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The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly added a year onto the contract of backup quarterback Trent Edwards, a source told CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank. Edwards, who beat out Mike Kafka for the Eagles' No. 3 job during the preseason, will earn the league minimum for a six-year veteran in 2013, a figure that slots in at $715,000.
Edwards, who signed a one-year deal worth $754,960 on Feb. 24, 2012, will serve as Philly's emergency quarterback, in line to play only if starting quarterback Michael Vick and rookie backup Nick Foles get injured.
Meanwhile, Frank also learned that defensive lineman Darryl Tapp's restructured contract is worth $1.75 million less than the original deal:
The Eagles approached Tapp on Saturday, final cut day, and told him they could only keep him on the roster if he agreed to reduce his 2012 base salary, an unwieldy $2.575 million, down to the NFL minimum. Tapp, a reserve defensive end, agreed.
Mike Kafka went from Michael Vick's apparent backup to unemployed in a little under a month, but he might not be job-hunting for long: the ex-Eagle reportedly worked out with the New England Patriots Tuesday.
New England had just surprised many by cutting Brian Hoyer, who had been with the team as one of Tom Brady's backups since 2009, while opting to keep Ryan Mallett, who they drafted this year in the third round. While Mallett is now the presumptive backup, the team might be in the market for a third-stringer, and Kafka would certainly fit that role as he did for two seasons in Philadelphia.
The 2010 fourth-round draft pick out of Northwestern was Philadelphia's No. 2 behind Vick coming into training camp, but his only preseason action saw him toss a pick and break his left hand. Nick Foles was majorly impressive, Trent Edwards took the No. 3 spot, and the Eagles parted ways with Kafka. Kafka is no longer eligible to play on a practice squad, which made him somewhat useless for Philadelphia, but Kafka's brief performances in actual game situations have been promising, which explains why teams like the Patriots might be interested in bringing him in.
After spending the preseason rehabbing from a calf injury, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin finally practiced on Monday. The news didn't come as a surprise as Babin was expected to be back to practice sometime this week.
When practice was over, Babin told reporters that he's "98.9 percent", which means he could play in Sunday's season opener at the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on FOX). Last season, the 6'3, 267-pound lineman totaled 45 tackles including 18 sacks, which was the third-highest total in all of the NFL.
Also returning Monday was defensive back Colt Anderson, who was on the Eagles' physically unable to preform list on roster cut down day. Anderson said its still "up in the air" if he will play Sunday or not, but the fact that he practiced is encouraging.
Reynolds was on the Panthers' training camp roster before cutdowns last week. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder has family connections to the team: his brother, Dallas, is currently on the roster as a guard, and played four game, starting one, in the 2011 season, while his father, Lance, played one season for the team in 1978. Reynolds may be a rookie, but he's 26 years old, on account of having spent two years doing missionary work in Germany prior to college.
After Reynolds' signing, the practice squad roster looks like this:
As always, that group is likely to fluctuate week-to-week, with some players joining the active roster and others getting cut as team needs dictate.
The Philadelphia Eagles added seven players to their practice squad over the weekend.
The Eagles most surprising cut prior to yesterday's deadline came when they released veteran corner Joselio Hanson, who had been battling rookie Brandon Boykin for the slot corner job. Eagles GM Howie Roseman said the decision was based more on the way Boykin played rather than Hanson.
"It was a matter of confidence in Boykin," said Roseman. "We drafted our players, in this day and age in the salary cap era and because of the nature of the salary cap because it’s flat, you need young players to play. We have a lot of confidence in Brandon and I think he demonstrated a lot of those skills during the games and during training camp."
That isn't to say Hanson played well and Roseman's point about the cap shouldn't be taken lightly. Hanson signed a big money extension back in 2009 and has never lived up it. In fact, his decline seems to have coincided with his 2010 suspension for performance enhancing drugs.
Roseman said the team still liked Hanson, but Boykin was always the long term solution anyway. It just so happened that his play this preseason accelerated the plans.
"Joselio Hanson has been a very good player for us for a long time. He’ll continue to be a good player throughout this year and through the coming years. We just felt like this was a move that Brandon was going to play for us. He was eventually going to fill this role, and he had shown enough that he was ready to go right now."
Despite his struggles in recent seasons, Hanson will find an NFL job and likely pretty soon. In fact, it could even be with one of the corner starved NFC East teams like New York or Washington. But Roseman said he can only be concerned with putting together his own roster and not where the players he cuts will end up.
"You have to assume that these players, the good players you let go today, they’re going to go somewhere that you’re going to play against them. That’s part of this. Teams have good players in this league. It’s the same thing during the draft process. You know that you’re going to lose some good players in the draft. They’re going to go to some of the teams you face but we were concerned about our own roster and putting together the best 53-man roster and we talked a lot about continuity now and going forward and trying to build a core group of players that we can go forward with."
The Eagles made some interesting moves on cutdown day. One theme was relying on young talent as backups at some key positions. Is this wise for a Super Bowl team?
While the teams around the NFL were releasing players en masse on Friday night, the Philadelphia Eagles made a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire safety David Sims. The Browns notified Sims of the trade shortly after the 9 p.m. ET deadline to cut rosters down to 53 players, and Sims sent out a tweet that he was headed to Philly. The Eagles announced shortly thereafter that they were sending a conditional draft pick in 2013 in return. To make room for Sims on the roster, the Eagles released Julian Vandervelde.
The Browns had notified Sims earlier in the day, somewhat surprisingly, that he would not make the final 53-man roster. The rookie from Iowa State distinguished himself in the preseason with the Browns and many thought he had played his way on to the team over injured safety Usama Young. He picked off two passes in the preseason, including one that was returned for a touchdown.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made their last two roster cuts to get to the NFL mandated 53-man limit before Friday's 9 p.m. deadline. The Eagles cut punter Mat McBriar and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon to get to 53 players on their active roster.
McBriar is a two-time Pro Bowl punter who signed with the Eagles on July 25 and was the starter over Chas Henry during the preseason. McBriar started his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and was a member of that team from 2004-2011.
Dixon had spent the past three seasons with the Eagles, playing in 35 games with 10 starts. Dixon had 39 solo tackles and 3.0 sacks in those games. Dixon joined the team in 2009 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Miami.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be keeping Trent Edwards as their third-string quarterback for the 2012 season. The fifth-year player out of Stanford had been battling Mike Kafka for the final roster spot at QB.
"There was great competition at the quarterback position," said Eagles coach Andy Reid. "That's what football and training camp is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think he'll have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very soon."
Edwards has been impressive during the preseason, posting a QB rating of 100.5. He has completed 68% of his passes for 489 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. For his career, Edwards has logged 33 starts with the Bills and Jaguars.
"I'm proud of the way Trent Edwards conducted himself since the early days of the offseason workouts," said Reid. "He had to fight for everything he earned this summer. He improved each and every day and made the most of every opportunity."
Kafka, who was released by the team on Friday, has not played since the Eagles' opening preseason game. He is in his third NFL season, spending the previous two in Philadelphia. Kafka appeared in four games last season, completing 11 of 16 passes but also tossing two interceptions.
Final NFL roster cuts are to made by 9 p.m. ET on Friday.
NFL teams have until 9pm tonight to trim their roster 53 and the Philadelphia Eagles are almost there. The team announced 19 cuts this afternoon leaving their roster at 56. That means they have 3 more moves to make to get to the 53 man limit.
The one notable name of this round of cuts is veteran corner Joselio Hanson, who has never quite lived up to the 5-year $21 million deal he got from the Eagles in 2009. He was beaten out for the slot corner job by rookie Brandon Boykin this preseason.
Oshiomogo Atogwe was the other recognizable name released, but given that the veteran safety failed to get healthy all preseason, his departure is not a surprise. 2nd year safety Jaiquwan Jarrett has made the team, but the Eagles will likely be coming the waiver wire for another vet safety.
As for other notables. Keenan Clayton simply didn't do enough to keep his spot. Rookie Marvin McNutt was let go after failing to distinguish himself in the preseason. WR Mardy Gilyard was also axed despite his good preseason performance. Finally, our old pal Chad Hall did not make the cut. Here's the full list.
S OJ Atogwe, CB Joselio Hanson, TE Brett Brackett, LB Keenan Clayton, DT Landon Cohen, TE Chase Ford, WR Mardy Gilyard, WR Chad Hall, FB Emil Igwenagu, OT DJ Jones, WR Marvin McNutt, LB Adrien Moten, DT Ollie Ogbu, LB Ryan Rau, DE Monte Taylor, S Phillip Thomas, DT Frank Trotter, OL Stave Vallos, and OL Brandon Washington.
There are three cuts/subtractions left to make. Oddly punter Mat McBriar has yet to be cut, perhaps they're trying to trade him? I don't know who will trade for a punter... but there's got to be some reason he's still around. Word is that Mike Kafka is being shopped around for a possible trade. And also, there's still 4 RBs on the roster. So there's a chance that one of Dion Lewis, Chris Polk or Bryce Brown could be let go or traded as well.
After saying that he doesn’t "have a level or anything like that" to determine whether Reid returns in 2013 for his final year, Lurie was asked if another 8-8 season could save Reid’s job. "No, it would not," he said.
Lurie expanded, adding that last season's 8-8 result was far below expectations:
"Listen, you’ve just got to make the best decisions you can after the season," he said. "But as I said, 8-8 was unacceptable."
Reid's contract goes through 2013, but the Eagles' front office will re-evaluate whether or not to bring him back for the final year after the conclusion of the 2012 season.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be releasing punter Mat McBriar, according to a tweet on Wednesday afternoon from his agent Jack Bechta. As of this time, McBriar has not yet been officially released by the team, which means the cut will likely be announced on Thursday.
McBriar signed with the Eagles this offseason after the Dallas Cowboys decided not to retain the 33-year-old's services. The Cowboys would have had to match a $300,000 offer in guaranteed money by the Eagles, had they chosen to retain McBriar.
With some time left before the start of the regular season, McBriar could sign with another team looking for a punter, which his agent believes will happen in the near future.
The move leaves second-year specialist Chas Henry as the lone punter on the Philadelphia roster. Henry averaged 42.9 yards per punt last season.
At least that's what Rob Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies says, according to ESPN.com.
"I guarantee he will not get hurt," Vito said.
Vick has had a hard time staying on the field throughout his NFL days, dating back to when he played for the Atlanta Falcons. In the nine seasons Vick has played, he's only once been able complete a full schedule without missing time. In fairness, he did have three years where he only missed one contest.
For his part, Vick is thrilled to try something new for the sake of health.
"I'm looking forward to it … to give me more protection and just to see what comes out of it," Vick told the Philadelphia Daily News after Tuesday's practice. "It's going to be custom-fitted and fitted to protect all across my sternum, across my ribs. I think it'll be a better fit."
However, Vito says the days of Vick being sidelined are over thanks to his gear that's military-grade.
"What Michael is wearing was born on the battlefield and forged on the gridiron," Vito said.
While Mike Patterson might look perfectly healthy to the naked eye, the Eagles incumbent starter at defensive tackle will start out the season on the reserve/non-football injury list after a January brain surgery.
Patterson suffered seizures during training camp last year, and although he was able to play for the Eagles in 2011, he had surgery to fix the problem shortly after the season ended. The doctor who performed the surgery says his skull has yet to heal:
"He's the guy who cut my head open," Patterson said, philosophically. "I'll wait and see what he says."
The evidence surrounding the current decision to sideline Patterson is unclear. Patterson said he has not had an X-ray since June.
"We're still talking to him," said Patterson, who is content to wait. "It just wouldn't be smart. Head trauma is a sensitive subject in the NFL."
Although nobody will be happy Patterson is sitting, it's probably the best call. Patterson doesn't have a concussion, but considering how much information we're still learning -- disturbing information, generally -- about the brain trauma suffered by NFL players, the Eagles and Patterson should take precaution to make sure his brain is as safe as it can be.
Patterson won't count as a roster spot for the Eagles as they trim their roster, but if he is not activated by Nov. 5, he will not play this season. His status on the non-football injury list means he is not allowed to practice with the team until Oct. 16.
Vick, who suffered bruised ribs during the Eagles preseason game against the Patriots, will wear thicker Kevlar padding this season.
"It's going to be a little thicker. I got fitted the other day and I look forward to wearing those," said Vick, according to PhillyMag.com.
The padding Vick will wear is made by the company Unequal Technologies. Vick signed an endorsement deal with the company last January. The bruised ribs against the Patriots were Vick's third rib injury since joining the Eagles in 2009. Vick missed four games in 2010 with cracked rib cartilage and three more in 2011 with a rib contusion. He isn't expected to miss any time during the regular season due to his latest rib injury.
Dunlap had been in a battle with Demetress Bell for the starting job with Eagles coach Andy Reid announcing Dunlap as the starter.
"You've got to give him credit for what he's done," said Reid. "He's got a long road here to go this season and staying healthy and doing all of those things and playing aggressive football week in and week out. He hasn't had to do that [yet] at this level but you have to give him credit for the battle that he's been in here with [T] Demetress [Bell]. They went after it and they're still going to go after it. Demetress isn't just going to concede. That's not what he is going to do. I think we are fortunate to have two guys here that we know can play but King ended up being the guy that got the number one spot."
Dunlap, a former seventh round pick with seven career starts, won the job over Bell who signed a five-year deal worth $34.5 million this offseason. That said, Bell only makes a little over $3 million this season and has no guaranteed money beyond this season. In comparison, Dunlap signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. While Bell was penciled in as the starter heading into camp, Dunlap overtook him with a strong training camp.
"I came in with the same mindset I've always had coming in -- come in, work hard every day and try to be the starter," Dunlap said according to CSNPhilly.com. "That's been my mentality since I got drafted is to come in and work to get better until one day hopefully be the starter at left tackle and it worked out for me now."
Last season, when the Eagles signed Phillip Hunt away from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, the defensive end was sweating it out on cutdown day. But not this season. After a fantastic training camp and a preseason where he's led the NFL in sacks & forced fumbles, Hunt is feeling much more secure.
"It's definitely a relief when you come out in the preseason and make plays," he said. "It's kind of easy on you stress-wise knowing I did all I could. I know I had a successful preseason and we'll let the chips fall where they may."
Heading into the fourth preseason game last year, Hunt knew he needed a strong performance to get himself a roster spot. And he did, with 3 tackles and a sack.
"Well last year we had a whole cast of guys like we do this year but last year I was new to the team. It was my first year so I had a lot more proving to do around this time. I was going into that game focused on [knowing] I have to make a play to stay around and that was my main focus. Just making plays during that game."
This season, Hunt will play sparingly if at all in the final preseason game. Just another perk of playing your way off the roster bubble.
NFL teams have until 4pm today to trim their roster down to 75. The Philadelphia Eagles cut 11 players over the weekend and with 4 more moves this afternoon are officially at 75.
Over the weekend the cuts were WR Elvis Akpla, S Wade Bonner, DE Xavier Brown, WR Brian Hernandez, WR McKay Jacobson, WR Tiger Jones, G Alfred McCullough, DB Tom Nelson, CB Kevin Thomas, OT Thomas Welch & CB Cliff Harris.
Today, the Eagles announced that LT Jason Peters (achilles) was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list, DT Mike Patterson (head) was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list and G Mike Gibson was placed on IR (hip flexor).
WR Jamel Hamler was waived as the final cut. The Eagles will now have until Friday at 9pm to get down to 53 players for the regular season roster.
"We made a few cuts and it's all part of the process here and we've still got to make a few more," said head coach Andy Reid. "We appreciate the effort that the players have given us and the loyalty and the things they've done. Really there is going to be tougher ones and even more down the road here. The guys worked hard and I am hoping they catch on and have another opportunity with another football team."
One of the toughest places the Eagles will likely have to make cuts will be on the defensive line, where seemingly everyone has been a standout in preseason. Andy oddly likened his choice to sweet and sour pork...
"It's a little bit like sweet and sour pork: there's a sour side and a sweet side. The sour being that not everybody can make the team; the sweet is that you sure want that position to be strong. I think we're going to come out with good players. Unfortunately, somebody else is going to get some good players too. But that group has done a nice job."
Michael Vick says that he will be ready to go for the Philadelphia Eagles season opener against the Cleveland Browns despite suffering rib and thumb injuries that have kept him out of recent action. Vick returned to the field on Sunday night for the Eagles Flight Night open practice.
Vick and the Eagles' starters are not expected to play in the team's final preseason game this Thursday against the New York Jets. After Sunday night's practice however, Vick said he will be ready to go for the September 9th Week 1 game on the road against the Browns.
Vick was injured in a 27-17 Eagles' victory over the New England Patriots on August 20. He sat out the following preseason game with rookie Nick Foles taking the snaps under center.
Vick, who has had injury issues in the past, appeared in 13 games with the Eagles in 2011, the most he has played in his three seasons with the team. In 2011, Vick threw for 3,303 yards and 18 touchdowns as well as running for 589 yards and one score.
After initial hopes that Patterson might be ready for the season, Eagles coach Andy Reid announced today that it is possible the DT will miss 2012.
"I think that's going to be an extended time here," Reid said. "We just have to see how that goes, if he's able to go at all this year, we'll just have to see how that works out. We'll take checkups in increments here, but right now, that's going to be a while."
After collapsing in training camp in 2011, Patterson was diagnosed with an AVM, or tangle of blood vessels, on his brain. Doctors did clear him to play that season, and he completed the year without incident. He chose to have surgery in January to remove the AVM, but it involved removing a part of his skull. The surgery was successful and the AVM was removed. Patterson was reportedly in good shape and expecting to be ready for training camp, but found out the week prior to camp that doctors would not clear him, as the wound related to the surgery had not fully healed.
The team placed him on the non-football injury list and he missed all of camp and the preseason. There was still hope that he would be cleared for the opener, but Reid's statement today made it clear that won't happen. The Eagles could elect to put Patterson on the physically unable to perform list, which would allow him to return after Week 6, or they could place him on IR for the season.
Reid said the injury is not career-threatening.
Jordan takes over the position that has been a weak spot in recent years for the team, and he'll look to bring stability to the middle of the defense. Jordan has been using sparingly as a starter. However, he did make 10 starts for the Eagles back in 2009.
This detailed breakdown of Jordan's play by
The Philadelphia Eagles and the other 31 teams in the NFL have until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to shave four players from their rosters, cutting down to 75 members.
The writers over at Bleeding Green Nation have put together a projection of who they feel will be axed. Their prediction is that the players will come from the following list:
They feel that the rookies on that list will have a better shot of making the team, since they'll be given the benefit of the doubt due to their inexperience and their expected level of contribution.
Bleeding Green does feel that the real challenge for Andy Reid and his staff will come with cutting the roster from 70 to 53 by the conclusion of the preseason.
Cornerback Cliff Harris has been waived by the Philadelphia Eagles, per a Tweet from Eagles Insider earlier this morning. The Eagles must make four more cuts or moves on their roster by Monday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern in order to meet the NFL mandated preseason roster limit of 75 players.
Harris, a former All-American kick returner and cornerback for the Univeristy of Oregon Ducks, was signed by Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent earlier this year. After successful 2010 and 2011 seasons in Eugene, where Harris notched five interceptions and four punt returns for touchdowns, the cornerback was suspended and dismissed from the Ducks' program after a series of traffic citations and a citation for marijuana possession.
This dismissal is likely to have caused Harris to fall from an early-round type NFL Draft prospect to an undrafted, and subsequently waived, free agent.
The players are as follows: Safeties Wade Bonner and Tom Nelson, defensive end Xavier Brown, receivers Brian Hernandez, Elvis Akpla, McKay Jacobson and Tiger Jones, tackle Thomas Welch, guard Alfred McCul and cornerback Kevin Thomas.
The Eagles aren't done with this grouping of releases however, with five more to come before Monday's deadline of 4 p.m. ET.
It's not surprising Philly would cut so many wide receivers considering the amount they had on the 90-man roster. With the numbers becoming a factor, Andy Reid and co. had to make some decisions.
The Eagles only have one more preseason game against the New York Jets before all of the roster moves will be made, whittling the team its final 53-man squad.
Michael Vick has told USA Today that he's "80% healthy" after sustaining a rib contusion in Monday night's game against the Patriots. He says he's feeling better and focused on preparing for the Eagles September 9th opener against the Cleveland Browns.
The hit Vick took spawned a rash of criticism of the QB and his perceived inability or unwillingness to "protect himself" on the field.
"I just let everything happen in that moment. I can't go to the line dictating what I'm going to do," said Vick in response the criticism. "I can't go to the line trying to predict everything that I'm going to do. That would hurt you're game a little bit, because I might miss somebody getting open. I have to go through my progressions to the best of my abilities."
To be fair, there were two virtually unblocked pass rushers coming at him on the play, one from his blind side. Could he have just given up and turtled on the ground to avoid the hit rather than try to make a throw? Sure, but Andy Reid says he can't fault his QB for the decision he made.
"He was trying to make somebody miss, and he wheeled backwards about 15 yards. He had an available receiver down the field, and he was trying to make a play. To tell him that he can't make that throw, you're not going to tell him that. You just want everyone to do their job so that that doesn't happen back there."
As much as Vick needs to protect himself, the Eagles need to protect him.
With NFL rosters due to be cut down to 75 in just 4 days and the deadline to get to 53 just 8 days away, the race for Eagles roster spots is in the home stretch. 15 guys will lose their jobs after the next preseason game and another 22 will be gone after the final game against the Jets. If a guy hasn't locked down a roster spot yet, his time is running dangerously short.
Kevin Noonan of CBS Sports did his full 53 man roster projection for the Eagles and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at an outsider's perspective on the major roster battles.
RB -- In: (3) LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown. Out: Chris Polk. Analysis: Polk has impressed the coaches with his toughness and they may decide to keep him on the 53-man roster, since he would probably be signed off the practice squad by another team. Hard to see Eagles keeping four RBs and suddenly Dion Lewis isn't the lock he was just a week or two ago.
I agree with this one. The Eagles aren't going to keep 4 backs and while they certainly like Chris Polk, I can't say as though he's been so good that he'll displace either Brown or Lewis. That said, I do think Noonan has a point here that Lewis could be the odd man out if Polk earns a job. I am skeptical though, about Noonan's thought that Polk would be signed to another teams' 53 man roster.
There are also a few interesting battles lower down the depth chart at WR.
WR -- In (6): Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt: Out: Chad Hall, McKay Jacobson, Mardy Gilyard, Brian Hernandez, Jamel Hamler, Tiger Jones, Elvis Akpa. Analysis: Damaris Johnson wasn't drafted, but he makes the team because of his return ability. But several talented young WRs will get caught up in a numbers game. At the least, players like Gilyard, Hamler and Akpa could end up on somebody's practice squad. And one of them could make roster because Riley Cooper has been sidelined almost all of camp with a broken collarbone and that could end up costing him a job.
I've been less convinced by Damaris Johnson the more I've seen of him. After a great camp, he's dropped a couple passes in the preseason and also muffed a punt. He was able to get the ball back, but it wasn't a good sign. He did have a nice return and a 70 yard TD catch against the Steelers though. I just think he has more work to do to get a sure roster spot. Mardy Gilyard is challenging him and Marvin McNutt right now.
Defensive line is the deepest position on the team and its very likely that the Eagles will need to let go at least one player they really like.
DL -- In (9): Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon, Brandon Graham,Vinny Curry, Phillip Hunt. Out: Darryl Tapp, Frank Trotter, Monte Taylor, Cedric Thornton, Ollie Ogbu, Xavier Brown. Analysis: This is the deepest and most talented area on the team and some good players aren't going to make it, including Tapp. It appears Patterson won't be ready for opener and will start season on PUP list, which should open the door for Hunt, who has played as well or better than any d-lineman in camp.
For one, I can't see the Eagles cutting Cedric Thornton to keep Antonio Dixon at this point. Thornton has had a great camp and a strong preseason and has played himself onto this roster in my eyes. Dixon is more likely on the bubble between the two. Tapp will be a tough cut as he's also had a good preseason, but so has everyone else. He could be trade bait, but he also has versatility and can play both inside and outside. That could save him a spot over an extra WR/CB/LB.
None of Noonan's other projections are much of a surprise. He has the Eagles keeping the much maligned Jaiquwan Jarrett, which I actually agree with simply as a numbers issue. I think they'll keep 4 safeties and he'd probably make it by default. Where he could be in trouble is in the days after final cuts and around the first week of the season. There's a chance a decent veteran safety gets cut that the Eagles could jump on.
After entering the season with Super Bowl aspirations, the Philadelphia Eagles got off to a terrible start in 2011, leading to an 8-8 finish that ultimately left them outside the postseason.
"Winning's not easy. There's a fine line between winning and just being close in this league," Jenkins said. "I don't want to get off to the start that we had last year."
Despite being 2-0 in the preseason, the Eagles' starters have had their fair share of worries. In both games, quarterback Michael Vick suffered injuries thanks to shaky offensive line play, much to the dismay of head coach Andy Reid who became animated on the sideline against the New England Patriots.
"It caused a reaction through the whole team. Everybody's going to feed off his emotion," Jenkins said. "I think the team really started playing better after that point too. Everybody needs to carry emotion like that throughout the year."
The Eagles open their season on the road versus the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 9, 2012.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins says he regrets his sideline incident with Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
Jenkins and Reid came together in a heated sideline confrontation during the Eagles' preseason win over the New England Patriots on Monday night. Both are usually mild-mannered individuals and Reid appeared to be madder than anyone had ever seen him when the incident occurred.
Jenkins had jokes for the reporters asking him about the incident. When Jenkins struck a serious tone, he said about Reid:
"No, he was just trying to control things on the side. He was just trying to make sure everything was going the right way," Jenkins continued. "I was getting a little emotional earlier, and he was just trying to control things."
Neither Jenkins nor Reid would go into details about what triggered the incident but both are focused on preparing for the Eagles next preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
Vick left Monday Night’s game against the Patriots after two series following a vicious hit directly to his midsection. However, x-rays and a later MRI revealed no broken bones or cartilage damage. In fact, Reid said that if this was the regular season, Vick would be playing this week.
As for the hit itself, Reid said this wasn’t example of Vick being reckless or making poor decisions.
"He was trying to make somebody miss, and he wheeled backwards about 15 yards," explained Reid. " He had an available receiver down the field, and he was trying to make a play. To tell him that he can’t make that throw, you’re not going to tell him that. You just want everyone to do their job so that that doesn’t happen back there. It was when he spun around that he got caught with that."
As for how his QB can stay healthy this season?
"He’s got to play. There is a fine line here because he has to continue to play the game. It’s a violent sport where you’re going to get injuries. If you’re out there worried about that part of it, you’re not going to perform to the best of your ability. Then, you have to catch a break here or there. You have to catch a break in a positive way where you’re not absorbing the big hits."
While Vick’s health won’t be an issue heading into the opener, he won’t have had much preseason action. Vick has played just 12 snaps and thrown 7 passes.
Starting in his place will be rookie Nick Foles, who has turned in a pair of superlative performances in his first two preseason games and currently leads the NFL in QB rating. Reid says that in his extended time Monday night, they didn’t pare down the playbook for him at all.
"Well, the one thing we did was we gave him that opportunity this game. We didn’t cut anything back. He had the full load of plays there and it was a good experience for him from this standpoint: that he’s been a starter at the college level, a very successful starter, and then to learn to be a relief pitcher, that’s a learned experience there that you have. So, to get him that experience where you’re not taking any reps, he didn’t take one rep with the ones and really zero reps against the New England Patriots [in practice]. We gave the ones all those reps. But that will be very similar to what he faces during the season in a backup position. You get called on, you’ve got to be ready to step in and fire and drive the team down the field and make plays and do the things that he did a pretty good job of the other night."
The Eagles will face the Browns this Friday.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced on Saturday that four players have already been ruled out for Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots. Mike Kafka, Riley Cooper, Jason Babin, and Casey Matthews will not be active for Philadelphia's second preseason game, via @EaglesInsider.
Kafka was not expected to play after injuring his hand last week. It provides another opening for rookie Nick Foles to take control of the back-up quarterback position behind Michael Vick. Foles was impressive in the Eagles first preseason game, throwing two long touchdown passes against the Steelers second and third-team secondary.
Babin has been hobbled by a calf injury since the start of camp, while Cooper broke his collarbone in the first week of practice.
Andy Reid said that overall, he's just looking for sharpness from his team.
"You want to sharpen yourself up from the last game is what you want to do," said Reid. "We understand we're still in the preseason, but you want to play good football and we have an opportunity to play a good football team. So, I think if you talk to both coaches, we'd probably tell you the same thing; that we want to play better than we did last week and improve and, at the same time, get the young guys in and that second group in for the latter part of the game."
For more on the Eagles, check out SB Nation blog, Bleeding Green Nation.
The Eagles have finished OTAs, mini-camps and even training camp. One preseason game is in the books. We know a lot about this team, but there are still unsettled positions. What jobs are still open?
With the Eagles already sporting a pretty crowded backfield, rookie running back Chris Polk was looking like he could be the odd man out. Now, though, there's talk of a position change to fullback in order to keep him on the roster:
"Certainly that's been discussed and thought of," said Mornhinweg. "He is a physical player, isn't he? I think Chris Polk is an excellent football player. I think he is an excellent ball carrier, I think he could be an excellent blocker as well."
As Bleeding Green Nation points out, the Eagles are plenty stacked at running back with LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis and Bryce Brown. So if Philadelphia is really this high on Polk, it makes sense to try to find a spot for him. A good blocking fullback could be quite an asset for McCoy and Lewis, in particular.
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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie received a fine of $21,000 from the NFL on Friday for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich in the preseason game between the teams on Aug. 9.
Rodgers-Cromartie was penalized with a 15-yard flag for unnecessary roughness on the play and extended the Steelers' drive in the second quarter. The Steelers scored a touchdown on the drive but the Eagles won, 24-23. Rodgers-Cromartie felt that the hit (see below) was a clean one.
The $21,000 fine (a five-percent increase from 2011) was the minimum the league could hand out under the terms of the CBA. Although he leads with his shoulder and not his helmet, Rodgers-Cromartie clearly leaves his feet to strike Leftwich on the play.
The Philadelphia Eagles managed to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-23, in their preseason opener last Thursday night. The first stringers struggled mightily, however. Michael Vick left during the first series with a hand injury, and the offense was shut out as Philadelphia took a 13-0 deficit into halftime. Vick told the media Friday that offense's primary objective Monday night against the New England Patriots is to light up the scoreboard early.
"Honestly, we want to go out there and score points," Vick said. "We want to be as precise as we can be with getting in and out of the huddle, the tempo, and just get a feel for where we're at most importantly. I think it's a good test playing against a good defense. They played in the Super Bowl last year, so we'll have an opportunity to see where we stand."
Even if Vick hadn't suffered an injury, he would not have lasted much longer in the preseason opener. He will see extended snaps against the Pats, however, giving the offense a chance to find a rhythm before Nick Foles and the second team enter the game. The reps will be critical, and a nice change of pace coming off a shortened 2011 offseason due to the NFL lockout.
"This is a great game to go out and gauge our performance, and see where we're at," Vick said. "I think we have to take it one game at a time. Our next game is against the Patriots. I think we just need to go out and put on the best performance that we can and do the things that we have been coached to do and we know how to do, and do it with confidence."
Asomugha's neck is apparently still sore after the collision he had with safety Nate Allen on Monday. The collision occurred when both players were going after a pass. Asomugha got the worse of the contact, coming away from the hit with a sore neck and a lacerated lip.
Other Eagles Injury News
Eagles coach Andy Reid said linebacker Casey Matthews had an MRI, which revealed a high ankle sprain. Matthews missed practice as a result. Defensive lineman Jason Babin (calf) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (collarbone) also missed practice. Babin could still play in the final preseason game, according to Reid.
Offensive guard Brandon Washington returned to practice on Thursday after being cleared following a concussion.
As with any head related injury, the team followed the league mandated concussion protocols and the All Pro corner was not found to have any symptoms. Typically a second concussion test is performed the following day in case the symptoms are late developing. However, at this point all signs point to the Eagles having dodged a bullet on this one.
The incident occurred when Asomugha and Allen both attempted to break up a Michael Vick pass intended for DeSean Jackson. The two collided in midair and went down hard. Allen got up and resume practice, but Nnamdi was down for several minutes before taking a cart ride back to the locker room.
The Eagles will hold a full workout this afternoon. No word yet on whether Asomugha will take part.
When Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha collided with a teammate during practice Monday, it was initially thought Asomugha may have suffered a concussion. That didn't turn out to be the case, however, as the Eagles said Asomugha has no concussion symptoms, according to a report from Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The injury occurred when the Eagles were going through 7-on-7 drills. Asomugha collided with safety Nate Allen and laid motionless face down on the field for several minutes before being taken off on a cart. Asomugha was evaluated for a concussion following the collision but has only a lip laceration and a sore neck, according to McLane's report.
Allen was also shaken up during the incident, but he was able to return to practice Monday.
[update by JasonB, 08/13/12 5:23 PM EDT ] Nate Allen says that Asomugha was speaking after the hit, which would indicate that he did not lose consciousnesses as was earlier reported.
The collision happened as the two were both going for a pass intended for DeSean Jackson when they collided mid-air and hit the ground hard. Both players remained down, but Nate Allen got up first and has actually since returned to practice.
Asomugha, however, remained motionless for several minutes before finally standing up and being helped to the cart and taken to the locker room. The Eagles will update his injury after practice.
With 2nd year CB Curtis Marsh also banged up, Joselio Hanson has taken Asomugha's place on the outside with the first team. Nate Allen, as we mentioned earlier, did not leave the field and has resumed practice.
[update by JasonB, 08/13/12 5:15 PM EDT ] Eagles say Nnamdi has a lacerated lip and a sore neck. He is also undergoing the concussion tests that are protocol in this situation.
Mike Kafka, a backup quarterback hoping to make the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2012 season, has fractured his hand and will miss 2-3 weeks, according to reports. Kafka went 5-of-9 for 31 yards with one interception in Philadelphia's first preseason game, a 24-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With limited opportunities to impress in the preseason, Kafka's injury could cost him a lot more than the time he'll miss. That may be more than he can afford, as both Nick Foles and Trent Edwards looked better in the first preseason game. Foles went 6-for-10 for 144 yards with two touchdowns in the game and Edwards threw 8-for-12 for 74 yards and one touchdown. Kafka will still be able to participate in 7-on-7 drills with his non-throwing hand.
An injury isn't how any team wants to decide their backup quarterback situation, so Eagles fans hope that Kafka makes a quick and complete recovery in time to give an accurate impression of his value to the team.
Just three days after his son passed away unexpectedly, Andy Reid is coming back to coach the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday morning. The head coach buried his son Garrett, 29, on Tuesday and now feels it's time to get back to work.
It was said that Reid would be back sometime this week, but few could've thought it would be so soon. The head coach of the Eagles since 1999, Reid might just feel the best way to start picking up the pieces is to try and regain some sense of normalcy.
After the morning walk-through in Bethlehem, PA, Reid will be available to the media. Given all that's gone on in the past 96 hours, it'll undoubtedly be a tough session for everyone involved.
On Thursday, Reid will coach with a heavy heart in the Eagles preseason opener against their interstate rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released their first depth chart of training camp. It's an important way to gauge where players embroiled in roster spot battles stand after the first few weeks of camp and heading into the first preseason game.
We'll start with quarerback where the starting job isn't in question, but all other spots are more or less up for grabs. Mike Kafka is the #2 with Nick Foles ahead of Trent Edwards at #3. Given that Foles is a rookie, he's not likely to get cut, so he is pretty much locked in at #3. Trent Edwards needs to win the backup job to get a roster spot. However, as anyone who has been to camp will attest, Kafka has looked really good and will be tough to unseat.
At LB, your starters are Brian Rolle at WILL, DeMeco Ryans at MIKE and Mychal Kendricks at SAM. Jamar Chaney is the #2 WILL with Keenan Clayton behind him. Casey Matthews is the backup at MIKE with Akeem Jordan the #2 at SAM.
Nnamdi Asomugha & Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are on track to start at CB while Joselio Hanson has the edge on rookie Brandon Boykin in the slot. Curtis Marsh still looks like the primary backup on the outside. Cliff Harris is behind Brandon Hughes as the #7.
Nate Allen is your starter at SS with Kurt Coleman at FS. OJ Atogwe and Jaiquwan Jarrett are their respective backups. The Eagles see their safeties as interchangeable, so whether they are listed at SS or FS isn't that important.
There's a decent battle at punter where two time pro bowler Mat McBriar was brought in last week and is already ahead of 2nd year man Chas Henry. It's a pretty clear message to the young punter that he's going to need to stand out to make this roster. It also would appear to be a pretty good sign that McBriar is feeling healthy and looking good.
The Eagles will field two new return men this season after Dion Lewis never looked up to the KR task last season and the team looks to move away from using DeSean Jackson on punts. Brandon Boykin is the #1 KR and Damaris Johnson is the #1 PR. Both are also backups at the other return job with Chad Hall also in the mix at both spots.
This is just the initial depth chart and with 4 preseason games left to play, there's plenty of time for guys to move up and down.
On a humid Sunday afternoon in Bethlehem, PA, the last thing on anybody's mind at Philadelphia Eagles training camp was football.
Instead, it was on the unfortunate and tragic passing of Andy Reid's son, Garrett, who passed away from causes yet to be determined at the age of 29.
"Garrett is a part of our football family, our extended family, our immediate family, so it's a very tough time for us," Asomugha said.
Wide receiver Jason Avant echoed Asomugha's sentiments.
"Garrett was a happy-go-lucky person, and we know that he's in a better place, and we love coach Reid," Avant mused.
On a much less important note, Reid has stated to the organization he plans to be back coaching this week, in preparations for the Eagles first preseason game.
Andy Reid has been defined as a father and a coach. Perhaps nowhere has that line been more blurred than with Michael Vick. Reid, whose sons have struggled with drugs and the law, saw a little bit of them in him and took a chance on Vick when he was released from prison. Since then, Vick has repeatedly said that he has viewed Reid as a father figure and credits him for helping to turn around his life.
So on the day that Reid lost his son Garrett, it was poignant to hear Vick speak after practice.
“This is a very difficult situation for us all to deal with,” said Vick. “Thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to Coach Reid, Tammy and their entire family. Coach [Reid] has always been a great supporter of us, as a team, as an organization. He’s been a rock for us and a big teddy bear for us so we’re going to lean on him and we’re going to be there for him and we’re going to stay strong for him until he comes back and can lead us on. So our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It’s very difficult but we’ll find the strength and a way to get through it. We’ve just go to lean on the High Power.”
Reid’s former QB, Donovan McNabb, also released a heartfelt statement.
“I was both shocked and saddened when I heard the news this morning of Garrett’s passing. During my time [in Philadelphia], both Garrett and Britt spent a lot of time around the football team and I know how much Andy loves them. I spent a lot of time with Andy and his family; we had a great friendship … we still do. My heart goes out to Andy, Tammy and the rest of the Reid family. I cannot imagine what they are feeling right now. God be with them.”
Services for Garrett Reid will be help at the Jesus Christ Church of Latter day Saints in Broomall. That family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Laurel House in Norristown.
Just hours after learning about the death of Garrett Reid, the son of their head coach, Philadelphia Eagles took to the practice field Sunday at Lehigh University. The training camp session began without Andy Reid, but with assistant coaches Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo running the show and owner Jeffery Lurie addressing the media.
"Today is one of life's tough days. I think I'll just tell you a little bit of my conversations with Andy and my conversations with the team. Andy is, he's a rock solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. Today, he exhibited it all. It's unimaginable the pain. We've all suffered; most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable, losing a child is unimaginable, the pain. Yet, he is rock solid."
Lurie mentioned that Reid is expected to miss a few days of practice but should be back before the Eagles' first preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 9, against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.
I think it's what makes him so dedicated. He loves his players. He loves his coaches. He feels so bad that he's even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they are in good hands with our coaches, but actually in this moment of terrible pain he's actually reaching out to all of us. You know that rock-solid guy who takes the bullets after games and all of that, but as I said to the players, 'You have to accept the grief and the tears and at the same time gather the strength and the desire to be excellent. Not just in football, but in life.
To read the complete transcript of Laurie's statement, head on over to SB Nation's Bleeding Green Nation.
The death of Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, is under investigation, and slowly more information about the tragedy is being leaked. The latest update is from Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane, who has been told by Lehigh University police that foul play and suicide have been ruled out for cause of death.
McLane also tweeted Reid was found by an Eagles official, who called 911. The official was not Andy Reid.
Meanwhile, support for the Reid family is pouring in from everywhere. One of the more heartfelt statements came from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:
"We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time."
For more reaction to the death of Garrett Reid, head over to Bleeding Green Nation.
With heavy hearts the Eagles will take the practice field this afternoon at Lehigh, just hours after head coach Andy Reid's son was found dead in the school's dorms.
"From a football perspective, I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp," said GM Howie Roseman earlier.
Andy Reid is entering his 13th season as the Eagles coach and his son has been around the team for that entire time. So not only do the Eagles players feel for their coach here, but they've also lost someone they knew personally and that many considered a friend. In the end, there's no wrong answer here. No one would have questioned a decision to cancel practice, but at the same time you can see how it may be cathartic to get back to work.
The Eagles will open their preseason this Thursday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Reid's absence offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will oversee the team. There is no timetable yet for Reid's return.
For more reaction to the death of Garrett Reid, head over to Bleeding Green Nation.
Earlier Sunday morning, Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his bed on the campus of Lehigh University. The news was broken by Eagles' General Manager Howie Roseman, who held a news conference to address the absence of Andy Reid at the Eagles' early-morning walkthrough.
"I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It is with great sadness, the oldest son of Coach Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here in training camp. It’s a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team, which makes this news even harder for us to process. Our hearts go out to Andy, Tammy, Britt, Spencer, Crosby and Drew Ann.
"Coach has spent the morning informing his family. We ask sincerely that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. The team has been informed of this news, as has Jeffrey [Lurie] and Christina. The chief will speak to you in a minute about what is known about this event. From a football perspective, I can tell you Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp. …On a personal note, we’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us, we’re going to be strong for him right now. As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting."
The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to hold training camp as usual Sunday at Lehigh University, however, tragic news involving head coach Andy Reid's eldest son, Garrett, wwho was found dead in his campus bed earlier in the morning, set a heartbreaking tone. The news, which was confirmed by Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, forced Andy Reid, the Eagles head coach, to miss practice.
Before practice, players and other coaches were seen dropping to a knee in prayer. Eagles' safety Kurt Coleman tweeted this:
Prayers and condolences go out. May God protect us and serve us in this time of need.— Kurt Coleman (@k4coleman) August 5, 2012
The NFL's new CBA takes measures to assure training camps across the league consider player's rights. There are mandatory off-days and restrictions on how many fully padded practices teams can hold. Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is aware of the rules but maintains his right to hold what some consider to be one of the NFL's most physically demanding training camps.
Reid believes the high-intensity afternoon practices will do his team more good than harm.
"The thing I can tell you is that it’s football and we’re going to get better at blocking and tackling by doing it this way and that’s very important," said Reid. "This is the way we’ve done it, with the exception of last year. This is the way we’ve always done it and I believe in that. The players have been very positive with it and they’re pushing themselves through, which is important."
"The blocking and the tackling; no matter how you cut this game, you’ve got to be able to block somebody, you’ve got to be able to defeat a block and then you’ve got to be able to tackle and everything works a little better on the back ends of the offense and the defense if you’re able to do that."
The Eagles won their last four games to close the 2011 season at 8-8 overall, but the team still missed the playoffs.
The Eagles could have one of the best offensive lines in football. The starters have talent and experience. The backups are a whole other story. Depth is a concern. Let's take a look at the players and how they fit in to the overall group.
The Philadelphia Eagles have traded linebacker Moise Fokou and linebacker Greg Lloyd to the Indianapolis Colts for cornerback Kevin Thomas and a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Thomas (6-0, 192) is a third-year corner out of USC. Thomas played nine games for the Colts in 2011 and started five. He made 33 tackles in those games and defended three passes. He spent his rookie season on the injured reserve list.
Fokou played for the Eagles for the past three seasons, making 112 tackles (85 solo) and one sack in 43 games (22 starts). Lloyd spent most of his rookie year last season on the practice squad.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said about Thomas:
"This is a big corner that can run and he was with the [Indianapolis] Colts last year and he played some. He started some games for them and has played some cover two. We think he can go press and is instinctive. We scouted him at USC and he'll come compete with our other corners and add competition to that spot."
The Philadelphia Eagles had one of the most productive defensive lines in the NFL last season, recording a league best 50 sacks. A stream of relatively minor maladies have taken a toll on the unit in the opening days of training camp, and all four starters could miss the team's first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On Wednesday, the Eagles sent Cullen Jenkins for an MRI after the defensive tackle left practice with hamstring troubles. Trent Cole has not seen the field since injuring his AC joint on Monday. Jason Babin is out for 2-3 weeks with a calf strain, and Mike Patterson is still recovering from surgery to straighten out the blood vessels in his head.
Starters typically do not play much in the preseason as it is. The absences along the defensive front will give some extra snaps to rookies and others trying to cement their status on the roster. Babin echoed that sentiment in comments to the media on Wednesday:
"The biggest thing for me I kind of feel a little upset about - I know some of the young guys could benefit from me being out there, which is ultimately going to benefit the team," Babin said. "It's upsetting, but I'm going to get out there as fast as I can."
The Eagles open the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 9, at home.
Trent Cole is sitting out Philadelphia Eagles training camp Wednesday after injuring his AC joint Monday. Head coach Andy Reid could not give a definitive timetable for when the defensive end might be able to return.
AR: cole still has swelling, more today than yesterday. Has to come down before he can return. "Could be a day, could be a week."— Geoff Mosher (@geoffmosher) August 1, 2012
With Justin Babin also out with a calf strain, the Eagles are without their top two defensive ends in training camp. With the veterans sidelined, unproven talents like Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and Phillip Hunt will have more chances to prove themselves during practice.
The good news is that Cole's injury doesn't sound overly serious outside of some swelling. He finished with 44 tackles, 11 sacks and a forced fumble last season.
Sometimes training camp can become a little hot and bothersome.
On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles saw one of the side effects of that type of feeling: anger.
Rau became fired up after one particular play and struck Watkins in the back of his head, forcing the offensive and defensive units to defend their respective teammates.
"I don’t care who it is; I’m not going to let anybody push me around," Rau said.
Later in the practice, another scuffle broke out between newly-acquired tackle Demetress Bell and defensive tackle Derek Landri.
"No question, emotions are high," Landri said. "Everybody wants to be at their best. Mediocrity is not acceptable. Everybody is going as hard as they can. Sometimes you get the better of a guy, sometimes he gets the better of you, and things kind of escalate from there. At the same time, we know where it all ends. It’s done and we move on to the next day."
Just another day at training camp in the hot summer months.
The Eagles have been practicing up at Lehigh for a week. What are the noteworthy happenings so far? Who looks good? Who doesn't? Let's take a look.
With Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper sidelined for six weeks after Monday's upcoming surgery for a broken collarbone, rookie wideout Marvin McNutt will get a chance to show what he can do during training camp.
McNutt (6-2, 216), a sixth-round pick out of Iowa, said his spring went okay, although he was limited by having to learn the playbook. "Spring went all right. We were out there. I really just learned the offense. Kinda moving a little slow. If you don't know anything, you can't really move as fast as you want. Once you kind of get used to the situation and get used to the style of play, you can move a little faster." (via Philly.com)
Head coach Andy Reid talked about McNutt's most recent effort in practice from Saturday on Sunday. Reid said McNutt "had a good day yesterday. It was good to see. He's a big, physical kid. You saw that, you saw him attack the football, make some big plays. You saw him on a quick screen, make some people miss." Reid admitted McNutt had some issues learning the plays during the spring but looked good once the pads were on in camp. Reid also said that the team was not going to sign a new receiver so he will look to the young receivers in camp to step up.
After a 2011 season that saw the Philadelphia Eagles fall far short of expectations, the 2012 campaign has plenty of impetus on it.
One of the players expected to play a major role in Philadelphia's success is wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The star out of MIssouri thinks the squad is in a better position to make a run this year thanks to having a normal offseason.
"I thought that everything was just kind of rushed last year, so having a full offseason is definitely going to help us, Maclin said. " It helps us learn everything because guys have their playbooks earlier. Now, training camp is a teaching thing but it's also kind of teaching on the run. It's just the extra time that we have."
Even though Maclin has little to prove in camp, he isn't letting up.
"I just want to be reliable. Not everything is perfect, and when the ball is out there, I need to go out and make a play. I think [QB] Mike (Vick) did a tremendous job out there today, and the offense did a tremendous job as well. It was really competitive out there today."
That's good news for Eagles fans looking for something to cheer about come September.
The Philadelphia Eagles put pads on for the first time in 2012 at training camp on Saturday. While it's just a small step in the process, it certainly signifies that the season is indeed underway.
Defensive end Trent Cole sounds like he was ready to get going.
"It's a start for us to get the pads on and get things rolling for the 2012 season. Things are looking good and hopefully we will go on to the next day and move forward with it."
Cole went on to talk about the defensive line looking solid. The Eagles had a superb front last year and are looking to build off of that success.
"We have a great rotation and a great group of guys that are very talented on the overall defense. Everyone is moving around pretty fast and we are going to get faster."
The defense was inconsistent in 2011, despite a nice ranking by season's end. However with the talent on board many expect a different output from this year's unit. Corner Nnamdi Asomugha can be counted among those people.
"I think being in the top-10 last year, our goals can be much better than that. We always want to be the best. There are some of the guys who have been around and been on top defenses before, so we know what it takes to get there."
Former first round pick Brandon Graham, who lost most of last season to a knee injury suffered in his rookie year (2010) has clearly not gotten his Eagles career off to the best start. Heading into his third season, however, the buzz has been building for the player many have written off as a first round bust. He showed up at OTAs slimmer, healthy and looking as fast he did when he was starring at Michigan.
But that was OTAs. The pads weren't on, there was no hitting... So its tough to know that much, especially about defensive players. Fast forward to today, the pads are on, practice is live and it appears as though Graham picked up right were be left off.
"He's a competitor, man. He's being challenged and he worked his butt off this offseason," said defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. "When you look into his eyes, you can see that there's a fire there. I guess maybe he wants to prove you guys wrong. He's here for business."
Graham, who took over as the starting LDE today when Jason Babin went down with a calf strain, was dominant. He beat starting RT Todd Herremans twice with spin moves and recorded multiple "sacks" of Michael Vick. In camp, since you can't tough the QB, you get credited with a sack if you can get into the backfield and into a position where probably could have hit the QB.
The reports are certainly encouraging for Graham as he enters a pivotal season in his career. Eagles writer G Cobb tweeted today that Graham's big day is just one in a string of good performances from the former first round pick.
#Eagles Brandon Graham is dominating today the same way he did yesterday— Garry Cobb (@GarryCobb) July 28, 2012
For a blow by blow report from today's action at Eagles camp, check out Bleeding Green Nation.
Unfortunately for Andy Reid and friends, Cooper sustained a left collarbone fracture at training camp on Saturday, according to Eagles Insider. Cooper is currently at the hospital undergoing further examinations.
If the initial report is indeed the case, Cooper could be missing quite a bit of time. In 2011, Cooper had 16 catches for 315 yards and a touchdown.
Also mentioned in the tweet is Jason Babin, who suffered a right calf strain during the afternoon. However, it's definitely not his Achilles tendon.
Babin will likely be day-to-day and may not sit for any time at all. If he does, Babin will likely be back on the field at full strength much sooner than later.
The star defensive end will take an MRI on Saturday evening just to be safe.
On the first day of training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles they suffered an injury to their starting tight end Brent Celek. Celek has a MCL sprain in his right knee, which was sustained in Thursday's practice session. An MRI was performed on his knee and Celek is currently listed as day-to-day, and head coach Andy Reid does not seem to worried.
"Brent could be back in the next couple days, it could be a week, but he could be back in the next couple of days,: said Reid.
The injury does not seem to be serious, but Celek said that he just needs to be "cautious" of his knee. Celek is frustrated by the injury since he came into training camp completely healthy and is disappointed since he is now forced to miss practice time.
Unless the injury lingers, Celek is not going to get behind in the offensive game plan or miss any preseason games.
In his absence, Reid said that he and GM Howie Roseman have been looking both outside and on the roster for competition.
"Howie and I are looking at that and we've got a couple fullbacks that can fill in that role in the meantime. We just have to weigh that out whether we need to bring someone else in. If you bring someone else in and they haven't been in a camp then they've got to take the three-day build up period. Really it is not going to help you tomorrow so you have to look at those things."
The "ramp up" period he refers to is a new provision in the CBA that mandates new players be given three days before they can participate in a team practice. With Celek likely only days from returning, Reid didn't think any type of move would be particularly helpful.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had agreed to terms with free agent punter Mat McBriar on a one-year contract on Wednesday. The team also announced the release of defensive back Kee-ayre Griffin.
McBriar worked out for the Eagles along with several other punters on Monday. Griffin, a cornerback from Temple, was signed by Philadelphia on Sunday. He was released from the roster to make room for the newly signed punter.
McBriar is coming off an injury to his plant foot which hindered him last season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2011, McBriar had an average of 43.8 yards (net, 36.7) on his punts and 21 of them landed inside the 20 (36.2%) while 12.1% of his punts ended up being touchbacks. McBriar, a two-time All-Pro (2006, 2010), is also a holder on field goals and will compete with Chas Henry for the starting job. Henry had an average of 42.9 yards (net, 36.9) on his punts as a rookie last season. He landed 28.8% of his punts inside the 20 while 13.6% went for touchbacks.
The last of the veterans report to Lehigh today for the start of Eagles training camp. And with that, the 2012 season is officially underway. Here's my preview.
The former Minnesota Vikings tight end worked out with the Eagles on Tuesday. After Shiancoe's workout, Philadelphia could delay a meeting with former Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey, who is also a reported target for the Eagles (via Yahoo! Sports).
According to scouts and Shiancoe himself, the work out went well. Shiancoe said about his 20-minute session that it was, "Terrific. Very good. I like the way Philly runs things and their offense and things like that. I'm gonna have a talk with [agent] Drew [Rosenhaus] and weigh our options and things like that."
Shiancoe had 36 recpetions for 409 yards and three touchdowns for the Vikings in 2011. For his career, he has 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.
The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in upgrading the tight end position before training camp, a source has told the Eagles blog Birds 24/7. The rumor was reported by Pro Football Talk on Tuesday. According to the 24/7 blog, two players Philly is interested in are former New York Giant Jeremy Shockey, as well as former Minnesota Viking Visanthe Shiancoe.
On Monday, Comcast SportsNet's Reuben Frank tweeted the Eagles will bring in Shockey, a four-time Pro Bowler, in for a physical at some point. Meanwhile, Shiancoe is expected to take a physical with Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Last season with the Carolina Panthers, Shockey, 31, caught 37 passes and four touchdowns.
Mudd said "He wants to and works really hard to overcome his instinct, when a little something goes wrong, to take off. Just take off and create something. So he's working really hard to do all these things that everybody's writing about - to go take care of himself so he doesn't get hurt."
And, Mudd's offensive line is being coached hard to protect Vick, who missed three games with injury last season. Mudd said, "Don't let him get hit, don't let him get hit. That's a mantra we have."
Vick has already absorbed plenty of punishment in his career. He has been sacked 244 times in 111 games. Vick was sacked 23 times last season. Vick also rushed 76 times last season has hit the 100-rush attempt mark five times in his career. On average, Vick rushes about 40 more times per season than the average NFL quarterback. As Eagles fans saw in 2010 when he had a career-high 9 rushing scores, those carries can bring added touchdown production.
What could help Vick be more efficient with his rushing attempts is trusting his young center Jason Kelce, who was a rookie last season. Mudd said about Kelce:
"Jason is probably taking on more than he had before. I think Mike trusts that more than he did last year. By that I am saying Jason now understands the scheme so he goes up and says something to declare the pattern we are going to use. Then Mike may even be thinking about something else and will ask Kelce or he will change it. The synergy is way better now because of trust. Kelce has now gone through the war and now Mike knows that Kelce is doing something now only to help us. I think that is a big deal."
Lewis appeared in court on Monday where the case was dismissed due to a lack of evidence that a fire alarm was pulled at the Albany, N.Y., Hampton Inn where Lewis and his brother were staying. Lewis and his brother were arrested on July 9 for falsely reporting a fire, a felony charge, and misdemeanor endangerment.
Lewis is a former fifth-round selection of the Eagles (2011). As a rookie last season, Lewis picked up 102 yards and one touchdown on 23 attempts in 15 games (no starts). He also made 31 kickoff returns for 669 yards.
Lewis will report to Lehigh University for Eagles training camp on Wednesday.
Shiancoe spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings, making 36 receptions for 409 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked 22nd among NFL tight ends in targets (70), 26th in receptions, 25th in yards and 23rd in touchdowns. Shiancoe, a former third-round NFL Draft pick, has 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns for his nine-year NFL career which he split with the Giants (2003-2006) and Vikings (2007-2011).
The Eagles are also looking closely at free agent punter Mat McBriar. McBriar worked out for the Eagles along with punters Jason Baker, Chris Bryan and Brad Maynard this week but reports said that McBriar performed the best out of the group (via CSN Philly).
Correll Buckhalter is back in the NFL, except this time he'll be on the sideline permanently. One of the most interesting notes as the Philadelphia Eagles rookies filtered into Lehigh for the start of training camp was that Buckhalter would be a coaching intern this season helping Duce Staley manage the running backs.
Buckhalter played with the Eagles from 2001 to 2008, and retired as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2010. He racked up 2,944 yards rushing, 1,410 yards receiving and 27 total touchdowns in his 10 season in the league. Buckhalter averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson will be out indefinitely, the team announced on Sunday. Patterson underwent brain surgery six months ago for the arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which refers to a tangle of blood vessels on the skull which doctors discovered last year. Patterson has been placed on the non-football injury list, Eagles coach Andy Reid said during a press conference.
Reid hinted that Antonio Dixon is a possible replacement for Patterson's starting job until he can recover. There is no current timetable for Patterson's return, but Reid did say that he expects Patterson to play this season.
Reid said that Patterson had targeted this week to return and feels ready go, but was surprised when his doctor would not clear him to play. Patterson needed to have a portion of his skull removed for the procedure and its that area which is still healing. Patterson will be at camp to work out on the side, but will not participate in any practices.
Patterson played in 15 games for the Eagles last season, making 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Patterson has been a consistent starter for Philadelphia since 2006. He joined the team in 2005 when he was a first-round NFL Draft pick out of USC.
The Philadelphia Eagles were able to fill up their 90-man roster on Sunday with a trade and atwo signings, the team announced.
The Eagles traded cornerback D.J. Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts for defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu. The defensive tackle was signed as a free agent by the Colts last season and spent the year on the practice squad. Ogbu played at Penn State as a four-year starter before his NFL career.
In addition to the Ogbu trade, the Eagles also signed wide receiver Anthony Jones and cornerback Kee-ayre Griffin. Jones led the Arena Football League in receiving yards (2,010) before joining the Eagles for training camp. Griffin was a part of rookie camp with Philadelphia this season. Griffin began his college career at Temple as a running back but converted to the cornerback position in 2009. He had three interceptions, 49 tackles and two blocked kicks for the Owls in 2011.
Eagles rookies and veterans reported to Lehigh University on Sunday to prepare for the start of training camp.
The Philadelphia Eagles are loaded on offense, but why not take another playmaker at a good price, right?
Maybe that's what Andy Reid and company are thinking with the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft rapidly approaching. The player that many people feel could be a nice fit for the Eagles is Baylor WR Josh Gordon, according to Bleeding Green Nation.
Gordon is 6 feet 3, 225 pounds and can run, making him a very intriguing prospect. In fact, some even believe him to be a better athlete than his former teammate Kendall Wright, who was just drafted 20th overall by the Tennessee Titans.
However, Gordon was suspended for the entire 2011 season for breaking team rules, so there are some serious character concerns. The rumors swirling suggest that a third round pick might be the ticket to land Gordon, which begs the question is Philly comfortable with that price?
For those unaware, if a team takes a player in the supplemental draft, it has to forfeit a pick in the same round for the upcoming NFL Draft.
During a conference call, Cox talked about his mindset now that his contract is done:
"First off, I want to thank [head] coach [Andy] Reid, [owner Jeffrey] Lurie and [general manager] Howie Roseman. My mindset is going in and just doing what I'm coached to do, what [defensive line] coach [Jim] Washburn wants me to do, and that's play hard and be relentless."
Cox believes he can compete for an immediate role on defense, saying "That's basically what football is all about, competing, and I'm always up for competition."
On his biggest progression from rookie mini-camp, Cox said that he has improved getting off the ball and being familiar with his defensive teammates during practice.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed their first-round draft choice defensive tackle Fletcher Cox to a four-year deal, the team announced on Monday. With the signing of Cox, the Eagles have signed all nine of their 2012 NFL Draft picks.
Cox, taken with the 12th pick of the first round, is the third-highest draft pick this season to be under contract. Rookies still have 34 days before they are expected to report at training camp.
The Eagles traded up to be able to select Cox (6-4, 298) whom they think could make immediate contributions on defense. Cox made 56 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks for Mississippi State as a junior and was named first-team All-SEC in 2011. Cox was also a contributor on special teams, blocking five kicks in 36 games.
The Philadelphia Eagles have brought another draft pick into their nest.
Foles, a third round pick out of Arizona, will back up Michael Vick right off the bat while learning the system. He was considered by many a hot prospect coming into the NFL Draft, with some saying he was the fourth best quarterback behind Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill.
With Vick's injury history and an offensive line without Jason Peters, Foles could see playing time sooner than anybody would like. His development in OTA's and training camp will be an important thing to watch as the weeks unfold.
Foles showed great promise in the PAC 12. Now he'll need to prove he can handle competing with the best.
McCullough started his career at Alabama as a defensive lineman, but moved to the offensive side of the ball after his freshman year. He was a backup for most of his time at Alabama but started several games during his senior year, including the national championship, due to injuries.
Taylor signed with the Eagles in November of 2011, but did not play a single game with the organization.
One of the higher-profile Philadelphia Eagles rookies, Mychael Kendricks, has spent the team's rookie camp impressing coaches. Andy Reid said he and the rest of the staff aren't sure whether Kendricks will start on opening day, but have been impressed by his athleticism, versatility and pass-rushing ability.
For more on the Philadelphia Eagles rookies and offseason news, check out Bleeding Green Nation.
In honor of the rookie minicamp that took place over the weekend, I decided this would be a good time to review the Eagles' 2012 offseason -- one which will prove pivotal to the future of the Andy Reid era.
After just three days of rookie mini camp, linebacker Mychal Kendricks has made an impression on the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff. Already, there's talk that the second-round pick out of California could capture a starting spot.
"We’re going to have a staff meeting here and we’re going to go over all that stuff," coach Andy Reid said of Kendricks' chance to start. "I’ll tell you that he looked good out here. He made a lot of plays and got his hands on the ball. We have to see where he gets the most reps, and I have to go through all of that with the coaches and we’ll figure it out."
Reid praised Kendricks' athleticism, noting several occasions when the 21-year old broke up passes intended for wide receivers. Kendricks also pressures the quarterback well, which could bring an extra dimension to Philadelphia's defense.
"[General Manager] Howie [Roseman] and I told you when we took Mychal that it’s one of his strengths," Reid said, referring to Kendricks' pass rushing. "He was really good at that in college. You can get a guy coming off the tight end side or the strong side and you feel comfortable with speed, agility, and the ability to adjust to make the tackle when he’s moving fast and furious to go forward. You want to exploit that the best you can. It was good to get him introduced to it, and we’ll see how he does once we get the pads on."
For more on the Eagles rookie camp, check out Bleeding Green Nation.
Chaney underwent surgery in January to repair a herniated disk he suffered during Philadelphia's regular season finale. The 25-year old is an important part of Philadelphia's defense, registering 92 tackles, three interceptions and one sack during the 2011 season.
With Chaney out for a while longer, rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks might take a step closer to securing a starting spot. The second-round pick had 98 tackles and three sacks for the California Golden Bears last year as a senior. The biggest knock on Kendricks is his size (he's just 5-11), but he has impressed during the team's rookie mini camp.
The 2012 Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Camp is underway, giving new draft picks and undrafted free agents their first workouts as members of the Eagles.
First-round pick Fletcher Cox saw time at defensive end instead of defensive tackle. When asked what he worked on he had this to say.
"I played a lot at d-end. We had different packages where the coaches would move me out and give me a lot space and let me move around."
With Cox trying to pick up time at defensive end, which is a surprise to many, coaching will be very important. As Cox pointed out after practice, he is quickly forming a good relationship with the coaching staff, primarily defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
"It was good. It was fun. We got up and ran around a little bit. We talked, and he coached me. It was like working with Coach Wilson back at Mississippi State. They'll both get after you and coach you really hard. They'll get right into you."
For more on the Eagles rookie camp, check out Bleeding Green Nation.
The Philadelphia Eagles held their first rookie minicamp of the year, marking the first time the draft class of 2012 will wear Eagles green
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