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Eagles reportedly have interest in veteran RB Carlos Hyde

Eagles reportedly have interest in veteran RB Carlos Hyde

We all know the Eagles will enter the 2020 season with Miles Sanders as their lead back, but they are reportedly interested in adding a veteran running back to the mix. 

And now there’s a name to pair with them. 

The Eagles are showing interest in veteran running back Carlos Hyde, according to Adam Caplan on Inside the Birds

“I’m told Hyde is a guy they’re targeting,” Caplan said. 

Hyde will turn 30 in September but is coming off his first-career 1,000-yard season as a member of the Texans in 2019. The former second-round pick has never blossomed into a Pro Bowl player but he’s been a somewhat productive running back in the NFL and would be a sensible complementary player to Sanders. 

According to Caplan, the Eagles are looking for a few things in a veteran backup: They want a powerful, volume running back who can handle 12-15 carries per game. They’d also like a guy with slightly more pass-catching ability than they got from LeGarrette Blount a few years ago. 

Hyde seems to check all of those boxes. 

During his six-year career, Hyde has averaged 2.71 yards after contact per attempt, according to ProFootballFocus. And he also has 32 total touchdowns in six seasons. So he has the ability to run tough between the tackles. And he has also caught 129 career passes, including a career-high 59 back in 2017. 

Hyde spent last season with the Texans and his next team will be his fifth team in four years. But it’s not like he hasn’t been at least somewhat productive. 

According to the report, the Eagles are interested in signing a guy like Hyde for league minimum with added incentives. Since Hyde has six credited seasons under his belt, his veteran minimum would be $910,000 in 2020. 

As a reminder, here’s the group of running backs the Eagles have right now: 

Miles Sanders 
Boston Scott
Corey Clement 
Elijah Holyfield 
Michael Warren II
Adrian Killins 

There’s plenty of potential in that group but the roster spots certainly aren’t all locked up. We know Sanders and (likely) Scott will be here. But as it stands, it seems like the other four are competing for the final two spots if the Eagles keep four running backs. 

Clement was once a Super Bowl hero but his last two seasons have ended on IR. And the other three are largely unknown. Holyfield has been here a little longer, having signed near the end of last season. And the other two — Warren and Killins — are undrafted rookies. 

It seems like Holyfield or Warren have the skillset to be a complement to Sanders as inside volume runners, but both are unproven. If the Eagles add a guy like Hyde, at least they know he can give them something. 

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Eagles coaches 'never felt more safe' at NovaCare Complex

Eagles coaches 'never felt more safe' at NovaCare Complex

On Friday, two days before Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19, several of his assistant coaches spoke about how effective they believe the Eagles’ safety protocols are inside the NovaCare Complex and how safe they consider the facility.

The Eagles, under the direction of vice president of football operations and compliance Jon Ferrari, reconfigured the South Philadelphia facility over the last several weeks to comply with NFL safety measures once the players arrived.

On Monday, the Eagles' so-called IDER plan – that stands for Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan – was approved by the league, meaning the team's plan to deal with the virus in the facility met the safety standards required by the league and the players' association.

Yet here we are.

Without knowing how or where Pederson contracted the virus, it’s impossible to determine whether the safety measures are working. 

If nobody else in the building contracts it, they’re working. If it turns out there are additional positive tests within the building in the coming days, it’s possible that even the strictest adherence to the safety measures isn’t enough.

We’ll know more in the coming days, but offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, running backs coach and assistant head coach (and interim head coach) Duce Staley and special teams coach Dave Fipp all spoke on Friday about how effective the measures the Eagles took to create a safe working environment appeared to be.

Stoutland: “Coming through the front door, going through the gate, getting tested each morning, I gotta tell you guys, I’ve never felt more safe in my life. I told my wife that, I told my kids that. Mr. (Jeff) Lurie, he cares about his team, his coaches, and just proves it once again with the group of people that he’s put together to organize this whole operation. It’s all different, it’s all new, (team president) Don Smolenski, Jon Ferrari, it’s unbelievable. Every little detail that’s going on right now, the door handles, everything that I notice, I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, they think of everything to keep us safe.’ That part of it is great I think for all of us because it kind of lets you (know), ‘OK, let me just focus on my job and detail what I have to do and the other stuff, we’re good. We’re going to be in good hands.’”

Staley: “We have to be careful, that’s something that all coaches are being redundant with. We’re talking with our players, we’re talking amongst ourselves. We’re all reminding each other how serious this is, reminding ourselves as coaches and reminding the players. This is a different time for us and as a team we must make the adjustments so we can be successful down the road. We must make the adjustments. I think the Eagles, this organization, Howie, Jeffery, along with Jon Ferrari, they’ve got a great plan here for us while we’re in the building, so we feel 100 percent safe in the building. Now, we understand everything going on, how it can be contracted, but we feel safe.”

Fipp: “I think common sense is the biggest thing. Gotta be smart, obviously. There’s definitely an issue going on out there. I think we feel good about it as long as we wear masks and take care of our responsibility outside the building. I feel great about being inside the building.”

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Pederson, 52, is asymptomatic and is feeling well at this time, the source said. 

ESPN’s Tim McManus first reported that Pederson informed his players on Sunday night after a second positive test. 

The Eagles later released the following statement: 

Most of the Eagles' meetings are still virtual and Pederson will be able to lead them. But assistant head coach and running backs coach Duce Staley will handle any head coaching responsibilities in the building while Pederson is away, according to a source. Pederson will have to follow the NFL's protocols before returning to the NovaCare Complex. 

Pederson is the second known NFL head coach to test positive for COVID-19 after Saints’ head coach Sean Payton had it in March. 

Just last week, Pederson said he felt “extremely safe” inside the NovaCare Complex. 

“Obviously, coming into it there might have been some skepticism about the testing and the screenings that go on, but it’s very thorough,” Pederson said to reporters on a Zoom call last week. “When you’re here and you get tested in the morning, you’ve got a screening process that you have to go through to get into the building, wearing masks in the building, everywhere we go, I feel extremely safe.”

According to ESPN, it is believed Pederson contracted the coronavirus outside of the NovaCare Complex. ESPN also reported that QBs coach/pass game coordinator Press Taylor, who was in close contact with Pederson, was also sent home. He has tested negative but will follow protocol before returning. 

Last week, the Eagles placed three players — Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata and Nathan Gerry — on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The Reserve/COVID-19 list is for players who either test positive or who have been exposed to someone who has. Johnson later announced that he tested positive. 

In addition to the three players put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, the Eagles also had one player opt out already. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin opted out of the season because of family reasons. 

After testing positive, Pederson will obviously miss some time at the facility. Pederson last Monday stressed the need for contingency plans, not just for players, but for coaches too. 

“We have to have a plan for everything as you know,” he said. “One of the things that we've been faced with, and I think we've done a really good job here is we've overcome some of the injuries we've had the last couple of seasons. We've coached that next guy, or that next player has been able to go in and perform at a high level, but now I think that has to carry over to the coaching staff as you mentioned.

“I think there has to be a plan in place for any coach or any staff member that may miss a couple days or a couple weeks because of the virus.

“So those are all things that are running through my mind. Again, we are in a different environment and we all have to do our part to protect ourselves, protect our players and our families and hopefully we minimize any setbacks.”

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