Eagles Wake-Up Call: Herremans With ‘Something To Prove’

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Among the Eagles’ five starting offensive linemen, there are known and unknowns.

But expectations are high, with many pundits projecting the Birds to field one of the top units in the NFL.


At center, there's reason to believe Jason Kelce will be even better another year removed from his ACL injury. Evan Mathis and Jason Peters played at a consistently high level together last year, and while both are in their 30s, they should hold up well in 2014.

The right side of the line is where things are a bit more unclear. Lane Johnson showed improvement as a rookie and is looking to make the leap in his second season.

And then there's Todd Herremans. The nine-year veteran turns 32 in October and is coming off an up-and-down campaign in 2013.

"I have something to prove every year," Herremans said last week.

"I just want to go out and play as good as I know that I can. If I do that and other people see it differently, then I guess that’s their opinion."

Herremans was one of the veterans who said he benefited from the sports science program. He started all 16 games, as did the rest of the Eagles' starting offensive linemen.

Asked if it's feasible for the unit to do that again in 2014, Herremans said: "Yeah, I think it’s very realistic. I know it only happened one other time since I’ve been here, but like I was saying earlier, the way that we take care of our bodies and stuff, I think we were very limited with guys in the training room last year. I don’t think it was a coincidence."

Like Johnson, Herremans' issues came in pass protection. Unlike Johnson, the arrow is not pointing up.

The veteran has logged thousands of quality snaps for the Eagles over the years. If he has some more left to give in 2014, the offensive line figures to be in great shape.

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Kelce talks to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com about why he is a frequent user of the port-a-potty during practice:

"I am, yeah," said Kelce. "I make a trip every 12th period. I'm trying to stay hydrated. The 12th period is not a period that's too important for me. I try to time up (my pee schedule) with that one. I'm holding it for a while. We pound hydration so much into our heads that I try to make sure I'm hydrated when I'm out here so I'm not cramping.

"That's a sports science thing, which I guess can be trickled down from Chip."

Rob Rang of CBSSports.com thinks Josh Huff could have an instant impact:

Huff's familiarity with Chip Kelly's offense is the most obvious reason to project early production out of the third-round pick. While veterans are still getting used to Kelly's tempo, Huff is well-versed in the breakneck speed with which the Eagles and Ducks' respective offense flies.

Further, as a rare four-year starter with the Ducks, Huff saw time at each receiver position and as a kick returner over his career. He became the team's go-to receiver his last two seasons and left Oregon tied with the single-season (12) and career touchdown reception records (24).

COMING UP

We'll check in on a certain big-bodied receiver who goes by the name of MOMAH!

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  • Kev_H

    Re Huff, I remember when they used to say the same thing about Florida guys picked up by the Redskins. Huff is a rookie jumping to the NFL and facing elite, pro d-backs, any instant impact predictions should be based on something deeper than what he did in college.

    • Sean

      Agreed. I think his immediate impact will be seen on special teams rather than offense in his 1st year or so

      • Kev_H

        He might be awesome, but you have to base it on something more than he went to Oregon (like Jeff Maehl) and was very productive there (like Jeff Maehl).

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

          sure, but c’mon, in terms of physical talent they’re on different levels

          • NickS1

            Never heard the Maehl-man described as “rocked up”… at least not this Maehl-man. The NBA Mailman, however, was about as “rocked up” as it gets.

          • Kev_H

            Not my point. I’m commenting on Rang who gives as rationale for Huff’ s impact that he’s familiar with Kelly and tied (Maehl’ s) records. Don’t mail it in Rang.

        • Sean

          Yeah, Maehl wasn’t blocking punts in college… I just don’t think we see him immediately in this O with all the other talented pass catchers. 5 positional guys on the field at a time, remember (McCoy, Sproles, Maclin, Cooper, Matthews, Ertz, Celek (that’s 7 guys) and then Huff/Benn/Smith)… Out of Huff, Benn Smith, – Huff is best suited to make an impact on ST when not lining up on offense.

    • travis papa

      Honestly an overly successful season for him would be 400-500 yds and 4tds plus covering and returning some kicks and punts. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask but I see that as his rookie ceiling unless there is an early injury in the wr corp

      • DoctorRick

        That would be a pretty good season.

    • JosephR2225

      Not to mention the fact that last season the Eagles top 3 WRs combined for 167 receptions, and those roles will likely be filled by Maclin, Cooper and Matthews. Every other WR on the roster combined for 8 receptions for 108 yards, and if anything with the addition of Sproles and Matthews and (hopefully) a more active role for Ertz, there are even more mouths to feed on offense this year. So it’s possible he makes an impact on offense, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

    • TNA

      His earliest impact should be seen on runs and screens and bubble routes. Blocking. That’s the name of his game. I want to see him blow up defenders away from the ball carrier. If he does, he will get instant credibility among us fans…no matter his receiving stats. He could in time become integral in the receiving end of things, but for now, I would like to see his toughness and strength showing up in paving the road. His past willingness to really finish off plays to the whistle by fighting for every yard whether it be via blocking or carrying the ball will be enough for me his first year.

      • Sean

        Maybe late in his rookie year or in year 2… Too many other options before you get to Huff’s name in terms of skill players on offense. He’ll be huge on ST right away.

        http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9645532

  • Johnny Domino

    “That’s a sports science thing, which I guess can be trickled down from Chip.”

    At his age, hope it’s more than a trickle. Any more I’m peeing in Morse Code.

  • myeaglescantwin

    first off, Kelce,, “i pee a lot” “that can be trickled down from Chip”

    YES. laughing out loud. , people are starring at me. Worth it.

  • myeaglescantwin

    Herrimans is one of my favorite Eagles.
    This guy has done so much for this organization. Of the field, he is at damn near every charity event, every playground build, every pickup game, the dude gives back.
    On the field he has been one of the most consistent and versatile OL we have ever had. Damn near an entire decade of solid play @ G or T. respects.

    (nerd note.)
    Dudes been a 89 in madden for like 8 years.

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

      @myeaglescantwin:disqus Its very rare you draft a Division II talent in the 4th round, let alone from Saginaw Valley State(1st player ever drafted). But to have Herremans play for the Birds for almost a decade is something to be recognized. He has def been solid on and off the field. Hats off!

      • myeaglescantwin

        305 & ripped. & Dude can dunk.
        Definitely a highlight of the Andy Reid drafting erra

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

          Maybe we can get a dunk contest between Boykin and Herremans?

          • myeaglescantwin

            Boykin can take $1 bill off the top on the back board and leave 4 quarters up there.

  • JofreyRice

    Yeah, I’m hoping he comes back around. He’s been a good Eagle, and one of Andy’s better mid-round draft picks. That being said, I’m glad they made backup plans with Barbre. If Herremans struggles in pass pro as badly as he did last year, they have a pretty solid plan B.

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

      Agreed. and having better talent/experience/health around RG helps the position too (implying/assuming improvement from LJ and Kelce)

      • Johnny Domino

        Somebody has to be the worst guy on a great line.

    • Richard Colton

      Yeah – but as bad as he struggled in pass pro last year, we never saw Barbre in the regular season. I know Chip values consistency on the O-line, but id Barbre was an upgrade, wouldn’t we have seen him?

      • JofreyRice

        Barbre stepped in for Peters in the Green Bay game and played most of that contest. He gave Foles a lot of time to deliver some of those big downfield throws to Coopster.

  • NickS1

    Let me start off by saying that hindsight is 20/20. So yes, I know that without having re-signed Cooper/Maclin, releasing old #10 is questioned far far more than what it already was. And you obviously can’t go into the draft assuming you’re coming out with two quality guys, like we seem to have done. But a little bit of me wonders if Howie regrets not letting Cooper test FA and possibly coming back on an even friendlier deal. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cooper, more than most, and finally think he’s in an offense he’s comfortable playing in. I also think he doesn’t get enough credit since everyone credits his success to old #10. However, I don’t want to hinder/delay the growth and experience of a guy like Huff who seems like he can become an above average player in this league, because we locked ourselves into Cooper for two more years. I think Huff’s upside is noticably greater than Cooper’s ceiling, and that he could replace his production by year 2, albeit in different ways.

    • mtn_green

      I think Huff and Matthews will pass cooper on depth chart before 2015 season starts. He can block, track strange fly balls but is limited in speed and route running.