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 Eagles have placed WR Alshon Jeffery (Lisfranc) on the active/PUP list. No surprise here. Jeffery is still rehabbing from December Lisfranc surgery, and signs all offseason have pointed to him missing the start of the season. He's now eligible to be placed on the reserve/PUP list later this summer, which would knock him out for at least the first 6 games.
Eagles WR Marquise Goodwin has opted out of the 2020 season. Philly acquired him from San Francisco for a swap of 6th-round picks back in April -- but Goodwin was unlikely to play more than a situational deep-threat role. There's little fantasy impact here.
The Eagles signed undrafted rookie RB Michael Warren. A power back through and through, Warren posted 244-1,329-19 and 261-1,265-14 rushing lines at Cincinnati over the past 2 seasons. This past year, he ranked top 9 among draft-eligible backs in both missed tackles forced and yards after contact, per Pro Football Focus. The 5’9, 226-pounder’s 110.4 Elusive Rating was good for 5th among 21 of this year’s top RBs — notably ahead of guys like Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift and J.K. Dobbins. Warren is also relatively experienced in the passing game after tallying 46 catches across the last 2 years. A hamstring injury prevented Warren from working out on the Combine, but he appears to have average agility and subpar burst on tape. Despite going undrafted, Warren has a real shot to make the Eagles’ final roster as the ‘big back’ behind Miles Sanders.
The 49ers have traded WR Marquise Goodwin to the Eagles. Goodwin has had trouble staying on the field throughout his NFL career and played in just 20 games over the past 2 seasons. He's a big-play threat when healthy, averaging 16.6 yards per catch for his career. Goodwin figures to be a rotational player at best in Philadelphia, which would leave him short of fantasy value. But he could be a slight boost for QB Carson Wentz.
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.
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.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Seahawks. It shouldn't impact his offseason but is worth filing away in case of another head injury. This was Wentz's 1st documented concussion.
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.
The "plan" is for Eagles RB Miles Sanders (ankle) to play against the Seahawks on Sunday, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Sanders missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday but is expected to get on the field tomorrow. "The issue has been inflammation. He is improving," Fowler adds. Check back tomorrow for another update on the rookie.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders (ankle) didn't practice on Wednesday. The Philadelphia media seems generally optimistic about Sanders' availability for this weekend's game against the Seahawks, but we'd still consider him truly questionable at this point. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Wednesday morning that TE Zach Ertz still hasn't been cleared for contact. He's reportedly dealing with both a lacerated kidney and a cracked rib. The kidney is the bigger issue and has Ertz iffy for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson labeled RB Miles Sanders (ankle) "day-to-day," adding "we got good news on him." It sounds like the rookie avoided a serious injury and has a real chance to play in Sunday's Wild Card game against the Seahawks. We'll monitor his status throughout this week.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero calls Eagles RB Miles Sanders' (ankle) status "TBD" for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Seahawks. The rookie is scheduled for an MRI on his sprained ankle, so we should have a better idea of his status within the next 24 hours. If Sanders can't play vs. Seattle, Boston Scott would be the best bet for touches in Philadelphia's backfield, ahead of Jordan Howard.
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