Notes: Geathers, Wilfork And a QB Prospect
Clifton Geathers spent one season with the Eagles and is now moving on to a new NFC East team.
The 6-foot-8, 340-pounder signed with the Washington Redskins this afternoon. Geathers was a rotational defensive lineman for the Eagles last year, playing 19.9 percent of the team’s snaps, per Pro Football Focus.
As a pass-rusher, Geathers wasn’t much of a factor, failing to notch a sack and totaling three hurries in 131 opportunities. He flashed occasionally against the run, but wasn’t consistently productive in that area either.
The Eagles currently have three defensive linemen who are locks to make the roster: Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton and Bennie Logan. Damion Square will have to compete for a roster spot. And Vinny Curry’s future with the organization always seems up in the air (I think he could be dealt; T-Mac thinks he’s staying).
Regardless, the Eagles need bodies along the defensive line. As I mentioned this morning, a couple names worth keeping an eye on: Alex Carrington and Corey Wootton. Neither has been linked to the Eagles, but both guys are still available.
WHAT ABOUT WILFORK?
According to the NFL Network, Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has requested that he be released. So if the team grants him his wish, should the Eagles take a look?
The problem with this projection is that health is such a big part of it. Wilfork suffered a torn Achilles in Week 4 of last season, and he turns 33 in November. He’s obviously been a great player and would be a tremendous addition to any defensive line, but those could be some red flags.
We’ll see what the Patriots do and revisit the possibility if Wilfork is in fact released, but my initial feeling is that the age and injury concerns would scare the Eagles away.
A SLEEPER QB PROSPECT
The Eagles sent QBs coach Bill Musgrave to Wyoming’s Pro Day to check out signal-caller Brett Smith. Here are the numbers:
Brett Smith’s official numbers: 6016 207, 10 inch hands. 4.51 official 40 time.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 13, 2014
Adequate height, big hands and an excellent 40 time.
As a junior, Smith completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,375 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 INTs. He also ran for 571 yards and four scores. Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com described Smith as “a more controlled version of Johnny Manziel.”
Smith was not invited to the combine. According to NFL.com, he’s projected to be a mid-to-late round pick.