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10 Roob Stats to help you feel better about the Eagles!

10 Roob Stats to help you feel better about the Eagles!

Unearthing positive stats when a team has lost a couple games in a row and has a losing record isn’t always easy. But we're here for you!

So here’s the Week 13 edition of Roob Stats, featuring facts and figures you won’t see anywhere else on Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders and the Eagles’ defense.

UNCHARTED WATERS FOR ERTZ: With 9 catches against both the Bears and Patriots and 12 against the Seahawks, Zach Ertz became the first tight end in NFL history with 9 or more catches in three straight games. He’s also only the third Eagle in the last 25 years with 90 yards in three straight games, joining Irving Fryar in 1996 and T.O. in 2004.

MOVING ON UP: Those 12 catches moved Ertz from 22nd to 17th in NFL history among tight ends, ahead of Steve Jordan (498), Todd Heap (499) and Ben Coates (499) and into a tie with Melanie Walker. Two more catches moves him past Frank Wycheck and Dallas Clark and into 15th place all-time. Finally, Ertz needs 20 catches in the last five games for the most ever by a tight end in his first seven seasons. Witten had 523 from 2003 through 2009.

ELITE COMPANY: Ertz went over 700 yards for the sixth straight year, becoming only the fifth tight end in NFL history to do that. Among tight ends, only Jason Witten (12), Tony Gonzalez (11) and Antonio Gates (8) have had longer streaks of 700 or more yards. Travis Kelce is also over 700 yards this year for a sixth straight season. The only longer current streak by any player is DeAndre Hopkins’ seven-year stretch.

HOW MANY CATCHES? Ertz also became the first tight end in NFL history with six 12-catch games. Witten had five, and Gonzalez and Kellen Winslow Sr. had three each. Only three others had two. The only players who’ve had more 12-catch games are Wes Welker (9), Marvin Harrison (8) and Antonio Brown, Andre Johnson and Jerry Rice (7).

ONE MORE ON ERTZ: With 12 catches Sunday, Ertz increased his career total to 504, and he did it in his 102nd career game. The only tight end to reach 500 career receptions faster was Winslow, who did it in 101 games.

DEFENSE CARRYING THE TEAM: The Eagles have held four straight opponents to 17 or fewer points for the first time since 2017 and the first time in four straight regular-season games since 2009.

I CAN SEE FOR MILES AND MILES: Miles Sanders’ 774 yards from scrimmage are most ever by an Eagles running back in his first 11 career games. Only DeSean Jackson (791) had more yards in his first 11 games among all Eagles. LeSean McCoy is third with 734. Jackson had 1,008 scrimmage yards as a rookie. Sanders needs to average 47 yards per game to surpass him.

ELITE COMPANY: Sanders is on pace for 635 rushing yards and 490 receiving yards. If he reaches 500 in both categories, he’ll become only the 13th rookie in NFL history with 500 yards both rushing and receiving. Among those who have done it are Hall of Famers, Charley Taylor, Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk. The only 2nd-round pick to do it is Giovani Bernard, who had 695 yards rushing and 514 receiving for the Bengals in 2013.

DOING MORE WITH LESS: Sanders is on pace to net 1,125 scrimmage yards on 183 touches. Only six rookie running backs have ever surpassed 1,100 scrimmage yards on fewer than 200 touches, only two since 1965, none since Terry Kirby of the Dolphins in 1993 (when he was Doug Pederson's teammate).

THIRD DOWN MAGIC: Despite their recent offensive woes, the Eagles are 7th-best in the NFL on third down, converting 45 percent. That’s their highest on record, since the league started keeping third-down stats in 1991. Next-highest was their 43.5 percent mark in 2014.

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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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