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Miles Sanders making NFL history, Jake Elliott trending up and more crazy Roob stats

Miles Sanders making NFL history, Jake Elliott trending up and more crazy Roob stats

Miles Sanders, Jake Elliott, Brandon Graham and more in a bye week edition of 10 Crazy Eagles Stats! 
 
SANDERS DOING IT ALL: With 336 rushing yards, 305 receiving yards and 314 kick return yards, Miles Sanders is the fourth player in NFL history with 300 yards rushing, receiving and kick returning in his first nine career games. The others are Abner Haynes of the Dallas Texans in 1960, Hall of Famer Gayle Sayers in 1965 and Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson in 1969. 
 
CRAZY AVERAGES: Sanders is also only the third player in NFL history to average over 13 yards per catch and 4.4 yards per carry in his first nine career games (with minimums of 2.0 catches and 8.0 rushing attempts per game). The other two are Billy Sims of the Lions in 1980 and Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys in 2016.
 
FIRST 100 GAMES: Zach Ertz played his 100th career game on Sunday. Here are the most catches by tight ends in their first 100 games in NFL history:

497 … Kellen Winslow Sr.
485 … Jimmy Graham
483 … Zach Ertz 
469 … Rob Gronkowski
458 … Kellen Winslow Jr.
457 … Jason Witten
452 … Travis Kelce
443 … Jeremy Shockey
 
CHASING HAROLD: Ertz is now only 106 receptions behind Harold Carmichael, whose franchise record of 589 catches has stood for 36 years. At his current pace of 5.7 catches per game since 2015, Ertz would need 19 more games to pass Carmichael. So if he stays healthy he’s on pace to break Carmichael’s long-standing mark in Week 12 of next year.
 
TYING A RECORD: Jake Elliott is 12-for-12 on field goal attempts this year, tying the longest streak of made field goals to open a season by an Eagles kicker. David Akers was 12-for-12 to open the 2003 season before missing a 55-yarder against the Jets at the Linc in the eighth game of the season. The next-longest streak in Eagles history belongs to Eddie Murray, who made his first nine attempts in 1994. 
 
MOVING UP THE LIST: With his 12 consecutive field goals, Elliott has jumped from 23rd in accuracy in NFL history entering the season at 83.9 percent to 7th-highest in history at 86.5 percent. 
 
NFL’S TOP TANDEM: With Jordan Howard and Sanders both averaging 4.4 yards per carry, this is the first time in 41 years the Eagles have had two running backs at at least 4.4 yards per carry nine games into a season (minimum 75 carries). The only other time it happened was 1978, when Mike Hogan had a 4.6 average and Wilbert Montgomery a 4.9 average after nine games. The Eagles are the only NFL team with two RBs averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Lamar Jackson (6.4) and Mark Ingram (5.1) of the Ravens are the only other duo at 4.4 or higher.
 
NINE IN A ROW: Carson Wentz has at least one touchdown pass in all nine games so far. This is only the fourth time in franchise history a QB has opened the season with at least one touchdown pass in the first nine games. Norm Van Brocklin did in the 1960 NFL Championship season, Ron Jaworski did it in the 1980 Super Bowl season and Wentz did it in the 2017 Super Bowl season. Wentz opened the 2017 season with a TD pass in all 13 games he played. Only 14 QBs in NFL history have thrown a touchdown pass in all 16 games.
 
B.G. GETTING AFTER IT: Brandon Graham has 6.0 sacks in the Eagles’ last five games. It’s the first time in his 10-year career he’s had six sacks in any five-game stretch. Graham had 4.0 sacks in his previous 21 games. The 6.0 sacks is already the 3rd-most of Graham’s career behind his 9½ in 2017 and 6½ in 2015. The only NFL players with more sacks over the last five games are Joey Bosa and Chandler Jones with 6½ each.
 
TWO IN A ROW: Jordan Howard is the first Eagles running back with consecutive games with 80 rushing yards, a 4.4 average and a touchdown since LeSean McCoy did it against the Titans and Cowboys in 2014.  Howard never had two such consecutive games as a Chicago Bear. Howard now has the second-most rushing yards in the NFL over the last four years, behind only Elliott.

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NFL reportedly cutting 2020 preseason in half

NFL reportedly cutting 2020 preseason in half

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL is cutting its 2020 preseason in half, according to NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk

Weeks 1 and 4 of the preseason will be canceled, according to the report. 

That means the Eagles will lose games at Indianapolis and vs. the Jets. They will still be scheduled to play at Miami and vs. New England. According to other reports, the preseason start will be pushed back later in August. 

Here’s a look at the Eagles’ preseason schedule: 

CANCELED: Week 1 — at IND on NBC10
STILL ON: Week 2 — at MIA on NBC10
STILL ON: Week 3 — vs. NE on NBC10
CANCELED: Week 4 — vs. NYJ on NBC10

This report seems to jibe with a report from USA Today that said the NFLPA is considering a proposal to limit rosters from 90 to 80 or even 75 for teams to make it easier to socially distance this summer. Without half of their preseason games, teams will likely find it easier to have smaller rosters. 

The news about the reduced preseason comes after the NFL advised teams last week that training camps are still expected to begin on July 28 with rookies and select players permitted to report earlier. 

It’s important for NFL teams to get a full training camp in, especially after missing the entirety of spring workouts. 

“I do think because we've missed the entire off-season, it's going to take all of the five to six weeks that we have of training camp to be prepared for a regular season,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said earlier this offseason. “I think that you have to -- that's part of training camp is conditioning the mind, conditioning the body for the physical aspect of the game. In the spring and summer, it's about the mental side, and then just your physical conditioning from workouts and running and things of that nature.

“So I do think that a full training camp, moving forward, would it prepare you --  because I do think you can get enough contact in, and get enough padded practices in, and you would have to maximize those, but at the same time, you would have to be smart to get your guys ready and prepared for that opening weekend.”

For now, the Eagles are expected to open their 2020 season at Washington on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. 

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NFL rumors: League considering waiver for fans who want to attend games in 2020

NFL rumors: League considering waiver for fans who want to attend games in 2020

With the first NFL preseason game 43 days away, the league is still scrambling to figure out if fans will be in stadium seats if and when football is played this season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

If fans do find their ways into Lincoln Financial Field later this year, it's possible they'd first have to sign some sort of waiver to shield the Eagles from liability, according to a report Wednesday from The Athletic

It sounds like we could learn more in the coming days and weeks:

The NFL is considering requiring fans attending games this season to sign liability waivers shielding the teams from COVID-19 lawsuits, sources said.  The waiver proposal is likely to be forwarded to clubs by the middle of next week as part of a broad range of league recommended best practices for re-opening stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What specific language the waiver would include is currently unclear, but it seems fans would complete the waiver electronically before attending games, per The Athletic.

It's unclear if the league has consulted with public health experts on the decision.

The news comes one day after the Eagles sent an email to season ticket holders that had many wondering if the 2020 season will be a fan-less affair at the Linc.

From NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank:

The Eagles previously pushed payments back and also provided season ticket holders with the option of paying in installments or one single payment on July 1.

According to the email, the Eagles will communicate additional information regarding season tickets soon:

'Previously, you had deferred your 2020 season ticket payment to July 1st,' the email read. 'We do not plan to process this payment as scheduled and will communicate additional information regarding the 2020 season following the Fourth of July.'

In early June, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's office issued guidance for professional sports in the state, allowing teams to practice and play in counties that at least reached the yellow reopening phase, as long as the team's league had a COVID-19 safety plan approved the the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Wolf's office said that teams in counties in the green reopening phase are permitted to practice or play with fewer than 250 people on site.

The Eagles averaged 69,783 fans at the Linc during the 2019 season.

The Eagles are scheduled to open the preseason on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. The first home preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 27 against the Patriots. The regular-season home opener is Sept. 20 against the Rams.

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