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Eagles Cut Down Roster To 53

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles officially have a 53-man roster to begin the 2021 season. The team will almost certainly hope to sign some of the players they cut back on the practice squad once they can begin signing people to that.

In a bit of a departure from previous years, the Eagles seemed to select quite a few younger and rookie players over veterans, particularly at the depth positions. In fact, Jacoby Stevens was the only of their eight draft selections in 2021 that did not find themselves on the initial 53-man roster.

The Eagles 53-man roster consists of:

Quarterbacks:

Jalen Hurts, Joe Flacco, Gardner Minshew

No surprises here. When the Eagles traded for Gardner Minshew a couple days ago, they basically announced who would be in their quarterback room to start the season.

Running Backs:

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Eagles Make Another Trade With Colts, Send Pryor to Indy

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With the Eagles facing the deadline to cut the roster down to 53 by this afternoon, Howie Roseman pulled off a trade to increase his draft capital for next season.

The Eagles will be getting back a 2022 sixth-rounder in exchange for a seventh-rounder in the same draft and Matt Pryor.

The Colts offensive line has taken some hits recently with tackles Eric Fisher testing positive for COVID and Sam Tevi landing on season-ending IR in the past couple days.

Pryor should provide the team with some experienced depth tp combat that.

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Penn State Announces 2021 Captains

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Penn State announced their six team captains on Monday afternoon.  Quarterback Sean Clifford, safety/special teamer Jonathan Sutherland, kicker Jordan Stout, safety Jaquan Brisker, defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, and offensive tackle Rasheed Walker make up the Penn State sextuplet.  Veterans Clifford and Sutherland have served as captains for the past three seasons and are joined this year by Stout as Penn State’s multi-year selections.

 

#19 Penn State travels to #12 Wisconsin on Saturday to kickoff the 2021 campaign.  We will have more on the 2021 Nittany Lions later this week.

Michael Lipinski covers college football for Sports Talk Philly and is also the host of “The Goal Line Stand.”  Follow him on Twitter


Temple Tabs Georgia Transfer Mathis as Starting QB

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Temple head coach Rod Carey has tabbed former Georgia quarterback D’Wan Mathis as his new starting quarterback for Thursday’s opener against Rutgers in Piscataway. Temple quietly released their depth chart on Monday and Mathis was slotted ahead of true freshman Justin Lynch. 

 

Mathis spent 2019 and 2020 with the Georgia Bulldogs and transferred to Temple at the conclusion of the Georgia’s 2020 campaign.  The Oak Park, Michigan native started Georgia’s opener last season against rival Arkansas.  The former composite four-star recruit saw action in three games with Georgia and compiled a 12-for-30, one touchdown, three interceptions, stat line. 

Mathis originally committed to Ohio State during the 2019 recruiting but decommitted when it became apparent that Justin Fields was headed to Columbus.  The 6’5 pro style quarterback signed his letter of intent with Georgia and enrolled in the Spring of 2019 but didn’t play due to a medical issue.  He battled Stetson Bennett for the starting job before being beaten out.  Mathis entered the transfer portal in November 2020 and signed with Temple shortly there after.

Michael Lipinski covers college football for Sports Talk Philly and is also the host of The Goal Line Stand.  Follow him on Twitter


Phillies: Not So Fast, 2022

 

By Tal Venada, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

For some Philadelphia Phillies fans, it’s time to add another summer to the “non-playoff appearance” list. Granted, most haven’t mentioned those specific sentiments, but some have remarked even after reading the schedule of the Fightins and the Atlanta Braves through Sept. 5.                     

 

Defining Games:

While the Phillies have their doubting Thomases, other major league organizations also have supporters recently giving up after devastating losses or bullpen disappointments. Yes, New York and Boston locals like Philadelphians express similar views.                                       

IN OTHER WORDS:

“If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.” - Xunzi

Prior to Opening Day, some fans believed the Phils would be a .500 team and finish in third place at best. Basically, they preferred the safe middle-of-the-road prediction. But when the Phillies are above .500 and in second place, they have many players and management to blame. Hello, is anybody home?   

To illustrate, the season is over without Rhys Hoskins, but a .500 record with a third-place finish will also end on Oct. 3, no? For now, Joe Girardi’s strategy is to play JT Realmuto daily behind the plate or at first base depending on the opposing starter. Ergo, switch-hitter Rafael Marchan will mostly face right-handers.           

Expect a matched-up batting order to get the most out of Andrew McCutchen, Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura, and the hot hand. Due to the schedule, though, it’s workable with the incentive of hitting one’s way into more playing time. And if Alec Bohm impresses at Triple-A, he could return in a part-time role and pinch-hit.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #123 - Coooooooots

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The YWT Podcast is back and after what was thought to be a time of slowing down, Chuck Fletcher remained active. In addition to a new contract for Travis Sanheim, the Flyers also signed free-agent forward Derick Brassard and extended Sean Couturier for eight more seasons. 

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso take a closer look at all three moves by the Flyers, what they mean for the team right now and what they mean for the future as well. 

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

You can also watch the episode and subscribe to watch all episodes of the YWT Podcast on YouTube.

As always, we want you to follow the podcast on Twitter @YWTpodcast and follow Kevin Durso on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.


Week 22 Recap: Who Wants to Be in Second Place Anyway?

By Siobhan Nolan, Contributing Writer

Jim Curtin stepped out way out of his comfort zone against DC United, straying away from his usual midfield diamond to employ a 4-3-2-1 formation that proved to be unsuccessful in a 3-1 loss on the road, keeping them from leapfrogging Orlando City SC for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Daniel Gazdag and Jamiro Monteiro were tasked with supporting Kacper Przybyłko, who sat up top as the lone striker for the Union. The positions were very obviously unfamiliar to both Gazdag and Monteiro, as they gave away tons of space to DC on the wings in order to get comfortable in their new positions.

This vulnerability forced Andre Blake to make some truly spectacular saves, punching away shots from the likes of Andy Najar, Julian Gressel, and Ola Kamara. The home team was working so hard for a goal that they eventually did score one—but it was into their own net.

Kai Wagner pinpointed a cross to Przybylko, which was recovered by DC defender Junior Moreno. Monteiro ran interference to put the ball back into the Union’s possession, giving it back to Przybylko, who then passed it off to Alejandro Bedoya. Bedoya softly hit it towards DC defender Steve Birnbaum, who tried to control the ball off of his chest, but ended up sending it past his own goalie.

DC soon answered when they were awarded a penalty. VAR ruled that Alvas Powell’s slide tackle was unacceptable, despite the minimal contact, and Kamara was able to net the penalty shot.

The home side would strike again early in the second half, thanks to a hard-hit rebound shot from Jordy Reyna.

In an attempt to revamp the attack, Quinn Sullivan and Cory Burke entered the fray for the visitors. This created a formation where the Union were able to expand and cover more ground, effectively wearing down DC and increasing the chances of a defensive mistake due to tired legs. Powell argued for a penalty after Tony Alfaro made contact in the box, but the referee didn’t make the official call.

Paxten Aaronson and Olivier Mbaizo were introduced, shifting the formation once more so that Sullivan could take over as second striker, while Aaronson stepped into a more creative attacking midfielder role, and Mbaizo returned to his usual position controlling the right flank.

Despite the fresh legs, DC were able to drive home a third goal in extra time, sealing the 3-1 defeat at Audi Field.

The Main Takeaway: Maybe experimenting with new pairings and positionings doesn’t work as well as originally thought. As disappointing as that is, it’s better to find out now, and understand that Curtin’s usual favorite 4-4-2 formation is what works best for the Union. It’s what they know, it’s what they’re good at, and at this point in the season, it’s best to not fix what isn’t broken.


The Bootch and Pat Show - Tailgate Classic coming at ya

The award winning show is back with episode 2. Recapping all the hot topic moments that we missed from the last 2 weeks. Bootch returns from vacation from OBX, and naturally we got #Eagles #Phillies #Sixers and #Flyers talk. Breaking down the Phillies woes and the Eagles preseason round up. We have fantasy football talk, and of course all the Tailgate Classic info everyone’s been waiting to hear. Don’t miss the need to know info for the Tailgate Classic.

Kick back and let us help jump start the end of your weekend with our shenanigans, colorful vocabulary and of course a few beers!

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Preseason Wrap-up with Minshew Mania

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LJ (@ljharrell54) and Connor (@connorten) are back to wrap up the Eagles preseason! We talk the Eagles acquisition of Gardner Minshew and the overall outlook of the Quarterback room and its impact on the Eagles 53 man roster cuts. We react to Deshaun Watson's unwillingness to waive his no-trade clause for Philadelphia. Plus we react to the final preseason game by diving into our positions to watch and potential surprise names with just over 48 hours until rosters are cut to 53.

Make sure to rate, review, like or subscribe wherever you listen to the podcast! Also, make sure to follow our partners for all your 4 for 4 Philadelphia sports content over at Sports Talk Philly, sportstalkphilly.com or on Twitter @sportstalkphl.

 


Minshew Mania Headed to Philly

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Saturday, the Eagles made a move to acquire another quarterback who had previously been a starter in the NFL.

The team acquired Gardner Minshew from the Jaguars, sending a conditional sixth-rounder in 2022 in return.

The Eagles had previously sent their 2023 sixth-round pick to Jacksonville earlier this year.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the pick could become a fifth-rounder if Minshew plays in over 50% of the snaps in three games this season.

Minshew is under contract for less than $1 million in 2022, so the move provides some long-term depth.

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