Archive for August, 2009:
AJ Feeley is a very popular guy. Among “many” others, the Patriots have expressed interest in him. [NFL.com]
Omar Gaither is your starting MLB. [Philly.com]
Shawn Andrews started practicing again, says he feels good. [Philly.com]
Rumor has it that Reggie Brown is not drawing much interest in the trade market. Hank Baskett is, but the Eagles haven’t been impressed by the offers yet.
Disappointing news following the game, LG Todd Herreman’s will have to undergo surgery on his injured foot and will certainly miss the Carolina game and possibly more.
Nick Cole, who has not impressed so far this pre-season, is still the likely replacement until Herreman’s is back playing.
In more positive health news, Andy Reid says he expects Shawn Andrews to be back practicing this weekend.
Paul Domowitch reports that the Jets and the Ravens are keeping an eye on the Eagles roster situation with regards to their wide receivers.
Obviously, the Eagles have some depth there, and the Jets and Ravens are very weak at the position.
Potential candidates for trade include Reggie Brown and Hank Baskett. The Eagles would not likely get a huge bounty in return, but a mid to late round draft pick seems reasonable here. Anything more than that would certainly be a coup for the team.
Their depth chart currently looks like:
That is the “official” depth chart. Our guess is that Avant is going to be getting more action than both Maclin and Brown, at least at this point. Gibson has been a pleasant surprise for the team and continues to get praise from the offensive coaches.
An incredible development at middle linebacker:
The Eagles love how instinctive and physical Fokou has been both at practice and in games. They don’t feel Mays has done a bad job with the first defense, but Fokou is now getting reps with the starting unit, and it’s clear that 19 days before the regular-season opener, this competition is wide open.
Obviously this is a shocker to pretty much everyone who has followed the Birds this pre-season. Not that Mays is an established force on this team, but that Fokou is such a come-out-of-nowhere guy (7th round pick).
Tomorrow night’s game appears to be a rather big deal for Mays.
Update 2: A few of you emailed us to let us know the Birds also signed linebacker Curtis Gatewood. We failed to mention it mostly because we see no way for the guy to make it through cuts next week, so we chose not to expend the energy. Sorry ’bout that.
Update: The organization has confirmed the signing.
As you read here yesterday, the Daily News’ “source within the organization” claimed the Eagles had decided not to sign for Cowboys’ TE Tony Curtis.
Last night, 950 AM Radio’s Brian Seltzer reported the opposite –
Per a source, the Eagles have come to terms on a one year-deal with TE Tony Curtis. He arrived at Nova Care Complex earlier this evening.
No announcement from the team, yet. Nothing on philly.com, either.
According to a source within the organization, the Eagles have decided not to offer Tony Curtis a contract. This obviously reflects well on Rob Myers.
“Do you think you’ll be ready for opening day?”
Shawn Andrews: “Hell yeah”
Shawn Andrews is out doing conditioning drills today. The first time he’s done that since the injury.
Leonard Weaver is back practicing (although he did not participate in everything). Sheldon Brown is back practicing with the team, as is Trent Cole.
According to Chris McPherson of the official site, the Eagles invited former Cowboy TE Tony Curtis to the NovaCare Complex for a workout.
The Eagles could sign him almost immediately, pending a physical, according to a team source.
Leonard Weaver left last night’s game with a mild MCL sprain that Andy Reid said would not be a long-term issue.
Ellis Hobbs has a sprained ankle. Both players could miss a few practices but are not expected to be out much longer than that.
Reid also said after the game that if Thursday was a regular season game, several of the injured offensive line starters could have played. We can safely assume that Peters and Stacy Andrews could have, whether Herremans could really play without making his injury worse, at this point, is something only the Eagles staff and the player know. Shawn Andrews, per usual, is a mystery.
According to Sam Wyche at NFL.com, the Eagles are one of several teams who have contacted veteran running back Warrick Dunn.
A source close to Dunn said discussions with the Eagles never materialized because of an inability to reach contract terms.
It is also unlikely that the Eagles would be willing to guarantee playing time. Dunn may be looking for a commitment from a team in that regard.