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Eagles Inactives: Zach Ertz out vs. Broncos; Jay Ajayi to play

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Eagles Inactives: Zach Ertz out vs. Broncos; Jay Ajayi to play

The Eagles are without Zach Ertz on Sunday. He's inactive. 

Ertz popped up on the injury report Thursday with hamstring tightness. He was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. Head coach Doug Pederson said Ertz would play but his pregame warmup didn't go well. 

During pregame warmups, Ertz was shaking his head and didn't look like himself. At one point, he ran a sprint and then crouched in pain. He spoke briefly with Pederson and tight ends coach Justin Peelle and presumably told them the bad news. 

Expect Trey Burton to have an expanded role Sunday, but Brent Celek will start in Ertz's spot. 

The Birds will have running back Jay Ajayi, who was traded to Philadelphia from Miami before Tuesday's trade deadline. The Eagles haven't thrown the whole playbook at Ajayi just yet but Pederson wanted to get him comfortable with 10-15 plays. Expect Ajayi to play sparingly on run plays. The Eagles have all five running backs active. 

Ronald Darby (ankle) is still inactive. He has been listed as questionable for the last three weeks but with the bye week coming up, the Eagles elected to give him some more time to get ready. Darby hasn't played since Week 1 when he dislocated his right ankle. 

Here are the rest of the Eagles' inactives: Nate Sudfeld, Shelton Gibson, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Taylor Hart. 

Sudfeld is inactive after being signed to the 53-man roster last week. He's the third quarterback on the roster, so he'll be the weekly inactive going forward.

For the Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is active. Here are the Broncos' inactives: QB Paxton Lynch, RB De'Angelo Henderson, ILB Todd Davis, DE DeMarcus Walker, OT Donald Stephenson, WR Jordan Taylor. 

Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

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Eagles Mailbag: Biggest concern on 2018 roster

We’ve officially reached the only sort of dead period on the NFL calendar. The Eagles are through their spring practices and won’t be back at the NovaCare Complex until July 25 for the start of training camp. 

That sounds far away, but it’ll be here before you know it. 

You guys were great and gave me a ton of questions, so I’ll answer half today and half Sunday. Let’s go: 

I’m tempted to say defensive tackle just for healthy concerns surrounding Tim Jernigan, but I have to answer linebacker. Jordan Hicks appears to be healthy after tearing his Achilles last year, but as good as he is when healthy, it’s just tough to count on him. Two years ago, he was able to play a full season and things were looking good, but then he suffered another serious injury. If Hicks and Bradham stay healthy, linebackers aren’t a concern. The Eagles will have either Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry or Corey Nelson take the weakside spot on base downs and they’ll be OK. 

But without Mychal Kendricks, it’s fair to be concerned about their depth at the position, especially after veteran pickup Paul Worrilow was already lost for the year. Kendricks came up huge last year as a fill-in; not sure the Eagles have that kind of depth this year. 

Not sure yet. What I can tell you about De’Vante Bausby is that he was impressive this spring and the coaching staff seems to love him. I remain very, very skeptical that he’s good enough to keep Sidney Jones off the field. With that said, I do think he’s talented enough to make the 53-man roster. We’ll get a better sense at camp when the pads go on, but I have him penciled in to make the team. 

Yes on both. The Nate Sudfeld hype is real. In our first extended looks at the young quarterback, he’s been incredibly impressive. It’s starting to make sense why the Eagles snatched him from Washington and then blocked the Colts from signing him last season. They kept him on the 53 in the second half of last year, so they’re completely prepared to keep three QBs on this year’s roster if Foles is still on the team. 

This is going to be the summer of Nate Sudfeld. We’re going to see him play a ton in those preseason games and that will let us know if he’s ready to be QB2 behind Carson Wentz. But the fact that the Eagles didn’t bring in a more experienced veteran after Wentz went down last year pretty much tells you all you need to know about what the Eagles think of him. 

We tried that. Didn’t work out well. We’re up for suggestions. 

You have no idea how out of water this fish is. This is like taking a fish from the ocean and dropping it in Kansas. 

How about Portugal? I’ll go with them because of Ronaldo. 

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

Where should Carson Wentz land on NFL's top 10 list?

We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018. 

We just don’t know where he’ll land. 

As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins. 

Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. 

Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?

Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night. 

  • Le'Veon Bell 
  • Tom Brady 
  • Drew Brees 
  • Antonio Brown
  • Aaron Donald 
  • Todd Gurley
  • Julio Jones 
  • Von Miller 
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Carson Wentz

In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get. 

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