Practice Talk

Posted: May 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 110 Comments »

The Eagles practiced on Tuesday, but I didn’t get a chance to read all the practice notes from beat writers and comment on them. Let’s do that now.

First, these are OTAs. Some players are rusty. Some are new. You cannot make too much of what happens, good or bad. My interest is more just in trying to get a feel for things rather than trying to make any definitive conclusions.

Wendell Smallwood is a good receiver, per Jimmy Bama.

Wendell Smallwood was not on my radar. In 2015, Smallwood had 26 catches for 160 yards (a low 6.2 YPC average), and a long reception of just 15 yards. Over his college career, he didn’t have a single receiving touchdown.

However, after watching Smallwood in practice at the Eagles’ first OTA session, it’s a lot more clear why the Eagles like him. That guy can catch the football. With Darren Sproles staying away from voluntary practices, Smallwood got a ton of reps, both with the twos and threes. He made the most of his added work, catching at least a dozen passes all over field, some more difficult than others, in the rain. He was very impressive in that regard.

I went back and re-watched Smallwood from earlier in his WVa career, when he would line up in the slot and play some receiver. You could see Smallwood was comfortable running routes and catching the ball away from the LOS. Swings and screens are generally soft passes. Catching the ball in the slot 10 yards up the field is very different. Smallwood can handle all those throws.

More from Bama…Leodis McKelvin is agressive. And vocal.

Leodis McKelvin had a good day. He stripped Josh Huff and had a nice pass breakup down the sideline. After his pass breakup, he loudly yelled obscenities. McKelvin, I should note, wears these super baggy pants during practice. They’re the pants equivalent of Sam Bradford’s sleeves.

You love DBs that play with some attitude. For some reason, that position is one place where having a big mouth and being a bit delusional is a good thing.

Rodney McLeod made his presence known, per Tim McManus.

New Eagles safety Rodney McLeod gets the better of him (Bradford) moments later, though, using good anticipation to jump a Bradford throw and return it for a “pick-six.”

One of the things I like about McLeod is that he can play back and then attack the ball. He has good speed and instincts.

All the writers had good things to say about Sam Bradford’s overall performance. It sounds like he started a bit slow and then got better.

From Jeff McLane.

Daniel hooked up with Celek on a number of downfield throws. The quarterback looked far more familiar with the offense, understandable so. … That being said, Bradford had a strong practice, especially late. He just throws the ball better than the other quarterbacks at this stage.

From McManus.

11:46 — 7-on-7s. Bradford slips a pretty pass between a pair of linebackers and into the mitts of Rueben Randle over the middle. New Eagles safety Rodney McLeod gets the better of him moments later, though, using good anticipation to jump a Bradford throw and return it for a “pick-six.”

Following a Matthews catch from Bradford along the left sideline, a coach yells to the group: “Hustle back!” It’s receivers coach Greg Lewis, who was maybe the most vocal of the coaches Tuesday. Surprised me a bit.

12:19 — Bradford finishes practice on a strong note. Lofts a perfect deep ball to Matthews along the right side, and the receiver hauls it in for a big gain.

I didn’t like the attempt to force the Eagles into a trade, but if Bradford plays well….I think I’ll find it in my heart to forgive him.

No one had anything too compelling to say about Carson Wentz. He looked like a rookie QB just trying to figure things out. I’ll be much more interested in where he is in August. At that point, he’ll have had time to figure out the playbook and to adjust to the speed of an NFL practice. We’ll have a better feel for where he really is at that point.


Jimmy did a fantastic job with depth chart info in his article. Some things stood out to me.

Taylor Hart was a starting DT. This was purely due to Fletcher Cox sitting out. Beau Allen also missed practice. I’m curious if Allen or Hart would have “started” had both been there. Hare was a DE for Chip Kelly, but can play DT in the new scheme.

Connor Barwin is listed as the starting RDE. That put Brandon Graham as the backup at that spot. It will be interesting to see who is the starter in August.

Rookie DT Destiny Vaeao played with the second and third team. He is a big, talented player. He’ll have a chance to win a roster spot this summer.

The Eagles had Jaylen Watkins playing Safety. I do not get that. He is not a good tackler. It is critical for a S to do a good job in run support in this system. I much prefer Watkins at CB in this scheme.

It is very early and this doesn’t mean anything long term, but it is interesting to see what the team is thinking right now.


110 Comments on “Practice Talk”

  1. 1 Practice Talk - said at 11:02 PM on May 18th, 2016:

    […] Tommy Lawlor The Eagles practiced on Tuesday, but I didn’t get a chance to read all the practice notes […]

  2. 2 ProbablyDrunk said at 11:11 PM on May 18th, 2016:

    How sure are you that physicality is necessary for safeties in this scheme? I’d imagine Thurmond would’ve started again if he resigned.

    Always thought it was just an added bonus for Schwartz

  3. 3 Rambo said at 11:38 PM on May 18th, 2016:

    Tommy didn’t say physical, he said “he’s a bad tackler”. I think that’s worse than not being a physical player.

  4. 4 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:47 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Can improve your tackling technique…. Can you really become consistently more physical if it’s not in your nature?

  5. 5 Rambo said at 3:53 PM on May 19th, 2016:


  6. 6 Anders said at 12:46 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Physicality and playing on the edge is a big part of Scwartz defenses. Also with the 1 gap scheme, safeties will have more run support so good tackling is at a focus.

  7. 7 eagleyankfan said at 7:35 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    I don’t agree about Thurmond. IMHO McLeod is a better safety.

  8. 8 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:48 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Rodney is def The better safety… Probably not even close.
    Tho I do appreciate Thurmond stepping up and having a solid year at the position last year, but Rdoney is a different type of animal…. He legitimately gives us one of the top safety tandems in the game
    Brooks and McLeoud should prove to be Brilliant signings, and McKelvin could be an under rated signing ..
    If Rowe takes that next step and makes a big leap in improvement, we could have one of the Bettet secondaries in the league.
    We probably head and shoulders better than the secondaries in our division.
    Giamts have solid CB with DRC, Janoris and Apple…. But there safety position has been a mess.
    Cowboys have an average at best sexondary behind the worst pass rush in the NFL…. Yikes..
    Skins are a player or two away from a complete sexondary

    Having the Best secondary in the division, combined with the best DL in the division, don’t think the Eagles are being ranked accurately in regards to Our rivals

  9. 9 eagleyankfan said at 8:06 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Agreed. Redskins/Cows/G-nats will probably watch some tape on how the DC ran the show the past few years but they really don’t know what’s coming. Kind of wish they started the season with Redskins than Giants instead of waiting until Oct/Nov to play them…

  10. 10 Gian GEAGLE said at 8:09 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Yeah I’d love to play our rivals to start The season, and to end the season…
    September and December should be the rivalry games
    But opening the season against the RG3 Browns should be a fun experience… Love it when we make RG3 look completely Incompetant

  11. 11 eagleyankfan said at 8:11 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    take out a loan against the house and bet it all on the Eagles beating Cleveland week 1.

  12. 12 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:40 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    If we lose to that team, we officially suck at life!
    We don’t have the easiest schedule next year, so we probably can’t afford to lose to the teams we are clearly supposed to beat.
    If a Jim Schwartz defense can’t win us the Browns game, thats pretty sad. Probably won’t see many teams put up less points than the Browns offense next year

  13. 13 anon said at 4:39 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    think RGIII has beaten us more than we’ve beaten him.

  14. 14 ProbablyDrunk said at 4:19 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I just meant they probably wouldn’t sign McLeod IMO if Thurmond was still here

  15. 15 D3FB said at 8:32 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    You don’t have to be Kam Chancellor but you have to be able to run the alley in run support and you absolutely have to make tackles.

    Watkins only real sticking ability is that he can play tight man coverage and stick in a guys hip pocket. Everything else, not so much.

  16. 16 FairOaks said at 12:07 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Seems like a signal that he’s already been surpassed by draft picks or UDFAs at CB.

  17. 17 bill said at 12:52 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Could simply be an experiment to see how much they can rely on him in certain “edge” situations, so that they can adjust game plans later. Andy did stuff like that as late as several games into the season. It’s still really early to read anything into the roster.

  18. 18 Insomniac said at 4:58 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Not really, practices just started. Schwartz runs nickel and dime packages. Watkins is our speediest DB and also played a bit of safety in college. It seems more like experimenting and trying to find which roles guys fit in right now for Schwartz.

  19. 19 wee2424 said at 9:33 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    In the wide 9 the safeties are going to have to provide run support a lot. Watkins is not a player capable of doing that at even a somewhat solid level. He has trouble tackling WR’s yet alone RB’s running right at him.

    This is the reason why many were advocating for a big S. Same as a thumper of a MLB.

    The D will be alot better then 2012, but part of the problem of the D then was that our safeties were asked to take on RB’s more then the average D and they were incapable of doing so.

  20. 20 bentheimmigrant said at 3:49 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Practice! We’re talking about practice.


  21. 21 Media Mike said at 4:59 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Good to see the guys out there running around and getting some work done. I take all of what goes on outside of the pre-season games as static, but I’m happy they’re back at work.

  22. 22 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:48 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    This may be more important, and the preseason games might be the real “static” at least when starting playërs are concerned

  23. 23 Media Mike said at 5:45 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I’m more talking when it comes to deciding what guys stay and who they cut.

  24. 24 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:50 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Yeah preseason is definitely more valuable for the backups/depth, but probably way too misleading for the starters.. Still we are a country of football crakheads who won’t miss a minute of the preseason regardless

  25. 25 Media Mike said at 5:53 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Yeah, I don’t need the starters doing anything buy learning how to play well together. I need that game tape to evaluate who should ultimately start in open positions and to see what guys have really earned jobs.

  26. 26 eagleyankfan said at 7:45 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    “I didn’t like the attempt to force the Eagles into a trade, but if Bradford plays well….I think I’ll find it in my heart to forgive him.” — I won’t. He can say all the right things, he can show he’s not annoyed — but deep down, Bradford doesn’t want to be here(as much). IF HR caved, we would have been reading how ecstatic Bradford is in Denver. I’m off the Bradford train. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t have Avant/LB Mathews/Reggie Brown HATE on Bradford. He’s just there…
    Great to see some football even at OTA’s. Hoping Smallwood pans out to be effective. Still wonder who the Eagles had rated as their 1st choice. Pederson(or was it HR) who commented a few went off the board before they picked. I still hope BM makes an impact somewhere to make the team – even if it’s PS.
    My nagging question — which jersey to buy? I’ve refused to buy one the last year or so – but it’s time. Narrowed down to Hicks/JM/Fletcher. I guess if the Eagles signed Fletcher today, I’d buy his jersey today.

  27. 27 Gian GEAGLE said at 7:50 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Can’t go wrong with Cox…. His jersey will become a classic that you can wear 10 years from now….. Going to grow into an alltime Eagles great.
    Can’t go wrong with Wentz, J-Matt, Vinny Curry is an underrated jersey
    Jason Peters would also become a classic jersey, dude will be inducted into the hall of fame as an Eagle

  28. 28 eagleyankfan said at 8:00 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    That is true. Can’t go wrong with Peters. Different choices from a few years ago when buying Shady/DJ/5 jerseys. Last defensive jerseys were Asante/Nnamdi/S. Bradley — not the best of choices on my part. Except for Asante..he was fun to watch – even when he jumped a bunch of plays and got burnt…lol.

  29. 29 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:09 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I also don’t really see too many Jason Peters jerseys around…. For one of the best Eagles of the past 20 years it’s not as common of a jersey as one would think.. I can probably count on two hands the number of times I have seen a fan with a Peters jersey
    I have a Kiko Jersey, can’t find a bigger waste of money than that

  30. 30 BreakinAnklez said at 2:26 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I have a TO with Avant duck taped over it

  31. 31 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:28 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    You should put another piece of duct tape over it and turn it into a Jordan Mathews 🙂

  32. 32 D3FB said at 8:30 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Vinny Curry

  33. 33 eagleyankfan said at 3:48 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I’m not sure which I like more… the dance or watching Eli get up off the carpet….

  34. 34 Gian GEAGLE said at 8:03 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Spelled emphatically denies rumor that he wants a new contract…. Be great if he is telling the truth and he simply is staying away to spend some time with the family while preserving his legs

  35. 35 Isaac said at 12:48 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Sproles did the same thing last year.
    Skipped OTAs

  36. 36 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:50 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Did he really? You sure about that? Wouldn’t chip throw a temper tantrum if a player DIDNT come to OTA’s? I thought we had perfect attendance for the most part with the exception of Mathis which is why we ended up cutting him?

  37. 37 Isaac said at 12:52 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    yep. here’s the story.

    this linked was posted in yesterday’s thread with another one, too.

  38. 38 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:53 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Thank you sir

  39. 39 Isaac said at 12:53 PM on May 19th, 2016:


  40. 40 bill said at 12:58 PM on May 19th, 2016:
    That’s a 2 second google search, so it’s not the best explanation, but it seems that he did miss some of OTAs.

  41. 41 Aaron said at 8:04 AM on May 19th, 2016:


  42. 42 eagleyankfan said at 8:07 AM on May 19th, 2016:


  43. 43 eagleyankfan said at 8:10 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    meaningless…. but have the Eagles at 7….

  44. 44 Bert's Bells said at 8:37 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Mostly glad we don’t have to call it “training” anymore.

  45. 45 ChoTime said at 10:31 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Sneaky attempt to rehabilitate Jimmy’s image among the ravenous hatahs. Go Jimmy!

    I don’t care how well Sammy plays. He’s dead to me. He–asked to be traded. He’s a horrible person, probably tortures dogs, probably pulls the wings off butterflies, probably listens to Justin Bieber. Plus he signed the contract DINT he? He’s the most awfullest horriblest person in the world. He tried to leave the Eagles and you know what they say about–what was it– an Eagles fan scorned? I mean–the guy missed _a week_ of practice. Never surrender, never retreat. I will hold on to this ingot of hate deep in my heart, put it next to my collection of hate-fetishes and let it simmer for all my bittah life. Plus, he’s rich and it’s okay for Trump to be rich but not $ammy. Down with the Sleeves!

  46. 46 Rellihcs said at 12:23 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    So when real games start, and some QB on the Eagles starts throwing passes to Eagles players, you won’t care how well that QB plays? Seems odd coming from an Eagles fan to me.

    I don’t care about Sam Bradford’s feelings much. But I do care how he plays as long as it’s in a birds uniform. I hope he plays well and the team wins games.

    Meanwhile, I hope Wentz develops very well and is a great QB of the future for the team.

  47. 47 ChoTime said at 1:23 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    It was meant to be totally sarcastic, Rellihcs, a shot across the bow of the sour-grapes fans that are making such a big deal out of a relatively innocuous incident.

    Sam hasn’t done enough for me to like him or hate him. I’ll take great QB play from any Eagles QB, whether it’s him, Wentz, Daniels, or Chip Kelly coming out of retirement to show us how it’s done.

  48. 48 Rellihcs said at 1:29 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Ha, duly noted. I went light on the coffee today and that was a poor decision.

  49. 49 GermanEagle said at 1:59 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Coffee twice a day reduces risks of colon cancer by 30%. Always remember.

  50. 50 The original AG said at 6:39 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I’d never sleep.

  51. 51 GermanEagle said at 6:34 AM on May 20th, 2016:

    Have them in the morning and at lunch time. Also coffee is seen as a great digestive in countries like Italy and France.

  52. 52 eagleyankfan said at 3:39 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Please Rellihs — never voice your opinion on a blog … because it goes against all the blog rules. Only “love” posts allowed and no hate posts. Also, there is a dress code, please dress appropriately. Never step out of line because it’ll be the ruler across the knuckles. Prior to posting an opinion — please ask if your opinion matches “his” because otherwise its wrong wrong wrong….the rules apply even if your commenting on an article that was just written…
    ps…must be half day at school today ….if you don’t follow the rules — somehow you get attached to a troll…

  53. 53 usmcnole said at 8:36 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    This waz quite poetic. Thank you

  54. 54 GermanEagle said at 10:48 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Hold on, I always thought Sammy B. blows?!?

    Most accurate QBs under pressure in 2015:

    1. Sam Bradford, 74.6%
    2. Carson Palmer, 72.2%
    3. Russell Wilson, 71.6%
    4. Philip Rivers, 71.0%

  55. 55 ACViking said at 11:02 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Maybe coupling this data with the associated YPA for “attempts under pressure,” for example, would tell the reader far.

  56. 56 GermanEagle said at 11:36 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    True. Don’t believe any stats that you didn’t fudge by yourself.
    However Sammy haters will always be haters.
    Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t think he’s anything more than an above average QB at best, however he gives us the best chances to win the frigging NFC East this season.

  57. 57 bentheimmigrant said at 11:46 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Yeah, I’ve largely agreed with the Birds this offseason. My priority was to both re-sign and replace Bradford.

  58. 58 Julescat said at 12:36 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Bradford birthed a whole new legion of haters with his antics this off season.

    don’t blame the fans

  59. 59 GermanEagle said at 1:49 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Totally understood. I was talking about ex Sammy P. Tirades.

  60. 60 P_P_K said at 3:55 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I was very impressed with Bradford’s toughness in the second half of last season. I was not impressed with his defeatism this off-season.

  61. 61 anon said at 11:36 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    That we don’t have John Brown on this team?

  62. 62 ACViking said at 12:21 PM on May 19th, 2016:


    Maybe not.

    Depends was the data show. Right?

  63. 63 Forthebirds said at 11:18 AM on May 19th, 2016:

    Don’t throw fact s at the Sammy haters. They think he stinks, is a coward, and has made the unforgivable mistake of demanding a trade. The demand was petulant, but his explanation of wanting long term stability is understandable, I am not convinced yet that he can be anything more than an above average QB, but I hope he prooves me wrong, I hope he has a great season and makes it difficult for the team to move on, Hey Sammy, I forgive you,. Now go out there and increase your trade value,

  64. 64 Julescat said at 12:35 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    is it hard to defend a cry baby that is getting paid something like $14 million this year?

  65. 65 Gian GEAGLE said at 12:44 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Dude missed like 23 hours of padless practice, cry me a river build a bridge and get over it

  66. 66 Julescat said at 3:02 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    he tried to back the eagles into a corner by accepting little to no compensation plus pay the bulk of his salary because he can’t compete with a rookie.

    At least he could have offered to give back his signing bonus but he was too big of a crybaby

  67. 67 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:13 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Yes I know what Happened… Im tired of hearing him cry, and im tired of hearing Eagles fans cry, and most of all I need break from his agent crying…. I’d like to move forward with the QB that gives us the best chance of enjoying this next season, since it’s clear he isn’t being traded or benched at this point and our division is completely up for grabs,… After the last two Taxing seasons, I need a fun season, and continuing to harp on something that Happend in late April that lasted like 10 days is a bit much… By now, everyone has,vented, ripped and showed their displeasure with Bradfords behavior…time to move on
    If continuing to cry over the same drama would accomplish anything, I’d be joining you. But its in our best interest to move on

  68. 68 Bert's Bells said at 3:41 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    An NFL player can’t “give back his signing bonus”. What would offering to do the impossible accomplish?

  69. 69 Forthebirds said at 9:05 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Yes it is hard defending him because I don’t like how he reacted. But I understand his position and I don’t think he a crybaby or the amount he earns is relevant.

  70. 70 ACViking said at 12:44 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    What exactly are the key characteristics of a “Sammy Hater”?

    The “hater” term gets tossed around so freely that it’s impossible to know what qualifies someone.

    Or is it a “I know it when I see it” sort of thing — making the “hater” term completely worthless.

    For some folks on this blog (at least one) . . .

    If you disagree, you’re a “hater” or jackass or DOnkey.

    I’m looking for something more intellectually based.

  71. 71 ChoTime said at 1:20 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Hater, from “playa-hater”, means someone who attacks another because of envy.
    Because most of the criticism around Sammy centers on his already being rich, it is “hatin”.
    My consistent criticism of him last year was based on his bad advanced stats, his penchant for short, stat-stuffing, drive-killing throws, and the fact that his no-name backups (in STL) did just as well as him.
    Thus, legitimate criticism and not “hatin”.

    I can’t speak to DOnkey…

  72. 72 anon said at 1:54 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    For me it’s people that recognize that OL was bad, WRs dropped a ton of balls, offensive scheme was bad, we got very little running back production, sammy dollaz had no offseason and was his first year into a scheme and then want to blame sammy for his “advanced stats” as if all the other things weren’t a factor.

    For me sammy passed the eye-test in the latter half of the season, i was a sammy dollaz hater until Mark Sanchez played. But Sammy stood in the pocket and took hits, and delivered strikes you could see him growing into the offense. Be nice to have seen him be able to go 2 years in the same scheme, i’m sure he’d love to spend 2 years in the same scheme, hasn’t been that lucky..

  73. 73 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:04 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Definitely showed more tôughness last year than I knew he had in him.
    There was a lot to be optimistic about from his performance last year. It was NOT good enough, but that was probably to be expected considering the real factors/circumstances he had to deal with…. I mean who the hell gets traded to a new team, having to learn a brand new offense, with brand new teammates, yet only get a month to Practice before the season starts?.. You have ZERO Chance of playing your best ball under those circumstances. And it’s even worse Consideromg he barely even played the past two years..
    In spite of all that, he got better and better as the season unfolded, while everything around him crumbled more and more…
    If all Bradford is capable of is the level of play he showed last year, he won’t be good enough. But no one in their right mind, trying to judge this situation fairly can think that it’s even possible that we could have seen the very best he was capable of last year…. Hopefully he proves that this year, elevates his game, wins us a crappy division, while increasing his trade value

  74. 74 Gian GEAGLE said at 5:44 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Correction: $ammy Dollaz

  75. 75 Lord of the Rings said at 2:44 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    ha donkey is a term I’ve only heard to refer to people out in the water trying to surf that are dangerous to everyone around. there are lots of donkeys out there. brah

  76. 76 ACViking said at 5:38 PM on May 19th, 2016:


    “there are lots of donkeys out there. brah.”

    Classic stuff.

  77. 77 ACViking said at 5:38 PM on May 19th, 2016:


    Nice work. Thanx

  78. 78 Lord of the Rings said at 2:43 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    yeah its certainly not fair to criticize someone because of the money they’ve made. someone offered it to him he didn’t have a gun to anyone’s head.
    he got lucky no need for people to even bring up the money IMO.
    what’s that have to do with anything really? it’s not his fault he got paid and then got hurt. and there are plenty of players that made money and didn’t live up to it. that’s the nature of the game. People hated on mcnabb too. and he actually earned some paychecks.
    so this is philly there is no winning, whining or wallowing.

  79. 79 Forthebirds said at 8:54 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    A hater is someone who engages in racist or antisemitic statements or other forms of bigotry, such as homophophic statements as Hataboy did on a board yesterday regarding Darren Sproles or Gus Grissum’s many posts regarding Sam Bradford, Lurie, and Roseman. Some of the really personal attacks on Sam border on hate. I don’t think everyone who thinks he is not a good QB, is way overpaid for what he has accomplished, or thinks his brief holdout shows a lack of character is a hater. One person did say he hates Sam because he demanded a trade, so I guess that qualifies him as a hater. I teach at a college. My students use the term hater a lot. I aked one what that meant. He said someone who wants you to fail. People who engage in personal attacks, I think, are haters,. Maybe that stretches it a bit. But if you say, Sam has never had a winning season, has anyone lifetime 81 passers-by rating, so he sucks, you are not a hater. Sorry for the long answer, but you made me think about what I meant. I don’t like to use terms loosely or accuse people of hating because they disagree with my view of Sam.

  80. 80 Cafone said at 2:26 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Sam Badford

  81. 81 eagleyankfan said at 3:42 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    What are his numbers not under pressure? just wondering to see the whole picture…
    Sounds like he did very well the second half the season too compared to the first half. Maybe he’s on the right path. Time will tell….

  82. 82 Gian GEAGLE said at 4:10 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Stats are nice, but its probably not enough to accurately evaluate the QB position.., there are 10 other players who factor into the results of each play, so to really be able to accurately evaluate the play of a QB, requires so much work that it’s probably not realistic to expect the media to be able to provide an accurate picture unless the QB was so great that an 8yr old could see it, or a complete Trainwreck. Numbers aren’t enough when it comes to the QB position.
    The only way to get a complete picture of how a QB performed is to, isolate the QB from the rest of the players, and watch how he performs Independant of the rest of the players on each and every play… You probably also need to know the design and how each play you are looking at is supposed to work… So accurately evaluating Bradfords play from last year is hard enough to do for our new coaching staff that doesn’t know exactly how each play was supposed to work… So if it’s hard enough for our coaches to get an accurate Evaluation, we Probably can’t expect the media or statisticians to be able to provide an accurate evaluation of what level SAM played at last year.
    There are times when we view A QB as a Failure even tho he did everything exactly right and it wasn’t his fault the play Wasnt a success, and im sure there are plenty of times when we view a play as a success and praise bradford for it, even tho he messed up and a teammate bailed him out… These things happen all the time and effect the stats we are given
    Easy to know when a QB was Fantastic, or when he was Horrible… But get an accurate evaluation of the middle of the pact QBs is probably the hardest thing in sports for media to try and evaluate.. So while Its nice to see positive stats attached to our QB, it Probably ISNT the most accurate evaluation of his play last year

  83. 83 Sean Stott said at 12:25 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I always thought Graham looked better as LDE than RDE anyway

  84. 84 Greg Richards said at 12:38 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Watkins seemed to be better at tackling after he returned on waivers after being on BUF’s PS.

  85. 85 Insomniac said at 4:48 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Really now? Watkins was by far the most sticky CB we had last year if he can actually tackle better then we’ll have our #2 CB.

  86. 86 Gian GEAGLE said at 2:06 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    BGN has an excellent article talking in detail about Jordan Mathews young career to date.. Good read
    And if anyone has a link to yesterday’s RG3 article, please post it, it’s a fantastic read for those that haven’t seen it… It goes into detail about his fall from Grace in Washington. Kid has been a victim of his own ego.

  87. 87 P_P_K said at 3:52 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Matthews seems like a fine guy so it’s easy to cheer for him. Hopefully, he really hits his stride this year and fulfills his potential. There have been flashes but he’s far from consistent.

  88. 88 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:57 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    He absolutely still has more improving to do to become the WR we need him to be. But his first two seasons are more promising than he seems to get credit for. Doubt anyone can say he has reached his ceiling, and he is young player who we can trust in his work ethic to continue and realize more of his potential… Inconsistent ISNT exactly rare for a kid in his first or second season.
    He shouldn’t be treated as if he has arrived already, but some of the limitations fans are so quick to put on him sound silly.
    Check out the BGN article if you haven’t,,, very informative article, one of the better ones I have seen on that site

  89. 89 P_P_K said at 4:17 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I’m right with you. Put me in Matthews camp, for sure. I will admit, though, his sophomore season was disappointing to me as I had been expecting more from him after his very promising rookie year. With his attitude, work ethic, and experience, I look forward to a very successful season this year.

  90. 90 Gian GEAGLE said at 4:24 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Unfortunatly we can say that too many of our players had Dissapointing seasons last year. Hopefully we see some of them bounce back in a big way..
    I have faith that Jordan and Agholar will eventually get to the level we need them to reach. Knucklheadded Huff is the real question in my mind… Be a big boost if Greg Lewis can save him from being a bust. I think we can expect obvious improvements from Jordan and Nelson this year. Hopefully the same can be said of Huff, but I don’t have the most faith in him…

  91. 91 P_P_K said at 7:28 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Huff is a huge question mark. I can see hiim going either way. I’d put money on Jordan having a big year. Agholar, I’m hopeful but not wagering the farm on him. I’m also hoping Randle can hit his groove in Eagles green.

  92. 92 The original AG said at 6:42 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    That does sound interesting, do you remember the author or site?

  93. 93 The original AG said at 6:43 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Found it:

  94. 94 Gian GEAGLE said at 8:14 AM on May 20th, 2016:

    Good read ISNT it?

  95. 95 meteorologist said at 3:09 PM on May 20th, 2016:


  96. 96 Gian GEAGLE said at 3:24 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Ramsey hurt his knee today…. jags fans probably seeing flashbacks of Fowler. Hope he is ok, very much looking forward to watching the Jags defense this year… And I love Allen Robinsons game
    If only they would change those God aweful uniforms. How any Human being could think that those uniforms are an upgrade baffles me. Is there an uglier Jersey?

  97. 97 ACViking said at 5:35 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Meniscus tear is what Jack had.

    Not necessarily simple.

  98. 98 GermanEagle said at 6:59 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    It’s supposed to be a slight tear. But then in the end it’s still the Jags. Bless them.

  99. 99 Aaron said at 5:52 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    duke gets bolden too, wow

  100. 100 anon said at 5:54 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    you think those kids talk when they’re deciding where to go?

  101. 101 Media Mike said at 6:00 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Shame on every basketball program in the state of Texas for not handling their recruiting business.

  102. 102 GermanEagle said at 5:53 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    2 years down the line Philly will be the most successful professional sports town in this country.

  103. 103 Media Mike said at 5:58 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    It already is. And anybody who wants to argue against that is welcome to be beaten to a pulp at any one of our tailgates!

  104. 104 GermanEagle said at 6:58 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Preach, father, preach!!

    – Eagles will be Super Bowl contenders – thanks to a dominant D and Carson

    – Phillies already have a good team and will only get better.

    – Sixers have the #1 OVR draft pick and Embiid!

    – Flyers

    Bam !!

  105. 105 Media Mike said at 7:00 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    The 4 teams could go winless for a decade and we’d still be the best!

  106. 106 GermanEagle said at 7:01 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    True. But I’m a honestly believing in Karma. And since it’s supposed to be a bitch Philly will rule the sports world. Just watch out.

  107. 107 Rambo said at 11:13 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Kenjon Barner will be our starting runningback and leading rusher in 2016. Media Mike will give in and purchase his jersey. Sam ditches the long sleeves mid-season and we go on a 10 game winning streak to take the Lombardi!!

  108. 108 A_T_G said at 6:52 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    I don’t like to point out your inaccuracies, Tommy, but I feel I must:

    “You cannot make too much of what happens, good or bad.”

    This cannot be true; I saw other writers who have constructed their 53 man rosters off of this very information.

    “No one had anything too compelling to say about Carson Wentz. He looked like a rookie QB just trying to figure things out. I’ll be much more interested in where he is in August.”

    Again, no reason to wait. Nothing compelling to say says it all. Bust.

    “Rookie DT Destiny Vaeao played with the second and third team. He is a big, talented player. He’ll have a chance to win a roster spot this summer.”

    It only seems that way to us. Destiny’s future has already been predetermined.

    Let’s go, Tommy. I know it is the offseason, but things need to tighten up around here.

  109. 109 P_P_K said at 7:33 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    Right you are A_T_G.
    Dont forget: “Jimmy did a fantastic job with depth chart info in his article.” Pulitzer for Kempski.

  110. 110 Aaron said at 7:22 PM on May 19th, 2016:

    duke gets bolden, thats 5, 5 stars