Reports say the Eagles have put RB Dion Lewis on the trade block. The Inquirer report mentions a lack of size as being an issue. I’m curious about that. Chip Kelly had good success at Oregon with smaller backs.
It could be that the Eagles have other reasons for dealing Lewis and are just leaking the size issue as an excuse for the move. If another team thinks that is the only concern and they’re fine with the size, maybe they’ll be interested. I can’t imagine another team will be willing to deal for Lewis, though. After 2 years, Lewis has only shown flashes. While he has looked good at times, RBs are a dime a dozen. Undersized RBs are even easier to find. Why give up something for him?
I think Chip Kelly could simply have interest in adding another RB and just isn’t into keeping Lewis. There are some good RBs in this class, even though there aren’t any elite runners. The Eagles have checked out a variety of RBs. The most interesting is South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore. He’s coming off a horrible injury, but has major talent and upside. Adding a RB with return skills would also make sense. That’s one area where Lewis never showed progress.
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This is visit week at the NovaCare.
“Gavin Escobar/TE/SDSU visiting Philadelphia today then Carolina & Cleveland…i hear lotsa interest from the E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles for Escobar”
Reuben Frank reported on several visits. DE Ziggy Ansah and QB Geno Smith were in town today.
“Also, according to a league source, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher are scheduled to arrive Wednesday evening for their meetings with the Eagles. Additionally, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, a Philadelphia native, is scheduled for a visit on Friday, and the team is also set to meet with Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel sometime in the next few days.”
The Eagles are being very public about all of this. That tells you there is major smokescreen action going on. It doesn’t mean the Eagles aren’t interested in all of these players, but it does mean that a few of them are red herrings. The Eagles don’t like some of the players, but want other teams to think they do. This is to help with potential trade-down scenarios and to keep other teams from trading ahead of the Eagles if there is a player they covet.
I don’t think the Eagles are interested in Geno Smith. I also question the interest in the OTs. It feels like that is partially being done to get a desperate team to move up for one. Sounds like Miami could be a team to watch. Whether they are willing to pay the price to get to #4 is a tough question.
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DT Mike Patterson signed with the Giants. I know we all hate the Gmen, but I do wish Patt well. He was a good Eagle since 2005. He played in a 1-gap system, a 2-gap system, and the Wide-9. Patt never complained and always did his job well. He’s a pro’s pro. Guys like Mike Patterson are an underrated part of the reason that I love the NFL.
It is interesting that the Giants now have Patt and Cullen Jenkins. Go get Darwin Walker and trade for Brodrick Bunkley.
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A few of you have inquired about my well being due to my recent inactivity. I wish I had a funny story or some good news. Things have been rough.
My dad started to have some health issues in late February. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in early March. I spent a lot of the month hanging out with my dad and family. Sunday the 24th was a good day. My aunt came down from D.C. My sister came to town. The whole family was able to gather and spend the day with my dad. He had just completed his first round of chemo and amazingly seemed to handle things okay. We got to joke around, tell stories (some even true), and there was a sense of optimism.
Unfortunately that was the last good day for my dad. He went downhill very quickly and passed away on Tuesday. He was 71 years old and I’m thankful that things went quickly. He didn’t suffer.
I’ve done as much football writing as possible during this period because it served as a great distraction. Interacting with you guys and writing 5,000 times about Geno Smith has been a blessing. I am completely off schedule with my draft notes, rankings and the ScoutsNotebook stuff. For the past 15 years, a March Saturday for me meant studying draft prospects, writing profiles, and things of that nature. This year, March was spent in a hospital room talking to my dad about the past, present, and future.
My dad wasn’t an Eagles fan. He grew up all over the world and really was a Game of the Week kind of fan when it came to pro football. On Saturdays, he loved to watch Navy and Oklahoma. Maybe the hardest night ever for him was the 1986 Orange Bowl between Oklahoma and Penn State. He loved the Sooners. I loved the Nittany Lions. He couldn’t enjoy the Sooners 25-10 win and National Championship because he could see how it crushed me to watch PSU l0se. That might be the strongest test of a father’s love. His team wins the national title and he can’t so much as even smile about it. I’m sure he talked it up big time at the office, but he spared me. And that’s important when you’re a teenage kid who truly lives and dies with your sports teams.
Thanks for your patience as I work my way through this. My dad’s funeral is Saturday. Between now and then, I’ll be in and out. My dad was a big football fan and he’d want me to write as much as possible. Plus, it is a good distraction. Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk on egg shells. You can still disagree with me and rip my posts that you don’t like. Just save the harshest words and throw them at Jimmy Bama for the next couple of weeks. He can take it.
Hopefully my head will be a bit more clear on Thursday morning and I’ll get a good, long post written.