Eagles RB Miles Sanders: ‘I’m ready to do whatever to help this team win a championship’

On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles did something that they have not done in a long time.  Philadelphia selected former Penn State RB Miles Sanders in the second round of the NFL Draft. This is the first time Philly has selected a running back this high since they drafted LeSean McCoy in the second round back in 2009, and ironically enough, Sanders, who is from Pittsburgh, hopes to be just as successful as McCoy has been in the NFL.

“I heard about him(LeSean McCoy) when he came up from high school, broke a lot of records at his high school, too,” Sanders said at his introductory press conference on Saturday. “So I know a lot about his game. He’s still doing well in the league, so he’s just the type of player that you see as a real vet and as a guy that you can really look up to and get advice. I don’t know how long he’s been in the league, but he’s doing very well for himself, so the type of guy that I really look up to, and running backs in my list, too. But that’s the type of career that I’m trying to really follow.”

At Penn State, Sanders waited patiently behind Saquon Barkley, and finally got his chance to be a feature back last season. In 2018, Sanders rushed for 1274 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Recently, Philadelphia acquired RB Jordan Howard from the Bears. The Eagles also have Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams in the mix. Over the past few seasons, Philly has rotated their running backs, which is okay with Sanders.

“I’m used to rotating. I’m not a selfish player,” Sanders said. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help this team win. High school, I split reps with another great running back. Penn State was kind of the same thing. I’m ready. I’m willing to do whatever, as far as special teams or splitting reps, it doesn’t matter. I’m ready to do whatever to help this team win a championship.”

Last season, due to injuries, Philly struggled at the running back position. It is clear after some of the moves Philly has made that fixing this issue was a big priority for the team. The additions of Howard and Sanders should improve the running game for the Eagles in 2019.

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Eagles’ Dillard: ‘I’ve been told that the media, the fans, everybody, are all about their Eagles’

The Philadelphia Eagles really wanted Washington State LT Andre Dillard, and on Thursday night, they made sure they got him. Philadelphia traded the 25th overall pick, and a fourth and sixth round pick to Baltimore to move up three spots to grab Dillard with 22nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In Dillard, Philadelphia gets one of the top offensive linemen in this Draft. The 23-year-old Dillard could be the heir apparent to nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters.

Today, Dillard was introduced to the Philly media.

Here is what he had to say:

Q. So last year, according to Pro Football Focus, you were the top pass blocking tackle in college football. What adjustments are you going to have to make from the college game to the NFL game?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, so coming from that [Washington State head coach] Mike Leach offense at Wazoo, we definitely passed the ball a lot, so I kind of got a leg up on the pass protection aspect of the game. There’s that question, can this guy run block? You know, there hasn’t been much film of that. I haven’t been asked to do that a lot but since the end of college, I’ve been working a lot on that part of the game and I’m going to continue to do that and I’m really excited.

Q. You mentioned Washington State head coach Mike Leach’s offense, you’re in a two-point stance most of the time and not a lot of run blocking in that offense. How do you think you’ll take the next step at this level doing three-point stance and run blocking? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, like I said, you know, at the Senior Bowl, I kind of got my first glimpse at being in a three-point stance and it felt pretty natural for me to do that and put the hand in the dirt and just drive somebody off the ball so if that was a lot of fun I can only imagine what the next chapter in my life is going to be like and I’m just really excited to get to work and improve in every way that I can.

Q. Along those lines of pass blocking versus run blocking, I think there are some thoughts that people question whether you are mean enough. Can you be mean enough on the field? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Of course. You’ve got a little taste of that over my film and over the Senior Bowl film. It’s just a switch. Like people will think I’m not capable of being a mean guy on the field because I’m nice right now, but there’s that switch and you’ve got to know when to be mean and when to be nice.

Q. I think I read that when you first started playing football, you described yourself as a “wuss.” Can you just talk about playing with a little bit of an edge? What changed during your high school career? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Well, by wuss, I meant, you know, when I first played in eighth and ninth grade, I had no idea what I was doing. I had never hit a person before, so I didn’t – I was unsure if that was okay and it’s like, yeah, you have a helmet on. Just go out there and – yeah, over the years of progressively getting better at the game I just fell in love with it more and more and just put more of my body and soul into it, and so, definitely gotten a lot more aggressive over the years.

Q. Going back to where you were when you first started playing in eighth grade there to where you are today, can you believe that, hey, I’m a first-round pick and you’re standing here with the Philadelphia Eagles today; if you go back to that point, would you have thought that idea would be crazy to be here today? 
ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, a lot of the time I do go back and think about those times. It never even crossed my mind that I would even be like a college player. You know, so it just – thinking about the journey that I’ve had up to this point, it really is something special.

Q. So how did that happen? How did you get from that point as a lightly recruited player, as a redshirt player to a first-round pick? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Really I just – the coaches that I’ve had growing up, I’ve been blessed to have. Some of the best men in my life, with those guys, and they really took me under their wing and showed me everything about the game and always encouraged me to keep going, keep pushing, when times got really tough and I was discouraged in myself.

When things weren’t going well real early, what made you stick with it? Why didn’t you give up? 

ANDRE DILLARD: I’ve always just had this thing about me where I like to finish what I started. I don’t ever want to leave anything with regrets, and I just really kept trusting it.

You’ve already graduated, right? So how important was that to get your degree, too?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, that was probably the most important reason that I stayed and didn’t go early, and it really was a benefit to me in all different ways, football included. I just think the degree is the most important part because that’s why you’re in college. That’s the main thing that you have to do. You have to have a plan B because you’re not going to play football forever.

Q. When you arrived, fans were waiting at the gate and cheering your arrival. What was that like for you, and then what have you been told about Philadelphia and what these fans are like?

ANDRE DILLARD: That was just an amazing feeling. I felt like some kind of superhero. It was a really good feeling and just to feel that passion from the Philly fans right there. I’ve been told that the media, the fans, everybody, are all about their Eagles. Very passionate group, community, and I’m just really excited to be a part of all that.

Q. So I think you only gave up one sack last season at Washington State. Do you remember the one sack and how much pride do you take in a stat like that, only giving up one when they pass the ball as much as you guys did? 

ANDRE DILLARD: I remember that same exact play. I sometimes like dreamt about it because I’m just really critical of myself and everything that I can do better on each play.

Q. The Eagles have T Jason Peters obviously at left tackle for now. Did they tell you what they would like to see from you this year and if there’s an opportunity and they really want to get you on the field, would you play guard or would you learn another position on the line at all? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Right now, I’m just kind of here meeting everybody, showing me the ropes around the place right now. Whatever they need me to do, I’m here, ready to do it and ready to work.

Q. Getting back to that one sack, what do you remember about it?

ANDRE DILLARD: I do remember that my weight was kind of forward and my hands weren’t all the way inside on that particular play, and so he kind of just got a hold of my shoulder and kind of pulled me down forward and went inside. I’ll always remember that play.

Q. A lot of scouting reports praise you for your technique. How have you kind of developed that technique throughout your career and has your dad helped you with that at all having his experience?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, my dad played a huge part in my football development, especially in the earlier stages. I would always have him for advice throughout the years and not just football, but life in general. He’s been just the greatest role model for me and after every game, he would kind of critique me a little bit here and there. Tell me about certain plays and all that. But the technique standpoint, I used to watch a lot of [T] Jason Peters and, [T] Tyron Smith with the [Dallas] Cowboys and [T] Trent Williams, [Washington] Redskins. Just some good tackles, [Green Bay Packers T] David Bakhtiari. I just liked to watch some of those high-end tackles and kind of watch what they do with their technique.

And I’ve heard just lots of different pointers from different coaches everywhere.

Q. Coming from a program where you guys threw 50, 60, 70 times a game, was there a point where you really thought this is going to really help prepare you for the NFL, which every year is becoming more of a passing league?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, I do think having a leg up on pass protection is helpful for me because it is something that is very hard to master. It takes a lot of precision, technique and just poise and everything. And so you really have to study and take lots of reps in order to master something like that. So I think it definitely helps me with that transition.

Can you take us through just how much your body changed over the course of your time at Washington State?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, so I came into Washington State at 240 pounds, and that was the sole reason I didn’t was kind of under-recruited, and [Washington State head coach] Mike Leach and the staff over there just kind of took a chance with me. You know, let’s see if we can put some meat on this skinny kid, and it just turned out to work really well.

I gained about 20 or 30 pounds each year, and started at 290 my sophomore year; and then about 305 the next year; and then 310 my last year. So, it worked out pretty well.

Q. What did you do to put on all that weight?

ANDRE DILLARD: I just lived in the weight room, really. I’d go between class and fill my backpack up with snacks. I’d eat late at night because apparently that’s how people gain weight a lot. (laughter) I would set an alarm for two in the morning and drink a protein shake and go back to sleep.

Q. What kind of snacks?
ANDRE DILLARD: Those peanut butter and jellies in the bags, that was a popular one there. (laughter) And just little bars and bananas, all that good stuff.

Q. Did you have that make any changes to your game as your body grew? Did you have to learn to do different technique?

ANDRE DILLARD: I kind of kept the same general technique because when I first came in, I was as fast as the receivers because I was only 240. I tried to keep that same technique while putting on the weight so that I could be a fast big guy.

Q. Have you had a cheesesteak yet?

ANDRE DILLARD: I haven’t had a real one.

Q. There’s a lot of pressure and expectations that come with being a first-round draft pick. The fact that you will not likely have to be thrown into the fire and play right away and can learn from a guy like Jason Peters, will that help alleviate some of the pressure and expectations where you can really learn and focus and not have to worry about the other things picks have to worry about?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yeah, sure, you imagine that if somebody were to not have to be thrown in right away, you know, they would get a lot of extra time to develop their skills and learn from the best of the best. But like I said before, whatever they needed me to do, regardless of what it is, I’m ready for it.

Q. Of the great left tackles you’ve watched, is there anybody you’re specifically drawn to, because you compare yourself to them physically or anything of that nature?

ANDRE DILLARD: Physically, I like to compare myself to Tyron Smith. We have almost the same body. He’s definitely a lot bulkier than me, but I like to kind of compare my game to his a little bit.

Q. Was it difficult following in your father’s footsteps?

ANDRE DILLARD: At first, because I didn’t like football at first when I first got on the field. But, you know, I always just stuck to it. I love my dad a lot and I trusted his words a lot, so.

Q. Did he push you?

ANDRE DILLARD: In a way. Not necessarily push, but he was more of encouraging. He was always supportive of what I did in my life. But if I did ever feel like giving up on something, you know, he would kind of step in and be like, ‘Hey, you know, you don’t want to live life with any regrets.’ That’s kind of where I got that finish-what-you-started thing.

Q. At what point did you know that you were going to be a first-round pick? Was it during one of your recent years?

ANDRE DILLARD: Kind of. I didn’t start thinking about the NFL until maybe midway through college. And then that’s when my coaches were kind of like, ‘Hey, you know, these scouts are coming through asking about you,’ and I was kind of surprised. I was like, ‘Are you sure it was me?’ (laughter) But that give me some confidence, and then as the words started coming in more and more about NFL this, scouts this, it kind of just clicked in my head like, ‘Hey, you know, I can do this,’ and I started comparing myself to NFL players or just players that I played with that are in the NFL now, like Joe Dahl with Detroit and Cole Madison with Green Bay. I’m pretty good friends with Austin Corbett at the Browns. So, I just kind of compared myself to those players and I was like, ‘You know what, I can be as good as them and play at that level, too.

What happened at a younger age that got you to turn around and like the sport? Was it one specific instance or anything? 

ANDRE DILLARD: There was an instance when I got to my sophomore year because our high school was a three-year high school, sophomore, junior, senior – so when I got to high school those coaches were a lot different than what I had in junior high. The ones I had in junior high were kind of counterproductive, trying-to-bring-you-down type.

Then when I got to Woodinville High School, Coach Monan, the offensive line coach, and Coach Maxwell, they were really good to everybody and good to me and took me under their wing and that gave me a boost and they really were patient and worked with me. I think that’s what kind of flipped it for me right there.

Q. Did you ever think of quitting before you got to that point?

ANDRE DILLARD: Before I got to high school? All the time, yeah. It’s really discouraging when you come in late, all your friends have been playing the game since they were in third grade and I’m in eighth grade and they all kind of know what’s going on and I have no idea. It’s kind of scary. It’s scary like that. So you — it’s hard to want to keep going but something inside me just told me to keep going.

Q. Would you say that you benefit more from positive reinforcement and that type of coaching than as you said the more negative? (Jeff McLane)

ANDRE DILLARD: I think at that age, yeah, positive reinforcement would have been a lot better because you’re a young kid still and you don’t react to yelling as well as you would at an adult age like I am right now. And so I don’t think it carries over that much at all. Like right now, I’d take any kind of coaching because it’s all about what they say and not how they say it.

Q. What’s the reason you didn’t start football until later? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Mainly just because I liked basketball a lot and I thought that would be my sport, and I was a little nervous to start football because I knew it was a pretty aggressive sport. I didn’t picture this happening, either.

Q. You talked about the one sack you gave up and how much it kind of weighed on you. How do you deal with failure in general as you’re about to make a pretty big jump in your life? 

ANDRE DILLARD: Failure in general, in anything, not just football, I really take time to analyze what things went wrong and I just learn from it.

Q. We know Washington State University football head coach Mike Leach is a unique character, but you’re here, so what did you learn from him that has helped you reach this point in your life? 

ANDRE DILLARD: The biggest thing I learned from Coach Leach is really, it’s a thing that he says probably sixteen-ish times each practice, not that exact number but just an estimate [laughter]. But he says it a lot, and it’s just, “Play the next play.” Whether you did good or bad on a play, all that matters is the one in front of you because if you did good, you can’t showboat and be like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m the guy,” and then just get ran over in the next one. And if you do something bad, you can’t hang your head on it. That’s the biggest thing, have a short-term memory, but be able to adapt and learn if you did something wrong.

Q. If pro football wasn’t in the cards all along, so to speak, then five years ago when you first stepped foot in Pullman, Washington what were you thinking would be your life after college?  

ANDRE DILLARD: I had no idea, honestly. I was just kind of going where life was taking me.

Q. Have you thought at all about what your first, big purchase will be?

ANDRE DILLARD: Maybe a vehicle of some sort so I can get around.

Q. You mentioned that you have watched a lot of tape of Jason Peters. What impresses you the most about him as a player?

ANDRE DILLARD: The first thing I noticed was just how big he is and how he can move that body that well. How strong he is and athletic. I noticed his technique is just some of the best I’ve ever seen, and what other people have seen, so it was just — I instantly knew that this is a guy that I can learn from and little did I know, I could actually be in his presence as well.

Q. Have you heard from QB Carson Wentz or do you know about Wentz at all?

ANDRE DILLARD: Yes, he actually texted me when I got drafted.

What did he say?

ANDRE DILLARD: He’s just super excited for me and happy to have me aboard and excited to work with me.

 

(WATCH) Torrey Smith: ‘Nick(Foles), Carson(Wentz) are two of the best leaders I’ve ever been around’

Carson Wentz and Nick Foles are two guys who had a lot of success in Philadelphia, especially during the 2017 NFL season. For Wentz, he led the Eagles through most of the 2017 season and put the team in position to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while Foles was able to finish the job after Wentz went down with an injury by leading the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52. Foles would step in for Wentz last season after Wentz went down with a back injury and lead the Eagles to the playoffs in 2018.

Foles was rewarded for efforts when he signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars this offseason, while Wentz will return to lead the Eagles in 2019.

Last season, some Eagles’ players reportedly had some issues with the leadership style of Wentz, and Wentz later acknowledged himself that he could have been a better teammate in 2018.

However, according to former Eagle and current Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith, both Wentz and Foles are great leaders.

“Nick(Foles), Carson(Wentz) are two of the best leaders I’ve ever been around, period. Coaches, players, classmates, whoever,” Smith said at his 8th annual charity basketball game in Baltimore on Saturday.  “They are like models for who you want your kid to be like, your daughter to date, your team to be led by, so there’s no surprise that we had success with both of them leading the team when I was there… Those are the two dudes that I love to death as players, as people.”

High praise from Smith, and you can’t argue with success both guys have had with the Eagles.

Ultimately, Smith is looking forward to seeing Wentz and Foles perform in 2019.

“I can’t wait to see what Nick does knowing what he’s been through in his journey, and I can’t wait to see what Carson does with a healthy year because he’s gets hurt one game later, he’s the MVP, right,(2017 season),” Smith said. “That’s just the way this business goes, and Foles obviously is a legend for helping to pick up the torch and lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. But, he’ll be down there in Jacksonville, and he’ll have an opportunity to be the guy and not have to worry about trying being second. So, I’m excited for him to have that opportunity and to shine.”

For more information about Torrey Smith’s Family Fund, please visit the website:

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Listen to the complete interview below:

 

 

 

Eagles, Andrew Sendejo agree on one-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles and S Andrew Sendejo have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

A nine-year NFL veteran, Sendejo has played in 99 career games (including playoffs) and has totaled 432 tackles, seven interceptions and 31 passes defensed.

Sendejo entered the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. He went on to play eight seasons in Minnesota and had a breakout season in 2013. That year, Sendejo started 10 games at safety and set a career high in tackles (104), while also adding 13 tackles on special teams.

After being named the Vikings Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014, Sendejo earned a full-time starting role in 2015, opening 13 games at safety and registering 100 tackles, one interception and six passes defensed. Dating back to 2015, Sendejo has started every game in which he has played and has recorded 308 tackles, six interceptions, 26 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.

Ex-Eagle Golden Tate: ‘Philadelphia is a fantastic sports town’

After trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants needed a replacement, and on Thursday they got their guy. The Giants agreed to terms with former Eagles WR Golden Tate, and according to ESPN, it’s a four-year deal worth $37.5 million, that includes $23 million fully guaranteed.

While Tate is not Beckham, he is a solid replacement. Last year, Tate, 30, played seven games for the Lions before being traded to the Eagles, with whom he played another eight games, plus two in the playoffs. He totaled 74 receptions for 795 yards and four touchdowns. Tate’s highlight in Philly was catching a fourth-down, two-yard pass from Nick Foles for the game-winning touchdown in an NFC Wild Card Game in Chicago.

Although Tate played in only eight games with the Eagles, he really enjoyed his time in Philly and appreciated the Philly fans.

“It was a great experience,” Tate said on Friday. “I really didn’t have too much time to take it all in, because I had to hit the ground running, because it was mid-season — trying to learn the city, how to get to work,  where my position room was, the quarterback situation, obviously the offense, the coaches. All that I had to learn very, very quickly, but I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed. Philadelphia is a fantastic sports town and just a great city overall. I’ll forever be grateful for my time there, and I’ll never forget it, but excited to be here in the Big Apple.”

Philly has a great fan base, and Tate got just a little taste of how passionate they can be. Now, he will be wearing Giant blue, which means he becomes the enemy.

 

 

Foles: ‘I think the greatest year of football I had was St. Louis (2015) because I lost the joy of football’

After the 2015 NFL season, newly signed Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles was pretty much done with football. Foles, who was traded by the Eagles to the Rams after the 2014 season, was ready to walk away from the game after he struggled mightily in St. Louis, but he changed his mind and slowly rebuilt his career.

In 2016, Foles reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City, the man who drafted Foles in 2012 when Reid was in Philadelphia. Foles would be the backup to Alex Smith in 2016.

Then, in 2017, the Eagles came calling, and Foles would sign a two-year deal to backup Carson Wentz. Unfortunately for Wentz, his season would end after tearing his ACL in Week 14 against the Rams. Foles started the final three games of the 2017 regular season and all three postseason games for the Eagles. He completed 77 of 106 passes (72.6 comp. pct.) for 971 yards and six TDs in the postseason, registering a 100-plus passer rating in all three games. Foles threw for 373 yards and three TDs and added a 1-yard TD reception in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors.

Last season, the Eagles went 4-1 in Foles’ five regular season starts, including three straight victories to conclude the season and earn a spot in the postseason.

Now, Foles is moving on. The 30-year-old quarterback has signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars, and according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the contract is worth $88 million.

As tumultuous as the 2015 season was for Foles, he believes it made him a better person.

“I think through all the ups and downs, I just sort of figured out who I am,” Foles said at a press conference on Thursday. “I think a lot of times, especially in the NFL, you sort of lose your identity or this [football] just becomes who you are and deep down there is something more inside of you than that.

“I think the greatest year of football I had was St. Louis (2015) because I lost the joy of football and I was going to step away. Without that season, I wouldn’t be the player I am today or the person I am. That’s through the trials of life. I have talked about the trials and the ups and downs and it’s all come down to that I’m not afraid to speak on what’s really going on in my life or my heart and how to overcome it.

“I’m not afraid to speak that way with my teammates, so they know. Because the more transparent and real I can be, it’s important. When I step on the field, I want my teammates to know that this is who I am. I’m not this way on the field, and then I leave the stadium, or I leave the facility, and I’m one way. This is who I am as a person. It’s those ups and downs through football and through life that have made me equipped to handle this. Again, this is a new challenge for me. This is something that I look forward to because it is a challenge. It takes faith.”

Foles has a great story. It’s the stuff that makes great movies. In 2019, he will be expected to perform at a high level in Jacksonville, but if what we saw in the past is any indication, Foles will handle the pressure just fine.

Eagles acquire WR DeSean Jackson from Buccaneers

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired WR DeSean Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice.

According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Jackson reworked his contract with the Eagles, which is expected to be three years for $27 million. Jackson was scheduled to make $10 million next season.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2011, 2014) and 2009 Associated Press All-Pro honoree, Jackson (5-10, 175) is one of the most explosive wideouts in NFL history. Now entering his 12th season, Jackson was originally selected by the Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and has spent time with Philadelphia (2008-13), Washington (2014-16) and Tampa Bay (2017-18).

Jackson has produced the most 60-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (24) in NFL history and ranks second in 50-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (29), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (36). He also leads all NFL players in 40-plus-yard receptions (63) since 2008.

Additionally, Jackson owns the sixth-highest career receiving average (17.4) in NFL history, trailing only Stanley Morgan(19.2), Lance Alworth (18.9), Don Maynard (18.7), James Lofton (18.3) and Harold Jackson (17.9) (min. 500 receptions). He has led the NFL in yards per reception four times in his career: 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9), 2014 (20.9) and 2010 (career-high 22.5) (min. 35 receptions).

Among active NFL players, Jackson ranks sixth in career receiving yards.

Eagles, Malik Jackson agree on three-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles and DT Malik Jackson have agreed to terms on a three-year contract. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the contract is worth $30 million.

Jackson is entering his eighth NFL season after spending time with the Denver Broncos (2012-15) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18). Originally selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson was a key member of Denver’s Super Bowl 50-winning defense. He also earned his first career Pro Bowl nod with the Jaguars in 2017.

 One of the most productive defensive tackles in the NFL, Jackson (6-5, 290) has registered five-plus sacks in three of the last four seasons (ranked fifth among NFL defensive tackles with a career-high eight quarterback takedowns in 2017). Since 2015, he ranks ninth among NFL defensive tackles in sacks (23) and tackles for loss (36) and has posted the second-most passes defensed (15).

 Jackson has amassed 239 tackles (184 solo), 55 tackles for loss, 32 sacks, 23 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 110 career regular-season games (66 starts). The 29-year-old veteran has played in a combined 121 regular-season and postseason games since 2012, which leads all NFL defensive tackles in that span. He has also appeared in 106 consecutive regular-season games, marking the second-longest active streak by an NFL defensive tackle, behind Ndamukong Suh (115).

Jackson, who was a member of five playoff teams between Denver (2012-15) and Jacksonville (2017), has recorded 29 tackles (22 solo), three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two sacks and one fumble recovery in 11 career postseason games. In the first quarter of Super Bowl 50, he recovered a fumble by Panthers QB Cam Newton and returned it for his first career touchdown, giving the Broncos a 10-0 lead in the game.

Marcedes Lewis on Jaguars: ‘I think they get (Nick)Foles for a couple of years’

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a lot of struggles at the quarterback position last season. QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent, and he was one of the reasons the Jaguars were 5-11 in 2018. This was after the team made it to the AFC title game in 2017.

At this point, Jacksonville has a decision to make at the quarterback position. Do you bring back Bortles, which seems unlikely, or do you go out and get a quarterback in free agency or the draft.

According to reports, soon-to-be free agent QB Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017, and led them to the playoffs last season, has been connected to the Jaguars, and according to former Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis, who himself will be a free agent after spending last season with the Packers, signing Foles is not a bad move for Jacksonville, but he thinks it will be a short-term deal.

“They get a guy that can distribute the ball,” Lewis told TMZ Sports. “Foles has proved that he can go out there and do his thing. What do you do? Do you bring Foles in for a couple of years and draft a quarterback? That’s the biggest question.

“Do we want to go out and get a quarterback in the draft, or do we sign Foles to a long-term deal? I think they get Foles for a couple of years, pay him whatever it is, 16 a year, 17 a year; draft a quarterback.”

Lewis is a big fan of former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. He thinks signing Foles and drafting Haskins might be the way to go for Jacksonville.

Foles, 30, is an upgrade for the Jaguars, but at times, Foles has been inconsistent. We saw bad Foles during his time with the Rams, and we saw good Foles during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017. Also, with the Jaguars bringing in John DeFilippo as the offensive coordinator, who was Foles’ QB coach in 2017 with the Eagles, it’s only logical to think  Foles to Jacksonville makes sense.

I think signing Foles to a short-term deal and drafting a QB is not a bad idea, especially if Jacksonville, who has the seventh overall pick in the draft, can get their hands on a QB that they like. Unfortunately, if the Jaguars do like Haskins, he might not make it past the Giants, who pick six, but all that will be sorted out soon.

In the meantime, free agency gets started next week, so we’ll see what direction the Jaguars decide to go at the QB position.

Eagles’ Cre’Von LeBlanc on Wentz: ‘We one-hundred percent ride with him’

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz had decent numbers in 2018(3074 yards, 21 touchdowns), but he also had some struggles last season. In 11 games, he was only 5-6 as a starter. Ultimately, because of a back injury, Wentz’s season ended after Week 14. Fortunately for Philadelphia, they had Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles, who was able to guide the team to the divisional round of the playoffs where they would lose to the New Orleans Saints.

After the season, things got worse for Wentz. According to a report from the PhillyVoice, some teammates questioned Wentz as a leader, while others called him ‘selfish,’ and later, Wentz himself, acknowledged that he was not a good teammate last season.

However, according to Eagles corner Cre’Von LeBlanc, the team is still behind the third-year quarterback.

“I really don’t get into stuff like that,” LeBlanc recently told Paul Gant and the Go4it podcast. “What I can say is I know that Carson Wentz, he’s a great football player; he’s a great leader on our team, and he’s a great guy, and he’s going to do everything in his power to put his best foot forward and put us in the position we need to be in, and we one-hundred percent ride with him, so that’s all I can say.”

According to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Wentz will be the starter next season. Wentz is a very talented football player, and if it were not for his ACL injury in 2017, Wentz probably would have been the MVP of that season.

For Wentz, 2018 was supposed to be a year of redemption, but he just not was physically able to get it done. The Eagles are still in a good position with him at the helm, and hopefully, for the team, Wentz will be a better player and a better leader in 2019.

Listen to the complete interview with Cre’Von LeBlanc below: