Jeremy Hellickson is the Phillies’ best trade chip that they could actually move. The Marlins had been in on him but moved on according to Jayson Stark.
You’d think the Marlins being out would narrow Hellickson’s suitors and therefore his value. You’d be wrong:
The Phils had reportedly been after a top-5 prospect from a team, but if Helli is gonna bring three to four prospects back, one of them being a top-5 seems unlikely. Still, getting a collection of prospects back for a guy who is likely leaving your team next year anyway is a huge get. The Jays are reportedly looking at him. Klentak might not have as much work to do as Ruben Amaro did in his final season, but with a smart move or two he can keep that rebuild chugging along.
The Eagles signed Darren Sproles to a one-year extension. Eagles:
Wake up to some good news, Eagles fans! DarrenSproles signs a one-year extension through the 2017 season.
Brandon Brooks missed practice with an injury. Philly.com:
Brandon Brooks missed his first training camp practice Thursday with the Eagles because of a hamstring injury. The starting right guard is considered day-to-day.
North Dakota has TV crews at Eagles training camp. Philly.com:
“I know people back home are definitely interested in knowing what’s happening out here. Everyone’s following pretty closely,” Wentz said Thursday, after a thunderstorm drove the team’s first full-squad practice of training camp to the indoor field. “Everyone’s all interested in the Eagles now, more than the local teams around there. It’s an exciting time for the state of North Dakota, for sure.”
The linebacker situation is not set. Iggles Blitz:
The LB corps got shuffled a bit this offseason. Jordan Hicks moved from ILB to MLB. Mychal Kendricks moved from ILB to WLB. Nigel Bradham was signed in free agency to come in and be the SAM. Najee Goode was brought back to be the key backup and the team spent a 7th rounder on Joe Walker to be the backup in the middle. The starters seem to be good. The backups are more of a question, with Goode being new to the 4-3 and Walker being a late round rookie.
Nelson Agholor learned that nothing good ever comes out of the champagne room. Philly Voice:
“I put myself in that position going there, and to be honest with you, as I look at it, at the end of the day it’s either neutral or negative consequences being in a place like that [the club],” Agholor said. “So I made the wrong decision being there.”
Jon Dorenbos has a second career. Philly Mag:
“Ever since I got into the league, I’ve pretty much thought I was getting fired every year I played. So after that season would end, I’d kind of go on tour and do my thing, whether it was in the corporate speaking world or just booking wherever I could one because I loved it and then two because I could actually make a living,” he said.
Frank Reich loves Trey Burton. BGN:
The special teams stud has flashed offensive potential; he had a great catch and run in the last year’s Eagles-Lions game. Burton has impressed observers in practices this offseason. On Thursday, he made a great one-handed catch streaking down the field in stride. This play caught the attention of Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich.
The Eagles have already tweaked Carson Wentz’s throwing mechanics. NJ.com:
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan, the coaching staff has already made a tweak to the North Dakota State product’s throwing mechanics after an altogether impressive yet inconsistent showing during spring OTAs and minicamp practices.
Now that the dust has settled on the DNC, we can discuss the important questions: Was Michelle’s speech better than Hillary’s? Does the Bernie or Bust crowd’s constant whining hurt the Dems? And what really happened to Sean Hannity inside that Wawa? We know the answer to that one.
After denying reports that he was booed out of the store, Hannity said it was all about someone getting a little handsy with him: Continue Reading
Jason Peters, speaking to reporters yesterday:
“I just think it was more scheme,” Peters said. “Man, it’s the National Football League. If the running back is to the left, and you’re running a zone read, where do you think the ball is going? To the right, so it’s just — they caught up to us.
“We just needed to change it up a little bit, especially with Sam [Bradford] back there. They know he’s not going to run it, so it kind of put our hands behind our back.”
“If you run 100 times in a row back-to-back-to-back, don’t you think the 50th time, you’re going to be a little bit slower? But if you get a little bit of rest, you’re going be a little bit faster,” Peters said. “When you go back to the huddle and you get that wind, you’re just a little bit stronger when you go back to the line.”
“I think so, because the last couple of years, there wasn’t a lot of vets. And any vet that stood up and had something to say, we got rid of him,” Peters said. “But Doug was a player here, and he understands veteran players. And he understands the game, so I think it’s better.”
“We practiced on Tuesdays when Chip was here, and you felt it on Sundays,” Peters said. “I did anyway.”
“They caught up to us. We had some good years there back to back, then last year we had that down year. We just needed to change a little bit up, especially with [quarterback Sam Bradford] back there. They know he’s not gonna run it, so it kind of put our hands behind our back.”
I didn’t expect Peters to hop on the Betsy Bitter Bus. But to me this all boils down to players preferring Doug Pederson’s obvious player-first coaching philosophy. Is that a good thing? FUCK KNOWS, but the players like it and so they’re going to scream it from the rooftops.
It’s also worth mentioning that while Chip Kelly worked the team hard in practice, he had scientists* and shit looking over their vitals, searching for signs of slow down. Pederson’s apparent philosophy, inherited from the sticky nape of Andy Reid, is literally called THREE DAYS OF HELL. Players will start wearing pads on Saturday and Pederson will run a modified version of Reid’s three days of vicious practices because that’s the way things used to be so it must be right, right?!?! Never mind that what NFL players need for career longevity is certainly not more hitting, let’s see how they feel about things next Tuesday, when I assume the press scrums will take place in the trainer’s room. They might long for the days of pop music and fudgie wudgie smoothies.
Jon Dorenbos, temporarily back from LA, where he’ll compete in the America’s Got Talent semifinals next week, did a solid for all the hard-working Secret Service members who visited the Eagles today – fully armed 😳 – and performed a fantastic magic trick for them.
Anyone want to know how he did it?
The Phanatic has basically been a co-host of the Today show this week, popping up everywhere. That didn’t prepare Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer for his surprised appearance this morning.
One thing: Hey Phanatic, Guthrie is pregant. You can’t be scaring pregnant ladies like that. But feel free to scare the ever-living shit out of Lauer and Carson Daly all you want.