The Ax Man Cometh?

The Ax Man Cometh?

Another post for those of you not following Adam Schefter on Twitter.  This time ESPN's finest is reporting the Eagles brought in Jeremiah Trotter for a workout today to see what kind of shape he is in. Trotter last played an NFL game in 2007 for Tampa Bay, and his most recent tryout was with San Francisco last year.

The news is surprising to say the least, for the simple fact he wasn't even in the league last year.  It certainly speaks to a problem with the Eagles linebackers, particularly the middle where Omar Gaither hasn't been 100% and the Joe Mays experiment was not a success.  Still, Trot?  How much more can they squeeze out of this guy?

Then again, we've seen them revive him once before.  After two subpar seasons with the Redskins, Trotter came back to the Eagles, worked his way off the bench and back to starting middle linebacker for three more years.  They've always used him to attack the line of scrimmage on rushing downs, so it's conceivable if he's in playing shape, he could still be serviceable despite having surely lost another step.

They also have an issue with depth at the position.  Gaither's been playing on a bum knee, and Mays was recently out, which forced Chris Gocong to take snaps at MLB.  That would put the Eagles in a tough spot if they were ever forced to displace their strongside backer, a defensive end in college, and put him at a completely different spot with an all new role.  It's also worth mentioning that Trot contributed on special teams in '04, while Mays has spent the majority of his career on the inactive list, though he might not be up for that challenge anymore.

Either way, it's clear the Eagles share your concerns with this unit, and their willingness to unearth 54 actually shows boatloads of desperation.  It's hard to argue with results though, and that's something they always seemed to get with Trotter.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.