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Eagles sign DT Derrick Lott, release P Ryan Quigley

Eagles sign DT Derrick Lott, release P Ryan Quigley

The Eagles added some more depth at defensive tackle, signing former Tennessee-Chattanooga lineman Derrick Lott on Monday. 

Lott, 25, spent time with the Titans and Buccaneers in 2015. Lott finished last season on the Bucs' practice squad but was cut by the team in April. The 6-4, 314 pound defensive tackle played three seasons at Chattanooga after transferring from Georgia. At Chattanooga, he played 29 games (14 starts) with 114 tackles, eight sacks and 20 tackles for loss. 

After Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan, the Eagles don't have much depth on the interior line. They have Beau Allen, Mike Martin and Taylor Hart, along with a trio of undrafted rookies. Lott will be added to the group and has a chance to make the final 53-man roster. 

To make room for Lott, the Eagles released punter Ryan Quigley. Quigley had been the Jets' punter for the last three years. That means incumbent Donnie Jones has unsurprisingly and easily won the punter competition.   

The Eagles kick off their next round of OTAs on Tuesday morning. 

Eagles ‘optimistic’ several pieces could return Sunday

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Eagles ‘optimistic’ several pieces could return Sunday

As they get ready to face one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, the Eagles’ depleted secondary might get a boost just in time. 

Head coach Doug Pederson said Sidney Jones is day to day as they enter the week, but he’s optimistic Jones will be able to play Sunday in New Orleans. Jones has missed the last three games after leaving the Giants game on Oct. 8 with a hamstring injury. 

Getting Jones back would be big, especially after the Eagles lost Ronald Darby to a torn ACL in the last game. 

Before his injury, Jones had been the Eagles’ slot corner, but since then Jalen Mills suffered a foot injury that will likely keep him out again this week and Darby tore his ACL. Rasul Douglas will likely be one of the starting outside corners this weekend and Jones might be the other. 

“I think we’ll see him in both spots,” Pederson said. “Avonte (Maddox) has done a nice job in the nickel. He’ll probably continue to work in there. We’ll just ease Sidney back in today and see what he can do.”

Tim Jernigan 

He’s still on the Non-football Injury list, but Doug Pederson said Jernigan will “do a little more” this week in practice and the Eagles are optimistic about his chances to play this week. 

That would be another huge boost at a position where the Eagles could certainly use it. 

Before Jernigan would be able to play, he’d need to be put on the 53-man roster. The Eagles have a three-week window to either activate Jernigan or shut him down for the season. That window began last Monday. 

Richard Rodgers 

If you were curious why the Eagles used one of their two designations to return from IR on tight end Richard Rodgers, we got some clarity on Wednesday. Pederson said third tight end Josh Perkins has a significant knee injury and will miss time. 

Rodgers was cleared for practice yesterday and will be on the field later today. Pederson said Rodgers is day to day and they’re optimistic he’ll be able to play Sunday too. If not, the Eagles also added veteran Will Tye to the practice squad. 

With Rodgers designated to return from IR, the Eagles have just one remaining designation for either Mack Hollins or Mike Wallace. 

Darren Sproles

After suffering a setback last week, it doesn’t look like Sproles is going to be able to play for a while because of that hamstring injury. After saying he was optimistic about several players’ chances of playing this week, here were Pederson’s expectations for Sproles this week: 

“Continue to rehab and train and get healthy.” 

Sproles hasn’t played since the opener. He’s been a waste of a roster spot for months. 

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Is Mike Groh the right man to be Eagles' offensive coordinator?

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Is Mike Groh the right man to be Eagles' offensive coordinator?

Here are three takeaways from offensive coordinator Mike Groh’s chat with reporters on Tuesday afternoon. 

Starting too slow 

Here’s a look at the Eagles’ scoring by quarter this season: 

Q1: 21 
Q2: 59
Q3: 58
Q4: 57

One of those things is not like the other. The Eagles’ slow starts this year have absolutely killed them. Sure, they were on a crazy run of winning coin flips and deferring early in the season, but they haven’t made the most of their first-quarter opportunities and it’s just killed the entire team — offense and defense. 

“Well, we've put a lot of energy and thought into it,” Groh said. “We know it's an area that we need to improve on. We've been able to do a lot better throughout the course of the game, and it's something that if it was one thing, it would be an easy fix. But it's a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Kind of everybody has taken a share of that. We're pointing those things out that need to be corrected. Trust me when I say this, we're spending a lot of time trying to get it fixed.”

After nine games, there’s not a lot of confidence that they’ll be able to figure this out. Doug Pederson accepted responsibility for the first 15 scripted plays not working. The first play from scrimmage on Sunday asked Zach Ertz to block Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence 1-on-1. 

Groh was asked if maybe the Eagles shouldn’t have a TE blocking “one of the best edge rushers” in the league. 

“Something to consider, for sure,” Groh quipped. 

Yeah. It is. 

A Golden opportunity 

The Eagles traded away a third-round pick for eight games of Golden Tate and then played him 18 snaps (29 percent) in his debut. Pederson said it was because the offense went with tempo and Tate’s plays were out of the huddle. That’s an explanation, but not a good one. It’s crazy Tate didn’t play more. 

“We brought him here to play him a lot,” said Groh, who added that they’ll continue to build on Tate’s package of plays. 

Groh wouldn’t say who will lose time because of Tate, but said it’ll probably depend on the play. The two most obvious candidates are Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. 

Either way, Howie Roseman traded for a guy who was supposed to help this year and  then the coaching staff didn’t play him. Really, this is inexcusable. 

Are YOU the problem? 

The Eagles are scoring more 6.5 points fewer per game this season, so we’re all trying to figure out why. One reason floated more than a few time is the loss of offensive coordinator Frank Reich. 

I asked Groh on Tuesday if the transition from Reich to him has gone as smoothly as expected and if it has negatively affected the offense. 

“Well, sitting here with the record that we have, we're not pleased with where we stand, and we have aspirations to compete for the playoffs. I think that we're still in the playoff hunt, and we can do that. We've talked about some of the things that need to improve to give ourselves the best chance to do that.”

OK, so he clearly wanted no part of this question and I can’t say I blame him. It’s really hard to know how much swapping Reich for Groh has affected the offense. It’s really hard to gauge the value of an OC, especially when that role isn’t as a play- caller. But I think it’s a fair question. And I wonder how much it has hurt the Eagles this year.

 

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