Eagles Wake-Up Call: ‘It Looks Like We Have the Old Earl’

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Chip Kelly was asked last week how he felt about Earl Wolff being slowed by an injury during his rookie season.

“How did I feel about it?” Kelly responded. “I was sad because Earl was coming, you know.”




The Eagles' safety had an up-and-down rookie campaign. His phenomenal athleticism was evident, but Wolff made his share of first-year mistakes. A right knee injury (hyper-extension) lingered, and he was unavailable down the stretch.

Now Wolff finds himself in position to make the second-year leap. Malcolm Jenkins seems like a lock for one starting safety spot. The other one is up for grabs between Wolff, Nate Allen and rookie Ed Reynolds. The team also signed Chris Maragos during free agency, but he's considered more of a special-teams asset.

We're only in May, and the job will be won or lost in August, but Kelly likes what he's seen out of Wolff so far at the NovaCare Complex.

"I think the statement  - and more than one person has made to me - it looks like we have the old Earl because he's flying around right now," Kelly said. "So I don't know if he's... sometimes the injury is a little more severe than was expected. We didn't think it was going to be as long as it was, and I'll give him a ton of credit because he worked his tail off to try to get back out there. But it just didn't respond the way we had hoped it would respond. But the guy that's been here since April 21st, Earl's been flying around."

There were rumblings last year that the training staff had given Wolff the go-ahead to play, but that he felt like he couldn't make it happen.

"I wouldn't necessarily say it was that," Wolff told Birds 24/7 at the time. "It might have been something similar to that. And it wasn't that I didn't want to play, I just felt like if I would have went out there, I wouldn't have been able to play my game. I would have been thinking about it. Not to say that I would've messed something up -- I trust them in the training room -- but just to a point to where I just wouldn't have  been able to play my game and make the plays that I can make, and I could have possibly hurt our defense more than helped.

"I understand that at this level you have to battle through injuries and being hurt and try to play, but I feel the position I play it's kinda tough, man. I feel like maybe if I played a different position maybe I would have had a chance to do something. They really wanted me to come back. And don't get me wrong, I wanted to come back more than anybody, I wanted to come back out there and play with my teammates and basically help us win."

Kelly was asked whether there was ever a question about Wolff playing injured.

"No, not at all," he said. "We legitimately just watch him work out. There was a difference between him being able to run full speed. Because when Earl runs full speed and jumps full speed, you can tell. He was definitely injured. So there was no question from us at all."

Wolff has been putting in work for about three weeks during the offseason program. There's still plenty to prove, but he's on the right track in convincing the coaching staff that he deserves to crack the starting lineup.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Three Howie Roseman leftovers, including how he knew Taylor Hart would be available in the fifth round.

"I watched him and couldn't fall in love with him," says one personnel man on Marcus Smith.

T-Mac takes a look at the Eagles' backfield situation without Bryce Brown.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

James Franklin talked to the Daily News about his former player Jordan Matthews:

"You're talking about the all-time leading receiver in SEC history, career and single season. And you're talking about a guy that everybody knew in that league that we were going to try to get him as many touches as possible and they still couldn't stop it. He had 10 to 12 catches a game."

Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz thinks Roseman had a good weekend:

I think Howie Roseman just had his best draft yet, in terms of how he handled the situation. He got creative at times. He was aggressive at some spots and conservative at others. He didn’t wheel and deal for the heck of it. He made calculated moves that landed players the Eagles wanted. We know this because the Eagles showed interest in all of these guys before the draft. All but Huff made a visit to Philly, and obviously he and Kelly already had a strong relationship.

COMING UP

Some notes on the Kelly/Roseman dynamic.

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  • Will

    That’s what I like to hear. I wonder if Billy D is gonna use any 3 safety looks this year

    • Aussie Eagle

      you would think so, think they were trying some last preseason with Chung covering the slot but we all now how that turned out..

      • Kevin

        Yeah… A crushing blow to a teammate or a missed tackle for a touchdown. At least our back seven doesn’t have to keep their heads on a swivel looking for Chung.

    • cliff henny

      like the thought process behind 3 safety look, but not for eagles. problem is it takes Boykin off field and puts inferior backup safety on. guess also depends on who 3rd safety is covering, TE or WR.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        Agree, unless its jaylen Watkins and he turns into a stud. In which case im ok

      • Anebriated

        I believe this is why we brought Malcom Jenkins into the mix. CB turned S is the easy pick to cover the TE. Let the young S play center field. Watkins would be the logical choice to cover the WR.

  • Dominik

    “How did I feel about it? I was sad because Earl was coming, you know.”

    That’s what she said.

    • Malcolm Jones

      LOL ….i can’t…i can’t

    • Neanderthal

      Hate when a session, i mean season, ends prematurely.

    • PaoliBulldog

      Happens to me every time I get a hyperextension.

  • Malcolm Jones

    everyone was screaming for a safety but I am encouraged by Jenkins and Wolff. Jenkins has the brain and a nose for the ball, so all he will have to work on is his fundamentals and tackling concepts. If it worked for Allen, it will do wonders for Jenkins. Wolff has a nose for the ball and loads of athleticism and he said that he is gonna be attached at Jenkins hips working on the mental part of the game. If Wolff puts on some more weight and works on the mental aspect, not even mentioning the 2nd year jump. He should have a great season.

    • Joe L

      Jenkins has the football IQ, but the nose for the ball would have resulted in more turnovers in his career, no?

      • Malcolm Jones

        Yeah but my version of nose for the ball means knowing where to be and being in good position…he seems to always be in position..but that create turnovers part and effective tackling needs to catch up

      • cliff henny

        jenkins isnt elite athlete, hopefully he can help get Boykin, Kendricks, Smith, and Wolff line up in right spots, let them use athletic ability to make plays.

    • Will

      I hope improved safety play allows us to press our corners this year. Let Williams play to his strength…

    • Eagles1018

      I know we look at that second year jump yet we never discuss the sophomore jinx. Isn’t there the possibility of regression as well? I’d love for the jump to be what happens just saying

      • Malcolm Jones

        Yeah that is possible too..but seeing his potential and skills when the game was moving fast and when the playbook was still a blur…makes me think when he has the playbook down pack and knows where everyone should be and their assignments…the game should slow down allowing him to play faster. If the first year was hard for him and he still looks lost after knowing the system, we have a problem.

    • rich

      Most reasonable post I’ve read in a while..good point on tackling techniques. .if our coaches can improve Nates tackling, Jenkins will be all-pro in a year..Nate Allen wiffs more on tackles than my friend who plays golf once a year wiffs on the tee box

  • myeaglescantwin

    Early Wolfe was the reason I couldn’t understand people screaming for Pryor.
    Wolfe was faster with more college production and the same style as a “thumper” .

  • cliff henny

    not good news for one of my top 3 or 4 kicking boys, Nate Allen. he might be fortunate that kelly could carry a bunch of LBs and skimp on 3rd/4th safety needing to bring a ton to special teams, and having Maragos. also, cutting Nate clears over 2m, think 750k dead, which is chump change for a winter insurance policy. Reynolds as 4th, and Watkins can be 5th cb/ 5th safety. not sure Nate’s size will be needed in Dime either, Carroll has nice size.
    .
    glad Wolff is healthy, am excited to see him build on ’13. such a catch-22, want guys to battle thru, dont want them to injure themselves more or play suffer to where healthy backup might be better move for team. how many times do we fans complain about a guy only to hear after the season he was physically destroyed.

    • JofreyRice

      That’s kinda what I was thinking. They brought Nate back in case Wolff isn’t quite up to snuff in training camp. If Nate can’t take the job, they cut him.

      • aub32

        I like Nate as better depth than Reynolds. Reynolds may make the practice squad because I think he’s going to have a hard time adjusting to the league with his measurables. Need I remind you of Jaiquan Jarrett?

        • Anebriated

          Biggest difference there is Reynolds went to Stanford and Jarrett went to Temple. Dont get me wrong because I go to a lot of Temple games and saw the kid play where he looked fantastic but having a cerebral player at safety makes a big difference before you even take the rest of the game into account.

          • aub32

            You can’t coach talent. The game isn’t played by rocket scientists. I agree there’s a big mental part of the game, but you are talking about competing with some of the best athletes in the world. There’s a reason Earl Thomas is so good, and it has a lot to do with his athleticism.

          • Anebriated

            I agree with you but I see Jarrett and Reynolds as similar players except the latter sees the field much better and is more consistent with his reads and angles. I do think that Jarrett gets a bad rap because of how terrible the defensive scheme was for a safety but when you are talking about the QB of the defense I will take the smarter player with similar measurables (Reynolds is 6-1 207, 4.57 40. Jarrett 6-0 196 4.60 40)

          • aub32

            If we measured football IQ based on the academic prowess of the university, Why is the SEC the strongest conference? lol

          • Anebriated

            Coaching and recruiting power mostly. They are able to recruit the player who is either extremely gifted athletically and plays the position well but doesnt quite get the whole game or the players who are still good athletically but can make up for the slight drop in ability with smarts. Schools like Stanford still get decent recruits(they’ve had a good run of coaches) but they arent quite the same.

            I should say my view isnt the same for all positions and players. Safety is one area where I would like my player to have above average athletic ability to go along with the football IQ. That IQ doesnt always translate from academic prowess but in this case it does.

            edit: that said I’ll take skill position players from the SEC all day long and twice on sundays…

          • Amar

            What are Earl Thomas’ measurables ?

          • Anebriated

            Earl Thomas 5’10 208(202 current), 4.43 40. 31.25″ arms, 9.5″ hands(rounded up slightly because math) 21 reps at the bench

            Just to keep the comparison in the same post and consistant im using all combine results here.

            Ed Reynolds 6’1 207, 4.57 40. 30.75″ arms. 8.5″ hands. 15 reps at the bench

            Jaiquawn Jarrett 6’0 198, 4.65 40. 30.75″ arms. 10″ hands. 14 reps at the bench

            Nate Allen 6’0 207., 4.51 40. 31″ arms. 9.5″ hands(rounded up). 16 reps at the bench.

            Earl Wolff 5’11 209, 4.44 40. 31.5″ arms. 9.125″ hands. 15 reps at the bench.

            Got carried away because I love this stuff.

          • Cory Davis

            Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 6’1 208 4.58 32.38″ 9.6″ hands. 11 reps at the bench. His stats look very similar to all of the current, past, and soon to be past Eagles.

          • stephenstempo

            When athleticism is mostly equal as it is in the highest level of any sport then what’s left over is intelligence. A lot of physically gifted players have failed precisely because they are, in football terms, morons.

        • JofreyRice

          yeah, I hear you, Reynolds is completely underwhelming from my standpoint, but they must have liked him. Spent a 5th rounder, and passed up guys like Tripp, Ronald Powell, Antone Exum. They had Tripp and Powell in for official visits, right?

          • aub32

            I didn’t say they don’t like him. I think Nate was an average starter last year. Wolff showed promise. Marcos needs to dress to contribute on STs. Reynolds isn’t going up against Coleman for a job. He will have a tough time making the final roster.

        • Uncle Wonder

          I doubt he will make the practice squad. At least one team will hv interest in a 5th rd pick who gets waived.

      • cliff henny

        yup, 4th and 5th rounders are making team unless they really stink. fact that Allen brings nothing to special teams will be his issue. if he cant beat out Wolff, he better belight years ahead of Maragos, Reynolds and Johnson. way staff coached up ‘wrong way’ Wolff, be curious to see Keelan.

      • Uncle Wonder

        Thats wack…they coulda kept Chung if that was the case. Nate coulda fetched at least a compensatory pick in ’15

        • cliff henny

          how? no one wanted him. and, he has to play to get comp pick. plus, eagles signed enough FAs, Jenkins mainly, his past and present playing time/pay will prevent Eags from comp picks.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Well, I assume he woulda signed somewhere. And we lost mad players this year who we just didnt resign. A couple will sign on somewhere, I know Geathers did. No one knows the whole formula but we could possibly hv gotten a 7th. Who all did we sign? Jenkins, Carroll…backup safeties. Idk

          • cliff henny

            cooper and Mac are FA signings too. Allen, even if he had a Ronnie Lot season, would not get Eagles comp pick.

        • JofreyRice

          I actually think it’s a sound strategy. What if Wolff never comes back the same? Then you have at least a low-level starter in place, for cheap. I mean, I am on record (a lot) saying I think they made a mistake by not going with a big time free agent safety, but if this is the strategy they’re going after–then bringing Allen back follows as a prudent measure.

          Wolff’s athletic ability makes him a potential contributor, and he did seem to flash some instincts, but he was far from a “sure thing” before he went down to injury last year. Good to have a plan B in place.

  • Mark F

    It’s good Wolff’s healthy, but I hate it when people talk about a player flying around this early in the [off] season…reminds me of Ernie “Shark in the Water” Sims…

    • bj

      I’ll never forget that. Made it seem like he was going to be the second coming of LT and was just horrible

  • Will

    Glad to hear Wolff is healthy…

    • eagle fan dwn south

      Im glad Chung is gone

      • Will

        Happy the Eagles signed Jenkins…now all we need is his partner in crime….

        • Andy124

          Ideally, Jenkins is the second best safety on a good defense. He’s better than what we had last year, and I’m happy to have him. But let’s hope that by the time we’re ready for a serious run in ’15/’16 that he’s the sidekick, not the star.

          • Will

            Really hoping someone on the roster can distinguish themselves so we don’t have to draft for Safety again next year….I’m all for Watkins trying out at the Safety spot…

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Really? Because after watching him play a couple times since being drafted, he looks more natural at the CB spot. I think he’ll challenge for a starting spot at CB this year. Might not get it this year, but he’ll challenge & I think he’ll be a player.

            I would pencil in last year’s starters though at CB, as it’s one of the positions that has the most competition going into the season. Carroll was a 2nd CB in Miami. I can’t see him coming here if he didn’t believe he had a legit shot. And like I said, Watkins is gonna be a player. Just might take a year to get his NFL legs under him.

          • eaglesfanqc

            So Boyking will stay eternally in the slot? We need to try it outside too or we will lost it..

  • Will

    Top 100 NFL players …Mathis makes the list at 88…

  • JAMIN67

    Dawkins, hands down, is my all-time favorite Eagle…so it’s been hard watching the players that we’ve rolled out at the S position since he left. Having said that…I feel pretty good about the position this year. I think Jenkins is perfect for this scheme, and his leadership and football IQ will not only help the D, but also Wolff tremendously. Let’s not forget that rookie S and CB usually don’t “put it all together” in their first year in the league. It usually takes a few years to really learn the nuances of playing those positions at the professional level. Wolff has all the tools…he just needs to get there. Having Allen back gives us great depth, and Maragos is a ST beast. I need to watch more on Reynolds though…honestly don’t know much about the kid.

  • Token

    Has Lawlor surpassed Spardaro? I think so.

    • aub32

      He has shown a bit more homerism of late. Best draft yet? I like the players, but I don’t think we picked up a single day one starter. Compared to 2012 when we picked up 3 day one starters and got great value on guys like Cox (who many said top 10) and Boykin.

      • Cranky Caucasian

        Re-read what he said. He didn’t imply best draft yet as in the players they got, but how he handled the situation and maneuvering in the draft. Also, day one starter is a terrible metric. If you have a crap team, then all your picks will likely be day one starters. Doesn’t mean it was a good draft.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Plus he mentioned how Howie wheeled and dealed and got the players they wanted despite where they were slated to pick. Big difference picking near the top, than towards the bottom.

        • aub32

          Please see my comment above.

      • cliff henny

        but he’s not talking about players, he talking about trades. 3rd to moveback 3spots, 3rd/4th for Brown is crazy good. moving back 18-20 spots in 3rd to get 4-1 and 5-1, who turned into 2 guys they had as 3rd rounders. i’d say Howie did a great job, now players, TBD

        • aub32

          I was referring to trades as well. In the 2012 draft I saw plenty of people mock Cox at 6 to the Rams. Howie was smart enough to wait until 12 then jump ahead of the Rams to get the guy we wanted without giving up a boat load. Then we were able to trade down in the 2nd and still pick up Curry. That trade down allowed us to pick up a 4th, which we had previously given away. That 4th turned into Boykin who they wanted much earlier but trusted he would be there later.

          • cliff henny

            little difficult to compare players since ’12 have played and ’14 are just hype. best is a realitive term, cant argue with any of the 3 drafts so far from a GM perspective. ’12 he worked board and got players, ’13 was more static (probably cause so many more holes he could let let guys fall), and ’13 he worked board and if kelly’s happy with players, great start to me

          • aub32

            EDIT:

            Didn’t mean to type this. Too many assumptions.

          • Andy124

            Or you could say they paid too much for Cooks (totally subjective) and Howie was smart not to overpay. I’ve even heard reports that the Eagles started a bidding war for that spot, so you could go as far as to speculate that Howie forced the Saints to pay too much for Cooks, double whammy.

            All conjecture, and I don’t really get in to trying to form a consensus on exactly what shade of gray Howie’s draft performance was. Just throwing out some other ways to look at it.

      • JofreyRice

        Last year’s was pretty good, too. Lane, Ertz and Logan are 3 starters with the first 3 picks. Berkley was a throw away, but we’re talking about Wolff as another starter. Now, they have to actually contribute, too, but getting in the game as a starter is a good place to begin.

        When you look at it from that perspective, I could see giving Roseman the benefit of the doubt even though it looks like he was playing Jack Reacher.

      • Mitchell

        To be fair, our roster was worse in the past so it was easier to put up starters, especially because we changed scheme. We did pick up a starter in Matthews though.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I don’t think anyone could surpass Spuds.

      • anon

        yeah we had this discussion over at iggles — hopefully he’ll turn that down

        • Jerry Pomroy

          He has compared to about a month or two ago.

    • JofreyRice

      haha, pretty bad. He’s pretty much always been that way though. I mean, what can you expect, he writes a column for PE, right? This organization demands obsequious fealty.

      • peteike

        dude, I have to look up obsequious fealty

        • Maggie

          Easy. Crawling to the leader, proclaiming your loyalty but all the while hating his guts. Or a yesman.

      • stephenstempo

        Proof

        • JofreyRice

          dam eagles r retarted

    • Anebriated

      more like Spuds is Lawlor without the research and film study.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Yeah I’d say that I trust Tommy’s insight over Spuds. Tommy can get carried away as I said below because he’s a fan first writer. But he does know football. Spuds just has always seemed like a guy that is not well versed, informed & rather robotic.

        • Anebriated

          Exactly. While he obviously loves our birds(along with PBR, funyons and pudding) he is pretty good at identifying talent. He is generally in the ballpark of what the Eagles are doing and occasionally hits the nail on the head(as he did with his one article mentioning the possibility of trading down within the first round to pick up Marcus Smith).

        • Andy124

          He’s a PR guy and is good at what he does imo. Read him for good vibes, not for critical analysis. I like the guy.

          • Anebriated

            I think you misspelled ‘PBR’

          • Andy124

            Nice. But I was referring to Dave, not Tommy. Tommy’s the man.

          • Anebriated

            Good catch, my mind was on Tommy. Im not a fan of Spuds but I can appreciate what he does, its not an easy job in this market.

          • JofreyRice

            I get that he’s a PR guy, and is doing his job, but there is an edge to the way he presents stuff. I don’t think he’s a good guy, at all.

          • Andy124

            Really? Maybe when dealing with callers? Cause I never listen to him. Just read his propaganda pieces for entertainment.

  • southy

    It’s refreshing to hear a player say something I’ve often thought: If you’re hurt, is 70-80% of you better than 100% of another guy? Everyone wants to show how tough they are by playing hurt, but if you know you won’t be able to be the same player on the field, maybe you are hurting your team for selfish reasons.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Well there is also him playing hurt and hurting his own bid for becoming the starter. Had he not been honest he might have lost the confidence in the coaching staff. He could’ve said he was good and played like crap, hurting his position in two ways. One playing like crap and two lying to the coaching staff that he was good to go.

  • anon

    Broncos second-round WR Cody Latimer (foot) is expected to be limited until training camp.

    Latimer broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and underwent surgery on January 19. He missed the Scouting Combine, aside from bench press, before clocking 4.39 and 4.43 forties at the Hoosiers’ Pro Day. The Broncos are going to give Latimer time to fully recover. He’ll handle mostly mental reps during OTAs and minicamp.

    Wonder if that’s why we didn’t take Latimer.

    • eaglesfanqc

      BTW when Eagles OTA’s are beginning?

    • Uncle Wonder

      Can’t be it, can it? A broken toe cant be tht big of a deal, i think all the info that came out about their visits with Matthews shows they just liked him better. It is clear they like Latimer but they could only pick one guy.

      • Richaud Jeaffreson

        A metatarsal is a bone in your foot, not your toe. Toes are phalanges.

    • peteike

      guys playing hurt is a mainstay in the league. Trainers force guys out there all the time by making it harder for them while rehabbing. I always bring this up but this piece is a great read

      http://deadspin.com/my-injury-file-how-i-shot-smoked-and-screwed-my-way-1482106392

      • Steve

        Wow – fascinating! Thanks for posting. The hit by McGuinnest and the coverage afterward (just sort of shaking his head on the sideline while the position coach asks him some questions), juxtaposed with his description of what was really going on inside his body and his head will stay with me. You see this same thing play out in almost every NFL game. Just amazing how much these guys sacrifice to play this game at this level.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Missing excerpt from yesterday’s article in regards to Domo’s article where he spoke to an NFC personnel guy about the Eagles draftees. This was the final paragraph in regards to Smith, that Tim didn’t include.

    “He’s got a good motor. He’s a little stiff in the hips, but can bend the edge. He was overmatched in one-on-ones at the Senior Bowl. He has a huge upside as a rusher, though. He’s an above-average athlete. He gives you speed off the corner and is explosive at the point of attack when he’s moving.”

    Clearly Smith was not a scheme fit for this team. But the guy does give Smith props and admits that he has huge upside as a rusher and pretty much explains him in a light looking at him as a 4-3 DE.

    So if anyone wants to figure out who or which team this guy is from, here were a couple of hints dropped.

    1) NFC team
    2) Uses press coverage w/ CBs
    3) Uses a more traditional high/low safety pairing with a FS deep and SS up in the box.
    4) Quite possibly a 4-3 base front (maybe a 4-3 Under).
    5) Personnel guy would most likely have ties back to Eagles, as Domo isn’t likely to have national ties.

    • jmkrav

      Giants

    • Anebriated

      Panthers, they didnt need DE’s so they might not have spent as much time scouting him hence the somewhat odd looking report.

    • Lou

      The cowgirls potentially

  • Anebriated

    I think the Eagles are trying to do something similar to what the Packers and to an extent the Steelers do with their 3-4 nickel corners. They give them 2-3 years to sit in the slot and really learn the intricacies of being an NFL corner and then slide them outside. They did it with Woodson, Hayward and Sam Shields with pretty good results.

    Good article about it(despite being grantland) http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-all-22-all-star-team-casey-hayward-and-the-value-of-a-nickel/

    • Jerry Pomroy

      That was a pretty good article. You think they’ll move Boykin outside more and let Watkins play inside?

      One thing that really drove me nuts last year was how our outside CBs (more so Williams) would allow a catch on 3rd down uncontested at the sticks, giving up a 1st down. They’d make the tackle for extra yardage, but give up the catch. They did get better and make more plays on the ball to break up the catch (especially Fletcher), but it was still more than I’d like. This obviously had something to do with scheme playing off, but this was also the reason why Ravens fans were not sad to see Williams go. I now live in the Baltimore area and that’s all I heard from them in regards to Williams. Fiery guy, but always give up the catch on 3rd down. I just hope that this isn’t something that continues next season and I welcome the competition at CB (outside) from the likes of Carroll, Watkins & even Boykin.

      • Anebriated

        I do believe we will see Boykin move to the outside but not full time yet, especially now that we have Watkins who can take over in the slot. He fits that Boykin mold perfectly. I also think that the improved safety play this year will allow our corners to excel in ways they havent been able to since the days of JJ. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Boykin went outside in the base package and then slid inside to cover the slot with Watkins initially being the 4th corner. I almost feel bad for Bradley Fletcher as he just went through the same situation in St Louis when they drafted Jenkins. It seems to me that the organization is daring someone on the roster to take the job away from Sconces.

        • peteike

          yup, and Id prefer they go that direction, Boykin and Fletcher on the outside with Jenkins in slot. This probably is another year off however and at that point who knows with Fletcher. If he stays healthy and keeps playing well, he improved as the season went on I thought.

          • Anebriated

            I think you mean Watkins and not Jenkins but I agree. We would have to re-sign Fletcher after this year which depending on how he does I wouldn’t be opposed to.

          • peteike

            ahh yes duh, Watkins

      • Amar

        Do you remember Boykin breaking up the TD pass to Calvin Johnson in the Snow Bowl ? That was just sick man…I had the Kevin Garnett face for 10 minutes.

  • Southern Eagle

    Don’t sleep on Daytawion Lowe not making this roster. I have watched Lowe play for years, and he’s going to be in the mix. Trust me.

  • PaoliBulldog

    I wish I knew more about the locker room ethic regarding playing when hurt. When I was a kid I read a story about Sherrill Headrick, the Chief’s middle linebacker, running off the field after a play and telling the trainer to “wrap something around this” — “this” being his thumb, which had been compound fractured at the base and was hanging by a tendon. The trainer taped on a splint and Headrick was back on the field in minutes.

    I thought that was way cool of him. But I get it. You can tackle with nine fingers. Ask Ronnie Lott.

    What I *don’t* get is trying to play through an injury that by definition hampers strength, speed, mobility, etc., and/or puts the player at a greater risk of additional injury. (Cue the video of RGIII crumpling to his home turf.) I’ve never hyperextended a knee, but I’m sure it would make it hard to backpedal, cut and accelerate. An opponent could exploit that easily.

  • William Marchionni

    I love this kids potential being a rookie last year and learning a new defense I in my opinion didn’t think he looked that much out of place. I feel this kid was a steal and will improve more working with Jenkins