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[#] Sat Apr 15 2017 19:40:59 EDT from rss

Subject: Carter Hart to join Lehigh Valley Phantoms, just in time for the playoffs

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The 18-year old will take Anthony Stolarz’s spot on the Phantoms’ roster as they head towards the playoffs.

The exciting week the Phantoms have had — first having clinched a spot in the Calder Cup playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, then having erased a three-goal third-period deficit on Friday night en route to a win over Providence — hasn’t come without its share of bad news. Phantoms starting goalie Anthony Stolarz was injured in Wednesday’s game, and it was confirmed yesterday that he’ll be out for the entirety of the playoffs:

First of all: this is a bummer for Stolarz, who has been a key piece on the Phantoms for the past three seasons and now won’t be there for their first playoff run in Lehigh Valley. Hopefully he’ll be around for many more playoff runs while wearing an orange jersey in Pennsylvania in the future.

But, in the more immediate future, this leaves the Phantoms with a spot to fill on their roster. AHL rookie Alex Lyon, who had a respectable first year with the Phantoms, figures to step into the starter’s role for the team as it heads into the playoffs, but the team will need a backup to fill his place.

We learned today that that backup will be Everett Silvertips goalie and 2016 second-round draft pick Carter Hart, courtesy of Hart himself via the Everett Herald’s Jesse Geleynse:

A year after being named CHL Goaltender of the Year, Hart was even better for Everett in 2016-17, posting a .927 save percentage in 54 games. He was also the starting goalie for Team Canada in the World Juniors, though the tournament as a whole was an up-and-down experience for him. Of the Flyers’ several impressive goaltending prospects, there’s a case to be made that Hart is the best one — ESPN’s Corey Pronman ranked him as the third-best goaltending prospect in all of hockey earlier this season, for instance.

Hart signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers back in October, so there are no contract hoops for him to jump through to join the Phantoms and this won’t affect his slide rule status with the Flyers (his entry-level contract will not begin this year, in other words). Prior to his joining the Phantoms, Reading Royals goalie Martin Ouellette had been backing up Lyon with the Phantoms (he’d just been called up yesterday), so it’s likely that he’ll be heading back to Reading in short order as they continue their own playoff run.

The team electing to have Hart join the Phantoms, rather than keep Ouellette up with the AHL club, could mean one of a few things. Maybe they wanted to make sure Ouellette could get back to Reading, and given that Hart is the only other goalie available under contract to the Phantoms, he was the only choice. Or maybe they just wanted the best possible talent backing up Lyon, and found that to be Hart. Or maybe they want to see what Hart can do at the professional level, and they’re going to try and get him onto the ice during the playoffs.

There are a lot of possibilities. In any case, it’s exciting to see another talented prospect don the orange and black in a game for the first time, even if it’s in Lehigh Valley and even if he may only be sitting on a bench opening a door for another guy.





[#] Sun Apr 16 2017 18:54:07 EDT from rss

Subject: AHL playoffs 2017: Matchups, dates, times and series info as Calder Cup race begins

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms will play the Hershey Bears in Round 1, and they have the home ice advantage.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are set for the postseason for the first time in eight seasons, and they’ll have home ice advantage as they embark on a tough first round matchup against the rival Hershey Bears.

The Atlantic Division was the toughest division in the AHL this season, and much like the Metropolitan Division playoffs in the NHL, it’s unfortunate that only one of four teams -- the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Providence Bruins, the Bears and the Phantoms — will come out of this side of the bracket.

But that’s the reality these teams face as they kick off the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs this week. The Penguins won the division title and will face the Bruins, while the Phantoms grabbed the second place position and will face No. 3 Hershey.

Here’s the schedule for Bears vs. Phantoms. It’s a best-of-five series here in the Divisional Semifinal round, with Games 4 and 5 played if necessary.

Atlantic Division Semifinals

No. 2 Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. No. 3 Hershey Bears

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Hershey at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
  • Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – Hershey at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
  • Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 26 – Lehigh Valley at Hershey, 7:00*
  • Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 29 – Lehigh Valley at Hershey, 7:00*
  • Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 30 – Hershey at Lehigh Valley, 5:05*

Below is the full AHL playoff schedule. All times are Eastern.

Some series are in the 2-2-1 format, in which two games are played in each city with Game 5 played at the higher seed. Due to travel concerns, some series are 2-3, with the higher seed choosing whether to host the first two games or host the last three.

Atlantic Division Semifinals

No. 1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. No. 4 Providence Bruins

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 7:05
  • Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 23 – W-B/Scranton at Providence, 3:05
  • Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 27 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05*
  • Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 28 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 7:05*
  • Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 30 – Providence at W-B/Scranton, 3:05*

North Division Semifinals

No. 1 Syracuse Crunch vs. No. 4 St. John’s IceCaps

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Syracuse at St. John’s, 6:00
  • Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – Syracuse at St. John’s, 6:00
  • Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 26 – St. John’s at Syracuse, 7:00*
  • Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 28 – St. John’s at Syracuse, 7:00*
  • Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 29 – St. John’s at Syracuse, 7:00*

North Division Semifinals

No. 2 Toronto Marlies vs. No. 3 Albany Devils

  • Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 20 – Toronto at Albany, 7:00
  • Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – Toronto at Albany, 5:00
  • Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 26 – Albany at Toronto, 7:00*
  • Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 28 – Albany at Toronto, 7:00*
  • Game 5 – Sat., Apr. 29 – Albany at Toronto, 7:00*

Central Division Semifinals

No. 1 Chicago Wolves vs. No. 4 Charlotte Checkers

  • Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 20 – Chicago at Charlotte, 7:00
  • Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Chicago at Charlotte, 7:15
  • Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 23 – Charlotte at Chicago, 3:00*
  • Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 25 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00*
  • Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 26 – Charlotte at Chicago, 8:00*

Central Division Semifinals

No. 2 Grand Rapids Griffins vs. No. 3 Milwaukee Admirals

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, 7:00
  • Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 23 – Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, 4:00
  • Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 26 – Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 8:00*
  • Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 28 – Grand Rapids at Milwaukee, 8:00*
  • Game 5 – Mon., May 1 – Milwaukee at Grand Rapids, 7:00*

Pacific Division Semifinals

No. 1 San Jose Barracuda vs. No. 4 Stockton Heat

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Stockton at San Jose, 10:00
  • Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 23 – Stockton at San Jose, 6:00
  • Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – San Jose at Stockton, 10:00*
  • Game 4 – Sun., Apr. 30 – San Jose at Stockton, 7:00*
  • Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – Stockton at San Jose, 10:00*

Pacific Division Semifinals

No. 2 San Diego Gulls vs. No. 4 Ontario Reign

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Ontario at San Diego, 10:00
  • Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00
  • Game 3 – Fri., Apr. 28 – Ontario at San Diego, 10:00*
  • Game 4 – Mon., May 1 – San Diego at Ontario, 10:00*
  • Game 5 – Tue., May 2 – Ontario at San Diego, 10:00*

Semifinal winners from each division will play each other, with the ultimate Pacific Division champ playing the Central Division champ in the Western Conference Finals, and the North Division champ playing the Atlantic Division champ in the Eastern Finals.

The Division Semifinals are the only best-of-five series in the playoffs. All other series are best-of-seven.





[#] Mon Apr 17 2017 00:27:57 EDT from rss

Subject: BGN Mock Draft 2017: Best/worst picks from 11-20

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A look at these 10 picks from the 2017 BGN community mock draft.

Picks 11-20 of the 2017 BGN Community Mock Draft are in. Let's take a look at some of the best and worst picks so far based on the approval polls.

Best pick: Derek Barnett at No. 15 to the Colts

Worst pick: JuJu Smith-Schuster at No. 18 to the Titans

An entire recap of the second week of picks.

11) New Orleans Saints: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan - [Pick]

GM: NotSoSlick
Approval: 50%

The Saints need all the defensive help they can get. New Orleans can’t keep letting their high-powered offense go to waste, especially with Drew Brees reaching the end of his career. I’d rank Derek Barnett over Taco though.

12) Cleveland Browns: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson - [Pick]

GM: Straight Edge Sid
Approval: 56%

The Browns end up with Myles Garrett and Williams in this mock. Would they really skip out on quarterback in the first round? And would they go wide receiver in the first this year after drafting five last offseason?

13) Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple - [Pick]

GM: Paulie97
Approval: 54%

Bruce Arians’ #OwlBias shines through in this pick. I can’t help but think the Cardinals would go quarterback here though with none of them off the board yet. Carson Palmer turns 38 this season and wasn’t great last season.

14) Philadelphia Eagles: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford - [Pick]

GM: ablesser88
Approval: 60%

I don’t hate this pick. I’m all about getting Carson Wentz more help. McCaffrey improves the Eagles’ running game and passing attack. But I wouldn’t have gone with him here with Derek Barnett still on the board.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee - [Pick]

GM: mconner96
Approval: 87%

It would be surprising to see Barnett fall this far. This seems like a good case of the Colts sitting tight and taking the best player available.

16) Baltimore Ravens: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt - [Pick]

GM: The Man, The Myth, the Mathews!
Approval: 53%

Pretty good athlete and linebacker became a sudden need for the Ravens when they had a player retire. Why not.

17) Washington Redskins: John Ross, WR, Washington - [Pick]

GM: kbruneault
Approval: 55%

Given the uncertainty of Kirk Cousins’ future, I’d think Washington might want to go quarterback here with all of them on the board. For the Eagles’ sake, I’d hate if they got Ross after just losing DeSean Jackson. That’d be so annoying.

18) Tennessee Titans: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC - [Pick]

GM: mchiodo
Approval: 11%

I don’t care what anyone says. I’m totally out on USC wide receivers in the first round. Looks like I’m not alone.

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan - [Pick]

GM: ei78
Approval: 71%

I’m interested to see where Peppers ends up and how he’ll be used in the NFL. Safety is a need for the Bucs.

20) Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin - [Pick]

GM: NVEagleShark
Approval: 80%

The Broncos badly need an offensive tackle. They land the first one off the board in this mock. Easy pick for them.

...

Up next: Picks 21-30 coming up this week!





[#] Sun Apr 16 2017 11:51:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles seven round 2017 NFL mock draft (with trades)

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A long look at who the Eagles might draft.

Editor’s note: With less than two weeks until the 2017 NFL Draft, here’s a comprehensive seven round Philadelphia Eagles mock put together by Bleeding Green Nation reader Stephen Purcell (@stee_jobs). Take it away, Stephen.

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Hello Bleeding Green Nation. The following is a FanPost. Can you stomach yet another mock draft? Great!

Me and 31 of my closest friends embarked on a two-week long journey called "Doing a 7-round NFL Mock Draft." Each person in the draft represented their favorite NFL team. As a die hard Eagles fan, I represented the Eagles. This is the 3rd year that I've done a mock draft with 31 other people, but this is the first year that I've decided to collect my thoughts and write them down.

The purpose of this post is two-fold. First, I wanted to explain the reasoning behind each of my picks as they were made. And second, I wanted to give you folks some insight as to who might be available in each round and how the draft might shake out. My initial thought was that a draft using 32 real people may more closely resemble an actual draft rather than one person's mock draft. But who knows.

**Let me be perfectly clear: I am in no way holding myself out to be any sort of expert at football or the draft (besides the fact that Deshaun Watson should very clearly be the first QB taken in the draft, but that is a topic for another post). I don't know the X's and O's and pretty much rely on the folks that contribute to this site and others for a lot of my football knowledge.

**We did allow trades in the draft, but trades could only include this year's picks and no players. So without further ado, here is how the mock draft

Round 1 -€” Trade Back (4/4/17, 1:15PM)

Eagles trade picks 14 and 194 to Bears in exchange for picks 21 and 85.

Pick 21 - Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Why trade back?

Who is on #TeamTradeBack !?!?!?! I know what many people are against trading back because of the Marcus Smith debacle. That logic is lazy. In the Marcus Smith draft, there were front office questions with Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman. It seems like they just sort of made a panicked decision after Brandin Cooks and HaHa Clinton-Dix were taken. We didn't really know who was making the decisions. I would love to know exactly what happened in the war room on that night.

Regardless, as an Eagles fan, I can't let that debacle deter any potential trade back possibility. We have to look at the players that were left on the board. If Howie and Joey Dougzz aren't completely sold on a specific player, but rather would be fine with one of a handful of prospects, why not trade back and improve draft capital in later rounds?

Marshon Lattimore (7th pick), Mike Williams (8th pick), Corey Davis (9th pick), OJ Howard (10th pick) Derek Barnett (11th pick), and Reuben Foster (13th pick) had all been selected by the time I was ready to make a pick at 14. Were any one of those 6 players available I would not have traded back. As an aside, if the 14th pick comes on Draft Day and Reuben Foster is still there, that's gotta be the pick. The Hicks-Foster LB combo on defense would be a dynamic duo in the middle of the field for the next 10 years.

Anyway, with the 14th pick in my fake draft, I was considering 6 players: John Ross, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Gareon Conley, Marlon Humphrey, and Ryan Ramcyzk. If I did not get a trade offer, I would have selected John Ross. However, Ross has a rather extensive injury history, and the Eagles SIGNIFICANTLY upgraded their WR group in free agency with the additions of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. Drafting a WR did not seem as pressing (even though I do have a feeling Jordan Matthews is going to be traded either during or before the draft). Plus, I think there are some wide receiver prospects later in the draft that could prove to be more cost-effective than Ross in the first round.

At the last minute I was presented with a trade from the Lions GM. I traded back 7 spots in the 1st round and swapped a 6th rounder for a 3rd rounder. I was hesitant at first. It was honestly horrible value for the Eagles and they would never do that in real life. If the Eagles were to trade back, I realize that trade would net the Eagles a better haul. But the more I thought about it, the more I convinced myself that this was the right move. Just consider the idea of trading back, rather than what I actually received in compensation.

I was not SUPER sold on any of the 6 players that I was considering at the 14th spot. Additionally, because I was only trading back 7 spots, I felt confident that 1 of those 6 players was going to be available at pick 21. And adding a 3rd rounder in this draft is particularly enticing for the Eagles, because of the dearth of quality CB prospects. I am pretty sure a team will be able to get a starting caliber CB in the 3rd round. In real life, if the Lions offered pick 21 and a 2nd round pick for pick 14, I think the Eagles would do it.

Why McCaffrey?

Besides the fact that I think McCaffrey is going to be really good in the NFL, I think his fit with the Eagles is perfect. Ross, Cook and Ramzcyk were taken, leaving me with the decision of addressing CB now with Humphrey or Conley, or going with the RB who I think is going to be a really good player in this league.

The lack of playmakers last year on the Eagles roster was annoying. A focus for the Birds moving forward must be surrounding Wentz with players that will make him better. Darren Sproles has been the most explosive playmaker on the Eagles for the past couple of seasons. But many speculate that the 2017-18 season will be his last. Christian McCaffrey would be the perfect replacement for Sproles. McCaffrey killed it at the Combine, but people don't think he can be a 20-25 rushes a game type of back. I respectfully disagree. He did it in college and put up huge numbers in a very pro-style running attack. (Did you know he went to Stanford? Not a lot of people know that.) And he is a menace catching out of the back field and on punt returns. I really want playmakers around Carson Wentz, and McCaffrey seems like just what the doctor ordered.

Round 2 (4/5/17, 11:12 AM)

Pick 43 -€” Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

The Eagles' cornerback woes have been well-documented. Nolan Carroll's departure didn't help (or hurt probably). With Nolan's departure and the addition of Patrick Robinson, the Eagles 2 starting CBs would be Robinson and Jalen Mills, with Ron Brooks being the nickel. (Question: Would you trade this 2nd round pick, plus Jason Kelce and Jordan Matthews for Richard Sherman? The answer is yes!) I would be SHOCKED if the Eagles did not address this glaring need in either the first or second round.

At the time of the selection, 4 CBs had been taken (Marshone Lattimore, 7th pick; Marlon Humphrey, 22nd pick; Kevin King, 34th pick; Gareon Conley, 39th pick). This seems like a low number to me. However, I can definitely see GMs put off drafting CBs until later because there are so many quality prospects in this draft. Draft other needs first and reap the benefits of a strong CB class in later rounds.

As for the Eagles, the need for secondary help is too glaring to put off addressing past the second round; and there are quality prospects still on the board. I decided to draft Tre'Davious White out of LSU. I had a lot of options (Cordrea Tankersley, Teez Tabor, Quincy Wilson, Fabian Moreau, and Chidobe Awuzie just to name a few). White is intriguing. He seems to have the quick-twitch ability that corners in the NFL need. He ran in the 4.4s and he wore #18 at LSU, the number given to the leader of the LSU defense. Benny Logan wore that number for LSU. Good enough for me.

Because of the first round trade, Now I have 2 picks in the 3rd round to either continue bolstering the defensive backfield, or add another playmaker for Carson Wentz.

Round 3: (4/6/17, 3:01 PM)

Pick 85 -€” Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State University

Well part of my reasoning for trading back seemed to backfire. After my selection of White in the 2nd round, cornerbacks started flying off the board. Between picks 43 and 85, a total of 11 Cornerbacks were selected. I was a little annoyed, but there was still a CB available that I thought would be another solid addition to the Eagles secondary: Rasul Douglas, a long, playmaking corner from West Virginia. However, Chris Godwin, the Penn State wide receiver was still available, and I opted to go with the offensive threat.

To be frank, I have no idea how Godwin was still available. Many consider him to be the 4th best receiver in the class behind Davis, Williams, and Ross. If you watched any of his Penn State game last season, he just seems like a baller. He was also impressive at the Combine, posting a 4.42 40 yard dash. Godwin would be an awesome addition to any NFL team, but if the Eagles pick him up in the 3rd round, I'd be ecstatic.

Round 3: (4/7/17, 3:22PM)

Pick 99 -€” Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia

As I wrote earlier, I was strongly considering taking Rasul Douglas with the 85th pick. So when he was available at 99 it was a pretty easy decision.

He has ideal size. He is 6'2 and 210 lbs. He led the NCAA in interceptions with 8 last year, but I guess a poor combine is pushing him down some draft boards. He ran a 4.6 40 yard dash, which isn't terrible, but if that number was in the 4.4s then I'm fairly sure he would have went much higher.

So as it stands now, through 3 rounds the Eagles have landed a starting RB, a WR who can contribute right away, and 2 CBs with starter potential. Everything seems to be going well so far. With the remaining picks, I think I am going to focus on the trenches or go with the best player available strategy.

Round 4: (4/8/17, 9:45AM)

Pick 118 -€” Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

I was strongly considering taking an Offensive Tackle with this pick. But Daeshon Hall seemed like a really good 4th round value. (Also, he has a highlight video which features him smoking Dak Prescott when he was at Mississippi State. Minute 2:36 of this video)

He was often overshadowed by the play of teammate Myles Garrett but Hall flashed moments of playmaking ability. He's 6'5 and has a 36' vertical leap. He could probably stand to get a little bigger if he is going to play DE. The concensus seems to be that Daeshon is not going to be a Day 1 starter, so coming to Philly and playing behing Graham, Curry, and the newly-added Chris Long could be just what Hall needs.

Round 4: (4-9-17, 9:01 AM)

Pick 139 -€” Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan

Picking up Timmy Jernigan in a trade was a solid move for the Birds. Cox, Jernigan, Allen, and Vaeao is a quality group of defensive tackles. This really is not a position of need for the Eagles. However, I made this selection already knowing about Beau Allen's ruptured pectoral muscle. While Beau may hope to be back for the beginning of the season, that muscle is extremely important for defensive tackles, so the Eagles should not bank on Allen being 100% for Week 1. Couple this with the fact that Jim Schwartz likes to rotate his lineman and drafting an interior defensive lineman doesn't seem completely out of the realm of possibility, if not probable.

For these reasons, and the fact that I am a strong believer in the saying "games are won and lost in the trenches" I went with Ryan Glasgow out of Michigan. I was debating between Glasgow and Davon Godchaux out of LSU. While the Eagles have had success drafting LSU lineman recently (miss you Bennie), I went with Glasgow in large part because the Eagles have already brought him in for a workout. They seem to like him so I wouldn't be surprised if Glasgow was a mid-round selection for the Eagles.

Round 5 (4-9-17, 5:30 PM)

Pick 155 -€” Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

Jason Peters isn't going to be around forever, and without Peters, the Eagles OT outlook is sort of up in the air. Lane will move to Left tackle once Peters leaves, and we're not sure if H-word Vaitai is the long-term answer at right tackle. And because the Eagles seem to have a lot of depth at the guard position, my guess is if they draft an offensive lineman, it would be a tackle.

McDermott is a big fella. He is 6'8 and 300+ lbs. but based on his combine numbers, he seems to move relatively well for a man of his size. The main critique for McDermott is that he needs to get stronger. In an ideal world, McDermott would compete with Vaitai for the future RT spot on the Eagles. But, the experts are saying this crop of offensive lineman is weak, so I wouldn't bet on it.

Round 7 (4-13-17, 2:20PM)

Pick 230 -€” Ryan Switzer, WR, UNC

I like to think that by the time the 7th round starts, GMs are kinda bored. Howie Roseman is going to like a certain player. Joe Douglas is going to like a different player. Doug Pederson tries to give his input and gets laughed at. I can imagine the three of them playing Mario Kart in the war room to figure out which player is going to be selected. (Howie would play as Mario, Douglas would be Toad, Pederson's controller wouldn't be plugged in.)

I mean a 7th round pick is a stab in the dark anyway. Would you even be mad if that is how the Eagles last pick was decided? You shouldn't be, because WHO CARES. (I know late round draft picks are extremely important or whatever, and I'm sure GMs do a lot of research yada yada.) I could lazily compare Ryan Switzer, WR out of North Carolina, to Cole Beasley based on size and skin color alone. I could say that I picked him because "I thought it was a great value in the 7th round" or "he runs crisp routes and is elusive in the open field." But he's a friggin' 7th round pick. So I won't do that. Remember, I like to think 7th round selections are decided after a game of rock-paper-scissors tournament of the people in the board room.

Closing thoughts:

So, I came away from the draft with a running back, 2 wide receivers, 2 cornerbacks, 2 defensive lineman, and an offensive lineman. Seems close to what I think the Eagles will actually do in the draft.

Two closing observations/predictions:

  1. McCaffrey, White, Godwin, and Douglas would be contributors next year.

  1. All the draft pundits are saying that this CB class is extremely strong and deep. Yet, in our draft, only 2 went in the first round (Lattimore, 7th and Humphrey, 22nd). But CBs started flying off the board in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. I would not be surprised if this happens in the actual draft. Teams in the first round may consider putting off addressing the CB position in the first round because of the depth at the position. A team like the Eagles is in perfect position to take advantage of this logic. Trading back in the first round to gain an extra 2nd or 3rd round pick could net the Birds a quality CB prospect. If the Eagles aren't happy with what is left at 14, they should trade back.

I hope you folks enjoyed this FanPoost, and I hope you are looking forward to April 27th as much as I am. Here's the entire mock draft order.

Round

Pick #

Team

College

Position

1

1

Browns

Myles Garrett

Texas A&M

DE

1

2

49ers

Solomon Thomas

Stanford

DE

1

3

Bears

DeShaun Watson

Clemson

QB

1

4

Jaguars

Jamal Adams

LSU

SS

1

5

Titans

Jonathan Allen

Alabama

DL

1

6

Panthers

Leonard Fournette

LSU

RB

1

7

Chargers

Marshon Lattimore

Ohio State

CB

1

8

Bills

Mike Williams

Clemson

WR

1

9

Bengals

Corey Davis

Western Michigan

WR

1

10

Jets

OJ Howard

Alabama

TE

1

11

Saints

Derek Barnett

Tennessee

DE

1

12

Browns

Malik Hooker

Ohio State

FS

1

13

Cardinals

Reuben Foster

Alabama

ILB

1

14

Lions

Haason Reddick

Temple

LB

1

15

Seahawks

Jabrill Peppers

Michigan

SS

1

16

Ravens

John Ross

Washington

WR

1

17

Washington

Malik McDowell

Michigan State

DT

1

18

Titans

David Njoku

Miami (Fla.)

TE

1

19

Buccaneers

Dalvin Cook

Florida State

RB

1

20

Broncos

Ryan Ramcyzk

Wisconsin

OT

1

21

Eagles

Christian McCaffrey

Stanford

RB

1

22

Dolphins

Marlon Humphrey

Alabama

CB

1

23

49ers

Mitchell Trubisky

North Carolina

QB

1

24

Jets

Patrick Mahomes II

Texas Tech

QB

1

25

Texans

Forrest Lamp

Western Kentucky

OG

1

26

Panthers

Taco Charlton

Michigan

DE

1

27

Chiefs

Deshone Kizer

Notre Dame

QB

1

28

Cowboys

T.J. Watt

Wisconsin

OLB

1

29

Packers

Takkarist McKinley

UCLA

OLB

1

30

Giants

Zach Cunningham

Vanderbilt

OLB

1

31

Falcons

Charles Harris

Missouri

DE

1

32

Saints

Obi Melifonwu

Connecticut

SS

2

33

Browns

Garrett Bolles

Utah

OT

2

34

Steelers

Kevin King

Washington

CB

2

35

Jaguars

Evan Engram

Ole Miss

TE

2

36

Bears

Budda Baker

Washington

FS

2

37

Rams

Cam Robinson

Alabama

OT

2

38

Chargers

Jordan Willis

Kansas State

Edge Rusher

2

39

Raiders

Gareon Conley

Ohio State

CB

2

40

Colts

Alvin Kamara

Tennessee

RB

2

41

Bengals

Carl Lawson

Auburn

DE

2

42

Saints

Curtis Samuel

Ohio State

WR

2

43

Eagles

TreDavious White

LSU

CB

2

44

Vikings

Caleb Brantley

Florida

DT

2

45

Jaguars

Tim Williams

Alabama

Edge Rusher

2

46

Colts

Raekwon McMillan

Ohio State

LB

2

47

Ravens

Teez Tabor

Florida

CB

2

48

Bills

Davis Webb

California

QB

2

49

Washington

Jarrad Davis

Florida

ILB

2

50

Buccaneers

Zay Jones

East Carolina

WR

2

51

Broncos

Fabian Moreau

UCLA

CB

2

52

Browns

Joe Mixon

Oklahoma

RB

2

53

Cardinals

Chidobe Awuzie

Colorado

CB

2

54

Dolphins

Dan Feeney

Indiana

OG

2

55

Giants

Roderick Johnson

Florida State

OT

2

56

Raiders

Carlos Watkins

Clemson

DT

2

57

Cowboys

Cordrea Tankersley

Clemson

CB

2

58

Seahawks

Dion Dawkins

Temple

OG/OT

2

59

Chiefs

Quincy Wilson

Florida

CB

2

60

Texans

Chad Kelly

Ole Miss

QB

2

61

Packers

Sidney Jones

Washington

CB

2

62

Steelers

Tyus Bowser

Houston

OLB

2

63

Falcons

Ethan Pocic

LSU

C

2

64

Colts

Adoree' Jackson

Southern California

CB

3

65

Browns

Ahkello Witherspoon

Colorado

CB

3

66

Giants

Dorian Johnson

Pittsburgh

OG

3

67

Bears

Taylor Moton

Western Michigan

OT

3

68

Cardinals

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Southern California

WR

3

69

Rams

Pat Elflein

Ohio State

C

3

70

Raiders

Ryan Anderson

Alabama

OLB

3

71

Chargers

Antonio Garcia

Troy

OT

3

72

Patriots

Trey Hendrickson

Florida Atlantic

DE

3

73

Bengals

Jourdan Lewis

Michigan

CB

3

74

Ravens

Chris Wormley

Michigan

DT

3

75

Bills

Desmond King

Iowa

FS

3

76

Saints

Cameron Sutton

Tennessee

CB

3

77

Washington

Marcus Williams

Utah

FS

3

78

Ravens

Isaac Asiata

Utah

OG

3

79

Vikings

Josh Jones

NC State

SS

3

80

Colts

Larry Ogunjobi

Charlotte

DT

3

81

Lions

Tarell Basham

Ohio

DE

3

82

Broncos

Adam Shaheen

Ashland

TE

3

83

Titans

Carlos Henderson

Louisiana Tech

WR

3

84

Buccaneers

Montravius Adams

Auburn

DT

3

85

Eagles

Chris Godwin

Penn State

WR

3

86

Vikings

Gerald Everett

South Alabama

TE

3

87

Giants

D'Onta Foreman

Texas

RB

3

88

Raiders

David Sharpe

Florida

OL

3

89

Texans

Shaquill Griffin

UCF

CB

3

90

Colts

Duke Riley

LSU

OLB

3

91

Chiefs

Derek Rivers

Youngstown State

DE

3

92

Cowboys

Marcus Maye

Florida

FS

3

93

Packers

Cooper Kupp

Eastern Washington

WR

3

94

Steelers

Dalvin Tomlinson

Alabama

DT

3

95

Falcons

Tanoh Kpassagnon

Villanova

DE

3

96

Patriots

Amara Darboh

Michigan

WR

3

97

Dolphins

Bucky Hodges

Virginia Tech

TE

3

98

Panthers

ArDarius Stewart

Alabama

WR

3

99

Eagles

Rasul Douglas

West Virginia

CB

3

100

Titans

Eddie Jackson

Alabama

SS

3

101

Broncos

Vincent Taylor

Oklahoma State

DT

3

102

Seahawks

DeMarcus Walker

Florida State

DE

3

103

Saints

Mitch Leidner

Minnesota

QB

3

104

Chiefs

Justin Evans

Texas A&M

SS

3

105

Steelers

Kareem Hunt

Toledo

RB

3

106

Seahawks

Jaleel Johnson

Iowa

DT

3

107

Jets

Taywan Taylor

Western Kentucky

WR

4

108

Browns

Nathan Peterman

Pittsburgh

QB

4

109

49ers

Chad Hansen

California

WR

4

110

Cardinals

Brad Kaaya

Miami (Fla.)

QB

4

111

Bears

Jalen Myrick

Minnesota

CB

4

112

Bills

Jake Butt

Michigan

TE

4

113

Chargers

Tedric Thompson

Colorado

FS

4

114

Lions

Elijah Qualls

Washington

DT

4

115

Panthers

Will Holden

Vanderbilt

OT

4

116

Bengals

Alex Anzalone

Florida

OLB

4

117

Bears

Samaje Perine

Oklahoma

RB

4

118

Eagles

Daeshon Hall

Texas A&M

DE

4

119

Washington

Danny Isidora

Miami (Fla.)

OG

4

120

Vikings

Nico Siragusa

San Diego State

OG

4

121

Colts

Chad Wheeler

Southern California

OT

4

122

Ravens

Kendall Beckwith

LSU

LB

4

123

Washington

Eddie Vanderdoes

UCLA

DT

4

124

Titans

Malachi Dupre

LSU

WR

4

125

Buccaneers

Jordan Leggett

Clemson

TE

4

126

Broncos

Marlon Mack

South Florida

RB

4

127

Lions

Isaiah Ford

Virginia Tech

WR

4

128

Rams

Tyler Orlosky

West Virginia

C

4

129

Raiders

Anthony Walker

Northwestern

LB

4

130

Texans

Dawuane Smoot

Illinois

DE

4

131

Patriots

Elijah Lee

Kansas State

ILB

4

132

Chiefs

Noah Brown

Ohio State

WR

4

133

Cowboys

Dede Westbrook

Oklahoma

WR

4

134

Packers

Jessamen Dunker

Tennessee State

OG

4

135

Steelers

Corn Elder

Miami (Fla.)

CB

4

136

Falcons

Julie'n Davenport

Bucknell

OT

4

137

Colts

Carroll Phillips

Illinois

OLB

4

138

Bengals

Wayne Gallman

Clemson

RB

4

139

Eagles

Ryan Glasgow

Michigan

DT

4

140

Steelers

Jeremy Sprinkle

Arkansas

TE

4

141

Rams

Adam Bisnowaty

Pittsburgh

OT

4

142

Texans

Connor Harris

Lindenwood

ILB

4

143

49ers

Lorenzo Jerome

Saint Francis (PA)

SS

4

144

Colts

Howard Wilson

Houston

CB

5

145

Browns

Davon Godschaux

LSU

DT

5

146

49ers

Shelton Gibson

West Virginia

WR

5

147

Bears

Kenny Golladay

Northern Illinois

WR

5

148

Cardinals

Kyle Fuller

Baylor

C

5

149

Rams

Josh Reynolds

Texas A&M

WR

5

150

Jets

Jeremy McNichols

Boise State

RB

5

151

Chargers

Stacy Coley

Miami (Fla.)

WR

5

152

Jets

Dylan Donahue

West Georgia

OLB

5

153

Bengals

Erik Magnuson

Michigan

OT

5

154

Washington

Jarron Jones

Notre Dame

DT

5

155

Eagles

Conor McDermott

UCLA

OT

5

156

Panthers

Nazair Jones

North Carolina

DT

5

157

Cardinals

J.J. Dielman

Utah

OT

5

158

Seahawks

Zack Banner

Southern California

OT

5

159

Ravens

Devonte Fields

Louisville

LB

-

160

Vikings

Brian Hill

Wyoming

RB

5

161

49ers

James Conner

Pittsburgh

RB

5

162

Buccaneers

Sam Tevi

Utah

OT

5

163

Patriots

Brendan Langley

Lamar

CB

5

164

Titans

Ben Braden

Michigan

OG

5

165

Lions

Rayshawn Jenkins

Miami (Fla.)

FS

5

166

Dolphins

Deatrich Wise, Jr.

Arkansas

DE

5

167

Giants

Damontae Kazee

San Diego State

CB

5

168

Raiders

Jonnu Smith

Florida International

TE

5

169

Texans

Jordan Morgan

Kutztown

OG

5

170

Chiefs

George Kittle

Iowa

TE

5

171

Rams

Josh Malone

Tennessee

WR

5

172

Packers

Tanzel Smart

Tulane

DT

5

173

Lions

Vince Biegel

Wisconsin

OLB

5

174

Falcons

Jadar Johnson

Clemson

S

5

175

Browns

Quincy Adeboyejo

Ole Miss

WR

5

176

Bengals

Josh Carraway

TCU

DE

5

177

Broncos

Matt Milano

Boston College

OLB

5

178

Dolphins

Brian Allen

Utah

CB

5

179

Cardinals

Artavis Scott

Clemson

WR

5

180

Chiefs

Xavier Woods

Louisiana Tech

SS

5

181

Browns

Joe Mathis

Washington

DE

5

182

Packers

Corey Clement

Wisconsin

RB

5

183

Patriots

Ben Gedeon

Michigan

ILB

5

184

Dolphins

Ejuan Price

Pittsburgh

OLB

6

185

Browns

Marquez White

Florida State

CB

6

186

Ravens

Donnel Pumphrey

San Diego State

RB

6

187

Jaguars

John Toth

Kentucky

C

6

188

Browns

Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Tennessee

OLB

6

189

Rams

KD Cannon

Baylor

WR

6

190

Chargers

Chase Roullier

Wyoming

C

6

191

Jets

Sam Rogers

Virginia Tech

FB

6

192

Jets

Zane Gonzalez

Arizona State

K

6

193

Bengals

Sean Harlow

Oregon State

OG

6

194

Giants

Eric Saubert

Drake

TE

6

195

Jets

Garrett Sickels

Penn State

DE

6

196

Saints

Matthew Dayes

NC State

RB

6

197

Cardinals

DeAngelo Brown

Louisville

DT

6

198

49ers

Jeremy Cutrer

Mid. Tennessee State

CB

6

199

Vikings

Dan Skipper

Arkansas

OT

6

200

Washington

T.J. Logan

North Carolina

RB

6

201

Lions

Michael Roberts

Toledo

TE

6

202

49ers

Travis Rudolph

Florida State

WR

6

203

Broncos

John Johnson

Boston College

FS

6

204

Buccaneers

Delano Hill

Michigan

FS

6

205

Washington

Josh Harvey-Clemons

Louisville

SS

6

206

Bills

Nate Hairston

Temple

CB

6

207

49ers

Brandon Bell

Penn State

LB

6

208

Raiders

Keionta Davis

Chattanooga

DE

6

209

Patriots

Jermaine Eluemunor

Texas A&M

OG

6

210

Colts

Hunter Dimick

Utah

DE

6

211

Cowboys

Tarik Cohen

North Carolina A&T

RB

6

212

Packers

De'Angelo Henderson

Coastal Carolina

RB

6

213

Steelers

Josh Dobbs

Tennessee

QB

6

214

Titans

Gehrig Dieter

Alabama

WR

6

215

Giants

D.J. Jones

Ole Miss

DT

6

216

Chiefs

Samson Ebukam

Eastern Washington

EDGE

6

217

Bengals

Charles Walker

Oklahoma

DT

6

218

Chiefs

Blair Brown

Ohio

ILB

7

219

49ers

Kyle Kalis

Michigan

OG

7

220

Washington

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu

Southern California

DT

7

221

Bears

Marquel Lee

Wake Forest

LB

7

222

Jaguars

C.J. Beathard

Iowa

QB

7

223

Dolphins

Treyvon Hester

Toledo

DT

7

224

Rams

Aviante Collins

TCU

OG

7

225

Chargers

Aaron Jones

UTEP

RB

7

226

Seahawks

Channing Stribling

Michigan

CB

7

227

Bengals

Jamaal Williams

Brigham Young

RB

7

228

Texans

Storm Norton

Toledo

OT

7

229

Saints

Jerod Evans

Virginia Tech

QB

7

230

Eagles

Ryan Switzer

North Carolina

WR

7

231

Cardinals

Cole Mazza

Alabama

LS

7

232

Vikings

Jake Elliot

Memphis

K

7

233

Jets

Austin Rekhow

Idaho

P

7

234

Rams

Joe Williams

Utah

RB

7

235

Patriots

De'Veon Smith

Michigan

RB

7

236

Titans

Sojourn Shelton

Wisconsin

CB

7

237

Buccaneers

Damore'ea Stringfellow

Ole Miss

WR

7

238

Broncos

Amba Etta-Tawao

Syracuse

WR

7

239

Washington

Jalen Robinette

Air Force

WR

7

240

Dolphins

Fish Smithson

Kansas

S

7

241

Giants

Noble Nwachukwu

West Virginia

DE

7

242

Raiders

Ricky Seals-Jones

Texas A&M

WR

7

243

Texans

Seth Russell

Baylor

QB

7

244

Raiders

Ezra Robinston

Tennessee State

CB

7

245

Chiefs

Tanner Vallejo

Boise State

ILB

7

246

Cowboys

Jeremy Clark

Michigan

CB

7

247

Packers

Dylan Cole

Missouri State

LB

7

248

Steelers

Jordan Sterns

Oklahoma State

S

7

249

Falcons

Ben Boulware

Clemson

LB

7

250

Lions

Elijah McGuire

UL Lafayette

RB

7

251

Bengals

Jeremiah Ledbetter

Arkansas

DT

7

252

Broncos

Justin Senior

Mississippi State

OT

7

253

Broncos

Adam Griffith

Alabama

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[#] Sun Apr 16 2017 11:13:22 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles reportedly host Corey Clement on pre-draft visit

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Local guy.

The Eagles are set to host Wisconsin running back Corey Clement on a pre-draft visit, according to a report from Dave Heller of Fox Sports (hat tip to PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski). Clement is from Glassboro, New Jersey so the thinking here is this visit is a local one and doesn’t count the top 30 limit.

Clement, 22, measures in at 5-10, 220 pounds. In four years with the Badgers, he accumulated 36 touchdowns and 3092 yards on 576 rushing attempts (5.4 average). He also caught 29 receptions for two scores and 279 yards.

CBS Sports projects Clement to be an early Day 3 pick. They have him ranked as the 13 best rusher in this year’s class. BGN’s Ben Natan ranked Clement 21st while BGN’s Jonny Page had him 10th overall. Here’s why Jonny is interested in Clement:

One of the good things about being from England, is that I have no idea who most of these guys are when watching them. I know there's no buzz around him so I was surprised myself but I really liked Clement's tape. I thought he had great size, a good enough burst and speed to get to the corner. I also thought he showed the ability to make you miss in a number of ways, he has a good jump cut but can also run through tackles and showed good contact balance. He can't do anything on 3rd down but I think he shows good patience and could replace what Ryan Mathews gave us last year (to an extent). After watching Clement, I looked him up and realized he has injury and character concerns which meant he missed the 2015 season. Anyway, I think he shows potential and he'll be someone in the late rounds I keep my eye on.

Clement’s injury issues (hand, sports hernia, ankle) and character concerns (lied to coaches, questionable attitude) are two big reasons why the Eagles will have Clement in for a visit. They’ll want to get more information about these situations in order to better determine their grade on Clement.

Philadelphia obviously needs a new running back but Clement might not be the solution. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein describes him as a “committee back.” The Eagles already have enough of those; they need a real three down player in the backfield.





[#] Sun Apr 16 2017 07:00:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Brandon Graham reveals who Philadelphia might draft in the first round

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/16/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Brandon Graham’s Take On What Eagles Should Do In Round 1 - CBS Philly
Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Graham revealed what he thinks Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas and company should do with the 14th overall pick. “I don’t want to say what I really feel as far as who I think we gonna get, but you know either corner or running back I feel,” Graham said Wednesday on the 94WIP Carlin & Reese Show. “That’s just what I hope for and then a middle linebacker. It’s out of them three.”

NFL Mock Draft: Eagles get a steal in the second round - BGN
As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, the NFL writers here at SB Nation get together to do a mock draft. The setup is simple: each writer plays general manager for their team and makes the pick. There are no trades. The draft goes two rounds deep. When I made my pick for the Eagles at No. 14 a few weeks ago, I took Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. For the Eagles’ second round pick at No. 43, I stuck with my Crimson Tide bias. I selected Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

BGN Radio #233: What’s It Like In An NFL Scouting Department At Draft Time? - BGNRadio.com
What is actually happening right now at this stage of the NFL Draft for NFL front offices? Former Eagles scout Dan Hatman give us some insight on what is happening the final draft meetings.

What’s Going on at 14? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have shown a lot of interest in pass rushers. They could go for Tennessee star Derek Barnett. It isn’t a lock he’ll be on the board, but if he is, Barnett would make a lot of sense for the Eagles. He’s productive, tough, and smart. He was at his best against the best competition. Barnett isn’t a special athlete, but his game tape is outstanding. The only other DEs who could be in the mix at 14 are Takk McKinley from UCLA and T.J. Watt from Wisconsin. Pick 14 feels early for them,. but you never know which players a team will fall in love with. Watt is taller and more athletic. He played 3-4 OLB at Wisconsin. McKinley has longer arms and did some great things as a DE for UCLA.

Sal Paolantonio Backs Doug Pederson - PE.com
Carson Wentz's historic rookie season is a huge reason why Eagles fans should be optimistic about the team moving forward. But ESPN's Sal Paolantonio cites another first-year performance from 2016 that is cause for excitement. "I'm a big believer in Doug Pederson. People have been critical of him. I won't be. I think he's done a terrific job. I think he had a very good rookie season considering all the things he had to do with that football team," Paolantonio said. "And it's like beating a dead horse, but I'll say it over, Lane Johnson misses 10 games. If the team's not missing Lane Johnson, they're going to the playoffs in my view, so I think they had a good season considering all that he was up against."

Eagles' breadcrumb trail leads to ... what exactly? - Burlington County Times
Usually all we have are breadcrumbs. Good if you’re making chicken, not so good at answering one of the most asked questions this month, and one that will continued to be asked at an even greater clip over the next week-and-a-half: Who will the Eagles take in the first round? Soon, we will know. The first round of the National Football League Draft is April 27, and then there will be two more days after that of restocking the shelves. Problem is, that’s 11 days from now. So, what is the best way to answer such a question, now, as we sit here today? Well, let’s analyze the breadcrumbs as best we can.

2017 NFL draft positional breakdown: Linebackers - CSN Philly
This guy is a stud. He's been compared to former Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechly. Those comparisons fair. Foster is lightning quick sideline to sideline and brings the wood. He doesn't excel in coverage but he's not a liability either. A disagreement with a hospital worker during the combine could cause him to drop in this range. Is linebacker a need? Not really. With Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham -- who played well last season -- and Mychal Kendricks (for now) in the fold, the Eagles actually have depth. But Foster is a difference maker from Day 1. Foster could patrol the middle while Hicks moves to the weak side. That could free up Hicks to be even more disruptive playmaker.

Eagles’ Rodney McLeod and state Sen. Anthony Williams join forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit men - Delco Times
State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-8, and Eagles Safety Rodney McLeod are challenging men to volunteer and become Big Brothers. Both came to Darby Township Fire Station to recruit men during National Volunteer Month. Big Brother Big Sisters of America has more than 1,200 children on a waiting list for mentors. Eight hundred of them are boys according to Greg Burton, Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program touches lives in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. The program also serves youngsters in Gloucester, Camden and Burlington in New Jersey.

Amazingly, Eagles and Penn State have never been a great match - Morning Call
So let the debate begin about which of these underwhelming Nittany Lions-turned-Eagles is best: 1. Tackle Ron Heller. Probably the best of the bunch. He made 71 starts at right tackle and left tackle from 1989 through '92. Solid player. If he's not the finest Penn State player to ever wear Eagles green, then this next guy is.

Pre-draft NFL power rankings - Daily News
19) Additions of WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith should improve Wentz’s passing numbers.

NFL Draft 2017: How scouts rank the top 10 tackles - NJ.com
“He is aggressive, real physical, good size. There’s nothing he can’t do. You get him with a good OL coach and he'll be going to the Pro Bowl every year.''..."I have him No. 2 (behind Bolles), but that's just by default. I think he's OK. He can be a starter in the league, but if you take a guy as early as he might go, you want more than that.''... “Very, very erratic. Off the field is a little bit of a question mark, too. I'm not sure about him.”

How many NFL draft trades have the Patriots actually won? - SB Nation
A look at every move the Patriots have made during the NFL draft under Belichick.

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[#] Sat Apr 15 2017 20:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles and NFL Draft talk: Listen to BGN Radio on SportsRadio 94WIP

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[#] Sat Apr 15 2017 13:00:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Getting to know new Eagles quarterback Matt McGloin

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What to expect.

The Philadelphia Eagles made an addition to their quarterback room earlier this week be signing veteran free agent Matt McGloin. A number of Eagles fans are already familiar with McGloin due to his Penn State career. Here’s a closer look at his time in the NFL so far thanks to inside insight from SB Nation Oakland Raiders blog Silver And Black Pride. Big thanks to Levi Damien for answering my questions.

1 - What was the Raiders fan reaction to Matt McGloin signing with the Eagles? Did people expect Oakland to re-sign him at all?

He was not expected to re-sign with the Raiders. He was asked following the Raiders final game what he was looking for as a free agent and he said he wanted to go somewhere he would have a chance to compete for a starting job. That was as sure a signal as any that he was leaving Oakland because he knew he had no shot of unseating Derek Carr. My guess is after a month with no interest as a free agent, Philly became his best option, including playing close to home.

2 - What are his strengths?

He's extremely confident and thrives when people doubt him (which is a LOT). He's is the embodiment of grit. He works very hard. Anyone who knows his story from his story from his Penn State days can tell you that.

3 - What are his weaknesses?

He isn't the most physically gifted athlete. Though he will surprise you now and then with a throw you didn't know he had in his arsenal, usually he doesn't show great arm strength or velocity.

4 - His career numbers don’t look great. How was he able to last as the backup in Oakland for four years? Can you recap his Raiders career a little bit?

He stuck around by consistently doing solid work. While the Raiders kept trying to find a better option, McGloin just kept going about his business and proving himself to be the best option. He came to the Raiders on a tryout after having already had tryouts with a couple other NFL teams and not making the squad. The Raiders had signed a priority free agent who was unable to attend OTA's due to having to finish his degree. McGloin was just brought in initially to fill in until the other guy was available. McGloin performed so well, they just went with him instead. He joined the team behind Matt Flynn, who the team had acquired via trade in the offseason, and former supplemental draft third round pick Terrelle Pryor. Flynn had arm fatigue and lost the job to Pryor early in the season. Flynn eventually was given a start, performed terribly and was cut a week later. A few games later, Pryor had been on a streak of historic ineptitude, prompting the team to turn to McGloin. He won his first start in Houston, but was unable to win another game that season, starting a total of six games. The following year, Pryor was released and the team drafted Derek Carr. They also signed Matt Schaub in the hopes he could allow Carr to ease into the starting job. Schaub was done, his arm was shot, so Carr started right away, and McGloin was the third QB. Schaub was let go after that and McGloin once again found himself as the primary backup again. The team brought in Christian Ponder in the offseason, but McGloin won the primary backup job. They drafted Connor Cook last year, and McGloin retained the primary backup job.

5 - McGloin currently figures to be the Eagles’ third string quarterback. Nick Foles is virtually locked in as the Eagles’ backup, but do you think there’s any chance McGloin could outperform him?

You would probably know better than I do on that one. I like Nick Foles for the most part. He has all the tools and had some good performances for the Eagles. No doubt that carries some weight around there. All I can say is he better be on his toes. McGloin will hang around and take his job if he's not careful.

6 - Anything to know about him off the field?

He has every member of the Raiders media and a good portion of the fans blocked on twitter. He said over the years whenever he read anything that criticized him or anyone on the team, he would block that person. It was a surprise to a lot of fans to find out they had been blocked at some point by McGloin. Many of whom only discovered it when he was to get the start for the season finale and sought him out on Twitter.





[#] Sat Apr 15 2017 11:00:03 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Mock Draft 2017: Eagles get a steal in the second round

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Eagles get a potential first round pick on Day 2.

As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, the NFL writers here at SB Nation get together to do a mock draft. The setup is simple: each writer plays general manager for their team and makes the pick. There are no trades. The draft goes two rounds deep.

When I made my pick for the Eagles at No. 14 a few weeks ago, I took Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. For the Eagles’ second round pick at No. 43, I stuck with my Crimson Tide bias. I selected Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

Gowton: Cornerback is the most obvious need for the Eagles. With this pick, Philadelphia potentially gets a long-term solution they’ve sorely lacked for years now.

There’s talk of Humphrey being a potential Eagles target at No. 14 overall. The Alabama cornerback plays with that feisty, physical confidence that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz loves in his corners.

There’s no question Humphrey has flaws, but he’s only 20 years old. He was a productive player in only two seasons played for the Crimson Tide and he has good size and athleticism. The tools are there for the Eagles to coach him up.

As I noted, quite a few people believe the Eagles might draft Humphrey in the first round. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar is among those who believes this is possible and he deemed my pick the best one in this year’s mock draft so far. (Thanks Dan!)

Analysis: This is arguably the best pick of this mock draft thus far because of the value and need. Humphrey is a top five cornerback this year. If the class weren't so deep he'd be at or near the top in most years. The tools are not only there for the Eagles to coach up. The tools are there for Humphrey to be a star. Humphrey possesses every tool you want in a No. 1 cornerback, he just needs refinement and experience.

I realize not everyone is so high on Humphrey. And I get it, he has his weaknesses. But again, he’s only 20 years old. He’s really athletic. And there’s no question he’s a Jim Schwartz cornerback in terms of being ultra competitive and confident. I love the aggression he plays with. Tell me you don’t love this hit.

Humphrey plays like that on a regular basis, as you can see in his highlights below.

For more on Humphrey, check out BGN’s scouting report on him.

Humphrey is a very exciting player who is flashy, physical and athletic. It is hard not to love a player who is so willing to knock offensive players on their asses. It is also easy to see that Humphrey has a lot of learning to do at the position. For the Eagles, Humphrey would fit well into their off coverage philosophy and he certainly would fit the attitude that Jim Schwartz wants on defense. However, in such a deep cornerback class, it is easy to get picky about different aspects of each player given the competition they have in this draft. Humphrey has top 40 talent but his rawness still keeps him out of that top tier of cornerback prospect. It will be exciting to see him grow in the NFL, however, because he certainly has the tools to be a successful NFL player at cornerback or safety if he is able to improve.

And here’s his spider graph.

An interesting note from NFL.com’s scouting report on Humphrey is that compares to Jimmy Smith. The Ravens drafted Smith in the first round when Joe Douglas was still there in 2011.


So to recap, I added both Reuben Foster and Marlon Humphrey to the Eagles’ defense. Those additions could go a long way in giving Philadelphia a tougher, nastier, more physical unit under Schwartz.

I wasn’t able to get any offensive help for Carson Wentz, which is unfortunate, but the Eagles having a better defense could take some pressure off him.





[#] Sat Apr 15 2017 09:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL mock draft round up: counting down the days

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It’s almost here. Almost.

Hold both your hands in front of you. (JPP don’t read this.) You should have ten fingers. That’s not even enough to count how many days until the Draft, which is twelve.

So we still have quite a bit of time on our hands. Let’s use a little of it to see what mock drafters are up to.

Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Chad has a six round mock. Chad, there are seven rounds in the NFL Draft. This is unacceptable. You got this far, don’t quit now.

1 - WR Mike Williams, Clemson

2 - CB Adoree’ Jackson, USC

3 - DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State

4 - OT Connor McDermott, UCLA

4 - CB Benjamin Langley, Lamar

5 - RB Brian Hill, Wyoming

6 - DT Ryan Glasgow, Michigan

This hits a lot of the right notes, at least in terms of positions. Two weapons for Carson Wentz, two cornerbacks, a pass rusher, a developmental DT, and then in the 7th nothing because Chad didn’t want to do one more round. Boo this man.

Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports

Dieter only went with four rounds. If he stopped at three, that could at least be somewhat justified by being the first two days of the draft. But once you’re into day three, keep going. Maybe these guys have commitment issues?

1 - CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

2 - DE Jordan Willis, Kansas State

3 - RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

4 - OT Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell

RJ White, CBS

RJ did only three rounds, but I have to give him a slight pass since I just said that three rounds is mildly defensible. On the other hand, at this stage in the draft lead up, go all the way. You should be confident in your evaluations by now.

1 - CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

2 - RB Alvin Kamara, Tennesee

3 - WR Chad Hansen, California

In what I must assume is a typo, White lists “QB” as a top need for the Eagles, he must mean CB. Or he’s just insane. That’s possible. He also has the Eagles trading up in the 2nd round with the Chargers to take Kamara, who he says is will get 18-20 touches a game, which he might in the pros but in college he only did that 4 times in his career. Hard to see the Eagles trading up to take him.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

Matt only did the first two rounds. These guys are lagging.

1 - CB Quincy Wilson, Florida

2 - WR John Ross, Washington

John Ross in the 2nd? Mood:

At this rate we have to finish with a one round mock. Or maybe then a zero round mock draft? Nothing is something. Let’s compromise and go with one round by a zero.

Pete Prisco, CBS - CB Tre’Davious White, LSU

They have to get an upgrade at corner. White is one of the corners the scouts like more than draftniks.

Just draft nothing but LSU corners.





[#] Mon Apr 17 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Monday Morning Fly By: Having fun yet?

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*You guys enjoying the 'yoffs? Some great games this weekend. Hope you're watching!

*You know who else had a great game this weekend? The Lehigh Valley Phantoms. They clinched home ice in a hell of a comeback over the baby Bruins. [BSH]

*We are going to have a super long summer of articles about Claude Giroux. Gird your loins, it's going to get annoying. LOL jk it's already super annoying. [Inquirer]

*CAN THE FLYERS WIN WITH CLAUDE GIROUX?! JUST HIM. ONLY HIM. NO ONE ELSE. [CSN Philly]

*Ron Hextall, maintaining some level of common sense, knows there is plenty of blame to go around the locker room. [CSN Philly]

*Every year to start the season, your friends here at BSH play a little game of over-under. We are not great at this game. [BSH]

*Ratings for the NHL on NBC hit new lows. Welp. [Puck Daddy]

*The general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights talks expansion draft strategy, which may or may not include taking a recently signed not-great goaltender to build his team off of. [Puck Daddy]

*And finally, have you ever wondered what the Flyers uniforms would look like on an NFL team? No? Well here it is anyway. [BSH]





[#] Mon Apr 17 2017 07:14:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Figuring out which cornerback prospects best fit in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/17/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Philadelphia Eagles Draft: Jim Schwartz’s Cornerback Tendencies - Section215
So I went back, across Jim Schwartz’s career as an NFL defensive coordinator and head coach, in order to figure out what’s what. I took every cornerback he drafted and looked for physical trends–benchmarks for 2017 NFL Draft prospects to meet. I then compared all of his defenses’ stats, to determine which were the most productive defending against the pass, and I also gathered the physical data from those productive cornerbacks. The goal of this exercise is to identify trends and benchmarks, determining those tendencies that will help us best predict the corners in which Schwartz could have interest. I don’t think all of the corners that don’t make the cut will be immediately blacklisted, nor do the corners who make the list all fit in Philly. This is just another lens, another context by which we can make evaluations.

Eagles seven round mock draft (with trades) - BGN
Do you like these picks for the Eagles? Vote in the poll.

Brandon Gowton Joins The Broad Street Line - Spreaker
Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation and Liberty Ballers joins us in studio to give you his thoughts on the upcoming NFL Draft. He also talks about his career in sports media, and holds no punches when it comes to the Philadelphia 76ers' medical staff.

The Case for Dalvin - Iggles Blitz
More than a few people would like the Eagles to draft Dalvin Cook. The original hope was that the Eagles would take him 14th overall. That’s not going to happen. The question with Cook is how far he falls. Could he fall to the 2nd round? Could be fall all the way to the Eagles pick in the 2nd round? Cook was a great college player. He has the chance to be a terrific pro. There are just a lot of questions with him that affect his value. Those questions might or might not affect his pro career. For now, they will affect where he is drafted. Based solely on game tape, Cook is a 1st round talent.

Lawlor: Critical Time For Smith, Agholor - PE.com
Smith has gotten better each year that he's been in the league. That's the good news. Smith barely played in 2014. Last year, he was a solid part of the pass rush rotation. Smith's 2016 sack total isn't going to wow anyone, but he started to show some of the ability that helped him lead the nation in sacks as a senior at Louisville. This will be Smith's second season playing defensive end in Jim Schwartz's scheme. Don't underestimate how important that can be. Perfecting your stance, using your hands, developing moves and counter-moves are all part of being a good pass rusher. It takes time and experience to do that.

Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz Looking To Identify Young Fan - CBS Philly
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a bit of a problem — and he’s hoping you can help him solve it. Wentz posted a picture on Twitter that he got in the mail from a young fan. The only problem is — Wentz’s dog chewed up the envelope it was delivered in.

NFL Draft 2017: Why running back might be the Eagles' biggest need - NJ.com
Adding a dynamic running back would not only open up the Eagles' offense, but it would also be in line with their top priority as a franchise -- help quarterback Carson Wentz. With no true running threat last season, Wentz threw the ball 607 times last season. Only four quarterbacks threw the ball more, and none of them were rookies.

11 Philadelphia Eagles who could help, hurt their stock most this offseason - PennLive.com
CB Dwayne Gratz - After the Jaguars and Rams cut Gratz last season, the cornerback-needy Eagles decided to take a chance on him. Last season, veteran Leodis McKelvin emerged as a likely starter at cornerback during the offseason, so perhaps Robinson or Gratz can mimic that process. The Eagles would just hope that whoever does stand out enjoys more regular-season success than McKelvin did.

Christian McCaffrey declined all private workout requests - PFT
As the annual season of “[insert player name] had private workout with [insert team name]” reports comes to a close, one name was not inserted into the first set of brackets this year. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, regarding in some circles as a potential top-10 pick (the more realistic floor, we’re told, is No. 15), has declined all private workout requests. And no one has lost their minds about it

On Dan, Dean and the Draft - The MMQB
Roger Goodell remembers Dan Rooney, the late Steelers owner and an NFL treasure. Plus a closer look at the Dean Blandino mess in the NFL office and 10 draft tidbits, including how the Browns could pick 1 and 2.

NFL referees wish league would stop penalizing player celebrations - SB Nation
Touchdown celebrations make the NFL more fun, but the league has cracked down on them. Last year, players were routinely flagged and fined for celebration dances. Referees would like the league to ease up on these penalties. Part of the problem with the rules about celebrations is that they’re not clearly defined. Scott Green, the head of the NFL Referees’ Association, said on Sirius XM Radio that it would be easier for officials if they didn’t have to make snap judgments about which celebrations are worthy of a penalty.

How was Jerry Azzinaro as the Eagles defensive line coach? Q&A with Bleeding Green Nation - California Golden Blogs
Before Jerry Azzinaro was the 49ers defensive line coach, he was the defensive line coach of the Eagles. We chatted with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation to learn more about how Azzinaro performed in his stint there.

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[#] Mon Apr 17 2017 14:36:25 EDT from rss

Subject: AHL playoffs 2017: How to watch Phantoms vs. Bears on TV, live streaming and in person

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All of your options for watching the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs kick off this week, and with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms qualifying for the first time since they were called the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2009, we’re all a bit excited.

But how can you actually watch these games? There are a few different ways, of course. Let’s get you caught up on the option.s

On television

If you’re in the Lehigh Valley, you likely already know that Service Electric Channel 2 broadcasts all Phantoms home games. That will continue in the postseason.

In Philadelphia, we’re unsure if games will be broadcasted locally. There’s always a chance that CSN Philly / The Comcast Network picks up the rights to broadcast games, but nothing has been announced as of yet. We have a week for that announcement to be made, however, so we will update if we hear back.

Unfortunately, we’re operating under the assumption that games at the Giant Center in Hershey during the first round will not be televised. Again, we will update if we learn otherwise.

Live streaming

Live streams of all AHL playoff games are available via AHL Live for $349.99. That package gets you access to every game in the postseason

For streams of Phantoms games only — or any single team, for that matter — you can pay $44.99 via AHL Live. That will get you access to every Phantoms game for as long as they are in the postseason -- which, of course could be as few as three games or as many as 26 games.

There are no other live streaming options unless breaking the law is your cup of tea.

Radio

Bob Rotruck has the call on all Phantoms games, home or away. The live stream can be found here, or on the TuneIn Radio app by searching “Phantoms Radio 24/7.”

In person

For games in Allentown, tickets start at $11.50 and go up to $49.50 for club seats. Below is the seating chart, and here’s where you can purchase tickets.

For games in Hershey at the Giant Center — which, from the Wells Fargo Center is only an extra 25 miles further than Allentown — tickets start a $21 for the worst seats in the house and rise to $45 for club level. They go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. More details can be found here.

Below is the full Phantoms vs. Bears schedule for the Atlantic Division Semifinals. The full AHL postseason schedule can be found here.

Atlantic Division Semifinals

No. 2 Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. No. 3 Hershey Bears

  • Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 21 – Hershey at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
  • Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 22 – Hershey at Lehigh Valley, 7:05
  • Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 26 – Lehigh Valley at Hershey, 7:00*
  • Game 4 – Sat., Apr. 29 – Lehigh Valley at Hershey, 7:00*
  • Game 5 – Sun., Apr. 30 – Hershey at Lehigh Valley, 5:05*





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: There's only one player on this team with Hart...

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*...Carter Hart, that's it. Yes folks, the Carter Hart era has begun in Allentown. People are excited. [Phantoms Hockey]

*And Hart has been pulled, of course, for the Phantoms playoff run. Here's a full rundown of the AHL playoff matchups as the race to the Calder Cup begins. [BSH]

*The Phantoms will kick off round one against the Hershey Bears this Friday, and we've put together a handy guide to show you all the ways you can get some playoffs into your life. [BSH]

*These Hextall quotes are...worrying. A little. [CSN Philly]

*On the state of the Flyers and where we go from here. [Philly Is Flyer]

*You know who we don't have to think about? Ivan Provorov. He's good. The end. [Daily News]

*Looks like Oskar Lindblom will be coming over once his season is finished. That's fun. [Sons of Penn]

*Just in case you thought for a second that John Tortorella has somehow become a good NHL coach, he's here to remind you that he actually sucks. [The Cannon]

*Being a zamboni driver looks super, super fun. [BarDown]

*And finally, this might be Penguins-related, but this is quite possibly the best hockey-themed tattoo ever conceived. [Puck Daddy]





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 11:00:05 EDT from rss

Subject: BSH Radio #107: Let

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The gang is joined by Travis Hughes to get all worked up about the Flyers’ exit interviews.

As week two of the Flyers' offseason begins, BSH Radio is still playing meaningful games, with special guest Travis Hughes joining the show. After Steph gets all fired up about Ron Hextall's comments last week regarding turnovers and creativity, the gang takes a detour and jumps back into the NHL playoffs, where key members of the panel reaffirm their love for the Maple Leafs while others (Charlie) are less enthusiastic. We find new ways to get mad when the conversation turns to Flyers exit interviews, where Steve Mason and Shayne Gostisbehere's comments are compared and contrasted. The night ends with the future of the defensive prospects on the agenda, as the gang tries to project who will and who should make the team next season.

In a fun twist, we also broadcast live on Facebook! If you’d rather watch us yell at each other rather than just listen, head on over and give us a watch. While you’re there, be sure to like Broad Street Hockey on facebook.

You can listen below or on your mobile device thanks to iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

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[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 13:54:52 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers to host

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The event will take place in the Sports Complex, Center City and beyond.

The Flyers Charity Classic — a series of bike rides and a 5k run/walk -- will take place in July in Philadelphia, the team announced on Tuesday during a press conference in the Wells Fargo Center parking lot.

There will be a 10 mile bike ride that takes you from the Wells Fargo Center to the Art Museum and back, a 50k bike ride up through Center City and Fairmount Park to Gladwyne, back through Manayunk and along the Schuykill and back to the WFC, and a 100k ride out to Malvern and back to the city.

The run and the 10 mile ride are $50. The longer bike rides are $100. Proceeds will benefit Flyers Charities. Your money gets you a Flyers goodie bag, a t-shirt, personalized bib number with chip timing, finisher’s medal, and post-race refreshments.

Here’s a quote from Paul Holmgren, who you might know.

“We’ve proudly hosted the Flyers Charities 5K for five years now and are excited to enhance that event with a new summer date, new course, and the addition of a cycling component to welcome even more fans this year,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “This new event will showcase our great city as a recreational leader, as these new routes will take runners and riders through very scenic courses.”

I don’t have much to add to this other than it seems like a cool thing for a good cause. Below is the team’s press release.

Philadelphia, PA (April 18, 2017) ̶ The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that the club is set to host a major summertime run, walk, and ride event this July, the Philadelphia Flyers Charity Classic. Scheduled for Sunday, July 16, 2017, the Flyers Charity Classic encompasses a 5K walk or run, a 10-mile family bike ride, as well as 50K and 100K bike rides.

The event is a joint venture of Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association together with g4 Productions, which specializes in large-scale, participatory sporting events. The event will also be supported by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department as well as the Philadelphia Police.

“We’ve proudly hosted the Flyers Charities 5K for five years now and are excited to enhance that event with a new summer date, new course, and the addition of a cycling component to welcome even more fans this year,” said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. “This new event will showcase our great city as a recreational leader, as these new routes will take runners and riders through very scenic courses.”

The day will allow Flyers fans of all ages the opportunity to run, walk, or ride down Broad Street and beyond in a variety of ways. Fans can choose to participate in one of the following four categories:

5K Walk/Run - This year, runners and walkers will start at the Wells Fargo Center complex and run through the scenic Navy Yard, returning to the Wells Fargo Center to cross the finish line.

10-Mile Family Bike Ride - Riders will begin by biking from the Wells Fargo Center complex to Broad Street, cycling up to and around City Hall before passing by Logan Square and the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Cyclists will then ride along the Schuylkill River Trail until they hit South Street, eventually returning to Broad Street, en route to the Wells Fargo Center.

50K Bike Ride - Cyclists will start their ride at the Wells Fargo Center complex and travel north on Broad Street to and around City Hall, passing Logan Square and the Philadelphia Museum of Art as they continue down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. They will then continue the ride on Martin Luther King Drive until they hit Fairmount Park and pedal towards Bala Cynwyd before reaching the halfway point at West Mill Creek Park in Gladwyne. On the way back to South Philadelphia, riders will travel alongside the Schuylkill River via Main Street in Manayunk, crossing the Falls Bridge to Martin Luther King Drive, and the Schuylkill River Trail, until they turn on South Street, finally returning to the Wells Fargo Center.

100K Bike Ride - Cyclists will pedal out of the Wells Fargo Center complex and hit Broad Street, traveling north to and around City Hall, before riding down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to pass the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Riders will then continue along Martin Luther King Drive, through Fairmount Park, Bala Cynwyd, then Gladwyne. From there, the route will head through Narberth, Ardmore, past Haverford College, out into Newtown Square, and finally reach Malvern before looping back around through Paoli and Wayne, passing Villanova. Participants will make their way across the Schuylkill River and travel down Main Street in Manayunk and make the final leg of the course, crossing the Falls Bridge to follow Martin Luther King Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail to South Street, ultimately returning to the Wells Fargo Center via Broad Street.

Registration for the Flyers Charity Classic is now open at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/CharityClassic.

Entry fees vary by course, with the 5K Walk/Run at $50 per person, 10-Mile Family Bike Ride at $50 per person or $100 for a family of four (children under 16), and both the 50K and 100K bike rides at the early bird rate of $100 per cyclist.

All events will be timed by Lyn-Mark Computer Sports. Participants will also receive a Flyers goodie bag, race t-shirt, personalized bib number with chip timing, finisher’s medal, and post-race refreshments with their registration fee.

Funds raised from the Flyers Charity Classic will jointly benefit Flyers Charities and the Flyers Alumni Association. Both organizations support a multitude of worthy non-profits across the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Several Flyers Alumni will be participating in the races as well as captaining special teams that fans can join, including Bob Clarke, Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly, Brad Marsh, Joe Watson, Todd Fedoruk, Doug Crossman, and more.





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 15:05:12 EDT from rss

Subject: NCAA hockey tournament: Frozen Four, regional sites announced for 2018, beyond

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Allentown’s PPL Center will host the Midwest Regional of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament in 2018 and 2019

As we wrote last week, Allentown’s PPL Center has bid and now won the honor of hosting the Midwest Regional of the 2018 and 2019 NCAA men’s hockey tournament.

Allentown, Pa. is obviously not the midwest, but ... well, this is the NCAA we’re talking about. The West Regional will be held in Sioux Falls, S.D. in 2018, with the East and Northeast Regionals held in Worcester, Mass. and Bridgeport, Conn. In 2019, Fargo N.D., Manchester, N.H. and Providence, R.I. will host the other three regionals. Penn State will serve as the host of the regionals in Allentown each year.

As previously announced, Minneapolis will host the 2018 Frozen Four.

The NCAA also announced Frozen Four sites for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Buffalo’s KeyBank Center will host in 2019, the new Little Caesars Arena will host in 2020, Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena will host in 2021 and Boston’s TD Garden will host in 2022.

In addition to the hockey site announcements, the NCAA announced host sites for hundreds of other events on Tuesday, dating through the 2022 sports calendar.





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 16:06:46 EDT from rss

Subject: 2017 NFL Draft: Eagles host wide receiver Taywan Taylor on a visit

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Another wide receiver visit.

2017 NFL Draft wide receiver prospect Taywan Taylor had an official pre-draft visit with the Eagles on Tuesday. The Western Kentucky pass catcher posted the following picture on his Instagram account.

Taylor is one of 30 prospects who will officially visit the Eagles in Philadelphia leading up to this year’s draft. The Eagles also spoke with Taylor at this year’s Senior Bowl.

In four years at WKU, Taylor posted some really big numbers. He finished with 253 receptions for 4,234 yards (16.7 average) and 41 touchdowns. A bulk of that production came in his final two years of college.

CBS Sports projects Taylor as a third round pick. BGN’s Ben Natan has him ranked the No. 4 wide receiver in this year’s class while BGN’s Jonny Page puts him at No. 8. Here’s a more detailed scouting report.

Taylor projects as a slot wide receiver in the NFL, which is interesting given the rumors about the Eagles being open to trading Jordan Matthews. Even if the Eagles don’t trade Matthews, he’ll be a free agent after this season so perhaps Philadelphia is eyeing up a potential replacement for him.

For more on Taylor, check out his game film via Draft Breakdown. Check out some highlights below.

Taywan Taylor spider graph:

Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits

Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey - [Click here]

Washington WR John Ross - [Click here]

Alabama LB Ryan Anderson - [Click here]

Alabama LB Reuben Foster - [Click here]

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[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 14:47:22 EDT from rss

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The Eagles opened up some more cap space.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek has agreed to take a pay cut for the 2017 season. ESPN’s Field Yates reports the 32-year-old veteran will now make $3 million this year instead of $4 million.

The Eagles signed Celek to a three-year, $12 million contract extension worth $6 million guaranteed last year. He played 38.7% of Philadelphia’s offensive snaps in 2016 and had 14 receptions for 155 yards (zero touchdowns). A lot of his contributions came as being a blocker.

It’s not a surprise to see a team-first guy like Celek take a pay cut. The Eagles are up tight against the cap so they’re looking to save money any way they can. Celek is the second Eagles player to take a pay cut this offseason. Cornerback Ron Brooks also agreed to take less money this season.

Celek projects to be the Eagles’ second tight end behind starter Zach Ertz once again. The Eagles also have versatile backup and special teams standout Trey Burton on the roster.





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 13:12:59 EDT from rss

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Hard to argue.

Rotoworld released their annual rankings of all 32 NFL general mangers. It’s always a good read so check out the whole thing. Here’s what Patrick Daugherty had to say about Eagles executive vice president of football operations (and de facto general manager) Howie Roseman.

21) Consumed with power struggles for the entirety of the Chip Kelly era, Howie Roseman finally emerged triumphant. His first order of business was draining Kelly’s swamp, ridding the Eagles of most of the old coach’s vanity purchases (DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso). Next up was one of his own, sending the farm to Cleveland for the right to select Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall. The gamble will define Roseman’s second stint as general manager. Wentz flashed plenty of promise as a rookie, buying Roseman some time to accrue more talent on offense. “More” in this instance being “any” since Kelly’s disastrous attempts at roster building left the cupboard completely bare. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith were a good start. Roseman is an ordinary executive talent who will live and die with the fortunes of his hand-picked quarterback.

Roseman ranks 21st out of 29 returning executives. The league’s three new general managers are unranked.

21st obviously isn’t so great. It’s below average by definition alone. But is this a fair ranking?

There’s a lot of debate about just how good of an executive Roseman really is, but here’s the bottom line: the Eagles have not won a playoff game since he was promoted to general manager in 2010. The Birds are 56-56 with two first round postseason exits in that span. The Eagles have been mediocre overall, which is why Rotoworld’s description of Roseman as “ordinary” is certainly fitting.

That’s not to say there is no hope for Roseman. One of the previous biggest criticisms of him was his inability to acquire a franchise quarterback. It remains to be seen just how good Carson Wentz will be, but at the very least he has shown some promising potential. If Wentz turns out to be as good as the Eagles seem to think he can be, Philadelphia should be in good shape. And therefore Roseman will as well.

But Wentz’s success will depend on his environment to some extent. It was apparent that Wentz was not set up to succeed in 2016. The Eagles clearly lacked an ideal supporting cast of weapons for Wentz to work with. It’s up to Philadelphia’s front office to fix that issue moving forward.

The Eagles’ acknowledged some of Roseman’s short-comings as a personnel evaluator by hiring Joe Douglas as vice president of player personnel last offseason. Eagles CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Lurie stated Douglas will be in charge of setting the team’s draft/free agent boards. But ultimately it will still be Roseman who has the final say on decisions.

Roseman’s influence leaves some cause for concern. His track record as an evaluator is mixed at best. And for someone who has been heralded for being with managing cap space, the Eagles are tight in that regard after handing out some big extensions in 2016. That money wasn’t all very well spent last season. Lane Johnson got suspended for 10 games, which isn’t the team’s fault, but they did ultimately give big money to a player who was one test away from that. Fletcher Cox had a good season but he didn’t necessarily play up to his elite level money. Brent Celek is making a significant amount of money to be a veteran presence and blocking tight end. Vinny Curry was handed a $43 million contract only to be stuck playing 40% of the snaps behind an ineffective Connor Barwin.

With that said, the pairing of Douglas and Roseman has the potential to be promising. For all his faults, Roseman is pretty good when it comes to recognizing and acquiring value. He traded Sam Bradford for a first round pick. He acquired Timmy Jernigan for a swap of third round picks. Looking back further, he sent a mere fifth round pick to the Saints for Darren Sproles. Hopefully the Eagles will be able to build a lasting marriage of Roseman’s value skills with Douglas’ talent recognition. Douglas is relatively unproven as a man in charge but he comes from a strong background with the Ravens (and one year with the Bears).

Some may think 21st might be too low of a ranking for Roseman, but I think it’s fair for now. He still has a lot to prove. And the key people he picked in the Eagles’ organization still have a lot of prove as well. Douglas needs to prove himself as a good talent evaluator. Doug Pederson needs to prove he’s a good head coach. And Wentz needs to prove himself as a franchise quarterback who can lead the Eagles on playoff runs. Roseman had a significant role in those additions, so their success/failure ultimately reflects on him.

The Eagles went 7-9 in 2016 so the pressure will only mount if progress doesn’t manifest in the near future.





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