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Eagles rookie Mack Hollins shows he can handle leap to NFL level

Eagles rookie Mack Hollins shows he can handle leap to NFL level

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins said last week that he had never even attended an NFL game in his lifetime. Were it not for a slip on the slick concrete in Lambeau Field’s north end zone, he would have indeed been in the bleachers with everyone else watching the Birds’ first preseason game of the year.

He settled for a much better view of the action.

Hollins didn’t quite have a chance to execute the famous “Lambeau Leap” into the stands after a score, but the rookie fourth-round draft pick still caught his team’s lone touchdown in the 24-9 loss to Green Bay (see Instant Replay).

“I slipped a little bit on the concrete; I would have looked kind of foolish if I [kept attempting the leap],” said Hollins, who gave a run-up to the stands and stopped. “I got some bad stares [from the fans].”

Hollins caught a pass over the middle from Carson Wentz on third-and-long, worked his way to the sideline and shed three tacklers on his way to the end zone from 38 yards out.

The guys he beat were no slouches. All-Pro Clay Matthews, returning starter Quinten Rollins and second-round draft pick Kevin King – the Packers’ top draft selection in 2017 – were all among the victimized.

“When I’m in the game, everybody’s a starter,” Hollins said. “In my mind, I don’t see who they are. I see 11 guys that are hunting for my head.”

Hollins finished with four catches for 64 yards in his debut performance.

“It kind of just turned into improvise mode, and Mack made a good play getting open,” Wentz said of the touchdown that put the Eagles briefly ahead, 6-0. “I found him and he did the rest. He had two pretty nasty stiff-arms there to finish off the play. It’s good to see a young guy stepping up and making that play right away.”

Hollins downplayed the idea that the game meant anything more than the next phase of preparation for the 2017 regular season.

“I had a route over the middle, Carson found me, and my job is to get in the end zone, catch the ball and get in the end zone,” Hollins said. “It felt like practices every day, throwing with Carson. That’s why you have to take every practice rep just as seriously as the game.

“[The nerves were] just like in college or anything else. The first play, you’re kind of antsy. As soon as you make contact with somebody, you’re fine.”

The Eagles were missing top receivers Alshon Jeffery (who was healthy but coming off a shoulder injury) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring), opening the door for others to make plays.

“None of the veterans played, so it was rookie training camp kind of,” Hollins said. “Yeah, I did well, but there’s a lot of things I know I did the incorrect thing on and things I can fix and routes I can get better on. It’s nice I did well, but I can do way better. … We have a lot of weapons and a great quarterback and a great offensive line and running backs and receivers. I know we can do even better than we did tonight.”

Added Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, “It looked like he played really well. He’s the guy that we thought we were getting, and he started his preseason off well.”

Dimitri Patterson injures 2 police officers trying to flee court room

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Dimitri Patterson injures 2 police officers trying to flee court room

Former Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson injured two police officers while trying to flee during a family court hearing on Tuesday, according to police, via The Miami Herald.

Patterson, 34, appeared in Lawson E. Thomas Court Center when he was ordered by the judge to be taken into custody. At that time, he tried to run out of the door and tackled a female officer who fell and hit her head, while another officer suffered a wrist injury before Patterson was taken into custody.

The female officer was taken to the hospital but later released.

This isn’t Patterson’s first brush with the law. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported in 2015 that the Miami native was charged with felony child abuse.

Per police reports obtained from the incident, Patterson met his ex-girlfriend at Aventura Mall on Aug. 1, 2015, for a custody exchange of their 1-year-old child when an argument ensued over child support payments.

“While placing the boy in the back seat of the car, Medina told Patterson to calm down, warning him that she wouldn't allow him to take the child,” Cimini reported.

“Patterson ‘grabbed her around her neck and threw her to the ground,’ according to the incident report. ‘While this occurred, [Medina] was holding [the boy]. This action caused [him] to fall also and hit his head.’”

Court records show Patterson was eventually acquitted for culpable negligence and battery.

Patterson spent time with the Redskins, Chiefs, Eagles, Browns, Dolphins and Jets during his eight-year career. With the Eagles in 2009 and 2010, he appeared in 27 games (nine starts) with 50 tackles, four interceptions and one sack.

Patterson was last with the Jets in 2014 but suspended indefinitely by the team after leaving without contacting the organization. He was released a short time later and retired.

NFL Notes: NFLPA officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension

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NFL Notes: NFLPA officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension

NEW YORK -- The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over the league's conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.

The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott "to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement."

The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott's attorneys blasted Commission Roger Goodell's ruling, saying the league "cherry-picked" evidence to reach its conclusion.

A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision "as soon as practicable" after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement.

The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants.

Panthers: Davis signs 1-year contract extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thomas Davis won't have to worry about ever playing for another NFL team.

The Panthers have signed the 34-year-old veteran outside linebacker Thomas Davis to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $6.76 million and includes $3 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't release financial terms of contracts.

"I'm extremely excited. Everybody knows how I feel about being a Carolina Panther," Davis said in a team release Tuesday. "This extension solidifies me being here for the rest of my career, and I'm excited about that. Now I'm totally focused on winning a Super Bowl."

Davis' contract was set to expire after this season. Some blamed general manager Dave Gettleman's handling of extensions for Davis and tight end Greg Olsen as the reason he was fired earlier this offseason and replaced by interim general manager Marty Hurney. Olsen has two years left on his current contract but is seeking an extension, too (see full story).

Raiders: Lynch says teammates ‘proud’ of protest
NAPA, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch isn't shedding anymore light on his decision to sit during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' first exhibition game.

Lynch declined to comment on why he chose to sit down Saturday night while the rest of his teammates stood during the anthem before a game in Arizona against the Cardinals.

That left his teammates to answer for him on Tuesday after the team returned for its first practice since that game.

"I'm proud of him," tight end Jared Cook said. "I think it's awesome. Everybody has points of discussion after what happened in Charlottesville just the night before. I think it's important for men in our position to step up and speak on unnecessary situations we find ourselves in as minorities in this country. That's why I'm proud of him" (see full story).

Jets: Whitehead out indefinitely with broken foot
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Lucky Whitehead has a broken foot and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday that Whitehead was injured during practice Monday and it's uncertain whether he will need surgery. Bowles did not know if Whitehead will be out for the year, saying only that it'll be at least "a little while."

Whitehead, who was on crutches during the team's indoor practice, appeared to be the top contender to serve as the Jets' primary punt and kickoff returner.

The injury is the latest in a string of bad news for Whitehead, who has had a strange summer. He was waived by Dallas last month following a shoplifting incident that turned out to be a case of false identity. New York claimed Whitehead off waivers on July 26.