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Newest Eagle Johnathan Cyprien 'more than 100 percent' ready to make an impact

Newest Eagle Johnathan Cyprien 'more than 100 percent' ready to make an impact

The two teams Johnathan Cyprien has played for in his NFL career? The Titans and Jaguars.

The Eagles’ first two preseason opponents? The Titans and Jaguars.

Cyprien got a kick out of learning that when he signed with the Eagles on Saturday, but in the big picture it’s irrelevant.

“I’m still focused on the things in front of me, which is that playbook, because there’s no point in circling guys on your schedule, especially preseason games, if you don’t know what the heck you’re doing out there on the field,” he said. “Trust me, there’s nobody can play well if you don’t know what you’re doing, no matter how great you are.”

And right now that’s all Cyprien is concerned with.

Learning a new playbook with five weeks to go before opening day.

The Eagles signed the 29-year-old veteran safety on Friday, and on Saturday he was out at practice, even taking some reps in 11-on-11 drills, which is kind of unusual for a newcomer.

While his teammates are grinding along in Week 2 of training camp, counting down the days till it’s over, Cyprien was out there Saturday with fresh legs, enjoying every minute of it.

Cyprien missed all of last year with a knee injury he suffered a year ago this week, so this was his first practice in over a year.

“Oh man, it’s a blessing, you know?” He said. “Aug. 1 last year is when I tore my ACL in camp so this was the first time I got to be on the field and put on shoulder pads and put on a helmet (since then), so it’s special to me. It’s something I love to do.”

Where does he fit in?

Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod are clearly the starters. McLeod, also coming back from a torn ACL, practiced in some of the 11-on-11 sessions Saturday for the first time this summer, so he’s on his way back.

After that? There’s newcomer Andrew Sendejo and a bunch of young safeties — Tre Sullivan, Blake Countess, Deiondre’ Hall and Trae Elston.

Cyprien has always been a starter. He’s played in 70 NFL games and started all 70. But he doesn’t seem concerned with adjusting to a new role.

“Oh man, I”m going to adjust to always being a playmaker and doing what I can do to help the team,” he said. “Our goal is to win a championship here so whatever I can do help this organization do that that’s what I want to do. The only goal in my mind is to play at a high level like I always have and make my family and you guys proud and earn the trust of my teammates.”

At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Cyprien can play some linebacker in dime, and he seemed open to the idea. Whatever gets him on the field.

“Let me tell you something about safeties,” he said after practice Sunday. “We’re the most versatile people on the field. Not only can we cover the tough targets on teams, like tight ends, but we can also tackle the great running backs that we have in this division, so we’re able to do a lot of things and coaches just get smarter and smarter by using us in different ways. Look at Malcolm. He plays every position on the field.”

Instead of worrying where he fits in, Cyprien is just taking this day-by-day, enjoying the process, getting to know his coaches and teammates and learning the playbook.

He said he’s totally healthy and joked that he’s been healthy since “I got out of my hospital bed” after his surgery last summer.

Is he 100 percent? Here’s his answer: “A hundred percent? Probably even more.”

Mathetmatically, that’s impossible. Football-wise? Who knows. If he’s right, he’s going to really help this football team.

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Eagles might play a road game in Mexico City in 2020 NFL season

Eagles might play a road game in Mexico City in 2020 NFL season

The Arizona Cardinals announced Friday that one of their home games in 2020 will take place at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which means the Eagles might play in Mexico City in 2020.

Fun! (Probably.)

Just two years after playing the Jaguars in London, the Eagles are one of six possible opponents for the Cardinals' game in Mexico. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss is reporting Friday that the Lions and Dolphins will not be the opponent:

This will mark the fifth straight season that the NFL has a game scheduled for Estadio Azteca, and the 13th time a game has been scheduled at Estadio Azteca all-time.

The Eagles actually have a super interesting, and kind of wacky, history with Mexico City games. 

They were scheduled to face the Detroit Lions in an exhibition on Aug. 11, 1968, which would've marked the first football game ever played in Mexico City, but the game was cancelled - without much explanation, according to the Associated Press. Half the stadium's tickets were going for about 40 cents at the time, according to the AP.

Ten years later, the Eagles actually ended up participating in the first NFL game held in Mexico City after all, a 14-7 exhibition loss to the Saints. According to Ron Jaworski, the locker rooms were tiny and the goal posts were crooked, which sounds fun.

All-time, the Eagles are 2-3 in international games, a record that probably doesn't mean much because they've played outside of the country once since 1993 - and that was a win.

Vamos Eagles.

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How Combine might have changed Eagles' WR plans

How Combine might have changed Eagles' WR plans

The 2020 wide receiver draft picture got a lot more interesting Thursday night.

Alabama’s Henry Ruggs did his thing and ran 4.28 when the receivers ran their 40's at the Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. He didn't break John Ross's record of 4.22, but he certainly did nothing to hurt his draft status. 

Neither did his college teammate, Jerry Jeudy, or Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. They remain the consensus top three receivers in the draft, and the Eagles, who have the 21st pick in the first round, would likely have to trade up to draft any of them.

But a few receivers helped themselves with their performances in Indy and a few may have hurt their stock as well, and it all could definitely affect the receiver-starved Eagles’ strategy in April.

HELPED THEMSELVES

JUSTIN JEFFERSON, LSU: Joe Burrow’s favorite target ran much faster than expected with a 4.43. We already know he’s productive - he caught a ridiculous 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns - and he backed that up with a faster 40 time than Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. How much that helps him remains to be seen, but he definitely helped himself.

CHASE CLAYPOOL, NOTRE DAME: There’s been talk about the 6-4, 240-pound Claypool moving to tight end, but then he went out and ran 4.42, which according to the Next Gen Stats twitter feed makes him the first receiver over 230 pounds to run sub-4.45 since Calvin Johnson in 2007. He also caught the ball well and performed well in the other drills. 

DENZEL MIMS, BAYLOR: Mims opened a lot of eyes with a 4.38 Thursday night to cap an overall excellent performance. Only Ruggs and Southern Mississippi’s Quez Watkins ran faster. Mims was generally considered a second-round talent before the Combine but running 4.38 at 6-3, 210 pounds could push him into the first round. 

HURT THEMSELVES

JALEN REAGOR, TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Reagor, whose father Montae played for the Eagles in 2007, said he planned to run faster than Ruggs: “That’s my plan. He runs after me. I’m going to set the bar for him.”  He also said he expected to run “high 4.2, low 4.3.”  Then he ran 4.47, a full fifth of a second slower than Ruggs. He followed that with a 4.50. How much that hurts him remains to be seen, but it wasn’t what anybody was expecting. 

TEE HIGGINS, CLEMSON: Higgins told reporters at the Combine that he was planning to prove a lot of people wrong with his 40:  “My goal is to hit a 4.4. A lot of guys think I’m gonna run a 4.5 or 4.6, but I’m excited to change people’s minds.” Then without explanation he didn’t run or participate in any drills Thursday night. Not good. 

LAVISKA SHENAULT JR., COLORADO: After a slower-than-expected 4.58 on his first try, Shenault skipped his second 40 and didn’t participate in the other drills, presumably because of the core muscle injury that cost him a couple games during the season. Shenault was considered a late first-round or early second-rounder. He’ll have a chance to bounce back at his pro day, but he didn’t help himself Thursday.

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