their future - NBCSP
The Eagles came into this season in a tough situation with Alshon. After Howie Roseman foolishly guaranteed Jeffery’s contract for the 2020 season to save some cap space last year, the Eagles were pretty much stuck with him unless they found an unlikely trade partner … they didn’t. So I get the idea of keeping Jeffery around and trying to get any production for him that you can — might as well — but that certainly can’t come at the cost of your younger receivers losing playing time. If Jeffery comes back and rotates in with John Hightower outside as a backup or if the Eagles want to get Reagor the occasional look in the slot … fine. Then Jeffery can get a few snaps. But it really looks like the Eagles have something here with Fulgham and Reagor. They can’t let Alshon’s return get in the way even a little bit.
Evans: Fantasy Football Passing Report ahead of NFL Week 10 - PFF
TRAVIS FULGHAM WR1! Since he played his first game in Week 4, no WR has scored more PPR fantasy points than Fulgham. His 27% target share and 25% air-yard share back up his strong performance. It seems crazy to say, but Fulgham is a legitimate top-12 fantasy option. Jalen Reagor returned from injury and jumped right into strong usage with a 67% route rate and 28% air-yard share. Look around the NFL — rookie WRs are dominating all over the place. Reagor is just as talented, and I am extremely excited about him for the rest of the season. Dallas Goedert also returned from injury but saw just one target. You love to see that 74% route rate and the lone target is more than likely to be an aberration. Look for the Eagles to use the bye week to figure out how to make Goedert an offensive focal point.
Taking the long climb, T.J. Edwards emerges at LB - PE.com
The task for Edwards is to follow up on his “breakout” game against Dallas with another strong outing on Sunday. New York will try to confuse his eyes with misdirection and deception and the Giants will flood the zone with crossing routes to give Jones targets to get the football out of his hand quickly. Edwards will be there, ready to disrupt.
2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks for Week 10 - Fake Teams
21) Carson Wentz — Tough match-up but the Eagles’ offense is getting healthier.
Week 10 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB - Rotoworld
Carson Wentz painted his gonzo Ryan Fitzpatrick masterpiece against the Giants three weeks ago. The only thing that’s changed since is that Jalen Reagor and Dallas Goedert have returned. Wentz may provide more conventional fantasy points for the fantasy season’s stretch run.
Start and Sit: Week 10 - Football Outsiders
With the Steelers and Ravens as every-week options in fantasy, the Giants and Bears are the teams to consider with matchups this week. And for all the mocking of the NFC East, that division has some decent defenses. New York (22nd) can’t match Washington (sixth) or Philadelphia (11th) in terms of DVOA, but they have been the best of the bunch and a top-10 option in most fantasy formats. And while they likely can credit much of that success to facing the poor offensives of their division rivals, the Giants should again enjoy that benefit at home against the Eagles this week. With both Miles Sanders and Alshon Jeffery poised to play, the Eagles may be closer to full strength than they’ve been in two months. But that won’t fix their offensive line, which is second-worst with its 8.7% adjusted sack rate. The Eagles are a top-three booster of both sacks per pass attempt and tackles for loss, so expect the Giants to make some big plays and force some turnovers.
Eagles’ writer predicts Giants’ victory, more in our ‘5 questions’ - Big Blue View
Ed: Last time I asked you about Carson Wentz. This time, let me ask you about the Giants’ quarterback. From your perspective, Daniel Jones is … what? [...] Brandon: … a quarterback I wouldn’t mind the Giants keeping around. Not unlike Wentz right now, Jones is a turnover machine. 46 combined fumbles and interceptions in 22 career games played seems kinda bad to me. It’s 94 in 56 games if you go back further to include his stats at Duke. But it’s not like I’m telling you anything you don’t know. In fairness to Jones, I don’t think Dave Gettleman has done a great job of getting him help. And I do think there are flashes of legitimate talent that make me see why you can try to talk yourself into him. By contrast, I can’t say the same for his fellow draft classmate Dwayne Haskins. Ultimately, though, the Giants could do a lot better. So I hope they keep Jones around for a long time instead.
Cowboys draft watch: Week 10 rooting guide to land Dallas the highest possible pick - Blogging The Boys
It would certainly be interesting as far as the division race to see Washington pull off a victory themselves against the Detroit Lions. There are many who seem to think that this is the Eagles’ division to lose, but they might actually lose this week to the aforementioned Giants. The last game between those two just a few weeks ago went down to the wire.
Bears need urgency, not patience, to fix Foles’ failures - NBC Sports Chicago
We’re six starts into the Nick Foles era and the Bears indeed have an identity – just not the one anyone wants. It’s an identity of being an awful, unwatchable catastrophe of an offense. [...] Bears games are now driving fans to shut off their TVs and find something else to do that might actually be fun. Again. In the middle of a pandemic when there’s not that many fun things to do. The only thing stable about this offense is how bad they’ve been since Foles took over. [...] But at least those other quarterbacks only signed one-year contracts. Foles will be with the Bears in 2021 and will hamper the team’s already slim chances of freeing up enough money to pursue one of the good quarterbacks who may potentially become available (like Dak Prescott). The Bears are again stuck in quarterback hell, the same place they’ve been for most of our lives.
The NFL Has Never Seen an Offensive Boom Like This - The Ringer
Scoring and yardage is up, turnovers and punts are down—football has changed in 2020 like no other season in recent memory. Is this good for the game, and how will the league respond? [BLG Note: It’d be cool if the Eagles were actually good at offense in an era when it’s never been easier.]
SB Nation NFL Expert Picks for Week 10 - SB Nation
We’re rounding the turn into the back third of the season, and really the business end of the NFL in 2020. The most predictable element of the season has been unpredictability, making it tough to make reliable picks each week. I say that to mostly make myself better about how bad I’ve been at picking winners this season, because self esteem is important.
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