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Eagles OC Mike Groh Says Getting WR Golden Tate Involved Has Been Challenging

Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh admits that incorporating veteran wide receiver Golden Tate into the offense has been “challenging” according to Jeff LcLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles acquired Tate from the Detroit Lions for a third-round pick at the trade deadline but at this point the trade is looking like a mistake, especially with the Eagles falling out of the playoff race. Despite a bye week following the trade, Tate’s career in Philadelphia has started off slowly as can be expected with wideouts changing teams and schemes in midseason.

Tate did see a bump in playing time in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints and ended up leading the team in targets (8), catches (5), and yards (48). But the Eagles have lost both games since the trade and Tate has not yet developed chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz. And the 30-year-old Tate is scheduled to become a free agent in March so the Eagles may see little return for their third-round pick investment. Originally a second-round pick out of Notre Dame by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, Tate has three 1,000-yard seasons on his resume with Seattle and Detroit and is still capable of playing at a high level.

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Eagles CB Ronald Darby Done for the Season After Tearing ACL

The Eagles suffered another blow to their defense in their loss on Sunday, as cornerback Ronald Darby suffered a torn ACL according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

The injury did not look good on the field Sunday night, and coach Doug Pederson confirmed the worst on Monday morning. Already struggling at corner, the Eagles will now be without their best option for the rest of the season.

That does not bode well for the team’s fortunes as they travel to New Orleans to take on the high-flying Saints in Week 11.

And the injury could not have come at a worst time for Darby. Originally a second-round pick out of Florida State by the Buffalo Bills in 2015, the 24-year-old is on the last year of his rookie contract and is set to become a free agent in March.

Eagles Acquire Lions Wide Out Golden Tate for a Third-Round Pick

The Eagles made a move Tuesday to shore up the wide out core, as the defending Super Bowl champs made a deal with Detroit for wide out Golden Tate.

In return, Detroit will get back a third-round pick.

“We know this is an incredibly smart guy and an incredibly hard worker,” Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ vice president of football operations said of Tate.

“We feel very confident that a lot of things we are doing here are things that he’s done in the past. The bye week certainly helps. This isn’t a situation where we’re getting a guy on Tuesday and he’s got to come in and play on Sunday. We have a little bit of time to get him up to speed. During the season, the playbook gets a little smaller because it’s game-plan-specific, so I think that will help him, too.”

The 30-year-old has 285 yards this season after the catch, and is known for that gritty type of play that has made him one of the known toughest wide outs in the game.

Overall he’s got 44 catches and 517 yards with 3 touchdowns. He had 90 receptions in each of his four full seasons with the Lions and was a 1,000-yard receiver in three of those years.

“We think we have a really good football team and we are adding a really good player. … We are going to keep our foot on the gas and that’s our message,” Roseman said of the deal. “That’s our message to our fans and that’s our message to our organization. We are not going to sit on our hands.

“When you get an opportunity — it’s hard to find really good players and this is a really good player, who really fits this culture, this community and this city. He’s a hard-working, determined guy with a lot of passion and a lot of energy. What he does with the ball in his hands is special.”

Eagles RB Darren Sproles Out for the Teams’ Game in London Against Jacksonville

Veteran Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been once against ruled out for the team’s Week 8 contest against the Jaguars and will not be traveling with the team to London according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 35-year-old Sproles has not practice or played since injuring his hamstring in the season opener and there seems to be no timetable for his return.

In his absence, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood will continue to be featured in a backfield committee that also involves promising undrafted rookie Josh Adams. It would not be a surprise to see the Eagles make at least a minor move to shore up their running game before the trade deadline next Tuesday.

Eagles Malcolm Jenkins Called a ‘Sellout’ Over Protest Movement by Panthers Eric Reid

Eric Reid and Malcolm Jenkins turned the fight for racial and social justice into a skirmish on the field. Reid then went on offense with his postgame comments, calling the Eagles safety and co-founder of The Players Coalition “a sellout.”

Reid split from the coalition last year because Jenkins had excluded Colin Kaepernick from meetings, and asked players if they would stop protesting during the national anthem if the NFL made a charitable donation to causes they support.

Reid, who signed with the Panthers in September, said he believed he no longer had shared interests with the socially-active coalition and would continue on his own path with the unsigned Kaepernick, who was the first player to sit and then kneel during the anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“We believe a lot of players should have stepped up for Colin,” Reid said Sunday after the Panthers beat the Eagles 21-17. “I believe Malcolm capitalized on the situation. He co-opted the movement that was started by Colin to get his organization funded. It’s cowardly. He sold us out.”

Jenkins took the high road when told in the Eagles’ locker room of the criticism.

“I’m not going to get up here and say anything negative about that man,” Jenkins said. “I respect him. I’m glad he has a job. I’m glad he’s back in the league. I’ll leave it like that.”

Reid, who was not supposed to be at midfield, and Jenkins jawed at each other shortly before kickoff.

Reid continued his tradition of taking a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while none of his Carolina teammates joined him or stood near him at midfield. Reid is trying to call attention to social and racial injustice.

“It’s systematic oppression which is what I’m protesting and neocolonialism,” he said. “Man, it keeps happening.”

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