It wouldn’t be a local media story if John Bolaris didn’t get himself involved: J-Bo, who has long displayed a hatred towards WIP for their totally rational stance on weather reporting, thinks Josh Innes was only fired because Spike Eskin is an idiot, and then rambled a bunch of other stuff:
DGB is ready to play with the first team on Saturday. Philly.com:
“We put a couple plays in for him this week, expanded his role from a week ago. Full week of practice. He’s comfortable with what we’re doing with him,” Pederson said. “Can’t tell you how many, the number of snaps he’ll get, but he’ll definitely play and play with the first group. He’s playing fast. That’s what we ask him to do. He’s being decisive with his routes. Obviously, he’s such a big body (6-5, 230) that just covering guys up in the run game will be a big benefit for us, as well.”
Frank Reich is excited to see him on the field. Philly Mag:
On the field, Green-Beckham has already impressed his teammates and coaches. Matthews compared the younger receiver to LeBron James, while Green-Beckham noted that he tries to emulate Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant. “He’s an impressive, physical specimen, obviously,” Frank Reich said. “It’s funny: You stand out there as a coach and they’re running routes on air and sometimes as a coach you stand across from the receivers that are running at you. And when he runs at you, his size and speed, it just kind of grabs you. So [I’m] really excited about having him here. Just like anybody else though, it’s a process. It’s a process and we keep giving them little chunks at a time to allow him to play fast and use his ability.”
Lane Johnson is mad. Philly.com:
“Food and water. That’s all I’m going to put in my system. Food and water. No supplements, no powders, nothing,” said Johnson, who presumably faces a 10-game ban, having been suspended four games two years ago for taking Adderall without clearance. A third drug violation would trigger a two-year suspension, which would be career-ending, for all practical purposes. Johnson said Wednesday he feels “stuck in cement” and “a little bit more (ticked) off each day” at a system he thinks doesn’t adequately protect players. There is no official list of approved supplements, and the league’s stance is that players are responsible for what they put into their bodies. League action is contingent upon the test results from Johnson’s “B” sample, which he expects will be no different from what his previous sample showed.
And the o-line is still in limbo. Philly.com:
Rookie Isaac Seumalo, expected to be the Eagles’ season-opening starter at left guard, won’t play in Saturday’s third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a strained pectoral muscle, head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday….Pederson has all but said that Seumalo will be the team’s Week 1 starter at left guard, but Wisniewski, who has 77 career NFL starts, 62 of them at center, was talking Wednesday like a guy who believes he still has a chance to win the starting job.
Jaylen Watkins is improving his tackling to make the team. Philly Voice:
While nobody is going to confuse Watkins for Steve Atwater, that is a significant improvement from what we’ve seen over the first two years of his career. “I understand the run game,” said Watkins. “(My improvement) isn’t about understanding it. It’s about getting in more positions to do it. That’s what the preseason is for. I had three (tackles) last week. Will I get four this week, and can I make all four? The more I do it, the better I get at it.”
Wendell Smallwood is also getting ready to play with the first team. Philly.com:
The 5-10, 208-pound running back missed the Eagles’ first two preseason games after suffering a quadriceps injury five days into training camp. He returned to practice last week and had expected to play against the Steelers, but was a last-minute scratch. “The trainers and the coaches, they didn’t feel like I had my last burst,” Smallwood said. “I didn’t feel like I was up to full speed, either. I was like, at 85 percent running. I just didn’t have that last gear. They said there was no need to rush it. But this week, I’m back to full speed.”
Howie Roseman is reportedly not totally set with this as his team. CBS Sports:
The Eagles aren’t done wheeling and dealing. Not by a long shot. Having spent a load to keep their own players and very short on draft picks after the trade for Wentz, aggressive general manager Howie Roseman will continue trying to upgrade via trade. That move for Dorial Green-Beckham is just a portal into Roseman’s thinking there — looking for recent draft picks from other teams who haven’t panned out who could fill a position of need in Philly and are young and cheap labor. The Eagles were looking for linebackers for a while before settling on signing free agent Stephen Tulloch. They’ve also been sniffing around on corners, and other general managers get the sense that Roseman is always working the trade angle and trying to see who could become available.
Asa Khalif, the lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania, who earlier this month put a white hood on the Frank Rizzo statue in Center City, will meet with 97.5’s program director, Matt Nahigian, on Friday over “Dwayne From Swedesboro,” according to a source close to the movement. Khalif is seeking a suspension and race sensitivity training for Pat Egan, the person said. Otherwise, Khalif, who wants the Rizzo statue thrown in the Schuylkill and thinks Dwayne sounded like an “ignorant motherfucker,” plans to escalate things with a larger scale protest as early as Monday if his request goes unheeded. MARCHING BEATS:
There are more gonads and strife in the body-riddled hellscape that is Philly sports talk radio. Tony Bruno, out of the fray for some time, weighed in on everything – particularly Mike Missanelli’s impressive ability to side-step negative consequences – on his podcast last night. Let’s watch the video and read the transcription after the jump. And then I’ll follow up with my thoughts. Continue Reading
Before Alex Reardon became a production assistant at Fox Sports, she interned with 97.5 in 2010 as a Studio Production Intern while at Temple. In the midst of today’s (and yesterday’s) absolute mayhem at both 97.5 and WIP, Reardon opened up a little bit about what she experienced behind the scenes at the Fanatic. None of it is really surprising:
I’m told Josh Innes is out at WIP, as of today.
We’ll have more soon.
UPDATE: I’m trying to pinpoint the exact reason, but it is believed that Innes, who had been suspended by WIP in January for making a “house negro” comment about Jason Kelce, went too far in his response to 97.5’s fake caller “Dwayne From Swedesboro.” At one point during the show yesterday, Innes said something about the black guys who cut Mike Missanelli’s lawn (I’m paraphrasing as we are trying to dig up the exact quote). There was also this Tweet:
However, it’s possible that the sum total of Innes’ continued efforts to push the line, particularly with regard to race, just became too much for WIP to deal with.
Innes was in the building today, preparing for his show, and was informed sometime before 1 p.m. THE MUSIC MUST:
The Phillies will be in attendance at Tim Tebow’s
desperate plea for attention baseball workout next week. According to Ryan Lawrence, “the Phillies will be among the 20-some teams that will reportedly watch Tebow’s baseball workout.” Whoever those ten-or-so teams not making the trek are, they’re the smart ones. Though honestly, if you want a way to sell Double-A or Single-A tickets and get some immediate PR, there’s no reason the Phils couldn’t take a flier on him. That’s exactly what Tebow is banking on. He’ll sell tickets, get headlines, and keep his name in the press. Such is the Tebow way.
And honestly, I wouldn’t mind writing a daily “Tim Tebow Double-A Strikeout Tracker” post, so let’s get him, Phils.
Jim Schwartz isn’t out on Marcus Smith. Philly.com:
The simplified narrative from people covering the Eagles has been, ex-practice squad defensive end Steven Means good, 2014 first-round draft choice Marcus Smith bad, but that perception might be colored by Smith’s poor first two seasons here, and by all the time he missed in this training camp with a concussion. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz also likes Means, Schwartz said Tuesday, but not necessarily at the expense of Smith. Asked what he’d seen from those two, Schwartz said: “Same stuff we’ve seen from those guys in training camp just about every day. You guys were probably on Steven Means before anybody else because you saw the same things we saw. And Marcus was doing really well. He just had a setback with the concussion and missed time. But he sort of picked up right where he left off.
Stephen Tulloch once got mad at Jim Schwartz for trying to give him a day off. Philly.com:
Tulloch said he invests in his body the same way he would invest in the stock market, and Schwartz said he’s unconcerned about Tulloch’s fitness level this late in the summer because of the way Tulloch trains. In 2013 in Detroit, Schwartz tried giving Tulloch a day off in training camp. Tulloch went to Schwartz’s office upset. He said he has never missed a game or practice going back to high school. He called practice “more important than the game.”
Tulloch is here for whatever is asked of him. Philly.com:
On Tulloch’s first day, two things became clear: Tulloch, 31, is eager to embrace whatever role Schwartz gives him. And no one on this team has a closer, deeper connection with the coordinator. For now, the first factor will keep any friction from developing, but in the long run, it’s hard to see the second factor not figuring into the story of the 2016 season. “Just come in and play ball,” is his goal, Tulloch said. “I didn’t ask (Schwartz), when I first came here, what role I was going to play. I just told coach, whatever you need me to do, I’ll do. “I know what he does, I know what he expects out of his players. If that helps younger guys get better, I’ll do that.”
And Tulloch feels very comfortable in the defense. Philly Mag:
“I feel most comfortable with this defense,” Tulloch said. “Teryl Austin’s defense in Detroit, [a] very good defense, [was] something I was getting used to going into my second year there. But obviously, I played in this defense for about six, seven years and numerous games, numerous playoff games, battling back down to the Colts many years in the AFC South, so we’ve been through it. Some tweaks have been made along the way through his time in Buffalo coming here, but it’s pretty much the same defense.”
Darren Sproles is set to take on a more standard role. Philly Voice:
When asked who might fill a role similar to Woodhead’s, Reich pointed to the obvious answer. “Sproles is the original. He’s the prototype,” said Reich. “Right from the start, I remember first coming in when (Doug Pederson) hired me, some of the immediate talk was how we get to use a guy like Darren Sproles.” In San Diego, it didn’t end with Woodhead. The trio of Melvin Gordon, Brandon Oliver, and Donald Brown chipped in an additional 54 catches in 2015. “All the backs have shown a good aptitude to pick things up in the pass game, and be good route runners,” Reich added, “so we think we can mix it up, but certainly Darren, he’s the starting point.”
The players the Eagles have in place are very important because of the future cap situation. Philly Voice:
The Eagles aren’t going to be able to do much in 2017 or 2018 free agency, as they have the least amount of cap space in the NFL both of those years. We spend a lot of time here talking about if Carson Wentz can become that franchise quarterback, and make no mistake, he’s the most important piece of the puzzle. But Roseman also needs production out of almost all of the players he locked up. With the Eagles missing draft picks in addition to cap space, this doesn’t figure to be a particularly deep roster anytime soon.
Marcus Hayes thinks the team needs leaders. Philly.com:
No team in Jeffrey Lurie’s era of ownership has featured less dynamic star power to act as the voices of the team. Leadership is intangible, and leadership is often dismissed, but leadership in a brutal, short-term job like the NFL cannot be overstated. All good teams have capable leaders, and the best leaders combine talent on the field with the ability to articulate issues off the field; and, if necessary, administer justice in the locker room. It’s hard to be sheriff and spokesman if you’re an ordinary player. Howie Roseman seems to have compiled a team chock full of ordinary players.
And rookie RB Wendell Smallwood is excited to finally hit the field. CSN:
“I’m really excited, ready to go,” Smallwood said Tuesday. “It’s been a while since I’ve been in a game.” Smallwood held out some hope that he would play against the Steelers, but said he never cleared the final hurdle.
“The trainers and coaches didn’t feel like I had my last burst,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I was up to full speed, I was about 85 percent running. I didn’t feel like I had that last gear … this week, I’m back to full speed.” As he discussed last week, Smallwood has maintained his focus and tried to learn from watching his teammates while on the sidelines. Given his desire to impress as a rookie and the fact that he’s never missed a game before in his football career, that’s obviously been a challenge. Running backs coach Duce Staley and veterans like Darren Sproles understand that and have paid close attention to Smallwood’s development.