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.
Former Eagles CB Ronald Darby has agreed to a 1-year, $3 million deal with Washington. That's a tiny contract for a 26-year-old former 2nd-round pick who has spent his whole career starting. But it signals that Darby couldn't find more than a "prove it" deal on the open market after losing 20 games to injury over his 3 seasons in Philly. Darby served as the Eagles' top corner when healthy and could become the same for Washington. That defense has traded away CB Quinton Dunbar and released CB Josh Norman this offseason. The current roster sports only 1 corner (Fabian Moreau) who played at least 50% of Washington's defensive snaps last season. Washington also signed CB Kendall Fuller in free agency. Barring an early NFL Draft pick at the position, Fuller, Moreau and Darby look like the new top 3 corners there. Philly, meanwhile, traded for Darius Slay to take over its top CB spot. The rest of the depth chart likely has some sorting left to do.
The Saints have agreed to a 4-year, $32 million deal with S Malcolm Jenkins. The 32-year-old began his career in New Orleans as a 1st-round CB back in 2009 before moving to safety. He spent the past 6 years with the Eagles after leaving in free agency and helped turn Philly into a perennially tough matchup for TEs. Back with the Saints, Jenkins might be stepping in for S Vonn Bell, who hit free agency this week. New Orleans is certainly paying starter money to Jenkins, who figures to land in DB2 territory in our 2020 IDP rankings.
Eagles CB Jalen Mills (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Giants. That leaves a shaky Philly secondary without its 2 outside starters, with CB Ronald Darby landing on IR with a hip flexor injury. It's a nice matchup for Giants outside WRs Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard.
The Weather.com forecast for East Rutherford, N.J., calls for the chance of rain ramping up in the 4 p.m. ET hour and then climbing every hour thereafter today. That, of course, is the home of MetLife Stadium, where the Giants will host the Eagles for the regular-season finale. The forecast doesn't call for much wind, which historically impacts passing games more than rain. But keep the conditions in mind if you're down to splitting hairs on a close decision or 2 for your fantasy football lineup.
Eagles DE Derek Barnett (ankle) is out for the 2nd straight game. CB Ronald Darby (hip flexor) is active after entering the game questionable. He's still a low-level IDP because of Washington's low pass-volume. QB Dwayne Haskins presents turnover upside, though.
Eagles DE Derek Barnett (ankle) and CB Ronald Darby (hip flexor) are questionable for Sunday's game at Washington. Barnett missed practice all week after sitting out Monday night's win over the Giants. He seems like a poor bet even if he turns up active for the game. Darby sustained his injury in Friday's practice. We'll see about his status Sunday morning.
The Eagles have ruled LB Nigel Bradham (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Bears. It'll be the 3rd straight missed game for Bradham, who suffered the injury in the Week 6 loss at Minnesota. Bradham has yet to return to practice since.
Eagles CB Ronald Darby is active for tonight's game against the Cowboys, but it sounds like he's only an emergency option. Team insider Dave Spadaro says Darby "isn't expected to play much, if at all, unless there are injuries to CBs tonight," according to WIP's Joe Giglio. Expect Darby to find a larger role in Week 8.
The Jets have ruled QB Sam Darnold out for Sunday's game against the Eagles. He reportedly took plenty of practice reps this week, but the swelling in his spleen has not yet decreased to the point where it's safe for him to return to contact. That means another Luke Falk start for the Jets and a tremendous fantasy matchup for the Eagles' team defense.
The Falcons on Monday traded LB Duke Riley and a 6th-round pick to the Eagles for S Johnathan Cyprien and a 7th-rounder. The move looks like an attempt by Atlanta to get a replacement for SS Keanu Neal, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon in Week 3. Kemal Ishmael started in his place against the Titans. We'll see if Ishmael's still in the lineup for Week 5. Riley, meanwhile, joins a crowd at LB for the Eagles. He'll have some climbing to do before he's relevant.
Eagles CB Ronald Darby left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. HC Doug Pederson had no update on the situation Monday, according to Dave Spadaro of the team website. Darby looks like a poor bet to make it back for Thursday night's game against the Packers. That would seem to be good news for Green Bay WR Davante Adams, but Darby hasn't been very good so far this year: 15 catches for 211 yards and 2 TDs allowed on 22 targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Eagles expect DT Fletcher Cox to be ready to play in Sunday's opener against Washington, GM Howie Roseman said during a Saturday press conference. Cox spent all of training camp and the preseason putting in limited work while making his way back from offseason foot surgery. IDP owners might want to anticipate a slower start for Cox this season, but the veteran clearly brings as much upside as any DT. Philly's team D is certainly better for having Cox on the field.
The Eagles have re-signed CB Ronald Darby for 1 year, $8.5 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That indicates Darby's November ACL tear greatly inhibited the free-agent market for the 25-year-old corner. If healthy, Darby will return as Philly's best cover man and present top-24 fantasy-DB potential. We'll watch his progress through the offseason before projecting him there, though.
The Cardinals will be signing LB Jordan Hicks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hicks should grab a full-time role in the middle of Arizona's 3-4 base front and be in line for at least solid IDP value. His departure leaves a void in the middle of the Philly defense. We'll see how the team addresses it.
The Patriots have reached a deal to acquire DL MIchael Bennett from the Eagles for a mere swap of picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Philly gets a 2020 fifth-rounder in exchange for a 2020 pick in Round 7. New England gets a veteran D-lineman capable of playing on the edge or inside. Bennett played the large majority of his snaps in edge spots for the Eagles last year. Pro Football Focus credited him with 68 total pressures, tied for 5th most among edge players. And that came with Bennett turning 33 in November. He has played all 16 games the past 2 years and 6 of the past 7 years. Bennett hasn't posted big sack numbers -- reaching 10 just once and never exceeding that total. But he's a real-life asset and capable of DL2 production. He'll help a New England front 7 that might yet lose DE Trey Flowers to free agency.
The Eagles have reached agreement on a 3-year extension with DE Brandon Graham, according to multiple reports. The deal keeps Graham from hitting unrestricted free agency later this month. It also keeps in town a player who split his time between the right and left edges of the D-line in 2018 after serving as the primary left DE in 2017. With 3rd-year DE Derek Barnett returning from injury, Graham figures to return to primarily playing the left side in 2019. He has been a productive IDP over the past 4 years but has lacked the big sack numbers to deliver consistent starter value for fantasy owners. Graham tallied 9.5 sacks in 2017 but has no other seasons of more than 6.5.
Eagles DE Michael Bennett (foot) is active for today's game against the Saints. He has been playing through "questionable" tags for weeks and is fine for IDP usage. CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) is inactive after entering the day questionable. He wouldn't have been an IDP option anyway. His absence keeps the Philly secondary weakened.
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