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Report: Eagles were outbid by Rams in Jalen Ramsey trade talks

Jalen Ramsey

The Philadelphia Eagles were reportedly the runners-up in trade talks for Jalen Ramsey, but were simply unwilling to match what the Los Angeles Rams were willing to pay.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles offered first- and second-round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars and felt they had a shot at landing the coveted cornerback. The Rams, however, offered two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder, which ultimately was too good for Jacksonville to turn down.

The Jaguars gave the Eagles the opportunity to match the Rams’ offer, but Philadelphia opted not to do so.

Ultimately, the Eagles remain confident in their secondary, as several key members will be returning over the next few weeks. One Philadelphia player clearly felt that the team should have paid up, and they tried, but they just weren’t willing to go as far as the Rams did.

Doug Pederson responds to report of anonymous Eagles player criticizing offense

Doug Pederson

At least one member of the Philadelphia Eagles is frustrated with the way things have been going for the team offensively this season, but head coach Doug Pederson is a bit puzzled by the specific complaint that surfaced this week.

In an appearance on “NFL Live” Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s Josina Anderson said an anonymous Eagles player vented his frustrations to her about the team’s offense, noting that it needs to be simplified and Carson Wentz has to know when to hit his checkdowns.

“One of the things that they said is: ‘We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes you just need to handle what is manageable.’ They said: ‘Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down,'” Anderson revealed, according to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation.

Pederson was asked about that quote on Friday, and he told reporters it is the first time he has ever heard of a player complaining that the ball needs to be checked down more. He also said his offense is not all that complicated.

As Anderson noted during the ESPN broadcast, Wentz has completed just 38 percent of his passes when throwing the ball 15 yards or further downfield. He also has three interceptions on those throws, which is tied for third most in the NFL. In contrast, Wentz has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on passes that travel 10 yards or fewer downfield.

The Eagles are 3-3 and have been inconsistent through the early part of the season, but they rank ninth in the NFL with 26.8 points per game. While they’re just 20th with 349.3 total yards per game, the results haven’t exactly been awful.

Of course, Wentz is no stranger to criticism from unnamed sources within the Eagles organization. Pederson is probably more annoyed that stories like that keep coming out than he is with the actual complaint.

Eagles player upset team missed out on Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey

At least one member of the Philadelphia Eagles was not pleased the team missed out on acquiring Jalen Ramsey.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams made news by trading Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens. Later in the day it was announced the Rams had acquired Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a collection of draft picks.

There were surely several suitors for Ramsey, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. However, it was the Rams who ended up the big winners in the Ramsey sweepstakes. That didn’t sit well with an Eagles player, who told ESPN’s Josina Anderson the team “dropped the ball” in not trading for Ramsey.

Ramsey was always going to command a steep price. It was the Rams who stepped up with an offer the Jaguars couldn’t refuse. That leaves other teams around the NFL wondering what could have been.

Eagles’ Doug Pederson: We’re going to Dallas and we’re going to win

Doug Pederson

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are in a free fall, each sitting at 3-3 atop a suddenly struggling NFC East that is now separated by just two games.

With media and fan pressure beginning to crack down, Sunday’s Week 7 matchup could be do-or-die for both the Eagles and Cowboys. And at least in Dallas, a head coaching job is potentially on the line.

Hoping to stop the bleeding before it gets worse, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson looked to motivate his team on Monday by going out on a limb and all but guaranteeing a road victory over the Cowboys.

“We’re going down to Dallas, and our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East,” Pederson told 94.1 WIP on Monday. “We control our own destiny. We’re right where we need to be.”

There’s a fine line between optimism and ego, and Pederson’s bold comments are just as capable of coming back to bite him in the you-know-what as they are capable of motivating his team. At the very least, they should help to motivate the Cowboys, who will undoubtedly plaster these comments all over their building this week.

Understanding that, Pederson softened his tone a bit toward the end of his Monday interview, but didn’t entirely walk back his comments.

“I never said ‘guarantee a win,'” Pederson said. “I’d never do that.

“[But I don’t regret my comments] because it shows confidence in our football team. I promise you [Cowboys coach] Jason Garrett is going to say the same thing with his team, that they are going to win the football game as well. I’m not going to stand up here and go on record and say, ‘We’re going to go there and try and win a game. Man, hopefully we can go win this one.’ It just doesn’t show confidence. And I want to show confidence in our players. We got a ton of confidence in them.”

Okay then. Pederson says the Eagles will go into Dallas, will win and will be in first place in the NFC East, but he’s not guaranteeing it. Got it.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 6

Philip Rivers upset

Week 6 saw two winless teams finally get into the win column — though one came at the expense of another hopeless franchise. It also saw some surprising and electrifying performances, while highly-touted contenders gave fans and observers some reasons to be concerned going forward.

Who disappointed in Week 6? Here are ten letdowns.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

Rivers’ stats may look good on the surface — 320 passing yards and two touchdowns — but things were much worse than that on Sunday night. Rivers buried the Chargers from the start, beginning the game with a punt and consecutive turnovers deep in their territory to give the Steelers great field position. Before they knew it, the Chargers were down 14-0. The Chargers had two punts, two turnovers (one for a touchdown on a botched swing pass/lateral) and a missed field goal in the first half. After rallying the team to within a score, Rivers ended his night with an interception on an overthrow. He really did not give his team a chance to win against a vulnerable opponent.

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers

Another week, another setback for the former No. 1 pick. Winston turned the ball over six times against Carolina on five interceptions and one lost fumble. Not every pick was entirely his fault, but it’s symptomatic of Winston’s long-term turnover problem. He absolutely has to get these things cleaned up going forward — it’s basically impossible to win a football game when you’re responsible for six turnovers, no matter what the details of them are.

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Eagles cancel practice with several key players battling injuries

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles could be the most banged up team in football after two weeks of the regular season, and head coach Doug Pederson feels his players need all the rest they can get to recover for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

On Wednesday, the Eagles decided to cancel practice in favor of a walkthrough. That is incredibly rare for an NFL team on the Wednesday before a Sunday game. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer said he can’t ever remember it happening for the team this early in the season, though they did hold walkthroughs in favor of practices on a couple of Wednesdays late last year.

Monday night’s game in Atlanta was basically a blood bath for the Eagles. Starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson both left early with injuries (a calf injury for the former and hamstring injury for the latter), though neither is believed to be serious. Carson Wentz, Sidney Jones, Nelson Agholor, and Jason Kelce all had to go into the injury tent to be checked for concussions, but all were cleared. The most significant injury could be to defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

Jernigan is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The veteran started on Monday in place of Malik Jackson, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 1.

Several other players are dealing with minor injuries, so you get the point. Pederson is sacrificing preparation in the name of preservation. With how many players he has seen go down in two weeks, it’s hard to blame him.

Report: Eagles offered to trade Jordan Howard, draft pick for Melvin Gordon

The Los Angeles Chargers have given Melvin Gordon permission to seek a trade in advance of the regular season, and one team that reportedly has some interest is the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chargers turned down an offer from the Eagles that would have sent running back Jordan Howard and a mid-round draft pick to LA in exchange for Gordon, Albert Breer of The MMQB reports.

Reports have indicated the Chargers want a first-round pick in addition to another draft pick for Gordon, so it makes sense that they turned Philly’s offer down. They may have trouble getting that much, however, as Gordon has a history of knee issues and has just one year remaining on his contract.

The Chargers recently gave Gordon an ultimatum with his contract, but he still seems intent on not showing up without a new deal. It’s possible they could drop their asking price and move on from them if they don’t want to sign him long-term.

Gordon rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season in just 12 games. Health has been an issue for him at times, which is a big reason why he has just one 1,000-yard rushing season in his four-year NFL career.

Report: Jadeveon Clowney would prefer trade to Seahawks, Eagles

The Houston Texans are exploring the possibility of trading Jadeveon Clowney with the star pass-rusher still refusing to sign his franchise tender, and they may be forced to look at the select few teams Clowney is open to playing for.

The Miami Dolphins have been viewed as a potential landing spot for Clowney, but Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday that the former first overall pick would prefer to be sent to the Philadelphia Eagles or Seattle Seahawks.

Clowney is not ignoring the Dolphins altogether, however. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media notes that he met with Miami head coach Brian Flores and some of the team’s brass recently.

Clowney, who reportedly fired his agent Bus Cook on Tuesday, essentially has a no-trade clause. He cannot be traded unless he signs his franchise tender, so he has the option of just refusing to sign it if the Texans agree to a trade with a team he doesn’t want to play for.

The fact that Clowney fired his agent would seemingly indicate he is unhappy with the way negotiations have been going, and that could have to do with him wanting to force his way to the destination of his choice. There were initially rumblings that his holdout would not carry into the regular season, but that is looking like less of a certainty.

Donovan McNabb congratulates Carson Wentz on new contract in wake of criticism

Donovan McNabb made headlines last month when he said the Philadelphia Eagles should consider drafting another quarterback and moving on from Carson Wentz, but the team proved how emphatically they disagree with McNabb by signing Wentz to a massive contract extension on Thursday. Suddenly, McNabb thinks that was a good decision.

Shortly after word surfaced that Wentz and the Eagles have agreed to a new deal, McNabb congratulated the two sides and said he expects “great things ahead.”

That take is somewhat surprising given that McNabb said a few weeks ago that Wentz hasn’t proven anything and the Eagles may be wise to move on from him if he can’t lead them on a deep playoff run in the next two years. He later clarified that he was referring to “the business of health” and the injuries Wentz has dealt with.

McNabb has been openly critical of the Eagles’ handling of their quarterback situation in the past, but some would say his “great things ahead” tweet is an example of flip-flopping. Perhaps it was just McNabb’s way of trying not to stir the pot more than he already has.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/26580711/mcnabb-clarifies-take-wentz-criticism

Report: Cody Kessler to sign with Eagles

Cody Kessler

The Philadelphia Eagles have their Nick Foles replacement.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles will sign quarterback Cody Kessler on Monday, likely giving him the shot to serve as the backup to starter Carson Wentz.

Kessler could be an under-the-radar addition that matters a lot. Wentz has had injury issues, and while he’s expected to be fine going forward, that’s still a factor that bears watching. It’s probably why the Eagles opted to bring in Kessler, who has made 12 career starts and has some NFL experience, as opposed to letting the unproven Nate Sudfeld serve as Wentz’s backup.