Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend. Summer is officially here and that means training camp is just a month or so away. That’s great news. Let’s check out some Eagles related stuff
Tim McManus brings up an interesting talking point that we haven’t had much discussion about. What are the expectations for Torrey Smith in 2017? He was never a high volume catch guy in Baltimore, but he was certainly a productive player. He’s still just 28 years old and only a few seasons removed from scoring 11 touchdowns for the Ravens in 2014. His two years in San Francisco were a disaster, but that shouldn’t be totally placed on his shoulders.
I tend to think Torrey Smith will look more like the receiver he was in Baltimore, where he averaged 53 catches, 898 yards and close to eight touchdowns, as opposed to the one we saw in San Francisco the past two seasons (average of 27 catches, 465 yards and 3.5 TDs). He joined the 49ers just as they fell into their descent. They cycled through two one-and-done head coaches in 2015 and 2016 (Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly), rotated between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, and went a combined 7-25.
In Philly, Smith should be aided by stability at quarterback, a solid offensive line and a quality number of receiving options around him that includes Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and tight end Zach Ertz.
Smith is entering his seventh NFL season, but he is quick to point out that he’s only 28, and he believes most of the 4.36-second 40-time speed he had coming out Maryland remains intact.
So what is Smith at this point in his career? Probably a decent 2nd option for Carson Wentz, someone he will look for on 3rd down and when Alshon Jeffery is getting double teamed. More importantly, someone who can still stretch the field and keep safety honest. And with the sudden WR depth on the team, that’s all the Eagles really need. Let’s give a prediction of 45 catches for 650 yards and 6 TD’s. I’d sign up for that right now.
— Shout out to Brandon Lee Gowton for putting this story in his news and links this morning . Chris Chase of FoxSports.com ranked every NFL stadium from top to bottom. Some of his choices are a bit forced (ranking Jerry’s World near the bottom at 30th), but for the most part, it’s a solid list. So where does Lincoln Financial Field rank? How bout a somewhat surprising 4th overall.
There’s something to be said for a solid, good-looking stadium with excellent sight lines and fast-moving security that’s located directly off I-95 in a stadium complex that has ton of parking. And the awfulness of Philly fans is overrated. Like 95 percent of people are great. Those other 5 percent — well, they’re as bad as advertised. Eh, maybe it’s a 90/10 ratio.
Wow, a compliment for Eagles fans!! While I’ve only been to a handful of NFL stadiums, the Linc is certainly right at the top of the list. Not sure it’s been a great home field advantage for the team like Veterans Stadium was, but the stadium itself is deserving of a top 5 ranking. The worst stadium in the NFL in this ranking was Fed Ex Field. I also agree with this assessment. Not one positive thing to say about the home of the Redskins.
— Any chance the Eagles would sign Darrelle Revis? Normally I would say no, but you never know with Howie in charge. Not sure where they would get the cap money from, but things would be much more interesting with Revis in town.
I have a weird feeling the Eagles are gonna sign someone today.. pic.twitter.com/WJVRFwwBwE
— Philly Sports (@MadeForPhilly) May 27, 2017