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Philadelphia Eagles Johnathan Cyprien Jerseys Wholesale

Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs Johnathan Cyprien, and Orlando Scandrick are not expected to play in Preseason Week Four.
Soon, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets will kick-off for the final preseason game of the NFL offseason. This weekend, 32 rosters across the league will be finalized with 53 men on each squad. Then, every team will prepare for the first week of the regular season.

Every year it doesn’t get any easier for teams and players around this time. Being that every team employs 90 total men on a roster for the offseason, a good chunk of those players will get released and sent off into free agency. Some may get picked up elsewhere — others could land on a practice squad. And worst of all, some do not make it back to the NFL.

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For the younger players, they are fortunate enough to make it to the practice squad most of the time. But for older veterans, this is really their only shot. The Eagles have been rolling with a handful of players who are not practice squad eligible, but who have legitimate chances of actually cracking the final 53-man roster this weekend.

Those players are gearing up for a critical fourth game of the preseason though. As the locks on the Eagles won’t even suit up, it gives those players who are fighting for a roster spot an opportunity to showcase their skills one more time.

We’ve seen a list of all the players who won’t get the green light to go on Thursday. Shockingly enough, two players who were initially question marks to make the squad were present with those who are apparently locked in on the final roster. Veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien and veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick were amongst that group.
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Here’s the actual list of Eagles players doing conditioning before the game and presumably not playing tonight.

Tip of the hat to @DZangaroNBCS, who actually sat in the press box with his binoculars and identified all of them!

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When the Eagles signed Johnathan Cyprien at the beginning of camp, it didn’t make much sense at the time. It felt like the team was genuinely high on former Rams safety Blake Countess, and they clearly had high hopes for the youngster, Tre Sullivan.

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Well, a few weeks back the Eagles got rid of Countess and his contract with an injury settlement. And most recently, they waived Tre Sullivan, leaving Cyprien as the clear favorite to make the team behind Andrew Sendejo who was already assumed to be a lock from the beginning.

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While Cyprien’s status isn’t all that surprising, Scandrick’s actually is. He wasn’t precisely dominating in training camp or the preseason, but the Eagles are most likely going to hold on to him as the cornerbacks unit continues to nurse multiple injuries.

Keep in mind, Cre’Von LeBlanc is rumored to be out until November with a foot injury potentially. Jalen Mills, on the other hand, hasn’t even come off the PUP yet for the Eagles. That right there solidifies that the Eagles need to keep somebody around for depth purposes and Scandrick makes total sense in this case.

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PHILADELPHIA — It was around 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon when Josh McCown took his seat on the plane, his ribs still sore from the night before, the after-effects of a 300-pound Ravens defensive lineman walloping him to the turf.
McCown still completed the touchdown pass anyway, a perfectly-placed at the back of the end zone for Eagles tight end Alex Ellis. McCown is 40, though, so getting hit like that hurts a little more than it used to. Especially since he’d been retired for six months.

“It’s a subtle reminder,” McCown said after the game, “that this is a little different than coaching high school football.”

Less than a week earlier, McCown was coaching practice more than 500 miles away at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. He officially retired in June, fresh off two productive years with the Jets and 17 years overall as a professional quarterback.

McCown was a full-time coach for the Mustangs when the Eagles came calling, desperate for a proven backup quarterback after Nate Sudfeld suffered a wrist injury.

He really was retired, though. Calls came in throughout the offseason from various teams, but McCown didn’t want to listen. There were only a few teams he’d even consider, and they had to meet his criteria.
He wanted to play for a contender with good organizational structure, a strong and respected coaching staff with a talented roster of players.

Another important factor: proximity to Charlotte. He wanted to be close to home, where his family lives, where he coaches.

Oh, and he wanted to keep coaching, too, though that wasn’t necessarily a requirement to sign him.

Anyway, he and the Eagles came to an understanding — McCown would be allowed to fly to Charlotte on Friday afternoon after practice, time permitting, and make it back in time to continue contributing as a coach for Myers Park on Friday nights. He’ll return promptly and won’t miss any team-required meetings, practices or any events.

The Eagles “understand the family dynamic,” McCown told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. “The proximity to Charlotte was a factor, and part of why it made sense to sign here.”

That’s where McCown went after the preseason game against the Ravens last week, and it’ll continue this week after Thursday night’s game against the Jets, his old team.

Myers Park is blessed with a unique circumstance — an active NFL quarterback will be coaching them this season.

Most of the team watched their coach’s impressive performance against the Ravens last week, too, where he threw two nifty touchdown passes just five days after coming out of retirement.
When McCown walked into the Myers Park locker room the following evening, the players gave him a standing ovation. He blushed.

“It was in the moment,” said Mustangs quarterback Drake Maye. “We just all started clapping.”

McCown is 40 years old, now entering his 18th NFL season, playing for his 11th NFL team. He was the talk of Philadelphia after an unexpected preseason performance.

All he wanted to talk about was Olympic High School, Myers Park’s opponent that night.

In that moment, McCown only cared about coaching.

“I just wanted them to be focused on the game,” McCown told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. “That’s the main thing. But I understand, I guess, the situation. To have someone that’s an active player in the NFL, working with, coaching you, that’s unique.

“I try to appreciate that,” he continued, “but it was short-lived and I got the guys to focus on business as usual.”

‘He does all the dirty work’
Myers Park coach Scott Chadwick and his staff have to paint the field lines on every practice field before the team can workout. That can take a while.

More than two hours before a recent practice, before anyone else had arrived, McCown was out there, painting every line.

This is nothing new. McCown attends every meeting, game-planning session and practice. He works with the quarterbacks — two of them are his sons — on the field and off, and coaches up the receivers and rest of the offense, too.
Earlier in the summer, the team did a sleep-away, team-bonding trip outside of Charlotte. McCown was there, sleeping in the dorms like everybody else.

“He slept on this awful, awful dorm mattress we had to sleep on,” Chadwick said, laughing. “We were roommates and I don’t think either one of us slept more than two hours straight because the mattresses were so bad.”

McCown’s 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame hung off the bed. He never complained.

“He does everything that a regular high school coach does,” Chadwick said. “He doesn’t just show up, he does all the dirty work.”

One more: at the end of a practice as dark clouds loomed large in the distance, everyone on the team was running inside to beat the coming inclement weather.

Not McCown.

“It’s about to start raining,” said Muhsin Muhammad III, Myers Parks’ star wide receiver, “and Coach McCown is just out there picking up all the bags, picking up all the footballs.

“It’s just like, man, you gotta a freakin’ NFL quarterback out here messing around with little high school cats … he’s just a great person.”

Chadwick says he’s had former NFL players on his staff before. The sons of NFL players line his roster.

None of the parents contribute quite like McCown, he said.

Philadelphia Eagles Rudy Ford Jerseys Cheap

Despite having very little experience playing safety in the NFL, Rudy Ford has the potential to become the Philadelphia Eagles’ next Chris Maragos.
The Philadelphia Eagles made two player-for-player trades during the preseason.

The first initially seemed the most promising; flipping undrafted Penn State offensive tackle (and Philly native) Ryan Bates to the Buffalo Bills for under-achieving, yet encouraging edge rusher Eli Harold after Week 1.

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While some questioned this move initially, as Bates was clearly talented enough to make the Bills’ roster and can reliably serve as a reserve at all five offensive line positions, it seemed more promising than the team’s second move – flipping longshot defensive tackle Bruce Hector to the Arizona Cardinals for 2017 sixth-round safety Rudy Ford.

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With even less time to make the roster and no clear player he was added to replace – Harold’s addition coincided with Joe Ostman‘s torn ACL – Ford looked like one of Howie Roseman‘s typical camp bodies – a player who would stick around for a month or so, collect a little money, and move on to a new opportunity elsewhere.

Clearly, that didn’t happen.

Fast forward to the Eagles’ initial 53 man roster, and it was Ford’s name, not Harold’s, filling up a spot on a depth chart.

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In case you were wondering, Hector didn’t make the Cardinals’ initial 53 man depth chart, and is fittingly back in Philadelphia for his third stint on the Eagles’ practice squad.

Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

But Ford isn’t your typical bottom-of-the-roster safety brought to town just in case Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins, Andrew Sendejo, and Johnathan Cyprien catch the injury bug like Tre Sullivan before him. No, Ford is here for one reason, and one reason alone: To play special teams.

Much like Chris Maragos before him, the Eagles specifically targeted Ford for his ability to fly down the field with reckless abandon and tackle unsuspecting return men – and if anything, Ford is like Maragos on steroids.
While Ford had kind of an up-and-down college career, as he began his four-year tenure at Auburn as a running back, and only recorded 280 total tackles, five interceptions, and a pair of sacks over 39 games at safety, the 6-foot tall, 204 pound back burst up draft board by running a scorching 4.34 40 yard dash at his pro day.

That.Is.Fast.

So fast, in fact, that the Cardinals felt confident enough in Ford as an athlete to select him 208th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft despite being a clear work-in-progress on the defensive side of the ball.

And in a way, Ford came as advertised.

Despite only starting one game over his first two seasons in the desert, recording nine total tackles in 2018 and none in 2017, Ford did most of his damage on special teams – recording 169 snaps in 2017 and career-high 286 in 2018.

Granted, that may not seem like a lot, but they’re comparable to Maragos’ first two years in the league for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Ford’s special teams prowess also kept him on the 46-man game-day active roster for 23 of a possible 32 games, nine more than Maragos was active for over his first two seasons.

As we’ve seen over the last decade, the Eagles are very willing to keep players who are predominantly special teamers with the hopes of developing their talents at their ‘natural’ positions like Kamu Grugier-Hill, Trey Burton, Mack Hollins, and yes, Chris Maragos.

While Maragos was never able to become even a rotational safety over his four-season run in Philly – and as we all saw, the team tried to make it so – maybe Ford and his supreme athletic gifts can join KGH, Burton, and (God willing) Hollins as a serious player down the line, and potentially earn defensive snaps as an actual safety.

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But until that day comes, if it comes at all, at least the Philadelphia Eagles will once again have a dynamic special teams ace to bolster Dave Fipp‘s unit for years to come – only this season’s model is harder, better, faster, and stronger.