Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday Thoughts

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LEHIGH NEWS

The vets reported on Wednesday afternoon so there was only a half day of practice for the rookies/select vets. There isn't a whole lot to report. WR Brandon Gibson missed practice with some injury, but Marty Mornhinweg wouldn't elaborate. Doesn't sound too serious by his veiled comments.

PE.com has several players reactions to Jim Johnson's death. Sheldon Brown also commented on his own status. Sheldon said all the right things. The comments from the players are here:

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/bloghead/


THE OUTSIDERS

Hollis Thomas apparently likes the cooking better in St. Louis than in Philly as he signed with the Rams. Actually, he has a shot to make their roster so I can't really blame the guy.

Raiders LDE Derrick Burgess didn't report to camp out in Oakland (or wherever they train). No one is sure if the Raiders are going to cut or trade him...or just keep him around. Derrick isn't thrilled with the uncertainty of the situation and I can't say I blame him.


MACLIN / WR NEWS

PFT had a report today that the Eagles and Jeremy Maclin aren't close on a contract. That runs against what I'd heard last week, but it may be that there are a couple of final hurdles and neither side is willing to budge. This certainly isn't good news. Jeremy needs to get his butt to TC soon so he can stay on schedule.

Here's the link to PFT's report:

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/07/29/eagles-maclin-still-far-apart/

Everyday that Maclin misses probably makes us that much more reluctant to let Reggie Brown go. And that is a shame in some ways. The Ravens are still looking for a WR. Drew Bennett signed with them and retired 2 days later. They are sniffing around Brandon Marshall, but he'll likely have a hefty price tag. Reggie would be perfect for them. No way we shop him, though, if we have any uncertainty with the backup WRs.

I'm still not sure the team is willing to deal Reggie at all. DeSean is just a 2nd year guy. Maclin is a rookie. Avant is a pure slot guy. Kevin has had groin issues for about a year. Reggie has his issues, but he can be an effective starting WR. It just might be worth it to keep that guy around.
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2 comments:

orangecrush007 said...

I think they deal Reggie no matter what. I would see them trading him for a 3rd rounder at the drop of a hat - with or without Maclin signed.

My most memorable play of Brown's is his almost touchdown against the Redskins last year. We are fighting for our playoff lives and the guy doesn't even have sense enough to get into the end zone. Now their safety did make a nice hit, but still - COME ON REGGIE. I was so pissed off that day. That Monday was definitely dark.

The Old Buffoon said...

I'm inclined to agree with Florio that Maclin's agent is doing him a disservice. But on the other hand, it's just crazy how few of the 1st round have agreed to deals. You can see where Maclin's in a tricky spot. Here's a good update site on 1st rd picks: http://backseatfan.com/index.php/2009/05/2009-nfl-draft-rookie-signing-status/