The Philadelphia Eagles hope that veteran offensive lineman Jake Scott can add some much needed help to their offensive line, signing him to a one-year contract on Monday.
The team hopes that Scott’s experience with Howard Mudd for four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts from 2004-07 will help him adjust to the Birds’ line quickly. The 6-5, 292 lineman most recently played for the Tennessee Titans from 2008 to 2011.
There is a chance that Scott will play right guard immediately, meaning that the other remaining players to line up at tackle are Demetress Bell, Dennis Kelly, and King Dunlap, whose name should now be synonymous with a swear word after his string of bone-headed moves on Sunday. Danny Watkins may return to practice this week after missing three games due to his mysterious ankle ailment. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles sign veteran Jake Scott to bolster offensive line’
In Part I of Philly Sports Muse’s interview with Pro Football Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger, he talked about his impressions of Nick Foles, why he is impressed with Mychal Kendricks and shared his concerns about DeMeco Ryans.
In the second part of the conversation, Didinger shares his observations on the shuffle at the left tackle position, why he’s disappointed in Nnamdi Asomugha and his biggest concerns for the 2012 season. In a bonus part to the interview, he reacts to what some fans have said they would like to see at backup quarterback.
PSM: What are the problems with Demetress Bell that got him demoted and are you convinced that King Dunlap addresses those issues?
RD: If you had to evaluate the two of them head to head there is no doubt that Dunlap is right now ahead of him.
People have to fully appreciate what a different style and the different techniques involved with Howard Mudd’s style of play. He asks his offensive lineman to play a different game than almost anybody else. If you played in one system before, you will have to adjust coming here. The footwork is different, the techniques are different and the whole philosophy is different. If you’ve played one way your whole career you’re going to have to lose all of those old habits and pick up a bunch of new habits and that’s not something you do overnight and I can understand why a guy would struggle with it. Continue reading ‘Ray Didinger interview part II: Philadephia Eagles biggest concerns heading into the regular season’
Left tackle Demetress Bell was signed this offseason to stand in for Pro Bowler Jason Peters after he went down with an offseason Achilles injury. The success of the offensive line is critical for ensuring success for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, and after just one preseason game the Birds decided that change was needed.
During Saturday’s walk through, the towering King Dunlap (6’9, 330) was given the thumbs up to take the starting left tackle position in practice. Tim McManus reports that neither Bell nor Dunlap received an explanation as to the change.
Bell took the news in stride, saying
“No it’s not surprising. It is what it is. If that’s what the coaches say then that’s what it is. It’s not my job to sit there and coach. It’s my job to just play.”
Bell played only 6 snaps in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Steelers but had an unimpressive outing. In fact, he may have been a key reason why Vick injured his thumb. Sheil Kapadia outlined in Birds 24/7 what happened during the play.
Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles: King Dunlap overtakes Demetress Bell at LT’
Demetress Bell was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year to play left tackle to replace injured Pro Bowler Jason Peters. Bell’s acclimation to Philadephia’s offensive scheme has been done without the direct tutelage of renowned o-line coach Howard Mudd.
Mudd, 69, was not present at the Eagles OTAs the past few weeks in order to recover from hip surgery. He had the surgery during the team’s bye week in 2011 and never missed a game. But after the season, head coach Andy Reid wanted Mudd to take some time to recover fully and get some rest. Continue reading ‘Howard Mudd is back in action for the Philadephia Eagles’
The Novacare Complex was abuzz on Saturday as the rookies currently on the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles another invited participants took part in the first day of rookie camp. It’s a crash course in all-things NFL and all-things Eagles, including terminology, so this weekend will only begin to scratch the surface of determining the talent who will best help the Eagles in the upcoming season. But it’s exciting nonetheless.
Below is a round-up of news and observations from Day 1 of camp:
–Philadelphiaeagles.com notes that RB Bryce Brown initially seems more explosive than others, including Chris Polk, and that LB Mychal Kendricks “made the play of the morning when he picked off a Nick Foles pass intended for Brackett about 30 yards down the left sideline.”
-DT Fletcher Cox found out the downside to being a team’s first pick in the draft on Saturday, receiving DC Juan Castillo’s wrath. Per the Inquirer, “Juan Castillo screamed the play dead, strutted to the line of scrimmage, and unleashed a profanity-filled tirade on the Eagles’ first-round draft pick….’I don’t know what I did,” Cox said later. “But I said, ‘Yes, sir,’ gave him no lip back, and I just kept going’.” Continue reading ‘Eagles Briefs: Observations from Philadelphia’s Rookie Camp, Day 1′