Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
There’s been a lot of talk about how Carson Wentz has struggled recently, and rightfully so. The rookie quarterback has completed 54% of his passes for 317 yards (6.3 yards per attempt), one touchdown, two interceptions, a fumble lost, and a 63.5 passer rating in his last two starts.
Wentz has struggled with accuracy issues that were present during spring and summer practices. He’s failed to see open receivers at times, including a moment on Sunday when he had Brent Celek running wide open down the middle.
But while Wentz has struggled, it’s not all his fault. Read more »
Ryan Mathews. (Jeff Fusco)
In the final five minutes in the fourth quarter of all NFL games this year, running backs have fumbled just three times (h/t Reuben Frank). Ryan Mathews owns two of those — both coming in the last three weeks — as the Eagles had the lead and were trying to wind the clock down.
“It’s definitely a concern and we don’t want to see it, especially in those situations,” Doug Pederson said. “We’ve got to continue to either find out if he’s tired, where he’s at at the end of the game; if we need to put Wendell [Smallwood] or Darren [Sproles] in there — we’ll find out more about that. But by no means am I down on Ryan at all. We just have to make sure that he understands that he can’t obviously do that and put ourselves in a situation where we’re giving the ball back to the opponent.
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Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)
The seventh week of the 2016 NFL schedule is over. Now it’s time to see how all 32 teams stack up. Let’s dive right in to this week’s edition of NFL Power Rankings. For reference purposes, here’s a link to last week’s order. Read more »
Malcolm Jenkins. (Jeff Fusco)
With the Eagles preparing to take on the Dallas Cowboys with first place in the NFC East on the line, let’s dive into the latest Philadelphia Eagles stories from around the web. Read more »
Carson Wentz and Brandon Brooks. (Jeff Fusco)
After an impressive start to his NFL career featuring several records and even more comparisons to Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Carson Wentz is beginning to come back down to Earth. In his last two games, the 24-year-old North Dakota State product has recorded his lowest marks of the season in completion percentage, yards per pass and passer rating, among several other categories.
Against the Vikings, Wentz turned the ball over three times to the NFL’s first-ranked defense. But while Doug Pederson explains how his quarterback needs to improve, he’s also quick to point to the only statistic that truly matters.
“Well, he’s still winning football games. That’s obviously the ultimate stat,” Pederson said. “He missed some throws yesterday and this is something that now as we get deeper into the season — he is a first-time starter; he’s a rookie. And just the longevity now of the season, I’ve got to make sure that we’re keeping things very familiar for him where he can just execute and play.
“There were, again, a couple opportunities to make catches and we didn’t. [We] had a couple drops, so it would have helped in those situations. But he continues to manage the game extremely well and puts our team in good situations, and the run game specifically.” Read more »
Torrey Smith. (USA TODAY Sports)
The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in acquiring San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, according to a report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The two teams have reportedly discussed a deal but nothing is imminent. Read more »
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The Philadelphia Eagles announced a few roster moves on Monday evening.
The Birds placed Ron Brooks on the season-ending injured reserve list. Doug Pederson confirmed Brooks suffered a ruptured quadriceps tendon during the Eagles’ win over the Vikings on Sunday.
A familiar face is taking Brooks’ spot on the 53-man roster. The Eagles claimed Taylor Hart off waivers after the 49ers cut him on Saturday. Hart was originally drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He had a solid preseason for the Eagles this year and actually made the original 53-man roster before he was cut shortly after. Read more »
Landon Collins. (USA TODAY Sports)
With the Eagles preparing to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, let’s take a spin around the NFC East and check in with the three other teams in the division. Read more »
Ron Brooks. (USA Today Sports)
Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks suffered a ruptured quadriceps tendon in Philadelphia’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Doug Pederson confirmed as much during his Monday morning press conference. The Daily News was first to report Brooks’ injury.
Brooks will have season-ending surgery. The Eagles are expected to place him on the injured reserve list in order to free up a roster spot. Read more »