The Eagles signed OL Andrew Gardner on Monday. You’ll never guess where he came from…the Texans. Here are some of the details on him from Jeff McLane.
The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Gardner last played for the Texans. He played in six games in three seasons for Houston. His only other NFL game came as a rookie for the Dolphins in 2009. Gardner, 27, was drafted out of Georgia Tech by Miami in the sixth round.
Gardner was released by the Dolphins before the 2010 season. He then spent time with the Ravens, Vikings and Bengals before the Texans signed him in Aug. 2011.
Gardner lists as an OT, but coming out of college I thought he could play there or OG. Here are my old notes on him.
4-year starter at LT. That automatically gets your attention. Marginal pass blocker. Solid run blocker. Fires off the ball. Good on the 2nd level. Has a tall, thin build which is best suited for T, but his skill set might be better at G. Only so-so agility. At times he will be too upright and that forces him to reach/lunge for defenders. Could be a good fit for teams like the Falcons or Texans. Has a lot of potential, but needs coaching and to be in the right system.
Late round target or UDFA.
Interesting that I projected him to the Falcons or Texans and he ended up in Houston for 3 years. Gardner is coming here as an experienced camp body. The Eagles will give him every chance to win a job, but he’s got an uphill battle. I do think he fits the system and he’s got the kind of build that Chip Kelly will love.
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One part of the DeSean saga that drives me nuts is the “How can you give a racist a contract extension and let go of the other guy?” stuff I’m seeing from some media members/analysts on Twitter. DeSean and Riley Cooper have completely different situations.
Cooper did a horrible thing…but it didn’t involve the team. That was a concert. Players certainly reacted to what Cooper did, but it was all after the fact. Cooper’s behavior with his teammates has apparently never been an issue. He had several teammates stand up strongly in his favor and they did this in the locker room, looking other guys in the eye.
That was also an incident and not a pattern of behavior. That makes it a huge difference from DeSean and his situation.
DeSean has been making some questionable decisions going back to his college days. That is part of what pushed him down the draft board and into the middle of the 2nd round. He had multiple incidents in 2011 that caused teammates to get frustrated with his lack of effort. DeSean was pouting because of his contract situation and let that affect his teammates. DeSean also has a history of being late to meetings and causing minor headaches in practice and meetings.
DeSean has no incident that comes close to Cooper’s. That was truly rock bottom for Riley Cooper. But Cooper had built up goodwill before that and he handled the aftermath of the incident in a way that allowed teammates to forgive him or at least accept him on some professional basis.
While DeSean does some good charity work and had a good image with the general public, his act had worn thin on many of the people he dealt with on a daily basis. That is part of the reason that the Eagles were able to cut him and have so little blowback from players or “sources close to the team”.
If you wanted to simplify this, you could say that DeSean has the good public image, but isn’t exactly loved by his teammates or coaches. Cooper has the bad public image, but is well-liked by his teammates and coaches. I guess not everyone gets that difference.
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As to DeSean’s future…
Said a source close to Jackson on Redskins: "Done deal."
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) April 1, 2014
That would be a great on-field addition by the Skins. RG3 is one of the better deep ball throwers in the league and DeSean is a great deep receiver. You do wonder how DeSean will be in the locker room. The Skins have a new staff and Jay Gruden isn’t a big time head coach that will naturally command respect.
If DeSean is on his best behavior, he will be a big help to the Skins in 2014.
I am curious about the money. Will he get close to what the Eagles were paying him?