Miles Sanders will almost certainly overtake Jordan Howard at the top of the depth chart at some point, and probably soon, but Howard will still play a role. Especially if he keeps showing signs of progress as a pass-catcher, where he’s been solid thus far. At minimum, he’ll be one of the Eagles’ top options when it comes to short-yardage situations and in the red zone.
This story is actually about Howard and how he's become the forgotten man in the Birds backfield because of Sanders. The story added Howard has run well this year in OTAs and in camp, but it seems, according to those who follow the team, the main back job will end up going to Sanders sooner than later. Ideally, the Eagles like using a committee, so Howard should have a short yardage role, possibly even in the red zone.
The Eagles didn’t sign McCown because they don’t have faith in Sudfeld. They didn’t sign him because they’re concerned with Sudfeld’s ability to be their No. 2. They didn’t sign him in case Sudfeld doesn’t work out.
They signed him simply because Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson believe the Eagles are a better team with McCown on the roster than without him.
McCown brings nearly two decades of experience playing quarterback in the NFL, and when you have 26-year-old Wentz, 25-year-old Sudfeld and 23-year-old Thorson in your quarterback room, there’s tremendous value in a guy who’s been around since before the Linc was built. But the Eagles also need someone who can be effective as soon as the opener on Sept. 8.
With Nate Sudfeld out with a broken wrist and Cody Kessler suffering a concussion, the Eagles badly needed an extra backup quarterback, at least to get them through the preseason, with rookie Clayton Thorson the only available quarterback behind Carson Wentz, who still may be held out during the preseason. McCown comes out of his short-lived retirement (he was just hired by ESPN in June) to back up Wentz and likely get some first-team reps during the Eagles' regular-season dress rehearsal this week against the Ravens. Sudfeld and Kessler aren't expected to miss too much time so it will be interesting to see how the Eagles carry the quarterbacks when all are healthy. Miller simply never panned out due to injuries and lack of production after signing with the Eagles' practice squad in 2018.
Ertz has looked great in camp and has especially been tough to stop in the red zone, according to reports. He's ranked third among our TEs heading into drafts despite the loaded Eagles offense. Ertz has always been a favorite target for QB Carson Wentz
DeSean Jackson is back with the Eagles after five years in exile, and the Eagles have been working a ton during training camp on finding ways to get Jackson the ball in ways other than chucking it deep.
"Shoot man, whatever they call on me to do, that’s what I’m here for,” Jackson said. “I don’t like to say I can only be one-dimensional. Whatever the offense calls for me to do, that’s what I’m here to do. I’ve always felt I’ve been good at it, but you can only be as good as your opportunities present."
Jackson went on to say, "We got some dope stuff in this year." Reports have said all through camp that Jackson and Wentz's connection seems to grow every day. The downfall is the Eagles have a lot of other targets on offense.
Updating an earlier post, Eagles TE Dallas Goedert will now miss the rest of the preseason while recovering from a calf injury suffered in Thursday's preseason opener against the Titans, as reported by Rueben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
The Eagles are likely simply being extra cautious with their young tight end and just want him to be fully healthy for the regular-season opener against the Redskins. Goedert caught three passes for 50 yards against the Titans and showed a glimpse of being much more implemented in the offense this season. Goedert is currently our No. 23 tight end in PPR formats with a 14th-round ADP, still making him an excellent late-round streaming target.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert is dealing with a calf injury and is listed as week-to-week, per ESPN's Tim McManus.
This seems more precautionary than anything, as Goedert spoke to reporters Saturday and showed no signs of any significant issues. He may sit out next week's preseason game against the Jaguars, but he could be back for the regular-season tuneup in two weeks against the Ravens. Continue drafting Goedert in the later rounds with confidence as he should be absolutely fine for Week 1 against the Redskins.
In his observations from Monday's practice, Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane listed rookie running back Miles Sanders as his top player that is trending up on the Eagles.
McLane writes that Sanders "exceeded (his) early expectations, and (he) liked the selection." McLane also writes "There are still unknowns about his receiving, blocking and ball security, but as a ball runner, he looks like a pure thoroughbred." Sanders has been receiving nothing but praise throughout the football landscape and this is just another glowing endorsement from the media. The Eagles' is fairly crowded with Jordan Howard, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles in the mix, but Sanders may have the most upside of them all, even as a rookie. He looks in line to receive a healthy workload very early in his career.
Miles Sanders, the second-round rookie, has looked the part when given the chance. The Eagles are slowly integrating Sanders into the offense after he missed all of the offseason program workouts with a hamstring injury.
On Tuesday, Sanders displayed versatility in team drills. With tackling permitted in practice, Sanders made a few impressive runs through contact. During 11-on-11 drills, the running back scored a short-yardage touchdown through a wall of bodies.
We're seeing all kinds of news about the Eagles backs, all of which is positive. Early reports said Sanders would eventually eat away carries from Howard. More recent reports have Howard looking great as well, while dominating first-team reps. One thing Sanders needed to work on was receiving, according to beat writers, but according to the story, Sanders looked natural catching the ball. This is likely shaping up to be a committee backfield, at least early on.