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10 Roob stats in honor of Eagles' greatest punter

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10 Roob stats in honor of Eagles' greatest punter

Donnie Jones was already 33 years old and going into his 10th NFL season when he arrived in Philadelphia.

Five years later, he leaves as the greatest punter in Eagles history.

Jones, who announced his retirement Tuesday after 14 seasons (see story), goes out on top, having finished his career with one of the greatest seasons ever by a punter 37 years old and with a Super Bowl ring. 

I'll bet you didn't think I could come up with 10 Donnie Jones stats. Guess what!

1. Jones averaged 45.3 yards per punt this year, second-highest in NFL history by a punter 37 years or older. Shane Lechler, who replaced Jones in Houston after the 2012 season, is the only other punter to average over 45 yards per punt at 37 or older.

2. Jones’ average of 46.1 after he turned 35 is second-highest in NFL history by a punter after turning 35. Lechler averaged 47.8 after turning 35. Lechler replaced Jones in Houston after the 2012 season.

3. Jones had three seasons averaging 45 yards per punt after turning 35. Lechler had more than such season after turning 35. And only 10 other punters in NFL history even had one such season.

4. Jones punted seven times in the 2017 postseason. Five inside the 20, one touchback, one fair catch. And zero punt return yards. In his last 10 career games, Jones punted 41 times, allowing just 38 return yards. The Eagles this year became the first Super Bowl champion to not allow a single opposing punt return yard during the postseason since the 1990 Giants. Their punter was former Eagle Sean Landeta.

5. Jones’ 50,500 regular-season punt yards are seventh-most in NFL history. Stretched end to end, those punt yards would go from the Linc to West Chester.

6. Jones is one of 23 punters in NFL history to punt 1,000 or more times. His career average of 45.5 is third-highest of those punters, behind only Lechler (47.6) and Andy Lee (46.4).

7. Jones leaves the Eagles with the top four net punting averages in franchise history: 41.6 in 2015, 40.7 in 2016, 40.6 this past year and 40.5 in 2013. Next-highest is Sav Rocca’s 39.0 in 2010. 

8. Over the last eight years, Jones had nearly five times more punts inside the 20 as touchbacks (236 to 52). As an Eagle, he had 144 inside the 20 and 33 touchbacks.

9. Jones finished his career with eight seasons averaging 45.0 yards or better. Only Lechler (17 seasons) and Lee (10) had more such seasons. Thomas Morstead and Mike Scifres also had eight.

10. Jones’ 45.3 average this past season is third-highest ever by a punter in his 14th season, behind — of course — Lechler (47.6 in 2013) and Lee (47.3 this year). 

Roob Knows: Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks

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Roob Knows: Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses the confusion surrounding the new lowering the helmet rule. Why Roob is still very confident Carson Wentz will start the season opener. Key positional battles you need to keep an eye on against the Browns. Also, Jordan Hicks tries to answer trivia questions about Jordan Hicks.

1:00 - New lowering the helmet rule.
5:30 - Little concern over Carson Wentz. Roob expects he will start against Atlanta.
8:00 - Positional battles to keep an eye on against the Browns.
12:00 - Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks.

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Eagles' Mack Hollins reportedly had offseason sports hernia surgery

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Eagles' Mack Hollins reportedly had offseason sports hernia surgery

Mack Hollins had a pretty disappointing training camp this summer, but at least we now might have a reason why.

Apparently, Hollins had offseason sports hernia surgery, NFL reporter Adam Caplan said on Inside The Birds podcast.

That makes some sense.

Despite working as a starter throughout training camp, thanks to Alshon Jeffery’s being on PUP, Hollins hasn’t made much of an impact. In the first preseason game, he played 21 snaps without a catch and was targeted just once.

From then, he missed practice on Aug. 11 and the next three days after. He also missed the game for an undisclosed reason. Hollins finally returned to practice this past Sunday.

It’s unclear if Hollins missed those practices and the game because of lingering effects from the surgery and at this time of year, injury information is hard to come by.

But earlier today, head coach Doug Pederson said “the rest that [Hollins has] been getting has really helped him.”

Pederson seemed unsure if Hollins will play on Thursday night against the Browns.

“So hopefully this week, we'll see where he's at,” Pederson said. “He practiced a little bit yesterday and got out there and did some nice things.

“So he's progressing and we'll see where he's at after today and then make a decision if even Mack is going to be available because he's another one that, he's a big part of our special teams units and I want to make sure going forward that he's also 100 percent to start the season.”

Last season, after he was drafted in the fourth round, Hollins caught 16 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. He played 25 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps.

It seemed like he was due for a big sophomore season — the Eagles even hired his former position coach to take over as their receivers coach — but this at least helps to explain the lack of production this summer.

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