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Eagles News: Slow start for the tight ends

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Signal or noise? Three numbers that may or may not tell us who these Eagles are - Inquirer
Eagles tight ends are on pace to finish the season with just 76 catches and 901 yards in 17 games. Their lowest single-season totals during Doug Pederson’s five years as head coach were 107 catches and 1,202 yards in 16 games. We’ll call this noise for now, but the evolution of the Eagles’ passing attack is definitely worth monitoring. Through two games, only nine of Jalen Hurts’ 39 completions have gone to tight ends, slightly over 23 percent. Of his 438 passing yards, 106 have gone to tight ends, which amounts to 24 percent. That’s a huge departure from the Pederson era, when the Eagles utilized their tight ends as much as any team in the league. In each of Pederson’s five seasons, the position accounted for at least 30 percent of the team’s receptions and receiving yards, topping out at 39.6 percent of receptions and 42.0 percent of yards in 2019. At the moment, Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell have the same number of receptions as Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

The best Eagles-Cowboys moments in history - BGN
How much material can I get out of Dallas Week? The limit does not exist. I’m going to squeeze as much content out of my brain until Monday night. Here’s a fun one: my top Eagles-Cowboys moments. When I do similar posts, some people in the comments or on Twitter get mad I didn’t post certain things. Well, they’re my top moments. I also don’t like writing about games that I didn’t witness myself in circumstances like this. The greatest Eagles-Cowboys moment is obviously Wilbert Montgomery’s run and the Birds’ win over Dallas in the 1980 NFC Championship Game. I have family friends who were at the game. It’s all they talk about. I even wrote about it a little earlier in the week in a mailbag. Still, I don’t have this innate connection with that game since I wasn’t born for another 14 years. I usually cap these lists from 2001 on given that’s the first season I have concrete memories as a fan. Sure, the “THEY STOPPED ‘EM AGAIN!” moment in 1995 is up there. The Bounty Bowl(s) too. I also love the Eagles’ fake knee down during the strike-shortened 1987 season. Here are my choices from my time rooting for the Birds.

Above the Nest with Raichele #26: Missed opportunities against 49ers, what to know ahead of Dallas and injury reports - BGN Radio
On the latest episode, Raichele Privette runs through what went wrong against the 49ers, explains what you need to know ahead of the Monday Night Football rivalry matchup against Dallas and touches on injury reports for both teams.

Catching Up - Iggles Blitz
Big news on the injury front for this week. We already knew Brandon Graham and Brandon Brooks were out. Jordan Mailata is now out as well, although he’s not going on IR. He got hurt on Thursday and will miss the game. That means we get Andre Dillard at LT. That is…scary interesting. Dillard played well in the preseason finale, but he struggled for much of the summer. The coaches praised him, but just about every reporter chronicled his ups and downs, and there were a lot more downs. We know Dillard has talent and potential, but he’s also had plenty of problems. This game is a huge opportunity for him. A good game would show the Eagles and other teams that he can play well in the NFL. It would help the Eagles in a big division game. It would help Jalen Hurts in a game where the offense is likely going to have to score points to win. I don’t think the Eagles can score less than 17 and feel good about their chances. They will need to find the end zone a few times.

DeVonta Smith vs. Trevon Diggs: From the practice field to prime time -
They went against each other in practice at the University of Alabama, one-on-one battles that in many instances were more competitive than gamedays. In those sessions, wide receiver DeVonta Smith and cornerback Trevon Diggs pushed each other, sharpened each other’s games, and knew that rep after rep would be a battle. The reward came when the games began. In 2019, both Diggs and Smith earned All-SEC recognition as Alabama reached the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Diggs then was taken with the 50th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft while Smith moved on to his epic Heisman Trophy season with the Crimson Tide in 2020. On Monday night, they reunite on opposite sides of the line of scrimmage.

Week 3 NFL game picks: Buccaneers top Rams; Eagles knock off Cowboys -
Are the Eagles the team I keep taking to win upsets straight up, which ruins my picks record this season? Tune in Monday night! Even without injured DE Brandon Graham, the Eagles have the defensive line, led by early All-Pro candidate Javon Hargrave, to bother Dak Prescott. More importantly, the Eagles are built offensively to grind the Cowboys’ admittedly energetic and improved defense down to dust.

Eagles-Cowboys cheat sheet: Projected lineups, injuries and what you need to know - The Athletic
Wulf: I worry the Mailata injury has a chance to torpedo the Eagles’ offensive success even against an underwhelming Dallas defensive line. Still, I expect the Eagles to have a similar offensive plan to their Week 1 game in Atlanta with a heavy dose of runs and shorter passes with the occasional shot play mixed in. They should be able to score. But while I believe the Eagles defense is for real, the combination of it being the first game without Graham and facing the best quarterback they have all season makes me skittish they’ll be able to avoid a shootout of sorts. Cowboys 31, Eagles 24

NFL Week 3 game picks, schedule guide, fantasy football tips, odds, injuries and more - ESPN
Stat to know: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has 416 rushing yards in six career starts, the third most by a QB through six career starts since 1950 (Lamar Jackson had 466, and Tim Tebow had 439).

When will Ryan Kerrigan start playing like Ryan Kerrigan? - NBCSP
And two weeks after saying he was “pleasantly surprised” with how well he could play with a cast on his hand, he was singing a different tune before practice on Friday. “It’s not ideal, to say the least,” he said. “Definitely, as much as we play with our hands on the defensive line, to not have the digits working is not fun. But that’s football, unfortunately. Sometimes you’ve got to overcome and adapt and find a way to get it done regardless.” Kerrigan also said he’s not used to his occasional role as an inside rusher when Jonathan Gannon goes to a 3-4 front. He said he never played that position during his 10 years in Washington. “I don’t have a lot of experience in that, but that’s where I’m needed with the team right now, so I’m trying to get better at it,” he said. Kerrigan also alluded to conditioning being an issue when the season began after he missed a month of practice time this summer.

Cowboys vs. Eagles game preview: Five things to watch - Blogging The Boys
3. Tyler Biadasz will need to rise to the occasion. The young rookie center has had his hands full to start the season. Week one he had the displeasure of facing Vita Vea, week two the Chargers had some play makers on the defensive line themselves, and now in week three he will have to go toe-to-toe all night with Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave. Look for the Cowboys to give assistance to Biadasz when they can, but the young center is going to need to buckle his chin strap and be ready to battle all game long. Growing pains were expected and the schedule makers did him no favors with these early season opponents, however the Cowboys will need Biadasz to expedite his learning curve and it would be advantageous to see him put together a solid performance this week.

How will you remember Eli Manning? - Big Blue View
How will you remember Eli Manning? The New York Giants will honor their longest-tenured player during a halftime ceremony on Sunday by retiring his No. 10 jersey and entering him into the franchise’s Ring of Honor. [BLG Note: I’ll remember him as a career .500 quarterback who shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame.]

Colts plan to start Carson Wentz vs Titans - Stampede Blue
The Indianapolis Colts are planning to start Wentz, who has been recovering from a pair of sprained ankles he sustained in Week 2, on Sunday against the Titans, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday night.

BREAKING: Miami Dolphins place quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Injured Reserve - The Phinsider
It seemed like a good sign when Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t placed on injured reserve earlier in the week after suffering fractured ribs early in Miami’s loss to Buffalo. That all changed on Saturday as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Dolphins are putting their starting quarterback on IR. Rapport added that the team is hoping that Tagovailoa will be ready to return from his broken ribs after three weeks — the earliest a player can return after being placed on IR. That means that coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins will lean on Jacoby Brissett for games against the Raiders, Colts and Buccaneers.


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