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Connor Barwin talks transition to Eagles' front office, his drive for a Super Bowl

Connor Barwin talks transition to Eagles' front office, his drive for a Super Bowl

Former Eagle and current member of the team's front office Connor Barwin joined his old teammates Zach Ertz and Jason Kelce in charity this week, donating $25,000 to local food bank Philabundance amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Ertz and his wife, U.S. Women's National Team midfielder and World Cup champion Julie Ertz, donated $100,000 to Philabundance over the weekend. Jason Kelce and his wife Kylie also donated $100,000.

Barwin said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Farzetta on Monday that the donation felt like a no-brainer considering the circumstances. 

"Me and Laura felt like Philadelphia is home, and getting through these next few weeks and months is going to take everybody working together," Barwin said, "so we wanted to help out where we could."

Barwin took a job with the Eagles this offseason as a special assistant to the general manager. He said Monday the transition from his time as a player to his new role has been great - and he has high hopes:

I love being back in the building, I love helping out wherever I can. I tell people, my playing career ended, but I don't think my football career ended.

I missed out on the (Eagles') Super Bowl - I was in L.A. the year you guys won - so right now I'm trying to do everything I can to try and help win my first Super Bowl, and help the Eagles win their second Super Bowl.

Barwin said he started thinking about a post-playing career in the front office while he was still a player, and started having conversations with front office people before he retired last October.

"I knew early on that I'd always be involved in football, whether it be coaching, front office, or media," Barwin said, "and I thought immediately getting out of playing the game, I could learn the most by being on the business side, the front office side. It's been great working with Howie so far."

Barwin was a runaway fan favorite during his time with the Eagles from 2014 to 2017. He wasn't here for the unreal Super Bowl LII run and the ensuing mayhem, but if he can help the Birds win a second ring, it'll be like he was here all along.

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What Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's latest order means for the Eagles

What Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's latest order means for the Eagles

Pennsylvania’s governor has issued an order that could possibly allow the Eagles to return to practice as early as next week. 

But that’s far from guaranteed to happen in that time span. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday issued an order that will allow professional sports teams in Pennsylvania to return to practice or to play, without fans in attendance, if their county is in the yellow or green phases of reopening from COVID-19 precautions. Philadelphia is expected to move from red to yellow on June 5, so that’s the absolute earliest the Eagles could return to practice at the NovaCare Complex under state rule. 

It’s very important to note that this order doesn’t guarantee that the Eagles will return to practice as soon as the state allows. By NFL rule, the Eagles won’t be allowed to practice until all 32 teams are allowed. 

But at least this order from the governor clears one hurdle:

“(Professional sports teams) are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of reopening without on-site or venue spectators if the team (or league on behalf of the team) has developed a COVID-19 safety plan.

“Such a plan must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and include, among other requirements, testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel. Also, no fans or spectators may be permitted on interior or exterior venue property. Professional sports organizations are encouraged to contact the Wolf Administration to share their reopening plans and get them approved by the Department of Health.

This is the time of year the Eagles would typically be holding their voluntary Organized Team Activities leading up to a mandatory minicamp in mid-June. While it’s possible the Eagles will be allowed to hold a real minicamp in June, that’s still very much in question. The team has been holding a virtual offseason for several weeks, utilizing Microsoft Teams. 

The good news here is that is seems like there is a growing possibility the Eagles will be able to hold a training camp in late July/early August at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. There are still more hurdles to clear before that and the importance of training camp is not lost on the team. 

Last week, head coach Doug Pederson said he was preparing like training camp would be held on time. He also said it’ll be important for the Eagles to have an entire training camp (five to six weeks) to adequately and safety prepare for the 2020 season. 

“I do think that a full training camp moving forward would prepare you,” Pederson said. “I do think you can get in enough contact in, I do think you can get enough padded practices in. You’d have to maximize those. At the same time, you’d have to be smart to get your guys ready and prepared for that opening weekend.”

The Eagles are scheduled to open their 2020 preseason on Aug. 13 in Indianapolis. They will open the regular season on the road against the Redskins on Sept. 13. 

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The Redskins tweeted ... nothing ... and the responses were hilarious

The Redskins tweeted ... nothing ... and the responses were hilarious

What have the Redskins done for their fans lately?

The answer came from the team’s own Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

A tweet with literally nothing in it. A nothing tweet. The Seinfeld of tweets, without the actual entertainment value. Suffice it to say, the responses were hilarious and plentiful.

This is bound to happen when you’re a team that has half as many playoff wins (2) in the last 27 seasons as Nick Foles had in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Over that same span, they’ve finished in last place 11 times.

So far this offseason, their most memorable piece of social media content seems to be a butt-dial.

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