What changes must Eagles make to show growth over the 8 remaining regular-season games? (PODCAST). For the fourth straight time this season, the Eagles were unable to come up with a win at Lincoln Financial Field. In their most recent attempt to stop the streak, the Eagles lost to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, 27-24.
With a 3-6 record, the Eagles’ prospects of backing into the playoffs are getting slimmer, meaning the team has to focus on developing the younger players on the roster and working on becoming more efficient on offense while tightening up a defense that has allowed quarterbacks to complete more than 80% of their passes five times this season.
The Eagles will practice once again on Wednesday, attempting to fix their problems while preparing to play the Broncos in Denver.
Beat reporters Mike Kaye and Chris Franklin discuss what the Eagles should change to show some improvement down the final stretch of the season. The two also break down the loss to the Chargers and a fan’s poor decision to throw flowers at Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
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What changes do the Eagles have to make to show growth in the final eight games of the season? (Ep. 391)
MLB rumors: Ex-Yankees left-hander signs with Dodgers
Zach Wilson, the Jets’ prized rookie quarterback, will return to practice Wednesday.
But he might not start Sunday’s home game against the Bills. Based on what Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday, it sounds like he probably won’t start.
Saleh said he could go with Mike White again, even as Saleh said Wilson will start Sunday if he is fully healthy. (It’s not clear yet if he’s fully healthy.)
Those were the big takeaways from Saleh’s press conference Monday. Saleh expects to have a quarterback decision by Wednesday — and to announce it then. So there sure seems like a more-than-decent chance that Saleh will give Wilson another week to get back to 100%.
Wilson, this year’s No. 2 overall draft pick, is recovering from a sprained knee. The Jets are 1-1 without him and 1-5 in his starts. Wilson got hurt Oct. 24 in New England. The Jets’ next game, Sunday, will be exactly three weeks post-injury for Wilson.
Unheralded backup Mike White started and thrived in a win over the Bengals, a week after Wilson got hurt. Then White started again — and hurt his forearm (a non-serious injury) — in last Thursday’s loss at the Colts.
Like Wilson, White is expected to fully participate in Wednesday’s practice. And White’s injury is obviously less serious than Wilson’s PCL sprain. So if Saleh wants to be cautious with Wilson, then starting White is the safe bet against the 5-3 Bills, who still lead the AFC East, even after last week’s pathetic loss in Jacksonville.
Whoever starts against the Bills, Saleh said he wants to give that quarterback all the first-team reps in practice this week. Which is why he needs to make a decision by Wednesday. As for which quarterback will get those reps, Saleh said he’s still “waiting on some more updates” before making that decision, leading into Wednesday’s practice.
Still, Saleh did say Wilson will “for sure” start Sunday if he’s fully healthy — which presumably means he’s going to get his starting job back, regardless of what White does against the Bills.
For now, though, Saleh is just focused on getting Wilson back to full health.
“We’ll see how he is,” Saleh said of Wilson. “We’ll see how it looks. But we’re not in any hurry to rush him back, because of the fact that this is a two-to-four-week injury. He’s going into week three [of his recovery], and there are a couple of hurdles that he has to pass yet.”
It’s not hard to read between the lines here, with what Saleh is saying. He doesn’t have all the information on Wilson’s recovery yet, but based on what he knows right now, he is leaning toward being cautious with Wilson for this week.
“Yes, that’s pretty much it,” Saleh said. “If he’s not fully healthy, it would be irresponsible for us to throw him out there.”
OK, so he’s going to be fully healthy again at some point (probably soon). What happens if White excels against the Bills, like he did against the Bengals? (And he was playing well against the Colts before he got hurt.) In that case, who starts in Week 11 at home against the Dolphins? Saleh smiled and punted on that question.
“Can we go day-to-day on this one?” he said. “We’ll see.”
Saleh then credited White for taking advantage of his opportunity.
“I’ve got a great appreciation for what Mike is going through, and I have a lot of respect for his opportunity,” Saleh said.
Saleh said White has done “a heck of a job,” but added: “Now, does it mean anything for the future? I don’t know. Let’s just see how he does.”
NFL rumors: Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. hits waiver wire and teams aren’t biting | LIVE UPDATES
Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of Odell Beckham Jr.s’ life.
The wide receiver is hitting the waiver wire Monday, days after working out a separation agreement with the Cleveland Browns.
Here’s the latest:
UPDATE (4:28 p.m.): ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the “Browns officially placed Odell Beckham Jr. on waivers today; other teams can claim him and the $7.25 remaining on his contract Tuesday by 4 pm.”
If he goes unclaimed, Beckham will be free to sign with the team of his choosing as early as Tuesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports “Beckham does not want to go to just any team, according to sources familiar with his thinking. Beckham wants to spend the rest of this season with a playoff contender and in a winning environment, where he believes he would be happy and productive.”
Beckham missed most of last season with a torn ACL in his left knee and has played sparingly in 2021, pulling in 17 receptions for 232 yards and no touchdowns in six games.
Yankees, Mets watch ex-Cy Young Award winner’s workout Monday in Florida
We have a Justin Verlander sighting, just one day into MLB free agency.
The right-hander worked out Monday in Florida, and the New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports the New York Yankees and New York Mets were among the 15-to-20 teams in attendance.
Verlander threw about 25 pitches during the workout, clocking in between 94-97 miles per hour. The workout was held at Yankees director of player health and performance Eric Cressey’s facility.
The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli reports the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers also attended the workout and “Heard it was a pretty good turnout.”
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Verlander’s Hall-of-Fame worthy resume speaks for itself: Two Cy Young Awards, 2011 American League MVP, eight All-Star selections and 2017 World Series title.
But the 38-year-old right-hander is coming off Tommy John surgery which cost him most of the last two seasons.
The Houston Astros extended Verlander a qualifying offer before Sunday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline. If he accepts it, Verlander will play the 2022 season for the Astros on a one-year, $18.4 million contract. Verlander has until Wednesday, Nov. 17 to accept the offer.
As noted, Verlander is working with Eric Cressey, who is the Yankees’ Director of Player Health & Performance. It was Cressey who urged the Yankees to sign two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber before the 2021 season.