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Seth Joyner and Eagles fans were livid with Nelson Agholor for his lack of effort to make deep catch

Seth Joyner and Eagles fans were livid with Nelson Agholor for his lack of effort to make deep catch

Sunday night couldn't have gone much worse for the Philadelphia Eagles down in Texas. They were handled easily by the Dallas Cowboys and it was tough for those of us sitting at home to watch.

Plenty of blame to go around in the usual directions but there was one play late in the game that had Birds fans on social media absolutely livid.

If there's one thing that doesn't fly in Philly, it's lack of effort. So when it appeared as if Nelson Agholor didn't lay out for a deep ball, fans were irate.

Former Eagle Seth Joyner was pretty harsh on Postgame Live as well.

"I've been defending [Nelson] for a long time," Joyner said. "I've been trying to be the guy that sees the positives in his skill sets. Deep down inside, there's either some pitbull, some dog in you or there ain't. There's nothing but puppy in him. When I saw him not lay out for that ball, could it have been a better ball, absolutely, but not to see the effort. One thing that doesn't cost you anything is effort. You're going to go up to the window tomorrow and pick up your paycheck and you put that effort out. You wouldn't even dive for that football in a game that mattered??"

Now, before we lay in too deep on Nelly, it's worth noting that it could be a camera angle thing as beat writer Jimmy Kempski surmises. But still, come on.

Fans were not happy one bit.

"We missed it," Agholor told reporters following the loss about the play.

Nelly wasn't the only Bird to show a lack of effort. Nate Gerry didn't appear to really want to keep Dak Prescott out of the endzone late.

Anyway, it's sure to be a happy Monday in Philly!

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Darius Slay, Jalen Reagor share great interaction that should thrill Eagles fans

Darius Slay, Jalen Reagor share great interaction that should thrill Eagles fans

The Eagles' trade for Darius Slay was meant to shore up the team's consistently disappointing cornerback corps by adding an All-Pro-level CB to the secondary.

But it also seems to be bringing an extra leader's voice to the locker room.

Slay, 29, is a frequent social media user, and on Sunday night - while most Philadelphia sports fans were wrestling with the Sixers' up-and-down loss to the Blazers - he fired off a tweet that should make Eagles fans excited about his role with the team.

Because it sounds like Slay is *extremely* pleased to be an Eagle:

That's pretty awesome.

And then rookie wideout Jalen Reagor responded with his own endorsement of the Eagles' bonding:

And Slay replied in kind:

You love to see it.

Now, it's obviously much easier to be positive about your team and your teammates before the season starts, when everything makes sense on paper and you feel like a Super Bowl contender. We'll see if things remain this rosy when the games start, and one side of the ball falters in a loss.

But for now, this is an encouraging sign. Seeing a veteran player like Slay come into Philadelphia and immediately endear himself to the organization, to his teammates, and to the fanbase has been awesome. He's clearly excited about the change of scenery, and ready to win.

And for Reagor to be glued to what Slay is saying and doing, it's always good for a young gun to learn from a guy who plays at the highest level.

Eagles season is roughly a month away, and can't get here fast enough.

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Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

In a surprising move, Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown has retired.

The Eagles on Sunday placed Brown on the Reserve/Retired list just a few days before training camp practices begin.

I’m told Brown just thought it was time to step away from the game after four years in the NFL.

Brown, 26, just signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal in March as a free agent.

The Eagles were interested in Brown when the Chargers took him out of Akron in the fifth round back in 2016. They had to wait four years to sign him and now he won’t even be in the mix to take a roster spot.

There was no guarantee that Brown would have made the roster but he was the most experienced linebacker the Eagles had after Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill left as free agents.

This seemingly abrupt retirement leaves the Eagles lighter at a position where depth was already a problem. The Eagles’ top returning linebackers are Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton. They also drafted Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley in April.

This retirement is at least good news for guys like Bradley and Singleton, who are going to fight for roster spots this summer.

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