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Eagles promote RB Terrell Watson from practice squad

Eagles promote RB Terrell Watson from practice squad

The Eagles on Friday made the expected move of promoting running back Terrell Watson from the practice squad to the active roster.

The move gives the Eagles three healthy running backs for Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys. Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall will carry the load with Watson serving as an emergency replacement.

"Right now, going in more as an emergency," Doug Pederson said of Watson Friday morning. "I would obviously love to see [RB] Byron [Marshall] quite a bit in this last ballgame, see what you've got there. But he [Watson] definitely will be there in case of … and then situational, some situational football, as well. So, we'll see where he's at."

The Eagles are in this spot at running back because Ryan Mathews (neck), Wendell Smallwood (right knee) and Kenjon Barner (hamstring) are all on injured reserve. 

They had a spot open on the 53-man roster and filled it with Watson, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound back from FCS Azusa Pacific, the same California school former Chiefs running back Christian Okoye attended.

Eagles' reported offer for Amari Cooper shows they're playing ball

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Eagles' reported offer for Amari Cooper shows they're playing ball

It appears Howie Roseman is staying aggressive as he tries to improve the Eagles’ roster before the trade deadline.

The Eagles didn’t land Oakland receiver Amari Cooper — he instead went to the Cowboys for a first-round pick — but they were at least in pursuit, according to one report.

Parting with a second-round pick wouldn’t have been easy, especially because Cooper is cheap for the just rest of this season and (as his contract stands now) would count for nearly $14 million on a fifth-year option in 2019. But Cooper could have been a player worth extending.

At the very least, this reported offer shows the front office is open to trading assets to improve this roster. And it also shows what we already know: the Eagles could use another playmaker on offense.

It shouldn’t be too surprising the Eagles were willing to part with a second-round pick. They have two second-round picks in next year’s draft thanks to that trade with Baltimore from his past season, when they moved down to select Dallas Goedert.

With two second-rounders, it looks like the Eagles are open to parting ways with one of them if they get a piece that would really improve their team. The Eagles will have a ton of picks in the 2019 draft — around a dozen thanks to compensatory picks that should come back their way.

A second-round pick wasn’t enough to land Cooper, but it should be enough to land another talent. It’s just a matter of whether or not the Eagles see enough value in a different player return. 

Last year, Roseman happily shipped off a fourth-round pick to acquire Jay Ajayi from the Dolphins in a move that helped solidify a Super Bowl roster. Adding Ajayi last season felt like more of a luxury than a necessity, though. They were 7-1 when they made that deal. 

This year, it really feels like the Eagles need more firepower. Right now, they’re just 3-4 as they head to London to face the Jaguars.

The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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Eagles will face Blake Bortles on Sunday in London

Eagles will face Blake Bortles on Sunday in London

The good news for the Eagles is that the Jaguars are an even bigger mess than them right now. 

Jacksonville is going back to Blake Bortles, head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement released by the team. He’ll start Sunday against the Eagles in London. 

The Jags benched Bortles during their loss to the Texans on Sunday after he fumbled away the ball twice. They went with Cody Kessler for the rest of the game, but now are going back to their former first-round pick, who has had a rather disappointing career. 

Bortles received a three-year extension this offseason but has struggled so far in 2018. He’s thrown nine touchdowns and eight interceptions this season and has a passer rating just over 80. He’s not the worst quarterback in the league, but he’s hardly someone the Jaguars can expect to win a game for them.

And now, he’ll be looking over his shoulder while playing the Eagles this weekend. 

Bortles has never faced the Eagles. 

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