Nick Sirianni Addresses Eagles’ Trade Deadline Rumors

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The NFL trade deadline is set for Tuesday, November 2 at 4 p.m. Several high-profile players could be on the move across the league, including a few guys wearing midnight green. No Philadelphia Eagle is immune to the rumor mill, from perennial Pro Bowlers to rising young tackles.

Fletcher Cox was one big name making headlines, although his cap-restricting contract makes a trade nearly impossible. Ditto for Lane Johnson and Darius Slay. Miles Sanders would have made sense to exchange for future draft picks, if the young running back wasn’t dealing with an ankle injury.

The easiest person to jettison away would be Andre Dillard, their 26-year-old backup left tackle. The former first-rounder has seen action in eight games (four starts) and played extremely well in fill-in duty. The Eagles are looking for a “quality second-day pick” in return (via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport).

Nick Sirianni wouldn’t go into detail on any leaked reports. It’s not his job to comment on rumors. However, the first-year head coach did talk about keeping an honest line of communication open. Sirianni previously stated that he always has face-to-face conversations with outgoing players.

“You always want to address anything beforehand,” Sirianni said. “But there are a lot of things and we can’t really live in rumor world either though, if you know what I’m saying, because there are a lot of rumors out there. So, my experience is just to be honest with players and just talk to players and be openly communicating with them. Rumors are sometimes just that, so there is nothing to talk about.”

Communication is one of Sirianni’s five core principles. Well, he actually uses the term connecting. The player-coach relationship is rooted in it.

“I know I beat the dead horse here of connection, but that’s where it starts,” Sirianni said. “You got to connect with everything because that’s where the player-coach relationship grows and that’s where I think just the best teams happen, where the guys are connected and the coaches are connected.”

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Jordan Howard Headed to 53?

The Eagles promoted Jordan Howard from the practice squad last week to help serve in a timeshare for injured starter Miles Sanders. The one-time Pro Bowler ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. With Sanders on injured reserve and out at least three games, the team will likely add Howard to the 53-man roster. It hasn’t happened yet. Sirianni said the team is still “talking through” that process.

“As far as Jordan, with the practice squad bringing him up, obviously we are in constant communication with all these things,” Sirianni said. “We want to be able to keep all our good players. If you brought Jordan up, then you have to put somebody down.”

Teams are only allowed to elevate players from the practice squad twice in a season. Howard has one game under his belt. The Eagles can protect him from other teams stealing him at the beginning of every week. And a specific player can be protected an unlimited amount of times.

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Reagor rolled his ankle on a first-quarter run where he tripped near the goal line. He was carted off the field. Quez Watkins saw an increase in snaps, with Greg Ward taking over the punt return duties. Driscoll suffered a hand injury and Nate Herbig stepped in at right guard.

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