Archive for May, 2009:
Two young Eagles were injured on Wednesday during off-season workouts. Rashad Baker appeared to suffer a head injury and had to be helped off the field. He appeared lucid and in control of his faculties after practice.
Cornelius Ingram injured his knee on Wednesday. It is being called a left-knee contusion, which may slow him down for a few days but is otherwide considered non-serious.
Finally, perhaps Lorenzo Booker also got hit in the head pretty hard, as he seems to think the backup running back job is his.
“For me to start sweating, you’ve got to take my job,” Booker said. “Come take my job. If you can take it, then take it. We’ll see. That’s what the whole point of camp and all that is.”
We like confidence, but it’s generally best if that confidence is earned because you proved yourself. Booker was a complete bust last season, and Andy Reid already appears willing to put McCoy in the #2 spot on the depth chart.
Happy Memorial Day everyone. Remember to spend a moment considering the sacrifices made by the men and women in our military uniforms while we barbecue, drink beer, and relax today (we’ll be golfing).
A few random Birds’ notes.
Matt Mosley says he wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles tried to sign Greg Ellis once he’s released from the Cowboys. We don’t agree.
Todd Herremans and Max Jean-Gilles seem to be headed in opposite directions health-wise. Herremans says he’s feeling better and hopes to be ready for full-squad camp in June. MJG is recovering slowly and says he’s only about “60%” (whatever the hell that means) from the broken leg he suffered. Seems like it would be a miracle for him to be ready for training camp.
Recently released (from the Rams) linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa will be visiting the Eagles, according to ESPN.com’s Tim Graham.
Tinoisamoa is a potential challenger at the WLB position. He is 27.
Update: In what has become sort of a routine — the Daily News reports a “team source” is denying it.
Kent Somers, the Cardinals beat writer whom we frequently link to around here, reports that the Eagles did in fact make an official offer for Anquan Boldin.
The Eagles also made an offer, according to an NFL source: a third-round pick and starting cornerback Sheldon Brown. The Cardinals quickly rejected it.
Somers does not report if the Cardinals made a counter-offer, or if the Eagles’ offer was so distant from their expectations that they felt it worthless to continue.
You would think that with the Eagles holding so many draft picks, the Cardinals (if they were serious about trading Boldin) would have at least inquired further or made a counter offer themselves. This may be further evidence that Boldin was never going anywhere.
According to Comcast’s Derrick Gunn, Joe Banner invited Sheldon Brown into his office for a face-to-face chat. The two have apparently mutually decided to keep quiet regarding Brown’s contract situation. Presumably, Banner smoothed things over with Brown regarding his feeling like a “ugly stepchild”, while simultaneously assuring him no new contract was coming any time soon.
Brown, for his part, appears ready to play this season.
Yesterday Andy Reid was a guest on 610 WIP in the morning. Asked about the Eagles going after a big-time receiver like Anquan Boldin, Reid was surprisingly forthcoming.
Reid suggested the price might have been first-, third- and fifth-round draft picks.
“That’s a lot of picks, No. 1,” Reid said. “And then you’re going to pay the guy $10 million. So you get hit on both sides of it.”
Apparently the rest of the league — the receiver starved Giants included — made the same judgement.
The Braylon Edwards trade rumor machine marches on. From Eric at BBI:
The following was provided to me by a legitimate source (not one of the previous Edwards asshats on this site):
“The talks are still on. The Browns are being cheap right now and have no interest in re-signing Edwards to a big deal. They are willing to take low compensation. They are asking for a conditional next year (high as a 3) and Danny Ware and Mario Manningham (who Mangini wanted badly for the Jets). They were asking for these same two players before the draft, but the feeling is they can get NY to bite now that they got Nicks and Brown in the draft.”
“(I do not) know the status of the Giants response to this offer.”
We don’t have any information regarding the validity of their source, but if this is what the Browns are asking for, we don’t see the Giants biting. The Giants people really like Danny Ware, and the market for Edwards has cooled after the draft — meaning the Giants (theoretically) shouldn’t have to give up as much.
And in more Giants/NFC East news — one of their big mouthed stars is running his again.
Yesterday GCobb stated that Kevin Curtis’ surgery was a little more invasive than the receiver or the Eagles have made it seem. Last weekend, in Curtis’ place, Jeremy Maclin spent some time at the “X” position with the first-teamers.
Curtis says he’s already starting to feel better, but is there good reason to speculate that Curtis may have a change in responsibility if Maclin picks up on the offense quickly?
The “X” receiver in the Birds offense is designed for the bigger, stronger receiver. It is where Terrell Owens played in 2004. It’s the guy who lines up closer to the line of scrimmage.
Curtis is listed at 6′0″ and 186 pounds. Maclin is 6′1″ and 198.
The quickness and burst of both Curtis and DeSean Jackson makes them ideally suited for play in the “Z” or “Y” spots, off the line of scrimmage where they can get a clean release and get into space.
This is going to be one of the more exciting things to watch as spring turns to summer.
The first mini-camp is in the books. The next practice activity at the NovaCare Complex will start on May 20 — the rookie camp.
Most observers agreed the crop of rookie skill position guys looked pretty good running around in shorts with no contact. And according to Cornelius Ingram, they feel an opportunity is there to contribute right away:
Ingram said he, Maclin and McCoy “know we’re probably going to have an opportunity to play. That’s why we tried to go as hard as we can go in this camp.”
Ingram is the 6′4″ tight end out of Florida. He’s extremely athletic and catches the ball well, but he’s never had to line up with a hand on the ground. He’s got a lot to learn before the season starts.
New acquired right tackle Stacy Andrews is not participating in workouts this week. His brother Shawn has been lined up at right tackle.
Andy Reid stated in press conference today that Stacy won’t be available to practice until training camp.