• http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Great article as usual.. but only 1 I can’t agree with.. I don’t think Vinny Curry is a fringe guy unless a trade partner can be found. I don’t think there’s any way you can justify cutting a 2nd round pick after only one off-season of asking him to switch positions. With Azzinaro having coached him at Marshall I think he’s safe for this season… but I’ve been wrong before.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    I think you mixed up Nick Miller and Will Murphy Sheil…. Will played for Chip at Oregon not Nick. no worries though. thanks for the great read. real excited for today

  • PaoliBulldog

    I put Harbor, Cooper, Watkins & Marsh in the “distinguish yourself or you’re gone” category. They’ve been around long enough, and produced so little, that you might as well replace them with younger, upside players.

  • BlockingBack

    If all T1, T2 & T3 make the 50 (+ 3 specialists) and no T 5s do (and no addl pickups), then 16 T4s make the squad and 20 T4s don’t. That just over 60% of them. Of course, probably a few T123 injuries and pickups from other teams’s discards. And maybe a T5 or two.

    • BlockingBack

      45%

  • Dutch

    Give me a call when the Eagles cut some of these future Salesmen and Insurance Agents. I still don’t see how the Eagles can stop the passing assaults from taking place. They have added backend defenders who can tackle, but these guys can’t cover.

    I can forecast 30 plus td receptions in 2013, which is better than the record setting 33 from 2012. If we don’t get pressure on the QBs potentially more than 33 and a new record. The Eagles are asking for trouble if there is no path found to putting Cole and Graham along with Cox in the QBs faces this year.

  • Explorer51

    Prediction: in the first few games, MeSean doesn’t get the ball as much as he thinks he deserves, he starts to pout because he’s already counting his money on his next contract with his third agent, and he starts to shift into low gear so he doesn’t get hurt. Sheil, I agree with most of your thoughts (great article as usual!) but I think Bryce Brown has more of a chance to be a difference maker than Jackson. BTW, I hope I’m totally wrong on Jackson because if he has a monster season that would be great for the team but, unfortunately, we’ve seen his act before and it wasn’t pretty.

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      People love to complain about what DeSean did when he was looking for his new contract, but just completely ignore what he did last year. He was on pace for career highs in receptions and yards before he fractured his ribs.

      DeSean’s in essentially a contract year. We can part ways with him after this season if we choose to. Eagles proved last year they can live without him. He’s no longer going to be the staple of the offense. So he gets pouty? Big whoop. He’s on the bench and he’s gone next year. Demaris Johnson can be an effective fill in (not as good, but effective).

      I love your last sentence. I’ll rip into a guy like crazy but if he does good then I’m back on the bandwagon? Classic Philly.

  • djack10

    what about kicker, punter, long snapper? are those three spots already locked up or are there any other players competing for them?

  • Wilbert M.

    I disagree that Colt is a serviceable backup at safety. He looked pretty bad last season when he was forced into action. Of course, every safety looked pretty bad.

  • Dan

    Great Work Sheil….

  • PaoliBulldog

    Russell Shepard is an intriguing addition. I’d bump him up a tier. I can’t remember if he played special teams at LSU, but if he can do that in Philadelphia, I’d take him over Cooper. If only he could play DB….

  • aankit
  • oscarfish

    I am a cowboys fan

  • oscarfish

    Eagles 5-11 or maybe 6-10

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Why aren’t people allowed to optimistic? Chip can’t fix everything in one off-season. He inherited a terrible roster and it’s going to take 2-3 years to overhaul it. People who are talking playoffs might be too optimistic but if the Eagles fix the turnovers and can stay healthy at key positions there’s no reason to think we can’t have a decent season and improve on our previous 4-12 record.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    right on man. be right there with ya

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    For sure.. and I would agree if Curry was a flat out bad football player, but if you cut him and let him walk, you risk the chance of having a team that’s short stacked on 4-3 DE’s (Say the Dallas Cowgirls) who can then pick up essentially a 2nd round pick for free.

  • Philip Soloninka

    I mean, I get the confidence part, and maybe he was saying it to bolster the rest of the team’s confidence, but it was just a “Here we go again” moment that had me shaking my head.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Ridiculous to compare him to other receivers in the league last year considering the team had no line and erratic QB play. How can a deep threat receiver have success in an offense that had 0 time for a play develop? Compared to the rest of his career DeSean played a much more complete style of play, making tough catches over the middle and taking hits. No one receiver in the NFL could have had success last year on the Eagles offense.

    If Maclin would have developed DeSean wouldn’t need to be our number 1 guy. At his speed and lack of size he should be used as a complimentary receiver to a more complete player. If the light can turn on for Maclin and he plays like he did at Mizzou then it doesn’t have to be about Maclin vs. Jackson. They could be a good combination, especially if you upgrade the talent at your slot receiver position.

  • Dutch

    Maclin doesn’t have defenses designed to impede his progress as does Jackson. Defenses would rather Maclin catch the ball against their defense than allow Jackson to run wild in open space. Maclin is the easy contain as opposed to Jackson.

    Maclin can be and has been on several occasions caught from behind, you’re not likely to ever see D Jack caught from behind. Another issue is that Andy Reid was clueless in how to use Jackson and get him the ball in space. Jackson is one of the receivers because of how the Eagles played him under Andy Reid that commands double coverage every time he lines up against a defense.

    You can’t compare Maclin to Jackson. Maclin is the choice of least resistance. With or without the ball Maclin can be contained, as can most of the Eagles receivers on this roster.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    I don’t see why they can’t both do well. That’s what I’m hoping for and I think Chip can make it happen if he’s all about scheming around the best players. If our line stays healthy our offense can be one of the best in the league, we don’t lack weapons.

  • Michael Evans

    Huh, They traded for Welker and he was a stud. They signed Amendola this year and he will put up close to Welker numbers. Branch was pretty good.