Archive: June, 2008
Josh Barnett and Les Bowen
Eagles training camp is not that far away. The siren song of the long, hot days at Lehigh is starting to call.
And that means that the answers to Eagles fans' questions will start to emerge. The problem is, what are the questions?
That's where the Eagletarian audience comes in. As you look at this roster, this coaching staff, this division, what are the biggest questions you have? What needs to be answered for you to get a better sense of what this team is and can be?
Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard skipped all but the mandatory minicamp this offseason and has not addressed his situation with reporters since late May.
Sheppard hosted a daylong free fitness camp for several hundred children in his hometown of Jacksonville this weekend. Patriots receiver and ex-Eagle Jabar Gaffney, also a Jacksonville native, helped run the event. And they both deserve credit for doing that.
Sheppard was asked by a local television station about his status with the Eagles. (You can access the video from the link above, too.)
This just in from the Associated Press, regarding former Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop near the Vanderbilt University campus.
Vanderbilt spokesman Jim Patterson said Kearse was stopped early Sunday morning after campus police reported seeing the SUV that Kearse was driving weaving across the road.
Kevin Jones will work out for NFL scouts next week in hopes of returning to the league. The Cardinal O'Hara product was cut by Detroit in March after he hurt his knee late in the season. That injury required ACL surgery and followed missed time with a Lisfranc injury.
Jones told the Daily News shortly after he was cut that the Eagles were among the teams that had contacted his agent. Since then, of course, the Eagles have added Lorenzo Booker, which might take them out of the running for any additional help in the backfield. But perhaps it won't ...
A report in the Detroit Free Press lists the Eagles, New England, Chicago, Green Bay, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Denver, Kansas City, Buffalo and the New York Jets as teams that have shown interest.
The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have claimed and been granted defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey off waivers. Ramsey is among six defensive tackles listed on the Niners' roster, led by starters Ronald Fields and Aubrayo Franklin.
Ramsey was among the players cut by the Eagles last Friday as the Birds got down to the 80-man roster limit. The Birds thought he was a pretty good sixth-round find early in 2006; he was activated for the first five games that season, and might have been the top sub d-tackle. But Ramsey's star faded later that season. He was active for only nine games last season, and sat for the final four.
Reports indicate that the Giants and New England also put in a claim for Ramsey.
The Eagles have agreed to terms with three more draft picks, bringing the total to seven of the 10 players selected.
Cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu, linebacker Joe Mays, and tackle King Dunlap each agreed to 4-year contracts.
The team has not signed second-rounders Trevor Laws and DeSean Jackson and third-round pick Bryan Smith.
The day the NFL schedule is announced has become almost like a national holiday. Within minutes of the unveiling, Eagles fans are scratching down their W's and L's to see what they expect the Birds' record will be.
The second quasi-national holiday is when Eagles single-game tickets go on sale. That comes Thursday at 10 a.m.
They usually are all gone within minutes, except for the lucky few who manage to snag them.
With the cuts they made on Friday, the Eagles are down to the maximum 80 players for training camp. Rookies and selected veterans report to Lehigh July 21 and the remainder of the team begins July 24.
The position battles among starters are fairly limited -- fullback and perhaps left guard, the most prominent -- although there are some decisions to be made. The Eagles clearly devoted energy this offseason to acquiring guys who can play special teams, but they also have to be able to contribute in other ways.
How many defensive linemen will they carry? How about how many offensive linemen? Who is the third tight end or the last wide receiver? Sure seems like some familiar names might not be among the 53-man roster.