The Eagles made some official moves today. I covered them over at Eagles Blog.
Some of you want to know about Ifeanyi Momah and whether he should be a candidate for the practice squad. If we’re going on what we saw this summer, no. If we’re looking at size/speed/potential, yes. As outsiders, we are sorta lost on this situation. The key here is what the coaches think of Momah. Can he get better? Is he driven to do everything he can to get better? Does his size/speed translate to the NFL? Just because you work out well doesn’t mean you’ll play like that.
I won’t be upset if the Eagles completely sever ties with him. He hasn’t had a good spring or summer. I just wonder if more time might allow him to develop. You hate to give up on guys that have rare size/speed.
Casey Matthews is another player some wonder about. He’s played much better this summer than in previous years. I think some people haven’t forgiven Casey for struggling in 2011. He is a more physical player than he was back then. I’d rather have him play in a game than Jake Knott right now. Jake still doesn’t take on blocks well enough. That would be a huge problem in a real game. When you keep Jake clean, he’s able to make plays. You just can’t count on that. Casey is a good STer. And he has decent cover skills.
Some people want to know about Emmanuel Acho’s potential. I do think he can be a starter in the NFL. Acho is a natural LB. He has good instincts. He tackles well. He looked terrific last night, but let’s do keep that in perspective. We need to see him play in a regular season game before Brian Baldinger can truly call for him to go to the HOF.
Isaac Sopoaga is a tough subject. He didn’t play well this summer. But Sopes started from 2008-2011. He started 9 games last year for SF. This is a veteran player who has a solid track record. Do we get worried over some pedestrian preseason showings? At some point, veterans go downhill. That might have happened. Or maybe Sopes will play better in the regular season. He hasn’t been awful this summer. I’d be worried if he was getting driven off the ball and struggling to even be functional. I don’t think that’s been the case. I just see a guy who is so-so, and that’s less than what I expected.
I haven’t seen anyone cut so far that I’m dying for the Eagles to get. Here are some names of possible interest:
CB Marcus Trufant – Veteran player who is on his way out, but might be a reliable player for a few games if needed.
NT/DE Antonio Garay – If the Eagles want Logan to be the starting NT, Garay could be an interesting backup.
CB Crezdon Butler – I didn’t watch him this summer, but he struggled in the preseason finale according to several reports. Butler has size and speed, but it hasn’t translated in the NFL. He’s been in the league since 2010, but never started. I’d probably pass on him.
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The Bills put WR Brad Smith and QB Kevin Kolb on IR. That could end both their careers. Smith successfully made the transition from college QB to pro WR. He had a good career.
Kolb was an enormous disappointment. I was very high on him when the Eagles picked him and thought he was a franchise QB. Kolb had some good moments, but playing behind poor OLs doomed him. He didn’t handle pressure well and took some big hits. Concussions drove Troy Aikman and Steve Young from the game, but they had long careers. Kolb never had the glory, just the pounding. Too bad. Everyone who played with him loves the guy. Football is just a brutal game. Kevin has been very well compensated, but I guarantee you he’d give back $10M right now if you could promise him 16 healthy games as a starter. It kills athletes when injuries rob them of the chance to show what they can do. It is better to fail and know you’re not good enough than to be forced out due to injuries and not know what might have been.