Coach Shipp: Man, on a Mission

By Kim Dunning 

Coach Shipp is a great man who has a single mission in life: to better our youths’ lives. Who is Coach Reginald Shipp? The answer is more complex than you might imagine.  

Coach Shipp is a father of five. Two of his daughters attend college at Shaw University and Mountain View Stat Junior College. His other two daughters are in high school and he has one son, who is four. He is married to a wonderful woman who is his best friend and support network. She understands that what he does for others takes him away from his family, and has a purpose. This is the man behind the scenes.

What is amazing about Coach Shipp is that he is a humble person who doesn’t like to talk about himself. If you ask him questions about his mentoring he will talk your ear off, as mentoring today’s youth is his main focus. Coach Shipp is a mentor to young men who do not necessarily come from the best situations in life. These young men have been dealt a bad hand in life and Coach is there to help them find a way, even with adversity, to become better men. This is a cause that is near and dear to his heart.

Coach Shipp did not come from the best of backgrounds. He grew up in two rough neighborhoods and he fought every day to survive. His mother was a drug addict and his father did not come into his life until he was older.

When he was six-years old, he met another young man by the name of Ellery Lundy. Mr. Lundy is a big reason why Coach Shipp could make his life better. He attributes his life to him. Ellery introduced Coach Shipp to football.  

Football became his saving grace and now he is paying that forward to the young men he coaches and mentors.  

Mr. Lundy now has a foundation called Broken Men’s Foundation, which helps men build resumes and community service skills, among other opportunities.  

According to Coach Shipp, if it wasn’t for Mr. Lundy, he may have ended up as just another statistic in the streets.

As a result of his background, he is a huge advocate of getting young men off the streets by getting them involved in football. This is Arena football and he is now the owner of the Capital City Reapers. Through the Reapers, he helps his players’ transition from outdoor football to indoor football.

Coach Shipp has an extensive resume. He has not only owned a team but he has played semi-pro football. He considers himself the Charles Woodson of his time. He played many positions: from wide receiver, defensive back, running back and quarterback. When asked, he said his bread and butter positions were running back and defensive back. He retired from playing at age 37 and became a community man. While he was invited to different camps, he never got any further than that. He did play in the European League.  

On his coaching resume, he became a full-time coach in 2010. He has coached the York Capitals to a 2015 undefeated season that ended with a Championship win. The Capitals are out of York, Pennsylvania. More recently, besides coaching for the Reapers, he is the Defensive Assistant and Defensive Backs coach for the Virginia Titans semi-pro team, along with his friend Terry Haynes. The Titans, owned by Lavar Matthews, another great friend of Coach Shipps’. Mr. Matthews provides men with the same opportunities as the Reapers but they are an outdoor football team.    

Earlier in his coaching career, he met a young woman by the name of Elle Locust out of Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania. As a result of working with her, he became an advocate for women in sports. Coach Shipp was impressed with Ms. Locusts’ knowledge and the way she handled the players. He has written her letters of recommendation for an internship with the NFL.

Most recently, Coach Shipp put out a call, on Facebook, for female coaches. This is a call Sports Elites’ own Tay Holloway answered.  

Coach Shipp coaches young men from the ages of 19 to 27. His oldest player has indoor football experience, but had an injury and now plays with the Reapers to sharpen his skills to move back up into the next level. None of his players receive compensation. He has also coached a developmental team.  

Out of the 30 players he had on his developmental team, eight of them went on to get paid positions and the team was able to send three of the young men to school.

Coach Shipp mentors men of all ages. He is involved with the We Care Organization, which was founded by Mr. C. J. Richardson. We care teaches life skills and teaches young men how to be humble no matter what their experience. We Care is also involved with helping out the homeless and sending kids to camp. Most recently, they had a block party to teach the children that all police officers aren’t bad and that there are bad seeds that happen to get the media attention.

When not coaching, playing or mentoring; Coach Shipp enjoys watching football, basketball, baseball and boxing. He is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan from back in the day when Danny White and Too Tall Jones played for them. He is a Lakers fan and a Washington Nationals fan. He loved boxing, but said it has become boring since Mayweather retired.

Coach Shipp is the humblest person I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I asked him if he had one person that he has mentored or coached that he was proud of. His response was, all of them. His goal is to mentor young men to become better men so they can be better to their wives, girlfriends and eventually their children. He is all about the pay-it-forward motto.

His goal in life is quite simple and something we should all live by. If you can improve someone’s life, then you have lived your life with a purpose.  

Coach Shipp is an incredible man who has fulfilled and saved many young men from the streets. He is a man on a mission and has worked hard to continue to better not only his life, but everyone’s life he has touched.  

 

 

 

Inside the numbers

For the Knicks last nights game was so much more then a regularimage season win. The passion in the garden was so evident that even Derrick Rose had to acknowledge it. Their was a playoff atmosphere in the air, and the Knicks didn’t disappoint. Let’s take a deeper look inside the numbers.

Their are a few numbers I want to take a look at and the first is 30. The Knicks held the Blazers under 30 points per quarter, expect for the first quarter where Portland put up 33 points. After the first quarter the Knicks clamped down on defense and held the Blazers to 25, 23, and 22 points per quarter the rest of the game. With such a tight game ( their were 20 lead changes) the Knicks needed to defend in order to win. The club also held the Blazers to 27% from three (6/22). The Blazers average 108 per game but were held to 103. So the numbers show the Knicks put up a very impressive defensive effort.

Now let’s take a look at the offense, the Knicks have to move the ball in order to score. With 26 assist ( only 13 turnovers) on 45 made shots they did just that. Jennings doing his best Mark Jackson impersonation had 11 assist off the bench. All this ball movement led the Knicks to a 46% shooting clip. From the three point line they shot a respectable 31%. The offense primary ran thru KP as he put up his second 30 point game of the season. Porzingis used an offensive array of moves to power his way to 31 points. Step back 3s check, Cuts to the basket check, Alley oops check, fade away shots check, post up moves check. KP was firing on all cylinders last night.

However when it came down to the 4th quarter Derrick too charge. It was his pose and composure that allowed the Knicks to hold the lead. Derrick took charge of the game and dictated the offense. Rose sealed the win with a step back jumper with 3:15 left on the clock. Rose had this to say about his performance

”I’m not here to bust or brag but I’m used to being in positions where I have the ball in my hand, playing in Chicago,” Rose said. ”I’ve really played like that my entire life, through grammar school, high school, college and here.” – D.Rose

The Knicks used a group effort to pull this one out with six players scoring 7 or more points. All in all the club looks to have come together after holding a team meeting a few days ago. Since that netting the Knicks have won two in a row and climbed back to 500. The Knicks are currently in the 7th seed and look to continue to climb up the standing.

The Knicks hope to create a winning culture after three consecutive years of missing the playoffs. If this club continues to build on their chemistry they can become a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

Niners Recap: Niners VS Chiefs

By Niner Faithful

Football is back!!!!! This means that I can start breaking down players. In this week’s blog I am going over the Niners 2017 Preseason opener a 27-17 come from behind victory vs. the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Rashard Robinson: After getting burned on the first play from scrimmage and missing a tackle on 3rd down that allowed the Chiefs to convert. Robinson recovered nicely on the next drive coming up with a nice 1 on 1 run stop. He also stood out on the next play taking advantage of the pressure that first round pick Solomon Thomas applied and picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards to set up the Niners offense in nice field position.

Solomon Thomas: In his first game action the 3rd overall pick had 20 rush snaps (9 from the edge 8 over tackle and 3 from inside) and produced 1 QB hit, 2 QB hurries and pressured a QB in to a pick. In 7 run snaps he had 2 run stops and 2 tackles. Now some of that production did come against guys that in a week will be driving UPS trucks, but to say that I wasn’t excited at what I saw would be a lie. I think you could see some flashes already and he’s only going to get better.

Reuben Foster: The Niners second of two first round picks this year didn’t disappoint. He played 27 defensive snaps and was credited with 2 tackles and a PBU. He was around the ball all game long. Even almost picking off a ball in the end zone.  He played both the Will and Mike linebacker and had 1 special teams snap showing he will do whatever it takes to be on the field.

Matt Barkley: Matt Barkley took over for Brain Hoyer after the started went 3 and out on their first 2 series. He played 35 snaps going 10/17 168 yards and no TD he was sacked once and had a QBR of 92.3. He moved the offense nicely between the 2o’s but was unable to put it in the end zone on two occasions. He’s experience may have helped him be the number 2 thus far but with CJ Beathard’s strong game it will take more than that.

CJ Beathard: Speaking of CJ Beathard the 3 round pick out of Iowa started off slow with he’s first 3 drives ending in punts. You could tell he was nervous, but as the game progressed you could see that he became more and more comfortable. Beathard got the most snaps out of any of the Quarterbacks at 41(Hoyer got 7 and Barkly got 35). And with the Niners down 17-9 he lead a 5 play 67 yard TD drive that ended when Beathard side stepped pressure and found Kendrick Bourne wide open after the corner in coverage  fell down.  The 2 connected again on the 2 point conversion to tie the game. Beathard lead two more scoring drives to complete the come back and end his day going  7/11 for 101 yards 2 TDs he was sacked twice and had a 133.0 QBR. I look forward to seeing how Beathard progresses this week. There are so many other things that I could get into but I that these were some of the most important.

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Breaking: Ryan Mathews Released by Eagles

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Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews was released by the Eagles today, after passing his physical. Mathews signed with the Eagles back in 2015, but was a backup to NFL rushing leader, DeMarco Murray until Week 3 of the regular season, when Murray suffered a hamstring injury. He was the starter until suffering from a herniated disk in Week 16 of the 2016 season and was placed on the injured reserve.

Mathews was drafted with the 12th overall pick by the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers from Fresno State. He struggled in his rookie season but rebounded by being named to a Pro Bowl the following season (2011). In 2012, Mathews suffered two injuries. In 2013, Mathews had six 100-yard games, leading the NFL. He also set a career high of 1255 yards that season. The following season, Mathews missed 7 games due to a torn MCL.

In his 7 season career, Mathews has cumulated 5261 yards with 1183 attempts and 37 touchdowns. He’s also had 179 receptions for 1371 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, Mathews has also been prone to fumbling the ball, with 22 career fumbles.

Mathews is very injury prone and his health may be a big factor in whether another NFL team is willing to sign him. At 29, he’s also aging which may also play a factor on whether he’s with a team next season. I wish Mathews the best of luck in his future and appreciates all of the hard work he’s put in for the Eagles.

 

By: Jacky Chen

Eagles Trade J-Matt

Breaking news Eagles Nation, the Eagles have traded wide receiver, Jordan Matthews. The transaction was completed yesterday. Matthews, along with a 2018 third round draft pick, was traded to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby.

Matthews was drafted by Philadelphia in the 2014 NFL Draft with the 42nd overall pick in the 2nd round. In 3 seasons with Philly, Matthews played 46 games for a total of 225 receptions for 2679 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Darby was drafted by Buffalo in the 2015 NFL Draft with the 50th overall pick in the 2nd round. In 2 seasons with Buffalo, he’s had a total of 137 tackles, 33 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions.

Thank you for your time with us, Jordan Matthews; and welcome, Ronald Darby to the great city of Philadelphia.

 

By: Jacky Chen

8/12/17

Welcome to Summer: Where “Stick to Sports” has no place to hide.

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By Will Stevenson

Oh Summer, why doth thou forsake thee? If I were into baseball as I once was, then the sports calendar wouldn’t be a bottomless pit full of coach talk hypothetical lists. What I have noticed during the “off-season” is sports fans grasp for anything to talk about, and when the major sports aren’t on television, their true colors come raining down. Opinions, or reactions have used to be marred back in the day before social media. Even if your co-worker told you Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest player of all-time, you may counter with Bill Russell, and then that would be the end of it. Now, that conversation can and will be had around a million times a day, every day. The comment section has become America’s fine dining establishment where anyone can go to be heard. Never mind the fact there are hired commentators for every website and Facebook as well. Nevertheless, we are drawn to any story that can give us substance, and if it doesn’t have any, we will hypothetically make something interesting out of it.

The summer months will now be known for domestic violence allegations, NBA Free Agency, NFL Minicamps, draft stock, front office movement and League posturing for the upcoming seasons. The News Cycle comes and goes so quickly, it is hard to keep up with what is new news, and what is old news. Remember the OJ Simpson coverage? Ezekiel Elliott? The continuous Kyrie and Melo trade rumors. Remember when Phil Jackson left the Knicks? How about the Mayweather/McGregor pre-fight world tour? Lavar Ball? Almost every one of these stories has been covered in the past month or two, or even a few weeks ago, but now they are old news. The current media conversation revolves around Colin Kaepernick, Josh Rosen, NBA trade rumors and the obligatory “Top ‘insert number’ list” for the sports we love.

The ‘off-season’ sports cycle brings about something different inside the sports fan: Real Feelings. Each topic in the above paragraph brings out conversations that most are not comfortable with in an open forum. All you have to do is click on a Colin Kaepernick link to see what America thinks as a whole on the topic. No longer are “X’s and O’s” the end all be all to our sports allegiances. During the season we will all watch the Redzone Channel, pregame shows, follow fantasy leagues and forget all about what Ray Lewis and Shannon Sharpe were debating because there is now a box score to look at. During the summer months, there is no place for “Stick to Sports” to hide. Honestly, there are other things we could pay attention to, but what fun would that be? I don’t mind a conversation on any of these topics, nor do I mind to read up on the many debates of my fellow Bookers and Tweeters. I have one question: Are we evolving through these topics, or do we just want to be right? I always wonder what the agenda is of a post about Lavar Ball, or a “Kaepernick is not being blackballed” thread. I wonder if people even care what is going on, or is there only goal to ruffle feathers, and are they being paid to do it? From what I have witnessed, more people have equipped themselves with knowledge on these topics, while others continue to say the same old ignorance.

Not only have the commentators been open to the non-sports topics, the media has jumped into the pot as well. No longer do fans have to sit around and wonder if the people they see on camera feel the same way they feel. More and more commentators are freely putting their stamp on their message about topics that go on outside the realms of actual game-play. I enjoy it, even Will Cain. There can’t be a Ray Lewis without a Shannon Sharpe. There can’t be a Will Cain without a Bomani Jones. For my selfish reasons, I want all the opinions to be out there, running rampant as closeted PCers race to find a boring monologue to post in response.

It is weird how the sports world is portrayed against the entertainment world. Many of us are old enough to remember Beavis & Butthead, SouthPark and StickDeath.com, but somehow a player flipping a bat after a homerun, or a player high-stepping into the endzone is cause for uproar. More people are tuning in to politics, but do not want politics near their sports.

Maybe it will never change. Maybe those who post things will never concede to racism in sports, college athletics being a non-competitive industry, or the need to treat athletes as humans like us. Maybe people still believe marijuana should never be used, but Oxycontin is just fine. Who knows. All I know is I love the summer months, because Stick to Sports has no place to hide.

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49ers Open Practice 2017: The First Look of the 2017

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Ever since 2003 the Niners have held their training camp at team headquarters in Santa Clara, they tired one year to have multiple open practices and it just didn’t work out. So they hold one a year.

Like in 2014 this year it was held at Levis Stadium with the added bonus of free food at drinks (and they weren’t kidding they had people walking around handing people food). It was a hot day in a Stadium known for being hot so the fact that the Niners didn’t to do what most teams would do and charge an arm and a leg for drinks says a lot. With an announced 25,319 fans on hand there was defiantly energy and excitement in the building. I noticed right away there seemed to be more attention to detail than last year under Chip Kelly the tempo was not as high as Chip Kelly’s training camp, but there was a nice tempo and you got the feeling that everything had a purpose.

Practice stared out with live field goals Robbie Gould didn’t miss one and hit one from as far as 52 yards. The punt returners during that part of practice were mainly Trent Taylor, DeAndre Carter and DeAndre Smelter with Trent Taylor looking the best. Next came 1 on 1 drill. I spent most of my time watching the receiver’s vs the cornerbacks I did see a little bit of the o line vs the d line and running backs vs linebackers. Trent Taylor’s shake and bakes was a site to see and kept getting reactions from the fans. Victor Bolden Jr had the lone deep ball of the period and new comer Tim Patrick showed some nice hands. Rashard Robinson had a few PBU’s and forced a few incompletions.

The running backs vs linebackers had a few plays that are worth mentioning. Rookie running back Joe Williams lined up agents NaVorro Bowmen and you could tell that Bow had trouble keeping up with Williams’s speed and if the ball wasn’t over thrown it would have probably been at TD. Rookie linebacker Ruben Foster had a PBU vs Carlos Hyde but Hyde did have a few catches also. Undrafted rookie running back Matt Breida make a great play and possible the catch of the day when he laid out Superman on a wheel route. 1st round pick Solomon Thomas seemed to have trouble working through double teams but did flash a few times.

I would say the “move the ball” period was the longest period of the day. The offense moved the ball well but was only able to score twice. K’Waun Williams had a sack on a cornerback blitz and Dekoda Watson and Tank Carradine split a sack. Camp star Marquise Goodwin had the top if not second catch of the day when Brain Hoyer under through him going up the right side line Goodwin made the adjustment and caught it falling out of bounds with Donate Johnson in good coverage. Matt Barkley had a nice touchdown to Aldrick Robinson who was falling forward vs rookie Ahkello Witherspoon. Then Brain Hoyer led his own long TD drive when he hit a pretty open Logan Paulsen in the end zone. The big play on the drive came when Hoyer hit Pierre Garçon near the left sideline on play action.

The best part of practice was towards the end when the team did the two minute drill. The physicality of practice picked way up right away when Eric Reid cracked Aldrick Robinson when he caught a pass and cut up towards the middle of the field. Matt Breida had a nice run up the middle where he showed off is speed. Ruben Foster had what would have been a sack but the refs decided to count the catch that happened after.

Quinton Dial had a nice run stop he had an unbelievable get off the ball and knifed though the line. Goodwin had another chunk play on a crossing route from left to right when Brain Hoyer rolled to his right off of a play fake and led Goodwin up field. The first team Defense ended their day when Brain Hoyer’s hail marry has intercepted by Eric Reid, but Hoyer recovered the next play but hitting Marquise Goodwin in the back of the end zone to end the practice. Overall I think the Defense showed that it’s going to be improved and surprise some people with the offense will not be elite I think there is reason for hope that we’ll put up some points and we have the right GM and head Coach in place to bring us back to glory.

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Philadelphia Eagles Offseason

usa-today-10181823.0Hey, everybody, my name’s Jacky and I’ll be the blogger for the Philadelphia Eagles now (on Sports Elite Blog Site, anyway). I’m a diehard Eagles fan and a diehard Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins hater, so if you support one of those teams, I suggest you click away because there’s going to be a lot of roasting.

So with the introduction out of the way, let’s get into the real deal. The NFL season’s coming closer to a start than ever. The Hall of Fame game was yesterday, kicking off the NFL preseason. The Cow-girls won but by 2. Cowboy’s haters keep your heads up. I saw a stat saying that the last 14(?) winners of the HOF game failed to win a single playoff game. Pretty much sums up the Cowboys franchise.

All jokes aside, I’m here to write about the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles finished 7-9 last season, last in the NFC East, mostly due to a poor WR core (which they improved drastically) and poor CBs (new class hasn’t proved a lot but shows promise). Their offensive line was decent but could’ve been great if Lane Johnson hadn’t been suspended for 10 weeks. With good, at best, running backs, this didn’t leave the number 2 pick and rookie QB Carson Wentz many options to score. The Eagles defense was above average. Other than the corners, the defensive players were beasts. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham dominated the defensive line (more improvement to come); Jordan Hicks was pretty much a one man as a LB, but still did amazing; Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod Jr. made up one of the top notch safety tandems in the league.

Offseason: January

So because of the 7-9 record, it’s not a mystery why the Eagles made a bunch of gigantic roster moves in the offseason; some good, some bad, and others just plain, what? So in January, right after the season ended (I went to the season closer when they beat the Cowboys to give them their 3rd L) the Eagles signed 15 future/reserve contracts to various free agents. This was all within the first 22 days of January 2017. Also, the Eagles signed wide receivers’ coach Mike Groh. Groh had a long career coaching in college before becoming a wide receivers’ coach for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams (coaching the likes of Alshon Jeffery (who we’ll get to later) and Kenny Britt).

Offseason: March

After that, they released cornerback Leodis McKelvin (who remains a free agent) and defensive end Connor Barwin (who disappointed last season and now plays for the Rams). They then agreed to terms with cornerback/safety Jaylen Watkins and extended a tender with tight end Trey Burton. On March 9, (the day Barwin was released), the Eagles made a bunch of moves. They signed: Torrey Smith, a wide receiver who played for the 49ers and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens; Alshon Jeffery, the star wide receiver of the Chicago Bears; and Chance Warmack, a first round offensive guard from the Tennessee Titans. Linebacker Najee Goode was also resigned to a one-year deal.

In the weeks following, the Eagles signed: Stefen Wisniewski, offensive guard for the Jaguars who had a great rookie season with the Titans; Nick Foles, quarterback who played for the Eagles for 2 years, having a game with a perfect passer’s rating and 7 touchdown (NFL record) before becoming backup QBs for the Rams and the Chiefs; Chris Long, defensive end for the Patriots and previously, the Rams; Patrick Robinson, cornerback for the Colts and before that, the Saints and the Chargers. The Eagles also released backup quarterback Chase Daniels in favor of Nick Foles.

Draft: April

In April the NFL Draft was coming up and to be hosted in the great City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. The Eagles had acquired defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, whose two years with the Ravens saw him record 13 sacks and 1 interception, as well as a third round pick (99th overall) in a trade for the Eagles’ third round pick (74th overall). They also signed quarterback Matt McGloin, backup for the Raiders. So with this, the Eagles headed into the NFL Draft with the 14th, 43rd, 99th, 118th, 132nd, 166th, and 214th picks.

With the first round, 14th pick, the Eagles selected a defensive end, Derek Barnett, from the University of Tennessee. He played 3 years in college and had a combined total of 33 sacks (breaking Tennessee’s record of 32 career sacks, formerly held by Reggie White), 1 interception, and 3 forced fumbles. Many people believe him to be one of the best defensive linemen in the draft class, with some experts saying that he is better than the number one overall pick, Myles Garrett.

In the second round, the Eagles chose Sidney Jones IV, a cornerback out of the University of Washington with the 43rd pick. In three years, Jones recorded 145 tackles, 8 interceptions for 147 and 1 TD, 21 passes defended, and 6 forced fumbles. At Pro Day, Jones tore his ACL which caused his draft stock to drop.

In the third round, Philadelphia took Rasul Douglas, a cornerback from West Virginia University. Douglas had transferred from Nassau Community College in New York, where he had played football for two years. In his two years at West Virginia, Douglas recorded 77 tackles, 9 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.

The Eagles had two picks in the fourth round, which they used to select Mack Hollins (118 overall) and Donnel Pumphrey. Hollins was a wide receiver from the University of North Carolina. He played four years at UNC and had 81 receptions for 667 yards and 20 touchdowns. Pumphrey was a running back for San Diego State. In his four years of college, Pumphrey has had 1059 attempts for 6405 and 62 touchdowns as well as 99 receptions for 1039 yards and 5 touchdowns.

In the fifth round, the Eagles selected Shelton Gibson (166th) and Nathan Gerry (184th/compensatory pick). Gibson, like Rasul Douglas, is also an alumnus of West Virginia University, where he played wide receiver. He played three seasons and ended up with 84 receptions for 1898 yards and 17 touchdowns. Gerry, a linebacker/safety from the University of Nebraska, had 273 tackles and 13 interceptions for 200 yards in his four years of playing.

Finally, the Eagles selected Elijah Qualls in the sixth round. Qualls is a defensive tackle from the University of Washington. In his three years of playing, Qualls has 77 tackles, including 11.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Post-Draft: May

After the draft, the Eagles waived many of its players that were signed to future/reserve contracts. They also claimed linebacker Steven Daniels off waivers. Daniels had been drafted by the Redskins but suffered an injury in training camp, ending his season prematurely. He was waived and claimed by the Eagles. On May 11, the Eagles draftees were all given rookie contracts, other than Derek Barnett. The Eagles also signed the following rookie free agents: RB Corey Clement of Wisconsin; DT Winston Craig of Richmond; QB Jerod Evans of Virginia Tech; CB Randall Goforth of UCLA; punter Cameron Johnston of Ohio State; center Tyler Orlosky of West Virginia; S Tre Sullivan of LSU; DT Charles Walker of Oklahoma; WR Greg Ward of Houston (QB in college); and CB Jomal Wiltz of Iowa State. The next day, undrafted rookie TE Billy Brown of Shepherd was signed by the Eagles. The day after, QB Jerod Evans was waived due to injury and undrafted OT Victor Salako from Oklahoma State was signed.

On May 18, the Eagles made a gigantic move to improved their running back situation. They signed former New England Patriot LeGarette Blount, a two time Super Bowl champion and the 2016 NFL rushing touchdowns leader, with 18 (also the Patriots franchise record).

Offseason: June

In June, not a lot of things happened. Linebacker Steven Daniels was waived, while Derek Barnett came to terms with the Eagles and signed a four-year contract. The Eagles also signed defensive tackle Gabe Wright to a one-year contract. Wright had played for the Lion and Browns.

The Eagles also extended star OT Jason Peters’ contract by signing a one-year deal; signed undrafted FA QB Dane Evans from Tulsa to a three-year deal; and waived WR Dorial Green-Beckham (yippee!).

Pre-Training Camp: July-August

With Training Camp approaching, the Eagles made a few last moves on the roster. They signed Canadian rugby sevens player Adam Zaruba as a tight end to a three-year deal and signed a three-year contract with Steven Daniels, whom they claimed off of waivers earlier in the year. Offensive lineman Allen Barbre was traded to the Denver Broncos for a 2019 conditional late round draft pick. They then signed free agent Tay Glover-Wright, a cornerback who lastly played for the Colts.

In August, the Eagles waived CB Randall Goforth and agreed to a contract with Baltimore Ravens’ safety Corey Graham.

 

That’s all of the moves that the Eagles had made in the offseason. I was pretty satisfied with most of the offseason moves, especially the signing of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith (who fans shouldn’t sleep on), and LeGarette Blount. I’m also happy with the release of Dorial Green-Beckham, because he didn’t really do much other than drop wide open passes (hell, Agholor was better than he was). I’m not that happy with what they did with the cornerback situation. Sure, they drafted a lot of promising young cornerbacks, but they didn’t sign any veterans or established players. I was also pretty surprised that the Eagles drafted Derek Barnett in the first round.

All that being said, the new Eagles roster shows a lot of promise and I can guarantee that they will do amazing this year. The Eagles start their preseason off playing at Green Bay, against the Packers, on Thursday, August 10, at 8:00 pm ET. Don’t forget to catch the show. If you’re not much of a preseason person, then mark your calendars for September 10, when the Eagles kickoff their regular season in DC against the Redskins. Until then, I’m Jacky Chen and thanks for reading.

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15 Hall Of Famers and Counting: Who are going to be the next Niners in the Hall Of Fame?

d20bdc2c85aa172a164b833c9cf98116By Niner Faithful

Thirteen players(Joe “The Jet” Perry, Y.A. Tittle, Joe Montana, Steven Young, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Dave Wilcox, Charles Halye, Fred Dean, Hugh “The King” McElhenny, Bob St. Clair, Leo Nomellini and, Jimmy Johnson) one coach(Bill Walsh) and one Owner(Eddie D) are inducted as Niners in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Ten more players(Larry Allen, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Bob Hayes, Rickey Jackson, John Henry Johnson, Deion Sanders, O.J. Simpson and, Rod Woodson) in the Hall have played at least a year for us. That’s tied for 6th among all NFL teams. The latest being Owner Eddie DeBartolo who went in August 2016. With the Hall Of Fame ceremony happening this Sunday I have decided to go over some Niners that I feel should be in the Hall Of Fame either already or will soon be eligible that should go in when they are.

Terrell Owens: In his prime there was no better receiver in the game than T.O. He used his rare combination of size and speed to torch defenses. He had the power to change the way a defense would play whatever team he was on. You better have your popcorn ready, because at any moment from any spot on the field he could make a play. His Touchdown celebrations either pissed you off or made you love him even more (I was the latter) but no matter what it got you to watch you just had to see what he was going to do. He’s 2nd all-time in career yards with 15,934 8th all-time in receptions with 1078 and 3rd all-time in receiving touchdowns 153. It’s not The Hall Of People Who Were Choirboys it’s The Hall Of Fame  numbers are what get you in and when your number 2 in most Niner record books as far as receiving  you needs to be in The Hall Of Fame.

Patrick Wills: When you think of Niner Linebackers you think of P Wills. He was the most feared hitter in the game in his era. He even hit someone (Brad Smith) so hard they threw up on the field. He was the player that gave the pregame speeches and would get the crowed fired up when he would walk out the tunnel. I could still close my eyes and see the play ageist the yams when he not only ran down a player that looked like he was gone but also punched out the football. In his 7 full seasons he was selected to the Pro Bowl every year and was a First Team All Pro 5 out of 7 years. He led the Niners in tackles the first 4 years of his career and was second every other year and was Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007. He also stated every game he played in since his rookie year in 2007. He finished his career with 950 tackles 20.5 sacks 16 Forced Fumbles 8 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. All numbers that few players in his era put up. He’ll probably not get in in his first year of eligibility (2020) but should get in one day because he truly was the best linebacker in football in his prime. 

Frank Gore: Frank The Tank whatever you say about #21 will still be an understatement for what he meant to this franchise. He is the Niners all-time leader in rushing yards (1173) 100 yard games (39) most rushing yards in a season (1695) rushing yards in a game (212) 1,000 yard seasons (8) and Second in rushing touchdowns (64) For most of his career HE WAS the Niners offense. Teams would put eight in the box to stop him all the time close all the running lanes and Frank would squeeze through and still make a play (I still think if we would have given the ball to Frank we would have won the super bowl). He is the NFL leading active rusher and with 108 rushing yards he will pass Tony Dorsett for the eighth most rushing yards in NFL history. And with 1,037 yards will pass Curtis Martin for 4th all-time. Whenever Frank deices to hang up his cleats he should be a first ballet fall of famer 5 years later.

Roger Craig: Roger Craig famous for his unique high knee running style changed the position of running back forever. He was the first player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing (1,050) and receiving (1,016) in the same season in 1985. He finished his 11 year career with 8189 yards and 56 touchdowns rushing and 566 catches and 17 touchdowns receiving. He is a 3x Super Bowl Champion (84, 88, 89) 5 x Pro Bowler (85, 87, 88, 89) and was a First Team All Pro in 1988. He was the first player to score 3 touchdowns in a Super Bowl (Super Bowl 19). He was been snubbed the past few years and need to go in.

Bryant Young: In my mind when I think of Niners D linemen I think of “B.Y.” He played 14 years all for the Niners was a 4x Pro Bowler, All Pro (1996), Rookie of the Year in 1994, and a Super Bowl Champion. He was leading the entire NFL at the DT position in sacks with 9.5 prior to his season-ending injury suffered in week 13 of the 1998 season having a metal rod put in his leg. Then year after in 1999 he had 11 sacks winning Comeback Player Of the year. He finished he career with 89.5 sacks 11 forced fumbles 6 fumble recoveries 29 passed defensed and 3 safeties. He ranks 4th all-time in sacks by a DT trailing Trevor Pryce(91), and Hall of Famers John Randle(137.5) and Warren Sapp(96). I think he was snuffed a lot of years for the Pro Bowl. If you look and he overall career and what he meant to the Niners  and his comparable numbers to  Hall Of Famer Warren Sapp he needs to be in the hall.

I know there are many more players that I could have named, but to me these are the ones that should be slam dunks.

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