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Remember the time Malcolm Jenkins gave his new coach the finger?

Remember the time Malcolm Jenkins gave his new coach the finger?

We’ve all wanted to give our former boss the finger, right?

But how many of us have actually done it?

And then been welcomed back with open arms?

That’s exactly what just happened.

Remember the Eagles horrible 48-7 loss to the Saints at the SuperDome in 2018? If you don’t, here’s my 10 Observations from that day. I’m sure you’ll really enjoy reading them

In any case, the Saints were already up 38-7 early in the fourth quarter when Saints coach Sean Payton elected to go for it on 4th and 7 from the Eagles’ 37-yard-line.

Drew Brees threw his fourth touchdown of the game, a 37-yarder to Alvin Kamara, who roasted Jenkins on the play.

That’s when Jenkins was seen on camera giving his former head coach the finger.

"I'm a competitor,” Jenkins told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark at the Superdome after the game. “I love Sean to death. I know what type of guy and coach he is. That was more so personal between me and him. We talked after the game. It's all good. I know Sean. They're going to go for it. I was more so upset that it was on me. I got a lot of respect for what they're doing, especially Sean."

Payton after the game said letting Jenkins leave through free agency was the biggest mistake the Saints had made during his years in New Orleans.

“Malcolm, I think the world of him, he’s a tremendous player,” Payton said. “I hate that he got out of here. That was probably as big a mistake as we’ve made here in 13 years, and he’s made up of all the right things and he’s a tremendous competitor.”

Jenkins played for Payton from 2009 through 2013 before signing with the Eagles. Payton, who was Ray Rhodes’ quarterbacks coach with the Eagles in 1997 and 1998, has been with the Saints since 2006.

On Tuesday, the Eagles announced they were letting Jenkins go after six years and three Pro Bowls. And on Wednesday, we learned that Jenkins is heading back to New Orleans to play for … who else … Sean Payton.

So much for hard feelings.

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John Hightower patterns his game after 1 particular NFL star receiver

John Hightower patterns his game after 1 particular NFL star receiver

If there’s one NFL receiver Eagles 5th-round pick John Hightower patterns his game after it’s Stefon Diggs. 

Throughout the last few months, I’ve heard Hightower say that several times, both before and after he got drafted. But on a Zoom call last week, I got a chance to ask Hightower a question. 

Why Diggs? 

“Stefon Diggs’ routes are phenomenal,” Hightower said. “He makes great cuts, he catches the ball very well. He’s an intelligent player.” 

Fair enough. 

While Diggs has never been a Pro Bowler, he has become one of the best and most consistent receivers in the NFL, known for his route-running and technique. 

Like Hightower, Diggs was a 5th-round pick. Diggs came out of Maryland in the 5th round in 2015, made an immediate impact as a rookie and put together five really impressive seasons in Minnesota before getting traded to the Bills this offseason. 

Take a look at the comparison between Diggs coming out in 2015 and Hightower this season: 

Aside from their physical similarities and getting drafted in the same round, Hightower and Diggs both grew up in the same area, in the DMV.

Diggs is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and went to Our Lady of Good Counsel and Hightower is from Landover and went to Riverdale Baptist. 

“It’s really good to see that,” Hightower said of watching a guy from his area make it the way Diggs has. “Obviously someone from the area making it to the place the Stefon Diggs made it to. Pretty much growing up everybody knew Stefon Diggs was going to be who he is today. It was great to see him from high school to college and then now in the league to still do what he’s been doing.”

Hightower hopes to continue following Diggs’ path. 

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Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

The Eagles are bringing back wide receiver Marcus Green, who spent last season on their practice squad, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Green, 23, was among four Eagles released a week and a half ago. And now he’s coming back. NFL Network first reported the news.   

Green (5-8, 191) was a Falcons 6th-round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe last year. After he was waived at final cuts, Green joined the Eagles in early September and spent the entire 2019 season on the Birds’ practice squad. 

In four years at Louisiana-Monroe, Green caught 202 passes for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had 51 rushing attempts for 492 yards (9.6) and 1 touchdown. He also returned kicks and punts in college. He’s less of a pure receiver and more of a playmaker. 

With Green back, the Eagles have a full roster at 80, although that includes Brandon Brooks and Alshon Jeffery who are both on Active/PUP and are not healthy enough to practice. That 80 does not include Matt Leo who has an International exemption. 

Still, the Eagles are at the 80-man limit to keep them from going split-squad at practices. The Eagles are still in the Acclimatization Period of their collectively bargained training camp. They won’t hold non-padded practices until Aug. 12 and the first padded practice won’t be until Aug. 17. 

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