Nick Foles will get the start at QB for the Birds...and Dennis Kelly, the huge tackle from Purdue whom we lovingly call "Hagrid" here at EEB, will get to start at RT...
Dennis Kelly aka Hagrid gets the chance of a lifetime... 5th round pick out of Purdue, 6-8, weighing somewhere between 325 and 340... He gets a start vs. the Browns due to a funeral leave granted to Todd Herremans
Right tackle Todd Herremans will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Browns because of a family funeral, a report from the Eagles website confirmed Wednesday. Herremans, a staple of Philadelphia's offensive line for the last eight years, will be replaced by fifth-round pick Dennis Kelly, who will get his first professional start.
"I think it's going to be very valuable," said Kelly, who added that he found out he'd be starting Wednesday morning. "It's going to put me under the spotlight I guess you could say. It's going to give me an opportunity to play with the 1's during a game, so hopefully I take advantage of the opportunity and show the coaches that if I'm called upon I'll be ready to play..."
For those who are not familiar with Kelly's college career, here are some basic scouting summaries:
Dennis prepped in suburban Chicago, where he was a 240-pound tight end who also played basketball... was slated to greyshirt, but put on enough weight to garner a scholarship and appeared in five games as a true freshman in 2008... Moved into the starting lineup and started all 37 games at left tackle 2009-11... Team captain and two-time team offensive MVP...
Tall, lean, high-waisted, finesse pass protector still growing into his frame — needs to continue filling out and getting stronger... Tough and durable... Places his hands correctly and can pop and recoil. Plays upright, shows some stiffness and struggles to quickly redirect or cut off fast-flowing linebackers... Experienced three-year starter with terrific football character and a team-first attitude.
Kelly ran a 5.37 40-yard dash on his Pro Day at Purdue last March.
As for the Cleveland defensive line he'll be facing, we'll get into that a little later...
Thank you to our new friend, Tony Granieri of ESPN Monday Night Football, who graciously has accepted my "discovery" of his new blog "Monday Night Spotter"...
Tony Granieri has been the official "spotter" for Monday Night Football for the past nine years. Prior to that he worked for Scouts, Inc. alongside Todd McShay. You can find plenty of his game reviews from back then in the archives of ESPN.com.
It's a small world. I never in my wildest dreams thought we would have a fellow Bored member who actually sits in the MNF booth with Gruden and Tirico! But now we do... In a way it makes some sense, because Granieri is a diehard Eagles fan who lives in Linwood, New Jersey, as it turns out...
I urge you to check out Tony's site. It meets the Bored requirements to "Educate and Entertain"...
Meanwhile, I'll take a midnight break... and save space for JB's Game Weeview...and come up with some pre-game scouting material on the Cleveland Browns for Thursday morning...
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Hagrid will be facing a Browns defensive line that's trying to improve on two main stats from last year: Rushing Yards Allowed per game (147) and Total Sacks (32). Those stats were 30th and 23rd best in the league, respectively.
The Browns defensive line has 3 legitimate starters: DE Jabaal Sheard (6-2, 255, 2nd year, Pitt), DT Phil Taylor (6-3, 340, 2nd year, Baylor) and DT Ahtyba Rubin (6-2, 330, 5th year, Iowa State)...In free agency the Browns added two defensive ends---our very own Juqua Parker and Frostee Rucker. Parker is expected to fit in a rotation, Rucker is expected to start. 3rd-round pick John Hughes , a 6-3, 310 DT out of Cincinnati, was a surprise pick to many, but I expect to see him a lot in Friday night's rotation. Rookie DE Billy Winn should also see playing time---Winn is 6-3, 296, from Boise State, and was taken in the 6th round last April.
Sheard led the Browns with 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He posted the second-most sacks by a Browns rookie -- second only to former Cleveland linebacker Kamerion Wimbley’s 11.0 in 2006. Sheard was third among all NFL rookies and first among first-year defensive linemen in sacks. Sheard trailed only Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs (seven) and Cliff Avril from Detroit (six) in forced fumbles.
Taylor registered 59 total tackles, 37 solo stops and four sacks for 14.0 lost yards. He also broke up one pass and forced a fumble. Although Taylor’s first year in the NFL ended successfully, his second season started poorly. During an offseason workout at the Browns’ facility, Taylor was injured while bench-pressing and will miss time as he rehabs from his surgery which repaired the torn pectoral muscle.
Here's Billy Winn on his unit's objective for Friday night: “The biggest thing we should be worried about, first and foremost, is getting better every day, coming out here and competing...these are our major concerns. It’s not necessarily to put on a show; those are things that need to be done on a daily basis out here. It shouldn’t be one of those things that happens because you have a special occurrence come up, but the things that are done day-in, day-out and are part of your job.”
Get him, Hagrid!
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And now the moment you've been waiting for: The GREAT SAGE JB's Game Weeview of the Patriots affair on MNF:
First tings first... few are talking about the run D... which was stellar. They had an 8 yarder... and a 3rd & 3 for a first... but other than that... it was pretty much shut down. In particular... Ryans, Rolle and KEndricks all looked great.
Just another quick, friendly reminder for #Cardinals fans: The Eagles got DRC, Vinny Curry, and Brandon Boykin for Kevin Kolb... OUCH
Kolb or Skelton, which ever poor bastard plays quarter back for the cardinals is going to get killed this year. That offensive line is a sin and a shame.
Here's something Dutchie will enjoy, I just an engine to a guy for a '28 Nash Cabriolet. 292 Chevy with a 'Glide.
@Kent Phil 1967 wait... how old is she now... late 40's early 50's?
@atvcar 44 !!!!!
@atvcar Me ..... I'm a sprightly 45!!!!
@Kent Phil 1967 awww crap... guess I'm kinda old too then... least she's got 5 or so years on me still
@Kent Phil 1967 Ancient, dude!