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According to ESPN insiders, the possibility of an Eagles trade is a little bit out of place

According to ESPN insiders, the possibility of an Eagles trade is a little bit out of place

This one is a head-scratcher.

In a report on NFL trade rumors released by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the insider reported, The feeling in Indianapolis is that the Colts want to do right by running back Marlon Mack, who has requested resigning, but there isn't much interest right now. A conditional late-round pick might get things done closer to the deadline, he said.

The Colts' decision to trade Mack before the Nov. 2 deadline makes perfect sense, since Indianapolis is set at running back with N.J. native Jonathan Taylor.

What makes no sense is this: Fowler suggested the Philadelphia Eagles as a trade partner. After all, the Eagles already have two running backs they dont use enough. Why would they need a third one?

Mack (Nick) Sirianni was Indys offensive coordinator when the Eagles posted a 1,000-yard season in 2019. With the Eagles tailback identity still in flux -- quarterback Jalen Hurts has 42 more rushing yards than any Eagle back through the seasons first five weeks -- a change-of-pace player might help. Miles Sanders (48 carries for 214 yards) is a team that is severely underused, and backup Kenneth Gainwell has 21 catches for 100 yards.

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Sirianni and the Eagles return to action for Thursday Night Football vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heres what you need to know about NFL PR:

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QB TOM BRADY passed for 411 yards and 5 TDs in Week 5, his 9th career game with 5+ TE passes. In 2021, the NFL recorded its second highest pass yards (1,767) and its 2nd highest TDs (15). Has 4,482 passing yards (298.8 per game) & 37 TDs (33 pass, 4 rush) against 8 INTs for 103.8 rating in 15 career starts on Thursday. In 7 career starts, including the postseason, he has 2,265 passing yards (323.6 per game) and 16 TDs (15 passes, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for a 96.3 rating.

RB LEONARD FOURNETTE recorded 110 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 43 rec.) and his 1st rush TD of the season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards.

WR MIKE EVANS had 6 catches for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. Is 1 of 4 WRs with 30+ 100-yard games (30) since 2014. Aims for his sixth consecutive road victory with 6+ catches and 75+ rec. yards. Had 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with a FT catch. Last week, WR ANTONIO BROWN had 7 receptions for 124 yards and 2 TDs. Became the fastest player (143 games) to reach 900 catches and the 5th player to surpass 12,000 rec. yards in 150-or-fewer games. Has 8 rec. On Thursday, he had 4 TDs in his past 4 games. CHRIS GODWIN hopes to complete his 3rd consecutive game on Thursday with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards, and TD catch. Has TD in 3 of his past 4 on the road. Had a TD catch in the previous meeting.

LB DEVIN WHITE has 8 sacks in his past 7 on the road. Aims for his eighth consecutive win on the road with 5+ tackles. Last week, LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 1.5 sacks and FF. Has 5 sacks in his past 4 on Thursday. CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 3 PD & INT in 3 career games vs. Phi.

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QB JALEN HURTS registered 228 total yards (198 passes, 30 rush) and 2 rush TDs in Week 5. In each of his first 9 career starts, he has gained 30 rush yards. Has 300+ passing yards in 2 of his past 3 games. Has 3 rush touchdowns in his past 3 home starts.

RB MILES SANDERS had 5 receptions and 45 rush yards in Week 5. In 4 of 5 games in 2021, Has 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,262 scrimmage yards (84.1 per game) in 15 career home games. Since 2019, ranks 5th among RBs with a 4.9 yards per rush average. (min. (300 atts.)

DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) led team with 7 receptions and 77 rec. yards last week. I'm the only rookie in the NFL with 3 games (3 starts) and 5 receptions in 2021. In rec. yards (314) and catches (34), he ranks 2nd among rookies. DALLAS GOEDERT has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 games. Had a rec. In his last game on TNF (9/26/19 at GB), he scored a touchdown. TE ZACH ERTZ has 3 rec. In his past 4 games on TNF, he had five receptions. Aims for his 4th consecutive victory on Thursday with 5+ receptions. In last meeting, had 11 receptions for 94 yards.

DT JAVON HARGRAVE aims for his fourth sack & sixth in row with TFL. With 6 sacks, he's tied for second in the NFC. In 4 of the 5 games of season, I am 1 of 4 in the NFC DL with sack. In Week 5, DT FLETCHER COX recorded his 1st sack of the season. Has 4 TFL in his past 4 on TNF. Had sack in last meeting. Last week, LB ALEX SINGLETON led the team with 13 tackles. Aims for his fifth consecutive win with 9+ tackles. Last week, CB DARIUS SLAY recorded his 2nd INT of season, his 3rd career game with 2 IUs.

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