ITB: Birds Beef Up O-Line, LB Room With Acqusitions
More is being learned about the Philadelphia Eagles during every training camp practice while the team continues to add talent to the roster.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher provided intel from practice and the most recent signings.
Geoff Mosher: “They didn’t have a backup center. They were trying Brett Toth and he was throwing snaps over the quarterbacks’ heads…Here comes Josh Andrews, who is an experienced center. I don’t think he’s a camp body. If Cam Jurgens is at right guard, that really changes the dynamic because it left them bare at backup center.”
Adam Caplan: “It’s an ankle [injury]. It’s not too bad, not quite day-to-day, not quite week-to-week. They escaped one. He has had solid camp…It’s definitely not a high ankle, a low ankle sprain. They would certainly like him to play in preseason at some point.”
Caplan: “Here’s the book on him from a pretty good elite source: he’s just not explosive. He’s super tough, not explosive in the pass game, he knows where he wants to go, but he’s not as smooth as (D’Andre) Swift. Based on what the tape looks like, he’s a decisive, inside runner, great finisher.”
Mosher: “He has 121 rushing attempts and his longest rush is 18 yards…He averages 4.3 yards-per-carry, which is good, but the real explosive guys like Rashaad Penny or Swift are usually 4.8-5.1.”
Caplan: “Watkins is having a phenomenal camp. He’s catching the short stuff, hands are better. He is not dropping passes like he has before. He is a man on a mission. Right now he’s the number three.”
Myles Jack/Zach Cunningham
Caplan: “Both are much bigger physically; Cunningham is a phenomenal run stopper. Last year he had an elbow injury so he didn’t play much, he’s a supreme tackler. He has only played in a 3-4, hasn’t played in a Fangio [defense.]…Myles Jack did not play well for the Steelers last season. There is concern in personnel sources about his knees. The question is can he play anymore?”
Mosher: “What I was told his [Cunningham’s] length and range are going to help this defense. We’re comparing that to Nic Morrow and Christian Elliss. You might have a chance where if this guy stays healthy, you might wind up falling into a pretty good linebacker.”
Caplan: “He has gotten starting reps. This is his third year in this system. It’s hard to say the light has gone on, he has a lot of confidence and executing better, but he’s really not a starting quality player.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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