Day: March 2, 2019

  • Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell draft profile Come draft time the Buckeyes usually have several prospects that jump out each year. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins lit it up-setting several Ohio State records at quarterback this season. On the receiving end of a lot of those passes was fellow Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell. Campbell is a speedster and would provide the Eagles with that deep play threat they need. Mr.1000 The Akron, Ohio native finished his senior season with 90 catches for 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the Buckeyes 62-39 blowout of the Wolverines, Campbell had a field day. The 6-foot receiver had six catches for a career-high and school record 192 yards and two touchdowns. That game was one of three games on the year in which Campbell had at least 142 yards. The 90 catches are a school record and Campbell also became just the fifth Buckeye to go over 1,000 yards in a season. As a result, he would finish his career with 143 catches for 1,768 and 15 touchdowns. Furthermore, Campbell would work his way from Third team All-Big 10 in 2016 to Second team in 2017 to finishing his career in 2018 First team All-Big 10. Setting the combine ablaze Campbell showed up to the Combine and did nothing but up his draft stock. The receiver ran a 4.32 40 time which was the fastest time of the day. While finishing his week Campbell weighed in at 6’0 205 pounds and has a 40 inch vertical and an 11’3 inch broad jump. Eagles next deep threat Anytime you run a 4.32 you’re going to turn heads and get people talking. Campbell has to become a more consistent route runner and pass catcher but the potential is there. Until he develops his route tree he looks...
  • To say that the Phillies have had a successful off-season would be quite the understatement. As we all know, the club has signed All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million deal without an opt-out that includes a no-trade clause. The signing of Harper has put an exclamation point on one the organization’s greatest off-seasons ever. Amazingly, the deal gives the club the financial flexibility to land New Jersey-bred outfielder Mike Trout in two years, as well as still being able to acquire another starter and reliever this winter. An All-Star lineup Now, the Phillies have acquired three participants in last July’s midsummer classic in Harper, Realmuto, and Segura this off-season. This just happens to be the first time in Major League Baseball history that a team has acquired three All-Stars from the previous year in one off-season. Add on stud ace Aaron Nola and surefire All-Star first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and the opening day lineup now features five possible All-Stars, all in their mid-20’s. In addition, this does not even include the signing of five-time All-Star and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, 2016 NL All-Star Odubel Herrera, fprmer All-Star reliever David Robertson, a healthy Cesar Hernandez, and a rejuvenated Maikel Franco. The Phillies’ lineup features the best catcher in the majors and the most recognizable player in the entire sport in Harper. As a result, the Phillies have drastically improved this off-season compared to last season. Need proof? Just by comparing the 2018 Phillies’ top eight with their replacements, it’s not even close. The new look All-Star infield Starting at first base, Carlos Santana finished last season with 82 runs, 24 home runs and 86 RBI. Very respectable. But, Hoskins, the now full-time first baseman, finished with 89 runs, 34 home runs, and 96 RBI. What does this...
  • The Flyers have broken the record for the most starting goalies in a season when Cam Talbot took the ice on Friday night. This is off the back of a crushing loss against the Blue Jackets in OT. Before the Jackets game, they had huge wins against the Penguins and Sabres. In the last 10 games, the Flyers are 6-3-1 with them being seven points back from being in the wild card. Starting goalie troubles With eight goalies in net throughout the season, some may chalk this up as a lost season. Others may view it as an epidemic between the pipes. Tying and subsequently breaking a record like eight starting goalies in one season is no easy feat. Additionally, with the team having a -24 goal differential, there is a compelling argument to back up that point. However, with the Flyers being seven points outside the fence, that may not be the case. There was also had two goalie injuries in Michael Neuvirth and Brian Elliot. Couple that with 5 “pinch” goalies in McKenna, Mrazek, Stolarz, Lyon, and Hart, maybe there was an epidemic this year. Who is Talbot? It remains to be seen what the former Oiler and Ranger can produce. Talbot will look to give the team the boost they need to shoot into the playoff picture. He has a total NHL GAA of 2.59 and a save percentage of .915. This means that the nine-year AHL and NHL vet have more than enough experience to make an impact. Talbot was the backup to Henrik Lundqvist when the Rangers made their run to the cup in 2013. After staying the next two years, he then headed to the Oilers for a four-year stint as the starter. He also set an Oilers record for most wins in a...