King Dunlap: In-House Answer or Last Resort?

King Dunlap: In-House Answer or Last Resort?

While the Eagles and just about everyone else searches for a Jason Peters replacement in free agency or the draft, we've suggested King Dunlap could be an option to start at either of the tackle spots. We say that with all the confidence one can have in a former seventh-round draft pick who has started all of seven games in the NFL, but he's there.

ProFootballFocus went back and looked at those seven starts, along with a couple others where Dunlap had significant playing time, and the results might surprise some of our readers. He has certainly had his ups and downs, but the study ultimately reveals he the Eagles won't necessarily be better off signing a Demtrius Bell or Marcus McNeill.

All of this may well be irrelevant if the Eagles sign Marcus McNeill or Demetrius Bell, but it may also be that they won’t be better off, what with the inconsistencies and injury concerns of those potential additions. Its always difficult projecting how a guy will play when given a full time starter’s role, but Dunlap has done enough to suggest he’d at least be adequate. There’ve been some poor games and some good ones, but that’s about what you’d expect from a young player who wasn’t very highly regarded coming out of college. Now entering his fourth year, he may surprise some Eagles fans, even if he doesn’t make them forget Jason Peters.

Dunlap has come a long way since he was drafted in '08. It's no surprise his first few outings weren't necessarily great -- though he posted a "perfect game" against the Falcons in 2010, his second career start. However, between the end of the '10 season, and his two starts last year, Dunlap has been nothing but solid for the Birds.

Again, we're all for finding some competition for the job, and/or adding some depth on the outside. We just think you shouldn't rule out King Dunlap either, especially if recent performances are a sign of things to come.

>> King Dunlap: The In-house Answer? [PFF]

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Another award: Carson Wentz named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month

Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.

The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.

The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.

It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.

While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.

This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.

The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.

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Watch: Joel Embiid can't get over how much he trusts the process

Watch: Joel Embiid can't get over how much he trusts the process

Joel Embiid really trusts the process. 

And he'll tell you as much over and over.

In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.

By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.

And he does. Trust the process.