Ha, I don’t really have much to say about Akeem Jordan, and neither did Les, as he exhausted as much print reporting the number changes than the Jordan news, and frankly, the number changes are more interesting:
The Eagles also announced some number changes. Dion Lewis, one of two No. 27s in the preseason, is moving to 28, with Brandon Hughes retaining 27. Jarrad Page, one of two No. 25s in the preseason, now wears No. 41. Ronnie Brown, who wore Brian Westbrook’s old No. 36 in the preseason, will be No. 21, with Joselio Hanson gone. Steve Smith, who never actually wore No. 19 in a preseason game, gets No. 11, and newcomer Kyle DeVan is No. 68.
So now people can stop whining about Ronnie Brown wearing Westbrook’s number.
Mathis is actually a pretty funny dude. Loved this reply to an Erin Andrews tweet.
Some encouraging stuff on film on Kelce here. Clearly, the kid has athleticism, can run block, and does an outstanding job getting to the second level. All of that is shown in the film review. However, I think Eagles fans are concerned by his ability to anchor in pass protection, after watching Phil Taylor bully him in the 3rd preseason game (that film mysteriously not shown).
(Giants, Cowboys and Redskins news after the jump)…
But when it came to the team’s releasing Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert, declining to re-sign Chase Blackburn and letting Kevin Boss and Steve Smith leave via free agency?
“Some other guys I played with, sweat with and bled with, I don’t think it was right, the way things went down with them,” Cofield said. “A guy that’s been there for 10 years like Rich gets hurt and you fire him? That’s the best way to put it.
“And don’t forget about Osi (Umenyiora). I don’t think that’s right either.”
By that, Cofield meant he believes the Giants should honor Umenyiora’s wanting a new contract, not just a few incentives based on performance, after he recorded 11 1/2 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season.
“I agree with him,” Cofield said. “If you’re two years into a contract and maybe you feel like you signed a bad deal, that’s one thing. But he’s played four years into a six-year deal. That’s about the time it’s reasonable to come back and say, ‘Can we do something about this?’
“The people that argue whether or not he had a good year, that’s ridiculous. A double-double on the football field, that’s not normal.”
I’ve been pretty hard on a lot of what the Giants did this offseason, and I get where Barry is coming from as a player, but I don’t think I agree with much of what he is saying here. Sure, Osi had a great year as a one-dimensional pass rusher last year, but what about the 2 years prior to that. As far as Seubert goes, that’s just the reality of the business. What should the Giants have done? Kept an injured (and therefore useless) player for sentimental reasons?
Here’s the depth chart, typed up nicely by Zach:
QB: Eli Manning (30, 6-4, 218) David Carr (32, 6-3, 212)
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw (25, 5-10, 214), Brandon Jacobs (29, 6-4, 264)
FB: Henry Hynoski (22, 6-1, 266), Bear Pascoe (25, 6-5, 283)
WR: Hakeem Nicks (23, 6-1, 208), Victor Cruz (24, 6-0, 204)
WR: Mario Manningham (25, 6-0, 185), Domenik Hixon (26, 6-2, 197)
TE: Jake Ballard (23, 6-6, 275) Travis Beckum (24, 6-3, 234)
LT: William Beatty (26, 6-6, 319), James Brewer (23, 6-6, 330)
LG: David Diehl (30, 6-5, 304), Kevin Boothe (28, 6-5, 320)
C: David Baas (29, 6-4, 312), Kevin Boothe (28, 6-5, 320)
RG: Chris Snee (29, 6-3, 305), Mitch Petrus (24, 6-4, 315)
RT: Kareem McKenzie (32, 6-6, 330), Stacy Andrews (30, 6-6, 318)
LE: Justin Tuck (28, 6-5, 268), Dave Tollefson (29, 6-4, 266)
RE: Jason Pierre-Paul (22, 6-5, 278), Osi Umenyiora* (29, 6-3, 255),
LDT: Linval Joseph (22, 6-4, 323), Rocky Bernard (32, 6-3, 301)
RDT: Chris Canty (28, 6-7, 317), Jimmy Kennedy (31, 6-4, 320)
SLB: Mathias Kiwanuka (28, 6-5, 267), Mark Herzlich (24, 6-4, 246)
MLB: Jonathan Goff (25, 6-2, 241), Greg Jones (22, 6-0, 248)
WLB: Michael Boley (29, 6-3, 230), Jacquain Williams (23, 6-3, 224)
LCB: Corey Webster (29, 6-0, 200), Brian Williams (32, 5-11, 202)
RCB: Aaron Ross (28, 6-0, 190), Michael Coe (27, 6-0, 187)
FS: Antrel Rolle (28, 6-0, 206), Tyler Sash (23, 6-0, 215)
SS: Kenny Phillips (24, 6-2, 217), Deon Grant (32, 6-2, 215)
This was of course before the Giants lost Jonathan Goff for the season.
As for Ballard, when I covered Giants camp about a month ago (which I believe was before Boss signed with the Raiders), I was taking notes on practice, and kept noticing that some big TE with the number 85 was getting a lot of reps. I debated not even including them in my post, since I didn’t even know who the guy was. I did anyway, and it turns out it was Ballard. Not sure if that’s more embarrassing for me, or the state of the Giants’ TEs.
By now, we all already know that Jonathan Goff is done for the season, so really no need to link to an article telling us that. But why Kawika Mitchell? Well, there’s really nothing else.
Ah, the glorious prospect of a fresh new season for Cowboys fans.
Bennett is no loss, but even though he isn’t good anymore, no Newman could be big trouble.
I think Romo, Austin, Witten, Free, Felix and Bryant are all OK/good/great/outstanding players (varying by player), but the other 5 spots on the offense are occupied by significant question marks.
As promised by head coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins’ roster is significantly younger this year. The average age of the roster is 25.58 and includes 25 players with three years of experience or less.
It’s actually not really even all that close to 25.58. The Redskins’ average age is more like 27 years, 2 months. Stop giving the fans false hope, Gary.
Oof, not good. Landry’s tweet has since been deleted.
“I think Philly’s the team to beat, looking at what they’ve done right now,” Cooley told WJFK-FM. “But when you look at the NFL and you look at the East, everyone can be very good. I wouldn’t be surprised to see New York and Dallas both being excellent football teams. It’s a tough division and it always will be, but when you look at what Philly did and when you look at the players they have and coming off the year they had last year, I think they’re a very good football team.’’
Cooley was not as glowing when assessing his own team.
“Obviously, we’re not the team to beat based on the way we played last year and what we’ve done over the past couple of years,” he said.