– We are 10 days from the first day of training camp practice (I’ll be checking out the Eagles’ rookies on the 23rd), and a mere 12 days away until the vets report. It’s my favorite time of the year. This year, as previously mentioned here, I’ll be at one NFC East camp or another every day from July 23rd through August 14. I will definitely be attending Eagles and Giants camps, although I’m still waiting for official confirmation back from the Skins. I should have a ton of coverage all throughout camp. Unfortunately, I will not be making the trek all the way out to Oxnard to take in Cowboys camp (Biased!). Anyway, I’m doing all of this on my own dime, so if you can help me offset some of the travel/lodging/gas/etc costs with a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again to the all of the people that donated when I passed the collection plate around a few weeks ago.
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– Do you know who Cole Beasley is? Probably not, unless you’re a hardcore Dallas Cowboys fan, or you went to Southern Methodist. He’s an undrafted free agent out of SMU that the Cowboys signed, and is competing for a roster spot at WR. 105.3 the Fan in Dallas interviewed this kid, and because he’s a short, white WR, they jokingly compared him to Wes Welker. Beasley dismissed that comparison, all but saying he’s better than Welker (and he isn’t kidding). The full interview is here, but they get to the Welker stuff in the first 30 seconds, and the hosts playfully goof on him the rest of the way. I don’t know if this kid is cocky, confident, or stupid, but I immediately like him. (h/t to DC Fanatic on the find).
I took a look at some of his receptions, and I think he has a shot. He has some shake, looks to get everything he can once he has the ball in his hands, and seems to know exactly where he is on the field once he catches a pass and where the defenders are around him. Had 86 catches in 2011, 87 in 2010. Good numbers, although his YPC were a modest 12.1 and 12.2, respectively, and he only found the end zone 8 times the last two years. Still… looking forward to seeing him in the preseason games.
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– I’m not completely sure why, but a couple different people brought an article by Adam Rank of NFL.com to my attention. He has the Cowboys winning the division. That’s fine. I think there are arguments to be made there. However, I’m always more interested in the reasoning. The part under the Eagles is a little confusing:
Many figure the Philadelphia Eagles have learned their lesson from the previous season and will finally reveal themselves as a true “Dream Team.” Not happening. Just look at the schedule. The Eagles open with the Cleveland Browns (win), but have the Baltimore Ravens,Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions. After that, it’s the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. The Eagles should be improved this year, but the brutal schedule could derail their season. But don’t worry, Andy Reid’s job is safe.
Except… The Cowboys play all those same teams too, with the exception of the Cardinals and Lions (they get the Seahawks and Bears instead, who might be better than the Cards/Lions anyway).
– Rich Tandler of Real Redskins makes a great point that the Redskins and RG3 need some urgency in getting a deal done, as Redskins rookies report to camp July 16 (Monday). There’s no time to wait around for Andrew Luck to sign his deal, and the money amounts are pretty much already set in stone. Get it done.