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NFL quarterback midseason awards: Best and worst signal-callers, top rookies, amazing throws, most turnover-prone - ESPN
Biggest disappointment, candidate No. 1: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. Not enough people realize that Wentz — and not the Giants’ turnover machine, Daniel Jones — leads the NFL in giveaways this season. Wentz has thrown 12 interceptions and lost four of his seven fumbles, putting his total turnovers (16) well above Jones’ (13). Nothing else should matter about how Wentz has played, even if he occasionally places a perfectly thrown ball in a key situation — as he did on a game-winning, 18-yard touchdown throw to running back Boston Scott in Week 7 against Jones’ Giants. Frankly, the Eagles are fortunate it hasn’t hurt them worse than it has. Wentz’s average turnover has cost them minus-3.5 expected points added (EPA), the 12th lowest among 38 players who have committed at least three turnovers this season. In other words, this could all have been much worse.
9 bye week thoughts about the Eagles - BGN
Wentz turned the ball over FOUR times against a Cowboys defense that had only forced three takeaways in their previous seven games. Awful. Wentz is up to 55 fumbles in 64 career games played. No player has fumbled more since he entered the league in 2016. He’s in his fifth year and he turns 28 in December. It’s not like youth and inexperience are to blame at this point. This is just who he is. It feels like ball security is always going to be an issue and it’s hard to see how that’s tenable. Wentz really continues to be one of the worst players at his position this season. Here’s how he ranks in a number of key categories: Completion percentage: 31st, Yards per attempt: 29th, QBR: 28th, Passer rating: 30th, DYAR: 32nd, DVOA: 31st, PFF grade: 33rd.
NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Steelers challenge Chiefs at top; Seahawks rise - The Athletic
22. Philadelphia Eagles — Through eight games, Carson Wentz leads the league in interceptions (12) and sacks (32), and he’s tied for second with seven fumbles. He’s 34th out of 38 quarterbacks in completion percentage above expectation. Wentz is 32nd in adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), 28th in QBR and 29th in EPA per dropback. There are a lot of problems with the Eagles, stemming from the front office to the coaching staff. But Wentz playing the worst football of his career as a fifth-year starter has to be among the most disappointing for Eagles fans.
Handing out Eagles awards at the halfway point of the 2020 season - NBCSP
Biggest disappointment: Carson Wentz. Zach Ertz is certainly deserving of this honor but it needs to go to the starting quarterback. Wentz has had a few fleeting moments of greatness through eight games but has otherwise been inconsistent and careless with the football. The Eagles were hoping for a Pro Bowl-type season from Wentz and instead they’ve gotten a guy who has turned the ball over 16 times in eight games. Sure, the Eagles have had plenty of injuries on offense and that hasn’t helped the quarterback. He’s been getting protected by a duct-taped offensive line and he’s been throwing to some guys he doesn’t know very well. But instead of elevating those around him, Wentz has been dragged down with them. He’s one of the biggest problems with the team right now.
At the Podium: Doug’s Big Bye Week Adventure - BGN Radio
Doug Pederson speaks w/the media (from 11/2/20) about the Eagles win over the Cowboys, troubling turnovers from Carson, and what goes down during the bye week!
Eagles correctly remain quiet at trade deadline - PhillyVoice
Should the Eagles have been sellers? If they could have traded Alshon Jeffery for literally anything, then they would have done that. Otherwise, the only legitimately marketable player who was a reasonable trade possibility was Zach Ertz, who publicly voiced his frustrations with the team over his lack of a new contract extension this past offseason. But with Ertz on IR, amended 2020 league rules did allow for him to be dealt. Had a good team existed in the NFC East and the Eagles had little chance of even competing for the division, then it might have made sense to make more drastic moves, such as trading a guy like Fletcher Cox, for example. But with a divisional win in clear view, it makes sense for the Eagles to try to get into the playoffs with what they have, and hope the metaphorical lightbulb comes on for this team by January.
Evans: Fantasy Football Passing Report ahead of NFL Week 9 - 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.
Giants hold Golden Tate out of practice after public venting of frustrations - Big Blue View
After expressing frustration with his role on camera during Monday’s game and seeing his wife take to Instagram to say he was “so underutilized,” wide receiver Golden Tate was held out of a walk-through practice on Wednesday by the New York Giants. “I spoke to Golden at length today. We’re dealing internally with a lot of things. We have a walkthrough today. He’s not going to be at the walkthrough today, but he will be back in the building and practicing with us the remainder of the week. It will be business as usual,” said coch Joe Judge. “We’re going to deal with this internally, and that’s all I’m really going to say about that. Judge did not specify that Tate was facing discipline. He did make clear that he won’t accept anything that does not appear to represent a team-first mentality.
2021 NFL Draft Order: Cowboys surge into the Top 5 - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys are moving up the draft order like a derailed train plowing through the dirt with almost unstoppable force, and with an all but certain loss against the Steelers next week, they stand a good chance of moving into the Top 3 soon. Some of us hung on to playoff hopes as long as possible, some of us abandoned all hope a while back, and a few never had any hope to begin with. But now it’s time to collectively move on. The Cowboys are sitting at 2-6, a point from which no team has made the playoffs since the league moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978. And yes, the terrible state of the NFC East means the Cowboys are “mathematically not eliminated”, but the remainder of 2020 is effectively already an extended tryout for 2021. Even Jerry Jones has given up any pretense of making a postseason push, and while he studiously avoided the word “tanking”, he did talk about playing younger guys more and perhaps favoring players under contract beyond this season.
17 NFL players who were cut by Washington - Hogs Haven
Richard Rodgers was signed to a vet minimum contract this past off-season and competed for a spot on the Washington roster that was very thin at tight end. He was released at the end of training camp, and returned to the Eagles, with whom he had spent the ‘18 and ‘19 seasons. He has appeared in 5 games for the Eagles this season, catching 15 balls on 18 targets for 184 yards (12.3 yards per reception). His best game so far this season came in Week 7 against the Giants when he pulled in 6 passes for 85 yards. Jeremy Sprinkle has one catch for 6 yards for the Washington Football Team in 2020.
Houston Texans Sign Josh McCown - Battle Red Blog
McCown, who is 41 years old, a beloved Sam Houston State Bearkat, and may have a blood relation who writes about football for a living, hasn’t suited up this season but has quite the lengthy Pro Football Reference page. Does his impending arrival mean something is afoot with AJ McCarron’s future in Houston? Or is this simply the team bringing in a savvy veteran insurance policy for Deshaun Watson in the era of COVID-19?
Steelers’ Stefen Wisniewski activated to the 53-man roster, Ulysees Gilbert to IR - Behind The Steel Curtain
In some good news for the Steelers on the injury front, veteran interior offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski has recovered from his pectoral injury and has been activated and will be available for the Steelers matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. In a corresponding move, the Steelers have some not-so good news as linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III has been placed on the Reserve/Injured List.
Report: Mychal Kendricks returning to the Seahawks’ practice squad, Alex Collins joins him - Field Gulls
While it comes across as an odd situation, it seems as though this was the Seahawks trying to do Kendricks a solid: another team, with a clearer path to their 53-man roster, wanted to sign him to their practice squad and so Seattle released him. With that falling through, the Seahawks brought him back.
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