Four Quick Notes about New Eagles Wide Receiver Ifeanyi Momah

Four Quick Notes about New Eagles Wide Receiver Ifeanyi Momah

1. Reuben Frank tells us the name Ifeanyi Momah is
pronounced “E-feind-ee Mow-ma.” Here’s why you’re going to want to remember
that.

2. Momah is a freak of nature. You may have heard the new
wide receiver for the Eagles stands 6-foot-7-inches tall, as his size has
received top billing in most of the reports about the signing from Saturday.
Well according to various reports, the 23 year old also clocked a 4.4 40 time
at workouts, making for a potentially devastating combination of size and
speed.

3. Fun fact: Momah also saw time as a defensive end in
third-and-long situations at Boston College. It’s little more than a footnote
in most stories, and the Eagles are strictly bringing him in to play wide
receiver according to Inq beat Jeff McLane, but that just further goes to show how impressive of an athlete this
kid is. Plenty of college football players have tried multiple positions, but you don't see many who have done it at wide receiver and defensive end.

4. There’s a good chance Momah doesn’t make the final
roster. He proved little in college, suffered a torn ACL that ended his senior
season after one game, and wound up going undrafted last April. A year later,
the Eagles are his first shot in the NFL. It will be interesting to see how
long he lasts though.

>> Eagles sign WR Ifeanyi Momah to three year deal [CSN]
>> Momah takes his last shot at the stars [MetroWest Daily News]

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Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P

 

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.