Hoff’s Legacy was one to Remember

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – At the end of the day, Abel Hoff will go down as one of the greatest Tigers to wear the orange and black. 

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Hoff’s legacy is one to remember 

On the field, Hoff delivered by being a two-time All Delco selection, breaking several county records, school records, and propelling the Tigers to their first District One Class AAA victory in program history. 

However, it was his pursuit for perfection off the field that truly defined him as a leader. The records come and go, but it was the bond with his teammates that will truly last a lifetime. 

Marple Newtown’s head coach Chris Gicking spoke highly of the two-time captain. 

“Abel Hoff was not only a great player on the field, but off it as well. He was very dynamic and elusive. When people look back on Marple Newtown and Delaware County history, his name will be remembered forever.” 

It’s hard to believe that back in his freshman year that Hoff thought he would be a quarterback. That quickly changed when he was moved to wingback in the wing-t style offense under head coach Ray Gionta. 

Hoff’s future appeared to be bright with 130 carries for 611 yards and 5 touchdowns as a sophomore. Out of the backfield, he also chipped in 11 receptions for 195 yards. 

Philosophies changed in 2014, when Chris Gicking took over at the helm for the Tigers. Gicking brought a different type of offense, moving Hoff to the outside as the feature wide receiver. This is where Hoff truly thrived. 

The 1-2 punch of Adrian Sapnas in the backfield and Hoff at receiver is particularly why Marple Newtown averaged 26.9 points that season. 

As a junior, Hoff recorded 70 receptions to set a single-season Delaware County record. The previous record was held by Ridley product, Devon Preston since 1990. 

In total, Hoff posted 70 receptions for 774 yards and 10 touchdowns. Even though the statistics were recognized around the Central League, the Tigers’ failed to make the postseason. Hoff’s determination for the playoffs only grew heading into his senior campaign. 

“We all  (seniors) promised to hold each other accountable so we could accomplish our goals as a team.”

That meant a Central League Championship, a playoff win, and District Championship in their eyes. Those were some high expectations heading into the season. However, they were on a mission and Hoff was ready to lead the way. 

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Broke the Delaware County record for receptions in a season twice (72 receptions)

Coming off a Delaware County record with 70 receptions his junior year, Hoff knew that teams were specifically going to game plan around him. 

He embraced the challenge of having a target on his back. His mindset entering the off-season was to simply get better everyday. 

That meant waking up early in the morning to run routes on the turf, being in the weight-room to enhance his speed, and watch more film. 

“I knew teams would try to double me by putting a safety over top of me along with the corner, so I would work on beating that all off-season in 7-on-7s and in practice.”  

With a full off-season under his belt, Hoff was ready to make a difference. 

“I loved being a second year receiver in coach’s passing attack because it all began to make sense and with the right execution the defense was always wrong.”

In his senior campaign, Hoff broke the county record once again by registering 72 catches for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. On the ground, he had 96 rushes for 465 yards and 6 touchdowns as well. 

Not only was Abel Hoff’s performance one to remember, but Marple Newtown went 8-2 and secured a playoff matchup with Pottstown. 

The Tigers were all over Rick Pennypacker Field that night, defeating Pottsgrove by a final score of 20-7. 

“The win against Pottsgrove is something that I would never forget. I still get goosebumps when I watch film of that game. It was the best feeling wining that game with our school there knowing how much work we had to put in to be able to do that.”  

The victory proved to be the first District 1, Class AAA playoff win in the program’s 88 year history. Hoff led the way for the Tigers, whether that being a vocal leader or leading by example. 

Overall, Hoff wanted to build “a culture or a blueprint for success” that can be passed down when he leaves the program. The first playoff win in program history is a good start. 

Hoff will play collegiately this fall at Shippensburg University under head coach Mark Maciejewski. The Red Raiders went 8-3 in their 2015 campaign and have high hopes coming into this season. 

“Playing at Shippensburg is something I have been excited about non-stop ever since I committed back in January because I know I’m one step closer to accomplishing my goal of playing professionally.”

Competing collegiately is one step closer to that goal, especially in Shippensburg’s spread offense. In a similar scheme to coach Gicking’s offense, Hoff  believes he will be utilized the same way he was in high school. 

Inserting the Delaware County receptions record holder into the offense provides even more firepower to a team that averaged 44.1 points per game a season ago. 

Additionally, he believes that he will have an immediate impact at the next level in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. 

“I plan to come into camp and compete right away. I have been preparing myself for what I expect to be the most challenging training camp of my life. We have a very talented recruiting class coming in and I’m excited to see the level of success we will reach.”

Before Hoff ships off to play collegiately, he was fortunate enough to participate in the PSFCA East/West game on May 2nd, which featured some of the top players in Pennsylvania. 

The Marple Newtown wide receiver reeled in 4 receptions for 60 yards in the East’s 20-19 victory over the West. 

“It happened to be one of the funnest games I have ever been apart of. The best part was being able to build relationships with other players in the state who are also playing college football, so it had a college feel to it.” 

The Shippensburg commit was also honored as the 2015-16 Pennsylvania Mini Maxwell Award winner. Players are evaluated for this honor based on football performance, academics, and community service. This award speaks to the type of character Hoff possesses. 

“It was great to recognized by the state for my accomplishments among some really impressive company,” Hoff stated. 

In terms of Delaware County history, Hoff secured second place all-time with 153 carer receptions in the county, while also ranking fifth with a career 2,088 receiving yards.

Additionally, Hoff rewrote the record books for Marple Newtown in terms of receiving.

He now owns four records: career receiving yards, receiving yards in a season, career receptions, and receptions in a season.

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Abel Hoff with Ron Jaworski & Dick Vermeil at Maxwell award banquet 

For career receiving yards, Hoff broke Matt Barr’s record of 1,629 that transpired back in 1989. Hoff now has it set at 2,088 yards. 

Hoff is also in sole possession of first place in receiving yards for a season, particularly due to his senior season. He racked up 72 receptions for 1,119 yards, breaking Paul Brown’s 1,000 yards in 1995. 

The previous holder for receptions in a career was Mike Maiocco, who hauled in 101 receptions from 1993-95. Hoff finished with a total of 153 receptions as a Tiger from 2013-15. 

Lastly, Hoff broke his own record from a season ago, tacking on two more receptions. He finished with 72 receptions in 2015. 

During Abel Hoff’s tenure at Marple Newtown, he truly embodied the meaning of “Tiger Pride.” This phrase has multiple meanings, but it showcases the hard-work and a sense of pride everyone has in the Marple Newtown community. 

Hoff’s last remarks were how “playing for this year’s Marple Newtown team was an unforgettable experience. I built a bond with my teammates that can never be broken and we all established a sense of ‘Tiger Pride’ that will stay with us the rest of our lives.”  

Your last chance to see Hoff in action at the high school level is at the Hero Bowl. The annual Delaware County High School All-Star Football Game, will be played on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA. Pre-game activities will begin at 7 PM. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

Trade Scenarios for Okafor

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

NEWTON SQUARE, PA. – The city of Philadelphia erupted when the Sixers landed the first overall pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft. 

By the reaction, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals on May 17th. However, this fanbase will take anything positive at this rate. 

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Trade Okafor to Boston? 

Philadelphia (10-72) had the highest percentage to obtain the top pick and were fortunate to have the ping pong balls go their way in the lottery. 

A big thank you to Dikembe Mutumbo for letting everybody know a few hours early! 

Securing the top selection was the first order of business for Bryan Colangelo, who is the president of basketball operations and general manager for the Sixers. 

Now the focus is whether to select Ben Simmons (LSU) or Brandon Ingram (Duke). For me, Simmons is the top player in this draft class for a variety of reasons. 

Simmons was already a face of a team, in addition to being the primary focus of defenses. He also an NBA body at 6’10” and 225 pounds, whereas Ingram has to add weight by being a generous 190. The point forward will be able to run the fast break as well. People say he can’t shoot, but look at LeBron James. He seems to be perfectly fine in the league. 

Take the best player available in the draft and figure it out. Ingram is a talented player with an outside shot, but the primary player on Duke’s squad this season was Grayson Allen. Simmons I believe is more of an immediate impact, compared to Ingram who might take a few more years to develop. There are going to be several pros and cons for both players, but they will both go 1 and 2 in the draft. 

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Could possibly both Simmons & Ingram land in Philly? 

Now, after the first pick is where it gets interesting. Adding Simmons creates even more depth for a team that has stockpiled power forwards and centers. Most have Simmons playing the four or better known as power forward. Trade rumors have already spread like wildfire with Jahlil Okafor in the thick of it. 

Okafor was recently named to the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team, while also ranking second in points per game for rookies. The Duke product averaged 17.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. He has NBA All-Star written all over him, especially when it comes down to the center position. 

His footwork is absolutely tremendous for a 20-year-old that constantly dealt with double teams in the paint. Whenever he kicked the ball out, nobody on this roster could consistently knock down a perimeter shot. He’s still growing  into his body at 6’11” and 275 pounds. His shot will continue to develop farther out as well. 

The struggle is on the defensive end. Yes, he is not the best defender in the world. However, these are areas that can be taught. Not many players possess his ability to put the ball in the basket. I will gladly trade his offense for his lack of defense any day. 

The front-court now has Okafor, Simmons, Dario Šarić, Nerlens Noel, and Joel Embiid. It is not a given that Šarić is coming over this season. Second, Embiid has failed to prove that he can stay healthy or let alone get on the court. That leaves Okafor, Simmons, and Noel. 

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Could it really happen? Paul George to Philadelphia

Brett Brown needs to make it work. Imagine this type of rotation of bigs every single game. There would constantly be a pair of bigs on the court that could give the opposition problems. Simmons can run the floor like a guard with great size. Okafor is instant offense in the paint. Šarić apparently has an outside shot to make him a stretch-four. Noel protects the rim and grabs boards. Embiid, well he can do it all when healthy (hopefully).

Each player offers something unique to the team. Pounding the paint for easy buckets is how the Sixers would beat-up teams. Why not go big with every single team electing to play “small ball” in the NBA?  

The only way you trade Okafor is if the deal is an offer that you can’t refuse in my opinion. 

Scenario 1Rebuild, grab guards 

Boston: Jahlil Okafor & Swaps Picks (Receives No. 24 & 26)

Philadelphia: No. 3 (Kris Dunn) & Swaps Picks for No. 16 & 23

  • No. 16 (Malachi Richardson) & 23 (Tyler Ulis) 

Scenario 2Trade to win now 

Indiana:  Jahlil Okafor, 2017 1st Round pick, 2017 Lakers (Top 3 protected) 1st Round pick 

Philadelphia: Paul George

Scenario 3: Trade for the future, landing Simmons & Ingram 

Los Angeles: Jahlil Okafor

Philadelphia: No. 2 pick (Brandon Ingram) 

Trade for Trout?

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Newtown Square, PA. – It’s still early in the season, but the trade rumors are beginning to heating up with Mike Trout’s name at the top of the list. 

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have a 24 year-old in Trout who is without a doubt one of the premier players in baseball. It is hard to believe that the Angels would consider dealing their young superstar, but the right offer cannot be ignored. 

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Trout coming to Philadelphia would compare to the excitement fans had when Terrell Owens became an Eagle

This Angels’ squad is plagued with injuries, while also being faced with a lackluster minor league system. The haul for Trout would absolutely be a blockbuster move that would land them with a plethora of prospects on top of getting rid of a big contract. 

Trout is currently locked into a six-year, $144.5 million dollar deal that lasts until 2020. Additionally, he has a full-no trade clause that allows him to determine his future. However, this is a reasonable deal considering the way baseball hands out contracts. 

Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals recently inked a a seven-year, $175-million extension. Bryce Harper will probably being asking north of $400 million when he becomes available after 2018. If you ask me, Trout is playing at a discounted rate. 

The Phillies currently have a goldmine of young prospects after trading Cole Hamels, Ken Giles, Jimmy Rollins, etc. Factor in the top selection in the 2016 draft, which features Jason Groome and A.J. Puk. Both are pitchers that adds even more depth to a stacked rotation. 

For the Phillies, would you be willing to depart with top prospects to grab Trout? The packages would have to push the Angeles over the top and lean heavily in their favor. 

Here are some of the top prospects for the Phillies. The list includes: J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Andrew Knapp, Jake Thompson, Mark Appel, Cornelius Randolph, and Roman Quinn. 

I’m not completely sure I would be willing to depart with some names on that list. There are players in the majors right now who I would believe would be untouchable. Those names are Vince Velasquez, Maikel Franco, and Aaron Nola.

Matt Klentak spent the last four seasons as an assistant GM with the Angels. There is a connection there, while also noting how talented Trout was in his press conference. 

“I would not have left Mike Trout in his prime to come here if I didn’t believe we could win, I promise you that.” 

What if somehow Klentak brought Trout in his prime to the city of brotherly love? He’d be a GM to remember. 

Other teams interested in acquiring the center-fielder would be the Cubs, Red Sox, and sadly the Mets. Each team has the talent to obtain his services as well. 

The Millville native might consider waiving his trade clause if it meant coming to his hometown team. The Phillies do have the money to sign Trout once he is a free agent. However, this is a business and not all based on who you rooted for during your childhood. 

Trout joined the big leagues at the age of 19 and certainly has not disappointed. He controls the outfield by robbing home-runs with ease. At the plate, he has a career .304 average while also smashing 146 homers. 

Can you imagine the fanbase if Trout found his way to Philadelphia? This town would embrace Trout like one of their own, while also contending in the National League. 

He essentially would be a new and improved Chase Utley. He fills a need on the corners and provides power to a team that desperately needs it. The player that benefits the most would be Franco as the squad would have a solid 3 & 4 in the lineup. 

At the end of the day, the Phillies will most likely keep their young nucleus intact. The Angeles will listen to offers, but I do believe they keep him. 

Step One is the Lottery for the Sixers

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Newtown Square, PA. – In preciously two weeks, the Philadelphia 76ers must rely on chance in order to secure the number one selection in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft. 

On May 17th, the Sixers need to have the ping pong balls fall into place. This franchise has accepted losing by “trusting the process.” It is time for a desperate change. 

Philadelphia holds the highest percentage (25%) to obtain the first overall pick, after going 10-72 in their 2015-16 campaign. Whether that selection is Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram, the top pick presents options.

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Simmons or Ingram? 

Simmons creates an even deeper logjam at the power forward and center positions. However, his athletic ability allows him to play point forward, allowing him to create opportunities for his teammates.

In this scenario, Nerlens Noel would most likely be dealt for a proven guard to enhance the backcourt and solidify Jahlil Okafor at center. Joel Embiid remains a mystery until he is able to step onto the court. Regardless, his health is a concern and cannot be trusted moving forward. 

Ingram on the other hand fits nicely as the small forward, while receiving comparisons to Kevin Durant. The projected top two pick is currently listed at 6-9 with a 7-3 wingspan, as he continues to grow into his body. Simmons has the most upside, but Ingram may fit better as this team needs a small forward. Additionally, the Duke product has an outside shot, whereas teams failed to see that from Simmons. By all means, gaining another prospect from coach Mike Krzyzewski’s program works for me. 

The most important pick on lottery night other than their own will be the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sixers receive their first round pick, only if it falls out of the top three. Right now, they are positioned behind the Sixers at number two. They need them to fall to four to grab the pick. This opportunity allows the Sixers to obtain the services of a true game changer at the guard position.

At number four, the players to keep in mind are Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, or Jamal Murray. Each player provides a different element to the game. Hield is a prolific scorer, who is an instant threat from beyond the arc. Dunn is an athletic point guard with size at 6-4, while also having experience by playing three seasons at Providence. Murray is a combo guard with tremendous upside after averaging 20 points as a freshman at Kentucky. Most scenarios have at least two of the three available, if somehow the Sixers can snag the fourth overall selection. 

Lastly, the Sixers have number 24 and 26 from the Heat and Thunder. These spots are already set in stone, but are worth value considering that there are always players who fall in the draft. It is also a possibility that they could trade up to grab a proven collegiate player. Needing help at point guard, Tyler Ulis of Kentucky immediately comes to mind. Ulis can run the show, where he did the past two seasons on a team that probably got more coverage than the Sixers. Another player to keep an eye on is Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. This franchise needs to start having a winning attitude. 

George Lambritsios Commits to West Chester University

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Newtown Square, PA. – There is no denying that George Lambritsios’ impact on special teams played a role in Marple Newtown’s success of capturing their first District One Class AAA victory in program history. 

Lambritsios hopes to duplicate that success next season, where he plans to kick collegiately at West Chester University. 

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Steve Coyne Special Teams MVP award recipient, George Lambritsios (R) 

Two factors played a role into his decision of attending West Chester this fall. The most important being the top notch education he would be receiving as he plans to study criminal justice. Second was location, considering that it is only a short car ride away from his residence in Broomall. 

Additionally, the West Chester coaches met his expectations of being able to help the team right away and make an impact in a tough Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

The Golden Rams finished with a 7-4 record, while also appearing in the PSAC Championship Game. Lambritsios provides some extra firepower to a West Chester offense that 34 averaged points per game last season. 

In his two seasons as Marple Newtown’s kicker, Lambritsios developed into an important asset for the Tigers. His senior campaign is where he truly shined, connecting on 11 of 15 field goal attempts, including a long of 45 yards. On extra-points, he put 22 of 26 kicks through the uprights.

Kickoffs is where Lambritsios showcased his big leg, establishing field position by recording 21 touchbacks. When the postseason rolled around, Lambritsios was nothing short of spectacular. In the pair of playoff games, he converted 4 out of 4 field goal attempts, including a long of 34 yards. 

For his efforts on the field, Lambritsios racked up 2015 First Team All-Southeastern PA honors, a nod as the All-Delco kicker, while also being an All-Central League selection this past season. 

When asked about statistics and awards, he mentioned how they are nice when things are going well. However, his mentality will remain the same regardless of the situation. He will never change who he is and stick to his goal of always getting better. 

Lambritsios credits all of his success and development as a kicker to coach Dave Bertoline. The pair worked hard together, training through the summer and school year. 

Bertoline is a graduate of West Catholic High School, where he was a multi-sport athlete in soccer, football, baseball, and basketball. In 1988, he was named the Philadelphia Daily News Athlete of the Year. After high school, Bertoline did a two-year stint at Spring Garden College, then ended up up at Temple University where he played soccer. 

In terms of coaching, Bertoline assisted West Catholic’s special teams for fourteen years before joining Marple Newtown’s squad. Lambritsios and the rest of the team have benefited from the knowledge and experience Bertoline has provided. 

Kicking at the collegiate level is an adjustment, considering how different it is from the high school ranks. Lambritsios has recently started to kick off of the ground, instead of using a block. He admitted that the transition is going well.

“Many kickers have a hard time with this transition, but kicking the soccer ball off the ground all these years definitely could have helped.” 

For Lambritsios, football was not even on his radar until his junior year. 

“After many people telling me to go kick, I would have been a fool to not give it a chance.”

Soccer was his priority, putting all his focus into the one sport. From his perspective, playing other sports would have taken away his concentration and therefore fall behind.

His hard work did payoff, earning several awards. In 2014, he was named All-Central League’s Player of the Year to go along with other honors such as All-Central League and All-Delco. 

“Growing up in a Greek household soccer was the sport to play. My father introduced me to soccer and asked me if I wanted to get serious about it so other sports never crossed my mind.” 

Representing the Tigers on the gridiron and soccer field did present some challenges. The fall was hectic, running around from practices to games. This was a strict schedule for him, highlighting the importance of time-management. Transitioning was difficult with all his schoolwork, but he found a way to make it work.

Be sure to see Lambritsios among several other of his teammates in the 40th annual Delaware County Hero Bowl, which will be held on Thursday, June 2 at Cardinal O’Hara High School with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. 

 

Signing Barnes is the #1 Priority

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Newtown Square, PA. – Trusting the process failed miserably in Philadelphia.

There is no way around that statement. The Sixers were the laughingstock of the NBA, while also being a punchline on the television show “The Simpsons.”

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Barnes is a must moving forward for Sixers 

Philadelphia elected to to trust Sam Hinkie’s approach for awhile, but their patience soon ran out after another dismal season. Bryan Colangelo now takes over a squad that stockpiled draft picks, acquired a trio of talented big men, and a stud from Europe (hopefully) coming over in Dario Šarić.

Colangelo is the new sheriff in town and I’m interested in seeing what he does with all the assets he was given. Barnes should be the top free agent on their list. 

 1) Harrison Barnes: Restricted FA

The first priority on their list should be to call Harrison Barnes’ agent and see what he desires. After that conversation, give him what he wants. Golden State is strapped financially with a bunch of contracts, while also looking to lockup Steph Curry to a long-term deal in the near future. Barnes has the potential to be an absolute star on the right team. If the Sixers offer the 24 year old a max contract, it would be up to the Warriors on whether they can make it happen. 

Barnes comes from a winning culture as a secondary option behind Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. In Philadelphia, he would be the primary option behind Jahlil Okafor in the post. This season Barnes has contributed 11. 7 points per game, while also grabbing 5 rebounds (basketball reference). Is he okay being slated at the small forward slot as well? Moving the 6-8 Barnes to the shooting guard position creates mismatches that instantly help this squad out. Additionally, you may have the option of having an 18 year old kid in Brandon Ingram from Duke next to Barnes. I’m sure they will be plenty of North Carolina and Duke comments between the two, but this could be a winning formula. 

Part of that winning formula is the importance of depth. Golden State has about eleven players on that roster that contribute on a daily basis, making them difficult to play against. Everyone knows their role, whether being a rebounder, defender, or shooter. The Sixers have the ammunition to produce something similar. Šarić is arguably the best player to come over from Europe in awhile. People have labeled him as a stretch four with good size at 6-10. Say Ingram is the draft pick selected for the Sixers, then just look at the length they have on the floor (Barnes 6-8, Ingram 6-9, Šarić 6-10). By the way, Šarić is only 22 years old! Now, if the Sixers throw in a point guard who can shoot… this could be team to be afraid of. A name that instantly comes to mind in the draft is Tyler Ulis out of Kentucky. 

In 2016, the Sixers had $56 million dollars in salary cap space. Next year, their number jumps to $69 million. It is time to utilize some of that space for a player that can make a difference. Building through the draft only goes so far. Drawing free agents for Colangelo will be a challenge moving forward, but at least head coach Brent Brown will appreciate the effort. Stealing Barnes away from Golden State will be difficult, but not impossible. 

 

 

Eagles Eye Up Franchise Quarterback

By: David DiPasqua, Jr.

Philadelphia, PA. – The Philadelphia Eagles made a surprise move today by acquiring the second overall pick from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a plethora of selections. 

This is absolutely a high risk, high reward type of move that will make Howie Roseman look like a genius or a fool. Personally, this was a mistake that could have been avoided. There still would have been a game-changing player at number eight, which would have been Ezekiel Elliott or Ronnie Stanley. 

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Eagles jump to No. 2… Good or Bad?

Similar to 1999, Andy Reid found his franchise quarterback in Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick. Pederson was the bridge quarterback for McNabb in that situation. Fast-forward to 2016 and now the Eagles have Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel to bridge for either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. The Eagles would not have made his deal without knowledge of who the Los Angeles Rams are taking with the top selection. 

Reports have the Eagles taking Wentz at number two, the North Dakota State product. Scouts are raving about his intelligence and physical abilities.  He has all the tools, considering that he is 6’5″ and can make all the throws needed.

There are still question marks about the level of competition he played against. Adjusting to the pace of the game will be a challenge. I know there have been great players from smaller colleges, but the quarterback is the most important position on the field. Wentz will be slowly groomed into the starting role. Success does not happen overnight, so expect to see him starting either next year or in 2018. Roseman must believe Wentz can be a franchise quarterback. 

Whether it is Wentz or Goff, they will be holding a clipboard and be inactive. On game day, the third quarterback is normally inactive on the roster. This gives them a year to adjust to the speed of the NFL. Additionally, this provides a project for coach Pederson and Frank Reich to work on. 

For all those people who believe Bradford will be dealt, think again. The Eagles are responsible for his $11 million dollar signing bonus, which is why he is not going anywhere. Therefore, Bradford is the starting quarterback for this season. Daniel will be the backup who knows the system and most likely play a few games, considering Bradford is injury prone. 

In conclusion, the Eagles need this move to pan out. There are several other holes to fill, which will now be put on hold. The reward is that Wentz or Goff is their quarterback for the next decade. The risk is that they are a bust, while surrendering a fortune in terms of picks. Only time will tell.