Rating the Rumor: Eagles interested in Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Britt

Rating the Rumor: Eagles interested in Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Britt

So many receivers, so little time, so let’s go ahead and lump two together. Recent reports tied the Eagles to Terrelle Pryor of the Cleveland Browns and Kenny Britt of the Los Angeles Rams, because this is Philadelphia, and the people here love their wideouts.

That’s only half of a joke, by the way. I unknowingly launched my career 10 years ago by explaining the Eagles could not trade a second-round draft pick for either Anquan Boldin or Roy Williams. Clearly, very little has changed, as the exact same point is being made today about Brandin Cooks, but perhaps that's getting a bit off topic.

The Pryor and Britt rumors don’t differ much from any other. The Eagles need a receiver, quality players are available, so naturally they’re a fit, Never mind that people inexplicably believe the Eagles should trade their only decent, extremely underrated receiver – sorry, off topic again.

Okay, let’s quick take these two down.

As far as Pryor is concerned, without a doubt one of the most intriguing players hitting the market. It’s unclear why the Browns, who literally have $100 million to spend, would allow one of their only good players to reach the market, but they are the Browns, so let’s not look too deeply into it.

Pryor has a limited body of work, beings as he was a quarterback two years ago, but went over 1,000 yards receiving his first full season playing the position. Sure, the Eagles would love to develop that talent.

So would 31 other teams.

The Eagles organization is known for doing its due diligence, as I'm sure all organizations are. That's not to discount the club’s interest in Pryor, but merely contact an impending free agent at a position of need isn’t even exciting at this point.

Let’s spice things up a little. Not only is Britt a reality television “star” (Splash, Ramily!), but he actually hails from the Philadelphia area in much the same way Mike Trout does. Which is to say Britt isn’t a native at all, but he might pop up at the airport or Atlantic City, which is basically the same thing.

All joking aside, Britt does have a logical connection to the Eagles in recently hired wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who held the same position with the Rams in 2016. That also happened to be by far Britt’s best season as a pro, cracking 1,000 yards receiving for the first time, so the connection actually makes a lot of sense.

And unlike most of the wideouts the Eagles are being linked to, they can probably afford Britt. He’s a nine-year veteran who is closing in on 30 and has probably had two of his top-three best games against the Eagles (only a slight exaggeration). Given the cap situation, he’s exactly the kind of bargain they need.

Yet, as much as Britt might fit, so would Pryor, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Pierre Garcon, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks and somebody else we’re purposely leaving out in an effort to get one last post out of all this. The Eagles need receivers, as always, and as always, they’re linked to all of them.

So are either Pryor or Britt the guy? They’re not the least likely options, anyway.

Rating the Rumor: Who can tell at this point?

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.