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[#] 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.

Follow us on twitter @BSH_Radio and tell us how pretty we are.





[#] 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

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Alabama LB Ryan Anderson - [Click here]

Alabama LB Reuben Foster - [Click here]

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook - [Click here]

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LSU S Jamal Adams - [Click here]

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley - [Click here]

Penn State S Malik Golden - [Click here]

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Washington CB Kevin King - [Click here]

Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon - [Click here]

USC CB Adoree’ Jackson - [Click here]

Tennessee DE Derek Barnett - [Click here]

Florida CB Quincy Wilson - [Click here]

Western Kentucky WR Taywan Taylor





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

Subject: Eagles

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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

Subject: NFL General Manager Rankings: Eagles executive Howie Roseman is

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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.





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 12:18:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Map of the 2017 NFL Draft experience in Philadelphia

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Featuring BGN!

The 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia is nearly a week away! In the meantime, the NFL released a map of what this year’s draft experience will look like (hat tip @ZBerm). Check it out below! (Click HERE to expand the image.)

See anything on there that looks familiar? Hmm ...

That’s right, BGN Radio is going to be on the scene at this year’s big event! If you missed the announcement about it last week, click here for more details. We’re still waiting to hear how many guests we can bring with us. And if we can’t get you into the Draft itself, you’ll still have an opportunity to hang out with us at our pre/post draft party events!

OPPORTUNITY ONE: AT THE 2017 NFL DRAFT

A limited amount of supporters will be able to join us on the scene of the draft. We don’t know the specifics yet because we’re waiting to hear back. We’ll let you know as soon as we know. Thanks for your patience with this.

OPPORTUNITY TWO: AT ADOBE CAFE AFTER END OF THE 2017 NFL DRAFT

We’ll be at South Philly’s own Adobe Cafe after the draft is over. Join us to celebrate what’s hopefully a successful draft for the Eagles!

BONUS: PRE-DRAFT GET TOGETHER ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE DRAFT

Just a reminder that you can also catch us at Delilah’s on Wednesday, April 26th for a BGN Radio PRE-DRAFT Party and broadcast.

Hopefully you’ll be able to join us! The main stage rendering looks awesome.

Looking for more information on the 2017 NFL Draft in Philly? Check out these links:

Details you need to know about attending the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

Here’s how to get free tickets to the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

Information on how to attend the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 11:24:43 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Draft 2017: ESPN projects what an Eagles trade down could look like

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How do you feel about this?

As if NFL mock draft season wasn’t ridiculous enough, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell put together a first round mock consisting entirely of trades at each pick. Here’s what he suggested for the Philadelphia Eagles at pick No. 14.

Texans get: 1-14

Eagles get: 1-25, 2-57

The Colts and Ravens, who pick next after the Eagles, are likely to consider trading down and acquiring additional picks. As a result, teams that want to try to grab one of the quarterbacks in the middle of the first round might have to move up to Philadelphia's pick to beat the competition.

Enter the Texans, who are left with Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden under center after dumping Brock Osweiler's contract on the Browns earlier this offseason. Houston sent its 2018 second-round pick to the Browns for the salary relief, but it still has its 2017 second-rounder to move as part of a deal. The Eagles are desperately in need of cornerback help and could try to pry away 2015 first-rounder Kevin Johnson, who missed most of last year with an injury, but the Texans will be loath to trade away the future starter after losing A.J. Bouye to the Jags in March.

So Barnwell has the Eagles trading down. First, let’s take a look at how the trade stacks up on the draft pick value chart.

Texans get: No. 14 = 1,100 points
Eagles get: No. 25 (720) + No. 57 (330) = 1,050 points

The chart isn’t a perfect guide but it appears the Eagles are getting short-changed here. The difference of 50 points is worth the No. 122 pick, which is a late fourth-round selection.

I’m really not a fan of this proposed trade by ESPN. I’m honestly against trading down in general. If the Eagles back a pick or two or three, it’s not the end of the world to me, but moving down 11 spots seems like way too much.

Just because the Eagles haven’t had success trading down in the past doesn’t mean they can’t be successful at it in the future, but their track record certainly isn’t encouraging. Their trade down picks since 1999 include: Kevin Kolb, Trevor Laws, and Marcus Smith.

Another reason why I hate the idea of trading down is because it lacks conviction. Admittedly, this might be a very rudimentary way of thinking about it, but I want the Eagles to draft a guy they love at No. 14. Or even trade up a few picks if they have to. I want them to feel strongly about “their” guy. Not just trade back because they ran out of options they really loved, as was the case in 2014.

The only way I’d consider this trade is if Kevin Johnson was included in the Texans’ offer, as Barnwell suggested. Going from No. 14 to No. 25 would be easier to stomach knowing the Eagles would be getting a starting cornerback in the process. But that’s not the deal Barnwell ultimately put on the table for the Eagles.

I really hope the Eagles don’t make a major move down in the first round next week. Again, I’m flexible when it comes to moving up or down 1-3 picks, but I think there’s going to be a good player for them if they just sit tight at No. 14. Take the best player available and don’t get too cute with it. That’s not too much to ask, right?

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[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 09:00:04 EDT from rss

Subject: 8 Things I Think About The Eagles

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From The Eagles.

This feature is a weekly piece on BleedingGreenNation.com titled From The Eagles, featuring Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. The intention is to provide a perspective directly from the Philadelphia Eagles in this forum for the great fans who visit BGN.

The boys are back in town, specifically the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia, and with their arrival comes great optimism because, hey, anything is possible in the NFL, right? With the voluntary offseason conditioning program underway and with the NFL draft a week from Thursday, it’s time to catch up … and to look ahead …

  • Quarterback Carson Wentz met the media on Monday and was his usual solid, not spectacular, self with the reporters. I love how he handles the questions. I love his wisdom. I love his confidence. I’m reminded of all of the Eagles quarterbacks who I’ve covered – all the way back to Ron Jaworski in the latter days of his career – and Wentz is the most polished, the most poised and when you combine that with the talent he has and the desire he has to be the best, Wentz has a chance to be the very best Eagles quarterback in this modern era. The kid has all the tools. Weaknesses? Oh, there are nuances to smooth out in his delivery, but it’s nothing major. His accuracy will improve as he has receivers who will give him a larger window through which to throw. He’s athletic, he’s smart, he’s a beast at 6-feet-5 and 240 pounds and he is smart as all get out. Wentz is on his way to a dynamic career. Enjoy what you see as he develops and expect him to make a big jump this season. It’s OK to be excited.
  • Nobody has really talked about a group the Eagles need to improve in this offseason and that is the linebackers. Jordan Hicks is a terrific young talent. Nigel Bradham fits into the scheme and is the best SAM linebacker this team has had since, well, Carlos Emmons? But on the weak side, Mychal Kendricks just didn’t get reps last season and it’s fair to wonder what his role is here moving forward. The Eagles need depth here, and they also need an answer for the WILL position. A linebacker in Round 1 next Thursday? Maybe, but I don’t know if I see that. No question, though, the Eagles need to answer some questions about depth and that WILL spot.
  • Wendell Smallwood is very much in this team’s plans at running back, but is he a 15-carry-a-game back? Maybe not. I say the Eagles will think long and hard about running back early in this draft, but because of the depth at the position they don’t have to reach. They can get a back, and it would make sense to do so. Ryan Mathews is expected to be healthy in the summer, but how much can the Eagles count on him staying that way?
  • Maybe I’m in the minority here but I very much like a foursome at wide receiver of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. I think Agholor can be a help on special teams and he can become a Jason Avant-type of player. Not necessarily a slot receiver, but someone who can line up and be a go-to target on third downs. I look for Agholor to have a bounce-back season now that he’s got a lot of the attention going in Jeffery’s direction.
  • How deep are the Eagles at safety? This is a draft supposedly loaded at the position. Again, would not surprise me to see the team think long and hard about adding some depth there.
  • Biggest needs on this team? From this perspective, here they are: Cornerback, defensive end, running back, linebacker, safety, wide receiver. A lot of needs, yes. The Eagles really need to hit it in this draft.
  • My view of the NFC East: Dallas is the team to beat, of course, but the Cowboys have lost a lot on the defensive side of the ball in the offseason. Washington has some offensive firepower to replace, as well as two coordinators on the coaching staff. The Giants have big-time questions about the offensive line and the running game. Mix it all up and let’s have some fun in the division this year. By the way, there has been no repeat winner in the division since the Eagles of 2003-2004.
  • Who will the Eagles take in the first round of the draft next Thursday? Honestly, no idea. I could give you 10 names. And there are going to be two or three projected top 10 picks that fall because of the way teams value the quarterback position. This is a total crapshoot. I don’t know. I admit it.

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[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 07:09:54 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Chris Long explains why he doesn

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/18/17.

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

Devin McCourty, Chris Long elaborate on decision to skip White House visit - Sporting News
Following the Patriots' historic Super Bowl win, Devin McCourty and Chris Long announced they would skip the traditional White House visit due to the election of President Donald Trump [...] For Long, it was about setting the right example for his child. “(When) my son grows up — and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is — I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey Dad, why’d you go when you knew the right thing was to not go?'” Long said.

Who the Eagles should and shouldn't take in the 2017 NFL Draft - BGN
A special bonus episode of BGN Radio! Plus an interview with BLG.

Carson Wentz acknowledges he watched film of draft prospects, but who? - PhillyVoice
A few weeks ago, Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation picked up a Periscope video of draft analyst Josh Norris of NBC saying as much. Gowton came to the conclusion that Wentz's list included West Virginia's Shelton Gibson, California' Chad Hansen, USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp, Western Michigan's Corey Davis, Clemson's Mike Williams, and Washington's John Ross. Monday afternoon, Wentz acknowledged that he did indeed look at prospects on film. When asked how many he watched, Wentz replied, "A handful."

Up Chuck? - Iggles Blitz
Is he worth pick 14? Harris reminds me somewhat of Dwight Freeney, who was taken 11th overall. Freeney was on a different level, though. He had 17.5 sacks as a Senior. He was 266 pounds. He ran 4.48 at the Combine and had a 40-inch VJ. He wowed you on the field and with his workout. That doesn’t mean Harris isn’t a Top 15 pick, but he’s not sure to go that high. Some teams like 250-pound edge rushers. Other teams prefer bigger guys. The Eagles could see Harris as similar to Brandon Graham, who was taken 13th overall back in 2010. Graham was 268 pounds. He tested well for speed, quickness, agility and strength. He did have a poor VJ (31 inches). Graham was a great college player and then dominated at the Senior Bowl.

Ray Didinger's 5 2017 NFL draft sleepers - CSN Philly
Joe Williams, RB, Utah, 5-11/210 - A fascinating case because he quit football two weeks into the 2016 season, disappeared for a month then came back to play in the final seven games where he rushed for 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns. Runs with speed (4.41) and power. At the combine, he told the NFL execs he walked away from football because he was dealing with the death of his younger sister. How the teams factor that into their evaluation of Williams is hard to say but what he put on tape in those last seven games is very impressive.

Wentz Has Leap To Make In Year 2 - PE.com
The Big Next Step for quarterback Carson Wentz is here, and with the first-day-of-school-feel around the NovaCare Complex on Monday as the players reported for the open of the Eagles’ voluntary offseason conditioning program, well, it’s hard not to be excited ...

Derek Barnett, Reggie White record-breaker, could provide big jolt to Eagles' pass rush - ESPN
The Eagles have made a commitment to building along the offensive and defensive lines and need a top-end pass rusher in order for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme to meet its full potential. Depending in part on how many quarterbacks and running backs get taken early, there's at least a chance that Barnett falls to 14. The argument can certainly be made that he would be good value there. This could be a situation where need matches up with the draft board.

Reuben Foster rotator cuff not healed at combine re-check, may need another surgery - Revenge of the Birds
Despite having to have surgery on his shoulder in February, not being able to test, getting removed from the Scouting Combine because of an incident with a doctor and being sub 230lbs, many felt that he was still one of those talents. Now, it is being reported that his combine medical re-check did not reveal that the surgery did the trick for Foster.

Inconsistent draft history the biggest factor in Eagles’ predicament - Allentown Morning Call
They want to do it the right way, building through the draft, relying on free agency and trades only to fill an occasional hole here and there. But the Philadelphia Eagles, as presently constituted, are built the other way around, with draft picks filling just 23 of their 76 roster spaces heading into their offseason program, which begins today. Three of them, Nick Foles, Jaylen Watkins and Taylor Hart, are back for second stints. Two more, Alex McCalister and linebacker Joe Walker, have yet to actually be on the regular-season roster.

Alek Torgersen: Penn studies are first, NFL hopes second - Philly.com
Alek Torgersen allocated time last week to writing a paper on the Affordable Care Act for a public policy class. He also needed to put thought into whether there should be an open market for babies so he's up to speed for a Fairness and Altruism course. And don't forget the hour he spent in a Samba ensemble for his Brazilian drumming class. This is not how the lead-up to the NFL draft is spent for some other quarterback prospects, who make football their full-time jobs even before they have an employer. But Torgersen, one of the top quarterbacks in Penn history and a two-time first-team all-Ivy League passer, decided to spend his final semester at Penn . . . being a student at Penn.

Corey Davis might be the best receiver in the NFL draft, drops and all - SB Nation
There’s something familiar about the Western Michigan product, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.

Roughly 20 NFL teams facing loss of chartered flights - PFT
Per a league source, roughly 20 teams may end up without charter arrangements for the 2017 season. According to Forbes.com, American recently suspended its charter arrangements with six NFL franchises: the Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Steelers. According to the Forbes report, American will continue to service the Panthers, Cowboys, and Eagles.

Pierre Garcon says ‘all the players’ loved former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan - Washington Post
“I haven’t paid much attention to it, but I know all the players, they loved Scot,” Garcon said. “Scot was a great guy, he was a football guy. All the players loved Scot and are definitely gonna miss him. And hopefully he’s still around football, to tell you the truth, because he was a great guy. All the players love him. He was all about football; it didn’t matter who you were, where you were from, he was just happy that you were playing football for him and he was happy that he scouted you and you trusted him to bring you to D.C.”

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[#] Mon Apr 17 2017 22:52:10 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Mock Draft 2017: Miami Dolphins take Forrest Lamp

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With the No. 22 overall pick in the 2017 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Miami Dolphins GM J. Wil selects ...

Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

[I'll preface this by saying if you wish to skip the team analysis and only care about the pick itself, you can scroll down until "THE PICK" section.]

The Miami Dolphins are coming off what can only be considered a truly successful ten-win season, making the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the last year when someone other than the New England Patriots won the AFC East. Miami improved by four wins over their previous campaign in 2015 when they finished 6-10 overall. Although they struggled in the Wild Card against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they made the playoffs by winning nine of their final twelve games, and it gave the team something positive to build upon coming into the 2017 offseason.

The offseason thus far has been a somewhat busy one for the Dolphins. They have continued to make free agency acquisitions that fill out the back-end of their roster. Perhaps the biggest move was trading OT Branden Albert in a swap with the Jacksonville Jaguars for TE Julius Thomas, along with off-year 7th-round picks. Although the Dolphins offensive line remains a concern, Thomas has proven himself a worthwhile contributor, catching twelve touchdowns in each of his last two seasons with the Denver Broncos. His familiarity with the Dolphins' HC Adam Gase, who was the Broncos' OC during those years, should help him fit into the offense without delay. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen if Thomas can remain healthy, having dealt with numerous injury issues since being signed by the Jaguars in 2015. As a contingency plan, the Dolphins also brought back TE Anthony Fasano, who was previously with the team from 2008 through 2012.

The team also signed journeyman Ted Larsen, a versatile lineman that can play multiple positions and started eight games at RG for the Chicago Bears in 2016. More recently, the Dolphins added safety T.J. McDonald, who must serve an eight-game suspension due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. They also waived the coveted Dion Jordan.

So what's next for the Dolphins? They had their eye toward free agent LB Zach Brown, but lost out to the Washington Footballers. There is a chance that will shift their focus toward other available free agents such as Johnathan Hankins, among others. Miami will also look to the draft to attempt to patch their remaining holes, where presently they have a total of 8 picks, but only three in the first four rounds, losing 3rd and 4th round picks last draft in order to move up and grab WR Leonte Carroo. Barring any trades, Miami will pick in the 22nd position in 2017.

At that spot, the team is likely considering a number of players that fill their most urgent needs, perhaps most notably at the positions of OL, DL, and LB. Each of these positions will have a different look for the Dolphins in 2017.

There's little doubt that the Dolphins need help in their defensive front-seven come 2017. Their run defense last season was near the bottom of the league, ranking 30th in total yards allowed per game, largely due to their porous run defense, which was also ranked 30th in yards allowed. The team was a more respectable 13th in pass yards allowed, but 22nd in sacks, which again signals a need to upgrade. Still, the DL was ranked 12th according to PFF (Pro Football Focus) and its metrics at the end of the year, which perhaps signals things aren't quite as dire as one would presume. Cameron Wake will return. Though his age (35) will be a detraction, he still managed 11.5 sacks in 2016. Andre Branch and Williams Hayes figure to battle for the opposite end spot. Suh continues to be a plus on the inside, and with Jordan Phillips returning next to him, the starters may be solidified, but depth and production remain question marks.

The linebacker corps should also get some help with recently acquired LB Lawrence Timmins possibly filling the middle role while former Eagles' great Kiko Alonso gets moved to the outside due to his athleticism. It does remain to be seen how Timmins will fit in the 4-3, having spent his entire career in Pittsburgh's 3-4 steel curtain. Koa Misi also returns from injury, though his injury was a particularly delicate one (neck) and he hasn't played a full year since his rookie campaign in 2010. The rotation at LB will likely need further improved if the Dolphins want to do better in run defense.

Along the offensive line, the team at present has decided to rely on a committee of guards to compete for the seemingly two open guard positions. They will certainly be happy to welcome back C Mike Pouncey from injury, and 2nd-year tackle Laremy Tunsil is expected to move from the right to the left side to fill the vacancy left by Albert. Previous first-round pick Ja'Wuan James will remain at the starting RT position. The committee left to fill the two guard positions consists of the aforementioned Larsen, Kraig Urbik, Anthony Steen, and the re-signed Jermon Bushrod.

None of these options are particularly inspiring. Larsen, having started for the Bears, may be the immediate favorite to slot in at one of the two spots. Although Bushrod started at RG all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, he was graded by PFF as the worst run-blocking guard in the league. He also allowed five sacks and 34 total QB pressures in pass protection. Chances are high that Bushrod will be playing his last season, having signed only a 1-year deal and eyeing retirement. Overall, the offensive line was graded by PFF as the 30th-ranked unit in the NFL. In a draft with limited immediate-impact players at the Guard position, it may be necessary for the Dolphins to fill that hole early before getting to other needs.

And with that, we move on to the pick itself ...

THE PICK

I have ranked the Dolphins' most immediate needs as follows: OG, LB, DL, TE, S

As I've stated above, the Dolphins can fill immediate needs with the 22nd pick. Whether that pick is spent on offense or defense will depend largely on how the first picks of the draft shake out. While in this particular mock the obvious favorites have already been chosen, one name remains from the top of my Dolphins' big board—Forrest Lamp, OG from Western Kentucky.

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Why the pick?

Let me precede this with my basic draft tenements: picking BPA (with team fit being a major consideration) and building from the lines out. You also must take into consideration the limitations of the draft itself. The 2017 draft is thin on offensive line talent, specifically talent that teams can expect to plug-and-play. In contrast, this draft is fairly deep on defensive line and edge talent. Between those two variables and the fact that the best edge and linebacking talents have already been chosen, it would make the most sense for the Dolphins to solidify their line further into the future; perhaps even making theirs one of the best lines in the league.

Granted, drafting an offensive lineman is never the sexy pick. It likely won't send fans running to the ticket counters. Nonetheless, developing a strong line is one of the most important aspects of team building. A strong line can help mask inefficiencies at the QB position, and it can help you control TOP—time of possession—with a consistent rushing attack (Miami was 27th in TOP in 2016).

With Jermon Bushrod's generally atrocious performance in 2016, and his pending retirement, the Dolphins will need guard help in the very near future, if not right away. The committee they have assembled at the present time is not at all inspiring, and with a line ranked 30th in the league in 2016 according to PFF's metrics, it reinforces the idea that this is perhaps the most crucial need to push the Dolphins up the ladder.

Who is Forrest?

The best introduction I can probably give to Forrest is his game tape against Alabama, which you can view in most its entirety here:

There are many occasions in which Lamp completely manhandles 3rd overall pick (in this mock) Jonathan Allen.

He has been a rock of consistency and durability, starting all but two games in his four-year career at Western Kentucky, almost entirely at left tackle. He does project inside at the next level, largely because of his size, but it is possible he could shuffle in at tackle every now and again. One of the most favorable NFL comparisons is Zack Martin, All Pro guard for the Dallas Cowboys. They share very similar physical and athletic characteristics, and Martin also moved from LT at Notre Dame to the inside.

Game Tape Analysis

I will attempt to encapsulate what makes Lamp such an intriguing prospect through the game tape. First off, this comes from the 2015 season against LSU. This is a fairly basic showcase of his ability, but we can see Lamp bounce outside initially with LSU's Arden Key, then stays with him to the inside on a spin move, and notice the good use of his hands:

On this next play from the same game, we can see Lamp immediately get to the second level and block off the linebacker, taking him out of the play entirely:

Next, we jump to the Alabama game from this past season. On this first play, we can clearly see Lamp's ability to shuffle and move outside, shadowing his faster target the entire way. That's Alabama linebacker/edge prospect Tim Williams, a projected Day 2 selection, by the way.

This next play, also against Williams, shows Lamp's quick feet and ability to recover. Williams actually has Lamp beat to the inside initially on a decent swim move, but Lamp is able to recover and pushes Williams away from his QB and out of the play:

Now we get to see Lamp's ability to read and react. Here he has to play the outside man at first, LB Anfernee Jenkins, and whether intentionally or not, ‘Bama ends up running a bit of a stunt. Lamp pushes the first man inside and then sees Allen pulling to the outside. Lamp is aware enough to get over and take Allen out of the play:

Unfortunately, it isn't all good with Lamp. During this same Alabama game, there were times he got flustered and his lack of length may have bit him. In this first lowlight, we see Lamp get stuck hedging between whether to block outside or inside. Both he and the guard to his right are too slow to recover on the inside rusher and he gets a free shot at the QB:

This next play is a bit of the opposite. Both Lamp and the guard end up dropping inside, and Lamp misses his assignment on the outside, Da'Shawn Hand, who gets up in the QB's face without resistance, forcing the QB to throw early and dangerously:

Moving inside will mean Lamp should have less of these types of responsibilities. Aside from this possible tendency toward confusion at times, Lamp may also be more susceptible to rushes on his inside shoulder. A more straightforward guard alignment could solve that issue.

On the positive, one of Lamp's best attributes is his power and he doesn't let himself get bullied by guys smaller (and quicker) than him. Likewise, he has the strength to move power players such as Alabama's Jonathan Allen.

Overall, there's not much to dislike in this prospect. While his below average length will always concern the numbers gurus, Lamp has athleticism and ability in spades that should more than make up for it. I would understand Miami fans' concern over spending another first-round pick on offensive line in such quick succession (this would make three in four years), but to me Lamp is the best available (including team fit) and can start immediately at a position of sincere need.

With this pick, the Dolphins would have one of the best young left sides of the line in the NFL, protecting Tannehill's blindside well into the next decade.

Projecting the Alternatives

In the ever-so disappointing case that Lamp is not available at 22, the Dolphins could also consider these alternatives (excluding the most obvious Top-5 players):

  1. Haason Reddick -€” Edge/LB, Temple

If he falls, this could be great value, and would give the Dolphins some much needed dynamics on the defensive side of the ball, improving that porous run defense, to boot.

  1. Derek Barnett -€” Edge, Tennessee

Chances again good that Barnett would need to fall, but he's likely a Top-3 DE in this draft class that could help replace the aging Cameron Wake in the not-too-distant future.

  1. Jarrad Davis -€” LB, Florida

Davis is either the 2nd or 3rd best pure LB available in the draft, depending on how you compare him to Zach Cunningham, but he'd fill a glaring hole for the ‘Phins at OLB.

  1. Malik McDowell -€” DL, Michigan State

With the Dolphins unsure of what they have in Jordan Phillips, maybe they look to add depth and security to a defensive line that sorely needs both.

  1. Jabrill Peppers -€” S, Michigan

Another candidate that would perhaps need to fall a few spots, Peppers is a dynamic athlete that could fill multiple roles in Miami's attacking defense under new DC Matt Burke. Safety isn't the biggest need necessarily, but Peppers can do many things.

And some other names that may not be great value or fit in the first, but could be targets:

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan (might fit better in 3-4, likely unavailable at #22)

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri (might be better as 3-4 OLB, not great value)

Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA (better as 3-4 OLB?)

Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida (possibly available at 54)

David Njoku, TE, Miami (next best TE behind Howard, much lower need)

2017 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Browns (JALupowitz): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2) 49ers (sports00fan00): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3) Bears (gubby): Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
4) Jaguars (TheWhalwing): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
5) Titans (drc242): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
6) Jets (boomorbust): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
7) Chargers (NowWhat?): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8) Panthers (B-Potts): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
9) Bengals (Kiko’s Delivery Service): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
10) Bills (jimmyrustler): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
11) Saints (NotSoSlick): Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
12) Browns (Straight Edge Sid): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
13) Cardinals (Paulie97): Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
14) Eagles (ablesser88): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
15) Colts (mconner96): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
16) Ravens (The Man, The Myth, the Matthews!): Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
17) Washington (kbruneault): John Ross, WR, Washington
18) Titans (mchiodo): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
19) Buccaneers (ei78): Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
20) Broncos (NVEagleShark): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
21) Lions (Shark Fighter): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
22) Dolphins (J. Wil): Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
23) Giants (BigWardy59):
24) Raiders (big DUB):
25) Texans (GotFunds):
26) Seahawks (Rogmcc23):
27) Chiefs (B1G Cat):
28) Cowboys (RegalEagle):
29) Packers (Wutang_):
30) Steelers (General_Lee12): 
31) Falcons (SirJon):
32) Saints (Huffs_cellmate):

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[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 16:58:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Please caption this very hilarious picture of Paul Holmgren and an empty parking lot

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The Flyers did a cool thing this morning, announcing a new “Flyers Charity Classic” that includes a 5k race and a few long-distance bike rides. The details are here.

Perhaps more importantly, they gave us the above picture of a lonely Paul Holmgren in the Wells Fargo Center parking lot.

Share your best captions in the comments. Please and thank you.





[#] Wed Apr 19 2017 00:51:49 EDT from rss

Subject: 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Dalvin Cook to the Oakland Raiders

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With the No. 24 overall pick in the 2017 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Oakland Raiders GM big DUB selects ...

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

(Note: This pick was made before the Marshawn Lynch news broke, not sure if it would’ve swayed my opinion either way because I think Lynch would play one season at most.)

I had every intention of coming out of this pick with a defensive player. I know the Raiders biggest needs are at linebacker, defensive line, and a few secondary spots. But then Dalvin Cook fell while none of the guys I was thinking about drafting did. So instead of filling a need, I took (in my opinion) the best player available who also happens to fill the need left by Latavius Murray.

The Player

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To say Cook was an impactful player for Florida State would be an understatement. He broke the all-time rushing record of 3,959 yards held by Warrick Dunn by over 500 yards. Oh and he did that in only 3 seasons.

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He averaged over 6 yards a carry for his career. He’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He doesn’t get caught from behind. He has a good build and he can be a three down guy. So why is falling in drafts? There’s actually a few reasons. Firstly is the (mostly) false narrative of him being injury prone. Cook only missed one game in college due to an ankle injury, and he had a hamstring issued that lingered for a while during the season but he played through it. Secondly there seems to be some character concerns. He was arrested as a juvenile and charged with robbery in 2009 but the case was dropped. He was arrested for firing and possessing a weapon on school property, charges were dropped. He was charged with criminal mischief following an incident involving a BB-gun with several other players. Then of course, there’s the battery charge in which a woman claimed to have been punched by Cook while he was trying to pacify the situation. The state had no evidence or indication that he actually assaulted anyone. He was acquitted in less than 30 minutes. Lastly, and the reason I think he’s falling as of late, is his combine performance. Cook ran a 4.49 forty which was slower than a lot of scouts thought he would run. He also had a very poor 3 cone, and 20 yard shuttle, which is surprising if you’ve watched his game film. Seriously, I could post loads of gif’s showcasing this guy, his tape is certainly not lacking.

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He did redeem himself somewhat at his pro day. His forty didn’t improve much as scouts had him in the mid 4.4 range. But what he did in the receiving drills is what had scouts excited. Raider running backs accounted for 108 targets last year.

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The Situation

Latavius Murray was Oakland’s leading rusher last season at only 788 yards. He’s in Minnesota now. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will both be back and they both averaged over 5 yard per carry last season but I don’t think either of them are true every down ‘backs. Oakland is loaded with receiver talent, offensive line talent and Derek Carr is a top 10 Quarterback. Oakland was ranked 6th offensively, give them a guy who can come in and carry the ball 15-20 times a game with success and they instantly become a top 5 offense. This draft is loaded with defensive talent as well so if the draft played out this way, expect Oakland to draft defense in rounds 2 and on.

Conclusion.

All of this makes it seem like Dalvin Cook is a bit of a gamble (who better to gamble than the Sin City Raiders) but none of the prospects left felt as "safe" to me. I’m trusting game film instead of combine numbers. I don’t think you can just throw them out, but the tape makes me feel like the combine is a bit of an anomaly.  Cook is the BPA and a perfect fit for the Raiders.

Seriously, watch this:


The Houston Texans are on the clock…

2017 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Browns (JALupowitz): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2) 49ers (sports00fan00): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3) Bears (gubby): Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
4) Jaguars (TheWhalwing): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
5) Titans (drc242): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
6) Jets (boomorbust): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
7) Chargers (NowWhat?): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8) Panthers (B-Potts): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
9) Bengals (Kiko’s Delivery Service): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
10) Bills (jimmyrustler): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
11) Saints (NotSoSlick): Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
12) Browns (Straight Edge Sid): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
13) Cardinals (Paulie97): Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
14) Eagles (ablesser88): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
15) Colts (mconner96): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
16) Ravens (The Man, The Myth, the Matthews!): Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
17) Washington (kbruneault): John Ross, WR, Washington
18) Titans (mchiodo): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
19) Buccaneers (ei78): Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
20) Broncos (NVEagleShark): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
21) Lions (Shark Fighter): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
22) Dolphins (J. Wil): Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
23) Giants (BigWardy59): Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
24) Raiders (big DUB): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
25) Texans (GotFunds):
26) Seahawks (Rogmcc23):
27) Chiefs (B1G Cat):
28) Cowboys (RegalEagle):
29) Packers (Wutang_):
30) Steelers (General_Lee12): 
31) Falcons (SirJon):
32) Saints (Huffs_cellmate):

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[#] Wed Apr 19 2017 00:33:51 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Mock Draft 2017: New York Giants pick Dion Dawkins

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With the No. 23 overall pick in the 2017 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, New York Giants GM BigWardy59 selects ...

Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple

Dion Dawkins has been the toughest player for Temple in his time there.   Starting 40 consecutive games.   I am quite aware that he has been projected as a early to mid second roundd selection.   However I compare him to Tampa Bay selecting OT Donovan Smith at pick 33 overall.   He was a projected as a late second, early third round guy.   But since then he has justified his selection.   Dawkins is a great fit for the G-men who want a power run game and need versatile linemen who can start day one with a good summer camp.

Football is a big mans' game and they don't get much bigger and or stronger than Dawkins.   Inside he may be best suited as a power guard.   The Giants had him in to do a private workout and word was they really came away impressed with his versatility to play inside or out.   One scout said he looked like a day one starter.

Baltimore is also very high on Dion.   Their thoughts were very very strong at the point of attack, but showed quick feet.   He looks like he could become a pro bowl OG in the right system.   And a solid OT.

Temple ran a Pro-Style O.
Team leader, Smart and works very hard at his craft.
The kind of person you want in the locker room.

I see him having a long and very good career.

I compare this also to the Boys selecting Travis Fredrick in round one.   We all laughed and laughed....   remember ...?

2017 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Browns (JALupowitz): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2) 49ers (sports00fan00): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3) Bears (gubby): Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
4) Jaguars (TheWhalwing): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
5) Titans (drc242): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
6) Jets (boomorbust): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
7) Chargers (NowWhat?): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8) Panthers (B-Potts): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
9) Bengals (Kiko’s Delivery Service): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
10) Bills (jimmyrustler): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
11) Saints (NotSoSlick): Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
12) Browns (Straight Edge Sid): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
13) Cardinals (Paulie97): Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
14) Eagles (ablesser88): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
15) Colts (mconner96): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
16) Ravens (The Man, The Myth, the Matthews!): Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
17) Washington (kbruneault): John Ross, WR, Washington
18) Titans (mchiodo): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
19) Buccaneers (ei78): Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
20) Broncos (NVEagleShark): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
21) Lions (Shark Fighter): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
22) Dolphins (J. Wil): Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
23) Giants (BigWardy59): Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
24) Raiders (big DUB):
25) Texans (GotFunds):
26) Seahawks (Rogmcc23):
27) Chiefs (B1G Cat):
28) Cowboys (RegalEagle):
29) Packers (Wutang_):
30) Steelers (General_Lee12): 
31) Falcons (SirJon):
32) Saints (Huffs_cellmate):

Poll
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  18 votes | Results





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 17:35:49 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Schedule 2017 will officially be announced this week

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Here we go!

Last week’s rumblings have been confirmed: the official 2017 NFL schedule will be revealed this week at 8:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, April 20. That date marks exactly one week before the 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia.

We already know the 16 teams the Philadelphia Eagles will play this season. Here's a reminder.

HOME

Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears

AWAY

Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers

We also already know which four teams the Eagles will play in the 2017 NFL preseason.

Week 1 - Away at Green Bay Packers

Week 2 - Home versus Buffalo Bills

Week 3 - Home versus Miami Dolphins

Week 4 - Away at New York Jets


Some of the schedule information will likely leak before the 8:00 PM announcement, so stay tuned here to Bleeding Green Nation for the latest news and rumors. We'll have full coverage of the schedule release as soon as it's revealed. Get your meaningless record predictions ready!





[#] Tue Apr 18 2017 17:02:55 EDT from rss

Subject: Stephen Tulloch retires after 11 years in the NFL

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Happy trails, Tully.

To the surprise of none, Stephen Tulloch, 32, is retiring after spending 11 years in the National Football League. The Detroit Lions officially announced the news on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Tulloch last summer following a preseason injury to rookie linebacker Joe Walker. The veteran linebacker only played 69 defensive snaps while nicely serving as a backup to Jordan Hicks. Tulloch had seven tackles in 12 games played.

A key factor in the Eagles signing Tulloch, of course, was his connection to Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The two spent time together in Tennessee before Schwartz became head coach in Detroit. Tulloch left the Titans to sign with the Lions in 2011.

Tulloch didn’t make much of an impact with the Eagles but he had a productive NFL career. The 2006 fourth-round pick played in 157 games (112 starts) and had 677 tackles, 27 interceptions, and 14.5 sacks. Tulloch has also always been known for his great charity work off the field.

We didn’t know him for too long, but here’s wishing Tully all the best in retirement.

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Side note: With Tulloch retired, Bryan Braman is the only remaining unsigned Eagles free agent.





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