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Flex On Fire: 5 must-starts for Week 10 fantasy football - Fake Teams
WR Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants. Fulgham has been super consistent since breaking into the Eagles’ lineup in Week 3, averaging 19.3 points per game and no fewer than 12 points over that period. Even with Alshon Jeffrey likely to make his first start of 2020, I still expect to see Fulgham see double digit targets against the Giants as the Eagle attempt to start to pull away in the NFC East.

Grading the Eagles’ defense, Jim Schwartz, Doug Pederson, and Howie Roseman - BGN
Eight games down for the Philadelphia Eagles, eight left to go. And since we’re at the halfway point, it’s the perfect time to hand out some grades. Jimmy Kempski and I revealed our report cards for the offense last week. Now it’s time to look at the defense, the coaching staff, and the front office.

Special: Brian Westbrook On the Eagles - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to get his thoughts on what the Eagles offense has been lacking PLUS his thoughts on the performance of the running back group!

Mailbag: The future of the Eagles’ offensive line - PhillyVoice
Question from todonedee: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has 2 years left on his contract. Convert him to TE in the offseason? — I don’t think they’ll go that route, but I do think it’s worth considering, since the Eagles will have Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward (maybe), John Hightower, and Quez Watkins (maybe) in 2021, plus a possible addition in the 2021 draft. He’s a willing blocker, and he has some size, at least for a receiver, but he would be a very small TE. Here’s what his spider chart looks like at TE. Maybe one comp, at least size-wise, would be Jordan Reed, who is 6’2, 242. Arcega-Whiteside is 6’2, 225, so he’d have quite a bit of bulk to add.

NFL midseason surprises 2020: The most surprising players and performances for all 32 teams - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: QB Carson Wentz. At various points, each of Jared Goff, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz has looked like the best quarterback in the 2017 draft class. It’s safe to say that Wentz hasn’t this season. Yes, the Eagles have had a makeshift offensive line and a patchwork receiving corps due to a flurry of injuries, but Wentz has also made far too many unnecessary mistakes. His 23 turnover-worthy plays this season are 10 more than any other quarterback in the NFL. To the detriment of Philadelphia’s offense, he has too often tried to put on a cape and make a play when nothing is there. Wentz is capable of more, and he’ll need to show it for the Eagles to win the NFC East.

2020 NFL Midseason Report: Surveying Team Execs; Patrick Mahomes Vs. Michael Jordan - MMQB
What’s your biggest surprise so far this year, and why? — America’s Team came up a bunch too, as did the division they play in. To our question, one NFC exec texted: “Dallas. Yes, they have had injuries, but they are a mess on both sides of the ball.” Another NFC exec echoed that, saying, “Even before Dak’s injury, this is a team that is way more talented than their play and record suggest.” And from an AFC exec: “A disaster—horrific turn of events while having Super Bowl hopes coming in. It’s not just Dak’s injury, everything has gone wrong.” Others lumped division rivals in with Dallas. “NFC East,” said an AFC GM, “Cowboys and Eagles suck.” Another AFC GM added, “I’m surprised the Eagles are not dominating the NFC East, and surprised Wentz looks like a rookie. Worst year of his career.”

Joe Banner has some thoughts on what the Eagles can do with a D-line that will take up nearly half of their salary cap space next year - Inquirer
Domo: Cox’s cap number next year will be $23.9 million. Could you envision them trading or releasing him? ... JB: Honestly, Fletcher is playing pretty well, but not at the level he played a couple of years ago when he was right there with Aaron Donald as one of the two best defensive tackles in the league. But the cost of getting rid of him would be quite significant. Even if he’s not playing at an All-Pro level for you anymore, I can’t see that being the best choice of the choices they would have to make.

Will Malik Jackson start paying off on his huge contract? - NBCSP
Malik Jackson’s Eagles career so far has amounted to six games, 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jackson, the centerpiece of the Eagles’ 2019 free agency class, missed virtually all of last year with a foot injury and just as he was starting to get rolling this year he suffered a quad injury against the Ravens. Jackson missed the Giants game and was limited to 17 ineffective snaps against the Cowboys. But he was a full participant in practice on Thursday and plans on being ready for Sunday’s Giants rematch. We’ve seen flashes from Jackson. Jackson has been decent when he’s been healthy. When he’s on, he’s a true force inside. His 11 quarterback hits so far this year are fifth-most by a defensive tackle this year. But for $10 million a year, the Eagles need consistent production the second half of the year from the 30-year-old Jackson.

7 things to keep an eye on Sunday at the Giants -
1. How will the Eagles use Jeffery should he, as expected, play on Sunday? Travis Fulgham isn’t going to lose reps. Jalen Reagor is probably not going them, either. Maybe Jeffery just works in with those two on the outside, or maybe the Eagles move Reagor into the slot to share reps with Greg Ward, or maybe the Eagles play with four wide receivers a whole lot against a Giants cornerback group that could be without starter Isaac Yiadom, who was limited in practice on Friday with a calf injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday. If he can’t play, an already stretched-thin cornerback group will be stretched even more. The other cornerbacks on the roster include James Bradberry, who is playing at a Pro Bowl level, rookie Darnay Holmes (who has been New York’s slot corner all season), five-year veteran Brandon Williams, who was on Injured Reserve and hasn’t played since Week 2 in Chicago, and rookie Madre Harper. Interesting.

NFL Picks: Predicting Week 10 against the spread - The Athletic
Eagles at Giants (+3.5). Nothing would surprise me with the Eagles in this game. Carson Wentz is expected to have his best supporting cast of the season: Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders. The offensive line is healthier too. It’s possible that the coaching staff figured some things out during the bye, Wentz looks comfortable and the Eagles deliver their best offensive showing of the season. It’s also possible that the coaching staff didn’t figure anything out, Wentz turns the ball over more, and the Eagles’ season hits what feels like rock bottom. These teams played a few weeks ago, and the Eagles needed a late rally for a one-point win. It feels like another close one. The pick: Giants (+3.5).

Evan Engram has owned his Philly failure — now, can he get redemption? - Big Blue View
Since that drop in Philadelphia, Engram has responded with 10 catches for 109 yards, and his first receiving touchdown of the year. That was done on 17 targets, but the success-stifling mistakes still persist as he also dropped two passes last week, one almost leading to an interception. Nonetheless, Engram is setting an example for the younger players to emulate by taking accountability of his mistakes, and working tirelessly to try and rectify them. When asked about how he put the big drop against Philadelphia behind him, he said: “For me, like I said, I’m not a guy that will make excuses. I never point the finger at anybody else in that moment. That was a play I should have made. But I think a lot of young guys definitely see the way guys respond in adversity. For me, just to kind of own that and then respond in the right way with the work going forward, that was important to me.”

After further review: Garrett Gilbert should be starting QB of the Cowboys; couple of defensive linemen impress - Blogging The Boys
It’s hard to make sense of what Stephen Jones’ logic is by going back to Andy Dalton. Sure, they did fork out $3 million in insurance money for Dalton’s services that could even cost them a little more if he plays a certain percentage of the snaps (which is doable) and the team makes the playoffs (which is highly unlikely), so we can see how they’d want to get their money’s worth. But at the same time, does Dalton offer them the best chance for success? With Gilbert under center, they stand a better chance to utilize their offensive weapons, which is important for the development of players like CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz. Keeping the ball moving means more reps for Tyler Biadasz or any of the young offensive linemen looking to carve out a role next season. With Dalton, you know what you’re getting and he’s fine, but with Gilbert comes the opportunity for something more. And let us not forget that the team will be on the look out for a backup QB next season, so why not see if Gilbert is someone who could fill that role?

Bears’ fans confidence and patience is running out - Windy City Gridiron
Even fans of the 0-9 New York Jets are more confident in the direction of their team (19%), but that’s probably because they know they are tanking their way towards a top quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Bears are seemingly stuck in QB Hell, with nothing long term on the current roster at the position, and a defense too good to allow them to lose enough games to draft a potential franchise savior.

The NFL’s COVID-19 Tightrope Act Is Facing Another Stress Test - The Ringer
Rigidity—some might call it stubbornness—and luck have helped the league stay on course to finish its season. However, nothing is certain from now until the Super Bowl.

Lessons from Space Jam - SB Nation
On November 15, 1996, sports culture was altered irrevocably. Eyes opened wider, hope renewed among a wandering generation of youth, the power of believing in yourself shined down into a dark abyss and helped all of us scramble to safer ground. Space Jam had been released. You know the story well enough by now — some diminutive creatures on a quest for self-confidence gain jaw-dropping basketball abilities only to be denied their dreams by a group of more “desirable” individuals led by a professional basketball player who hoarded success for himself. But while the underdogs were denied a happy ending, those little aliens taught us all a lesson we shouldn’t lose sight of. Believe in yourself and have some fun.


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