• Eagles UDFA Brad Wing said his favorite player growing up watching Australian Rules Football was Sav Rocca:
“When I was growing up and he was playing Australian Rules Football for the Kangaroos, he was my favorite player,” Wing said. “I wore his jersey around, and so, once he left the AFL, I was sort of upset. I followed him closely once he was in the NFL. That’s what sort of drew me to the NFL a whole lot.”
Rocca is merely 4th on my list of heroes.
• My buddy Keith McMillan of the Washington Post took a look at the Redskins’ rookie RBs, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison. On a side note, I once played flag football against Keith. He QB’d one team, I QB’d the other. Ask him on Twitter who won.
• Rotoworld’s Josh Norris was a big fan of South Carolina’s DeVonte Holloman, who was drafted in the 6th round by the Cowboys. He did a write-up on how Holloman might fit into the Monte Kiffin’s defense. Good read.
• Gerald Sensabaugh is retiring. Odd. Sensi is the kind of player who you would look to upgrade if he was starting for you, but it’s not like you have to adjust your defense to mask his deficiencies. He’s an average starter who should have plenty of football left. I wonder if he just got frustrated by the business side of the game.
• I’ve been rough on the Cowboys’ selection of Travis Frederick in the 1st round:
The great site DraftBreakdown.com does an outstanding job of cutting up college games, however, their Travis Frederick library only contains 2 games. Then I realized, oh wait, I can watch their Montee Ball library (8 games, although mostly running plays), and their Ricky Wagner library (one game in 2011) to see more of Frederick.
I think my jokes come off as me making fun of “Frederick the player” or “Frederick the guy,” which is not the intent. The truth is, after watching all those games…
I like him.
And apparently, some Cowboys fans are calling him “Fredbeard,” which would be more awesome if he played for the Buccaneers or the Raiders (pirate theme), but awesome nevertheless.
But his “ceiling” is extraordinarily low, and while his “floor” may be higher than the average NFL prospect, it’s not like he’s some sort of guarantee to be a solid starter. Personally, I think he’ll be a good (not great) pro at a non-impact position, and I simply wouldn’t spend a 1st round pick on a guy like that.
I’ll have more on his actual game at some point.
• Justin Pugh opened at RT for the Giants. No surprise there, but notable. It was thought that maybe he might play guard.
• Aaron Curry signed with the Giants. The Giants now officially lead the league in bigtime college LBs (Curry, Connor, Rivers, Herzlich) who have done nothing in the NFL.
• Tommy and I recorded a show. We discussed Eagles rookie minicamp, a few veteran tryouts (Felix Jones, Trevor Scott, and Chris Gocong), Matt Barkley, and my feet.
• Someone asked me via email why Chip Kelly wasn’t in the Eagles war room during the draft. I had no idea what they were talking about. Evidently, this is what they were referring to:
Yeah, if Chip Kelly were just shooting the shit about Manti Te’o's college career with Melissa Stark instead of helping draft the future of the team, that would be weird as hell. It would probably be something beyond “weird.”
Anyway, to answer the question, it wasn’t Chip. It was Brian Kelly:
Say it with me… Brrrrrrian…