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Eagles sit idle as NFL's trade deadline officially passes

Eagles sit idle as NFL's trade deadline officially passes

The NFL’s trade deadline has passed and things remained quiet at the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex on Tuesday. 

Heck, most of the NFL remained quiet. There was just one trade across the league on deadline day. 

That doesn’t mean GM Howie Roseman was playing video games all day or anything, but his phone calls just proved fruitless. Prices were too high, the compensation wasn’t right. 

Sure, Roseman traded for a rotational defensive end on Monday, but as the 4 p.m. deadline came and went on Tuesday, he failed to make a big splash. 

For weeks, we talked about the possibility of the Eagles adding a cornerback, a receiver or a defensive tackle and the Eagles didn’t add players at any of those positions. 

The Eagles have the same 4-4 record they had last season when Roseman traded for Golden Tate, but he didn’t make a major move this time. Although, to get DE Genard Avery, he did reportedly give up a 2021 fourth-rounder. That’s the same round compensation the Eagles gave up to get Jay Ajayi two years ago. 

2017: Jay Ajayi for a 2018 fourth-rounder
2018: Golden Tate for a 2019 third-rounder
2019: Genard Avery for a reported 2021 fourth-rounder

On Monday morning, head coach Doug Pederson was reminded that the Tate trade last season was viewed as a vote of confidence from the front office. The Eagles had a 4-4 record at last year’s trade deadline as well. 

“Well, it's always a sign of confidence when you can do that and bring in somebody that can help you continue to win, and obviously where we were last year, same situation, basically,” Pederson said. “And where we are as a team right now, the way our guys have kind of hung together and battled through a lot of adversity the first eight weeks of the season, we've battled injury. We've battled a lot of talk and things off the field. We've fought through that.

“So this team is starting to gel and come together, and so if we can add a piece, I think it's great. If we don't add a piece, I think it's great because of the guys in the locker room and I think that's a credit to those men.”

Another point Pederson kept coming back to on Monday is the amount of players the Eagles are still expecting to get back from injury. They already brought back Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby. And the following players are expected to return at some point this season: 

Avonte Maddox
DeSean Jackson
Darren Sproles
Tim Jernigan 
Nigel Bradham
Jason Peters 
Cre’Von LeBlanc

Now, some of those players will be harder to rely on than others, but Pederson’s point was that reinforcements are coming with or without a trade. 

The Eagles are 4-4 with one game before their bye week. They still have a decent shot to make the playoffs, but they’ll have to do it with what they already have. 

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Eagles might play a road game in Mexico City in 2020 NFL season

Eagles might play a road game in Mexico City in 2020 NFL season

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that one of their home games in 2020 will take place at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which means the Eagles might play in Mexico City in 2020.

Fun! (Probably.)

Just two years after playing the Jaguars in London, the Eagles are one of six possible opponents for the Cardinals' game in Mexico. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss is reporting Friday that the Lions and Dolphins will not be the opponent:

This will mark the fifth straight season that the NFL has a game scheduled for Estadio Azteca, and the 13th time a game has been scheduled at Estadio Azteca all-time.

The Eagles actually have a super interesting, and kind of wacky, history with Mexico City games. 

They were scheduled to face the Detroit Lions in an exhibition on Aug. 11, 1968, which would've marked the first football game ever played in Mexico City, but the game was cancelled - without much explanation, according to the Associated Press. Half the stadium's tickets were going for about 40 cents at the time, according to the AP.

Ten years later, the Eagles actually ended up participating in the first NFL game held in Mexico City after all, a 14-7 exhibition loss to the Saints. According to Ron Jaworski, the locker rooms were tiny and the goal posts were crooked, which sounds fun.

All-time, the Eagles are 2-3 in international games, a record that probably doesn't mean much because they've played outside of the country once since 1993 - and that was a win.

Vamos Eagles.

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How Combine might have changed Eagles' WR plans

How Combine might have changed Eagles' WR plans

The 2020 wide receiver draft picture got a lot more interesting Thursday night.

Alabama’s Henry Ruggs did his thing and ran 4.28 when the receivers ran their 40's at the Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. He didn't break John Ross's record of 4.22, but he certainly did nothing to hurt his draft status. 

Neither did his college teammate, Jerry Jeudy, or Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. They remain the consensus top three receivers in the draft, and the Eagles, who have the 21st pick in the first round, would likely have to trade up to draft any of them.

But a few receivers helped themselves with their performances in Indy and a few may have hurt their stock as well, and it all could definitely affect the receiver-starved Eagles’ strategy in April.

HELPED THEMSELVES

JUSTIN JEFFERSON, LSU: Joe Burrow’s favorite target ran much faster than expected with a 4.43. We already know he’s productive - he caught a ridiculous 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns - and he backed that up with a faster 40 time than Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. How much that helps him remains to be seen, but he definitely helped himself.

CHASE CLAYPOOL, NOTRE DAME: There’s been talk about the 6-4, 240-pound Claypool moving to tight end, but then he went out and ran 4.42, which according to the Next Gen Stats twitter feed makes him the first receiver over 230 pounds to run sub-4.45 since Calvin Johnson in 2007. He also caught the ball well and performed well in the other drills. 

DENZEL MIMS, BAYLOR: Mims opened a lot of eyes with a 4.38 Thursday night to cap an overall excellent performance. Only Ruggs and Southern Mississippi’s Quez Watkins ran faster. Mims was generally considered a second-round talent before the Combine but running 4.38 at 6-3, 210 pounds could push him into the first round. 

HURT THEMSELVES

JALEN REAGOR, TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Reagor, whose father Montae played for the Eagles in 2007, said he planned to run faster than Ruggs: “That’s my plan. He runs after me. I’m going to set the bar for him.”  He also said he expected to run “high 4.2, low 4.3.”  Then he ran 4.47, a full fifth of a second slower than Ruggs. He followed that with a 4.50. How much that hurts him remains to be seen, but it wasn’t what anybody was expecting. 

TEE HIGGINS, CLEMSON: Higgins told reporters at the Combine that he was planning to prove a lot of people wrong with his 40:  “My goal is to hit a 4.4. A lot of guys think I’m gonna run a 4.5 or 4.6, but I’m excited to change people’s minds.” Then without explanation he didn’t run or participate in any drills Thursday night. Not good. 

LAVISKA SHENAULT JR., COLORADO: After a slower-than-expected 4.58 on his first try, Shenault skipped his second 40 and didn’t participate in the other drills, presumably because of the core muscle injury that cost him a couple games during the season. Shenault was considered a late first-round or early second-rounder. He’ll have a chance to bounce back at his pro day, but he didn’t help himself Thursday.

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