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Eagles' Ronald Darby happy he's not on PUP list … whatever that is

Eagles' Ronald Darby happy he's not on PUP list … whatever that is

Earlier this week, a report from NFL Network claimed Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was expected to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. 

Narrator: He didn’t. 

Nope, when the Eagles took the field for their first full-team practice of the summer, Darby was out there in his white No. 21 jersey and a heavy brace on his surgically repaired right knee. Definitely not on the PUP. 

It’s a great feeling not to be on that,” Darby said before a smile and a moment of real honestly.  

“I really ain’t know what PUP list was because I ain’t never heard of it. But it seems like it’s a good thing to not be on it, so I’m happy I’m not.

Yeah, Ronald. It’s a good thing. 

It’s not that starting training camp on the Active/PUP (like Jalen Mills did) would have been terrible. Players can be removed from that list at any time, when they’re ready to practice. But the fact that Darby didn’t join Mills on the PUP is a good sign. The PUP is for guys who aren’t ready to practice. Darby is ready for some activity. 

On Thursday, when the team was in 11-on-11 drills, Darby was on a side field with a group of players that also included Brandon Brooks, Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham, Rodney McLeod and Derek Barnett. But Darby on Thursday said he’ll be back on the real field sometime during camp. 

Not fully sure when I’m going to be full-go. That’s up to the trainers and how I look. But I’m going to be back during camp and I’m going to be out here getting reps and everything. Just take it from there.

Darby, 25, signed a one-year deal to return to the Eagles this offseason, opting to come back to a place where he feels comfortable to do his rehab. By the way, that rehab process is still going well. No setbacks, he said. 

While he is wearing that black brace on his knee for now, he seems pretty eager to get the “awkward” contraption off as soon as he can. He wore it for precautionary reasons on Thursday because of how much cutting he was doing. 

Darby’s ultimate goal, as it has been all offseason, is to be ready for Week 1. 

And since Darby didn’t begin training camp on the Active/PUP, he isn’t eligible for the Reserve/PUP once the regular season starts. Hopefully, for his sake, Darby will be lucky enough to never learn what that is either. 

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2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

Everyone knows the Eagles are in need of receivers, but what happens if the top guys are all off the board? 

In his latest mock draft, Andrew Kulp explores that possibility. He has the top four receivers in the class going in the top 20, which leaves the Eagles to find a new strategy. 

So the Birds don’t get a top-notch receiver but they do get an athletic and versatile player at a clear position of need. 

Here’s the latest mock draft from Kulp: 

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles miss out on first-round receiver 

 

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

As a bunch of people try to figure out ways to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens offered his driveway sit-up routine that he made famous back in 2005. 

In a tweet on Monday, Owens tagged a bunch of celebrities in the post and included NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, which lead to a lengthy interview on Tuesday. 

Of course, Clark had to bring up Owens’ response to one fan who asked why he didn’t tag Donovan McNabb in the workout tweet. 

Yeah, the gloves are off, but they’ve been off for a while. 

Here’s what Owens had to say: 

I’m just trying to have fun with the situation. I think everybody is aware of how … I wouldn’t say toxic, our relationship is, but at this point, it is what it is. I really considered him a friend, a teammate at one point in time. Over the years, I think the relationship has deteriorated to the point to where right now, I just don’t care anymore. I’ve tried to be the bigger person in a situation but then recent events, he came out and did an interview and started bringing up and rehashing certain things. In the back of my mind, I’m like ’this is what he really kind of thought about me the whole entire time.’ Now I’m like ‘the hell with it.’ I’m just gonna go with whatever flows at this point.

Owens, 46, brought up an interview McNabb gave a couple months ago to Bleacher Report in which he said Owens’ antics were a “major distraction” for the team.

When Clark brought up the idea that maybe he could get the two together on a Zoom call to hash all this out, Owens said, “Absolutely not.” 

So there you have it. 

Anyway, Owens shared his workout plan on Monday and then got into a little detail about the original driveway press conference during his interview with Clark: 

“I just tried to make light of a situation, especially being sent home from Lehigh where I was in training camp,” Owens said. “Andy Reid and I, we kind of bumped heads and we clashed a little bit and we had a disagreement about something. He told me to go home and then when he told me that, he goes, ‘make sure you stay in shape.’ So that was really the reason behind me bringing the ab bench out.”

Owens said he didn’t expect to arrive to his Moorestown, New Jersey, home and see a bunch of media members. But he thought about a way to poke fun of the situation and the impromptu press conference with his then-agent Drew Rosenhaus came to mind. 

And now 15 years later, it’s providing a little levity during a tough time. 

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