Eagles need help at wide receiver, but it’s not Dez Bryant

Sigh. Never in a million years would I expect so many Philadelphia Eagles fans to be fine with the idea of signing Dez Bryant. But I understand what many of them are thinking. In 2017, it looked like the Eagles had finally removed themselves from the days of wide receiver woes with a trio of Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Torrey Smith, plus up-and-coming rookies in Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. Fast forward to 2018. … Continue reading

Nick Foles doesn’t have to be elite for Eagles to win

If there’s one thing we know about Nick Foles, it’s that he’s consistently inconsistent. Sure, he had brilliant performances against the Vikings and Patriots in the playoffs last year, but inconsistency has ravaged his entire career, building the hopes up of fans just enough to be disappointed the next time he doesn’t tear it up. Thursday’s performance against the Falcons shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Foles finished the game 19 of 34 for a measly 117 … Continue reading

Final 2018 Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster prediction

The preseason has finally come to an end. Man, those last two games were painful. Luckily, talking about who will make the 53-man roster is much more fun. Here’s my final prediction for the Eagles main roster ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline to cut down to 53 players. If you’d like to compare, my roster prediction from August 22 can be viewed here. Quarterback In: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld Out: Joe Callahan … Continue reading

Predicting the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster—Version 1

What better way to celebrate my return to the world of Philadelphia Eagles blogging with a 53-man roster prediction? It’s been since 2016 that I did a roster prediction, and it’s definitely one of the most fun things to do as a fan/writer. Alright, whenever I read these articles I skip right over the introduction, so I’m just going to jump into the predictions. Quarterback In: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld Out: Joe Callahan, … Continue reading

Analyzing Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster after final cuts

Now that almost everyone has cleared waivers and practice squads have been formed, it seems like the Eagles’ roster is essentially what it’s going to be going into Week 1. As always there were some surprises, but nothing earth-shattering or even that surprising other than the trade that sent Sam Bradford to the Vikings just a few days before the season started. Here I’ll break down each position group and what I thought about who … Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster predictions: Version 2.0

It’s been three months since I made my last Eagles roster prediction, so it’s about time I updated it. They’re more than halfway through the preseason with their fourth game coming up in a couple days. Here is a position-by-position breakdown of who I think will make the team and who won’t: Quarterback In: Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz Out: McLeod Bethel-Thompson This is the same at last time and it’ll always remain this way, … Continue reading

NBA teams’ spending efficiency: dollars over salary floor per win

Recently, I published my third annual spending efficiency report for each NBA team, measuring each franchise’s “dollars per win” in the 2015-16 season. One interesting comment I received was that the analysis would be more informative if instead of dollars per win, it was “dollars over the salary floor” per win. Only one team (the Trail Blazers) was below the salary floor, and they still managed to make the playoffs, so they would end up … Continue reading

Have the Sixers hurt their trade leverage by drafting so many centers?

Opinions were in full force yesterday afternoon when reports said the Sixers and Hawks were discussing a trade involving Nerlens Noel and Jeff Teague. At first glance, this seems like a poor return on investment for the Sixers with Noel just turning 22 about a month ago. In comparison, Teague is already 27 and has just one more year left on his deal, which is $8 million. There are two possible explanations for why the Sixers might be interested … Continue reading

Measuring the spending of NBA teams in 2015-16: dollars per win

I don’t write about the NBA often, especially about things other than the Philadelphia 76ers, but when I do, it’s mostly about analytics. That’s what my annual “dollars per win” pieces are about. If you’re unfamiliar with these pieces, my article on the 2013-14 season is here and the one on the 2014-15 season is here. The last two years, I calculated each team’s dollars/win at the all-star break as well as the end of the … Continue reading

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster prediction: Version 1.0

Predicting who is going to make an NFL team’s roster in May is stupid right? Of course it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. A whole lot is going to change between now and September when the Eagles take the field against the Browns in Week 1, but here’s my initial roster prediction based on what I think will happen: Quarterback In: Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz Out: McLeod Bethel-Thompson Even though … Continue reading