The Seahawks cut MLB Lofa Tatupu when he refused to take a pay cut. I watched a couple of game tapes to check him out as a potential Eagles target. I was not impressed. I went back and looked at his numbers out of curiosity. You can see a huge drop off after his first 3 years to the next 3.
2005-2007: 336 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, 5 FFs, 17 TFLs, and 8 INTs
2008-2010: 214 total tackles, 2 sacks, 2 FFs, 6 TFLs, and 2 INTs
Tatupu did miss 10 games in 2009, but his numbers are still way down. The game tape wasn’t impressive. He really struggles to shed blocks. When he does get free, he lacks the burst to get to the ball as much as you want from a MLB. He didn’t tackle as well in space as I expected. Tatupu is only 28 (29 in November), but he’s showing lots of wear and tear.
I wouldn’t be against the Eagles bringing him in to compete with Casey Matthews, but I don’t know that the team will have much interest. I’d prefer the Eagles get someone who is a clear upgrade over Casey if they’re going to add a veteran. I do think Tatupu would be able to help groom Casey for the role of MLB.
The market for MLBs is clearing out. I’m not sure who is left that the team would be likely to have interest in. I’m not hearing any good rumors at this point.
Casey Matthews was on Eagles Live earlier today. He said he’s up to 245 pounds. He was down in the 230 range for the Combine, but then went about bulking up to get ready to be able to handle MLB. I can’t wait to see him in a preseason game to get a feel for where he is.
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I watched some more tape of Cullen Jenkins. He will be a big help to our pass rush. Jenkins is quick off the ball. He can get upfield or take a hard inside move. One thing I liked is that he runs well for a big guy. We see mobile QBs sliding around in the pocket. Jenkins can adjust and run after the QB if he moves to the opposite side. My guess right now is that Jenkins replaced Mike Patterson in the starting lineup.
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Follow-up notes on OG Evan Mathis, signed by the Eagles on Sunday. He had a great workout at the Combine back in 2005. That athleticism didn’t show up on game tape. Good college player, but never played as athletic as he tested. Mathis said in an interview that most of his experience is at LG. He played well for the Bengals, but they prefer bigger guys for their physical running game. Mathis should fit what we do well. Dave Spadaro wondered on Eagles Live if the move was possibly done so that we could move Todd Herremans from LG to RT. Mathis could immediately step in at LG. It would be helpful to have a good update on Winston Justice’s knee and how its coming along.
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Some practice / roster thoughts. I’m not at Lehigh so this is based on clips I’ve seen and what I’ve read from reliable sources.
* Victor Abiamiri is seeing time at DT, something I suggested a few times. He looks like a good inside rusher.
* DE Phillip Hunt has one heck of a burst. If he continues to fly off the ball it will be hard for the Eagles to let him go.
* I’m not impressed with LB Rashad Jeanty. He looks slow in the limited clips I’ve seen.
* Jamar Chaney is impressive. Love his speed.
* DRC is the real deal. His potential is through the roof.
* Part of me isn’ t bothered by Plax going to the Jets. Riley Cooper looks good. He could be breakout player.
* Sinorice Moss looks re-born. PS games will be critical for him. He caught one pass last summer. Needs to show he can play in games.
* Spadaro said the Eagles like LB Brandon Peguese. He’s probably a Practice Squad target at best, but interesting to know the team is high on him.
* MLB Greg Lloyd looked slow in coverage.
* I’m impressed with RB Dion Lewis so far. He showed good effort as a blocker, but I still need to see how he does at that in game action.
* WR DeAndre Brown has very good potential. I sure hope he works hard on and off the field. He could be a player to watch.
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The Eagles did have interest in Plaxico coming here, but I’m not sure they are dead set on adding a veteran wideout. They wanted Plax because he’s a unique guy. He’s not just a big WR. He’s one of the best big WRs in NFL history. It will be interesting to see if the team pursues any other receivers. Someone asked me about Malcolm Floyd. If the team does want a big guy, Floyd could be of interest.
The Eagles may want to see what Moss and Johnnie Lee Higgins do at Lehigh for a few more days. They’re small, but have the kind of speed the Eagles have preferred in recent years.
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Brian Baldinger was a guest on Eagles Live. One topic he touched on was where the 3 CBs would line up if they stay together. He thought Asante would be in the slot. I think DRC would go in there. The slot is where quick passes go. You don’t want Asante in there. He plays off and tries to bait QBs. That works outside where he’s got enough time to break on the ball. Baldinger did raise on relevant point. There are more tipped balls in the middle and that is where Asante and his hands could make a difference. He has elite ball skills.
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There is a lot of action in the RB market, but the Eagles aren’t getting mentioned with anyone. Adam Caplan is adamant that the team wants speed. That would make sense based on the UDFAs we brought in. I want size, but the Eagles and I don’t always agree when it comes to RBs.
Noel Devine was cut. No word on what happened. Super talent, but he’s always been a strange person. I’m still shocked he showed up at the Senior Bowl at 160 pounds. That sent off alarm bells to NFL teams. I have no idea what he weighed when he reported to Lehigh.