Sunday’s Moves Become Official

Posted: August 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 138 Comments »

The Eagles have added 8 players to the practice squad. There are 2 spots open. Since the Eagles made the first 8 signings officially known this afternoon, I’m guessing the final slots won’t be filled in the next few hours. Normally this is when the Eagles are talking to players who have multiple offers and who are trying to find the best situation, financially and otherwise.

Today’s additions to the practice squad

C/G Josh Andrews
G/T Kevin Graf
WR Quron Pratt
WR Will Murphy
RB Matthew Tucker

NT Wade Keliikipi
ILB Emmanuel Acho
S Ed Reynolds

No real surprises. Now for some thoughts on the players.

Andrews played mostly LG at Oregon State. He played a lot of C this summer and his value is in being able to handle both spots. Andrews needs to get bigger and stronger before he even thinks about going against staring competition. Solid athlete. Should be a good practice player.

Graf was a RT at USC, but played LT for the Eagles. Limited athlete, but a tough, competitive player who really battles on every snap. Smart player who uses angles to help him overcome his lack of quickness and agility. Graf played LG in the Jets game after the Tobin injury. I don’t know if he has an NFL future, but should be a good practice player.

Pratt had some good moments this summer. I’m not sure what his ceiling is. Good blocker and STs player, which the Eagles require from their WRs. Should be good practice player and might challenge for a reserve role in 2015.

Murphy. I get that Kelly likes the way Murphy practices. He must be the Jerry Rice of practice players. I don’t like seeing Murphy on the squad because I don’t think he’s got an NFL future and there seem to be lots of WRs out there with more talent. If this is Kelly’s one vice, I can deal with it. But I’m not a fan.

Why Tucker and not Josey? Tucker is a better blocker and STs player. He was here last year and knows the offense. I thought he had a real shot at the roster this year. Josey is a tough subject. I need to re-watch the Jets game before saying too much. There is no doubt that he lit up teams this preseason, but there are 2 key questions. First, how much of that was him vs the system and players around him? Second, could he have that kind of success against starting players? The Eagles obviously feel there are some issues with Josey and that is why he’s on the street.

Last year we all went nuts when the Eagles cut Emmanuel Acho and Chris McCoy. Those seemed like awful moves. The Eagles turned out to be right. You have to be very careful when judging preseason success.

I’m pretty sure the Eagles kept Kelikiipi just so I’d have to learn how to spell his name. Or maybe they just wanted to have another good 3-4 DL available. Kelikiipi can help in practice and he could become a good backup NT in the future.

Acho had a solid summer and was part of the Eagles last year. No brainer to keep him around.

Reynolds is a player that is tailor-made for the practice squad. He’s smart, tough and has the size/strength to play in the league. Reynolds isn’t special athletically. In order for him to succeed in the league, Reynolds has to anticipate plays. He needs to play fast based on his eyes rather than his legs. Practicing and going to meetings for a year will be a big help in him making the roster next year. Heck, he could be added at some point this year.

The Eagles like their starting Safeties, Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen. Earl Wolff had a good summer and should be a good #3 Safety. Chris Maragos played his best football in the preseason finale. He will be a good STer and can be effective on defense if needed. You don’t want Maragos starting, but that’s true of almost every team’s 4th Safety.

Reynolds is a 5th round pick. He’s not here to steal a starting job. The Eagles like him and think he can be a good player, but some people seem to have unrealistic expectations for him. Reynolds showed enough this summer to make you think he’s got an NFL future, but wasn’t so good you felt he had to be on the roster, let alone on the field. The practice squad is ideal for him. Let him develop.

Believe it or not, the Eagles like their Safeties. They might turn out to be wrong, but right now that’s not a position of concern for the team. I do think they were hoping that Reynolds, Keelan Johnson or another young player would play better this summer. Johnson was a major disappointment. As for Reynolds, I’m sure the team hoped he would play as well as Wolff did last summer, but that didn’t happen. Reynolds was okay, but nothing to write home about.

RB Kenjon Barner was put on IR.

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About some former Eagles…

Josey was signed to the Jags PS. You wonder if that has anything to do with playing the Eagles next week.

Damion Square was claimed by the Chiefs.

Former OL Donald Hawkins is now with Dallas. OG Karim Barton made the Browns roster. Good for them.

Alejandro Villanueva is on the PS in Pittsburgh…as an OL. That’s interesting. Good for him.

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Who will be the final 2 guys on the PS?

I hope they add a pass rusher for one spot. The other could be a DB or QB. Maybe a TE or WR. Lots of choices.

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  • Stormbringer

    Will they announce whether the Eagles tried to make a waiver claim? I’m very surprised they didn’t grab a LB. There were some out there that could have been a fit.

    • TommyLawlor

      We have to wait to find out that stuff through various reports. Nothing is made official.

      • Media Mike

        I wish that would change.

  • Explorer51

    How about TJ Graham? Always liked him pre-draft…

    • TommyLawlor

      Claimed by another team. Struggled in BUF. Terrible hands.

  • Greg Richards

    Barton made CLE’s roster yesterday, but was cut today after waiver claims.

  • GEAGLE

    I like Tucker, Graf, Pratt and Reynolds..

    I see no NFL future for Wade, Andrews or Murphy..
    .,.
    As for Acho, how much untapped potential does he really have left to realize? It’s not like he was raw, it’s not like he was making a scheme or position change! it’s not like he needed time to get bigger..

    I like the Practice squad for Raw players with some nice untapped potential to realize… For example, I will always prefer the high ceiling of Momah, to will Murphy types who are more polished, but don’t have legit NFL ceilings

    • SteveH

      Acho might be here strictly to call up if one of the ILB’s go down, rather than as a true developmental prospect.

      • GEAGLE

        Good point

        • LiamGarrett

          You guys think there’s any chance they might try to cross-train Acho at OLB like they did with Casey?

          • Anders

            Nah, we have better OLB depth now (Smith and Braman), they instead cross trained Long to ILB to replace Casey

          • GEAGLE

            Nah… If you wanted to cross train a LB, our best bet Is Marcus playing some ILB, he would be better at it than Long, if he weren’t a rookie so inexperienced playing defense. Braman playing some ILB could be doable.. Probably runs better than Meco at his age

    • Ark87

      yeah I don’t get Momah over Murphy. Not only does Momah have an opportunity for growth, but also his rare size brings value to the scouting team. Facing a big reciever this week? Momah is a good guy to have around to practice against.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah, I mean at the very least, we should be able to develop him into redzone weapon

  • D3FB

    The old adage in the NFL is you have to be able to pass protect at least a little to get on the field. Josey did not show this. He was never going to be great at it but against the Jets he flat out whiffed on several attempts and almost got Barkley killed by LB’s with a free shot.

    • Anders

      Pass protection is something RBs often have to learn. The question is while Josey looked good, how special is his talent really?
      My take is that a smaller RB who isnt a great pass catcher, is not something special (tho I really wanted to keep him).

      • D3FB

        I’d rather have Lache Seastrunk

    • wee2424

      Correct me if im wrong but dimitri patterson and i think Joselio Hansen.

  • LiamGarrett

    Forgive me for trolling, but I’d be pretty pumped if the Eags finagled a way to replace Will Murphy with Stephen Hill on the PS. I’m sure there’s a bunch of reasons that can’t or shouldn’t happen, but still.

    • Anders

      We can have both one if you want

      • LiamGarrett

        Fair enough, but I think 2 receivers (the other being Pratt) would be enough if we also want to find a QB and/or some rushers.

        • LiamGarrett

          And I just realized I forgot about Momah. Why’s he not on our or anyone’s PS, yet?

          • GEAGLE

            Unsolved mystery

          • Iskar36

            I’m not trying to hate on Momah, especially because I do think he made significant improvements from year 1 to year 2, but are there any good examples of player who were put on the practice squad for more than a year that ultimately ended up being a quality player down the road? I’m guessing there must be a couple examples, I just can’t think of any.

          • FairOaks

            I didn’t think Momah was on last year’s squad. He wasn’t anywhere near good enough. This year… seems perfect for him. Why we would keep Murphy over him is a bit beyond me, unless he’s been getting some (better) offers from other teams and is waiting to make a decision, so we signed Murphy as a fallback. One can hope, anyways.

          • Bert’s Bells

            Jamaal Jackson was PS then IR’d before winning the starting Center job. Not exactly 2 years on the PS, but close.

          • GEAGLE

            Because Momah managed to improve so much on his own this past year, I can’t help but wanting to see how much more he can improve after a year with our coaches, practicing against NFL talent

          • CrackSammich

            Danny Amendola.

    • NineseveN

      I’m one of the people who likes Stephen Hill as a project. I think he went to the wrong team for that (was an excellent blocker though, which is all Ryan cares about on Offense besides the run game). Seems that he has a lot of upside if only he was with an offensive-minded team.

      • shah8

        Again, just so you know, I watched the dude as a GT fan.

        Steven…Hill…Can’t…Catch

    • Media Mike

      Steven Hill might need to get a little more humble about learning how to prepare himself to work on an NFL level before he’s of any help to a roster. His agent’s comments yesterday were a massive red flag for me.

  • GEAGLE

    Now that the practice squad is just about set, do people realize what our next order of business is? Breaking down EAGLES VS? JAGS!! Game time is around the corner boys,, I’m going to need help and I have a lot to get up to speed about because I know practically know nothing about the Jags..
    ….
    Seriously, besides players they drafted these past two years, I don’t think I can name 5 other jaguar players…
    ..
    Lots to reflect on… Gus Bradley Vs. Chip Kelly part 1..

    Where would we be today if Chip didn’t have a change of heart while Gus was chilling in the Lurie mansion? How much better or worse would we be today? How different would we be? Figure if Gus Bradley was our coach, we might not have Lane and Ertz… How different would we look if we added Ziggy Ansah to play Gus Leo role, and safety Jonathon Cyprien in round two? We would be playing a 4-3 Under instead of two gapping 3-4… Ertz and Lane wouldn’t be here, but we probably would still have Desean..,who knows what offense we would be running, and how FOles would have developed in it
    ….
    1′decision, and everything could be so different

    • OregonDucker

      I think Chip really liked the organization and players, Foles and Shady in particular. He has more freedom than at Oregon without the roadtrip recruiting BS. From what I hear, he loves Philly, the org, the players and the fans. (Still hates the media of course – a bunch of dumb A$$es.)

      • Flyin

        To me, it seems he enjoys the media. He has fun with it, and it is a joy when he puts reports in their place.

        Andy Reid hated the media. He was the worst press conference to watch.

      • GEAGLE

        He def loves NFL life… Think one thing he hates tho, is only being able to carry 53 players… Think he hates the roster size

    • Anders

      Cyprien was drafted before our pick and he didn’t look better than Wolff last year.

      The defense would most likely be better, but offense worse with gus bus

    • Media Mike

      I’m ready for the game. We need to win this one by a blowout. I want to see the D slap around a VERY limited Jags O and I’m not trying to see / hear any garbage about Jacksonville’s D being “improved” until week 2. I’d like a running on all cylinders 38-13 win on something outrageous like that.

      Especially because I don’t think we’re beating Indy.

      • GEAGLE

        I bet we beat the colts…. I would also bet that eagles fans are going to be shocked when they see their defense fly around wreaking havoc

  • GEAGLE

    Anyone know if Ducks CB Terrence Mitchell was waived? That’s one duck I wouldn’t mind

  • Iskar36

    “Believe it or not, the Eagles like their Safeties.”

    They definitely could be right about this year’s safeties, but it should be pointed out that they also said last year that they really liked Chung…

    • Flyin

      Dung rhymes with Chung

      • McNabbulousness

        garth, i think that’s a haiku

        • Flyin

          Dung rhymes with Chung
          Chung and Dung are synonyms
          Stay away from both.

          • McNabbulousness

            nice

    • TommyLawlor

      I think they could tell very quickly that Chung wasn’t good. They pushed Wolff to get him on the field ASAP.

      • Flyin

        And set… Poetry in motion

      • Media Mike

        If that wasn’t obvious when Chung’s inability to read the most basic of easy to defend passes forced me to watch a Giants Super Bowl win, I don’t know what else could have been more helpful to knowing Chung can’t play.

    • NinjaP

      PFF pre season grades have both Allen and Wolff in their top 5 safeties. Not like they were playing poorly out there.

      • Iskar36

        Couple of things:

        Allen and Wolff (and of course Jenkins) could all end up playing fantastic. I’m just arguing the fact that just because the Eagles say they like their safeties, doesn’t guarantee anything (i.e. they liked Chung heading into the season, but obviously he was a major disappointment).

        Also, while I appreciate PFF to provide some insight, PFF preseason grades, at a position like safety which is notoriously difficult to grade, really doesn’t tell me much. Teams and players are playing vanilla defenses throughout the preseason, playing against wide ranges of talents due to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd team units playing at different points of the game, and we are talking about a small sample size. So while I am not trying to argue that Allen and Wolff will in fact be bad, PFF providing grades that Allen and Wolff are top 5 safeties in the preseason doesn’t really make me think they will end up one way or the other.

        • GEAGLE

          Don’t think fans understand how solid Malcolm will be in this scheme…Nate will have his best year, but by Midseason, you shouldn’t be able to keep Wolff off the field

    • A Roy

      Yes, but when they said it to Chung, they meant “as a friend.”

  • McNabbulousness

    guess who reportedly gave alex smith $45 million guaranteed. c’mon, guess!

    • SteveH

      Jesus, the life of a mediocre NFL QB is pretty sweet these days.

      • McNabbulousness

        when reached for comment on his new contract extension:
        “holy shit, they gave me what!?!”

    • Flyin

      Ruben Amaro?

      • McNabbulousness

        haha, sadly i don’t think so, but i wouldn’t completely rule it out

        • A Roy

          sadly

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Jerry Jones?

  • barneygoogle

    I think Damion Square has a lot of Hawaiian sport shirts. But is he Andy’s size?
    I think when the Eagles know more about Tobin and his injury, they may let a lineman go. Can’t do it if he’s not 100%
    Why did we IR Barner? Do we really want him around again next pre-season?

    • NinjaP

      I think Kelly will be let go when Lane comes back.

      • GEAGLE

        We will trade Dennis before Lane comes back…

        • barneygoogle

          I like D Kelly. Can play guard or tackle. And he’s big and ugly.
          I wonder if Andrew Gardner would go? He’s been a journeyman for five other teams, who let him go. Is he that good?

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah, it will Either be Kelly or Gardner…

            We won’t cut either, we will hold them hostage until someone gives up a pick

  • jshort

    Teddy Williams

  • Joe Minx

    Someone on the EMB just posted that according to his agent, CB Teddy Williams will be signing on to the PS. 26 year old world class sprinter (4.2-something 40) who didn’t play football in college. Has been with Dallas, Arizona, & Indy & moved between WR & CB a few times.

    • Flyin

      Awesome! He has a 51 yd receiving average*!!!

      *Based on 1 career reception

    • mtn_green

      Woah project, prolly train him as wr, pretty thin on the outside.

      • Flyin

        Djax speed with size. Has my approval with the new extra slots on the practice squad.

    • barneygoogle

      Isn’t our TE coach Teddy Williams? How many Ted Williams’ can we handle?

  • Flyin

    Off-topic: With a lot of talk of Brandom Graham possibly being traded this off-season…

    Why did the Eagles pass on Earl Thomas?

    • BlindChow

      Did someone say Earl Thomas?

      • Flyin

        No! It was typed by one of my cats… or it could have been typed by my dog. Looking around for the guilty face…

        • Flyin

          Couldn’t find a guilty party… they all gave me the “told you so” look.

        • McNabbulousness

          fuck it Flyin, if you’re gonna go, go all the way. let it all hang out. join me and my irrational hatred of that selection! we should start some sort of nonprofit to combat picks like that.

          How about the Charity for Horrendously Unexplainable No Good-picks,

          or C.H.U.N.G. for short

      • McNabbulousness

        hhahhahaha you fucker! im the ultimate angry earl thomas bringer-uper! if i would have known this existed i would have brought him up every day without provocation. you sir have just galvanized my resolve!

    • Sean Stott

      Have you been watching the preseason? Brandon Graham has been one of the best pieces of the defense. What are you smoking on?

      • Flyin

        Labrador and Tical

        • GEAGLE

          If you know what TICAL is, you sir are one cool mofo!!

          METHOD(TICAL) Man! Old school bring the pan type ish right there

          • Flyin

            Ever heard of Total Devastion? If not, you tube them and check out songs Many Clouds of Smoke, Cloud Nine and Zooted.

          • Flyin

            Have you ever heard Total Devastation? If not, youtube them and check out the songs: Many Clouds of Smoke, Cloud Nine and Zooted. The whole album is good.

    • Anders

      Shoud I bite or not?

      • GEAGLE

        Don’t do it :)

  • bridgecoach

    Teddy Williams seems to be widely regarded as aspecial teams dynamo. Looks like he is a gunner.

    • Flyin

      good place to start. as we know Chip is is high on teams.

      • bridgecoach

        Greg Garber of ESPN.com wrote a definitive piece on the life and hard times of a gunner in the NFL. It dates back to 2001, but still holds true today. It’s called “The Gunner’s Gauntlet“. Here are a few excerpts:

        “The gunner is the NFL’s dirty little secret, the most thankless, difficult job in a league rife with occupational hazards.”

        “It’s mayhem in about four seconds,” Atlanta special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said. “You want to try to go off a double-team and blow the returner up. It takes a special kind of guy to do that.”

        They are called gunners, fliers, forcers — the Seattle Seahawks call them bullets, which is just about right.

        “I tell them, ‘We’re gonna shoot you out of the gun and we’re gonna go right at the heart of the guy and stab him,’ ” explained Pete Rodriguez, the Seahawks’ [former] special teams coach. “You should have hazard duty pay for that kind of job.”

        “The good ones draw a double-team, known in football parlance as ‘The Vise’ at the line of scrimmage. When the ball is snapped, they attempt to release, generally trying to bend outside or inside the two blockers. If they are lucky enough to get by the Vise, they will probably draw the attention of an inside safety who is the last line of protection for the punt returner. If he’s good enough, the gunner somehow will elude that third blocker and find himself in position to down the ball, force a fair catch or — the dream scenario — make the tackle. Even if the gunner forces the punt returner to run laterally, even for a second, he has successfully disrupted the play. The whole thing involves a 50-yard sprint with numerous diversions and is over in less than 10 seconds.”

    • Jerry Pomroy

      With that speed, tech him how to field kicks pronto.

  • Flyin

    I’m going to step back. I was trying ease the lose of GEAGLE during cutdowns.

    At this point, best to let it play out.

  • Flyin

    Still looking for the delete option

  • sprawl

    “Andrews needs to get bigger and stronger before he even thinks about going against staring competition.”

    Didn’t know you had to be big and strong for a staring competition since Tom Brady is actually pretty good at it despite his lack of top tier size/strength… http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/07/10/patriots-tom-brady-surprises-customers-with-staring-contest/

    “The customers sat down in a booth knowing a staring contest would soon begin, but were caught off guard when the curtain was pulled back to reveal Brady sitting on the other side.”

  • GEAGLE

    Game week!!!

  • Media Mike

    So we, along with everybody else, are looking at a roster with a close to final 53.
    Prediction time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    11-5! Division win, home wild card round win, road divisional round loss. Progress!
    1 – Win vs. Jacksonville (1-0)
    2 – Loss @ Indy (1-1)
    3 – Win vs. Redskins (2-1)
    4 – Win @ San Fran (3-1)
    5 – Win vs. Rams (4-1)
    6 – Win vs. Giants (5-1)
    8 – Loss @ Cards (5-2)
    9 – Win @ Texans (6-2)
    10 Win vs. Panthers (7-2)
    11 Los @ Green Bay (7-3)
    12 Win vs. Titans (8-3)
    13 Loss @ Dallas (8-4)
    14 Loss vs. Seattle (8-5)
    15 Win vs. Dallas (9-5)
    16 Win @ Washington (10-5)
    17 Win @ NYG (11-5)

    Wild card round – Win over Arizona or Chicago

    Division round – Loss @ New Orleans, Green Bay, or Seattle

    As a preface to anybody questioning the win @ San Fran for week 4;
    - Niners D is vastly diminished due to injury, free agent defections, and suspension
    - They’re, according to a few writers such as Evan Silva, planning on having Kaepernick throw a lot more this year because they’ll need to score more often to win. A read one and run guy like Kaepernick who can’t (according to Greg Cosell – who is the leading authority on NFL QB play) make NFL level reads and throw guys open on a consistent basis being asked to throw a lot is a recipe for disaster.

    • A Roy

      I don’t question the win @ SF. I DO question the losses to Indy and (ugh) Dallas. If we lose a game in the division, IMHO it would more likely be in the cold/rain at NY in December once we’ve wrapped up the division.

      • Media Mike

        The Giants are going to be a 4-12 car accident of a football team and our worst football was played vs. Dallas last year. I’m still not sure how we didn’t win more easily in that final game in Dallas last year. I can’t call 6-0 in division.

        Indy, especially because they’ll be able to no-huddle us all game, is going to expose where we’re still not good on D as of yet. That game could totally shake out to a 42-35 loss.

        Luckily the only 3 good QBs we play all year are Luck, Wilson, and Rodgers.

        • A Roy

          I know NY will be bad, but back in the day, Chicago was good for a win vs GB regardless of talent. Could happen that they lose to Dal, but the Dal defense has not gotten better since last year and Phl should have figured out what Dal was doing last year..

      • GEAGLE

        We won’t lose to the colts, Niners or Seahawks…

        We winning those games… Losses will come against let down opponents like Titans, maybe the Rams, packers,… Losing more than 1 division game this year is unacceptable

    • GEAGLE

      NFC championship game loss

      Start season 4-0, wins over jags, @colts, Skins, @niners(McDonald will also miss the eagles game)

      I really I like this schedule because while it’s a difficult schedule it provides some really good tests and opportunity for growth. I like the schedule because we can get off to a good start, and then finish strong and go into the playoffs on fire since in December we will beat the Seahawks at home, and then beat our division rivals the last 3 games..

      Big year!! We won 10 games last year against a crappy schedule..this year we win 12 games against a much tougher schedule… Then again, these season win totals don’t really concern me when I know we will win our division…win the division,and a playoff game and the win totals become insignificant…
      ..
      After this year is over, we will be universally considered one of the NFLs elite teams…

      Get ready to enjoy a top 10 defense…

      • Media Mike

        I’m ok losing at Seattle in the NFC championship game.

        • NinjaP

          I would be more worried about the Saints or Packers. A team with a great QB has a better shot to defeat us than the seahawks imo.

          • Media Mike

            I have us as 4th in the conference behind Seattle, New Orleans, and Green Bay. I think we’d lose to any of those teams in their building.

          • NinjaP

            What makes seattle so good at home, I.E. the 12th man and all that noise is kind of useless against a team that gets its plays from flash cards on the sideline.

          • Media Mike

            That is certainly a part of what they do, but I think you’re underrating the talent on that D and how sneaky-effecient / good Wilson is.

          • GEAGLE

            Agreed… I really don’t fear the Seahawks… Too reliant on the run, and we are equipped to shut run games down!

            I sure as hell don’t want to go play in LAMBAEU in January..

      • Dragon_Eagle

        I’m sticking with 10-6, but hoping for better. I really want us to beat SF and contribute to knocking them out of the playoffs. If they weather the suspension storm and make it to the playoffs near full strength, they are going to be a tough out – at home or not.

        We will need a home divisional game to make it to the NFC championship game. Winning at GB, NO, or Seattle is a tall order – could happen, but I wouldn’t lay money on it now.

        • GEAGLE

          Doubt they can beat us in week 4…. They should really really struggle in September. Maybe they get their shit together around Midseason when they get some guys back an the replacements have some game time under their belt….but they won’t beat us in September..
          ..
          And I KNOW FOles won’t allow Luck to beat him… I know it!!!

          • Dragon_Eagle

            Andrew Luck beat Seattle, SF, and Denver last year.

          • GEAGLE

            But he didn’t beat the rainmaker

          • Anders

            He also lost to the Lams

          • Anders

            The Niners defense has no pass rush and no DL when we play them (Bowman, Smith, McDonald etc. is gonna be out)

          • GEAGLE

            Dorsey will be out, the back up NT Ian is also banged up…
            …Do they have Amad brooks? Or is he injured? Arrested? Holding out? Lol

            2 of 3 of their DL is injured, the healthy one is Justin smith, who I assume age will have to catch up to soon…no?
            ….
            They don’t have Probowl ILB and OLB bowman and Aldon
            ..
            So that means they only have 3 of the 7 Pro Bowl Elite front 7… No way I believe that they have 4 backups so good that they can step in and immediately maintain that level of excellence…
            ,,,
            That front 7 was going to have to compensate for a suspect secondary…

  • Dragon_Eagle

    148 hours to kickoff.

    • Media Mike

      151.5 hours to a blowout victory!

  • GEAGLE

    Kapadia has a must read article up, where he goes around the locker room and asks eagles players who do they view as the breakout player for the eagles this year. Some interesting answers our players gave..

    It’s one thing to name young players like Kendrick, Ertz, Wolff as breakout players, but it find it interesting to see multiple players list Shady..after the year he just had, what the hell is he doing in practice for players to think he is about to reach new heights this year?

    Liked hearing how players expect a big year from Vinny Curry, and Wolff..

    Also liked hearing how Cary Williams is expected to have a big year, and how he has been lockdown all summer…not surprised..philly will learn to love him

    Kelce also was banned a few times. He is already the best center in the league,mgreat to hear he is looking even better….also liked hearing Kelce show Thorfton love, and Cox naming Beau Allen..
    .,,
    Few of our players seem really really impressed with Sproles and Jenkins..

    Great article worth reading, doubt you can find too many better Eagles articles today

    • Dragon_Eagle

      Good article. Here’s the link:

      http://www.phillymag.com/birds247/2014/09/01/players-answer-eagle-ready-break/

      Like the multiple mentions of Tobin.

    • Anders

      He asked big, not just break out, so 1600 rushing yards would still be a big year (same hard for Sproles to breakout, but he can have a big year)

      • GEAGLE

        The article is “which player is ready to BREAK OUT”.. As in, who do they expect to play better than they played last year

        • Anders

          “Which of your teammates has impressed you this summer and is primed for a big/breakout season?”

          • GEAGLE

            I think players are giving two different type of response…
            ….
            You got guys who are answering the question by naming players that didn’t play with last year..like Cox saying Beau Allen, Logan saying Sproles….
            ….
            And players who list the players they played with last year, are saying they will have a BIGGER year… For example. How do you read Barkleys answer and not interpret it as Barkley saying he expects Shady to be even better than last year?… He isn’t saying shady will do what he did last year! he is saying how Shady looks different than last year, better. Working harder, more business like aprroach…

            How is this even debateable?

  • GEAGLE

    Kapernick might have taken Alex smith job…but Alex laughs last, all the way to the bank..

    Skins think Lache Seastrunk is so bad that they won’t even put him on practice squad..

    Micheal Sam won’t be on Rams practice squad…hopefully he makes someone’s practice squad or we will have to hear all the activist groups cry that a kid with 3 sacks in preseason cant even get a practice squad invite.

    • Anders

      I havnt watched the Skins this pre season, but if Seastrunk cant catch or block, he is not really any good even on the PS

      • GEAGLE

        I mean, wasn’t that already known going into the draft?

        I would think the team that drafted him knew he would be a project blocking and catching, and would have to teach him how to do those things…. I mean, who didn’t know he wouldn’t be able to block or catch I itially? I assumed a team that drafted him, would put him on PS and try to teach him those skills…

        But hey, if we will drive ourselves crazy trying to make sense of the skins..
        ….

    • Media Mike

      Smith, although he sucked for his first 4 seasons in the NFL, is correctly being paid on a better contract than Kaep.

  • GEAGLE

    We need to start talking jaguars soon… It’s like the one NFL team I know nothing about….. No clue what their strengths, weakness are.. No clue How we will go about attacking their defense…

    I can name the rookies they drafted these past two years(tho I have no clue how they have been playing. For example, is Cyprien any good? I have no idea..) all I know is they should have taken Lane over Joekel lol..

    I can name their QB, Cecil Short…that’s about it… No idea who they still have, who left, who’s good, what their weakness are…

    Appreciate any jags intel…. I can’t think of another NFL team I’m so clueless about

    • Anders

      The want to run uptempo and run he ball on offense, but Chad Henne is not good.

      The Jags DL should be good this year, but I still think our OL should dominate them, outside of the DL and Cyprien, they do not have a ton of talent so if the OL gets the job done, look for Shady, Ertz and Sproles to have a big night

      • GEAGLE

        Who is their runningback lol… I’m telling you, I’m that clueless when it comes to the jags…
        ..
        Is Cyprien the player everyone expected him to be?

        • Anders

          From what I saw Wolff played better than him last year (but Cyprien had to take the hard jump from FCS to NFL where Wolff played in a good FBS conference), but that little I watched of the Jags pre season, Cyprien looked better. He isnt Mini-Dawkins yet as some people compared him to Dawkins, but you can see the potential once his head stop swimming.

          Looking back, I rather want Ertz+Wolff than Cyprien+random even tho I was a big fan of Cyprien (I still wants Travis Kelce over Ertz despite Ertz looking really good)

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah, Im not willing to part with Ertz…don’t care who else was available in round two…
            ..
            I was real high on Cyprien to, but I haven’t followed his career at all…was he worth being picked ahead of Swearinger?

            Loved Travis Kelce and Gavin Escobar.. Travis is real cool dude too??? I disowned Gavin when he went to the cowboys…

            Coaching, the situation you are placed in is everything…had Chip drafted Escobar, think he would be a dangerous weapon for us…instead he will probably disappear in Dallas..

            Word is Andy expecting big year out of Travis, thinks so highly of him that they didn’t prioritize WR help this offseason…. That team had a horrible offseason. They didn’t lose much, but they did nothing to improve themselves,.its like they just wasted the offseason instead of building on the good year they had..

            Curious to see if BOWE can turn it around with pass happy Andy or if his career is OVER? Supposedly has problems with a finger that he broke like 5 times..

        • Dragon_Eagle

          RB = Toby Gerhart formerly of the Vikes I believe as AP’s backup. Justin Blackmon was a real WR force, but on 1-year(?) suspension. Main Question facing Jags is when does Bortles get to start over Henne. Defense is getting there, acquired some ‘Hawks castoffs including C. Clemens. Expected to improve this year, but 1 year away from challenging for a post-season spot.

          • GEAGLE

            gerhart…think he is over rated..we shut him down easy..

            Don’t remind me of Blacmon. Drafted him in two fantasy leagues last year, dealt with his 4 game suspension, then he comes back, plays out of his mind making me look like a fantasy genius, and then the prick gets suspended for the year….HATE HIM!
            ..
            I hear his career is over. jaguars don’t even stay in contact with him. His jags career is def over, but I fear his NFL career is over too, which is a shame because he is a Beast when he played…. LOL we should have tried to trade the jags Josey for Blacmons rights..

          • Dragon_Eagle

            I take it you’re just joking, because if the Chippah won’t put up with DJax, what makes you think he’d tolerate Blackmon?

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah.. I Agee…. Which makes it crazy how so many people thought Johnny jackass Manziel was the dream QB for Chip…

            Wonder what will be the biggest “problem child” Chip puts up with in his eagles career? Will it go down as Desean? Or down the line when we have an established culture, will we see Chip take chances with talented knucklheads? ..

          • Dragon_Eagle

            I am hopeful that’s Chip’s culture installation gets us to something like what Belichick has established without the extreme authoritarianism (see Wes Welker’s comments) and utter lack of personality (see any press conference with Bill).

          • GEAGLE

            I think we all hope for that…but I’m starting to think that Chip will never have tolerance for it….I don’t really think he can afford to considering how much he asks of his players, from sleep monitors to insane conditioning…

            Lol can you imagine Chip getting the sleep monitor results of Desean Jaccson once a week? Lol

            Chip asks an assistant,, “so did Desean get his 10 hours of sleep this week”
            ..
            Assistant: “you could say that coach…”

            Chip “what’s that supposed to mean?”

            Assistant “he slept a total of 10 hours this week, not 10 hours per night”

  • GEAGLE

    Just a question to kick around….how different would Micheal SAMs career have gone if he didn’t announce he was gay? He really didn’t have a choice because people found out and him being gay was going to get out one way or another…. But how different of a position would he be in today, if he was heterosexual?

    Have to ATleast think he would be a cowboy today if he wasn’t gay,,,no?

    And I’m not someone who thinks highly of his skill set, but team like the cowboy is so bad at that pass rusher spot, that he probably wouldn’t be the worst player on their roster….would love to hear a Jerry jones private convo behind closed doors giving his true opinion on Sam recorded like Donald Sterling…signing Sam comes with a ton of attention, Jerry is the biggest attention whore in sports..how homophobic does he have to be to not sign Sam who isn’t very good, but is probably better than some of the slop there have in Dallas.,,

    • Media Mike

      He’s a high production college player with size / speed measurables that place him in a huge group of guys that the NFL tends to eat up year in and year out.

      I really don’t think the orientation plays into it one way or another.

      • GEAGLE

        Like I said, I don’t think highly of his skill set…but you mean to tell me that Dallas DE’s are better than him?
        ..,
        This is why I wished the first gay player to come out would have been a Top Can’t Miss prospect… I hated that it was a fringe prospect…because even if he doesn’t deserve any spot in the NFL, you will hear activist groups cry homophobia…fringe fans who don’t know anything, see 3 sacks in the preseason will cry bloody murder when he doesn’t find a job…
        ..
        If the first open gay player was a top prospect, it would be easier to gauge if he is being treated fairly or if people are holding his sexual orientation against him

    • Anders

      If you go by just numbers 5-8 people in a locker room is gay and a lot of them are known inside the locker room (and by the FO), its just that its one of the few things that is kept inside the locker room only (together with PEDs etc.).

      So no, its not because he is gay that he went 7th round (Imo he should have went UDFA) or that he has a hard time landing on a PS (undersized, non athletic players is not prime PS candidates)

      • GEAGLE

        This is why I wished the first openly gay player was a top prospect… Be easier to gauge if he was being treated fairly or if his sexual orientation is held against him…

        What’s really a shame is, that like you said, no one really gives a shit…team mates, front offices don’t care, and I don’t think fans care either….it’s just the media that makes it a problem, I hear fans all the time tired of the stories of his sexual orientation….the media single handedly makes this an issue and tougher for gay players, yet they can’t wait to judge a franchise and make sure the gay player is treated fairly..
        ..,
        Like you said, gay players have always been on the NFL, and it has never been an issue…when media Bombards a guys team mates every day with questions of a team mates sexual orientation, than it becomes annoying for players

    • SoCalEaglesFan

      It’s not the teams, it’s ESPN. They will beat Sam’s story like a dead horse wherever he goes. Most organizations don’t want that sort of media scrutiny week after week. Seems to me that Sam does have enough NFL skills to contribute somewhere. Just maybe not enough to be worth the headache of the media trolls.