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Young Philly players

Posted by Eric Fisher On October - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

There were many years when we would have had to stretch to create a Top 10 list of good young players on Philadelphia teams. But now there are more good young players in town than at any time in recent memory. The criteria for this list is a player must be younger than 25 years old and can’t be beyond his third year with the professional team. (Sean Couturier, 24, is ineligible because he’s already played six seasons. Aaron Nola, 24, has already completed three seasons with the Phillies. Union goalie Andre Blake is 26 years old. Scott Kingery, 23, hasn’t joined the Phillies yet.) We’re also putting more value on long-term potential rather than how good they are right now.

Without further ado, PhillyPhanatics.com presents its Top 10 list of the best young players in Philadelphia.

10. Nick Williams In his first half-season in the big leagues, talented outfielder displayed little of the immaturity and lack of discipline that had people questioning his future while in the minors.

9. Derek Barnett It usually takes defensive ends a year or two before they begin to make an impact in the NFL. The Eagles should be patient with the 14th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

8. Nolan Patrick The second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, Patrick has already displayed terrific vision and play-making skills. There are questions regarding whether he will ever develop into a top-line center.

7. Markelle Fultz There are questions about the game of this year’s top overall pick in the NBA Draft. Fultz may turn out to be good, but he may not be great.

6. Shayne Gostisbehere After a rough sophomore campaign, Gostisbehere seems even better than he was during his impressive rookie campaign.

5. Ben Simmons The top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Simmons has an amazing combination of size and speed. The question as his NBA career begins is how much he can improve his shooting.

4. Ivan Provorov He was the Flyers’ best defenseman last season as a rookie. Just 20 years old, Provorov plays with the calmness and poise of a veteran. Barring injury, he should be a mainstay on the Flyers’ blue line for at least a decade.

3. Rhys Hoskins Although he tailed off at the very end of the season, Hoskins hit 18 home runs and drove in 48 runs in 50 games after being called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley. The first baseman of the future has the power to be a superstar.

2. Joel Embiid If he can get healthy, Embiid has the potential to be among the NBA’s best players. Nobody would be surprised if Embiid wins an MVP Award.

1. Carson Wentz Playing with the poise of a veteran, the second-year quarterback inspires supreme confidence among his teammates. Less than halfway through his second season, Wentz may already be an elite NFL quarterback.

Honorable mention: Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Nelson Agholor, Jake Elliott, Jalen Mills, Dario Saric, Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim, Robert Hagg, J.P. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro, Josh Yaro, Derrick Jones, Keegan Rosenberry.



Most indispensable

Posted by Eric Fisher On August - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The following are the 10 players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury.

10. Nick Foles It may seem strange to list the backup quarterback as one of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury, but the odds are against Carson Wentz making it through another season without missing a game. If Foles is unavailable — and he didn’t play during the first three preseason games due to elbow soreness — the Eagles would have to rely on Matt McGloin in Wentz’s absence.

9. Darren Sproles Even if the Eagles could replace much of what Sproles does on offense, they don’t have anyone with good hands to receive punts. A dropped punt or two at crucial times could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs..

8. Malcolm Jenkins In addition to being a good player, Jenkins is one of the leaders of the defense. Losing Jenkins would also make the cornerbacks worse.

7. Alshon Jeffery The trade of Jordan Matthews makes Jeffery even more valuable. How would the offense look with Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor as the top two receivers?

6. Fletcher Cox The defensive line would be far less effective without Cox drawing double-teams.

5. Jason Peters Age has reduced Peters’ effectiveness, but the offensive line still looks a lot better with Peters at left tackle and Lane Johnson on the right side than with Johnson switching to the left and Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle.

4. Lane Johnson The Eagles were 2-8 last season during Johnson’s 10-game suspension for a second violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. That record can’t all be attributed to Johnson’s absence, but the absence of the starting right tackle didn’t help.

3. Jordan Hicks The Eagles have very little experienced depth at linebacker. Are you comfortable with either veteran Najee Goode or Joe Walker, a 7th-round draft pick coming off an ACL injury, as the starting middle linebacker?

2. Ronald Darby Aside from Darby, the Eagles don’t have a quality starting cornerback. Without Darby, the Eagles would have to start two suspect cornerbacks.

1. Carson Wentz Without Wentz, the Eagles aren’t in the playoff discussion. Everything is built around Wentz.



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