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Eagle Eye podcast: Peter King joins the guys from training camp

Eagle Eye podcast: Peter King joins the guys from training camp

On this episode of the Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are joined by NBC Sports’ Peter King from training camp at the NovaCare Complex. 

The guys talk about Carson Wentz, the state of the Eagles and about the time Peter was heckled by a fan at Lehigh. 

Here’s a bit of what King had to say about Wentz: 

The amazing thing is that one of the 10 most important players on this team is Nate Sudfeld. No question about it. We could all sit here and say that’s a ridiculous statement. No it isn’t. If the starting quarterback has gotten hurt and missed appreciable time two years in a row, you’d be a fool to think that it might not happen again. There’s  two quarterbacks right now that people probably have raised eyebrows about. Jimmy Garoppolo and Carson Wentz. 

I mean, Jimmy Garoppolo has started 10 games in the NFL and he’s one of the five highest-paid players in football history. That’s weird. And Carson Wentz, they gave him a huge new contract and he still hasn’t proven he can be an iron-man. I look at that and I basically say … Phil Simms’ first five years in the league I think he had a season-ending injury in four of the first five years and then he kind of became an iron man for most of the decade. 

So I don’t think you can really say in any way that Carson Wentz is injury-prone, I think what you can say is that he needs to play a full few seasons for people to really have faith that it was just a fluke that he missed a couple years.

Also, the guys talked about Orlando Scandrick, made some practice observations and gave one big takeaway each from the first four days. 

• Injury updates 
• Orlando Scandrick signing
• Practice observations 
• Peter King (15:50) 
• Takeaways from first four days 

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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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Carson Wentz’s 3rd annual AO1 softball game canceled

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AO1 Foundation

Carson Wentz’s 3rd annual AO1 softball game canceled

Carson Wentz’s AO1 Foundation has canceled its 2020 softball game that was scheduled for May 8 at Citizens Bank Park. 

The foundation says the game will return in 2021. 

The AO1 Foundation said the following in a statement: 

“We canceled the game because we are taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. We were looking forward to an event that brings the Philadelphia community together to have fun and help others, but the health and safety of our supporters is of utmost importance to us.”

All purchased tickets will be refunded. Expect it to take 5-7 business days for that credit to appear in accounts. If there are questions about the refund process, the AO1 Foundation asks you contact the Phillies at tickets@phillies.com. 

In the first two years, this softball game has raised $1.35 million for the AO1 Foundation, which launched in 2017. Last May, there were 15,000 fans at Citizens Bank Park. 

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