One Name Eagles Could Have an Eye on as Trade Deadline Nears
With the Eagles sitting a 2-3 ahead of Thursday night matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they are currently in the mix for an NFC Wild Card spot.
Sure its early, but after five week the Eagles aren't bad enough to be out of the race and aren't good enough to feel good about their standing.
While winning or losing the game on Thursday night isn't going to change their standing, they could look to make a move that improves the teams chances to compete for one of the three Wild Card spots.
One name to keep an eye on, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler is Indianapolis running back Marlon Mack, who could be had for a late-round pick.
Mack played for Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, and was impressive, running for 1,091 yards in 2019 with eight touchdowns.
The Colts and Mack have agreed mutually to seek a trade per ESPN's Adam Schefter after he was a healthy scratch in Week 3.
As Fowler explains, the teams currently leading rusher is quarterback Jalen Hurts, with Miles Sanders not being used nearly enough. I have often asked and wondered on The Sports Bash if the team simply doesn't trust Sanders. Adding Mack would give Sirianni and back he knows well and could use Kenny Gainwell in his complimentary role.
The Eagles' Sirianni was Indy's offensive coordinator when Mack produced a 1,000-yard season in 2019. With the Eagles' tailback identity still in flux -- quarterback Jalen Hurts has 42 more rushing yards than any Eagles back through the season's first five weeks -- a change-of-pace player could help. Miles Sanders (48 carries for 214 yards) remains terribly underused in that offense, and backup Kenneth Gainwell has 21 carries for 100 yards.
So far this season in limited play, Mack has rushed just 20 times for 85 yards.
The 2021 NFL trade deadline is Nov. 2.