Eagles Agree to Deal Carson Wentz

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

It’s all been months of talk with no seemingly real reports available other than the fact that at least one team had called about quarterback Carson Wentz.

That seems to have changed as a deal has reportedly been reached.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Colts will be sending the Eagles a third-round pick and a future conditional second for the former MVP frontrunner.

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Eagles Extend Contracts To 10 For 2021 Season

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Monday, the Eagles took care of some housekeeping.

While there was drama about the Eagles securing the 6th pick on Sunday night and some pressers, but none of that truly has any bearing on the future of the franchise as it is the actions taken (or not taken that matter).

The day after securing that pick, the Eagles took control of 10 players for the 2021 season that would have otherwise been free agents eligible to sign anywhere.

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Eagles Evaluation: Brutal Final Game Shows Why No NFC East Team Should Be In Playoffs

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles had no chance to get into the playoffs, had 10 players ruled out and still the national media seemed to be appalled by what they saw last night.

A team taking a look at their players without a care in the world if that means they wind up with a better pick? Getting some experience to guys deeper on the depth chart while simultaneously doing what is best for their franchise? Imagine that!

What type of world do we live in where a 6-10 team cannot count on a 4-10-1 team to throw away their best future just so that their other rival can be embarrassed on national TV next week?

This game was an embarrassment, but for other reasons, chiefly that: 1. The NFL thought THIS was a prime game to flex to SNF 2. There is a playoff team with an “elite” defensive line that could barely beat an offensive line starting two tackles no one outside Philadelphia has ever heard of and with Zach Ertz as their top non-OL blocker 3. A playoff team that faced a secondary consisting of just three corners, two of which were UDFA (one whom has been with the team for just a month), and couldn’t figure out how to pass a ball downfield to take advantage of that.

The real embarrassment is that the NFL thought this playoff team, which could barely scrape by a team made up of third and fourth string guys, was worthy of SNF and that teams that couldn’t beat that very team were deserving of more effort to help THEM get into the playoffs as though there were not 15 previous weeks for those other teams to make their playoff destiny not ride on the efforts of a 4-win team.

As for the Eagles, they appeared to look pretty good, though how much of that is how awful Washington is remains up in the air.

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Halftime Report: Washington at Eagles

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By Matt Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The 6-9 Washington Football Team visits the 4-10-1 Eagles in the final game of the regular season. The Eagles are eliminated from playoff contention, but they look to play spoiler to Washington. The Eagles have played well, but trail 17-14 at the break. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

QB Jalen Hurts

Hurts had a solid first half, finishing with 65 passing yards and rushing for 27 yards and two touchdowns, however, Hurts did throw one interception. If Hurts can continue this play in the second half, the Birds should be able to win this game and eliminate the Washingtion Football Team from playoff contention.


First Half Defensive MVP

LB Alex Singleton

Singleton had an amazing first half, finishing with 10 tackles, eight of them being solo tackles, and one being a sack which was on third down.


Who Needs To Step Up

The Eagles Secondary

The Eagles Secondary didn’t have a good first half, giving up 118 yards and two touchdowns. The Birds’ secondary needs to play better in the final 30 minutes for the Eagles to come away from this game with a win.


Who To Watch Out For

DE Chase Young

Young had a decent first half, finishing with one tackle, which was a sack. The Eagles need to watch out for Young in the final two quarters.


Injury Report: Washington at Philadelphia

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

This nightmare of a season finally come to an end on Sunday Night Football against a team that does not have a name but with the playoffs on their mind. It may be the last time the Eagles see some franchise favorites like Ertz, Kelce, Wentz and Jason Peters on the sideline. With that being said, there are also a lot of injuries keeping some studs out in this game that means the Playoffs for Washington. 

Injury Report 

Philadelphia Eagles 

Out

Carson Wentz QB

Wentz is a healthy scratch this week. Potentially keeping him healthy for trade opportunities. We may have seen the last of Wentz as an Eagle.

Richard Rodgers TE

Richard Rodgers had been a sort of safety blanket at points this season when Ertz and Goedert had missed time. Not this week. Rodgers is out this week with an ankle injury.

Derek Barnett DE

A big loss on the defensive front this week. Barnett is out this week with a calf injury. Genard Avery will see more time this week due to the injuries.

Shaun Bradley LB

The rookie linebacker was out all this week with a neck injury. Bradley had played well on special teams and decent in short stints at linebacker.

Fletcher Cox DT

Fletch is out with a neck injury. One of the corner stones of this Eagles defense for a long time. No need to risk any further injury with Cox, he’s out this week.

Dallas Goedert TE

Goedert is out with a calf injury. With Goedert and Rodgers both being out, it leads the way for Ertz to be the shining star at tight end in what may be his last game as an Eagle.

Desean Jackson WR

The speedster played and scored last week in his first week back from the ankle injury. That ankle is an issue again and Jackson will be out.

Jordan Mailata T

Mailata has been very good this year. Unfortunately, Jaylon Smith launched himself at Mailata’s head last week and he has a concussion. Brett Toth will be starting at tackle.

Duke Riley LB

Riley was limited this week with a bicep injury. He was officially ruled out and will be replaced by Joe Bachie.

Miles Sanders RB

Sanders is dealing with a knee injury. Even if Sanders was 100% it wouldn’t make a ton of sense to risk the future of this Eagles offense in a meaningless game.

Nickell Robey-Coleman DB

Robey-Coleman is dealing with an illness and will be out this week. It seems like it’ll be a secondary by committee type situation for Week 17.

Questionable

Michael Jacquet CB

Jacquet was limited in practice this week with a calf injury. Although he played very poorly last week, there's not much depth left in this Eagles secondary.

Washington Football Team

Out

Thomas Davis LB

The wily veteran is out for this week matchup with a knee injury. Davis has had knee troubles all of his career and is getting up there in age, so this isn’t a huge surprise.

 Questionable

Antonio Gibson RB

 Gibson did not practice all week with a toe injury. He is still a game time decision but if he doesn’t play Washington has a formidable backup in J.D. McKissic.

Terry McLaurin WR

McLaurin has been a dynamic receiver this  season but could be out for week 17 with an ankle injury. McLaurin’s absence could loom large for the already decimated Eagle’s secondary, though recent reports seem to indicate he will play.

Alex Smith QB

Smith was limited this week but was announced the starter for Sunday Night Football. Smith is as tough as they come and should be a frontrunner for the comeback player of the year award.

Kevin Pierre-Louis LB

Pierre-Louis was limited this week in practice with an ankle injury and is still a game time decision. If Pierre-Louis is unable to play he will be replaced by Khaleke Hudson.  


Jim Schwartz To Take 2021 Off, Pederson Expected Back

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Saturday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Eagles DC Jim Schwartz will not be with the team in 2021.

The veteran coach is expected to let his contract retire and take a year off as he contemplates retirement.

Meanwhile Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Doug Pederson is expected back in 2021 with personnel changes.

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Good-Bye 2020: Eagles Officially Eliminated

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LJ (@ljharrell54) and Connor (@connorten) are back from a mini vacation with our families to enjoy the holidays and are back to welcome Eagles fans to 2021. Unfortunately, we are forced to re-visit a week 16 Eagles matchup that did our season in. We talk Pederson, Hurts vs. Wentz, Schwartz, Eagles discipline issues and the dumpster fire that was Michael Jacquet vs. any Cowboys WR.
 
We briefly look to our week 17 matchup where the Washington Football teams playoff dreams hang in the balance against a short-handed Eagles roster. We also talk the other key matchup in the NFC Least, Cowboys vs. Giants. Who will get in in the NFC East?
 
Make sure to follow us on twitter @kellygreenhour and make sure to check out all the great work our partners are doing with Sports Talk Philly (@sportstalkphl) or sportstalkphilly.com.
 


Eagles Evaluation: Ugly Game In Dallas Eliminates Birds

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Like many games before this one, the Eagles started off this matchup strong, jumping out to a quick 14 points on their first two drives.

Then the gameplan fell apart and the previously successful aspects were never to be revisited as another coaching nightmare ensued.

Unlike in his previous two starts, however, Hurts could not overcome those challenges, particularly as the offensive line started to falter.

The team managed just three more points on their final 11 offensive drives.

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Do or Die: Eagles vs. Cowboys Review

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By Connor Donald, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

Two more weeks, that’s all that is left of this roller coaster ride of a season. We have seen pretty much everything, almost all you could possibly see from a football team and yet, sitting at 4-8-1, this date with the Dallas Cowboys still left the door open to get into the playoffs with an Eagles win and a Washington loss.

Despite the fast start by the Eagles which put them up 11 at the end of the first quarter courtesy of a Miles Sanders touchdown run and an 81 yard connection between Hurts and the returning Desean Jackson. The Eagles would falter in the second half, mainly led by Michael Jacquet’s bamboozling at the hands of Michael Gallup, allowing the Cowboys to outscore the Eagles 17-3 in the second quarter leading to a three point lead at the half, 20-17.

The secondary continued to get burnt early in the second half this time Nickell Robey-Coleman allowing Ceedee Lamb to grab a 52 yard touchdown and put the Eagles down by two scores early in the third. The Eagles offense continued to struggle early in the second half, while the Cowboys were able to add a field goal to make it a two score game on the possession after the Lamb touchdown. 

The Eagles offense continued to disappoint into the fourth quarter despite a huge Darius Slay interception that gave Pederson and Hurts prime starting field position that they could do nothing with thanks to multiple poor disciplinary penalties along the offensive line. The Eagles offense was given another chance soon after, when the defense forced a three and out, but the march was frozen when Jalen Hurts, under pressure, threw an ugly interception to all but seal the game. The Eagles offense would get the ball back, but a questionable fumble call led to the Cowboys getting the ball back for the final time to bury the Eagles playoff dreams. Ceedee Lamb would add a garbage time touchdown to push the score to 37-17.

The Best

The offense started off shot out of a cannon and then completely fell apart and in typical Doug Pederson fashion, largely abandoned the run. Miles Sanders scored the first touchdown for the Eagles after Jalen Hurts' run was called back due to a hold. And when Sanders was giving the football time and time again he went and grabbed chunk play after chunk play. He had 15 carries for 57 yards, for an average of 3.8 yards per carry and added on three receptions for 18 yards on five targets.

The Good 

Big play Slay, came up with his first interception of the season and at the time in the game it was a huge turning point that the offense was unable to capitalize on. Darius Slay has been everything we wanted in Philadelphia, a true number one cornerback. Throughout much of this game Dalton completely avoided Darius Slay's side of the field and that's what we acquired him for and paid him for. He has had some games, but he gave the Eagles the best chance possible against Dallas by essentially shutting down one side of the field.

The Bad

Early in the second quarter Fletcher Cox left for the blue tent and was ruled out for the remainder of the game, not great news. Add on that Derek Barnett was ruled out Saturday and Josh Sweat headed to the injured reserve earlier in the week and well things aren’t great for a front four that has been the core of this team all season. However, there was still over $14 million worth of investments across that front four on the field in Javon Hargrave, Malik Jackson and Brandon Graham. Clearly dollars don’t matter as the front four created almost no pressure! They sacked Andy Dalton twice against the makeshift line the Cowboys put on the field and hit Dalton seven times, not a bad number, but the score speaks to a far more comfortable Dalton then a pressured Dalton.

The Ugly

Michael Jacquet played okay last week for an undrafted free agent tasked with facing a premier wide receiver in Deandre Hopkins. This week he went head to head with the Cowboys second sometimes even third option at wide receiver and got burnt, burnt and burnt some more giving up over 120 yards on six receptions and a touchdown to Michael Gallup before seeing much less playing time in the second half. He finished targeted nine times, allowing seven receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys completely avoided Darius Slay and they were fine to do so as Nickell Robey Coleman gave up a big touchdown to Ceedee Lamb and Jacquet gave up a touchdown and multiple big plays. The secondary was never a strength of the Eagles this season, but injuries and inconsistent play have made it a continued liability.

The great and good were almost to easy because the bad and ugly reared its ugly head often. So, the offseason begins for the Philadelphia Eagles and there are holes and needs all over the place. First things first, the Eagles sit approximately $30 million over the cap and have a quarterback controversy where one of them is costing nearly $35 million next season. Time to figure out who is part of the future, where to save cap and what to do at the quarterback position. Good luck Howie.


Halftime Report: Eagles at Cowboys

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By Matt Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The 4-9-1 Eagles visit the 5-9 Cowboys in a week 16 matchup. Both the Eagles and the Cowboys need to win this game and need the Washington Football team to lose to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cowboys lead the Ealges 20-17 at the half. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

QB Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts had a nice first half, throwing for 178 yards including a 81-yard touchdown and rushing for 53 yards. If Hurts can continue this in the second half, the Birds have a good shot at coming away from this game with a win.


First Half Defensive MVP

DE Vinny Curry

Curry had a huge sack in the Red zone on the Cowboys opening drive, and that drive would end with the Cowboys making a field goal. Curry finshed the half with one tackle and two QB hits.


Who Needs To Step Up

The Eagles Secondary

The Eagles secondary did not have a good first half, giving up 224 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles secondary needs to step up in the second half of this game for the Eagles to have a shot at winning this game.


Who To Watch Out For

WR Michael Gallup

Gallup had an amazing first half for the Cowboys, catching six balls for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Birds will need to contain Gallup in the second half to come away from this game with a win.


Injury Report: Philadelphia at Dallas

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By Evan Krawczuk, Contributing Writer

The Eagles head to Big D with their playoffs hopes still alive. The Football Team would have to lose to the Panthers. Good news, their game starts 20 minutes before Eagles vs. Cowboys so both teams will know what they're playing for. More good news, the Eagles get some playmakers back on offense and defense!

Injury Report 

Philadelphia Eagles 

Playing

Desean Jackson WR

DJax is back after that seemingly gruesome ankle injury Jackson suffered against the Giants. Jalen Hurts now has a legitimate speed threat on the outside and a dangerous playmaker on the offense.

Darius Slay CB

Slay has completed concussion protocol and will be active for Dallas week. The Eagles are getting studs back on both sides of the ball and that should help out mightily.

Out

Josh Sweat DE

Sweat has been having somewhat of a breakout year. Avoiding injuries has been a large part of that. Not this week. Sweat missed practice every day this week and will be out against the Cowboys (he was placed on IR on Saturday).

Kevon Seymour CB

Seymour was one of those corners no one had heard of coming into last week. With the Eagles secondary already decimated by injury, Seymour is also out with a knee injury (he was placed on IR Saturday).

Duke Riley LB

Riley has been a big part of the Eagles special team units and even has played decent on defense. Alas, Riley missed a big chunk of time with a bicep injury and is out this week.

Richard Rodgers TE

Richard Rodgers had been a sort of safety blanket at points this season when Ertz and Goedert had missed time. Not this week. Rodgers is out this week with an ankle injury.

Derek Barnett DE

Another big loss on the defensive front this week. Barnett is out this week with a calf injury. Genard Avery will see more time this week due to the injuries.

Questionable

Fletcher Cox DT

Fletch missed practice all week with a neck injury. Cox misses time almost every week so his practice time isn’t a deal breaker but Cox would be a huge loss if he is out this week.

Cameron Johnston P

Johnston missed the end of the game last week after suffering a concussion. Johnston is still a game time decision but with Doug’s aggressiveness offensively it may not make a difference.

Dallas Cowboys

Out

Leighton Vander Esch LB

Vander Esch has always struggled with injuries. This week he is suffering from an ankle injury and the Cowboys lose one of their leaders on defense.

Antwaun Woods DT

Like Vander Esch, Woods also missed time all week with an ankle injury. Woods’ backup is Tyrone Crawford, who is no slouch and will definitely make an impact.

Xavier Woods S

Xavier Woods missed practice all week suffering from a rib injury. The lone bright spot in the Cowboys secondary is out and will be replaced by Reggie Robinson II.

Rashard Robinson DB

Robinson is out with a knee injury. Robinson is a backup corner and more of a special teams guy but nonetheless will not be active against the Eagles.

Questionable

Ezekiel Elliot RB

Zeke missed last week’s game with a calf injury. His first game missed as a pro. Currently, he is still questionable with the same injury. Pollard was a more than respectable backup last week and will get a lot of touches whether Elliot plays or not.

Blake Bell TE

Bell is the Cowboys backup tight end and is a game time decision while he deals with a non-COVID related illness.