6 trade targets for the Eagles ahead of the trade deadline
The Eagles have somehow been labeled as both buyers and sellers as the NFL trade deadline approaches. With the NFC East in shambles, the Eagles are in prime position to win the division.
It appears that the Eagles are looking to upgrade key positions as they start to get players back from injury. Here are 6 trade targets the team could look into ahead of the deadline on Nov. 3rd:
Ito Smith, RB, Falcons
The Falcons have a crowded running back room with Todd Gurley and Brian Hill leading the way. Ito Smith only counts for $920,000 in salary next season and is versatile enough to be productive when given the opportunity.
In Smith’s rookie season with Atlanta, he rushed for 315 yards and caught 27 passes for 152 yards behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. The Eagles could use the 25-year-old as a spark off the bench in relief of Miles Sanders.
TJ Yeldon, RB, Bills
Yeldon has been a healthy scratch in 4 out of 7 games this season for Buffalo. The dual-threat running back had a productive week 5 for the Bills, recording 74 scrimmage yards and a touchdown.
With Zack Moss now healthy and being the primary backup to Devin Singletary, Yeldon won’t see the field much. The former Jaguar has eclipsed 750 scrimmage yards in 3 of his 6 career seasons.
Jordan Howard, RB, Dolphins
The Eagles should’ve never let Howard walk in free agency to begin with. His downhill running style was the perfect complement to Miles Sanders last season as they wore down defenses.
Howard has only rushed for 18 yards on 14 carries this season, scoring 3 times in short-yardage situations. Since signing his 2-year, $9.75M deal last offseason, Howard has been replaced by Myles Gaskin as the primary running back with Matt Breida behind him. I couldn’t imagine Miami requesting anything more than a 7th-rounder for Howard’s services, especially after having him be a healthy scratch in recent games.
Jordan Howard is just the 4th Eagles RB since 1950 with 500+ rushing yards, 6+ rushing TDs through 9 games 🔥🔥— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 3, 2019
LeSean McCoy in 2011
Ricky Watters in 1996
Wilbert Montgomery in 1982
Jarrad Davis, LB, Lions
Davis has underwhelmed since being drafted in 2017 and Detroit has declined his fifth-year player option. He’s played the least amount of snaps in his career this season as he’s struggled in pass coverage.
Things do seem to be turning around for him as the Lions are learning how to use Davis in more blitz packages. As a pass rusher; maybe Schwartz can unlock his potential. Davis has recorded 176 solo tackles (18 for a loss) and 19 QB hits over the last 3 seasons.
Neville Hewitt, LB, Jets
There has been a ton of interest across all the linebackers on the Jets roster. Hewitt would be the most intriguing for the Eagles as they need a sure tackler in the middle of that defense.
Hewitt recorded a career-high 13 tackles last week and has 59 on the season through 7 games. The Jets are currently sitting at 0-7 with no hope whatsoever and are probably looking to sell anything they can.
James Carpenter, G, Falcons
The Eagles offensive line has been held together by glue for weeks now and even with players coming back, the team could use the help. The Falcons drafted Carpenter’s replacement in Matt Hennessy in the 3rd round last season and could be looking to unload the 31-year-old guard for a 5th or 6th-rounder.
Carpenter has played 437 offensive snaps this season and has only allowed one sack on the year. He does come with a $12M price tag, however, and he hasn’t played a full season since 2017. Regardless, it would be nice to have the experience when Jason Peters inevitably goes down again.
James Carpenter had a very strong game in Week 6. Played physical & powerful. pic.twitter.com/MTFdtgcT5O— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 21, 2020
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