Good morning, Eagles fans! The Eagles have the day off today after having an unusual Monday walkthrough yesterday. It's the last chance for players to catch their breath before a massive matchup against Dallas this Sunday. Assistant coaches will speak with the media today at noon. Here's today's Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft leading off with a much-needed return.
1. Tim Jernigan Inches Closer To A Return
Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan returned to practice yesterday for the first time in the 2018 season. Chris McPherson writes that Jernigan is on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and can participate in practice for the next 21 days. The Eagles can place Jernigan on the 53-player active roster at any time in those 21 days. When the three weeks are up, they will have to either put Jernigan on the active roster or he stays on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list for the remainder of the season.
2. Flex On 'Em
The NFL announced yesterday that the Eagles' matchup against the Saints in Week 11 has been flexed to the 4:25 time slot after originally being 1:00. The battle in New Orleans could have major consequences in the NFC playoff picture and is sure to be an intriguing game. And don't forget, since head coach Doug Pederson won a golf bet against Saints head coach Sean Payton in the offseason, the Eagles will wear their home green jerseys for that game.
3. Eagles Tweak Active Roster And Practice Squad
The Eagles made a few roster moves yesterday. Cornerback De'Vante Bausby, who played on the practice squad last year, was signed back to the practice squad. Bausby went through Training Camp with the Eagles and was on the practice squad early in the season before being released on September 11.
The Eagles also claimed cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc from the Detroit Lions. In a corresponding move, the Eagles waived cornerback Dexter McDougle.
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4. Golden Practice
New Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate practiced with his teammates for the first time in yesterday's walkthrough. He expressed the difficulties in learning a new offense and the importance of the upcoming stretch of games. He spoke about the those who reached out to welcome him and how excited he is to play for the Eagles. His new teammates and offensive coordinator expressed their excitement as well:
"I try to show my personality any way I can because we're halfway through the season, I've got to do whatever I can to build the camaraderie and be around the guys and let them get a feel for the player I am, the person I am, and that's important to me," Tate said. "We've got a lot of really good players, specifically in our room, that I've had a chance to spend a little bit of time with. It's going to be fun."
5. Tommy Lawlor Previews The Final Six Opponents
The Eagles have eight games left in the regular season and control their own destiny. Two of those games are against NFC contenders in the Rams and Saints. One is against a surging Houston Texans team. And five are against struggling NFC East opponents in a crowded race. First up is the Dallas Cowboys at home under the lights after they took a tough loss to the Tennessee Titans last night on Monday Night Football. Tommy Lawlor previews that game and the other opponents the Eagles will have to take down in a second-half fight for a playoff spot:
There are two games against Dallas and Washington. Those will all be huge. There is a rematch with the struggling Giants. The NFC East usually is one of the best divisions in football. That isn't the case this year. To give you an idea of some of the struggles, the Eagles are the top scoring team in the division. The Eagles are 21st in the league in scoring. While the rest of the NFL is scoring left and right, NFC East teams are kicking field goals or turning the ball over. I'd love to tell you that is mainly due to good defense, but that wouldn't be an honest answer.