Dennis Dixon to Eagles a Done Deal

Dennis Dixon to Eagles a Done Deal

With his coaching staff squared away, Chip Kelly’s first
order of business has been addressing the quarterback position. Now that Michael
Vick’s contract is renegotiated, it was on to part two: acquiring Dennis Dixon. Per
reports, the 2008 fifth-round pick and member of the Baltimore Ravens practice
squad agreed to a two-year deal with the Eagles on Thursday.


Geoff Mosher initially reported Kelly’s interest in Dixon
several weeks ago, and the addition always seemed inevitable. Kelly was the
offensive coordinator during Dixon’s senior season at Oregon, so he should be
familiar with some of the concepts the Eagles’ new head coach is bringing to
the NFL. It is by far the 28-year-old quarterback’s last, best chance of making
it in the league.

Dixon was having a season worthy of Heisman Trophy
consideration and perhaps playing himself into a high first-round pick before
he was derailed by a torn ACL. Drafted by the Steelers, Dixon appeared in four
games over four seasons with Pittsburgh, posting a 2-1 record in three starts and
71.4 passer rating, but again suffered a serious knee injury in 2010. He spent
the past year on the Ravens’ practice squad.

The addition of Dixon to the roster will almost certainly
usher out Trent Edwards, who spent one season as the Eagles’ third-string
quarterback -- although that remains to be seen.

We’re not reading too much into this signing, meaning Dixon
should be considered a darkhorse to ascend to starter. It’s completely
normal for new coaching staffs to bring in veteran players who know their
schemes, especially at the quarterback position, as Andy Reid did with Doug
Pederson many moons ago. It’s not even a given Dixon makes the final roster.

If Dixon is recovered from knee injuries though, he
certainly does possess the mobility many believe Kelly is looking for. He'll have a head start of sorts as well in terms of knowledge of Kelly's system. That said, four-time Pro Bowler Michael Vick and developing third-rounder Nick Foles aren't just going to lay down for Dixon.

Overall, it looks like Kelly has resorted to stockpiling
quarterbacks in the absence of a definite franchise quarterback. We wouldn’t
rule out a mid-to-late-round draft pick winding up in the mix with Dixon, Foles, and Vick as well. It looks like a good signing though, as Dixon can assist his teammates in learning Kelly’s offense, and could serve as a capable backup at least.

>> QB Dennis Dixon agrees to two-year deal with Eagles [CSN]

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Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.