Eagles Injury Update: Sidney Jones still not ready to practice


Eagles Injury Update: Sidney Jones still not ready to practice

The Eagles are hitting the home stretch of the 2017 regular season. 

And there are still no plans to let Sidney Jones practice. 

"Not right now," head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. "He's obviously still doing well with his rehab. He's getting better there, and again, don't want to rush him back just yet."

Jones, the Eagles' second-round pick, has been on the Non-football Injury list all season as he recovers from a torn Achilles he suffered at the Washington pro day. 

Since using the 43rd overall pick on Jones, the Eagles have been very conservative in their approach with him. They have continually said there's no need to rush him back. The superb play of the Eagles' cornerbacks this season have only allowed them to be more patient. 

Jones, 21, has been involved with the team all season. While he hasn't practiced, he is in every defensive back meeting and joins them most days at practice as a spectator. There's no real way of knowing what type of player he'll be when he finally does return, but there's a reason he would have been a target for the Birds at No. 14 without the injury. 

Jones can begin practicing at any time, but practicing would trigger a three-week window in which the Eagles would have to decide to activate him or send him to injured reserve. 

While Jones obviously won't play this week, things are looking better for Beau Allen and Trey Burton. 

Allen (knee) and Burton (back) missed Sunday's game, but were both on the practice field Wednesday afternoon as full participants. 

Joe Walker, who suffered a stinger during the game, was on the practice field but was not participating. Earlier in the week, Pederson said Walker would be a limited participant in practice Wednesday, but he did not participate in practice. 

If Walker is unable to play this weekend in Seattle, veteran Najee Goode would fill in at the MIKE position. The Eagles also signed veteran Dannell Ellerbe a couple weeks ago. 

Alshon Jeffery (foot), Jason Kelce (ankle) and Patrick Robinson (knee) were limited on Wednesday. 

Eagles agree to deal with WR Mike Wallace

Eagles agree to deal with WR Mike Wallace

The Eagles have found their replacement for Torrey Smith. 

Heck, they found an upgrade. 

On Thursday, the Birds agreed to terms with veteran speedy receiver Mike Wallace on a one-year deal. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

This signing makes a ton of sense for the Eagles, especially if they weren’t ready to hand Mack Hollins the starting spot Smith left. Hollins can now split time with Wallace. Even if the Eagles didn’t trade Smith, they weren’t going to keep him at his price tag, so adding Wallace gives the Eagles a veteran with speed at a cheaper cost. 

Wallace, 31, is coming off a season in which he caught 52 passes for 748 yards (14.4 yards per reception) and four touchdowns. For comparison, in 2017, Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards (11.9) and two touchdowns. And Smith dropped seven passes, while Wallace dropped just three, according to ProFootballFocus. In fact, Wallace's numbers weren't far off from Alshon Jeffery's stats last year (57 receptions, 789 yards, 9 touchdowns). 

While Wallace isn’t coming off his best season in 2017, he went over 1,000 yards in 2016 and has averaged 15.0 yards per reception during his nine-year NFL career. The Eagles hope he'll be the deep threat they thought they were getting in Smith. 

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Wallace is second in the league in 40-yard receptions and in 50-yard receptions. He has 43 receptions of 40-plus yards (behind DeSean Jackson's 56) and 26 receptions of 50-plus yards (behind Jackson's 36). 

If that's not recent enough for you, the Eagles had seven pass plays of 50-plus yards in 2017; Wallace had three on his own. He can still stretch the field. 

The Eagles can now start Alshon Jeffery and Wallace on the outside, which will allow them to keep Nelson Agholor in the slot, where he was great last season. Then they’ll still have Hollins and Shelton Gibson (both draft picks from 2017) off the bench. Not bad. 

Wallace will turn 32 before the season starts, so the Eagles have added another veteran player, something they’ve done plenty this season. They already added Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata. It’s pretty clear the Eagles see the need to maximize their window of opportunity and getting players to join them is probably easier coming off a Super Bowl win. 

Signing veterans on one-year deals certainly worked well for the Eagles last season and if this one works out too, they will have found a good fit for the 2018 season.  

Eagles' Super Bowl odds changed by free agency

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Eagles' Super Bowl odds changed by free agency

The Eagles pulled off trades and signed a few free agents after the new league year began on March 14 ... and it's shortened their Super Bowl odds. 

The Eagles' odds to win Super Bowl LIII improved from 9/1 to 17/2 between Feb. 5 and March 22, according to Bovada. Despite beating them in Super Bowl LII less than two months ago, the Eagles still trail the Patriots, who stood pat at 5/1. 

Here's the full top 10: 

1. Patriots: 5/1
2. Eagles: 17/2
3. Vikings: 9/1
4. Steelers: 12/1
5. Packers: 14/1
5. Rams: 14/1
7. Saints: 18/1
8. Falcons: 20/1
9. Texans: 22/1
9. Jaguars: 22/1
9. Raiders: 22/1

As for the rest of the teams in the NFC East, the next closest to the Eagles are the Cowboys, but their inactivity this offseason gave them longer odds, going from 18/1 to 28/1. The Giants' odds stayed at 50/1, while the Redskins' odds went from 50/1 to 66/1. 

And here's a fun prop bet: The over/under for Michael Bennett sacks in 2018 is set at 8. Last season, he had 8½ with the Seahawks. Now, he's playing on a dynamic defensive line but also figures to play less because of the Eagles' rotation.