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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The Duke’s Picks – Week 1

13 09 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Minnesota Vikings -4 CLEVELAND BROWNS – I’ll admit it, this is that one that you keep looking at and going….REALLY? Then you bet it big time and get severely stung. Oh well, take the Vikes and hope all goes according to plan. I really can’t see how the Browns can score in this one, aside from multiple Joshua Cribbs kick returns. Jamal Lewis will have 12 carries for -7 yards, go find a prop bet for that one.

BALTIMORE RAVENS -14.5 Kansas City Chiefs – Matt Cassel was ruled inactive and the spread shot up another point. Don’t get me wrong, the Chiefs suck…but who are the Ravens to be laying this type of spread? Take the Chiefs and watch something else, this one will be MISERABLE. Read the rest of this entry »





Philadelphia Eagles – Over/Under

8 05 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Vegas Vic says he has not yet “finalized his over-under total for wins for the Birds, but said he expects that number will come in around nine victories.” My first thought was, wow, that’s kind of low! You’re talking about a team that was one play away from the Super Bowl, who had what by all means appears to be a very successful offseason, finishing just one game over .500. It surprised me even more because, in recent memory, Vic has been a big advocate of the Birds. So, I’m kind of curious to see what type of record all of you feel the Eagles might finish with this upcoming season. Personally, 11-5 seems like a fair guess to me.





OBSERVATIONS FROM A WEEKEND OF WATCHING FOOTBALL

11 01 2009
Best pitch man ever?

Best pitch man ever?

By Joe Mitchell

Sports teams have two colors. Green & White. Sliver & Black. Burgundy & Gold.

It is one of the basic principles of sport.

Someone please explain the Tennessee Titans. Their two colors seem to be Blue & Blue.

Your two colors cannot be different shades of the same color. Duh.

I don’t know if Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever. He may be.

But he is certainly the best athlete pitch man ever. I love his ads. And consequently, I like him. He is genuine and funny without being goofy in his ads. Read the rest of this entry »





Week 16 NFL Picks

20 12 2008

By Tom Peters

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. The ice storm in the Northeast left me powerless until late Wednesday night. Luckily I made my ESPN picks that week to the tune of a despicable 8 – 8. It was a good week to pick poorly because none of you could see the picks. (Losses were Tampa, Washington, KC, GB, Tennessee, Arizona, Baltimore, NYG) My record for the year is now 141 – 82 – 1.

I’m looking forward to these games, including Indy (I did pick them to win). With playoff spots on the line, this week’s games will be very competitive and hard to pick.

Let’s go.

Dallas Cowboys ( 9 – 5 ) v. Baltimore Ravens ( 9 – 5 )

You have to respect Dallas after beating the Giants last week. However, don’t be too quick to overrate them and pencil them into the playoffs. They beat a Giants team that did not have Jacobs and 2/5 of their offensive line (Boothe sucks by the way, thankfully Proctor made him look intelligent). Read the rest of this entry »





Week 14 NFL Picks

6 12 2008

By Tom Peters

I actually had a very good week last week. I went 12 – 4 and I made terrible picks in the Bears (I should have more faith in my Vikings) Bills and over estimated the Cardinals. Nonetheless, I now boast a record of 123 – 68 – 1.

With 14 games on Sunday, I have a lot of writing to do, so let’s get to it.

Jacksonville Jaguars ( 4 – 8 ) v. Chicago Bears ( 6 – 6 )

The ears got their asses handed to the last week at Minnesota. The offense looked inept and the defense had a hard time stopping the run. Under normal circumstances, a team dedicated to the run like Jacksonville should have the advantage. But this is the Jaguars, one of the few teams to look worse than the Bears last week. I think the Jaguars have given up on the season and the offensive line is too porous. The Bear defense should control this game against the biggest disappointment in the league. Don’t forget, this game is in Chicago and it will be cold and windy.

MY PICK: Bears

Minnesota Vikings ( 7 – 5 ) v. Detroit Lions ( 0 – 12 )

Trap game!!!! The Vikings needed a generous pass interference penalty and a last second field goal to beat the Lions 12 – 10 in Week 6. While the Vikings handily beat the Bears, it was all due to the running game and the goal-line Read the rest of this entry »





Thursday’s Week 14 Pick

3 12 2008

Yay, this will be an exciting game. Good thing no one gets the NFL network. I’ll probably watch a little bit of it then switch to college basketball.

Let’s get to this week’s edition of the West Coast Follies

Oakland Raiders ( 3 – 9 ) v. San Diego Chargers ( 4 – 8 )

Both teams suck. Oakland was expected to suck, and San Diego wasn’t. How they weren’t expected to suck with Norv Turner as their coach is way beyond me.

The game basically boils down to this, San Diego is far better than Oakland (who called the KC game by the way? GENIUS!!!) I expect San Diego to out run them, out pass them and out play them.

MY PICK: Chargers (but they won’t cover)