Torrey Smith's adorable 3-year-old son is just like you

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Torrey Smith's adorable 3-year-old son is just like you

Eagles fans, get to know T.J. Smith.

He's soaking in the Super Bowl victory just like you … and it's awesome.

T.J. (Torrey Jeremiah) is the adorable 3-year-old son of Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Showing excellent camera presence and professionalism, T.J. sat down with the NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes for an interview that aired Thursday on NFL Total Access.

T.J. was asked about the Super Bowl, the championship parade and football.

And, beautifully, he used his answers as an opportunity to take some subtle but perfect shots at the Patriots.

When asked about the Patriots, the little guy made this face and firmly said he only likes the Eagles.

Great answer.

And the interview got only better from there.

Here are some of the highlights, while you can watch it all below.

No Patriots bus, just Eagles bus. I was sitting at the top.

- T.J. when asked if he liked the parade

The Patriots' quarterback never caught the ball. Well, Nick Foles caught the ball and scored a touchdown.

- T.J. when asked for the best part of the Super Bowl and if he had fun

Here's T.J. hanging out with his dad, his brother Kameron and Carson Wentz after the 38-7 NFC Championship Game win over the Vikings.


(USA Today Images)

He's clearly the man and ready to take down the Patriots.

Mission accomplished.

Brian Elliott injury could mean bad news for Flyers

Brian Elliott injury could mean bad news for Flyers

Updated: 6:32 p.m.

It's never easy for the Flyers in net.

Things got only tougher Tuesday as goalie Brian Elliott underwent core muscle surgery and is expected out five to six weeks.

For the time being, the Flyers will turn to Michal Neuvirth and Alex Lyon. Speaking before tonight's game against the Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, general manager Ron Hextall said the Flyers plan to roll with Neuvirth and Lyon during Elliott's absence, although the team will keep its options open (see story).

The 32-year-old Elliott sustained the injury during last Saturday night's shootout against the Coyotes. Neuvirth won the skills competition in relief and then beat the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights on Sunday night.

“We’ve got confidence with him in net, a lot of confidence,” Wayne Simmonds said Tuesday of Neuvirth (see story). “He gets us that win in a shootout. He comes in in a pinch and does a great job, and then he plays unbelievable against Vegas. Of course we have faith in him.”

Elliott is 21-11-7 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in his first season with the Flyers after signing a two-year deal in the offseason.

Neuvirth is 7-7-2 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 18 games (14 starts). Throughout his time with the Flyers, he's played well when needed to fill in. The key, as usual with Neuvirth, will be staying healthy. Last season, he never quite got right as he battled a left knee injury and sickness. In 2015-16, his first season with the Flyers, Neuvirth went 18-8-4 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, as well as 2-1-0 with 103 saves on 105 shots in the playoffs.

“Neuvy will go out and do his job,” head coach Dave Hakstol said at Tuesday's morning skate. “He did that in Vegas. There’s no overemphasis on anything. There’s a lot of imperfect situations. You band together and you go do a job and right now Neuvy has a job to do for our team.”

Lyon, a 25-year-old rookie, has just three career NHL games under his belt.

With 26 games to go, the Flyers entered Tuesday in playoff position, holding third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Travis Sanheim proving he doesn't belong in AHL

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Travis Sanheim proving he doesn't belong in AHL

Before this week begins, it's time for our weekly check-in on the Flyers' prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

With teammate Tom Dougherty working the Olympics this month for NBC, I'll be chipping in with our Future Flyers Report the next few weeks.

So let's get into it:

Travis Sanheim, D, 21, 6-4/199, Lehigh Valley (AHL)
As expected, since being sent down to the Phantoms, Sanheim has shown that offensive potential everyone loves about his game. Through eight contests with Lehigh Valley, the 2014 first-round pick has eight points, featuring seven assists.

This was a big week as Sanheim went off for six points (one goal, five assists) in three straight wins for the Phantoms.

With the Flyers turning to Brandon Manning as their sixth defenseman, Sanheim had become a healthy scratch for nine of his last 10 games in orange and black. General manager Ron Hextall's philosophy is developing prospects through playing, so Sanheim on Jan. 22 was shipped to the AHL, where he's doing just that.

The Flyers obviously want to see him grow in his all-around game and defensive responsibilities. Sanheim is a smart kid and understands that. His game is ready for the NHL, but right now, the Flyers aren't ready to play him every night.

"Overall, just trying to play well in all areas," Sanheim said Friday, via InsideAHLHockey.com. "I've been playing quite a bit, so all the situations, just trying to make sure that I'm improving in those areas. I think I've seen some improvements throughout my game."

Carter Hart, G, 19, 6-1/177, Everett (WHL)
It seems like Hart setting a record or claiming an award has become the norm.

The 2016 second-round pick pitched a 23-save shutout in the Silvertips' 5-0 win over Vancouver Saturday. The victory was significant on multiple fronts because it marked Hart's 26th career shutout, tying the Western Hockey League record, and his 107th career win, matching Everett's all-time record.

Hart leads the WHL in goals-against average at 1.53 (next closest is Cole Kehler at 2.77) and save percentage at .952 (next closest is Patrick Dea at .914).

Matthew Strome, LW, 19, 6-3/201, Hamilton (OHL)
Strome went off for a four-point game Sunday in the Bulldogs' 5-2 win over Morgan Frost-led Sault Ste. Marie. Strome potted his 30th goal of the season and tallied three assists.

Knocked for his skating struggles, Strome certainly looked OK here on these two helpers.

A fourth-round pick this summer, Strome has 56 points (30 goals, 26 assists) in 52 games this season.

Quick hits
• Although he was surprisingly held off the score sheet and finished a minus-3 Sunday, Frost scored two goals Thursday in the Greyhounds' 4-3 win over Niagara, giving him 32 on the season. He still leads the OHL with 88 points and a plus-51 rating.

• Speaking of 30-goal seasons, Isaac Ratcliffe picked up his 30th on an overtime winner to lift Guelph past Saginaw, 4-3, Friday. 

The 6-foot-6 winger added his 31st Sunday in a 3-2 OT loss to London.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel had a three-point week for the Phantoms during their three-game winning streak. The 21-year-old winger scored his 14th goal of the season in Friday's 5-1 win over Hershey and recorded two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 decision over Charlotte. The 2014 second-round pick has 32 points in 50 games after putting up 18 in 71 last season.

Philippe Myers missed one of Lehigh Valley's three games this week, while Samuel Morin (undisclosed injury), who was getting in work at Flyers Skate Zone last Monday, has not played since Jan. 20.

• After going scoreless in five straight games, Mikhail Vorobyev had a goal and an assist in the Phantoms' 5-3 win over Rochester Saturday, while Oskar Lindblom had an assist, his only point during the week.

German Rubtsov, the Flyers' 2016 first-round pick, has missed five straight games with an undisclosed injury. The 19-year-old has 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 24 games since being traded to Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

David Kase had three points (two goals, one assist) and a slick shootout winner in a 5-4 Mora IK win Sunday over Färjestad BK.

• Sixth-round pick Anthony Salinitri is riding a five-game point streak in which he has six goals and an assist.

• Big Ten products Cooper Marody and Tanner Laczynski have kept a steady pace. Marody, tied for second in the Big Ten with 23 assists, registered a two-point game (one goal, one assist) in Michigan's 3-2 win Saturday over Michigan State, while Laczynski leads the conference with 25 helpers for Ohio State.