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Eagles trade for Eli Harold, send Ryan Bates to Bills

Eagles trade for Eli Harold, send Ryan Bates to Bills

It’s not the type of big move you’ve been waiting for, but Howie Roseman made a trade on Friday for a veteran defensive end. 

The Eagles acquired 25-year-old Eli Harold from Buffalo for undrafted offensive lineman Ryan Bates from Penn State. 

Harold (6-3, 243) was a third-round pick out of Virginia in 2015 and has played in 61 NFL games with 25 starts. He has nine career sacks. 

After spending his first three NFL seasons with the 49ers, Harold played last season with the Lions. He signed a one-year deal with the Bills this past April. In 13 games with the Lions last season, Harold had a career-high four sacks. 

This move will give the Eagles some more depth at defensive end, a position with questionable depth this season. After Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, their top reserves are Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat. Despite a strong performance from Daeshon Hall on Thursday night, the Eagles are still trying to get deeper at the position. 

The Eagles have great depth at defensive tackle this season, but defensive end is a different story. Last year, they came into the season with Chris Long and Michael Bennett coming off the bench. This year, their top guys are Curry and Sweat. That’s a considerable drop-off and adding Harold likely won’t do much to change that. But he could help. 

There will be some question about how Harold fits in the Eagles’ 4-3 system. He’s primarily played in a 3-4 defense as an outside 'backer and the Eagles are listing him at 243 pounds. If that’s accurate, he’s easily their lightest defensive end. That’s important to note because DEs in this system are supposed to get after the quarterback, but they’re also supposed to stop the run on their way there. 

The Eagles likely saw that Bates, despite looking solid, wasn’t going to make their roster, so they were at least able to flip the undrafted rookie (and local product) for a player at a position of greater need. That doesn’t mean Harold will make the Eagles’ 53-man roster, but he’ll have a better shot than Bates did. 

After a few injuries, the Bills were desperate for O-line help. This seems like a depth for depth trade. 

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Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Eagles injury report: A few key players miss another day of practice

Updated: 4:27 p.m.

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three of their most important skill position players as they prepare to face the Lions on Sunday afternoon. 

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goedert, who were all listed as “day to day” by Doug Pederson on Wednesday, did not practice Thursday. The Eagles actually held a real practice Thursday after a walkthrough the day before. 

It doesn’t seem likely that any of those three will play against the Lions. 

Because the Eagles had a walkthrough on Wednesday, yesterday’s injury report was an estimation. Here's today's: 

Did not practice: 

Alshon Jeffery (calf), DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Dallas Goedert (calf), Corey Clement (shoulder), Tim Jernigan (foot), Jordan Mailata (back), Johnathan Cyprien (knee) 

Limited: 

Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee), Rudy Ford (hamstring) 

Full: 

Nate Sudfeld (wrist), Derek Barnett (shoulder), Fletcher Cox (toe), Nathan Gerry (knee, calf)

Good news for Grugier-Hill, who is taking part in his first real practice since spraining his MCL in August. It’s probably more realistic to expect him to return to action next Thursday night in Green Bay. 

More good news that Barnett, Cox and Gerry were full participants today after being limited to begin the week. 

Cyprien was the only player who was limited to begin the week and didn’t practice Thursday. 

Mailata worked out on a side field today, as did Jalen Mills (foot), who is still on the PUP. Mills won’t be eligible to return until Week 7. 

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NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

NFL trade rumors: Eagles definitely in the mix for Jalen Ramsey

The Jalen Ramsey trade winds are blowing strong and the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be in the mix.

Our very own Dave Zangaro wrote about why the Eagles should absolutely kick the tires on Ramsey earlier in the week and not a lot has changed there.

A number of national NFL writers continue to toss the Eagles' name around as a team that could be a landing spot for Ramsey if Howie Roseman chooses to engage. Here's a quick roundup of the latest rumblings regarding the talented but often irksome corner.

Ramsey is expected to play this evening on Thursday Night Football for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said today that, "tomorrow is a more likely target date for a Jalen Ramsey trade."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said yesterday that the Friday report is "the most artificial deadline in the history of artificial deadlines. There's one deadline, it's Week 9, the trade deadline."

La Canfora points to three teams, "The sense that I'm getting from GMs and personal directors are the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia."

He goes on to say that Jacksonville wants two first-round picks but whether they get that sort of return remains to be seen given their cards are all already on the table and their hand is somewhat forced. Still, Ramsey is an incredible talent that will come at a very steep price.

NBC Sports' Peter King echoed some of those sentiments in a tweet today which again puts Philly right in the hunt for Ramsey. "Roseman unafraid, can offer 1+3+SJones," he wrote in a tweet.

I assume that's a first, a third, and Sidney Jones to get the deal done. Would the Philly fanbase be OK "giving up" on Jones so early in his career when he hasn't had a ton of time to show what he's capable of when healthy? If it lands Ramsey, I'd guess so.

Finally, King adds that inquiring teams would want to talk to Ramsey's agent about a new deal which makes total sense if landing him would come at such a big price.

Thursday Night Football should be interesting this evening when Ramsey's Jags take on the Tennessee Titans on national TV. You know Birds fans will be watching for any drama. 

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