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  1. Eagles Practice Report: Ex-Pro Bowl Rusher Trending Up By Mike Greger Updated Dec 30, 2021 at 6:27pm Getty: Eagles RB Jordan Howard is trending in the right direction as he rehabs from a neck stinger. The Philadelphia Eagles are going to need a heavy dose of Jordan Howard since Miles Sanders has been ruled out for Week 17. The one-time Pro Bowl running back has been nursing a neck stinger, but he was a limited participant at Thursday’s practice. That’s a real good sign considering kickoff is 72 hours away. He was listed "DNP” (did not participate) on Wednesday. Howard has been "working like crazy” to return, according to head coach Nick Sirianni, and the team’s training staff is doing their best to get him ready. The Eagles have veteran Boston Scott and rookie Kenny Gainwell behind Howard on the depth chart. They also inked Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad as an extra insurance policy. Sanders broke his hand during last week’s 34-10 win over the New York Giants, but there is no plan to place him on injured reserve. Sirianni compared Sanders’ injury to what Marlon Mack endured in 2019 with the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to the backfield three weeks after undergoing hand surgery in November and played the final three games. Mack finished with 1,091 yards on 247 carries that year. "I can share that with you, we’re not putting him on IR. So, obviously, we’re hoping that he’s back,” Sirianni said of Sanders. "He [Mack] broke his hand and was back a little bit later in the year. So, no timetable there.” Sanders was the only player listed "DNP” (did not participate) on Thursday’s practice report. Everyone else was a full-go, including quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle), guard Nate Herbig (knee), and safety K’Von Wallace (hip). Reasons for Bringing Johnson Back Johnson began the year on the Eagles’ training camp roster but a freak knee injury forced his release. He didn’t make it onto the 53 and never found a new home on another team, save for a few special teams snaps in San Francisco. Now he’s back on Philly’s practice squad. Why? "We have confidence in him. That’s why we brought him back,” Sirianni said. "That’s always a good story for guys, for us to be able to tell next year, right, in training camp. Like not everybody might make this team, but there is a chance that you’re back, and this is an example of that. That’s something we said to Kerryon when he left, and look where we are now. He’s back and looking to help us win this game on Sunday.” That doesn’t mean he’ll be active. In fact, it seems unlikely they would call him up unless Howard suffers a setback. Jalen Hurts Chasing NFL History The argument for anointing Jalen Hurts the franchise quarterback has been getting more widely debated than Cheez Wiz or provolone these days in Philly. He’s a dynamic runner – something Lane Johnson attributed the mid-season turnaround to – and Hurts’ legs have a chance to make history. The NFL record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season stands at 14. Cam Newton did it in 2011. Hurts has 11 rushing touchdowns with two games left. There is a very good chance he breaks Newton’s mark. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jordan-howard-trending-up/
  2. Jalen Hurts Details ‘Cool’ Relationship with Legendary Eagles QB By Mike Greger Updated Dec 30, 2021 at 12:33am Getty: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has been working behind the best offensive line in football during the 2021 campaign. The growing relationship between Donovan McNabb and Jalen Hurts seems to be bearing fruit. Or flowers, to borrow a line from Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. The two quarterbacks are peas in a pod. McNabb – the Eagles’ all-time passing leader – started talking to Hurts last year in an unofficial mentor’s type of role. The young signal-caller from East Texas needed a sounding board. He needed someone he could trust to teach him the ins and outs of the NFL, plus a guy who could explain the sometimes fickle Philly fan base. McNabb is an expert on both those things and Hurts is happy to call him a friend. "A ton,” Hurts said when asked what he’s learned from McNabb. "I think being able to chat with someone that has experienced it, someone that knows the game, and has played in this city, played for this team, and overall had the experience of being a quarterback in the NFL, I value that a lot. And, definitely cool to have that relationship.” Hurts was scant on the details of what he and McNabb have discussed. And McNabb wasn’t willing to divulge too much information either. The important thing to know is the relationship is alive. It’s thriving and helping Hurts navigate Philly’s "quarterback factory.” "I’ve been talking to Jalen ever since his name was called [at the draft],” McNabb told SportsRadio 94WIP on December 6. "Jalen is well prepared with anything he has been faced with or is going to be faced with.” Hurts Values Jason Kelce ‘A Lot’ Jason Kelce has morphed into a mythical figure in Philadelphia over the past three years. From the consecutive starts streak – it stands at 120 heading into Week 17 – to the Super Bowl speech, Kelce is the embodiment of the city he plays in. Naturally, Hurts wanted to get to know the man behind the myth so he spent extra time with him this offseason. "We definitely spend a lot of time together. I recall this offseason we worked out a lot here in the city,” Hurts said. "And just getting to know him, knowing the things he has overcome, and kind of knowing his story – and knowing what drives him as a man and as a player. He’s such a real guy and he’s a provider, he’s a leader, and he’s a great player and a great guy. I value him a lot.” Hurts has gone out of his way to spend time with key members of the organization. The mature 23-year-old sits in weekly one-on-one meetings with head coach Nick Sirianni and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, among others. He has done his part to be the unquestioned leader on and off the field. Eagles Haven’t Played Best Game Yet Hurts caused a little bit of a stir after Sunday’s 34-10 win when he cut a reporter off and told him to pump the brakes on the playoff talk. The Eagles have yet to put it all together and play their best game, according to Hurts. Sirianni was asked if he agreed with that assessment. His answer? A resounding yes. "I think that’s fair,” Sirianni said. "When you’re in the mode of what we are, a process-driven very results-aware team, you’re going to grow each day. Yeah, I hope the last game we play is our best game. That’s what I always hope, that we’re continuing on this upward trend.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-donovan-mcnabb/
  3. Eagles Top Assistant Getting Head-Coaching Buzz: Report By Mike Greger Updated Dec 27, 2021 at 3:43pm Getty: Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is in his first year leading the Philly defense. Two months ago, Philadelphia Eagles fans wanted Jonathan Gannon’s head on a spit. His defense was making every opposing quarterback look like Aaron Rodgers after allowing five signal-callers to complete at least 80% of their pass attempts. The Eagles were also leading the league in missed tackles and first downs surrendered through the first nine weeks. Gannon had clashed with defensive captain Fletcher Cox and the masses wanted him fired. Not Nick Sirianni. The first-year head coach talked to his rookie defensive coordinator on the side and they figured out a way to right the ship. Gannon’s unit has been a Top-10 unit over the past six games, including holding teams to a miserly 16.7 points per game. Philadelphia now ranks fifth overall in total yards allowed (320.2 per game) and ninth in rush defense (104.6 per game). They have started to generate game-changing takeaways: 15 for the season after two more interceptions in Week 16. "You’re never a finished product. You’re always trying to improve,” Gannon told reporters on December 7. "That’s what the head coach talks about, that’s what we talk about with our guys. Like I’ve said before, you want to be ascending and getting better each week and be playing good, sound football. You don’t want to be making a bunch of mistakes and you don’t want the performances to go up and down. You want to keep ascending in a positive way.” Gannon Mentioned as Head-Coaching Candidate Gannon suddenly has the Eagles’ defense humming in the heart of a playoff race. Naturally, the 38-year-old has instantly vaulted to the top of a short list of head-coaching candidates. There was never a doubt, right? NFL Network analysts Peter Schrager and Tom Pelissero recently tossed six names out there and Gannon was right at the top of that list. The former secondary coach for the Indianapolis Colts could potentially parlay one up-and-down year in Philly into a new job. As for his coaching style, Gannon is a players-coach who seeks out input from his guys and incorporates it into the gameplan. No one in the defensive room is above anyone else. And keep the slogans out of the locker room. "I told you guys I’m not a big slogan guy. NFL players are very motivated,” Gannon said. "It is our job sometimes to get them going a little bit, but the guys that we have in the building, there’s not a lot of need for that, in my opinion.” Jaguars Plan to Interview Doug Pederson Meanwhile, the Jackson Jaguars will interview Doug Pederson for their head-coaching vacancy. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Pederson and Jim Caldwell will kick-start what sounds like an exhaustive search down there. Jacksonville fired Urban Meyer on December 18 after a tumultuous, drama-filled 2-11 start. Pederson lives in Florida and recently talked about wanting to return to the NFL. He would seem to be a perfect fit for the Jacksonville job where he could mold young quarterback Trevor Lawrence. La Canfora sees Pederson and Caldwell as legitimate candidates to replace Meyer. He wrote: "Their vast experience around the NFL, and Pederson’s experience as a former NFL quarterback himself, are also of interest to the Jaguars, sources said.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jonathan-gannon-head-coach/
  4. First-Round Bust? Eagles See New Mentality for Jalen Reagor By Mike Greger Updated Dec 23, 2021 at 5:22pm Getty: Eagles WR Jalen Reagor made a game-changing 34-yard reception in Week 15 against the Washington Football Team. Jalen Reagor made arguably the play of the game for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15 when he took a quick slant and ran 34 yards for a first down. The timely reception came early in the fourth quarter and led to a Greg Ward Jr. touchdown. More importantly, it answered a 69-yard touchdown drive from Washington. Reagor was whole-heartedly embraced by teammates after his electric catch-and-run on third down. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was one of the first players to congratulate him, followed hastily by fellow receiver DeVonta Smith. Those guys have seen the work that Reagor has been putting in at practice in recent weeks. Especially after that miserable two-drop performance at The Meadowlands. "I see the dedication he has by what he’s doing,” Hurts said of Reagor. "I see the level of focus and the want to, you know what I mean? I know he always goes out there with the mentality of trying to go out there and play at a high level. And play dominant football. And I think he’s continued to grow throughout the year.” Reagor and Ward get their share of vitriol from Eagles fans, one of them way more than the other. Maybe everyone needs to chill with that. They work hard to be ready when their numbers are called. "They work hard,” Smith said. "Those guys are keeping their head on straight, still locked in on everything, and making the plays when they need to be made.” Reagor finished with three catches for 57 yards, including that 34-yarder. The second-year burner also made a critical block in Week 13 against the New York Jets. The guys in the locker room have noticed his hard work, even as the fans continue to boo him. "Nothing else matters,” Hurts said. "Honestly, nothing else matters about the past given the opportunities we have as a team now. It’s about what you do now. And I think he stepped up big Tuesday night.” Jason Kelce Comments on ‘Best Rushing Attack’ The Eagles are rewriting the record books with the way they are running the football. They have rushed for 175+ yards in seven consecutive weeks, while going over 200 yards in five straight games. It’s been a remarkable turnaround for a team that looked unwilling to hand it off to start the year. Now the Eagles boast the top-ranked ground attack in the NFL: 2,318 total rushing yards, or 165.6 per game. Jason Kelce credited offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland while calling it the best he’s seen since first putting on a midnight green jersey. "It’s tough to run the ball when teams know you’re going to run the ball,” Kelce said. "The lanes become smaller and teams really hone in on trying to stop it so it’s definitely a hard thing to do – and we’ve had some really good offensive lines, some really good backs here in the past. Jeff Stoutland’s been here but I think this year we’ve stuck to it. We’ve run the ball more just on an attempt basis more than we ever have in my career.” Ryan Kerrigan Gets COVID-19, 3 Players Out Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan was the latest Eagles player to hit the Reserve/COVID-19 list. His status for Sunday is in jeopardy as the veteran pass rusher heads to quarantine, along with left guard Landon Dickerson, left tackle Andre Dillard, and head coach Nick Sirianni. Philadelphia also listed starting running back Miles Sanders (quadriceps) and starting left tackle Jordan Mailata (ankle) as "DNP (did not participate) on Thursday’s practice report. Stay tuned. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-reagor-mentality/
  5. Eagles Name Emergency Head Coach After Nick Sirianni Tests Positive By Mike Greger Updated Dec 22, 2021 at 4:15pm Getty: Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni tested positive for COVID-19 on December 22, 2021 and his status for Week 16 is in jeopardy. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is questionable for Week 16 after testing positive for COVID-19. He underwent rapid testing after feeling coronavirus symptoms and now sits in the league’s health and safety protocols. Sirianni is holed up in a hotel away from his family and the team as he recovers. The 40-year-old is relying on his assistant coaches and veteran leaders to run practice in his absence. Sirianni expressed optimism that he’ll be cleared in time for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. If he can’t go, then the head-coaching duties would fall on Eagles passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo. He would oversee all in-game decisions like whether to go for it on fourth down and calling the coin toss. Assistant head coach and running backs coach Jemal Singleton will help out as lead adviser. "Kevin Patullo will do all the [decision-making], whether we’re going for it on fourth down, different situations like that, the coin toss, this and that,” Sirianni told reporters. "The reason that I went with Kevin there – Jemal Singleton will help with things as well – the reason Kevin will be in charge there is because Kevin doesn’t have a position to coach. I want as little change as possible.” Sirianni added that offensive coordinator Shane Steichen would serve as lead play-caller. Steichen and Sirianni split that responsibility on a normal gameday, plus Steichen is the one who communicates directly with Jalen Hurts on the headset. Sirianni Woke Up Sick, Took COVID-19 Test Sirianni explained the circumstances leading up to his positive COVID-19 test by saying he woke up not feeling great. He opted to get tested and immediately entered the protocols upon learning of a positive result. Since he cannot be around the team while sick, Sirianni promised to be in every meeting room, via Zoom call. He called it "business as usual” despite the virtual nature. "I wasn’t feeling great this morning when I woke up and just got tested and obviously we are where we are right now,” Sirianni said. "I’m feeling a little bit better now which is good. And then the rest of the week I’ll be in every meeting – obviously virtually – every single meeting, every quarterback meeting, every offensive meeting, every team meeting, and I’ll be running those and, yeah, just business as usual.” Interesting note: Sirianni went out of his way to cover his nose and mouth on Tuesday night before giving Washington head coach Ron Rivera a post-game fist bump. Of course, Sirianni wasn’t covered when he ripped into Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts on the sideline. Eagle Bracing for COVID-19 Outbreak? Could a COVID-19 outbreak been on the horizon? Sirianni is now the third member of the Eagles’ organization to test positive this week, following left guard Landon Dickerson and left tackle Andre Dillard. The team has been adhering to stricter social distancing policies and enforced mask-wearing inside the facility ever since the rise of the Omicron variant. Sirianni didn’t want to speculate on whether an outbreak could be looming. He is trusting the NFL’s updated policies to curb an infectious tide, as well as the Eagles’ own stringent rules. "I’m very confident in what we did getting ahead of this last week,” Sirianni said, "and the last couple weeks of being separated and putting ourselves almost in protocol as it was, just with the extra precautions we took. And so, yeah, we’ll what the numbers say.” NFL Recently Updated Testing Protocols The NFL recently updated the process for when a player or coach can return to the locker room. Previously, vaccinated people could return once they turned in back-to-back negative tests with at least 24 hours in between them. Unvaccinated people had to sit out for 10 days regardless of showing symptoms or not. According to ESPN, the new protocol doesn’t require a negative test. "There are now a series of new combinations of single negative tests and cycle threshold (CT) readings that can in theory have a player back as soon as one day after a positive test,” wrote Kevin Seifert. "One day is a stretch, unless it is an asymptomatic test caught near the end of infection.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/kevin-patullo-nick-sirianni/
  6. Jalen Hurts Responds to Sideline Shouting Match After Eagles Win By Mike Greger Updated Dec 22, 2021 at 12:33am Getty: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts hit Greg Ward Jr. on a 19-yard TD strike that sealed the deal against Washington. The heated sideline exchange between Nick Sirianni and Jalen Hurts early in the first quarter was the turning point of the game. Hurts had just fumbled the ball away and Philadelphia Eagles Twitter was firing up the old Joe Webb highlight reel. Then, Sirianni made his presence felt. He blasted Hurts for being careless and challenged him to do better. After falling behind 10-0 to the Washington Football Team, the Eagles scored 20 unanswered points and never trailed again. The final score read 27-17 but it really wasn’t that close. The Eagles dominated from the second quarter until the closing whistle. And racked up 238 rushing yards behind another inspired performance from the best offensive line in football. Credit Sirianni for lighting a fire under Hurts. "Jalen’s dad coached him hard. My dad coached me hard. And so I think Jalen responds to tough coaching,” Sirianni said of their sideline chat. "He likes tough coaching and I wasn’t going to back down on him. I thought he was careless with the football and I let him know that. We’re just honest with each other. And sometimes it comes out we’re just talking through it. And sometimes I got to deliver the message just a little bit different.” Hurts finished 20-of-26 for 296 yards with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing). His fourth-quarter scoring strike to Greg Ward was a thing of beauty, a perfectly-placed back shoulder throw that Ward adjusted to on the fly. It came four minutes after Washington had pulled within three points and pushed the lead to 27-17. Game. Set. Match. "He played a great football game today, one of the best football games I’ve seen him play,” Sirianni said. "What does he say? Flush it. Don’t look at it and then move on. So what an awesome job by him. And when you have a good relationship with your quarterback you’re able to have those tough conversations like that and we moved on and he played a great game for us.” Hurts: ‘Whatever He Said, It Worked’ Hurts was all smiles during his post-game press conference, especially when asked about the sideline screaming match. The 23-year-old didn’t want to breach the trust between player and coach by divulging what Sirianni said. "It was a funny moment,” Hurts said. "Whatever he said, it worked.” And Hurts wasn’t upset about it. In fact, he had green-lighted Sirianni to lay into him if he felt it was necessary. He grew up with hard coaching in high school where his dad ran a tight ship, then faced Nick Saban’s wrath at Alabama. Bring it on. "In high school I lived with the guy who was chewing me out,” Hurts said, "so I made it clear to Coach [Sirianni] all year like, ‘Hey, you can get on me a little bit.’ So after the fumble he came up to me and said what he had to say, and then later on in the game he comes back and he jokes with me and he says, ‘I guess I’m just going to start coaching you like your dad coached you.'” Plenty of Work Left to Do Hurts was phenomenal against Washington after that rocky start. The Eagles were able to bounce back from his costly fumble – combined with an interception that wasn’t his fault – and pull out their first divisional win of 2021. Now the Eagles need to repeat it three more times to possibly sneak into the playoffs. "First division win for this football team this year and it couldn’t come at a better time,” Hurts said. "And we’re at .500 for the first time this year. It’s a big deal but I know that the job isn’t done. No where near to being done. And we know what we want to accomplish and I said it to the guys, we just have to have that mentality of not being denied.” Hurts’ touchdown toss to Ward was one text-book example of how not to be denied. "I put the ball where it needed to be, the only place where my receiver could get it and G Ward made a big time play,” Hurts said. "He came up for the team and made a big-time catch in a crucial situation in the game to put it away.” The 19-yard pass play sealed the Washington game and increased their postseason odds from 26% to 36%, via FiveThirtyEight. Next up, the New York Giants on December 26. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/nick-sirianni-hard-coaching/
  7. Eagles Activate Explosive Deep Threat, Carson Wentz Rewards Philly By Mike Greger Updated Dec 19, 2021 at 3:30pm Getty: Philadelphia Eagles rookie receiver Quez Watkins threw up the peace sign after scoring his first touchdown. You can thank Washington’s COVID-19 outbreak for one thing: Quez Watkins is back. The Philadelphia Eagles activated the speedy receiver for Week 15 after he cleared health and safety protocols on Sunday. Watkins was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on December 13, along with practice-squad running back Jason Huntley. Both players are healthy, although Huntley wasn’t protected or elevated to the 53-man roster. The Philadelphia-Washington game was postponed from Sunday, December 19 until Tuesday, December 21 due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Washington locker room. They have since activated six of the 24 players originally put in health and safety protocols. Watkins, a sixth-rounder in 2020, is the Eagles’ top deep threat who ranks 11th in the NFL for yards-per-catch at 15.8. He has 31 receptions for 491 yards – second among receivers on the team behind DeVonta Smith (701) – including a 91-yarder back in Week 2. The latter was the fifth-longest pass reception in franchise history. Carson Wentz Hits Snap Count for First-Rounder The Indianapolis Colts will surrender a first-round pick to the Eagles from the Carson Wentz trade. The one-time franchise quarterback needed to play 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps for a conditional second-rounder to convert into a first-rounder. Wentz has seen has seen 854 of the team’s 876 snaps this year (97.5%), meaning even if Wentz misses the final three games then he still would have played 80.3% of the total snaps. Lock it in. The only negative thing is the Colts are in prime position to make the postseason. If the season ended today, the first-round pick acquired in the Wentz trade would equate to the 23rd overall pick. The Colts are one of the hottest teams in football, especially after knocking off the New England Patriots 27-17 on Saturday night. Indianapolis has won four of their last five games. Wentz made headlines against New England for getting into it with Matthew Judon. The Colts signal-caller wouldn’t get into the specifics of what happened but it seemed to center around Judon questioning his manhood. And (maybe?) kicking him in his private area, based on how Wentz explained the altercation. "I don’t need to go into the specifies obviously, but a man’s ability to reproduce is being in question and some other guys with curse words,” Wentz said, via USA Today. "Guy’s hands needs to be at their side – I will just say that.” Washington QB Situation Still Unclear The Washington Football Team still hasn’t named their starter for Tuesday’s game. The expectation has been that third-stringer Kyle Shurmur might be under center since starter Taylor Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen remain in the COVID-19 protocol. The team hadn’t activated either one as of Sunday but they do have two more days to turn in negative tests. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni talked about the unpredictability of preparing for a team without a clear-cut starter named. They will have to rely on scouting reports and video tape of Shurmur from the preseason and going back to his college days. The Vanderbilt product has never played in a regular-season game. "It’s always about the players and their talents and what they do,” Sirianni said. "So obviously we have done a lot of homework of getting that information. We got great guys – like I said, our video department has cut-ups of everybody. Every play they’ve ever played, any play they’ve ever played on this situation, any play they’ve ever played on the left hash, right hash.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/quez-watkins-activated/
  8. Eagles Worried About COVID-19 Outbreak in O-Line Room? By Mike Greger Updated Dec 20, 2021 at 6:42pm Getty: All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson would be a perfect fit for the Cincinnati Bengals. With two offensive linemen – first, Landon Dickerson and now Andre Dillard – entering the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols in consecutive days it’s fair to wonder if an outbreak is on the horizon. The players share the same meeting rooms and stay around each other at the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice facility. Dickerson tested positive on Sunday so there is still hope he’ll turn back a negative test prior to kickoff. Dillard seems like a longshot to dress, though, since he tested positive on Monday. There has been no indication from the team that anyone else on the offensive line has been infected. Then again, players are tested daily and a league-wide spike in positive cases has everyone on edge. "We’re very aware obviously of everything that’s going on and we’re taking precaution of what we’re doing,” Sirianni told reporters on December 15. "I’m not going to get into everything that we’ve done that’s different, but we’re taking precaution to make sure that we have a competitive advantage over other teams.” Sirianni admitted to some "shuffling” of the meeting rooms, specifically among the quarterbacks. The team has put a bigger emphasis on social distancing inside the building and wearing masks whether vaccinated or not. The majority of Eagles players are vaccinated, according to Sirianni. Remember, teams aren’t required to submit vaccination percentages to the media. "I’m just fortunate that we came back in and that we didn’t have a lot of guys that tested positive after being on a bye week and being out and about,” Sirianni said. "So obviously, credit to the guys that they were safe when they were out. They were cautious about what they were doing.” Jack Anderson Could Provide O-Line Depth The Eagles will need depth along the offensive line without Dickerson and Dillard. The starting left guard spot is all but assured to Sua Opeta, while Nate Herbig gets the start at right guard with Jack Driscoll on injured reserve. But the cupboard is a little bare behind those guys. The Eagles may decide to call up rookie Jack Anderson off injured reserve, if he’s healthy and ready to play. He hit IR on November 20 with a hamstring injury, then got activated to the 21-day practice window on December 15. There was a mild hype around the possible Richie Incognito clone. Other options include veteran swing tackle Le’Raven Clark and Brett Toth, along with Kayode Awosika or Luke Juriga from the practice squad. Jalen Hurts Carries No Injury Designation Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback, barring some crazy last-minute setback during pre-game warmups. He was a full participant at practice all week and carries no injury designation heading into Week 15. Hurts was dealing with a high ankle sprain and his status had been up in the air. "I feel pretty confident and feel really good about where he is at right now,” Sirianni told reporters on December 17. "The sooner you know the better, but that’s not always realistic. Sometimes you have to wait it out and sometimes you don’t have that liberty and you’re at the liberty of the ankle, the liberty of the player and how he feels, and what the trainers and the doctors and strength staff are telling you, too.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/covid-19-offensive-line/
  9. Eagles Running Out of Time to Trade Complicated Star By Mike Greger Updated Dec 16, 2021 at 11:43am Getty: Eagles RB Miles Sanders was a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. One storyline haunting the Philadelphia Eagles for two-plus seasons has been the health of Miles Sanders. The third-year running back always seems to find the injury report: hamstring, knee, ankle, you name it. Sanders, a second-round pick in 2019, is an uber-talented rusher who has racked up 2,263 yards in 38 games. He’s averaging 5.0 yards-per-carry for his short career on 455 total rushes. The Penn State product is coming off a 120-yard performance against the New York Jets in Week 13. Yes, Sanders has flashed franchise back potential at times. Is he the long-term answer, though? That remains to be seen. A player’s best availability is his availability, coupled with doing all the dirty things it takes to win. Sanders struggles mightily with dropped passes and fumbles – two big no-nos for a guy looking to tote the rock with the game on the line. He also ran out of bounds three different times this season when the Eagles were trying to run the clock out. These are rookie mistakes that cannot happen. To be fair, Sanders hasn’t hidden from his shortcomings. He vowed to clean up the fumbles after doing it twice in Week 11, one of those led to a New Orleans Saints’ touchdown and the other stayed with the Eagles thanks to a penalty. "It is something I am not supposed to do. My job is to protect the football and I failed to do that,” Sanders said on November 21. "I am not going to sit here and make excuses. It is not going to happen again after being back active and getting in a groove. I am going to keep this thing going and move forward.” 3 Reasons to Trade Miles Sanders 1. Pay Increase Coming. Sanders has one year left on his four-year rookie deal and he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2023. That means the Eagles are going to have to decide whether to pay him a lucrative extension. He’ll want somewhere in the range of four years and $48 million, like Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon. Is he that good? Probably not. 2. Eagles Have Replacement. It’s a small sample size, but Kenny Gainwell looks like he can do a lot of the same things. He’s slightly faster (4.47 in the 40 to Sanders’ 4.49); he’s a better pass-catcher out of the backfield; and he reads and reacts to his blockers better, especially on sharp cuts. The rookie also has three more touchdowns on 129 less offensive snaps. 3. One Injury Away. Sanders is literally one injury away from being untradeable. Plus, the average age for an NFL running back is 28.5. He’ll turn 25 in May which isn’t that old – until you start looking around the league’s other backfields. Ezekiel Elliott (26) is fighting off Tony Pollard (24) in Dallas, while AJ Dillon (23) is already stealing touches from Aaron Jones (26) in Green Bay. 3 Reasons to Keep Miles Sanders 1. Best RB on Eagles Roster. No one has ever questioned Sanders’ talent. His 5.0 yards-per-carry is the fourth-best in the entire NFL since 2019. He’s also a big play waiting to happen with 26 plays of 20 yards or more since his rookie year. He clearly has more upside than Boston Scott and Jordan Howard while Gainwell continues to develop. 2. He’s a Good Blocker. He has blown up quite a few would-be pass rushers in pass protection. Just ask Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo about that. Or Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons. That’s the hardest thing for a young back to learn. It was something that former assistant coach Duce Staley prioritized. 3. Team-First Player. There is no player on the Eagles’ roster who has more of a right to complain than Sanders. He has been severely under-utilized going back to Doug Pederson’s tenure. Yet throughout every experiment – remember Kerryon Johnson? – the quiet, unassuming rusher has preached patience. He has never once lobbied for more carries, even when it was obvious he needed to be a bigger part of the offense. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/miles-sanders-trade/
  10. Eagles Star Throws Subtle Shade at Doug Pederson, Old Staff By Mike Greger Updated Dec 16, 2021 at 4:15pm Getty: Dallas Goedert is in the best shape of his career after inking a lucrative contract extension in 2021. Soft-tissue injuries have wreaked havoc on the Philadelphia Eagles in recent years. Multiple players endured what appeared to be freak tweaks or sprains during Doug Pederson’s reign as head coach. Were they simply cases of bad luck? Or was it emblematic of a bigger problem? Remember, the Eagles made sweeping changes to their medical staff in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Then the organization fired Pederson and embarked upon the most cautious offseason in NFL history under first-year head coach Nick Sirianni. The Eagles basically punted on preseason games while playing touch football in training camp. That strategy has continued into the regular season with the team rarely going full tilt in practices. Sirianni has turned to walk-throughs to get mental reps over physical ones. And it appears to be working. Dallas Goedert had been one of the most injury-plagued guys on the roster in his first three seasons. This year, the talented tight end has only missed one game and it was due to COVID-19 instead of injury. Goedert credited a new workout regiment for improving his conditioning. He also seemed to threw some subtle shade at the previous coaching staff for his lengthy injury history. "It’s probably a combination of both,” Goedert said when asked about his own conditioning habits versus staff changes. "I’ve added quite a bit into my just weekly regiment, whether it’s massages or just doing different things like stretching and strengthening my muscles. "But then also I feel like we’re practicing less. We’re spending less time on the field. My body is going through a lot less wear and tear. You know, the things that I was asked to do the last three years compared to this year is a little bit different so I think that all kind of plays a part in it.” Putting the Giants Loss Behind Them The Eagles would be in a lot better shape if they had beaten the New York Giants in Week 12. They can still control their own destiny by winning out, but the margin for error is zero. That 13-7 defeat stings hard. "We’re not going to let it linger,” linebacker Alex Singleton said of the Giants’ loss. "We know what’s in front of us. We know if we can take care of business we get them again and it can completely change our division record and where we want to be in the playoff race and all that stuff.” Everyone in the locker room has moved on from the Mess in the Meadowlands. And no one considers it a "wake-up call.” "It was one [Giants game] you hate to lose, just like any of them,” Goedert said. "One we wish we could have back, but I don’t know if it was a wake-up call. It was just we need to get better.” Eagles Shuffle Meeting Rooms Due to COVID-19 The Eagles are taking extra precautions to deal with the recent COVID-19 spike across the NFL. The Washington Football Team – their opponent in Week 15 – has 21 players infected right now. Sirianni said he is doing his best to shield his team from COVID-19, highlighted by shuffling the meeting rooms and encouraging guys to mask up. "Again, you try to keep everybody separate and we did a little shuffling of our meeting rooms,” Sirianni said. "But you try to keep everybody separate and they’re no different. We didn’t send one of them home or anything like that. But we have space in our meetings that we feel comfortable with.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/dallas-goedert-better-conditioning/
  11. Eagles Protect 4 Players, Including Scout Team ‘Destroyer’ By Mike Greger Updated Dec 14, 2021 at 6:03pm GETTY: Cameron Malveaux #94 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates a sack in the first half of the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at State Farm Stadium on December 09, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Philadelphia Eagles protected four players on the practice squad heading into Week 15, including explosive pass rusher Cameron Malveaux. The University of Houston alum has a massive 82.5-inch wingspan and two career sacks on 125 defensive snaps in the NFL. Malveaux has spent the entire 2021 campaign on the practice squad since signing with the Eagles on September 29. Philadelphia marks his seventh stop since going undrafted in 2017. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder has 19 total tackles (four for loss) in 15 games. Malveaux made quite an impression as a scout team "destroyer” for the Miami Dolphins. Former Eagles defensive line coach Matt Burke was his defensive coordinator there. "In terms of skill-set I mean he’s a big long kid that is tough against the run,” Burke said in 2017, via Sports Talk Florida. "He sets edges for us; even as a rusher, he’s not going to be super fancy but he does a good job in terms of long-arming with his length and speed-to-power and trying to collapse the pocket and push guys.” Philadelphia also saved receiver John Hightower, safety Jared Mayden, and cornerback Mac McCain on the practice squad. Hightower is worth monitoring as he could be elevated to the active roster to take Quez Watkins’ place. Watkins was added to the Reserve/COVID-19 List and his status remains up in the air. Obviously the Eagles don’t appear very high on fellow practice squad members Deon Cain and KeeSean Johnson. Rasul Douglas Makes Stunning Admission Rasul Douglas has morphed into a solid starting cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. The former third-round pick of the Eagles has three interceptions in five starts this season, including pick-sixes in back-to-back games. Douglas has slowly started turning into a legitimate playmaker for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. Turns out, the 26-year-old never had the right coaching in Philly. Douglas made the stunning admission that he never studied film prior to arriving in Green Bay. He didn’t know how to do it. Eagles Rookie Compared to Colts Pro Bowler Eagles rookie guard Landon Dickerson may only have 11 NFL starts under his belt, but he’s drawing Pro Bowl comparisons. Scratch that, All-Pro comparisons. Head coach Nick Sirianni was recently asked if Dickerson reminded him of anyone he’s ever coached. The answer? None other than Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson, a three-time All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler. That’s high praise after Pro Football Focus ranked Nelson as the fourth-best overall player and top offensive lineman in the league. "I know this is high praise, but I do see some of the physical movements that kind of like Quenton Nelson had,” Sirianni told reporters. "There are some things that I see and I’m like, ‘That looked like Quenton right there.’ Obviously, I think Quenton is a great football player, so that’s a high praise, because Quenton has done a lot for me in my career in the teams that I’ve been on. "But I do see that every once in a while where I’m like, ‘Hey, that movement looked like Quenton right there,’ as comp goes. I just see Landon playing tough and playing physical and playing nasty, right? Which is what you want out of your offensive line.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/cameron-malveaux-protected/
  12. Intriguing WR Replacements After Eagles Speedster Hits COVID-19 List By Mike Greger Updated Dec 14, 2021 at 12:01am Getty: The Eagles signed former Fresno State standout KeeSean Johnson to their practice squad. The Philadelphia Eagles placed receiver Quez Watkins and running back Jason Huntley on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. No corresponding roster moves were announced, although Watkins’ potential absence opens up the door. The second-year burner from Southern Miss out-snapped every receiver on the team in Week 13. Watkins saw 55 offensive snaps against the New York Jets, compared to 48 for Jalen Reagor and 44 for DeVonta Smith. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had 14 and that was it. The Eagles could make veteran Greg Ward a bigger part of the gameplan or they could elevate a practice squad receiver. John Hightower would be the most logical option considering he’s been protected multiple times this season. The 2020 fifth-rounder hasn’t materialized into a reliable target and last played in Week 9 (November 7) when he fumbled a kickoff return. Philadelphia also has Deon Cain and KeeSean Johnson patiently waiting for opportunities. Neither player has seen any game action since 2020. They do bring considerable speed and some fun intrigue to the position. Cain has nine career catches for 124 yards, while Johnson has 36 receptions for 360 yards and a touchdown. Johnson was a quiet pickup by the Eagles coming out of training camp. The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder left Fresno State as the program’s all-time leader in career receptions (275) and career receiving yards (3,463). He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine before going to the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round. His former receivers coach there once compared his sneaky speed to a motorcycle. Meanwhile, Huntley has spent the entire 2021 campaign on the practice squad. He had an excellent camp and flashed as a speedy and sure-handed option at kick returner. The Eagles have been reluctant to elevate Huntley and test him out, though. Eagles Like Depth in Receivers Room Head coach Nick Sirianni has never wavered in his confidence in the wide receivers already on the roster. Remember, he was a position coach for many years and has a natural eye for talent. Sirianni specifically called out Johnson and Cain when asked about the team possibly making a move for Odell Beckham back on November 5. He wasn’t interested. "I feel good about their backups, as well, with Greg Ward and J.J. and some of the guys, Deon Cain, that we have on the practice squad,” Sirianni said. "And Hightower, who we have on the practice squad, and KeeSean Johnson, who we have on the practice squad. I feel good about that room. It’s a lot of different skill sets in that room that we really like.” NFL Sees Spike in Positive COVID-19 Tests Watkins and Huntley were one of many to hit the Reserve/COVID-19 List on Monday. The NFL saw 36 total players – 25 on active rosters, 11 on practice squads – turn in positive tests, according to NFL Network’s Tom Peliserro. The league is now requiring COVID-19 booster shots for Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel. Two players for the Washington Football Team – defensive tackle Jonathan Allen and linebacker David Mayo – hit the Reserve-COVID-19 List. Allen leads the team in sacks (7.5), quarterback hits (25), and tackles for loss (9). Mayo has 13 total tackles and a fumble recovery in 13 games. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/covid-19-practice-squad/
  13. NFL Rumors: Eagles Trade ‘Bridge Starter’ QB, Draft Ole Miss Stud By Mike Greger Updated Dec 13, 2021 at 2:31pm Getty Images: Matt Corral of Ole Miss. Gardner Minshew is expected to return to his seat on the bench as Jalen Hurts returns from an ankle injury. Any talk of a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia was completely overblown. Hurts has done enough to earn the trust of the Eagles’ coaching staff. Meanwhile, Minshew’s one-game breakout performance has elicited new rumors about an offseason trade. The 25-year-old posted a perfect passer rating in the first half versus New York on December 5, a game where he looked every bit the part of an NFL starter. He threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns while completing 20-of-25 passes. And Minshew has already started garnering trade interest. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Carolina Panthers kicked the tires on a trade for Minshew prior to signing Cam Newton. The talks didn’t get too far and compensation was never discussed. However, Rapoport believes more teams are going to be blowing up Howie Roseman’s phone for a "bridge starter with upside.” Minshew could net a mid-round pick in return. The Eagles only surrendered a sixth-rounder to acquire a player under contract through the 2022 season. Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen spoke highly of Minshew following the team’s 33-18 win over the Jets. He was sure to credit the game as a "team win” after head coach Nick Sirianni declared Hurts would remain the starter. "I thought he played a heck of a game,” Steichen said of Minshew. "He was efficient getting the ball out of his hands, getting completions and moving the chains. I think that’s a tribute to his preparation that he puts in every week and also the guys. It was a team win.” Eagles Land Ole Miss QB Matt Corral Pro Football Focus released their most recent 2022 NFL mock draft for all 32 teams. The Eagles held the No. 10 (via Miami), No. 11, No. 21 (via Indianapolis) picks and added two skill guys on offense and one developmental defensive player. Surprisingly, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral went to Philly at pick No. 11 in a move prefaced with a huge disclaimer: "This does not mean Philly is giving up on Jalen Hurts.” Corral completed 258-of-378 passes (68.3%) for 3,333 yards, with 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions this year. He helped lead the Rebels to the first 10-win season in school history despite playing on an injured ankle down the stretch. He is widely regarded as the best signal-caller in the 2022 draft, along with Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and North Carolina’s Sam Howell. Philadelphia took Alabama’s Jameson Williams at No. 10. The transfer from Ohio State is a burner who racked up 1,445 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s considered the premier deep threat (via PFF) in the class after averaging 15.2 yards on an average depth of target. The Eagles grabbed DeMarvin Leal out of Texas A&M at No. 21. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder was a stud edge rusher before moving inside to play defensive tackle in 2021. He had 13 sacks in three seasons. Four Games Left, Three at the Linc The Eagles will play meaningful football in December and January. They have four games remaining on the 2021 schedule, all of them against NFC East foes and three of them at Lincoln Financial Field. If they can string together a four-game winning streak, a playoff spot is almost guaranteed. "I believe this team was tough from the beginning because of leaders we have on this team and the guys that have been here in the past,” Sirianni said. "I just think that’s showing up over and over again that we’re a tough, hard-nosed football team that is winning games up front on the offensive and defensive line.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/matt-corral-draft-rumors/
  14. Cowboys Help Improve Eagles’ NFL Playoff Odds During Bye Week By Mike Greger Updated Dec 13, 2021 at 11:23am Getty: Eagles coach Nick Sirianni wants the team to grow roots like a healthy flower amid a 2-5 season. The Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed some much-needed rest and relaxation in Week 14. Head coach Nick Sirianni let his players take the whole week off since the bye came so late in the season. It was a time to heal and get their bodies right. That didn’t stop the rest of the NFL from strapping on the pads. The Eagles actually got an assist from their most hated rival after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Football Team 27-20. Dallas has the NFC East crown pretty much locked up. The Cowboys (9-4) lead the division by three games with four weeks to go. Meanwhile, Philadelphia (6-7) and Washington (6-7) sit in a tie for second place. Those two teams battle at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 15 (December 19) and again at Washington in Week 17 (January 2). The Eagles can control their own destiny by winning their last four games and can clinch the final wild-card spot. ESPN’s Football Power Index has Philly "in the hunt” while slating their playoff odds at 33.4%. And FiveThirtyEight is giving the Eagles a 38% chance of qualifying for the postseason. "I think obviously I would like to be in better shape. There are some games out there that we feel like we could have got earlier in the year that we didn’t,” Sirianni told reporters on December 6. "But our job is to try to win every single game, so my mind is in a mindset of whatever we got to do to win each and every game, that’s what we’re going to do. And so, I don’t want to look at it as ahead of schedule. All I really care about is getting a little bit better each day.” Other teams to keep an eye on in the NFC playoff race are the San Francisco 49ers (7-8) and Minnesota Vikings (6-7). The 49ers own the tie-breaker over the Eagles, while Minnesota and Philadelphia don’t play this season. Taylor Heinicke Expected to Start Washington starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke suffered a knee injury against Dallas and underwent an MRI. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Heinicke won’t miss any time and should be good to go in Week 15 versus Philadelphia. The 28-year-old is coming off a forgettable performance where he went 11-of-25 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Backup Kyle Allen replaced Heinicke, but there is no controversy brewing in D.C. "If he’s healthy, he’s our starter,” head coach Ron Rivera said, via ESPN. Doug Pederson Heading to Jacksonville? The Jacksonville Jaguars might be heading for a divorce from Urban Meyer. His first season in North Florida has been filled with dysfunction and credibility issues as rumors of his impending dismissal mount. One name popping up as a logical replacement has been Doug Pederson. The Super Bowl-winning coach remains unemployed and has expressed a desire to return to the sideline, plus he resides in Florida. NJ Advance Media’s Mike Kaye called him the "perfect fit” for Jacksonville assuming Meyer is fired. Kaye served as a Jaguars beat reporter prior to covering the Eagles so it stands to reason he has a good handle on the organization’s thinking. Stay tuned. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/wild-card-playoff-odds/
  15. NFL Insider on Eagles QB Shuffle: ‘Not Sure I Want to Hand Him The Reins’ By Mike Greger Updated Dec 8, 2021 at 11:51am Getty: If Jalen Hurts' ankle keeps him out in Week 13, then Gardner Minshew would get the start for the Eagles. Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles after the bye week. That is what head coach Nick Sirianni said after Gardner Minshew’s electrifying performance, so we have to take him at his word. And rightfully so since Hurts has put the team in striking distance of the playoffs. However, the City of Brotherly Love is unforgiving and loves a good quarterback controversy. All the greats went through one, from Ron Jaworski through Donovan McNabb. Now the spotlight is on Minshew to possibly usurp Hurts following one fill-in start. Slow the hype train, says one plugged-in reporter. NBC Sports’ Peter King recently chatted with Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team on SportsRadio 94WIP to discuss the situation. King loves Minshew – the two did a Super Bowl event together – but he doesn’t see the mustachioed wonder as a guy ready to be a franchise starter. "My feeling is I want to have him on my team. I’m not sure I want to hand him the reins of my franchise,” King told Cataldi. "Angelo, I think the biggest issue here is how much — if you think, if you still think that Jalen Hurts has a real chance to be your guy for long term, and I don’t know that anyone inside the Eagles thinks that, maybe they do, I don’t know — but if you really think that, you’re really muddying the waters by giving Minshew a start or two when Jalen Hurts is healthy.” Denver Broncos May Pursue Hurts King was asked how long it takes to identify whether a guy has starter’s talent. He didn’t have an answer while citing that the Cleveland Browns still don’t know after 56 starts from Baker Mayfield. Ditto for the New York Giants after 37 starts from Daniel Jones. Hurts only 16 starts under his belt. If the Eagles aren’t sure, King mentioned trading him to the Denver Broncos. "I think he’s had some really good days and some really disappointing days, but that’s what young quarterbacks always have in the NFL,” King said of Hurts. "I’m fascinated by Jalen Hurts. In fact, if I were like Denver kicking the can down the road for one more year at quarterback because I think maybe I can get Aaron Rodgers in free agency in 2023, that would be among the players I would pursue in the offseason if I were Denver — if Philadelphia has decided that he’s not quite their guy.” Eagles Looking at Drafting Rookie QB? The Eagles should have three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL draft, thanks to the Carson Wentz trade. The franchise will actually have nine total picks in the first five rounds, so the options are limitless. Especially if they wanted to roll the dice on a rookie quarterback. According to King, the Eagles might have an interest in taking a new signal-caller late in the first round. Or maybe they go all-in and make a blockbuster trade for Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson. King wrote the following in his "Football Morning in America” column: https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/peter-king-gardner-minshew/
  16. NFL Insider Provides Injury Update on Eagles’ Jalen Hurts By Mike Greger Updated Dec 9, 2021 at 12:24pm Getty: Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. The Philadelphia Eagles are expecting Jalen Hurts to be back under center after the bye week. His sore ankle will have had roughly three weeks to heal up by then. Minshew Mania aside, Hurts is QB1 for the foreseeable future. While details on the severity of Hurts’ injury have been scant, there is a new report out there that attempts to update the situation. FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer said the dual-threat quarterback has a high ankle sprain (Grade 1), which is usually a two to four week injury. Best case scenario: Hurts should be locked and loaded for Week 15 against the Washington Football Team. Worst case, it’s another start for mustachioed sensation Gardner Minshew. One other interesting tidbit from Glazer’s report (via Joe Giglio) had to do with the long-term plan at quarterback. As Eagles fans slap fake mustaches on their faces and practice high-fiving their dads, the guys in the Eagles’ locker room are standing behind Hurts. They aren’t listening to the outside noise, especially the one about Deshaun Watson coming over in a trade. Glazer said: "By the way, I’ll tell you this. While the team was dabbling with maybe DeShaun Watson and going after somebody else, I’m just telling you that locker room, they are all bought in on Jalen Hurts. Completely bought in on him.” Minshew Linked to Trades: Bleacher Report Minshew seems to be pigeon-holed into a backup spot in Philadelphia, but there could be opportunities to start elsewhere. Bleacher Report’s Chris Rolling explored several potential trade destinations for the veteran quarterback, including Washington, Pittsburgh, Carolina, Atlanta. Minshew is under contract through the 2023 season, with a ridiculously cheap $850,000 salary this year. It’s unlikely the Eagles would move the talented 25-year-old to a divisional rival like Washington, although stranger things have happened. They did send former franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to D.C. in 2010. And they made a deal with the Dallas Cowboys to trade up and select DeVonta Smith in the 2021 NFL draft. Either way, Minshew would be an intriguing piece for almost every team in the NFL. "While he’s not an elite athlete and doesn’t boast a booming arm, NFL teams often have problems finding quality starters,” Rolling wrote, "so it’s safe to say there aren’t 32 better starters than him in the NFL currently.” Nick Sirianni Throws Support Behind Hurts Head coach Nick Sirianni has been pretty adamant that Hurts wouldn’t lose the starting job due to injury. Following the Eagles’ 33-18 victory in Week 13, he didn’t stutter when asked about the plan moving forward. Hurts is the guy, not Minshew. "I think he’s played good football, like really good football,” Sirianni said of Hurts on December 5. "I think there have been times where he’s been one of the best in the league with the way he’s moved around and made plays. You look at the quarterback rating and what he’s had there, so he’s played really good football whenever he’s in. So when he’s healthy and he’s back, he’ll be our starter.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jay-glazer-jalen-hurts-injury/
  17. Eagles Reveal Jalen Reagor’s Job Security After ‘Mental Lapse’ By Mike Greger Updated Dec 7, 2021 at 3:56pm Getty: Eagles WR Jalen Reagor has been struggling with drops, fumbles, and poor decision-making in 2021. Jalen Reagor’s time as the lead kick returner could be coming to an end. The second-year receiver was benched after he badly misplayed a second-quarter kickoff, then fumbled a punt return. Reagor recovered the latter and gained 20 yards but it was an ugly play. Boston Scott replaced him coming out of halftime but it was a short-lived substitution. The coaching staff just wanted to "take something off his plate,” according to Philadelphia Eagles special-teams coordinator Michael Clay. Reagor doesn’t appear in danger of losing the kick returner job due to a few bone-headed plays. In fact, Clay put the blame squarely on himself for not providing the appropriate hand signal. "It’s one of those mistakes that we can’t have because we put the offense in a terrible situation,” Clay said of the misplayed kick return. "Luckily, they bailed us out with that big scoring drive right there. But it was one of those little mental lapses that, myself, I could be better at and just keep reminding him that, even if there’s a TV time-out, just to give him a hand signal just to back up right there. For the most part, it was a collective ‘FUBAR’ from the special teams standpoint there.” Interesting. Reagor is averaging a meager 6.4 yards-per-return on 23 kickoffs, with a long of 22 yards. He’s been slightly better on punt returns where he’s at 21.3 yards-per-return on 12 punts. Important to remember: Reagor fumbled his first career punt return. Reagor’s Demotion Not Permanent One Six different Eagles players have rotated on kick returns this season: Reagor, Scott, Quez Watkins, Greg Ward, Kenny Gainwell, John Hightower. Reagor leads the pack with 12 opportunities, followed by eight chances for Watkins and one each for the rest. To be fair, no one has really stood out so it wasn’t shocking to hear Clay give Reagor a vote of confidence. He’s still the top option there. "Probably not, I wouldn’t say permanent,” Clay said about Reagor’s benching. "We’re obviously all being evaluated, myself included. We’re going to go through the evaluation of everything, but Jalen, even the first one, he got to the 31-yard line, he brings some explosiveness. Everything’s kind of magnified on the returner in those situations, especially kickoff and punt return because, obviously, he’s the one catching the ball.” Jake Elliott Furthers Pro Bowl Case Meanwhile, kicker Jake Elliott has enjoyed a resurgence after a forgettable 2020 campaign. He notched four field goals against the New York Jets – 31 yards, 32 yards, 43 yards, 46 yards – and stretched his consecutive streak to 15. He’s connected on 22-of-24 field-goal attempts for a career-best 91.7% this season while hitting all 30 of his extra-point tries. Everything is clicking for the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month. "Obviously things are clicking,” Elliott told reporters, via the Eagles’ website. "I’m just trying to strike the ball clean week in and week out, and trying to perfect the craft. I’m trying to have good foot to ball, good rotation, all of the nerdy stuff about kickers.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-reagor-mental-lapse/
  18. Eagles Brass Conflicted Over Jalen Hurts’ Future: Report By Mike Greger Updated Dec 3, 2021 at 5:03pm Getty: Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie talks to his most trusted adviser, general manager Howie Roseman. Jalen Hurts has been inching toward locking down the franchise starter job – minus last week’s debacle in The Meadowlands, of course. He could easily be the long-term answer for the Philadelphia Eagles if his stellar play continues. That is a big if and one that is being intensely debated in the front office. According to The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, the two biggest decision-makers in the organization – owner Jeffrey Lurie, general manger Howie Roseman – are split over Hurts. Lurie has jumped on board the Hurts’ train, while Roseman needs more convincing to buy a ticket. It’s not a rift, just a difference of opinion based on the second-year quarterback’s first 16 starts. He’s 6-10 over parts of two seasons. "Lurie is said to still believe in Hurts, but Roseman’s assessment is less confident, two independent sources familiar with their thinking said,” McLane wrote. "The Eagles may have no other choice but to ride with Hurts next season. The draft is still a ways out, but there isn’t expected to be a first-round talent among the quarterback prospects in this class.” The Eagles have been rumored to be in the hunt for a veteran quarterback, too. Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or Deshaun Watson could be available in a trade and the team has three potential first-rounders to dangle out. Watson has been the one name continually linked to them despite his legal troubles, something that doesn’t seem to bother Lurie. "Lurie was believed to be the driving force behind his team’s interest, the two sources familiar with his thinking said,” McLane wrote. "Jeffrey has his principles,” an NFL source who worked with the Eagles said, "until it comes to quarterbacks.” Wilson Might Waive No-Trade Clause for Philly Watson has been unwilling to waive his no-trade clause for any team other than Miami. And the Dolphins chose not to make a deal for the Houston Texans quarterback at the deadline. Meanwhile, Wilson carries his own no-trade clause in Seattle and that sticking point has gone largely ignored. Until now. ESPN’s Adam Schefter told "The John Kincade Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic that he believes Wilson would waive it to come to Philadelphia. When asked about it, Schefter said: "I believe he’d waive the no-trade clause.” The Seahawks quarterback has long been the apple of Roseman’s eye dating back to the 2012 draft. The Eagles wanted to take him in the third round that year but Seattle snatched him up at No. 75. Thirteen picks later, Philly settled for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Final Injury Report Released The Eagles officially ruled quarterback Jalen Hurts (ankle) and running back Boston Scott (illness) questionable for Sunday on the final injury report. Running back Jordan Howard (knee) is out. Everyone else was listed as full participation at Friday’s practice, including center Jason Kelce (rest/knee), linebacker T.J. Edwards (ankle), defensive end Josh Sweat (knee), and defensive end Derek Barnett (ribs). Other than Hurts, no starters are in danger of missing the Jets game. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-front-office/
  19. Fletcher Cox Responds After Jets Player Viciously Calls Eagles Out By Mike Greger Updated Dec 6, 2021 at 2:54pm Getty: New York Jets linebacker CJ Mosley staring off into the distance during a 2019 preseason game. It’s all about respect and no one is respecting the New York Jets right now. Those were the words spewed forth by Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley after the Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed them 33-18. The lop-sided loss was even more humiliating since the visiting team was openly mocking them in their home stadium and laughing at head coach Robert Saleh. According to Mosley, Eagles players refused to shake hands after the pre-game coin toss and Fletcher Cox went over to Saleh later in the game and laughed in his face as he was trying to get a play called. Philadelphia’s disrespectful behavior went on for all four quarters, per Mosley. "It was all over the field, the coin toss, no hand shake, [Fletcher] Cox was laughing at Coach Saleh when he was fighting for us and trying to get a play called,” Mosley said. "So you see that stuff and you feel that stuff and as a competitor, as a warrior, when you’re fighting with your brothers, that pisses you off.” Mosley didn’t want to get into the specifics of when or why Cox acted the way he did. It just bothered him and sparked a fire under him that the narrative about the Jets’ franchise has to change. "I’d rather not,” Mosley said when asked for more information about the Cox incident. "I saw something and it kind of got under my skin. But that just put me in a mindset that, at some point, we got to go change and take whatever’s on the field. It could have been anybody, it could have been a different team, it really doesn’t matter, we got to change the narrative.” Fletcher Cox Responds to Mosley’s Comments Cox didn’t talk to the media on Sunday but he obviously got wind of Mosley’s comments and expressed his feelings on Instagram. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle posted a photo from the pre-game coin toss which shows him and Mosley embracing at midfield. Cox wrote: "Respect the game.. one thing fletch will always do!!!!!” Cox didn’t address the claim that he laughed at Saleh, though. Maybe a video or photo will surface. Or maybe it won’t. Either way, it seems out of character for Cox who had nothing but kind words to say about the Jets prior to kickoff. "There might be some chirping from both sides beginning of the game knowing that we practiced against them [at training camp],” Cox said. "But at the end of the day you got to respect them. They’re coming off a big win. We’re coming off a tough loss. So it’s just going to be who wants it the most.” Eagles Dominance Continues Over Jets The Eagles are now 12-0 all-time against the Jets in a series that started back in 1973. The last four contests have been particularly rough for New York with Philadelphia winning by an average margin of 18.25 points. The two squads also play each other every year in the preseason and scrimmaged during training camp this year. Some of those camp practices got a little heated this summer so it’s possible tensions were on edge. Mosley mentioned the recent failures of the Jets’ franchise factoring into an overall lack of respect. "At the end of the day it’s all about respect and right now other teams are not respecting us,” Mosley said. "And that’s well deserved, whether it’s by our self-inflicted wounds or by the history of the Jets. But right now none of that matters. The past doesn’t matter, the guys that are here, the coaches that are here, we can affect the future, we can affect right now.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/fletcher-cox-cj-mosley-feud/
  20. Philadelphia Eagles Make Final Decision on Starting QB: Report By Mike Greger Updated Dec 5, 2021 at 1:40am Getty: If Jalen Hurts' ankle keeps him out in Week 13, then Gardner Minshew would get the start for the Eagles. Everything was trending in the right direction for Jalen Hurts all week, then Saturday hit. Hurts’ ankle wasn’t feeling up to the task and Gardner Minshew will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Minshew hasn’t logged quality minutes since December 20 of 2020 when he was leading the Jacksonville Jaguars. He went 22-of-29 for 226 yards and two touchdowns in that one. He’s been backing up Hurts since arriving in Philly this past summer, but mixed in on starter’s reps earlier this week as Hurts nursed an ankle injury. Now it appears as if Minshew will be QB1. According to Derrick Gunn, Hurts is out and Minshew is in for Week 13 against the New York Jets. He also reported that running back Boston Scott will be a game-time decision. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed Gunn’s report on Hurts while adding that the Eagles "want to see how Hurts is feeling on gameday before making any final decisions.” Again, no official clarity on the matter. Don’t Question Hurts’ Toughness If Hurts doesn’t play in Week 13 it won’t be because he didn’t lobby for it. The dual-threat quarterback out of Oklahoma (via Alabama) is one of the toughest players in the Eagles’ locker room. He would have to be physically restrained from running out of the tunnel unless it was a serious injury. Apparently, this is it. "He’s played through injuries last year, played through injuries this year,” All-Pro center Jason Kelce said. "He’s a guy that’s going to give you everything he has, and every single day he comes with the mindset to get better and to improve. So, I think he’s incredibly tough.” Maybe he’s out this week. Maybe he’s not. Hurts made a strong case earlier this week that he would be playing. "You guys know I’m dealing with something,” Hurts said. "It’s the first one that you guys have known [about], so continue to deal with it and move forward and get ready for this week’s game.” Eagles Elevate Special-Teams Safety The Eagles elevated safety Jared Mayden for Week 13 against the New York Jets. The undrafted rookie out of Alabama joined the Eagles’ practice squad on October 26 and enters his second week on the active roster. Mayden saw 11 special-teams snaps last week against the Giants and made one tackle in his NFL debut. Mayden’s first impression on Eagles special-teams coordinator Michael Clay came when he was on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad where he noticed the kid’s speed and physicality. Now he’ll be on the field for a second straight week in midnight green. "More praise to Jared coming out – and that first kickoff, there was a lot of good things on that first kickoff, and he got that tackle in there. It was just more him being ready, him just being a pro,” Clay told reporters. "Like everybody else in this building, you never know when your number is going to get called from week to week, day to day at this point.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/philadelphia-eagles-make-final-decision-on-starting-qb-report/
  21. Ex-Eagles Safety Thriving After Jets Stole Him: ‘He’s a Ball Magnet’ By Mike Greger Updated Dec 2, 2021 at 11:54am Getty: New York Jets safety Elijah Riley thinking about how he can stay on the roster for the foreseeable future. Another former Philadelphia Eagles player is thriving in a new city. This time, the decision to switch jersey colors wasn’t his own. Safety Elijah Riley was strategically poached off the practice squad by the New York Jets and now he’s a starter. Riley, who went undrafted out of Army in 2020, joined the Jets on November 9 and stepped right in as a valuable contributor. The 23-year-old took over for injured safety Marcus Maye and recorded a key tackle-for-loss last week against the Houston Texans. He has 11 total tackles on 109 defensive snaps in two games. Jets head coach Robert Saleh has been impressed by a guy who can go "100 miles per hour with the ball.” "He’s been a ball magnet over the first three weeks,” Saleh said, via the New York Post. "His superpower is his mental horsepower. He is a very smart young man. He can process very quickly.” It’s no surprise that New York stole him away from Philly. He first caught the eye of Jets general manager Joe Douglas in 2020, according to Saleh, and the former Eagles personnel man attempted to "poach” him last season. One year later, Douglas made the Long Island native’s dream a reality. "It’s a dream come true,” Riley said. "Hometown kid playing for a hometown team. It’s amazing.” Darius Slay Saw Riley’s Talent Eagles cornerback Darius Slay has been known to take young defensive backs under his wing and mentor them. He likes to pay it forward for what guys like Rashean Mathis and Chris Houston did for him in Detroit. The three-time Pro Bowler saw potential in Riley at training camp, so he’s not shocked another team noticed. "I heard he’s playing great over there,” Slay told reporters. "Good thing for him, man. Him getting the opportunity to showcase his talent and do what he got to do. He well deserved it. He’s a hard worker for sure. "The Jets noticed in training camp so one of my coaches asked me about him because my guy there, you know TO, Tony Oden, is the DB coach over there and he asked me about him right after we left him there [on the practice squad]. Shoot, I ain’t surprised he’s doing well over there.” Remember, the Eagles and Jets held joint practices this summer and scrimmaged each other at camp. They also played to a 31-31 tie in the final preseason game. Obviously the talent evaluators in New York had a ton of information on Riley. Jake Elliott Named Player of the Month Jake Elliott was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month on Thursday. The Eagles kicker has been lights out in November while connecting on all 19 of his attempts – eight field goals and 11 extra points. Elliott notched a career-high 16 points in Week 11 and moved into third place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. The 26-year-old is the first Eagles player to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Month since David Akers in 2010. He ranks fourth in the conference with 84 points, including 11 straight field goals and three kicks over 50 yards on the year. https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/elijah-riley-jets-ball-magnet/
  22. Eagles Update Jalen Hurts’ Ankle, Possibly Benching Jalen Reagor By Mike Greger Updated Nov 29, 2021 at 5:44pm Getty: Eagles starter Jalen Hurts is leading a Philly offense loaded with rookies and unknowns coming into the 2021 season. Jalen Hurts is dealing with an ankle injury and his status for Week 13 is in jeopardy, according to Nick Sirianni. The Philadelphia Eagles head coach promised to have more information later in the week. For now, Hurts is considered day to day. Hurts revealed he was nursing a sore ankle during his post-game press conference, but the dual-threat quarterback wouldn’t say when or how it happened. It looked like Boston Scott stepped on the ankle early in the fourth quarter on the slow motion replay. Sirianni glossed over the severity of the ailment when he met with reporters on Monday. If Hurts can’t go, the starting job would be turned over to Gardner Minshew. "I hate to keep saying this to you guys, but he’s sore right now,” Sirianni said. "Going to have more information for you on Wednesday. Not putting any time restrictions on him or anything like that. Again, we’ll see how he’s doing as the week goes. But, yeah, he was sore yesterday.” When pressed about Hurts possibly missing this week’s game, Sirianni preached positivity. "I’m hopeful,” Sirianni said. "Jalen is hopeful that he’ll play.” Jack Driscoll Out for Rest of Season Starting right guard Jack Driscoll is done for the year. He suffered a high ankle sprain versus New York and Nate Herbig replaced him on the offensive line. Driscoll is weighing his options on whether to have surgery. Either way, the second-year player was placed on injured reserve and cannot return since this marks his second stint on IR. Sirianni didn’t want to divulge the new starter at right guard for Week 13, although the smart money would be on Herbig. "I feel good about the depth we have right now with Sua [Opeta] and with Nate [Herbig], and even with some of the guys on the practice squad,” Sirianni said. "I am confident in those guys stepping in and being able to make plays.” That’s assuming Jason Kelce is good to go. The All-Pro center hurt his knee on Sunday and gutted it out. There was no update on his status moving forward except for Sirianni saying Kelce was "sore.” Herbig is the backup center right now. Two more injury updates for Philly: RB Jordan Howard (knee) and RB Miles Sanders (ankle) are "trending in the right direction” while RG Brandon Brooks (pec strain) won’t be back until after the bye – at the earliest. No Thoughts of Benching Jalen Reagor Many fans were calling for the Eagles to bench Jalen Reagor after his two costly drops in the final two minutes. Maybe just for one game so he can get his mind right. Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. Sirianni likes what Reagor brings to the table as the starting receiver opposite DeVonta Smith. He thinks the second-year burner gives the Eagles the best chance to win. "I have not thought about that [benching him] and not thought through that because I don’t think that’s in the best interest of the team,” Sirianni said, "because I think Jalen Reagor gives us the best chance to win.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jalen-hurts-ankle-injury/
  23. Eagles’ Jordan Mailata Reveals ‘Nasty’ Reason for Punishing ‘Dirty’ Saints By Mike Greger Updated Nov 24, 2021 at 4:22pm Getty: Saints DE Marcus Davenport hit Jalen Hurts late and that pissed the entire Eagles offensive line off in Week 11. The on-field wrestling match between Jordan Mailata and Marcus Davenport actually started last year. That was Jalen Hurts’ first start for the Philadelphia Eagles and the offensive line had some finished business to attend to from that 2020 chippy affair. Mailata addressed the play that led to his viral IHOP Instagram post, telling reporters he was protecting his family. The massive Aussie wanted payback from last year’s game – a 24-21 Eagles’ victory – when he noticed the Saints making dirty play after dirty play. "I remember them from last year just being so dirty after plays last year and for me I wanted to set the tone early,” Mailata said. "And that’s why I just was the way I was on Sunday. I wasn’t going to let that fly again this year.” The 6-foot-8, 365-pounder wasn’t as in tune with how trash talking worked in 2020 but, thanks to Eagles resident trash talker Brandon Graham, he is now well versed. The left tackle was determined to make a statement early, especially after Marcus Davenport shoved Hurts late out of bounds. "For me, it’s protecting my family,” Mailata said. "All these guys on the team are my family. So, for me, protecting my family is what made me do that. Seeing my brother get hit, getting pushed out of bounds late, that didn’t roll right with me.” Mailata Embraces New ‘Dinosaur’ Title The room erupted in laughter when right tackle Lane Johnson called Mailata a "big dinosaur” following Sunday’s win. Truth be told, he is a mountain of a man and probably could have held his own during the Jurassic period. And the fourth-year player had no qualms with his new title. "Lane called me a dinosaur, cool,” Mailata said. "I’ve been called much worse things.” Mailata comes off as a gentle giant in press conferences and on the field. His vicious pancake block on Davenport (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) may have seemed out of character to casual observers but not to his teammates. He clearly had reached his breaking point. "I think he is a happy-go-lucky Australian guy but he’s also a guy that can get pissed off, too,” center Jason Kelce said. "I enjoyed watching it.” Why was Mailata so angry? Well, he was sick and tired of watching the Saints take cheap shots on his quarterback. He had to defend Hurts’ honor while setting the tone that the Eagles weren’t going to be bullied this time around. "It was a product of a lot of things that kind of led up to me just kind of blowing my cap,” Mailata said. "And I think the biggest thing for me was all the extra stuff he was doing to Jalen. And I’m a big boy, I can handle myself, but I think seeing him get pushed out of bounds and even when Jalen’s breaking the pockets and he’s throwing the ball, he’s getting hit late by No. 92 – Davenport, sorry – and for me it just kind of built up and the frustration [made me think] once I get the opportunity I’m going to do something to this dude.” Building Nasty, Physical Identity Mailata said he got a text message from Hurts late Sunday night thanking him for the protection. This is a tight-knit group that has forged a new identity over the past four weeks, one based on physicality and nastiness. The Eagles want to control the line of scrimmage in the trenches by handing the ball off and letting the offensive line dig in. "Every week we’re trying to be the more physical team. We’re trying to play nasty,” Mailata said. "We’re just trying to be the most dominant o-line out there on the field and that comes with the repetitions every day, making sure we’re detailed, and coach just re-emphasizing – you hear him say it every week, every day, got to play with physicality, got to play with nastiness, that’s what’s going to win.” When asked if he personally wanted a reputation for being nasty and physical, Mailata smiled and replied: "Hell, yeah.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/jordan-mailata-nasty/
  24. Eagles Breakout Star ‘Likely’ Headed to IR, Jordan Howard Update By Mike Greger Updated Nov 23, 2021 at 1:24pm Getty: Eagles LB Davion Taylor has been making his impact felt in Year 2 after limited snaps in his rookie season. The starting linebacker picture was just starting to come into focus for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now it’s a bit more blurry after one of their newly-minted starters appears headed for injured reserve. Davion Taylor could miss at least three weeks with a knee sprain. Taylor, a third-rounder in 2020, had been dealing with a knee bruise at practice last week and then re-aggravated it during Sunday’s game. He exited in the first quarter and never returned. Head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters that Taylor is "likely” hitting injured reserve before promising "more information.” The bad news came on the same day that fellow starting linebacker T.J. Edwards received a one-year contract extension. "He’s playing really good football right now. So excited to have him locked up for next year,” Sirianni said of Edwards. "As far as what we’re asking him to do, is just be around the ball, be physical to the football. When you watch T.J. come after the ball, he’s getting some production in the pass game, but when you watch him come and get an attempt at the tackle, he’s always punching at the ball.” Alex Singleton slid into Taylor’s spot against New Orleans while Genard Avery saw four snaps. The Eagles also have special teams aces Shaun Bradley and Patrick Johnson available at the position. Bradley suffered a shoulder sprain in Week 11, but isn’t expected to miss any time. The update on Jordan Howard wasn’t quite as positive. The punishing running back hasn’t been ruled out but it sounds like a stretch for Howard to suit up against the New York Giants in Week 12. The Eagles will be looking for their third straight win in that one. Darius Slay Remains in Concussion Protocol Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay left the Saints’ game with a head injury. He remains in the concussion protocol which is a day-to-day thing. NBC Sports’ John Clark reported that Slay was "feeling good” on Sunday and hinted at him getting cleared. Remember, tight end Dallas Goedert dealt with a concussion last week and didn’t miss any time. Slay has been phenomenal through 11 games this season, particularly over the last four weeks. The outspoken corner has three touchdowns – two fumble recoveries, one interception – during that span while allowing just 31 yards per game to opposing receivers on the year. Slay has also been an an important sounding board for rookie receiver DeVonta Smith. Sirianni Addresses Contract Extensions Howie Roseman has been on a bit of spending spree in recent days after locking up three impact players to contract extensions. It started with the four-year blockbuster deal for Dallas Goedert, then he inked Avonte Maddox and T.J. Edwards. Sirianni was asked for his thoughts on keeping those guys in the fold. "High football character, high-character guys they’re going to be able to achieve their ceiling,” Sirianni said. "When you pay a guy like Dallas Goedert or Avonte Maddox, or T.J. Edwards, it’s an example to the younger guys of, okay, he got paid right there because he’s a good player and he works his butt off to become the best player he can possibly be. "Those are two common denominators of guys in that role, and I’m really excited to have those guys locked up for the next couple years. You know you’re sound in those areas and positions, and those guys all are on their way up to being one of the best in the league at their position.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/nick-sirianni-injury-update/
  25. Eagles Sign Stud Linebacker, Jalen Reagor Trade Rumors Swirl By Mike Greger Updated Nov 22, 2021 at 2:28pm Getty: Eagles LB T.J. Edwards is turning into a viable starter and breakout star in Philly. Howie Roseman’s spending spree has no end in sight. A few days after locking up young cornerstones Dallas Goedert and Avonte Maddox, the Philadelphia Eagles signed linebacker T.J. Edwards to a one-year contract extension. He took over the starting job four weeks ago. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is worth up to $3.2 million, including $2.15 million in fully guaranteed money. Edwards has 76 total tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception – that crucial play happened versus New Orleans – in 11 games this season. He and Davion Taylor have turned into a formidable force in the middle for the Eagles since Week 8. Edwards went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2019 and soared up the depth chart thanks to strong special-teams play. "I came in here in 2019 as an undrafted guy and just wanted to put my head down and go to work. I knew if I did that good things will happen and good things will come,” Edwards told Dave Spadaro. "It feels really good to be at this point and I just want to do what got me here and keep my head down and go back to work.” Jalen Reagor on Trading Block? Eagles fans let Jalen Reagor hear it with a chorus of boos as he ran out of the home tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field. The 2020 first-rounder has been underwhelming in his first 22 games in midnight green. He made one lowly catch for minus-one yards on 55 offensive snaps versus New Orleans. Reagor’s recent performances have been extra deflating since he flashed at training camp – remember that spectacular one-handed grab? – and entered his sophomore campaign with sky-rocketed expectations. It hasn’t materialized with his play on the field. The burner from Texas Christian has 23 catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. The Eagles dial up a series of plays every week designed to get him going. Well, that hasn’t worked. Nothing has. The folks at NBC Sports Philadelphia have seen enough. They proposed trading him in the offseason for whatever they can get. Perhaps a change of scenery would serve the "purported playmaker” well. More importantly, it would rid the Eagles of a "roster spot-absorbing black hole.” "At this point, I’ve seen enough to think the Eagles should simply send him elsewhere and stop trying to shoehorn him into the offense,” Adam Hermann wrote. "Because he’s a first-round pick, he gets a few plays each week drawn up to try and get him going, and each week they feel like plays destined to bring the offense to a screeching halt.” Miles Sanders’ Fumble Issues Continue Miles Sanders returned from injured reserve against New Orleans and mostly played well minus for one costly fumble. That mistake gave the Saints the ball at the six-yard line and gifted them a touchdown. He almost fumbled another one away on a botched exchange but that one was called back due to a penalty. Sanders still ran hard and well in Week 11: 16 carries for 94 yards, including a 25-yard romp. But his propensity for turnovers is alarming and it’s something he vowed to correct in his post-game comments. "My job is to protect the football and I failed to do that,” Sanders said. "I am not going to sit here and make excuses. It is not going to happen again after being back active and getting in a groove. I am going to keep this thing going and move forward.” Would the Eagles consider trading Sanders? It’s an idea we explored prior to the trade deadline. It makes sense coming off a 94-yard rushing performance if the franchise doesn’t think he’s the long-term answer at running back. Then again, Sanders is uber-talented. Tough decision and one made tougher by the strong play from Jordan Howard and Boston Scott. They also invested a fifth-rounder in Kenny Gainwell. They could easily move on and get a decent haul back for Sanders, although Sirianni didn’t seem ready to do that. He likes Sanders’ potential. "Dog mentality. Move on. Next play. Next play. Next play,” Sirianni said of Sanders’ fumble. "Miles had a good game. He ran the ball hard. He ran the ball well and he ran the ball well in a time where we really needed it.” https://heavy.com/sports/philadelphia-eagles/tj-edwards-contract-extension/
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