Eagles Address Defense in Round Three, Draft LSU DT Bennie Logan

Eagles Address Defense in Round Three, Draft LSU DT Bennie Logan

We knew the Eagles had to come
away from this draft with at least one defensive lineman. They found their man
in round three in Bennie Logan.

Two things stand out about
Logan. First, he has a big-school pedigree coming out of LSU where they
routinely are a defensive juggernaut in the SEC, college football’s best
conference.

Second, like Lane Johnson and
Zach Ertz in rounds one and two, “athletic” is one of the first adjectives used
to describe Logan. At 6-2, 309, he also happens to be a load on the interior.

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Strengths

Athletic
tackle with a wide frame and solid thickness and strength throughout. Nice
lateral quickness to step into a gap after the snap, can penetrate through to
get a hand on the ballcarrier or hold his ground with a shoulder against single
blocks to stuff the hole. Plays with leverage when man-up and against
double-teams, doesn’t get moved off the line often. Flashes the violent hands
and pop to shed and eat up backs coming into his area. Works hard as a pass
rusher, can use his hands and strength to bull through the shoulder of his man
to reach the quarterback if the ball stays in the pocket too long. Strong
tackler who swallows ballcarriers when in position and also slows them with an
arm even if engaged.

Weaknesses

Not elite in
his initial quickness, will be stoned more consistently by NFL linemen unless
it improves and might be taken out in obvious passing situations. Might be best
as an athletic nose, rather than a three-technique. Inconsistent getting off
blocks inside to two-gap, lunges towards ballcarriers after they’re already by
him. Gets overaggressive on his punch on occasion and doesn’t have elite
upper-body strength, so better linemen and double teams can get his shoulders
turned out of the hole. Stamina is an issue, losing his chase ability and
short-area quickness when facing strong competition, and forces him to be
heavily rotated. Has difficulty seeing and handling cut blocks. Doesn't offer
much as a pass rushing threat.

Obviously this doesn’t sound
like a player who will step in and become a dominant force from day one, but he
is a third-round pick after all. What you have to like about Logan though is he
brings a versatile skill set to the table.

Logan had 45 total tackles,
5.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in 2012, and 57, 6.5, and 3 one season prior,
his only two years as a starter. He spoke to the Shreveport Times about what NFL
suitors were looking for out of him.

“A lot of
teams are looking at me to play nose guard, defensive tackle, and a few teams
are even talking about me playing defensive end,” Logan said last week at LSU’s
Pro Day of various speed and agility drills. “Teams are looking at me to play
up and down the line, not just a set position.”

Logan (6-foot-3,
287 pounds) played only defensive tackle at LSU as he started the last two
seasons before declaring for the draft as a junior.

“So, I’m
going to play where they ask me to play,” he said.

Defensive line was an absolute
must in this draft. Obviously the Eagles are getting away from a 4-3 as their
base, and whether it’s a conventional 3-4 or the hybrid 4-3 under, those alignments
tend to require unique personnel. Plus the front office dumped several interior
linemen in the offseason, most notably Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.

That was the Birds’ final
scheduled pick of the evening, so that will do it for tonight unless they
decide to trade back into the round. Assuming that’s all for day two though, it feels
like it was a successful one for Howie Roseman and company.

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Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

Joel Embiid questionable with flu; T.J. McConnell (wrist) upgraded

CAMDEN, N.J. — Whether or not Joel Embiid suits up against the Raptors tonight remains to be seen. He is listed as questionable because of illness and did not participate in shootaround. On Tuesday, Brett Brown said Embiid was dealing with the flu

If Embiid is unable to play, Jahlil Okafor would see more playing time. After four straight DNPs, Okafor started in Embiid’s absence on Saturday against the Wizards and had 26 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. The following game, he came off the bench against the Bucks (10 points, two rebounds, 20 minutes) without Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle).

Noel went through shootaround and is probable for Wednesday.

“I know I can’t control what’s going on with all the DNPs,” Okafor said after shootaround. “I just try to work as hard as I can to stay prepared for whatever happens.”

T.J. McConnell has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after he was able to go through shootaround with a right wrist sprain. He wore a splint on Tuesday but just had his wrist wrapped to limit swelling. The Sixers' medical staff will evaluate McConnell before the game to determine his status.

“A lot better today,” McConnell said. “Optimistic about tonight. We’ll see how it responds this afternoon during warmups and make a decision there.”

Richaun Holmes remains on assignment with the Delaware 87ers. He is currently participating in the NBA D-League Showcase, which runs Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario.

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

Angry, awful human Chris Christie calls Eagles fans 'generally angry, awful people'

When he's not battling bridge scandals, getting kicked off trainsfalling out of chairs, making trips to McDonald's for Donald Trump, or eating M&M's, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure seems to be fond of insulting Philadelphia Eagles fans.

The oversized personality was at it again this morning when he spoke with the Boomer and Carton show up on New York's WFAN.

Christie is a well-documented Dallas Cowboys fan and again discussed his fandom and why people seem to care about it.

And in case you needed a reminder, the Cowboys' season is currently over and they didn't even win a single playoff game. Sad!

“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”

He then goes on to say he's not a front runner for liking the Cowboys because they've been far less successful over the last ten years than the New York Giants. Mostly true.

You can listen to the whole interview right here. Via CBS Philly