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How did Orlando Scandrick, Eagles come together? DeSean Jackson and some history played a part

How did Orlando Scandrick, Eagles come together? DeSean Jackson and some history played a part

On the field, DeSean Jackson has been dismantling the Eagles' defense in practice. But off the field, the wide receiver has been busy building the unit back up, aiding in the recruiting of cornerback Orlando Scandrick to the team.

Jackson and Scandrick have known each other since childhood, so when the Eagles had the free agent defensive back in for a workout on Saturday, of course the longtime friends discussed the possibility of playing together — for the first time at any level.

“He called me asking, ‘Should I come? What do you think?’” Jackson said after Monday’s practice, Scandrick’s first with the team. “I was like, 'Yeah, that would be a good opportunity for you to come play in this defense.'

“To add his experience to what we already have, it’s going to be good.”

Scandrick, 32, is heading into his 12th NFL season, including 11 years with the Dallas Cowboys, primarily as a nickel cornerback. After a brief stint in Washington’s camp, he spent 2018 with the Chiefs, appearing in 16 games (including playoffs) with 44 tackles, 13 pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception.

With Jalen Mills opening training camp on the physically unable to perform list and Cre’Von LeBlanc out with a foot injury, the Eagles quickly ran into a depth issue at nickel corner — so much so, safety Malcolm Jenkins was getting second-team reps there.

“For me, it always was just finding a good fit,” Scandrick said. “Finding a situation or team with a winning culture, with a great mix of players and great coaches, and just really a great football organization.

“They have a great thing going here.”

Scandrick declined to comment on whether he had other offers and chose not to reflect on his season in Kansas City. Nor does he think much of the narrative about playing in Dallas almost his entire career, then signing with a bitter rival, saying only, “That’s the furthest thing from my mind.”

He’s here to contribute and lock down a roster spot — something that currently looks very plausible given Mills’ and LeBlanc’s injuries are likely to keep them out for most of camp, if not longer.

“I’ve trained. I’m in good shape,” Scandrick said. “To me, it’s kind of become like an addiction. I’m going into my 12th year. Including college, another three years, and then playing since I’m a little kid, this is almost 20-plus years of football for me.

“I still love the game. I know I love the game when I still get jitters and butterflies before practices and before games.”

It sounds like Scandrick might’ve jumped on an offer from the Eagles regardless of the circumstances.

Jackson’s presence just sweetened the deal.

“We talked about it and I stressed I would like to play with him,” Scandrick said. “We have never gotten a chance to play together and we’ve known each since we were 7, 8 years old.

“He’s been great for me. He’s constantly calling me, asking me if I need anything off the field and helping me. That was part of what made me feel comfortable coming here.”

Jackson did something else for Scandrick — offered his new teammate a little advice about how to make Eagles fans forget he played in Dallas for so many years.

“Just do everything you can to have them change their perception of you being a Cowboy,” Jackson said. “Whatever you can do to show them that you’re here and you want to be part of what we’ve got going here.

“Just put the hard work in. Philadelphia loves when one of their guys are in the community, putting hard work in on the field, off the field. As long as he does that, he’ll be fine.”

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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! 

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• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
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• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
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• 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

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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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