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[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 16:05:27 EDT from rss

Subject: Checking out the competition: Arizona Coyotes with Corey Sznajder

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Charlie is joined by Corey Sznajder, tracker extraordinaire and contributor at Five For Howling.

In anticipation of tonight’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, BSH Radio’s Charlie spoke with Corey Sznajder. Corey, in addition to his tireless tracking work at The Energy Line, is a regular contributor at Five For Howling, SB Nation’s Coyotes site.

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the first three questions were cut off from the video, in addition to the first twenty seconds of Corey’s first answer on the finished video. Please jump ahead to the 0:45 second mark for the “beginning” of Corey’s answer.

Topics discussed include:

  • Clayton Keller’s stellar start to his NHL career
  • Rick Tocchet’s system and how it compares to Dave Tippett’s preferred tactics
  • A check-in on Anthony Duclair’s play so far this year
  • Under-the-radar Coyotes players that Flyers fans should keep an eye on
  • What weaknesses of the Coyotes can Philadelphia exploit tonight?




[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 15:03:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Time to Remove this One From the Eagles

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Sunday, on the Eagles’ second drive, Doug Pederson called the same play three times in two minutes for a net gain of two yards. It was an under-center stretch/outside zone that went for a four-yard gain, a one-yard gain, and a three-yard loss. The third iteration of that play call brought scrutiny for fill-in left…

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrossingBroad/~3/CBNW-Ithbmg/time-to-remove-this-one-from-the-eagles-playbook.html

[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 15:32:26 EDT from rss

Subject: Former Eagle Passes Away at the Age of 30

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Some sad news out of Hawaii today, where KITV 4 reports that former Eagles defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim has died. He was 30 years old and played four NFL seasons before returning home to coach at his high school alma mater, Hawaii Preparatory Academy. Te’o-Nesheim was a star at the University of Washington and left in…

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[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 18:12:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Fletcher Cox NOT expected to be suspended for hit on Joe Staley, report says

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Phew.

It turns out that Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is NOT expected to be suspended for his hit on San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley during Sunday’s game. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Cox is still facing a potential fine.

Having to pay a fine sucks for Cox, but that’s obviously a lot better than getting fined AND having to miss a game, which an early report suggested was possible. The Eagles need their big Cox on the field. It looks like he’ll remain there.

Our friend Pat Gallen came up with a video angle of the hit that wasn’t shown on the broadcast. Watch below:

The NFL will review this play and likely make a decision on Cox’s punishment later this week.

Staley, meanwhile, flew back to the Bay Area after having to stay in Philadelphia following Sunday’s game. Sounds like he’s doing as well as someone who suffered an orbital fracture could be doing.





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 18:39:47 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles work out former Ravens linebacker

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LB depth?

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out veteran free agent linebacker Dannell Ellerbe on Monday, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates.

Ellerbe, 31, has played in 77 career NFL games and made 42 starts since entering the league in 2009. During that span, he’s recorded 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The Baltimore Ravens signed Ellerbe, who went to Georgia, as an undrafted rookie free agent. He played four years there before earning a big money deal with the Dolphins. After two seasons in South Beach, Miami traded Ellerbe and a third-round pick to the Saints in exchange for Kenny Stills. New Orleans waived Ellerbe this summer after he suffered a foot injury in July and was placed on injured reserve.

The Eagles are likely checking up on Ellerbe’s medical status. They clearly already have familiarity with the linebacker thanks to the Joe Douglas connection.

Philadelphia is in need of extra linebacker depth after Jordan Hicks suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last Monday. Hicks is still officially on the 53-man roster so the Eagles could open up a spot for Ellerbe by moving Hicks to injured reserve.

The 6-2, 245 pound Ellerbe has some talent but he’s struggled to stay healthy during his career. Maybe he’s worth taking a chance on.





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 19:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Coyotes lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion

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Will the Flyers follow up a big win with a deflating loss against a winless team? Let’s find out!

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be:

  • Seen locally via NBC Sports Philadelphia (or via stream on the NBC Sports App)
  • Heard via radio locally on 93.3 WMMR
  • Seen in Arizona via FS Arizona
  • Seen or heard elsewhere via NHL.tv (it’s their free game of the day!), NHL Center Ice, or Sirius XM

Projected Flyers lineup:

Forwards

Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Weal - Filppula - Simmonds

Read - Lehtera - Konecny

Leier - Laughton - Raffl

Defensemen

Provorov - Hagg

Sanheim - Gudas

Manning - Alt

Goaltenders

Elliott

(Neuvirth)

Projected Coyotes lineup (via):

Forwards

Domi - Stepan - Keller

Perlini - Dvorak - Cousins (unconfirmed; reports are that Cousins will draw into the lineup for Anthony Duclair)

Rinaldo OH MY GOD HE’S ON THE THIRD LINE - Kempe - Rieder

Martinook - Richardson - Fischer

Defense

Ekman-Larsson - Demers

Goligoski - Hjalmarsson

Connauton - Schenn

Goalies

Wedgewood

(Hill)





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 20:32:24 EDT from rss

Subject: Duane Brown traded to Seahawks; Eagles seemed to have interest

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Welp.

Duane Brown won’t be coming to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Seattle Seahawks traded for the veteran left tackle on Monday evening, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Even though they didn’t get him, this news impacts the Eagles in several ways.

1 - It means one less left tackle option on the market. On Sunday evening, Jay Glazer said the Eagles have been “calling around about offensive tackles.” He also said the Birds are going to be one of the most aggressive teams on the market. Jason La Canfora notes the Eagles were “monitoring” the Brown situation.

2 - This trade sets the market. According to reports, the price the Seahawks had to pay for Brown was: starting cornerback Jeremy Lane, a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, AND a 2019 second-round draft pick. That’s not cheap! The Eagles will have to be willing to pay a considerable price to get a new tackle to Philly. [Here are some potential options for them.]

3 - The Eagles play the Seahawks in Week 13. This trade helps to improve a suspect Seattle offensive line. Losing Lane shouldn’t be a major deal because the Seahawks always have like 50 good corners on their roster ready to replace the ones they lose.

As of this post, there are only about 20 more hours until the NFL trade deadline at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, October 31. The clock is ticking on the Eagles’ opportunity to improve their roster via trade.





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 21:15:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Chiefs vs. Broncos: How to watch Monday Night Football, game info, live streaming, odds, more

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Watch MNF here.

Week 8 of the 2017 NFL regular season ends tonight with a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos. It’s an AFC West rivarly matchup.

The Chiefs have lost two in a row after starting out 5-0. They’ll be looking to end that streak tonight against a Broncos team that’s managed to score a combined 10 points in their last two games.

The Eagles connection to this game is that they play the Broncos in Philadelphia this Sunday at 1:00 PM. The combination of travel and the short week could be a challenge for Denver. We’ll see if their struggles continue tonight.

Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs TV Schedule

Game time: 8:30 PM EST

Channel: ESPN

Date: Monday, October 30

Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters

Location: Arrowhead Stadium | Kansas City, Missouri

Online Streaming: WatchESPN

Odds:

Denver Broncos +7.5 (-110)

Kansas City Chiefs -7.5 (-110)

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Open thread: discuss Monday night’s game in the comments below.





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 21:51:23 EDT from rss

Subject: Jimmy Garoppolo trade: Patriots quarterback sent to 49ers for draft pick

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The NFL trade deadline is nuts!

The NFL trade deadline is usually uneventful. But not this year! Not too long after the Seahawks and Texans pulled off a major trade on Monday evening, the New England Patriots sent Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick. Wow!

There was thought Jimmy G was going to be the successor to Tom Brady, but apparently not. The Patriots finally traded him to a team in desperate need for a quarterback.

As always, there are a few Philadelphia Eagles angles to this trade.

1 - It’s fun to think the Eagles beat the 49ers so badly on Sunday that it forced their hand to make a move at quarterback. Philadelphia’s defense absolutely terrorized rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard.

2 - It was assumed the 49ers would be in play for impending free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason. You know, the Kyle Shanahan connection and all. Now it looks like that’s not happening. Depending how you feel about Kirk Cousins, this is either good or bad news. The feeling here is it would’ve been nice for the 49ers to be in the running for Cousins because it would’ve driven his price up for Washington to keep him. Or maybe Cousins would’ve just left the NFC East to play for the 49ers. I suppose Cousins will still have a number of suitors this offseason (Broncos, Jets, Cardinals, Jaguars, Browns, etc.) and he still has a lot of leverage. Here’s hoping Washington has to give him a ton of money so that it makes it even harder to build a team around him.

3 - The Giants have a better chance at finding an Eli Manning successor in the 2018 NFL Draft. The 49ers are currently set to pick ahead of the Giants. They might pass on a quarterback now which means one could more easily fall to New York. Not great. Alternatively, the Jimmy G trade opens up the possibility of the 49ers selecting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. So at least he might not end up on the Giants.

4 - As Jimmy Kempski reminds us, the Eagles got a first round pick AND a fourth round pick for Sam Bradford. Sam Bradford! Imagine giving up a first and a fourth for Bradford instead of a second for Garoppolo.

With this year’s deadline being so wild, maybe the Eagles will get in on the action next. Stay tuned!





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 23:20:36 EDT from rss

Subject: Coyotes 4, Flyers 3: Furious comeback falls short as Arizona grabs first win

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Flyers pick up a loser point for first time this season!

The Flyers dug themselves a deep 3-0 hole against the winless Coyotes on Monday night, but battled back with two goals in the final minute to force overtime before watching the Coyotes get their first win behind an Alex Goligoski goal.

While the first 40 minutes were painful for the Flyers, they did recover in the final period and obviously earn a point by taking Arizona to overtime. With how poorly the Flyers played through two periods, getting any type of point is a success.

It was a quick start for the previously winless Coyotes, who scored just 2:20 after puck drop on a Jordan Martinook goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Brad Richardson and Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up the assists on the opening goal of the game.

Less than two minutes later standout rookie Clayton Keller — who leads all rookies in scoring — nearly made it 2-0 for Arizona, but his open look from the left circle sailed high and wide of Flyers goalie Brian Elliott.

Christian Dvorak would, however, give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead at the 7:45 mark with hi first goal of the year. Oliver Ekman-Larsson directed a point shot to the net that bounced around and found the stick of Dvorak, who calmly slid the puck past a down and out Elliott. Jason Demers picked up the other assist on the goal.

To sum up how things went for the Flyers in first 20 minutes, a Luke Schenn turnover sprung Matt Read and Travis Konecny in on a two-on-one, but the play was ruled offsides despite video replay showing the play was clearly onside.

The Flyers didn’t help matters by being outshot 11-3 by the Coyotes through one and failing to register any scoring chances on Coyotes netminder Scott Wedgewood.

After a dismal first period, the Flyers came out like a different group after intermission, getting a good chance from Claude Giroux off a Coyotes turnover in their own zone, but Wedgewood was able to turn away the captain at the 3:39 mark.

Keller was at it again in the offensive zone, setting up Max Domi with a pass right in his wheelhouse, but Elliott slid across to make a key save to keep the Flyers from going down three goals.

Wedgewood would then deny Jordan Weal with a beauty of a glove save in close off a feed from Wayne Simmonds at the 9:01 mark. It was a strong shift for Simmonds, who shielded the puck as he does so well to create a chance for the Flyers.

Under the five-minute mark, the Flyers ramped up the pressure, getting good looks at the net from Konecny and Travis Sanheim on back-to-back shots, but both were calmly turned aside by the Arizona goaltender.

Through 40 minutes the Flyers were left still searching for their first goal of the game, and managed just 13 shots. With just a few penalties called the Flyers struggled at even strength, posting just a 31% Corsi For at 5-on-5 in the first two periods.

Looking to kill off a penalty to start the third, the Flyers would end up finding themselves down 3-0 after a Brendan Perlini power play goal just 1:33 in.

The Flyers, though, would respond quickly to make it 3-1 less than two minutes later. Armed with their first power play of the game, the Flyers’ top unit went right to work and was rewarded with Sean Couturier’s eight goal of the season, assisted by Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov.

With 10 minutes left in the third, the Flyers appeared to catch a break as Luke Schenn was called for roughing. But the officials conferred during the TV timeout and assessed a four-minute double minor to Jake Voracek for high-sticking. While it was the correct call as Voracek did get his stick up high to cut Schenn, it was yet another non-break for the Flyers as far as officiating goes to start the season.

Wedgewood came up with another big stop on Ivan Provorov with 6:36 remaining to keep the Flyers down two goals after a nice setup from Giroux. The former Devils third-round draft pick was solid in his debut for the Coyotes, who did a good job in front of him keeping Flyers shots to the outside most of the night.

With their net empty the Flyers would cut the deficit to one on a Jordan Weal goal assisted by Valtteri Filppula and Ivan Provorov.

Then with just 14.4 seconds left, a great keep at the blue line by Ivan Provorov started a sequence ending with Sean Couturier’s second of the night to tie things up at 3-3. After the keep from Provorov, Giroux slid a perfect pass across to Couturier who made no mistake.

In the three-on-three overtime session, Jake Voracek would take a hooking penalty just 32 seconds in to put the Flyers in a bind. Thanks to a couple key saves from Brian Elliott and some shot blocks from Provorov, the Flyers would kill of the penalty and force things back to even strength.

It was Arizona’s turn to score with 14.4 seconds left as Alex Goligoski gave the Coyotes a 4-3 win, finishing off a nice passing play from Clayton Keller and Max Domi. The rush started with a turnover by Flyers rookie Travis Sanheim at the other end.

A point is a point, but a lackluster effort at home against a bad Coyotes team has to be concerning for Flyers coach Dave Hakstol. The third-year coach has to find a way to get his team rolling earlier in games, and fast.





[#] Mon Oct 30 2017 23:40:40 EDT from rss

Subject: Ezekiel Elliott suspension is back on: Cowboys running back set to miss Eagles game

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Boom.

Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is back on (again). The New York Southern District Court denied a preliminary injunction for the Dallas running back, which means Elliott is set to miss the next six games of the Cowboys’ season.

The NFLPA has 24 hours to file an appeal. If the union can’t win their appeal, Elliott’s suspension won’t be able to be delayed again.

It goes without saying that losing Elliott is a huge blow for a Cowboys team that’s won their last two games. Elliott IS their offense. He has 183 touches through seven games (26.1 per game). The Cowboys’ ground game takes a lot of pressure off Dak Prescott and a below average Dallas defense.

Here’s a look at the six games Elliott is currently set to miss.

Week 9 - vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 10 - at Atlanta Falcons

Week 11 - vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Week 12 - vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins

Week 14 - at New York Giants

As you can see, three of those games are division matchups, and one is against the Eagles. The Birds will be coming off their bye for that game.

The 7-1 Eagles already have a significant lead on the 4-3 Cowboys. Dallas losing Elliott will only make it tougher for them to catch up to Philly in the NFC East.





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 00:04:25 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Trade Rumors: There

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A blast from the past?

There’s a lot of talk that the Eagles might make a deal before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. The latest buzz is that they might bring a “former” player back to Philly.

Remember the Frank Gore era in Philly? I mean, how could you forget. The guy was a legend in this town.

For real, though, there are some signs the Eagles might have interest in the 34-year-old running back. Zach Berman of the Inquirer speculated about it earlier today.

Then Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reported teams have been showing interest in Gore.

At least two teams have discussed the possibility of dealing for Gore, according to a league source, though a deal is far from a sure thing.

Then Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad said he heard the Eagles are one of the teams that called the Colts.

Then former Eagles president Joe Banner had this to say in response to Holder’s report.

So, yeah. There’s definitely some buzz about the Eagles having interest in Gore.

But why is that the case? Why would the Eagles want to give up an asset for Gore?

Well, the Eagles could use some help at running back. None of their current backs are true No. 1 options on a weekly basis. Gore’s pass blocking could help mitigate some of the pressure Carson Wentz has been facing, especially with Jason Peters out for the season.

Then again, Gore ranks 34th out of 44 running backs in pass protection this season, per Pro Football Focus. And he’s 34 years old. And he hasn’t been efficient in quite some time: 3.7 yards in 2015, 3.9 in 2016, and 3.7 in 2017.

Maybe the Eagles would make this move if the cost is something like giving up their 2018 sixth-round pick for Gore AND the Colts’ seventh. Or something minor like that.

Still, I don’t think would be a move that excites or makes a ton of sense.

I do think it’d be hilarious, though. We’ve always joked about Gore being a former Eagle since he had reportedly agreed to a deal here in 2015. What if the Birds actually got him and then went on a Super Bowl run?!





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 01:07:03 EDT from rss

Subject: Former NFL GM says he

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More smoke ...

On Sunday, NFL insider Jay Glazer said the Eagles are “calling around about offensive tackles” before also mentioning Philadelphia is “going to be one of the most aggressive teams out there.”

On Monday evening, former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi added more fuel to fire.

Yes, this is the same Lombardi who said Doug Pederson — the head coach of the team with the best record in the NFL at 7-1 right now — was one of the least qualified coaches in the last 30 years. So who knows what Lombardi really knows. If he’s wrong about this one, it’ll just be another reason to not take what he says seriously.

But maybe he won’t be wrong because we keep hearing about the Eagles’ interests in tackles. In addition to what Glazer had to say, Philadelphia was reportedly monitoring the Duane Brown situation. The Texans traded him to the Seahawks instead. It cost the Seattle a starting corner and two draft picks, so you can’t really blame the Eagles for holding off on that deal.

So who could the Eagles turn to with the NFL trade deadline at 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, October 31 rapidly approaching? Well, I’m glad I asked, because I wrote about five trade options for them last week.

The bad news is Brown was one of those targets. The 33-year-old Joe Staley never seemed realistic to begin with but his recent eye injury makes it even less likely. That leaves the Eagles with one of the Bills’ offensive tackles: Cordy Glenn, Jordan Mills, or Seantrel Henderson.

I still think Henderson is the move that makes most sense for Philadelphia.

Henderson, who has experience at both left and right tackle, shouldn’t be too expensive to acquire. Maybe the Eagles can get him for their sixth-round selections. The Eagles have two fifth-rounders.

It’s also worth noting Henderson’s cap number is a mere $778,816 for this season. He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, which means the Eagles don’t have to make a long-term commitment to him.

Henderson isn’t some great player. He’s also played more on the right side than the left, so he might not be a direct replacement for Peters. But at 6-7, 335 pounds, he has the type of size the Eagles like in their linemen.

Yet another factor to consider here is that Jeff Stoutland was the offensive line coach (and later interim head coach) at Miami when Henderson made nine starts as a true freshman in 2010. We all know Stout likes his former college players (see: Chance Warmack).

Even if Henderson doesn’t prove to be an immediate starter, he’d give the Eagles much-needed tackle depth behind Lane Johnson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The current backups at OT include Isaac Seumalo, who was benched after two bad starts at left guard, and Taylor Hart, who played defensive tackle until earlier this year. Not exactly very inspiring.

Howie Roseman has his work cut out for him as he tries to improve an Eagles roster that’s been good enough to win seven out of their first eight games. It’ll be pretty interesting to see if the Birds make a trade before the deadline.





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: You

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

*Does your team need it’s first win of the season?? Well then you need the Flyers! Yeeeaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh recap.

*So remember how we were all so excited about Samuel Morin being called up ahead of last night’s game? Well it turned out he was hurt too. How does the organization not know this before making the call? It’s so weird. Anyhoo welcome to the party, Mark Alt. [Philly.com]

*What should we expect if Shayne Gostisbehere has to be out for a long while? [NBC Sports Philly]

*So, you may have noticed that Brian Elliott plays a rather....unconventional style in net. [Philly.com]

*Speaking of the Flyers goaltending, it’s been very up and down so far this season. [BSH]

*Let’s check in on the kiddos! Morgan Frost and Oskar Lindblom in particular have been lighting it up lately. [BSH]

*Also a good week for Tanner Lacynski and Cooper Marody, which is cool since we don’t hear a ton about those two. [NBC Sports Philly]

*And finally, the Metro Division remains absolutely nuts, so we’re in for a ride for sure this season. [Sporting News]





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 08:15:24 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Mychal Kendricks is playing very well

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/31/17.

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

Eagles LB Mychal Kendricks is good again, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
One of the most pleasant surprises of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 season has been the play of linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a player the Birds almost traded this offseason. Thankfully for the Eagles, that trade never materialized, because they have needed him to fill in for Jordan Hicks, who is done for the season with a ruptured Achilles. In the Eagles' first game without Hicks starting in the middle of the defense, Kendricks came to play.

Eagles-49ers Final Score: 12 things we learned from Philadelphia’s win - BGN
How about the rookie making a big play? Great job by Derek Barnett to burst through the 49ers’ field goal protection and block the kick. You have to love his effort: the Eagles were already up big in the game in the fourth quarter but he made the hustle play anyway. Special teams coordinator Dave Fipp loved it.

Wild Monday - Iggles Blitz
There is a lot of speculation about the Eagles having interest in RB Frank Gore. I have very mixed feelings on this. Gore is one of my all-time favorite non-Eagles. I love the physicality of his running, plus the fact he is such a smart player. I would love to see him in this offense. At the same time, he’s 34 and averaging 3.7 yards per carry. To be fair, that average is driven down by one game (25-57 vs CLE), but he’s clearly a declining player. How much is left in the tank? If the Colts cut him, I’d be all over bringing him in, but a trade? I’m not so sure. At most, I’m giving up a future late-rounder. The Eagles run game was at its best in 2016 when Ryan Mathews ran hard and broke tackles. It has been most effective this year with LeGarrette Blount doing the same thing. The difference is that he doesn’t have Mathews speed. Gore doesn’t either, but he is faster than Blount.

Who was that?! Sneaky-good performances that mattered in Week 8 - ESPN
Carson Wentz is a huge reason why the 7-1 Eagles are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but he's not the only reason. Plays such as Mills' pick-six remind us that Philadelphia's defense is legit. Mills, a 2016 seventh-round draft pick nicknamed the "Green Goblin" because of his green hair, has established himself as a solid starter

Random Thoughts On A Great Eight Games - PE.com
It’s Denver this week, and as the Broncos traveled to Kansas City and struggled all night against the Chiefs, the reality hit home: Short week for them. Long week of waiting for us. The Broncos are in a tailspin with three consecutive defeats. Sunday is going to be very interesting ...

If Eagles don't sort out pass protection better, season could change in a snap - Daily News
Anything that casts shade on a 33-10 victory that runs a team’s record to 7-1 is going to sound a trifle shrill, but rewatching the first half of Sunday’s Eagles-49ers game brought something into sharp focus: The Birds are an unblocked blitzer and a Carson Wentz awkward fall or twist away from having this entire wondrous season come crashing down around them. The offensive line and the running backs just have to do a better job of protecting Wentz when the opposing defense reaches into its bag of tricks. And Wentz has to realize he isn’t invulnerable, and that he doesn’t have Jason Peters at his back anymore. He has to get rid of the ball, and failing that, he has to move.

Upon further review: Struggles vs. the blitz and Jenkins' versatility - The Athletic
Bo had a good breakdown of Vaitai's performance after the game. I thought he was OK. It's not like Vaitai was a huge liability, but at the same time, I'm not ready to say the Eagles are fine at left tackle. Let's see how he does next week against the Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, the Eagles used Isaac Seumalo as their sixth lineman on nine snaps. He did not look comfortable at all. The Eagles would be in huge trouble if Vaitai or Johnson were to go down.

Eagles somehow put together a winner overnight - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Team chemistry is such an elusive thing and, once you finally find it, such a fragile thing. What was the difference between the 2004 and 2005 Eagles? It wasn't talent. It was a solitary wide receiver who was intent on destroying the chemistry of a Super Bowl team because he wasn't happy with his contract. No sport requires this level of teamwork, and no sport requires this level of unselfishness. With very few exceptions, you really need a special group of people for sustained success in the NFL, and that's why figuring out what kind of person you're getting in the draft or free agency has become just as important as figuring out what kind of player you're getting. Which brings us to the 2017 Eagles, who by any measure are the best team in the NFL as we arrive at the midpoint of the season.

Five players the Philadelphia Eagles could target before the NFL trade deadline - CBS Sports
Cordy Glenn, the sixth-year left tackle, is the biggest name rumored to be available out of Buffalo. Pricey, but well regarded, he's on the second year of a six-year extension. He just turned 28 and is seen as the cornerstone of the team's O-line. The Seattle Seahawks have also been floated as Glenn suitors, and it's not hard to see why. Despite missing five games in 2016 and sitting out two this season with an ankle injury, the former second-round draft pick would be a plug-and-play left tackle for most teams. As a short-term solution in Philadelphia, he'd offer a lot of bang for a lot of buck, enabling Lane Johnson to stay put at right tackle.

Eagles Bring Halloween To Patients At CHOP - CBS Philly
For many of the sick children at CHOP, they won’t be able to trick-or-treat for Halloween. So on Monday, Eagles players Beau Allen, Nigel Bradham, Steven Means, Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Joe Walker, who came dressed as a taco, decided to bring the holiday there. They handed out treats and spent some time with some of their biggest fans.

Refocused: Kansas City Chiefs 29, Denver Broncos 19 - PFF
QB Trevor Siemian, 41.7 overall grade - By nearly all measures this was a poor showing from the Broncos’ quarterback. Siemien had a disastrous night when pressured, completing 0-of-6 passes while throwing two picks (including an inexcusable one where he attempted to find Demaryius Thomas but threw across his body over the middle of the field). He attempted 17 passes on the night that traveled at least 10 yards in the air and he connected with his receiver just six times for a total of 79 yards; all three of his interceptions came on balls that traveled at least 10 yards in the air.

Broncos ineptitude now a Vance Joseph problem - Mile High Report
The moment is too big for him, and as is the case with rookie head coaches, they get stubborn. Will he finally make the move that his team needs?

5 moments that defined the sloppy Broncos vs. Chiefs ‘Monday Night Football’ game - SB Nation
Trevor Siemian looked plain bad for most of the game, but his first half was particularly bad. Siemian went 5-of-14 in the half with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had just 56 yards passing.

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[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 08:49:43 EDT from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles work out four free agents, including two offensive linemen

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The Birds are looking for more depth.

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out four free agents on Monday, as noted by NFL insider Adam Caplan. The team hosted two offensive linemen, one linebacker, and one wide receiver. Here’s some more info on each player.

DANNELL ELLERBE

I already wrote about Ellerbe’s visit.

Ellerbe, 31, has played in 77 career NFL games and made 42 starts since entering the league in 2009. During that span, he’s recorded 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The Eagles are likely checking up on Ellerbe’s medical status. They clearly already have familiarity with the linebacker thanks to the Joe Douglas connection.

Philadelphia is in need of extra linebacker depth after Jordan Hicks suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last Monday. Hicks is still officially on the 53-man roster so the Eagles could open up a spot for Ellerbe by moving Hicks to injured reserve.

Ellerbe is the fourth experienced veteran linebacker the Eagles have worked out in the past several weeks. The Eagles haven’t signed any of those players (yet) but it’s something to watch. Second-year linebacker Joe Walker has had some struggles while filling in for Hicks so the Birds might have to turn to a veteran to help out.

WILLIE BEAVERS

Get your laughs out now.

The 24-year-old Beavers was selected by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Minnesota cut Beavers as a rookie, which certainly wasn’t a good look, but they eventually brought him back to their roster. He played in two games last season.

Beavers has been an offensive guard in the NFL but he played offensive tackle at Western Michigan. The Eagles clearly need more help on the outside than the inside so perhaps the Birds were giving him a look there.

It’s worth noting the 6-5, 322 pound Beavers is still practice squad eligible.

DALLAS THOMAS

The Eagles signed Thomas, 28, shortly after the end of the 2016 season. The former third-round pick spent the entire 2017 offseason with Philly. Though he mostly worked with the third team offense, Thomas didn’t look too bad this summer. There was thought he deserved to make the Eagles’ final roster over Chance Warmack. Unlike Warmack, who is strictly a guard, Thomas offers some versatility since he can play at offensive tackle. Thomas has made 26 career starts in 37 games played.

DANIEL BRAVERMAN

Braverman was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old measures in at 5-10, 185 pounds. Braverman is a slot receiver-type who also has some (limited) experience as a returner. He’s also still practice squad eligible.


Of these four names, I’d think Ellerbe is the one who has the best chance of getting a contract offer from the Eagles. It’s quite possible none of them end up signing with Philly, however.





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 09:22:27 EDT from rss

Subject: Former Eagles draft pick dies at age of 30

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RIP.

Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is dead at the age of 30. The news was first reported by KITV on Monday and has since been officially confirmed by the team.

The Eagles drafted Te’o-Nesheim, who played for the Washington Huskies, in the third round (No. 86 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He only played six games (one start) in Philadelphia before the Eagles cut him.

Te’o-Nesheim then played for the Buccaneers from 2011-2013. He finished his NFL career with 37 tackles and five sacks. His sole sack with the Eagles came against the Dallas Cowboys.

After leaving the NFL, Te’o-Nesheim landed a job back home coaching high school football. The Hawai'i Preparatory Academy released a statement following his passing.

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA) was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, colleague, and alumnus Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Daniel, a 2005 graduate of HPA, returned to his alma mater in August of 2015 as an assistant football coach and assumed the head coach position in May of 2017. He was also a member of our residential boarding program, serving as a dorm parent. HPA is working to support our students and community through this difficult time. We feel Daniel’s loss acutely in our HPA ‘ohana, and our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Te’o-Nesheim’s cause of death is unclear at this time. 30 years old is way too young. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 10:00:11 EDT from rss

Subject: The best photos from the Flyers loss against the Coyotes

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October 30, 2017: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Arizona Coyotes featured gallery

Scroll through Kate Frese’s photos from last night’s Philadelphia Flyers game against the Arizona Coyotes.





[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 09:25:24 EDT from rss

Subject: HOLY SHIT THE EAGLES TRADED FOR JAY AJAYI

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That sound you hear is Howie Roseman slamming his metaphorical wang on the table, firmly, and with great aplomb. Reports: Blockbuster: The #Dolphins are trading RB Jay Ajayi to the #Eagles. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 31, 2017 Dolphins traded RB Jay Ajayi to Eagles for a fourth-round pick, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)…

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[#] Tue Oct 31 2017 09:08:28 EDT from rss

Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

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The next era of Phillies baseball is upon us. Yesterday, the Phillies officially announced the signing of Gabe Kapler as its new manager. From the team’s press release: Kapler, 42, has spent the last three years working for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the club’s director of player development, overseeing their entire minor league system.  The…

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