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No NFL exec trades quite like Howie Roseman

No NFL exec trades quite like Howie Roseman

The most impressive thing about Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman isn't that he outlasted Chip Kelly, won the power struggle and took back his old job. 

The most impressive thing is that since he got the power back, he's been bolder than before. 

Roseman was never one to shy away from aggressiveness before his demotion but since being reinstated to power early in 2016, the Eagles' de facto general manager has been as gutsy on the phone as Doug Pederson has been calling plays on the field. A lot of folks would have probably played it a little safe after going through the demotion, but Roseman hasn't and it's a big reason the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

On Wednesday, he pulled off another trade, this time acquiring Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick for reserve receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick. 

Sometimes it feels like Roseman is playing a different game than other NFL GMs. They're all playing checkers and he's yelling checkmate. 

The Bennett deal was the 14th player trade Roseman has made since the start of 2016. Only one team — the Patriots with 18 — has made more player trades in that time. The only other teams in double digits are the Chiefs (12) and Seahawks (11). While the Eagles have made 14 player trades, the rest of the teams in the NFC East combined have made just eight. 

No, they're not all home runs, but Roseman is certainly winning more than he's losing. 

Here's a reverse look at all 14 Roseman has made since retaking personnel control after the 2015 season:

Seahawks — Get Michael Bennett, seventh-rounder. Give Marcus Johnson, fifth-rounder. 

Dolphins — Get Jay Ajayi. Give up fourth-rounder. 

*Saints — Get seventh-rounder. Give up Jon Dorenbos.

Jets — Get Dexter McDougle. Give up Terrence Brooks. 

Seahawks — Get fifth-rounder. Give up Matt Tobin, seventh-rounder.

Bills — Get Ronald Darby. Give up Jordan Matthews, third-round pick.

Broncos — Get conditional pick. Give up Allen Barbre. 

Ravens — Get Tim Jernigan, third-rounder. Give up third-rounder (higher pick). 

Patriots — Get fourth-rounder. Give up Eric Rowe. 

Vikings — Get first-rounder, fourth-rounder. Give up Sam Bradford. 

Titans — Get Dorial Green-Beckham. Give up Dennis Kelly. 

Broncos — Get conditional pick. Give up Mark Sanchez. 

Titans — Get fourth-rounder. Give up DeMarco Murray, fourth-rounder.

Dolphins — Get No. 8 pick. Give up Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell, No. 13 pick. 

*Trade was voided when Dorenbos failed physical because of heart condition

As it stands, the Eagles have just six draft picks in April's draft and don't have any picks in the second or third rounds. Their first pick in the fourth comes pretty late too. And the Eagles still need to get their salary under the cap; a few maneuvers could make that happen. 

So there's a good chance Roseman is far from finished his wheeling and dealing. But it should be no surprise that winning a Super Bowl hasn't quelled his aggressiveness. This is who he is, and it's been working for the Eagles. 

Mic'd up Mike Trout shouts out Eagles during All-Star Game, will try to make season opener

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Mic'd up Mike Trout shouts out Eagles during All-Star Game, will try to make season opener

Who's a bigger Philly sports fan than Mike Trout?

While mic'd up during the second inning of the All-Star Game Tuesday night, Trout was congratulated by Joe Buck for the Eagles' Super Bowl win and Trout beamed instantly.

He even shouted out Zach Ertz and Carson Wentz by name, hoping they were watching.

Trout's Angels are actually off the night of the Eagles' season opener, Sept. 6 against the Falcons.

Would he be able to make it to the game? 

Asked Monday by NBC 10 Eagles producer Rob Kuestner, Trout said he hasn't decided yet but will try to swing it.

It would be a tough arrangement because the Angels are in Texas the night before and in Chicago the night after. But we're talking here about a season-ticket holding superfan to whom money is no object. Seems like a night he'd have a tough time missing.

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These criticisms of Alshon Jeffery should make you laugh

These criticisms of Alshon Jeffery should make you laugh

There was an interesting series of tweets regarding Alshon Jeffery Tuesday morning from Chris Raybon, who hosts a gambling show called “I’ll Take That Bet” on ESPN+ and also writes often about fantasy sports.

Raybon’s general point was that Jeffery has underachieved the last few years, that he's not a true No. 1 receiver and that his numbers have declined since his four-game suspension in 2016 for a positive PED test.

Raybon’s tweets were all factually accurate, but they bothered me. For a few reasons.

First of all, Raybon tweeted that Jeffery has gone 30 straight games without a 100-yard game.

Then he tweeted that Jeffery hasn’t had a 100-yard game since his PED suspension.

And he pointed out correctly that Jeffery’s catches and yards have gone down each year over the last three seasons, although his notion that Jeffery’s nine touchdowns last year “masked” a decline in production is kind of bizarre. Isn’t scoring touchdowns the whole idea of playing football?

The first most basic error Raybon makes is equating 100-yard games to success. Since when do we measure a receiver’s value by 100-yard games? 

Eagles receivers had a total of three 100-yard games all last year — Zach Ertz vs. the Bears, Nelson Agholor vs. the Seahawks and Torrey Smith vs. the Rams.

That really held the team back, didn't it.

It’s called being balanced.

The Eagles still had the No. 3 scoring offense in the NFL, went 13-3 and won a Super Bowl. They had one QB make the Pro Bowl and another one named Super Bowl MVP. I would argue that the lack of 100-yard receivers made the Eagles more unpredictable, more dangerous, more difficult to defend. 

If you want to make the point that it doesn’t make sense to draft any Eagles receiver in fantasy because the Eagles are so balanced offensively, that’s fine.

But trying to make a case that Jeffery underachieved or is overpaid or overrated because his yards were spread out fairly evenly throughout the season instead of in groups of 100 yards is just silly.

The fact that Jeffery didn’t have any 100-yard games is irrelevant. That was never the goal. Including the postseason, he had 60 or more yards nine times, and only 11 wide receivers league-wide had more games with 60 or more yards. 

I’d rather have a guy catch 60 yards week in and week out than have 100 here and nine there. And if we're simply measuring fantasy value, how do you argue with 12 touchdowns — nine in the regular season and three more in the playoffs?

Only DeAndre Hopkins had more (13).

But here’s what really bothered me. 

None of Raybon’s tweets addressed Jeffery’s terrific production in the postseason.

Playing with a torn rotator cuff injury that required offseason surgery, Jeffery had 12 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns in wins over the Falcons, Vikings and Patriots.

Only 11 other players in NFL history have had 200 receiving yards and three TDs in a postseason playing for a Super Bowl champion. Guys like Rice, Fitz, Swann and Boldin.

In 19 games, Jeffery had 69 catches, 1,008 yards and 12 TDs.

Here's a list of players in Eagles history with 60 catches, 1,000 yards and 12 TDs in a season: McDonald, Carmichael, Quick, Owens, Jeffery.

Guess they all stink.

Jeffery was such a big-play guy in the postseason. He had a 53-yard touchdown catch against the Vikings. You know what other receivers have had 50-yard TD catches against the Vikings’ vaunted defense the last two years?

Yeah. Nobody.

He had 73 yards in the Super Bowl, for crying out loud, including a high-flying miracle 34-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles the lead in the first quarter and pretty much showed the world that the Patriots were in for a battle in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

You know what other receivers have had TD catches longer than 30 yards against the Patriots in the playoffs the last four years?

Yeah. Nobody.

Jeffery last year had 18 first-down catches on third down in the regular season, and only eight receivers in the league had more. He had four more in the playoffs.

If you’re looking for a guy to clean up in fantasy football with meaningless stats, stay away from Jeffery.

If you’re looking for big catches at big moments, if you’re looking for an unselfish team leader who never complained when the ball didn’t come his way, if you’re looking for a champion, Jeffery's your guy.

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