Andrew Sendejo

Nooo … the Eagles would never ask Andrew Sendejo for Vikings knowledge

Nooo … the Eagles would never ask Andrew Sendejo for Vikings knowledge

Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo spent the last eight years of his career with the Vikings and the last five of those were under Mike Zimmer. So it would stand to reason that during that time, he probably picked up some knowledge that could potentially help out his new team this weekend. 

Maybe, perhaps, it would make sense, hypothetically speaking, of course, if the Eagles’ offensive coaches were to ask Sendejo a thing or two this week. 

“No, we wouldn't ask him anything,” Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh joked coyly on Tuesday. 

And if you ask Sendejo, the 32-year-old claims he’s busy enough worrying about his own responsibilities to be coaching up his offense. He has to watch tape, he has to prepare for his special teams role, he has to prepare on defense. He’s a football player, after all … not a tutor. 

Zimmer isn’t buying it. 

“Sendejo,” he said on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters on Wednesday. “I’m sure he’s singing like a canary.” 

Zimmer explained that some former players know the overall scheme better than others. In this case? Zimmer said Sendejo “knows it as good as anybody.” 

Maybe it’s just the over-paranoia of NFL coaches, but Zimmer said the Vikings will be making some adjustments this week in an attempt to limit any advantage Sendejo might have been able to give his new team. 

While Sendejo joked that he sings better than a canary, the veteran safety certainly didn’t on Wednesday afternoon while meeting with reporters. In fact, he was especially tight-lipped about how his knowledge of the Vikings could help this week and about his trip back to his former home in general. It’s just another game, he tried to say. 

When asked how much time he spent talking to offensive coaches this week, Sendejo didn’t directly answer the question. 

“I’m focused on what I have to do this week defensively,” he said. “I have my own job. I’m not just here to help the offense.”

Sure, sometimes this stuff can be overblown. Are the Eagles going to completely change their scheme or gameplan because of a few tips from their third safety? No, of course not. They’re still going to do their film study and go about business as usual. 

But to think they won’t at least try to squeeze any bit of knowledge out of a long-time veteran with an immense understanding of the opposing defense is silly too. Of course they will. 

So what kinds of things can Sendejo help with? 

“I guess you’d have to play for the offense to know,” Sendejo said. 

Hmm. It sounds like the Eagles’ offense was indeed serenaded by Songbird Sendejo this week. 

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A former Eagle gets a job, and it could mean a draft pick for Eagles

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A former Eagle gets a job, and it could mean a draft pick for Eagles

He’s been traded once and released three times and now one-time Eagles third-round pick Jordan Matthews has another chance to play football.

Which could mean an extra draft pick for the Eagles.

The 49ers re-signed Matthews on Thursday to replace injured receiver Jalen Hurt, their rookie third-round pick.

Since Matthews finished last year with the Eagles — his second stint here — and entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, he counts toward the Eagles’ net gain-loss when it comes to compensatory picks.

The Eagles also lost Golden Tate, Nick Foles and Jordan Hicks as unrestricted free agents and added Andrew Sendejo and L.J. Fort. They’ve since released Fort, who no longer counts as a net gain.

Foles, who signed with the Jaguars, is expected to bring the Eagles a third-round pick, and Hicks is worth a fourth-round pick, according to draft analytics web site OverTheCap.com.

If Matthews stays with the 49ers for at least 10 weeks, then he cancels out Sendejo and the Eagles would then receive compensation for losing Tate in the form of a 2020 fifth-round pick, according to OverTheCap.

If the 49ers release Matthews before he's been on the roster for 10 weeks, the Eagles no longer receive that compensation.

Matthews caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three years with the Eagles, the 12th-most catches in NFL history by any player in his first three seasons.

But the Eagles traded him to the Bills in the Ronald Darby deal after the 2016 season, and he has just 45 receptions since. He’s bounced from the Bills to the Patriots to the Eagles to the 49ers and now back to the 49ers.

And Eagles fans should hope he stays with the 49ers.

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Eagles' Avonte Maddox has feeling in extremities, was joking with teammates on field after scary collision

Eagles' Avonte Maddox has feeling in extremities, was joking with teammates on field after scary collision

GREEN BAY, Wis. — As Avonte Maddox was being taken off the field on a stretcher late Thursday night at Lambeau Field, the 23-year-old was already moving his extremities and joking around with his teammates. 

That eased their minds enough to win the game two plays later. 

“He was smiling and moving around,” said Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo, whose friendly fire hit injured Maddox. 

As the Eagles were finishing off their huge 34-27 win over the Packers, Maddox was being sent to a local hospital for further evaluations. But the Eagles’ second-year defensive back had movement in all his extremities and the trip to the hospital was precautionary, the team said. 

With 1:15 left in Thursday night’s game, Aaron Rodgers completed a pass to tight end Robert Tonyan. As Maddox tried to make the tackle, Sendejo charged forward and his helmet hit Maddox’s facemask full force. Maddox was instantly down inside the 10-yard line. 

Malcolm Jenkins immediately called the training staff over. And, eventually, the entire Eagles’ sideline gathered around Maddox to wish him well before he was taken off the field. 

“Yeah, I felt bad,” Sendejo said. “It’s part of the game. I think we all felt bad for him. You don’t ever want to see anyone like that, especially one of your boys.” 

After Maddox left the game, the Eagles were down to just two cornerbacks because Sidney Jones (hamstring) was ruled out earlier in the evening. Reserve Craig James, who hadn’t played all night, got the game winning PBU on the interception by Nigel Bradham to seal the win. 

After the Eagles knew Maddox was OK, they desperately wanted to win for him. 

“As soon as he went down, we were like, ‘man, we gotta win this game,’ Bradham said. “Everybody gathered around. That’s why you saw the whole sideline gather around, show love to him, show how much we appreciate him for playing this game. It’s a dangerous game, but when you got guys like that at that caliber it’s really impactful.”

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