Shark Bites

The Eagles re-signed RB Jordan Howard to a 1-year deal. Howard hooked up with the Eagles last November after being dumped by the Dolphins but carried just 7 times in 2 appearances. He's a good bet to make the team with how the Eagles' backfield currently sits. But he'd need a Miles Sanders injury to sniff fantasy value.

Just a few minutes after it was reported that the Dolphins traded down from #3 to #12, we learned that the Fins made another trade -- this time with the Eagles -- to move from #12 back up to #6. Philly is picking up Miami's 2022 1st-rounder to make that move down. Our guess is the Dolphins are targeting 1 of the top rookie WRs -- Ja'Marr Chase or DeVonta Smith -- and figure they'll be able to get 1 at #6. The Eagles, meanwhile, are now less likely to land a QB in the 1st round. That's good news for QB Jalen Hurts' 2021 fantasy value.

The Eagles have given TE Zach Ertz permission to seek a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The relationship between these 2 sides has been cold since they refused to agree to a contract extension last summer. Ertz didn't do his trade value any favors by missing 5 games and averaging just 30.5 yards in the other 11 last season. The 30-year-old looked like a guy running out of gas. We'll see where the situation goes, but consider Ertz just a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts for now. TE Dallas Goedert, meanwhile, will be a good bet for new career highs in 2021 if Ertz departs.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen hears that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has told his front office and coaching staff to "prioritize making [QB Jalen] Hurts successful in 2021 as opposed to creating a true competition." Hurts was only a 2nd-round pick last spring and was uneven in 4 starts as a rookie. The Eagles might certainly be tempted to add a QB with the 6th overall pick of this April's draft. But if they don't -- as Mortensen suggests will be the case -- Hurts will be locked in as the 2021 starter and a high-upside fantasy option thanks to his rushing ability.

The Eagles have named Shane Steichen their new OC. Steichen coached alongside new Eagles HC Nick Sirianni with the Chargers from 2014 to 2017. He took over as Chargers OC midway through the 2019 campaign and then led the squad to a 9th-place finish in total yards this past year. The 2020 Chargers were a fast-paced offense, ranking 5th in situation-neutral pace.

The Eagles are hiring Nick Sirianni as their new HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sirianni has 12 seasons of experience in the league, spending the past 3 as Colts OC. Indianapolis finished top 7 in points and yards with QB Andrew Luck in Sirianni's 1st year. The unit took a step back after Luck's surprise retirement in 2019 but bounced back to rank 9th in points and 10th in yards this past season. It's worth noting, though, that it was HC Frank Reich calling the plays for the Colts. So the 39-year-old Sirianni heads to Philly as a bit of an unknown.

The Eagles have fired HC Doug Pederson. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the move was made as a result of both on-field performance and disagreements between Pederson and management on coaching staff changes for 2021 and beyond. "Pederson was sick of people telling him what to do," Rapoport adds. Pederson is just 3 seasons removed from bringing a Super Bowl to Philadelphia, but his 2020 Eagles were 1 of the most disappointing teams in the league. We'll see who Philly hires as its new HC and, more importantly, how they decide to move forward at QB.

Eagles WR Jalen Reagor sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday night's game against Washington. It ends a disappointing and injury-riddled rookie campaign that saw Reagor finish with 31 catches, 396 yards and 1 TD in 11 games. He'll have every opportunity to capture a big role in the passing game in 2021.

The Eagles have ruled DE Derek Barnett and DT Fletcher Cox out for Sunday night's season finale against Washington. With DE Josh Sweat on IR, that leaves Vinny Curry to start opposite Brandon Graham for the 2nd straight game. He carries intriguing upside against Washington. With Cox missing, Javon Hargrave and Malik Jackson figure to be the top 2 at DT again.

Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game vs. Washington. It looks like he hurt his knee in Thursday’s practice. We’ll see if it’s anything that’ll impact his 2021. Sanders’ absence leaves the Eagles’ backfield to RBs Boston Scott, Jordan Howard and Corey Clement.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday night’s finale vs. Washington. That leaves Zach Ertz back in the lead TE role. He’s seen 7 targets alongside Goedert in back-to-back games and is a decent Week 17 fantasy play.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (calf) did not practice on Wednesday. If he can't play vs. Washington on Sunday night, TE Zach Ertz would be in for a boost in targets.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert left Sunday's loss to the Cowboys in the 4th quarter with a calf injury. We'll see about his status heading into Week 17. A meaningless regular-season finale might hurt his chances of returning to action.

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (neck) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. There's some risk after Cox missed practice all week, but he's available if he's in your IDP plans.

The Eagles have ruled DE Derek Barnett out for today's game against the Cowboys after he suffered a calf injury in Friday's practice. With DE Josh Sweat also out, Vinny Curry looks like the starter opposite Brandon Graham for an upside sack matchup.

Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (ankle) practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday, and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s good to go for Sunday’s game vs. the Cowboys. The rookie has seen 12 targets from QB Jalen Hurts over the past 2 weeks and has some WR4 appeal in this plus matchup.

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. We'll check his status when the inactives come out around 3 p.m. ET.

Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (ankle) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It gives him a good shot to play against the Cowboys this weekend. Reagor has tallied 12 targets from QB Jalen Hurts over the past 2 weeks but would be tough to trust in season-long fantasy lineups at less than 100%.

Just in case you were wondering, Eagles HC Doug Pederson confirmed Monday that he'll start QB Jalen Hurts next Sunday against the Cowboys. This was even more obvious than last week's "decision" after Hurts threw for 338 yards and 3 TDs and ran for another in Sunday's loss at Arizona. Hurts looks like a strong fantasy starter in Week 16 against Dallas' weak defense. No word yet from anonymous sources on how this makes Carson Wentz feel.

Eagles WR Jalen Reagor injured his ankle in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Cardinals and is questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

 
 
 

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