Jay Ajayi

Howie Roseman proving to be greatest sequel since The Godfather Part II

USA Today Images

Howie Roseman proving to be greatest sequel since The Godfather Part II

Tim Jernigan, Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount, Patrick Robinson, Ronald Darby, Jay Ajayi, Chris Long and Jake Elliott.

A look at that list of names reveals players who have been integral pieces in contributing to the Eagles' 9-1 start. The other common denominators each share are they are all in their first season in midnight green and all were acquired through free agency or trades.

It's a pretty impressive list when you consider how each individual has impacted the Birds' season through 10 games. And the man ultimately responsible for all of these moves is The Godfather, Howie Roseman.

It's generally fool's gold when a team relies too heavily on trades and free agency. You only need to go as far back as 2011 to the Eagles' "Dream Team" to make this point. This isn't 2011, though. The 2017 club has plenty of homegrown talent, be it Carson Wentz, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox or Brandon Graham. But there is no denying what kind of contribution the other newcomers have given the Birds.

The Eagles had some glaring areas of need entering the season. Most notable were wide receiver, cornerback and running back. And while they drafted guys who have contributed at those spots, like Mack Hollins, Rasul Douglas, and Corey Clement (who they snagged as an undrafted free agent), the players brought here through signings and deals have reaped greater rewards this season.

That's not even mentioning the future investments like Sidney Jones, who could pay major dividends at corner in years to come.

Blount and newly acquired Ajayi have formed two-thirds of the Eagles' second-ranked rushing attack. Ajayi could be the gift that keeps giving, as he gains more knowledge of the playbook and reps. The 30-year-old Blount should be fresh down the stretch with the running back by committee approach the Birds employ.

And while Jeffery has not put up monster numbers, he's a big target that appears to be gaining more of a rapport with Wentz as the season has progressed, having been targeted 26 times the last three games while hauling in four touchdowns in that span.

All are essential pieces of this offense.

On the other side of the ball, Jernigan may not have been an obvious need, but has he ever had an impact? He and Cox represent the best duo in the NFL on the inside. He's been rewarded with a rich, new extension and he's a major reason the Eagles are the best team in the league against the run and have had so much success pressuring the passer.

The signing of Robinson went under the radar, for good reason. He played for three teams in the previous three seasons and looked as if he might be on his last legs entering his eighth season. Instead, he's been a find, manning the slot and providing coverage and tackling skills the Eagles' corners desperately needed.

Long has seamlessly incorporated himself into the Birds' defensive end rotation.

While his future with the club is still not a given for the rest of the season, Elliott has won the Eagles games with some big kicks in clutch time.

Combine the offseason moves with his drafts the past two years since regaining his organizational hand, and Roseman revisited is looking like the greatest sequel since The Godfather.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught


Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71 yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Roob's Stats: Jay Ajayi's monster start to Eagles' career

USA Today Images

Roob's Stats: Jay Ajayi's monster start to Eagles' career

Following Sunday's 37-9 win over the Cowboys, Reuben Frank has crunched the numbers like only he can to come up with the following stats you would have never even known existed.

Did you know the Eagles have more wins in the last 59 days than the Browns have in the last 1,115 days?

Really, really good teams and really, really bad teams make for the best stats. Combine the two and that's what you get!

But let's just focus on the Eagles for the rest of today's edition of Roob's Stats. There's some crazy stuff in here!

The Jay Ajayi Section
• Jay Ajayi's 71-yard run in the third quarter of the Eagles' win over the Cowboys was the Eagles' longest run from scrimmage since Brian Westbrook’s 71-yarder vs the. 49ers in 2006 and matched the longest since Brian Mitchell's 85-yarder vs. the Falcons in 2000. It was the ninth-longest run in Eagles' history and second-longest that didn’t go for a touchdown behind only Leroy Harris’s 80-yarder vs. the Falcons in 1979.

• Ajayi is only the third player in NFL history to record consecutive games with 77 or more rushing yards on eight or fewer carries. The other two were Warren Wiliams with the Steelers in 1990 and former Eagle Felix Jones with the Cowboys in 2009.

• Ajayi is the first Eagle with runs from scrimmage of 45 yards or more in back-to-back games since Ricky Watters in 1996 — 52 yards against the Lions, 57 yards against the Falcons.

 The Corey Clement Section
• Corey Clement’s sixth red-zone touchdown of the year came on his 10th red-zone touch. Clement ranks seventh in the NFL in red-zone touchdowns but 42nd in red-zone touches.

• Clement’s six TDs this year are the fourth-most ever by an Eagles rookie running back and the most since 1953 when Don “Heartbeat” Johnson had seven. Since 1950, only 11 undrafted rookie running backs league-wide have had more touchdowns in a season than Clement.

• Clement is only the second player in Eagles history to score six touchdowns in his first 10 career games. The other is Jordan Matthews.

The Carson Wentz Section
• With no interceptions in his last two games and just three in his last eight, Carson Wentz has improved his career interception ratio to 2.05 [per 100 passes]. That's ninth-best in NFL history. Just ahead of him? Sam Bradford (1.97). Just behind him? Nick Foles (2.10).

• Carson Wentz has now gone six straight games with two or more TD passes and one or fewer INTs. Only eight QBs in NFL history have had longer streaks — Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Matt Stafford, Brett Favre, Russell Wilson and Len Dawson.

• Wentz is the sixth quarterback in NFL history to open a season with 10 straight games with a passer rating of 83.0 or higher. The other five are Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers.

• Wentz is only the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 25 or more touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions 10 games into a season. The others are Brady, Rodgers and Y.A. Tittle.

The Dak Prescott Section
• Dak Prescott has thrown four career interceptions before halftime. Three of them have come against the Eagles (Jordan Hicks last year and Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod Sunday).

• Prescott, who has the best interception ratio in NFL history, was picked off three times by the Eagles in the span of 44 minutes Sunday after throwing just eight INTs in his previous 25 career games. In his career, he's averaged one interception every 19.5 attempts against the Eagles (4 in 78 passes) and one every 100.1 attempts against every other team combined.

The Miscellaneous Offense Section
• The Eagles are only the 16th team in NFL history to win eight straight games and score 26 points or more in all eight of them. 

• Ajayi [91 yards], LeGarrette Blount [57] and Clement [50] are the first Eagles running back trio to rush for 50 yards in the same game since Oct. 22, 1961, when Billy Ray Barnes [89], Timmy Brown [66] and Ted Dean [76] did it in a 43-7 win also at Dallas. That game was across town at the Cotton Bowl.

 The Miscellaneous Defense Section
• The Eagles have now gone 12 straight games without allowing a first-quarter touchdown. The streak is their longest since they held 13 straight opponents without a first-quarter touchdown to open the 1971 season.

• Rodney McLeod recorded an interception in his third straight game, becoming the first Eagle to do that since Asante Samuel in 2010 and the first Eagles safety since Brian Dawkins in 2004.

• The Eagles have held six straight opponents under 35 percent on third-down conversions, the first time that's happened since 2008.

• The Eagles haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last 20 games, the longest current streak in the NFL and the Eagles’ longest streak since a stretch of 48 games over the 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 seasons. Emmitt Smith ended that with 163 yards.

The Eagles-Crush-the-Cowboys Section
• The Cowboys have lost 22 games by 23 or more points since 2000. Eleven of those 22 losses — exactly half of them — have been to the Eagles.

• The Eagles on Sunday became the first team in 55 years to shut out the Cowboys in a second half while scoring 30 or more points. The last time that happened the Cardinals blanked the Cowboys 37-0 in the second half of a 52-20 win.

• The Eagles have won three straight games by 23 or more points for the first time since 1953. That matches the 12th-longest streak in NFL history. The record is five straight games, set by the 1949 Eagles and matched by the 1953 Eagles. The Frankford Yellow Jackets had a four-game streak in 1924.

• The Eagles on Sunday became the 19th team in NFL history and 10th in the last 50 years to win a game by 28 or more points after trailing at halftime. The Eagles had never done that. The last time the Cowboys lost by 28 or more points after leading at halftime was Dec. 9, 1962, when they led the Cards 20-14 at halftime before losing 52-20 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.