The story of the day on Monday should have been a rumor about the Eagles and Johnny Football, but that got overwhelmed by the first public comments on the DeSean Jackson situation. Now that DeSeangate has been discussed, let’s talk about the rumor from yesterday.
- There’s a rumor (apparently faulty) making the rounds about the Eagles moving up to try to get Johnny Manziel. I wouldn’t pass it along if the person who told me wasn’t smart and, to this point, reliable. But I just can’t see it, and I have someone who would know better than the rumor source telling me it absolutely won’t happen. Which seems smart to me, seeing that Nick Foles’ 27 touchdowns and two interceptions and 119.2 passer rating would be pretty damned foolish to throw out the window for Manziel. I just put it out there as an example of the kind of stuff that makes the rounds when so much of what happens at this time of year is designed to be a misdirection play. As Bills GM Doug Whaley said Friday, speaking to western New York reporters: “It’s finally one time where we can use you guys [reporters] to our advantage. There are things that you put out there to see if someone bites, and there are some things you put out there that are true. You have people read between the lines and you don’t want to show your hand. I’m sure everyone is doing the same thing.’’
Chip Kelly recruited Johnny Manziel to come to Oregon. Chip absolutely loved him and thought Manziel would be perfect for the Oregon offense. Someone asked Chip about Manziel on Monday and he joked that Johnny broke his heart by not coming to Oregon. There is now a very distinct possibility that Manziel will be on the board at pick 22. Would the Eagles take him? Is Manziel still a player that Kelly covets?
My take…no. The Eagles don’t want him. I think they are spreading the rumor that they like him so teams in the late 1st round and early 2nd round will have to consider trading up if they want Manziel.
While the Eagles might want Manziel, they could be talked into trading pick 22 since they already have Nick Foles in place. At least that would be the story they sold other teams who called to inquire about a deal.
I doubt teams will buy this, but Chip Kelly is enough of a wildcard that you never know. I think he surprised people by moving up for Matt Barkley last year. And Chip was at Manziel’s Pro Day, although more likely there to focus on WR Mike Evans. Add in Chip’s comment from yesterday and that might just be enough to make some team move up to 22 to get Manziel.
Lots of BS at this time of the year, and much of it is generated by NFL teams.
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This makes sense. Johnson is a big, physical press corner. He would be a good fit in the Eagles scheme. Johnson could go as early as the 4th round or as late as the 6th. The Eagles need some young talent at CB and he could be good value if the team looks at other positions early in the draft.
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There has been discussion about the Eagles and Canadian OT prospect Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff (didn’t even have to look that up…got it memorized). Here is a good article on him that explains the meetings he’s had with teams.
Seven NFL teams flew in Duvernay-Tardif this month for an official pre-draft visit ahead of Sunday’s deadline: Green Bay, Kansas City, Miami, Arizona, Seattle, Buffalo and San Francisco. Two others — Cleveland and Indianapolis — tried but couldn’t swing it. The Philadelphia Eagles privately worked out Duvernay-Tardif in Montreal.
So no visit to Philly.
Jon Runyan won’t fully approve of LDT’s comments on blocking.
“I think my teammates and my coaches would say that I’m really aggressive on the field and I try to finish my opponent, and blah-blah-blah,” he said. “But, honestly, I just try to go there and play 100% and I don’t try to be mean. I just try to do my job until the whistle.
“If I can get into the head of my opponent, that’s good. One way to do that is to play really, really aggressively. If I can finish every block with a pancake, I’m going to do it every time. That’s my mentality. At the same time, I’m respectful. I’m not going for a cheap shot.
Not mean? No cheap shots? What in the name of Conrad Dobler is going on out there?
I’m guessing LDT is in the 4th round area, but guys like him can go earlier if a team falls in love with them. He’s smart, big and athletic. That’s a good combination for an OT. On the flip side, he is a Canadian prospect that would be a major projection. That could hurt his value.
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Someone asked about replacing DeSean with a small receiver like Brandin Cooks. Wouldn’t that be dumb, since the Eagles just said they got rid of DeSean for football reasons.
Cooks isn’t DeSean. Very different players. DeSean bulked up for the Combine and weighed 174 pounds. Cooks is 189, and that was probably going light so he would run well. Both players are 5-10, but Cooks is naturally thicker and stronger.
DeSean is a finesse player. Cooks is more physical. Obviously he’s no Calvin Johnson, but for his size, Cooks is a tough guy. He is comfortable playing in traffic and taking hits.
Just because players have a similar build doesn’t mean they are the same guy. We don’t know that Chip Kelly has interest in Cooks, but if the Eagles do take him, it won’t be a hypocritical move. Cooks and DeSean are different players.