The problems with the Eagles offense are multifaceted, as evidenced by QB Carson Wentz‘s fourth-quarter interception on Monday night against the Seahawks. It looked like Wentz badly missed TE Dallas Goedert but the young tight end took the blame afterward, saying he wasn’t where he was supposed to be.
“I tried to work the leverage [on Wagner],” Goedert said via Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I was kind of [sliding] inside so he wouldn’t be able to break up the play and I’d be able to make it. Carson thought I was going to be going down and away and threw it there. I should’ve been where he thought I was going to be. I’ll take the blame for that one. It was a crucial point in the game. Mistakes like that can’t happen.”
- Eagles HC Doug Pederson summed up their issues as starting with injuries on the offensive line and exacerbated by turnovers, a lack of discipline and overall execution being off because of so many young players at the skill position spots. (Ryan Wood)
- Pederson said it puts Wentz in a hard spot at times but he still needs to play better: “We’ve had conversations where, ‘You don’t have to wear the superman cape all the time. Just go do your job.'” (Wood)
- The Athletic’s Dan Duggan writes if the Giants don’t end up winning the NFC East they’ll likely have a top-10 draft pick, which would allow them to add a premium player at a position of need like LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase, Penn State LB Micah Parsons, Miami DE Gregory Rousseau, Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley or Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II.
- If they do win the division, Duggan notes they could be looking at players like Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, Georgia DE Azeez Ojulari, Penn State DE Jayson Oweh, Texas DE Joseph Ossai or Tulsa LB Zaven Collins.
- Fansided’s Matt Lombardo talked to several agents and league sources to try and gauge the market for some of the Giants’ pending free agents.
- New York held on to DT Dalvin Tomlinson at the trade deadline but he won’t be cheap to keep per one agent: “He’s definitely the type of player I’d think they would want to commit to. He’d probably wind up commanding something like a five-year deal worth between $60-$63 million with an APY somewhere in the $10-$12 million per season range.”
- Lombardo says team sources have claimed the Giants planned all along to franchise tag DL Leonard Williams and see how he played in 2020 before committing to a long-term deal. The two sides were far apart this past offseason but Williams’ six sacks so far this year have given him a lot more leverage: “If he negotiates as a defensive end, and continues to produce at this level, he’ll push for and probably command a four-year deal in the $20-$25 million annual range.”
- Giants CB Logan Ryan is playing on a one-year, $7.5 million deal but likely won’t be as cheap to bring back: “It’s [HC] Joe Judge’s world, so who knows how much they’ll pay to keep him around. I think he’s maybe somewhere in [49ers S] Jimmie Ward’s ballpark, but most likely he’s looking at three years maxing out somewhere between $10-$11 million annually.”
- Ryan is reportedly open to returning to New York but he would like to test his market to see what’s available after the pandemic complicated things this past year. (Zack Rosenblatt)
- Giants RB Saquon Barkley said his recovery from surgery to repair his ACL and meniscus is on schedule. His MCL healed on its own and the surgeon was able to completely repair his meniscus. (Jordan Raanan)
- He added he was told the likelihood of him getting back to 100 percent depended on how he attacked rehab and being smart the first six or seven weeks was key: “Then at the end of the day sometimes they see when you do ACL reconstruction, you’re ACL becomes 10 times stronger to be honest.”
- Barkley will be eligible for a contract extension this offseason for the first time but he says he’s not thinking about that right now: “Not really focused on money or anything right now. I’m really just focused on coming in every single day and be 1% better. Whenever that day is, I can come back and be ready for my team.”
- Judge said the trainers gave “positive reports” on QB Daniel Jones and the plan Thursday was to “move him around a little bit, have him throw a little bit.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
- Jones officially did not practice on Thursday. He worked to the side with trainers. (Vacchiano)
- Giants OC Jason Garrett is customizing a game plan for backup QB Colt McCoy in case Jones can’t make it back against the Seahawks: “I think you’re trying to customize it, you’re not cutting it down in any way.” (Art Stapleton)
- CBS Sports analyst and former agent Joel Corry writes the floor on an extension for Washington G Brandon Scherff likely has to be $15 million a year. Tagging Scherff for a second year in a row would cost $18.036 million.
- We have him included in our Top 50 – 2021 Free Agents list.