Eagles Eyeing Former Oregon QB Dennis Dixon What It Means

Eagles Eyeing Former Oregon QB Dennis Dixon What It Means

When Andy Reid came to Philadelphia in 1999, he brought Doug
Pederson over from the Green Bay Packers with him, a seldom-used backup
quarterback who would be familiar with the concepts of the offensive system. 14
years later, new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is expected to be bringing in his
own Doug Pederson.

According to reports, the Eagles are currently eyeing Dennis
Dixon from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad,
and could sign him soon after
the Super Bowl this Sunday. Dixon of course played at the University of Oregon
when Kelly was the offensive coordinator.

Dixon played under Kelly for one year, posting by far the
best season of his collegiate career. As a senior, he completed 67.7% of his
passes for 2,136 yards, throwing 20 touchdowns to four interceptions. He also
rushed for 583 yards and nine scores. The Ducks climbed to #2 in some polls and Dixon was a Heisman candidate before
tearing his ACL toward the end of the season.

His draft stock obviously impacted by the injury, the Pittsburgh
Steelers used a fifth-round pick on Dixon in 2008. He started three games in
four seasons there, compiling a 2-1 record. For his career, Dixon has completed
35 of 59 passes (59.3%) for 402 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions
– a passer rating of 71.4. He’s carried the ball 10 times for 56 yards and one
TD.

During his last appearance in an NFL game back in 2010,
Dixon suffered another serious injury, tearing the lateral meniscus in same
knee he injured in college. After his rookie contract expired last offseason, Dixon
signed with Ravens, spending all of 2012 on their practice squad.

The size of Dixon’s role with the Eagles remains to be seen.
It’s not at all uncommon for coaches to bring in experienced players who
already have an understanding of their philosophies. That should not be taken
as an automatic that Dixon will be the starting quarterback come September, or
that he even necessarily has a leg up on the competition.

It certainly appears as though he’ll have a chance. If
Michael Vick is out of the picture, Dixon’s primary competition will be Nick
Foles, and perhaps a rookie quarterback. Dixon has good size at 6-3, 209, and
assuming he is healthy, good mobility.

Dixon is 28 though, and remains a largely unproven commodity
at this stage of his career – Foles already has more starts under his belt
after one year in the league. Should the signing come to fruition, it certainly
does not mean the Eagles will hitch their wagon to him.

Overall, not a big surprise Kelly would target a quarterback
he’s worked with before. What would be surprising however is if Dixon does
manage to outplay his competition and earn the starting quarterback job in
2013.

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Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received a majority of votes for the first time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell , on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

"Anxiety was very, very high," Bagwell said. "I wrote it on a ball tonight. It was kind of cool."

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones and Jim Thome in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Lee Smith, who had 478 saves, got 34 percent in his final time on the ballot. Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield and Magglio Ordonez were among the players who got under 5 percent and fell off future ballots.

Brown: 'No chance' Ben Simmons plays vs. Rockets next week

Brown: 'No chance' Ben Simmons plays vs. Rockets next week

Brett Brown squashed any chatter of Ben Simmons playing in the Sixers’ Jan. 27 nationally televised game against the Rockets.

“There is no chance,” Brown said Wednesday before the Sixers took on the Raptors.

On Tuesday the NBA announced the Sixers' matchup with the Rockets was added to the ESPN lineup while the Heat at Bulls game was dropped. 

That night, Simmons posted two photos on Instagram: a picture of him in Sixers warmup gear at the Wells Fargo Center with the staring eyes emoji and later a post of himself working out at the training complex. 

“I am a social media hermit. I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Brown said. “But I do know that there is no chance that he will play then.”

Simmons has been sidelined the entire season since suffering a Jones fracture in his right foot during training camp. The team has reiterated there is no timetable for his return.