Thoughts/Impressions From OTAs

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Marcus Smith
was running with the third team on Thursday. Trent Cole and Connor Barwin were with the ones, Brandon Graham (lined up at right outside linebacker) ran with the twos opposite Bryan Braman, and Smith played left outside linebacker with the threes opposite Travis Long.

Similarly, cornerback Jaylen Watkins practiced with the third team during the practice session open to the media.

I wouldn’t read anything into this. This time last year Curtis Marsh was working with the first team instead of Cary Williams (this was during the sconce period of the Williams era) and Dennis Kelly was ahead of Lane Johnson on the depth chart at right tackle.


I think Kelly wants the rookies to earn their standing on the team, which makes sense. There's a good chance Smith and Watkins will make a move up the depth chart before long. More interesting to me is the fact that Smith seems to be spending the bulk of his time at LOLB, the spot that Barwin mans. Sheil will have more on this in the coming days.

-- I was a little surprised to see Mark Sanchez ahead of Matt Barkley to start. Maybe I shouldn't have been. Barkley hasn't established himself in the NFL yet; Sanchez is the veteran and has some accomplishments under his belt. Still, Barkley has been in this system for a full year. Sanchez just got here, yet starts out at No. 2.

Kelly called Barkley when they signed Sanchez to let him know they were bringing a veteran in.

"He told me just to compete. He always wants his quarterbacks at all levels, whether you're starting or not, to be competing against each other and that's how he laid it out to me."

Barkley said all the right things and is a professional, but didn't sound thrilled to be answering another round of questions about being the third-stringer.

-- A few early impressions: Smith looks the part. He is athletic, has noticeably long arms (34 inches) and moved pretty fluidly. During 7-on-7's he lined up over wide receiver Damaris Johnson at one point.  Not only was that a fun contrast in size (6-3, 251 vs. 5-8, 170) but a reminder that Billy Davis wants/needs versatility out of his OLBs...Josh Huff didn't have any one play that caught my eye in particular, but he seemed to have some shiftiness and a little burst to his game...We were curious whether Darren Sproles still has the zip. At first glance the answer appears to be yes, he does...Nolan Carroll, working with the second team, flashed during one portion of team drills, flying in to break up a Mark Sanchez pass...Brandon Boykin picked Sanchez Thursday...Despite the last two notes, the veteran QB appeared to have a decent day.

-- Take the above impressions with a grain of salt. The guys were practicing in shorts.

-- Kelly was asked how far ahead the team is compared to this time last season.

"It's light years.  I think for all of our guys they understand what we're doing.  Every year, every day last year was a new insertion and it was a new play and it was the first time in the red zone, first time coming out, first time in two minute.

"So all those things for the veterans have all already been in, they've understood them.  We've got a chance in the first, during phase two and rhythm to insert and do everything from that standpoint.  It was against air.  But it was obviously they've seen it, now we're spinning back and inserting it again."

Kelly thinks they're moving a little faster as a result and that they're getting more plays off during practice. The operation did seem to be running smoothly (and quickly) from what we saw on Thursday.

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  • Chris

    MFW I realize that a new intern means more birds 24/7 articles

    http://media.trb.com/media/photo/2012-02/286005840-13215532.jpg

    • sprawl

      Oh god—now I’m putting the pieces together and I realize why a guy like that would want to bring in a kicker nicknamed ‘murderleg’

      Has anyone alerted the authorities??

      • Chris

        hahaha well done sir. Crazy eyes + murderleg could be a dangerous combination

      • Joe from Easton

        Dude looks like Dahmer on a quaalude… scary thought considering those are downers.

    • Warhound

      I feel so outta’ touch; I needed to look up “MFW”. Sigh…

      • Andy124

        yeah, I’d never seen that before either.
        My Face When…

        • NickS1

          Learned something new, as well.

          • Chris

            You’re welcome guys! least I could contribute

        • PsychoPathetic1

          And I’ll have forgotten again by tomorrow. Was gonna say NLT, but didn’t want to start another abbreviation rant

      • guest

        I didnt’ need to look it up, but it definitely took me a minute.

        Would it really have taken him that long to type out “My Face When?” This chronic need to abbreviate everything drives me insane. And I’m in my early 30s, not some crotchety old man.

        If you’re not a 15 year old girl, type out the damn word.

        • Warhound

          HaHa – Simple: you didn’t grow up texting from a photo-taking smart phone and no twitter either. As a 50 something I’m bugged more by “delish” rather than delicious, “signage” instead of signs and other such language silliness.

          • daveH

            “handcrafted in pine” and the sounds of chewing and tableware in movies freaking creeps me out .. and “thanks buddy” is always considered an insult – a “buddy” being deifned as – “hey im not your buddy. a buddy is a dude who —— ” ah, I wont type it.

          • Maggie

            I HATE “gifting” or “gifted”. The word is ‘given’ or’ gave’. He GAVE me the newspaper, NOT he “gifted” me. She is GIVING a shower present, not “gifting”. Also, you’re right. “10-4 Good Buddy” was a no-no-no, regardless of how many times it was used in the movies.

        • Chris

          Relax, it’s the internet, not a college thesis paper. Would it really take you that long to create a username rather than comment anonymously?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Oh Jesus I’m getting old. Former perennial spelling bee contestant as young kid and now I’m looking at words and constantly saying to myself, “Is that spelled correctly?”.

        • mason

          I am a crotchety old man…type out the words.>!

      • Guest

        I am a crotchety old man…type out the words..!

  • OldDocRoss

    I only just realised this myself. I don’t exactly need excuses to avoid work and faff around on the interwebs but I’m always pleased to have one.

  • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

    Glad to hear Sproles hasn’t lost his zip…I was wondering if I made a smart purchase on my Sproles jersey. I need at least 2 good years

    • daveH

      Selorps jersey

    • Cheesesteak

      It def will be weird seeing him in an Eagles jersey…glad to have him on the team but he’ll always be a Charger to me. Maybe he’ll have a really good season and change my mine, I’m really looking forward to seeing him on the team this year and esp to see what Chip has in store for him. Opposing Ds are going to have fits, who do you cover? McCoy, Sproles, Matthews, Ertz or Maclin/Huff

      • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

        I agree… It’s weird seeing him in Eagles green…wanted him out of Kansas State. Glad to have a guy that brings Chip’s favorite V word (versatility) On passing downs Foles will have a ton of options, just look what Sproles did for Brees. Adds another welcomed wrinkle to the offense for sure!

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Still very interested in the thinking & ultimate plan with Smith practicing on the left side. I mean I get that he’s very well suited to play that side, but as of now we’ve got Barwin there & he’s not going anywhere for at least a few years. I’ve got my hunches, as I’m sure everyone else does. But I’m curious of the actual plan. You don’t just draft a guy in the 1st round and not have a plan almost immediately on what you’ll be doing with that player & where. We heard that Matthews will start out in the slot and that Watkins will start out at CB. So curious if anyone had the sense to ask about Smith to the coach. I know that Smith responded as said that the staff just wanted him to nail down the Joker spot, before they looked to move him to the Predator.

    • OregonDucker

      Barwin needs a capable backup. My limited knowledge of Predator is that it is a more difficult position to master. My guess Smith will backup both positions and spell Barwin often.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I’d say that Predator (or ROLB) is easier to master. Joker (LOLB) has more responsibilities to the run, pass coverage and you’re also rushing the passer from the front side. There is definitely more dirty work there. ROLB is the “sexy” position because you’re getting more opportunities to rush the passer.

        • guest

          I agree. Predator is a pass rusher. The Jack (its not the Joker – that was a Jim Johnson position when he had his DE stand up and roam around the front 7) definitely entails more.

          Short term, they need a backup for Barwin more than for Cole. Think what you want about Graham, but I’d trust him more in the lineup than Braman, Long, or, God Forbid, Matthews.

          Long term, I’m VERY much a proponent of moving Barwin to ILB. Chip loves his versatile players. To have guys like Barwin and Kendricks as pass rushing threats in the middle of the defense, has to appeal to Chip and Billy Davis.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            You’re right, it’s Jack. I get caught up in liking the name Joker. However, I think he could very well play a “Joker” role early on being moved all over the chess board.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I will add that Smith is very good at reading the QB & adjusting his rush inside when the QB feels pressure and steps up in the pocket. That’s one thing he has going for him on the left side where the QB will see him coming.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    As for the depth chart. I’m not even looking at that really at this point. I agree that rookies need to prove their place and solidify their position on the depth chart.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Smith lined up across from Demaris…lol. That’s just too funny. Guess DJ is gonna have to really wow himself with coaches to keep a spot on the roster.

    • cliff henny

      it’s one thing for WR to get covered well by nickle like Boykin or safeties like Jenks or Wolff, but when raw rookie OLB are blanketing you, might as run the route right into locker room and turn in gear

      • OregonDucker

        That’s what the coaches wanted to confirm. Come June, I just don’t see Demaris on the team.

        • John E. Zang

          Yeah he may be okay in some situation but he’s too small and seems to have one speed. Too many other receivers to give a roster spot to than to keep him on so we can figure out how to get him the ball. He’s Andy Reid’s type of “high motor” guy all day.

      • NickS1

        Pretty sure that’ll happen. Then he’ll get picked up by Andy.

  • cliff henny

    like the pace comment. Kelly probably wasnt even red-lining in 3rd gear last year, wait till teams get 5th gear at 7500rpms.

    • OregonDucker

      Precision at light speed, like an atomic timepiece. Unstoppable.

      • Maggie

        See discussion above about how light-speed allegedly has nothing to do with time. ;~)

        • CampDracula

          Light SPEED (i.e. the speed of light) is all about time and pace. Light YEAR is about distance. Just sayin’

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    light year is a unit of distance. not time.

    • myeaglescantwin

      hahaha..

      you’re right.
      but don’t they use the term “miles ahead of schedule” & things like that?
      it’s Friday, let’m live a little haha

      i just had to school someone on further /vs/ farther a second ago. too funny

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        someone did it to me before. its all In fun…

        • Jerry Pomroy

          It takes more time to cover more distance, unless you’re “light years ahead”.

    • JofreyRice

      so what’s the problem? “– Kelly was asked how far ahead the team is compared to this time last season.”

      Isn’t how far ahead they are measured in distance?

      • EagleDuck

        Chip Kelly is always right. Even when he shouldn’t be.

      • CampDracula

        Exactly. I could say “we’re years ahead of where we were” or I could say “we’re miles ahead of where we were.” Both make sense to me.

    • GoBirds1

      Sulecki, is that because you couldn’t decide to suck it or lick it so you did both.

      It is also a figure of speech, another concept you are not familiar with.

    • Richard Colton

      kind of like that time I made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.

      • EagleDuck

        Wow! You must be the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!

        • Richard Colton

          She’s fast enough for you, old man

      • Adam

        Nerf herder!

    • Maggie

      To be technical, it’s both.

      • OldDocRoss

        It’s distance only.

        Light year is calculated as the product of a time component (in seconds) and speed component (expressed as metres over seconds).

        Seconds x Metres / Seconds

        Leaves you with Metres

        => Distance.

        Physics FTW!

        • JofreyRice

          Yep, a little dimensional analysis and anyone can see for themselves.

          one of the few times on this message board where there is a definite right answer–no debate possible, only right and wrong–and you’ve got it.

          • OldDocRoss

            I like to think when Sheil and Tim started this blog it was to give people a forum to resolve dimensional analysis disagreements.

            Hopefully they don’t decide to call it a day now we’ve fulfilled their wish.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Nope not yet. We haven’t figured out worm holes & black holes yet.

          • OldDocRoss

            Black hole: (n) def; That into which we all fervently hope Casey Matthews will be sucked.

            I got nothing on worm holes though. Which means the blog stays!

          • Maggie

            A wormhole coming for Matthews, the wrong brother.

          • Rambler

            That’s easy… Worm Holes are what the poor earthworms used to escape to another dimension when McNabb threw one of his infamous screen passes.

          • Andy124

            Wormholes (Einstein-Rosen Bridge) could be made stable if threaded with an exotic matter with a negative energy density, thus providing a safe, instantaneous passage between two points in space-time… iirc.

        • Maggie

          Seconds x meters sound like both time and distance to me.

          • OldDocRoss

            Seconds times metres per second.

            Metres per second being metres divided by seconds. And if you multiply that by seconds you get left with just plain old metres!

            A light year is a unit of distance, just like a kilometre. Just because it happens to commonly be expressed as the distance a certain thing can travel in a given time doesn’t make it any less a distance.

          • Maggie

            Beyond a bit of hair-splitting about physics, do time or light actually exist? Like cold. There actually is no such thing. Only an absence of heat. Is light an absence of dark or the other way ’round? Is time really bendable like in science fiction? Lol.
            we digress! It’s only one day in May, but how did FOLES’ arm look?

          • NickS1

            Time is a flat circle.

          • Warhound

            Time only exists so that everything doesn’t happen all at once.

          • Andy124

            There are theories that time is nothing more than a side-effect of entropy.

          • Honest_T

            I believe light, like heat, is energy…dark would be the absence of light energy, the same as cold is the absence of heat energy.

            I think light is measured in waves, so the degree of light v. Dark to the naked eye has more to do with frequency. Our eyes only pick up a certain part of the light frequency spectrum. I assume Chip knows this and has somehow found a way to tap into the infrared spectrum to see things others can’t.

            Also, to tie a bow on this, heat is measured scientifically in kelvin, which is a measure of the movement of sub-atomic particles. 0 kelvin is when motion stops. The degrees we use just measure increments of phase change in water (I think).

          • Warhound

            In Celsius (or Centigrade) 0=freezing point of water and 100=boiling point. The much older Fahrenheit scale is stranger: 0 was the temp of the North Sea in winter and 100 is the body temp of cows. Both of these scales, therefor, require negative values. 0 Kelvin is ~ -450 in degrees F.

          • Andy124

            Light is both a wave and a particle.

          • JofreyRice

            the seconds cancel out from the denominator of the speed of light, and the numerator of seconds in a year. You have to figure out the amount of seconds in a year first, to get the units to match up to do this, though. Don’t make me draw out the operation and upload it. Please TRUST, I WILL!

          • anon

            enlighten us!

          • JofreyRice

            Wake up Maggie, I think I got something to say to you…It’s May OTAs and I really wanna show you something I can prove

          • Maggie

            Ahh. Now can you define or even vaguely describe Warp Speed?

          • JofreyRice

            Maggie, why don’t you just admit you were totally wrong, rather than trying to change the subject?

          • NickS1

            31,536,000 sound about right?

          • OldDocRoss

            Ooooooh, so close. But they use 365.25 days in a year for the purposes of light years, so it’s 31,557,600.

            I can’t tell you how pleased I am that all the useless knowledge I retained from physics is finally coming in handy.

            I expect it is only a matter of time before it wins me friends, and favour with the ladies.

          • NickS1

            Son of a!…

          • Maggie

            Well, if you can weave it into a headband.

          • cliff henny

            well, might get leslie winkle, but not sure it’ll work
            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          • JofreyRice

            yup,

          • Jernst

            No it is just a distance. It is not distance x time. The units of a light year are just distance. There is no unit of time. You have it backwards it is not the amount of time it takes an amorphous object to travel a certain distance. It is a discrete distance that is described as the distance light travels in a year. Which, is simply a distance.

          • Warhound

            The key is that the speed of light is a fixed value.

          • Andy124

            Speed of light in a vacuum is a fixed value. The speed varies in other mediums.

          • Warhound

            Good point

      • JofreyRice

        no, it’s not. It’s a measure of distance.

    • daveH

      go ahead and take the time element away from the definition then .. what is it then?

      • OldDocRoss

        9.46 times 10 to the 15 metres.

        Ish.

  • myeaglescantwin

    I like that.

    Draft a player with your #1 pick.. make him work with the 3rd group. Let him know that no one is handed anything.

    ayo!
    any word if they are planning those open practices at the link for the public this year?

  • southy

    It’s probably not just a seniority thing with the rookies coming in on the third team. It’s also probably for the kind of coaching. You spend more time on teaching and technique and not making mistakes on the 3rd team than you do with the 1s and 2s. Rookies need that stuff whether they’re a 1st rounder or an UDFA.

    • NickS1

      Nice point.

  • NickS1

    I know Sanchez got paid to be the backup, but I have a gut feeling that Barkley takes it from him. And I hope he does.

    • anon

      I think coaches want that too — i don’t think it will happen. Think MBs performance was so bad last year that Kelly thinks that we need a vet — no biggie lots of guys need to sit.

      For what it’s worth, he did note that MB’s passing wasn’t too different than it was last year. I’m not saying that that’s necessarily negative but…

      • NickS1

        Fair, I’ve seen a couple of different descriptions of their passing thus far, and the one said Sanchez didn’t come out looking too good and Barkley did, and was throwing with decision and purpose…. I think they want it to happen, too. They brought in a vet, but it’s not like they went out and got someone who can really serve as a great mentor to Foles and signed him for a few years to help his development, or even someone that could push him for the job. Seems to me that Sanchez is a guy they brought in specifically to spark a fire under Barkley’s you know what, knowing that Barkley COULD and SHOULD beat him out for the #2 job. I think they’re aware that if he can’t beat out Sanchez then it’s not looking too good for him in PHL. Just my take on it.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Well if Nick grows his hair back out, dirty Sanchez can mentor him on how to wear that 16yr old girl softball headband, as Cliff calls it, to keep the hair out of his eyes.

          • NickS1

            I always thought it was the soccer, or futbol, headband. Kind of like the one I think Diego Forlan wears.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That’s what Cliff calls it, or something close to that. I just think it’s funny.

            Hopefully he can connect to Musgrave as he did Lazor. I don’t see him becoming complacent. But I am curious if they’ll have that same kind of connection that Foles had with Lazor.

          • cliff henny

            that headband is awful! dont care how many north jersey, now i guess, south jersey girls he’s running thru, he needs to turn in his man card.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            There were reports of an individual running around Wildwood & Sea Isle over Memorial Day weekend giving out Dirty Sanchez’s on the boardwalk. Victims claim the assailant was wearing a mask to conceal his face but they were able to describe the individual as over 6′ with dark hair with a thin elastic head band in his hair. The suspect is still at large.

        • Maggie

          Perhaps they brought in a vet because Foles and Barkley are both still nearly newbies. Sometimes a veteran isn’t necessarily there to throw passes but to demonstrate qualities we outsiders know nothing about. e.g. how to shake off a loss or maintain that short memory about screw-ups that experienced players talk about.

          • daveH

            all the more reasons why I HATE ( ha I used caps) the sanchez acquisition .. he’s a dope. id way rather have mike vick. cheaper also. less senseless turnover.
            ..
            still hate dumping desean. if I had known they were going to let him walk, id hav had him return every punt & every kickoff last season.

          • Maggie

            Well maybe they just think he can attract more female fans? Although I can’t even begin to imagine why any female would BE attracted. No woman wants a man who’s prettier than she is!

          • daveH

            I think he was dating some 15yr olds..not sure but his reputation up here in nyc is horrible

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Isn’t Vick on 1yr deal for $5M & Sanchez is on 1yr for about half that? Think it’s $2.25M?

          • daveH

            without even researching the specifics ill say you are correct …

          • anon

            hahaha, nicely done. (add “how to wear a headband”)

          • Maggie

            Here’s one way. Possibly earned.

          • NickS1

            So Sanchez of all people is going to show Foles how to do what Foles is already really f’n good at and better at than Sanchez? You’re going to have a hard time selling me on that. However, I sure as hell hope Sanchez isn’t here to throw passes. Still think he might be color blind.

          • Maggie

            “Sometimes a veteran isn’t necessarily there to throw passes but to demonstrate qualities we outsiders know nothing about”. I do believe this what I posted. While Foles showed grace under pressure, there is still Barkley to consider, and, again, both are young and relatively inexperienced. I am selling nothing, merely expressing an idea, like many others.

          • NickS1

            Then you provided examples, “how to shake off a loss or maintain that short memory about screw-ups that experienced players talk about.” Your expressing of idea was attempt to get me to consider another POV, which is a form of selling. I’m not buying. Foles is already good at these things. Barkley comes from much pedigree. Even if they weren’t set in this department, why in the name of all that is holy would we bring in the butt fumble to teach it? Because he got carried to two AFC CGs and lost? Doubtful. I’ll stick with my line of thinking that this was to push Barkley, thanks.

  • anon

    “NFL suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington for “at least” a year for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.” – ROTO

    DAAAAAAAAAMN. Makes the Goodell thing look even more silly. Josh Gordon is not playing this year either. So much talent (Washington, Gordon, Blackmon) out of the league.

    Guess we can put a W next to that cardinals game :)

    • jpate

      It looks like if and when Blackmon gets reinstated the jaguars will cut him. Maybe by that time we have developed such a strong foundation in the locker room that we can take a flyer on him. Low risk high reward.

      • Richard Colton

        Woah. No way. Remember three weeks ago when we didn’t draft Christian Jones or Colt Lyerla? Or Honey Badger? Or Vontaze Burfict?
        Or cut DeSean Jackson?

        Not the Eagles M.O. – and even though I’m as intrigued by the talent as you, I doubt its a move the Eagles would consider.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Agreed

        • NickS1

          Heard somehwere, can’t remember exactly where, that Andre Johnson was golfing with Howie recently at Merion…

          • OldDocRoss

            Meh, poor man’s Momah.

          • anon

            Please let that happen #unstoppable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • NickS1

            Yeah, I don’t know what I’d do if that happened.

          • cliff henny

            not sure i’d go TO crazy, especially after 1st play td bomb in preseason, but it’d be close

          • NickS1

            It might be TO crazy for me.

            There’d be too many Johnsons hanging around the locker room, though…

          • cliff henny

            they’ll be one less, Damaris has no chance. sure he’ll be begging to be in 1st round of cuts so he can have time to get on another team.

          • NickS1

            Please, he has a backup plan in Big Red:

            Demaris, walking into Kelly’s office: “Oh no, oh no, oh no…”
            Reid, bursting through the wall: “OH YEEEAAAAHH!”

          • OldDocRoss

            Will the Arena League still be going then?

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            yep, a shame really, i kind of like damaris.. just a lil tho.. wish he had faster straight line speed

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            wont happen, they already talked about having to much money in the WR position when desean left.

          • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

            u heard that on 97 fanatic with mike miss.. doubt its tru that would be tampering.. but howie could have played with andres agent, since agents rep other players that could be on eagles team

        • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

          yeah doesnt seem like they are interested in any character problems, kinda sucks for the person who scouts all the college players and really likes someone with a lil bit of a red flag.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      they need to legalize weed!!! Helps reduce the pain from workouts and is good for recovery

  • addicted2mula

    100 days untill Eagles football!!

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Too much counting. I’ll leave that to you…

  • daveH

    that picture of matt barkely looks like midget .. did he borrow that helmet from mr met ?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      You think that’s bad. Look at Kelce in the background. His helmet looks like it’s a foot off his shoulders like he’s got a neck like Merton Hanks.

      • OldDocRoss

        The beard is just slowly taking over his entire body. I’m excited to see how it’ll perform once the metamorphosis is complete

    • JofreyRice

      HIS ARM IS WAY STRONGER THIS YEAR!

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        no its not.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      he is goofy looking

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Haven’t seen much of how Watkins has looked early on. Anyone else?

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      nobody has seen anything lol..

  • dislikedisqus

    I take every story about a DB breaking up a Mark Sanchez pass with a grain of salt.

    • NickS1

      I get mad at the DB for dropping it.

      • IAteLunchToday

        Mark Sanchez passes are not meant to be caught.

        • NickS1

          By his receivers.

      • OldDocRoss

        Ah, Sanchez World. Where every incompletion is a win!

  • Eagles1018

    I’m excited man. Can’t say that enough. I guess I’m spoiled in that generally were competitive…year in and year out. I’m hoping for good things once again