Shark Bites

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 WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is out for Sunday night’s game vs. Washington. He popped for a long TD in last week’s win over the Cowboys but is hurt again. Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward, Alshon Jeffery and Travis Fulgham will be Philly’s top 4 WRs in the finale.

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 DeSean Jackson (ankle) has been activated from IR, putting him on track to return for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. He couldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 7, but Jackson's presence can't hurt QB Jalen Hurts' outlook.

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%.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) has been designated to return from IR. He's eligible to return to practice this week and play against the Cowboys on Sunday, although it's unclear if he'll be ready. Jackson, sidelined since Week 7, couldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups this weekend. Maybe he'll be a DFS tournament flier in Week 17.

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.

To the surprise of no one, Eagles HC Doug Pederson announced Monday that he will stick with rookie QB Jalen Hurts as his starter for the Week 15 visit to Arizona. Hurts, of course, piloted Philadelphia to a surprising win over the Saints in Week 14. His 106 rushing yards propelled the rookie to a top-12 fantasy week at the position. That rushing upside always helps a QB, but Hurts will also present risk as a Week 15 fantasy option. Pro Football Focus graded him 36th among 37 passers for Week 14 -- and even just 7th in rushing among QBs. Hurts will face a Cardinals defense worse than the Saints unit he just beat, so he's certainly capable of another QB1 week. But keep the risk -- including that it will be just his 2nd pro start -- in mind as you make your Week 15 lineup decisions. We'll have our rankings for the week on the site Tuesday early afternoon.

 
 
 

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