Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thanks Andy!

Now that it's week 3 it really wouldn't be a typical Eagles season after the way things went this off season without a little controversy.

Well here it is…

Andy Reid who has firmly stated several times that this is "Kevin Kolb's team" got a few good looks at Michael Vick on Sunday and on Tuesday at about 5:30 Michael Vick was named the starter of this team until further notice.

And I can't say I disagree.

Vick's last 6 quarters of football have been nothing less than the best football he may have ever played. Just when I was sure Andy Reid was heading straight for a "C'mon SON!" either he changed his mind or someone did it for him, but whoever it was THANK YOU!

Nothing against Kevin Kolb, but Michael Vick is clearly the Birds’ best chance to win.

This Sunday the Eagles hit the road and head south to Jacksonville and take on the 1-1 Jaguars. On paper this seems to be a lay up especially being a 3 point favorite on the road. However, last year’s recurring problem of having trouble covering tight ends has reared its ugly head again this year. Should we be worried about Mercedes Lewis? Let's hope not.

Stewart Bradley has been cleared to play and even though this defense has struggled they are still getting used to each other so it will be good to get Stew back out there. Let’s keep in mind that the Eagles have a rookie DE, a rookie FS, Ellis Hobbs starting for the first time, Stewart Bradley back after a year off and Ernie Sims learning a new system. These guys have barely gotten to know each other and everyone expects them to have chemistry right off the bat?

Luckily the Birds’ schedule the first half of the season isn't too rough so they have plenty of time to make their adjustments and tighten up the screws against teams like Detroit and Jacksonville before we see Tennessee and Indianapolis.

Which brings me to prediction time…

This Sunday look for Michael Vick to expose Jacksonville's weak secondary on his way to a 400 all purpose yards day and a 31-17 win.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Eagles Cutdown

By 6 p.m. Saturday, the Eagles, along with the other 31 teams in the NFL, must get their roster down to 53 players.

There are going to be some difficult decisions to be made, especially in the secondary and at linebacker.

Here’s one man’s guess as to who will be in and who will be out when the clock strikes 6, Saturday.

Quarterbacks (3) – This one is easy: Kevin Kolb, Mike Vick, Mike Kafka

Running Backs (4) – Could be a little tricky, but the guess is they go a little light here: LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell, Eldra Buckley, Leonard Weaver.

By cutting J.J. Arrington, the Eagles will get a sixth-round pick from Denver next year. Martell Mallett could be practice squad material.

Wide Receivers (5) –DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Hank Baskett

Baskett beats out Kelley Washington for the final spot. Chad Hall goes to the practice squad.

Tight Ends (3) – Brent Celek, Clay Harbor, Cornelius Ingram

Offensive Line (9) – Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, Jamaal Jackson, Stacy Andrews, Winston Justice, Nick Cole, Mike McGlynn, Austin Howard, King Dunlap

Dunlap, based on his upside gets the nod over veteran Max Jean-Gilles.

Defensive Ends (5) – Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Juqua Parker, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Darryl Tapp

Newly-signed Pannell Egboh will be on the practice squad.

Defensive Tackles (4) – Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Trevor Laws, Antonio Dixon

Seventh-round pick, Jeff Owens will be headed to the practice squad.

Linebackers (7) – Ernie Sims, Stewart Bradley, Akeem Jordan, Tracy White, Keenan Clayton, Jamar Chaney, Omar Gaither

The final two spots came down to the rookie Chaney, Gaither and Moise Fokou. It wouldn’t be a shock if Fokou beat out Gaither, but the guess here is still Gaither.

Secondary (9) – Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Quintin Mikell, Nate Allen, Joselio Hanson, Dimitri Patterson, Trevard Lindley, Kurt Coleman, Quintin Demps

Demps edges out Victor “Macho’’ Harris for the final spot. Cornerback Jorrick Calvin, acquired in a trade from Arizona, got a long look, Thursday night. He could take a spot away, but it’s more likely he goes on the practice squad to start the season.

Specialists (3) – David Akers, Sav Rocca, Jon Dorenbos

If you add it up, you’ll see there are only 52. Another guess here is the Eagles will trade for or claim either an offensive lineman, or a safety from another team for that 53rd spot.