Monday, July 28, 2014
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Playing Eagles Catchup

A look at this week's Eagles training camp one-off BoopStats.

Playing Eagles Catchup

Dion Lewis was the second youngest player in the NFL last season, behind only Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith.  (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Dion Lewis was the second youngest player in the NFL last season, behind only Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

If you haven't already, please check out the philly.com sports main Eagles training camp page, updated daily with many things, including a one-off Eagles BoopStat. Here are last week's:

♦ The Eagles were 5-1 vs. the NFC East last season, 1-5 against the rest of the conference.

♦ Eagles running back Dion Lewis (born Sept. 27, 1990) was the second youngest player in the NFL last season, behind only Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (Dec. 12, 1990).

♦ If the Eagles were to go 16-0 in both 2012 and 2013, they would still be under .500 all-time. They are 512-545-25.

♦ Michael Vick's career passer rating of 80.9 is 23rd among active QBs with at least 1,000 pass attempts.

♦ The Eagles outgained opponents by 1,188 yards last season, the largest margin ever by a 8-8 team. Second is the 2008 Saints (+1139), who became the 2009 Saints, who won a Super Bowl.

♦ The Eagles were the only NFL team that did not lose a game (regular season or playoff) after Dec. 1 last season.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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Reach Bob at vetronb@phillynews.com.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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