At least Owen Schmitt has landed with another team... That will be good news to our Austrian correspondent from the Future, Mr. Bruzer 9.5, who was a big fan of the Beer Truck...
Owen Schmitt was a good fill-in for the legacy of the tragic loss of Leonard Weaver... but the Eagles are going against the grain of the traditional lead-blocking fullback in 2012...thus Schmitt was expendable.
Schmitt's two-year stint with the team ended late Tuesday night when he signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Schmitt's departure leaves Stanley Havili as the top contender to be the starting fullback this season. Havili, a 2011 seventh-round draft pick, spent his entire rookie season on the Eagles' practice squad. The 6-foot, 230-pounder is among three fullbacks on the Eagles' current roster. He'll face competition from rookie free agents Emil Igwanagu (Massachusetts) and Jeremy Stewart (Stanford).
There is also the possibility the Eagles won't carry any fullbacks this season and opt to keep an extra running back or tight end. Although Schmitt played in every game after replacing injured Leonard Weaver in the second week of the 2010 season, he only started 10 games and rarely touched the football.
Last season, he rushed for six yards on four carries against the New York Giants in the third game--- and had no carries the rest of the season. He was a solid receiver in 2010, catching 19 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, but had just three receptions for 32 yards last season.
Schmitt was a terrific lead blocker for running back LeSean McCoy, however, helping him rush for a career-high 1,309 yards, and helped protect quarterback Michael Vick. The Eagles may be confident in their expectation that Schmitt's lead-blocking and pass-pro can be easily replaced... but I hope their metrics are beyond reproach in this category. I believe in Stanle Havili...but he is no Vonta Leach in the blocking scheme, if you know what I mean...
Meanwhile, the Eagles prepare for a full veterans' camp OTA in a few days (May 22)...
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, right, works against Maurice Fountain as defensive line coach Jim Washburn, left, watches during an NFL football rookie minicamp at their training facility, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
They had a built-in excuse all last year. No minicamps, no OTAs, no offseason workouts of any kind. The Eagles’ slow start in 2011 was linked to the NFL’s lockout and the elimination of all organized offseason practices in a season in which the Eagles overhauled the roster.
So much change, so little time.
“I think it would have been really hard to be a rookie last year,” Eagles first-round pick Fletcher Cox said. “You’re playing your last game in December and then you’re not doing anything until training camp starts in August, and you’re going right into hitting and then the season starts. It’s definitely a big advantage for us to have a full offseason to help us learn and get ready for training camp.”
The Eagles wrapped up a three-day rookie camp this past Monday with a single practice in the team’s indoor facility. They’ll begin a three-day, full-team camp May 22.
Coach Andy Reid was surprised at how well his new players were able to translate what they learned in meetings into what they did on the field during this past brief rookie camp. “I was happy with the way things worked out,” he said. “It was good to get the rookies out here, give them the reps they were able to get, which was a lot of them. They were able to show some stuff, and I don’t think anyone is leaving here feeling slighted at the number of reps that they got to show."
Following the conclusion of Monday's rookie camp, Reid updated the injury situation for the entire team. When he mentioned LT Jason Peters, Reid said that he was "out indefinitely".
The camp was intended to give rookies and select veterans a head start on the offseason... so that, when the full-team workouts start, they have a chance to keep up with the regulars.
“It’s a good foundation,” Reid said. “We threw a lot at them, and we feel that they digested it pretty well. I thought this was a great introduction that they can build on. When they get together with the veterans, and now they have that extra pressure and everything is moving a little bit faster, at least they have that foundation to build on.”
Reid said second-round pick Mychal Kendricks performed well enough to earn a chance to line up with the starters at strong-side outside linebacker when the full roster reports for next week’s camp. “I’ll tell you that he looked good out here,” Reid said. “He made a lot of plays and got his hands on the ball.”
Reid also revealed that Stanley Havili, a seventh-round draft pick last year, will go into full-team camps as the starting fullback. The coach also said Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, who started most of last year, will return as the starting safeties ahead of Jaiquawn Jarrett, last year’s second-round pick.
Reid said safety Colt Anderson, linebacker Jamar Chaney and defensive tackle Mike Patterson will sit out all offseason camps, which end June 14. Anderson is coming off December ACL surgery, Chaney had postseason neck surgery, and Patterson underwent surgery in January to repair a brain malformation. Reid said Chaney and Patterson should be fine for training camp. He’s unsure about Anderson.
Tight end Brent Celek (sports hernia), linebacker Moise Fokou (ankle surgery) and center Jason Kelce (foot sprain) should all participate in next week’s camp, although Celek’s work will be limited. Celek played in all 16 games last season, averaging 50.7 yards receiving. He also had five touchdowns as the Eagles wrapped up a disappointing 8-8 season.
Down by 18 in the 3rd quarter.
Win by 9.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?
These sixers are gonna give me a heart attack long before my liver kicks over. Mercy , , ,
Hawes does everything except get physical. He's a very tall Lou Williams . . . hot shooter, smooth passer, crashes the boards like lou shoots deep, and good to enough in the scrum. But . . . kinda nonconfrontational. Kudos to Brand for the technical.
Good theater,..good Philly sports,...good nite,..ladies. Let us rest well. Should be clear,...bad karma,.impediments removed,..replaced by good thoughts and fine wine.
Did anyone else see when Bobby V got run in the Phitins game tonight the ump accidentally spit his gum at him... Then Bobby V pointed at him all the way off the field... HYSTERICAL!!!!
Nice fight out of the sixers tonight down 15 in a blink... End up winning by 9 wow... Impressive stuff boys!
My son made the team. He straitend himslf out the more drills he went through. Then he came up to bat and was hitting bombs all over the field.
Gonna go catch the end of the Jays vs. the Mets.....catch you suckers later....
I kinda hate inter league play.
Ok - now it's final.
I don't like B-Ball - only turned it on the other night 'cause Philly was handing it to Boston. First ten minutes I watched - Bost scored like 20 unanswered points.
Turned it on tonight and we're getting our a**es handed to us AGAIN.
I am bad B-Ball luck.
Gonna watch Star Wars - that girls is C U T E.
@atvcar Alcoholics Anonymous? weze already gots dem wing nuts up here....
....and da Mounties are always ready....
@Harry Pianos Angry Asshole... Geesh ever been to Calgary? It's my first trip ever to the great white north... I'm excited
@atvcar Calgarians hate my type, cuz I ain't a cowboy....actually, they kinda dislike anybody who lives eats of Saskatchewan.....I got in more than one fight....oddly enough, I still like the place....
@atvcar I spent my week there in a drunken stupor, and remember little of the specifics...If you were there in July, then the Stampede is a must...other than that, take the Trans Canada Highway west and invade my old homestead....
Rowboat....Row me to the shore
She don't....Wanna be my friend no more
She dug a hole....In the bottom of my soul
She don't....Wanna be my friend no more
Pick me up....Gimme some alcohol
In your truck....Playin' the radio
I'll be home....With the gasoline
You'll be stoned....You'll be far away
Palmer....just realized you surpassed me in points....I knew this day would come...I'm so proud.....congrats....
Much as I yak I should be passing Broz by now.
Well - Yak a lot and present ATV with good, valid sporting points.
I will leave ya with this little Clip (is it up to 10 yet), Just tell me what you reckon..
Do you think the producers of this film clip, thought it was piss-funny to put a couple of really Unco-ordinated white chicks in Stevie's filmclip coz he couldn't see em anyways? Pricks, I love my Stevie W.
To all you bazeballers and non-bazeballers the AllSar Game is coming up and there is one Phil that needs to be selected Carlos Ruiz. Please go to mlb.com or philadelphiaphillies.com and vote for him at least if not all Phils. This political announcement has been authorized by me.
@AbeLinc64 Abe...I will do as you ask if you do me one solid....................Change to a more manly AVI.......I mean.....they are cute and all......BUTT..........COME ON MAN
On the same point, I was just trippin out on all the old drunk references I had brainwashin my Youth... Fk It, I am thinking about sueing the ass off Disney for be such a Pisshead...
Dumbo and his role model, the little mouse, are off their Chang's obviously