Some notes from around the NFC East: Eagles, Redskins OTAs

– I’ll be at Eagles OTAs today (and Giants’ OTAs tomorrow and Thurs). Nothing will be solved at OTAs, but here are a few things I’ll be looking at:

  • The new vets: Demetress Bell, DeMeco Ryans. Both players will have enormous roles this season.
  • Backup running back: A lot to look at here.  Bryce Brown looked explosive in rookie camp.  Is he a legitimate candidate to get some touches this season?  How do Chris Polk and Dion Lewis look?
  • The embattled young guys: Where does Jaiquawn Jarrett seem to be fitting in? How does Brandon Graham look?
  • CB depth: Who is the next man up on the outside if Nnamdi or DRC go down?
  • Mychal Kendricks and the rooks: Kendricks dominated the undrafted free agents in rookie camp. How does he look against the pros?  Obviously, the other rookies will get some attention as well.
  • Clay Harbor: Brent Celek will not practice. Some people thought the Eagles might go TE in this year’s draft, but I’m of the opinion that Harbor can play. I’m curious to see how he looks.
  • The backup QB situation: In 2010 training camp, I thought Mike Kafka looked awful.  In 2011, he was, in my opinion, the most improved player in camp.  Will his progression continue in 2012, or does he have a limited ceiling?
  • FB: Will Stanley Havili get any real competition in camp?

– Kellen Winslow went on Sirius Radio and said the Bucs were going to trade him.  Before anyone really had any time to react, he was gone to Seattle.  The cost is thought to be a 2013 7 that can become a 6.  Winslow is less of a TE, and more of bigger WR.  He doesn’t block.  In a way, he reminds me a little bit of a more talented L.J. Smith.  If there was a team that I think might have been a decent fit, it would have been Dallas, but we don’t really have to worry about that now.

– Bunch of quick notes (about 15-20) from Rich Tandler at Redskins OTAs.  Some interesting notes on Chris Cooley and Trent Williams.  Williams is one of the most important players in the division this year.

– And some more Redskins OTA notes from Hogs Haven.


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  11. Corry says:

    I’m really looking forward to your write up on the birds. In particular I’m eager to read how well Ryans fits in. I’m hoping he shows up as a leader even in these early camps. I’m also eager to know if he has picked up the defense as fast he said he had in an earlier interview, though I’m not sure that you’ll be able to determine that in an OTA.

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