Sportsnet's prospect analyst Ryan Biech joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates on The Playbook to talk about the speed of progress for young talent, specifically goaltenders. The curve is individual, but there's no harm in calling up a player for a single game to expose him to the bigs. They talk Jonathan Dahlen, Olli Juolevi and the curve that predicts when the Canucks can expect to be a winning team again.
Matt Waldman, an NFL draft and prospects analyst at MattWaldmanRSP.com, joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates to talk about the reasons Lamar Jackson would make a solid pro quarterback and is better than he is being characterized. "When I watch his tape... you see a player that has progressed quite a lot in the pocket." Certain techniques are better than Michael Vick's, plus he maintains "fight" stance. College players win because they are elite athletes, but NFLers must be the elite of the elite. He talks about all they ways Nick Chubb has the edge on Saquon Barkley. (Sacrilege!)
Joel Gasson with 3DownNation.com joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about Travis Lulay signing on for one more year with the BC Lions. He may not be completely recovered from his shoulder injury, but Jonathon Jennings is the tandem QB they need to get through the season. The offensive line could not have gotten worse. Ed Hervey and Wally Buono will figure out how to work together. Johnny Manziel won't make it in the CFL this year. "I just don't know if there is room for him in Hamilton this year."
Sportsnet prospect analyst Ryan Biech joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to assess the Canucks trade moves for draft picks and beyond going back to 2014. It's very layered, he says, but they've given up more than they've got in return. With Jim Benning, the club has only traded away two more picks than they've picked up. He talks Evan Bouchard, Reid Boucher, Nikolay Goldobin and the next great hope, maybe, Elias Pettersson.
Jonathan Willis with Sportsnet joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk the pending trade deadline and how often a trade for a first-round pick become a franchise cornerstone. Sometimes you get a gem, but most likely it'll be a bust. On the trade market, Thomas Vanek gets undervalued because he's seen as a one-way player. He assesses Erik Gudbranson's worth and how the unpredictable lottery affects last-minute moves. He'd trade for Max Pacioretty over Mike Hoffman, though he likes them both.
Danny Kelly from TheRinger.com breaks down Nick Foles and Tom Brady, trying to weigh one against the other and how their teams stack up behind them. The X-factor is whether or not the Eagles QB can come up big with a few clutch passes. He talks offence balancing against defence, and what New England will do to eliminate Philadelphia's top assets. If the back-up QB pulls off the win, he'll have turned himself into a valuable trade chip.