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Source: Eagles adding veteran QB Cody Kessler

Source: Eagles adding veteran QB Cody Kessler

The Eagles on Monday are going to sign former third-round quarterback Cody Kessler, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

NFL Network first reported the move. 

Kessler, 26, will join a suddenly crowded quarterback room with Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Clayton Thorson and Luis Perez. 

Wentz is obviously the starter and Sudfeld is his backup, but perhaps Kessler will push Sudfeld and fight for a roster spot. Although, the Eagles did use a fifth-round pick on Thorson out of Northwestern and before that signed Perez from the AAF. 

Unless Perez is released, the Eagles will have five quarterbacks on their 90-man roster when OTAs begin on May 21. 

During the offseason, the Eagles said they weren’t going to just hand Sudfeld the backup quarterback job, so perhaps Kessler will battle him for it. While the Eagles have been high on Sudfeld, Kessler has considerably more NFL experience. But Sudfeld will also make around $3 million this season after the Eagles used a second-round RFA tender on him. Still, having competition at the QB spots after Wentz isn’t a bad thing. 

On Friday, Doug Pederson wouldn’t say whether or not Wentz will be on the field for OTAs later this month. Wentz has been healing from a stress fracture in his back. But it seems unlikely this signing has anything to do with that. It seems this is a depth signing to create some added competition for Sudfeld and Thorson in the spring and summer. 

Kessler was taken by the Browns in the third round of the 2016 draft out of USC. That was the same year Jared Goff went No. 1 and Wentz followed to the Eagles at No. 2. Kessler spent just two years with the Browns before he was traded to the Jaguars, where he spent the 2018 season. 

In three NFL seasons, Kessler has played in 17 games with 12 starts. He has a 2-10 record, completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,215 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. His career passer rating is 83.7. To put Kessler’s 17 games in perspective, Sudfeld has played in just three career NFL games. 

In his eight starts as a rookie in Cleveland, Kessler went 0-8. He was 2-2 last year with the Jaguars, but was released just a few days ago. 

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Should Eagles be interested in Josh Gordon when he's healthy?

Should Eagles be interested in Josh Gordon when he's healthy?

The Patriots on Wednesday placed former All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon on Injured Reserve with a knee injury, but it doesn’t seem like his season is over.

It just seems like his time in New England is finished. 

Check out this report from NFL Network: 

According to NFL Network, the expectation is that Gordon will be waived off Patriots IR once he’s healthy. Even though Gordon is a vested veteran, he would need to pass through waivers starting after the trade deadline next Tuesday. The Eagles could put in a claim or hope he passes through.

So the simple question is this: Should the Eagles be interested? 

The simple answer: yes.

I’m not sure exactly when Gordon will be ready to return, but if the Eagles are still in the playoff hunt when that moment arrives, they should absolutely be interested. 

Now, there are even more layers to this situation and we all understand the personal battles Gordon has been going through for years with substance abuse. Because of that, no team is likely to make any sort of long-term commitment to him. But Gordon has done a good job of proving himself in New England and rewarding the Patriots’ faith in him, as this Boston Globe story shows. There would be concerns with bringing Gordon in, but it’s not like he’s been a bad influence on the locker room like other troubled players.

Maybe because of Gordon’s long battle with substance abuse, the Eagles couldn’t rely on him … but they haven’t been able to rely on their receivers all season anyway. 

What has arguably been the Eagles’ biggest problem on offense is a lack of explosion since DeSean Jackson got hurt in Week 2. Jackson, by the way, doesn’t appear to be trending toward a return this week. Who knows when he will return and Doug Pederson has already said Jackson probably won’t be 100 percent the rest of the 2019 season.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank wrote earlier today, without Jackson, the Eagles’ wideouts are averaging just 10.5 yards per catch, the worst average in the league. Gordon is explosive. 

Since Gordon entered the league in 2012, there’s just one player with at least 100 receptions who has a higher yards-per-reception average: 

DeSean Jackson: 17.20

Josh Gordon: 17.14

And in 17 games with the Patriots dating back to last season, Gordon, 28, had 60 catches for 1,007 yards (16.8) and four touchdowns. He can still play. 

The beauty of signing Gordon instead of trading for a wideout is obvious. The Eagles wouldn’t have to give up draft picks. That would be huge because prices have been high. The Patriots had to give up a second-round pick to get Mohamed Sanu and the 49ers had to give up third- and a fourth-round picks to get Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth.

For an Eagles team that really lacks young talent, giving up premier draft picks for a rental player isn’t ideal. This would be a way around that. The problem is that the trade deadline is Tuesday, so they might not know about Gordon’s health until after it has passed. 

Still, Howie Roseman is never shy about kicking tires. With this news, he should be kicking away.

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Another Eagles defensive tackle, Hassan Ridgeway, headed for Injured Reserve

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Another Eagles defensive tackle, Hassan Ridgeway, headed for Injured Reserve

The Eagles placed defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway on Injured Reserve Wednesday with an ankle injury.

Ridgeway becomes the 18th player that began the season on the Eagles’ 53-man roster who will miss at least one game with an injury.

The Eagles began the season loaded at defensive tackle with Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan and Ridgeway.

But Jackson was lost for the season with a foot injury suffered on opening day,  Jernigan is on the 53 but hasn’t played since breaking his foot a week later in Atlanta and now Ridgeway is out presumably for the rest of the season. 

Ridgeway suffered the injury in the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Ridgeway, a fourth-round pick of the Colts in 2016, played 252 snaps in the Eagles’ first seven games, fourth-most on the defensive line. He started the last five games.

With Jackson, Jernigan and Ridgeway all out and Akeem Spence released on Tuesday, the Eagles' defensive tackle depth chart now shows Cox and two players who’ve never played an NFL snap and just joined the team this week at defensive tackle: Anthony Rush, signed off the Raiders’ practice squad, and Albert Huggins, signed off the Texans’ practice squad. Rush was at least with the Eagles from May 9 through July 27.

The Eagles also have Bruce Hector on the practice squad. Hector played 82 snaps on defense for the Eagles last year in between two stints on the practice squad and could be promoted to the 53 to take Ridgway's roster spot. He would become the second-most experienced defensive tackle on the roster.

Ridgeway joins Joe Ostman, Jordan Mailata, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Corey Clement and Jackson on the Eagles’ Injured Reserve list. They can activate two players eight weeks after they were placed on IR, and LeBlanc is a candidate after the Bills game on Sunday.

In seven games, Ridgeway was credited with 10 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and four quarterback hits. He’s tied with Orlando Scandrick for third on the team in sacks and second to Brandon Graham in tackles for loss.

Ridgeway is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.



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