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

Trust the … lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

Trust the … lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

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.

Christian McCaffrey reportedly outscores Dalvin Cook on Wonderlic

Christian McCaffrey reportedly outscores Dalvin Cook on Wonderlic

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).