LET'S START with a couple of numbers. The first is 149. The second is 864.
The first is the number of picks after the Cowboys gobbled up running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth selection in the draft last spring that the Eagles claimed Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round.
THIS IS Jalen Mills in a nutshell, and this is why Jim Schwartz is so damn fond of the kid.
THREE MONTHS ago, Aaron Grymes realized his dream and also had it crushed in the very same instant.
The 5-11, 185-pound free-agent cornerback was having a terrific training camp and preseason for the Eagles. The former Canadian Football League All-Star looked like a good bet to make the team's season-opening roster, or at the very least, get signed to their practice squad.
I’M NOT GOING to lie to you. Eight months ago, I thought I’d be writing Jason Peters’ career obituary right now, not the tale of his resurrection.
But that’s what this is.
WHEN THE Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings on Sept. 3, it signified a clear organizational shift in focus from the present to the future.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I know, I know. To suggest that, with the exception of those four touchdown passes they gave up to the Giants, the Eagles' defense played pretty well Sunday, probably sounds an awful lot like the old line, "Other than that, how'd you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"
DARREN SPROLES is 33, which is about 105 in running back years.
His football career should be in his rearview mirror by now. He should be spending this weekend back home in San Diego with his feet up and a beer in his hand, watching the Eagles play the Giants on TV.
ARLINGTON, Texas - You pretty much knew going in that this game probably was going to bear little resemblance to last week's win over the Vikings.
IN THREE GAMES since returning from a rib injury, Zach Ertz has been more spectator than participant in the Eagles' passing game.
GIVEN THE imposing list of things the Eagles' defense needs to worry about Sunday night in Dallas, it's easy to overlook Cole Beasley.
THE 230 rushing yards his defense gave up last week to the Redskins was bad, but the goose egg next to its sack total was even worse in Jim Schwartz's mind.
AS I PUT an "X" next to Brian Dawkins' name on my Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinal ballot the other day, I couldn't help but think of Jim Johnson
By Paul Domowitch
Recent history: The Vikings defeated the visiting Eagles on Dec. 15, 2013. Minnesota leads the series, which began in 1962, 13-12.
PAT SHURMUR is as close to an expert on Sam Bradford as there is.
He was his offensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2010 when Bradford, the first overall pick in the draft that year, was the league's offensive rookie of the year.
LANDOVER, Md. - This one had the stink of some of last year's ugly defeats, when teams were able to run the ball right down the Eagles' throats.
Paul Domowitch is a pro football writer for the Inquirer and Daily News, where he has worked since 1982. He has covered nearly 30 Super Bowls and has been a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the last 15 years.