A bunch of newsworthy items from Andy Reid’s presser today, with some of my own thoughts:
• Brian Rolle has been demoted from his starting spot at WILL. In the preseason game against the Browns, he was offsides twice on the opening drive. That’s simply unacceptable for any player, but how does a linebacker do that? Akeem Jordan is the new starter. I didn’t mention Akeem Jordan all that much in my camp write-ups, as he’s a guy that has just kind of been around for a while now, but he quietly had a very good camp. Here’s a note that sticks out from Jordan at camp:
I had a chance to watch some one-on-one pass blocking drills from the RBs and TEs today. Depending on whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist, either the RBs and TEs looked really bad or the linebackers looked really good. I’m leaning toward the RBs and TEs looking really bad. Chase Ford and LeSean McCoy were the best of the blockers, with Clay Harbor right there as well, but nobody really looked good. Brett Brackett looked really bad, especially on one play in which Akeem Jordan basically put him right on his butt. Brackett has looked excellent catching passes throughout all of camp, but oy vey, the pass pro needs some serious work. I was also disappointed by the way Stanley Havili blocked. Havili too felt the wrath of Akeem Jordan, who evidently turned into Lawrence Taylor for 10 minutes during this drill. Another guy that really impressed was Mychal Kendricks. He was routinely beating the RBs and TEs with his quickness. The Eagles may have themselves a really effective blitzer there.
It is also noteworthy that Jamar Chaney tweaked his hamstring, which may have factored into the decision to make Jordan the starter, although Jordan has outplayed both Rolle and Chaney.
• King Dunlap will not play against the Jets on Thursday. That’s a pretty good indication he has won the starting job at LT over Demetress Bell.
• Joselio Hanson is still the first team nickel and won’t play Thursday. That should pretty much cement his standing with the team (as far as making the 53 man roster or not). Brandon Boykin has been thoroughly impressive, but I suppose the Eagles aren’t quite ready to hand him the keys just yet.
• Mike Patterson may miss the entire season. That was already sort of expected, but sobering nevertheless now that it has come directly from Andy Reid.
• The Eagles could very well keep 6 DEs. I have them doing just that in my 53 man roster from yesterday. Reid also said they are getting plenty of inquiries for defensive ends. To note, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re interested in Darryl Tapp. They could be interested in other players that most fans would be less stoked about trading, like Phillip Hunt.
• Casey Matthews and Riley Cooper are unlikely to be ready for the opener.
• Jason Babin should be ready to go Week 1.