Oshiomogho Atogwe texted ESPN radio 980 in Washington saying that he had signed with the Eagles. This is not official yet. But assuming he does eventually sign, a few quick thoughts:
- The Eagles’ top 3 safeties are 24 years of age (Nate Allen), 23 (Kurt Coleman), and 22 (Jaiquawn Jarrett). Beyond those three players, there’s Colt Anderson, who is still recovering from a torn ACL. Adding Atogwe would give the Eagles a veteran presence on the back end.
- While the Eagles’ group of safeties is very young, the team loves Kurt Coleman’s smarts. Coleman is only 23, but he’s almost sort of the veteran of the Eagles’ safeties, if that makes any sense. I don’t think signing Atogwe is any threat to Coleman, nor Nate Allen, who is firmly entrenched as a starter.
- The guy that should worry is Jaiquawn Jarrett. Per Jeff McLane of Philly.com, the team thinks he is slow, and it’s pretty clear that they don’t think he is ready to start. Signing Atogwe could be an indication that the Eagles would feel more comfortable with “just a guy” (Atogwe) filling in for Allen or Coleman in the event they get injured, rather than rolling with Jarrett. Obviously, if that’s the case, this would be very disappointing for a 2nd round draft pick. The Eagles plan on doing a lot more hitting this year in camp. That will provide a more fair evaluation of Jarrett and his game. He’ll be watched like a hawk up at Lehigh.
One more quick note on Atogwe: If the Eagles do indeed sign him, the Eagles will have the most difficult to spell trio of defensive backs in the league: Oshiomogho Atogwe, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
– Rich Tandler wrote a post on 2nd year safety DeJon Gomes. Gomes is a player I really like. I remember watching the Skins in the preseason last year, and Gomes was everywhere. Wherever the ball was, 24 was right there. Interestingly, Rich has Tanard Jackson penciled in as the starting safety opposite Brandon Meriweather. I think the Skins would really like to see Gomes step up and earn that spot. Personally, if I’m a Skins fan, I don’t want Tanard Jackson anywhere near the field. But that may happen. Hogs Haven wrote about the all the Redskins’ safeties, and here’s what they had to say about Jackson:
Jackson attempted 57 tackles and missed a whopping 24 of them
I don’t even think Jarrad Page was that bad last year.
– In my Redskins’ 2012 draft recap, I noted that 6th round pick, RB Alfred Morris, was a player that I liked:
In Morris’ last 5 games at Florida Atlantic, Morris ran for 725 yards and 7 TD’s on 118 carries (6.14 per carry). Florida Atlantic was outscored in those games 190-84. Despite playing from behind in most of those games, the Florida Atlantic passing attack contributed just 826 yards. In other words, Morris basically WAS their entire offense.
My buddy UK at Hogs haven did an excellent film breakdown of how Morris might fit into the Skins’ zone blocking scheme.
– Ed at Big Blue View asked what Super Bowl team was better: The 2007 Giants, or the 2011 Giants. For me, it’s a really tough question. I think the 2011 defense has more star power, but the 2007 team didn’t have any glaring holes like the 2011 version. On offense, the skill players of the 2011 team are better, and Eli circa 2011 is better, but that offensive line is night and day. The 2007 OL was awesome – Those guys were all in their prime. The 2011 OL was garbage. I think I’m going 2007.
– Speaking of “garbage,” that’s how Darren Woodson described the Cowboys’ tackling last year. I, and ProFootballFocus, would disagree. PFF has Dallas as the second best tackling team in the league last year.
It’s going to be extremely hot out there today. Some people like it ridiculously hot. I do too. Got some beer, gonna do a little power washing with the occasional dip in the pool, maybe a little floaty raft action. Bring it.