Think about this. The Eagles are going to have a rookie PK in Alex Henery. It appears they are going to have a rookie P in Chas Henry. Likely, Henry will be the holder for Henery. Rookies in both spots is going to require some great coaching on the part of Bobby April. He’s got a reputation as the best Special Teams coach in the NFL. We’ll find out just how true that is.
Henry I and Henery II, as one reader so brilliantly called them, are both very talented kickers. Both guys had great college careers. The problem is that not all college Punters and Kickers translate well to the NFL. The speed of the game is tough to adjust to. Kicking in the NFL requires precise timing and technique. Just having a strong leg isn’t enough anymore.
RS is also up in the air. We know DeSean can be an explosive PR. The Eagles would rather him not be the primary guy, though. Jeremy Maclin still shocks me with how lost he looks as a RS after he was so dynamic in college. I keep waiting for the light to go on for him as a returner. Maybe this is the year.
Jorrick Calvin had some good moments last year, but also struggled at times. He’s not a lock to make the roster. Chad Hall and Sinorice Moss would fit nicely as the #5 WR and RS. They’re fighting for roster spots. Gerard Lawson was added to the team late in the season and he’s got good RS potential.
WR Jeremy Williams spent time on the Practice Squad last year and has RS ability. I liked him quite a bit coming out of Tulane. UDFA rookies Graig Cooper and Noel Devine each have RS experience and could factor into the equation.
There is no definitive answer at RS, but this is far from 2007 when there was no one. Half the team has the ability to handle the job. April needs one or two players to emerge as the front runners. There’s still the possibility of adding a player in free agency, assuming the team ever does make a move.
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The Eagles are just getting up to Lehigh today. Negotiations with teams and players may have been slowed this morning due to logistics. Hopefully the phones will be going full bore this afternoon and we’ll get some action flowing.
I remain confident that the Kolb/Cardinals deal will get done.
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I need to spend a full post on RB, but for now I’ll update my thoughts on the position. I still see us going after a veteran back, but I am confused by what the Eagles have done. They added rookies Dion Lewis, Graig Cooper, and Noel Devine. All 3 guys have NFL ability. Normally we have one good rookie and a longshot or two. Adding 3 guys with that level of potential flat out confuses me. Maybe we’re going young at RB and won’t pursue a veteran (aside from maybe Reggie Bush). RB is a young man’s position. The thing that hurts the rookies is that I’m not sure any of them could be an adequate pass blocker right now. I really don’t know what to expect. I do very much like the fact we added 3 talented rookies at a spot we often pay marginal attention to.
Someone asked if the Eagles could target BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He’s a RFA. Not sure what his compensation is, but I doubt we go for an RFA this year.
I do think Brian Westbrook is a possible veteran addition. I don’t think Andy Reid would want Buck back.
I do have some interest in Marion Barber. Honestly though, I’m not sure how good a pass blocker he is. That would be a critical factor in deciding whether he’s someone I’d go after. I still like Cadillac Williams and Clinton Portis, if they can accept 80 carries a year. That may be too little work to interest them.
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Donovan McNabb will play for the Vikings this year. Good spot for him. Sounds like basically a one-year deal. He’s turned into a roving QB now. I hope things go well for him. Glad to know that I can cheer for him in purple. Hated seeing my man in burgundy. Barf.
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What’s up with Vince Young? Reports say he’ll be cut tomorrow. Should the Eagles be interested? No.
Vince isn’t 100% coachable. Many people don’t remember that Vince was struggling at Texas early on. He was losing out to Major Applewhite. Mack Brown said the thing that turned Vince’s career around is that they quit coaching him and told him to just go do his thing. Vince was great at that. His last year and a half was the stuff of legend.
Fast forward to the NFL and we see the raw ability still there, but the coaching issues remain. Vince drove Norm Chow nuts the first couple of years. Jeff Fisher did what he could, but Vince was still awkward to handle. He deals well with pressure on the field, but not off it.
Vince would come here and have to learn a whole new offense in 4 to 5 weeks. And this is a guy who isn’t real keen on being micro-managed by coaches? Sounds like a bad fit to me.