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Howie Roseman says there's plenty of time for Eagles to add a RB

Howie Roseman says there's plenty of time for Eagles to add a RB

PHOENIX — Howie Roseman’s attitude toward the running back position mirrored the shady patch of grass from which he spoke on Monday afternoon at the NFL’s annual meetings. 

The sun was scorching, but it was cool under the shade of a big ol’ tree in the lawn of the luxurious Arizona Biltmore. Similarly, heat from Eagles fans has risen about the lack of moves at the running back position. But Roseman is staying cool about that too. 

Roseman’s message was pretty simple: Relax. 

“The three running backs who played in the Super Bowl were guys we acquired after the 2017 draft,” he said. “The talent acquisition period continues to go; we want to have the best possible team. We’re going to look into everything, that’s our job. And at the same time, we’ve got to grow and develop our players.”

The Eagles have a need at running back and it would have made sense for them to make a play for one of the running backs in the free agent market, but they haven’t gotten any yet. Mark Ingram signed a three-year, $15 million deal and Tevin Coleman’s deal with the 49ers is two years for $8 million. Both of those backs signed relatively reasonable contracts and it was somewhat curious the Eagles weren’t more involved. 

But Roseman said the Eagles have simply stayed true to their internal philosophy. They wanted to first shore up the offensive and defensive lines and then get weapons for Carson Wentz. That includes all the skill position players. And other parts of the offseason were unforeseen; like how they were able to re-sign some of their own free agents, including Ronald Darby. 

So if running back got pushed to the back-burner, so be it. 

We’re pretty set in how we believe we should build this team and we’re going to be committed to that until something shows us that there’s a different way.

For now, the Eagles’ running back group includes Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Boston Scott. Some decent pieces for a rotation, but clearly missing a top guy. 

Jay Ajayi is still a free agent, but is coming off a torn ACL. Still, it’s possible he could return on a one-year deal if the price is right. But if that’s the case, it might behoove the Eagles to draft one in conjunction. The Eagles have kept those lines of communication open. 

Roseman praised the guys who are still on the roster and it didn’t seem like lip service. He likes them, but that also doesn’t mean he’s prepared to go into a season with the group he has. The Eagles’ de facto GM was quick to point out there’s a long way to go before the season. 

Roseman was asked if he doesn’t add a running back in the next month, if he’d feel obligated to use a high draft pick on a running back in late April. It doesn’t seem like he’s going to let a need force their hand. 

I just go back to our history over the last couple of years. We’ve been fortunate to win a lot of games with the running backs we have on the roster. And to have opportunities also to acquire backs, not just before the draft but after the draft process.

The Eagles haven’t used a first- or second-round pick on a running back in 10 years. The last time they did, they used a second-round pick on LeSean McCoy back in 2009. They haven’t drafted a running back in the first round since Keith Byars in 1986. 

This draft class offers one possibility in the first round at No. 25 in Alabama’s Josh Jacobs, but there are plenty of options in the second round, starting with Penn State’s Miles Sanders and Iowa State’s David Montgomery. With picks 53 and 57 in the second round, this could finally be the year the Eagles buck that trend. 

Or maybe they won’t. Either way, Roseman was quick to point out there’s still time to figure out what might be the last big piece to their offensive puzzle. 

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Super Bowl LIV: Brian Dawkins will ‘shed tears of joy’ if Andy Reid wins Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIV: Brian Dawkins will ‘shed tears of joy’ if Andy Reid wins Super Bowl

Brian Dawkins is an emotional guy and he knows he won’t be able to contain those emotions if he gets to watch Andy Reid win the Super Bowl on Sunday. 

Dawkins, who played under Reid for 10 seasons in Philadelphia, was on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants on Wednesday night to promote K9s For Warriors and Reid was a major topic of conversation.  

How happy will you be if Reid wins the Super Bowl? 

“I know I’m going to shed tears of joy if that’s the case,” Dawkins said. 

Dawkins, 46, played in 18 career NFL playoff games but just one Super Bowl. He was 31 for the Eagles’ loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. 

Reid and Dawkins have a close relationship. It’s so close that in 2018, when Dawkins was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Reid chartered a plane to Canton, Ohio, just so he wouldn’t miss it. He was back in Kansas City for training camp the next morning.

A couple years ago, Dawkins was extremely excited when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and he’d be pretty excited if Big Red finally gets his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday in Miami. 

One thing Dawkins said he won’t do is get ahead of himself. If Reid wins the Super Bowl, he won’t celebrate until the game is over. 

But if the game goes final and Reid wins his first ring … 

“I know that I’ll be extremely excited for him, his family, everything that they’ve gone through, he and his family and he as a coach has gone through,” Dawkins said. “There’s so many wonderful coaches that have come from under him that are doing fantastic jobs in their own rights. 

“So many players that continue to reach back and show him love time and time again, so that tells you what type of coach he was, yes, but the dude he is. He’s a phenomenal human being. I’m excited for this opportunity for him to get back to this point but I know that he’s telling them and telling himself that it’s not time to celebrate yet, we still have work to do.”

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

Remember way back at the start of the NFL season when Carli Lloyd hit a field goal attempt after an Eagles practice?

If you don't, you can watch here as a refresher.
 

Well, she makes her return to the field in this Super Bowl commercial for Secret Deodorant alongside Crystal Dunn ... and it is powerful.

Often times, Super Bowl commercials are light-hearted and comedic … but there are also times where they hit a home run in relaying a message that has to be said. This is one of those times.

In a brief moment in the opening frames you can catch a glimpse of the current scoreboard for the game  — where you can see the kicker’s team is down by just a single point with 3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. It’s now or never.

It wasn’t until after their team won the game, where they took their helmets off to celebrate, revealing their true selves. Powerful women.

The crowd went silent at first, initially in shock, but cheers quickly fill the air.

As the commercial winds down, ‘Let’s kick inequality’ appears on the screen.

Also found in the description of the video on their YouTube page, is this:

More than two-thirds of girls believe that society doesn’t encourage women to play sports so we are setting out to change this notion by spotlighting fierce female athletes  — specifically two major women’s soccer players  — in ‘The Secret Kicker,’ which is aimed at defying conventional expectations and championing equal opportunities for women.

Well done, Secret Deodorant, well done.

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