Player News - Eagles

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According to NFL draft insider Tony Pauline, some general managers and scouting departments are "starting to detest" analytics as a means of decision making and evaluation.

We know firsthand this isn't true for all teams, and Pauline makes it clear it pertains specifically to GMs who "come through the scouting ranks." Per Pauline, scouts and coaches he's spoken to since last week's East-West Shrine All-Star game remain of the belief analytics "have little to do with Xs and Os as well (as) the work ethic and personality of players or the ability of prospects to fit a specific position." Last February, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl after placing a heavy emphasis on analytics to improve their decision-making processes. If what Pauline is hearing is true, it reinforces the fact that analytical teams have a decided advantage on their stone-age competition.
Jan 24 - 1:00 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski doesn't expect the Eagles to re-sign impending free agent DE Brandon Graham.

Graham turns 31 in April and very well could be looking at his final payday in the league. Kempski doesn't believe the Eagles will be able to offer him the most money, leading to Graham walking as a free agent. Graham is a hero in Philly after his strip-sack in last year's Super Bowl win, but the Eagles have depth at the position with Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and 2018 fourth-rounder Josh Sweat. Graham was Pro Football Focus' No. 6-ranked 4-3 end in 2018.
Jan 23 - 12:11 PM

Citing a "half dozen players, plus other sources close to the team," Philly Voice reports Carson Wentz created tension in the Eagles' 2018 locker room and "complicated" the offense.

We weren't quite sure what to make of the story by Joseph Santoliquito but decided to at least pass it along. Santoliquito paints a picture of a young franchise quarterback navigating growing pains as well as ego. Per Santoliquito, Wentz has a great relationship with Nick Foles but less so with other teammates. Santoliquito also reports Wentz was prone to going off script this season after losing Frank Reich as offensive coordinator. For their part, many of Wentz's teammates/Eagles officials have gone on the record to strongly deny the story. Regardless of how much of this is noise, Wentz will certainly be on the spot in 2019. It's been a bizarre 1.5 years for a player who was cruising toward MVP honors in 2017 before shredding his knee.
Jan 21 - 3:30 PM

1010 XL Jacksonville's Hays Carlyon believes the hiring of OC John DeFilippo "strengthens the possibility" of the Jaguars "making an aggressive play" for Nick Foles.

Foles will have plenty of suitors once he and the Eagles decide the best course of action for him. One thing seems certain -- Foles is highly unlikely to remain in Philly after the Eagles again committed to Carson Wentz as their quarterback. DeFilippo was Foles' position coach in 2017 with the Eagles when they won the Super Bowl on Foles' back. The Jaguars' obvious top need is finding a quarterback. Blake Bortles and his $21 million cap hit are on the way out the door.
Jan 16 - 2:38 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Carson Wentz "is the quarterback going forward."

This became a question after Nick Foles led the Eagles on another late-season run including a playoff win, but the reality is there was not much of a decision to be made. Wentz is younger, will likely be cheaper for the next two seasons, and is a better quarterback when healthy. The when healthy part is certainly a concern following two injury-shortened seasons, but EVP Howie Roseman expressed "confidence in his ability to be our quarterback and to be hopefully a 19-game starter." The Eagles will likely look to tag-and-trade Foles this offseason.
Jan 15 - 12:24 PM

Eagles RG Brandon Brooks suffered a torn Achilles' in the Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Brooks expects the recovery to take 6-8 months, making him at bets questionable for training camp. One of the best in the business, Brooks started all 18 games this season and had missed just five snaps all season before going down against New Orleans on Sunday. Brooks turns 30 next summer and is signed through 2020.
Jan 13 - 9:07 PM

Dallas Goedert wasn't targeted in the Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

The second-round rookie still had a very productive rookie season and was a force down the seams and in the red zone. Early in the year, due to several injuries at wideout, Goedert had to act as the No. 3 receiver at times. His rookie year ends with 35 catches for 354 yards and five touchdowns. The playmaking ability is there, but Goedert is blocked for the foreseeable future by Zach Ertz, who is coming off one of the best tight end seasons ever and is signed through 2021.
Jan 13 - 9:04 PM

Nelson Agholor caught 1-of-3 targets for six yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Agholor was the Eagles' No. 2 receiver based on playing time all season, but his numbers took a big hit in 2018 after a breakout 2017 when he scored eight times. The catches and yards were roughly the same as last year, but Agholor's touchdowns were cut in half en route to a 68-774-4 line. Agholor is signed for over $9 million in 2019, but it's guaranteed for injury only, and Agholor isn't hurt. The Eagles could choose to remake their wideout corps behind Alshon Jeffery. Agholor, however, is a very useful player and has come a long way the last two seasons.
Jan 13 - 9:00 PM

Golden Tate caught 2-of-5 targets for 18 yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Acquired from the Lions at the trade deadline, Tate really struggled to gel with the Eagles' offense. He had a 7-85-1 night against the Redskins in Week 13 but never topped 48 yards in a game the other nine games in Philly. Tate averaged 3.7 catches per game with the Eagles after catching 6.3 passes per game the first seven weeks with the Lions. It was just not a great trade for the Eagles, even though Tate made up for it by catching the game-winning touchdown in the Wild Card win over the Bears. Tate will head to free agency in March as a 30-year-old. A return to Philly seems unlikely, but who knows. Perhaps a Detroit reunion is possible.
Jan 13 - 8:55 PM

Jordan Matthews caught 1-of-2 targets for 37 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Matthews scored the first touchdown of the game, getting open deep in the end zone. Matthews spent last summer with the Patriots but suffered an injury and was cut before the season. He joined the Eagles and debuted in Week 3 with several wideouts injured, and Matthews managed to keep a role most of the year as the No. 4 guy behind Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Golden Tate. He caught 21 passes total for 337 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games. Still young at 26, Matthews just hasn't been the same since his early years in Philly due to recurring injuries. Set to be a free agent in March, Matthews' future is totally up in the air.
Jan 13 - 8:54 PM

Zach Ertz caught 5-of-8 targets for 50 yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Ertz had a heck of a season, setting the single-season record for catches by a tight end in the regular season to break Jason Witten's record, but Ertz's final three weeks left a lot to be desired with lines of 3-15, 5-52, and 5-50 in Weeks 17-19 with no touchdowns. Matchups against the Bears and Saints were about as tough as they get in the playoffs. For the year, Ertz grabbed 126 passes for 1,265 yards and eight scores across 18 games. A top-three fantasy tight end alongside Travis Kelce and George Kittle, Ertz will be a strong early-round pick in fantasy next season. Ertz is signed through 2021 and just turned 28 in November. He set career highs across the board in 2018.
Jan 13 - 8:46 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 5-of-8 targets for 63 yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

The pass he didn't catch is what Eagles fans will be talking about after Jeffery's horrendous dropped pass that went right through his hands ended up as a Marshon Lattimore interception with the Eagles trailing 20-14 with less than two minutes to play and driving deep inside New Orleans territory. It's a rough way to end a season. Jeffery missed the first three weeks of the 2018 campaign following shoulder surgery. He got off to a hot start with an 8-105-1 day in Week 4 but experienced a midseason lull following the Golden Tate trade before then picking it back up in Week 14 and with Nick Foles under center the rest of the way. Jeffery had at least 50 yards in the final six games, scoring two times and mixing in a second 100-yard game. Jeffery finishes the year with a 76-988-6 line across 15 games. Jeffery turns 29 next month and is signed through 2021. He'll be back as the Eagles' top outside wideout next season after a healthy offseason.
Jan 13 - 8:35 PM

Josh Adams didn't touch the ball in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

If he played a snap, we didn't see it. This comes one week after playing just one snap against the Bears. The UDFA rookie took on a bigger role in Week 8 following the Week 5 ACL tear to Jay Ajayi and had a Weeks 11-13 run where he ran the ball 49 times for 222 yards and two scores, but the Eagles clearly weren't happy enough with that and sent Adams to the end of the depth chart once the playoffs kicked off. Adams is a 6'2/225 inside runner with minimal chops in the pass game. He finishes his rookie year with 121 carries for 513 yards and two touchdowns, adding seven catches for 58 yards. Adams will be back to compete for a roster spot next summer.
Jan 13 - 8:30 PM

Darren Sproles rushed three times for four yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 21 yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Sproles missed Weeks 2-12 this season with a hamstring injury that gave him a lot of fits. Turning 36 this upcoming summer, Sproles is said to be contemplating another season despite saying 2018 would be his final year. He doesn't want to go out following an injury. Sproles amassed 340 yards and three touchdowns on 65 touches this year. He's scheduled to be a free agent.
Jan 13 - 8:26 PM

Wendell Smallwood rushed 10 times for 33 yards and caught his lone target for six yards in the Eagles' Divisional Round loss to the Saints.

Smallwood appeared in all 18 games for the Eagles this season but was in and out of the offensive game plan most of the year. Smallwood got 18 carries the week after Jay Ajayi tore his ACL back in Week 5 but didn't impress enough and was sent back to special teams and bit offensive duties. He was thrown back into a big role in Week 15 against the Rams, scoring two touchdowns and then took over as the Eagles' starter the rest of the way. Smallwood finishes his third season with 105 carries for 417 yards and three touchdowns, grabbing 31 passes for 256 yards and two more scores. Smallwood will be back to compete for a job in this up-in-the-air backfield next summer.
Jan 13 - 8:20 PM

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