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Andy Reid Compares Tyreek Hill To DeSean Jackson

Jan 5, 2017 7:51 AM

For the second time in his coaching career, Andy Reid has a dynamic rookie on offense that can impact the game in multiple ways.

Tyreek Hill became the first rookie in NFL history to score a touchdown of 65 or more yards in four straight games with a 95-yard punt return in Week 17.

"A lot of guys have speed, but can't corner, they don't have the quickness that he has. He has a unique blend there. He's fun to watch," Reid said.

Reid also coached DeSean Jackson as a rookie in Philadelphia.

"I had DeSean Jackson and he kind of was the same," Reid explained. "When he was young he did all of the return stuff, we moved him all around the offense, he took snaps as a quarterback, we had him everywhere. He made it to the Pro Bowl in two different positions -- as a wide receiver and a returner."

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Chip Kelly Won't Rule Out Return To College Football

Jan 5, 2017 7:42 AM

Chip Kelly says he's open to a return to college football after lasting just one year with the San Francisco 49ers.

"I evaluate all jobs individually," he said. "I wouldn’t rule anything out."

Kelly was 46-7 in four seasons at Oregon before spending three years with the Philadelphia Eagles, going 26-21. The 49ers were 2-14 in his lone season, after which they fired the coaching staff and front office.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor, NCAA

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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 8:45 AM

If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

A team can be forced to appear on Hard Knocks if three conditions are met: a) it hasn't appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, b) it hasn't made the playoffs in the last two years, and c) it doesn't have a new head coach.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Ryan Mathews Out For Season With Herniated Disk

Dec 23, 2016 12:09 PM

Ryan Mathews suffered a herniated disk in Week 16 and will miss the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 17 finale against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles are mathematically eliminated, while the Cowboys have clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. 

Mathews rushed for 661 yards on 155 carries and eight touchdowns in 2016.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Eagles Likely To Retain Doug Pederson

Dec 18, 2016 11:13 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to make any major changes this offseason, meaning Doug Pederson will be back for his second season as head coach.

"Coming into the season, they were expecting to be at least a year away, potentially even more," Ian Rapoport mentioned on NFL GameDay Morning First. "There's a lot of reasons for that. First of all, take a look at what happened last offseason before Chip Kelly's final year. They were simply gutted of personnel. They knew they needed to beef up the kind of skill players they had. They knew they needed a quarterback. So they made the decision as an organization to actively rebuild, find a quarterback and avoid the 9-7, are we good enough, are we not type of thing. They wanted to start over and try to restock."

Carson Wentz has been inconsistent at quarterback as a rookie but has generally shown promise.

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Eagles Working To Fix Carson Wentz's Mechanics

Dec 8, 2016 6:39 AM

Carson Wentz is the NFL's lowest-rated passer since Week 6 and the Philadelphia Eagles are working to help him change that.

After Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia's sixth in their last seven games, Doug Pederson attributed the slump to mechanical flaws that many saw in Wentz at North Dakota State.

"Strictly mechanics," Pederson said. "... Young quarterback, missed quite a bit of time in the preseason, but now we have to keep cleaning this thing up."

Wentz works daily on his mechanics with offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Pederson admitted that the overhaul would be more complete if his rookie was still sitting behind a veteran quarterback.

"These are some of the decisions that I made back when the (Sam Bradford) trade was made," Pederson said. "These were going to be some of the pains we were going to have to go through, and just him understanding and him learning and us growing together as an offense, he and I growing as coach and quarterback together, it's all part of the process."

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Frank Reich: Losing Is Wearing On Carson Wentz

Dec 7, 2016 9:39 AM

Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich says that the team's recent slide is wearing on rookie Carson Wentz.

After opening the season 3-0, the Eagles have dropped seven of their last nine games and Wentz's play has tailed off as well.

Reich said that the "most confident quarterbacks in the world lose their confidence and get battered" at times.

"Well, for a while I thought he seemed totally unflappable," Reich said. "Now, in some of the more recent losses, do you sense that this is, 'Okay, he's feeling this one, he's feeling this one?' Yeah, we're all feeling it. I think he was that young, naive -- in a good sense -- but still very mature guy who came in and it was like, 'Nothing is going to get this guy down.' But it wears on you. It wears on you. Losing wears on you in this league. That's why you've got to have the mental toughness. You've got to have the mental toughness because it's a grind, and it's especially a grind when you're not winning the games that you want to win and you lose close games. You have to have the tenacity to fight out of it and not get too down. He has that."

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Eagles Likely To Pursue DeSean Jackson In Offseason

Dec 4, 2016 11:03 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to pursue DeSean Jackson in free agency.

Multiple teams believe Jackson, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, could return to Philadelphia. 

Washington is unlikely to use the franchise tag on Jackson.

Jackson and Doug Pederson are said to be big admirers of each other.

Jackson spent his first six seasons in Philadelphia, reaching three Pro Bowls and posting 356 receptions for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns, before signing with Washington prior to the 2014 season.

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Doug Pederson Regrets Decision To Challenge Two-Yard Gain
Doug Pederson made an odd decision to challenge a two-yard gain in the third quarter of the Eagles' loss to the Packers on Monday night.

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Lane Johnson Files Claims Against NFL, NFLPA
Lane Johnson has filed charges against the NFL and NFL Players Association with the National Labor Relations Board, according to his attorney.

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Eagles Called Seahawks To Complain About Russell Wilson Pick In 2012
Andy Reid, then coach of the Eagles, called Pete Carroll angrily after the Seahawks picked Russell Wilson 75th overall in 2012.

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Browns 'Really Like' Decision To Trade Carson Wentz
Cleveland traded away the second overall pick that became Carson Wentz to the Eagles for an extra first rounder in 2017 and extra second rounders in 2017 and 2018.

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Ben Roethlisberger 'Blown Away' Browns Didn't Draft Carson Wentz
Ben Roethlisberger, who said earlier this season that he was "really surprised" the Browns didn't draft Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, took it one step further on Wednesday.

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Eagles Release Josh Huff
Josh Huff has been released by the Eagles two days after he was arrested and charged with possessing an unloaded 9 mm handgun without a permit.

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Doug Pederson Wants Eagles To Be More 'Aggressive' After Loss
After Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys in overtime, Doug Pederson wants to be more "aggressive" in his play-calling for the Eagles going forward.

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Eagles Still Exploring Trade For Wide Receiver
The Eagles have been linked to Torrey Smith of the 49ers.

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Jordan Matthews: Wentz-Prescott Could Be New Manning-Brady
When the Eagles and Cowboys face off on Sunday night, rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott will be on center stage.

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49ers, Eagles In Talks On Torrey Smith Trade
Torrey Smith has 13 catches so far in 2016 after catching 33 balls in his first season with the 49ers.

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Vikings To Receive Extra Pick From Eagles If They Reach NFC Title Game
The announced deal had the Eagles receiving the Vikings' first-round draft pick in 2017, as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018 in exchange for Sam Bradford.

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DeMarco Murray Thought He'd Be Traded Back To Cowboys
DeMarco Murray was "95 percent sure" he was set to be traded back to the Cowboys.

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NFL Upholds 10-Game Suspension For Lane Johnson
Lane Johnson had violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy for a second time.

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Eagles Still Want To Avoid Designed Runs For Carson Wentz
Carson 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
Carson Wentz isn't just the highest-rated rookie QB, Wentz is best-rated signal-caller in the NFL through three games.

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Carson Wentz Sneaks Game Film Into Date Nights
Carson Wentz and Melissa Uhrich are high school sweethearts and maintained their relationship while at different colleges.

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

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

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Doug Pederson Will Stand By Players In Teamwide Gesture
Malcolm Jenkins initiated the discussion about a potential protest by Eagles players on Monday night.

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Zach Ertz Dealing With Displaced Rib, Considered Week-To-Week
Zach Ertz suffered a first-rib displacement near his left shoulder on Sunday and the Eagles are considering the tight end week-to-week at this point.

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