Eagles add ex-Broncos CB, key players miss “exercise”.
A familiar face is back on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. The team brought in Mac McCain from the waiver wire after he was released from the Denver Broncos on November 23. He’d been on the Eagles’ training team before week 10.
McCain hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since he was undrafted from North Carolina A&T in April. He started in 29 games for the Aggies from 2017-19 and was awarded the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in all three seasons.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder dropped out of school with 113 tackles, eight interceptions, and 22 pass break-ups. North Carolina A&T dropped out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns that slumped McCain’s draft stocks.
Head coach Nick Sirianni had loved McCain during his first stint at Philly, but Denver stole him from the training team. The Eagles had to clear a squad spot when they activated Jordan Howard’s running back. The rookie cornerback was the unfortunate victim.
“We had to delete Mac yesterday to make room for Jordan Howard,” Sirianni told reporters at the time. “Mac was really good here. We hope we can get it back to be honest. Mac did a good job, especially on the Scout team. When he got up he had a little run in the cowboys game and he did a good job. “
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The Eagles traded normal practice for a Viewing on Wednesday for the second week in a row. It seems like the way Sirianni wants to handle things on the track, especially since the team is having such a late bye week (week 14, December 12). They were still issuing an estimate from an exercise report that three players went missing: DT Fletcher Cox (calm), CB Darius Slay (concussion), RB Jordan Howard (knee).
You don’t have to worry about Cox’s status for Sunday. He practiced early in the week all year round. Meanwhile, there is great optimism that Slay will face the New York Giants while waiting for doctors to clear him on the concussion log. It will likely be a season decision. The news wasn’t so good for Howard, who sprained his knee last week. Sirianni said he was “most likely” out.
UPDATE: The Eagles updated the practice report on Thursday with a new estimate. Howard was the only player listed as a DNP. Four types were designated as limited, including Slay.
The Giants switched as offensive coordinator earlier this week. Jason Garrett is out and Freddie Kitchens is in. While the optics of this change might help the Eagles, that’s not what they’re focusing on. Sirianni preached that they must be “ready for anything” and admitted to going back and looking The game of kitchens while coaching the Cleveland Browns.
“I’ve said this before, it’s a different game caller. There will be different looks, ”said Sirianni. “He’s going to do different things that Coach Garrett didn’t do, or vice versa. We just have to be prepared for anything. So if you don’t know exactly what you’re going to get, you have to play your rules, and you have to play your rules for every single defense you get. “