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  • Karma: 0 , the rookie quarterbacks are making their mark.Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record for career passing yards on Monday night and Brady became the third quarterback to throw 500 touchdown passes last Thursday night. Brady is 40 TD passes away from passing Manning for first on the career list. He also is one win away from becoming the first quarterback with 200 regular-season wins.Arizona’s Josh Rosen, Buffalo’s Josh Allen, Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and the New York Jets‘ Sam Darnold did their part to prove the NFL should be in good hands in the future. Each player led his team to victory in Week 5, the first time since the merger that rookie QBs were 4-0 or better in a single week.Here’s a look inside more numbers going into Week 6:NO AUTOMATICS: Extra points haven’t been automatic since the NFL moved the conversion back 13 yards from the 2-yard line to the 15 in 2015. But kickers are missing even more attempts this season. Through five weeks, there have been 20 missed extra points. There were 17 in each of the previous two seasons at this point and 18 in 2015.DESHAUN’S QUEST: Deshaun Watson can become the first quarterback to throw for 375 yards or more in four consecutive games when the Houston Texans host Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick did it in the first three games this season. Brady and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner also had three-game streaks. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles has done it in the past two games.KIRK’S IMPACT: Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins is the first player in league history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games. Adam Thielen is a recipient of many of those throws. He is the third player with at least 100 yards receiving in each of his team’s first five games to start a season.GO-TO GUY: Zach Ertz has been Carson Wentz’s go-to receiver since the Eagles quarterback returned from knee surgery. Ertz has at least 10 catches for 100 yards in two straight games. Only four players have ever done it three consecutive weeks.FREE FOOTBALL: At least one game has reached overtime in each of the first five weeks. That hadn’t happened before. The Browns have played in three OT games already, going 1-1-1.GREATEST SHOW ON TURF: The Rams are the fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to start a season in NFL history. The record is eight held by the 2000 Rams, 2013 Broncos and 2007 Patriots. Mid-free agency Draft Bag! Excited for a signing to totally ruin this."In The News CycleFree Agency AdditionsThe only big add yesterday was L.J. Fort, and I don’t even know if that counts as a big add. I’m just happy that my co-host is happy. (For those who don’t listen to the Kist and Solak Show, Mike is a big L.J. Fort fan.)Fort doesn’t much move the needle in a linebacker group headlined by a strong starter in Nigel Bradham, some fun young pieces, and some decent veterans. That’s probably good enough, but Philadelphia could decide to take a middle-round ‘backer to fight for the LB2 job.What’s more interesting is the WR2 job: does that belong to Nelson Agholor or newly-acquired DeSean Jackson? For my money, it’ll be Jackson. We talk about him as the deep threat, but Jackson has always been a three-level threat: great separating underneath, excellent route-runner to win across the middle, and of course, a deep-ball champion.Agholor simply doesn’t stack up to DJax’s ability deep, and in the short and intermediate areas, they’re in the same ballpark. Agholor may get fed targets Womens Nigel Bradham Jersey , or show out in his contract year — but Jackson is the more trustworthy of the two players at this time. Hopefully the Eagles are willing to put aside the time they’ve invested in Agholor to see that.Tevin Coleman QuestionI got yelled at a lot for this tweet.Now, I get yelled at for a lot of tweets — but this one was interesting. Because, objectively speaking, this was something we already knew. We knew the Eagles under Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman don’t value running backs. Remarking on that, when a talented FA running back in whom they had confirmed interest got a cheap deal from someone else, seems reasonable.It’s okay that the Eagles didn’t give Coleman this deal. I would have liked to see it, as I think Coleman’s a snug fit and that’s good value — but I know the Eagles know they need a running back and still have plenty of room, through FA and the draft, to go get one. So c’est la vie.But it was worthwhile wondering: what was unpalatable for the Eagles on this Coleman deal? Did they think he was unworthy of $5M per? Was their interest in Coleman overstated? Was Coleman really going to, before anything else, going to go to San Francisco with Shanahan — even though there’s more opportunity for touches, a better championship outlook, and another great coach in Pederson?I’d bet on the Eagles not being as in on Coleman, for whatever reason — but if the Eagles aren’t going acquire even a complimentary piece in free agency, we should expect them to draft a running back right around where they did Pumphrey (132 overall) a few years ago. There’s still a free agent market, of course, but if they want to go committee and keep things cheap, it’ll be another Day 3 back. That’s just the M.O.Seven Round Mock DraftTime to juice up the ol’ Mock Draft Machine at The Draft Network and see what we can do for this team.It’s funny: this is a draft I would have been totally cool with before most of the Eagles’ free agent moves. Nothing that they’ve done — re-signings, additions Brandon Brooks Jersey , or losses — have really locked in any position in Round 1 or Round 2. Still focusing on trenches early, looking for a developmental starter at safety, and middle-round skill position guys if there’s a good value.As such, the Eagles’ most-frequent first-round selection remains: Christian Wilkins is a high-culture guy with a well-rounded skill-set, and he locks up the defensive tackle rotation — a point of weakness last season. Having a Fletcher Cox is awesome, and seeing him set career highs in a lot of key production points is sick — but Schwartz wants to bring that playing time down to keep him fresh. Wilkins serves that function.Likewise, so does Chase Winovich do for fellow Michigan product Brandon Graham. I sung the praises of Winovich on the last Draft Bag, and he’s a repeat selection in the seven-rounder because I love him just so dang much. This time, I paired him with Kaleb McGary — yet another high-culture player with a future-oriented outlook. McGary tested strong at the Combine and with technical refinement, has a high ceiling for an NFL offensive tackle.Speaking of Combine winners, Justice Hill has great agilities and speed numbers and projects nicely to Philadelphia’s inside zone and power runs — he doesn’t catch much, but the other backs do. Edwards wasn’t my dream player for developmental safety, as he’s more of a nickel hybrid player who’s a backup for Malcolm Jenkins, but SAF3 is still a need, and he’s an ideal Big Dime player.Ben Burr-Kirven? Love his film. He’s what Nate Gerry would be if Nate Gerry was good. Travis Fulgham is a high-effort WR with special teams value in the mold of Mack Hollins, and Michael Dogbe has an angle on DT4 if he can translate some of his power into better pass-rushing reps. Good run defender, though!Scouting ReportLet’s talk more about Mike Edwards, the stalwart of a talented Kentucky secondary. With 44 consecutive starts under his belt, Edwards has an impossible range of experience for a college prospect — especially a safety. Edwards has significant snaps at almost every alignment , and has found success basically everywhere.Edwards’ best plays are those on which he can come downhill from a high alignment, playing as a “Rat” or “Hole” player. He has great eyes when reading through the route concept into the quarterback and nice closing burst to attack the catch point.Edwards is a wonderfully high-motor player; loves him a little contact. In run defense, Edwards is an ideal box player and exactly who you want running the alley as the +1 defender.Because he has man coverage ability and playmaking prowess as a short zone defender, Edwards’ best coverage deployment is near the line and in the box — but that’s true of a lot of safeties. Only because of his run defense can he survive in that area.Despite all of his fun film, we have to acknowledge that Edwards is a low-caliber athlete, and that will get tricky in slot coverage. Edwards has some hip tightness and gets grabby when he’s over the slot, as he can be exposed in transition. He had some good reps and some bad reps across his film, but Senior Bowl one v. ones helped show exactly the extent of his ability in that regard. While Edwards will never be the heir apparent for Rodney McLeod as a deep middle safety, but he does offer a good backup for the Malcolm Jenkins role and accordingly a great option for Big Nickel and Big Dime packages. In the Eagles’ weak safety room, Edwards has an angle at SAF3 early.Mail BagMcLaurin, Ratliff-Williams, Johnson, Hardman.Only would touch one of those before Round 4, though. One guess who.Gotta be safety. Right now, where is Philadelphia missing a bonafide starter? Running back is one. Linebacker might be another, if you’re calling LB3 a starting position. Other than that...? All of their starters are currently rostered.Are the Eagles going to draft a running back in Round 1? Heck no. Linebacker? Just as likely.If we expand our definition of starter a little wider, deploy it a tad more liberally...SAF3 is kinda like a starting position. You want to have that player available to run in base packages against heavy 11 personnel teams.Throw in the fact that the 2020 starter needs for Philadelphia likely include a deep free safety, and Bob’s your uncle: Round 1 safety, baby.Deebo Samuel. Terry McLaurin. Emanuel Hall.Really Womens Timmy Jernigan Jersey , really badly. It’s probably their biggest need.I agree the quality of safeties falls off after Round 3 — I’d say even earlier. If you aren’t getting one of the Top-5 guys — Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Nasir Adderley, Deionte Thompson, Taylor Rapp, Juan Thornhill — you’re in deep trouble.The Eagles can fall out of the early rounds, sure — because they don’t need a starter right away. But at that point, you’re just delving into the depths of Day 3 and snagging the developmental guy you like best. So if they view it as a real need, their biggest need, it’ll be one of those five, and it’ll cost one of 25, 53, and 57. Heck yeah man! I think once the Eagles locked up EDGE with Brandon Graham, they really got this class where they want it. OT and DT are really good positions early, RB and WR in the middle rounds. S and LB isn’t good for anybody, but that’s okay — just have your targets and when they fall into range, start making calls to trade up.
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