Will Eagles Turn the Page on Nate Allen?

Will Eagles Turn the Page on Nate Allen?

As we touched on very briefly yesterday, the Eagles haven't budged on their linebacker situation, although another spot on defense could be up for grabs.

Nate Allen had a noticeably disappointing showing against the Steelers last week, prompting doubts over whether he is fully recovered from the ruptured patellar tendon that ended his rookie season. The USF product puts himself somewhere between "90, 95 percent," but he looked nothing like the promising young player the Birds drafted in the second round.

Meanwhile, yet another of the unheralded free agent signings could be taking his place. Jarrad Page, who spent last season with the Patriots, and the previous four with Kansas City, has been splitting the first team snaps with Allen in practice this week, in a situation somewhat reminiscent of the one that is giving a rookie center the chance to start this week.

The silver lining in all of this is, once again, the Eagles were prepared if Allen's recovery came along slow. Page was a three-year starter for the Chiefs, but was not retained after suffering a season-ending calf injury in '09. New England picked up the former seventh round pick, who appeared in 10 games last season, making one start and intercepting two passes. His career totals include 12 interceptions and four forced fumbles.

However, even though the club appears to be set on the depth chart, this is still a bit of a bad news. Allen looked much further away than 90% last Thursday, even if it was only one tough night. The Eagles have plenty invested in Allen, selecting him with the second round pick they obtained for Donovan McNabb last year, passing on Seattle's Earl Thomas earlier in the draft.

All indications are Allen is expected to make a full recovery, but any hope of him having a breakthrough sophomore campaign might be fading--and all but finished if he is relegated to reserve status.

Speaking of second round picks, Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett doesn't appear to be in the mix for a starting job this season. Last year's seventh rounder Kurt Coleman is holding down the other safety position for now, and according to Bleeding Green Nation, actually is growing into a leadership role in the secondary.

We've remarked in the past that safety is one of those positions where you don't necessarily need a Hall of Famer, so a duo featuring Coleman and Page is probably competent enough. That said, the bench is not where you want to see a pair of second rounders, particularly as a result of an injury. Here's hoping the setback performance was a one-off, and Nate Allen is really as close as he says.

>> Birds' Allen and Page sharing time at strong safety [CSN]
>> Kurt Coleman Emerging As A Leader On Eagles Defense [BGN]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Back-to-backs still not part of the plan for Joel Embiid … just yet

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Back-to-backs still not part of the plan for Joel Embiid … just yet

Joel Embiid does not expect to play in the Sixers’ first back-to-back Saturday. 

“I’m not playing tomorrow. No back-to-backs yet,” he said before Friday’s game. “I don’t think so. I’ve got to check on that again. But there’s a plan in place and that’s what I’m going to follow.”

The Sixers faced the Celtics on Friday in their home opener and then will travel to Toronto Saturday night to take on the Raptors. It is their first of 14 pairs of back-to-back matchups this season. He projects he will eventually be cleared for them. 

“This year, there’s not a lot of back-to-backs,” Embiid said. “I feel like I’ll miss some but I’m not sure when. But I’ll definitely play some back-to-backs this year.”

Embiid has yet to be cleared for consecutive games in his injury-hampered career. It is important for him for reach that checkmark.

“I just want to feel like an NBA player,” Embiid said. 

Sitting out Saturday will not bump up his minutes Friday, Embiid said. He played 26:57 in the season opener Wednesday and is eyeing somewhere around 20 against the Celtics. Brett Brown is managing his playing time within a range, not a specific restriction like last season. 

The key to being cleared for more minutes and back-to-backs? Staying away from injuries. 

“I’ve got to balance it out because I’m ultra-competitive so I want to get out there, jump in the stands, dive for every loose ball,” Embiid said. “But at the same time, I’ve to find a balance in between staying healthy and doing all that.”