I am waaaay behind in my blogging duties lately. Apologies for that. Just resting up before the onslaught of NFL activity that’s going to commence soon when free agency hits in a little more than a week, and should be busy all the way through until the middle of May. I’ll be ramping it up bigtime over the next few days. for right now, let’s catch up:
• The Giants were able to get a deal done with LT Will Beatty before he hit free agency. 5 year, $38.75 million, $19 million guaranteed. The Giants had to get this done, and they did. I’m not sure it needs any more analysis than that.
• The Giants brought in Cullen Jenkins for a visit. Makes sense. The Giants’ DL is thin, and Jenkins probably still has a year or two left in the tank as a pass rushing DT. DJ Ware knows Jenkins all too well:
Jenkins reportedly also has other visits set up. He can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, so there should be a decent number of teams inquiring about him.
• The Cowboys are restructuring the contracts of half their team. Keep putting off fixing your cap until later, JJ.
• There is pretty much no news with the Redskins right now. They don’t have a first round pick, and because of the cap penalties imposed by the league, they are likely not to be players in free agency. There’s the whole “Is the name ‘Redskins’ racist” thing, and then there’s debate over how far along in the sales process a grass company has gotten with the Skins. On a side note on the whole grass thing, I did film breakdown of Brandon Meriweather a few weeks ago, and the Skins’ field may have caused his ACL tear, too. It’s so slow, in fact, that my buddy Kevin from Hogs Haven is interviewing Eagles players, and he got a couple of nice little quote out of Todd Herremans. The full interview is definitely worth a read in full, but here are couple quotes:
First on possibly moving back to guard:
We can’t really talk to coaches about scheme right now or where we’ll be playing. I’m just trying to get in the best shape of my life and figure it out. I’ll be able to play wherever. I’m not concerned about a move back to Guard. I’ll be able to take that in stride. With such a high pick, the Tackle class is really good this year, especially at number four, I’m sure we could get a franchise Tackle in here which if he was ready to play right away would bump me inside. But, I have no idea whatever goes on in the war room during draft day. I’m just getting ready for the season and these minicamps coming with an open mind and ready to play wherever.
It’s interesting that Herremans is keeping an eye on the draft. Some guys do that, other don’t. I think Todd would rather be tackle, but since he already got paid like a RT, that’ll make a potential move back to guard more palatable.
And then on who the toughest player to block in the NFC East. No surprise here:
I’ve got two different types of people I’m going against…the inside and outside. Right now, the person I’ve struggled with the latest is Paul-Pierre..or Pierre-Paul? Do I ever say that the right way? He’s really good. He’s so flexible and strong. It’s a weird combination.
• The Eagles signed a QB, GJ Kinne. Tommy made an interesting point about having an overload at QB to keep arms fresh in the Eagles’ soon to be up-tempo practices.
• Brandon Graham is preparing for a move to linebacker, says Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com. Tim went way back to Graham’s high school days for the last time he played LB. Good stuff, worth a look. But also, within Tim’s article, there’s a video of Graham in high school, where he was also a kicker and punter. Graham was an awful punter, as pointed out by my boy Gabe. I’ll add that his form as a kicker was also hideous. Based on the one punt they show in the video, I’m a better punter. They couldn’t find one kid who could punt the ball further than Graham? How is that possible? If I coached this team, I would just never punt. 4th and 32 from my own 3? Go for it! Skip to the 1:18 mark:
Derek Sarley of IgglesBlog put up a good post on Brandon Graham. His contention is that the Eagles should build around Graham, not try to fit him in somewhere that he might not be as effective.