What quiet preseason could mean for Mike Wallace

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What quiet preseason could mean for Mike Wallace

We haven’t seen a lot from Mike Wallace this summer, and that could mean one of two things:

1. At 32 years old and in his 10th NFL season, Wallace has hit the veteran wall. He only caught one short pass in the preseason — a  meaningless three-yarder from Nick Foles in Cleveland Thursday night — and showed no sign of the big-play receiver who’s averaged 15 yards per catch throughout his career.


2. Wallace is the kind of veteran who knows exactly what he needs out of a training camp, who knows how to pace himself, who knows when it’s time to turn on the juice.

The Eagles need Wallace. With Alshon Jeffery’s status up in the air for the first few weeks of the season, they need a legit starting-caliber receiver opposite Nelson Agholor.

And Wallace is the only real candidate.

Shelton Gibson has had a very good preseason and has the team made, but is he ready to be a major regular-season contributor? We don’t know that yet.

Mack Hollins has experience and showed flashes last year, but he’s been hurt all summer and projects as more of a situational receiver than an every-down guy. 

DeAndre Carter looks fantastic, but he’s never played a regular-season NFL game.

Kamar Aiken and Markus Wheaton have had success in the league on Sundays but haven’t shown anything this summer to make me think they’re going to even make the team much less contribute.

It leaves Wallace, who turned 32 earlier this month.

Wallace is coming off a pretty good season with the Ravens — 52 catches for 748 yards and four TDs. The year before that he was over 1,000 yards.

But receivers can lose it fast, and it traditionally happens somewhere in that 29-to-31 age range.

Miles Austin’s numbers the year before he joined the Eagles at 31 years old in 2015 weren’t far off Wallace’s numbers last year. And we all know how that went.  

Kevin Curtis was a 1,000-yard receiver at 29, out of the league at 31.

Jason Avant had a career-high 53 catches at 29 but only caught 15 when he was 32.

Look at Jeremy Maclin. He just turned 30 in May and his career is in limbo.

Receivers are lost without their legs, and it’s just really tough to keep your legs healthy when you’re in your eighth, ninth and 10th season putting them through the grind of an NFL season.

When the legs go, the career goes.

The history of Eagles receivers in their 30s is not a good one.

The last wide receiver to catch a pass for the Eagles after his 32nd birthday was Irving Fryar back in 1996.

Harold Carmichael had a 1,000-yard season at 32 but that was nearly four decades ago! 

But there’s reason to believe these trends won’t affect Wallace. 

Looking back at Wallace’s last few preseasons, the numbers aren’t exactly inspiring.

He was 3 for 40 last year with the Ravens and 3 for 37 the year before that and had very good regular seasons. In 2015 he caught 4 for 52 in the preseason with the Vikings and in 2014, he didn’t catch a pass in the preseason and had the best year of his career.

Sure seems like one of those guys who knows how to turn it on when he has to.

Remember how bad DeMeco Ryans looked in his first Eagles training camp? Remember how ineffective LeGarrette Blount looked last summer?

Some older veterans just know what they need to get ready for training camp, and they don’t care about anything else.

But here’s the biggest thing with Wallace.

He looks fast.

Watching him at training camp, it’ s clear he can still run. And with a wide receiver that’s really the only thing that matters.

The Eagles have had no shortage of veteran wide receiver failures lately — from Chris Givens to Rueben Randle to Dorial Green-Beckham. Guys like Wheaton and Aiken are on the brink of joining that group.

But the one thing Wallace has that none of the others did is that burst. That breakaway speed that separates productive wide receivers from guys who are out of the league.

It’s still there. We saw it throughout camp. He can still run.

It’s a very thin line in the NFL for receivers and corners. Your 40 time drops a 10th of a second, you’re out of the league.

The numbers haven’t been there. The stats aren’t there. The catches aren’t there. 

But the eye test tells me Mike Wallace can still play. And the Eagles desperately need that to be the case.

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Jon Runyan's former estate, with hefty price tag and insane bar, is for sale


Jon Runyan's former estate, with hefty price tag and insane bar, is for sale

If you’re in the market for a home with the most insane bar you’ve ever seen and have a cool $5 million budget, former Eagle Jon Runyan’s house could be the perfect fit.

Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Runyan’s old digs are for sale and, according to listings on Zillow, are nearly eight-times more expensive than any of the other 70 homes on the market in Mount Laurel. 

Despite being a massive 14,000 square-foot property, this house only has five bedrooms, but you’ll see where all that square-footage is being taken up. The area set aside for entertaining is just ridiculous.

Runyan, an Eagle from 2000 to 2008 and a congressman thereafter, was not the most recent tenant. He sold the house in 2015, but the home is back on the market for an elevated price of $5.6 million (see listing). The beautiful white interior and custom designs are ever-present throughout the home, which sits at the back of a long driveway and grand gated entrance. The house boasts a master kitchen, ample closet space and an awesome master bath with custom tub.

The backyard, though, is the most incredible part. Forget the pool with a diving board, artsy palm trees and pavilion, the bar is something out of an expensive wedding. It’s ridiculous.

Wooden beams stretch throughout this rustic barn-themed entertainment area, which boasts a giant circular bar with a fireplace and two bathrooms. It looks like the bar area could host a 100-person wedding instead of being in the backyard of someone’s single family home.

It also looks like there are seven garages, so, there’s one for you to drive a new car for every day of the week.

Here’s a look at some photos of the inside and outside of this insane estate.

If you’re wondering, Runyan moved into a $1.3 million Moorestown home in 2015, but sold the home in March for $1.2 million.

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Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Philadelphia fans have been running the Philly Special at weddings and in their living rooms for the better part of the past year and a half.

Now, they can officially run it in the Madden video game when it's released this summer.

We learned of this news today on the "The Eagle Eye in the Sky Podcast" in which EA Sports' Anthony White shared the exciting news.

"It's under the pistol formation," White said. "One play is the 'Philly Special' and the other play is called 'Fake Philly Special.'"

He added it'll remain "Philly" regardless of what team you're playing with.

"A couple of other teams ran it last year," he said. "I know the Dolphins ran it. I think the Falcons ran it. Do we call it the 'Dolphins Special' or the 'Cleveland Special?' We're actually just going to call it 'Philly.'"

Sadly, Nick Foles is no longer on the Eagles' roster so when you run the play with the Birds you may have to pray that Carson Wentz's hands are just as good.

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