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.


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  32. Number5 says:

    I thought he was cut because he didn’t pass his physical with the team.

    1. WeNeedLinemen says:

      That was the explanation the Bucs gave.

  33. DerfDiggy says:

    “I’ll be complaining about the Cowboys getting the unfair advantage of hosting the Thanksgiving game every year.”

    Well you should also complain about the Cowboys playing the SB champions week 1 on a Wednesday, Giants will have 4 more days of prep time over the Cowboys.

    Or if you don’t want to complain, at least admit that it’s a wash for the ‘Boys this season. (Typically you’d have a point).

    1. I actually think that’s a big advantage for the Cowboys. They’re going to have to play in NJ at some point anyway. May as well be Week 1, so you have 4 extra days to prepare for their Week 2 opponent.

      Also, how do the Giants have extra days to prepare for the Cowboys?

      1. Timbo says:

        Yes, how exactly do the Giants receive 4 extra days?!

  34. Imp says:

    You’re just saying Tanard Jackson sucks because you’re bias against the Cowboys!!!


  35. Roy says:

    In complete agreement with WeNeedLinemen. Yeah, we know the Skins safety situation isn’t very good at the moment. And no, we couldn’t really fix it in free agency, especially after the league decided to use us as their salary cap whipping boy. So we are signing a bunch of guys on the cheap and can cut them at any time if they don’t work out. Go ahead and laugh. Don’t care. We’re going to have an offense this year that hopefully can compensate for weaknesses at DB.

  36. WeNeedLinemen says:

    Safety has been a problem for the ‘Skins for years now. I am not unhappy with what they’ve done so far this year. There just wasn’t much safety talent available in free agency.

    Meriweather was a two time Pro-Bowler in New England. He’s got talent but he has a history of free lancing and obviously could stay disciplined with in Chicago’s cover-2. He might be a decent acquistion if the Redskin’s use his strengths and scheme away his weaknesses.

    Jackson is another character concern but for different reasons. What I am seeing in Buc’s fan blogs is a picture of a player who showed some promise when he first entered the league but then went off the rails. I’ve read that his last suspension was indefinite. He had to appeal to the league office for re-instatement. If he fails another test he will almost certainly never be allowed back.

    Jackson is also rehabbing a shoulder injury that affected his tackling last year. The Bucs claim that he refused to follow the team’s rehab plan: Jackson says that he has been following a private rehab plan at home and will be ready for the off-season.

    To me, signing Jackson on the cheap seems like a very low risk deal for the Redskins. If he can stay clean and recover from his injury he would be one of the better safeties we’ve had in years. If he can’t, cutting him wont hurt us.

    I’ve got no problem with them releasing Atogwe. He looked like he was injured even whilst the player was loudly proclaiming he was completely recovered. His running looked laboured all year, as though each step was painful. It was no wonder that even his own coaches held him out of the starting line-up because they thought he was still hurt.

    Landry isn’t much of a loss either. He was no less of a free-lancer than Meriweather. It’s almost a like for like replacement except that Meriweather doesn’t have a body building fetish. I will not miss Landry’s rediculous posing after making a routine tackle 10-yards downfield, as the opposition gained another first down.

    1. WeNeedLinemen says:

      He’s got talent but he has a history of free lancing and obviously could not stay disciplined …

  37. brisulph says:

    Man, Flyers Penguins has been an atrocious series from any sort of defensive metric, but end to end excitement to say the least on offense.

    1. Yep, goals galore, fights galore, Hulk Hogan. I’m almost kinda sad that it’s only going 4 games.

      1. Gary says:

        He’s calling it!

    2. Free Plax says:

      Don’t like the Flyers, but I’ll tell you what if Crosby get’s another concusion it is his own damm fault, man is he a cheap player.

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