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Jordan Matthews released a day after leading Eagles skill players in snaps

Jordan Matthews released a day after leading Eagles skill players in snaps

Jordan Matthews' third tenure with the Eagles is over after just two games and four receptions. 

The Eagles released Matthews Monday just 14 days after they signed him for the third time. Matthews played 73 snaps in the loss to the Seahawks Sunday, more than any other receiver, tight end or running back. He played 62 snaps in the loss to the Patriots.

With Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor expected back Sunday in Miami after missing the Seahawks game and the Eagles wanting to get young receivers Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside more involved, Matthews became expendable. Mack Hollins, who hasn't caught a pass in two months, is also on the roster.

Ward, just signed off the practice squad, caught six passes Sunday in his first significant NFL action, and Arcega-Whiteside, the rookie second-round pick, had a career-long 30-yard catch in the game's final seconds. 

The Eagles did not announce a corresponding roster move, but it seems reasonable to think they might activate cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc from Injured Reserve and add him to the 53-man roster. LeBlanc has been on IR with a foot injury since training camp.

Matthews, originally the Eagles' 2nd-round pick in 2014, caught one pass for six yards against the Patriots and was 3-for-27 Sunday against the Seahawks.

Matthews has 249 catches for 3,006 yards and 21 TD catches in 62 games in an Eagles uniform. He ranks 21st in franchise history in catches, 21st in receiving yards and 19th in TD catches.

Since training camp 2017, the 27-year-old Matthews has been with the Eagles, Bills, Patriots, Eagles, 49ers, 49ers again and Eagles. 

Matthews caught 224 passes in his first three seasons, most in Eagles history by a player in his first three seasons and 13th-most in NFL history.

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

With professional sports on pause around the world, fans are looking for anything - video games, simulations, classic games - to satisfy that live sports itch.

We may have found the ultimate placeholder: a five-year-old imitating Boston Scott's infamous spin-o-rama.

On Saturday afternoon, Twitter user Robin Stanley tagged Scott in a quick video of his son, Beckett, pretending to be the Eagles running back:

I mean, c'mon: the likeness to Scott's spin move against the Giants is kind of uncanny.

In case you need to jog your memory, here is Scott's spin:

Scott, of course, made fun of himself for the move at the time, admitting that when he saw the clip after the game, it "looked pretty silly".

I'd say Beckett's spin had a little more swag.

Stanley's dad, a Philly native, told NBC Sports Philadelphia his son was expecting to play his first season of flag football this spring down in Nashville, but the league was postponed because of social distancing mandates, so he's making do.

On Saturday, Scott saw Stanley's video and gave the little man a nod of approval:

That's just good, clean fun. Thank you, Beckett, for the sports-related smile.

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Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Four years ago, when Rodney McLeod became a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, one of the reasons he wanted to join the Eagles was for the chance to play next to Malcolm Jenkins. 

And for the last four years, he did. The two formed a safety tandem that played 49 regular season games and four playoff games, including Super Bowl LII, together. 

But now Jenkins is back in New Orleans with the Saints and the Eagles are preparing to play without him for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, McLeod signed a two-year deal to return to Philly. 

On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, McLeod said he learned a lot from Jenkins over the past four seasons. 

What were some of those lessons? 

Just as a competitor,” McLeod said. “And then the ability to get the most out of guys, whether it’s on the defensive side or from an entire team standpoint. I think as a leader, that’s your kind of job. How can you get guys to play at the highest level and get the most out of your players. I think he was one of the best at doing that and understanding everyone … I learned a lot from him. 

“Not just on the field but off the field, the way he handled himself and what he did in the community for the city. I’ll always admire him. It’s hard to match. But like I said, his legacy will live on. The Saints are getting a good guy. Now, us as Eagles, playing with a new group of guys and we’re ready to move forward.

There’s no question that the Eagles are going to miss Jenkins’ contributions on the field. They will use some combination of Jalen Mills and Will Parks to replace him at that position and that won’t be easy. 

But the Eagles will also miss the leadership Jenkins brought to the locker room. He wasn’t just the leader of the secondary or even just the defense; Jenkins was oftentimes the key leader for the entire team. That’s hard to replace too. 

It’s not that McLeod, 29, hasn’t been a leader during his first four years in Philly. But now that role might need to expand and will become more important with the absence of Jenkins. 

“I think it’s important for me to be myself and be who I’ve always been,” McLeod said. “And that’s a guy that leads by his actions and leads by example. I think if you ask a lot of guys on the team, that’s what they’ll tell you most. Actions sometimes speak louder than words. I think there will be times for me to speak up when needed. When my teammates need me most, I’ll be ready to do that.”

For the most part, McLeod has been the quieter of the two safeties and Jim Schwartz has previously called him the calming presence in the defensive backfield.

But McLeod can speak up too. 

It’s really just about finding a balance between his two sides and putting the lessons from Jenkins into practice in 2020. 

“Myself, being a leader on this team for some time, will of course be asked to step up as well as other guys from a defensive standpoint and on the team,” McLeod said. “I think we’re prepared for that. And guys will be willing to step up to the plate and accept the challenge. Myself first and foremost.”

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