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NFL trade deadline: Early buzz, who might be on the move and the latest on Chandler Jones, Marlon Mack, Marcus Maye, others - ESPN+
You can’t ever sleep on the Philadelphia Eagles potentially unloading a player or two at the deadline. Sources say tight end Zach Ertz thought he was getting traded at least twice in the offseason before things calmed down, and the Minnesota Vikings inquired about the Eagles’ other tight end, Dallas Goedert, before eventually landing on Chris Herndon in an August deal with the New York Jets. Contentious contract talks turned sour for Ertz during the offseason, and the Eagles appeared to be moving on with Goedert. But the Eagles convinced themselves that they would be good, so they kept the roster mostly intact. And Ertz developed a strong relationship with new head coach Nick Sirianni. A win over Carolina puts the Eagles at 2-3, just competitive enough but not the kind of statement that dissuades trading away players. And so, Ertz’s name could resurface, though he’s probably not willing to take a pay cut at this point. He is playing well in a contract year, with 14 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. As for where Ertz could go, league execs have long pegged Buffalo and Indianapolis as potential landing spots.

Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
The Eagles have had opportunities to convert on big plays to the tight ends, but for whatever reason Jalen Hurts hasn’t been able to connect with them consistently. Against the Chiefs, Hurts missed a wide open Ertz in the end zone for what should have been an easy TD. Ertz also dropped what should have been a TD later in that game. And then last Sunday against the Panthers, Hurts fired a short-range laser to a wide open Goedert when more touch would have been ideal, and Goedert dropped it. Fault both the QB and TE there. Hurts also wildly overshot Ertz running down the sideline, resulting in an INT. The Bucs will be without LB Lavonte David, and S Antoine Winfield has not yet passed the NFL’s protocol after suffering a concussion against the Patriots Week 4. Hurts, Goedert, and Ertz cannot leave plays on the field against this opponent.

QR Week 5: Tom Brady Passes Peyton Manning in Career DYAR - Football Outsiders
QB31) Jalen Hurts. Hurts was the last of the three quarterbacks who threw a league-high nine failed completions. On a related note, his first six pass attempts resulted in only three completions for a total of -6 yards. He was the NFL’s worst passer on throws to tight ends, going 3-of-9 for 35 yards and an interception.

Eagles open as TD home underdogs to the Buccaneers - BGN
Building the case for optimism isn’t the easiest thing to do following the Eagles’ Week 5 win. Philly’s head coach and starting quarterback hardly inspire unbridled confidence. The offense was downright abysmal for half of the game and got a huge lift due to three takeaways and one blocked punt. The defense is coming off a strong game but they’ve been destroyed by high-quality quarterbacks so far this season. Eagles defense against Sam Darnold/Matt Ryan/Jimmy Garoppolo: 13.7 points allowed per game, 277.7 yards allowed per game. Eagles defense against Dak Prescott/Patrick Mahomes: 41.5 points allowed per game, 425.5 yards allowed per game.

At the Podium: Jalen Hurts, Darius Slay and Javon Hargrave and following Eagles victory over Panthers - BGN Radio
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, linebacker T.J. Edwards, wide receiver DeVonta Smith, cornerback Darius Slay, cornerback Steven Nelson, defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, speak to the Philly media following Sunday’s comeback win over the Carolina Panthers 21-18.

Progress Matters - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have been plagued by mistakes this year. The team has committed way too many penalties. Five or six touchdowns have been wiped out by penalties. There have been blown coverages and missed assignments. Sunday was another sloppy performance, but there was progress. And that matters. The Eagles were able to cut down on the mistakes and win the game. The Eagles committed fewer penalties (6 vs 9) and had fewer penalty yards (60 vs 69). That’s a step in the right direction. It was the Eagles making crucial plays. They blocked the punt late in the game. They came up with 3 interceptions. They converted the third down so they could run out the clock. The Eagles were be the better second half team. That wasn’t the case the previous three weeks, which were all losses. The Eagles closed this game out, on offense, defense and special teams.

Fantasy Football Week 6: 5 to Waiver Wire Add, 5 to Drop, 5 to Buy Low, 5 to Sell High - PFF
FIVE PLAYERS TO CUT. 4. WR Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles. The other four players in this section all have part-time roles that aren’t as big as many expected at the beginning of the season. Reagor has been the second wide receiver on the Eagles’ depth chart, playing in over 75% of Philadelphia’s pass plays. He just hasn’t had enough targets and hasn’t done enough with the targets he does get. His 15.1% target share is the third-lowest among wide receivers with at least 160 pass routes this season. Both a low catch rate and low average depth of target combined gets him the lowest average yards per route run of that group (0.84). He could start playing better this year, but there are currently no signs of that. It would be better to roster a number of other young wide receivers who are getting more opportunities and producing more fantasy value with those chances.

Inside Nick Sirianni’s prep for his first Thursday night game as Eagles head coach -

For the Eagles, this short week represents their first with Head Coach Nick Sirianni, who on Monday explained the approach he’s taking with a locker room of players who reported to the NovaCare Complex on Monday afternoon for a team meeting and some film study. Welcome to Thursday … already. “Make sure you’re keeping things simple and not getting too complicated because you’re not going to have the live reps of doing things that you’re going to do in games,” Sirianni said at his Monday press conference when asked about the keys to success on a short week. “Keep things simple, keep things that guys can learn and execute, that you’ve been executing all year. Then again, also be able to attack them enough to where you’re going after the style of defense they are. There’s always a happy medium in that. Definitely be able to do the things that we can execute knowing that we don’t have a lot of time to get ready for this game.

10 Facts from Week 5 of the 2021 NFL Season - Fake Teams
7. Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, and Minnesota are all net -10 or worse in penalty flags for vs. against this season.

Injury Updates, Takeaways from Week 5, and More Records to Set for Tom Brady - Bucs Nation
All of this is beginning to set the stage Tom Brady will lead the Tampa Bay offense back onto the field, looking for yet another personal best for two weeks in a row, and another piece of NFL history. With four touchdown passes on Thursday night, Brady would become the first quarterback in NFL history to reach 600 career touchdown passes. Helping him reach that milestone are three star wide receivers (Mike Evans, Godwin, and Brown) who need under 60-yards a game each to give the Bucs three 1,000-yard receivers in 2021. As the Tampa Bay offense starts looking more and more like the late 2020 version which helped carry the team to a Super Bowl win, another big performance in Week 6 would give a big jump in confidence this team can weather all the injuries it’s suffered thus far.

Rob Gronkowski “will be very, very close” to playing on Thursday night - PFT
Gronk missed Week Four at New England and Week Five vs. the Dolphins. He could be back for the short-week Thursday night game against the Eagles. “It will be very, very close this week,” coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday. “We will wait and see.” Quarterback Tom Brady missed Gronk again the Pats, particularly in the red zone. On Sunday against the Dolphins, nine different players caught passes and Brady had more than 400 passing yards and five touchdowns. The Bucs should be able to beat the Eagles without Gronk. It would make sense to give him the mini-bye on the back end. It’s far better to have him at or close to 100 percent as the Bucs get deeper into the season.

Cowboys playoff tracker: Chances for postseason looking better and better - Blogging The Boys
The 91% for the Cowboys is the highest number after Buffalo (99%) and Tampa Bay (94%) according to Football Outsiders. In part, that is owed to the weakness of the NFC East, but the number also reflects the strength of the Cowboys offense, which is the No. 2 offense in DVOA behind only the Bills. The Cowboys are on the right trajectory. Best to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Report: Kenny Golladay expected to miss 1-2 weeks with knee injury - Big Blue View
This means that Golladay will definitely not play when the Giants return home to host the Los Angeles Rams Sunday at MetLife Stadium. His status for New York’s Week 7 matchup against the Carolina Panthers is still uncertain.

Ron Rivera is frustrated with his team, but when do changes start to come? - Hogs Haven
Rivera’s team is facing a gauntlet of an upcoming schedule, and they have already regressed beyond anyone’s expectations, even after the perceived upgrades that his team has had on both sides of the football. So instead of talking about what Rivera’s players are or are not doing, it now turns to what exactly Rivera is doing or not doing. Time is running out on saving the season, and it will fall on Rivera’s shoulders if Washington fails miserably in the win/loss column at the end of the year.

Jon Gruden out as Raiders coach - Silver And Black Pride
However, the situation escalated on Monday afternoon when The New York Times reported that the NFL was in possession of several other emails that Gruden wrote. In them, he reportedly called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a homophobic name; he criticized female officials; bemoaned that the fact the Los Angeles Rams drafted openly gay player, Michael Sam, in 2014; and was critical of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

Knee-jerk Reactions: Colts blow 16-point fourth-quarter lead to lose in Baltimore - Stampede Blue
It’s simple. Leading by 16 in the fourth quarter has been a Colts win every time since 1984. No matter the circumstances. When you have a 16 point lead in the fourth, you have to win. If you don’t, the coach has some ‘splaining to do. Top echelon coaches don’t give games like this away. Reich has some proving to do before he finds himself in that group.

4 winners and 3 losers from Week 5 in the NFL - SB Nation
Loser: Carolina Panthers. I saw this one coming, but it doesn’t suck any less for Panthers fans. When we were talking about there being five undefeated teams left in the NFL after Week 3 I listed Carolina’s blistering start as the team being a “pretender.” They won on the back of some great play, sure, but also really bad opponents. After playing the Cowboys close last week I thought there was a glimmer of hope I was wrong. Maybe this team was legit and ready to hang with the NFC’s elite ... then they lose 21-18 to the Eagles after giving up 15 points in the second half, after more or less shutting out Philly in the first. Yeah, it definitely doesn’t help when Sam Darnold throws three picks, but the issues with Carolina’s roster are becoming extremely pronounced. Namely: They have no offensive line. Really, the Panthers have more or less been ignoring the o-line for the better part of a decade, and now their chickens are coming home to roost. I don’t see this ship turning around for the Panthers. Their run was fun while it lasted.

Three German cities in discussions to stage NFL regular-season games -
The National Football League today confirmed that three cities are in discussions to host regular-season games in Germany. The NFL, which has staged 29 games in London since 2007 and will play its 30th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, is aiming to find the most suitable partner city for a possible expansion of the International Series into Germany. After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the “candidate phase” of the process. Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.

Monday Football Monday #57: Cardinals are not best team in NFL, Justin Herbert is ridiculous and Game of the Week - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Pete Sweeney tackle all of the Week 5 NFL Action including the worst Sunday ever for kickers, the Game of the Week: Chargers vs Browns, Kadarius Toney who is the real deal for New York and Justin Herbert who is absolutely ridiculous.


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