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Jerome Couplin? Jack Brewer? Denzel Rice? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

Jerome Couplin? Jack Brewer? Denzel Rice? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

What do Jerome Couplin, Jack Brewer, Jarrad Page, Denzel Rice, Donald Strickland, Brandon Hughes and Deiondre' Hall have in common?

Other than the fact that nobody has any idea who they are?

All have played in the Eagles’ secondary against Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, now with the Dolphins, will make his 7th start against the Eagles Sunday, and he’ll do it in a 7th different uniform.

Fitz made his first start against the Eagles in 2005 while playing for the Rams.

He’ll join Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning as only the fourth quarterback to make starts against the Eagles 15 seasons apart (14 years apart ... 15 seasons apart).

Brady started against the Eagles in 2003 and of course this year for a 17-season gap. Eli and Peyton had 15-year gaps between starts against the Eagles.

Fitzpatrick owns the record for facing the Eagles at quarterback for the most different teams, and he’ll add to that mark Sunday, when the Eagles face the Dolphins in Miami.

Fitz has already played against the Eagles for the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Texans, Jets and Buccaneers.

What makes this so weird is that he’s played exactly one game against the Eagles with each of those teams. He’s never faced the Eagles twice for the same team.

Fitz is 2-3-1 vs. the Eagles, but last year he led the Buccaneers to a 27-21 win over the Eagles in Tampa. In that game, he became only the 8th QB in NFL history with four TDs, 400 yards and an 80 percent completion percentage in the same game.

In all, Fitzpatrick has faced 42 different Eagles defensive backs over the years. That number will go up Sunday.

Here’s a look at Fitz’s first six starts against the Eagles and the secondaries he’s faced in each of those games:

Eagles 17, Rams 16, Dec. 18, 2005
CB — Rod Hood, Sheldon Brown, Matt Ware, Donald Strickland, Dexter Wynn
S — Micheal Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Quintin Mikell, Jack Brewer

Bengals 13, Eagles 13, Nov. 16, 2008
CB — Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, Joselio Hanson, Lito Sheppard
S — Quintin Mikell, Brian Dawkins, Sean Considine, Quintin Demps

Bills 31, Eagles 24, Oct. 9, 2011
CB — Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha, Brandon Hughes, Joselio Hanson
S — Jared Page, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson

Eagles 31, Texans 21, Nov. 2, 2014
CB — Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll
S — Nate Allen, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos, Earl Wolff

Eagles 24, Jets 17, Sept. 27, 2015
CB — Byron Maxwell, Nolan Carroll, Eric Rowe, Denzel Rice
S — Walter Thurmond, Malcolm Jenkins, Jerome Couplin, E.J. Biggers

Buccaneers 27, Eagles 21, Sept. 16, 2018
CB — Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas
S — Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Deiondre’ Hall

Some other fascinating Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. the Eagles stats (yes, I realize I may be the only one who finds them fascinating):

Overall, Fitzpatrick is 135-for-213 for 1,411 yards with 11 TDs and 7 INTs and an 86.0 passer rating in six games against the Eagles.

Fitzpatrick has been sacked 16 times by the Eagles — twice by Connor Barwin, Darren Howard and Trent Cole and once each by Fletcher Cox, Nigel Bradham, Chris Clemons, Joselio Hanson, Brodrick Bunkley, Brandon Graham, Cullen Jenkins, Sheldon Brown and Mychal Kendricks, with Brandon Bair and Beau Allen splitting one.

He’s been picked off by Walter Thurmond, DeMeco Ryans, Eric Rowe, Brian Dawkins, Jordan Hicks, Jamar Chaney and Ronald Darby.

Fitzpatrick’s longest pass against the Eagles? It’s a tie between a 75-yarder to DeSean Jackson and a 75-yarder to O.J. Howard last year.

Other former Eagles Fitz has thrown touchdowns to? Kevin Curtis, Terrell Owens and Brad Smith.

— The only team Fitzpatrick has played for without facing the Eagles is the Titans, where he was in 2015.

Four other quarterbacks have faced the Eagles for four different teams: Norm Snead [Redskins, Vikings, Giants, 49ers], Vinny Testaverde [Buccaneers, Ravens, Jets, Cowboys], Rich Gannon [Vikings, Redskins, Chiefs, Raiders] and Jim Ninowski [Lions, Browns, Redskins, Saints].

Another 22 quarterbacks have faced the Eagles for three teams, including Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and non-Hall of Famers Jay Schroeder, Mark Sanchez and Jon Kitna.

I’m going to save everybody the headache and not list them.

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Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts 'a distraction'

Malcolm Jenkins: Arguments over DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic posts 'a distraction'

In a brief Instagram video Friday, former Eagles safety and current New Orleans Saint Malcolm Jenkins publicly addressed DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic social media posts.

Jenkins called Jackson's comments "wrong", while also calling for an unspecified group to "stay focused".

Here's the full transcription of the video:

We gotta stay focused. All of this back and forth that's going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

But we've got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor's killers are still not arrested. We're still fighting for justice. We've got a lot of work to do. And this ain't it. Stay focused.

Jenkins also included this caption with the video:

We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country.

Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote and anti-Semitic sentiment from Louis Farrakhan in a series of social media posts earlier this week, all of which the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Jackson has publicly apologized multiple times, and he's committed to working towards a better understanding of anti-Semitism, but also seemingly pushed back against some criticism on Instagram.

Elsewhere, Eagles defensive lineman Malik Jackson defended Jackson's decision to quote Farrakhan, and outspoken former NBA player Stephen Jackson defended Jackson, saying the wide receiver shouldn't have to apologize or be threatened with termination by his employer.

Another former Eagle, Chris Long, called the entire situation a "f*****g disaster" earlier this week.

At this point, it's hard to disagree.

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Eagles' DeSean Jackson is taking Julian Edelman up on offer to educate each other

Eagles' DeSean Jackson is taking Julian Edelman up on offer to educate each other

Looks like DeSean Jackson is taking up Julian Edelman on his offer.

Edelman, who is Jewish, posted on social media Thursday that he hoped to arrange an educational exchange program where he took Jackson to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Jackson took him to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, also in Washington.

"Afterwards, we grab some burgers and we have those uncomfortable conversations."

On Friday morning, Edelman tweeted that he had spoken to Jackson, and while he didn't specifically say they were planning to tour the two museums together, he did say they "plan to use our experiences to educate one another and grow together."

Jackson cited a fake Hitler quote in a series of social media posts earlier this week that the Eagles called "absolutely appalling" in a statement.

Edelman's paternal great grandfather, Harry Edelman, was a Polish Jew and emigrated to England, where he married an Irish woman. Edelman, the former Super Bowl MVP, wrote in his autobiography, "Relentless," that he had researched his ancestry to learn more about his Jewish background and has spoken often about experiencing a Jewish reawakening.

In the Eagles' statement, the team said it is "committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean, as well as all of our players and staff, in order to educate, learn, and grow."

It's safe to say Jackson was strongly encouraged by team officials to participate in that learning and growth process, and certainly it’s a positive sign that he accepted Edelman's offer.

Edelman, 34, is about six months older than Jackson and one of 13 active NFL players with more career receptions than Jackson. Edelman has 599 and Jackson has 598. Edelman was MVP of Super Bowl LIII after the 2019 season.

The two museums are both located in Washington's museum row, adjacent to the Washington Monument, about a quarter of a mile apart.

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