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Eagles News: Carson Wentz among top reasons for optimism coming out of the bye

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8 reasons for Eagles optimism entering bye week: Jordan Howard, Brooks Brandon, Miles Sanders, more – NJ.com
5. Carson Wentz, doing his job: This is an MVP season. He would not be in the Top 10 if the voting occurred today. He has not been very much in need of a good deal, managing the game, playing within the offense, playing mistake-free and efficient football. He was dealt with a mediocre receiving core – he's dealt with 20 drops, third-most in the league – but he's still one of the following. PFF has the NFL and he has the second-most yards in the NFL (728) while under pressure. He's on pace for 3,662 yards, 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Not bad, all things considered.

L.J. Fort getting a contract with the Ravens is an embarrassing look for the Eagles – BGN
Well, here's an interesting development. And by "interesting" I mean "embarrassing." Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker L.J. Fort signed a significant contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday.

Special: Eagles' Bye Week Grades – BGN Radio
John Stolnis hands out bye grades for the Eagles after 9 weeks of regular season action! Brought to you by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation

A recap of the Eagles' 2019 injuries so far, in stick figure form – PhillyVoice
Every Friday here, we post the Eagles' and the Eagles' opponents' final injury report. With the Birds on their face, we may just take a look at all the injuries in this form, in stick figure form.

Game Review – PHI 22, CHI 14 – Iggles Blitz
Alshon Jeffery did not have a good game. He was 4-36. AJ dropped multiple passes. These were throws that would have moved the chains. Jeffery did come up big with the game on the line. He caught a third down-pass in the fourth quarter that moved the chains. AJ used his size to block the defender and he held onto this ball. Huge play for him and the offense. Nelson Agholor was 3-21 as a receiver. No runs this week. Agholor and Wentz continues to struggle for some reason. Mack Hollins played 42 snaps and did not have any passes as his way. He was called for late in the second half of the year, and was negated by Sanders. Ugh.

Eagles' expectations for wide receivers were wildly unrealistic, it seems; now the offense grinds it out – Inquirer
Maybe the thought was that Agholor, a dependable weapon in 2017 and 2018, would rise to the occasion in his fifth season as a first-round draft choice. Instead, he is more like the Agholor of 2015 and 2016: unreliable, seemingly lost inside his own head, but the $ 9,387-million-a-year salary of a star. No one seems able to explain why the whole group has been so disappointing. Carson Walch, the Eagles' fifth person in the past five years. Walch, 41, was coaching the Edmonton Eskimos' wideouts when the Eagles helped him out as assistant wide-receivers coach in 2018. He was an entry-level assistant with the Bears when Groh was there in 2013-14. Groh was the wide-receivers coach for the Super Bowl season, the guy who turned Agholor around. One would think he would still be able to control the unit. But Groh speaks ambiguously of the ball "not finding" receivers, as if it controlled its own flight. Is it saying that Carson Wentz will not throw the ball to, say, Hollins? Pederson has made it seem more of a problem of where you have received a choice.

Week 10's biggest fantasy football questions: 32 NFL reporters give advice – ESPN +
Should we be worried about J.J. Arcega-Whiteside's long-term prospects Who has failed to emerge as No. 3 WR? … It's way too early to give up on him. It has been shown that this offseason and has been a lot of shaky moments. This falls on the coaches more than anyone else. The talent and the intelligence are there. The coaching staff needs to help bring out his ability in the second half of the season.

Favorite PFF for NFL MVP, Offensive / Defensive Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year – PFF
Comeback Player of the Year: G Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia Eagles. What we have seen from Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks this season is inane. Brooks is coming off a 96.6 graded game in Week 9 against the Bears, ranking as the fourth-best single game by a right guard in any regular season and postseason game since 2006. Not only is his 93.4 PFF among any offensive lineman, but it's also on the way to the fourth-highest season. In other words, the man is on fire and obliterating any defensive line he faces.

Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame honors Donovan McNabb, Troy Vincent, two cornerstones of an outstanding era of Eagles football – PE.com
In a timeless moment, Donovan McNabb and Troy Vincent shared an emotional embrace Thursday night in the middle of the bustling banquet hall upstairs at Rivers Casino in Philadelphia. The two Eagles greats quietly chatted out of earshot – no doubt reminiscing about their five years together in midnight green – in the same way long-lost brothers might at a family reunion. Later, they will accept their plaques and receive their spots in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. The event was a meeting of lots, with several Eagles luminaries filling the room. Andy Reid was Jermaine Mayberry, Jon Runyan, Todd Herremans, Tra Thomas, Brian Westbrook, Takeo Spikes, and Bobby Taylor. It was a night for family and reflection.

Orlando Scandrick double down trolling of Eagles – NBCSP
As if the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans needed more fodder for their Orlando Scandrick, the NFL player once again joined Skip Bayless on "Undisputed" and spoke about the Dallas Cowboys using curious phrasing. "We," to be specific. How far does Scandrick believe the Cowboys can go this season? "We are looking good right now," Scandrick responds. This gets a rise out of Shannon Sharpe. "Oh, it's 'we' now ?!" Sharpe says. Skip to his defense because he played for them "for a long time." Just not that recently. Right. (BLG Note: Scandrick is such a loser.)

Jay Glazer's NFL mailbag: On Cam Newton's future, the Bengals front office and a favorite moment from 'Ballers' – The Athletic
There's talk of the Eagles looking into Antonio Brown Do you have a solution to their wide receiver? What are the chances he would be allowed to play? – Alex B. … Well, I said it on FOX NFL Sunday, it was about 10 to 14 days ago being interviewed by the NFL and now we know it is slated to be the middle of next week. We also know he had another Twitter meltdown. I think there are actually people concerned about Antonio. If he reads this, he would probably be mad that I'm saying that they are concerned about him, but they are.

Is there a trade market for Nick Foles in 2020? – Big Cat Country
We have been working on Gardner Minshew or Nick Foles in a quarterback is not a very big difference. This team is likely to be between 7-9 or 8-8 by season's end regardless of who's under center. If that's the case, why would you like to go to Minshew? That would be a good place to pay a lot of money. Minshew as your long-term solution at quarterback. But it takes two to tango. Who could want Foles (and that huge contract) next spring?

The NFL Reinforcements Who Could Change the League's Playoff Picture – The Ringer
QB Nick Foles, Jaguars. The Jaguars made a bold-and-for, unnecessary-move on Tuesday that Foles would replace Gardner Minshew II and take back the starting job following the team's Week 10 bye. Jacksonville may end up regretting that decision-for-the-record, if I were coaching, I'd have stuck with Minshew despite his recent struggles-but perhaps the team could not ignore the allure of Foles's proven upside. Sure, the wildly mercurial Foles could end up playing worse than Minshew, and everything could have fallen apart for Jacksonville. He's definitely looking for a bad quarterback for stretches of his career. But there's always a chance that the Jags find a way to wake up the playoff-god version of Foles who helped the Eagles in the playoffs and to a Super Bowl win back in the 2017 season. That Foles could change things in Jacksonville. At 4-5 and coming off its worst loss this season, Jacksonville has a spark in the game of a must-win game, starting with a pair of road matchups with the division-rival Colts and Titans. If Foles can activate his Big Nick Energy that helped Philly to championship a few years back, it would give the Jags the bump they need to get tough in AFC field. We'll see.

Why is the New York Giants' Defense Improving? – Big Blue View
Nine games into the season I think it's easy to agree that the defense has no hope for progress. The Giants are 29th in points and 28th in yards allowed. They are tied with the Green Bay Packers for most 40+ yards passing plays allowed (11). They have given up a lot more than in 2018, but they have not done so much since that happened in 2018. James Bettcher was asked this week if he thought the Giants' defense would be farther along than it is. Taking some of the long-winded gobbledygook, here is the crux of what he said: "I think that no matter where we were at, right now, I would want more, that's just me … I think there are some areas that we're getting better and some players are getting better. We have to keep going to get the other things out of our game. "

Ravens announces extension for linebacker L.J. Fort – Baltimore Beatdown
The Ravens are in the midst of a defensive rebirth over the last several weeks, ever since their poor play on that side of the ball contributed to a shaky 2-2 start. Since then, they've made a few tweaks and additions to the roster that if nothing else have really solidified things up front for Martindale's Wink formly top unit. One of those additions was the long-time loyalty linebacker L.J. Fort, who many fell within the Ravens fan base may not have heard of when he was brought in. Since being plugged into the middle of the D, his strong play is something that can be pointed at as a major factor in this mid-season turnaround.

The 5 O'Clock Club: What will Bruce Allen do to try to "win" the fight he's engaged in Trent Williams? – Hogs Haven
I think it's hard to feel like this situation between Trent Williams and the Washington Redskins has been handled well. There seems to be a lot of opportunities missed, and the situation is unlikely to result in a better Washington Redskins team going forward. The only questions in my mind right now revolve around how the player and the team extricate themselves from this situation, and whether it is possible for them to be able to compete in the future. Right now, I'm not optimistic about any of those things.

The Seahawks are letting DK Metcalf be the juggernaut he is – SB Nation
DK Metcalf was the ninth receiver picked up in the 2019 NFL Draft, scooped up by the Seahawks with the very last selection of the second round. Halfway through his rookie year, Metcalf is outperforming all eight drafted before him – and every other rookie receiver, for that matter. Metcalf leads all rookies with 525 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He's caught nine passes for at least 20 yards, and four for at least 40 yards. It's not surprising that he's putting up numbers in the NFL. After all, he looked and performed like a superhero at the NFL Combine. Metcalf is 6'3, 228 pounds and built like the Juggernaut. Somehow, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds – a time typically only sniffed by players 30 pounds lighter.

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