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DeMarco Murray Thought He'd Be Traded Back To Cowboys

Oct 16, 2016 11:09 AM

DeMarco Murray was "95 percent sure" he was set to be traded back to the Dallas Cowboys by the Philadelphia Eagles before he was eventually moved to the Tennessee Titans.

"It was like 95 percent sure I was going to come back there," Murray told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week. "I have a lot of respect for those guys —€" the Jones family, Will [McClay], Coach [Jason] Garrett obviously and [Tony] Romo and Wit [Jason Witten], all those guys. I still consider them a great franchise, and they're great friends of mine.

"I was very close to going back there. There were some things that fell through and just didn't happen. I think everything happens for a reason. I'm here [in Tennessee], and I'm supposed to be here. They've got a pretty good young back over there as well."

The Eagles ultimately preferred trading Murray outside of the division.

Murray led the NFL with 1,845 yards and 13 TDs for the Cowboys in 2014 and has rebounded this season after a frustrating 2015 with the Eagles.

The Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott after the trade for Murray fell through.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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NFL Upholds 10-Game Suspension For Lane Johnson

Oct 11, 2016 12:17 PM

The NFL on Tuesday upheld the 10-game suspension for Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy for a second time.

"We're very disappointed that Lane Johnson has been suspended 10 games. His actions have affected the entire organization," Eagles vice president Howie Roseman said in a statement. "We are all working under a clearly-defined set of rules and regulations set forth by the NFL in the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA.

"Moving forward, he has no choice but to hold himself accountable to Jeffrey Lurie, Coach [Doug] Pederson and his staff, his teammates, and to the entire organization and our fans. When he returns from suspension, we will continue to support him and welcome him back to the team. We are moving on with our preparations for this week's game in Washington."


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Eagles Still Want To Avoid Designed Runs For Carson Wentz

Oct 7, 2016 8:17 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles want to avoid calling any designed runs for Carson Wentz in the early part of the season.

"Without giving away the game plan? No, I'm not," Doug Pederson said of designing runs for the rookie quarterback. "Now, this week for us, it's our fourth game of the season. As a staff, we've got to be extremely smart on how we handle that aspect of the game.

"Probably the deeper as you go into your regular season, if you are in a position to make the postseason, you might increase that a little bit. One of the things that I think defenses sometimes forget -- I'm not saying they forget it completely -- is the quarterback and the ability to run."

The Kansas City Chiefs drew up designed runs for Alex Smith last season with Pederson as offensive coordinator. Smith rushed for a career-high 498 yards in 2015.

"I think that was the advantage to us in Kansas City with Alex Smith, and his strength was the ability to run the football," Pederson said. "As we got deeper into the season, we dialed up a few more of those for him. I think it could be the same type of formula with Carson. Obviously, you want to protect him and you want to get through a full 16-game schedule. But I think the deeper you go, you increase it a little bit more."

Wentz said at North Dakota State he had 8-10 designed runs a game.

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Carson Wentz Has Highest PFF Grade Ever For Rookie Through Three Games

Sep 26, 2016 8:57 AM

Carson Wentz has the highest grade ever on Pro Football Focus for a rookie quarterback through three games.

Wentz has a grade of 90.2 on PFF's 0-100 scale. He isn't just the highest-rated rookie QB, Wentz is best-rated signal-caller in the NFL.

PFF began grading quarterbacks using their current system in 2006.

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Carson Wentz Sneaks Game Film Into Date Nights

Sep 22, 2016 2:48 PM

Carson Wentz has been caught watching game film under the dinner table during date nights with his fiance.

Wentz and Melissa Uhrich are high school sweethearts and maintained their relationship while at different colleges.

“I told NFL scouts, if you ask him to work 60 hours, he’s going to work 80 hours,” North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek told CBS Sports in March. “In that off time, he’s going to be with his two companions — his dog and he’s got a significant other.”

Wentz and Uhrich will live separately until their wedding in the offseason.

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Pederson Sees 'Lot Of Similarities' Between Wentz, Roethlisberger

Sep 20, 2016 4:33 PM

Ahead of Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson says he sees a lot of similarities between rookie Carson Wentz and Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger.

Both quarterbacks are listed at 6-foot-5 and roughly 240 pounds and each was a first round pick from a lesser-known program.

"Carson has the ability to extend plays with his legs; Ben is big, strong, physical in the pocket, hard to bring down and continues to have great vision down the field," Pederson said. "I think that's one of Carson's strengths, is he continues to have that vision down the field when things begin to break down.

"So, yeah, there's a lot of similarities there. And the fact that they're both very good throwers outside the pocket is a tribute to both of them."

Roethlisberger went an amazing 13-0 as a starter during the regular season in his rookie year and was a Super Bowl champion by age 23.

Wentz has completed 61 percent of his passes for 468 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers to help the Eagles jump out to a 2-0 record.

"Carson is doing a great job of making reads and getting them in good plays and maybe getting them out of some bad plays," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "He's showing great maturity for a young guy from that perspective in terms of the amount of communication he's involved with. ... Those who are successful generally don't play like rookies."

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Eagles' Lane Johnson Begins Appeal Process On 10-Game Ban

Sep 20, 2016 8:05 AM

Lane Johnson has scheduled an appeal hearing on Oct. 4 as he attempts to avoid a potential 10-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy for a second time, according to a source.

Johnson is eligible to play for the Philadelphia Eagles through the appeals process.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, who first reported the news, said a ruling by the independent arbitrator is expected shortly after Johnson's hearing.

If he loses the appeal, the suspension would start Oct. 9 and Allen Barbre would likely move from left guard to right tackle for the Eagles.

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Doug Pederson Will Stand By Players In Teamwide Gesture

Sep 17, 2016 3:11 PM

Doug Pederson may join his Philadelphia Eagles in a team-wide protest during the national anthem on Monday.

"If they wanted to do something teamwide, I would definitely be for that," Pederson explained. "I think it just shows unity, and there's no division that way. And I think it sends a great message that from our standpoint and the National Football League and the platform and as individuals, we love this country and what it represents and the flag and the national anthem and everything.

"Listen, we're not perfect, obviously, and for us to stand sort of united that way would be -- I would be OK for that."

Malcolm Jenkins initiated the discussion about a potential protest by Eagles players on Monday night, in the same vein as other demonstrations that permeated throughout the league in Week 1.

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Zach Ertz Dealing With Displaced Rib, Considered Week-To-Week

Sep 12, 2016 3:54 PM

Zach Ertz suffered a first-rib displacement near his left shoulder on Sunday and the Philadelphia Eagles are considering the tight end week-to-week at this point.

"The rib has displaced itself underneath the collarbone, but it's not a fracture or a broken bone," Doug Pederson said.

Pederson expects Ertz will probably have to be cleared medically before he plays again.

"It's a dangerous situation with a displaced bone because you're talking up around the neck and head area, so any type of blow again could do further damage to that," Pederson said. "That's why it's a week-to-week deal."

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Eagles Trade 2015 2nd Rounder Eric Rowe To Patriots

Sep 6, 2016 1:18 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are trading defensive back Eric Rowe to the New England Patriots in exchange for offensive lineman Josh Kline and a draft pick.

The Eagles are already in talks to trade Kline to another team.

Rowe was selected in the second round of the 2015 draft, which was overseen by Chip Kelly.

The 23-year-old was inconsistent, but showed enough promise to be considered a potential starting option heading into this season. 

Rowe played safety and corner at Utah. The Eagles viewed him as a corner, but some evaluators thought he would make a better safety coming out of college.

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Carson Wentz To Start At QB For Eagles
The Eagles moved up to select Carson Wentz with the second overall pick.

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Vikings Acquire Sam Bradford From Eagles
The Vikings have acquired Sam Bradford from the Eagles for a first round pick and a fourth round pick.

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Philadelphia To Host 2017 NFL Draft
The past two drafts have been held in Chicago after moving out of New York City, where it had been held since 1956.

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Dorial Green-Beckham To See First-Team Action With Eagles
Dorial Green-Beckham will have a chance to climb up the depth chart when he sees first-team action with the Eagles in their Saturday preseason game with the Colts.

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Eagles Agree To Terms On One-Year, $3M Deal With Stephen Tulloch
The linebacker will receive $1.75 million guaranteed.

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Titans Trade Dorial Green-Beckham To Eagles
The Titans have traded Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles for guard Dennis Kelly.

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Carson Wentz Out Indefinitely With Hairline Fracture In Ribs
Carson Wentz completed 12 of 24 passes for 89 yards in Philadelphia's preseason opener.


Lane Johnson Facing 10-Game Suspension For PED Violation
Lane Johnson signed a five-year, $52.25 million contract extension in February.

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Jordan Matthews To Miss Time With Knee Injury
The hope is that the third-year receiver will be healthy enough to play in the team's third preseason game against the Colts.

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Eagles Sign Darren Sproles To One-Year Extension
Darren Sproles skipped all three weeks of voluntary organized team activity practices in May, but reported to the mandatory minicamp in June.


Doug Pederson Remains Committed To Sam Bradford As Starter
Carson Wentz remains No. 3 on Philadelphia's quarterback depth chart.

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Eagles Expect Carson Wentz To Begin Season As 3rd String QB
Doug Pederson expects the Eagles to have Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel atop their depth chart at quarterback.

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Philadelphia May Host 2017 NFL Draft
After two years in Chicago, the NFL Draft is moving to Philadelphia, according to one Pennsylvania politician.

Wendy Ruderman/Philadelphia Inquirer

Randall Cunningham's Daughter Qualifies For Rio
Vashti Cunningham, Randall Cunningham's 18-year-old daughter, qualified for the Rio de Janiero Olympics on Sunday in Eugene, Ore., finishing second in the women's high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 5

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Howie Roseman: Eagles Made Mistakes Paying 'Guys Who Aren't Our Own'
Howie Roseman prefers to build an NFL team by drafting well and keeping his own players.

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Buddy Ryan Dies At Age 82
Former NFL coach and defensive guru Buddy Ryan has died at the age of 82, his agent has told the press.

Josh Paunil/Philly Mag

Eagles Plan To Make Carson Wentz Inactive For Games
The Eagles have said they'll be patient with Carson Wentz and they currently plan to make the quarterback inactive on game days.

Jimmy Kempski/Philly Voice

Howie Roseman Explains Eagles' Offseason Spending Surge
The Eagles are stripping away many of the moves made by Chip Kelly.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Fletcher Cox Agrees Upon Six-Year, $103M Extension With Eagles
Fletcher Cox will receive $63 million in guaranteed money, which is the highest ever for any player other than a quarterback.

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Nelson Agholor Being Investigated For Sexual Assault At Strip Club
The Eagles have confirmed that they are aware of a police investigation into Nelson Agholor, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a dancer at a Philadelphia strip club.