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Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: 'I’m tired of hearing that s---'

Nelson Agholor not discussing drops: 'I’m tired of hearing that s---'

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nelson Agholor is tired of talking about drops. 
 
While he was responsible for just one drop during Sunday night's 29-23 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, the Eagles had several, and the offense compiled just 291 yards. 
 
Agholor’s drop came in the first half on a slant from Carson Wentz near the end zone on 3rd-and-6 and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal. For the game, Agholor finished with three catches on four targets for 25 yards. 
 
In the locker room, he was asked about the drops and plays the Eagles left on the field. 
 
That set him off a little bit.
 
“At the end of the day, man, that s--- is nothing,” a seemingly perturbed Agholor told reporters after the game. “You just got to make the next one. Everybody runs routes, sometimes they're contested, sometimes you drop them. But if you make as many as you possibly can that come your way, you're gonna put yourself in a good position. No one's perfect. 
 
“I don't look at no drops, none of that type of s---. I'm tired of hearing that s---. That s--- [is] stupid. We play football. I dropped the first one, I ain't drop one after that. What does it matter? Because if we lose, now it's like one play is blamed. 'Oh this person did this.' No! 
 
“As a team, we had a responsibility to win football games and I get it. Certain plays could have helped. But there's still four quarters of football to be played and we gotta win. You heard it from me. I don't have time for that no more, man. I got time to win football games only. No statistics, no who did this. Win! That's all that matters. That's what this coaching staff cares about, that's what I care about, that's what we all care about: winning football games.”
 
After Sunday’s game, Agholor said he felt bad for the Eagles’ defense because while the defense couldn’t stop the Cowboys when it really mattered, the Eagles' offense couldn’t put the game away either. 
 
The offense deserved plenty of the blame. 
 
“Completely, man,” Agholor said. “This game comes down to a whole team. Ain't none of that s---. At the end of the day, this whole team had a responsibility to finish the football game. Every individual player that suited up tonight had a responsibility. There's not one player, not one side of the ball, none of that s---. It's a whole team and it sucked to lose the f------ football game. That's just how I feel. I don't put blame on nobody. We needed to win a football game tonight.”
 
Through six games this season, Agholor has 21 catches for 216 yards and a touchdown. While he should easily surpass his rookie numbers soon, this season has still been a disappointment for the 2015 first-round pick. 
 
It’s been even more disappointing now that the Eagles have lost three of their last four games following an impressive 3-0 start. 
 
“It's frustrating because at the end of the day, we want to win,” he said. “We deserved to win. We practiced hard and we played hard. We wanted to win that football game and at the end of the day, certain things didn't go our way and it sucks that that was the case. But we need to learn from it, just like Coach said, just like we needed to learn from all the ones before. 
 
“We need to find a way to wake up and start winning football games the way we truly deserve to and we truly prepare to. We practice very hard, we practice with great detail and now we just need to execute and win on Sunday.”

Eagles Injury Update: 2 more defensive backs miss practice

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Eagles Injury Update: 2 more defensive backs miss practice

The Eagles are pretty light at defensive back on Wednesday.

Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins, who both suffered hamstring injuries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to Kansas City, won't practice on Wednesday, head coach Doug Pederson said.

"Right now, day to day," Pederson said. "Keep evaluating, keep monitoring both of those guys."

The Eagles are down to just seven healthy defensive backs without McLeod, Watkins and Ronald Darby, who is out for at least another few weeks with a dislocated ankle.

Despite the numbers in the secondary, the Eagles still haven't filled the empty spot on their roster. The Eagles have had the 53rd spot empty since they placed Donnel Pumphrey on IR with a torn hamstring on Friday.

Pederson said the Eagles are going to "keep [their] eyes open" but haven't made a decision on how to fill the empty roster spot yet. They have just one defensive back on their practice squad. They signed former Chiefs corner De'Vante Bausby last week.

The Eagles tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off the Bears' practice squad, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, but the Bears were able to keep him by promoting him to their active roster.

The Eagles were so light at safety in Sunday's game that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted the team started to prepare linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill to go into the game.

Fantasy football: Tight end replacements, pass-catching RBs, sleeper WRs

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Fantasy football: Tight end replacements, pass-catching RBs, sleeper WRs

I'm assuming you need a tight end.

Injuries to Greg Olsen, Tyler Eifert, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed have turned a thin position into a fantasy wasteland two weeks into the season. Olsen is out at least eight weeks, Eifert appears to be out this week and has been brutal the last two, and Gronk and Reed will likely be game-time decisions Sunday.

The somewhat good news if you're in the market for a tight end, though, is that there should be several quality options available on waivers.

Here's a look at the top tight ends (and more importantly, top TE matchups) of Week 3, as well as suggestions at other positions:

Bears TE Zach Miller (vs. Steelers)
The Steelers have allowed just 27 points through two games thanks to a pair of favorable matchups against the hapless Browns and a Case Keenum-led Vikings team in Week 2.

Still, through two weeks they've allowed 10 catches and 107 yards to tight ends. If you average that out to 5-for-50, you're looking at a double-digit fantasy performance in PPR leagues. In standard leagues, 50 yards would still be more than Eifert brought you in two weeks.

I like Miller for five or six catches this Sunday. He's been targeted 15 times by Mike Glennon through two games. Only Jason Witten and Zach Ertz have seen more targets.

Miller isn't going to win you a week or go for 25 points but he's a steady short-term plug-and-play this week. If it's a PPR league, he'd be my No. 1 target if you're looking for safety over a boom-bust performance.

Ravens TE Ben Watson (vs. Jaguars in London)
The only reason I can't put Watson ahead of Miller is because the Ravens' tight end picture is a bit more crowded.

Whereas Miller has run 35 more pass routes than the Bears' second-string tight end, the pie in Baltimore has been split more evenly.

Watson has run 33 pass routes while Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams have combined to run 34, according to Pro Football Focus.

Watson is by far the most accomplished receiver of those three and he was a prime target of Joe Flacco's this past Sunday, catching all eight targets for 91 yards. 

Watson also has a great matchup against the Jaguars, who have allowed 151 yards (fourth-most) and a TD to tight ends so far.

Watson has more touchdown potential this Sunday than Miller, so if you're in a standard or even half-PPR league, I'd give Watson the slight edge on Miller. In PPR, it's just hard to pass up Miller's 8-to-10-point floor.

Other TEs:
Jack Doyle is probably owned in your league, but if not, he's a better season-long option than both Miller and Watson. He caught 8 of 8 targets for 79 yards in Week 2 from Jacoby Brissett, who starts again this Sunday vs. Cleveland.

• Folks will be intrigued by Evan Engram's 4-49-TD line on Monday Night Football but I'd avoid starting him this week against the Eagles, who are usually very good against opposing tight ends. Travis Kelce was an exception last week but he's one of the top three tight ends in the NFL.

• Keep an eye on the Jordan Reed situation. If he sits, Vernon Davis is a decent option. Last season, Davis had 13 catches for 176 yards and 3 TDs in the first three games Reed missed, having a quiet game in only the last one on Christmas Eve.

• It would be bold to start Antonio Gates against the Chiefs' stingy defense, but Gates always has top-five touchdown likelihood at his position because of his rapport with Philip Rivers. The problem is he also has more 1-catch likelihood than most tight ends.

Running backs
Chris Thompson is available in 68 percent of Yahoo leagues. Whether or not Rob Kelley plays Sunday, Thompson is worth grabbing. If it's a PPR league, he has no business sitting on the waiver wire. He won't scoop up between-the-tackles carries if Kelley misses the game but he's always a factor in the passing game.

• I also like Shane Vereen (22 percent owned) this week against the Eagles. The Giants have a porous offensive line and the Eagles' strength is their pass rush, which should result in plenty of quick passes from Eli Manning.

Wide receivers
• I'd advise picking up Allen Hurns but not starting him Sunday against the Ravens unless you absolutely need to. The Jaguars are always going to be playing garbage time minutes and that's where Hurns shines. He had six receptions for 82 yards and a TD in Week 2 with almost all of that coming in the fourth quarter of a lopsided loss. Hurns is available in 73 percent of leagues.

• I trumpeted Jermaine Kearse in this space last week as a cheap waiver option nobody will use a claim on, and he picked up two TDs Sunday. The Jets, like the Jags, will always be playing from behind. Josh McCown-to-Jermaine Kearse is one of those average QB-average WR pairings that can produce points out of sheer necessity and volume.

• The Packers' Geronimo Allison is a sleeper option this week, if and only if Green Bay is down a receiver or two. Jordy Nelson' prognosis is 50-50 for Sunday, whereas Randall Cobb is expected to play. If both miss, Allison is an intriguing option who could get six-plus targets from a top QB. If Nelson misses, Allison is worth starting only if your next-best option is like Cole Beasley.

Defenses
• The Dolphins are the best defense to stream in Week 3 because the Jets are the Jets.

• The Bucs' defense (26 percent owned) is worth starting in Minnesota if Sam Bradford misses another game.