Who comes close to DeSean Jackson this season for the Birds?

We are all waiting to find out who will shine this season in the wide receiver position. If you compile some stats maybe we will come close. We will be working with the two Eagles veterans Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. DeSean Jackson had 1,332 yards with 9 touchdowns in 2013. Since DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant are out of the Eagles mix we only have Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.

Riley Cooper had 835 yards with 8 touchdowns last season. Cooper did step up last season compared to 2012. Cooper had 248 yards with 3 touchdowns in 2012. Riley Cooper will be going into his 5th season as an Eagle.

Jeremy Maclin missed the 2013 season due to a knee injury. I  will be using Maclin’s stats from 2012. Maclin had 857 yards with 7 touchdowns in 2012. Maclin will be going into his 6th season as an Eagle. It would have been interesting to see Maclin’s stats if he wouldn’t have missed the 2013 season. I think Maclin would have come close or possibly pass DeSean Jackson’s final season as an Eagle.

Who do you think will shine this season at the wide receiver position?

 

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The fans SHOULD know the way the Phillies do business

The article published by Todd Zolecki on MLB.com Amaro formulating plan for Phillies’ future was interesting to me.

I do feel it is the fans business the way the Phillies do business. The fans are the ones that buy the tickets and watch the horrible games on TV. Apparently the GM is not doing his job or the Phillies wouldn’t be in last place.

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LeSean McCoy tossing 45 pound plates like paper plates

LeSean McCoy posted this Vine video tossing 45 pound plates during a workout prior getting ready for the Bears game on Friday. This is why LeSean McCoy is one of the best running backs in the league. McCoy makes this look too easy!

 

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NY Mets fan gets a W.B. Mason truck with Phillies Logo

The New York Mets give fan Steven Mitzmacher a New York Mets W.B. Mason truck with the Phillies logo on the driver side door on Sunday. I bet the Mets were not popular with this giveaway. At least for this one lucky fan. Someone was falling asleep at the assembly line.

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Photo: Courtesy Steven Mitzmacher

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Shady 2K rushing yards in 2015?

Lesean McCoy says “This is THE YEAR!!!!”, McCoy tweets.

McCoy was shy of reaching 2,000 rushing yards last season. He ended last season with 1,607 rushing yards. I believe that McCoy can reach his 2,000 rushing yards in the up coming season. If he can stay healthy. Bleed Green!

 

 

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What Are We Looking For From The Eagles This Preseason?

Short answer? Simply not as much as one would think. Improvement from the defense i.e. consistent pressure on Qb’s in passing situations which should vastly improve the secondary’s effectiveness.Progression and subsequent execution of the 3-4 defense installed last year by coach Bill Davis. Look for young players such as LB Michal Kendricks and S Earl Wolff to stand out. Special Teams need to display improvement in coverage. Remember the playoff game vs the Saints? Nick Foles and the offense leave the field late in the 4th quarter with the lead and the kickoff coverage unit fails to contain Darren Sproles forcing CB Cary Wiiliams to horsecollar and that penalty places the Saints 15 yards shy of the game clinching field goal. We all know how that concluded. As for punt return situations, they absolutey need to give the offense better field position. Last year it became painfully apparent Desean Jackson was indifferent to returning punts. Finally the offense…Qb Nick Foles needs to look sharp and the O-line should look to prove it can protect Foles without the services of OT Lane Johnson while he serves a four game suspension. The WR’s need to display the ability to get open and make plays without Desean Jackson demenading additional safety help. Count on Philly and national media placing the offense under the microscope early and often until it shows it can be as explosive and at times overwhelming as it was last year. (It says here it will be.) All of the preceding things we are looking for starting tomorrow night mean absolutely little, if anything at all, if key players get hurt. Thus team health is also something we look for. That is the obvious thing at the beginning and especially the end of every preseason. Look for your team to emerge healthy or relatively so.

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Mike Vick is listed on second team

The Jets release the first official depth cart. Geno Smith is the starting quarterback. At least for now. As reportd by Manish Mehta from the New York Daily News, Smith was listed ahead of Mike Vick.

 

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Mike Vick could be healthy this season and remain on the bench as number two. What can a healthy Mike Vick do? It’s not Philadelphia’s problem this season.

 

 

 

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Contract Options Killing Phillies Trade Scenarios?

While there is still some time remaining before the 4 p.m MLB trade deadline tomorrow rumblings and grumblings around baseball seem to indicate that option years included in the contracts for A.J. Burnett & Marlon Byrd are what is holding up possible deals. Burnett to the Pirates was a real possibility but according to sources which include Espn Insider & CSN Philly, Burnett would have to waive his player option for next year which currently stands at 7.5 million but if he finishes season could escalate to well over 12 million. Much too hefty for Pirates payroll. Same line of thinking could be applied to Baltimore and St. Louis in a trade scenario for Burnett. Meanwhile the length of Marlon Byrd’s contract may be the road block for Royals, Reds , Blue Jays or Mariners because he is currently 36 soon to be 37 & will be 41 at the conclusion of the contract if as expected the vested option will be attained. It is also believed both Byrd and Burnett also have limited no trade clause. It seems that Ruben Amaro has perhaps “contract optioned” himself into a corner. Stay tuned.

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Sixers add Ben Franklin Logo

The Sixers will start the upcoming season with an alternate logo. The logo features Ben Franklin in a royal blue Adidas T-shirts. The T-shirt is available through Sixers.com for $21.95. Gray is always an option if you don’t like the royal blue. I like this T-shirt and may need to purchase one. I was getting tired of seeing the same boring logos.

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Rex Ryan buries his former QB Mark Sanchez?

The Jets seem very confident in the quarterback department. There will be competition between Mike Vick and Geno Smith. Training camp started Wednesday for the Jets. If Vick can stay healthy he could be the starter. I doubt they signed him to sit on the bench.

Rex Ryan seems confident since their offense was upgraded in the offseason.

“I don’t know if we have had a better quarterback situation since I have been the head coach here,” Ryan said.

I would think Rex Ryan is talking about Mark Sanchez. Don’t you?

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