Eagles

Pro Pets: Eagles kicker Jake Elliott and Willy from Philly

Pro Pets: Eagles kicker Jake Elliott and Willy from Philly

Philly, you will absolutely love Willy.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott and his fiancee Annie Timyan rescued Willy, a mixed breed from Philadelphia who embodies the city's toughness.

"We thought it would be cool to find a local pup in Philly," Elliott said.

Oh, and he's got game-breaking ability.

"I think he'd be closest to a Darren Sproles," Timyan said. "He's quick and super athletic."

Get to know Willy, his awesome story and much more in the above video. And for more on Philly athletes and their pets, visit our ProPets page.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Eagles

The interesting wrinkle in Jay Ajayi's contract

The interesting wrinkle in Jay Ajayi's contract

The Eagles on Friday signed running back Jay Ajayi for the rest of the 2019 season, but based on what’s written into the contract, the Eagles will basically have the option to bring him back in 2020. 

Here’s the report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport: 

So basically, Ajayi will kind of be a restricted free agent at the lowest (right of first refusal) level. That means the Eagles have the option to match a contract and keep the player, but won’t get compensation back if he goes elsewhere like a higher-level tendered player. 

This is an interesting wrinkle to Ajayi’s contract, especially in the entire scope of the Eagles’ running back situation. 

Because, remember, Jordan Howard is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. As long as he’s able to return from this stinger soon, he would be a realistic candidate to get an extension before the end of the season. But, to me, this part of Ajayi’s contract is sort of like an insurance policy if the Eagles aren’t able to re-sign Howard during free agency. Or if they choose to move on from Howard. 

The Eagles seem to like having a running back rotation and the only running back guaranteed to return in 2020 is Miles Sanders. Either Howard or a healthy Ajayi (we’ll see) would seemingly be a good complement. 

I say we’ll see because Ajayi hasn’t played football in over a year. He signed on Friday, but Doug Pederson opted to not play him two days later. During his career, Ajayi has been a very productive runner, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. 

But Ajayi, 26, tore his ACL last season and already had long-standing knee issues, so there’s some serious doubt about his football future. Ajayi will have a chance to answer some of those questions in the final six games of the 2019 season. 

“We will incorporate him,” Pederson said on Monday. “Again, if Jordan (Howard) … if he doesn't practice or whatever during the week then we definitely will get Jay ready to go.”

The Eagles at least took out an insurance policy of sorts. If Ajayi does have something left, they’ll have the option of bringing him back in 2020 no matter what other team is interested in him.

More on the Eagles

Andre Dillard will likely start at right tackle if Lane Johnson can't face Seahawks

Andre Dillard will likely start at right tackle if Lane Johnson can't face Seahawks

It sounds like Andre Dillard will start at right tackle against the Seahawks Sunday if Lane Johnson is unable to play, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson indicated Monday.

Johnson suffered a concussion during the second quarter of the Eagles’ loss to the Patriots Sunday at the Linc and is now in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai, the Eagles’ starting left tackle during the 2017 Super Bowl run, finished the game at right tackle, but Pederson said it will be Dillard and not Big V getting first-team reps this week.

The Eagles scored 10 points and averaged 49 yards of offense on three drives with Johnson on the field. They didn't score a point and averaged 17 yards per drive after Vaitai entered the game.

Dillard, the rookie first-round pick from Washington State, played very well in his first three career starts — against the Cowboys, Bills and Bears — in place of Peters, who was dealing with a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.

Peters returned Sunday for the Patriots, but when Johnson got hurt, the Eagles turned to Vaitai because Dillard hasn’t gotten any practice time on the right side and Vaitai has run scout team at right tackle. 

But Pederson said that will change the week.

“Going into the game, obviously J.P.’s status during the week, (Dillard) was still working at left tackle,” Pederson said. “But moving forward — again, depending on Lane’s status at the end of the week — the plan would be to work Dillard a little bit at right tackle.”

Asked what “a little bit” means, he said Dillard would get first-team reps. 

The risk is that Peters has been forced by injuries to leave numerous games early. He’s missed significant snaps in eight games over the last two years in addition to the three entire games he missed.  

Peters has played every snap in only 16 of the Eagles' last 38 games dating back to his season-ending knee injury against the Redskins in October of 2017.

If the Eagles start Peters at left tackle and Dillard at right tackle and Peters gets hurt again, now you have to either change two positions — Dillard moving to left tackle and Vaitai back in at right — or play Vaitai at his old left tackle position, which isn’t ideal.

Johnson has missed only two games with injuries in his seven-year career, although he did miss four in 2014 and 10 in 2016 because of positive tests.

He missed a game with a concussion against the Panthers in 2017 and a game the first Cowboys game last year with a knee injury.

Dillard, 24, was the 22nd pick in this year's draft.

More on the Eagles