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Eagles TE Dallas Goedert missed his 3rd consecutive practice day Friday, according to NJ.com's Mike Kaye. The team lists Goedert as "day to day" with an "upper body" injury. So it doesn't sound like a situation we need to worry about for Goedert's fantasy outlook. We'll see how soon Philly's #2 TE returns.

The Eagles added TE Zach Ertz to the injury report Friday with an "upper body" issue. The team lists him as day-to-day, so there seems no reason for concern here.

Insider Adam Caplan hears that there's "absolutely nothing to worry about" with Eagles RB Miles Sanders' lower-body injury. “The best way to summarize this … if you play fantasy football and you’re drafting Miles Sanders in the first round – or you want to – keep doing it,” Caplan adds. That jives with previous reports from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and ESPN's Tim McManus. It doesn't sound like Sanders is in any danger of missing Week 1. He's still worth considering in the back half of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Eagles RB Miles Sanders is "week to week" after suffering an unspecified lower-body injury. "I don't sense any great concern, but he'll miss some time as the team is making sure players stay as healthy as possible," Garafolo reports. We'll watch for further details on Sanders' injury and whether Philly makes a move to fill in the roster spot. If the Eagles add an RB, it'll be worth looking at the level of commitment (re: money) to that player. That could help fill out the picture of Sanders' true outlook. For now, we're not adjusting his projection much. A healthy Sanders would be in line to control Philly's backfield.

Update: ESPN's Tim McManus adds that "the early indication is that the injury is not serious." McManus cites an unnamed source as saying, "He will be ready to play," in the season opener.

Eagles insider Jimmy Kempski believes RB Miles Sanders is in for an expanded role in the passing game this season after observing Monday's practice. HC Doug Pederson seemed to confirm that idea. "Definitely want to increase what he can do for us, and if that means using him out of the backfield a little bit more in empty situations, we want to do that and see where he can grow and get better and help us," Pederson said. Sanders racked up 50 catches for 509 yards and 3 scores as a rookie last year. If he can boost those numbers in 2020, he'll be a good bet for a top 8 fantasy finish.

Eagles DE Derek Barnett and DT Javon Hargrave are out indefinitely with injuries, according to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. The team lists Hargrave -- a big-money free-agent addition -- as out for "multiple weeks" with an unspecified upper-body injury. Barnett is listed as "week to week" with a lower-body injury. Barnett has lost 12 games to injuries over the past 2 years, since joining the starting lineup. Philly sports solid depth at his position. Hargrave could be a tougher blow if he's out into the regular season. The Eagles let DT Timmy Jernigan walk on the open market after signing Hargrave. Jernigan reached a deal over the weekend with Jacksonville, after the Jags lost DL Rodney Gunter to retirement. Neither Barnett nor Hargrave will be worth a look in most IDP leagues before returning to the field.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has been removed from the COVID list. We still don't know whether or not he had the virus -- but it's a non-issue for now. Minshew is locked in as Jacksonville's starter and is an intriguing late-round QB2 selection in fantasy drafts.

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has been placed on the COVID list. He has no real competition for the starting job, but missed camp time wouldn't be ideal for the 2nd-year man. We'll see when he's able to get cleared. Backup RB Ryquell Armstead was also placed on Jacksonville's COVID list.

Eagles RBs coach Duce Staley believes Miles Sanders is ready to handle "the full load" this season. "I think you put him in and you let him go," Staley added. Sanders averaged 15.4 carries and 4 catches over his final 7 healthy games last year, scoring as a top 8 PPR RB during that stretch. He should be looking at a similar workload in 2020 -- especially considering the Eagles haven't added any significant competition. Sanders is worth considering in the back half of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.

The Jets have signed QB Joe Flacco to a 1-year deal. It's worth $1.5 million with another $3 million available through incentives. Flacco is still recovering from April neck surgery and isn't expected to be cleared until "mid-September," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. A healthy Flacco should slide in as QB Sam Darnold's backup. Darnold has dealt with a sprained foot, mono, a toe injury and another foot injury through 2 NFL seasons.

The Eagles picked Colorado LB Davion Taylor in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. Taylor spent just 2 seasons with the Buffalos after beginning his career at the junior college level. Speed is Taylor's game. He ranked 6th in the off-ball LB class with a 112.2 speed score, but also ranked 11th in solo tackles per game (4.75). Taylor goes to a Philly defense with openings at LB. We'll see if he's ready to compete for a 2020 starting gig, but the opportunity is there.

The Eagles selected Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Hurts had an excellent college career. He became the 1st trust freshman QB to start at Alabama in over 30 years in 2016, finishing that season with 2,780 yards, 23 TDs and 9 INTs on a 63% completion rate and 7.3 yards per attempt. He tossed 17 TDs vs. just 1 INT as a sophomore before losing the starting job to Tua Tagovailoa in 2018. Hurts transferred to Oklahoma for his final season of eligibility and turned in a huge season in HC Lincoln Riley’s offense: 3,851 yards, 32 TDs, 8 INTs, 70% completion rate and 11.3 yards per attempt. Hurts’ 76.9% adjusted completion rate was notably better than Justin Herbert and Jordan Love; his 89.4 Pro Football Focus passing grade was better than Herbert, Love and Tagovailoa. This guy can make it as an NFL passer. But what makes him such an intriguing fantasy prospect is the rushing ability. Hurts racked up 1,809 rushing yards with 21 TDs over his 2 seasons as Alabama’s starter. Then he posted a 233-1,298-20 rushing line at Oklahoma last year. Hurts blazed a 4.59-second 40 time at the Combine and earned a 96th percentile SPARQ score. This is obviously a bad fantasy landing spot, though, with Hurts set to back up Carson Wentz, who’s signed through 2024.

The Eagles selected TCU WR Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Reagor might be the biggest risk/reward prospect in this year’s WR class. The good: He led the Horned Frogs in yards (576) and TDs (8) as a true freshman, posted a big 72-1,061-9 line as a sophomore and earned a 93rd percentile SPARQ score at 5’11, 206 pounds at the Combine. Reagor’s highlights — explosive speed, a big catch radius and sublime hands — are exciting. “Holy sh*t, he’s exciting,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “His speed and run after … we’re looking for explosive playmakers … His skill set is outstanding.” But Reagor’s 2019 was ugly: 43 catches, 611 yards and 5 TDs. TCU’s passing game struggled under freshman QB Max Duggan, but Reagor still tallied disappointing market shares and ranked dead last among 30 of this year’s top WR prospects in yards per route run. This is a great landing spot both short and long term with HC Doug Pederson and QB Carson Wentz. We’ll see if Philly hangs on to WR Alshon Jeffery, but Reagor has a good shot to at least win a top 3 role this season alongside DeSean Jackson.

The Broncos have released QB Joe Flacco. The 35-year-old is expected to be ready for the 2020 season after missing the 2nd half of 2019 with a neck injury but will surely need to settle for a backup job on the open market. Denver is moving forward with QB Drew Lock, who has some upside as a late-round fantasy pick after an encouraging finish to his rookie campaign.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders suffered a left knee injury in the Wild Card loss to the Seahawks. He was in a brace and on crutches on Monday but told reporters that he doesn't need surgery. We'll keep an eye on this, but it doesn't sound like something that'll impact his offseason. Sanders figures to fly off the board early in 2020 fantasy drafts after totaling 716 yards and 4 TDs over his final 7 games.

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3:01pm EST 1/5/20

Eagles TE Zach Ertz is officially active for today's Wild Card game against the Seahawks. He's a risk/reward fantasy option playing through a cracked rib and lacerated kidney.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz has been cleared to play in Sunday's Wild Card game against the Seahawks. He'll be doing so through what's been reported as a cracked rib and lacerated kidney. Ertz is clearly at risk of being limited and/or knocked out of this game, making him a shaky fantasy play. Dallas Goedert remains our top-ranked TE on the slate.

NBC Philadelphia's John Clark hears that there's "optimism" that Eagles TE Zach Ertz (kidney, rib) will play against the Seahawks on Sunday. "He has passed some very stringent tests, will need to pass some more to be cleared," Clark adds. We'll continue to keep an eye out for updates -- but we just adjusted our Wild Card Round projections for both Ertz and TE Dallas Goedert.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (ankle) put in a full practice on Friday and isn't listed on the final injury report for this weekend's game against the Seahawks. He seems to be in better shape health-wise than we initially thought. Sanders now looks like a more interesting play for both your playoff-long fantasy leagues and the Wild Card DFS slate.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Friday that TE Zach Ertz (rib, kidney) still hasn't been cleared for contact. Pederson added that Ertz is scheduled for more tests on Saturday to determine whether he can play vs. Seattle. We'll look for another update on his status then.

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