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Roob Stats: Ridiculous run D, Zach Ertz makes history and more

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Roob Stats: Ridiculous run D, Zach Ertz makes history and more

Here's a shock: This week's edition of Roob Stats doesn't lead off with Carson Wentz.
 
The Wentz numbers are astounding. But the Eagles' run defense stats are maybe just a little bit more astounding!
 
Run defense stats
• The Bears’ six rushing yards are the fewest the Eagles have allowed in a game in 71 years — since they held the Boston Yanks to minus-26 rushing yards in a 40-14 win on Dec. 8, 1946.
 
• The six yards were the Bears’ fewest in 65 years — since they had one  in a 31-7 loss to the Rams at L.A. Coliseum on Oct. 26, 1952.
 
• The Eagles have allowed 716 rushing yards so far this year, the seventh fewest in NFL history by any team after 11 games.
 
Wentz stats
• Wentz’s 28 touchdowns are the 15th most in NFL history after 11 games.
 
• Wentz’s 44 career TD passes are 12th most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 27 games.
 
• Wentz has had seven straight games with two or more touchdown passes and one or fewer interceptions. Only six quarterbacks in NFL history have had longer streaks, including five first-ballot Hall of Famers — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Brett Favre, along with Matthew Stafford.
 
• Wentz is only the third quarterback in NFL history with 28 or more touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions after 11 games. The two others are Brady and Rodgers.

• Wentz has had a passer rating of 83 or higher in 12 straight games, the 10th-longest streak in NFL history.
 
Rushing margin stats
• The Eagles have out-rushed their opponent by 100 or more yards five times this year. The last team with more games with a rushing margin of 100 or more yards through 11 games was Buddy Ryan's 1985 Bears, who did it in six of their first 11 games.
 
• The Eagles are on pace to gain 2,359 rushing yards and allow 1,041 rushing yards. No team in NFL history has ever rushed for over 2,300 yards and allowed fewer than 1,100.
 
• The Eagles are the third team since 1947 with more than 1,600 rushing yards (1,622) and fewer than 800 rushing yards allowed (716) after 11 games.
 
Ertz stats
• Zach Ertz’s 10-catch game against the Bears Sunday was the fifth of his career, most in Eagles history. He had shared the record with Brian Westbrook.
 
• Ertz (seven), Nelson Agholor (six) and Alshon Jeffery (six) are the first trio of Eagles in franchise history with six or more touchdown receptions through 11 games.
 
• Ertz’s 10 catches gave him 300 in his career. It took him 71 games to get to 300, and only five tight ends in NFL history have gotten there faster — Winslow Sr. (57), Winslow Jr. (61), Jimmy Graham (62), Rob Gronkowski (64) and Antonio Gates (66).
 
• Only three tight ends in NFL history have had more 10-catch games than Ertz. Tony Gonzalez had 15, Jason Witten has 11 and Kellen Winslow Sr. six. Ertz is one of six tight ends with five.
 
Rushing stats
• The Eagles have rushed for 197, 215 and 176 yards in their last three games. It’s the first time since 1990 (and third time since 1951) they’ve rushed for 175 or more yards in three straight games.
 
• LeGarrette Blount has had four games this year with at least 12 carries and a per-carry average of 5.3 yards or higher. That's the fourth most in franchise history, behind Shady (six in 2011, five in 2013) and Westbrook (five in 2007).
 
• In NFL history, only nine running backs in their 30s have had more games with an average of 5.3 yards or higher, most recently Fred Jackson of the Bills in 2011.
 
• Blount is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and only 13 backs in NFL history in their 30s have had an average of 4.8 yards per carry based on a minimum of 10 carries per game.
 
Scoring stats
• The Eagles' streak of nine straight games with 26 or more points equals the eighth longest in NFL history. Their streak of seven straight games with 28 points equals the ninth longest in NFL history. And their streak of five straight with at least 31 points is the 11th longest in NFL history.
 
• The Eagles are the 12th team in NFL history to win nine straight games, scoring at least 26 points in all nine games.
 
Scoring margin stats
• The Eagles are the sixth team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to score 350 or more points and allow 200 or fewer points through 11 games. All five of the six previous teams to do it reached the Super Bowl.
 
• The Eagles are the first team since the 2004 Colts to win four straight games by 23 or more points. They’re only the fourth team to do it since 1953. The last team to win five straight by 23 or more points was the 1953 Eagles.
 
• The Eagles' streak of three straight wins by 28 or more points ties the second longest in NFL history. The 1942 Chicago Bears won four straight by 23 or more points.
 
Team defense stats
• The Eagles have held four straight teams to fewer than 240 yards of offense. The last time an NFL team had a longer streak was in 1992, when the Cowboys held five straight opponents to 240 or fewer yards. It’s the Eagles’ longest streak since seven straight in 1954.
 
• The Eagles have held four straight opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating below 55. Last time that happened was 1954: Bob Clatterbuck, Bobby Layne, Al Dorow and Otto Graham.

Hudrick's 2018 NFL mock draft 1.0

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Hudrick's 2018 NFL mock draft 1.0

Mock draft season is here. The Super Bowl Champion Eagles will hold the No. 32 overall pick. Here is Paul Hudrick's mock draft 1.0 to get you ready for the 2018 NFL draft in Arlington, Texas. 

1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC (6-4/220)
Darnold has work to do mechanically, but his intangibles are off the charts. Mentally and as a leader, he has what it takes to make it in Cleveland. He'd benefit from watching behind DeShon Kizer to start the season.

2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (6-4/218)
If it were me, Rosen is the guy if I'm taking at quarterback. His footwork and toughness in the pocket are second to none in this draft. There are questions about his maturity, but moments like this make me believe he'll be just fine.

3. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State (6-4/275)
The Colts need an impact pass rusher and Chubb is the best there is in this draft. He's also a nasty customer, something Indy could use a little more of.

4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans) – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (5-11/223)
You already drafted your future franchise QB, now give him a serious weapon to work with. Sure, there are things Barkley needs to improve on, but he has the potential to be a perennial All-Pro.

5. Denver Broncos – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame (6-5/329)
With Darnold and Rosen gone, the Broncos pick the best offensive lineman in the draft. Of all the players in the draft, Nelson seems like the most can't-miss prospect. He has the potential to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

6. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma (6-1/220)
This is where things get interesting. You might look at Mayfield and think his antics and off-the-field issues wouldn't fly in New York. I look at it like this: What prospect has dealt with more scrutiny over the past year than Mayfield? I see a Kirk Cousins-like QB with a little more attitude.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama (6-1/201)
This is a perfect fit. Fitzpatrick is a versatile DB who will help fix the Bucs' biggest flaw. Fitzpatrick can cover, has excellent range and he's physical. Easily the best safety in this draft.

8. Chicago Bears – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama (6-1/190)
When mock drafts first started coming out, Ridley wasn't regarded as a top-10 pick. I have no idea why. This guy has it all. He's an explosive and precise route runner who can be effective catching balls all over the field. He's a true No. 1 receiver, which the Bears desperately need.

9/10. Oakland Raiders (coin flip) – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia (6-1/225)
Smith earned being a top-10 pick after his play during the CFP. He's a monster. He plays sideline-to-sideline and will be a welcome addition to a Raiders' defense that has some pieces but has struggled.

9/10. San Francisco 49ers (coin flip) – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa (6-1/192)
Jackson fits the mold of the modern corner with his length and ability to press. He's also showed the ability to play off and excel in zone. The 49ers will be an intriguing team next season and Jackson will add to that.

11. Miami Dolphins – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech (6-5/250)
Edmunds possesses unbelievable size and athletic ability. He'll excel at blitzing and covering tight ends at the next level.

12. Cincinnati Bengals – Connor Williams, OT, Texas (6-6/320)
The Bengals clearly made a mistake in letting Andrew Whitworth go to the Rams. Their first step in rectifying that would be to take the best tackle in the draft.

13. Washington Redskins – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming (6-5/223)
You've all likely heard it by now: Allen has all the physical tools, he just needs work. Well, it's absolutely true. From a physical standpoint, there isn't a more gifted QB in this draft. Give him a couple seasons to sit behind Alex Smith and hope Jay Gruden can get the most out of Allen.

14. Green Bay Packers – Arden Key, EDGE, LSU (6-6/265)
Key was a beast his sophomore season (11 sacks), before a junior year mired by injuries and inconsistency. He has all the tools to be a disruptive NFL edge rusher. Can the Packers get it out of him?

15. Arizona Cardinals – Orlando Brown, OL, Oklahoma (6-8/360)
With the top four quarterbacks off the board, the Cardinals look to bolster their offensive line. Brown is a road grader that should help pave the way for star RB David Johnson. Does Brown have enough athleticism to play the left side? I believe he does.

16. Baltimore Ravens – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU (6-4/218)
Sutton is an interesting case. He has great size and is pretty quick for a bigger receiver. He dominated in the American Conference and should test well at the combine. His stock could rise, but he'd be a great fit for the Ravens.

17. Los Angeles Chargers – Vita Vea, DT, Washington (6-4/344)
Putting Vea on the inside with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on the outside seems unfair. He's the most athletic 344-pounder I've ever seen.

18. Seattle Seahawks – Derwin James, S, Florida State (6-3/215)
James was once thought of as a top-10 talent but struggled last season coming off an injury. He's the type of physical, versatile player that will thrive in Seattle and possibly replace Kam Chancellor.

19. Dallas Cowboys – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama (6-2/308)
Payne showed how disruptive and dominant he can be in the National Championship Game. If the Cowboys can get that player to show up every week, he'll be giving the Eagles trouble for years.

20. Detroit Lions – Marcus Davenport, EDGE, UTSA (6-6/255)
There may not be a player riding a bigger hype train than Davenport. He has great measurables, was extremely productive and should test well. The Lions are perpetually in need of pass rushers.

21. Buffalo Bills – Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan (6-2/282)
There are a few mocks out there that have Hurst ahead of Payne. I will say that Hurst was a more consistent player this season, but Payne is younger and has a bigger upside. Still, Hurst should help the Bills immediately.

22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs) – Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado (6-1/190)
Like Jackson, Oliver fits the mold of the prototypical NFL corner. He also fits the mold of what head coach Sean McDermott has looked for in his corners.

23. Los Angeles Rams – Denzel Ward, CB, OSU (5-10/191)
I'm not as high on Ward as others. I thought he got bullied by bigger receivers. With that said, he has excellent footwork and speed to mirror receivers up and down the field.

24. Carolina Panthers – Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College (6-3/250)
Landry would've probably gone around this range if he'd come out last year (16 1/2 sacks). He wasn't as productive this season (five sacks) but is certainly worth a shot here for the Panthers.

25. Tennessee Titans - Billy Price, C, OSU (6-4/312)
The Titans have bookend tackles but could use help in the middle. Price's issue might be that he's a little too aggressive at times. Better than the alternative. He's tough, athletic and plays with an edge.

26. Atlanta Falcons – Will Hernandez, G, UTEP (6-2/348)
Hernandez is the second-best guard in this draft. He had a nice week at Senior Bowl that will likely make him first-rounder.

27. New Orleans Saints – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama (6-3/234)
Evans would've looked great in midnight green, but I don't see any way he gets to pick 32. Recruited as a pass rusher, Evans became an inside 'backer for Nick Saban. That versatility should serve him well as a 4-3 OLB.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn (6-1/203)
I like Davis more than Ward, but going off the hype, I'll mock Davis here. Joe Haden doesn't seem like a candidate to return for the Steelers and they could use more help at corner.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (6-3/200)
The Jags are giving Blake Bortles another shot. Taking Jackson hedges their bets. No doubt Jackson has work to do with his mechanics and accuracy (though he's much improved), but putting him in the same backfield as Leonard Fournette with a dominant defense would be awfully intriguing.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia (6-2/300)
The Vikings' O-line was vastly improved in 2017, but could still use more help. Wynn provides versatility, having played left tackle for the Bulldogs but projecting as a guard at the next level.

31. New England Patriots – Mike Hughes, CB, UCF (5-11/191)
This is an interesting spot. If Rob Gronkowski decides to retire, look for South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert as a possibility. With Malcolm Butler on his way out, Hughes could make a solid tandem with Stephon Gilmore.

32. Philadelphia Eagles – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (6-4/291)
If Beau Allen leaves in free agency, the Eagles are left with Destiny Vaeao and 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls at DT. With Jim Schwartz's D-line rotation, they'll need more depth and competition at the position. Enter Bryan. Don't be fooled by the lack of production (four sacks in 2017), Bryan has impressive physical traits that will translate to the NFL. He's an attacking style player, the perfect fit for Schwartz's scheme. He's got a quick first step and consistently blows offensive lineman off the ball. Asking him to be a rotational piece, especially in pass rush situations, would be the ideal way to bring him along.

Movie about former Eagle's life in the works

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Movie about former Eagle's life in the works

Pretty soon, you'll be able to see Jon Dorenbos' incredible story on the big screen. 

Producer and Philly native Mike Tollin, thanks to the Eagles' Super Bowl win, is fast-tracking a movie about Dorenbos' life, according to Deadline Hollywood. 

Tollin has been involved other sports films such as Summer Catch, Radio and Coach Carter.

This movie, which will be based on a book Dorenbos is writing with Larry Platt, will be based around Dorenbos' story back to when he used his magic as a coping mechanism to deal with childhood tragedy. 

For those who don't know his story, Dorenbos was just 12 years old when his father murdered his mother. Long before he became a professional long-snapper for the Eagles, Dorenbos used magic as an escape from reality. He continues to perform magic and was a hit on America's Got Talent.

Dorenbos, 37, played 11 seasons in Philadelphia before he was traded to the Saints last offseason. Upon his arrival in New Orleans, doctors found an aortic aneurysm. That ended his football career and sent him for open-heart surgery. 

Even though he wasn't a part of the roster, Dorenbos was included during the Eagles' playoff run. He was in Minnesota when the Birds won the Super Bowl, he paraded down Broad Street, and he's getting a Super Bowl ring. 

"Jon and I have been talking about this for a while, and I once told him we needed a third act, but I didn't mean nearly killing himself," Tollin told Deadline. "This is about overcoming obstacles and turning tragedies into positives and the story is so unlikely that I thought we'd need a coda to say the story was true. We have that, with Jon and the beautiful wife he just married, Annalise, in the parade with confetti falling on their heads."

Dorenbos told Deadline that going with Tollin, whom he has known for a while, was an easy decision and he sold him the book option for $1. 

There's no release date yet, but because of the recency of the Super Bowl win, the plan is to fast-track the movie. Tollin said the plan is to have the movie out by the time the Eagles are starting to defend their title in next year's playoffs. He said he's already talking to an A-list star about the project. 

"I have learned that the sooner you accept your reality, the sooner you can look at the positives in life," Dorenbos told Deadline. "My reality was that I lost both of my parents. My dad went to prison and my mom was killed. My sister and I stayed with a temporary foster family for a bit, until my aunt, my mom's sister, got custody of us. I loved magic. It was really the only time that I didn't think about all the crap, the counseling therapy, the grieving. I would sit at a table, shuffle cards and learn moves, for 10 hours at a time. As a kid, it taught me it was OK to be alone and work toward something. 

"I am a slow, pudgy white guy who never thought he would play football. I made two Pro Bowls and guess what? All I did was stay on the path and show up every day when others jumped off the path."