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The play Eagles learned Cre'Von LeBlanc was a competitor

The play Eagles learned Cre'Von LeBlanc was a competitor

Jim Schwartz didn’t even know Cre’Von LeBlanc’s name until the Eagles were about to claim him off waivers earlier this season. 

Now, Schwartz thinks the addition of LeBlanc, who has become their nickel corner, might have saved the season. 

But Schwartz did remember one play from the Eagles’ butt-whooping of the Bears in 2017 when LeBlanc still played for Chicago. It came during the fourth-quarter of a 31-3 loss. 

When the game was sort of out of hand and everything, you could tell what a competitor he was.

Here’s the play: 

The score was 24-3 at the time with under 14 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but LeBlanc didn’t give up on the play. He came from the other side of the field to pop the ball free. It was the first — and still the only — forced fumble of his career. 

Here’s what he remembers from the play: 

It was like later on in the fourth quarter and (Jay) Ajayi had broke a big run. My M.O. is I’m a go-hard guy until the very end, the finish. I’m a big competitor. I hate losing. And I’m going to give it all I got, every play I’m out there. And when he broke, I just was like, ‘I got to get this guy on the ground.’ So I just wanted to chase him out there. And then he tried to stiff-arm Kyle (Fuller) and Kyle had his arm, was holding his arm, and [Ajayi] was trying to fight for more yards. I just came in violently with a Peanut Punch and knocked the ball out.

LeBlanc, 24, is an undrafted guy who has been working to find a place for himself in the NFL, so that’s kind of his reputation. He’s going to give it everything he’s got. 

Unfortunately for LeBlanc, after he forced that fumble, Nelson Agholor was also hustling. Agholor jumped on the ball for a touchdown to put the Eagles up 31-3, which is how the game ended. So really, there were two hustle plays in one. 

LeBlanc actually grew up three hours southeast of Agholor in Florida so Agholor already knew him in passing and faced him all game.  

“When you think about it, when I was in the slot, I went against him all last year when he was in the slot,” Agholor said. “And he’s a competitor. For four quarters, he was never trying to get beat. He was fighting the whole time.”

After he was released by the Bears this September, he spent some time with the Lions. But when the Lions waived him in early November, the Eagles needed help in their secondary and claimed him. He’s made a huge difference since getting here. 

He’s still not happy Agholor was able to jump on that loose ball last year. 

“I was disappointed,” LeBlanc said. “It sucked, but I’m here now, so it is what it is.”

Yeah, he’s a competitor.

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Eagles at Redskins live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 15 game

Eagles at Redskins live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 15 game

1:45 p.m.: Miles Sanders just passed DeSean Jackson for the Eagles’ rookie record for scrimmage yards. He’s been great this season and he was good on that drive. 

The Eagles went 75 yards on 6:18 and Sanders punched in a 1-yard touchdown. On that drive, they were bailed out by a weak roughing the passer call that went in their favor. 

Still 9:53 left in the half: Eagles 10, Redskins 7

1:33 p.m.: That was a quick first quarter. The Redskins are up but the Eagles are driving. Zach Ertz was just took a cheap shot from Montae Nicholson, but he looks to be fine. 

After 1: Redskins 7, Eagles 3 

1:26 p.m.: Well, Terry McLaurin didn’t beat the Eagles deep down the field, but he still scored a 75-yard touchdown. He caught a ball in the middle and Avonte Maddox missed the tackle. 

That was quick. 

Later in the first: Redskins 7, Eagles 3 

1:23 p.m.: The Eagles just went on a 16-play, 88-yard drive that took 7:40 off the clock. They eventually had to settle for a 25-yard field goal. Zach Ertz had three catches for 48 yards on the drive. 

Late in the first quarter: Eagles 3, Redskins 0 

1:10 p.m.: The Eagles gave up a few first downs on the opening drive but eventually forced a punt. Dwayne Haskins was getting the ball out quick on that drive. Seemed like a concerted effort to do that. 

1 p.m.: Eagles win the toss, defer. Defense up first. 

11:30 a.m.: Here’s the full list of Eagles’ inactives against the Redskins: 

Lane Johnson (ankle) 
Nelson Agholor (knee)
Jordan Howard (shoulder) 
Derek Barnett (ankle) 
Nate Sudfeld 
Sua Opeta 
Shareef Miller 

For Washington, guard Brandon Scherff is out. That's a big deal and good news for Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan inside. Watch for those guys to eat today. 

11:14 a.m.: A few scenes from early warmups: 

10:13 a.m.: Some good injury news a little over an hour before inactives come out. 

9:56 a.m.: It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Landover. We got really lucky. It was raining all day yesterday and it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. We’ll take a 50-degree day with sun for the game. 

8:28 a.m.: Good morning! It’s game day and I have had my coffee, so we’re good to go. The only injury question heading into today for the Eagles is about Ronald Darby, who is questionable after suffering a hip flexor injury in practice on Friday. The Eagles already ruled out Lane Johnson (ankle), Nelson Agholor (knee), Jordan Howard (shoulder) and Derek Barnett (ankle). 

The Eagles play at 1 p.m. and if they win, it’ll be worth watching the Rams-Cowboys game at 4:25 p.m. If the Eagles win and the Cowboys lose, it’ll set up a situation where the Eagles can clinch the division against the Cowboys in Week 16 and basically give themselves a Week 17 bye. 

But first the Eagles have to take care of business against Washington. Here are five matchups to watch. 

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Eagles inactives: Ronald Darby is active against Washington

Eagles inactives: Ronald Darby is active against Washington

LANDOVER, Maryland — Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, who popped up on the injury report Friday with a hip flexor, is officially active.

Darby came into the weekend listed as questionable. 

We’ll see if he’s able to hold up during this game. If not, the Eagles do have six other cornerbacks active today: Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Sidney Jones and Craig James. 

Here’s the full list of Eagles’ inactives against the Redskins: 

Lane Johnson (ankle) 
Nelson Agholor (knee)
Jordan Howard (shoulder) 
Derek Barnett (ankle) 
Nate Sudfeld 
Sua Opeta 
Shareef Miller 

Without Agholor, the Eagles are entering this game with just three healthy receivers. They tried that last week and two of them got hurt, so they were left with just Greg Ward Jr. standing. Sure, tight end Josh Perkins basically plays receiver, so he counts some, but it’s pretty wild to think that the Eagles are trying this again. And at least last week, one of those receivers was Alshon Jeffery. This week, their three receivers have a combined 20 career catches. 

Greg Ward: 11 catches, 79 yards 

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside: 8 catches, 130 yards, 1 touchdown 

Rob Davis: 1 catch, 11 yards

Without Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai will start at right tackle. He’s back at FedEx Field, where he was demolished by Ryan Kerrigan as a rookie. The good news for Big V and the Eagles is that Kerrigan is out for the season. 

Without Barnett, Vinny Curry is likely to get his second straight start. Curry played well last week and so did Josh Sweat, who saw an increase in snaps. 

Backup rookie iOL Nate Herbig is active for the first time in his NFL career. 

Pretty big news from the Washington side too: 

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