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Report: Eagles Offered a Second-Round Draft Pick Last Week For Amari Cooper

BWanksCB - October 22, 2018

We already know that the Raiders fleeced the Cowboys by sending wide receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick. While no other team was apparently prepared to match that offer, the Cowboys reportedly weren’t the only NFC East team interested in acquiring Cooper:

Well then.

There has been varying reports in recent weeks regarding the Eagles’ level of interest in adding a wide receiver to the mix, so the obvious news here is that the team was (IS???) prepared to make a significant investment in upgrading the position.

Certainly, nobody can fault the Eagles for refusing to part with a first-round pick, but in light of Silver’s report, it will be interesting to see if and how Howie Roseman counters as he tries to add some firepower to what has been an underwhelming offense through seven games. A second-round pick should, in theory, bring back a difference-maker. While he’s out shopping around, maybe he can also sniff around for a trade that helps an Eagles defense which has generated only six takeaways this season. Maybe an All-Pro talent who is disgruntled in his current situation. Maybe:

Back to Twitter I go. This app can’t refresh fast enough right now.

London Calling

Kevin Kinkead - October 22, 2018

The Cowboys get Amari Cooper and the Eagles get a dysfunctional Jaguars team in London this week:

Good news right there.

Bortles has thrown two touchdowns and five interceptions in his last three games, though the Eagles secondary could possibly make him look like the second coming of Joe Montana at Wembley Stadium.

London, you are in for a treat.

Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus. Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus. Bonus: $500 in free bets and 100-1 odds on any team to win the

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Need To Know Betting Trends For The Eagles and Panthers

After seemingly getting back on track last Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles will look to climb over the .500 mark when they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Panthers, who are 1-4 all-time in regular season games played in Philadelphia, are looking for their first road victory of the season, and they will have their work cut out for them if they hope to get it. The

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Reports: Raiders Fleece Cowboys

Kevin Kinkead - October 22, 2018

Per Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter:

Man, that is pretty steep, but they needed a receiver badly. Look at Jon Gruden stockpiling first-round picks for the Raiders like he’s Sam Hinkie or something.

Anyway, you’re up Howie Roseman. Time to make some phone calls.

 

Sixers Notes: Lower Back Tightness, Dario on His Slow Starts, and “Overrated” Back-to-Backs

Kevin Kinkead - October 22, 2018

You want the good news or the bad news?

The bad news is that Ben Simmons is listed as questionable for tomorrow night’s game against the Pistons with the same lower back tightness that forced him out of Saturday’s win after just eight minutes of play.

“He’s progressing and he did not go through practice today,” said head coach Brett Brown on Monday afternoon. “I believe our club will put out some level of more information later, but he’s progressing.”

“Nobody said he’s definitely not playing, that’s as candid as I can be.”

I saw Simmons having some work done on his back after practice, with a pair of trainers having him do push downs on what looked like a straight lateral bar. One trainer had some kind of monitor on Simmons’ lower back while he slowly did fixed weight reps on the machine.

The good news is that Joel Embiid is on no restriction whatsoever for the Sixers’ first back-to-back of the season. Mike Muscala was also upgraded from “doubtful” to “questionable” after participating fully in Monday’s session, though Brown said he “personally does not think” he’ll have his backup power forward on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“He moved around okay today,” said Brown of Muscala. “I think one of the things we’re all aware of, concerned of, he felt like last year he was in rehab a lot, then would go play, then back to rehab and treatment and go play, and never really got ahead of it. My advice to him, our direction to him, is that ‘you come back when you feel like you’re not going to be chasing.’ I don’t want him chasing. When he comes back he’ll be good to go and we expect that to be good enough to sustain longevity.”

Wilson Chandler remains out with his hamstring strain and was a partial practice participant. He’ll be reevaluated prior to Saturday’s home game with Charlotte. Jerryd Bayless and Zhaire Smith are also on the injury report, out with a left knee sprain and Jones fracture, respectively.

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Surly Doug Pederson and the Endgame

BWanksCB - October 22, 2018

Much has been made of the Eagles’ strategy employed during yesterday’s fourth quarter meltdown in which they were outscored 21-0 by the Panthers on their way to a maddening, embarrassing, and entirely avoidable defeat. Second-guessing is to be expected, particularly after a game in which the Eagles only ran the football once over the final 16-plus minutes, and Jim Schwartz again went ultra-conservative as Cam Newton, who threw for all of 24 first half yards, obliterated the Eagles’ defense to the tune of 201 yards and two touchdown passes in the final quarter.

Doug Pederson, though, wasn’t in the mood for questions at his day-after press conference. After keeping things even keel while expressing confidence in his team and pointing out that they’re only a couple of plays away from a better record, he turned irritable when asked about offensive and defensive play-calling.

The exchange:

Reporter: “Why is it crazy to ask if you should run the ball more or if the defense should blitz more?”

Pederson: “Now you’re getting into game plan stuff and you’re getting into scheme. And you guys aren’t in there watching the tape like we are for 18 hours a day and putting game plans together. It’s easy to sit in the press box and say, ‘They should run the ball.” Come down and stand on the sideline with me and make decisions. You know, I should run it here, I should pass it here, let’s throw a screen here, let’s get the quarterback out of the pocket right here. Oh, no, there’s 15 seconds left on the clock. Until you’re down there with me on the sideline making in-game decisions, I guess you can ask all you want.”

Saucy.

It also led to this perfect Periscope moment:

A true disciple of The Cuz, for sure.

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Doug Pederson Explains His “Pressure” Quote (and People Still Don’t Know what an RPO is)

Kevin Kinkead - October 22, 2018

Doug Pederson went on 94 WIP this morning for his weekly postgame conversation with Angelo Cataldi.

It was a good discussion. I’ve said a million times before that Angelo is a great interviewer when he turns off the radio shtick.

Three quotes I want to highlight, two that explain Doug’s weird Sunday ramblings about “pressure.”

Here’s the verbatim:

Cataldi: Doug, you said after the game that the pressure was off your team now. Could you explain that to us?

Pederson: Yeah, kind of what I meant by that is, going into the season, obviously Super Bowl champs, there’s going to pressure every week. Games are big. Every week is big. And pressure to win is always there. I think now, more than anything, you look at where we are, and the pressure of being the #1 seed, the #2 seed is probably gone in the NFC. But the fact is that we still control our own destiny. I don’t want the guys to feel any more added pressure to try to make plays. Just make the ones that come to them, don’t go looking for them. From that standpoint, that’s sort of what I meant by that comment, is that let’s focus on our division. Let’s focus on winning our division. You do that and you’re in the postseason and that’s what we need to do.

Angelo asked a follow-up:

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An Epic Choke Job with a Side of “Neocolonialism” – Ten Takeaways from Panthers 21, Eagles 17

Kevin Kinkead - October 22, 2018

I’ll be honest with you; I really didn’t feel like writing about this game. Then I barfed out 2,600 words anyway.

The original lede was great. It was something about how Carson Wentz was phenomenal, the defense was suffocating, and Doug Pederson looked like the aggressive play caller we saw last season.

That was the story for three quarters on Sunday afternoon, then the Eagles suffered a 12-minute brain fart as they surrendered a 17-point fourth quarter lead and lost at home like choking dogs. In turn, postgame Twitter was a spectacular meltdown of outrageous takes and nonstop arguing over whether or not Jimmy Kempski drew a racist stick figure.

It was that kind of day.

I’m really struggling to remember a worse loss over the last ten years. Tennessee was bad, for sure, and that held the title of “worst loss of the Pederson era” for a whopping three weeks. This one takes the cake, easily. It felt like a 2016 game, did it not? They struggled to finish that year, and this loss was reminiscent of the overtime Dallas defeat when the Birds blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead. It even brought back vile memories of Andy Reid-coached NFC Championship Game losses.

Right, so let’s just get into it and try to make this as painless as possible.

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Crossing Broadcast: Eagles/Panthers, Pivot to Video, Fultz/Simmons, Local TV and Apps, Hockey Beat

JoyOnBroad - October 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss the Eagles’ loss to the Panthers, revisit the Pivot to Video, break down Ben Simmons’ and Markelle Fultz’ start to the year, assess NBCSN Philadelphia’s “My Teams” app and Post-Postgame show, and Russ recaps the early takeaways from the Flyers’ beat.

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