• Tommy and I recorded a new podcast. We covered the Havili-Geathers trade, Vinny Curry possibly playing 3-4 DE, Victor Butler, Darryl Tapp, Donnie Jones, and the Eagles’ potential interest in Eric Winston
• The Eagles traded FB Stanley Havili for DE Clifton Geathers. The Eagles appear likely not to utilize a FB in the traditional sense under Chip Kelly, so they were able to at least get a body back in return. Geathers turned 25 less than 4 months ago and is on his 6th team. He has played 187 snaps in his entire career. This is a guy that will come in and compete for a roster spot, but probably nothing more.
After the Eagles released Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins a month ago, their depth chart looked like this along the DL:
It now looks like this:
A few notes there:
- Cox had a great rookie season, and looks like he could be a stud.
- Sopoaga is a situational run defending role player only.
- Thornton is a player that has always impressed me in training camp, and could very well be a nice player in the NFL. However, his ideal role would be as a high-energy reserve, not a starter.
- According to Jeff McLane, the Eagles intend on playing Vinny Curry at DE. Curry is listed at 266, so if that’s accurate he will have to put on likely a minimum of 20 pounds to stay at DE in a 3-4. Some guys can do that, but it isn’t easy. My buddy Tommy Lawlor has talked in the past about guys like 49ers DE Justin Smith, who were able to re-shape their bodies to fit a new scheme, although I feel that players like Smith are more of the exception than the rule. I really don’t have much of an idea what to make of Curry, since we haven’t seen much of him in action so far, but my initial gut reaction is to say that Curry could very well become a victim of a scheme switch, and another wasted high pick. Does Curry have any trade value? Tough to say.
- The rest can’t be considered anything more than warm bodies at this point.
There are some nice pieces in place. One stud, two nice role players, and a player with potential who may not fit the scheme. The Eagles will likely add a defensive lineman in the draft, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them load up on more beef when they begin signing undrafted free agents.
• Victor Butler signed with the Saints yesterday, and with that, none of 12 players the Cowboys drafted in 2009 are still with the team. Again, to recap, my official analysis.
• The Redskins re-signed Fred Davis. I’ll have more on that later, but I think it’s a huge for the Skins. I remain shocked that he didn’t get more serious interest from teams around the league. I understand the injury and character concerns, but I just love his talent. Maybe I’m overrating him. To be determined.
• The Redskins also signed Darryl Tapp to a 1-year deal yesterday. I don’t understand that one at all. He’s too undersized to play 3-4 DE, and he’s not quick/fluid enough to play 3-4 OLB. In theory, he could be a situational pass rusher at DE or DT in the nickle, but even then, you’re not really getting a “plus” pass rusher. If you’re going to have a guy play that specific a role, you want that player to excel at that one thing. Tapp doesn’t. That’s not to say I don’t like him as a player. I just think he is best suited to be a rotational player, specifically as a 4-3 DE, not specializing in any one thing. Odd fit, although he’s probably a player that will be fighting just to make the team.
• All quiet with the G Men, other than Osi Umenyiora saying the Falcons are the most talented team he’s ever seen, although I don’t really care about any of that. The Giants did announce their OTA schedule. If the Giants continue to be awesome about credentialing me, I’ll be there.