New Eagles Punter Donnie Jones Is Not a Football Player, Reflects on Tackling DeSean Jackson

New Eagles Punter Donnie Jones Is Not a Football Player, Reflects on Tackling DeSean Jackson

The Eagles addressed one of the most concerning aspects of
their roster on Monday: the punter. Yes, Philadelphia’s punter carousel
continued with the release of Mat McBriar, who was replaced by former Houston
Texan Donnie Jones, the club’s third new punter in as many years.

While we’re all relieved that the punting situation is in
good hands until the next time it isn’t – training camp is a safe bet – Jones wants
his teammates to know something that we all do already. Punters are not
football players.

Jones can punt the hell out of the ball, as evidenced by his
two second-team All-Pro honors while with the St. Louis Rams in ’08 and ’09,
but he doesn’t get down with all of that other football stuff. You know hitting,
running, getting grass stains on his uniform – those sorts of thing. He said as
much to the Houston media last season
when he made a touchdown-saving “tackle” on
Wes Welker against the New England Patriots.

“I told [my teammates], I said,
‘Look, you guys are NFL football players, I’m not.’ So when I get a little
bruise or something, it is what it is. I know my role. But it’s all in good
fun.”

That conversation with reporters back in December prompted
further reminiscing about the time he "hauled" DeSean Jackson out of bounds. Technically it's a tackle. Bet he’ll
tell this one to the grandkids all the time.

 “Yeah, I mean I’m not an actual NFL ‘football’
player,” Jones said. “I mean, come on. We know our roles. I had the same type
thing in 2008. I had to push DeSean Jackson out of bounds. Somehow I chased him
down, don’t know how I did it, and I fell and my knee blew up. Every now and
then you get one. We’re punters and kickers. We’re a different breed.”

So even though Donnie Jones is suiting up for his fifth NFL
team in 10 seasons, he’s not a football player you guys – but you already knew
that. Hell, punters aren’t even people, am I right?

>> Donnie Jones' stats [NFL.com]

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Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.