Goals in Flyers’ last 2 preseason games for defenseman Travis Sanheim

Eric Fisher’s weekly column on a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the chances that Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will come to the Eagles, the Broncos’ shakeup and Kimmo Timonen’s much-deserved award,

With the Flyers honoring their “tough guys” against the Jets as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, we present the Top 10 fighters in Flyers history.

Even if Sam Bradford leads the Vikings to the Super Bowl, the Eagles shouldn’t have any regrets about trading him and elevating Carson Wentz to a starting role.

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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.



Phils’ in-season trades

Posted by Eric Fisher On July - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) approaching, we bring you the PhillyPhanatics.com Top 10 list of in-season trades by the Phillies.

The criteria are the stature of players dealt and the impact they had on their new teams, regardless of whether that impact benefited the Phillies or their trade partner. As a warning for this year’s trade deadline, you might notice the Phillies’ track record of receiving valuable assets for big-name players isn’t very good. Some of these trades might also be included on a list of worst Phillies trades.

It’s unlikely the Phillies will make a trade that cracks this list, but you never know. The Cole Hamels trade could move up to No. 1 if some of the prospects develop into solid major-league players — or if Hamels and Jake Diekman help the Rangers win a World Series.

10. Steve Bedrosian and Rick Parker traded to Giants for Terry MulhollandCharlie Hayes and Dennis Cook (6/18/89)

9. Roy Oswalt acquired from Astros for J.A. HappAnthony Gose and Jonathan Villar (7/29/10)

8. Cliff Lee acquired from Indians for Jason Knapp, Carlos CarrascoJason Donald and Lou Marson (7/29/09)

7. Hunter Pence acquired from Astros for Jarred CosartJonathan SingletonJosh Zeid and Domingo Santana (7/29/11)

6. Hunter Pence traded to Giants for Nate SchierholtzTommy Joseph and Seth Rosin (7/31/12)

5. Juan Samuel traded to Mets for Lenny DykstraRoger McDowell and Tom Edens (6/18/89)

4. Garry Maddox acquired from Giants for Willie Montanez (5/4/75)

3. Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman traded to Rangers for outfielder Nick Williams, catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitchers Jerad Eickhoff, Matt Harrison and Jake Thompson (7/31/15)

2. Scott Rolen and Doug Nickle traded to Cardinals for Placido PolancoMike Timlin and Bud Smith (7/29/02)

1. Curt Schilling traded to Diamondbacks for Vicente PadillaTravis LeeOmar Daal and Nelson Figueroa (7/26/00)


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