Subject: Friday Morning Fly By: Helloooooo September!
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*Part two of Dave Isaac's interview with Ron Hextall. [Courier-Post]
*So uh...what if the Vegas Golden Knights kept the "Las" in Las Vegas? [Puck Daddy]
*It's previews time baby! Here's another look at what we can expect from the Metropolitan Division. [On The Forecheck]
*Who do you think it's definitely going to get traded this season? There aren't any Flyers on this list but I bet we could think of a couple who might be moved before the season ends. [The Hockey News]
*Remember the talk of implementing a "warning track" for hockey to try and cut down on boarding injuries? Yeah turns out that doesn't work at all. [Puck Daddy]
*And finally, have you listened to this week's BSH Radio yet? If not, Friday seems like a great time to take a little break for an hour and enjoy some hockey fun times. [BSH]
Subject: Do you approve of Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol
As the offseason approaches a close and camp is nearly underway, how are you feeling about the people in charge of the Flyers?
In the name of Brotherly Love, we’re stealing a recurring feature from our friends over at Bleeding Green Nation. Around once a month moving forward, around the beginning of the month, we’ll put out a pair of polls with a pair of simple questions for you, our readers: do you approve of the jobs that Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol are doing in charge of the Flyers?
Hextall’s certainly had an eventful offseason. There will be a number of differences between the team the Flyers left last season with and the one they’ll start this season with. Some of those differences are a product of moves Hextall made at the NHL level — he traded Brayden Schenn to the Blues for two draft picks and Jori Lehtera, let a few veterans on defense walk to free agency, and essentially swapped Brian Elliott in for Steve Mason in net. Some other changes were a bit more out of his control — the Flyers moved from 13 to 2 in the lottery, allowing them to draft Nolan Patrick, and they also lost Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to Vegas in the expansion draft.
After a setback last year, Hextall seems ready to hand the reins over to some of the team’s prospects, both up front and on defense. Fans generally seem to be happy with the long-term outlook for this team, but there’s some pressure on Hextall to really get things moving in the right direction, be that via a playoff berth, progress and development from key young prospects, or both.
The offseason is, by nature, less of an exercise in evaluation of the head coach, who of course isn’t spending much time coaching hockey games. Meaning that right now, your opinion of Dave Hakstol — and/or your approval in his work — is probably the same as it was following a disappointing 2016-17 season. The coach that Hextall found from the University of North Dakota is under pressure in his third season in the NHL to show that he is the guy that can oversee the youth movement the Flyers are undergoing right now.
As such, we’ll be keeping tabs on the two of them throughout the year, and we’ll be able to see how you, the fans, react to the good and bad of this coming season. With that, you tell us: when it comes to the job performance of the Flyers’ general manager and head coach, do you approve, disapprove, or are you unsure at this time? Cast your vote in the two polls below, and we’ll check back in again right before the season starts.
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Subject: Eagles Roster Cuts Tracker 2017: News, trade rumors, live updates, and more
Keep track of all the Eagles cuts and roster moves here. Check back often for the latest news and updates.
Roster cut down day is officially here. The Philadelphia Eagles need to trim down to the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET today, Saturday, September 2.
Stay tuned to this thread for lives updates on Eagles cuts, trades, rumors, and more. The Eagles might not officially confirm their roster moves until closer to the deadline but some of their moves will slowly leak out through media reports before then.
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
Saturday, September 2, 4:00 PM.: Roster needs to be cut down to 53 players
Sunday, September 3, 12:00 PM: NFL waiver wire claims will be revealed some point after noon
Sunday, September 3, 1:00 PM: Practice squads can start to be formed
CUTS, TRADE RUMORS, AND UPDATES
[8:46 AM ET] - The Eagles’ roster currently stands at 70 players. 17 moves to come. While we wait for updates, give me your surprise cut and/or any trade predictions in the comments. Also: which running backs from the picture above this post make the team?
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Subject: NFL Roster Cuts 2017: Deadline, rules, waiver wire, practice squad, and more
Everything you need to know about the NFL cuts deadline.
The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced the first wave of their 2017 NFL roster cuts yet and there are 70 players remaining. The Eagles will soon need to trim their roster down to 53 players in preparation for the 2017 NFL regular season.
Bleeding Green Nation's cut-down day coverage has already begun (follow along here). Here's some basic information on today's events.
When is the cut deadline?
All 32 NFL teams are required to be at the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET today, Saturday, September 2, 2017.
Will that Eagles’ original 53-man roster be the one we see next week against the Washington Redskins?
For the most part, yes, but not entirely. The Eagles still might continue to tweak the roster after the deadline depending on cuts around the league. The Eagles might claim a player on waivers, like they did with Bryce Treggs/Terrence Brooks/Kamu Grugier-Hill last year, and release players who originally made the team in order to make room for the waiver claims. You also can’t rule out the Eagles making a trade at any time when Howie Roseman is in charge.
What about the practice squad?
BGN will have much more detail on the practice squad later, but for now, know that the Eagles can sign up to 10 players to a practice squad that doesn't count against the 53-man roster. These 10 players are typically young NFL players with little experience. In order to get to the practice squad, a player must clear waivers. After he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent, and then can sign with the practice squad.
Note that players on the practice squad can be signed by any other team at any time. The only catch is that the team that signs him will have to keep him on their active roster for at least three weeks.
Teams can start to form their practice squad after 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, Sept. 3.
What is the NFL waiver wire and how does it work?
In short, a player who gets cut and has less than four years of service time is placed on waivers. All 31 other teams can place a claim on the player and add him to their 53-man roster. If the player goes unclaimed through waivers, they are free to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent. The waiver wire order is identical to the 2017 NFL Draft order, so the Eagles will have the 12th claim on any cuts that take place. Teams with the worse records own the highest waiver claim priority.
The waiver period for the weekend ends at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Where can I find full coverage of the Eagles cuts?
You can (CLICK HERE) for our entire cuts coverage. Also be on the lookout for our daily cut tracker posts.
Subject: Eagles News: Weyerbacher made a beer called
Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/2/17.
Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...
Dallas Sucks - Weyerbacher
This one’s for the FANS! If there’s one thing that most of the NFC East can agree on, it’s that DALLAS SUCKS, so let us introduce you to the new unofficial beer of the 2017 season! Flavor forward, this brew was made for tailgating in parking lots, celebrating first downs and big hits, high-fiving friends and basking in the thrill of victory. This totally downable pale ale was brewed with our friends that bleed green at Jose Pistola’s!
Eagles Roster Projections: Predicting who makes the final cut - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #256). In this episode, we briefly recap the Eagles-Jets game, go over 53-man roster predictions, talk about NFL roster cuts, and more!
A doctor explains Nick Foles' injury - PhillyVoice
"It’s a strained flexor tendon," Foles said. "When you’re a throwing athlete, sometimes you have to deal with it, and a lot of throwing athletes have dealt with it." Indeed they have. We followed up with Dr. Mark Pollard, the Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Cooper University Hospital to gain more clarity on flexor tendon injuries.
Final Roster Prediction - Iggles Blitz
I’m not a big fan of keeping Clement. Solid young RB, but not compelling in any way. He would be perfect for the PS. I would prefer to find a RB cut by some other team and add that player. I’m sure someone will be available that I like more than Clement. Cutting Bryce Treggs would be hard for me. The Eagles can put Sproles in at WR. Ertz and Burton can play WR. That’s why I think they’ll go light at WR. I think Treggs has had a good summer and would hate to cut him, but there is a numbers crunch.
Eagles In Prime Spot After Preseason - PE.com
This is how it’s going to work for the Eagles in the next two days: They’re going to reduce the roster to 53 players, not exactly as simple a cut-and-paste operation as you might think it would be. They might try to keep five running backs, with rookies Corey Clement and Donnel Pumphrey joining veterans LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, and Wendell Smallwood (a young veteran, to be technical about it). Maybe they try to keep an extra tight end, understanding that Trey Burton can be an unrestricted free agent after the season and Brent Celek’s contract is up after 2018. They are going to go heavy where you don’t expect it, light where you thought of a heavy number, and they’re going to do trades. Oh boy, are they going to do trades, at least they’re going to be open to the very idea of doing them.
How garbage time affected RB/WR fantasy production - PFF
LeGarrette Blount is the only running back who made the leaderboard. A rusher needs to have a lot more CG time than garbage time to see this benefit, and that is really difficult to do. The Patriots did it last season, and recent history suggests they will likely do so again in 2017 to Mike Gillislee’s or Rex Burkhead’s benefit. Since 2009, pretty much all of their big backs have enjoyed some extra production because of the team’s high percentage of CG time — none more so than Blount — while their receiving backs have shown the opposite tendency.
Corey Clement awaits phone call after doing all he could to make Eagles - CSN Philly
Corey Clement walked off the MetLife field Thursday night knowing he did everything he could do to win a job. The rest is up to Howie Roseman. "It's like a re-draft," Clement said. "You either get a good phone call or a bad phone call. I've got a great head on my shoulders, and I don't think I'm looking forward to any bad news." Clement ran only four times for 16 yards in the Eagles' preseason finale against the Jets and finished the preseason with a modest 3.8 per-carry average. But over the last three games, he averaged 4.4 yards a pop and gradually was added to more and more special teams units, which is always a good sign for a young player.
Chicago Bears release Victor Cruz - Windy City Gridiron
But in case you missed any of the bigger name cuts, the Bears have released veteran wide out Victor Cruz. The Bears brought the 30 year old Cruz in a few months ago to add his savvy to a young receiving corps, but he wasn’t able to show enough during training camp or preseason. Perhaps he lost a little juice after suffering a torn patellar tendon in 2014 and a calf injury in 2015.
J.J. Watt wanted to raise $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief. He's topped $15 million - SB Nation
J.J. Watt was quick in helping organize relief efforts for Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area. He has now raised over $14 million to help the region recover. Initially, Watt tweeted a video where he discussed the storm and the tragic damage it had caused in the metropolitan Houston area.
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Subject: Explaining what the Eagles placing Sidney Jones on the reserve/NFI list means
Answering a common question.
Lost in the news of the Eagles roster cuts announced on Friday evening is the fact rookie cornerback Sidney Jones was officially placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
This news doesn’t come as a surprise, but since everyone isn’t necessarily familiar with the NFI list, here’s what you need to know.
First, let’s recall Jones suffered his Achilles injury during Washington’s pro day leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. The Eagles drafted him in the second round. Jones started training camp on the active/non-football injury list, which means he counted towards a roster spot but could have been taken off the list at any time.
Jones did not practice, though, since he obviously wasn’t healthy enough to do so. This means he was eligible for the reserve/non-football injury list, which he is currently on.
On this list, Jones does not count towards a roster spot. The trade off is that he has to miss at least the first six weeks of the 2017 regular season. Once Week 7 rolls around, the Eagles have six weeks to decide whether Jones is ready or not to start practice. If Jones is ready to practice and begins to participate, Philadelphia has 21 days to either activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the season by keeping him on the reserve/non-football injury.
Neither the Eagles nor Jones have provided a real update on the rookie cornerback’s recovery progress. It’s anyone’s guess as to if/when Jones will play this season. We do know that Jones will start running in a week, which is positive news.
There’s an argument to be made the Eagles shouldn’t activate Jones at all this season. If Jones doesn’t play this year, he’d be a restricted free agent at the end of his contract as opposed to an unrestricted free agent. Of course, Jones (and his agent) probably wouldn’t like the Eagles keeping him out if he’s ready to play.
But even if Jones gets healthy enough to play this year, it’s hard to imagine him having a big role. He’s going to need time to get into game shape. He hasn’t had the benefit of a full offseason of practice reps. Not to mention corner isn’t a position where rookies typically step in and play very well right away. There’s no good reason to rush Jones on the field.
Eagles fans have ample reason to be excited about the 21-year-old Jones in the long-term picture. Many draft analysts thought he’d be a top 10 pick if he was healthy. Jones could pair up with the 23-year-old Ronald Darby to give the Eagles a starting cornerback duo that actually has the potential to be good. That’s something Philly hasn’t had in a very long time.
NOTE: For those wondering how NFI differs from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, it’s basically the same thing. The key difference is that teams have the right to not pay players their base salary if they’re on NFI. Don’t imagine that’ll be the case here, though.
Subject: NFL cuts tracker: Tracking Philadelphia Eagles roster cuts, trades, rumors, and more
Keep track of Eagles roster cuts here.
Now that the preseason is officially over, the Philadelphia Eagles (and 31 other teams) are set to begin their 2017 NFL roster cuts. The Eagles have until 4:00 PM EST on Saturday, Sept. 2 to get their roster down to the 53-player limit.
Stay tuned to this thread for lives updates on Eagles cuts, trades, rumors, and more. The Eagles might not officially confirm their roster moves until Saturday but some of their moves will slowly leak out through media reports before then. Hence the need for this tracker.
Cuts and updates
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[5:50 PM ET] - The Eagles OFFICIALLY announce 16 moves and the roster is now down to 70 players. The Eagles have 17 more moves to make in order to get down to the 53-man limit.
[5:29 PM ET] - Adam Caplan says Dane Evans will be cut (no surprise). The Eagles are also reportedly cutting Aaron Grymes, per CSN Philly. Grymes had a good summer last year and a good spring this year but failed to stand out in the preseason. Down to 82.
[5:17 PM ET] - Philadelphia's top undrafted free agent signing, Tyler Orlosky, has reportedly been cut. Might be a practice squad guy. Down to 84.
[5:16 PM ET] - The Eagles reportedly cut Matt McGloin. Hallelujah. Down to 85.
[4:20 PM ET] - Today's been pretty boring, huh? Saving all the action for tomorrow, I guess? (Watch me jinx it.) In the meantime, here are some notable former Eagles who've been cut today: Matt Barkley, Thad Lewis, Rasheed Bailey. Oh, and much more notably, the Seahawks made a big trade by acquiring Sheldon Richardson from the Jets. The Eagles have to play Seattle on the road again this year. That matchup didn't get any easier with this deal. (Check out Richardson trade reaction from Field Gulls and Gang Green Nation.)
[11:50 AM ET] - The first cut is here and it's Paul Turner. The roster stands at 86 which means 33 more moves to go.
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Subject: Eagles Cuts 2017: Philadelphia officially makes 16 roster moves
The Philadelphia Eagles made 16 roster moves on Friday evening, according to an official announcement from the team.
First, the team placed injured rookie cornerback Sidney Jones on the reserve/non-football injury list. That means he’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the 2017 season, as expected. He won’t count towards a roster spot, however.
In addition to these moves, the Eagles straight up cut 13 players. The roster now stands at 70, which means 17 more moves need to be made to get down to the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET tomorrow on Saturday, September 2.
Full list of cuts below with brief explanations.
LB Don Cherry - Depth linebacker who lacks raw talent. Strong practice squad candidate.
DT Winston Craig - Undrafted defensive tackle. The Eagles are already deep at DT.
WR Rashard Davis - The Eagles signed him late in camp. Just a body at receiver.
QB Dane Evans - Undrafted rookie QB was just a camp arm. Maybe he’ll be back on the practice squad?
LB Carlos Fields - Eagles sign him earlier this week as a body for the fourth preseason game.
CB Aaron Grymes - One of the more notable cuts on this list, but not particularly surprising. Grymes had a good summer with the Eagles last offseason. He probably would have made the team if he didn’t get hurt. Grymes looked good in spring practices this year; he even received some first team reps in the slot. But the former CFL corner didn’t stand out in the preseason this year. So he’s gone.
DE Jake Metz - Eagles claimed Metz off waivers for an extra body in the fourth preseason game.
C Tyler Orlosky - Orlosky was Philadelphia’s top ranked undrafted free agent signing. Some draft experts thought he’d go as high as the third round. The Eagles were using Orlosky at guard instead of his usual starting position, center, by the end of camp. Maybe Orlosky ends up on the practice squad.
T Victor Salako - Eagles signed this UDFA after a tryout in rookie minicamp. Just an extra camp body at tackle.
LB Christian Tago - Same boat as Carlos Fields. To his credit, Tago did come up with the fumble recovery that almost allowed the Eagles to steal a meaningless win last night.
DT Gabe Wright - Might have been able to make the roster as a fifth defensive tackle if the Eagles didn’t already have so much depth there.
Subject: Eagles Roster Cuts 2017: Matt McGloin is GONE
This cut comes as a huge surprise. Actually, just kidding, no it doesn’t. McGloin stunk it up in the preseason this year. He finished the summer with a 69.7% completion percentage and 5.3 yards per attempt. He threw one touchdown and three interceptions for a 74.0 passer rating.
The Eagles signed McGloin in the spring to come in as a third string quarterback behind obvious starter Carson Wentz and veteran backup Nick Foles. Foles missed a lot of time this offseason due to injury so the Eagles got their money’s worth out of McGloin in practice.
Philadelphia cutting McGloin indicates the Eagles are comfortable with Foles’ health despite the fact Foles missed all four preseason games and over a month of practice.
The Eagles’ roster is now unofficially down to 85 players. Keep track of all the cuts by (clicking here) and checking BGN for more updates.
Subject: Eagles-Jets PFF Grades: A few interesting names appear in Philadelphia
Pro Football Focus releases the top five graded players from each team after every single NFL game. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Philadelphia Eagles following their preseason game against the New York Jets.
G Dallas Thomas, 86.6 overall grade
CB C.J. Smith, 85.1 overall grade
LB Joe Walker, 84.6 overall grade
DI Elijah Qualls, 84.0 overall grade
G Tyler Orlosky, 81.6 overall grade
Thomas is a player I probably should have included on my 53-man roster prediction. I think the Eagles will keep Chance Warmack due to Jeff Stoutland’s bias, but then again he’s one making the cuts (Howie Roseman is). Earlier this offseason, Adam Caplan noted Thomas is a player the Eagles like.
Risky, as Barbre carries very manageable salary ($2.05m). But Eagles want to go younger. Dallas Thomas figures to get a shot as 6th OL. https://t.co/wcnfeLRpnh— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 4, 2017
Unlike Warmack, Thomas has experience at both guard and tackle. The 2013 third-round pick also has 37 career starts to his name.
Thomas made his case with a strong performance against New York.
The highest-graded player in the game did not allow a pressure over 29 pass blocking snaps. Thomas was dominant in the run game as well (86.5 run block grade).
Smith had an up and down preseason overall. At one point, before the Ronald Darby trade, it looked like he might push for a starting job. He’s since fallen down the depth chart a little. He played a lot of snaps against the Jets, which signals the Eagles weren’t too concerned about risking injury. I think Smith ends up on the practice squad.
As I mentioned last night, Walker helped his stock with a good showing against the Jets. Here’s what PFF had to say about him.
Walker played a team-high 52 defensive snaps and affected every facet of the game. He had two run stops and led Eagles linebackers with a 9.1 run stop percentage. He also only allowed four receiving yards on two targets.
Walker could fit in as the main backup to Jordan Hicks, although the Eagles have suggested they might just put Nigel Bradham on the inside with Mychal Kendricks at Bradham’s spot if Hicks is out. Either way, Walker could be a key special teams contributor in addition to being an important backup linebacker. He certainly hasn’t shown a lack of physicality.
Qualls had a rough start to camp but rebounded quickly. He’s really shined in the preseason games. The Eagles’ sixth round rookie consistently showed a great first step. He was bursting into the backfield all night long.
A constant disruption in the New York backfield, Qualls was excellent as his 84.0 grade indidcates. On 44 total snaps, he collected four run stops (18.2 run stop percentage) and a sack and hurry when rushing the passer.
Qualls finished the preseason with 11 combined tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits.
It feels safe to say Qualls is a lock to make this roster. The Eagles can’t risk making him available on waivers.
The Eagles’ top undrafted free agent signing has had a quiet summer. The Eagles moved Orlosky from center to guard during the middle of camp. That might not be a good sign for him because it means he’s the fourth center on the depth chart (behind 2016 practice squad member Aaron Neary). But maybe the Eagles wanted to “hide” him by sticking him at a different position.
In any case, Orlosky graded out well against the Jets. I’m not sure he makes the main roster, though. I’d think the Eagles will try to keep him on their practice squad.
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Subject: NFL Waiver Wire: How it works, rules, interesting claim targets, order, more
Who will be claimed?
The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit on Saturday but that doesn’t mean they are done with cuts just yet. The Eagles could very well make some more moves tomorrow after waiver claims are revealed after 12:00 PM on Sunday, September 3.
How it works
When a team releases a player with less than four years of service, they are subject to the waiver process. Normally when a player is released, waivers runs the next day. For roster cuts, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether they were released on Friday or Saturday.
The process involves a priority list ranking teams for claiming players. From the first day of the league year until the conclusion of Week 3 of the 2017 regular season, the priority is based on draft order. This means that the Cleveland Browns are the No. 1 team on the waiver priority list, while the Eagles are No. 12. This means that if the Eagles want to take a shot on a young player, they have to put a claim in on him, and then cross their fingers and hope that the 11 teams ahead of them do not put in a claim.
You might be used to the waiver process in your fantasy football league. The NFL waiver process is different in that the No. 1 team can claim as many players from waivers as they want, and they retain priority. The Browns essentially get first dibs on every player. They will stay in that position through Week 3 of the regular season.
Any player with at least four years of service that is released is not subject to the waiver process. They immediately become free agents and can sign with any team.
The Eagles used the waiver wire after final cuts last year. Philadelphia claimed Bryce Treggs, Terrence Brooks, and Kamu Grugier-Hill. KGH is still on the team. Treggs and Brooks were both seriously pushing for roster spots this summer.
If the Eagles are awarded any players from waivers, they’ll need to make more cuts from their current roster to make room for the new additions.
Eagles waiver wire targets
I’d think the Eagles will focus on running back and offensive line depth. Last year, two of the players the Eagles claimed were rookies. This is the chance for Philadelphia to get their hands on a player(s) that might have missed out on in the 2017 NFL Draft. The veteran player the Eagles claimed last year had an obvious connection to Joe Douglas. Something to keep in mind.