New Eagles WR Jordan Matthews may have a little Doug Collins in him

New Eagles WR Jordan Matthews may have a little Doug Collins in him

The Eagles rookies had the pleasure of meeting with the Philadelphia media on Friday over at the NovaCare Complex and one of the more interesting stories to come out of the sessions was the way in which Chip Kelly and the Birds handled the pre-draft meetings with potential draftees.

Kelly is known to do pretty much everything a little bit differently than other head coaches around the league and the players the Eagles ended up drafting pointed out that their visits with the Birds were more formal and maybe a little more stressful, but in a good way. They even had agendas!

Tim McManus writing for Birds 24/7 tells of how the coaching staff would show the players a scheme on the board, then erase it, and try to get the player to rattle it back without any notes. The point being to test the player's mental ability, something Kelly values very much.

"Dumb people do dumb things and smart people rarely do dumb things," is apparently one of Kelly's sayings.

The Jordan Matthews example was my favorite:

After selecting Jordan Matthews in the second round, Kelly noted that the receiver demonstrated amazing recall during his visit to Philly, and was able to rattle off the exact situation in the game and even the route he ran the moment it came up on film. Safe to say he performed well in that meeting room. [Beau] Allen did, too. The same likely applies to the rest of the eventual Eagles' draft picks that visited the facility.

Love it. Reminds me a bit of Doug Collins. Probably not as extreme as the Sixers' old coach. But it's great to have some smarts in the locker room.

I still don't get the lede part of the story about Chip playing with a remote control car. Someone needs to investigate that further.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

Find great deals on Philadelphia Phillies tickets with TicketIQ. Buy cheap Phillies tickets with no hidden fees for all games on their 2016 schedule. 

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.