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Eagles hire Roy Istvan as new assistant offensive line coach

Eagles hire Roy Istvan as new assistant offensive line coach

The Eagles have filled one of their three vacant coaching positions, hiring Roy Istvan as their assistant offensive line coach. 

Istvan was an assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida, but has plenty of familiarity with Eagles’ offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. 

Istvan will replace Eugene Chung, whose contract expired after the 2018 season. 

As for Istvan, he was a player at Southern Connecticut State under Stoutland and then joined Stoutland’s staff after graduation. After his time at Southern Connecticut, Istvan went to the University of Buffalo, Milford Academy, Rhode Island and Cornell before his short stint at Keiser. 

While at Milford Academy as an offensive coordinator, Istvan coached LeSean McCoy. 

This hire comes just a couple days after the Eagles hired former Dolphins DC Matt Burke in an advisory role. 

The Eagles still have vacancies at two notable positions. They don’t have a receivers coach or a defensive line coach after parting ways with Gunter Brewer and Chris Wilson, respectively.

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Popular former Eagles special teams player Chris Maragos announces his retirement

Popular former Eagles special teams player Chris Maragos announces his retirement

After missing all of last season and recently undergoing a third surgery for a significant knee injury suffered in 2017, former Eagles special teams captain Chris Maragos officially announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon.

Maragos, 32, suffered a torn PCL on Oct. 12, 2017, and hasn’t played since. The Eagles officially released him in February.

Here is the announcement from Maragos:

Unfortunately, his time in the NFL was cut short by the injury against the Panthers in Week 6 of 2017. But he had a pretty good and improbable career.

After a couple years at Western Michigan, Maragos transferred to Wisconsin to continue his college career as a wide receiver. But in 2008, Badgers then-head coach Bret Bielema watched a play in which Maragos tracked down a defensive back after an interception and moved him to defense immediately and it stuck. Maragos played defensive back for his final two college seasons.

After going undrafted in 2010, Maragos played three games with the 49ers before carving out a role with the Seahawks for three seasons, from 2011-13. He joined the Eagles in 2014 and almost immediately became a difference maker on special teams and eventually became a special teams captain. For part of his time in Philly, he even had a significant role on defense, but he’ll be remembered for his contributions on special teams.

During his NFL career, Maragos played in 99 games (53 with the Eagles) with three starts. He was a part of two Super Bowl winners. Even though he was on the shelf with his knee injury by the time the Eagles played in Super Bowl LII, he was an important part of that team. He was one of the leaders of the injured group that included Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks and Darren Sproles.

Even last season, Maragos was still around the team, offering a veteran voice for some younger players.

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How important will deep threat DeSean Jackson be for Eagles in 2019 season?

How important will deep threat DeSean Jackson be for Eagles in 2019 season?

In DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have a legitimate deep threat. 

The 32-year-old led the NFL in yards per reception last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 18.9 and now, he's back in the city where he began his career.

How important will Jackson be for the Eagles this year?

With training camp approaching, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks discuss Jackson's role and how integral he might be in the video above.

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