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Eagles' troubles start at the top with personnel decisions

Tue Dec 1 7:29pm ET
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz (11) is grabbed by Seattle Seahawks' Poona Ford (97) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz, right, and Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson meet after an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)


Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz walks the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Three years after winning a Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles are spiraling.

There are questions about coach Doug Pederson's job security and Carson Wentz's future as quarterback. But the responsibility for the team's collapse begins at the top.

The Eagles (3-7-1) have missed terribly in the draft since Howie Roseman regained control of personnel decisions following Chip Kelly's firing in December 2015.

Every team passed on wide receiver DK Metcalf, who was chosen by the Seahawks with the last pick of the second round of the 2019 draft. But the Eagles skipped him three times and took wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside with their second pick of the second round. Arcega-Whiteside has 12 career catches and was a healthy inactive before landing on the COVID-19/reserve list.

Metcalf had 10 catches for 177 yards in Seattle's 23-17 win over the Eagles on Monday night. He already has 1,039 yards receiving this season and nine touchdowns, one more than all of Philadelphia's wide receivers have combined.

The Eagles took wide receiver Jalen Reagor at No. 21 in this year's draft. Reagor has 19 catches for 222 yards and one TD in six games, missing five because of injuries. Justin Jefferson went to Minnesota with the next pick. He has 52 receptions for 918 yards and six TDs.

Philadelphia then took quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round, even though Wentz's $128 million, four-year contract extension kicks in next year. Running backs J.K. Dobbins and Antonio Gibson were on the board and could've contributed immediately to a stale offense.

The draft failures go back further.

Wentz is the only player selected by Philadelphia since 2014 to make a Pro Bowl. No one has been an All-Pro.

The organization's success rate on top picks has been abysmal since right tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz were the first two selections in 2013.

Pederson has accepted blame for the offense's dismal performance. Wentz and other players have done the same.

Has the front office communicated to the coach its role in the team's struggles?

''Those conversations are private,'' Pederson said Monday. ''I'm not going to get into that. This is not the time or the place to really get into those types of conversations.''

WHAT'S WORKING

Wentz has been most effective throwing to tight ends and especially on designed rollouts, though those plays haven't been called much. Dallas Goedert had seven catches for 75 yards and one TD against Seattle, but also turned the wrong way on a fourth-down pass that resulted in an interception in the end zone. Richard Rodgers caught three passes for 53 yards and one TD.

NEEDS HELP

The offensive line allowed Seattle to get six sacks and numerous hits. The unit is missing Johnson, Andre Dillard and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks. Only two original starters are playing. The team has used 12 different linemen, including 10 different line combinations. Four linemen made their first career starts this season. Left tackle Jordan Mailata, a former rugby star, is learning football on the job.

STOCK UP

Defensive end Derek Barnett had two stops on fourth-and-2 in the first quarter. He tackled David Moore for a 5-yard loss from the Eagles 2 and sacked Russell Wilson from the Philadelphia 37 on Seattle's second drive.

STOCK DOWN

Wide receiver Travis Fulgham has four catches on 14 targets in the past three games after an excellent stretch of five games. He had 28 catches for 427 yards and four TDs after debuting with the Eagles on Oct. 4.

INJURED

Ertz (ankle) could return to action this week.

KEY NUMBER

3 - The Eagles only have three interceptions this season, none from their cornerbacks.

NEXT STEPS

The Eagles visit the Green Bay Packers (8-3) on Sunday. Despite a dismal record, Philly is only a half-game behind the Giants (4-7) and Washington (4-7) in the woeful NFC East.

Player Notes
Chad Hansen Dec 1 6:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Chad Hansen, DT Corey Liuget, WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and WR Damion Ratley were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Aldrick Rosas Dec 1 6:53pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Terry Godwin, DB Josh Nurse, DT Caraun Reid and PK Aldrick Rosas were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Rashard Robinson Dec 1 6:33pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DB Deante Burton, OT Jordan Mills, DB Rashard Robinson and OT William Sweet were named protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Troy Fumagalli Dec 1 6:33pm ET

Denver Broncos RB LeVante Bellamy, TE Troy Fumagalli, DB Alijah Holder and LB Josh Watson were made protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Kyle Lauletta Dec 1 6:23pm ET

Cleveland Browns OT Michael Dunn, QB Kyle Lauletta, PK Matthew McCrane and OT Alex Taylor were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Joe Webb Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Joe Webb (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Tyler Bray Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Chicago Bears QB Tyler Bray was designated as a protected practice squad player for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Kevin Hogan Dec 1 6:13pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals QB Kevin Hogan, WR Stanley Morgan, RB Jacques Patrick and TE Mitchell Wilcox were named as protected practice squad players for Week 13 Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Darron Lee Dec 1 6:03pm ET

Buffalo Bills DE Bryan Cox Jr., C Jordan Devey, C Jonotthan Harrison and LB Darron Lee were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Will Fuller Dec 1 5:53pm ET

Houston Texans WR Will Fuller and CB Bradley Roby were officially placed on the Reserve/Suspended list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Texans also activated DT Andrew Brown from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list.

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D.J. Foster Dec 1 5:53pm ET

Arizona Cardinals TE Seth DeValve, DE Michael Dogbe, RB D.J. Foster and WR A.J. Richardson were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 13 on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Will Compton Dec 1 5:13pm ET

Tennessee Titans LB Will Compton was signed off the practice squad Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Dante Pettis Dec 1 4:53pm ET

New York Giants OT Matt Peart, WR Dante Pettis and TE Kaden Smith were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Giants also waived DB Montre Hartage and P Ryan Santoso and placed LB Kyler Fackrell (calf) on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Tavon Young Dec 1 4:43pm ET

Baltimore Ravens DT Brandon Williams, QB Trace McSorley, CB Tavon Young and CB Khalil Dorsey were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Blake Bortles Dec 1 4:43pm ET

Denver Broncos QBs Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Tavon Austin Dec 1 4:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Tavon Austin officially signed an undisclosed contract with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Jamar Taylor Dec 1 4:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers CBs Jamar Taylor (knee) and Ken Webster (hamstring) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Laquon Treadwell Dec 1 3:23pm ET

Atlanta Falcons WR Laquon Treadwell was signed to the active roster Tuesday, Dec. 1. WR Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list to make room.

From TheHuddle

George Kittle Dec 1 3:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (foot) and QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) have both been sidelined since Week 8, but head coach Kyle Shanahan is 'holding out hope for ... the last couple weeks.' 'I think they're in a similar boat, but that I mean that's not guaranteed. ... They're just starting to get into where they get on the field and not with us but on their own to do some stuff,' Shanahan said of their rehabs Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Fantasy Spin: Kittle was initially given about an eight-week window to return, but he quickly refuted that notion as did some prominent medical experts. In a best-case scenario, fantasy owners probably can't expect him back until Week 15 at the earliest, but Kittle at even 80 percent is a player many fantasy owners could use in their lineups. He's worth a stash in any league he's available if owners can find a spot for him. The return of a healthy Garoppolo would be nice for the 49ers, but he is obviously nowhere near as important to fantasy owners as Kittle.

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Marquez Callaway Dec 1 3:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Marquez Callaway (knee) suffered a minor knee sprain in the Week 12 win over the Broncos and could miss a little time. Callaway hasn't been targeted in the passing game in the last three games and has just 15 receptions on 19 targets for 136 scoreless yards in his first nine NFL games with the Saints. The 22-year-old out of Tennessee represents receiver depth for New Orleans and also has contributed in the kick-return game in his rookie season. If anything, he's just a stash candidate in dynasty/keeper leagues. Tre'Quan Smith and Deonte Harris will continue battling for No. 3 duties behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

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