Eagles QB Coach: ‘We Have Body Language Fines’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — All eyes are on the quarterback.

If you track Carson Wentz at an Eagles game — before, during, or after any play — he very rarely has bad body language. That’s by design.

Eagles quarterback coach John DeFilippo told 94WIP’s Howard Eskin on The Howard Eskin Podcastthat he implements body language fines for the QB’s.

“First off, you’re one hundred percent right — a thousand percent right,” DeFilippo said to Eskin, who suggested the importance of body language.

“Second of all, we have body language fines in our room. We call each other out for body language. And those, if they see me on the tape, they call me out for body language. It’s something that’s talked about, it’s something that’s coached, it’s something that’s brought up all of the time. You are always being watched as the quarterback. We always bring that up and we call each other out for body language.”

How would DeFilippo classify bad body language?

“Sulking, taking your chin strap and pulling it, chasing after an interception — if you throw an interception — and putting your head down. Throwing a ball down after a sack.”

The Eagles finished 7-9 last year and the unit that received arguably the most criticism was Wentz’s receivers. The Eagles went out and upgraded at that position, signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

“Everyone had a hand in being 7-9 last year, every position did,” DeFilippo says. “I had a hand in it, they had a hand in it, we all had a hand in it. And so we’re all looking to improve every day and hopefully we are.”

Ben Simmons Scores 34 Points In Melbourne Game

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ben Simmons returned to his hometown Melbourne, Australia and put on a show in a local basketball league.

Simmons, the Sixers’ 2016 No. 1 overall pick, dropped 34 points en route to a 20-point win as the crowd watched in amazement.

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“He didn’t try until the last quarter and then scored like 15 in a row and dunked on two blokes,” a spectator told the Herald Sun via DailyMail.com. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Imagine rocking up to a game and seeing an NBA player on the other end.”

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Simmons, 21, missed his entire first NBA season with a foot injury. He is expected to make his NBA debut this October.

Eagles Begin Joint Workouts With Dolphins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For once, the Eagles get to see someone other than a teammate across the field.

The Miami Dolphins arrived in South Philadelphia Monday to begin a series of joint practices with the Eagles. The two teams had a practice in pads on Monday and will have a lighter workout on Tuesday. For players such as cornerback Jalen Mills, the joint workouts provided a nice change of pace from the monotony of the preseason.

“You kind of get tired of beating up on the same guys and going against each other,” said Mills. “I feel like it’s really good that we’re going against the Miami Dolphins. The have a nice, solid group and a nice quarterback who can throw the ball.”

The man throwing the ball with the first stringers for Miami was Jay Cutler, who was recently signed by the team after a season-ending injury to Ryan Tannehill. One Eagle who is quite familiar with the Dolphins’ receivers is Ronald Darby, who spent his first two seasons in Buffalo. Darby and the Bills played their division rivals twice a year and the cornerback was happy to tune up for the season by seeing the Miami receivers again in practice.

“It’s pretty fun,” Darby said. “It’s great competition. They have great receivers so it helps when you are working on your technique.”

The pads were on for both teams Monday, but there were no live periods. However, both teams were warned by their coaches to avoid any scrums after the whistles. Both the Eagles and Dolphins made it through practice without any incidents. Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett enjoyed the competition and said there were no issues with he and his teammates keeping their tempers in check.

“We’re all out here trying to get better,” said Barnett. “We’re not trying to fight or get anybody hurt, but it’s football. Sometimes, it happens and it gets a little chippy but at the end of the day, we’re just trying to get better as a team and I’m sure they are as well.”

One of the Dolphins looking to improve is Byron Maxwell. The cornerback is one of several former Eagles on the Miami roster along with safety Nate Allen and linebacker Kiko Alonso. Maxwell struggled in the secondary during his time in Philadelphia, but the cornerback said he learned from his experience with the Eagles.

Still, Maxwell admitted he wanted to prove a point to his former team.

“I’d be lying if I told you that I don’t want to do better than the Eagles do,” Maxwell said. “I do. I want to win more games than them and I want to prove them wrong.”

Charles Barkley Throws Shade At Eclipse Viewers: ‘I’m Not A Loser’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When Charles Barkley talks, everyone listens, mostly because you never know what he’s going to say.

On Monday, Barkley stopped by the Eagles and Dolphins joint-practice with plenty to say about the solar eclipse, the Eagles and the Sixers.

Speaking on the big celestial event, also known as Eclipse 2017, Barkley is not impressed, to say the least.

“I’m not a loser,” he said. “I’ve never thought a day in my life I’ve got to watch this eclipse.”

The former Philadelphia 76er forward says he always roots for the Eagles as he talked about second-year quarterback Carson Wentz.

“Hopefully the game slows down,” Barkley said. “When you first get to pro sports, the game is in fast motion, until it slows down. It’s always going to be chaotic, but it should slow down for him. I’m excited for the Eagles’ season.”

He added, “I think everyone is excited about Carson. He had a good rookie year. They went out and got some more weapons. It’s going to be close on the playoffs or not. They’re in a tough division but they’ve got a chance for the playoffs.”

The questions and answers did not stop there for Barkley. The NBA Hall of Famer was asked about what he thinks the Sixers will do this season.

“The Sixers are going to make the playoffs,” he said. “If they are healthy, I don’t think there is anyway they don’t make the playoffs. I love [Joel] Embiid. Ben Simmons has a bright future. They got Markelle Fultz. Dario Saric probably should have been Rookie of The Year. I’ll be totally shocked if they don’t make the playoffs.”

 

College Football Preview: Cheyney University Wolves

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Cheyney University football team is hoping brighter days lie ahead.

It was been a struggle on the gridiron for the Wolves for quite some time. In 2016, they won their season opener to snap a 43-game losing streak but then did not taste victory again to finish the campaign 1-10 (0-7 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference). Here in 2017, head coach Chris Roulhac likes what he sees of his team during pre-season workouts.

“The group has done very well,” Roulhac tells KYW Newsradio. “We are very positive. We’ve stayed injury free, of course that’s one of the big issues, but we’re real excited about the upcoming season.”

On offense, Roulhac is counting on some veterans to lead the way for the Wolves.

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Senior safety Sam Anojulu will lead the way on defense for Cheyney in 2017. (credit: Cheyney University Athletics)

“We’re very excited about our (senior) quarterback Dominick Trautz who’s been a four year player for us,” Roulhac says. “He is really doing very well. Two senior wide receiver, (Nigel) Wiley and (Jowan Lewis-Kearse) have also stepped up and done an excellent job.”

Roulhac also likes how the defense is coming together.

“Sam Anojulu is the leader on defense, a safety, He’s playing very well,” he says. “Jamiel Hines at linebacker is a senior. So that’s group is really gelling. Because we have seniors, that makes a big difference going forward.”

Roulhac talks about the challenges of trying turn around a program that has struggled for an extended period of time.

“I think for us, a lot of is physical,” he says. “We just have not had the talent to match-up with other teams in the PSAC. Now we’re starting to get the talent. So now we really have to instill in the kids the fact that now, we’re good enough to beat some teams in the PSAC.”

Cheyney will open its 2017 season at home on September 2nd against rival Lincoln.

Improbable Journey Continuing For Jace Vines In Wilmington

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Every pro athlete has a journey that gets them to where they are today.

Most are pretty straight forward and others are…not.

The ride so far for Jace Vines would definitely fall into the latter category.

Vines is a right-handed pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization who is pitching these days with the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks down in Delaware. In five starts with the Blue Rocks, he is 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA. This followed 19 appearances at Low-A Lexington where he went 9-5 with a 3.42 ERA.

“It took me a couple of starts to get settled in (at Wilmington),” Vines recently told KYW Newsradio. “But now that I’ve kind of worked with Charlie (Corbell) the pitching coach and kind of tweaked some mechanical things I needed to change coming from Lexington, I think I’ve really settled in and just found my groove.”

Vines is one of the top prospects in the Royals organization. He was a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Texas A&M, but that’s only telling part of the story.

Vines, who turns 23 in September, grew up in Texas and went to Propser High School, where he played baseball. He played the field and pitched, but didn’t have a ton of innings under his belt. As a result, he says he really didn’t have any offers to play at the college level.

“I had a pitching instructor by the name of Jason Jennings, he played for the Rangers and the Rockies for awhile, he’s a great guy,” Vines says. “His cousin was the new assistant at Weatherford (Junior) College (in Texas). So his cousin, his name’s Bryce Cummings, asked one day (Jennings) if he had any pitchers that hadn’t signed. Being me, I knew that pitching was probably going to be the route because I was not a good hitter. So I went to a tryout and they said I could walk-on.”

He red-shirted that season with Weatherford and since he wasn’t playing, he spent the season . . . serving as the team’s public address announcer.

“Just announcing the hitters for each team and the pregame stuff,” Vines remembers. “Nothing big, but just the basics.

“I thought it was fun,” he continues. “I was more nervous, because at that point you’re not really established with the team. You’re on the team but you’re not with the team. I was trying not to mess up the whole time, honestly.”

Vines says a key that year at Weatherford was a bit of a growth spurt and then the next year when he got on the field at Tyler Junior College, also in Texas, a mechanical adjustment really helped him.

“Dropping my arm slot a little bit and focusing on the sinker,” he says.

He went 10-1 at Tyler and that caught the attention of big-time Division I programs. First he committed to Baylor, but after a change in the coaching staff there, he decided to go to Texas A&M and went 6-1 for the Aggies. The Royals liked what they saw and drafted him in 2016.

Vines has moved steadily up the ladder since getting drafted and he says his faith is a big reason why he’s gotten this far.

“For me, it’s just trusting in the Lord,” he says. “He has His hands on my journey and on me.”

And he realizes just how special this journey has already been.

“It is improbable,” he says. “I think that’s what makes me lean on God even more and praise Him through that. Because you’re not going to do this on your own. There is no way I would’ve done any of this and gone to the exact points in my life where I needed to go and the different schools and coaches that came along. It has to be a God thing, because it’s not me.”

Vines and the Blue Rocks open a series in Frederick on Tuesday night.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @Mattleonkyw.

Fan Essentials: What’s Most Exciting About The Mayweather-McGregor Fight?

Ryan Mayer

Fight week is here. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor meet on Saturday, August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fight, that has been two years in the making, has experienced plenty of buildup. There’s been plenty of excitement during the lead up to the big event, from trash talking to sparring videos and everything in between. But, as exciting as the buildup has been, there’s still plenty to be excited about come Saturday night when the two fighters actually enter the ring.

Showtime announcers and boxing analysts Mauro Ranallo, Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi weighed in with their thoughts on what the most exciting aspect of the fight is. They’ve previously given their keys to both Mayweather and McGregor winning, but now, it’s all about what excited them the most about this match-up that is set to take place starting at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Showtime PPV and on the new Showtime pay-per-view app.