How Will Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman Collaborate on Forming the Eagles' Roster?

How Will Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman Collaborate on Forming the Eagles' Roster?

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In an excellent piece of reporting from Philly Mag’s Sheil
Kapadia on Monday, we were able to gain a bit of insight into how exactly a “streamlined”
front office led by general manager Howie Roseman will work hand-in-hand with
new head coach Chip Kelly to assemble the Eagles’ roster – right down to the
types of players the team might be searching for.

Kapadia caught up with Roseman at the Senior Bowl last week,
where most of the pro-football world was feverishly at work scouting college
players. There he provided a bit of insight into how his relationship with
Kelly will work.

“He’s going to be very defined on
the things that he’s looking for in players by positions,” Roseman said last
week at the Senior Bowl. “Which is great for us as a personnel staff, to make
sure that we know specifics for each position, dictated by the coaching staff.
Obviously, it’s easier on the offensive side of the ball than the defensive
side right now, but for us, we know we’re going to have clear direction.”

Easier on offense, we imagine, because the Eagles have yet
to hire a defensive coordinator, who will presumably have some defined input of
his own. But wait, there’s more:

“There are deal-breakers,” Roseman
said. “Maybe it’s at a particular position that size is a particular function
that you need there, or a certain speed. I think there are limiting factors at
certain positions that for some staffs are more important than others.”

I suppose one way of looking at this would be Chip is the
man with the recipe, and it’s Howie’s job to go out and get him the
ingredients. One example Kapadia uses is something Kelly said while at Oregon,
where he acknowledges hand size is one of the most important factors for a
quarterback. He also points to an article on the National Football Post that
suggests Kelly prefers “longer,” or taller players.

Who qualifies or doesn’t as a Chip Kelly guy remains to be
seen. It appears however while he does not have final control over personnel
decisions, his blueprint will be very much at work here.

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Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

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