Rookie minicamp 2012 wrapped up dramatically with Andy Reid declaring last year's draftee Stanley Havili the #1 Fullback on the Eagles roster. That's an important piece of the rookie puzzle solved and the second-year players group's challenge to "perk up" revealed... a substantial clue also as to what direction this Eagles offense is headed.
Stanley Havili says he's worked out and trained harder in the past year, and it paid off in rookie camp with his promotion to FB #1. He was the Eagles 7th-round pick in 2011 from USC, at 6-0, 230, 4.6 speed... Havili scored more touchdowns receiving passes than rushing in college...so his promotion kinda tells me something about where the Eagles want to go with the Fullback position in 2012.
The Eagles wrapped up minicamp on a rainy Monday for their rookies and practice players from 2011. The only major casualty of the long weekend was defensive tackle Maurice Fountain, the oldest participant, who turns 30 in September. Fountain, a member of the Eagles' practice squad last season, tore his right patellar tendon in the final minutes of Sunday afternoon's workout, Eagles coach Andy Reid confirmed.
After Reid spent around five minutes addressing the players following the final practice Monday, he huddled with the media and explained it's still an unfinished picture of a team...but some definitive sketch lines have been drawn.
"It's a good foundation," Reid said. "It's a good introduction, and we threw a lot at them and it looked like they digested it pretty well. ... I thought it was a great introduction that these guys could build on. When they get together for the veterans and have that extra pressure and everything is a little bit faster, at least they have a good foundation they can bank on."
Although Reid was hesitant to identify the best of the non-contract players who were in on a tryout basis, we'll all know soon enough which ones they like the best, because they'll be signed long before the team's first full minicamp later this month. In fact, they could be signed by the end of the day.
"Right when I leave here, I'm going to go up and have a staff meeting and I have it all set up," Reid said, "because these kids have to get out of here. So if there are any that we like, we'll end up keeping them. There were a couple that stood out. ... The safeties that were in there, I thought they did a pretty good job, and really they all busted their tails."
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer really liked two guys he saw: Oregon safety Cliff Harris and Tulsa wideout/returner Demaris Johnson. As Les explained, "those two, along with Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas and Kansas State running back Bryce Brown all got into trouble of some sort or another that affected their draft stock." Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has said the team is reevaluating how it defines "character," giving a little slack to guys who seem decent and remorseful, and who didn't do anything that hurt anyone.
Reid expanded on that Monday. "We have a couple guys we're giving a second chance to, really," Reid said. "They goofed up. We felt through our evaluation process that they're not bad kids, we're going to give 'em a chance. They know they goofed up, which is important. They've admitted they goofed up, which is even more important. We'll see if there's a change that takes place ... Do they know there are not a lot of second chances in this world? Yeah. They're getting one, and we'll see what they do with it."
Johnson's speed has really stood out among the wideouts. He missed the 2011 season after a felony ebezzlement charge was brought, stemming from merchandise he got from a Tulsa Macy's where his girlfriend worked. Johnson acknowledged paying $13 for more than $2,800 worth of stuff. He and his girlfriend, Chamron Jones, worked out a plea under which their records will be expunged after a year of probation and commiunity service.
"I'm very thankful to the Eagles for giving me the opportunity," Johnson said. "That's why I go out every day and just try to show them everything that I've got." Johnson is the all-time NCAA leader in total yardage ((7,796) and kickoff return yardage (3,417) despite missing his senior season.
cannes festival opens, yay ! i went there a long time ago, and saw 'the piano'. i had to buy a long dress specially for the occasion. my then 'husband' in a bow tie. that was a sight to behold.
Brozer ))) we've all had those high faulting plans when a few drinks are in the gut....... Where they are meant to be btw
@Kenemeka I enjoyed the hurdling-at or the least the spectacle of it.
@PPW Enjoyed it, but he wasn't the best pass pro...... Not a very good lead blocker but with Shady, how can you blame anyone? The man goes where he chooses!!!
I remember dis one time....when I got my first house back in '97: this house had a very modest back deck.
Welp...Broz was a total weed-hound in those days....and one particular night,...was baked out of his mind, whilst sitting on the back porch, contemplating stuff....and a thought came to him: I should build an awesome deck back here !!!
Instantly, I visualized the whole thing....I could see how it should be built....and it should be supported....everything. So I figures...all I got to do is right down this design I'm seeing in space, just on a small scale, and building it will be easy !!!
So for hours, I'm sitting there, with ruller, pencil, calculater......making these complex yet perfectly laid out designs...with lengths/widths of each board cut, support post, etc.....even how the landscaping around it will look.
When I was done...I went to bed.
I woke up da next day, and saw my plans laying there. It looked like a 1st grader had scribbled down a picture of lobsided shack......
TGWBWJB99.... who was this years Happy Eagle Champion... does not play stupid games like the Bigay5.
But here is my entry nonetheless.
Bell, Mathis, Kelce, Watkins, Dennis Kelly
ATV......you can't release ur BIG O Stupid 5 yet. As Mulch10 champeen its my duty to signal the start of that contest......and I want to wait till we get closer to the season to start it. Contest opens May 17th. Whoozewiffme?!?!?!
@Brozer8 no worries,...he'll prolly gives his list to his bro-in-law,.who will promptly lose it,..which is his custom.
Here's my favorite - don't know if I did this right - friggin computers
If we can win our series and the Pacers can capitalize with Bosh out...Woah-ho-ho...Still couldn't see how we could beat OKC in that situation, though...
Great for the Sixers - really. Love an underdog, specially when its us.
On the underdog thing - can LA do ANY more - that team just keeps on keeping on.
Tickle me to see them against Rangers - who could possibly be one of the most complete teams I've seen in a long time.
I fear that Goalie
@Palm Feathers LA kings are the gift that keep on giving... 1 seed 2 seed and soon to be 3 seed all dispatched against the odds... Which I took and have made more money than moonbeam in the market 4 Sho.... Theirs is the goalie to fear! F da Rangers!
I would submit my BIGO5 entry now.... But being the incredible jinx that I am... I will hold off so as to not knock out anymore of our olinemen... YWIA
Methinks the Pacers might be an even worse 4th quarter team then even the sixers... These guys can't hold onto a lead of any size. MERCY!!!
Choice - no.
Opinion - I value. Even if you don't like Tony............
Bri))) You should rock the ef out... like real Aussies do.
Whaddya say Beandip?
@TheGreatJB99 Hell yeah!! 'If You Want Blood... Was the second album I ever owned. I was 10 years old at the time....blew my mind.
It cracks my granddaughters up that I love AC/DC.
It cracks me up that they're cracked up--how can anyone alive not tap their feet to this stuff??????????
Here at the Linger Longer Nursing Home I'm going to petition that they pipe this over the intercoms.
@Palm Feathers @Palm @TheGreatJB9 Welp if that an AC/DC didn't kilt a majority of witnesses... Nuttin will
@Palm Feathers @TheGreatJB9 youse lookin to kilt off a few neighbors wiff better views of the hot tub?