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Who are the best Eagles to never make a Pro Bowl?

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Who are the best Eagles to never make a Pro Bowl?

The Eagles have had 113 Pro Bowlers in franchise history going back to the first NFL All-Star Game in 1950.

A bunch are Hall of Famers, like Reggie White, Brian Dawkins and Harold Carmichael.

A bunch are fairly obscure, like Buck Lansford, Jess Richardson and J.D. Smith.

And then there’s everybody else.

This story is about everybody else.

This is the all-time Eagles Never-Made-a-Pro-Bowl team.

These are the best players in franchise history who never made a Pro Bowl, either as an Eagle or with any other team at any point in their career.

The best of the rest.

We start with the all-time Eagles Never-Made-a-Pro-Bowl offense, with the defense and specialists coming on Wednesday.

Arguments are welcome.

Quarterback

Rodney Peete
It’s not easy finding a quarterback for this team. All the successful QBs in franchise history have been to a Pro Bowl — Donovan McNabb, Ron Jaworski, Carson Wentz, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Randall Cunningham. 

That leaves people like Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Ty Detmer and Bubby Brister. Incredibly, Peele was 15-9 as an Eagles starter and is the only quarterback to win 10 games in an Eagles uniform and never go to a Pro Bowl. And he's the only non-Pro Bowl QB ever to win a postseason game for the Eagles. So Peete gets the nod.

Running back

Duce Staley
A no-brainer. Staley ran for 4,807 yards in an Eagles uniform with three 1,000-yard seasons. No other non-Pro Bowler in Eagles history had one 1,000-yard season.

Wide receivers

Ben Hawkins, Jason Avant, Jordan Matthews
Hawkins is the best receiver in Eagles history to never make a Pro Bowl — he’s 11th in franchise history with nearly 5,000 receiving yards.  

Matthews is one of only five receivers in NFL history to begin his career with 800 yards in each of his first three seasons and never make a Pro Bowl. 

And Avant was just a steady, consistent slot who caught nearly 300 passes in an Eagles uniform.

Tight end

Brent Celek
Another no-brainer. Celek piled up 398 catches for 4,998 yards and 31 TDs in his 11 years with the Eagles but never made a Pro Bowl. John Spagnola would be the next guy on the list, more than 2,000 yards behind. 

Offensive tackles

Todd Herremans, Vic Sears
Two long-time Eagles from different eras. Herremans started more games than any non-Pro Bowl offensive lineman in franchise history and was a steady, consistent guard or tackle on a bunch of really good teams for 10 years. Sears was a starter on two NFL Championship teams and spent his entire 13-year career here before retiring after the 1953 season.

Guards

Ron Baker, Stefen Wisniewski 
Baker was a backup on the 1980 Super Bowl team and then a steady starter for most of the 1980s. Wiz wasn’t here long but was huge during the 2017 run and in the Super Bowl. 

Center

Guy Morriss
Morriss played 15 seasons in the NFL, started 173 games, played in Super Bowls for two different teams and never made a Pro Bowl. But he was a capable 11-year starter for the Eagles from 1973 through 1983 before finishing his career in New England.

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NFL rumors: LeSean McCoy says Eagles had interest before he signed with Bucs 

NFL rumors: LeSean McCoy says Eagles had interest before he signed with Bucs 

For months — well, years really — LeSean McCoy seemed excited about the possibility of returning to Philadelphia, where his No. 25 has remained available. But that didn’t happen. 

Shady signed with the Buccaneers and will join Tom Brady in Tampa (Tompa) Bay. 

But on a Zoom call with reporters Tuesday, Shady said the Eagles were showing him interest even just before he signed with the Bucs. 

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles had expressed some interest in veteran running backs and the three they were linked with most were Carlos Hyde, Devonta Freeman and McCoy. The only one of the three that remains available is Freeman. 

The Eagles feel pretty comfortable with the running back group they have right now and are ready to roll with some younger players. Their top two running backs are Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. After that, they have Corey Clement, Elijah Holyfield, Mike Warren and Adrian Killins. 

Coming into training camp, the Eagles wanted to get an extended look at some of those younger players. For instance, they had a draft able grade on Holyfield last year and had a draftable grade on Warren this year. 

McCoy is 32 now and it seems like his best days are behind him. Even though he was with the Chiefs last year, he didn’t play in the Super Bowl. 

But he’ll always be remembered as an Eagle. The Birds drafted him at No. 53 in 2009 and he played six seasons in Philly before Chip Kelly traded him to Buffalo. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher. 

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4 new roster rule changes that could affect Eagles in 2020

4 new roster rule changes that could affect Eagles in 2020

As a part of the agreement between the NFL and NFLPA for the upcoming 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few important roster rule changes that could affect the Eagles. 

With the pandemic, the league has found ways to create new roster rules aimed to help teams as players might either test positive or come into contact with those who have. 

In either case, the league wants to be better prepared. 

Here are four changes for the 2020 season: 

1. Practice squad expanded to 16 players 

In the original collective bargaining agreement, the practice squad was limited to 12 players in 2020 and 2021 and would expand to 14 in 2022. But with the pandemic, the league and the players union agreed to expand the practice squad immediately to 16 players for the upcoming season. And if there are still COVID-19 protocols in effect for 2021, the practice squad will remain at 16 players. 

Six of those 16 players on the practice squads have no limit of accrued seasons, meaning the team can keep six veterans on the practice squad. 

Think about how the Eagles have used their practice squad in recent seasons. Heck, last year, the Eagles called up multiple players from their practice squad, including Greg Ward Jr. and Boston Scott, who played a ton down the stretch. 

2. Practice squad protected list 

Each Tuesday after 4 p.m. before a Sunday game — so not during the bye week — the Eagles will be allowed to protect up to four members of their practice squad. Typically, practice squad players are allowed to sign to any team’s 53-man roster at any time. 

In the past, the only way to protect a player on your practice squad was to sign them to the active roster. The Eagles have done that in recent seasons with QB Nate Sudfeld and OL Sua Opeta. 

3. IR designated for return 

Beginning on Sept. 6 at 4 p.m., teams are allowed to bring back an unlimited amount of players from Injured Reserve as long as those players have missed three regular season games. 

Once a player has been designated to return to practice, teams have 21 days to activate that player. 

Previously, the NFL capped the number of players allowed to return from IR and players were forced to miss a minimum of eight games. 

4. COVID-19 corresponding exemptions 

There’s an addition roster designation of Reserve/COVID-19, which we’ve already seen get used. The Eagles placed three players — Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata and Nathan Gerry — on the list earlier this training camp. 

There’s no definite amount of time players spend on the Reserve/COVID-19 list but they have to clear protocols before return. 

- If a player gets put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list before 4 p.m. on Saturday before a Sunday game, the team can replace that player with any free agent or practice squad player. 

- If a player gets put on the list after 4 p.m. on Saturday, they have until up to 90 minutes before kickoff to promote a player from their practice squad. 

That last part is a big change from the previous rule. In other years, teams had to call up practice squad players by 4 p.m. the day before a game. There are added protections because of COVID-19 this year. 

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