Let’s talk about some misc players.
Casey Matthews – I’ve been wondering if 2014 could be a bounce-back year for Matthews. Last season he was moved to LOLB, a spot that he wasn’t suited for. Matthews played here and there, but failed to show much. The Eagles have better depth at OLB this summer so Matthews could move back to his more natural spot at ILB. Could he become a solid backup? Doesn’t seem likely as of now. Matthews isn’t getting mentioned in the practice reviews at all. You have Ryans/Kendricks, Phillips/Goode and Knott/Acho at ILB right now. You wonder how much longer Matthews will be an Eagle if he can’t even make the 3rd string unit.
Chris Maragos – The Eagles added Malcolm Jenkins to start at FS. They have Nate Allen and Earl Wolff fighting for the SS spot. The loser will be the #3 Safety. Where does Maragos fit in? He is in Philly to be a better version of Colt Anderson. If you watched the Eagles in recent years, Anderson stood out on STs. Defense was another story. He showed no cover skills and was highly inconsistent as a tackler. The Eagles must feel that Maragos can be a similar STs player to Anderson, but will offer more help on defense. That isn’t to say Maragos is here to push for a starting spot on defense. The Eagles just need him to be functional in case injuries force him onto the field.
Trey Burton – Burton is a player who has created some buzz. Part of it is just fans being excited by a UDFA from a big school who made some big plays in college. Burton has also gotten noticed by the media. He should. Burton is a good athlete who should shine in a setting like the OTAs. Training Camp will be the bigger challenge. Burton is an undersized TE. He’ll have to show he can be an effective blocker when there is live hitting. He’ll need to stand out on STs during the preseason games. For now, enjoy the positive notes on Burton, but keep them in proper context.
Roc Carmichael – The young CB failed to distinguish himself in 2013. He wasn’t awful, but didn’t show enough that the Eagles could feel he was a player to be counted on for the future. Carmichael will get a chance to play this summer. He could win a job, but will need to play really well for that to happen (or injuries could open a door). I haven’t given up on Carmichael, but I don’t anticipate him making a strong push. For his sake, I hope I’m wrong.
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Lots of beat writers posted practice notes on Monday evening. I’ll be doing a roundup of them on Tuesday and sharing my thoughts on what they saw and covered.