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October 06, 2019

Eagles-Jets inactives, with analysis

The Philadelphia Eagles will head into Week 5 very banged up, as usual. However, for a change, their opponents this week, the New York Jets, are dealing with more devastating injuries.

Here are the Eagles' and Jets' inactives, with analysis.


• WR DeSean Jackson: Without Jackson, the Eagles are absent a true threat to take the top off a defense, which allows opposing defenses to allocate more resources toward stopping the run, as well as the short-to-intermediate areas of the field in the passing game.

• CB Ronald Darby: Darby should be out for about a month with a hamstring injury, after he struggled early in the season while trying to come back from a torn ACL.

• CB Avonte Maddox: In case you missed it, Andrew Sendejo nearly ended Maddox's career, with a reckless "friendly fire" shot to Maddox's head. He's week-to-week, per Doug Pederson.

• DT Timmy Jernigan: Jernigan became a starter when Malik Jackson was likely lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury Week 1. Jernigan is expected to be out for more than a month.

• QB Nate Sudfeld: Sudfeld is healthy, which means that Josh McCown is clearly the No. 2 quarterback.

• DE Shareef Miller: Developmental pass rusher won't see the field barring multiple DE injuries.

• iOL Nate Herbig: If Jason Kelce goes down, Isaac Seumalo will move over from LG to C.

Notable players on IR/Suspension/Other

• DT Malik Jackson (IR): Originally, the loss of Jackson hurt most when the Eagles forced obvious passing downs, as the Eagles don't have a clear replacement for him in those second-and third-and-long situations. In the base defense, however, Jernigan was a capable replacement who played well Week 1, after missing almost the entirety of the 2018 season with a mysterious back injury. With Jernigan now out as well, the Eagles are digging deep into their DT depth, and they'll need guys like Hassan Ridgeway and Akeem Spence to step up, which they have not yet done.

• CB Jalen Mills (PUP): Mills' foot injury has been extremely slow to heal, and he'll be on PUP through at least Week 6.

• CB Cre'Von LeBlanc (IR): LeBlanc was a contributing in-season addition in 2018 who "really solidified the nickel spot," according to Jim Schwartz. In eight regular season games with the Eagles in 2018, LeBlanc had 24 tackles, but no INTs. He did intercept a Drew Brees pass early on in the Eagles' playoff loss to the Saints. LeBlanc is out with a Lisfranc injury. He'll be allowed to practice after Week 6 of the regular season, and can return to the active roster after Week 8.

• OT Jordan Mailata (IR): Mailata has a back injury, but he's mainly on IR because the Eagles needed the roster spot.

• DE Joe Ostman (IR): Ostman was having a great camp, before he was lost for the season with a torn ACL.


• QB Sam Darnold (illness): Adam Gase ruled Darnold out for this game earlier in the day. He has not yet been cleared for contact, as his spleen is enlarged as a result of having mononucleosis. If his enlarged spleen were to take a big shot, it could rupture, and Darnold could die. Understandably, Darnold would prefer not to die.

With backup quarterback Trevor Siemian done for the season, third-string quarterback Luke Falk will start in Darnold's place.

• OLB Jordan Jenkins (calf): Jenkins is a starting edge rusher who had 7 sacks last season. The Jets have a boatload of injuries to their linebacking corps, as you'll see below.

• LB C.J. Mosley: Mosley was a high-priced free agent acquisition of the Jets this past offseason. He had six tackles and a pick-six in the only game in which he has appeared this season, a Week 1 loss to the Bills.

• OG Kelechi Osemele: Starting LG. He's probably the best player on the Jets' atrocious offensive line.

OT Brandon Shell: Shell started each of the first three games for the Jets at RT. He was not on the injury report.

OL Conor McDermott: Recently added to the Jets roster.

DL Folorunso Fatukasi: I'd be a liar if I said I could tell you anything about Folorunso Fatukasi

Notable players on IR/Suspension/Other

• QB Trevor Siemian (IR): Siemian started in place of Sam Darnold after Darnold's mono diagnosis, but in the first half against the Browns Week 2, Siemian suffered a gruesome ankle injury and is done for the season.

• WR Quincy Enunwa (IR): Enunwa missed the entire 2017 season with a bulging disk in his neck. In 2018, he missed five games with injuries to each of his ankles. In 2019, he's done one again for the season after just one game with a neck injury. Enunwa was a starter, and a bigger receiver with some YAC ability.

• TE Chris Herndon (Suspended): Herndon was suspended four games by the league for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. As a rookie in 2018, Herndon had 39 catches for 502 yards and 4 TDs.

• LB Avery Williamson (IR): Williamson started all 16 games for the Jets last season, racking up 120 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 6 pass breakups, and an interception. Good player. Williamson tore his ACL in the preseason and is done for the season.

• LB Brandon Copeland (Suspended): Copeland is suspended for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. He played in all 16 games for the Jets last season, starting 10. He had 35 tackles, 5 sacks, and 14 hits on the QB.

• DT Nathan Shepherd (Suspended): Shepherd was suspended for six games for two separate violations of the performance-enhancing drug policy. As a rookie in 2018, he played in all 16 games, starting 5. He had 15 tackles, no sacks.

• K Chandler Catanzaro (Exempt/left squad): Catanzaro unexpectedly retired at just 28 years of age. Actually, the Jets' kicker drama is worth rehashing, just for fun:

  1. The Jets' kicker last season, Jason Myers, made 33 of 36 field goal attempts, and made the Pro Bowl. This offseason, when the Jets didn't want to pay good money to a kicker, he left to play for the Seahawks on a four year, $15.45 million contract. Oops.
  2. The Jets then signed Catanzaro, who was having a bad preseason when he retired.
  3. Next up was Taylor Bertolet, who struggled in the preseason, and was gone.
  4. The Jets then signed Kaare Vedvik, who has had a very interesting last two months of his own. Vedvik missed a couple of kicks in a Week 1 loss to the Bills, and he was gone.
  5. Then the Jets signed former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken, who has been with the team from Week 2 on.

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