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Several Eagles could reach milestones in Week 17 vs. Cowboys

Several Eagles could reach milestones in Week 17 vs. Cowboys

Carson Wentz has one more game before the book closes on his rookie year. He's already among the most accomplished rookie quarterbacks in NFL history, and he has several milestones within reach when the Eagles finish the 2016 season with a New Year's Day game Sunday against the Cowboys at the Linc. 

Let's take a look at where Wentz fits in among the top rookie quarterbacks in NFL history and a few other milestones that Eagles players are chasing Sunday:

• Wentz’s 564 pass attempts are already fifth-most in NFL history by a rookie. The record of 627 by Andrew Luck in 2012 is probably out of reach (although you never know with Doug Pederson calling plays), but Wentz can move as high as second with 36 passes.

• Wentz’s 3,537 passing yards are already seventh-most by a rookie. He can realistically move as high as fourth. With 203, he would reach 3,740, which would trail only Luck (4,374), Cam Newton (4,051) and Jameis Winston (4,042) in NFL history.

• Wentz needs only three pass completions to break the NFL rookie record of 354, set in 2010 by former teammate Sam Bradford of the Rams.

• Wentz already holds the franchise record of 352 completions. With eight pass attempts, Wentz will break Donovan McNabb’s franchise record of 571, set in 2008.

• Donovan McNabb’s Eagles record of 3,916 passing yards in a season was set in 2008. It would take 380 yards to break that, which is a longshot, but Wentz would move as high as third in franchise history with 272 yards or fourth with 189.

• On the negative side, one more interception would give Wentz 15 this year. That would be the most since Randall Cunningham had 15 in 1989 and match the most since Ron Jaworski threw 20 in 1985.

• With 37 attempts, Wentz will become the 22nd quarterback in history with 600 attempts in a season.

• At his current pace of 23 completions per game, Wentz is on target for 375. He would become the 22nd QB in history with 375 completions in a season.

• Wentz’s 62.5 percent completion percentage is on track for the sixth-highest in NFL history by a rookie with at least 200 pass attempts.

• Even with nine interceptions in his last six games, Wentz’s interception percentage (2.45 every 100 attempts) is sixth-best ever by a rookie with at least 200 pass attempts. Mike Glennon (2.16) is pretty much locked into the No. 5 spot.

• Caleb Sturgis has made 33 field goals and is tied with David Akers in 2008 for most in franchise history. With a big game Sunday, he can move pretty high up the all-time NFL list for most field goals in a season. Two more would give him 35 (tied for 23rd), three more would leave him tied for 10th-most and four more would be tied for seventh-most in NFL history.

• At 86.8 percent, Sturgis is on target for the second-most accurate kicking season in Eagles history. But Cody Parkey’s 88.9 percent in 2014 is out of reach. 

• Jordan Matthews has 225 receptions, which is already 11th-most in NFL history by a player in his first three seasons. If Matthews' ankle injury allows him to play, one catch against Dallas would move him up to ninth, five moves him to eighth and eight moves him up to seventh.

• Zach Ertz’s 234 catches are 11th-most ever by a tight end in his first four seasons. But he would need eight receptions to catch former Eagle Keith Jackson and move into the top 10.

• Barring an almost impossibly huge game from one of the receivers, the Eagles will become the first team in NFL history with more than four players in the same season with 30 or more catches and a per-catch average of 11 yards or less. They will also become the first team in NFL history with more than five such players. Matthews (11.0), Dorial Green-Beckham (10.8), Ertz (10.4), Nelson Agholor (10.1), Trey Burton (9.0) and Darren Sproles (8.6) all have at least 30 receptions and an average of 11 or less.

5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

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5-year-old Eagles impersonator gets Boston Scott's stamp of approval

With professional sports on pause around the world, fans are looking for anything - video games, simulations, classic games - to satisfy that live sports itch.

We may have found the ultimate placeholder: a five-year-old imitating Boston Scott's infamous spin-o-rama.

On Saturday afternoon, Twitter user Robin Stanley tagged Scott in a quick video of his son, Beckett, pretending to be the Eagles running back:

I mean, c'mon: the likeness to Scott's spin move against the Giants is kind of uncanny.

In case you need to jog your memory, here is Scott's spin:

Scott, of course, made fun of himself for the move at the time, admitting that when he saw the clip after the game, it "looked pretty silly".

I'd say Beckett's spin had a little more swag.

Stanley's dad, a Philly native, told NBC Sports Philadelphia his son was expecting to play his first season of flag football this spring down in Nashville, but the league was postponed because of social distancing mandates, so he's making do.

On Saturday, Scott saw Stanley's video and gave the little man a nod of approval:

That's just good, clean fun. Thank you, Beckett, for the sports-related smile.

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Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Rodney McLeod explains biggest lessons learned from Malcolm Jenkins

Four years ago, when Rodney McLeod became a free agent for the first time in his NFL career, one of the reasons he wanted to join the Eagles was for the chance to play next to Malcolm Jenkins. 

And for the last four years, he did. The two formed a safety tandem that played 49 regular season games and four playoff games, including Super Bowl LII, together. 

But now Jenkins is back in New Orleans with the Saints and the Eagles are preparing to play without him for the first time since 2013. Meanwhile, McLeod signed a two-year deal to return to Philly. 

On a conference call with reporters on Thursday, McLeod said he learned a lot from Jenkins over the past four seasons. 

What were some of those lessons? 

Just as a competitor,” McLeod said. “And then the ability to get the most out of guys, whether it’s on the defensive side or from an entire team standpoint. I think as a leader, that’s your kind of job. How can you get guys to play at the highest level and get the most out of your players. I think he was one of the best at doing that and understanding everyone … I learned a lot from him. 

“Not just on the field but off the field, the way he handled himself and what he did in the community for the city. I’ll always admire him. It’s hard to match. But like I said, his legacy will live on. The Saints are getting a good guy. Now, us as Eagles, playing with a new group of guys and we’re ready to move forward.

There’s no question that the Eagles are going to miss Jenkins’ contributions on the field. They will use some combination of Jalen Mills and Will Parks to replace him at that position and that won’t be easy. 

But the Eagles will also miss the leadership Jenkins brought to the locker room. He wasn’t just the leader of the secondary or even just the defense; Jenkins was oftentimes the key leader for the entire team. That’s hard to replace too. 

It’s not that McLeod, 29, hasn’t been a leader during his first four years in Philly. But now that role might need to expand and will become more important with the absence of Jenkins. 

“I think it’s important for me to be myself and be who I’ve always been,” McLeod said. “And that’s a guy that leads by his actions and leads by example. I think if you ask a lot of guys on the team, that’s what they’ll tell you most. Actions sometimes speak louder than words. I think there will be times for me to speak up when needed. When my teammates need me most, I’ll be ready to do that.”

For the most part, McLeod has been the quieter of the two safeties and Jim Schwartz has previously called him the calming presence in the defensive backfield.

But McLeod can speak up too. 

It’s really just about finding a balance between his two sides and putting the lessons from Jenkins into practice in 2020. 

“Myself, being a leader on this team for some time, will of course be asked to step up as well as other guys from a defensive standpoint and on the team,” McLeod said. “I think we’re prepared for that. And guys will be willing to step up to the plate and accept the challenge. Myself first and foremost.”

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