Jake Elliott

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?

Roob Stats: Just how historic has the Eagles' run defense been so far?

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Roob Stats: Just how historic has the Eagles' run defense been so far?

This week's edition of Roob Stats covers some historic run defense, more record-breaking from Jake Elliott, Carson Wentz's latest history-making performance and much more!

We start with some remarkable stats regarding the Eagles' run defense!

• The Eagles have allowed just 394 rushing yards in six games. That's the fewest they've allowed in their first six games since 1954 — a span of 63 years! They allowed 342 the first six games that year. The only other seasons they've allowed fewer rushing yards at this point of the season were 1943 (384 yards) and 1944 (393 yards).

• Those 394 rushing yards allowed are also the fewest any team has given up six games into a season since the 2010 Steelers allowed 382.

• The Eagles are only the 20th team in NFL history with at least 750 rushing yards gained and fewer than 400 rushing yards allowed after six games and the first since the 2007 Titans.

• Kareem Hunt remains the only running back to rush for more than 35 yards against the Eagles this year. Of the 394 rushing yards against the Eagles, 122 were by quarterbacks and 32 by wide receivers. So opposing running backs have carried 82 times for 240 yards — which is 2.9 yards per carry and 40 yards per game.

• The Eagles have held four straight teams to 80 or fewer rushing yards. That equals their longest streak since 1992, when they did it five straight weeks. The franchise record is nine straight games, set over the 1990 and 1991 seasons. According to the Pro Football Reference database, that's the third-longest streak ever.

• The Eagles are on pace to allow 1,050 rushing yards this year, which would be the fourth-fewest since the league went to a 16-game season in 1978, behind only the 2000 Ravens (970), 2006 Vikings (985) and 2010 Steelers (1,004).

Going back farther, the 65.7 rushing yards per game the Eagles are allowing puts them on pace to allow the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game since 1940:

47.2 … 1942 Bears (519 in 11 games)

55.5 … 1944 Eagles (555 in 10 games)

60.6 … 2000 Ravens (970 in 16 games)

61.6 … 2006 Vikings (985 in 16 games)

62.8 … 2010 Steelers (1,004 in 16 games)

65.6 … 1964 Bills (918 in 14 games)

65.7 … 2017 Eagles (1,050 in 6 games)

How about some Carson Wentz nuggets?
• With just three interceptions in 207 pass attempts, Wentz has lowered his career interception ratio to 2.09 every 100 attempts. That is the eighth-best ratio in NFL history among quarterbacks who've thrown at least 750 passes. Just ahead of him? Former teammate and former Ram Sam Bradford (1.97). Just behind him? Current teammate and former Ram Nick Foles (2.10).

Here's the top 10:

1.55 - Aaron Rodgers

1.62 - Tyrod Taylor

1.77 - Colin Kaepernick

1.79 - Derek Carr

1.82 - Tom Brady

1.95 - Russell Wilson

1.97 - Sam Bradford

2.09 - Carson Wentz

2.10 - Nick Foles

2.11 - Neil O’Donnell

• Wentz had never thrown three touchdowns in a game and then he did it twice in five days with four against the Cards and three against the Panthers. He's the first Eagles quarterback to throw three TDs in consecutive games since Foles in 2013. Before that, Donovan McNabb did it twice and Bubby Brister did it in 1994.

• Wentz has had a passer rating of 90 or higher in four straight games, two shy of the franchise record of six set in 1980 by Ron Jaworski and matched in 2006 by  McNabb and 2010 by Michael Vick. The only longer active streak in the NFL is Alex Smith's streak of six straight games.

• With four TD passes against the Cards and three against the Panthers, Wentz matched the fourth-most TD passes in a two-game span in Eagles history:

10 - Nick Foles, 2013

8 - Adrian Burk, 1954

8 - Donovan McNabb, 2004

7 - Bobby Thomason, 1953

7 - Sonny Jurgensen, 1961

7 - Randall Cunningham 1989

7 - Donovan McNabb, 2005

7 - Carson Wentz, 2017

• Wentz's 13 touchdowns six games into a season equals the most by an Eagles quarterback in 57 years. Adrian Burk threw 14 in 1954 and Norm Van Brocklin threw 14 in 1960. Norm Snead (1967) and McNabb (2004, 2006) both also threw 13 in the first six games.

And the obligatory Jake Elliott stats!
• Elliott has made three field goals of at least 50 yards so far. David Akers, the greatest kicker in Eagles history and an Eagles Hall of Famer, never made three 50-yarders in a season for the Eagles …

• With 49 points in five games, Elliott is on pace for 156 points in 15 games this year. That would break the NFL rookie scoring record of 150 points set in 2014 by former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey. Elliott is also on pace for 36 field goals, which would break the NFL rookie record of 35, set in 1983 by Ali Haji-Sheikh of the Giants and matched in 2012 by Blair Walsh of the Vikings.

• Elliott leads the NFL with seven field goals from at least 45 yards. He's 7 for 8 from 45 and out. Only two other kickers have more than four field goals this year from at least 45 yards.

• Elliott has made three field goals of at least 50 yards. Only six kickers in Eagles history have made more. Elliott has played in five games.

Here's our first-ever Rasul Douglas stats section!
• Douglas and Patrick Robinson both picked off Cam Newton inside the 25-yard line Thursday night. This is the first time the Eagles had two INTs inside the opposing 25-yard-line in the same game in 14 years. On Oct. 5, 2003, in a game against the Redskins, Rod Hood picked off Pat Ramsey at the 23 and N.D. Kalu intercepted him at the 15.

• Another Rod Hood stat? Sure! Douglas and Jalen Mills on Thursday night became the first Eagles cornerback duo 23 years old or younger with INTs in the same game since Hood and Lito Sheppard victimized Jake Delhomme — also of the Panthers — at the Linc on Oct. 17, 2004.

And some miscellaneous Eagles stats!
• This one is courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia's Corey Seidman: With his three interceptions Thursday night, Cam Newton became the first quarterback ever to throw three INTs against the Eagles three games in a row. In fact, he's only the sixth QB with three total games against the Eagles with three or more INTs — and he's not even in their division. The others are Eli Manning and Bobby Layne (four games each with three INTs vs. the Eagles) and Troy Aikman, Joe Theismann and Billy Kilmer (three games).

• The Eagles have scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games. That's the third-longest streak in franchise history.

• Nelson Agholor's 72-yard TD against the Cards and 24-yarder against the Panthers made him the first Eagle with TDs of 20 yards or more in back-to-back games since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.

• The Eagles are one of only six teams in the NFL that hasn’t lost a game by more than a touchdown this year. The others are the Chiefs, Bills, Falcons, Lions and Rams. Going back to last year, they’ve played 10 straight games without losing by more than a touchdown. That’s the third-longest current streak in the NFL and their longest since an 18-game streak in 2011 and 2012.

• The Chiefs have played 33 straight games going into Sunday without a loss of more than seven points (36-21 at the Bengals in 2015), and the Falcons have gone 11 straight.

Eagles rookie report: Barnett gets on the board; Hollins comes up clutch

Eagles rookie report: Barnett gets on the board; Hollins comes up clutch

The rookies were active early and often in the Eagles' 28-23 win in Carolina on Thursday night (see breakdown).

First-rounder Derek Barnett got on the sack board with a half-sack, WR Mack Hollins came up in the clutch and CB Rasul Douglas had an eventful night.

Here are a few highlights from Thursday's huge win.

1st quarter, 9:07, 1st-and-10 at CAR 49 - Eagles 0, Panthers 0
Hollins recorded two receptions late but made a big block early on. The rookie receiver is lined up to the left and tight to the line. LeGarrette Blount is running off tackle to that side. Veteran safety Jairus Byrd reads the play well and creeps up to the line of scrimmage. Hollins comes across Byrd's face and puts him on the ground with a nice block. Hollins' effort springs Blount for a 14-yard run.

1st quarter, 7:02, 4th-and-7 at CAR 32 - Eagles 0, Panthers 0
How good has Jake Elliott been? Well, even a poor snap couldn't stop him. Long snapper Rick Lovato snaps the ball off to the right. Punter/holder Donnie Jones does a tremendous job reaching to his right and still putting down a perfect hold. Elliott does an excellent job not losing his focus and nails a 50-yarder to give the Eagles an early lead (see 10 observations).

2nd quarter, 10:34, 1st-and-10 at CAR 16 - Eagles 3, Panthers 3
Welcome to the NFL, Rasul Douglas. The Panthers use a ton of motion, which is effective because of playmakers like rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel and, of course, former league MVP Cam Newton. With both rookies in the backfield, Newton runs a triple option. With Vinny Curry crashing hard on McCaffrey going up the middle, Newton keeps it and gets 10 yards down the field before he even sees a defender. The defender he sees is Douglas, whom Newton fakes out of his cleats for a 16-yard score.

2nd quarter, 6:34, 3rd-and-5 at CAR 14 - Panthers 10, Eagles 3
Payback! In reality, Fletcher Cox makes this play by ferociously collapsing the pocket and forcing Newton to throw it up for grabs (more on Cox here). Douglas still has to be alert enough to know the ball is in the air and has reliable hands to come down with the ball. One of the easiest picks Douglas will ever get, but he still had to pull it in.

3rd quarter, 12:18, 1st-and-goal at PHI 5 - Eagles 18, Panthers 10
One of Carolina's biggest assets is its big receivers. On this play, Newton is looking for former first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin on a fade route. This plays right to Douglas' strength as a tall, long corner. The throw could've been better by Newton, but Douglas is in perfect position and makes a play on the ball. This was a big play. The Panthers would eventually have to settle for a field goal.

3rd quarter, 10:37, 2nd-and-10 at PHI 43 - Eagles 18, Panthers 13
Hollins makes his first of two big catches. On this play, the Eagles are lined up with trips to the right with Hollins being the receiver on the line. Nothing fancy here. Hollins runs an in and pulls in a huge 18-yard reception on third down. This play eventually led to a field goal.

3rd quarter, 1:21, 3rd-and-16 at PHI 18 - Eagles 21, Panthers 13
If the play on the field goal drive was big, this play was critical. On 3rd-and-forever, Carson Wentz does what he's done all season: stand up in the face of pressure and delivers an on-target throw to convert. Again, nothing fancy here by Hollins. Just a solidly run 20-yard in route. The rookie hauls it in for a big first down. This play led to the deciding touchdown (see report card).

4th quarter, 4:23, 2nd-and-10 at CAR 47 - Eagles 28, Panthers 23
This had to feel great for Barnett. Funny enough, after winning so many battles and coming up empty, Barnett loses early on this down. But as he's done all season, he doesn't give up on the play. The coverage is solid and Barnett is able to grab Newton's leg from behind. The rookie holds on for dear life and brings down one of the toughest QBs in the league to corral. 

Analysis
Six games in and the monkey is off Barnett's back. Really, it was only a matter of time. Two plays later, Barnett pressured Newton into a bad throw that was almost picked off by Douglas. Hopefully the sack (technically a half-sack) was the first of many for the 21-year-old.

Hollins looks like he's going to be a solid pro. As mentioned, he didn't do anything earth-shattering on either catch, but he ran the right route and secured the catch. That's more than can be said for some of the receivers that have come through here recently. 

Of course Newton made Douglas look silly on that TD, but Newton has done that to many DBs. It was another solid performance from the rookie overall. He nearly had a second pick later in the game. He led the nation in interceptions last season, so it's not a coincidence that this kid is always around the ball.

And ho-hum, Elliott nailed two more field goals (50, 48). Bye, Caleb Sturgis.