In this final week of voluntary OTA's, head coach Andy Reid is putting a little more emphasis on Special Teams drills. We don't get many play-by-play tweets from inside media reporters about the ST drills. They are not the glamorous parts of practice. But for several players they will be the foundation of what enables them to make this team.
Andy Reid spoke at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Broomall, PA on Sunday...Andy looks trim, doesn't he?
I won't get into the ball-handlers of the punting and place-kicking aspects of ST's today, I'm more focused on the blocking and coverage and tackling positions involved...These are assignments that can keep a hustling back-up linebacker or a 5th receiver in the league for many years because they excel at a very specific task on coverage and returns squads.
Bo Wulf is a guy who does not get enough exposure or attention over at PE.com, but he does a lot of leg-work for Dave Spadaro and Chris McPherson, and often comes out with some great feature articles of his own. It always pains me to read a good blurb by Bo Wulf and then notice how few people comment in reply to the piece.
I'd like to give Bo Wulf some props here with an excerpt from his very nice article on Special Teams competition shaping up for the Eagles regarding the "Gunner" assignment:
'Elsewhere on special teams, April and the Eagles will look to find a temporary replacement for coverage standout Colt Anderson, who is rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL. Anderson is hoping to be ready for training camp, but April has to move forward preparing for a plan B. Unfortunately, there's an inherent problem in evaluating special teams prior to Week 1. '
'"Colt is a tough guy to replace because I think he's one of the best players in the league, special teams players for sure," said April. "We've got some guys who have done a good job. I think Brandon Hughes did a good job in his plays. I thought Riley Cooper got better his second year as a gunner out there. I think Curtis Marsh has got an opportunity to be good. As a gunner, we've got a couple of guys who can do it. But we also make cuts too, so you don't know who exactly is going to be on the team. You just don't know. It's a little bit different if the defense pencils in a guy to be a starting corner, they know he's going to be here. If I pencil in a guy to be a starting gunner, I don't know if he's going to be here. So you're always dealing with a bigger number than just saying this guy or this guy. You have to anticipate. And it's tough to give the guys many reps because if we punt six times in a preseason game, how are you going to work eight different guys? I mean you can, but then they get one rep."'
Thanks to Bo Wulf and Bobby April for that excerpt, I learned something about the difficulty of building a good coverage unit from a logistics perspective. A similar difficulty faces the ST coach when he plans out his blocking assignments on return plays. You need to know who has made the final roster before you can actually install your blocking assignments. For now, though, April is getting a few extra minutes each day at practice to teach some basic design concepts to the guys who are here.
Interesting to note--- Monday practice, June 4th--- the first team offense went 11-on-11 against a scout team defense with a Redskins look... No Jason Kelce, DRC or DeSean Jackson today...Brandon Boykin got some rave review tweets from Jeff McLane... I'll update later with a summary of any other notable tweets from practice...
Did you guys read that Jerome Felton (Vikings) got a DUI whilst in a McDonald's drive-thru?? Priceless!
@sunbutts I read that last post....
Its a bit of beanstalk wax lyrical
...'Don't break your neck, trying to suck your on dick...' Confucius (551 - 479 BC)
I need the Phillies to perk up and win this series with the Doyers. The SF Giants would greatly appreciate it.
Hey Bone you might appreciate this.....I brought my mountain bike to work and a backback with some basic tackle and I ride to this big park at the river (about 3-4 minutes to get there) and I spend my lunch hour fishing. Nice ride for some exercise and a most peaceful, relaxing lunchtime whilst fishing. I think it's Boss!
@PPW you must work\live in the nice part of Spokane.....you know..the part I never have seen yet.....last time i spent any time up in that town, I had to watch me back........
@tboned208 Oh stop it! This isn't Detroit. Anyways.....I work downtown near a place called Riverfront Park. It's beautiful. I live northwest of town-which used to be the "sticks" but it's very developed now. Very nice though. had to watch your back.....sheesh!
@PPW Yates....Ridgeway......potatoe ..tomatoe....
@tboned208 EEEHHHHHH ( sound of game show wrong answer buzzer) The Green River killer (aka Gary Ridgway) was from Renton which is like 300 miles to the west. Spokane is the home of such famous people as Mark Rypien, Ryne Sandberg, Miles Kennedy, Bing Crosby................oh-and the now incarcerated serial killer Robert Yates. So see-it's really safe!
@PPW hey.....where was the Green river killer from again ????....I thought so....
I want to mount Charlize Theron.....then we can smoke apple bongs together after.....ahhhhh dream dream away.......
I worked out legs yesterday with this big ole' muscled out meathead I chat with sometimes at my gym, anyways, I regret it a bunch. I can't freaking move. I was all trying to act like I could hang, pffft, ya right, when I finally got out to me truck, I hid and puked behind it. So this is what it's like to be paralyzed...
just wait - just wait.
When the Spirit is willing - the Body gives you the Finger - just wait.
And me---who used to walk through cinder-block walls, men feared me - women loved me, small furry animals respected me.
You know - I used to play in a Philly Semi-Pro League - Bucks County Redskins - back in the 70's.
Not very good but I played. Nose tackle - 52 Defense.
@tboned208 haha, I just had changed it to Jaba the Monkey right before you wrote this.
@Jerky really...I gots to hit refresh
@Jerky whelp...now this small chain of post will not make any sense....kinda like most all of Buttsy's
Anyone think that Brian Banks has a legit shot at playing after his stint in Prison ??? sad story really but.....I don't think he makes anyones team...if he does...holy crap what a media storm
@tboned208 I hope he gets a shot at least to take part in some team's TC.
@tboned208 He's so washed up, even Rosenhaus no longer believes in him.........needs to hang it up.............and go to "Dancing with the Stars",............... where all the ex-Football has-beens go to get one final trophy. (Cept for Donald Driver, he still might be OK).