Cowboys fans better pray neither of the team’s offensive tackles gets injured this season. It’s not like they have a Jason Peters or some other All-Pro type down there. No, the problem is Demetress Bell could be on their bench. An ESPN Dallas report says the club intends to sign Bell after he passes a physical.
I would recommend Tony Romo flee now, while he still has the chance (re: full use of his legs). But then as Michael Vick can attest to, running away probably won’t help.
Legend has it the Eagles signed Bell last April to fill the void left by the season-ending injury to Peters. The “best” free-agent tackle on the market was that for a reason it turned out, as Bell was horrific no matter where he lined up. He appeared in nine games and started five before he was permanently replaced by King Dunlap, which right there says all you need to know about Bell’s performance.
To be fair, Bell may have struggled to adapt to then-offensive line coach Howard Mudd’s blocking scheme. Even still, he was never all that great in his previous place of employment with the Buffalo Bills. Again, there’s a reason he was still available weeks after free agency had opened.
This time he was available well into July, and the fact that the Cowboys are signing Bell at all should give you some insight into the state of their O-line. I suppose he’s strictly there for depth, and not even a lock to make the 53-man roster, but it’s hard to imagine there could be anybody worse.
The best part is the Dallas front office should know this better than anybody. Jimmy Kempski took an illustrated look at Bell’s blooper reel from a game against the Cowboys last night over at Bleeding Green Nation. It’s well worth checking out for a good laugh. Seriously highly entertaining stuff.
>> Demetress Bell in Cowboys’ plans [ESPN]
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Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award.
At least, he's now the favorite.
The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Here's the top five:
1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200
Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite.
It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games.
Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award.
The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24.
Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.