Eagles Notebook

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 22 Comments »

As of 2am on Sunday night/Monday morning, there is no update on the final practice squad spot.  I’m still hoping for DE Monte Taylor, but there isn’t a word about him anywhere.  Very weird.  I thought he looked very good in the preseason.  Would seem hard to believe no one had interest in him, but I’ve been wrong before.  I actually enjoyed Cop Rock when it came out.

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So why Frank Trotter over Ollie Ogbu for the practice squad?  I went back and re-watched parts of the CLE and NYJ games.  Trotter was very impressive, in his own way.  Let’s be honest here.  Neither guy was a stud player that dominated or did anything special.  Both are hard working, tough guys that make the most of their ability.

The Browns had a drive that started at the 6:54 mark of the 3rd Qtr.  It lasted into the 4th Qtr.  Trotter did not come off the field for one snap.  He showed a great motor by chasing the ball all over the field.  He ran to both sidelines in pursuit.  He hustled downfield on a pass play and was in position to make a tackle 20 yards downfield if a DB hadn’t beaten him to the ball.

The Jets ran the ball more.  Trotter took on double teams really well in that game.  He showed the ability to hold his ground.  He sometimes was able to split them and get into the backfield.

Trotter is quick off the ball, but not explosive.  He got single-blocked on some pass plays and was able to drive his blocker backward.  He plays with pretty good leverage.  Uses his hands to engage blockers.  Aggressive off the ball.  He might be small, but he will play NT and do the dirty work.  He’s not afraid to battle double teams.  He can play UT, but isn’t a natural pass rusher.

Trotter is 6-1 1/2.  Right now he’s probably about 275.  I think he should bulk up in the 285 to 290 range.  He won’t lose quickness, but will gain strength.  That won’t affect his speed (runs well in the open field) or his motor.  Trotter does offer some versatility.  He was a DT at Memphis for most of his career, but moved out to DE halfway through his Senior season.  That was a selfless move.  He did play DE for at least one snap in the Jets game…maybe more.

I don’t know that Frank Trotter will ever be a player you want on the field in a regular season game.  There is a lot I love about him, but he’s small and not an explosive player.  That said, he could develop into a good role player.  He’s in the  perfect system.  He’s tough as nails.  He’ll get bigger/stronger.  Jim Washburn will work on  his technique.  And don’t forget he was a terrific college player.  Trotter had 36.5 TFLs on an awful Memphis defense.

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Any players on the street that interest me?  Not really.  I like the Eagles roster a lot.  The Panthers did cut DT Terrell McClain and he’s a player I loved prior to the 2011 draft.  He is a disruptive 1-gap DT.  The Panthers let him go so that they could add a bigger body.  McClain could easily play in the Wide-9.  Some other team could claim him.  There are plenty of teams that need 1-gap DTs.

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Jimmy Bama and I recorded a new podcast.  We reviewed the roster moves and talked about some other oddball stuff.

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DJ Jones had been signed by the Giants, but apparently failed his physical and is back on the street.  He showed potential this summer.  Some team should give him another look.

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A note about new G/T Nathan Menkin…Keith, our resident expert on D-3 football, explained in the previous comments section that Menkin played for a college (Mary Hardin-Baylor) that runs a wishbone type of attack and does little passing.  I checked and they attempted 19 passes per game last year.  Andy Reid would call that a decent 1st half.  For a whole game?  Crazy.  That would explain why he looked so lost as a pass blocker.  Menkin has good NFL potential.  I think he could start at OG in the future.  I don’t know if he can be an OT.  Gotta see him in the Mudd system before I can give you a valid opinion on that.


22 Comments on “Eagles Notebook”

  1. 1 ICDogg said at 3:28 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Maybe DJ Jones will wind up on the Eagles’ practice squad.

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 11:04 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Possible. Also, Julian Vandervelde let go by TB. He could get the spot.

  3. 3 A_T_G said at 5:43 PM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Since he failed his physical with the Giants, could we resign him and IR him?

  4. 4 GermanEagle said at 6:59 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Tommy, when do you sleep?

  5. 5 BreakinAnklez said at 9:32 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    We all sleep plenty when we’re dead! 🙂

  6. 6 ACViking said at 11:48 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Roadhouse. Wade Garrett. Best “cooler”.

  7. 7 JRO91 said at 7:24 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    I was kinda hoping for Phillip Thomas….did he sign anywhere? I think with a year of learning and getting stronger he could challenge for a roster spot next year.

  8. 8 TommyLawlor said at 11:03 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Still possible.

  9. 9 E_P said at 2:16 PM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Why do I feel like he would have already been on the roster if they wanted him on the PS? Could he be exploring his options?

  10. 10 A_T_G said at 5:41 PM on September 3rd, 2012:

    I wondered this too. If offered a spot, I would think this would be a good gig- a head start on learning the system and he plays a weak position on a strong team. Even if he is hoping to make someones 53, it isn’t considered bad form to have your agent actively look after you accept a PS spot, is it?

    The only conclusion I see is that he wasn’t offered a spot.

  11. 11 Todd B. said at 7:34 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    19 pass attempt? The might be a season high for my GT.

  12. 12 Cliff said at 10:29 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Go Hokies!

  13. 13 the guy said at 4:45 PM on September 3rd, 2012:


  14. 14 Mike Kaye said at 8:19 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Jacob Hester, Tyrone Culver?

  15. 15 TommyLawlor said at 11:03 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    I think the Eagles want to stick with Havili. Hester was a FA and the Eagles showed no interest. Hester was a terrific college player. Not sure what’s happened in the NFL.

  16. 16 T_S_O_P said at 11:05 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Also if Havili looks lost they have Emil on the PS, who can also double as a H-B and TE for the scout team.

  17. 17 austinfan said at 10:10 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    There’s usually some shuffling of the last couple roster spots and the PS the week before the season starts and after the first game, when contracts are no longer guaranteed. Then there’s November, when teams that are dead in the water start raiding your PS. So right now Howie is probably watching the waiver wire with his list of 150 most wanted fringe players, seeing who else shakes loose.

  18. 18 Tyler Phillips said at 11:03 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Julian Vandervelde possible to our PS? got cut by Bucs. ouch

  19. 19 T_S_O_P said at 11:04 AM on September 3rd, 2012:

    One thing that may have worked in Trotters favor is his ability to play end on the scout team. This was also mentioned by I C Dogg in a triumphant post on the EMB.

  20. 20 A_T_G said at 5:34 PM on September 3rd, 2012:

    Insult Comic Dogg… Triumphant post…

    Well done.

  21. 21 Noah Drauschak said at 2:11 PM on September 3rd, 2012:

    The Raiders just waived DeMarcus Van Dyke, a 6’1″, 187 lb, 4.28 forty, press-man corner drafted in the 3rd last year. Seems like a scheme fit and definitely someone of interest for the Eagles.

  22. 22 Phillychamp12 said at 4:42 PM on September 6th, 2012:

    Wheres is Monte’ Taylor?????He reminded me of JJP, can’t really say he has a certain pass rush move, but he’s always around the qb, long, ath, fast, and physical don’t know how a NFL team not pick this kid up, I think Howie and Andy are going to reget this one, and I’ve heard from his own teammates he’s a great kid