LeSean McCoy blasts ranking 'nerds' at PFF for never playing football

LeSean McCoy blasts ranking 'nerds' at PFF for never playing football

When it comes to athletes telling you exactly how they feel, former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy ranks right near the top of the list.

Shady treated us to one of his keeping-it-real takes on Monday afternoon when he lashed out at the stat heads over at Pro Football Focus.

"@PFF u guys suck ... a bunch of nerds who never played a lick of football in your whole life," McCoy tweeted.

Was it a Donald Trumpian move, coming seemingly out of nowhere? We're going to guess probably not.

Just yesterday the folks over at PFF posted their rankings for the top 101 players from the 2016 NFL season. Shady's name does not appear.

To the part of McCoy's tweet about none of the nerds having played football, that could potentially be true for some of the people doing the actual grading, but one of the owners of the site has played in a couple of Pro Bowls as a wide receiver. That's because Cris Collingsworth invested in the company a couple of years ago because he enjoyed using it.

Now does Shady have a point when arguing about whether he deserves to crack the list? It's tough to say when comparing Eli Apples to Eli Mannings. The folks at PFF say they "take a look at how guys played relative to what is expected from their position." So who really knows.

There are five running backs who crack the list: Zeke Elliot, David Johnson, Le'Veon Bell, Jay Ajayi, and Jordan Howard. All of those listed except Johnson finished the season with more rushing yards than McCoy but Shady did have a better yards-per-attempt than all of them. Johnson (16) and Elliott (15) were the only guys with more rushing TDs than McCoy (13). Johnson and Bell were significantly ahead of McCoy in receiving yards while Zeke had roughly about the same as Shady. There are likely plenty of other aspects of a running back's game that come into play, like blocking for instance, that don't have easily searchable stats to compare. If only five RBs are listed, it isn't a stretch to omit McCoy.

Anyway, Shady isn't happy with the nerds and he isn't afraid to say so. We respect him for that.

Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

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Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

We're two weeks out from the Eagles' season opener at Washington.

Fantasy football is back. Sunday afternoons will be fun again. All (not really) will be well in the world again. And count Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson as excited as we all are.

Johnson on Wednesday penned an article on The Players' Tribune that touches on everything from his 10-game suspension last season for performance-enhancing drugs to the Dallas Cowboys.

We have gathered our favorite tidbits from Johnson's piece below:

On his 10-game suspension and the aftermath:
"That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.

In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass."

On the season opener in Washington
"Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people."

On Cowboys fans in Philly
"I realized that if you want to be a Cowboys fan, that that’s something between you and your maker. But never be a Cowboys fan dumb enough to mouth off at an Eagles tailgate in Philly."

On what he wants from Eagles fans 
"Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans."

To read Johnson's full piece, click here. It's quite entertaining.

Gold Star Family that announced Sidney Jones at NFL draft gave him late lieutenant's dog tag


Gold Star Family that announced Sidney Jones at NFL draft gave him late lieutenant's dog tag

There were a whole lot of people who were excited when the Philadelphia Eagles selected Sidney Jones with the 43rd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Eagles fans were elated that the team took a risk on a stud cornerback -- a position of desperate need for the franchise.

Jones was stoked to finally hear his name called after some concerns over his injury prevented him from going earlier. And two other people were simply thrilled to be involved in announcing his name.

Mikki and Chris, wife and son of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Demetrius Frison who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011, were chosen to accompany Ron Jaworski to announce the Eagles pick in the second round as part of the NFL's Salute to Service initiative.

Lt. Frison was a native of Philadelphia and a huge Eagles fan so it was a special moment for his family

Well that wasn't the only treat Mikki and Chris would end up receiving. They got the opportunity to finally meet Sidney this week at the team's NovaCare Complex and they presented him with a special gift, one of Lt. Frison's dog tags.

Jones shared the special gesture on his Twitter account.