Jordan Matthews was the Eagles receiver with the lowest percentage of dropped passes last season, which, given his competition for that distinction, is a bit like being the least aromatic elephant in the circus.
The final and perhaps most telling test of Ryan Howard's career isn't about his ability to play baseball at an elite level with a professionalism and drive that few can match. Howard passed that exam a long time ago, and nothing about what will transpire between now and the end of the season can diminish his enormous role in the best sustained stretch of baseball in Phillies franchise history.
Now that the 76ers have reached the jumping-off point that general manager Sam Hinkie constructed slowly and carefully for most of three NBA seasons, the biggest mystery that remains is not why owner Josh Harris bought into the analytical poison pill he swallowed in 2013 but why he spit it out just as the medicine was about to take effect one way or the other.
Up until Monday, it was possible to understand what Sam Bradford was doing after the Eagles moved up in the draft to take Carson Wentz and essentially relegate Bradford to his spot on the menu as yesterday's potatoes.
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It took 31 years of beating both the backroads and the highways of baseball across the United States for Pete Mackanin to enter spring training as a major-league manager, so he began this season with the Phillies knowing that when good things happen in this game, they don't always happen quickly.
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The Eagles, through their long and somewhat tortured history, have been familiar with strange situations at the quarterback position. It is that spot on the football depth chart where otherwise reliable decision-makers - including coaches, team executives, and the players themselves - come up with some head-scratching stuff, and never more than when a team is about to switch from one savior to the next.
A year ago, Carson Wentz, a tall, strong-armed quarterback from North Dakota State whom the Eagles are expected to select Thursday with the second pick in the NFL draft, was just another name on a list that included a dozen other draft hopefuls at that position - and he wasn't very far up the list, either.
Offensive linemen are not, by nature, complainers. The role they chose on a football field or, more likely, the role that chose them is a sentence to a silent, grinding existence. It isn't fun, but, really, no one wants to hear it.
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It is an interesting quirk of fate that Doug Pederson begins his tenure as Eagles head coach with the team holding the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, exactly as was the case when Andy Reid took over 17 years ago.
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If you were wondering what Howie Roseman did all last year during his exile from front-office power, he laid it out plainly on Wednesday when announcing the trade that is expected to bring rookie Carson Wentz into an already crowded field of Eagles quarterbacks.
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Bob Ford is an award-winning sports columnist for the Inquirer. He is a four-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His work has been cited numerous times by Associated Press Sports Editors judges, and he won an Eclipse Award for outstanding coverage of horse racing. Prior to becoming a columnist at the Inquirer, Ford was the 76ers beat writer for six seasons and then a general assignment feature writer with a specialty in Olympic sports. In 1995, he was designated a fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. Ford has written sports in the Philadelphia area since 1981, when he served as the Phillies beat writer and later as a general sports columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times.