Tag:Philadelphia Eagles
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:55 am

Hot Routes 9.4.10 nobody getting cut in this post

Posted by Andy Benoit

How in the world does Ndamukong Suh get fined only a $7,500 for that assault on Jake Delhomme? If you haven’t seen the video yet, click here.

Along these lines, Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has a brilliant idea: start fining players a percentage of their salary. $7,500 is chump change for Suh. But for an undrafted free agent (like, say, Erin Henderson?), it can be a blow.

Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and won’t be ready for Week 1. In fact, Week 2 might be iffy at this point, as well.

Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini had a meeting beforehand to discuss how best to use Montario Hardesty in Cleveland’s preseason finale Thursday night. They decided that, because Hardesty had missed so much time, a heavy workload was best. Obviously, if they knew then what they know now, they wouldn’t have given Hardesty any workload that night.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall was the victim of a small prank in the team’s preseason finale Thursday night.

Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant shook hands and made amends prior to the Dolphins-Cowboys game Thursday night.

The Washington Redskins apparently gave John Beck the Kellen Clemens treatment. Sounds like he took a pay cut.

Are we really supposed to believe that the Rams still haven’t made a decision about their Opening Day starting quarterback?

Josh Freeman appears to be on target for a Week 1 return.

Titans outside linebacker David Thornton will start the season on PUP. He’s lucky – a few months ago, speculation was he wouldn’t even make the team.

Eagles center Jamaal Jackson says there is a 99.9 percent chance he’ll play in the Season Opener. That’s remarkable. Jackson tore his ACL in Week 16 last year.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:02 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 10:05 pm

A couple of suspicious trades...

Posted by Andy Benoit

A story about two rookie late-round picks getting traded for one another rarely creates a ripple. But when those rookie late-rounders get cut almost immediately after the trade, it’s worth noting. Why? Because when a team cuts a player the same year they drafted that player, that team is required to put 85 percent of the player’s salary into a rookie pool. The money from the pool goes back to rookies early next year based on the number of downs played in 2010.

But when a player is traded and then cut by his new team, no money goes into the pool. In other words, teams circumvent the rule.

This is why the NFLPA is closely examining two recent trades made by the Redskins and Rams. The Redskins sent sixth-round pick Dennis Morris to the Rams for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick. The Rams sent fifth-round pick Hall Davis to the Redskins for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick.

Shanahan said that Morris was traded because he wasn’t going to make the 53-man roster. But, apparently, neither was Davis. The Redskins cut Davis one day after acquiring him. If you don’t believe they were trying to avoid paying 85 percent to the rookie pool, then, by default, you believe that they traded  for a guy and, after just one practice, determined he wasn’t going to make their team.

Morris is still on the Rams roster, but that could change Saturday.

The Cardinals and Eagles also pulled off a similar trade. The Cardinals swapped sixth-round rookie Jorrick Calvin for Philly’s sixth-rounder, Charles Scott. Both are still on their new rosters…for now.

Again, the NFLPA is examining both situations. If it’s determined that these four teams are pulling a fast one (and, honestly, it appears fairly obvious that they are) then it will be interesting to see whether there will be any repercussions. It could just wind up leading to a few more paragraphs in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Cardinals trade Reggie Wells to Eagles

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Arizona Cardinals finally got their man off the trading block. Nope, not Matt Leinart – offensive lineman Reggie Wells. The versatile veteran has been traded to the Eagles for an undisclosed draft pick. R. Wells

It’s curious why the Cardinals were eager to deal Wells. He started every game over the past five seasons and is capable of operating at all four non-center positions up front. Wells has struggled at times in pass protection, but he’s always offered solid mobility in the ground game. Plus, it's not like the Cardinals have the most reliable guys replacing Wells. Right guard Deuce Lutui loses control of his weight every so often, and right tackle Brandon Keith has never played meaningful snaps at the NFL level.

The Eagles could look to make Wells a starter. They’ll likely continue to go with oversized Todd Herremans at left guard (even though Herremans has trailed off from his near-Pro Bowl form of ’07). At right guard, however, Stacy Andrews has struggled to pick up Philly’s system and blocking techniques, and he hasn’t been the same since blowing out his knee in 2008.

If Wells doesn’t capture Andrews’s job, he’ll surely be the offensive line’s sixth man.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 9:57 pm

'Guls' Jackson and Cole, Chiefs' Charles injured

Posted by Will Brinson

Not a great game for anyone involved in the Chiefs - Eagles game on Friday night -- Kevin Kolb's first half was "meh" to say the least, the Chiefs appeared turnover prone, and Jamaal Charles, Trent Cole and DeSean Jackson left the game with an injury.

Jackson caught a four-yard screen pass from Kevin Kolb on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage (which followed a Charles fumble that was recovered by Cole) and got absolutely rocked by rookie safety Eric Berry. It was one of those hits where you see the ballcarrier headed to the ground, see a red flash come flying and then hear a noise on the television that creates a reaction loud enough to make the people in the other room wonder what you accidentally stabbed yourself with.

Jackson actually left with an "upper back injury " -- and will not return -- but it probably has something to do with Berry compressing his spine -- when you hear the hit tomorrow on replay, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Cole left later and while he won't return, the X-rays on his ankle were negative, which is certainly good news for the Eagles.

The Chiefs got even better news: according to Josh Looney of Chiefs Insider , Charles -- who hurt his elbow in what our own Dave Richard referred to as a "serious" looking injury -- is "back out and in full uniform on sidelines" to begin the second half.

So, good for the Chiefs, temporarily bad for the Eagles, although there's always the chance that neither injury ends up being too serious. We'll keep you updated as we hear more.

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:32 pm

Friday's preseason action: what/why to watch

Posted by Andy Benoit

Four preseason games on the docket tonight – all considered “dress rehearsals” for Week 1. Here’s what/why to watch.

Falcons @ Dolphins

You have brothers Peria and John Jerry squaring off. You have cornerback Benny Sapp’s highly-anticipated Dolphins debut. You have a forecast for rain (which, in Miami this time of year, usually means a downpour).

Strictly football-wise, Dolphins young cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Sean Smith have struggled this preseason. If they have another rough night, you may start to here serious whispers of concern coming out of South Beach.

Redskins @ Jets

There’s always the Haynesworth watch (which is a reason to tune in for the postgame coverage, as well). There’s also the Hard Knocks drinking/gambling game (predicting which plays make it on next week’s episode of Hard Knocks – the payout from this obviously has to wait until Wednesday night, but you can lay the groundwork for it now).

Donovan McNabb is not playing, which means you get to see Rex Grossman square off against Rex Ryan’s defense. Watching Grossman at the line of scrimmage against the swarming Jets will be like watching a rattled foreigner ask for directions in the middle of oncoming traffic. Should be entertaining.

Chargers @ Saints (8:00 ET, CBS)

We’d play the “Drew Brees versus his former team” angle here, but one has to assume Brees’s Super Bowl ring – and San Diego’s lack of Super Bowl rings – makes that rivalry somewhat of a dead issue. Especially in the preseason.

So, instead, we’ll watch this game to once again see how the Charger offense performs without star left tackle Marcus McNeil and wide receiver Vincent Jackson. For most fans, this will also be the first glimpse of first-round rookie running back Ryan Mathews.

Eagles @ Chiefs

Some are saying Matt Cassel has something to prove and a chip on the shoulder and whatever else it is that athletes supposedly find for motivation. Tonight will be Cassel’s truest test thus far in Charlie Weis’ system.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 4:29 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 4:30 pm

DeSean Jackson breaks long silence

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson hasn’t spent much time talking to the media this training camp. And by “hasn’t spent much time” I mean he’s declined from making comments on just about everything.

So, when he talks, it’s somewhat newsworthy.

"I'm just here to play football," Jackson told reporters, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, breaking his long silence. "All that other stuff, I could care less about, I have a job to do."

OK, that quote wasn’t especially newsworthy. But he did mention that despite his want of a new contract, he’s only concerned with helping the Eagles win.

“I’m here to win games and to be a team player and to do everything I can to encourage my guys (to) go out there and just be successful and win games,” he said. “That’s all I care about,"

He also gave praise to new QB Kevin Kolb, who replaced Donovan McNabb.

"We haven’t lost a step since he’s come in and been the man,” Jackson said.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:25 pm

Brandon Graham seals the deal

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Graham (US Presswire)
We knew the Eagles were high on rookie defensive end Brandon Graham. After all, in the Draft they traded up from No. 24 to select him at No. 13 despite already having three quality ends on the roster (Trent Cole, Juqua Parker, Daryl Tapp). Still, it’s surprising – almost shocking, even – to hear Jordan Raanan of CSNPhilly.com report that the ex-Michigan Wolverine has already snagged the starting end job opposite the two-time Pro Bowler Cole.

"I moved up on the depth chart to the 1's now," Graham said Tuesday. "I had the most production on the D-line (according to the grades from the Cincinnati game). That was the biggest thing. I don't really worry about that stuff. I just came back and saw the depth chart and they had me with the 1's.

"It was exciting. I just know now I have to keep it. I can't be going back and forth."

Parker is part of the tiny handful of Eagles who are in their 30s, but it’s not like the man is slowing down. In fact, he’s coming off the best season of his career. Plus, the Eagles have never been big on rushing rookies into the starting lineup right away.

But Graham has been dominant in the preseason and equally impressive in practice. He’s versatile enough to play inside or outside.

Parker has been used primarily as a run-stopping end in camp. He’s still expected to contribute off the bench, though in the NFL, a run-defending specialist who doesn’t start usually turns out to be a run-defending specialist who doesn’t play very much.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 12:32 pm

McNabb gets a few things off his chest

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Washington QB Donovan McNabb has a few interesting things to say in the new edition of GQ .

Here are some of his thoughts (and, of course, my responses in bold ):

On the ridicule he took in 2008 when he admitted he didn’t know that if both teams went scoreless in overtime, the game would end in a tie (for the record, I was at the 13-13 game against the Bengals, and it was hands down, the worst contest featuring professionals I’ve ever seen).

The media wants you to be honest and up front with them, and then when you are, they just throw the dagger at you. "Oh, what was he thinking?" There were a lot of responses from other players who said the same thing I did, and then when the referee tells you, "Hey, you get another five minutes to go after this quarter…" Nobody talks about that.

You're in the game and the ref…?

We're in the game, and we go off on third and out, they're out there, and I'm like, "Hey, we need to get this thing going, how much time is left?" I'm looking at the clock and the ref is like, "We've got another five minutes afer this quarter if no one scores." I didn't think nothing of it, but I did hear it. It was a mistake on my part. I've got to know the rules.

OK, so maybe an official gave him faulty information. But it’s still hard to believe – as it was when he first said it two years ago – that McNabb wouldn’t know a rule as elementary as that. Yes, ties are rare. But still, he should have known that games can actually end that way. He deserved to hear criticism about that.

After he was benched in 2008, how did he and coach Andy Reid repair their relationship?

“I had a meeting set up with Andy and [owner] Jeffrey Lurie after the season. We sat down and talked, and I got everything off my chest from '99 on. It went all the way back to the T.O. situation, it went back to us not winning big games, me being criticized for whatever, leadership, whatever it may be, and how no one in the organization ever stepped up and said anything. They'll say something to you in the building, but not publicly. My feeling was, 'I'm out here getting cut up, where are you? I'm always defending and helping you guys, but where's that support?' I thought it was beneficial, because you can sit there and tell somebody you truly love them, you're a big fan, your family loves you, but what about when we're over here in the hot seat, where are you now?

I agree with him. I think McNabb unfairly was a lightning rod during his time in Philadelphia. It goes back to the booing he received during the 1999 Draft (by the way, from looking at that video, there can’t be anything much lamer than painting your face and wearing shoulder pads during the freakin’ NFL Draft).

Did he puke during Super Bowl XXXIX?

No, at no point did I throw up. I got hit and dumped on my face a couple of times…we lost Todd Pinkston…we all were gassed, and there were a couple of times in the game where I got hit either by [linebacker Teddy (sic)] Bruschi or by [defensive end Richard] Seymour, I had grass in my helmet and maybe I lost my wind a little bit, but nothing to the point where I would come out of the game. People can run that game back and forth and find out that I wasn't throwing up, but I guess it's a sexy topic to talk about.”

The question here: do you take Terrell Owens or Donovan McNabb at his word? Me? I’m going with McNabb.

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