How is Isaac Seumalo dealing with tough week, possible benching?

How is Isaac Seumalo dealing with tough week, possible benching?

Earlier this week, a couple of his teammates expressed their concerns that Isaac Seumalo's confidence could be killed by his apparent benching. 

Seumalo isn't worried about that. 

"No," the second-year offensive lineman said Friday while facing the inside of his locker, exposing just the fluff of his afro.

It was the first time he spoke to reporters all week. 

"I'm preparing to play and regardless of what happens, whether I'm starting and playing or not," Seumalo said. "I'm going to be a great teammate. I'm a Philadelphia Eagle first and foremost."

Head coach Doug Pederson on Friday claimed he hadn't yet made a decision about his starting left guard (see story). Seumalo did his part too, saying he wasn't sure whether or not he would remain the starter this week. He went with the normal line, that he's preparing to start because he always prepares like a starter. 

But this week during portions of practice open to the media, Chance Warmack has been getting first-team reps at Seumalo's old position and several players in the locker room clearly indicated that there had been a switch. 

Warmack is in. Seumalo is out. 

If that is indeed the case, and Pederson benches last year's third-round pick just two games into his second season, is he worried about Seumalo's psyche? 

"No. I think if that's the decision, then no, I don't," Pederson said. "I think Isaac is a smart guy, and he's sharp, he understands, and we'll be fine."

Pederson might not be worried about ruining Seumalo's confidence but some of the guys with lockers next to the young lineman, namely Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson, don't seem to share the same sentiment

Players weren't aware of the apparent switch until they arrived to practice Wednesday morning. That's when Brooks found out, when Warmack lined up between Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. 

"It's just unfortunate, man, seeing a young guy like that after having a bad game," Brooks said Wednesday. "He's a young player, you don't just want to kill his confidence this early in his career. A bad game, for that to happen, I wish he could work through it. I just wish he had a chance to bounce back."

On Friday, Seumalo admitted this has been a tough week after struggling against Kansas City and giving up three of his team's six sacks in the loss. 

"Yeah, but I still don't have to worry about a meal, shelter over my head, clothes on my back," he said. "I always take perspective. I get to talk to my mom and dad. This is something correctable. It's not the end of my world." 

Talking with his veteran teammates this week has been helpful, he said, although he declined to divulge the specifics of those private conversations. The same goes for his talks with his football coach father. 

Seumalo also declined to explain his process to get over past struggles. He made it clear this isn't the first time he's been faced with adversity. He took particular umbrage with a question from a reporter, who asked if he's ever struggled in his career. 

"What did you ask?" Seumalo said. "Did you ask if a football player has ever struggled before?

"Bro, if you ask that to any football player, nobody's perfect, you know. But how you get back from those defeats and not playing well, that's what people will remember. I promise I'm going to get better. Like I told him, prepare like I'm going to play and know that I'm a really good player. That's about it."

This time, Seumalo — and his coaches, for that matter — are convinced his struggles are with technique. He'll have a chance to fix them during weeks of practice but it appears he won't get a chance to line up Sundays and prove he's still worthy to play in this league. 

On Friday, when asked, Seumalo praised Warmack, his likely replacement. He said Warmack is big and strong and there's a reason he was once a first-round pick. While all that is true, there's a reason Warmack was available on a one-year deal this offseason and there's a reason he has never lived up to his high draft status. 

Presumably, there was also a reason why the Eagles decided to get rid of Allen Barbre in the summer and name Seumalo the starting left guard without an open competition. That hasn't worked out so far. 

"Being in my second year, I've seen and heard about a lot of things. Nothing surprises me," Seumalo said. "Nothing's going to affect me. I'm going to get ready to play. If I play, I can't wait. If I don't, I can't wait to see how good Chance or [Stefen Wisniewski] or whoever's playing is going to play. There's no drop-off. Those guys are going to play great." 

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

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Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Michael Bennett's time in Philadelphia is off to a rocky start.

The Eagles' defensive end has been indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney's office announced on Friday afternoon.

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett's lawyers to coordinate a surrender.

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI, when Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Bennett, 32, allegedly "shoved his way on to the field" during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman.

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week.

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible, calling Bennett "morally bankrupt" and entitled. Acevedo said there is no video of the incident, but there is a police officer eye-witness.

Acevedo said Bennett forcibly opened locked doors to get onto the field and then pushed his way past three workers. One was a male, one was a 28-year-old female and one was a 66-year-old female, who sustained a sprained shoulder. The 66-year-old female is a paraplegic and the force of being pushed back in her motorized wheelchair is what injured her. Acevedo said the woman needed medication prescribed to her because of the alleged assault.

According to Acevedo, Bennett said, "Ya'll must know who I am, and I could own this motherf——. I'm going on the field whether you like it or not," as he pushed past the women.

A police officer, called "Officer Morgan" by Acevedo, the same one who saw the alleged incident, then tried to stop Bennett, but Bennett disregarded him, saying "f— you." The officer then decided to tend to the woman instead of pursuing the suspect, as he thought Bennett no longer posed a threat.

The extended time between the incident and the indictment was explained by Acevedo as a lack of resources. He said the department decided to handle cases that put citizens in danger. This was pushed to the back burner. He also said it was exceedingly difficult to get in touch with Bennett.

"Mr. Bennett may think because he's an NFL player and because some time passed he may have thought rules don't apply to him," Acevedo said. "No. 2 he doesn't have to respect the dignity of a paraplegic woman trying to earn a living. He may believe he doesn't have to answer to a police officer trying to detain him, but I'm here to say I'm very proud of the fact our department took this case as seriously as we should have."

Bennett is being charged with "injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older."

The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon:

"We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder.

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).