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.

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Eagles Receiver Jeremy Maclin Had Cancer Scare

17 08 2011

Jay Glazer – Fox Sports Exclusive

The Philadelphia Eagles have gotten major national attention for all their recent player additions. But a noticeable subtraction from the team’s workouts has had people searching for answers — until now.

Eagles starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who had missed camp because of what the media had been calling a “mysterious illness,” revealed to FOXSports.com on Wednesday that he has been struggling with a cancer scare.

Maclin told FOXSports.com in an exclusive interview that a false test led doctors to believe he had contracted a form of cancer known as lymphoma.

But after further testing, Maclin was given a clean bill of health and is ready to return to the field.

“That’s first and foremost, I want everyone to know I’m fine, I’m healthy,” Maclin told FOXSports.com on Wednesday, only an hour after receiving word from his doctor that his final test came back negative. “I was tested for everything, and every single test came back negative. I don’t have mono, I don’t have AIDS, leukemia — all the things people were guessing on, there was nothing. I was being tested for lymphoma and thank God everything has come back negative. Read the rest of this entry »





Brother Says Maclin Is Fine

17 08 2011

by Steve Greenberg of Sporting News

Jeremy Maclin’s “mysterious illness” will be more clearly defined Tuesday, according to an older brother of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver.

“When I say definitely, we definitely will have some news tomorrow,” Andre Maclin told Sporting News.

Jeremy MaclinJeremy Maclin’s “mysterious illness” will be more clearly defined Tuesday, according to an older brother of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver. (AP Photo)

“That’s when we find out exactly what’s going on and when (the Maclin camp) will address it and talk.”

Maclin, a third-year player who broke out in 2010 with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns, has yet to practice with the Eagles this summer and last week left for his hometown, St. Louis, to be further evaluated by doctors due to an undisclosed illness.

Considering his offseason bout with mononucleosis, during which Maclin reportedly lost at least 15 pounds, this current illness has raised significant concern among Eagles fans. There has been speculation online and

on sports-talk radio in Philadelphia that Maclin’s career — and his long-term health — may be in jeopardy.

No so, said Andre Maclin: “They kind of have us on a gag order until tomorrow. … But he’s fine, he’s fine. That much I can say.”

Asked if he expects Maclin to play for the Eagles this season, the brother said, “I’m confident about that as well.”

Attempts to reach the Eagles early Monday were unsuccessful. Representatives for Maclin declined comment.





Maclin Battling Mysterious Illness

31 07 2011

by Jeff Offord on Phillyburbs.com

Now we know why Jeremy Maclin has not been at training camp. And it has nothing to do with money.

Maclin is battling an illness. Head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say what kind of illness, but he did say he didn’t know when the wide receiver would finally make it to Lehigh University.

With Maclin out, and fellow starter at wide receiver DeSean Jackson holding out in hopes of getting a new contract, the Eagles have spent all their time at training camp without their starting wideouts.

That’s enough to temper the mood a bit around Lehigh. The place has been buzzing since the Birds inked cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, signed defensive end Jason Babin, traded for corner Dominique Rodgers-Croomartie and signed free-agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

“I really can’t talk about it until he gets up here,’’ Reid said about Maclin’s illness. “And that’s no pressure on him or I’m pushing. I just want what’s best for him and that’s all I care about right now. This is a personal thing and I can’t go any further than that.

“When it’s taken care of, then we’ll talk. But right now, I’m saying you guys, I’ve had a chance to talk to him every day and we all love the kid. He’s nothing but toughness and grit and everything. He loves to play the game, but we just have to get this part taken care of.”

Maclin suffered through a mono-like illness during the offseason and lost about 15 pounds. He did practice briefly during the Eagles informal workouts in Evesham in May.





Maclin Gets Rookie Of The Year Vote

6 01 2010

No no no, Jeremy Maclin didn’t win the Rookie of the Year Voting…but he did get ONE vote for rookie of the year.  Minnesota’s Percy Harvin took home the honors, with Maclin, Knowshon Moreno of Denver, and Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace each receiving a vote a piece.  Maclin finished his rookie campaign with 55 catches for 762 yards and 4 touchdowns.





Ax Man Back! A Reunion of Sorts for JR’s Ramblings!

29 09 2009

Just when I thought YOU weren’t getting a Tuesday Ramblings, the Eagles went and made another odd move in what seems like an endless supply since last free agency started. We’ve been through them all so I won’t re-hash, but really, did you ever think Jeremiah Trotter would be back on this team in any other capacity besides, “team ambassador.” I knew you didn’t. Anyways, on to the real thing………… Read the rest of this entry »





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.