...well, this is just funny,...
AP reports the Eagles seem(seem?lol) deeper on both lines than they were last year. OLT William "Tra" Thomas' absence from team workouts at this camp after going back on blood thinners was at least mildly troubling(just mildly troubling eh?), but second-round rookie(KEY WORDS,...ROOKIE, SECOND-ROUND PICK) OT Winston Justice looked smooth and solid(Oh yeah,...gotta look smooth and solid in T-shirts and undies). Reid said yesterday that if he had to start camp without Thomas - though Thomas is expected to be OK - he would probably stick with Justice instead of moving OL Todd Herremans back to tackle from guard and subbing for Herremans(because Herremans would be eaten alive by D-ends). That's an indication that Justice has been impressive. "He made progress. We threw a lot at him and got him in the mix there," Reid said. Justice said playing in a pro-style college offense at USC has helped him. "USC has a very complex offense, just like the Eagles do," Justice said. "Some of the plays are similar, you just need to match the name with the actual play." Reid also touted the progress of OG Scott Young, a guard drafted in the fifth round last year from BYU who spent most of his rookie season on the Eagles' practice squad(impressive credentials,...if he was a Falcons lineman, he'd be called an overachiever, smallish and another low draft pick playing on the line). "He looked like he made quite a bit of improvement," HC Andy Reid said. Reid noted that Young didn't play much offensive line in college - he switched from nose tackle for his final season. On defense, DC Jim Johnson implied this week that first-round pick Brodrick Bunkley got off to a bit of a slow start at defensive tackle but came along toward the end(a rookie starting on the D-line is almost always a liability in certain situations during a game, fact). New DE Darren Howard is confident he can slide inside on passing downs(which means he can't pass rush effectively off the corner against O-tackles), something that looks even more attractive with second-year DE Trent Cole showing strong progress(another young guy that is showing "progress?"). DE Jevon Kearse seems rejuvenated(he had better be,...his is the only name I've read in this article that comes close to impressing).
This is just laughable,...all this love for a rookie, a second year guy that played on the practice squad last season, a former tackle playing guard so he won't get toasted by D-ends,...another rookie on the D-line, an old washed up DE that might pass rush from the tackle spot, another second year guy and Jevon Kearse. Just too funny.
Oh but the Falcons O-line is smallish and has too many low round draft picks playing,...the Falcons D-line is smallish too and the acquisition of Abe won't help because he doesn't play the run well.
It just amazes me to see some teams get this positive stuff all the time,...even when it's not warranted. What this article tells me is that the Eagles will struggle mightily in 2006,...the total reverse opposite of what the writer was trying to convey.