Eagles Wake-Up Call
With the Riley Cooper injury comes a whole new wave of Plaxico Burress talk. So let’s tackle it.
Burress joined Joe Decamara on 97.5 The Fanatic Saturday (before Cooper broke his collarbone) and reiterated that the Eagles are high on his wish list of teams to play for, and that he spoke to Andy Reid a few months back and went through “the interview process.” He added that he has been receiving calls from a few other teams.
“I think everyone knows how I feel about the Philadelphia Eagles, and if that call comes, nothing would make me more happy,” said Burress.
I checked into the situation recently and came away with the firm impression that there was nothing cooking between the two parties. Will that change now that Cooper is sidelined? I suppose it moves the percentages up, but not to a point where I would hold my breath. Chances are they take some time to evaluate the wide receivers in camp, then decide if they need some outside help.
WHAT YOU MISSED
The hitting began up here at Lehigh in front of 6,500 fans. (The attendance record, in case you’re wondering, is thought to be around 15,000 during the T.O. honeymoon period.) With that came a lot of excitement, but obviously some injuries as well. Here’s the run-down. The camp observations are here, courtesy of Mr. Kapadia.
We took a look at Brandon Graham and asked the question: Is he a fit for this system? We’ve been so preoccupied with whether or not he can play, there’s been no focus on whether is suited to play under defensive line coach Jim Washburn. Opinions varied.
Sheil took in ESPN’s special featuring Jaws and Michael Vick and provided the highlights.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
A bit of a “Where Are They Now?” feel to start things off.
Vince Young, in case he’s slipped off your radar, is now in Buffalo competing with Tyler Thigpen for the backup job. He is saying the right things (no catchy nicknames for the Ryan Fitzpatrick-Young-Thigpen QB trio yet) and trying to fix his image.
“My biggest thing is trying to change perception and who I am as a person. I love the game of football. It’s a one-year deal, but it’s an opportunity to play the game that I love. That’s my biggest thing.”
Former Eagles President Joe Banner, meanwhile, looks to be heading to Cleveland. Jeff McLane reports that Banner has been involved in Jimmy Haslam’s efforts to buy the Browns. The Eagles open in Cleveland and play the Browns in the preseason as well.
Finally, Jason Pierre-Paul – coming off a 16.5-sack performance –believes he’s only 50 percent the pass rusher that he will become. Graham just can’t win with this guy.
Day 2 of pad-crunching gets underway at 2:45 following an 8:15 walkthrough. Reid will talk in the morning and hopefully update us all on Cooper.