Report: Vince Young Will Start on Sunday Night

Report: Vince Young Will Start on Sunday Night

Michael Vick broke a couple of ribs against the Cardinals this past
Sunday, allegedly on the second play of the game if you listen to Andy
Reid, but we all know it happened on that scramble in the fourth
quarter. I'm sure you were all impressed by our coverage of this
developing situation.

Well Vick missed practice again on Friday,
and according to a report filed by Geoff Mosher, number seven has been
ruled out for this week's all-important rematch against the New York
Giants, making everybody's favorite public speaker the starter.
Introducing Vince Young, Philadelphia's quarterback.

Officially, Vick is listed as questionable, but usually when a player hasn't practiced by now, he will not be available on Sunday.

Putting
all the "Dream Team" stuff aside, ignoring the interception he threw on
his only pass attempt this season, not to mention all the mularkey that
took place in Tennessee -- you know, the things that make people hate
Vince Young -- I honestly think he could surprise on Sunday.

I'm
not saying the Eagles will win or anything, but Young is a competitor.
He has a 30-17 record as a starter in this league. He's big and mobile,
and he has the tools to be a great quarterback. I'm not sure he has the
right mindset for it, but the point is he can play.

As the lone
VY supporter in the Delaware Valley, I'm actually interested to see what
he can do. He may not be fully versed in the system, and he could be
without a key target in Jeremy Maclin -- reportedly ruled out due to a
scheduling conflict with his fumble-holics anonymous group -- but a full
week of prep with the first-team offense should help the backup QB a
ton.

And hey, the guy had a nice preseason, so there's that.

>>Source: Vick won't play against Giants [Delaware Online]

Eagles sign DT Justin Hamilton to futures contract

Eagles sign DT Justin Hamilton to futures contract

The Eagles on Monday signed defensive tackle Justin Hamilton to a futures contract. 

Hamilton, 23, went undrafted in 2015 but spent time with both the Bills and Packers. This past season, he spent six different stints on the Seahawks' practice squad, constantly being waived then re-signed. 

He has never played in an NFL game.

Hamilton played collegiately at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he totaled 14 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in four years. He was First Team All-Sun Belt as a senior. 

The Eagles have signed 15 players to reserves/futures contracts this month.

Pressing too hard? Claude Giroux realizes less can be more

Pressing too hard? Claude Giroux realizes less can be more

NEW YORK — Ron Hextall admitted there’s a bit of a double-edged sword to Claude Giroux.
 
“I think he’s pressing too hard,” Hextall said before Sunday night’s game. “It’s what you like about him; there’s a few guys like that. You like that [competitiveness] about them, but sometimes you become your own worst enemy because they beat themselves up.”
 
The captain was entering the day with a goal drought of 12 games, his longest since Oct. 2-Nov. 7, 2013, when he opened the season goalless in 15 contests.
 
“G wants to be successful at everything,” the general manager said. “Hopefully something good happens for him and he gets rolling. He’s too good of a player to play like this.”
 
Hextall got his wish.
 
Nearly four hours later, Giroux buried the game-winning goal of the Flyers’ 3-2 overtime win against the Islanders at the Barclays Center (see game story). Not only did it relieve Giroux of his funk, but it also did the same for the Flyers, who had lost three straight and 12 of their last 15.
 
"It's been tough the last couple of weeks,” Giroux said. “We know we're a better team. 
 
“Obviously we can still be better but we needed this win tonight.”
 
And Giroux needed that goal. Over the previous 12 games, the Flyers’ second-leading scorer was a minus-13 with seven assists and just one even-strength point. It’s no coincidence the Flyers went 2-8-2 in those 12 games.
 
Giroux didn’t disagree with his boss.
 
“You want to succeed and you want to play the best you can,” he said. “Sometimes you push it a little too much. When you sit back and kind of look at the big picture, sometimes I think that's when you kind of realize you need to relax and just go out there and play.”
 
Before the game, head coach Dave Hakstol made a change that reaped the rewards. He decided to put Jakub Voracek back on the top line with Giroux and Michael Raffl. Giroux finished with six shots, his most since Dec. 21, while Voracek put up four and assisted the overtime winner.
 
“Well, I mean there are a lot of things that go into that,” Hakstol said of the move. “Those guys have success together, but more importantly, you look at some of the combinations as you go through the year when you’ve had success. Sometimes one change gives you a little bit of a jump-start. Those guys did a good job.”
 
Giroux’s goal was emblematic in a way that he simply planted himself in front of the net and tapped in Shayne Gostisbehere’s wraparound pass. There was no highlight-reel deke or miraculous shot.
 
Keeping it simple — as players often say — did the trick.
 
"Sometimes you don't need to try so hard,” Giroux said. “You need to go about your job and make sure you do the right things out there. Make sure you help your teammates and linemates. Just go out there and play hockey. We're supposed to have fun doing it, right? So sometimes you need to relax and kind of look at how you can get better.”
 
Sunday was a start.