Wake-Up Call: Cast Off, Kendricks Ready To Rock

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Mychal Kendricks
said the time away this offseason was good for the mind, body and soul. He spent some time catering to each.

As for the mind and soul, the third year linebacker said he spent the month of March in the Sedona, Arizona area getting zen.

“Some real meditation,” said Kendricks. “It’s old Indian land — a reservation — out there. It was cool, man. It was cool.”




Kendricks posted some photos on his Instagram recently that showed him among the red rocks. More notably for football purposes, it also showed him with a cast around his left arm.

The injury dates back to last season. The 23-year-old explained at the Eagles 18th annual playground build Monday that he had loose tendons in the thumb area, and was placed in a cast for about a month to "let everything tighten up in there." He was unsure exactly how much of the season he played with the condition, but said it didn't necessarily bother him or affect his performance. The cast is off now and the thumb apparently is no longer an issue.

With the hand immobilized for a good chunk of the offseason, Kendricks spent a lot of time  on the conditioning element of his game and believes he will be faster this year. He also said he focused on strengthening his core "so when I wrap up and tackle I won't miss as many tackles as I did last year."

Thought that was interesting. According to Pro Football Focus, Kendricks was tied for first among inside linebackers in missed tackles with 21 last season. It's an  area of his game that could obviously be improved upon.

What he lacked in polish last season he made up for in ability. Kendricks was second on the team in tackles (137) and added four sacks, six hurries, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Recouped and refreshed, the 6-0, 240-pounder is hoping to take the next step in 2014.

WHAT YOU MISSED

The latest draft rumor has the Eagles linked to Johnny Manziel. Chip Kelly says that Manziel broke his heart when he chose Texas A&M over Oregon.

"It adds up to us." Kelly talks about DeSean Jackson's release for the first time.

Jeffrey Lurie also spoke about the move. "So I think with Chip, I just give him the benefit of the doubt."

Sheil takes a stab at how the Eagles have their top 10 receivers ranked. 

Of all the Oregon prospects coming out, defensive lineman Taylor Hart might be the most likely to end up in Philadelphia, Kapadia writes.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Jimmy Kempski says that replacing Jackson's explosive plays will be nearly impossible.

[I]ncluding the playoffs, all 26 of DeSean Jackson's receptions of 20+ yards led to at least a FG attempt. On drives in which Jackson had a 20+ yard reception, the Eagles eventually scored 17 touchdowns, kicked 7 field goals, and missed 2 field goal attempts, for a total of 141 points. In other words, the Eagles scored 30.3% of their total points last season on drives in which DeSean Jackson made an explosive play. All he does is catch long passes that lead to touchdowns.

Ever since he was cut, coping without DeSean Jackson has been framed in terms of replacing his 82 catches, 1332 yards, and 9 TDs. That may be replaced by another player or a combination of players in time, but there isn't a receiving weapon on the roster, as currently constructed, who can come close to matching Jackson's explosiveness.

In his latest mock draft, Chris Steuber has the Eagles selecting Marqise Lee in the first round and Stanford OLB Trent Murphy in the second.

By addressing the wide receiver position and missing out on Barr with their first-round pick, the Eagles need to focus on defense with most of their remaining picks. Finding an impact pass rusher who can get after the quarterback and create havoc should be the main objective with this selection, and Murphy, while not possessing the athletic prowess of Barr, is a consistent force off the edge.

At 6-foot-6, 261 pounds, Murphy is a hard-working, physical defender who has tremendous pass-rushing skills and a non-stop motor. He needs to improve on his cover skills, but with the work ethic and maximum effort he displays, that aspect of his game will get better.

COMING UP

More takeaways from our time at the Eagles' playground build.

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  • NickS1

    I hope the peyote helped his vision quest.

    • cliff henny

      Mr Mojo Rising. Mychal ‘Lizard King’ Kendricks.

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        • UKEagle99

          Meh, left hand drive. Now if you want to talk right hand drive cars and how our government is looking to reduce emissions then find out here http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/

          • myeaglescantwin

            I’m still pissed they didn’t consult you on the game times for this season…
            the nerve.

          • UKEagle99

            I know, shocking really. I expect the NFL to refund me a few pounds from my GamePass subscription to cover the cost of buying cucumber slices to put over my eyes so they don’t look too puffy at work the next day. At least Chip runs the ball so I do get to bed about 4:45am, it was well past 5am when Reid was on for an NFL record for single game passing attempts.

            I think they should extend the draft over 4-5 days and pick a round in London at the Royal Albert Hall and then back to Radio City. Nothing too major, say the third round for now (I joke!)

          • cliff henny

            still expect to get twitter messages on your 17ms bike rides too! no excuses!

          • UKEagle99

            Lol! I’ll try my best although they may be a little slower as I fall asleep at the handle bars. I should get some longer rides going in May as the weather over here cheers up a bit.

          • cliff henny

            what kind of bike do you ride? I ride a Fuji absolute hybrid. put 5 hrs a week on that bad boy for couple months, can eat like a wild wolf and still get shrink wrapped

          • UKEagle99

            I ride a Trek 2.1 road bike on my commute. I have a Specialised Allez that I use for Time Trials and flatter rides. I’m normally good for 10-12 hours a week through the summer and lose weight at a great rate whilst feeding my face… Then September rolls around and a few beers and an Eagles season later most of it is back on!

          • cliff henny

            yeah, pulled out the swimsuits Friday…not so good. rode 90ms this weekend, lol. couldn’t focus on anything yesterday. ended up staring into space.

          • UKEagle99

            That’s some nice mileage, I bet you have some great coastal rides in your neck of the woods. Round here it is typical English countryside, beautiful in it’s own right but you just take it for granted at times. My commute in is 17 miles (as you know!) I barely see a car for half of that.

          • cliff henny

            nothing special. have a 3 mile wooded bike path, go up and back, have a beach park, with alligators everywhere which is 5ms, rest is run of the mill roads-dodging old people who can barely see over steering wheel.

          • All In Eagles

            Haha, I feel your pain. I’ve been in Hong Kong for the past 6 years and never miss a live game. My life is ruined for 5+ months but it’s all worth it. When the clocks switch and I go 13 hours ahead of the east coast instead of 12 I really get hit hard. Thanks for the run game Chip, it definitely saves me an hour or so each Monday morning.

      • Rick H

        Is everybody in? The celebration is about to begin. Run with me. Run with me. Run with me. Let’s run! Jim Morrison The Doors CELEBRATION OF THE LIZARD

      • leorautins

        Mrs. Chicken Daily

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Did two tours of military combat training in the Mojave desert and never saw any peyote, scorpions or snakes. The 3 main things that we were extensively safety briefed on leading up to and while there. Was really hoping some knucklehead would come across some peyote and re-enact that scene from Young Guns.

      • NickS1

        Funny, I was thinking about Young Guns when I was writing it. Almost referenced the scene but just kept it short n sweet.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          “It’s a giant chicken!”…..”You guys! Did you see the size of that cock-a-doodle-damn-doo!”

  • cheapmeat

    I got two poses to choose from: the thinker or … the stinker

    • Maggie

      Third option: carefully posed, with the green socks.

      • cheapmeat

        It’s an SNL quote

  • G_WallyHunter

    Real encouraging to see he’s been working on different weaker area improvements, can’t wait to see him and Meco with some rookie wreaking havoc in middle of the D

  • cliff henny

    hope this works. if he can learn to relax, but keep the speed and talent, his playmaking ability is going to be off the charts.

    • Ark87

      He missed a lot of tackles and made a lot of tackles. He’s getting into the play a ton and that’s a great sign of progress from his rookie year when he couldn’t get away from blockers. His tackling isn’t good, but I do think it is exaggerated by how often he gets himself involved in the play. He’s got a great attitude and an aggressiveness we haven’t seen in a while. Experience will help him, but I suspect he will always have a tendency to over run a play, charge in a little bit out of control to lay the wood, etc, just less often.

      • cliff henny

        yup, rather have the issue of slowing down a lb, than trying to speed him up.

      • Maggie

        Sounds a bit like Calvin Pryor, eager to make big hits, a lot of misses, gets run out of plays where just disrupting a route or knocking the ball down would be the best play. Do the Eagles need both a LB and a safety panting to make the highlight of the night show? Just a thought.

  • anon

    Earl Thomas agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension — a five-year, $44.75 million deal with his 2014 salary included

    • cliff henny

      Sherman up next, then RW. both will blow by that contract so far they’ve done nice job of laying contracts.

      • Ark87

        Going to be interesting to see how they cope with that. Conventional wisdom say next offseason there is going to be some talent being trimmed off of the squad (in favor of new, cheap rookie contracts). I’d love to have some of those defenders.

        • cliff henny

          Seattle has a great cap. figure ET goes from 5m to 10m, and 10m next yr, with picks, they still have over 30m in ’15, and like 90m in ’16. think SF’s window is closing, but Seattle isn’t going anywhere. Philly wants SB in next 5yrs, Seahawks will have some say in it.

          • Adam G

            Once Sherman, Thomas, and RW are all on new contracts it will get dicey. RW should get more than Kaepernick, so it looks like they will be giving around 40 mil a year to 3 players. That’s a lot. Plus Okung could be another 12 mil. I would guess 2015 is the last year they can keep everybody around.

          • cliff henny

            not really. they have 108m available in ’16. while having 15m and 50m in ’14 and ’15. yes, that’s b4 those 3 contracts, but plenty of loading room. in comparison, eagles have 20m, 6m, 51m. Seattle has great players that need resigned, but they have room.

          • Adam G

            Cliff you gotta look at the big picture, not just how much cap they have. You can’t look at 2016 without mentioning that they only have 14 players under contract for that year. Their whole defense is unsigned for 2016 except for Bennett, Kam, and Thomas and Thomas contract is not even factored in. Literally 90% of the defense is not under contract. Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Malcolm Smith, Cliff Avril. Plus RW’s contract which could be up to 20 mil. Marshawn Lynch, etc. List goes on. They have a ton of space but their guys will just command too much money. They will not be keeping their team together. I know you are the resident “cap guy”, but you gotta look more into just free space. Guys like Irvin and Wagner are going to get overpaid.

          • cliff henny

            sure, mean cant have 100+m available and 35 guys under contract, that’s obvious. but, they can pick and choose who gets extended and when, and with youth allows pushing money into latter years. there’s always attrition, but Seattle has no bad long term contracts, tons of young talent they can choose or not choose to extend, draft replacements(big difference b/t Sea and SF, Seahawks have been drafting extremely well lately), and a ton of money. no team will be the same, but Seattle isn’t going anywhere. it’s well run organization.

          • Adam G

            Agreed, but 2016 is their year of reckoning. You can’t have 7 guys making 10mil plus a year so they will have to replinish with more young guys. Just the nature of success. They can’t keep everybody and will HAVE to let studs walk. They are here to stay but they will need to draft well to stay a super bowl favorite.

        • anon

          they say beastmode will be gone. he can come eat skittles in philly any day

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I think Sherm is a benefactor of having ET backing him up. Wouldn’t surprise me if they let Sherm walk. Thomas, Wilson & Lynch are the darlings on that team.

        • cliff henny

          that’d be pretty bold. though pretty sure I read/saw they were in negotiations. Lynch will be interesting, have couple decent guys behind him, and he’s nearing the dreaded 30 # for rbs.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah, my point being is that I think ET is the engine that drives that secondary’s success, much more than Sherm.

          • cliff henny

            guy I could watch all day is Cam. CC is a bad man.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            He’s a superfreak!

          • cliff henny

            how’s Grace (hope i’m close)? getting any sleep?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hahaha… Close enough, it’s Gracelyn Marie. Named her after her 3 biological mothers. My mom’s middle name (Grace), my wife’s mother’s first name is Lynn, and my wife’s middle name is Marie. My idea…lol.

            She’s good though. Feisty little bugger and was already lifting her head the day she was born. She can also support her body weight for about 10 seconds on her legs. Hates getting her diaper changed. My wife is breast feeding (no funny comments people), so she misses out on the most sleep.

            Thanks for asking brother!

          • cliff henny

            welcome, glad everyone is healthy and happy…well, Mom and GLMs, cause think we all know yours has very little to do with anything for another 6-8 months, lol

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah I’m actually jealous for two reasons…lol.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, wish eagles wanted to go that route, but such a difficult combination to find. way nfl is today, i’d almost give up some tackling for 2 really fast ball hawks. jealous of Seattle’s defense, hope Kelly masters this ‘hang50′ philosophy.

        • Maggie

          What?? Sherman was touting Thomas as Defensive Player of the Year and is the face of the LOB. His teammates like him, want him to keep on talking so the media will leave them alone. I sincerely hope you are being sardonic. I live about 2 hours from Seattle and can assure you that you can add Sherman to that list of “darlings”. There is no one more in demand for public appearances in this area. Added to being one of the top corners in the league.

    • paul from nc

      So can we stop the THomas draft miss talk. He’d be gone now anyway, since no way the Eagles make that contract

  • borrowedbreath

    Jimmy Kempski’s comments are good and valid. But a previous article here pointed out that Desean was responsible for 25 of the 80 plays that went 20 yards or more. So yes, we’ll miss that explosive playmaker. But Jimmy’s comments don’t clarify that there were also 55 plays that went 20+ yards did not involve #10.

    • Andy

      Right, nor does his “analysis” allow for the fact that one or more of those plays could have been executed by another receiver on the roster or to be drafted. In other words, he’s assuming every single explosive play Jackson had last year was 100% attributable to Jackson’s talent, and zero of them were attributable to QB play, miss-direction, play-calling, blocking, etc.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I am definitely not a DeSean sympathizer, but I think the point Kempski was making is that the Eagles eventually scored with those long, explosive plays to DeSean.

      Something to consider, but not something that is irreplaceable or to get bent out of shape over. DeSean was a limited player in my eyes. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t good at what he did do. But he isn’t nearly as complete a receiver or multi-dimensional as some of these prospects coming out this year.

      • borrowedbreath

        No doubt, Jerry, he will be missed on the field.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I’m actually saying he won’t be missed as much as some anticipate. I just don’t think DeSean was “that good”, despite his stats. He was good at what he could do and that’s stretching the field and being a deep threat that could beat you on any play he got free. Key words…”on any play he got free”. There are a number of receivers in this draft that can be just as explosive deep, but more balanced in skill set. I personally like Mathews, Latimer & Robinson. Different skill sets amongst the 3, but I like all 3. I think Mathews has the most visible “talent”, but the other two are workhorses & more well rounded. Gimme any of those 3 & I’d be real happy.

          • cliff henny

            Jax got 25, well above average for him. Mac averages 13 and sproles averages 7 a yr (per reason chipwagon article). add in the Kelly effect, sure they’ll combine for 25,if not more. who knows, maybe Jax’s lack of blocking downfield effected how many long runs there were. so much speculation on all this. all I come back to is, if Kelly’s offense goes in the toilet because jax left, while still having above aver oline, shady sprole mac ertz and probably at least 1 maybe 2 high round draft weapons, then he isn’t the genius we thought.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I just don’t see that happening. A limited DeSean flourished from an intelligent Kelly. Kelly didn’t flourish because of DeSean. When DeSean got pressed at the line and couldn’t get off, the opposing D’s crashed in on Shady. It took Kelly and the coaching staff to adjust scheme to get things back on track, not DeSean fighting through the pressure. That’s why I say that he was/is a limited player.

          • cliff henny

            I agree. what jax did well, he did about as well as anyone in NFL. but, there’s serious issues in his game. guess Kelly thinks his scheme can do what jax does best, HR threat, while jax cant do what scheme needs, m2m beater, block etc. i’ll side with Kelly on this. least he waited a year to find out. he should know what his offense needs and doesn’t need now.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That’s why I love Mathews, Robinson & Latimer. Three receivers that aren’t “limited” players that you don’t need to scheme for them to be successful.

          • paul from nc

            My only issue is the Jackson had several real good years, pre Chip. Cooper did not.

      • Kev_H

        It smells to me a little like the 1990s and constant posting of how Dallas almost always won when Emmitt Smith rushed over 100 yds. Duh! How many drives have 20+ yard plays and don’t lead to scores or FG attempts? Any wide receiver who starts in the NFL should be able to make some big plays. Even Riley Cooper 13 plays of 20+ yards and 6 players of 40+ yards last year. Unless the Eagles plan to play with 10 men, or 11 with only one WR, or replace Jackson at WR with Harold Carmichael, Kempski’s piece is just a bunch of filler.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Exactly. There are guys in this draft that stand 6’+ that could stretch the field but also do soooo much more. You just don’t need to have 4.3 speed to stretch the field and be a threat deep. In my eyes, DeSean needing to be “open” takes away an option if the QB is in trouble and needs to get the ball out quickly.

    • southy

      I’m not sure I buy the “argument by explosiveness”. If you can replicate the yards and TDs another way then there’s nothing about the explosiveness of the plays that Desean provided that make your points any more valid. You might as well take a look at any drive during which the team advanced 20+ yards.

      • borrowedbreath

        I guess the argument goes something like this: if you look at total yards in the whole season, they can be replicated; if however, you look on the field, play-by-play, that explosive potential opens up the field for opportunities for other big plays. Defenses had to account for #10 every time he was on the field.

        • Brian

          Every player’s accounted for, not just the fast guy.

        • southy

          Did teams game plan for him? Yeah. He’s fast and they need a safety deep. But in terms of “accounting” for someone to the extent it takes away from other things they want to do defensively, it was McCoy through and through.

        • paul from nc

          If they need to keep a safety back to double cover Jackson, that ooens up the underneath for everybody else. I think Shady benefitted the most from this, then the TE’s

  • myeaglescantwin

    This kid is a player. 5”11 and angry. I attribute most of his misses to be being so excited that he was ready to make a big stop. I think he got nervous on most and over thought the situation. With some more experience and a “cleansed mind and soul” he should have his head on a bit better in those key situations.

    Again, another part of Howie’s draft classes..
    Have some faith fellas. We got this

  • southy

    People are consistently misfiguring Chip’s approach, even as he’s been 100% honest about what he’s trying to do. We’re not gonna roll with little WRs with small hands that can’t run block, we’re not gonna try to replace Desean with a younger carbon copy, we’re not gonna draft an exclusively strong or free safety, and we’re not gonna draft a pure pass rusher.

    He wants flexibility. If you can rush the passer but “need to improve [your] cover skills” then you’re not a fit for the system. We might as well roll with Cole.

    • Richard Colton

      you think that press conference was 100% honest?

      • southy

        It may not have been the whole truth, but I think it’s truthful, and the whole truth is likely to be just as boring as what they have said. I don’t doubt that the move fits into his overall plan to overhaul the roster and make it in his image, and is something that Chip’s thought about for a long time. He wasn’t going to do it all in one go, and while he had Desean, he tried to make use of his talents.

        I’ll allow room for him to respect Desean for being great at what he does, but also seeing him as a player that limits him from what he wants his team to look like offensively. It’s a tough call made easier by how much he was getting paid.

        If DJax practiced and acted like Avant, would he be around? Maybe, but only if that means his effectiveness on the field would be so great that you start making allowances for that talent. As it stands, it wasn’t, at least for Chip.

        • Richard Colton

          I don’t buy it. As the team transitions into Chip’s team, I can’t think of one other case where a square-peg guy was cut before his replacement was on the team.

          If what you’re saying is true, then Cole and Graham would have been cut, and Caseymatthews would have been our ROLB last year.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            One word to describe that last statement…

            Ewww!

          • southy

            Why? We didn’t cut Desean last year either. We didn’t cut very many people in general out of a “team direction” motive. Chip signed a bunch of guys that he thought would add to what he wanted to do and let the camp cuts fall where they may.

            This year we are heading into a WR rich draft, are getting Maclin back, and Chip knows he can roll with Coop. Graham has been offered in a trade and Casey sucks. Even so I’m kind of surprised we haven’t heard anything about Cole, except that he’s a high character guy.

      • paul from nc

        Sure, they Eagles would never like. We like character on this team.

    • dnabrice

      Agree. After the DeSean “it was for football reasons” comment, there’s no way the Eagles pick Cooks if he’s available. They’re going to go for a bigger guy at WR.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Yeah I think Chip wants a more complete package. I’ve said this before but if DeSean was a more stout player, less fragile, Chip would’ve valued him more because he could use him inside/out in a role they’ll most likely use Sproles. I think Chip likes size outside & with the TEs, then he likes his little burner guys to be that RB/WR hybrid for deception & mismatch purposes. No way DeSean was a real threat to run the ball.

        • southy

          Have to agree with this. Desean was great in space if you can get him the ball with room to run, but the guy goes down far too easily to routinely play the short game, break an initial tackle and be off to the races.

      • Javi Echie

        Just because they are the same size Djax and Cooks are two totally different players so I wouldn’t rule him out just because of that comment chip made

    • myeaglescantwin

      thats true.. but you have to understand that any position drafted (outside of safety) will not start day 1. any OLB will be behind Barwin and Cole for 2014, and WR will be our slot at best, any OL / DL will most likely be a reserve unless Mathis is traded or Logan gets beat in camp.

      we don’t need a complete player in rd.1 we need to best player with the highest upside.

      cough cough (BARR) cough cough.

      • southy

        It depends on who you’re picking. If you’re getting a versatile piece whose coverage may well (easily) be better than Cole or Graham’s, and is decent but developmental rushing the passer, I could see him starting sooner rather than later. Cole would become a more situational guy, short yardage, long 3rd downs where he’s obviously blitzing… etc.

        My candle of hope that we pick up Dion somehow during the draft is still burning.

        • myeaglescantwin

          are you talking Bucannon or Jordan?
          because both would be a welcomed addition in my book.

    • Warhound

      Yep, more versatility allows for more deception. However, they might draft a guy who can rush the passer if they feel that their coaching can “improve [his] cover skills”.

  • mtn_green

    At times I think Kendricks is so fast that he gets to a play that other LB wouldn’t but then is out if position.

    • Warhound

      Like Larry Bowa, back in the day, would get errors on balls other guys wouldn’t because they couldn’t get near them. His range actually caused batters to get robbed of hits that went down as errors instead.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Watching me some more Allen Robinson. Man, I love this kid. Wish he was a more “willing” blocker, but damn the plays he makes for his size. I’m not even talking about the high pointing. I’m talking about taking screen passes for what seems like miles after the catch.

    • cliff henny

      who’s best WR screener in this draft? that’s the play offense was missing last year. 3 v 2 outside, couldn’t wouldn’t dare match up like that at oregon

      • Jerry Pomroy

        That’s a good question, but I don’t think that Chip is only looking at a guys YAC on screens. I’m sure it’s one of the things he’s looking for to go along with the total package. Of the 3 I like, I think Robinson is the best at screens. He’s patient in letting his blockers set up aand while he’s not ankle twisting shifty like Shady, he is oddly elusive for a big cat. I think he fits the best to what I believe Chip would want. But I can see the other two (Mathews, Latimer) being good fits as well as Lee as a dark horse. I like Lee, but I like the size of the other 3 and feel Chip could make them into really good players and possibly even stars in this league.

        • cliff henny

          was more of a curious question, agree, think it’s a skill they need to have or show they can develop. could easily live with A-Rob. heck, tradeback and get 2! of the top 10-12 guys, Benjamin I want no parts of, think he’s too risky with so many others, why take it. and Matthews, just don’t see the explosion, rather go Lat Rob or Moncreif. think ODB and Lee would put up monster numbers.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Mathews is what I call sneaky fast. He’s a bit of a long strider. He won’t blow off the line but makes up for it once he gets going. He’s got the hands to make those one handed over shoulder grabs. He benefited from screens as well and like Robinson he’s not shifty but elusive through angles in the open field. I think he’s the least complete of my fav 3, but I think he’s the most physically talented & hasn’t tapped yet into his full potential & played up to his size yet. I dunno, I’m kind torn on which I like the most. I have Latimer 3rd of those 3, but can’t decide who I like more between ARob or Mathews.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Oh and I like ODB, but I think Chip just doesn’t want to be limited whatsoever due to physical height.

            This draft is going to be interesting for sure as it’ll test the limits of our scouting department as well as Chip’s player selection and Howie’s ability to deliver and possibly wheel and deal. I’m very tempted to just give up our 22nd for Dion and ride out my chances on getting one of my three fav WRs in 2nd, then look to improve talent in secondary, LBs, DL & OL not in any particular order.

            Here is another dark horse late rounder.. Aaron Lynch, OLB/DE from USF. 6’5″, 250lbs, 34″ arms, 10 1/4 hands. Started out strong as an interior lineman at Notre Dame as freshman (he was an effin beast!). Transferred to USF, lost a lot of weight to play as a Dion Jordan type, but didn’t really show flashes of his former freshman dominance until late this year. Could thrive with some good butt kicking coaching and be a steal.

  • Kev_H

    That Kempski thing is kind of dumb. How about this? Every explosive (20 yard gain or more) Riley Cooper play led to a TD or FG. All 13 of them with the exception of the 4th quarter against Dallas when Barkley threw an interception at the Dallas 5. I think they could easily replace Cooper, but using Kempski’s logic, no. He is an exceptional, transcendental talent and all he does is make big plays that lead to points.

  • ACViking

    Has Kendricks gotten taller since coming to the NFL?

    At the 2012 Combine, he measure 5’11 & 1/8th . . . with relatively short arms for a CKelly LB.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      He wears cleats that give him the extra 7/8″

  • EaglefaninAZ

    I had no idea he had spent time here in my neighborhood. “You never call”!

  • Nostradamus

    Peyote is the gateway to etheric consciousness. Fact.

    • 76mustang

      Carlos Castaneda agreed.

  • paul from nc

    With him into the zen and that kid Braman, this could be a weird year.