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Countdown To The Draft: 39 Days


The clock is ticking, Eagles fans.

On April 30th, the NFL Draft will kick off from Chicago, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the latest class of NFL talent. To make sure that you're all set for when the Eagles are on the clock for the first time, we're counting down each day with look at each number from 100-1 and the significance that the number holds in Eagles history.

Without further ado, let's continue the countdown…


Have we mentioned that Darren Sproles has been featured on this Countdown a lot? Well he has, and he makes today's edition as well.

Sproles returned 39 punts in his first season in Philadelphia, piling up a league-leading 506 yards on those returns. As we've mentioned before, Sproles represented the NFC in the 2015 Pro Bowl, which was amazingly enough the first Pro Bowl selection in his career.


First Eagle To Wear No. 39: G Harry Benson (1935)

Current Eagle To Wear No. 39: RB Matthew Tucker (2013-present)

RB Matthew Tucker

The Eagles have had some highly notable names at the running back position since 2013. Names like LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and now the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews have grabbed every headline, but the Eagles have also had an under-the-radar runner on the roster.

Matthew Tucker rushed for 2,602 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career at TCU, following in the footsteps of fellow Horned Frog LaDanian Tomlinson. Tucker went undrafted out of college, but the Eagles signed him prior to the 2013 season. After starting out the year on the team's practice squad, Tucker was signed to the 53-man roster on October 19th and stayed there for the rest of the season, seeing time on special teams against Dallas and Washington.

Tucker has impressed during his preseason appearances and has found a way to keep a roster spot in Philadelphia, whether on the practice squad or the active roster. There's no telling what could be on the horizon for the physical Tucker as he enters his third NFL season. 

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