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T.J. Edwards’ statement game, Travis Fulgham’s ascension, 8 more Eagles musings - The Athletic
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Travis Fulgham. He had six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown Sunday. He’s led the Eagles in receiving in all five games he’s played. He’s scored a touchdown in four of them. His path to the NFL was a good story after he emerged from anonymity to score the go-ahead touchdown in Week 4, but it might be time to start talking about Fulgham among the better wide receivers in the NFL. Since his promotion to the active roster in Week 4, he leads the league in receiving yards (435), ranks seventh in receptions (29) and is one of 10 players with at least four receiving touchdowns. [BLG Note: Fulgham ranks tied as the seventh best WR by Pro Football Focus grading.]
Duffy: 9 takeaways from the All-22 of the Cowboys win - PE.com
Fulgham has proven that he can win outside the numbers, he can win down the field, he can win jump balls, he can separate, and he’s been pretty reliable at the catch point with only a couple of drops on tape. He’s defeated press, he’s beaten both man and zone coverages, he’s uncovered in scramble situations and – perhaps most importantly – has earned the trust of Wentz in all situations. If the Eagles have truly found a starting receiver to pair with Reagor long term, that is a great piece for this team moving into 2021 and beyond.
NFL Power Rankings Week 9: 1-32 poll, plus a ray of hope for every team - ESPN
19. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1). Week 8 ranking: 21. Reason for optimism: WR Travis Fulgham. He was called up from the practice squad out of sheer necessity prior to Week 4. All he has done since is post the most receiving yards in the NFL (435) over the ensuing five weeks while hauling in four touchdowns. Cut from three teams since being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2019, Fulgham has been a revelation for the Eagles and has quickly earned the trust of quarterback Carson Wentz. Philadelphia suddenly has an intriguing group of young wideouts in Fulgham, Jalen Reagor and John Hightower.
NFL trade deadline passes without the Eagles being buyers or sellers - BGN
To Roseman’s credit, he avoided lighting a draft pick on fire at the deadline this year, so that’s good to see. It would’ve been frustrating to see the Eagles be delusional about their current status and operate with short-term thinking in an effort to win a really bad division. On the downside, it could’ve been nice to see them sell some veteran players. But guys like Zach Ertz and DeSean Jackson weren’t eligible to be traded after going on injured reserve. No one wanted to take on Alshon Jeffery’s albatross contract.
From the Bleachers #41: Special Guest Adam Lefkoe Talks Birds - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy is joined by Adam Lefkoe of the NBA on TNT, The Lefkoe Show and Bleacher Report to talk all things Eagles/Philly!
Off Day Debrief #9: Trade Deadline Winners & Losers - The ODDcast
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) react to the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline: Why didn’t we see any real deals, Why don’t the Packers want to help their quarterback win?, Should the Ravens have gotten Lamar some help?, Reaction to the Bucs win on MNF with Evan Winter of Bucs Nation, Week 8 Oddities and Week 9 Survivor Picks.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 9 - PhillyVoice
9) Eagles (3-4-1): When I look back at past Eagles games in the time I’ve covered the team, there’s typically something (usually a bunch of things) that I’ll remember vividly about almost every game. It’s rare that I can look at a game and can barely remember anything about it. Looking back at past schedules, I think the best example, personally speaking anyway, was a win over the Bills in 2015. That was LeSean McCoy’s return to Philly, but other than that, I got nothing. In 10 years, I wonder how I’ll remember this one? Like, will I remember Ben DiNucci’s name? That’ll probably be it, if anything.
Doug’s Case - Iggles Blitz
I don’t blame Doug for seeing the glass as half full. I just hope he knows the opposite could also be true. Optimistic is fine. Delusional is not. Even if this team does finish well, there are serious problems that need to be addressed in the offseason.
Grading the Eagles at the midway point of the season - Inquirer
At the same time, even with all of the injuries, they should be no worse than 5-3 right now. There is no excuse for the total collapse in the second half of their Week 1 loss to Washington when they blew a 17-0 lead. And there’s no excuse for that mutt-ugly Week 3 tie with the Bengals. Wentz was inconsistent last year but got his act together late in the season and helped the Eagles make it to the playoffs. This year, inconsistent would be a step up for him right now. His defenders want to blame everything on the injuries to his offensive line and receiving corps. And I’m not going to stand here and tell you he’s had great protection or that he hasn’t missed Ertz and Goedert and Reagor. But 16 turnovers are 16 turnovers. There’s no excusing those away and I’m fairly certain that Doug Pederson is going to make that crystal clear to him during the bye week. Grade: C-minus.
Would Doug Pederson ever bench Carson Wentz? - NBCSP
Pederson did not entirely close the door on benching Wentz at some point. “We understand that our backup quarterbacks here, Jalen and Nate, have got to be prepared, whether it’s a situation like that or an injury situation where they have to go in and play.” “A situation like that.” So it may not be at the forefront of his mind. But it’s clearly in there somewhere.
5 players to prioritize on the waiver wire for Week 9 - Fake Teams
4. Jalen Reagor (24% rostered, 12% FAAB budget). In his first game since Week 3, Reagor saw six targets, catching three of them for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles now enter their bye, giving more time for Reagor to get healthy and mesh with Carson Wentz and this offense. We saw glimpses of his big play potential back in Weeks 1 and 2 and in an offense that desperately needs a home run hitter, Reagor has a good chance of being a fantasy contributor down the stretch. It also helps that the Eagles play the Giants, Browns, and Seahawks after their bye.
Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
PICK NO. 21: WR JALEN REAGOR, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. 2020 overall grade: 57.2. 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.
Week 8 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
The odds for the NFC East to all have losing records barely change and they won’t really change until we get non-division games. This week won’t move things much since the Eagles are on bye, Washington plays the Giants, and the simulator already thinks that Dallas will probably lose to Pittsburgh. [BLG Note: The Eagles rank 28th in DVOA. They’re a bad team, folks.]
Is Kyle Allen the best healthy starting quarterback in the NFC East right now? - Hogs Haven
This Sunday, Kyle Allen will have a rematch against Daniel Jones and the New York Giants - this time at home, with Washington showing up rested after a bye week and the G-men coming in on a short week after a disheartening loss to Tampa Bay at home on Monday night. Both the Washington Football Team and its quarterback are riding high after a good showing against Dallas and are looking for a third home win inside the division — this time with some paying fans in the stands. The opportunity is there for Kyle Allen and his teammates to build credibility and establish themselves as a relevant NFL team this season.
Report: Cowboys leaning towards Garrett Gilbert as starting quarterback over Cooper Rush for Week 9 - Blogging The Boys
Shortly after Dak Prescott went down after Week 4 the Dallas Cowboys poached a quarterback off of the Cleveland Browns practice squad in Garrett Gilbert. They chose to roll with DiNucci over Gilbert last week in Philadelphia, but given the status of Dalton they will have to choose between them yet again and it seems like they have a preference. Dallas is reportedly leaning in Gilbert’s direction.
“It’s getting late early:” Giants are improving, but Daniel Jones isn’t - Big Blue View
Is Daniel Jones “the guy” who can be the long-term quarterback for the Giants? Or, will the Giants — likely with a very early pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — be back in the quarterback market? “I do think we are trending in that direction (needing a new quarterback),” Schofield said. “I’m not ready to make that case yet. I think you still have to give Jones an opportunity ... I think you still have to give him a chance, but it’s getting late early and if we’re still here in mid-December as the season starts to wind down and Jones is not a better quarterback than he was at the start of the year I think it becomes much clearer that you probably have to move in a quarterback direction at the start of next year’s draft.” For now, though, it remains too early to give a definitive judgment. There are eight games to play and Jones could still show the signs of development the Giants need to see to go forward with him.
Stock up, stock down: Bears-Saints recap - Windy City Gridiron
Stock down — Nick Foles - He is what he is. He’s not what the Bears were expecting when they traded for him, but he is still the better choice over Mitchell Trubisky. Sorry, that’s just the truth. The Bears are stuck with him.
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