Riding a Cary Williams' interception early on to a 7-0 lead, the Eagles were unable to stop the Pats the rest of the way, as they lost by a final score of 42-35. The offense took a huge step back for the Eagles, as they turned the ball over four times during the game; twice on the ground and twice through the air. Knowing Belichick, he was probably behind the turnovers with his witchcraft and cheating ways, but nonetheless, the Eagles offense has to come more prepared for their next game.
In ironic fashion, the biggest men on the field are the ones who blend into the background the most every Sunday. The offensive line has always been an unknown entity to football fans. Obviously, having a good offensive line helps and having a weak unit will make your team suffer as a whole. But what is it that makes a line good? Sure, technique and skill are very important to have. However, the most important skill for an offensive line to have is continuity.
Josh Huff made his presence known last Friday night towards the end of the second quarter, when he scampered 102 yards into the end zone after the previous scoring drive put together by the Bears. It's been a while since the Eagles had such a weapon in the return game, so the Huff touchdown came as a bit of a shock. The 86th pick of the 2014 draft, Huff is a talented receiver out of the University of Oregon who really got rolling during his senior season in college. Although Matthews has been the more hyped receiver the Eagles drafted this offseason, Huff brings a lot more to the table than his special teams prowess.
Growing up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Beau Allen spent most of his days purifying himself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka (that's right, a Chappelle Show reference. The Prince episode specifically.) But when he wasn't spending time around the lake, the man was working on his defensive technique and developing his football skills.
It's finally here folks. After seven long months of first round exits, tanking for Canadian ballers, and not trading guys who contribute little to the team, Philadelphia's best professional team at the moment finally took the field Friday night in an exhibition match against the Chicago Bears. Although the Eagles did wind up with the loss, that's not what the preseason is about. These games are for Chip to see who makes the team, who will start, and who meshes well with others.
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Well, we did it! The Soul clinched a playoff spot during the final week of the season. The good news: a 5-13 team made the playoffs out West (4 of the 6 western teams make the playoffs as well), so the Soul are officially not the worst team in the playoffs! The bad news: the Soul are facing off August 2nd at 7pm against the best team in the league, the 17-1 Cleveland Gladiators.
Since the first practice commenced last Saturday July 26, the Eagles have been working their way back into shape. They finished 10-6 with a division title last season, but were disappointed to not make it past the first round of the playoffs. However, it's great to see the team move on from the "Dream Team" of a couple seasons ago and embrace Chip Kelly's fast paced philosophy. With a year of working with the offense under their belts, season 2 of the Chip Kelly project should be even better.
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"Be patient" was Sam Hinkie's message in the 2014 draft. With the third pick in the 2014 draft, the 76ers selected Joel Embiid from Kansas. The 7-footer from Cameroon emerged as the top prospect within the last few months until a stress fracture was discovered in his foot last week that required surgery. Falling to #3, the Sixers will made a steal if he can stay healthy. Embiid's freshman season at Kansas ended early with a back injury (why do the Sixers love injured big men?). Only beginning to play basketball in 2011, NBA scouts have been blown away with the progress he has made just within the last year. Embiid is the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the year and has a nice offensive game, with a back to the basket game as well as a good jumpshot for a player of his size. Joel will be a legitimate center with his size and strength. Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in 23 minutes in 28 games with Kansas. The #3 pick will miss part if not all of the upcoming season recovering from surgery.
The Sixers made a little bit of a surprise pick with PG Elfrid Payton from UL Lafayette. The pick was a bit surprising when the Sixers already have a point guard without a jump shot, but it became clearer when word emerged that Philly had traded Payton to Orlando for Dario Saric at #12. A future first round (originally Philly's from Bynum trade) and second round pick were also involved. The Croatian power forward just signed a deal earlier this week with Anadolu Efes, a Turkish team, which guarantees he will remain in Europe until at least 2016. The 6'10'' 20-year-old isn't a flashy athlete, but has a high basketball IQ, great vision and passing skills, and is a threat in the post. Saric was the Croatian League MVP in 2013 and the Adriatic League MVP in 2014.
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!