QuoteStart: Pence vs Punx, Nowak on Califf, Suter Suitors, Bulls on Sixers' Parade, TU and PSU Recruiting Classes

QuoteStart: Pence vs Punx, Nowak on Califf, Suter Suitors, Bulls on Sixers' Parade, TU and PSU Recruiting Classes

The morning's news in key quotations...

Hunter Pence upon his arrival in Clearwater: "First day in Clearwater, this place is beautiful!" [@HunterPence3]

Punxsutawney Phil: "Six more weeks of 'winter.' "

Advantage, Mr. Pence. Much more below...

Union manager Peter Nowak on Danny Califf resuming club captaincy: “I think it’s a natural thing right now that Danny Califf will take over as captain,” Nowak told the media after the team’s open training session at YSC Sports. “He was [next in line] behind Faryd when Faryd went down [with a broken finger on Sept. 3], and Danny took over as captain. So we’re not going to change anything with that.” [Kevin Kinkead, PhiladelphiaUnion.com]
 
Temple head football coach Steve Addazio on a highly acclaimed recruiting class: “We are a big-time Division I football program in the Northeast, so we’re gonna go compete with the big guys,” Addazio said. “As we grow, we’ll go toe-to-toe with them more.” [Dave Zeitlin, CSNPhilly]

Tom Lemming, recruiting analyst for CBS Sports, on Penn State's recruiting class: What they’re trying to do now,” Lemming added, “is keep their head above water. Given the circumstances, they did a great job,” said Brian Dohn, recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “But the circumstances were near-impossible, to be honest.” [Gordie Jones, CSNPhilly]

Nashville Predators GM David Poile on contract negotiations with pending
free agent defenseman Ryan Suter: “It’s just ongoing, it’s the same
situation,” Poile said. “Everything is being said the way you want a
player to say it and the way you want a negotiation to go, except for
the final commitment. It’s almost like we’re having a good time
together, but we haven’t decided to get married yet.” [The Tennesseean]

Andy Reid on counting on the Eagles' offense to carry the team early in 2011: "I think the best thing I could tell you on that is I knew there were a lot of moving parts on defense," Reid said. "I understood that. I thought it would take some time. How much time, you don't know that, but you felt like it would take some time to get everybody working and pulling the rope in the same direction. On the offensive side, really everybody was coming back. We did have a new line coach [Howard Mudd] and a new scheme there, but it wasn't that dramatic, so I anticipated the offense carrying the defense, allowing the defense to grow. That didn't happen." [Rich Hofmann, Daily News]

Derrick Rose on the Sixers, who spanked the Bulls last night: “They’re a good defensive team, making it hard, being scrappy. They’ve got a lot of athletic people on their team. They’re a good team,” said Rose. “They’ve got a lot of athletic people on their team, especially their wings. Andre [Iguodala] came out and played great for them tonight, just playing aggressive and everybody else fed off of him. [CSNChicago]

Get Ya on Yer Way
BRB gonna be practicin my 'seater' move…

RIP Don Cornelius

Did Corey Davis reveal he wants to be drafted by Eagles?

Did Corey Davis reveal he wants to be drafted by Eagles?

We finally know who the Eagles will select this Thursday in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft.

No need to tune into the draft broadcast, or even visit the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to partake in all of the festivities. Just look at Corey Davis' Twitter feed:


Done deal. Get him a cheesesteak and a midnight green uniform.

But in all seriousness, Davis made an appearance Monday on ESPN and retweeted this tweet to Trey Wingo.

Davis would certainly make an immediate impact on the Eagles' offense. He would join a receiving corps already bolstered in free agency with the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

But the Western Michigan product might not be on the board at the 14th overall pick, and the Eagles could look elsewhere on Thursday night.

The700Level's Andrew Kulp wrote about Davis at length here.

h/t to bleedinggreennation.com.

Place Your Bets: NFL draft first-round odds

Place Your Bets: NFL draft first-round odds

So, you think you know where every player will be selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft?

Well, here are some odds, courtesy of Bovada, to help you gauge your early predictions for the draft in Philly this week.

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
We start with McCaffrey, probably the most talked about prospect in Philadelphia entering the first round on Thursday.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz compared McCaffrey to Darren Sproles. Stanford head coach David Shaw thinks not only would McCaffrey be a good fit in the Eagles' offense, but would also be a great fit in the city of Philadelphia.

Bovada has 2/3 odds of McCaffrey being selected over the 9.5 pick, and has 11/10 odds of him being selected under the 9.5 pick.

CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro has McCaffrey being selected at No. 15 overall by the Indianapolis Colts -- the pick after the Eagles, who are slotted at No. 14 -- in his mock draft.

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
Fournette has consistently been in the top 10, or sometimes even the top five, of mock drafts.

Many teams covet Fournette for his combination of strength and speed. The LSU product is 6-foot, 240 pounds and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.

Bovada has 2/3 odds of Fournette getting selected over the fourth pick and 11/10 odds of him getting drafted after the fourth pick.

How many RBs/WRs will be selected in first round?
Since Bovada has the same odds for the number of running backs and wide receivers going in the first round, we combined the two.

If you're living under a rock and haven't been following NFL mock drafts since the season ended, there have been three running backs and wide receivers consistently selected in the first round -- WR Mike Williams, WR Corey Davis, WR John Ross, RB Dalvin Cook, RB McCaffrey and RB Fournette.

Here are the identical odds for both position groups:

Over 2.5 with 1/5 odds.
Under 2.5 with 3/1 odds.

How many defensive players will be selected in first round?
This one can get tricky, because you'll have to bank on a few teams getting desperate and drafting some quarterbacks to hit the under.

Over 18.5 with 1/1 odds.
Under 18.5 with 5/7 odds.

How many Alabama players will be selected in first round?
Alabama is the gold standard for NFL players. Every year, the university churns out first-round talent on the opening night of the draft.

In Zangaro's afformentioned mock draft, he has five Alabama players being selected.

Here are the odds:

Over 4.5 with 11/10 odds.
Under 4.5 with 2/3 odds.