Pinball Wizard

Posted: February 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 49 Comments »

The Eagles signed WR Joe Anderson to the roster on Friday. I’m calling him the Pinball Wizard. Watch this video and you’ll see him bouncing off tacklers left and right. He actually puts a few of them on the ground. has the full story on Anderson and his background.

Anderson is 6-1, 196. He has good RAC ability. He has some KOR ability. Sounds like the kind of guy who this offense could use. We’ll see if he’s able to play well enough to earn a spot. Long shot, but worth signing for minimal cost.

I hope the Eagles keep signing big receivers who run well. Eventually one of these guys is going to pan out. I’ve still got hopes that Arrelious Benn could do something in 2014.

Ifeanyi Momah? I’ve got low expectations this year.


  • SuPaFrO

    Just for that, Momah is going to have n amazing season( as a backup) to show you up tommy!

    • TommyLawlor

      I hope so.

      • rosmith51

        Tommy… I watched that video and the guy seems to be a good blocker who makes a lot of highlight grabs with 2-3 guys on him. The problem with that is that all his highlights show him making tough, contested grabs… i.e. dude never gets any kind of separation. To not be getting consistent separation at that level of competition is just not a good sign.

  • Stacks209

    Jason Avant’s replacement? Slot guy breaking likes!

  • Insomniac

    After 15 minutes on Google…I couldn’t find any measurables except his 40 time (which is from a questionable source). He runs in the mid 4.4s. I guess he’s a ST player for now and competition for Momah.

    “WR Joseph (Joe) Anderson (Texas Southern University) 6-1, 195, 4.43 40yd dash
    Projection: UDFA Description: The Jets have shown interest in Anderson. A big-play receiver, Anderson has great speed and knows how to get down the field very quickly. While level of competition is a huge question, Anderson is a very consistent performer. He runs solid routes. Furthermore, Anderson has very good hands. He moves the chains successfully. Anderson is not afraid to go across the middle of the field. He is great in the red zone. A willing blocker, Anderson is also very hard to bring down the open field. He also really excels in yards after the catch. Anderson will likely be picked up as an undrafted free agent and have a shot to compete for a roster spot in camp.”

    from thejetsblog (lol?)

    • Tumtum

      According to that scouting report we have a new #1 receiver….YATZI!

    • Monster

      I like that description! I also see he doesnt fall down after he catches the ball like the great “self tacklin Jeremy Maclin” which is what you want from your WR’s

  • Cafone

    lots of huge catches and great blocking too… I hope it translates to the NFL.

  • Mike Roman

    I liked the way he worked in traffic and used his hands to get off press. Hell, he shoved that one CB right off the line. Looks likes a worthwhile project.

    • If nothing else, it shows his willingness to be aggressive and engage. And of course, we all see the toughness after contact in the clip. Those mental factors are key for blocking, esp. at WR; can’t really be taught. Should be a boon to ST and possibly as a 4/5 WR, if he makes it out of camp. Hope he’s healthy by the spring, and we don’t have another Benn scenario on our hands.

  • Media Mike

    He seems like a good addition to the roster………..along with these guys!

    Round 1 Pick 26 (CLE): Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (A)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
    Round 3 Pick 7 (CLE): C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa (A)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (A)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida (A)
    Round 5 Pick 29: Isaiah Lewis, SS, Michigan State (A)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Jeff Budzien, K, Northwestern (A)

    • A Roy

      I believe the term for you constantly obsessing over that draft selector is “mental masturbation.” Do you truly think Attaochu will be available in Rd 4? Or that Nix will last beyond #20?

      • Media Mike

        Not my fault if I’m out-drafting the other 31 GMs.

    • Maggie

      Now, now. You’ve mentioned your suggestions a couple of times, watch out for some name-calling!

  • Arby1

    Do you mind if I call him “Highpoint”?

    • Mike Roman

      Now I’m hungry for Arby’s

  • A Roy

    Someone’s gotta teach this guy how to carry the ball. Holding it out for someone to hit won’t cut it in the NFL.

  • Iskar36

    Just to give a bit more information about Joe Anderson:

    2012 UDFA
    Bears practice squad until October, then cut, then brought back in November.
    Put on the active roster and played STs.
    Has been active a total of 9 games in 2012 and 2013 total. No receptions so far, and not sure how much he has played on offense.

  • Weapon Y

    Could be the fifth wide receiver on the roster. He could beat Maehl, Johnson, and even Avant. Wouldn’t call him just a camp body.

    • Iskar36

      I’m not going to claim to know anything about him beyond the limited I have read hear and elsewhere, but based on his two seasons with the Bears, seems like he is primarily a STs player and would be limited to 5th WR on the roster IF he made the team. Expectations beyond that would be unlikely in my opinion, but nothing wrong with finding that type of player this time of year.

  • barneygoogle

    Just curious. How is A Benn’s recovery coming along? Little in the media. He is a real talent.
    So the Jets indicate an interest in Maclin. He’s still under contract. If they talked to the media–isn’t that tampering?

    • Maggie

      It’s only tampering if official. If someone from the Jets front office actually talked to Maclin or his agent. Otherwise it’s just rumor or “reliable source”. Besides, how many times have we heard that some team, including the Eagles, might be “interested” in a player on another team?

    • anon

      is he a real talent he’s literally never done anything.

  • Anders

    I was wondering, would people here be interested in trading for Terrell Pryor with a late round pick? Pryor is only 24 and would be more talented than any QB prospect we would potential other wise use a 4th round or late pick on.

    • mksp

      Why would Raiders make that trade though?

      • Anders

        He was benched for mcgloin and they might draft one early

    • Media Mike

      Pryor plays an atrocious brand of football and is another read one and run bum. No thanks.

      • Anders

        He is were Vick was 5 years ago, he would be a project

        • Media Mike

          To say the least.

          • Anders

            would you rather have the freak athlete as project with insane ceiling or a career backup type?

          • Weapon Y

            Nothing wrong with having your backup be a career backup. That’s kind of the point. I want someone who can step in and give the Eagles a good chance of winning. I don’t think that’s Pryor.

          • Anders

            Barkley would be the first backup. If we ever has to start the 3rd QB, I want somebody who can make plays over a Trent Edwards type

    • Weapon Y

      No. Chip needs a quarterback who actually knows how to throw the ball and read a defense. Foles can do that very well, and Vick can do it to a lesser extent. Jury’s still out on Barkley. Running ability is a nice accessory, not the most important part.

      • Anders

        That is why he would be a project and sit and learn behind Foles and Barkley

  • ACViking


    The last Texas Southern WR in the NFL who measured 6-1 195lbs was the amazing Warren Wells of the Raiders.

    (Watch this video. Look for No. 81.)

    Al Davis found him bumming around Beaumont, TX in 1967 — two years removed from a brief stint as a 12th Rd pick of the Lions in ’64.

    How good was Wells? He was the guy who put the *vertical* in the Raiders pass game.

    In 1969, he averaged 26.8 per catch — for the season. Scored 14 TDs on 47 receptions. (In ’68 and ’70, Wells averaged 21.5 and 21.7 per reception.)

    Wells and Fred Belitnikoff are among the Top 5 receiving combos in NFL history, in my opinion at least. (Swann/Stallworth, Rice/Taylor, Lavelli/Speedie.)

    Unfortunately for Wells, he was reputed to have quite a mean streak. He was jailed on attempted rape charges after the ’70 season. The charge was made in Beaumont, which still was struggling with desegregation. (If he played today, it’s a fair bet that Wells wouldn’t have been charged or, at worst, he could buy his way out of trouble with a tasty settlement.) After a year in the can, he never played another down in the NFL. (He had a try-out with Sid Gilman’s Oilers in ’72 but didn’t make the cut.)

    Wells’ misfortune leads to a great draft story, actually — involving Villanova legend Mike Siani.

    After losing Wells for the ’71 season, the Raiders struggled to find a deep threat to play opposite Belitnikoff.

    So in the ’72 draft, Davis drafted All American WR Mike Siani in Rd 1. He was slated to be the new deep threat. Davis also selected WR Cliff Branch in Rd 4 from the UColorado, where he was a Big- 8 sprint champion.

    Anyway, for reasons that have remained murkey (as most Al Davis lore is), Siani — who ran a blazing sub-4.5 40 on campus — never seemed to show the same speed once he reached Raiders camp.

    Turns out, the story goes, that Siani ran a sub-40 40. About half a yard was missing somewhere on the Villanova turf.

    After two seasons starting opposite Belitnikoff, Siani lost his starting job in ’74 to speedster Cliff Branch — who killed the Eagles in SB-XV.

    In the ’72 draft, Al Davis selected Wildcats All

  • SteveH

    Reminds me of Anquan Boldin in the size/physicality department. I love the way he just overwhelms some DB’s when he’s running them over. I’m curious though, he was in the preseason with some team right? I wonder what he looks like against NFL defenders rather than college kids.

    • Media Mike

      He definitely has an interesting skill set.

  • Maggie

    I’m all for a receiver fighting for the ball or yardage, but at some point they have to go down. Or get killed. The Eagles don’t need another receiver spending the season with a torn ACL or ripped up shoulder. That’s what running backs are for!

  • Baloophi

    ATTN: Draftniks

    Is Kony Ealy a potential OLB or is he a pure DE?

    • Insomniac

      Pure DE. He doesn’t have the instincts to play OLB.

      • Baloophi

        At least fans of our team, anyway.

    • D3FB

      Could play OLB, will be valued much more and is a better fit at DE.

      • Baloophi

        Thank you!

  • Vick or Nick

    I’m the King of over-hyping everyone that Eagles sign, esp WRs. (I was driving the Ifeanyi Momah bandwagon last year).

    But to me this guy looks like a slightly above average college player who was playing against overmatched, slightly above average high school players.

    I don’t see him making ANY impact offensively.

    He might help on returns simply because we have no one else (besides Djack) thats good enough at the moment.

    He’s a camp body.

  • planetx1971

    I too would really love to still get a chance to see what Benn could do (big if) he can mange to stay healthy long enough. Like so many of us, I was desperately hoping Momah was Big Harold Carmichael 2.0, but from the video I’ve seen he’s a “gentle” giant that just plays small. I’ve given up on my dreams for him & moved on.

    • anon

      Me too, but gotta be hard for coaches ot given numbers.