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NFL Draft 2020: Eagles fans underwhelmed by Jalen Reagor, angry over CeeDee Lamb miss

NFL Draft 2020: Eagles fans underwhelmed by Jalen Reagor, angry over CeeDee Lamb miss

Eagles fans had an emotional first night of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

With their sights set on three wide receivers - CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs - heading into the first round, the three staying on the board after the first 10 picks made it seem general manager Howie Roseman would have a shot at trading up for one of the three.

Oklahoma's Lamb was the last one standing, still available at No. 13... and then No. 14... and then No. 15... and then at No. 16, just five picks ahead of the Eagles' No. 21 selection.

Eagles fans thought Roseman might pull the trigger and trade up to No. 16 to take Lamb, and tension began to build:

https://twitter.com/JackFritzWIP/status/1253504254674907138

Then, the unthinkable happened: the Falcons kept their pick but didn't take Lamb, which meant the Dallas Cowboys suddenly had the opportunity to use their No. 17 selection on the player Eagles fans wanted the most.

A nightmare scenario, to be certain.

Jerry Jones pushed the button, adding Lamb to a Dallas offense that will likely have Philly shaking its collective head for years, and Eagles fans... didn't take it well:

https://twitter.com/SixersSaturdays/status/1253512982165848064 https://twitter.com/JackFritzWIP/status/1253508909295456256

After that absolute rollercoaster of emotions, by the time the Eagles announced their own surprising pick - wide receiver Jalen Reagor from TCU, instead of LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson - Birds fans seemed pretty underwhelmed by the whole thing.

https://twitter.com/EaglesPMC/status/1253515309329375233 https://twitter.com/dmay706/status/1253515660820283392 https://twitter.com/kingcamaa/status/1253516154175475713 https://twitter.com/jonjohnsonwip/status/1253515658559729665 https://twitter.com/CrusherPederson/status/1253516300896407556

Good luck convincing fans this was the right move, Howie.

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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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What if Jason Kelce disappeared before the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl?

What if Jason Kelce disappeared before the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl?

Imagine it’s two days before the Super Bowl. 

It’s Feb. 2, 2018, the Friday before the Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl in Minneapolis. 

Doug Pederson comes out for his press conference at the Mall of America in Bloomington and announces that Jason Kelce has left the team.

Gone.

Imagine finding out that Kelce had been spotted across the border in Canada drinking when he should have been preparing for the biggest game of his life. Imagine if Stefen Wisniewski, who hadn’t taken a snap at center in two years, had to move from left guard to center and Isaac Seumalo, who had been benched two weeks into the season, had to start at left guard.

Now imagine learning that Kelce was being treated for mental illness in a nearby hospital while the Eagles were playing that Super Bowl.

Do the Eagles still beat the Patriots?

That’s pretty much exactly what happened with the Raiders in 2003. 

Barret Robbins had been the Raiders’ center for eight years and was coming off the best season of his career, resulting in his first Pro Bowl and first-team all-pro honor. He was 29 years old and in the prime of his career.

But he went AWOL from the Raiders’ team hotel prior to the Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego and was hospitalized in the San Diego area and being treated for bi-polar disorder and depression.

The Raiders were forced to start long snapper Adam Treu at center and lost 49-21, scoring seven points fewer than their season average against Tampa’s No. 1 defense.

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How much did Robbins’ disappearance hurt the Raiders? It’s impossible to say. But Robbins did later blame himself for the loss.

Both head coaches - Tampa’s Jon Gruden and Oakland’s Bill Callahan – were assistants with the Eagles under Ray Rhodes and were neighbors in Mount Laurel. 

Robbins played one more year for the Raiders before he was released after his name surfaced on a list of clients at BALCO and he tested positive for performance-enhancing steroids.

After football, his life has been marked by arrests, prison stays, parole violations and drug problems. 

It’s been 17 ½ years since Robbins went AWOL in San Diego, and there have been numerous unanswered questions in the years since.

Many of them are answered now. 

In the fifth installment of the Sports Uncovered podcast series, “The Mysterious Disappearance That Changed a Super Bowl,” NBC Sports Bay Area examines Robbins’ Super Bowl disappearance through numerous interviews with Raiders players and others who knew him.

We’ve come a long way since 2003 in terms of being open about mental health and depression and how important it is to get help. Brandon Brooks is proof of that.

And the Robbins story is evidence of what can happen to a football team when one of its key players disappears 48 hours before kickoff.

The Raiders lost that day, Callahan was fired just one year later, they didn’t have a winning record again for 14 years and they haven’t won a playoff game since. 

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