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There’s just one word to describe Eagles rookie Josh Sweat

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There’s just one word to describe Eagles rookie Josh Sweat

According to one of his teammates, Eagles 6-foot-5 rookie Josh Sweat owns a small Dachshund — you know, a wiener dog. It must be quite a sight to see the mammoth defensive end walking the small canine. 

In a way — a pretty comical one — you might see the similarities between Sweat and his dog. Sweat is as lanky as wiener dogs are long and sometimes pet owners do look like their pets. There’s maybe a bit of that going on here. 

Just make no mistake, Sweat packs the punch of a Doberman. 

After playing just 15 defensive snaps through seven games this season, the Eagles will need to rely on Sweat a little more the rest of the way thanks to a season-ending shoulder injury suffered by Derek Barnett. Michael Bennett will start and maybe the other two will play a little more as well, but this injury will have the biggest impact on Sweat, who has basically been a non-factor as a rookie. Until now. 

When asked about the Sweat on Wednesday, his teammates seemed to use one word more than any other to describe his play. See if you can find it. 

Fletcher Cox: “He’s explosive. He’s a guy that can rush the quarterback obviously. When I first saw him, I was like, it’s a little guy. But after a while of watching him practice and seeing him move around, he’s really strong. He can push people around. We’re going to expect to see him do that on Sundays.” 

Brandon Graham: “Explosive. Somebody who got a lot of bend, just like [Barnett] and a lot of energy.” 

Doug Pederson: “I think he’s explosive off the ball, he’s long, has been around the passer, can be disruptive. This will be a great opportunity for him.”

Avonte Maddox: “Explosive. He’s fast. When he gets off the ball it’s like … (claps his hands). He definitely is explosive.”

That’s the word on Sweat. He’s explosive. He’s able to thrust his 6-5, 250-pound body and knife through blockers into the backfield to make plays. For the first seven weeks of the season seeing that explosiveness has been a treat reserved for those watching practice. During those practices, Sweat has been getting a lot of his reps on the Eagles’ scout team helping the offense to improve. 

On Wednesday, the day after Barnett had surgery to repair his injured shoulder, Sweat seemed pretty calm about his impending expanded role on defense. 

“I’ve been eager to play, obviously,” he said. “I’ve just been staying ready.”

The last time the rest of us saw Sweat play was during training camp. He didn’t show signs of a knee injury that once threatened to derail his football career before high school. He just looked like the guy the Eagles had rated higher than a fourth-round pick. He looked like the explosive type of player his teammates think he can become. 

But the dog days of summer are long gone. Now, it’s time for Sweat to show up on Sundays.

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Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

Eagles Injury Update: Derek Barnett, Nelson Agholor, Kamu Grugier-Hill miss practice again

For the second straight day, the Eagles were without three key players at practice. 

Derek Barnett (ankle), Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) and Nelson Agholor (knee) all missed Friday’s session after also missing Thursday. 

It’s rare for players to miss the first two practice days of the week and play that weekend. 

Barnett, it seemed, hurt his ankle during the loss to the Dolphins but was able to finish the game, playing 50 snaps. This season, Barnett is second on the team in sacks with 4 1/2 and has played more snaps (78 percent) than any other defensive lineman. 

The only other defensive players to play more than him this season are Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. 

If Barnett can’t play on Monday, it’s likely Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat will see more playing time and perhaps Genard Avery will see a few more snaps. Maybe even Daeshon Hall or Shareef Miller might get to play a bit. 

Agholor has been dealing with his knee injury since the Patriots game. He missed the game against Seattle, but returned last week to play 63 snaps against the Dolphins. Last week, Agholor was limited in practice the first two days of the week and was not given a game status. 

If Agholor can’t play, Greg Ward could perhaps have a bigger role on Monday night. 

Meanwhile, Grugier-Hill didn’t report concussion symptoms until Thursday and was then placed into the NFL’s concussion protocol. Based on the timing of all that, it seems like a long shot that he’ll be able to play on Monday night. 

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Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

Jerry Jones was BIG cranky on radio interview day after Cowboys' Week 14 loss to Bears

The one bit of solace Eagles fans can take from the 2019 season so far is that it’s been a complete disaster for the Cowboys too. 

On Friday morning, the day after the Cowboys lost to the Bears to fall to 6-7, a cranky Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan in Dallas for his weekly spot and the station had to briefly drop his call after two consecutive swear words in the interview. 

But Jones came out of the gate cranky. 

The Cowboys’ owner and GM was asked if he had any answers for the way the team is playing right now and his answer was short: 

“We’re not playing very well.”

Are you embarrassed? 

That was the question that set him off a little bit.  

Hey, get your damn act together yourself. OK? Now, we’re going to have a good visit this morning but settle down just a little bit. We’ve got a lot to go over, now go on with your question. But I’m going to give you the answers I want to give you this morning. And I don’t like your attitude to come in. I’ve been traveling all night and I don’t have the patience to jack with you today.

A little later, Jones was asked if he understands why there are so many questions about head coach Jason Garrett. 

Here was his answer with the swear word at the end. 

Of course I understand why they come up. Our fans are interested. They’re frustrated that we’re not playing better and I understand that and I know. That goes with the territory. And I fully expect to have those questions and I know that if you really think about it, if I did have answers as to different directions regarding talent … if I did, I would not share them right now. Because, first of all, if you’ve got other teams’ talent in mind, that’s tampering. Even if you had something in mind, unless they’re not involved in the National Football League right now and that wouldn’t be smart if they were involved other places. So we want to do a good job here, I want to do a good job with you guys but there’s a whole bunch of time where I have to bulls--- the hell out of you.

One of the hosts then said he totally understood that. 

To which, Jones replied: “Do you understand bulls---?” 

That was when the radio station’s system took over and dropped the call with the Cowboys owner. The program director explained that they had to hit the dump button twice in a short span of time and the system is designed to then kill all sound but the hosts. 

A bit later, Jones rejoined the program. 

“I had been talking the whole time,” Jones said. 

Strange interview, but definitely worth the listen. 

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