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A too early look at Eagles trade deadline candidates if they’re sellers - PhillyVoice
DT Fletcher Cox. Why would the Eagles trade him? Cox will turn 30 in December, and he’s going to count for over $22 million on the cap in each of the next two seasons. If you think he’s in decline, you might be smart to get something for him now before it’s too late, while also helping out your 2021 cap situation. Why would other teams be interested? He could be an immediate difference-maker on the interior of a contending team’s defensive line. What could the Eagles reasonably expect in return? Again, nobody is giving you a 1st round pick for an almost 30-year-old DT whose production is in a downturn, but maybe a 2 for a team in need of D-line help?
HOT TAKE: Carson Wentz is the quarterback version of Chip Kelly - BGN
They’ve both had control issues. Chip overstepped his coaching bounds and misguidedly waded into player personnel decisions. Wentz seemingly insists on having a lot of influence over the offense instead of just running what he’s told to do.
Understanding Howie Roseman’s role in Eagles’ dreadful start - NBCSP
Sometimes bad teams are bad teams because they don’t have enough good players. And if the first two weeks of this season have reaffirmed anything, it’s that the Eagles’ roster is made up of a handful of solid older veterans, a bunch of kids with uncertain futures and exactly three young players to get excited about. This is Carson Wentz’s mess and it’s Doug Pederson’s mess, but in a greater sense it’s Howie Roseman’s mess because this roster is his handiwork and after two games it looks perilously thin on talent.
The Day After: At 0-2, Eagles staring down grim future - The Athletic
3. It just feels mean at this point to pick on Arcega-Whiteside, especially as DK Metcalf stars on national television and looks like he’ll haunt Eagles fans for the rest of his career. After not being targeted once against Washington, Arcega-Whiteside was targeted twice Sunday, which resulted in a key early third-down drop and the ill-fated interception. There’s little reason to believe he’ll ever be an important part of the offense. He seems like a very nice young man.
What Happened to the Defense? - Iggles Blitz
As frustrating as Gerry and the LBs were, the DEs bugged me even more. Over and over, they bit hard on fakes, leaving Goff tons of space to move in when he rolled outside. DEs have to play outside-in. They have to make sure the QB doesn’t have the ball before crashing down in run support. I could have lived with this if the Eagles were shutting down the run, but that sure wasn’t happening. We got the worst of both worlds. That was just a brutal day for the defense. The offense could have helped, as they did in the 2017 game. The Eagles gave up yards and points in that meeting, but the offense made big plays as well. They out-gained and outscored the Rams.
Eagles have introduced QB Jalen Hurts into a game; now what? - ESPN
There is some risk involved in expanding Hurts’ role. Besides the chance of an on-field miscue from the rookie, success could also be tricky. Wentz has had a rough start to the 2020 season, and if that continues and Hurts provides a boost to the offense, it will start a conversation in Philly that the organization can only hope would not seep into the NovaCare facility walls. But the Eagles knew the market and understood the dynamics when they drafted Hurts, and they did so with the intention of working him into the offense in Year 1. The experiment is underway and should only pick up from here.
Which Rough NFL Starts Are Salvageable, and Which Are Season-Enders? - The Ringer
Wentz had tremendous success during the Eagles’ Super Bowl season when plays broke down: He could consistently scramble and find receivers on third-and-long. But that early success may have emboldened some bad habits. He struggles to admit defeat, routinely trying to extend plays when he should throw the ball away and taking unnecessary gambles downfield when a checkdown is available. In other words, Wentz is playing heroball, a style that was reinforced last season when the Eagles’ receiving corps was decimated by injuries and the team needed a hero. This year, though, the Eagles just need a quarterback, and Wentz is giving Philly too little by trying to do too much. Second-round rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts was involved in the offense this week as a receiver for the first time, and while he does not loom large just yet, he definitely looms medium.
How do Eagles dig out of an 0-2 hole? Some ideas - PE.com
5. Challenge the roster. This is no time for complacency. If the coaching staff thinks a player is ready to challenge for playing time, by all means promote that idea. The Eagles are struggling in every phase of the game. They’re turning the ball over too much. They’re not finishing offensive drives. The run defense was porous on Sunday against Los Angeles. The discipline against the play-action, bootleg game just wasn’t sufficient. The defense in the red zone was too giving. Everything is in play at 0-2.
The Backstory Behind the Cowboys’ Unusual and Unlikely Onside Kick - MMQB
It’s not time to sound the alarms in Philly quite yet—though I’m sure they will on WIP this morning. But there’s at least reason for concern that what’s gone wrong could get worse. Carson Wentz hasn’t played particularly well over two weeks, and the offensive line, already without Andre Dillard and Brandon Brooks, lost starting guard Isaac Seumalo on Sunday. That group, by the way, has been the heart and soul of what Philly has built under Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson. In Week 1, it was the problem, with the makeshift line getting pushed around by a formidable Washington front. This week, it was Wentz’s turn to wear the blame. He forced a throw down the field that was picked in the end zone by L.A.’s Darious Williams with the Eagles in first-and-10 at the Rams 21, and down just 21-16. The Eagles never got that close to taking the lead again. So here it is, in simple terms: If Wentz and the line don’t play better, the Eagles are cooked. Even in a mediocre division. But I’m not ready to give up on either at this point.
Week 3 early spread picks for the 2020 NFL season - PFF
On the other side of the ball, there’s likely an overreaction to the Bengals’ inability to stop Cleveland’s rushing attack in Week 2 — they allowed over 200 yards collectively to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. This number moved from a look-ahead of 5.5 on Friday to the current number of 6.5, despite the substantial warts inherent in this Philly outfit (including that they are -28 in point differential), which is a bridge too far for me. Give me Joey B and the points.
Joe Burrow can win with this Bengals team - Cincy Jungle
We’re not talking about Andy Dalton anymore. The Bengals don’t need to surround their quarterback with Pro Bowlers like that 2015 roster to have a chance. They always have a chance now. Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, and Deshaun Watson have all won with pretty bad offensive lines. Peyton Manning simply outscored opponents most of the time because he wasn’t on a lot of teams with great defenses. Burrow finds himself in a similar situation and, while Cincinnati still lost, it was different from previous primetime games, an indication that - eventually - franchise QB play will result in big-time wins.
How a little luck became the turning point in the Cowboys comeback win over the Falcons - Blogging The Boys
Somehow, Julio Jones dropped the pass that would have put the Falcons up 36-17 and might have put the nail in the coffin for the Cowboys. Given the way the Cowboys fought back, it might not have, but there is every possibility that it would have broken any momentum and the Cowboys may never have recovered.
Giants-Bears ‘Kudos & Wet Willies:’ Haven’t we seen this movie before? - Big Blue View
Daniel Jones — For the second game in a row, this is where I am settling on putting Jones. So much bad early in the game that he nearly wiped out with a really good second half. Still, the Giants couldn’t overcome the two Jones’ turnovers (a fumble and an interception) in the Giants’ first three possessions. Like a lot of other things with the Giants, it’s frustrating to watch.
Washington Injury Update: Brandon Scherff expected to miss 3-5 weeks with sprained MCL - Hogs Haven
The Washington Football Team got some “positive” news today according to Head Coach Ron Rivera. He was asked about RG Brandon Scherff’s knee injury at his presser today, and he said he was going to miss a few weeks. Ian Rapoport is reporting that Scherff suffered a sprained MCL yesterday when an Arizona Cardinals defender rolled up on his right leg. This injury fits Rivera’s loose timeline of a couple of weeks. This will likely land Brandon Scherff on the NFL’s new “short-term” injured reserve that requires players to miss at last 3 weeks.
The 49ers appear to be cursed in 2020 - DraftKings Nation
The big story thus far has been the overwhelming number of injuries the 49ers suffered against the Jets. Defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas suffered knee injuries believed to be season-ending. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain and while the team does not think it’s serious, his status is in question for Week 3. Finally, running back Raheem Mostert suffered an MCL sprain and has already been ruled out for Week 3 and backup Tevin Coleman has a knee injury of his own that leaves his status in doubt. [BLG Note: The Eagles will face the 49ers in Week 4.]
NFL Week 2 recap: The week the Falcons forgot how to football - SB Nation
Two weeks into the NFL season and this is already super dumb in the best possible way. See, that’s the thing about what we’ve seen so far. You read that first line and were like “Oh yeah, you’re talking about ... The Bears being 2-0. The Chargers almost beating the Chiefs. The Cardinals leading the NFC West. But no, my friends, y’all know we gotta talk about Atlanta here. As a Panthers fan I’m supposed to take joy in the Falcons’ struggles. 28-3 alone sustained me for years. I can’t anymore though, it’s just too sad. Perhaps I’ve grown soft from knowing so many genuinely lovely Falcons fans, perhaps it’s just old age making me less crotchety. It might be that this year is so horrible I just want everyone to be happy at least for a few damn seconds.
Scientists say the coronavirus is airborne. Here’s what that means. - Vox
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization has stressed that Covid-19 primarily spreads through very close personal contact. The virus-laden droplets exhaled from a sick person’s mouth and nose, the thinking goes, are heavy, and fall to the ground before they can get much farther than 6 feet. But as the pandemic has unfolded, contact tracing studies have shown this isn’t always the case. In China, an air conditioner pushed virus-laden air across three tables in a restaurant, infecting people seated at each one. Researchers reviewed video from the restaurant and saw many of these patrons were more than 6 feet apart from one another, suggesting that the virus traveled through the air.
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