- The NFL Turned the Draft into a Festival, and it worked in Philly. [Deadspin]
- Guy who watches the draft every year (awesome read). [Deadspin]
- The NFL set up the draft on the Rocky Steps, in front of the Museum. [Deadspin]
- Grading every Eagles draft pick. [Sports Illustrated]
- Carson Wentz took his lineman out hunting. [Deadspin]
- The NFL draft being in Philly was a homegame for NFL Films. [NFL Films Blog]
In all the hoopla of the offseason and following other franchises – most closely the Eagles and what the Browns will do with the #1 overall pick and the #12 – I have lost track that Ben Roethlisberger is considering retirement. He said this after the Steelers got squashed at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship game.
But Roethlisberger sounds like he’s coming back. In fact he so much as said he’s leaning towards coming back.
“I’m leaning towards it,” Roethlisberger said on Friday when asked about playing in 2017, via Dale Lolley of the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter.
Well, that’s good for the game of football. He will be back. He’s the player that you hear so many compare Carson Wentz to. He’s a future Hall of Famer. The game wouldn’t be quite as prominent just losing Roethlisberger on a whim to retirement. When he announces it’s official that he’s coming back, we’ll be happy to see him play at least one more season.
The door is truly wide open for the Steelers to make yet another run through the AFC North, they have the best skill players in the NFL.
Sunday nights are somber enough. I’m sitting and watching the NCAA tournament with my dad and thinking about anything but NFL football when an alert comes across my cell phone from CBS Sportsline.
Dwight Clark has been diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,” Clark wrote in a statement posted on his blog. “Those words are still very hard for me to say.”
The former 49ers receiver, who’s most famous for his iconic game-winning touchdown — which was later dubbed “The Catch” — against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, said his diagnosis came after visits with six neurologists and three ALS specialists.
“While I’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years,” Clark wrote, “the only thing I know is that I’m going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.”
When I first learned the game of football, my uncle often said I looked like Dwight Clark when I was young. Then I learned he made ‘The Catch’. Then he was the man in charge of building the Browns when they returned to the league in 1999.
This is sad news. I wish Dwight Clark and his family prayers and well being during this difficult time. I also have to wonder if there is a correlation between his time in the game of football and this diagnosis.
This was not some lineman you barely heard about. Clark had a long and successful career only wearing a 49ers uniform.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made a couple quiet but savvy moves early in free agency, bringing back Nick Foles on a two-year contract and signing stud guard Chance Warmack (former top 10 pick in the draft) to a one-year $2 million dollar deal.
Warmack is a road grader blocking guard; who should help in the run game and reunites with former OL coach Doug Pederson. Foles had a near MVP as the starter in Philadelphia and should Carson Wentz miss any time, he’s an excellent back-up quarterback with the experience he has.
I’ve always liked Albert Breer, and he’s in podcast form now straight out of The MMQB talking about how they went and got Carson Wentz in last year’s draft.
The good dialogue starts around the 22:40 mark in the audio clip above.
To be honest it sounds like Roseman just sounds relieved to have Wentz. He compares the Eagles now to the spots the 2004 Giants, Chargers, and Steelers have put themselves in to where they’re still building around the guy they drafted back in that draft some 13+ years ago.
And the Eagles are starting to build around their guy. There are still rumors of them doing something to get Brandon Cooks from the New Orleans Saints.
Thought I would throw a few Carson Wentz links up late night:
- The Eagles want to make sure Carson Wentz is on board with their off-season moves. [PFT]
- How high is Carson Wentz’s ceiling? [Bleeding Green Nation]
- The Eagles are disciplined to building around Carson Wentz. [PFT]
- Carson Wentz’ scouting report. [Pro Football Focus]
- Carson Wentz has had a great start to his offseason. [Gary Cobb]
- Another great scouting report from this time last year. This compares him to Ben Roethlisberger. [Sports Illustrated]
- Five moves to help Carson Wentz. [Fox Sports]
- That day in November when the Eagles and their rookie QB beat the Super Bowl bound Atlanta Falcons. [Pro Football Reference]
This past season, the love I had for NFL just seems to disappear. All I cared about was who I had money on, or who I needed for my pick em’. I didn’t even put that much effort into fantasy football. I just didn’t really care. I thought it was a combination of things. Having a two year old and a newborn might have been it. The Kaepernick and anthem bullshit made me feel betrayed. But I just wasn’t inspired and didn’t care. The NFL did something to turn me off, spare a few nights when I really thought it was great.
One of those nights I felt invested was on December 22nd, a few days before Christmas when the Eagles played the Giants and won 24-19 in Philadelphia. The Eagles pulled off a nice upset, and while Wentz didn’t have a great game, he really showed toughness in the win. I said to myself I really like this kid a lot after a season of up’s and down’s.
He hit Nelson Agholor for a 40-yard touchdown early in the game, and I said ‘what an arm’.
Today I purchased a pre-order of the Carson Wentz figure coming out next year.
I need a new horse, so badly. Someone that really interests me week in and week out. Wentz could be that guy, easily. The Eagles could be a reason I buy Madden one more time.
This is something to keep an eye on. This could bring this blog back to life.