Ten players the Eagles could target at the trade deadline

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Running Back

The good news: Miles Sanders should be back after the bye. His 1-2 week prognosis should definitely be treated as if he will miss those full two weeks and bring him back for week 11.

The bad news: The Eagles are now relying on Boston Scott and Corey Clement versus the Giants and Cowboys.

Sure, that pair could probably get the Eagles’ offense through two very, very, very, bad defenses. But they still need a legitimate back up.

Jordan Howard

Remember him?

Howard owns the record for most carries for an Eagles running back under Doug Pederson with 23.

From games 1-9, Howard had the 15th most rushing yards in the league with 525. He ended the season with 525. Remember that “day-to-day”, “week-to-week”, “we’ll see” injury designations? Yeah that was fun.

This season, Howard has 18 carries for 14.. yes 14.. yards and three touchdowns. He’s been a healthy scratch the last two games. Bring him back.

Jamaal Williams

With Aaron Jones in a contract year, this may not be an option. But if rookie A.J. Dillon continues to impress with his 5.0 YPC, Williams may be expendable this season.

Williams is in his fifth year and is also a free agent at the end of the season. He has a 4.3 YPC average and is a factor in Green Bay’s passing game. That combination makes him appealing for the Eagles.

Again, this may be farfetched due to the Packers’ situation with Jones and their situation with their receiving corps, but he would be a good pick up to help the Eagles RB situation.

Kerryon Johnson

He was once lauded as a great pick for the Lions in 2018, but Kerryon Johnson has now found himself to be RB3 for Detroit. The Lions drafted D’Andre Swift and signed ageless Adrian Peterson, relegating Johnson to just 25 carries in five games.

Johnson had 641 yards in 10 games as a rookie in 2018, dropped down to 403 in eight last season, and has 80 in five this year.

Why not give the former Auburn star a shot?

Frank Gore

This is a fun one! The Jets are bad. Very bad. Really bad. Why make an Eagles legend suffer there?

Former almost-Eagle Frank Gore brings durability and leadership and, I would assume, welcome a chance at going back to the playoffs. He’s plodding to a 3.3 YPC, but it’s the Jets.

That’s not to say the Eagles run blocking is much better, it’s not. But bringing a guy like Gore to the Eagles would not only help mentor the young running backs, it could provide a McCown-type mentorship to Wentz as well.

Other positions that could interest the Eagles

David Njoku – tight end

Does he want to be traded or not? There have been conflicting reports on that matter, but it doesn’t change the fact that the former first-rounder is an afterthought in Cleveland.

With Ertz out a month, and Goedert still ailing, the mother of all 12 personnel offenses could use Njoku’s presence.

His fifth-year option was picked up, but he can be cut prior to the season with no cap hit.

Andrew Berry came here from Cleveland, had Howie trade Cleveland a 4th rounder for Genard Avery, and now is back in Cleveland with that 4th rounder. He owes us.

Alex Mack – OL

Yes, I know he’s a center. Yes, I know Jason Kelce is invincible (please no jinx). But Alex Mack played C/G at Cal way back in 2009.

The Falcons are over the cap next season and could be ready to jettison some expensive veterans. Trading Mack would save them $8 million. Could the Eagles and Jeff Stoutland bring Mack back to his college days and stabilize the right guard position? I mean.. anything is better than Jamon Brown.

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