The Eagles are going to add a productive, veteran wide receiver in free agency, or at least they should — they need to. Yet if you're expecting the organization to make a big splash and sign Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery, you may not want to get your hopes up.
While an earlier report did loosely connect the Eagles to Jeffery, who's widely considered the best receiver headed to the market, the odds aren't in the club's favor. One prop bet set by BookMaker.eu has the 2013 Pro Bowler at 3/2 to return to Chicago, the overwhelming favorite among the teams believed to be in the hunt.
The Eagles come in with the next best odds at landing Jeffery, but by a wide margin: 9/1. The full list can be seen below.
Alshon Jeffery team in Week 1 of 2017-18 regular season
Chicago Bears +150
Philadelphia Eagles +900
San Francisco 49ers +1400
Tennessee Titans +1500
Miami Dolphins +2000
Baltimore Ravens +2500
As you can see, the best odds are still on Jeffery to wind up anywhere but the Bears, so that may provide some solace to Eagles fans who choose to remain hopeful. Then again, the field is only a slim favorite here, which speaks to strong confidence in Chicago retaining.
That means the Eagles could be left to choose from a number of slightly lesser receivers in free agency, albeit there are some quality players heading to the market. Although, once people start to hear what some of those guys could cost — a deeper look into that here — that may only increase the clamoring for Jeffery.
The Eagles will no doubt look into Jeffery when free agency opens this March, but the odds seem to signal the Bears may not be willing to be outbid on a homegrown talent and arguably their only legitimate star.
He calls himself "The Process."
He is a main piece of The Process.
And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.
Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.
After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.
Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.
But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.
The Wonderlic scores for two running backs who have been linked to the Eagles have surfaced.
Per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Christian McCaffrey scored a 21 out of 50, and Dalvin Cook scored an 11.
The top score in McGinn’s report was held by Tennessee's Alvin Kamara, who notched a 24. Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon scored a 12 and LSU’s Leonard Fournette shared a score of 11 with Cook.
The average score for a running back, according to renowned football writer Paul Zimmerman, is 16.
The Wonderlic test, a 50-question multiple choice test that measures cognitive ability and problem solving, is given to NFL prospects every year at the combine. Of course, the score doesn't measure how successful a player is on the field. Per Jeff Reynolds of CBS Sports, Jets' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48, which is higher than Tom Brady (33), Aaron Rodgers (35) and Hall of Famer Dan Marino (15).
Per Sports Illustrated, Pro Bowler Frank Gore and Adrian Pederson had scores of six and 16, respectively.
Test scores aside, you’ll have to tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. to see if the Eagles will even draft a running back at 14 overall. Or head down to Philadelphia and see it in person (parking is free).