Rating the Rumor: Eagles interested in Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Britt

Rating the Rumor: Eagles interested in Terrelle Pryor, Kenny Britt

So many receivers, so little time, so let’s go ahead and lump two together. Recent reports tied the Eagles to Terrelle Pryor of the Cleveland Browns and Kenny Britt of the Los Angeles Rams, because this is Philadelphia, and the people here love their wideouts.

That’s only half of a joke, by the way. I unknowingly launched my career 10 years ago by explaining the Eagles could not trade a second-round draft pick for either Anquan Boldin or Roy Williams. Clearly, very little has changed, as the exact same point is being made today about Brandin Cooks, but perhaps that's getting a bit off topic.

The Pryor and Britt rumors don’t differ much from any other. The Eagles need a receiver, quality players are available, so naturally they’re a fit, Never mind that people inexplicably believe the Eagles should trade their only decent, extremely underrated receiver – sorry, off topic again.

Okay, let’s quick take these two down.

As far as Pryor is concerned, without a doubt one of the most intriguing players hitting the market. It’s unclear why the Browns, who literally have $100 million to spend, would allow one of their only good players to reach the market, but they are the Browns, so let’s not look too deeply into it.

Pryor has a limited body of work, beings as he was a quarterback two years ago, but went over 1,000 yards receiving his first full season playing the position. Sure, the Eagles would love to develop that talent.

So would 31 other teams.

The Eagles organization is known for doing its due diligence, as I'm sure all organizations are. That's not to discount the club’s interest in Pryor, but merely contact an impending free agent at a position of need isn’t even exciting at this point.

Let’s spice things up a little. Not only is Britt a reality television “star” (Splash, Ramily!), but he actually hails from the Philadelphia area in much the same way Mike Trout does. Which is to say Britt isn’t a native at all, but he might pop up at the airport or Atlantic City, which is basically the same thing.

All joking aside, Britt does have a logical connection to the Eagles in recently hired wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who held the same position with the Rams in 2016. That also happened to be by far Britt’s best season as a pro, cracking 1,000 yards receiving for the first time, so the connection actually makes a lot of sense.

And unlike most of the wideouts the Eagles are being linked to, they can probably afford Britt. He’s a nine-year veteran who is closing in on 30 and has probably had two of his top-three best games against the Eagles (only a slight exaggeration). Given the cap situation, he’s exactly the kind of bargain they need.

Yet, as much as Britt might fit, so would Pryor, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Pierre Garcon, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks and somebody else we’re purposely leaving out in an effort to get one last post out of all this. The Eagles need receivers, as always, and as always, they’re linked to all of them.

So are either Pryor or Britt the guy? They’re not the least likely options, anyway.

Rating the Rumor: Who can tell at this point?

Even on honeymoon, Jon Dorenbos performs wild magic trick with coin

Even on honeymoon, Jon Dorenbos performs wild magic trick with coin

Magic never stops.

Not even on Jon Dorenbos' honeymoon.

The Eagles' long snapper and magic enthusiast is enjoying picturesque Bora Bora with his wife Annalise.

Still, fresh off his wedding and surrounded by water way too blue, Dorenbos wasn't about to stop entertaining us as he posted this crazy coin trick on his Instagram account.

Bora Bora Magic - I love this move. @apollorobbins showed me this 15 years ago. #honeymoon

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Pretty darn cool — and, seriously, how does he do it?

And don't worry, Dorenbos is clearly having a great time on the honeymoon, not just blowing our minds with cool magic.

Amazing. #honeymoon #paradise

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How Jim Thome got his batting stance thanks to Charlie Manuel and 'The Natural'

How Jim Thome got his batting stance thanks to Charlie Manuel and 'The Natural'

If there's anyone in the world I could sit next to for hours and listen to talk about baseball it would be former Phillies manager and World Champion of baseball Charlie Manuel.

Charlie is still very involved in the Phillies organization to this day and we're lucky enough to have 45 minutes of his time talking ball with longtime Phillies scribe Jim Salisbury.

Those two know the Phillies just about as well as anybody, so there's plenty of meat on the bone to chew on. The duo chatted for a recent episode of Sully's "At The Yard" podcast.

The story that caught my ear the most was Charlie's telling of how Jim Thome came to have that somewhat-goofy stance before he hits. It was a timing mechanism that Manuel stumbled upon in the strangest of ways.

This was when both Charlie and Jim were working for a Cleveland Indians' affiliate in the minors. 

"We were playing in Scranton and it was a Phillies triple-A team at the time. I kept thinking of a timing mechanism of some kind, a waggle or something, what Thome could do with his bat where he wouldn't tense up, where it would help him to relax and everything."

"I came into our locker room early," Manuel said. "I didn't let my players turn the TV on after a certain time. I came through the clubhouse that day, they had 'The Natural' on. I told 'em to turn it off. Some of the players said, 'Hey, Charlie, we're watching The Natural can we watch the end of The Natural? I said, 'Not really, what's the rule?'

"I saw Robert Redford standing there pointing the bat with one hand, bringing it back. I looked over at Thome, I said, 'you can finish watching the movie. From now on that's going to be your load.' I took him down in the cage and worked with him. The game started and the Phillies had a left-handed pitcher named [Kyle] Abbott. He was pitching that day. I told Jimmy, 'From now on that's your stance.' He gets up there the first time up, Abbott throws him a breaking ball away and he hit a home run to left center... I mean a longways. He come up the next time he hit another one to right center. I think he had three hits that day."

"That's a true story," Manuel added.

It sounds to good to be true. So we did a little research and Thome has told the same tale on a television special out in Chicago last summer.

"We were in Scranton and I was a guy who held the bat still and would go from a standstill and swing," Thome explained. "(Charlie) was watching The Natural and he saw that (Hobbs) kind of had this little wiggle to his stance, and I remember the day. We went out the next day, we worked early and he said 'Do me a favor and try holding the bat out there (pointing towards the pitcher) and get a little rhythm with your swing.' And from that day I never looked back. The following day we played a doubleheader and I hit two home runs."

You can listen to the whole podcast with Jim Salisbury and Charlie Manuel right here.