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SB Nation NFL Mock Draft Has Eagles Taking Alabama RB Josh Jacobs in Round One

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The NFL Draft is still 66 days away, but already there’s plenty of mock drafts and projections as to what teams are going to do once Roger Goodell takes the platform in Nashville, Tennessee and gets booed as he does every year.

The Eagles are sitting at number 25 in the first round, and will look to improve the team to try and make a run at the NFC East Title in 2019.

As far as projections go, SB Nation today released their first Mock Draft for April’s big event, and they have the Eagles going running back in the first round, taking Josh Jacobs from Alabama.

The Eagles obviously need to find some fixes in the secondary, and left tackle Jason Peters’ career is winding down. But it will be hard to pass up on Jacobs, easily the draft’s top running back this year. Jay Ajayi is a free agent the Eagles could let walk, and Philadelphia’s backups are nothing special. Jacobs can be special.

Nick Foles Tells the Eagles That He’s Voiding His Option

Nick Foles has stepped in the last two seasons and not only led the Eagles to the postseason with Carson Wentz injured, but also won them a Super Bowl a season ago.

His status going forward is in limbo with the Eagles, as reports say he has informed the team he is voiding his $20 million option for 2019, after the team notified him it would be picking up the option.

Foles must pay the Eagles $2 million to opt out.

The move paves the way for the Eagles to place the franchise tag on Foles. They are expected to do so in an effort to then try to trade him, sources from other NFL teams who have been in touch with Philadelphia previously told Schefter.

The franchise tag number for quarterbacks is expected to be around $25 million for next season.

The Eagles have publicly committed to Wentz as their starting QB moving forward.

By placing the franchise tag on Foles, they would have an opportunity to receive compensation for Foles via trade while having a say on where he ends up. The price for Foles is expected to be around a third-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Report: Unnamed Eagles Paint QB Carson Wentz as a ‘Selfish’ Player

The Eagles have had to navigate through some tough waters the last two seasons, and have done it both times minus franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been injured in both years.

There might be a major issue though with Wentz, as the team already has a decision to make with Nick Foles, who might leave the team this offseason, and now a report that Wentz (according to some of his teammates) is both ‘selfish,’ and ‘uncompromising.’

Joseph Santoliquito of PhillyVoice.com spoke to some unnamed Eagles players, and wrote this about Wentz and his place on the team.

“Indeed, sources describe Wentz as ‘incredibly hard working,’ ‘determined,’ and ‘highly intelligent.’ But the true Wentz is more nuanced and complicated, with sources describing him as ‘selfish,’ ‘uncompromising,’ ‘egotistical,’ one who plays ‘favorites’ and doesn’t like to be ‘questioned,’ one who needs to ‘practice what he preaches’ and fails ‘to take accountability.’

Ouch.

Of course who knows how much of how the team really feels about Wentz is actually true, but it’s never good news when a story like this comes out.

It remains to be seen if there will be any response back from Wentz on the matter.

Eagles Wind Up Paying Nick Foles the $1 Mil Bonus He Just Missed Out On

The Eagles have once against proven they are a class organization by paying quarterback Nick Foles the $1 million bonus he barely missed out on at the end of the 2018 regular season according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Foles was on track to collect the contract bonus by playing in 33-percent of the team’s offensive snaps until a rib injury forced him out of the Week 17 win over the Redskins.

According to Yates, the Eagles have paid Foles the extra $1 million in the form of a signing bonus. It was the least the team could do after Foles saved the 2018 season, leading the Eagles to an unexpected playoff berth and almost getting them into Sunday’s NFL Championship game.

The next test for the Eagles and Foles will be how the team handles his potential trip to the open market.

The Eagles could exercise Foles’ $20 million option for 2019, at which point Foles could pay $2 million to buy out the option-or, in a sense, $1 million if you consider his recent bonus as cutting his buyout in half.

The team could then choose to apply the franchise tag, presumably with an eye to trading him in exchange for a handsome package of draft picks.

Some might consider that approach as playing hardball with a player who has more than earned the right to cash in in free agency and find his own starting job in the NFL.

Given the way the Eagles have handled themselves with Foles, thus far, we’re betting work out something (like trading Foles to the team he prefers) that will make both parties happy in 2019.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz Will Need Three Months to Recover From Stress Fracture

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a stress fracture in his back, coach Doug Pederson said Friday, an injury that could take about three months to heal, Tim McManus of ESPN reports.

Pederson, during a tense back-and-forth with the media, said that it’s an injury that has “evolved over time” and will not require surgery.

Wentz was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Pederson had said earlier Friday that he would be listed as questionable and would travel with the team to Los Angeles. However, given the estimated three-month recovery time, it seems unlikely Wentz will play the rest of the season.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start if Wentz can’t go.

Wentz was listed on the injury report as a limited participant with a back injury on consecutive Wednesdays in late October. Asked if the stress fracture was related to that injury, Pederson raised his voice.

“He has a stress injury, evolved over time and it requires no surgery,” Pederson said. “[I’m not] answering any more questions about it. We’re playing the Rams in two days, if you guys haven’t figured this out.”

The fracture was discovered as a result of a scan on Tuesday, according to Pederson.

“Until you do a scan, you don’t know,” he said, but added “we do a lot of testing each week on a lot of players.”

Pederson explained why he had no concern about having Wentz play while this injury was presumably getting worse.

“There were no symptoms,” Pederson said. “He was 100 percent, he practiced. He was not on the injury report for this. So yeah, I had no issue with that.”

Eagles Starting QB Carson Wentz Out for Huge Matchup Against Rams

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been officially ruled out for the team’s Week 15 matchup against the Los Angles Rams and will likely be shut down for the rest of the 2018 season according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

Wentz is dealing with a stress fracture in his back which will likely take three months to heal.

With the team’s very slim playoff hopes on the line, Philly fans are lamenting that backup Nick Foles will have to start in a must-win game on Sunday Night Football in a clear case of “what have you done for me lately.”

While Foles was ineffective in the two games he started at the beginning of this season while Wentz was still recovering from ACL surgery, he is still the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

He now gets a chance to once again save an Eagles season-and possibly earn himself a big payday on the open market this offseason by convincing the rest of the NFL that he is more than a good backup QB.

The Eagles would have to pretty much run the table to make the playoffs, which seems unlikely with back-to-back games against the Rams and the Texans, but after their magical run in 2017 it somehow still seems possible.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles Set to Return to Action for the Team Monday Night

Eagles running back Darren Sproles is expected to finally return to the field for the team’s key NFC East divisional matchup against the Redskins according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

When asked if he’ll play Monday, Sproles casually responded,”That’s the plan.” He also mentioned “we’re going to see” what his eventual role will be.

The 35-year-old has been out since Week 1 with a serious hamstring injury. It should be noted, however, that Sproles received all running back targets and 50% of Philly’s red zone rushes in his only available three quarters this season.

Much has changed since Week 1 with undrafted free agent Josh Adams gradually taking over as the No.1 running back the past few weeks. We would still expect Adams to see the bulk of the carries against the Redskins and both Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood are available.

The Eagles’ 2018 season is on the line, however, and we expect head coach Doug Pederson to pull out all the stops on MNF-likely including some specific plays designed for the shifty Sproles.

NFL Week 12 Inactives for the Giants vs Eagles

Here’s today’s inactives for the Eagles and Giants battle:

Giants

C Evan Brown
WR Jawill Davis
DT John Jenkins
QB Kyle Lauletta
CB Tony Lippett
S Kamrin Moore
DE Kerry Wynn

Eagles

LB Jordan Hicks
CB Sidney Jones
CB Avonte Maddox
CB Jalen Mills
OG Matt Pryor
RB Darren Sproles
QB Nate Sudfeld