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Analyst thinks LeSean McCoy-like Devin Singletary could be a fit for Eagles in NFL Draft

Analyst thinks LeSean McCoy-like Devin Singletary could be a fit for Eagles in NFL Draft

The Eagles haven’t taken a running back in the first two rounds of a draft since LeSean McCoy in 2009. And they haven’t had running back stability since McCoy was traded in 2015. 

So maybe it’s time for the Eagles to find their next Shady. 

On a conference call with reporters around the country on Monday, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah was asked about which running backs from this draft would fit with the Eagles. And he even compared one of them to Shady. 

He said the Eagles have “always placed a premium on being able to create explosive plays.”

It’s worth noting that Jeremiah used to work for the Eagles in their scouting department, and although that was years ago, he is probably still relatively plugged in to the thinking inside the building. 

Here’s what Jeremiah said about two options: 

To me, I look at a guy — you look at Darrell Henderson from Memphis, who's just got tremendous top speed and juice. He's somebody that can score from anywhere on the field. He's a little bit tight, but he'd be an interesting one. 

Devin Singletary to me is — I have him as the second-best back, and actually for comparison, I wrote down he's got a little Shady McCoy to him. So he can make you miss. He does a great job in tight quarters. He could be in a hallway and you can't get a finger on him. Just real loose, nice little nifty jump cut that he uses. I don't know that he really has that big time, big time top speed, but we saw some of those same comments made about LeSean when he was coming into the draft, and we know how that worked out, so those are two of the guys I think would be pretty intriguing for the Eagles.

OK, comparing Singletary to McCoy is certainly eye-catching. Singletary is a 5-foot-9, 200 pound back from Florida Atlantic, who put up impressive numbers in his three years in college. 

In those three seasons, he rushed for over 4,200 yards and 66 (!) touchdowns. He also showed his ability as a receiver, catching 51 passes for 397 yards. Singletary is looking like a true three-down back. For what it’s worth, Jeremiah’s NFL.com colleague Lance Zierlein compared Singletary to Charlie Garner. 

As for Henderson from Memphis, I actually mocked him to the Eagles in my latest seven-rounder (see story). In his junior season at Memphis, Henderson rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 (!) touchdowns. He also caught 63 passes for 758 yards and eight scores in three years. 

Jeremiah mentioned in his conference call that there’s no Saquon Barkley in this draft. The only true first-round running back is Josh Jacobs from Alabama. After that, there are several options in the second and third rounds. Guys like Singletary, Henderson, David Montgomery, Damien Harris, Benny Snell and Elijah Holyfield will all likely go in the second and third rounds. It might be time for the Eagles to get their guy. 

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Popular Eagles Autism Challenge is postponed

Popular Eagles Autism Challenge is postponed

The Eagles have postponed the popular Eagles Autism Challenge from May 16 to a date to be determined, the team announced Thursday.

The first two events raised nearly $6 million.

The Eagles Autism Challenge, which began in 2018, is a family event that includes a variety of bike rides of varying distances and a 5K walk/run, all of it starting outside the Linc and finishing at the 50-yard-line inside the stadium.

Many Eagles coaches, players and executives participate in the run or the bike rides, and there are numerous kid’s activities, player autographs and photo opportunities on the field after the runners and bikers finish.

The 2018 Challenge included about 3,000 participants and raised over $2.5 million. Last year’s event had about 4,000 participants and raised over $3.3 million.

“While we were all looking forward to an exciting and transformational day on May 16, the safety and well-being of our community, event participants and staff comes first,” said Ryan Hammond, Executive Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation. “We are closely monitoring developments and will continue to make all necessary adjustments based on the recommendations of medical experts. More information about the potential date and details of the event will be announced at the appropriate time. We appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding and support.”

The Eagles Autism Foundation raises money to provide resources to doctors and scientists to study Autism, which is believed to affect about 2 percent of children.

To learn more about the Eagles Autism Foundation and the Eagles Autism Challenge, click here.

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Terrell Owens was thrilled for Andy Reid, once tried to play for him in KC

Terrell Owens was thrilled for Andy Reid, once tried to play for him in KC

Like most of Andy Reid’s former players, Terrell Owens was thrilled to see Big Red finally get a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy a few months ago. 

“Honestly, I was ecstatic,” Owens said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. “I’ve kept in touch with Andy Reid ever since I left (Philadelphia).” 

The last time the Hall of Fame receiver played for Reid was during the 2005 season before the relationship between Owens and the Eagles really soured. Despite what went down in Philly, Owens never lost his love for Reid.  

“I love Andy,” Owens said. “Andy is the best coach that I have ever had.”

And Owens tried to play for Reid again. Owens last played in an NFL game in 2010 as a member of the Bengals but after Reid went to Kansas City, Owens tried to make a comeback with his former coach. 

It seems like the Chiefs were at least somewhat interested. Here’s the story from T.O.’s mouth: 

When I was trying to get back in the league I had contacted him about obviously rejoining him. I talked to John Dorsey, who was the GM at one point in time. I don’t know how close it was to me rejoining him but I did talked to John Dorsey some years back. John was basically asking me why did I still want to play so I was sending videos of myself working out. Again, the concussion that he came up with as to why they didn’t sign me is going to be mind-blowing. He said my age. That was it. That was it. Again, it blows my mind to today. Everything that I showed him video-wise, me running routes, things of that nature. Again, my track record really kind of speaks for itself. That was his honest take back from everything I had sent him and our conversations, that he was scared of my age. This was about four or five years ago.

Dorsey was the GM in Kansas City from 2013-16, so that’s the time frame we’re talking about. The earliest this could have happened was in 2013, when Owens would have turned 40 during the season. Owens’ former teammate Jerry Rice played until he was 42 in 2004. 

It’s fun to think about Owens playing for the Chiefs and for Big Red again but it never happened. It’s fun to hear T.O. tell that story as well as the Andy Reid tights story to Clark. Give a listen above.

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