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Eagles Friday: Panther Preps and Tackle Depth

Kevin Kinkead - October 19, 2018

Big roster move on a Friday morning.

The Eagles promoted defensive tackle Bruce Hector from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and released wide receiver Kamar Aiken.

That means you’re looking at a group of Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, Treyvon Hester, and Hector at DT this Sunday, with Michael Bennett likely to play a good chunk of snaps on the inside. Ngata is still iffy with a calf injury and that’s something head ball coach Doug Pederson mentioned in his press conference today:

  • Jalen Mills is fine after tweaking a hamstring in practice Thursday. “He’ll be good.”
  • Hector adds some depth at the tackle spot, Ngata is questionable, day-to-day with his calf injury. Addition of Hector doesn’t mean anything in regard to Ngata’s health.
  • Treyvon Hester has practiced well and can take #2 defensive tackle snaps if it comes down to that. “He’s going to be asked to do more this week.”
  • Mike Wallace and Mack Hollins “are doing well,” progressing nicely through rehab.
  • Optimistic Darren Sproles will be able to practice next week.
  • Rasul Douglas is back with the team (death in the family)
  • Pederson does talk to his team about the week’s refereeing crew (more on that later)
  • deferring on winning coin tosses is about gaining another possession in the first half
  • Jason Peters and Lane Johnson are both expected to play Sunday
  • Jordan Hicks is back to the player he was before the injury, has done a really good job, making plays and getting the defense lined up and organized.

Not a ton to write home about. Full injury report should come later today. Corey Graham (hammy) and Sidney Jones (hammy) did not practice Thursday.

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50 Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan

Kevin Kinkead - October 18, 2018

It’s come to my attention that I’ve been incredibly neutral lately, just trying to do quality analysis and post-game breakdowns without the knee-jerk overreaction or outrageous hot takes.

In other words, I’m trying to be fair.

But fair doesn’t necessarily move the needle in 2018, when the most well-known media personalities are people who just say ridiculous and off-base shit, contradict themselves, and continue to make things up until someone finally pulls the plug or they retire.

I can hold my own alongside Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd, and to prove that I’m not Mr. Milquetoast, I pulled 50 hot takes out of my rear end, which you can dive into after the jump:

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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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FanDuel Sportsbook Is Offering Up To $200 in Risk Free Bets This Weekend

When FanDuel Sportsbook first launched, we noted in our review that their initial deposit bonus – $100 – paled in comparison to what SugarHouse and BetStars were offering new players. We figured maybe they were resting on their brand recognition and felt they didn’t need to offer aggressive promotions to get new players to sign up. Whatever they’re doing is working, though, as evidenced by the fact that DraftKings and FanDuel are far and away

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NBA Over/Under Wins That You Might Want to Check Out

The NBA season is upon us and hope springs eternal for all most fan bases. The sportsbooks aren’t emotionally invested in your teams and don’t care if your first round draft pick is once again shelved to start the season. I, however, take the over/under numbers they set and cross-reference it with the human element: old faces in new places (Melo on the Rockets), moronic trades for watered-down stars (Trae Young isn’t even diet Steph Curry),

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Eagles Wednesday: Ngata Problem at Defensive Tackle

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2018

Let’s get it back to the Eagles,” as Matt Nahigian would tell Rob Ellis and Harry Mayes.

Doug Pederson spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s home game against Graham Gano and the Carolina Panthers.

Most significant were a couple of injury updates provided by the head ball coach:

  • Team has a plan at defensive tackle after releasing Destiny Vaeao. Haloti Ngata (calf) is “getting close” and is day-to-day in terms of readiness. Tim Jernigan keeps “progressing” but is not yet ready to practice. Pederson is “hopeful and optimistic” regarding Jernigan, which I would assume means he does play sometime this season.
  • Treyvon Hester is a part of the defensive tackle puzzle and they’ll continue to progress with him each week.
  • Jason Peters is doing fine and will practice today. RE: the biceps injury – “There’s something there. He definitely can play. No concern with injuring him any further.” Doug also said there’s no need to give Peters a rest to deal with niggling injuries.

More notes after the jump:

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Carson Wentz and Mike Trout Taking a Loving Stroll on a Cool Fall Day Is Exactly What We Need Today

Kyle Scott - October 17, 2018

Need something to cheer you up after last night? Good. Because I have just the thing for such occasion– an adorable picture of Carson Wentz and Mike Trout taking a stroll through Haddonfield yesterday. Same pants, same stance, same unspoken love for each other that sustains you following a tough loss.

I wonder if they watched the game together.

H/T to reader Jared

Eagles Bring Back Dexter McDougle, Waive Destiny Vaeao

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

From the team account:

Vaeao was set to take a big step forward this season with the departure of Beau Allen and the injury to Tim Jernigan, but that never really materliazed. He played a little more than 150 snaps and logged two tackles and a sack that was more or less a gift play. The Birds look thin at DT and don’t have much beyond Fletcher Cox and Haloti Ngata heading into Sunday, so I guess Michael Bennett will line up at tackle for a chunk of snaps.

The 27-year-old McDougle played eight games for the Eagles last season after he was acquired in a preseason trade with the New York Jets. He was later released and spent part of the year with the Saints. McDougle was a former third round pick who tore his ACL as a rookie and later found a role as a special teamer.

 

 

“I Think He Needs to do a Little More Playing and a Little Less Talking.”

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

Words of wisdom from Giants President, CEO, and co-owner John Mara, who is talking about star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

Mara:

Fair? Probably.

It’s not like OBJ is to blame for the Giants’ woes, since his quarterback can’t get him the ball, but you need the dude to be a leader on and off the field, which does not include headbutting industrial-grade mechanical fans.

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NBC Sports Rolls Out New “MyTeams” App

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

I’m not a cord-cutter, but I hope to be in the near future.

We’re still hooked up to FIOS up here in Fishtown, so if I’m not watching the Sixers or Flyers or Phillies on TV, the routine has been to log in to NBC Sports Philadelphia via our cable provider and stream the games on my laptop. Then my wife watches Below Deck or The Real Housewives or whatever is on Bravo.

It’s been possible to stream games on the NBC Sports app since 2014, and a new service also allows you to stream local non-game footage from out of market locations.

Now NBC Sports is running out another app for Philly fans.

Writes Rob Tornoe at Philly.com:

Dubbed the MYTeams app, NBC Sports’ new mobile and tablet app wraps up coverage from NBC’s 11 regional sports networks, including NBC Sports Philadelphia, into an interface that focuses on team verticals. There’s not even a home screen — just a slider at the bottom that lets fans scan for live video, highlights, and stories across all the teams they decide to follow.

“There’s a difference between how we cover sports in Philadelphia, especially as it relates to the voice and tone of our coverage versus NBC Sports,” David Preschlack, president of NBC Sports Regional Networks, said. “I mean, we’re communicating to Philly fans in a really different way that Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison are on Sunday night, so there’s a different value to viewers.”

Fans will still need a cable subscription to view live game coverage, and the app is only available on smartphones and tablets, meaning viewers will still use the NBC Sports app to stream games on their television. Still, Preschlack said, the app is the largest non-game investment in the regional sports network’s history. The network hopes the app will counter a narrative in Philadelphia that NBC Sports is cutting back.

My first thought is that I’d rather have fewer apps than more apps. I remember when Facebook rolled out their messenger app, which was totally separate from the main app and took up a lot of space on your device. That was sort of a head-scratcher. In that regard, I’d prefer NBC just roll these two apps together.

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Pulling a Rabbit Out of Your Head

Kevin Kinkead - October 16, 2018

I don’t have a hot take for Jason Witten’s broadcasting performances on Monday Night Football. I think he’s improving as the season progresses and he’s learning a bit more about the craft as he gets more games under his belt.

It’s almost as if the guy had never done color commentary before. Imagine that!

Either way, I thought it was pretty funny when he dropped this line last night:

“I tell you what Tess, you saw Aaron Rodgers there, blood on his elbow, big ole’ knee brace on, hit in the wrist, it doesn’t matter – he pulls another rabbit out of his head!”

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