Archive for March, 2016

Eagles, Reuben Randle Agree to One-Year Contract

March 24th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Eagles, Reuben Randle Agree to One-Year Contract | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly


Since the initial Free Agency Frenzy, things have been quite boring for the NFL. Teams have now shifted their focus towards the NFL Draft in April, and have started attending pro days to scout incoming talent. Things got a little more interesting on Wednesday, though. As teams continue to do research on the incoming pool of talent, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped (See what I did there?  Haha) under the radar, announcing that the team has come to terms on a one-year contract with former New York Giant Reuben Randle.


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March Madness Roundup: ‘Nova Cruises, Temple & Joe’s Fall in Heartbreakers

March 21st, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on March Madness Roundup: ‘Nova Cruises, Temple & Joe’s Fall in Heartbreakers | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
Source: WPVI-Philadelphia

Source: WPVI-Philadelphia

For only the third time since the 2000 NCAA Tournament, the city of Philadelphia was being represented by three teams in the tournament nicknamed “March Madness.” For a short time, Philadelphia had suddenly become a hotbed for college basketball talk. Villanova, coming off of a strong 29-win season, earned a two-seed in the South region, while Temple was handed the tenth-seed in that same region. Luckily for Jay Wright’s and Fran Dunphy’s squads, they only had to make the short trip to Brooklyn for their games. Unfortunately, Phil Martelli’s Hawks got the unlucky draw of a cross-country trip to Spokane, Washington, where the eighth-seeded Hawks would do battle with the ninth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats.

With all three games being played on Friday, the city was on pins and needles all day. The Wildcats got things off to a great start, steamrolling UNC Asheville by a whopping 30 points. Daniel Ochefu led the ‘Cats with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while ‘Nova shot 57.9% from the field as a team. Arguably, Villanova’s strongest skill is their three-point shooting, of which they shot just over 46% against the Bulldogs. Things were iffy early on, as Asheville hung around until about the 4:45 mark of the first half, when the Wildcats began what would amount to an 18-7 run, that would leave ‘Nova in the lead by 14 at the half. From there, the second-seeded Villanova was on cruise control, with the terrifying question beginning to re-appear; can they advance past the first weekend?

Following the Wildcats, were the Temple Owls. The 10th-seeded Owls were set to take on the 7th-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes opened up the game, sinking six-of-nine three-point attempts. After jumping out to a 28-18 lead, both Iowa and Temple traded shots for the rest of the game. With five minutes left in the game, the Owls trailed 61-53. Amazingly, only twelve points were scored over the remaining five minutes, including three clutch free-throws by Temple’s Quenton DeCosey that tied the game at 63 with two seconds left. The level of play would carry over to the extra period, as both teams left it all out on the court. Unfortunately for the Owls, they were bested by Iowa big man Adam Woodbury, who put back the second-chance layup to give the Hawkeyes the stunning buzzer-beater. Philly was now down to a pair of teams in the “Big Dance.”

To watch the heartbreaking end, click on the link below.


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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0- Post Free Agency

March 11th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0- Post Free Agency | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL


The craziest part of the NFL year is in full swing.  Free Agency is upon us, and players are switching teams, and the entire league is in flux. Recent signings, and trades have altered some of my previous mock selections, so there will be a number of noticeable differences in this version. Before you all get bored with hearing me talk, let’s get into my second 2016 NFL Mock Draft- Post Free Agency Edition.

1.) Tennessee Titans- Laremy Tunsil (OT/Mississippi)

The Titans found themselves a franchise quarterback in last year’s draft, with Marcus Mariota.  They already have a number of solid, young weapons in Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Dorial Green-Beckham.  They added to that arsenal of weapons by acquiring DeMarco Murray from the Eagles. That made an already easy choice, even easier.

2.) Cleveland Browns- Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)


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Eagles sign Rodney McLeod, Brandon Brooks, Chase Daniel

March 10th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles sign Rodney McLeod, Brandon Brooks, Chase Daniel | Filed in Eagles, NFL

The NFL league year is officially under way, and once again on the first day of free agency the Eagles wasted little time making moves. In addition to the trades and signings from earlier this week, the Eagles made three more signings today.

Safety Rodney McLeod, Guard Brandon Brooks, and Quarterback Chase Daniel are the newest members of the Eagles.

Rodney McLeod, 25, played the last three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He started all 48 games and totaled 184 tackles, five interceptions, seven forced fumbles and six recovered fumbles.

Last season Pro Football Focus ranked McLeod as the 10th best safety in football. The Eagles will pair him with Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, and could form one of the better safety tandems in the NFL, which is something that hasn’t been said for the Eagles in over a decade.

The Eagles pass defense ranked 28th last year, and it has been a unit the team has been looking to upgrade for a long time. As of now, Jenkins, McLeod, and the newly acquired Leodis McKelvin seem to put the Eagles on the right track to solidifying the weak spot of a defense with a above average front seven.


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Eagles sign Leodis McKelvin to two-year deal

March 9th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles sign Leodis McKelvin to two-year deal | Filed in Eagles, NFL

Cornerback was arguably a position of need coming into the offseason for the Eagles. However, the position became a priority after yesterdays trade that sent Byron Maxwell to the Miami Dolphins.

It didn’t take very long for the Eagles to address the position as they signed former Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a two-year deal, reportedly worth $6 million.

McKelvin, who will turn 31 years old in September, played under new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Buffalo during the 2014 season. During that season McKelvin appeared in 10 games, starting nine and had a career high four interceptions while also forcing and recovering a fumble.

The 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft has appeared in 98 career games, starting 60, and has recorded 317 tackles, 13 interceptions, and four forced fumbles. He has also played safety, which is another potential area of need for the Eagles.

The trade is a low-risk move by the Eagles due to the reported money that was signed, and McKelvin being very familiar with the scheme that he played very good in just two seasons ago.


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Just What is Howie Roseman Doing?

March 9th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Just What is Howie Roseman Doing? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, TalkSportsPhilly
Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

We’re approximately 24 hours removed from the two blockbuster trades that were made by the Eagles on Monday. By now, I’m sure that Eagles fans have had a chance to digest what happened yesterday, and hopefully make sense of it. If you’re an Eagles fan that has yet to make sense of the deal, then look no further. In this article, I will take an in-depth look at the trades made yesterday, what they mean for Free Agency, the Draft, and the team’s culture going forward.

Entering Monday, the Eagles had about $18.5 million to work with in cap room. With the legal tampering period scheduled to begin yesterday, it was expected that the Eagles would be busy. Just how busy they were, was not expected. There were no discussions with Free Agents, nor their agents. Instead, the Eagles opted to clear more cap space, by working on a pair of blockbuster trades. The first trade, as reported first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, would see Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso head to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for “draft pick compensation.”

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Breaking: Eagles trade DeMarco Murray to Titans

March 8th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Breaking: Eagles trade DeMarco Murray to Titans | Filed in Eagles, Football, NFL

In what has been a crazy day so far that has already featured Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso being sent to Miami, Howie Roseman wasn’t done there.

According to multiple reports, running back DeMarco Murray is being traded to the Tennessee Titans. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

Adam Schefter is also reporting that the return for the Eagles will include draft pick compensation, similar to the Maxwell/Alonso trade.

Murray was signed by the Eagles last year to a five-year, $40 million deal, however, the running back was not happy with his role in Chip Kelly’s offense or Philadelphia in general. In 2015 Murray ran for 702 yards on 193 carries, which was a vast drop off from his over 1,800 yard rushing performance in 2014.


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