PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The NFL released the 2017-18 schedule this evening and the Philadelphia Eagles are slated to be on national television four times.
They will play Washington and Oakland inside Lincoln Financial Field for Monday Night Football. The match-up with Oakland will occur on Christmas with kickoff set for 8:30 p.m.
Additionally, they will be playing on the road for a pair of Sunday Night Football games. Philadelphia will head to Dallas as well as Seattle. They will also travel to Carolina for a Thursday Night Football contest.
Here is my WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTION – The Eagles end up 10-6
This belief is that Carson Wentz takes that next step, while management adds weapons for him through the draft. December will be tough… but good teams find a way to get into the playoffs. It does help that the bye week falls on week 10. They will pickup momentum in midway through the season.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The season is now complete and the Philadelphia 76ers have landed with the fourth worst record in the NBA.
Now fans can turn their attention to the highly anticipated NBA Lottery. On the bright side,the Sixers have an opportunity to grab the Lakers’ selection if the team does not fall within the top three picks. Now the question is… Where will they pick and more importantly WHO?
If Philadelphia is lucky enough to be in the top three, they should put serious thought into taking UCLA standout Lonzo Ball. Yes, his father can cause headaches. Yes, his father stirs up trouble. However, his father is not the one on the court.
Ball in my opinion was the best play-maker in the NCAA this season with incredible court awareness. He sees plays before they happen and can attack the rim with his 6’6″ frame. He is drawing comparisons to Jason Kidd, which is currently high praise.
Imagine the combination of Ball and Simmons in the backcourt. The experiment with Simmons running the point would no longer exist, but think of mismatches that would be in their favor.
Another face of the franchise type of player: A new big 3 with Ball, Simmons, & Embiid … and don’t forget about Dario Saric
Tremendous size playing the PG position for Brett Brown
Winning the transition game with Ball and Simmons running in the open court
Provides open looks for teammates with passing ability
Brings a winning attitude to a team looking to turn the page
Instantly puts the squad into playoff contention in the Eastern Conference
There certainly would be questions about who could knock down perimeter shots
Can Ball be consistent from beyond the arc with that odd type of shot? Simmons still has to prove he can stretch the floor
Will he be happy playing in Philadelphia? Will his father cause trouble?
Would he fit in with the players on the team right now?
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Listed below is my official 2017 NFL Mock Draft. These are my opinions on who they should take and not who team each will actually select.
New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
The Saints can either go offense to replace the production of Cooks or turn towards defense. Personally, Brees will find a way to make it work with Thomas on the outside. Therefore, the team will look to enhance the secondary or front seven. Taking a player like Barnett with a high motor helps cause havoc in the backfield.
Cleveland took Garrett with the top selection and now can focus on QB. All three options are available. Personally, Trubisky is not ready. Kizer can turn out to be the best of the bunch, but can’t step in right away. That leaves Watson, who I believe would fit in nicely with the young nucleus being built.
Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, DE, Temple
Arizona could go with a QB in order to replace Palmer. However, Reddick has done nothing but raise his stock after the season ended. This could be a huge move as Reddick can play all over the field.
I have gone back and forth with this selection. Considering the vast amount of depth in the draft, Philadelphia will elect to go with a player who can help Wentz in multiple ways.
He can be lined up in the slot, while also taking handoffs. He causes mismatches all over the field, whether being in the backfield or motioned to the outside. Can he withstand punishment in-between the tackles? My gut says yes. He has vision and is shifty enough make men miss. As a returner, he can learn from Sproles and gradually take that over.
Some people say go Dalvin Cook. Others hope a corner falls to No. 14. You don’t want to reach, espeically after Sydney Jones went down. There will be other opportunities to grab defensive backs. Take McCaffrey.
Indianapolis Colts: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
This is a no-brainer. Protect your franchise player in Andrew Luck.
New Orleans Saints: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Cleveland Browns: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Listed below is my official 2017 NFL Mock Draft. These are my opinions on who they should take and not who each team will actually select.
New York Jets: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Hooker is a top talent, but I believe this No. 6 selection will be traded for a team wanting either Hooker or Fournette. This team is rebuilding after letting go of Marshall, Mangold, etc. If they keep it, they can’t go wrong with him.
Los Angeles Chargers: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
The Chargers want Malik Hooker and with him being off the board… trade. They don’t need a QB this high up or a RB after Melvin Gordon’s performance last season. In this case, they’ll take the next best option in Humphrey. Foster is another possibility.
Todd McShay has Howard in his Top 5 right now going to Jacksonville. However, I don’t believe anyone takes him that high. Howard can help in the running game with McCoy and block for Taylor. A safe pick for Buffalo.
San Francisco completely imploded last season. With a new era upon them, drafting Thomas helps ease the pain. It is a stepping stone in the right direction, plus the Stanford connection. Taking Jamal Adams wouldn’t be a bad option either.
The Jaguars are stacking up on defense. Incorporating Allen into that defensive line can create havoc. A young nucleus with Ramsey, Fowler, and veteran core makes be believe this franchise just needs a QB. If the Jaguars can take care of the football this season, watch out for the Jaguars.
Tennessee Titans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
After the trade with the Rams last season, the Titans have the luxury of adding a top tier cornerback in Lattimore. He can learn from Logan Ryan and play all over the field. You can never have too much depth in the secondary.
Philadelphia, Pa. – With the franchise building around Carson Wentz, is it too far-fetched to believe that Christian McCaffrey could be selected No. 14 to the Philadelphia Eagles?
This team has been busy in free agency, landing Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, and Chance Warmack. Don’t forget he brought Nick Foles back to help Wentz moving forward.It goes without saying that Jeffery is the best wide receiver to be in this town since the departure of Jeremy Maclin.
Smith on the other hand adds a deep-threat, similar to when DeSean Jackson was here. Do not count out Warmack on the offensive line, since he is a former first rounder with 323 pounds in the middle. General manager Howie Roseman has indicated that he wants to restructure this team to days of when Andy Reid was at the helm.
Last year, Roseman went up to the second overall selection and brought this city a franchise quarterback. Despite being strapped with a tight salary cap number, he went out and provided Wentz with options on the outside who can change a game.
It is possible that Roseman takes another offensive playmaker at No. 14, even though he added weapons? With Darren Sproles in his final season, maybe McCaffrey could take his role. Ryan Matthews is not the long-term solution either.
I am not saying that I want them to definitely take the former Heisman finalist, but it is a good question to ask. He can be moved all around the formation and cause mismatches for Wentz to find. This offense will be putting up points and it helps that the duo of McCaffrey and Wentz can grow together. This would be a nightmare for teams in the NFC East.
The Stanford standout has the speed and moves to be successful. He can be lined up in the backfield, slot, or as a returner in this league. His combine was impressive enough to have him go somewhere in the first round. McCaffrey registered a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, while scoring a 37.5 vertical.
I am not sold on him running in-between the tackles, but anything is possible. He is a smaller back but it a necessity in this offense to be able to be a check-down. Think about him on third-downs and keeping drives alive.
Howie must nail this NFL Draft and has to consider every option.
Philadelphia, Pa. – The Philadelphia Eagles can go in multiple directions with the No. 14 selection in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft next month.
Do the Eagles add a playmaker for quarterback Carson Wentz? Do they go defense for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz?
This certainly depends on what the team does in free agency or trades, considering all the rumors around Brandon Cooks. The Saints are seeking a mid-round first rounder for the speedy wide receiver. However, according to reports New Orleans has already declined New England’s offer of their first for Cooks.
Anything is certainly possible, especially when this could change the landscape of free agency (countless wide receivers testing the waters).
When it comes to the draft, a player slipping due to a “heated altercation” at the combine was Alabama’s Reuben Foster. The linebacker in my opinion has Top-5 talent with his size and speed. He hits like a truck and plays with an attitude, which this town will love.
Linebacker is a need for this team as they continue to transition to a 4-3. Additionally, there is a possibility that they deal Connor Barwin and Mychal Kendricks who do not fit the scheme and free up salary cap space.
Foster can play all three downs. It allows Schwartz the freedom to be creative and allow the front seven to take over games. Jordan Hicks and Foster would be a nice one-two punch for years to come.
This a deep draft in the first three rounds, which allows the Eagles to grab a corner. Expect to see a move for wide receiver in free agency.
It does not hurt to take the best player available if Foster somehow falls to No. 14. It is something to at least think about.
The Philadelphia 76ers have hopefully turned a page after drafting Ben Simmons with the top selection in the NBA Draft.
Despite only having 47 wins in the past three seasons, the city is filled with optimism as things are beginning to unfold.
One of the Sixers’ prized assets in Joel Embiid has been cleared by doctors to officially play. However, they are being cautious and will not have him participating in summer league.
Another pleasant surprise was Dario Saric’s announcement that he will joining Philadelphia this season. The former first round pick in 2014 provides another reliable scorer who can apparently shoot from the outside.
Additionally, the team has Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel as twin towers in the paint. There have been several rumors surrounding both players, especially on draft night.
Most likely one of these players will be dealt, but it MUST be for fair value. Otherwise, keep all the bigs and make it work. Think about it, someone will probably be injured or need extra rest (Embiid). Head coach Brent Brown should find a way to make it work.
The more depth the better. Cut the players who don’t belong in the league.
Projected Starting Lineup (As of Now)
Off the bench bigs: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Jerami Grant, & Richaun Holmes
Off the bench guards: Sergio Rodriguez, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Hollis Thompson, T.J. McConnell, & Nik Stauskas
Being patient will payoff, considering this team will not be able to sign a player like a Kevin Durant. However, this upcoming season will be huge for a variety of reasons.
Philadelphia I say will be around 25-30 wins (Right now I’ll say 26), which is good enough to potentially use the Kings’ swap that they own to move up in the 2017 lottery. The Kings are completely dysfunctional, especially with DeMarcus Cousins on the roster for now. In my eyes, they are a lock for the lottery.
Plus, you throw in the Lakers’ first rounder that hopefully does not fall into the top three again. Luke Walton is at the helm, but a quick fix in LA doesn’t look like it is going to happen.
They did improve with players like Brandon Ingram and some veteran free agents. However, they will be back in the lottery as well.
This potentially lands the Sixers with a pair of Top 5 or Top 10 picks in a pretty deep draft class.
Adding a pair of talented guards to go along with Simmons and company next year will certainly put this team back in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference.
Here are a 5 names to keep an eye on (Highlight reels are in the link):
On the free agency front, the Sixers have been relatively quiet. There were rumors with Rajon Rondo and Harrison Barnes, but nothing materialized. Instead the team decided to save their money by signing three veteran guards. The patient approach is the right approach.
First was Jerryd Bayless, who inked a 3 year, $27 million dollar contract. Bayless is a veteran at the age of 27, who has bounced around during his professional career. With the way contracts were being handed out, this was a good deal for Philadelphia. The team was in desperate need of a point guard who can shoot from the outside (36.5% career 3pt %). He’s not going to win you games, but good in terms of being a catch and shoot player when Simmons brings up the ball. Bayless can run the team for a year or two, until his replacement comes in. Overall, he’s an average player that fits a bunch of needs.
Sergio Rodriguez is another veteran presence, who has spent time in Europe and the NBA. Signing a one year, $8 million dollar contract tells me that it is an experiment. If it doesn’t workout, then there is no harm in the matter. Rodriguez can stretch the floor, while also providing Brown with another option in the backcourt.
Lastly is the Episcopal Academy product in Gerald Henderson. The hometown kid was brought in on a two year, $ 18 million dollar deal to play for the Sixers. The glaring weakness was the backcourt, so this makes sense. With the price being right, Henderson will help as another veteran presence who can score.