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Jul 24, 2017

Here’s a sobering thought for Eagles’ fans everywhere and even more so for the Eagles themselves. 

What if quarterback Carson Wentz is just OK? Not a total bust such as former No. 2 overall picks Ryan Leaf or Rick Mirer, but just a solid NFL starting quarterback in the mold of say Kansas City’s Alex Smith.

“That wouldn’t be good for them,’’ said a top personnel man for an Eagles’ rival. “It would be good for the rest of us. But for what they gave up to get (Wentz), he needs to be more than just another guy. He needs to be special.’’

Before the 2016 NFL Draft Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, after his successful coup to regain the power in the orga...  

Jul 18, 2017

It goes without saying that there are some things that data cannot explain. I can present to you several facts that cannot be disputed and you will still hold steady to your argument. For whatever reason, all logic goes out the window because you just know, you just feel it in your bones and you can't understand why people cannot see it from your perspective. I had a similar experience over the weekend when presented with the follow question...

"Where does Alshon Jeffery rank as a wide receiver in the NFC East? Assuming that we all agree that Odell Beckham Jr is number 1"

That question is how the conversation started between my podcasting partner Tom Young and I and it evolved to this:

"Who is better? Dez Bryant or Alshon?"

Let me get this out of the way and just come clean to the fact that I lov...  

Jul 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day

Over my sports lifetime (mid-80s on) there have been too many players to count for whom I celebrated their independence from our beloved city.  Either they were high draft picks that didn’t meet their potential or they came in a blockbuster trade and fell flat on their face.  So, in honor of Independence Day and DGB’s recent cut, remember with me the following players that couldn’t have left Philly any sooner. 

Eagles: Danny Watkins - The MVF - most valuable fireman.  I have the utmost respect for Danny’s dedication to his volunteer firefighter service, but his time in the NFL didn’t light anyone on fire.  (Man that was hacky) Watkins was the Eagles first-round pick in 2011, an...  

Jun 30, 2017

Philadelphia fans at long last have two teams to be genuinely excited about after several years of slogging through mediocrity. The Eagles and 76ers are poised to make some serious noise in the coming seasons for each team. While I don’t expect a championship run, nevertheless each team can make a playoff push in their sport and make the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons a time of fun, excitement, and anticipation for the seasons beyond. I’d like to offer my two cents worth on the men that currently lead each team and how it may play out for each.

Doug Pederson was hired as a direct response to the disaster that was the Chip Kelly Experiment. Owner Jeffrey Lurie wanted to return to a more stable and successful era in his time as owner. Since there was no way he could hire Andy Reid he figured he&rs...  

Jun 21, 2017

Sligh, Sligh, Sligh.  That’s all everyone is talking about in the greater Philadelphia area.  For those who don’t know what or whom I’m talking about, RaShaun Sligh is a Temple University student with a dream.  Being one of the more remarkable stories in sports, I sat down with the Eagle hopeful Friday afternoon where he’s been waiting for the call to enter the Nova Care Complex.  I’ve known RaShaun since I was a freshman in college about three years ago and I know this man will fit well with the midnight green. 

RaShaun has had a tough time getting into the complex due to his lack of experience on the gridiron at the college level.  I asked him when the last time he put on the pads and what that experience was like and he told me:  “Before (the Soul tryout)? 2014.  The ...  

Jun 21, 2017

The Eagles concluded a quick minicamp Thursday and now get some time off before training camp.  Without the opportunity to witness the practices first hand, I followed a lot of the local beat writers and other outlets’ observations of the happenings at the NovaCare Complex.  Friends of 215 Sports, Turron Davenport (@TDavenport_NFL) and Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoPHL) always do a great job giving you play-by-play of the excitement.   In minicamp, you don’t expect to get a fully formed view of what this team will be once the season starts.  Players aren’t wearing pads.  Rookies are getting more time than they may actually see during the season.  Veterans are sitting on the sidelines.  New packages and concepts are being introduced.  These factors make minicamp more of a “getting to know you” experience than a preparation for t...  

Jun 5, 2017

I think most Eagles fans would agree that a glaring need for the team at the end of last season was help for Carson Wentz (let’s forget about the cornerback thing for the sake of this discussion).  The expectations at the beginning of the offseason were pretty low considering the cap space the Eagles had available and the quality of players that the Eagles would be able to attract with that cap space.  But then Howie pulled a few rabbits out of his hat, like he seems to do with ease somehow, and got Carson a formidable (dare I say, All Pro caliber) supporting cast.  The Eagles are now going to trot out an offense with Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews, Torrey Smith, and Zach Ertz as his targets.  Complement that with a running game that has last year’s TD leader in LeGarrette Blount and two guys that can slip through cracks like a puff of smoke ...  

Jun 5, 2017

This has been an ongoing debate/argument since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by both the players and NFL team front offices a few years ago. It greatly reduced the physical contact of training camps, it gave more days off to the players in training camp, and it made some former mandatory team activities optional including the OTAs or Organized Team Activities.

There are many perks to being a professional athlete in the four major sports leagues. Fame, fortune, and loads of down time during the off season are just a few. It has also been said to those that much has been given, much is expected. I'm going to single out, right or wrong, one particular professional athlete who plays for the Eagles and much has been given. During this past offseason he signed a very generous contract in the ne...  

May 12, 2017

I was beating the drum for the Eagles to go heavy on the defensive backfield in the draft. I’m just going to assume that Howie is a fan of 215 Sports and got the message. The Eagles took a gamble in the second round and drafted, who they hope, will be their shutdown corner of the future. Deke shared some thoughts on Sidney Jones (See “A Sidney that Philly Can Love”). Jones will most likely miss the entire season. While the Eagles hope Sidney is Mr. Right, Rasul Douglas is going to need to be Mr. Right Now. So, let’s introduce you to the cornerback out of West Virginia. One note before that, the front office really seems to be building a pipeline to Morgantown in recent drafts - Smallwood, Rasul, wide receiver Shelton Gibson, and even the rookie free agent center Tyler Orlosky. 


May 3, 2017

In my draft recap, I said it was too early to start grading the players.  However, that won’t stop me from the ridiculous exercise of trying to predict what the roster will look like once preseason comes around.  
No brainers (20 players):  These guys either completely forgot how to play the game or did something really bad if they aren’t on the team come September.

QB: Carson Wentz                    
RB: Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood                
WR: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews            
TE: Zach Ertz                        
OL: Lance Johnson, Jason Peters, “Big V” Vaitai, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo
DL: Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Beau Allen
LB: Nigel Bradham, Jordan Hicks
DB: Jalen Mills,...  

May 3, 2017

Sidney Jones was a multi position player at West Covina, CA High School in West Covina in Los Angeles County. And of course cornerback was one of them.

In recent decades the Washington Huskies have raided the state of California and come away with many blue chip players and Sidney Jones is the most recent. He wasted no time in 2014 as a true freshman year and started 12 of 13 games. He had two interceptions and seven passes broken up. At the end of his sophomore year he was rewarded for his increased production with the conference coaches naming him first team all-conference in the PAC-12. He had 14 passes broken up, 4 pick offs, and 3 forced fumbles. In his junior and final season of 2016 his numbers slipped but he was still named as a first team PAC-12 all-conference. His numbers were 6 passes knocked down and 3 interceptions. I’m g...  

May 1, 2017

Before my thoughts on the players, I want to say how awesome it was to have the draft in Philly.  We looked and sounded great on TV.  Everyone gushed over how great the atmosphere was and how impressed they were with how Philly set the bar for drafts to come.  I had a chance to go down on Saturday with my son and it was a great time.  Fans from all over came together to celebrate a game that we all love.  Sure, there was some ribbing for and from certain teams’ fans, but it was all in good fun.  I even had a kid in a “Zeke” t-shirt give my son a Carson Wentz card he won from one of the games without attaching a wise comment to it.  Maybe there is hope for our future.  Way to go Philly and Eagles fans, and here’s hoping we get it again next year (and draft Saquon Barkley).

 It is waaay ...  

Apr 27, 2017

Barnett became the first true freshman defensive lineman to start the season opener in Tennessee history. Overall, he played in all 13 games and made 10 starts. He finished the season with school true freshman records of 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. Both Barnett and Myles Garrett broke Jadeveon Clowney's SEC freshman sack record, which had previously been 8.0. On December 30, 2016, in the 2016 Music City Bowl, Barnett broke the University of Tennessee's career sack record of 32.0, which was formerly held by ...  

Apr 25, 2017

215 Sports NFL 2017 Mock Draft v. 1.0 (Don’t expect 2.0!)

Everyone else is doing it so why can’t we?  Some of your favorite 215 guys got together to run through the first round with who we think teams will be selecting on Thursday night.  The only rules were no trades (though most of us think there will be some), draft who you think the team will draft (not what you would draft), and we all get a shot at the Eagles pick when it comes up (majority rules).  Here we go:

  1. Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M (Deke): Wow, the Browns do something right and take the best player in the draft.
  2. 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford (Scott)
  3. Bears - Jonathan All...  
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Apr 19, 2017
It's the offseason and I'm looking to make a prediction on a football season that is months away. Hey, it's what I do and besides our winter teams made our sports winter miserable save a six week period for the Sixers and the 10 game win streak for the Flyers. And the Phillies are the Phillies.

This is a fairly difficult task but I'll give it my best shot. There are still moving parts to be set and pieces to be added. Contrary to GM Howie Roseman's statements I vi...  
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Apr 10, 2017

I don't want Richard Sherman.*  I don't think that is a popular opinion, but I don’t think I’m alone with that sentiment. I put an asterisk on this statement because there is obviously a break point where I would have to agree that taking a shot with Sherman makes sense, but it certainly isn't a first round pick. I don't think he's "washed up," and I don't think he's a "bad guy."  I don't want the Eagles to get into the bidding war for the Legion of Boom member for three main reasons (plus one bonus reason).

The Future.  Can he be a part of the future or is he just a band-aid?  I can agree that he is better RIGHT NOW than any of the cornerbacks the Eagles can draft this year.  But, it isn't all about this year as the front office keeps telling us. Sherman has two years left on his current contract...  

Apr 7, 2017

Occasionally on Philly sports airwaves you will hear the hosts conducting various polls on what will be the next team to win a championship or which GM is doing a better job in player procurement, etc. I don’t recall hearing any such poll on the head coaches of our beloved Philly sports teams. So I’d like to switch it up a bit and do a comparison of the coaches. I’m not looking to ask and answer that age old question of who’s next to win a chip but to compare job performance thus far and offer an opinion as to who should stick around for the foreseeable future.

I’ll begin with the Eagles head guy, Doug Pederson. He was brought on board after a questionable interview and hiring process by newly reinstated GM Howie Roseman. After Howie’s “Scouts honor, pinkie promise&rd...  

Apr 4, 2017

A few weeks back, the city of Oakland learned their team has moved once again. The owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, saw an economic opportunity and decided to move the team to Las Vegas. The franchise will be in Oakland for two awkward years until they officially move for the 2020 season. Capitalism, whether people like it or not, is the way our society functions and this is just another example. ?


Mar 30, 2017

What’s the old adage?  “When an owner speaks at a press conference, does he really say anything?”   Something like that.  Mr. Lurie spoke with the press on Tuesday night for thirty minutes, or so.  I guess what made this an occasion is that we haven’t heard from the owner in about a year.  I’m OK with this.  Unless your name is Jerry Jones or Al Davis, Sr (RIP) there isn’t much excitement or “jewels of information” coming out of these sessions.  Nevertheless, Jeffrey spoke and I listened, but what did I hear?

The main theme I took from the slightly-bronzed, blazer-wearer’s comments was praise.  Praise for Howie.  Praise for his shiny new QB.  And, praise for (dare I say it) their process (with a little p).  First, he started with a little praise for the fa...  

Mar 29, 2017

Less than a month to go before the NFL world turns its focus on our beautiful city for the draft, folks.  Are you getting geeked up?  I am.  I love the mock drafters, the analysts, the talking heads, the know-it-alls, and the armchair GMs.  I think I fit in to one of those categories.  Guess which one?  Frankie threw his support behind “the sexy” pick in Dalvin Cook (See “Prepare for Impact”), and it’s tough to argue with him.  Plug Cook in at RB and this offense is so much different than last year and is ready to go from 0 to 60 with our shiny new receivers on the outside.  I said it’s tough to argue, but that doesn’t mean I won’t! The guys also focused on Easy Ed McCaffrey’s son and Joe Mixon during last week’s live show.  Regardless of the different angles with these guys - the “slash/ut...  


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