Jason Peters: Since January, end of December, Ive been 100 percent

Jason Peters: Since January, end of December, Ive been 100 percent

Now for some good news. The NovaCare Complex reopened for
business on Monday, and word is plenty of Eagles players have already arrived to
participate in workouts. Among those were left tackle Jason Peters, who assures
us he is still “the number one offensive lineman in the league.”

Peters met with members of the media on Tuesday, and he had
a lot of interesting things to say about playing for Chip Kelly this year,
including losing weight to prepare for Chip’s uptempo offense, and whether a new
blocking scheme will alter how he plays. Peters even compares himself to Tom
Brady.

That’s all well and good, but the most important detail fans
want to know right now is whether or not the big man has recovered from his
twice-ruptured Achilles last offseason. Don’t fret says Peters – he was ready
to go last year already.

“I could have [returned in 2012], but I didn’t want to risk
it with a losing season,” Peters said. “The coaches kind of held me back a
little bit.”

“Since January, end of December, I’ve been 100 [percent].”

It’s certainly reassuring to hear, but of course we need to see
Peters playing at a high level before we believe it – as much as we might want to. Peters was the most
important player in the Eagles’ offense prior to his injury. Without him the
offensive line crumbled, weakening both the rushing  and passing attacks significantly.

Sheil Kapadia has the full report over at Birds 24/7, and it’s
definitely worth a read for a little insight. One thing’s for sure, and that is
Peters is not lacking in confidence. If he’s completely healthy, the presence
of Peters at left tackle alone is going to go a long way toward fixing that line.

>> Motivated Jason Peters: 'I'm Ready To Go' [Philly Mag]

Previously: How Great Is Eagles' Need at Offensive Line?

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Sixers waive Carl Landry, Tibor Pleiss; officially sign Cat Barber

Sixers waive Carl Landry, Tibor Pleiss; officially sign Cat Barber

The Sixers made some roster tweaks on Wednesday night.

The team waived forward Carl Landry and center Tibor Pleiss, while officially announcing the signing of guard Anthony "Cat" Barber.

The Sixers were expected to cut Pleiss, who was acquired last Friday in a trade with the Jazz. On July 21, Barber and the Sixers reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed deal.

Landy, a 32-year-old veteran, played one season with the Sixers after being acquired last summer in a trade with the Kings, a deal in which he was essentially a toss-in as it revolved around bringing Nik Stauskas to Philadelphia. Landry, who was under contract for 2016-17 at $6.75 million, battled injury to start 2015-16 and ended up playing in 36 games (12 starts), averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Barber, 6-foot-3, 173 pounds, will fight for a roster spot at point guard during training camp. The 22-year-old went undrafted in June after declaring following his junior season at NC State in which he averaged 23.5 points per game, seventh most in the country and best in the ACC.

Ben Simmons working out with LeBron James

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Ben Simmons working out with LeBron James

Ben Simmons' fellow NBA rookies may not think too highly of him, but when the best basketball player on the planet is giving him pointers, he must be doing something right.

On Tuesday, a photo of Simmons and LeBron James dribbling side by side started making the rounds on Instagram. That's right. The Sixers' number-one overall draft pick and franchise savior is apparently training with the four-time league MVP and reigning world champion.

#Klutch @klutchsports

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Those workouts continued on Wednesday, when 12-time All-Star Dwayne Wade posted a photo of himself, Simmons and James, as well as Richard Jefferson and Jordan McRae. That's some good company for a first-year player to keep.

Good day of work!

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What does all of this mean for Simmons and the Sixers? Hard to say, but it can't be a bad thing that the rookie point-forward is spending time with a pair of future first-ballot Hall of Famers. Surely he must be learning something.

That's good news for the Sixers, who hope that Simmons can even come close to living up to the lofty comparisons some have drawn to James already.

Tonight's Lineup: Tommy Joseph starts for 1st time against Gio Gonzalez

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Tonight's Lineup: Tommy Joseph starts for 1st time against Gio Gonzalez

Tommy Joseph is back in the starting lineup … as he's expected to be for most of the final month of the season. Joseph bats fourth behind third baseman Maikel Franco.

Joseph did not start Tuesday night in the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. The 25-year-old is hitting .251 with 17 home runs and 34 RBIs.

The slugger has a significantly higher average against left-handed pitching than righties, despite clubbing 12 of his 17 homers against right-handed pitchers.

Joseph has yet to faced Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.

In other lineup notes, Tyler Goeddel gets the start in left field and will hit eighth, while A.J. Ellis gets his second start as a Phillie. He'll catch Adam Morgan.

Here is the full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Freddy Galvis, SS
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
9. Adam Morgan, P

For more on tonight's game, read Steven Tydings' game notes.