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Arrest warrant reportedly issued in bizarre feud between 2 former Eagles Lito Sheppard, Jabar Gaffney

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Arrest warrant reportedly issued in bizarre feud between 2 former Eagles Lito Sheppard, Jabar Gaffney

An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for a bizarre incident involving two former Eagles players.

This is a weird one.

Lito Sheppard is a longtime Eagles corner who had plenty of memorable plays in Philadelphia. The other guy involved is Jabar Gaffney, who never played a regular-season game in Philly and whose tenure in town is most memorable for an incident on the Walt Whitman Bridge involving an illegal handgun.

The two both grew up in Jacksonville, attended the same high school and both played football at the University of Florida. You'd think that'd make them good pals. Not so.

They apparently have some sort of longstanding feud that stems from allegations of Sheppard having an affair with Gaffney's wife, according to WJXT. Sheppard denies that being true. That leads us to the June incident that led to the arrest warrant. From WJXT in Jacksonville:

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former NFL player Jabar Gaffney, who is charged with felony criminal mischief in the vandalism of his former teammate's BMW, the I-TEAM learned Thursday.

Someone slashed the tires of Lito Sheppard's BMW and poured a contaminant into the gas tank while the car was parked outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant June 17, causing $14,000 in damage.

There's video footage of the incident, which Gaffney has denied, but there was apparently enough to convince the police otherwise.

You can watch video of the incident in the below local news footage.

Jalen Mills honored by NFL after pick-6

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Jalen Mills honored by NFL after pick-6

Jalen Mills has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Sunday in the Eagles' 33-10 win over the 49ers.

Mills is the first Eagles cornerback to win the award in a decade — since Lito Sheppard for his play in a win at Dallas on Dec. 16, 2007.

In that 10-6 win at Texas Stadium, Sheppard's interception of Tony Romo and 16-yard return on a pass intended for Terrell Owens set up the only touchdown of the game, Donovan McNabb's one-yard pass to Reggie Brown.

Mills recorded his third interception of the season and a 37-yard return for a touchdown late in the first quarter Sunday. He also had three tackles, a pass defensed and a tackle for loss.

The Eagles limited 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard to 167 passing yards despite 36 pass attempts and a 46.9 passer rating.

"He wants to be the guy to make the play for us," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said Tuesday of Mills. "But that one, in particular, was a huge play in that game. We had battled bad field position pretty much the whole time. It had been back and forth. We had been fortunate to get some stops. I think that was probably the play of the game, getting that touchdown. 

"Jalen is playing good, consistent ball for us. He's got his hands on some passes. That's a good receiver that he made the break on (Pierre Garçon), and finishing off with a touchdown, that's what we want to do on defense."

Mills, a seventh-round pick last year, is tied for third in the NFL with his three interceptions and shares the NFC lead. He's the first Eagles corner with three interceptions in a season since Brandon Boykin had six in 2013 and only the third player the Eagles have drafted in the seventh round or later in the last 20 years with three INTs in a season (Kurt Coleman and Jamar Chaney both had three in 2011).

His INT Sunday was the first of his career at the Linc.

"Finally got it," he said. "Great feeling, man. I really can't even explain it. Seeing the crowd going crazy, my teammates jumping on me, I really couldn't celebrate because I was getting pulled down. I really can't even explain that feeling."

The Eagles' last Defensive Player of the Week was Malcolm Jenkins after the second Giants game last year. 

Shepard, the Eagles' first-round pick in 2002, earned three Player of the Week and one Player of the Month award.

Other Eagles corners named Player of the Week were Eric Allen (twice in 1993), Bobby Taylor (1995, 2002) and Sheldon Brown (2004).

The Eagles own the NFL's best record at 7-1 and take a six-game winning streak into their game Sunday against the Broncos at the Linc.

Budding friendship could help Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones become Lito and Sheldon

Budding friendship could help Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones become Lito and Sheldon

It's likely no accident that when Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas walked into the Eagles' locker room for the first time last week, their stalls were right next to each other. 

The Eagles hope they're together for a really long time. 

"We want to build a defense and build a team that can stick together over a period of time," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said during the draft, "and hopefully this is a first step toward doing that."

Jones, the Eagles' second-round pick, and Douglas, their third, first met in Indianapolis in early March. Both were coming off good 2016 seasons and were considered two of the top cornerback prospects in a draft class full of them. 

They hit it off instantly, chatting between on-field drills. They took turns asking each other how they looked in backpedals and asking each other if they looked smooth during the drills. They met, traded tips and then went their separate ways. 

It was just over a week later when the next event in a series of events that reunited them happened. Jones, considered by some to be the very best corner in the draft, tore his left Achilles tendon at Washington's pro day. The injury dropped him out of the first round and into the Eagles' lap at pick 43 of the second round. 

Fifty-six picks later, the Eagles took Douglas out of West Virginia. And for the first time since 2002, the Eagles had picked two cornerbacks in the first three rounds of the draft. 

Now, they just hope Jones and Douglas will become as productive as Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown once were. 

And it might start with having that same type of close relationship. 

Upon their arrival to Philadelphia for rookie minicamp last week, Jones and Douglas picked up where they left off, growing their relationship. Obviously, Jones has been relegated to a spectator, but that just means they have different roles for now. 

Their budding friendship might end up being important for the growth of each individual. 

"We're just going to help each other out throughout this whole process," Jones said Friday. "If I miss something, he's going to help me. I've asked him a whole bunch of questions already. 

"And he's asking me to watch him on the field and see what he can get better on and I'm trying to critique him. It's just a good process for both of us to learn from each other." 

Jones admitted he's not a patient person and it burned him inside a little bit having to watch practice Friday (see story). He won't get the walking boot on his left leg removed until May 21, and even after that, it's a long road to recovery. 

With Jones out, and with minimal depth at the position, Douglas seemingly has a really good shot of earning playing time and perhaps even becoming a starter as a rookie (see story). So he'll take any tips he can get, especially from Jones. 

"We were just talking," Douglas said Friday, sitting at his locker as Jones sat next to him, staring at his phone, but also likely listening.

"I was asking him what he was seeing on the sideline from me. And how was I on top of the routes and stuff? And he was telling me what he saw. Pretty sure we'll watch film together. I'll catch him up on some of the tips that Coach gave us today at practice while he was at rehab."

The Eagles think Jones and Douglas have complementary skill sets — Jones is the speedier, quicker guy and Douglas is bigger and longer — that could make them a strong duo for the next several years.  

"And when you talk about the receivers in our division, in our conference, (you want) guys who can cover the quicker-twitch receivers and the guys who can take the big strong receivers that we face," Roseman said. 

It's going to take some time before Jones and Douglas are on the field together. There's no timetable for Jones' recovery and it seems possible this will end up being a redshirt season for the 20-year-old. 

But drafting two corners in the first three rounds wasn't about a quick fix. It was about growing the defense behind two talented corners who can help each other become the answer to the biggest question mark position that has stumped the Eagles for years. 

"He's a terrific player," Jones said of Douglas. "Me and him have been kind of close in this short amount of time, getting to know each other. That's going to be my guy for the next four years and more."