Eagles Rodney and Erika McLeod Discuss Career, "Change Our Future"

By Jennifer McGraw, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

From undrafted free agent to Super Bowl LII champion, Rodney McLeod, along with his wife Erika McLeod, co-founder of the Change Our Future Foundation, work hard to give back to the youth in the Tri-State area.

Though Rodney is an exceptionally talented player on the field, with 426 career tackles and 154 assists, his charitable work with his wife is just as amazing.

Rodney McLeod landed in the NFL in 2012 when he signed with the St. Louis Rams. He discussed how the opportunity was both humbling and hard because of the uncertainty of how long an undrafted football player might be on a team.

Regardless of the circumstances, Rodney and Erika’s love of giving back to the community started in St. Louis.

“It started in the community there, getting involved, that’s something that was always apart of Erika and I,” said Rodney, on discussing Erika and his inspiration for giving back. “Because of who we are and how we both were raised, we just wanted to get out and make a difference.”

Four years later, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, and the rest is history. In his second year with the team, the Eagles won Super Bowl LII.

Rodney discussed his excitement for coming to Philadelphia. He was able to be closer with his family in Maryland, as well as closer to Erika while she was working. He also noted that his hard work and drive propelled him into success in just a short period of time in the city of brotherly love. 

 

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Eagles Fall to Giants 13-7 in Ugly Loss

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Philadelphia’s on again, off again love affair with Jalen Hurts is definitely off again. The Eagles 2nd year quarterback struggled mightily, and received little help from his receivers, as the Birds lost an ugly game to the New York Giant 13-7 at MetLife Stadium. 

 

Despite the Eagles’ offensive shortcomings, Hurts and company had a chance to win on the final play of the game when wide receiver Jalen Reagor dropped a 4th down end zone pass. It was the sort of play that has defined Reagor’s underwhelming career in Philadelphia. At this point, the Eagles 2020 first round draft pick from TCU must be considered a bust. Reagor’s punt and kick-off returning skills are pedestrian at best, and his sheer inability to catch the football should earn him a seat on the bench, if not remove him from the roster entirely. 

 

Reagor simply brings nothing to the table, unlike the host of receivers who were selected behind him during the same draft. Reagor’s end zone drop, the second of two big drops by the receiver, will haunt Eagles fans long after this loss simmers. What makes matters worse, on the same play, the dynamic DeVonta Smith appeared to be open. It was one of those days for the Eagles. Miscues and missed opportunities.

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Postgame Report: Eagles Offense Musters Just One Drive In Embarrassing Loss To Giants

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half after an absolutely embarrassing showing by Jalen Hurts to lead his team on long drives down the field but then throw two passes directly to defenders at the goal line to ensure the team came away with no points.

Despite a rather good defensive showing, the passing game only experienced a few good plays amidst three interceptions well into the third quarter.

The Eagles maintained their awful showing with the offense managing to fumble the ball away and have three drops in six plays on the final two drives that could have been the winning drives.

The whole game makes you think how easy of a win this would have been had the Birds had anyone even half competent at using their arm to fling a football down the field to someone in the green jerseys.

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Halftime Report: Eagles at Giants

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By Matthew Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The 5-6 Eagles visit the 3-7 Giants in week twelve of the regular season. The Eagles’ offense has been on fire the past few games but did not have a good first half against the Giants. Entering the break, the Eagles trail the Giants, 3-0. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:


First Half Offensive MVP

QB Jalen Hurts as a runner

On the ground, Hurts had a good first half. He ran five times for 39-yards, with a long run of 18-yards. His passing game was not very good, however, as he threw two interceptions.


First Half Defensive MVP

CB Darius Slay Jr.

On third down in the first quarter, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones fired a pass to the end zone that fell incomplete with Slay playing very tight coverage. Slays defense took a potential touchdown for the Giants off the board and held them to a field goal.


Who Needs To Step Up

C Nate Herbig

Replacing an injured Jason Kelce, Herbig has entered the game and did not play well. He had two holding penalties, both negating two big runs. The second took off a long Boston Scott touchdown run which would have given the Eagles the lead. With Kelce questionable, if Herbig is playing in the second half, he needs to step up.


Who To Watch Out For

QB Daniel Jones

During a poor season for Jones, he put together a rather solid first half. He delivered some good throws, going 8-for-14 passing for 94 yards. He was also active in the run game, rushing five times for 24 yards. Containing him in the air and on the ground will be big for the Eagles in the second half.


Eagles-Giants Preview

By Jennifer McGraw, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) are right up the road this week for an NFC East matchup against the New York Giants (3-7). Philadelphia is coming off of one of their biggest wins of the season against the New Orleans Saints (5-6) with a score of 40-29. The Giants had a tough loss on the road against the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3).

Date: November 28, 2021

Where: MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey

When: 1:00 PM/Eastern

TV: FOX

Radio: 94.1 WIP and the Philadelphia Eagles Radio Network

Series History

The Philadelphia Eagles lead the all-time series 89-87-2.

Last Matchup

2020: The Eagles lost to the Giants 27-17 at MetLife Stadium. Carson Wentz was still QB1 and 21-of-37 for 208 yards and zero touchdowns. Miles Sanders had 15 carries for 85 yards, and Boston Scott had three carries for 63 yards and one touchdown.

This Game at a Glance

It’s safe to say there are no tests for Gannon, Sirianni, or Hurts, but that doesn’t mean they should let up. The Eagles are in crunch time to get that last playoff spot. Every game matters.

After two of the biggest wins of the Eagles season in back-to-back weeks, the team is heading into a pretty stable last few weeks. The Eagles don’t have to fly anywhere the rest of the season and the team has stayed relatively healthy (minus Jordan Howard who is the only confirmed player out for Sunday due to knee injury.) Cornerback Tay Gowan is questionable. Darius Slay, who had an incredible 51-yard interception for a touchdown, cleared the concussion protocol and will play Sunday. The Giants, on the other hand, will be missing a few key players. Fullback Cullen Gillaspia is out with a calf injury, wide receiver Sterling Shepard is out with a quad injury - this is a huge loss on the Giants, and tight end Kaden Smith will be out with a knee injury.

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Injury Report: Eagles at Giants

Eagles Win if…

They play four quarters of football. The Eagles did play beautifully last week, putting up points in all four quarters, but they need to do better than to allow Saints to score 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The Eagles won’t face much of a challenge this weekend, but they’re still going to need to play to their strengths and did what they did last week to pull out a win. With the Eagles being the number two running offense in the NFL at 153.4 yards per game, keeping the ball protected and on the ground is playing to the Eagles strength.

Giants Win if…

There’s a lot that the Giants need to do, but it’s not impossible. The Giants might not want to score early, and that’s okay because they’ve done really well in the fourth quarter of the three games the team has won. Tiring out the Eagles might be key, then put the final nail in the coffin in the fourth. Likewise with the Eagles, the Giants are also going to want to run the ball. Why? They want to keep the Eagles offense off the field and run up the play clock.

 

Prediction: Eagles 34-21

I have no doubt that the Eagles will start hot. Do we see a score on their opening possession? Maybe. I think two Hurts-to-Smith touchdowns will happen. Hurts is likely to run it in the end zone for the touchdown, as he did quite a few times last week. This might be a bold take, and I’m riding off of a high from last week, but I think we’ll see another pick six.


Injury Report: Eagles at Giants

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles will be heading into what could be considered one of their more difficult games in the later stages of this season (because it is one of three remaining away games) but are expected to have a personnel advantage dues to a long list of injuries for the Giants.

The Eagles are now two games back from the Cowboys in the NFC East and the Giants, who are in last one and a half games behind the Eagles, will be looking to bump the Birds to third.

The Eagles linebacking corps will be without it's most athletic defender for the next few weeks with Davion Taylor placed on IR, so that could be an area to keep an eye on.

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Eagles-Giants Moments That Are Often Forgotten...Part One

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Everyone in Philadelphia likes to point to the Dallas Cowboys as the Eagles primary rival but the Eagles-New York Football Giants rivalry is more historic and filled with better moments.  In fact, the Eagles-Giants rivalry is so good it deserves its own list of moments. We all know the moments of the rivalry, Concrete Charlie annihilates Frank Gifford, Herm Edwards and the “Miracle in the Meadowlands,” Randall’s scramble on Monday Night Football, and D-Jax’s new miracle. 

List done, right? Wrong. 

That’s what this list is about, the Eagles-Giants moments, the moments that make this THE rivalry.  The moments are often forgotten because of the one’s listed above.  Enjoy and debate part one and check back in a few weeks for part two.

December 2, 1934- Eagles Win 6-0

They say that you never forget your first.  After being outscored 93-14 in their first three meetings ever, the Eagles finally defeated the pesky New York Giants.  Jim Leonard’s two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was all the Eagles needed to get into the win column.  A crowd of 12,471 was able to leave the Baker Bowl in jubilation.

November 20, 1988- Clyde Simmons’ Overtime Miracle

Clyde Simmons, a lynchpin of the “Gang Green” defense, delivered the second “miracle in the meadowlands” in the fall of 1988 and the win helped propel the Eagles to the NFC East division title.  Tied at 17 in overtime, the Eagles Luis Zendejas attempted a game winning field goal only to have it blocked.  The ball bounced directly into the arms of Simmons, and he rumbled 15-yards for a game winning touchdown.  The win would prove crucial, both the Eagles and Giants ended up with 10-6 records and this game would be the tiebreaker that gave the Eagles their first NFC East title in nearly a decade.

October 22, 2001- McNabb to Thrash Ends the Giants Dominance

In the waning moments of a classic Monday Night Football matchup, Donovan McNabb connected with James Thrash from 18-yards out to give the Eagles a 10-9 lead over the Giants.  The Eagles would hold on to win and snap the Giants 9-game win streak over the Bird that dated back to August 1997.  While many watching didn’t know at the time, the win would prove to the be the catalyst for the Eagles run of dominance in the decade.

 

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Davion Taylor Lands On IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Just two days after his battery mate, TJ Edwards, received an extension from the Eagles, second-year linebacker Davion Taylor has been placed on IR.

It has been Taylor and Edwards whose play in the linebacking corps has helped the Eagles defense to improve over the last few weeks.

Taylor had been limited in practice heading into the New Orleans game, but was cleared to play. He exited the game in the first quarter, however.

Head coach Nick Sirianni said they expect Taylor to miss time earlier this week, but that Taylor was not out for the season. The official move to place Taylor on IR came on Wednesday.

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Guess Who's Back, Back Again. USFL, Philadelphia Stars Slated to Return in Spring 2022

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Philadelphia Stars are back in business. The United States Football League (USFL), which is primarily owned by Fox Sports, is back in business too.  The league officially announced it’s return and teams today during Colin Cowherd’s radio/TV show on FS1.

Kids, ask your parents, aunts, uncles, and/or guardians about the Philadelphia Stars.  The Stars were the most successful team of the original United States Football League (USFL) appearing in all three title games.  They won back-to-back league titles in 1984 and 1985.  The 1985 season was played in Baltimore even though the team still lived and trained in Philadelphia.

The Stars were coached by Jim Mora and featured future NFL All-Pro’s Sam Mills, Sean Landetta, and Bart Oates.  The team was assembled by future Chiefs GM/President/CEO Carl Peterson and included star running back Kelvin Bryant, who would win a Super Bowl with Washington.  The league was successful with its spring football model and comparable in product to the NFL but lost traction and folded when some dingus forced a move to the fall to compete with the more established league.

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TJ Edwards Signs Extension

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles continue to reward their young playmakers with extensions.

Just one day after his strong performance against the Saints, the Eagles signed linebacker TJ Edwards to a one-year extension that will keep him with the team for the 2022 season.

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Postgame Report: Eagles Keep Marching Against Saints

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles entered the half with a 20-point lead after a very solid half of football.

There were some missteps in that first half, but the team did more than enough to overcome those.

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