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Eagles 2019 breakout candidate: Avonte Maddox ready to build on unlikely rookie season

Eagles 2019 breakout candidate: Avonte Maddox ready to build on unlikely rookie season

This week, I’ll be taking a closer look at five young Eagles who have a chance to enjoy a “breakout season” in 2019. We have already looked at Derek Barnett and Dallas Goedert

Up today: Avonte Maddox 

Age: 23

How acquired: 2018 fourth-round pick 

Entering: Year 2

That was a pretty crazy rookie season for Maddox in 2018. After not playing a single defensive snap in the first three weeks of the season, Maddox grew into one of the most important pieces of a secondary that was completely decimated by injuries. 

By the time his rookie season ended, Maddox had played slot corner, outside corner and safety and played all three well. While he came back to Earth a little bit in the playoffs, he far exceeded every expectation set for him as a rookie. 

Then Maddox came back this spring looking great. 

“I think Avonte Maddox has picked up where he left off,” said Doug Pederson, who mentioned Maddox first among defensive players when he was asked for some spring standouts. 

The weird thing here is that Maddox isn’t even guaranteed a starting spot. This spring, the Eagles used him as a starting corner, playing him inside and outside, but Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills are still recovering. Only three players from the group of Darby, Mills, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Maddox and Cre’Von LeBlanc are going to start. After paying Darby, you can go ahead and pencil him in as one of the starters. After that, Maddox will have a chance to compete for a starting gig. If he plays as well as he did as a rookie, he’ll win a job. 

Despite how well he played at outside corner and even safety last season, the Eagles still seem to like Maddox in the nickel corner role, one that suits his 5-foot-9 frame. Perhaps the Eagles are getting him ready for a role in which he’d start outside and then slide inside in the nickel package. But this team has a ton of depth at corner and no one really knows how it will shake out. And the Eagles used higher draft picks on Jones and Douglas and Jim Schwartz seems to love Jalen Mills. But you just can't ignore what Maddox was able to do in Year 1. 

As long as Maddox can get on the field, he’ll have a chance to continue his success from what was a tremendous rookie season. The Eagles might really have something with him. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more

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Eagle Eye podcast: Disciplining DeSean, Mahomes' money, and more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks discuss DeSean Jackson’s Instagram posts and how the Eagles should move forward with discipline.

They also get into the Washington NFL franchise’s expected name change, Pat Mahomes contract and what it means for the Eagles and for Andy Reid, and the effect no preseason games will have on the brand of football we see in the regular season.

(0:52) — Reaction to DeSean Jackson’s social media posts

(16:33) — Patrick Mahomes' new contract extension.

(25:03) — NFLPA pushing for no preseason games.

(33:13) — Eagles Ultimate Team: Who’s the best running back in Eagles history.

(39:13) — Washington reviewing team name.

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Chiefs' Andy Reid addresses his future in Kansas City, settles any retirement rumblings

Patrick Mahomes is set to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs until 2031 after signing the most lucrative deal in professional sports history on Monday.

Will Andy Reid also still be a Chief in 2031? The answer might surprise you.

Big Red addressed reporters Tuesday to discuss Mahomes' new deal, which can reach $503 million with different incentives and guarantee mechanisms. Because of the deal's long-reaching nature, the former Eagles head coach Reid was asked whether he also plans on partnering with the Chiefs for the long-term.

The answer? Classic Reid:

It's hard to blame the guy. 

After a successful but ultimately championship-less tenure with the Eagles, Reid's next act was always going to be an interesting study. In Kansas City, Reid has shown himself to be one of the sport's all-time great coaches, he finally won a ring, and he landed a quarterback who can help him win more.

With all that, of course Reid is excited and thinking about another decade in the NFL. Who wouldn't?

This news isn't surprising to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank, who mused on Monday about Reid's longevity:

The way he’s going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid coaches until he’s 70. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and Dick Vermeil until he was 69. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick are 68, Bruce Arians is 67.

Reid isn’t slowing down. If anything, the Reid-Mahomes partnernship has given him new life.

And if consistency and success are big parts of the Andy Reid brand, so too is his self-referential humor, which Reid brought up once again on Tuesday:

You've got to love the guy.

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