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Eagles reportedly interested in trading for Dolphins WR DeVante Parker

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Eagles reportedly interested in trading for Dolphins WR DeVante Parker

Last year, the Eagles were propelled to the Super Bowl in part because of a stunning mid-season trade with the Dolphins. Now, they’re reportedly considering going back to the well.

According to the Miami Herald, the Eagles have spoken to the Dolphins about a trade for former first-round wide receiver DeVante Parker. Parker was rumored to be on the trade block for some time, with Salguero reporting the Dolphins have discussed a swap with multiple NFL teams.

While a Parker trade wouldn’t solve the Eagles’ shortage at running back, it could improve their depth at wideout and potentially add another weapon to the offense.

Chosen No. 14 overall in 2015, Parker has fallen out of favor in Miami, where he has just two receptions for 40 yards in two games this season. He was battling a quad injury but was also considered a healthy scratch for multiple games this season, including the Dolphins’ Week 7 matchup Sunday against the Lions.

Injuries have plagued Parker through four NFL seasons, during which he has 141 catches, 1,948 yards and eight touchdowns. He set career highs with 744 yards and four touchdowns in 2016, and last season posted a line of 57/670/1.

The Eagles could use some help at receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor are the only consistently productive receivers. Jordan Matthews was signed to be a stopgap but has only six catches through four games — matching Kamar Aiken, who was cut Friday. Shelton Gibson and DeAndre Carter are used only sparingly, while Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins remain on injured reserve, their returns uncertain.

Parker is at least more experienced than Gibson and Carter, and possibly an upgrade over Matthews as well. At least, the 25-year-old has tremendous size and athleticism, listed 6-foot-3, 216 pounds with 4.45 speed. He’s also under contract through next season, though the Eagles would absolutely need to renegotiate his $9.38 million salary in 2019 for Parker to stick around.

Provided the cost is low — likely a late-round draft pick or swap of picks — this would be a low risk/high reward situation for the Eagles. Parker is clearly talented and has shown some ability at the NFL level, but clearly needs a change of scenery.

Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman already has a rapport with Dolphins management as well, swinging the trade for running back Jay Ajayi last Oct. 31.

Observers have been independently connecting the dots with a potential Parker-to-the-Eagles move for some time. Now it appears there might be something to the rumblings.

At the same time, the Eagles frequently are in conversations with other teams that never lead to a deal or become serious at all. It’s possible Roseman is kicking the tires or doing his due diligence, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Parker will wind up in midnight green, either.

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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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