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Eagles need a WR; might troll Browns by working out Corey Coleman

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Eagles need a WR; might troll Browns by working out Corey Coleman

Based on their behavior over the last couple of days, the Eagles are clearly in the market to bring in some help at wide receiver. 

They have a chance to troll the Cleveland Browns while they do it. 

Of course, that’s not going to be the Eagles’ motive, but that could be the result if they sign former first-round pick Corey Coleman, who is reportedly set to visit with the Eagles on Tuesday. 

Back in 2016, when the Eagles moved up from 13 to 8 to 2 to draft Carson Wentz, the Browns helped them do it. Instead of drafting Wentz, Cleveland passed and traded that No. 2 overall pick in a package that included No. 8. 

Of course, the Browns got a ton back in that package and traded down from 8 to 15 to get even more picks. So the first pick they used from that trade was at No. 15. They took Coleman, a promising receiver, out of Baylor. 

In two seasons with the Browns, Coleman caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns. He was traded to the Bills in August but was released by Buffalo at final cuts. 

Now he’s on the market and might end up catching passes from the guy who the Browns really should have taken. 

After that trade with the Eagles to move down, the Browns then used those picks and got even more picks. They got a bucketload of picks. So many picks. They finally completed the deal this spring when they drafted Antonio Callaway in the fourth round. 

You can check out the spiderweb from that initial Wentz trade here, but here’s all you really need to know: The Browns lost. 

The Eagles got their franchise quarterback. And since this trade was made, the Browns have won the same number of games as the Eagles have won Super Bowls. 

Ouch. 

Now, if the Eagles sign Coleman and somehow make him into a serviceable player, they’ll be throwing salt in that wound. 

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After building rapport with Carson Wentz, Golden Tate preparing to play with Nick Foles

After building rapport with Carson Wentz, Golden Tate preparing to play with Nick Foles

Remember when we were all worried about how long it would take Golden Tate to get on the same page with Carson Wentz? 

Back to the drawing board. 

After weeks of learning the intricacies of playing with Wentz, it now looks like Tate is going to be playing with Nick Foles on Sunday. While Foles has played with most of the other receivers on the team before, he’s had just these last few practices to throw to Tate. 

It would make sense if Tate were concerned that Foles has a rapport with his other receivers, much more than he has with Tate. Even Dallas Goedert got to play with Foles in training camp. 

“I’m just going to go out there and play,” Tate said on Friday. “I know my plays, I know what I’m supposed to do when my number’s called. I’m just going to do the best I can and not even worry about it.”

While the Eagles say Wentz is doubtful for this weekend, it’s pretty clear Foles will be the Eagles’ starter on Sunday night in LA. Foles has taken all the first-team reps this week in practice and the game plan is based on his being the starting quarterback. 

Tate claims nothing really changes for him with a new quarterback. Aside from getting on the same page as Foles, he will still run the same routes and claims he has a great grasp of the playbook. 

Since joining the Eagles, Tate has had varying levels of production. Last week, he had just one catch for seven yards, but in the previous game, he had 85 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

Tate hasn’t been working with Foles for long, but he’s been impressed with what he’s seen. 

“He’s a confident guy,” Tate said. “I think he has a really good beat for the game plan. Even though he hasn’t been in there, I think he does a really good job of staying prepared and taking mental reps. It’s just his time. For him, he’s been in this situation before. He handled it really well. I’m expecting him to play his best ball and we’re going to help him play well and try to win some ballgames.”

You’ll notice Tate said ballgames, which was maybe a slip of the tongue, but more likely a feeling that is being felt by many Eagles. The franchise quarterback has a fracture in his back; he probably ain’t playing the rest of this season. 

Obviously, if the Eagles were to go on a run these last three games, Foles will need to play well. He took over at QB last season and obviously led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. 

Then, still a member of the Lions, Tate watched the Super Bowl and came away impressed by Foles’ performance. He noted that while a lot of folks had counted the Eagles out, Tate actually thought they were going to win Super Bowl LII. They did because Foles turned into the Super Bowl MVP. 

“He went out there and made plays,” Tate said. “Caught the ball, threw the ball. He did a lot to help this team win a Super Bowl. I was impressed.” 

Now, Tate will be catching passes from him on Sunday. At least he hopes. 

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Eagles injury update: Carson Wentz downgraded to doubtful

Eagles injury update: Carson Wentz downgraded to doubtful

Carson Wentz has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Rams, according to the official injury report released by the team on Friday afternoon. 

Just hours earlier, head coach Doug Pederson said Wentz would be questionable for this game, despite also saying that the stress fracture in Wentz’s back will take around three months to fully heal. 

It seems pretty clear the Eagles are preparing for Nick Foles to start this game after Wentz missed practice all week, so it’s worth wondering about the need for Wentz to travel with the team. Sitting on a 5 1/2 hour flight seems like it might put unnecessary stress on Wentz’s ailing back. 

On Friday morning, Pederson said Wentz would travel to Los Angeles with the team, but if for some reason he doesn’t make the trip, the Eagles would need to downgrade him to out. 

As for the rest of the Eagles’ injury report, here is is: 

Out: Jordan Hicks (calf), Tim Jernigan (back), Sidney Jones (hamstring), Isaac Seumalo (pec)

Questionable: Michael Bennett (foot), Shelton Gibson (wrist), Avonte Maddox (ankle, knee) 

The four guys who are ruled out for this game missed practice all week, so there’s no surprise they won’t play in this game. Hicks hasn’t played since the New Orleans game, when he hurt his calf. Jernigan returned a few weeks ago, but back spasms have kept him out since. Jones tried to play through a hamstring injury last week, but didn’t get on the field this week. 

Without Seumalo, who hurt his pec in the loss to the Cowboys, the Eagles will start Stefen Wisniewski in his place at left guard. That’s a significant loss, especially as the Eagles are about to face Aaron Donald and a dominant Rams’ defensive line. Seumalo had quietly been playing pretty well since early season struggles. 

As for the questionable players, Bennett has been listed as questionable for the last couple weeks but has been able to play through his foot injury. I’d expect that to continue. 

We don’t really have a sense of whether or not Maddox will play this weekend. He’s been out since the Saints game, but the Eagles could certainly use him. It’s not entirely clear where he’d play this week if he returns. He has played safety and nickel corner this season. 

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