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Nooo … the Eagles would never ask Andrew Sendejo for Vikings knowledge

Nooo … the Eagles would never ask Andrew Sendejo for Vikings knowledge

Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo spent the last eight years of his career with the Vikings and the last five of those were under Mike Zimmer. So it would stand to reason that during that time, he probably picked up some knowledge that could potentially help out his new team this weekend. 

Maybe, perhaps, it would make sense, hypothetically speaking, of course, if the Eagles’ offensive coaches were to ask Sendejo a thing or two this week. 

“No, we wouldn't ask him anything,” Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh joked coyly on Tuesday. 

And if you ask Sendejo, the 32-year-old claims he’s busy enough worrying about his own responsibilities to be coaching up his offense. He has to watch tape, he has to prepare for his special teams role, he has to prepare on defense. He’s a football player, after all … not a tutor. 

Zimmer isn’t buying it. 

“Sendejo,” he said on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters on Wednesday. “I’m sure he’s singing like a canary.” 

Zimmer explained that some former players know the overall scheme better than others. In this case? Zimmer said Sendejo “knows it as good as anybody.” 

Maybe it’s just the over-paranoia of NFL coaches, but Zimmer said the Vikings will be making some adjustments this week in an attempt to limit any advantage Sendejo might have been able to give his new team. 

While Sendejo joked that he sings better than a canary, the veteran safety certainly didn’t on Wednesday afternoon while meeting with reporters. In fact, he was especially tight-lipped about how his knowledge of the Vikings could help this week and about his trip back to his former home in general. It’s just another game, he tried to say. 

When asked how much time he spent talking to offensive coaches this week, Sendejo didn’t directly answer the question. 

“I’m focused on what I have to do this week defensively,” he said. “I have my own job. I’m not just here to help the offense.”

Sure, sometimes this stuff can be overblown. Are the Eagles going to completely change their scheme or gameplan because of a few tips from their third safety? No, of course not. They’re still going to do their film study and go about business as usual. 

But to think they won’t at least try to squeeze any bit of knowledge out of a long-time veteran with an immense understanding of the opposing defense is silly too. Of course they will. 

So what kinds of things can Sendejo help with? 

“I guess you’d have to play for the offense to know,” Sendejo said. 

Hmm. It sounds like the Eagles’ offense was indeed serenaded by Songbird Sendejo this week. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Doug Pederson’s comments about coaching staff accountability and go through his roster of coaches. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion. Mack Hollins is gone. Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact and the team hasn’t been the same without him.

And the Eagles do have a game this week! 

• Marken Michel is back and Dave is happy 
• Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion 
• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
• Which coaches might not be back?
• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
• Eagles really miss Jordan Howard 
• Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley 
• At least one more game vs. Eli 

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Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill missed practice on Thursday with a concussion, which means he could possibly miss Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Grugier-Hill played 42 snaps against the Dolphins and even spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But on Thursday, he reported concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

On the first play from scrimmage against the Dolphins, Grugier-Hill collided hard with DeVante Parker, but was able to return to the game after the collision. It's unclear whether or not this was the play where he suffered the concussion, but it's very possible.

If Grugier-Hill can’t play on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers would be Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, who would likely see an expanded role.

In addition to Grugier-Hill, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Derek Barnett (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.

Agholor was limited last week during practice with his knee injury but was able to play. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Dolphins game but was able to return to the game and play 50 snaps.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday, as he has been for weeks, and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. He can’t play until that happens. On Thursday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t think it’s an injury that will end Howard’s season, but there’s just four games left.

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