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[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 08:24:59 EST from rss

Subject: RADIO WARS: Chris Carlin Is Reportedly Leaving WIP, and 97.5 Has a New Program Director

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I’m admittedly a little late on this, but it seems Chris Carlin and his loud-mouthed New York shtick are leaving for… well, New York, where he’ll replace one of the biggest sports talk radio personalities of all-time. From the NY Daily News: It will take three voices to replace Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa. Industry sources…

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 09:27:25 EST from rss

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If the Sixers shoot 21.9% from three and turn the ball over 20 times, can they win a game? Yes, yes they can. They can do it on the strength of their “big three”– Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and the soon-to-be paid Robert Covington. The trio was excellent on Monday night/Tuesday morning, scoring 85 of…

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 09:17:57 EST from rss

Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

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In case you didn’t stay up, the Sixers faced the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night and snapped a losing streak with a 109-105 victory. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid looked spectacular with the latter leading all scorers with 32 points. Robert Covington, who should be expecting a big pay day this week, dropped 31…

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 10:00:02 EST from rss

Subject: Staples of the Eagles

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Dropping dimes and fading defenses

Waiting through the Eagles’ bye week was a bummer. To help ease the absence of our favorite 8-1, Super Bowl-bound team, I’ve decided to compile a mini-series that focuses on plays the Eagles run with frequency out of different formations with different personnel and how they’re successful. You can find the previous installations of this series here.

The Slot-fade

Today I’ll be looking at a play the Eagles have had a lot of success with — the slot-fade. Unlike the three-level stretch play I broke down yesterday, this route is limited to the formations which it can be run from, due to it’s nature, but it is not limited by personnel as far as tight ends/wide receivers/running backs are concerned. This play is typically effective against single-high coverage because the sideline on the play side is typically vacated by a deep defender.

The first play I’d like to take a look at is Nelson Agholor’s long catch against the Los Angeles Chargers. Pre-snap the Chargers are showing a single-high look, with what looks to be a blitz built in. Wentz scans the defense pre-snap and body alignment tells him that they’re running man coverage. The Eagles are in 11 personnel — one running back, one tight end — with two receivers and a tight end to the right and one receiver on the left, closer to the line of scrimmage.

When the ball is snapped, the wide receiver out right runs a smoke route, Agholor in the slot runs a fade, Zach Ertz at tight end runs what looks like a pivot route (or whip route) while Alshon Jeffery runs what appears to be a skinny-post route. This play works in part because the single-high coverage.

The slot-fade, the way the Eagles run it, forces the outside corner to play the smoke route, giving the slot corner more area on the boundary for the quarterback to work with. The safety can be manipulated by the quarterback or a matchup to one side of the field of the other. Wentz does a tie job of glancing to his left to hold the safety for a step, although it probably doesn't hurt that Alshon Jeffery is lined up there. The neat thing about the slot-fade in Pederson’s offense, is that the play design allows for a nice backside read....

The same concept again, the only difference is how receivers are aligned in the play. Alshon Jeffery bumps into the far slot, shifting Agholor closer to the LOS, while Ertz replaces Jeffery on the left side. The Cardinals, much like the Chargers, came out with single-high coverage, indicating either cover 1 or cover 3. The indicator as to what the coverage ultimately was, was Zach Ertz who drew safety Tyvon Branch in the box. Pre-snap, Carson Wentz changed this up, likely recognizing the matchup advantage with Ertz. Ertz is able to bully his one-on-one matchup and Wentz delivers.

Sticking with the play design genius of Doug Pederson, it’s evident that he pays attention to detail in an attempt to give Wentz as many options as possible regardless of the initial play-call.

This play feature the same 3x1 alignment as the previous plays, but this time the Eagles run it with 12 personnel, with tight end Trey Burton being the far slot receiver. The Cardinals again come out with a single-high safety in the red zone. From that point, it’s game over. Even if that safety shades further over to the trips side, it’s still a tough play to make with a condensed a field. Carson Wentz identifies his matchup pre-snap and knows exactly where he’s going with it.

A trip down memory lane brings us to Carson Wentz’s first career touchdown, which also came on this same slot-fade concept. Here the Eagles go with empty (five-wide) which helps gives the offense a better look at what matchups they’ll be getting in the red zone. This is important, because unlike the adjustments Pederson has made this year with different backside reads, the Eagles are running a slot-fade and hitch route to each side of the field. What this does for Wentz — who was a rookie at the time — is allow him to pick his matchup. He picks Jordan Matthews, who has more field to run under a ball and in turn that eliminates the safety from making a play. Year one to year two, observing these plays, I believe it shows how much Doug Pederson trusts Wentz, that he’s building two concepts into the play and trusting Wentz to take the right one based on what he sees pre-snap.

Last peek at this play. On 4th and 1, just looking to put the game away, the Eagles run the slot-fade. Against a single-high safety, this works predictably well. I do have to give Denver credit because the defensive back defending the smoke route knew exactly what was coming as soon as the receiver showed that he was just a decoy. While the play design of the slot-fade is nice when called against the right coverage, the quarterback has to be able to drop the ball in a bucket, typically over a defender’s head while keeping the receiver in bounds. The play design is efficient, but as it goes with any play, the execution needs to be here. As I mentioned earlier, I love how Pederson has evolved this play to include multiple quarterback friendly layers that allow for adjustment based on the pre-snap looks.

I hope I was able to shed a little light on how the Eagles utilize scheme and personnel to get looks that they like. If there are any other plays you notice with frequency, feel free to drop a comment or send a tweet to @TJackRH, where you can follow me for more analysis like this. I’ll try to get two or three of these rolling and then get to some suggestions. Hope you enjoyed!

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 10:00:10 EST from rss

Subject: So about that secondary scoring...

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The gang is back in the studio to try and figure out why no one but 1Couturier can score a good hockey goal.

Who’s gonna score a hockey goal? Well, if it’s not the first line, it may not happen. The Flyers are having secondary scoring problems, but at least the goalie thing is starting to straighten itself out as Brian Elliott appears to be rounding into form. Claude Giroux’s HOF case and the possibility of Jordan Weal moving to center are also discussed on the first in-studio episode of BSH Radio in weeks.

You can listen below, but the show is also available on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

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[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 11:03:31 EST from "rss" <ame>

Subject: BGN Radio launches campaign to get Brian Dawkins into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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It’s time to do what’s right.

If you could pick one and only one player who could be described as the ultimate Philadelphia Eagles player, who would it be?

That’s right: Brian Dawkins.

And that’s a big reason why Bleeding Green Nation’s podcast, BGN Radio, is launching a new campaign today called “Put Dawkins in the Hall.”

There’s no question Dawkins deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. And while you might think he’s a lock (he probably is), the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters have been way too slow to vote safeties in. So that’s why BGN Radio is starting a campaign to help Dawk’s case.

More details from our campaign page at

Passion, Integrity, Playmaking, Longevity, Respect.

These are the marks of a Hall of Fame player. These are the marks of Brian Dawkins.

Over the course of his 16 NFL seasons, Brian Dawkins was a star. His unique blend of toughness, athleticism, savvy, and smarts changed the safety position forever. He was elected to the Pro Bowl nine times. He was All Pro four times. In part because his intensity is unmatched:

"The NFL will miss a player as talented, ferocious, and determined as Brian Dawkins. He was one of the most dedicated and hardest working players I have ever coached. Whether it was on the practice field, the film room or the weight room, Brian always put in the extra hours it took to become the star player that he was. And he transferred all of that and more onto the field on Sundays." - Andy Reid

Brian Dawkins is an icon. He's the heart and soul of an Eagles team that went to 5 NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl. His love for the fans is legendary...and now he needs our help!

According to the official website, there are only 4 safeties that have made it to the Hall of Fame. The most recent addition, Kenny Easley, wasn't elected until 20 years after his retirement. It's hard to make the Hall as a safety. That's where you come in!

Below are a number of ways to have your voice heard. Pick as many as you'd like! The football world needs to know our message...

Here’s how you can help:

Sign our petition

Show your support for Dawkins in the fan vote

Follow @PutDawkInHOF on Twitter and retweet this tweet:

Raise awareness with “Put Dawkins in the Hall” gear:

For more info about this project, check out’s campaign page.

You can also contact us by emailing

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 11:32:27 EST from rss

Subject: Dannell Ellerbe: Things to know about the new Eagles linebacker

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Get familiar with the new Eagles LB.

The Philadelphia Eagles recently added more depth at linebacker by signing veteran free agent Dannell Ellerbe.

So who is Ellerbe and what exactly can he provide to this Eagles team? I asked some people who are familiar with him in order to get a better sense. Here we’ll go over the Saints, Dolphins, and Ravens perspectives of Ellerbe.


Answers via John Hendrix of Canal Street Chronicles

1 - Can you recap his time with the Saints?

The biggest way to summarize Dannell Ellerbe's time with the Saints is when he was on the field, he was a pretty strong presence. However, the availability was a big problem, as Ellerbe appeared in just 15 of 32 games for the Saints from 2015-2016. He had some stellar performances when he played, particularly in pass rushing. The Saints sent Kenny Stills to acquire him and a 2015 3rd Round Pick (P.J. Williams). So, a few years later I guess you could say the Dolphins might have got the better end of that deal, but Williams has been playing very strong lately after seeing some of the bench this season.

2 - What was the reaction when New Orleans cut him? It wasn't surprising.

He just couldn't stay healthy. Opening 2017 on the PUP list wasn't something the Saints wanted to see, and fans passed their judgement on him long before. It was almost a running joke with Ellerbe not being at practice or being on the injury report. It's unfortunate, but they did what they had to do. Releasing him with an injury settlement was the smartest way to go.

3 - What are his strengths?

His biggest contribution will be as a pass rusher, and the 4-3 defense of the Eagles suits him perfectly. He had a four-game tear for the Saints in 2016, notching 4.0 sacks in four straight games. For film's sake, the best thing I'd tell anyone is to watch the Thursday Night Football game between the Panthers and Saints. That's the Dannell Ellerbe everyone expected.

4 - What are his weaknesses?

Durability is an obvious concern for a nearly 32-year-old linebacker who has a big injury history. Ellerbe hasn't been on a football field for a while now, so it's tough to say what he can or can't do right now.

5 - The Eagles are likely going to use Ellerbe as a role player. To what extent do you think that’s a suitable role for him?

At this point of his career, that's the best way to go. The Eagles won't get any special teams work out of Ellerbe, so their best way to go is using him as a situational pass rusher or dropping him in coverage. He's a veteran who has a Super Bowl ring, so there's obviously usefulness for him in the locker room too.

6 - Anything to know about him off the field?

Ellerbe definitely does some community work off the field, so there's a lot to like about a guy who does that. He's an avid Georgia Bulldogs supporter naturally, and you won't find him tweeting much on social media.


Answers via Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider

1 - Can you sum his time with the Dolphins?

Ellerbe came to the Dolphins with such high expectation, but was never able to live up to them. At the time of his signing with the Dolphins in 2013, I wrote, "Ellerbe comes to Miami as the first free agent signing that clearly put the NFL on notice that this was going to be a busy offseason for Miami." He assumed the starting role for 2013, tallying 101 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, and two fumbles as the team's middle linebacker that year. He was moved to strong side linebacker for 2014, but was injured (hip) in the first game of the season and placed on injured reserve. He was then traded before the 2015 season, in large part because his cap number was going to become too high.

Basically, the summation of Ellerbe is fairly simple - he was a solid linebacker at times that was way overpaid for what the Dolphins were going to get from him.

2 - What are his strengths?

In that same article, I wrote, "Ellerbe is solid against the run, the strength of the Dolphins' defense. In front of him, the duo of Paul Soliai and Randy Starks will free him up to pursue opposing running backs. Ellerbe's absolute strength is pass rushing, and with Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick, Dion Jordan, Olivier Vernon, and Derrick Shelby to go along with Ellerbe, the Dolphins should be able to pressure quarterbacks from multiple places and with great success." I think that is probably about right for what you can expect from him. He will give you some great pass rushing moments - maybe not tally up a bunch of sacks, but he is an effective blitzing linebacker - and he will be solid against the run, but he is not going to be a dominant linebacker in any area.

3 - What are his weaknesses?

Injury issues have plagued him, including that lost 2014 season. He is not as fast as he once was, nearing his 32nd birthday in a couple of weeks. If you are looking for just some solid play out of a depth type of linebacker, Ellerbe can be that. If you are looking for a guy to come in and play lights out football, he will disappoint.


Answers by Kyle Barber of Baltimore Beatdown

1 - Can you recap his time with the Ravens?

Dannell was another undrafted free agent linebacker the Ravens sign and then groom into a starting caliber player, e.g. (Bart Scott, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe, Zachary Orr). He was an on-again off-again starter, but it wasn't due to bad play; the Ravens only wanted to rotate both McClain and Ellerbe into their roles, getting them starting reps to prepare for the future, while receiving success in the present.

2 - What are his strengths?

During his time with the Ravens, he never really had a weakness. He was skilled against in the run when tailbacks broke through the gaps, but could also defend tight ends in coverage. Both Ellerbe and McClain were leaned on in pass coverage, as Ray was showing signs of age near the end. Ellerbe was great in the Ravens 3-4 system as a pass-rushing linebacker; certainly during his contract season of 2012-2013. He racked up 4.5 sacks that year, whereas the first three seasons he only produced a single sack.

3 - What are his weaknesses?

Dannell wasn't a star in coverage. He made enough plays to be happy about, but he wasn't a star for the Ravens in terms of pass defense. Also, not a turnover machine. Didn't gamble, and didn't make impressive, highlight plays. During four years with the Baltimore Ravens, Dannell intercepted only one pass, forced one fumble and recovered only one fumble.

In all, Ellerbe was a consistent player. He was starter quality, but never a top-five player. He could be a low-end #1 ILB, or a high-end #2 ILB.

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 11:30:02 EST from rss

Subject: Flyers vs. Wild preview: Let

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Tonight will not be wild. Will probably be pretty tame. Oh well.

Have you had your fill of Flyers-Wild action after Saturday? No? Great! Yes? Too bad! Because you’re getting it anyway.

After a hard fought loss on Saturday night, the Flyers again face off against the Wild, for the second and final time this season. Based on the Wild’s more or less consistent [and boring] style, it would be safe to assume that tonight we can expect to see a showing similar to Saturday’s, in many ways. Here are three things to look for going into tonight’s game.

1. Middle six shuffle

News came out of yesterday’s practice that the Flyers have been experimenting with new line arrangements for the middle six. Those changes include moving Weal to center a line of Simmonds and Weise, with Filppula moving down to center Lehtera and Konecny. With secondary scoring severely lacking through much of this season, the coaching staff are trying their hardest to make changes and jumpstart some extra offense. And while on paper the construction of these lines may seem unexpected, there may be some potential there. Nothing beats a failure but a try, and the Flyers are certainly trying.

2. Breaking up the Wild’s defense

One of the most frustrating elements of the Wild’s game is the way in which they’re able to clog up the area around the net and prevent shots from breaking through. This proved detrimental to the Flyers’ efforts on Saturday, but they weren’t entirely without their opportunities. They had some good looks, had opportunities where they were able to break the puck across the slot, but couldn’t seem to get anyone there in time to tap it in. The Flyers will have to hope that they can build on this momentum, and do so early, as Minnesota won’t be looking to do them any favors.

3. Goaltending

A real high point of Saturday’s performance? Goaltending. Elliott, despite the lone goal allowed on a bad bounce, put up a solid performance and kept the Flyers in the game, when the deficit could have been much worse. Considering what Saturday’s game looked like, we can expect this to likely be a low scoring affair - if the Flyers’ goaltending can hold steady. The Wild won’t be looking to give up much, and the Flyers will have to work to do the same. And the first step to this is through sharp goaltending. After putting up a solid showing against them on Saturday, we can expect that Elliott again gets the start, and hope that he can replicate, if not build on, that performance.

And what are the stats saying? The models up so far over at Corsica give the Flyers an average of 45.1 percent chance of winnjng, with a high of 50.4 percent, and a low of 41 percent.

You can check out the Flyers’ prospective lineup below.


Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Weise - Weal - Simmonds

Lehtera - Filppula - Konecny

Leier - Laughton - Raffl


Provorov - Hagg

Manning - Gostisbehere

Gudas - Sanheim



[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 12:51:55 EST from rss

Subject: Redskins steal running back from Eagles practice squad

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The Philadelphia Eagles have lost one of their 10-man practice squad members. Running back Byron Marshall has signed to the Redskins’ 53-man roster, according to a report from Master Tesfatsion. Washington needed more help at running back with Rob Kelley injured.

Marshall, 23, originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft. Philly waived him in final cuts but he signed to the practice squad and was later promoted to the active roster. Marshall appeared in three games with the Eagles last season.

With the Eagles being thin at running back, it seemed like Marshall had a chance to make the 53-man roster this year. He certainly outplayed 2017 fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey, but the Eagles cut him and brought him back on the practice squad again. Now he’s gone.

It’s not like the Eagles needed extra depth at running back. They currently have five rushers on the roster: Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, Kenjon Barner, and Wendell Smallwood. Plus Pumphrey on injured reserve.

Still, it sucks for the Eagles to lose Marshall to an NFC East rival. I guess this is payback for Nate Sudfeld.

Here’s an updated look at Philly’s practice squad, which currently has one vacancy.


S Tre Sullivan

DT Justin Hamilton

WR Rashard Davis

CB D.J. Killings

WR Greg Ward Jr.

CB DeVante Bausby

C/G Josh Andrews

TE Billy Brown

OT Dillon Gordon

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 13:00:04 EST from rss

Subject: Denis Gauthier, Dale Tallon, and draft day deals

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When Paul Holmgren traded away a second-round pick in 2008, it helped the Wild land a key forward.

Jason Zucker has had a week to remember. Not only was he named the NHL’s First Star of the week due to his six goals and an assist in a four-game span, Zucker also recorded his first career hat trick in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The forward followed up his hat trick by scoring the only goal in Saturday’s game against the Flyers, and he now has credit for Minnesota’s last six goals.

On top of this of this insane week, Zucker has become an important player for the Wild over the last few seasons. Last year he recorded his second 20-goal campaign in the NHL during a 34-point season while posting 2.33 points per 60 at 5-on-5, which placed him fifth among 62 forwards who played 1,100 or more 5-on-5 minutes in 2016-17 behind only Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Mark Scheifele, and Nicklas Backstrom. The line Zucker formed with Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund last season was one of the best in the league, as they were one of 15 lines to play over 500 minutes together posting a 65.57 goals for percentage and a 58.57 expected goals for percentage.

Needless to say, the Wild have been rewarded for drafting and developing Zucker, as they made the most of a pick that was passed around quite a bit before the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

According to Hockey-Reference, there have been two defensemen who have played 60 games or more for the Flyers and failed to register a goal. One of them was Rob Zettler, a blue liner who played for five other teams in his career to go along with his stint in Philadelphia. He had five assists, 44 shots on goal, and 103 PIMs in 65 games for the Orange and Black between the 1993-1994 season and the 1994-1995 campaign.

The second is Denis Gauthier. Former general manager Bobby Clarke swung for the fences at the 2006 trade deadline, acquiring a pair of Big Name Difference Makers in Niko Dimitrakos and Gauthier, who came over from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Josh Gratton and a pair of 2006 second-round picks (both of which were dealt to the Detroit Red Wings, who took Cory Emmerton at 41st overall and Shawn Matthias at 47th overall).

Known for his physical play, Gauthier took part in a total of 60 contests for the Flyers over the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. He posted four assists, 36 shots on goal, and 82 PIMs in that time before he was assigned to the Philadelphia Phantoms for the entirety of the 2007-08 season.

After being waived for a second time by the Flyers late in June of 2008, Paul Holmgren dealt Gauthier to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for right-handed defenseman Patrik Hersley (who played five games for the Phantoms and 15 games for the Reading Royals in 2008-09 before leaving for Sweden) and forward Ned Lukacevic, who was part of a trade in October of 2008 that brought Andrew Alberts to Philadelphia. Along with Gauthier, Holmgren sent a second-round pick in the 2010 draft to the Kings to complete the trade.

A little less than two years after the Gauthier trade, then-general manager of the Kings Dean Lombardi moved up four spots in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft from 19th overall to 15th overall to take defenseman Derek Forbort (while Vladimir Tarasenko was taken with the next pick). The team that originally had the 15th overall pick was the Florida Panthers, who ended up getting the 19th overall pick and the second-round pick that originally belonged to the Orange and Black, which turned into the 59th overall pick in that year's draft. The Panthers took hulking center Nick Bjugstad at 19th overall, but ended up moving the 59th overall pick.

On the second day of the 2010 draft, Dale Tallon, who recently became the Panthers' GM after watching a Chicago Blackhawks team he helped build end the franchise's 49-year Cup drought weeks earlier, decided to make a deal with the Minnesota Wild. After taking John McFarland 33rd overall, Alex Petrovic 36th overall, and Connor Brickley 50th overall in the second round, Tallon decided to swap the 59th overall pick with the Wild for a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick, both in 2010. With the 59th overall pick, Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher used the pick that originally belonged to the Flyers on Zucker, a winger who went on to record a total of 45 goals and 46 assists in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at the University of Denver.

The third-round pick Tallon received from Fletcher was for the 69th (nice) overall pick. Florida used this pick to take right winger Joe Basaraba, who has never played a game in the NHL and has one assist in 22 AHL games over his career. He is currently with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in the ECHL, and has eight points in 10 games for the New York Rangers' affiliate.

The fourth-round pick was for the 99th overall selection, which Tallon used on Joonas Donskoi. After his rights expired with the Panthers, Donskoi signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks on May 19th, 2015. He has 22 goals and 39 assists in 153 games with the Sharks since the start of the 2015-16 season, as he has five goals and three assists in 16 games this season.

Not every pick in a draft is going to hit, especially picks taken outside the first round. However, this series of trades shows that every pick does matter. That’s why managing every single asset is important, even if it means thinking twice about throwing in a pick to even out a trade to land Hersley and Lukacevic.

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 13:24:37 EST from rss

Subject: The Meek Mill Story Has Taken Another Ridiculous Turn

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Last week, I wrote that Joshua Harris should throw his significant BILLIONAIRE weight around and see if he can pull some strings to get Sixers superfan Meek Mill’s sentenced reduced or commuted, because we would not stand for a rogue judge impacting our courtside celeb game just as things are HEATING UP. I was kidding…

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 14:17:09 EST from rss

Subject: RADIO WARS: Jon Marks Is Moving To Afternoons

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WIP press release: CBS RADIO Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP announced today that Jon Marks will begin co-hosting afternoons 2:00 to 6:00 PM alongside Ike Reese effective Thursday, November 16, 2017.  Marks is currently the station’s evening host, 6:00 to 10:00 PM, a role he’s held since February 2017.  Additionally, Joe Giglio will host evenings from 6:00…

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 15:02:26 EST from rss

Subject: 2018 NFL Pro Bowl voting now open, here are the Eagles on the ballot

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How many Eagles players will make it?

The NFL has officially opened fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl. Until one month from now (December 14), fans will be able to vote as often as they like for the players they want to see in the NFL’s All-Star game.

Keep in mind the fan vote is just one third of the equation. NFL players count for a third of the vote and coaches make up their own third as well.

Ideally, there won’t be any Eagles players actually playing in the Pro Bowl this year because they’ll be gearing up for the Super Bowl instead. But it’d still be nice to see some Eagles players get recognized for their efforts this season.

Here’s a look at all the Eagles players on the ballot.


QB Carson Wentz, RB Jay Ajayi, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Nelson Agholor, WR Torrey Smith, TE Zach Ertz, OT Lane Johnson, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OG Brandon Brooks, OG Stefen Wisniewski, C Jason Kelce


DE Brandon Graham, DE Vinny Curry, DT Fletcher Cox, DT Tim Jernigan, LB Nigel Bradham, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB Patrick Robinson, CB Jalen Mills, CB Ronald Darby, S Malcolm Jenkins, S Rodney McLeod


K Jake Elliott, P Donnie Jones, RS Kenjon Barner, ST Kamu Grugier-Hill

There are a lot of deserving names on this list. Wentz, who is favored to be NFL MVP, is an obvious choice. So is Ertz. I’d say Johnson, Brooks, Kelce, Cox, Bradham, Robinson, Jenkins, and Elliott all have a shot. The Eagles being 8-1 should give the players an edge in the voting.

Once again, let’s hope no Eagles players will actually be playing in the game itself. If you want to give them some much-deserved recognition, though, you can vote here.

Question of the day: how many Eagles players do you think make the Pro Bowl selection? And who are they?

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 15:45:06 EST from rss

Subject: Will Beatty, Eagles reportedly sign one-year contract

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More offensive line depth.

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent offensive tackle Will Beatty to a one-year contract, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefty says that “Beatty figures into Eagles plans as season goes.” UPDATE: Eagles officially confirm the news.

One would think the Eagles are signing 32-year-old Beatty to bolster their depth behind current starters Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Lane Johnson. The Eagles were using guard/center Isaac Seumalo as their top backup behind Vaitai and Johnson, which isn’t seem ideal. Taylor Hart, a converted defensive tackle, being the other backup offensive tackle wasn’t great either. Hart is the player the Eagles cut to make room for Beatty on the 53-man roster.

Beatty played seven seasons with the Giants after being drafted by New York in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He made 63 starts in 88 total games played for the G-Men.

Beatty hasn’t logged a start since the 2014 season. The 6-6, 291 pound blocker suffered a torn pectoral injury while preparing for the 2015 season. Then he suffered a torn rotator cuff while rehabbing his pectoral injury. He should be in good shape now that he’s well removed from those issues.

It’s funny how everyone suddenly wants to play for the Eagles. Philly signed Dannell Ellerbe earlier this week and now Beatty. Both of those players already have Super Bowl rings, but it seems like they’re itching for another.

More depth for an Eagles team that’s already deep. Gearing up for that championship run.

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 15:57:54 EST from rss

Subject: Live Stream: Roy Halladay Memorial Service

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[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 17:40:00 EST from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles sign safety with starting experience to practice squad

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New face.

After losing Byron Marshall to the Washington Redskins earlier on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles replaced his spot on the practice squad by signing free agent safety Harold Jones-Quartey.

Jones-Quartey, 24, measures in at 5-11, 215 pounds. The University of Findlay alumnus (Division II) originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft.

After getting cut by the Cardinals, HJQ was picked up by the Bears. He made 16 starts in 29 games played for Chicago over two years. He racked up 81 tackles, seven passes defensed, two interceptions, and one forced fumble in that span. The Bears cut him prior to the start of the 2017 season.

The Eagles aren’t hurting for safety depth, especially after bringing Tre Sullivan back last week. But HJQ has a connection to Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, who was in Chicago in 2015, so there you go.

Here’s an updated look at Philly’s practice squad, which currently has one vacancy.


S Harold Jones-Quartey

S Tre Sullivan

DT Justin Hamilton

WR Rashard Davis

CB D.J. Killings

WR Greg Ward Jr.

CB DeVante Bausby

C/G Josh Andrews

TE Billy Brown

OT Dillon Gordon

[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 18:30:02 EST from rss

Subject: Flyers at Wild lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion

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Take two! Let’s do better this time.

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

  • Seen locally via NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus (or via stream on the NBC Sports App)
  • Heard via radio locally on 97.5 The Fanatic
  • Seen in Minnesota via FS North
  • Seen or heard elsewhere via, NHL Center Ice, or Sirius XM

Projected Flyers lineup:


Giroux - Couturier - Voracek

Weise - Weal - Simmonds

Lehtera - Filppula - Konecny

Leier - Laughton - Raffl


Provorov - Hagg

Gostisbehere - Manning

Sanheim - Gudas




Projected Wild lineup (via):


Ennis - Koivu - Granlund

Niederreiter - Staal - Zucker

Winnik - Eriksson Ek - Kunin

Foligno - Cullen - Stewart


Suter - Spurgeon

Brodin - Dumba

Quincey - Reilly




[#] Tue Nov 14 2017 22:54:54 EST from rss

Subject: Wild 3, Flyers 0: Hello darkness, my old friend

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The Flyers were blanked again by Devan Dubnyk as their scoreless stretch now extends across nearly three games.

Devan Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots and Nino Niederreiter’s goal 12 seconds into the game was enough to send the Flyers to their second straight shutout loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Eric Staal and Jason Zucker added empty-net tallies for the Wild, who followed up a 1-0 win in Philadelphia on Saturday with a 3-0 win back in Minnesota on Tuesday in the home-and-home series.

Brian Elliott deserved a far better fate in this one, as the netminder kept the Flyers within a goal nearly all night, but did everything but provide the offense himself in making 17 of 18 saves. In the end, Dubnyk recorded his third shutout in as many games and sent Elliott back to another tough-luck loss.

For the Flyers, it’s now been seven periods of hockey since they last scored a goal, having tallied one against the Blackhawks. And in that one it was more of the same, scoring only from the top line and nothing from anyone else in a Flyers uniform.

Nino Niederreiter would give the Wild an early 1-0 lead just 12 second in on their first shot of the game. Veteran Eric Staal picked the pocket of Ivan Provorov along the wall and hit Niederreiter in front who was able to beat Elliott to the blocker side.

A strong shift by the newly assembled line of Dale Weise and Wayne Simmonds centered by Jordan Weal generated a couple nice chances before drawing the first penalty of the game at the 3:17 mark. The best of the two chances came as Simmonds hit Weal streaking down the middle of the Wild defense, but Weal’s shot was muffled by Marcus Foligno.

Elliott kept the Flyers within a goal thanks to a clutch save on Mikko Koivu at the 9:27 mark. It was a huge save after the Flyers had put together a couple good shifts in the Wild zone.

Elliott was the story through 20 minutes despite giving up the opening goal, stopping some good Wild scoring chances after that first goal. The problem for Elliott was that Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk, coming in with back-to-back shutouts, was also very good in turning aside all seven Flyers shots.

After a couple saves from Elliott again to start the second, the Flyers would get some offense going as they spent the first five minutes of the period controlling play in the Wild zone. Despite the zone time the Flyers were unable to solve Dubnyk with an array of point shots.

It was then Minnesota’s turn to hem the Flyers in their own zone, pelting Brian Elliott with shot after shot but the veteran netminder was there to keep the Minnesota lead at one despite a slew of tired bodies in front of him.

The best chance for the Flyers to tie things up so far would be from Scott Laughton, who was turned aside on back-to-back shots right on the doorstep by Dubnyk at the 8:29 mark of the frame.

A bench minor to the Wild for too many men yielded a pair of chances for the Flyers, but Dubnyk was all over a Jake Voracek one-timer from the right circle and was even better on a Jori Lehtera tip in front.

With 1:09 left in the second Dubnyk would get some help—as if he needed it—from his friendly post on a Taylor Leier shot that was pegged for the back of the net. Despite outshooting the Wild 17-7 in the period, nothing was doing as the Flyers couldn’t solve Dubnyk.

An early turnover from the Flyers to start the third sent Tyler Ennis in alone on Elliott, but he was able to make the blocker save and keep the lead at 1-0 as the Wild buzzed again early in a period. Not long after and returning the favor it was Dale Weise in alone on Dubnyk at the 5:23 mark, but the red-hot netminder closed his five-hole quickly to deny Weise of a tying goal.

With 6:42 left it would again be Elliott to save things from getting out of reach, robbing Marcus Foligno in close off a Wild break with the Flyers pressing offensively. A follow up chance for Chris Stewart sailed hight and wide.

Though Elliott didn’t see as much rubber as Dubnyk, he was very good and deserved a far better fate for a second straight outing against the Wild.

That fate would be sealed with an Eric Staal empty net goal with 1:09 left in the third to put the Wild up 2-0. Jason Zucker would add another empty netter with 36 seconds left to push the final to 3-0 as the Flyers get shutout for the second straight game.

[#] Wed Nov 15 2017 06:00:02 EST from rss

Subject: Wednesday Morning Fly By: And nothing was ever Wild again

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

* Can the Wild just, like, ... not? Recap.

* Nolan Patrick may be playing on Thursday? It’s possible, at least? It’d be nice? [NBCS Philly]

* That, plus Andrew MacDonald will skate tomorrow for the first time since hurting his knee last month: []

* Up in Allentown, Samuel Morin is expected to play tonight after missing the past couple of weeks’ worth of action: [Allentown Morning Call]

* Speaking of the Phantoms, the 2011-12 Adirondack Phantoms made a trade yesterday, as Michael Leighton and Tye McGinn were traded to Arizona: [Raw Charge]

* Despite trading Leighton and McGinn, are the Lightning the best team in hockey? Their fans seem to think so: [Raw Charge]

* There was another minor trade last night, as veteran forwards Mike Cammalleri and Jussi Jokinen were swapped between L.A. and Edmonton: [Jewels from the Crown]

* And Antti Niemi now has a fourth team in this calendar year — and third team since the start of this season — as he was claimed on waivers by healthy-goalie-desperate Montreal: [EOTP]

* With the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 enshrined, who’s getting in next year? Some early guesses: [ESPN]

* New jerseys were unveiled yesterday for the Habs-Sens outdoor game next month: [Puck Daddy]

* Finally, how exactly is Arizona — who lost again last night, by the way — this bad? [ProHockeyTalk]

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