Rating the Rumor: Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles to the Eagles

Rating the Rumor: Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles to the Eagles

To be clear, there are no reports connecting the Eagles to either Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles at this time. However, when a pair of Pro Bowl running backs become free agents, it’s only natural for their names to come up in conversation.

So let’s talk about Peterson and Charles. Should the Eagles have interest, and more importantly, will they?

There has been a great deal of speculation that the Eagles will move on from Ryan Mathews this offseason. While Mathews is an excellent back when healthy, that is rare. OK, so missing three games in each of the past two seasons isn’t exactly the end of the world, but he always seems to be dealing with something. Plus, a neck injury shut Mathews down at the end of 2016, which sounds like serious stuff.

Financially, the Eagles stand to gain $4 million from Mathews’ release. Then again, if they turn around and sign a veteran ball-carrier to replace him, those savings are gone, so money is a moot point for this discussion.

Of course, should the Eagles decide to keep Mathews, there’s no need for a veteran running back at all. Either way, that angle must be addressed first.

But supposing Mathews is out of the way, would the Eagles go after Peterson or Charles?

First, let’s look at Peterson, a three-time rushing champion and the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player. The seven-time Pro Bowler turns 32 in March and is coming off of a torn meniscus, although he rushed for 1,485 yards at 4.5 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns in his last healthy season. Hall of Fame career, but what does he have left in the tank?

Yet even setting aside the question of whether Peterson is worth the risk, the Eagles don’t appear to be on his radar. He already mentioned four desired landing spots, including a return to the Vikings, and his father, Nelson, recently listed three more. That’s nearly one quarter of the league, and the Eagles were not among them.

That doesn’t mean Peterson wouldn’t play for the Eagles, but he clearly doesn’t think it’s the best fit.

Charles, on the other hand, is a very logical target for the Eagles. After all, he played for coach Doug Pederson in Kansas City, so he knows the offense and is undeniably a fit.

Then again, Charles’ health is an even bigger question mark than Peterson’s. A four-time Pro Bowler whose career 5.5 yards per carry are an all-time best for the running back position, Charles has played only eight games over the past two seasons. He never made a full recovery from a torn ACL in 2015, and at 30 years old, it’s unclear if he ever will.

There’s no way the Eagles could count on Charles to remain an every-down back at this point in his career. And before you suggest they sign him to be part of a committee, ask yourself what he brings to the table Darren Sproles doesn’t already.

Sure, Charles is a better runner (assuming he can play), but the 5-10 carries per game he would get would likely be at the expense of Sproles, who is a better receiver and lines up all over the place. It’s difficult to say whether the addition would result in a net gain for the offense.

Given the ages and injury histories of these two players, not to mention the cost, it doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Eagles to be serious suitors for either one. It might be fun to think about, but even if Peterson or Charles were to come here, the guy who ran for 2,000 yards in a season and the guy who averaged 5.5 yards per carry throughout his career aren’t who the Eagles are going to get.

Rating the Rumor: Get out of here

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

More details emerge about NFL draft experience on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly

Football fans have been pretty excited about the NFL draft coming to Philadelphia but details surrounding the event have been relatively scarce.

The Mayor of Philadelphia's office released more details this afternoon about what exactly will be going on in front of the Art Museum and along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

They had said previously that they expect a record-setting 200,000 fans through the experience.

Here are some of the highlights.

The fan festival activities will be FREE and last for three days along a half-mile stretch of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This will include "interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more."

Hours for the fan experience:

Thursday, April 27: 12 pm - 11 pm

Friday, April 28: 12 pm - 11 pm

Saturday, April 29: 10 am - 6 pm

In addition to the special fan fest experience, a number of the museums in the area will be offering special discounts or even free admission.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will offer free general admission during those three days of the draft will discounts on special exhibits. The Barnes Foundation will be closed on Thursday for a special event but will maintain normal business hours (10 am - 5 pm) on Friday and Saturday. The Franklin Institute will be open to the public from 9:30am-5pm during NFL Draft days (April 27-29).

There will be a plethora of road closures starting in phases as early as April 10th. The full extent of the road closures will begin on the 25th at 12:01 am and include the following:

21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)

  *   22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
     *   Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

  *   23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access only

  *   24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
     *   Local access only

  *   Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive.
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street

  *   Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

  *   Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street
     *   Road opened daily during peak AM rush hour on 4/27 & 4/28 (5AM-10AM) for access to I-676 via 24th Street
     *   Access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
     *   Local access to Art Museum will be maintained

  *   Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
     *   Local access after peak AM rush hour

  *   Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
     *   Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
     *   Eastbound open from 21st Street

  *   Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
     *   Local access only (residents)

  *   I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed

From our previous post on what the Fan Fest experience will entail:

Among the NFL Draft Experience fan events:

·       Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills at Combine Corner, which includes the Vertical Jump and 40-Yard Dash.

·       NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.

·       The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.

·       AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.

·       NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digitalized Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.

·       College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.

·       NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.

·       NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.

·       ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.

·       NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.

·       NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.

Eagles lineman to attend random fan's wedding

Eagles lineman to attend random fan's wedding

Well, if you are a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan who attended Miami University in Ohio, you’re in luck because Brandon Brooks would love to join you and your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day.

All you need to do is send a letter.

This morning, Brooks tweeted out a letter he received from fellow Miami University graduates Geoffrey Lane and his bride-to-be Marni Goldberg, inviting him to their wedding tomorrow afternoon.

Geoffrey took a shot in the dark trying to bring a celebrity to his wedding. Low risk, high reward situation.

It paid off as Brooks accepted the blind-date style invitation.

You have to wonder what Brooks might get the newlyweds as a gift. Perhaps a midnight-green toaster.

This isn’t the first time an Eagles player made someone’s day special. This past season Rookie QB Carson Wentz was tasked to complete a fan’s quiz after losing two straight games and leading in into a week-14 game against the Bengals. That game would be an embarrassing 32-14 loss

Luckily for Wentz, the five-question test from this young fan did not ask about his receiving corps or his struggles adjusting to the NFL.

Wentz responded via twitter and passed with flying colors.