Random notes from around the NFC East: Minicamp reports, and The Seven Duffs from The Simpsons

– First, a lost note I somehow forgot to type up from Eagles minicamp yesterday.

  • Cullen Jenkins had the play of the day.  He jumped up and batted a pass in the air, located it, and then did sort of a touch pass lateral to Jason Babin.  Very impressive.  The Eagles had fewer batted passes as a team than Jason Pierre-Paul had on his own in 2011.

– Also from Eagles minicamp, I received a question on Twitter about Eagles beat writer Geoff Mosher’s assessment of the TE battle that has emerged:

Geoff has probably been to double the the number of Eagles practices that I have attended so far, so he has seen a lot more than I have, and he is one of the Eagles’ beat reporters whose opinions I respect. However, based on what I have seen, I would respectfully disagree with his assessment.  Clay Harbor has not been good so far.  He has had a number of opportunities to make tough catches, but hasn’t been able to bring them in, and I’ve even seen a few outright drops.  So I think that is where Geoff is coming from.  However, in my opinion, it’s not like Brett Brackett or Chase Ford have looked like Tony Gonzalez out there either.  Most importantly, we’ve yet to see Brackett or Ford try to block anyone yet.  That time will come at training camp.  I think it’s too early to call that a true competition at this point, again, at least from what I have seen in half the amount of time that Geoff has.

– I’ll be at Giants minicamp today.  They have coach and player interviews this morning, which I’ll miss, but I’ll be attending practice later in the afternoon.  I’ve decided I’m not going to look at anything specific.  I’m just going to see what jumps out at me and take notes.

– David Diehl is “remorseful” for his drunk driving arrest.  Remorseful, as we all know, is one of The Seven Duffs at the Duff Gardens theme park on The Simpsons.  The Seven Duffs are named Sleazy, Queasy, Surly, Edgy, Tipsy, Dizzy, and Remorseful.  My personal favorite is Surly:

More after the jump…

– OK, so this isn’t NFC East related, but I find it comical that Ndamukong Suh was 38th on the NFLN Top 100 list.  By now, we all know that list is sort of a joke, but I get the sense that most fans would see that ranking and agree with it.  Suh shouldn’t sniff the Top 100 based on the year he had in 2011.  He’s rapidly becoming the most overrated player in the game.

– None of the Cowboys’ top 5 picks are practicing:

My boy Lars put together a list of notable tweets from the first day of Cowboys’ minicamp.

– My go-to guy for Redskins practice notes has become John Keim at Washington Examiner, probably because his practice notes are so similar to mine, ha.  Great… people are going to think I’m ripping off his style when I cover the Skins in training camp.

– The Giants got burned by waiving Jake Ballard.  In a related circumstance, the Jaguars once signed a waived/injured player, and there were some questions as to whether or not their GM (Gene Smith) was subsequently black-balled by the rest of the league.  H/t on the find to @Noah_Becker.  Personally, I don’t see what is so unethical about it.  If a player is out there, he’s fair game.  Don’t want to lose your guy?  Don’t waive him.  (Not that the Giants have complained)…

I don’t think the Pats are doing that as some sort of payback for losing the Super Bowl, by the way.  That just seems silly to me.  I mean… The Giants wanted to win the Super Bowl.  So did the Pats.  It’s not like anything dirty happened in that game.  I think the Pats simply saw a player they liked, and added him, even if it’s at a position where they’re already strong.  Plus, it should be noted that the Pats went free agent happy this season.  They’ve signed a staggering 19 players away from other teams this offseason.  That’s by far the most in the NFL.


  1. Anders says:

    On the Jags/Cowboys/Eagles thing, I doubt the Eagles wouldnt just take the best trade offered and that is the reason why they still trade inside the division

    1. Agreed. That part of their article doesn’t quite compute. And it’s not like they even knew who the Cowboys would take anyway, as the article suggests.

  2. ArthuroMolenda says:

    I couldn’t agree more on the “Pats signed a player they like” bit.

    Their FO is not made of 12yo, they don’t sign guys to get back at teams.

    1. Anders says:

      You tell me again Belicheck does not act like a spoiled 12 year old sometimes? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baxd0HqAMhI

      But on this subject, I just think they see some great untabbed potential (They do this more then any team)

  3. ArthuroMolenda says:

    Any idea the Ballard signing by the Pats ?

    I can’t figure out why they did this.

    1. Yeah, I just added that in.

      1. ArthuroMolenda says:

        Hum … seems like there are a lot of “unwritten rules” in the NFL …

        Unwritten rule #1 : collusion doesn’t apply to the NFL

    2. Trueblue63 says:

      It’s a curious move to pick up a guy that isn’t guaranteed to play again, and to pick up his salary and all the rehab expense. I guess the Pats don’t have 90 players on roster they like.

      1. I really don’t think it’s curious at all. They get a guy that has proven he has NFL starting ability… and retain him for one year, then pay him peanuts in 2013.

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