Giants’ Antrel Rolle picks Eagles to finish 3rd in NFC East

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Giants’ Antrel Rolle picks Eagles to finish 3rd in NFC East

Antrel Rolle has never been one to shy away from a soundbite. This time around, the New York Giants safety is boasts the Philadelphia Eagles will not repeat as division champions—that will be Big Blue, of course—the Birds won't even come in second for that matter. While making an appearance on ESPN’s First Take (via DC Sports Bog), Rolle claimed the G-men and Washington will finish one and two in the NFC East.

“I think if you have the right defensive scheme against the Eagles, you can definitely shut them down,” he said. “I think we displayed that in the second game we played them. As far as Washington, I think Washington has more weapons, and I think they added more weapons, especially to the offensive system. I think RGIII will definitely bounce back and have a better season this year. And defensively, I think they’ve added a lot of veteran leadership to their defense that’s gonna help them out a whole lot.”

When Rolle talks about the right defensive scheme shutting down the Eagles’ vaunted No. 2 offense, he may be thinking of that time an injured Mike Vick was relieved by Matt Barkley in New York’s Week 8 win at the Linc. Philly’s offense failed to produce a single point that game. Of course, when it was a healthy Vick relieved by Nick Foles three weeks earlier, the Birds dumped 36 on the Giants. As for Washington, Rolle goes on to say the addition of DeSean Jackson will help them out a lot. There’s no denying that, but Washington’s defense did finish tied for 30th in points allowed last season—not something that “veteran leadership” alone can fix. And naturally, Rolle thinks the Giants can contain Jackson, so whatever. Hey, it’s Trash Talk Thursday, what do you expect? (h/t BGN)   Oh, one last thing. You could probably figure this out on your own, but Rolle picked the Dallas Cowboys to finish last. >> Antrel Rolle picks Washington to finish ahead of Eagles [WaPo]

Flyers' Legion of Doom line to reunite on ice at Hall of Fame Legends Classic

Flyers' Legion of Doom line to reunite on ice at Hall of Fame Legends Classic

One of the most beloved lines in Philadelphia Flyers history will skate again.

Eric Lindros confirmed on Friday afternoon that he will reunite with former teammates John LeClair and Mikael Renberg to bring back the Legion of Doom and will play in the Legends Classic at the Hockey Hall of Fame in November in Toronto.

The news comes courtesy of the Big E on Twitter.

Team Lindros, which will be made up of NHL greats, will take on Team Salming, which will be made up of Toronto Maple Leafs greats and led by Borje Salming.

The Legion of Doom was hoping to see a reunion back when the Winter Classic alumni game was held in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Dec. 31, 2011, but Renberg was unable to attend.

The Legends Classic will take place on the same weekend Lindros will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and Pat Quinn.

Eagles position battle briefs: Rueben Randle, wide receivers

Eagles position battle briefs: Rueben Randle, wide receivers

For a player who flew under the radar in free agency, Rueben Randle is quickly showing the potential to be a major addition to the Eagles offense.

We're only a couple of days into training camp, and it should be noted Randle is one of several wide receivers seeing reps with the first-team offense. That being said, the fifth-year veteran has been very active thus far, especially during Friday's practice.

Randle made two tough catches in particular, of the variety Eagles wideouts frequently dropped last season.

First, he extended his arms away from his body and plucked a ball out of the air on a well-timed out route, then maintained possession while cornerback Leodis McKelvin swatted at the ball multiple times. A few plays later, Randle hauled in a pass that was thrown a little behind him, with impressive rookie Jalen Mills draped all over his back no less.

The Eagles desperately need reliable receivers to emerge from this camp. While it's only been two practices, Randle is already making a case for nice-sized role in this offense.

Signed to a one-year contract two weeks into free agency, Randle gained a reputation for having a poor demeanor while a member of the New York Giants. The club were unhappy enough to let the former second-round draft pick walk in free agency despite some decent production.

Randle's receptions and yards totals would've been good for second on the Eagles offense each of the past two seasons. Between 2014 and '15, he posted 128 catches for 1,735 yards and 11 touchdowns — granted while lining up opposite All-Pro Odell Beckham Jr. and with two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning throwing him the football.

Regardless, at 6'2", 208 pounds, Randle adds some size to the Eagles receiving corps, and at age 25, his best days could still be ahead of him. With Jordan Matthews still expected to see a lot of work in the slot, Randle appears to be battling 2015 first-round pick Nelson Agholor and third-year veteran Josh Huff for playing time on the outside.

In that mix, people are starting to like Randle's odds to be a regular player in this offense. Head coach Doug Pederson seems to be pleased with the veteran presence the offseason addition brings to the table as well.

Again, we stress that it's very early into camp, and this is no slight against the other receivers on the roster, but Randle's stock has been on the rise seemingly since the day he signed with the Eagles.

Photo: Kobe Bryant's high school point guard gets limber in Philly

Photo: Kobe Bryant's high school point guard gets limber in Philly

Lower Merion High School alum and current writer for The700Level.com -- an adult male who goes by the name "Evster" -- stretches to avoid tearing a hammy before a pickup game of basketball at a playground in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia. His team lost. (The700Level Photo)