I’m back and ready to go. I didn’t write a thing about the schedule on Tuesday. I’m not a big schedule guy. I’ll get into that in June or July when things slow down and it seems like a more interesting topic.
The schedule on paper is utterly meaningless. There are 3 true parts to the schedule: who you play, when you play them, and where you play them. The Eagles play Atlanta in 2012. The game is in Philly. That makes a huge difference. They are brutally hard to beat in Atlanta, but much less difficult on the road.
Timing is huge. Tampa started off hot last year, but then fell apart. Playing them in September meant a tough game. In December it was a joke.
Just looking a names on paper is way too simplistic. We’ll cover the schedule more in depth later on.
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The Eagles are continuing to meet with draft prospects. In recent days we’ve found out some interesting names.
The team is looking at some really good returners. Devon Wylie, T.Y. Hilton, and Damaris Johnson. Wylie is a pure slot receiver and RS. He’s got the speed to play outside, but I haven’t seen him catch many downfield throws. That skill set might exist, but it’s unknown at this point. Wylie is a great PR.
Hilton can play in the slot, but also can get downfield. Hilton had 4 KOR TDs and 2 on PRs in his great FIU career.
Johnson is a real interesting player. He’s the smallest of the trio (all small guys). Johnson ran for more than 1,000 yards in his career. He caught 188 passes and had 2 KOR and 2 PR TDs. He does have some character issues that will hurt his value.
The Eagles are trying to find a WR/RS. You might wonder about Joe Adams, but remember that the Eagles saw him up close at the Senior Bowl. I’m sure he’s on their radar as well.
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The Eagles have also been linked with a lot of OL. Guys like Mitchell Schwartz and Jeff Allen could be 2nd round picks. Ben Jones could go anywhere from the 2nd round to the 4th. Ryan Miller is a mid to late round guy. Lucas Nix is probably a late round guy.
What makes this so interesting is that Schwartz is an OT. Allen can be a T/G. Jones is a C/G. Miller played both RT and RG at Colorado. I think he could be a real interesting RT in the NFL. Nix played all over at Pitt. He’s being projected all over in the NFL.
The Eagles aren’t looking for just a C or G or T. They’re looking all over the place. It does seem like they want a versatile player. Of this bunch, Miller is the guy who interests me the most. He wouldn’t take a high pick, but he does have good potential. Played RG the last couple of years at CU, but shifted to RT for the Shrine Game and played well.
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Any tips from Spuds? In Dave’s recent column he mentions that the Eagles might not be done in FA. This feels like a hint more than a guess. He mentions RB and SS as possible areas. We’ve heard no update on Yeremiah Bell, but he still makes a lot of sense.
As for RB, I remain on the Justin Forsett bandwagon. Many of you like Joseph Addai due to the Howard Mudd connection. That does make some sense.
Is there anyone else we’re overlooking that would make good sense?
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That’s it for now. I’ll add another post tonight.
Off topic…does anyone know why the Flyers goalies were on strike last night?