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Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

A few years ago, Rick Lovato was working in his family’s restaurant, Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, in Lincroft, New Jersey, just waiting for a chance.

He wasn’t the best at making pizza, but Lovato could make a mean breakfast sandwich. 

Maybe he still can, but Lovato won’t have to worry about picking up an apron again anytime soon. He’s in the middle of what might end up being a long and profitable NFL career. 

The Eagles on Tuesday signed the 27-year-old long snapper to a four-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2023 season. 

Lovato has been playing this season on a one-year deal he signed in February and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season. It’s worth noting that kicker Jake Elliott and punter Cameron Johnston are also in the final years of their contracts, so perhaps another move or two will be coming. 

While this deal won’t break the bank the way Brandon Brooks’ extension did last week, the Eagles seem interested right now in re-signing some players they want to keep around. 

The Eagles initially signed Lovato in December of 2016 after Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. Lovato performed well enough that the Eagles traded Dorenbos the following August and made Lovato their full-time long snapper. 

Lovato has played in 45 regular-season games and five playoff games with the Eagles, including Super Bowl LII. He has a giant Lombardi Trophy tattooed on his side. 

Being a long snapper is kind of like being an offensive lineman in some ways. The less you hear about the long snapper, the more likely he’s performing well and not making mistakes. So, for Lovato’s sake, hopefully this is the last time you hear his name for a few years.  

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Eagles claim Marcus Epps off waivers, who was released when Vikings added Andrew Sendejo

Eagles claim Marcus Epps off waivers, who was released when Vikings added Andrew Sendejo

The Eagles on Thursday were awarded a waiver claim for safety Marcus Epps, a rookie sixth-round pick from Wyoming.

Epps was released Wednesday after the Vikings claimed safety Andrew Sendejo on waivers after he was released by the Eagles.

Oddly enough.

Epps becomes the 69th player on the Eagles’ 53-man roster this year. 

Epps doesn’t have the experience the 10-year veteran Sendejo has, but he also has never tried to decapitate a teammate, as far as we can tell.

Epps has played in eight of the Vikings’ nine games, getting 76 snaps on special teams and 12 on defense. 

In four years at Wyoming, where he started as a walk-on, Epps had nine interceptions, 19½ tackles for loss and 22 pass breakups. He wasn’t invited to the NFL scouting combine.

He’s the first Wyoming player on the Eagles’ roster since safety Chris Prosinski played in eight games in 2014.

The Eagles are back up to 10 defensive backs on the roster, including corners Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Craig James and safeties Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins, Rudy Ford and Epps.

Here’s a look at everybody the Eagles have added since the initial 53-man roster was set on Aug. 1. Out of this group, Ellis, Spence, Ward, Scandrick and Lewis are no longer with the team, although Ward is on the practice squad.

TE Alex Ellis
DT Akeem Spence
CB Craig James
WR Greg Ward
CB Orlando Scandrick
LB Duke Riley
CB Ryan Lewis
RB Boston Scott
LB Alex Singleton
CB Jalen Mills
DT Anthony Rush
DT Albert Huggins
DT Bruce Hector
DE Genard Avery
WR Jordan Matthews
S Marcus Epps

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DeSean Jackson goes on Injured Reserve but there's a small chance he could return

DeSean Jackson goes on Injured Reserve but there's a small chance he could return

The Eagles on Tuesday afternoon put DeSean Jackson on Injured Reserve after the veteran receiver had successful core muscle surgery earlier in the day.

This move will likely end Jackson’s 2019 season, but there’s still an outside chance he could return in the playoffs if he’s healed and if the Eagles are still alive. He will need to miss eight games. 

The earliest Jackson, 32, could return is in the divisional round. So it looks like even if Jackson is able to return from IR this season, the Eagles would need to get to the playoffs and then likely win a playoff game without him. 

At the very least, Jackson is now officially done for the regular season, which isn’t very surprising. The recovery time from the core muscle surgery is four to six weeks and the Eagles have just seven games left in the regular season. 

The Eagles are allowed to designate two players to return from IR. The other obvious candidate is cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc, who is eligible now, but isn’t ready. 

This is likely the end to a disappointing season for Jackson that started off with so much promise. In the opener, he caught eight passes for 154 yards and two long touchdowns. 

But then he suffered an abdominal injury early in Week 2. He missed six games and tried to make a return on Sunday against the Bears. He played just four snaps and had surgery two days later. 

Head coach Doug Pederson was asked on Monday about why the Eagles didn’t just give Jackson another two weeks to heal since the bye was coming right after the Chicago game. 

“Sitting here today, you kind of go, ‘Alright, maybe you should have,’” Pederson admitted. “Your second-guessing now and we can't — we’re in a business where we have to play and we have to play with the guys who are in uniform. Again, he busted his tail to put himself in a position to help us [Sunday], and again he just felt that discomfort, so we kept him out and that's where we are.”

With Jackson on IR and after the Eagles waived Andrew Sendejo, they have two roster spots open. There’s a very good chance one of those will go to Jordan Matthews, who worked out for the Eagles on Tuesday

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