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Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills arrested after fight with NBA player Devin Robinson

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills arrested after fight with NBA player Devin Robinson

Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested early Saturday morning outside a Washington, D.C., nightclub for disorderly affray — a legal term for disorderly conduct — after a fight that sent a Washington Wizards basketball player to the hospital.

According to the police report, obtained by NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, Mills and Devin Robinson were both arrested after an argument turned into a fight outside the Opera Nightclub following a Wizards party.

Robinson was taken to Sibley Hospital. Both were arrested.

The Eagles released the following statement on Saturday afternoon: 

The Philadelphia Eagles are aware of the situation involving defensive back Jalen Mills and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.

There is no known previous connection between Mills and Robinson. Mills is from Texas and attended LSU, Robinson is from Virginia and attended Florida. Robinson is 24. Mills turned 25 last weekend.

Mills, entering his fourth NFL season, was a starter on the 2017 Super Bowl championship team. His season ended with a foot injury after eight games last year, and he’s not expected to participate in the spring minicamps.

Robinson played in seven games this year, averaging 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 20.6 minutes. He’s played in eight career games.

The Wizards released a statement Saturday morning, formally cutting ties with Robinson:

We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend a qualifying offer to him for the 2019-20 season.

Even though Mills has been a starter when healthy the last two years, his starting spot is not secure going into 2019, both because he's coming off a serious injury and because the Eagles have a stable of promising, young cornerbacks, including Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Cre'Von LeBlanc and Ronald Darby.

Mills was arrested in 2014 for second-degree battery of a woman, a charge that may have led to Mills dropping into the seventh round of the draft and a allegation Mills has always denied. 

The charges were reduced to a misdemeanor and eventually dropped after he entered a pretrial diversion program. 

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Staying healthy not the biggest challenge for Carson Wentz

Staying healthy not the biggest challenge for Carson Wentz

The expectations are astronomical.

The comparisons are inevitable.

The pressure is incredible.

That’s the position Carson Wentz finds himself in this fall with his close friend Nick Foles now a Jacksonville Jaguar.

Wentz is The Guy now. The safety net is gone. He’s on his own now with only two possible outcomes: Win a Super Bowl and escape the inevitable Foles comparisons or fall short and deal with them the rest of his career.

We know Wentz is insanely talented.

He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to complete 64 percent of his passes with at least 70 touchdowns and fewer than 30 interceptions in his first three seasons.

But beyond whether he can stay healthy is the equally important question of whether he’s ready to handle living up to a flat-out legend.

As the only Eagles quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Foles’ legacy here is cemented for eternity.

A Super Bowl MVP. A statue. A best-selling inspirational autobiography.

That’s all Wentz has to live up to.

I think he’s very equipped to handle it,” Doug Pederson said. “He’s the type of guy who doesn’t let that kind of stuff bother him. Listen, he learned from Nick, from watching Nick and how Nick operated. He learned. He had two years of learning. I think this is a great opportunity for him to embrace his new role.

Until he wins a Super Bowl, everything Wentz does is going to be compared to what Foles did.

And no number of touchdowns, no amount of passing yards, no collection of Pro Bowl nods is going to change that.

It’s a tremendous amount of pressure trying to live up to a flat-out Philly legend.

There is going to be criticism, obviously, and there is going to be the comparison game and all that,” Pederson said. “But the best (thing) we can as coaches and players is to block it out and focus on what we’re doing. That’s what you see. He can tune that out pretty easily and just focus on his job, and getting ready for his next opponent.

There’s a school of thought that it will be good for Wentz that his pal is gone. 

The thinking is that Wentz will be able to really take ownership of the Eagles’ quarterback position now that Foles is with the Jaguars in a way he just couldn’t do when Foles was standing on the sidelines with the clipboard.

But even without Foles here literally, he’s sure here figuratively.

Pederson said the key for Wentz is to take what he’s learned from watching Foles the last two years — his ability to stay calm and relaxed in the face of adversity, to take what the defense gives him and not try to do too much, to rally the Eagles back from late deficits — and use it get the most out of his own prodigious talent.

The last two years we have been blessed … for what (Nick) has been able to do and I am happy for where Nick is and having an opportunity for himself,” Pederson said. “But this is also a great opportunity for Carson. To really regain the type of player he is, what we saw in 2017 and really what we saw in 2018 when he was playing.

Foles was 29 when he led the Eagles to the Super Bowl title.

Wentz is 26, and in the last 25 years only three quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger — have won Super Bowls before their 27th birthday.

Wentz has plenty of time to join his friend and former teammate in achieving football’s greatest accomplishment. But every year he doesn’t, you know exactly what he’s going to hear.

We all know.

“Nick won a Super Bowl. When are you going to win one?”

That pressure only grew when the Eagles gave Wentz a four-year, $128 million contract extension.

Quite frankly, I don’t think a lot of that bothers him,” Pederson said. “He just moves on. He’s excited for this new season. It’s a new team, there are new guys around him. He’s energized, he feels good and I am just excited for that. I don’t like to look back. Can we learn from past experiences? Yeah we can learn from them, but I don’t want to keep going backwards, backwards, backwards. We are forward driven, forward thinking, and that is what he has to do as well.

Wentz has the arm to be the best. He has the legs to be the best. He has the mind to be the best.

The only way for him to escape the imposing shadow of his former backup is to win a Super Bowl. Or two.

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Doug Pederson thinks Jason Peters can be ‘dominant’ again in 2019

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Doug Pederson thinks Jason Peters can be ‘dominant’ again in 2019

While it’s true that Jason Peters started all 16 regular season games and the two playoff games last season, it’s also true that he didn’t look like Jason Peters. 

Not the Jason Peters we’ve come to know. 

Aside from the fact that Peters played just over 80 percent of the Eagles’ snaps in 2018, when he was on the field, he didn’t look like the same dominant player who has spoiled Eagles fans for a decade. 

Even though Peters is another year older (37) for this upcoming season, head coach Doug Pederson thinks Peters can “still be a dominant left tackle.” 

Here’s what Pederson said last month about his future Hall of Fame left tackle’s chances of having a better 2019 season as he gets further away from the ACL tear that ended his 2017 season early:  

I do believe that. Obviously there’s data behind that, that supports that [the second year after an ACL tear is better than the first]. Having a full offseason to recover and really be healthy. Even though he hasn’t been here (during OTAs), he’s had the rest and he hasn’t had the wear and tear on him. That’s why I do think that he can definitely regain what he had a couple of years ago, and still be a dominant left tackle. Still play for a few more years.

A few more years? OK, maybe Doug’s getting a little ahead of himself. For now, Peters and the Eagles have to worry about him getting through the 2019 season. Everything at this point in his illustrious career has to be year to year. 

And there are two ways to look at Peters this season: 

1. Yeah, he’s another year removed from the ACL tear and it takes time. Of course, he should be better this year. We’ve heard about how Carson Wentz didn’t have full explosion in his knee last season and the same thing was probably true of Peters too. Later in the 2018 season, despite a myriad of other injuries, Peters said he was feeling more like himself as his knee continued to strengthen. The further away from the knee injury he gets, the more back to himself he’ll be. 

2. Are you kidding me? You think time is helping Peters? Time is hurting him. Steve Miller Band and Seal warned you about this! Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future. Peters is 37 years old and getting older by the day. Father Time is undefeated and all that. Maybe his explosion wasn’t there in 2018, but the rest of his body started to fall apart too. He had quad and biceps injuries that plagued him for most of the season. Why would you expect that to get better now that he’s a year older? 

At least this season, if Peters can’t stay healthy, the Eagles will have a better contingency plan than just plugging Halapoulivaati Vaitai in at left tackle. They traded up in the first round to draft Andre Dillard with the 22nd pick. If everything goes according to the master plan, Dillard will be a backup in 2019 and then take over the left tackle spot in 2020 and hold it for the next decade. But if Peters can’t get through this season, the Dillard Era could start a little prematurely. That would be OK, but the Eagles brought Peters back at a discounted rate to play this season. 

Peters was born on Jan. 22, 1982, so he’ll be 37 years old for the entirety of the 2019 season. There are just 11 active players (still on NFL rosters) older than him. Five of those 11 are quarterbacks, three are long snappers, one’s a kicker. There are just two other position players older than Peters: TE Ben Watson and OT Andrew Whitworth. 

Here’s that full list of players: 

K Adam Vinatieri - Dec. 28, 1972 (47)
QB Tom Brady - Aug. 3, 1977 (42)
LS John Denney - Dec. 13, 1978 (41)
QB Drew Brees - Jan. 15, 1979 (40)
TE Ben Watson - Dec. 18, 1980 (39)
QB Eli Manning - Jan. 3, 1981 (38)
LS L.P. Ladouceur - March 13, 1981 (38)
QB Matt Schaub - June 25, 1981 (38)
LS Don Muhlbach - Aug. 17, 1981 (38)
QB Philip Rivers - Dec. 8, 1981 (38)
OT Andrew Whitworth - Dec. 12, 1981 (38) 

Whitworth is about a month and a half older than Peters and has had a nice career. Kind of a late-bloomer, Whitworth has spent the last two years with the Rams, missing just one game. He didn’t make it to a Pro Bowl last year, but had made the previous three. He’s about the same age as Peters and although he hasn’t had the same caliber career, he’s been able to play at a high level deep into his 30s. 

Most people seem to agree Peters is heading to Canton one day, so let’s take a closer look at Hall-of-Fame offensive linemen who have played at 37 or older in the modern era: 

C Kevin Mawae: 2009 (38), 2008 (37)
OG Bruce Matthews: 2001 (40), 2000 (39), 1999 (38), 1998 (37)
OG Randall McDaniel: 2001 (37) 
OT Jackie Slater: 1994 (40), 1993 (39), 1992 (38), 1991 (37)
C Mike Webster: 1990 (38), 1989 (37)
C Mick Tingelhoff: 1978 (38), 1977 (37)
OG Gene Hickerson: 1973 (38), 1972 (37)
RT Forrest Gregg: 1970 (37)

You’ll notice that most of the members of that group are interior offensive linemen or became interior offensive linemen later in their careers. Not many tackles. Typically, to play tackle, probably even more so in today’s NFL, quickness is needed. Quickness is one of those attributes that tends to fade with age. 

Basically, the point here is that it’s hard for an offensive linemen, especially tackles, to play deep into their 30s. It’s even somewhat rare for the best of the best, the guys who have made it into the Hall of Fame. 

The Eagles are hoping to squeeze one more year out of an all-time great. It’s worth noting that 80 percent of Peters is still better than a lot of tackles in the NFL and it’s equally worth noting that the Eagles are in win-now mode. Their window to win championships is open right now. They have a solid backup plan, but if Peters somehow could turn back the clock and re-find his dominant form, it would only help the cause. 

During training camp and the season, the Eagles will do everything in their power to limit the wear and tear on Peters’ body and prepare him to play on Sundays. We’ll find out soon enough if Pederson is right. 

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