– Two of my favorite people that I’ve been around since I’ve had the privilege of covering Eagles games/practices are Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia. Yesterday, it was announced that Philly Mag is starting a new blog that will feature both guys. Tim is the beat reporter for 97.5 the Fanatic in Philly, and Sheil ran the “Moving the Chains” blog for philly.com. Tim is an outstanding reporter and radio host, and Sheil has been killing it this offseason on his philly.com blog (Sheil is known for his statistical analysis, although I would argue he does so much more). Awesome hires by Philly Mag. That site (whatever it will eventually be named) is going to be great. This opportunity couldn’t have happened to two nicer, more talented guys.
– The Eagles sent a scout to see Josh Gordon yesterday at Gordon’s pro day. Here were his workout numbers:
It was reported that Gordon pulled his quad during his forty, so I’m not sure how valuable the above numbers really are.
Sam Lynch of IgglesBlitz made a connection of those numbers to Eagles draft pick Marvin McNutt:
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland (there’s an ESPN Cleveland but no ESPN Philly?!?!?) also chimed in with a similar comparison to Texans 3rd round pick DeVier Posey:
Josh Gordon’s pro day workout numbers bear a striking resemblance to another receiver taken in the third round of the regular NFL draft. Gordon timed 4.52 in the 40, had a vertical jump of 36 in., a broad jump of 10 ft., 1 in., and had 13 reps in the bench press. At the NFL combine, DeVier Posey timed 4.50, had a VJ of 36.5, a BJ of 10′-2″, and 14 reps in the bench. Posey was a 3rd round pick of Houston, 68th overall. One difference: Gordon measured 6-3 1/8 and 224 pounds. Posey is 6-1 3/4 and 211.
21 teams attended the pro day. Apparently, that was more than expected. Frankly, I’m not sure why 32 teams don’t send representation to this kind of thing. Get as much due diligence work as you can on the kid. What is his build? How did he answer your questions? Does he seem like a good kid, or a turd? Whatever you can put into the information file on the kid, the better, whether he plays for you or not.
– The Eagles re-upped with Lehigh through 2013. Awesome. Big fan of that setting for Eagles training camp.
– My buddy Steve Shoup of Fanspeak wondered if the Skins would use more 2-TE sets this year (a la the Pats). I’m not so sure the Skins have the kind of TEs to create the mismatches that Gronkowski and Hernandez create in New England. Gronkowski is a good run blocker in addition to being a great receiver, and Hernandez is at least serviceable in that department. Neither Davis nor Cooley can run block. If you try to go nickle against the Pats in their 2 TE sets, Belichick will hammer you with the run all day. If you go base, you’re asking linebackers to cover the Gronk and Hernandez. Personally, I wouldn’t be all that worried going nickle against the Skins’ 2 TE sets.
– Who wants more Josh Gordon speculation? Did I mention I think the Cowboys don’t have a legitimate 3rd WR, and it’s a position that is going to have to be address next offseason even if Gordon can’t reasonably contribute immediately? Did I mention that I think that hoping Andre Holmes or Raymond Radway are suddenly going to be legitimate 3’s this season is a bit of a stretch? Did I mention I think that we can expect the Cowboys to put in a bid on Gordon in the 3rd round or higher? What is a horse shoe? What does a horse shoe do? Are there any horse socks? Is anybody listening to me?
– A commenter on SB Nation by the handle of “Big Blue in TX” (who is apparently a Giants fan) took polls at each of the 4 NFC East SB Nation sites of who each fan base sees as its biggest rival. I would link to it, but it’s kind of all over the place. Anyway, here were the results:
NY Giants Biggest Rivalries (236 votes):
Philadelphia Eagles – 77% (184 votes)
Dallas Cowboys – 20% (48 votes)
Washington Redskins – 1% (4 Votes)
Dallas Cowboys Biggest Rivalries (136 votes):
Philadelphia Eagles – 56% (77 votes)
New York Giants – 33% (45 votes)
Washington Redskins – 10% (14 votes)
Philadelphia Eagles Biggest Rivalries(184 votes):
New York Giants – 63% (117 votes)
Dallas Cowboys – 34% (64 votes)
Washington Redskins – 1% (3 votes)
Washington Redskins Biggest Rivalries (458 votes):
Dallas Cowboys – 70% (325 votes)
Philadelphia Eagles – 15% (72 votes)
New York Giants – 13% (61 votes)
Mildly surprised to see that Dallas fans see the Eagles as the bigger rival than the Giants. Both the Eagles and Giants have owned the Cowboys over the last two seasons, but the Giants and Cowboys have had more at stake in recent games, and the Giants have obviously had more overall success.