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Doug Pederson sees what we all see in Eagles WR corps

Doug Pederson sees what we all see in Eagles WR corps

At least Doug Pederson sees what we all see.

The Eagles’ wide receivers aren’t good enough.

In what was kind of an unusual admission from him, Pederson conceded Monday that the Eagles’ wide receiver play has been inadequate and the team needs to explore adding a wide receiver.

The Eagles improved to 5-4 Sunday with a win over the Bears and go into the bye week having won four of their last six games, but once again their wide receivers were non-factors.

Over the last six weeks, Eagles wideouts have just 45 catches for 426 yards and two touchdowns combined.

“At this point, something we’ll take a look at it,” he said. “We’ve got to take a look at it. It’s real. We’re a little over a game after the halfway point of our season and we have time this week to make this decisions. We’ll take a look at it.”

Alshon Jeffery has been plagued by drops, inconsistency and a lack of explosion, Nelson Agholor has been a non-factor, DeSean Jackson can’t stay healthy, Mack Hollins hasn’t caught a pass since September and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is barely seeing the field.

The problem is the trade deadline has come and gone, so if the Eagles were going to add a player it would have to be somebody who’s not currently on a 53-man roster.

Antonio Brown is out there, but it's impossible to imagine the Eagles going in that direction.

Former Eagle Jordan Matthews is available, as is recent Steelers castoff Donte Moncreif and another former Steeler, Mike Wallace, who was with the Eagles last year but hurt all year. Greg Ward, who had an impressive preseason, is on the Eagles’ practice squad.

The Eagles thought Jackson’s return would ignite the offense, but after he missed six games — and most of a seventh — he lasted only four plays Sunday before calling it a day.

Pederson said Monday Jackson is undergoing additional tests, and there’s no word when he’ll be back.

Jackson caught two 50-yard TDs in the opener, but since he got hurt Week 2 in Atlanta, Eagles wide receivers have just one TD catch longer than six yards: Agholor's 20-yarder against the Lions.

The longest TD catch by a receiver over the last six games is Jeffery’s 6-yarder in Green Bay. 

The Eagles could get away with JJAW and Hollins being non-factors if Jeffery and Agholor were crushing it. But they’ve both been disappointments. Very high-priced disappointments. 

“I think overall they’ve been good, but I would say they haven’t been great,” Pederson said. “I think they would echo that. I think yesterday, Alshon had some chances and I believe he would own up to that, to make some of the catches that he missed yesterday. He’s a professional about it, and Nelly the same way. We’ve just got to continue to work with these guys. Every week’s a new week. Every week brings new challenges. … Overall, these guys have been in a position to help us win and have a lot of confidence in both those guys moving forward.”

As for Hollins and JJAW ... Hollins has now played 183 snaps the last five games without a catch. Arcega-Whiteside, the second-round rookie, hasn't caught a pass since the Lions game in Week 3.

“The ball’s going to find usually the open guy, and find the completion that way,” Pederson said. “We’ve just got to continue to work. … That’s where we are.”

Continue to work.

And continue to look.



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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

With professional sports on pause around the world, fans are looking for anything - video games, simulations, classic games - to satisfy that live sports itch.

We may have found the ultimate placeholder: a five-year-old imitating Boston Scott's infamous spin-o-rama.

On Saturday afternoon, Twitter user Robin Stanley tagged Scott in a quick video of his son, Beckett, pretending to be the Eagles running back:

I mean, c'mon: the likeness to Scott's spin move against the Giants is kind of uncanny.

In case you need to jog your memory, here is Scott's spin:

Scott, of course, made fun of himself for the move at the time, admitting that when he saw the clip after the game, it "looked pretty silly".

I'd say Beckett's spin had a little more swag.

Stanley's dad, a Philly native, told NBC Sports Philadelphia his son was expecting to play his first season of flag football this spring down in Nashville, but the league was postponed because of social distancing mandates, so he's making do.

On Saturday, Scott saw Stanley's video and gave the little man a nod of approval:

That's just good, clean fun. Thank you, Beckett, for the sports-related smile.

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Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Four years ago, when Rodney McLeod became a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, one of the reasons he wanted to join the Eagles was for the chance to play next to Malcolm Jenkins. 

And for the last four years, he did. The two formed a safety tandem that played 49 regular season games and four playoff games, including Super Bowl LII, together. 

But now Jenkins is back in New Orleans with the Saints and the Eagles are preparing to play without him for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, McLeod signed a two-year deal to return to Philly. 

On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, McLeod said he learned a lot from Jenkins over the past four seasons. 

What were some of those lessons? 

Just as a competitor,” McLeod said. “And then the ability to get the most out of guys, whether it’s on the defensive side or from an entire team standpoint. I think as a leader, that’s your kind of job. How can you get guys to play at the highest level and get the most out of your players. I think he was one of the best at doing that and understanding everyone … I learned a lot from him. 

“Not just on the field but off the field, the way he handled himself and what he did in the community for the city. I’ll always admire him. It’s hard to match. But like I said, his legacy will live on. The Saints are getting a good guy. Now, us as Eagles, playing with a new group of guys and we’re ready to move forward.

There’s no question that the Eagles are going to miss Jenkins’ contributions on the field. They will use some combination of Jalen Mills and Will Parks to replace him at that position and that won’t be easy. 

But the Eagles will also miss the leadership Jenkins brought to the locker room. He wasn’t just the leader of the secondary or even just the defense; Jenkins was oftentimes the key leader for the entire team. That’s hard to replace too. 

It’s not that McLeod, 29, hasn’t been a leader during his first four years in Philly. But now that role might need to expand and will become more important with the absence of Jenkins. 

“I think it’s important for me to be myself and be who I’ve always been,” McLeod said. “And that’s a guy that leads by his actions and leads by example. I think if you ask a lot of guys on the team, that’s what they’ll tell you most. Actions sometimes speak louder than words. I think there will be times for me to speak up when needed. When my teammates need me most, I’ll be ready to do that.”

For the most part, McLeod has been the quieter of the two safeties and Jim Schwartz has previously called him the calming presence in the defensive backfield.

But McLeod can speak up too. 

It’s really just about finding a balance between his two sides and putting the lessons from Jenkins into practice in 2020. 

“Myself, being a leader on this team for some time, will of course be asked to step up as well as other guys from a defensive standpoint and on the team,” McLeod said. “I think we’re prepared for that. And guys will be willing to step up to the plate and accept the challenge. Myself first and foremost.”

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