Eagles To Watch in Preseason Game #2

16 08 2012

 

A few things stood out in the Eagles first preseason game. For one, they don’t look ready for the real games to start. For two, they have some players that they probably need to let go of that they did not envision letting go of because of production, numbers or their place in their respective careers. On the same token, some guys need to be kept on the roster that they may have figured would be goners. Let’s start with who may be the goners :

 

 

“Goners”

 

1.) Jai Jarrett : Jarrett has done nothing since the day he was drafted to justify his foolish 2nd round selection. When Howie Roseman talks about guys that he has reached on in the past to pick for need, he’s looking at you, Jai. I think he gets cut. His preseason game one performance was dreadful.

 

2.) Darryl Tapp : Tapp has been a serviceable rotation player for the Birds, however he simply doesn’t have a home on this team because of a numbers game unless the Eagles keep an extra defensive lineman. I will touch on the “numbers” guy who takes his place in the “keepers” place.

 

3.) Chad Hall : Admittedly, I’ve never been Chad’s biggest fan. However, he’s had a very productive camp by all accounts and has caught everything they’ve thrown his way. The problem, again, is a numbers driven problem. DJax, Maclin, Avant are rock solids. Riley Cooper is near certain despite his injury (although, I speculate that his leash is getting shorter. He needs to have a good year to keep his job.) Not to mention what youngsters are lurking and may be more multifaceted than Hall.

 

4.) Trent Edwards : I liked he Trent Edwards signing. I thought he could challenge Kafka second string reps. Now, Nick Foles appears to be the front runner for the #2 QB spot and Kafka will probably be kept around because of his draft pick status.

 

5.) Chas Henry : McBriar has simply out booted the young fella.he will catch on with another team, guaranteed.

 

6.) Chris Polk : All of the hype aside, Bryce Brown has simply outplayed Polk. Again, I think Polk has a home with another NFL team, juts not here unless Andy uses what would have been a spot he gave to a FB in the past. Perhaps Polk and Chad Hall are fighting for that last spot?

 

 

“Keepers”

 

1.) Phillip Hunt :

This guy never stops “going” to use a defensive coordinator term. His motor is non stop (another defensive coordinator term) and he deserves a spot on the roster. I think he sticks. Tapp may have to be traded or cut to accommodate, unless Mike Patterson open on the PUP and the Eagles keep that extra D-lineman.

 

2.) Damaris Johnson : The guy is lightning fast and he adds an element to the team that has been missing for years : a return threat. Has it really been since Brian Mitchell that we have had a consistent return guy on this team? (I don’t count Westbrook and Jackson because they weren’t really full time return guys for any prolonged period of time.)

 

3.) Mat McBriar : Chas Henry has really had a nice camp, and it would be a shame to waste a pick on a punter, however McBriar was an elite punter and looks to be at that level once again.

 

As a post script, Clay Harbor and Joselio Hanson have looked very good in camp and seemed to have solidified their spot on the depth chart, not necessarily their roster spot.





Philadelphia Eagles Persiflage

9 03 2010
  • Former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback AJ Feeley signed a deal with the St. Louis Rams for $6 million over two years, a nice haul for a journeyman backup who struggled mightily in Miami when given a chance to be a starter.  The Rams offensive coordinator is Pat Shurmur, who coached Feeley in Philadelphia.  The Rams have also been the team linked to most actively pursuing Donovan McNabb.
  • The team released Wil Witherspoon, acquired just five months ago in a trade with the St. Louis Rams for Brandon Gibson and a fifth round selection.  Witherspoon’s base salary for 2010 was $5 million dollars and certainly played no small role in the Eagles decision. Nonetheless, the trade has to be considered a failure.
  • As Andy Reid continues to insist that “Donovan’s our quarterback,” there are rumblings that there is some major infighting going on in the Eagles front office and that both GM Howie Roseman and team President Joe Banner would like to see what Kevin Kolb can do.
  • Despite the fact that the Eagles have a glaring need for a defensive end to play opposite superstar Trent Cole, the team allowed both Julius Peppers and Aaron Kampman, the top two defensive ends on the free agent market, to sign elsewhere.  Peppers signed with Chicago, while Kampman went to Jacksonville.  Kampman was scheduled to visit with the Eagles but canceled his visit and signed with the Jags later that same day.
  • Michael Vick is due to earn a $1.5 million roster bonus at 4:00 p.m. ET today and the Eagles, unhappy with all trade offers currently on the table, are set to pay it.
  • Former Philadelphia Eagle Lito Sheppard is looking for a job.  Lito was due a $10 million dollar roster bonus.  That coupled with the fact that the team has just acquired Antonio Cromartie from the San Diego Chargers, spelled the end for Sheppard’s days in The Big Apple.  The Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are, according to Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com, interested in his services.
  • Jason Avant signed a five-year, $18 million deal with the team, $8 million of which is guaranteed.  Even more amazing is the fact that Avant will pocket $7 million of that money in 2010.  Avant caught 41 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns last year as the Eagles primary slot receiver.  He’s a solid route runner with good hands and is a guy that QB Donovan McNabb looks to often on 3rd and short (before bouncing the ball at his feet and grinning like an idiot on his way back to the sidelines).
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have traded receiver Reggie Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 6th round pick in the 2010 NFL draft.  Finally.




Teams Scouting Eagles Receivers

27 08 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Paul Domowitch is reporting that both the Ravens and the Jets are monitoring how the Philadelphia Eagles preseason wide receivers situation shakes out. Once a position of weakness, the Eagles now have an embarrassment of riches at the wideout position. DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis are the starters, while rookie first round selection Jeremy Maclin is expected to be the slot receiver. Reggie Brown, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Brandon Gibson, and Danny Amendola round out the rest of the crew. Expect Amendola to be cut and one of the others, most likely Reggie Brown, to be traded. They’ve been impressed with the play of Brandon Gibson and will find a spot for him on the roster.The team will not carry more than six receivers.

The Jets are rediculously thin at the position, with Jerricho Cotchery the being the lone player of substance. The next four receivers on their depth chart have totaled just 92 career receptions. Reggie Brown could step right in and start opposite Cotchery for this team.

The Ravens are coached by former Eagles coordinator John Harbaugh. Harbaugh and Reid have an excellent relationship, so a trade with the Ravens would not be surprising. Baltimore has Mark Clayton and Desmond Mason, who they coaxed out of retirement, as their starters. They have little depth behind them

The Ravens actually had to talk Derrick Mason out of retirement. So a trade with Baltimore seems like a likely scenario.





Philadelphia Eagles: Position Battles

12 06 2009

With the two week long minicamp wrapping up with Thursday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia_Eagles_helmetGeoff Mosher takes a quick look at the Philadelphia Eagles position battles, saying…

•One of the most scrutinized position jockeys next month will be in the secondary, where second-year pro Quintin Demps hopes to fend off free-agent signee Sean Jones.

•The running back battle between Lorenzo Booker and LeSean McCoy. Ankle rehab will likely sideline Brian Westbrook, giving Reid an honest look at McCoy, the second-round pick, and the incumbent Booker. If neither stands out, the team could be forced to acquire veteran help. Read the rest of this entry »





PCP – Curtis Out…So What!

20 08 2008

by Michael DeLuca

For those of you who haven’t heard, Kevin Curtis is out for what is being described by Andy Reid as “a signficant amount of time.” Curtis was injured in Thursday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers and it has now been diclosed that he will have sports hernia surgery. Reggie Brown, the Eagles #2, is already out with a hamstring injury.

My response, so friggin what. While I’ll be the first to tell you that the Eagles need a stud #1 primary receiver, I’ll also be the first to tell you that as far as depth at the position goes, the Eagles may have the best in the league. While there may not be a #1 in green, the Birds have 5 solid #2 guys. DeSean Jackson, Hank Baskett, and Jason Avant are all adequete replacements and to be honest with you, I’ve wanted to see what they could do if given more reps with the first team. The Eagles will no doubt piss us all off by showcasing Greg Lewis as a starter now, but they won’t be able to keep Baskett and Avant off the field.

For the counter-point to this article click here