Practice Squad Tracker

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Teams can start assembling their practice squads as of noon Sunday. We’ll keep this thread updated as Eagles-related news comes in.

Updated (5:43 p.m.): A city weeps.

Caplan also reports that Alex Henery went unclaimed.

Updated (4:42 p.m.): The Eagles announced the signing of eight practice squad players: Offensive linemen Josh Andrews and Kevin Graf, defensive lineman Wade Keliikipi, safety Ed Reynolds, linebacker Emmanuel Acho, wide receivers Will Murphy and Quron Pratt and running back Matthew Tucker. Each player was with the Eagles this summer.

Teams are allowed to have a total of 10 practice squad players this year.

Updated (4:29 p.m.):

We are up to six known practice squad guys: Tucker, Ed Reynolds, Emmanuel Acho, Kevin Graf, Quron Pratt and Josh Andrews. Updated (3:40 p.m.): The Eagles added tackle Kevin Graf to the practice squad, per sources. The rookie out of USC was picked up by the Eagles following the draft. -- TM Updated (2:56 p.m.):

Updated (2:42 p.m.): Safety Ed Reynolds has cleared waivers and the Eagles plan on adding him to the practice squad, according to a league source. The fifth-round pick out of Stanford was released on Saturday as the team trimmed its roster to 53. -- TM

Updated (2:37): 

Updated (2:14 p.m.): The first two known additions to the Eagles' practice squad:

Updated (2:04 p.m.): Another Eagle claimed off waivers.

Updated (1:48 p.m.): Some news on fan favorite Henry Josey:

Updated (1:35 Sunday): Great story. NFL dream still alive.

Updated (1:08 Sunday): Damion Square, waived by the Eagles on Saturday, is reportedly joining Andy Reid in Kansas City.

Updated (1:05 Sunday): Checked in on Ifeanyi Momah's status. Sounds like he cleared waivers. No word on if he will join the Eagles practice squad yet but seems like it could be a decent option for him. Apparently, G.J. Kinne will not be added to the practice squad.

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  • PaoliBulldog

    Colts cut Fluellen.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    it’s a good sign that an eagles’ D casteoff found a home on what should still be a pretty good defense. though, have a feeling that D wont stay top of the league long, seems like Reid is slowly getting his grubby mitts on some questionable decisions

  • Joe Thomas

    What’s up with Tucker, any word?

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      reports (twitter, some national guy, forget name) are he’ll make it thru due to shoulder.

      • Joe Thomas

        You’re right, we got him

  • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    No team wanted Momah? Amazing. He’s got measureables. He’s as tall as Megatron. Faster than Jackson. Hands like Rice.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      hope he gets practice squad’d, so every week we can hear about him being added to 53…and it’ll drive you nutz

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Torment… That’s Colt’s Dante’s Inferno.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Damn, did nobody get that? Dante, purgatory, satyric comedy.

        • Johnny Domino

          I thought Dante Inferno was a Charger.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Well that too. ;-)

    • RLW

      He’s actually taller than Megatron, but isn’t faster than Jackson. And his hands aren’t like Rice. That’s pushing it. We haven’t seen enough to say anything close to that. Love Momah though.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        Beg to differ, they reminded me A LOT of Rice this preseason

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          I think you’re confused. His route running was like Rice but his hands were more Carter-esque.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Hall of Fame is a given at this point. Is GOAT in the conversation yet?

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Absolutely. His size means he’s too tall to fit in the Hall so instead they’ll erect a life size statue outside Canton as a testament to his glory, and a reminder to all visitors that the receivers they will see inside are but pale imitations of the Momah-gnificent One.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Momall of Fame

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            No, but only because the conversation is over. The title is his.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Here you are.

        • Eagles1018…Please no more du

          Hahaha

    • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

      THE UPSIDE

    • Dan

      i actually am suprised. lot of upside; why not pay the guy PS money – which doesnt count against the cap – for a year on a shot in the dark.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        the Rutgers guy they did put on the practice squad, Pratt, actually has a shot at making an NFL roster and contributing. Momah never will.

        • Dan

          Obviously chip and howie agree with you and I’m wrong. I can’t get over the upside for such a limited downside. Def agree doesn’t belong on the 53.

          • dnabrice

            I think he’s from the big O.

        • brza

          But Will Murphy does have a shot at developing into an NFL player?

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I dont think so. Still better than Momah.

      • James Skip Carl

        Does count against the cap

        • Dan

          Thanks! Learned something new

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Josey ceared thru waivers!

    • Token

      Twitter said Tucker probably will too because of shoulder.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        yeah, saw that. hope Reynolds makes it. think he should. his ’11 and ’12 tape were much better. and that stupid graduation rule, sure it crushed him. dont mind Ertz, cause talent is talent, and he obviously has it. but hopefully they learned not being able to go thru full off-season crushes a rookie, and makes a possible 5th rd talent an UDFA guy

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Impossible to believe. He is to running as Momah is to receiving.

      Future Hall of Famers the pair of them.

      • JosephR2225

        I have heard that both guys are enrolling as part time students at Oregon, so hopefully they will have a shot at the roster next year.

        • Chuck Dougherty

          Lol!

        • DirtyWaters

          Better than Stanford.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          probably take harder classes than Marioti. think he’s taking yoga and bowling to stay eligible. the sham that is the NCAA

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Maybe he’s taking those to stay limber as well to ward off injury bug.

          • Johnny Domino

            Underwater basket weaving. Has work-study job keeping the seaweed out of the stadium.

          • Joe

            Who is Marioti?

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I’m taking a screenshot of this comment… just in case…lol.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        damn, we couldn’t get any DB talent. stuck with a bust.

    • dnabrice

      Can’t believe he didn’t want to stick with Eagles, but maybe realized there was too much depth in front of him.

  • DirtyWaters

    Happy for Villanueva.

  • DirtyWaters

    Shine up the battle apple…when Josie comes home.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    DJ2 to texans

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      First up on the waiver wire as well, huh?

      Good for him. Seemed like a nice guy. Shame he’s not got anyone to throw to him.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        not sure it’s much of a feat to get picked by Texans, they seem to be taking every other guy. shuffling back end garbage i guess. DJ2 would be fine if he didnt run a 4.7 40

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I honestly think using him as a RB helped his stock.

      • Rockedupeaglesfan

        They traded for Ryan Mallett if that helps

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Pratt and Andrews being signed to PS

  • Jerry Pomroy

    See, I told you that I had a feeling they might be looking at Lewis for PS. They aren’t signing Kinne to it.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    ha, Hawkins, one of Eagles 90-75 cuts, was claimed by ‘allas to their 53. that roster is puddle thin

  • Adam

    Could we squeeze some DeSean Jackson coverage in here please

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    Happy to see Villanueva was picked up… Didn’t know Pratt was a PA kid. Good for him.

    • Kev_H

      I thought he was from NJ.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Said he was from Palmyra. Assumed Palmyra, PA. Is there a Palmyra, NJ?

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Palmyra is right across the Tacony/Palmyra bridge. Tacony in PA (actually a neighborhood in Philly), Palmyra is a town in NJ.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Sadly, I’m aware of the bridge. Didn’t even think about it because I try to not think about NJ. I like thinking he’s from Palmyra, PA. Makes the kid more likeable.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Lol! At least he’s not from north Jersey. North Jersey always made me wanna vomit when I traveled up there for work at my old position. And that was often.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Yeah, there’s a whole lot of d-baggery up there. However, there’s not a significantly lower amount in South Jersey for me to find it any more tolerable.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That’s because all the a-holes from Philly move over that way. The civilized individuals move west & north or in my case further south.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Hahaha oh so true.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            All of Washington Twp is from the same 6 sq block neighborhood in South Philly.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            How do you know that’s not where I was referencing?? Hmm? ;-)

        • Kev_H

          Yup. Burlington County I think.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    nice, dice rolls by Howie are working. Ryenolds to PS.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      and a kicker for nothing

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    Apparently, G.J. Kinne will not be added to the practice squad.

    Why does Chip hate me?

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      You didn’t go to Oregon, duh.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Yeah, but I went to two schools that beat Oregon and that’s almost as good. Granted, one of those wins was in ’94.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          That only means he’d be willing to use you to achieve world domination, but he’ll always secretly hate you.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Scary, how much sense this makes. Well, now I know. Thank you. I think I’ll have to go root for Villanueva and the Stillers now.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Don’t you mean Stillers?

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            True dat. Seriously though, I’m forcing myself not to Token the ever loving @#&^ out of not keeping Kinne

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I actually like Kinne. Maybe he’s holding out for something better or at least steadier??

        • Adam

          You’ll be drafted next year by him then

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Dream.
            Come.
            True.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            What position?

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Left Tackle.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Not good enough. Just one position isn’t going to cut it. You need to be able to play at least 2 & STs. You don’t have to play them well, just line up and that’s good enough for a roster spot.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I played all ST and was a backup DT (very small high school, wouldn’t have made team otherwise lol).

        • DirtyWaters

          Found this gem when looking for UD’s record against UNH during the Kelly years.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Well??

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Chip?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Maybe he means Flacco? That was around then wasn’t it?

          • DirtyWaters

            They may have overlapped one year.

          • DirtyWaters

            Yep.

        • Kleptolia

          Not to worry. I hear Ki-Jana Carter is being brought in for a workout.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I loved watching him run. Kid was amazing.

          • Kleptolia

            So many sad stories.

    • Johnny Domino

      Waiting on the Barkley trade to add him.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Don’t tease me with false hope, Johnny. Too cruel.

  • OldDuckMcDoc

    Acho to the PS apparently, per McLane.

    Meh. If you can’t beat out caseymatthews for a roster spot I don’t wanna know.

  • jmkrav

    Meanwhile Andy Reid is shaking his head thinking, “who drafts a safety in round 5 or later and doesn’t immediately expect them to start?”
    ;)

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      ikr. That’d be like drafting an ILB in the 4th and not immediately expecting them to start.

    • damrvrhunter

      Proof positive Andy had no “power” when CJ Gaddis was let go back in 2007.

  • jmkrav

    If Matthews wasn’t made a starter so early (aka was coaches properly) and instead had always been a high-effort backup and strong ST player, would we hate him so? I mean is it his fault that our LB and DC situations were so bad his rookie year?

    Overachieving ST/backup is usually the kinda player Philly fans love. A la Ike Reese.

    Just sayin … Don’t fault the kid because he had nitwit coaches

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Maybe to a lesser degree, but there’s still always distaste for guys with no upside that stick around for years. Think about Mahe or Hall. Different scenarios, but still caught some flack.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Not really related, but I went looking on Youtube for evidence of caseymatthews’ suckitude and discovered this video exists, apparently without irony.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr2dSt3c0OE

      • Jerry Pomroy

        There it is, I figured it out thanks to that video. We just don’t blitz Casey enough.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          The question it ends on – Who is the most dominate linebacker? – is so perfectly Internet in every way.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Oh I didn’t last that long. I had my mind made up halfway through. ;-)

          • RIP illa

            I was literally SMH through that whole video. And as you said, the question at the end. Everyday, the interwebz helps me lose a little more of my faith in humanity.

          • EagleDuck

            That was hands down the best thing about that videeoh.

    • RIP illa

      YES!!! He sucks as a backup. The only thing he’s decent at is ST. So despite Juan seeing whatever the hell he thought he saw in him, and starting him. I would still hate him (the player not the man) no matter what!

      • Eagles4Life

        1,000 up votes lol. Casey is TERRIBLE. Ike Reese was actually a solid all around player.

        • RIP illa

          I normally don’t like to just say a player sucks, cuz I think it’s unfair and lazy. So I’m compelled to get into a much deeper discussion. Except when it comes to this Matthews. There’s no need, nor other words to describe the kid’s play.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            seriously. why is this so hard? he sucks.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            If he was a vacuum cleaner, he’d be a Dyson.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Had a dyson, it sucks in other ways. So either way…well, it sucks.

          • RIP illa

            I mean, it’s not like we’re debating about Momah…who does not suck!!! LOLz

          • RIP illa

            RC,
            If your only 2 choices, for the last spot on the roster, were between Matthews and Mohmah…Who would you chose?

          • Andy Six Score and Four
          • Jerry Pomroy

            Now that gave me a clear visual picture to laugh at!!!

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            excellent question. Reminds me of the old, “if you were in a room with Hitler and Stalin and your gun only had one bullet” conundrum.

            I guess Momah. I hate watching him play. With caseymatthews, I hate watching him play AND I hate his face.

          • RIP illa

            “…AND I hate his face.”

            Perfect answer to an impossible question!

          • EagleDuck

            Well done Sir. Well done.

    • BlindChow

      You may have a point. Seems like everyone was a fan of Colt Anderson, even though he was suspect as a backup safety.

      • RIP illa

        Not everyone. Celebrated with a drink and a 2 step the day they cut him. Way overdue!

        • Jerry Pomroy

          You 2 step RIP?

          • RIP illa

            Don’t know if where talking bout the same type of 2 step, but yeah…I’ve been known to do so a time or two. lol

          • Jerry Pomroy

            There’s more than 1? Wow!

        • MagatBrackendale

          Like so? Disqus seems to like posting photos tice sometimes. Sorry

    • DirtyWaters

      It’s his jerk face I can do without.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    not good news for Josey fans, Caplan reporting Eagles are not interested
    .
    but, Acho signed

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Idiots. Haha

    • damrvrhunter

      Utterly shocking that he cleared waivers. How can that be?

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        NFL has a strict One Deity Per Franchise rule and we already got J-Matt the Redeemer.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Fortunately, saints are not deities, so Saint Nick is in no danger.

    • EagleDuck

      But. But. Josey! Flashing! Next Barry Sanders! Angry feeling of not understanding! So much confused

      • RIP illa

        Josey just had the bad luck of committing to the wrong college ;-)

  • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    I can live with Goode as the first backup ILB. But if Kendricks or Meco go down for any real amount of time – Acho is the next man up. You cant trust CM at LB.

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      Agreed. If you need someone to actually play D, CM isn’t your guy. Acho will jump over him

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Iggy didn’t make Lions 53 but they signed him to their PS.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Two spots left, hopefully the scouting dept is scouring over the heap to find some new faces/names, even for the 53.

    • John E. Zang

      I’m sure you were delightfully surprised to see it was rounded out by some old “duck” faces.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Huh? No clue where you’re getting that from. I have zero duck bias.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Will Murphy, chicken arms is getting a check again…Hahaha. SMH.

    • Reef215

      Ok is he also a Special Teams aficionado like Maehl and Brad Smith? I mean come on? Momah is a project that got signficantly better from last year and we can hope will continue to progress.

    • Johnny Domino

      BJ Cunningham didn’t want any of that?

  • CSpanglet

    Wait no one wanted the next Jim Brown? Henry Josey? Cant be that 31 other teams are as clueless as the Eagles?? Oh wait. The hysterical philly fans were excited about guy 53 on the roster again

    • John E. Zang

      I don’t think it had anything to do with him as a player. People are looking for other positions that are more scarce. Running backs aren’t that valued these days, especially ones suited for an offense like ours.

  • MagatBrackendale

    Wish they’d either sign Acho once and for all or let him finally go. Guy must feel like a yoyo. I suppose continuing to get paid could relieve some of the seasickness.

    • John E. Zang

      He can blame one person…get ready…CASEY MATHEWS.

      • EagleDuck

        Or blame the other 31 teams that think he’s not good enough…

        • John E. Zang

          That’s being a bit simple about things. There’s not a clamor for every player that’s released in this league. Just because it’s not so obvious that he’s a sure fire all pro in his handful of preseason snaps doesn’t mean he can’t be. That’s the fun of watching the underdogs. There’s only so many seats and you have to have so many things go your way to get a chance.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    Damaris, Keenan Barton, Iggy, Donald Hawkins, and our favorite Army Ranger all claimed off waivers and/or signed with another team.

    Momah and Josey cleared. little to no interest.
    oh. wow. hmm.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      It’s mind blowing to me that *every year* people get unreasonably excited about a player based on measurables or performance in meaningless games, then get unreasonably angered when the player doesn’t make the cut, then look perplexed when not a single team in the NFL shows interest in the object of their affection.

      Every year!!

      Why anyone over the age of 12 goes through the same song and dance only to wind up looking a wally each time is beyond me.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        I’ll just assume this post does not apply to Kinne. Carry on,

        • MagatBrackendale

          Don’t forget the “Keep Calm”.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          Kinne is a glorious man meant for great things. Non footbally things, but still great things.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Jordan Matthews is a poor man’s G.J. Kinne.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hahaha…He said “footbally”!

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        you’re just getting old, dr. ross

        i’ve learned a few things about pre-season —
        1) pray for no injuries
        2) pray every day in TC ends with no injuries
        3) pray no one gets arrested. and injured by police during arrest
        4) do not make front page of espn
        5) drink heavily, go back through 1, 2 and 3
        6) remember that every day which goes by is one day closer to RS
        7) check birds 24/7 religiously and engage in aforementioned asinine banter

        • DuckHunterSThompson

          Re: 3

          No one’s praying in SF

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            notorious atheists, the whole city.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Josey signs to Jags practice squad. Skins had interest as well, says Caplan.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      Wow, Jacksonville’s like football purgatory. Maybe he’s just a big fan of alliteration.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Does Josey signing with Jags justify a Josey & the Pussycats tagline? Just asking…

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Apparently Texans are looking to replace Chris Clemons at S with Dan Manning. Damn??

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      somewhere, geagle just had an irregular heartbeat

      • Jerry Pomroy

        He did.

  • Eaglehaslanded

    Will Murphy, Wade Keliikipi …lol, the Eagles ps is just a section 8 safe harbor house for former Oregon duck bums.

    • peteike

      wade who? ya right

  • Jerry Pomroy

    And Henery passed through waivers unclaimed. No surprise there.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Barner is on IR. Not sure which type.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Pats only got conditional 2016 7th rounder for Mallett. That’s just terrible for a guy that was such a hot commodity before Garropolo came along.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      So I’ll add to my possible favoritism theory. O’Brien very much wanted to draft Garropolo. Pats took him a round earlier. Billy B gave him Mallett as consolation.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Rivalry aside, Garropolo could end up becoming the best QB taken this year.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          If he follows in the footsteps of Brady, by becoming a system QB & working on the little things and eliminating mistakes, that’s a very good chance.

    • damrvrhunter

      From reading PFT, Mallet is an immobile statue with an arcane Tebow like elongated delivery that NE did not want anymore back in the spring. Belichick mistook Bo,B for the stooge Schiano by demanding a third rounder for Mallet, Bo’B understandably said “No thanks. I will wait to claim him on waivers since after all I get first dibs.” Both decided to declare no mas and settle on the meaningless conditional 6th.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        “No mas”, I love it.

      • Johnny Domino

        Apparently Bo’B is not BooBoo the Fool.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Nope

  • Richaud Jeaffreson

    I like all of the PS players except for Murphy. I just don’t get why they keep him around.

    • Eagles4Life

      Cunningham has more potential than Murphy. Doesn’t make sense to me.

      • John E. Zang

        Agree. Forgot about him but he’s another player who got boned by them having to keep ten Oregon ducks. I don’t think these moves will make or break chip but it’s just odd from a player development stand point when every spot should be treated with caution. To have a few guys that know him is understandable but when it’s almost 20% of the roster it doesn’t seem like a good model.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    eagles are weird.. why trade for barner? all thosr rbs playing well n they dont even want them.. lol.. they must really really like polk

    • Johnny Domino

      Insurance in case the Huff injury was more severe. Must not be.

    • Tom w

      Dont lose anything for barner trade. Not weird at all.

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        i kno, just the act of adding someone when polk didnt have to do anything to make the team… but like the other commenter andy124 said.. practice reps..

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Guessing practice reps. Keep OL 2 sharp without wearing Shady and Sproles. Remember other guys were banged up.

  • damrvrhunter

    Anyone else surprised that Momah is not on the PS?

  • peteike

    “San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested on domestic violence charges.” Pregnant no less, unreal and right after Goodells announcement

  • Jerry Pomroy

    He’s got jokes…

    Check out @ChrisMaragos’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ChrisMaragos/status/506198310982799360

    • MagatBrackendale

      Nice to see a backup DB and STer with such a sense of humour. Maybe the ring helps there too.

      • damrvrhunter

        Maybe she made him do it.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Awesome. Thank you “etc.”

      • Jerry Pomroy

        When I get my real estate license I’m gonna put that on my business cards.

        Jerry Pomroy, Realtor, etc.

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          This is one of those times when “lol” can be interpreted literally. lol.

  • John E. Zang

    And the rest of the oregon guys wound up on the practice squad. Will Murphy?! It’s only the practice squad but jeez.

  • jbauer

    Will Murphy over Momah?!??! Seriously?? Chip Kelly is definitely Oregon biased!

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      Momah sucks. Murphy and Maehl are better receivers.

      • peteike

        Murphy stinks, at least the momah showed some improvement although not sure what any of us know about Murphy to be honest.

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          The “Momah showed improvement” narrative must be stopped. It’s only true because he plumbed hitherto unexplored depths of awfulness last year, then came back this year and was merely bad.

          There’s a reason he’s looking for work.

          • peteike

            true were talking 6/7 wr but for a tall guy with speed who started late it actually still applies even way down the depth charts. What did anyone see of this Will Murphy guy

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            If anything the fact he has that height and (alleged) speed yet is still an irrelevance highlights his complete lack of talent. Practise squad guys are there in large part to help the team prepare each week and to do that they need to be able to do a reasonable impersonation of a football player. Momah can’t. Apparently they think Murphy can.

            If it weren’t for his height the only thing stopping him from being hated would be complete apathy.

          • peteike

            ya nobody is arguing hes any good, its all potential with these end of roster guys. It really comes down to trusting that the coaching staff knows what its looking at, they absolutely know more and you have to trust that. Doesnt matter anyway, just thread fodder

          • Blaqjaq

            True. If the Birds get to the point where they have to use Murphy and we’re saying “Damn, I wish they would have kept Momah”, then things have surely gone to hell in a handbasket.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I know that his arms resemble that of a 12yr old girl…

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            pipecleaners

          • John E. Zang

            What can you expect given his situation? The fact that he has taken to the coaching and improved means we were getting a return on the investment but may needed a bit more time. I believe he wouldve produced a couple td’s thrown into redzone situations this year. He offers matchup problems and wouldn’t mind him getting a shot if some starters went down over guys like Maehl and Brad frikkin Smith.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Momah isn’t even remotely as good as those guys, which is saying something given how mediocre they are. The fact not a single team is showing interest in him should be reasonable evidence as to his lack of ability.

            Momah is nowt but an impressive number on a measuring tape. Unless the Novacare is cursed with a large number of high shelves and a low number of stepladders he has nothing to offer.

          • John E. Zang

            If he didn’t have potential they wouldn’t have bothered with him for two years. To say he flat out sucks is a bit much considering the uphill battle he had. And with most of these guys it’s about finding the right situation and a little luck. There are quite a few players who get cut multiple times and end up making a good career for themselves. All I’m saying is I believe at this time he is a better option than what they have after Brad Smith. The only player I would say definitively “sucks” is Casey Mathews.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            ha, awesome last line

      • RIP illa

        OK RC, your definitely reaching with throwing Murphy in there.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          in no way can “better than Momah” ever be taken as a compliment. More like, tallest midget in the circus kind of non-compliment.

      • Eaglehaslanded

        Murphy and Maehl = Canadian Football League players….at best ! If it wasn’t for Chip (cronyism), you would not even know these two guys exist, they certainly would not be in the league, especially Murphy.

        • MagatBrackendale

          I’m afraid you are mistaken. If Murphy truly has T-Rex arms, he would be useless in the CFL. The field is wider, longer and there are only 3 downs. The wide receivers better have speed and be able to CATCH.

    • EagleDuck

      They tried to teach Momah to block for TWO full offseasons. Maehl and Murphy came in as excellent blockers. No Block, No Rock.

  • John E. Zang

    I hope Josey doesn’t make us look stupid because Chip wanted to give his kids jobs. Will Murphy, nothing against him, but he belongs in a 9-5. How many ducks are on this team including the squad? Has to be near ten.

    • Johnny Domino

      Better to get ‘em a job than move into your basement.

      • John E. Zang

        Haha I bet he has few of them working the basement squad too. They’ll pop up at next years OTAs.

    • peteike

      Im guessing some players caught CK in the champagne room at those crazy Alaskan strip clubs. Maehl must have quite the story

    • TNA

      Josey had his choice most likely. And he went with the club with the most questionable RB depth on the 53. Makes sense.

    • Joe Thomas

      I believe we have 4 Ducks, and one one ps

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Damn, Alex Smith just got $45M guaranteed. $30M up front & another $15M vesting next spring.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      Seems like a lot guaranteed. Congrats to him.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      what?! no way is ASmith a 15m qb. if you are hedge into a corner relying on him, then you are doing something really wrong.

      • pjcostello

        Top-3 winning percentage over the last few seasons… he’s one of those guys that might win you a couple of games, and won’t lose you any. He’s still QB young, has some skills and seems to be a good leader. Definitely an Andy Reid-type guy. $15 mil is low-side for a playoff starting QB, anyway.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          It’s the guaranteed money that’s stifling. They gave him two years salary up front guaranteed & they’ve tied themselves to him for a minimum 3yrs.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            really is. feel like KC is going in a very poor direction. maybe still have bad taste in my mouth over Reid, but think by mid season, that 9-0 start is going to be distant memory

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          com’on, he’s not the reason his teams have won. he’s fine, but to toss that kind of money and committment behind him, it’s because there’s no plan B. stikes me as poor planning/management.
          .
          maybe these salaries are getting out of whack w/ cap increasing. just dont get it. the most important position and teams get backed into corners by mediocre talent.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            You think Andy has gotten a little gun shy on selecting QBs without that high pick?

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            think he hasnt learned about that ‘being close’ habit. this is a scared move. where’s A Smith taking chiefs? have real good friend who’s chief’s fan, he’s freaking over some of these moves. knowing our pain as fans for 14 yrs. he’s still complaining about fastball ford.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Ahh, how is Dee doing over in KC?

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            not sure, i mostly dont ask, go straight to making fun of playoff game. that 2nd half vs colts was everything in 1 glorious 40 mins that i told him was going happen. he’s still livid.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Here’s a snippet from a Chiefs blog writer after their 1st PS game…

            “One thing I saw (that others pointed out) was that Ford wasn’t always going all-out when in pursuit on running plays. He was definitely jogging it out a few times when the play went the opposite direction.”

            I said this over and over when people brought him up and people said I was crazy.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            And another from same blog writer in regards to pass rush…

            “The common thought on Ford is that he possesses a speed rush and that’s about it. That’s partly accurate. Ford uses his speed rush the vast majority of the time, and if he’s stymied there he can look a bit at a loss on occasion.”

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            so, low-motor guy change-up guy.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            No, the writer said he’s got a really fast first step. But like I said months ago when so many were on Ford’s jock strap that if the sack was no longer an option he’s disinterested & leaves others to clean up

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    hat tip to ACVicking… How’d that Miami bias work out for Jimmy Johnson? I am so unbelievably over that topic. I’d rather talk about DeSean and Vick v. Foles simultaneously.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      What’d he say? I’m guessing it’s over on Lawlor’s site?

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Re: Kelly’s Oregon and Pac-10/12 Preference

        Lots of questions being asked.

        So my question is, what did Jimmy Johnson do when he came to the Cowboys?

        Like Kelly, Johnson openly bore — and still does — the “I don’t give a [bleep] what you think” attitude. And he caught flack for being UMiami-centric while coaching the ‘Boys.

        So here’s what Johnson did (basically), and I think we’d all agree his approach to being a HC and GM was fairly successful.

        1989 (Year 1, 1-15): JJ had 8 players on the roster that he either coached or coached against in college more than once. 4 were former UMiami guys.

        1990 (Year 2, 7-9): JJ had 15 players on the roster that he coached or faced in college. 7 were from UMiami.

        1991 (Year 3, 11-5, playoffs): 13 total, 6 from UMiami.

        1992 (Year 4, 13-3, SB win): 9 total, 4 from Miami (including MIrvin, RMaryland, JJones — a HOFer, a 1st overall pick at DT, and a key rotation DT)

        1993 (Year 4, 12-4, SB win): 7 total, 4 from Miami (MIrvin, RMaryland, JJones, and Bernie Kosar as the back up QB).

        Johnson had success doing it his way with players he knew.

        The familiarity decreased the further he got away from college.

        Seems reasonable to expect that with Kelly. Especially with none of the Oregon players headed to Canton at this point.

        _______________

        Seems at odds for people to say Kelly’s the second coming of Paul Brown or Jimmy Johnson or Bill Walsh — or combination of the 3, plus Vincent T. Lombardi — and then crap all over him because he keeps guys he likes. [That’s an overstatement to make a point. I get there’s some mild questioning going on . . . not much more.]

        Kelly did NOT keep Will Murphy or any of the other 3rd-raters from the “O”. So I’m struggling to see the problem.

        [Note: This was a quick back-of-the-hand calculation on the total number of players each year for Johnson. Could have been higher his first year to two in Dallas. But the point remains the same.]

        ~AC[the man]Viking

        • DuckHunterSThompson

          My biggest issue with that is that those two Super Bowls are clearly from the football prowess of Jerry Jones, not Jimmy Johnson. How else could Jerry still be the GM after all these years?

          • TNA

            What did Johnson say? My girlfriend knows more about football.

            The man knows how to make money. Too good he doesn’t know how to spend it.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          wonder if AC does it by memory? he comes up with some posts that i’m not even sure how you’d search the data. it’s just has to be something you know.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            I think Jordan Matthews ghost writes for him.

    • RIP illa

      Haven’t read what he said yet and it’s Prolly some real good stuff. Just wanted to point out that Miami was a juggernaut, in its day with supremely talented players. Oregon can’t hold a candle to them, relatively speaking. Now I will go read what he said and hopefully I haven’t missed your whole point entirely.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        I agree that as successful as Oregon has been the last 4 years, it’s not on the same level in terms of producing NFL talent as those Miami teams were. But I think the point stands.

        Also, the moderation here has gone a bit overboard for my tastes. I shouldn’t have to edit an ACViking post to get it through. It’s ACViking man!

        • RIP illa

          Yeah, I get the overall point and definitely agree on the moderation on this board! I’m not overly concerned bout the bottom of the roster guys being O guys anymore. Especially since there were some real slim Pickens this year, for bottom of the roster guys, league wide. However, I do not like that we get the O guys whose skills clearly do not translate to this league and show clear signs of growth and belonging. Hell, Chip can bring in nothing but O guys if they show that they have potential to be great players, or at least significantly better than Matthews, Murphy, Maehl, and even Bair. Same for all the other Pac-10 or 12 guys.

          I guess my real issue is more with “the character culture”, ST over valuing, and the so called competition at every position, which in some cases doesn’t mean anything no matter how well a guy practices and plays, which allows us to draft, sign, and keep scrubs or scrub -ish O/Pac guys on the roster while missing out or bypassing others.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            But you missed the most important point:

            I am so unbelievably over that topic. I’d rather talk about DeSean and Vick v. Foles simultaneously.

            :)

          • RIP illa

            Haha!!! Sorry! Just my thoughts.

          • Kev_H

            I think having all the UO guys is a weakness, but I can see where they might just think that they can at least count on these guys to know what is going on and not have to worry about coaching them up. In any case, his former college players will soon be all gone.

            As far as “the character culture”, I don’t see it. You have Cooper and that ‘shroom head homeless guy. I think you and others mistake things like, you have to be smart and disciplined on the football field and put study time in off the field to be able to function in what they are doing, so they look for guys who have demonstrated that they can manage and succeed in their studies, as “character culture.” Or, drinking and processing alcohol through your system is very detrimental to peak athletic performance, so Kelly encourages guys not to drink (see the ESPN Mag article about McCoy). Same thing with sleep.

            It just so happens that high character guys often do well in their studies, don’t drink, and go to bed early, so I can see where you might confuse the two. But all Chip cares about is creating a culture for maximizing performance on the field. I don’t think he cares about whether guys are calling their mothers or if they cheat on their taxes.

        • brza

          I couldn’t find the comment on igglesblitz and first noticed it from your comment so I’ll post here.

          I don’t want to get into a history battle with ACViking either because I’ll certainly lose that but a college coach surrounding himself with familiar players didn’t always work out well. The other side of the coin to Jimmy Johnson is Dennis Erickson.

          He was also succesful in college at Miami and brought in a bunch of former Canes once he got the HC job with the Seahawks but it didn’t work out well for him in Seattle.

          For reference he went:

          1995 – 4 Canes – 8-8 Record
          1996 – 7 Canes – 7-9 Record
          1997 – 8 Canes – 8-8 Record
          1998 – 5 Canes – 8-8 Record

          EDIT: Now I realize you are over this topic, but I guess I’m not so I’ll post anyway. Please feel free to ignore, haha.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Mathematically speaking, if someone had said

            “For All” former college coaches who brought in an abundance of their former players X, X was a successful NFL coach.

            Then your counterexample would disprove the statement.

            However, what AC is really doing is a proof by counter example. The moaning and groaning about the Oregon Bias can be translated as concerns that

            “For All” former college coaches who brought in an abundance of their former players X, X was an unsuccessful NFL coach.

            This inverse of this statement is

            For all former college coaches who brought in an abundance of their former players, there is at least 1 who was a successful NFL coach.

            The proof of this statement is simple.

            Jimmy Johnson is a former college coach who brought in an abundance of their former players => Jimmy Johnson in X.
            Jimmy Johnson was a successful NFL coach. =>
            There is at least 1 member of set X was a successful NFL coach.
            => The Inverse is formally false.
            Q.E.D.

            For the critics, it’s been well over a decade since I did any logic algebra, so be gentle if I messed up a small detail.

  • Will, Always Shady in CA

    Man kick off is Thursday, and we are arguing over Practice squad players. Practice, man. Somewhere AI is smiling. I actually excited about the Jags, I don’t think its going to be a give me game at all. I wanna see how our secondary does against Lee, Hurns and Robinson. Are we gonna get gashed in the run game? What does Gus Bradley have in store for us? Will Shady open his 2000 yard campaign with a boom? Is Riley Cooper the WR we saw last year, is Maclin ready to shine? Will Matthews be the answer? Did Cody Parkey troll us in that Jets game?

    • damrvrhunter

      Time to establish the Linc as a dominant home field!

      • Will, Always Shady in CA

        I want teams to fear coming to the Linc, esp the other NFC East teams. Now if we can do something about those uniforms.

  • Aussie Eagle

    I assume Chip and Co. change up the hand signals and signs during this time of year so all the guys who are now on other squads can’t divulge too much? I remember reading somewhere that they will do a couple signs for a given play, one being fake and the other the real one?

    • damrvrhunter

      With so little time in between plays I doubt there is room for such gamesmanship.

      • Will, Always Shady in CA

        I heard them say something about the cards being flashed on the sideline last year; most are decoys. Not sure about hand signals though.

        • damrvrhunter

          OH really, I stand corrected.

          • Will, Always Shady in CA

            Remember they have like 4 guys flashing cards

          • damrvrhunter

            I did not know it was that many.

  • damrvrhunter

    Let no one be surprised if they dont allocate the money for the extra 2 PS players which as of 2012 was $193,200 minimum payed over 17 “game” checks. I strongly suspect this organization pinches more pennies than we are led to believe.

    • TNA

      If they are a real penny pinching team, they wouldn’t be one of the only teams in the league to bring their practice squad players to every away game. And they probably wouldn’t have invested in millions into Huls’ lab. And they probably wouldn’t have invested in renovating the stadium. Etc.

      • damrvrhunter

        Your first point is a good rebuttal(very classy on their part), the second gives them a competitive advantage and the costs associated with the last is being passed on to the season ticket holders and through increases in parking and concessions, etc.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Yes, did you call? You said etc

        • TNA

          Yes, etc.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’m telling you guys I’m putting that on my business cards when I get that real estate license.

    • Tom w

      I think you are dead wrong. And have little to no support for your ridiculous statements. Take off your tin foil hat.

      • damrvrhunter

        OK

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Tin foil hats?? Oh, I want one too!

  • mtn_green

    Teddy Williams, cb/wr signed to Ps.

    • TNA

      Special teams gunner with reportedly great speed. Started as CB, became a WR to take adv. of speed, converted back to CB because of AZ WR depth.

      But essentially, ST material.

      • Will, Always Shady in CA

        I have no issues with projects being on the practice squad

        • TNA

          At some point, you know Huls is in the basement creating a Frankenstein player who can play be a competent backup Jack LB, ILB, safety, corner, TE/WR who is the starting K/P. Or perhaps a 3rd string QB who is the team’s K/P. Is R.Cunningham still in shape?

  • TNA

    Late night thought- if we are in the middle of the modern NFL era, I wonder if CK is about to usher in the post-modern NFL era. In a way, it reflects academia, where the trend was to become a specialist. Now the trend, slowly gaining traction is to go towards becoming interdisciplinary super-generalists. In football, the 2 way player has gone the way of the dinosaur, but I wonder if a form of that starts trending again.

    With his background in soccer, I wonder how good of a PK/punter Carroll could become with training. And there must be a lot of other athletes/players who can provide value beyond their specified role. For instance, when Cunningham became a backup QB, he should’ve also been the starting punter. I realize practices would be messed up a bit, but football teams would benefit from having that backup utility player like a lot of baseball teams have. Granted it’s hard to find those players that are proficient in middle infield and catching and outfield play, but the roster flexibility is huge for those managers that have that kind of player.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      “interdisciplinary super-generalists”…??

      Could you please repeat in English?

      • TNA

        Guys who are experts in a variety of fields. Opposite of specialist in one particular siloed domain.

        EO Wilson wrote a good read on this: Conscilience.

      • SoCalEaglesFan

        Jack of all trades, master of none.

        And for the record, no, I don’t agree with MR TNA about this. It’s not a trend and never will be a trend. The NFL is the ultimate team game precisely because each player has a very specific role unique to the position they play.

        What does happen in the NFL, and has been happening for several decades now, is that the bottom of the roster — those last ten players — do need to be versatile. That can help someone secure a job until they develop enough skills to master something specific. Then they become a specialist. But this is not new, or a trend. It’s the reality of being a bottom of the roster player.

        • TNA

          Well, a generalist would be more like a jack of all trades, master of none. A super-generalist would be more of a jack of several, master of all. Renaissance man or polymath types.

          But I guess what you are saying is that time and resource constraints, it’s impossible to become a master of more than one “specialty.” Or perhaps by definition, if you’re proficient in more than one specialty, you haven’t really reached your potential in one of the specialties. Point taken.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Since we’re hypothesizing, if they ever increase the roster size and number of players allowed active on game day like they should, that emphasis on versatility at the bottom of the roster may wane a bit.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Versatile.

  • Kleptolia

    Barner on IR. Stays with team, they don’t give up a pick because conditions not met.

    AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…….

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Still gets a paycheck though doesn’t he? Pretty soon Kelly will catch up to Phil Knight in financially supporting Oregon players. I kid, I kid.

      • Kleptolia

        I troll, I troll.

      • Kleptolia

        On a non-troll note, though. Am I correct I’m my thinking that if the team slaps a “designated for return” label on Barner the day that they officially list him on injured reserve, he could potentially return to practice by week 6 and play by week 8?