Random thoughts around the NFC East: Throw Tanard Jackson on the crappy safety pile
- The new hot flavor of the week draft prospect is Shae McClellin. Chatter has really picked up on him. Played DE at Boise, 16.5 sacks the last two seasons. He’s a player that I really liked at the Senior Bowl. The Vikings’ coaching staff worked him with the LB’s all week. In case you’re unfamiliar, Mike Singletary is the Vikings’ LB coach, so he ran the LB drills. McClellin looked like he’d been playing LB his entire life. Looked smoother in drills than most of the other LB prospects, and Singletary seemed to really like him. McClellin is getting first round buzz these days, with Green Bay and New England the most common teams associated with him. If he makes it all the way to Dallas in round two, I think he’d be a great eventual replacement for Anthony Spencer. I also think he’d fit in nicely as an edge rusher with some versatility as a DE in Philly’s wide 9.
- The NFL schedule is reportedly going to be released tomorrow. I’ll have a full analysis on all 4 bEast teams when it comes out, and yes, like every other year, I’ll be complaining about the Cowboys getting the unfair advantage of hosting the Thanksgiving game every year. Two things to root for: 1) You don’t want a Thursday road game. The week is too short, and that travel day is a killer. And if you do have a Thursday road game, you don’t want to have to travel to the West coast, like the Eagles had to do in Seattle last year. 2) The NFC East plays the NFC South this year. You want to get the Saints as early in the season as possible.
- Some interesting draft notes from Raf at Cowboys Nation (not limited to just Cowboys stuff). Worth a look.
- The Redskins added Tanard Jackson last week after the Buccaneers cut him. By the time the 2011 season was over, the Bucs were the worst team in the league, in my opinion. They gave up at least 24 points in every single one of their last 10 games. Over their last 12 games, they gave up 417 points, or 34.75 per game. And yet, the Bucs felt that Jackson wasn’t worthy of a roster spot. New DB coach Raheem Morris obviously has some familiarity with Jackson, but it’s still not a good sign when a team with a defense that bad cuts you. It’s not like they cut him because he’s old. He’s 26. It’s not like they cut him because he was making too much money. He was scheduled to make $2 mil in Tampa this year. It is noteworthy that Jackson was suspended for most of the 2010 season for the leagues’ substance abuse policy, but I’m not even sure the Bucs care all that much about character concern players. After all, they still employ Aqib Talib, and they gave major, bigtime contracts to character concern players Vincent Jackson and Eric Wright this offseason. The Bucs cut Tenard Jackson because he stinks. The Redskins are playing the “Let’s sign as many crappy safeties as we can and hope that one of them pans out” game.
- There were reports that the Eagles were interested in trading up to 4. It’s not even worth discussing. Not happening.
- Good job by the Skins finally getting a deal done with London Fletcher. Still waiting to see those numbers. I’m thinking they got a bargain if it took this long.
- It was Cowboys weekend here at Blogging the bEast. If you missed my writeups on not overrating DeMarco Murray and the Cowboys’ depth chart, take a gander. Giants depth chart is up next. Should have that ready to go sometime around Wednesday (they take a little longer than it might look).
- Flyers. Doop doop. That is all.