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The announcement Tuesday that NFL owners voted to add a wild-card team from each conference to the league’s annual title tournament after the 2020 season spurred the release of several lists ranking past would-be No. 7 seeds that might have benefited most: the 2012 Bears and their dominant defense, the 1991 49ers who got Steve Young back late, etc.

By association, Andy Reid, who finally earned his ring with the Chiefs in February, might have had to wait another year.

More directly: The Eagles Authentic Marcus Green Jersey never would have won their Super Bowl. That’s right: Saint Nick never would have come home, and the Philly Special would have moldered in Press Taylor’s three-ring binder.

Why? Because Chip Kelly’s 2014 Eagles, who had made the playoffs in 2013, narrowly missed a return trip. They would have been that year’s No. 7 seed in the NFC and they would have traveled to Green Bay for their playoff game. Yes, they had lost there, 53-20, six weeks before; and yes, they probably would have lost again in the playoffs. But that isn’t the point.

Kelly was fired after going 6-9 in the first 15 games in 2015. He had become a predictable boor on the field and was an unmitigated disaster as the general manager: In the course of his first two years, he engineered the departure of receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, running back LeSean McCoy, and, of course, Nick Foles, and each position got worse.

But, had the Eagles earned that seventh playoff slot in 2014, Kelly would have gone to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons as an NFL head coach. There’s no way Jeffrey Lurie would have fired him. Not in 2015, anyway.

That means the Eagles wouldn’t have hired Doug Pederson to replace him in 2016, which means, even if Kelly had been fired a year later, Pederson wouldn’t have hired Frank Reich as his offensive coordinator. This is relevant because of what Carson Wentz meant to the team in his first two seasons. It was Reich who stumped hardest to draft Wentz over Jared Goff in 2016, and it was Reich’s eye that realized Wentz was ready as a rookie, so the Eagles could trade incumbent starter Sam Bradford on the eve of the 2016 season. It was Reich who guided Wentz to an MVP-caliber season through the first 13 games of the 2017 season, until Wentz got hurt; a 13-game stretch that helped secure the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs.

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With ridership cratering on the Vineyard route and financial losses looming, Steamship Authority general manager Authentic Robert Davis Jersey announced Wednesday that the reduced ferry schedule will remain in effect through May 5. And he said future reductions in service to the Vineyard are under consideration, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The announcement came at a port council meeting held via conference call on Wednesday morning. The council is an advisory board for the boat line and includes members from the two Islands, Woods Hole, Falmouth, Barnstable and New Bedford.

At the meeting, Mr. Davis said the second half of March had seen an enormous drop in ferry traffic compared with the same time period last year.

While Mr. Davis has previously reported that by March 14, ridership numbers were on par with 2019 — with a slight increase in non-excursion vehicles making up for a slight decrease in other passengers — he said at the meeting Wednesday that those numbers have since plunged across the board.

By March 21, traffic was down 11,000 passengers from 2019 totals for the month. By March 29, it was down 37,000 passengers, Mr. Davis said. That means in the past week alone the SSA has seen a decrease of 26,000 passengers. For the year, Mr. David predicted numbers would show a 45,000-passenger drop overall once final tallies are done for March. He said car traffic had dropped “considerably” as well.

Mr. Davis expects the decrease in ridership to translate to $1.5 million in lost revenue to date over last year. With a stay-at-home order in effect until at least May 4, he expects to see a $5 to $6 million loss by the end of April.

“Once you start going into the summertime, there’ll be a lingering effect there,” Mr. Davis told port council members.

He said the expected losses are buffered by the fact that until mid-March the boat line was having a good year, with strong ridership and lower fuel costs. Currently the SSA has about two months of cash on hand, Mr. Davis said.

At their meeting last month governors gave Mr. Davis broad authority to make schedule changes in light of the unfolding pandemic. On Wednesday he said he plans to ask their blessing to extend the current schedule reductions for another month, and said he is considering running only one boat on its Vineyard route during the weekend.

At this time of year the SSA normally runs two boats between Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven on weekends. Running one boat would most likely cut the number of trips in half, Mr. Davis said.

He also said he is considering replacing one of the larger ferries on the Vineyard route with a freight vessel, although he had concerns about providing adequate space for social distancing on a smaller boat.

The general manager has also been authorized to explore a possible line of credit up to $10 million. At the meeting Wednesday, treasurer Mark Rozum said he had been talking with banks and expected paperwork to be complete sometime in the upcoming week. The line of credit would still be subject to a final signoff by the board of governors. Mr. Rozum and Mr. Davis said they did not yet have plans to use it.

“This is something to add to our toolbox if we need to use it,” Mr. Davis said.

Mr. Davis and others said they remained committed to providing service to the Islands through the pandemic. They said the priorities were getting food, fuel and medicine to the Islands, regardless of the financial impact.

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In a move that helps replace Deontay Burnett and gives the Birds a chance to scout a potential athlete, the Eagles have signed wide receiver Authentic River Cracraft Jersey to the practice squad.

A California native, Cracraft played four seasons at Washington State and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference and honorable mention All-Freshman Team by College Football News.

Cracraft had 53 receptions, 701 receiving yards, and five touchdowns in his senior season and was named honorable mention All-Pac 12 before tearing his ACL in the tenth game of the season.

Cracraft spent three years on the Broncos practice squad after going undrafted.

The Philadelphia Eagles would have made the playoffs last season even with the NFL’s new expanded format.

With the NFL moving to 14 teams in the playoffs with only the No. 1 seeds getting a bye, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, host of the hit show ‘Get Up’, went out on the limb and predicted the Birds would be the top seed in the NFC this coming season.

Greenberg’s argument centered around the fact that no NFL team has made the Super Bowl since 2012 without having a bye in Wild Card Weekend.

With that extra bye taken away, Greenberg is banking on the Eagles having the best shot to come out of the NFC because all three of their division opponents will be unveiling new head coaches and schemes.

“The other three teams in their division all have new coaching staffs and will not have the benefit of full OTAs. That division is going to be bad. The Eagles have the most stable quarterback situation, and I think they have a chance to run the table.”

The Eagles are in the midst of a retool that’s expected to get the roster younger after the team parted ways with the likes of Jason Peters, Malcolm Jenkins, and Ronald Darby.

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The Eagles’ wide receivers were decimated with injuries in 2019, with Authentic Alshon Jeffery Jersey missing the final three games with a Lisfranc injury, Nelson Agholor missing the final four games with a knee injury and DeSean Jackson playing just 65 snaps with a sports hernia injury.

Jackson’s injury impacted the Eagles the most as the offense severely missed the over-the-top deep threat all season, greatly impacting Carson Wentz’s ability to throw the football downfield. The Eagles need speed at wide receiver and still feel Jackson can provide that at 33.

“DeSean is incredibly motivated to show our city, to show our fans how important it is for him to win, for him to show the skill level that we know he still has in his body,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a one-on-one interview with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. “It’s incredibly unfortunate what happened to him. He played that first game at a superstar level.”

Injuries have halted Jackson’s production the last two seasons, but he’s still dangerous when he takes the field. Jackson had eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ season-opening win over the Washington Redskins, but played just 14 snaps the remainder of the season. Jackson missed four games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, even though he led the league with 18.9 yards per catch at 32 years old.

There’s no doubt Jackson can still make an impact in the Eagles offense, but the franchise is banking heavily on his health to strengthen a weak wide receiver unit that lacks speed. Jeffery is showing signs of decline and is questionable for Week 1 after coming off foot surgery and 2019 second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had just 10 catches for 169 yards even though he played all 16 games.

Philadelphia is going to have to address wide receiver in the early rounds of the draft, even though Roseman appears confident Jackson will have the bounce-back season the franchise is hoping for. Banking on Jackson’s health is certainly a gamble at the moment, especially since the Eagles don’t currently have an insurance policy in case he goes down.

“I think we have a good plan for DeSean and how to maximize his potential and his difference making ability,” Roseman said. “I know he is working right now. From the end of the season he was in our building when he could be, working really hard. He has a chip on his shoulder and obviously we are big fans of his and his talent level.”

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Free agency has been relatively kind to the Eagles. For the same 2020 cost as Byron Jones, Howie Roseman was able to rally an army of free agents to solidify the defense. As all eyes turn toward the NFL Draft, and more prominently, the deepest WR class in years, there’s one position that continues to fly under the radar – Running back.

Maybe it’s because a late breakout from Miles Sanders somewhat eased concerns over Jordan Howard’s injury. The Penn State product exploded in the absence of Howard, coming on leaps and bounds as a runner and continuing to flourish as a receiver. In fact, since 1965, only 2 players have rushed for 800+ yards, received for 500+ yards, and averaged rushing for 4.5+ yards per carry in the same season – Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders.

Sanders’ sensational season left Eagles fans purring and almost nullified any concern about depth at the position…but it shouldn’t have. As things stand, the Eagles have three running backs on the roster. Boston Scott partners Authentic Elijah Holyfield Jersey behind Sanders in what is now a position light on depth and notable names.

It’s not that the backfield necessarily ‘needs‘ the draw of a big name, but if you look at every re-incarnation of Pederson’s stable of running backs, there are specific roles handed out.

1: The bowling ball: (LeGarrette Blount, Jordan Howard, Jay Ajayi)
2: Mr do-it-all: (Darren Sproles, Miles Sanders)
3: Change of pace: (Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement)

  • Before you shout, I’m aware most of these running backs have filled numerous roles in the offense, but for the sake of simplicity we’re condensing them down.

Corey Clement is now a free agent, Darren Sproles hung up the cleats, and Jordan Howard is a Miami Dolphin. In theory, the Eagles could easily roll into next season with an abundance of confidence in Boston Scott to fill the shoes of Darren Sproles, but it would be a lot to expect Holyfield to become that north-south runner that wears down defenses.

It’s all well and good thinking ‘Sanders is more than capable of becoming the bell-cow back’, which he absolutely is (after all, that’s why he was drafted), but it’s also naive. Pederson’s offense will likely see Sanders being used everywhere and as often as possible. He averaged 3.9 targets and 11 carries per game last year and that number isn’t going to decline any time soon. He came out of college with plenty of rubber on his tires, but for every snap Sanders is used in the slot or on wheel routes, or as a blocker, they’ll need a plan-b.

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The Eagles have Cheap Carson Wentz Jersey set as their franchise quarterback, but one of the under-the-radar questions of this offseason is who will serve as his backup in 2020? The Eagles took a big step toward answering that question on Tuesday morning as they agreed to terms with quarterback Nate Sudfeld on a one-year deal. Sudfeld was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

“We’re very comfortable with Nate,” Head Coach Doug Pederson said at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. “We’ll see what happens this spring when we get down the road with him, but he’s put himself in position to compete and possibly be the No. 2.”

Sudfeld served as the No. 3 quarterback last season behind Wentz and Josh McCown. Wentz, Sudfeld, and Kyle Lauletta are now under contract for the upcoming season. McCown is recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the season-ending loss to Seattle. The 40-year-old McCown is set to be a free agent and has not yet made any decisions about his football future.

A former sixth-round selection of Washington in 2016, Sudfeld was claimed off waivers by the Eagles at the start of the 2017 regular season. Sudfeld served as the primary backup in the latter half of the run to the Super Bowl and set what was at the time the record for highest completion percentage (82.6 percent) in an NFL debut in the regular-season finale against Dallas. He threw his first touchdown pass in the 2018 regular-season finale against his former team.

The 6-6, 227-pound Sudfeld was poised to be the primary backup to start the season for the first time in 2019. However, Sudfeld suffered a fractured wrist in the preseason opener, and the Eagles turned to the veteran McCown. Sudfeld returned for Week 3 of the regular season. He was active for five games this season but did not get any snaps on offense.

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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.


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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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.”

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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.

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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.


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.

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PHILADELPHIA — When Eli Harold was growing up in Virginia Beach, Va., in the 2000s, he was self-described huge Washington Redskins fan. He said he had former Redskins players Phillip Daniels, Andre Carter and Lorenzo Alexander on his wall. At one point, he met those players at the Virginia Beach Pavilion.
Now, he’s learning from them. Carter coached Harold with the San Francisco 49ers earlier in his career. And after the Philadelphia Eagles acquired Harold from the Buffalo Bills in a trade Friday evening, Daniels will be his position coach.

“I was talking to Phillip yesterday,” Harold said Sunday. “I’m like, ‘Yo, this is amazing.’ Like, I’ve now played for two of my former favorite players.”

Harold has other reasons to be excited after the trade, too. In addition to getting the chance to learn from Daniels, who is in his first year as the defensive line coach, Harold thinks he’s going to get a real chance to compete for a roster spot and showcase his ability as a pass rusher.

“It’s nice to feel wanted,” Harold said.

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Harold is the second veteran defensive end the Eagles have added in the past week. When training camp standout Joe Ostman went on injured reserve, the team signed Kasim Edebali. Harold was sent to Philadelphia in exchange for undrafted free agent offensive lineman Ryan Bates.

The top of the defensive end depth chart — Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry — feels set for the Eagles. Second-year pro Josh Sweat, rookie Shareef Miller and third-year pro Daeshon Hall are competing behind them, and the addition of Harold and Edebali should boost the level of that group.

Harold spent the first four seasons of his NFL career as an outside linebacker with the 49ers, who selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and Detroit Lions. Under Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Harold will return putting his hand on the ground as a defensive end for the first time since college at Virginia.

“I love it, man,” Harold said. “That’s my natural position. No matter what, going forward is always better than dropping into coverage a lot, so I’m excited.”


It’s unlikely that Graham, Barnett and Curry will play much the rest of the way in the preseason — if it all — so there are plenty of available reps for the rest of the depth chart, and Harold could use the next three games as a sort of showcase to the Eagles and the other 31 teams.

“I’m just going to take one day at a time, man, and attack it, give all I got and just try to be me every day,” Harold said. “Whether it’s enough time or not, I’m going to just do what I do and try to impress the best way I can and control what I can control, and that’s just to go all out every time I’m on the field.”

Even with a truncated schedule — the Eagles had their 13th day of training camp Sunday — both Schwartz and Harold expect him to be in the flow of things quickly.

“Good body for what we are looking for,” Schwartz said. “Our scouts had liked him a couple years ago. He has had a little bit of production. He played sort of a hybrid role last year for Detroit, but we are a little bit different. Put his hand in the ground and let him come. He’s big, he’s strong and we will add him to the mix and see where it turns out, but he does have a little bit of experience. It’s a little bit different than a rookie coming in. We should get him up to speed pretty quickly.”
Harold brings a bit of a track record to the Eagles. He has nine sacks in four seasons, including a career-high four last season. He got off to a hot start for the Lions with three sacks in his first three games, including two of Tom Brady in an upset win over the New England Patriots.

Harold played at least 23 percent of Detroit’s defensive snaps in three of the first four games, but his playing time soon plummeted. He had a seven-game stretch where he was inactive twice — once was because of the birth of his daughter — didn’t play once and saw just nine defensive snaps. He had a couple games where he played more than half the snaps down the stretch, but it was clear his future wasn’t in Detroit.

“Um, I really don’t like talking about the past, but I’ll touch on it a little bit,” Harold said. “Just the opportunity wasn’t there, I feel like. A guy had got hurt, and my playing time had went up, and then when I had my daughter — my daughter was born the fourth week, fifth week of the year — then after that, I feel like it just fell off.

“I was still doing everything I could. I was doing my best and I would talk to the coaches, and they would say that nothing was wrong and I was doing everything I was supposed to do, so I don’t know what happened. I guess they were telling me one thing, but saying another thing in meetings or whatever, but I went to work every day, tried to be better and that’s all I can do. It just didn’t work out.”
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Harold told The Detroit News at the time that Lions coach Matt Patricia was “100 percent supportive” of Harold during a complicated childbirth process.

Harold has some familiarity with the Eagles because safety Rodney McLeod is also a Virginia alum, and Harold described former Eagles defensive end Chris Long as a “big brother.” He also played with cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc in Detroit, and LeBlanc, a hero for the Eagles down the stretch and in the playoffs last season, has shared a similar sentiment as Harold about getting a fair chance to make an impact in Philadelphia.

Harold wants to make the most of it. He’s on a tight timeframe, and there’s already a talented group of players on the depth chart. But Harold already feels comfortable with the Eagles, and he wants to take the next step of his career in South Philly.

“It’s a business, but to come to a new place, and I already feel it,” Harold said. “The guys, I feel like they’ve accepted me already, and I haven’t even been here 24 hours, and being in a room with a lot of veterans plays a big part in that, and it’s just a veteran team and they know how to win here, and I’m just glad I’m here.”