Jay Ajayi Eagles
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Philadelphia’s title defense took another blow as Jay Ajayi landed on the IR with a torn ACL. With LeGarrette Blount in Detroit, the Eagles suddenly find themselves without either of the punishing backs that lead them to the promised land.
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The workload will likely move to Wendell Smallwood in the near-term and eventually a committee with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles if and when the Eagles get back to full strength at running back.
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The Eagle back most attractive to own for the balance of the year should be Clement, with Smallwood being a close second. They likely fall into the RB3 or RB4 territory and are best used in bye weeks as an RB2/flex option.
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It may be best to evaluate your roster and see if you can make a move to bolster your running back situation if you were relying on Ajayi.
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Some non-Eagle backs to look at on the Waiver Wire. Obviously some of the names are only available in smaller leagues.
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James White
Adrian Peterson
Matt Breida
Austin Ekeler
Javorious Allen
Nyheim Hines
Mike Davis
Alfred Morris
Frank Gore
Ty Montgomery
Jamaal Williams
Aaron Jones

Carson Wentz
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The Eagles’ triumph at Super Bowl LII, one of the most thrilling showpiece games in living memory, represented the success of a team that is the most complete in the NFL. From the work of Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman, who put the finishing touches to the roster he built last year, bringing in players such as Torrey Smith and Jay Ajayi, to the expert play-calling of Doug Pederson and the astonishingly calm professionalism of Nick Foles, every part of the puzzle came together to produce a victory cheered in (almost) every part of the US.

 

As they calmly amassed a 13-3 record during the regular season, despite a string of potentially tough match-ups, this group of players forced pundits and experts to constantly reassess their merits. At every stage, there were predictions that the good run was about to come to an end, and then, when star quarterback Carson Wentz was ruled out, they just kept on confounding the experts as Foles steered the team all the way to the final, where he outplayed the great Tom Brady in a classic encounter.

 

Now that they’ve won their first Super Bowl in the history of the franchise, where do they go next? Can they turn a stunning victory into the beginning of a dynasty?

 

Well, in case they needed any motivation, Foles, Wentz, and the Eagles players need only look at the sports betting markets. In early betting for the 2019 Super Bowl, the Eagles are ranked some way behind the New England Patriots and on the same level as the Pittsburgh Steelers. That seems to significantly underestimate the potential of this group.

 

Any postseason strengthening must first take account of the quarterback position. Wentz, Foles, and Nate Sudfeld represent perhaps the strongest resource in this position in the whole of the NFL. Wentz is likely to return as starter next season, injuries permitting, and the Eagles will do all they can to persuade Foles – who has a year left on his contract – to stay with the franchise in the event of any doubt on the matter.

 

Assuming that Foles does stay, the champions do have a number of areas for consideration, though at $9 million or so over the pay cap, they have limited room for manoeuvre.

 

Away from the quarterback role, the most pressing need for strengthening is at linebacker. Jordan Hicks is recovering from a serious leg injury, Nigel Bradham could be on his way out as a free agent, and Mychal Kendricks’ position is uncertain. With Najee Goode and Dannell Ellerbe also possible departures, the entire linebacker department is up in the air. If they only strengthen one area during the off-season, this should be it.

 

If the Eagles lose both Trey Burton and Brent Celek – who contributed 765 backup snaps during the season – the squad would be left with no cover for Zach Ertz. Ertz is one of the best in the NFL, but tight end is such an important part of this team’s offense that they need at least one quality backup. Focusing on picking up cover at the draft and then adding a reliable third-choice veteran through the open market could be a good strategy.

 

Perhaps the hardest decision that the Eagles have to make is whether to keep hold of Jason Peters or give the nod to Halapoulivaati Vaitai? This decision at tackle will in turn shape their strategy for the whole of the offensive line, which is one of the older units in the NFL. Adding strength in depth in this crucial department is also likely to be high on their agenda.

 

The need for new blood in the receiver positions isn’t as clear-cut, but would become more pressing if Smith is allowed to leave. That would likely lead to Mack Hollins stepping up to play starting receiver with Alshon Jeffery, making a cheap but reliable free agent receiver a good option to have on board in case Hollins doesn’t work out.

 

Finally, with question marks over Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood and the possibility that Darren Sproles may retire, the cover for Corey Clement and Ajayi looks threadbare, so the champions may also think about drafting another running back.

 

This might seem like a lot of potential areas in which to make changes, but good teams, if they want to become dominant teams, don’t rest on their laurels. Strengthening in these areas would give the Eagles momentum going into the new season and put them in the ideal position to prove the experts wrong all over again!

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I was wrong about the Pro Bowl as the AFC rallied to win. Hopefully I’ll be right about the Super Bowl.
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Playoff Record:  4-6 (.400)
Pro Bowl Record:  0-1 (.000)
Overall Record: 164-103 (.614)
Lock Picks: 14-3 (.824)
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Super Bowl LII Pick
I will take the experience of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots over the hungry Philadelphia Eagles. If Carson Wentz was playing, I think I’d pick the Eagles (with my head, and not my heart).
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NFL trades don’t happen very often. The Tennessee Titans must have grown tired of Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham was a 2015 second-round pick. He caught 32 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. The change of scenery and the proverbial kick in the butt from being shipped off could end up pushing him to realize his potential.
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He’s worth a look as a fifth receiver. If he meets expectations, great. If not, ditch him for someone that lands on the Get ‘em ledger of a future Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em article.

DeMarco Murray Eagles
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Philadelphia Eagles fans will likely be more excited about DeMarco Murray’s exit than Tennessee Titans fans are of his arrival. Before last season’s disaster Murray was coming off a monster 2,261 total yard, 12 touchdown season. While a return to that level of greatness is unlikely, Murray should prove to be a valuable fantasy option in his new surroundings as long as Murray shows up in mind and body.
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Murray has averaged 51.3 receptions over the past three seasons. He was never quite the right fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. He should be more suite for Mike Mularkey “exotic smashmouth” football.
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The Tennessee Titans were led by Antonio Andrews with 520 yards on 143 carries (3.6 ypc). He caught 21 passes for 174 yards. At 5’10, 225 pounds Andrews is a plodding running back. Murray, at 6’0″, 217 pounds is a more dynamic back. He and Mariota have the skill set to give Mularkey what he’s looking for.
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Murray’s disappointing 2015 campaign should find him in RB2 territory. He has RB1 potential, particularly in PPR leagues.


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About the only stable running back scene in the NFC East belongs to the Philadelphia Eagles. LeSean McCoy ran for 1080 yards and seven touchdowns. He added to his totals with a ridiculous 78 catches for 592 yards and two more scores. Sure, he’ll lose some touchdowns to Michael Vick, but he doesn’t have much competition from other running backs. McCoy is a solid RB1.
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Felix Jones is the lead back in Dallas, but the Cowboys fully expect to share the workload. Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray will be in the mix, but they probably won’t do enough for fantasy teams barring injury. Jones is best suited as an RB3 at this point. Marion Barber III is unlikely to return gone.
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Ahmad Bradshaw is in limbo until the lockout is settled. If he become a restricted free agent he will likely remain with the Giants. If he is unrestricted he’ll go to the highest bidder. I like his prospects better if he stays with the G-Men, but I wouldn’t shy away from him if he bolts. Bradshaw is a solid RB2 regardless. Brandon Jacobs is also in limbo. The Giants could ask him to take a paycut. Whether or not he’ll be willing to do so will determine his fantasy worth. Like Bradshaw I like Jacobs better if he returns to the Giants. He’s a solid RB3 that would get a boost in value if Bradshaw leaves.
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Then there’s Washington. Ryan Torain had some moments last year, but he can’t seem to stay healthy. He’s a big risk that should probably be no better than a RB4. Torain will have to share the load with rookie Roy Helu, who has a good chance of becoming the most productive of his class this year. Clinton Portis is unlikely to return.
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The NFC East has three established quarterbacks and one messy situation.
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Michael Vick is the number one fantasy quarterback in the division. He’s a bit of a risk in part because of injuries and in part because he’s never had a season like last year. He has the tools to succeed and the weapons around him to flourish, but we won’t know if he still has the drive to be a better quarterback. He’s easily a top tier QB1, but he has more risk than the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning. Kevin Kolb is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He could find himself traded, possibly to Arizona. He makes a decent QB2 if he’s a starter.
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Tony Romo put up big numbers when he is healthy. Dez Bryant is immature, but he gives Romo another quality weapon. He’s averaged 2699.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game over the past four years (51 games). His lack of playoff success keeps him from the Brady, Peyton, and Brees discussions, but he is possibly the best value among fantasy quarterbacks because of it.
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Eli Manning reached 4000 yards for the second straight season. Not bad for a team that historically likes to run the football. His career high of 31 touchdowns gives him an average of 29 over the past two years and 25 over the past six. He really formed a nice rapport with Hakeem Nicks and remains a solid QB1 if you want to address other needs or a high-end QB2.
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Then there is Washington. Donovan McNabb is as good as gone, which marks the second straight season he’s been sent packing. I don’t know if he’s a starting caliber quarterback anymore. Even if he finds a new gig, his fantasy days are most likely behind him. Rex Grossman could be brought back, but it appears John Beck could get a chance to show what he can do. This is a situation to avoid. Not only are the QB options mediocre at best, but they are running thin in the playmaker department.
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The Vikings have the 12th pick in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft. While many NFL Draft purists put trading away draft picks right up there with treason, I’m from the camp that says the Vikings should go big and make the move for Kevin Kolb. But, it’s the 12th pick in the draft, you can’t trade that away. I say why not. Look at the past twenty picks from the 12th slot:
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2010:  Ryan Mathews
2009:  Knowshon Moreno
2008:  Ryan Clady
2007:  Marshawn Lynch
2006:   Haloti Ngata
2005:  Shawne Merriman
2004:  Jonathan Vilma
2003:  Jimmy Kennedy
2002:  Wendell Bryant
2001:  Damione Lewis
2000:  Shaun Ellis
1999:  Cade McNown
1998:  Keith Brooking
1997:  Warrick Dunn
1996:  Regan Upshaw
1995:  Warren Sapp
1994:  Aaron Glenn
1993:  Patrick Bates
1992:  Marco Coleman
1991:   Alvin Harper
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Some decent names, but aside from Warren Sapp, who slid because of character issues, the 12th pick has not been a player that changed the course of a franchise. Kevin Kolb has that potential.
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Kolb was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.  He was the third quarterback taken in what could easily be the worst QB crop in NFL Draft history. Epic bust JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn were the top two taken. The Eagles received some criticism for taking Kolb when they had McNabb, but isn’t that the same song that was sung in Green Bay when the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers? I’m not saying Kolb has a chance to be anywhere near the quarterback that Rodgers is, but he would give them stability at the most important position in football.
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Kolb has spent four years learning the game from Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg. He will be more NFL ready than someone in the draft. Bill Musgrave, the Vikings new Offensive Coordinator, has worked favorably with young quarterbacks in recent years. He was Matt Schaub’s O.C. at Virginia before helping Matt Ryan become one of the game’s best young quarterbacks with the Falcons.
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While Kolb is older than the options in the NFL Draft, he’ll be just 27 when the season kicks off. He was plenty of good years in front of him. Whoever you would take in the draft would likely need a few years to be ready to play at this level. Think of this as a way of speeding up time.
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Kolb had two strong performances filling in for McNabb in 2009. The Eagles had enough confidence in him that they let Donovan McNabb walk. He did enough in the offseason to hold off Michael Vick, who was gearing up to have a near MVP season.
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While 2010 was a disappointment for Kolb, as he lost his job to Vick, he did salvage his reputation by turning in a near flawless performance against Atlanta in Week 6. He had a couple more bumpy starts, but I do believe the foundation has been set for Kolb. All he needs is an opportunity.
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The Vikings, like the Eagles, have good young talent at the skill position. They also have some aging veterans on both sides of the ball. The window to win is now. Sure, they can wait and develop a quarterback, but when he’s ready, the rest of the team may not be.
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The Eagles may be looking for too much compensation for Kolb. While I would be willing to part with the 12th pick, I wouldn’t agree to a second draft pick. Not when you would have to pay him handsomely. Not when there are still questions as to whether he can fully succeed at the position.
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This article is also featured at NFLTouchdown.com, where I am the lead Vikings writer.


Even Vick knows where he should be drafted.
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By Cy Holt
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For those of you who were lucky enough to pick up Michael Vick last year you don’t have to read this. Because only you select few know the great feeling and comfort of having him on your team. And for those who weren’t so lucky, you know the awful uncomfortable feeling of playing against him. #7 scored 300 points in 2010, including his monster 49-point game against
Washington in week 10.
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He was only surpassed by breakout running back Arian Foster who scored 313 points (according to ESPN fantasy football
standard league scoring). Vick did his damage in just 12 games. That is an average of 25 points per week. Just think of what he could have done if he would’ve played all 16 games!
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Within the top five scorers last year no player scored over 20 per game. Except Vick. Yes, there is some discussion on if Michael will be able to stay healthy and not get hurt. People say he runs too much, and takes too many big hits from opposing defenses instead of sliding. Well I got two things to say…
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#1 He got better of running out of bounds and sliding after his injury
#2 News flash for you, running backs take those same hits every play.
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So there is a risk with whomever you draft. But just know that Vick is as tough as they come. Most people are still stuck on drafting a running back with the number one overall pick . Well, I’m here to change your mind. Nobody in football has the capability to put up the monster week as Vick. He set a career high in rushing touchdowns and easily had his best season passing the football. He matured this year, finally working at his craft. With a ton of young, explosive weapons on offense, the sky is the limit for Vick.
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If I had the number two, three, or four pick I am taking a RB, but for the number one pick it is a clear and obvious choice that you should take Michael Vick.
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Though the franchise tag may not be stick based upon what is agreed to on the next collective bargaining agreement, the Eagles made it clear that they consider Michael Vick the future at quarterback. Vick, who turned 30 last summer (don’t you remember the party), made a triumphant return to star status leading the Eagles to an NFC East title.
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Vick was his elusive self running for 676 at 6.8 yards per carry and a career high nine rushing touchdowns. This time around, he brought an electric passing game as well completing a career best 62.6 passes (the first time he’s topped 57 percent) for 3018 yards (first 3000 yard season) and a career high 21 passing touchdowns.
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This means the Eagles could be interested in trading Kevin Kolb, only unless they figure out the CBA, that may not happen. If the Eagles aren’t able to trade him before the draft, they won’t be able to improve their team this year. Given Vick’s style of play, the Eagles may be cautious and keep him around in case Vick goes down with an injury. They could then trade him next year.


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