On the eve of the 2012 Draft, my fellow Eagles fans are obsessed with linebackers and safeties and defensive line guys... but few seem to share my concern over the Tight End position...
It bothers me that the last few seasons have been devoted to the Great Florida Hope---i.e., Cornelius Ingram--- coming back to health and creating the safety net we need at TE...
Meanwhile Brandon Pettigrew has been tearing it up in Detroit. I'm not saying we should have drafted Pettigrew ahead of Jeremy Maclin a few short years ago...I like Maclin. And I like Celek.
But due to the sad ending of Ingram's dream, a cruel knee-injury fate which could not be fixed, we must move on...
And the very real scenario of a Brent Celek knocked out by a serious injury for a number of games leaves us with a "go to" solution of Clay Harbor and ?.... I'm guessing by now the Eagles organization has studied the current trend of having two talented Tight Ends in the offensive rotation at all times. Heck, Gronkowski and Hernandez at New England are just the tip of the iceberg. The NFL is quietly transforming the traditional position of fullback on offense into a hybrid tight end/tailback thing...
Here's what we have to deal with in current TE personnel:
Brent Celek, starting TE... coming off a nice year with an upsurge in receiving...good blocker, too...6-4, 255, 6th year out of Cincinnati...
Clay Harbor, the back-up TE... he showed flashes of route-running and catching ability, but seemed to disappear at times in the offensive game plan...6-3, 252, 3rd year out of Missouri State...
Brett Brackett, the Practice Squad TE... Undrafted Free Agent from Penn State last year, 6-5, 248, Brackett spent time on several NFL practice squads last season before signing on with the Eagles in late November 2011... His career at Penn State included 55 catches for 721 yards and 7 TD's...
That's what we have at TE right now. We don't have a master plan to involve the tight ends more into the Eagles offense other than the "Next Man Up" contingency rotation portrayed above.
So forgive me, dear diary, but I'm feeling a little undermanned at the position going into the 2012 season...
Maybe the remedy to my insecurity at the position is to draft a tight end in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft this Spring?
But that would go against most mock drafts right now which have us taking everything but a tight end. Maybe a lot of mockers are still gun-shy from the disastrous pick of Ingram a couple of years back. It is obvious now that Ingram was damaged goods from the get-go. I certainly was one who bought into his overall potential and the optimistic medical reports on his knee rehab coming out of college. I was "gung ho" on Ingram. And I turned out to be wrong.
So far be it from me to discredit anyone who says drafting a tight end in the mid-to-later rounds this year is a waste of time and money.
But the fact remains, the Eagles need to build for the not-so-distant future at this key position.
At the very least, we need depth. You may not end up integrating two TE's into your basic offense like Brady and the Pats have done, but you need at least two extremely athletic and smart backups in the system in case Celek goes down.
Here's a guy you may want to keep an eye on: Michael Egnew, 6-6, 245, Missouri... he could still be available by the 4th round pick of the Eagles....
Michael Egnew is not a household name in college football, but he brings a lot of the physical credentials and the intangibles that I associate with great Eagles tight ends of the past...so yes, I am biased... Egnew can block, and he can run routes and catch the ball... He's an All-American selection, too... in 2011, he caught 50 passes for 523 yards and 3 TD's...his career totals: 147 receptions for 1332 yards and 8 TD's.
Maybe I'm just projecting my own love of great tight end play, but I hope the Eagles grab Egnew in the 4th round (if he is still available) as their TE of the future, as opposed to reaching for another position based on current assessment of developmental need. The tight end position is just as critical to Eagles future success as linebacker and safety. The tight end position's importance in every NFL offense is still evolving. I think it's time to shake off the heebie-jeebies associated with the Cornelius Ingram debacle and get back to work building a future for the TE position in Philadelphia.
Check out this pic of Laron Landry! He's got waaaaaaay too many muscles to pull. You know he'll get hurt.
I've been exchanging genitalia pics with this broad I met online. Then... out of the blue... she sent me this:
Amish Breakfast Casserole
1 lb of bacon - diced
1 onion - chopped
6 eggs - beaten
4 cups of hash browns
2 cups of shredded chedder cheese
12 oz of cottage cheese
1 1/4 cups of shredded swiss cheese
Cok bacon and onion in skillet until crisp. Drain. In separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir in bacon and onion. Transfer into a casserole baking dish. Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins. Let stand for 10 mins before serving.
You cant make that up! She didnt know I hang out with the Amish!!!!1!!1!!111
Dutch Rubby Ducky))) Is this recipe correct?
@TheGreatJB99 Sounds OK JB, but best be hungry. That amount is made for about 10-12 people. Maybe you qualify as 6 by yourself. I'm thinking share it with Brozer, since he has so many aliases. You could also use sausage in place of bacon, just as good. Figured I best get back to you before morning.........you might be hungry when you wake up.
I don't care what any of youse sez... iffin Vick got hurt (which is almost a mathmatical certainty) I would not want kafka or Edwards leading our team into battle... no way, no sir, no how... again, iffin he's here to battle kafka for the #3 spot, then the pick has merit... if it's to battle for #2 then IMO this pick up suks!
wiff that, I'm outtie 5000... see all youse we luv trent edwards/evergreen can do no wrong dikheads lata!!!
TJack - gettin some wierd shitz with posts. on the Tbone post below
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It also happened on a Briview, JB, and another Tbone post with different scattering of code.
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"Oh, that's just the new Bored code. We've gotta encrypt our communications. You know, spies everywhere. What, you didn't get the memo?"
@AbeLinc64 We've been emailing behind your back... and set all of it up. Haha! We got you!
@AbeLinc64 disconnect the egg carton and use tPrince Albert inda can as yur conduit,...that 'll du it,......methinks.
Edwards could be a draft bored red herring......he may not even make the roster....masterminds at work..............spies every where...but even the media sees he is not a roster lock...................
.Eagles agreed to terms with QB Trent Edwards on a one-year contract. Edwards was out of the league last season after being released by Oakland in early September. GM Howie Roseman indicated Thursday that the Eagles would add competition for Mike Kafka as the primary backup, though we suspect Edwards won't be the only option. The injury-prone former Bills starter shouldn't be guaranteed a roster spot.
@tboned208 Even if he only makes the team as QB #3, that's not a bad thing.. in the words of David Lee Roth, he's "not the worst that you've seen"... I agree with Bri, a pick-up of merit
@tboned208 Yur GK was one of the first heralding this as a pick-up of merit,..even b4 the Eagles even announced they had checked him out.
This just in,..LATEST odds to win the coveted MACH 10 trophy,..now has BRIZER firmly in the lead,..as the AGED,..formerly known as the SAGE,..has slipped precipitously. Of course,...backing up the rear,..is BUTTs,..relishling in his position of comfort. Carry on,..knuckleheads.
Ok, wepl... me sxsw is officially planned out. Thursday March 15th it's corrosion f conformity. Then the 16th I'll spend all day at Waterloo Brewery... as they have Jimmy Cliff, Gary Clark Jr(my boy) and The Cult playing.
I gots one thing to say,..Spuds and his Hole,..need one good,,..swift kick inda arse,..towards a site that's got something to say....Bunch of either nandy panderers,..or whiners...take yur pick.
I'm expecting vet min or a wee bit more for Edwards...Gotta go adjust my MACH...Looks like us taking a QB just fell lower down the priority tree...
I want to hear Old Bill saying "the Eagles are fun to watch again!"... when I hear those words, I know we're back on track to something good.
atv))) As the Earfs best known anthropologist... I need to know what Nationality that black midget bulfighter in yourn avi is.
Except for the Eagles,..who we like,.to speculate on our competition,.whosuk,..at this point in time is ludicrous. Perk up!,..I expect better from you.
And the eagles are going to win 15 games. And the super bowl. Early prediction, eagles over andrew luck and the resurgent colts 45-3.
I hate to give sunnyass any credit but he's right. The nfc is stacked this season. As always one or two of those teams will struggle and not be as good as their supposed to be. New orleans is more then likely going to lose one of their all world guards, that's big because it makes it that much harder for drew to stand in the pocket and carve tams up, they still have holes on defense. I think green bay comes back to earth this season, it will not shock me in the least if the lions win the nfc north.
I like the offseason approach so far. Two moves that both make a lot of sense. I'm curious to see if the eagles draft a qb around the 4th round or bring in an undrafted FA. I know they say they like kafka but I don't believe it. If they liked him that much we wouldent have had to suffer through VY.
Well, Loopy, I'd like to invite you in for a martini, but the there are time constraints. I wish you a good evening and fruitful weekend.
@sunbutts Thank you, Mr. Warmth, King of Happy Hour! I'll take a rain check on the appletini...and save it for my fruitful weekend!
This will be a tough year for Eagles to be SB contenders even if Vick is healthy and has a good year. The competition is fierce. GB,NO,49ers, Giants, Dallas, with Falcons, Bears, Lions, yes and maybe a healthy Panthers, as spoilers.
@sunbutts I can't argue with your premise that it is tough to contend for a SB... There's tough competition to be sure in 2012...
As always, I just hope we can catch lightning in a bottle.
Fear not, Sunny, Trent Edwards will be reborn under the Gold Standard...just as your comedy career has been reborn here.
@Tom JacksonThe Goofy Geezer said on numerous occasions that I'm not funny ---and we all know what the Geezer says is gospel.
So let it be written!