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Eagles News: Joe Banner thinks Carson Wentz trade is unlikely to return a first-round pick

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A first-round pick for Carson Wentz? Fuhgeddaboudit, says Joe Banner. - Inquirer
JB: If you’re the Eagles right now, what you’re hoping is that there’s more than one team interested in him, or at least that you can create the perception that there is. If you can do that, then you have a chance of getting a decent pick. And by decent I mean most likely a second-round pick and maybe something else thrown in. A first-round pick, considering the contract they’re taking on and the way he’s played recently, I’m not going to completely take it off the table. But it’s unlikely. I’ve made the basketball analogy that we see a lot of NBA players get traded for very little in return for cap relief. I think the most likely scenario here is, if the Eagles moved him, the main benefit they’re going to get is cap relief. Remember something. Over the next 4 years on paper right now, he’s on their cap for almost $130 million. So, in addition to the guarantees and the cap numbers over the next couple of years, including lowering his number in 2021 if they make this trade after June 1, you could actually help create some room in the 2021 cap that looks so challenging.

Eagles-Cowboys Final Injury Report: Fletcher Cox among three questionable, three ruled out [UPDATE] - BGN
Ezekiel Elliott is expected to play despite being ruled questionable. The Eagles will hope the Cowboys waste touches on Zeke instead of making the more efficient Tony Pollard their lead back. No. 2 tight end Blake Bell is expected to play despite missing practice all week due to illness. Important to remember that the Cowboys’ injured reserve list includes key starters like Tyron Smith (starting left tackle), Zack Martin (starting right guard), and La’el Collins (starting right tackle). The Eagles really need their defensive line to eat in this matchup.

Eye On The Enemy #42: Previewing Dallas Week w/ RJ Ochoa & It’s Time To Trade Wentz - BGN Radio
On Episode 41 of Eye On The Enemy, John Stolnis speaks with RJ Ochoa of the Cowboys SB Nation blog Blogging The Boys to preview this weekend’s game between the Birds and Dallas. Why this week is a real head vs. heart issue. Can Jalen Hurts do it again this week? The NFC East “playoff” picture. What Does Dallas do about Dak? Also, John explains why it’s become painfully clear that the Eagles need to trade Carson Wentz, although everyone also needs to give the guy a break.

Grocery shopping: Five college prospects who could interest the Eagles in the 2021 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina (5’10, 190): South Carolina vs. UAB, Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 26, 12:00 p.m. As we’ve noted all year, the 2021 NFL Draft will be loaded with slot receiver talent. Smith isn’t quite as explosive as some of the others, but he has an impressive highlight reel of fantastic catches.

Jalen Hurts’ trade value, Doug Pederson’s resume’s weight & more: Eagles mailbag - The Athletic
There’s a tinge of recency bias to the Hurts euphoria at the moment, and teams have been fooled by quarterbacks in a limited sample before. But if what’s happening now is just the beginning for Hurts, that’s extraordinarily valuable — especially on a rookie contract. I understand the sentiment of not wanting the Eagles to absorb the $33.8 million cap hit it would take to trade Wentz — that won’t be easy, and it might be unrealistic. However, I tend to look at it as salary allocation to a position, not a player. In the case of a Wentz trade, the Eagles’ starting quarterback would count only $1.37 million against the cap. They’d still need a No. 2, but the cap hit for the position wouldn’t be too far off from what it would be if Wentz remained on the roster. This should start with the evaluation of the players. If you’re advocating for a quarterback competition in the summer, then there’s risk it could get messy and affect the locker room. My guess is they either commit to Wentz or look to move him.

What happened to Carson Wentz? Here are 10 theories - NBCSP
2. Confidence: No matter how big your arm is, no matter how well you know the offense, if you’re playing quarterback and don’t have your confidence, it’s impossible to be effective. And there were certainly times this year Wentz didn’t seem confident. His body language was just all wrong. He’d make a few nice throws and get the offense rolling, and then the inevitable fumble or interception. Not always his fault, but we all saw Wentz hanging his head on the way to the sideline and then another turnover and then the whole thing would snowball out of control. Without confidence, bad things are going to happen.

2 QBs to start and 2 QBs to fade in Week 16 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles seem to have finally made the switch to their young, mobile QB talent, Jalen Hurts. Though Philadelphia came up short against Arizona last week, Hurts topped all QBs in fantasy point production with 40.82 DKFP. And while he can get it done on the ground (63 yards and a touchdown), he primarily saw success in the air with 338 passing yards and three TDs. Hurts has a positive matchup against Dallas in Week 16, an opponent that has allowed QBs to throw for the second-most touchdowns in the league.

NFL Week 16 best bets: Picks for every game - ESPN+
Bearman: The Eagles’ offense is significantly better with Hurts at quarterback, and the Cowboys can’t stop anyone. After spending the entire year near the bottom of the offensive rankings, the Eagles have scored 24 points against the Saints and passed for 305 yards against the Cardinals. The Cowboys have given up 33+ points eight times this year, including three of their past four games. Both teams can still win the NFC East and should be pulling out all the stops. I am not comfortable laying 2.5 on the road with Philadelphia, and I definitely don’t trust Dallas. I’m expecting to see a lot of points in a 30-27 type game. Pick: Over 49.5.

Eagles’ Brandon Graham reflects on his journey, basks in getting named to his first Pro Bowl - PennLive
Coach Doug Pederson called Graham on Monday afternoon to inform him of the news. Finally, Graham was a Pro Bowler. Pederson joked that he didn’t get many words in with the ebullient Graham. “You know, what I thought about, I called the people that have been on this journey with me,” Graham said Wednesday. “I wish I could have seen everybody at that point, but I think about the journey. I called my wife, got real hype in the car. I was just outside the NovaCare, just had found out as soon as I left. It was a joyful time for us. This one goes out to all the people that really helped me just through this whole career. Because I’m telling you, every year once I got close and became an alternate, people really wanted to see that happen for me. All I did was just persevere and continue to keep on leaning on everybody during them times, good and bad, and just to have this moment right now, I’m very thankful.”

Where are they now? CB Mark McMillian - PE.com
What Mark McMillian lacked in size, he made up for in speed, desire, and attitude. In two seasons at Alabama, the 5-7, 145-pound cornerback started 21 games and totaled 72 tackles and three interceptions. Yet, he was still available for the Eagles to choose him in the 10th round, 272nd overall, of the 1992 NFL Draft. “I was shocked that I was on the board for so long,” McMillian says. “There were a lot of defensive backs that went before me – between 25 and 30 – that I knew that I was better than.” After the initial shock and disappointment wore off, McMillian realized that landing in Philadelphia may have very well been worth the wait.

Cowboys vs. Eagles: “The relationship [with Carson Wentz] might be fractured beyond repair” - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys and the Eagles square off in an NFC East game where both teams are trying to keep alive flickering playoff hopes. The Eagles have made a big change at quarterback to try and save their season, and it could determine their franchise’s future. We talked to Bleeding Green Nation to get their take on where things stand for the Eagles and their thoughts on the game.

Washington vs Carolina Injury Report: Alex Smith 50/50 to play, Terry McLaurin doubtful - Hogs Haven
Terry McLaurin is listed as doubtful and hasn’t practiced all week. He has been dealing with an ankle injury for over a month, and this could be the week that finally keeps him on the sideline. Rookie WR Antonio Gandy-Golden has been practicing and Ron Rivera said they could activate him from IR this week. Antonio Gibson is still dealing with the turf toe injury that has kept him inactive since he went out in the 1st quarter of the Steelers game 3 weeks ago. He has been limited all week, and might need another week to be game-ready. The team signed Lamar Miller from the Bears practice squad last week and he could see some playing time this week. And finally an Alex Smith update. He is officially listed as questionable this week, but Ian Rapoport says it’s 50/50 for him to play this week. Smith was a full participant in today’s practice, a first for him since leaving the 49ers game in the 2nd quarter with a calf strain. There has been optimism in the organization that he could play this week. Ron Rivera said it would be up to Smith to know how he is feeling, and they might not make their decision until Sunday morning.

Giants news, 12/26: Golden Tate out, Daniel Jones update, Logan Ryan, more - Big Blue View
Daniel Jones questionable. The Giants are listing quarterback Daniel Jones as questionable for Sunday. There was no media access on Christmas Day, but earlier in the week it seemed as if there was optimism that Jones, who has missed two of the last three games with hamstring and then ankle injuries, would play Sunday. Judge said on Thursday that he was “really encouraged” by what he had seen from Jones in practice on Wednesday. “The intention is if he’s able to play, we intend to play him,” Judge said.

Panthers at Football Team injury report: Christian McCaffrey doubtful, Brian Burns questionable for Sunday - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers have released their final injury report heading into their Week 16 game against the Football Team, and several key names are listed as doubtful to appear for Carolina on Sunday. Running back Christian McCaffrey, left tackle Russell Okung and cornerback Troy Pride are all listed as doubtful, and defensive end Brian Burns is listed as questionable. While the questionable status is normally used for players who are expected to play (it replaced probable a few years back), defensive coordinator Phil Snow said yesterday that Burns isn’t expected to suit up on Sunday.

Stock Market 2.0 Vikings-Saints - Daily Norseman
Justin Jefferson: Yeah Jefferson had another good day. Great catches and some excellent runs after catch. Why does our head coach not use our wide receivers more? When the Vikings hit hurry up Jefferson was on fire.

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