Figured we would catch up on a few Eagles-related items that we saw over the holiday weekend before the team's rookies and selected veterans head back to the practice field on Tuesday for four days of minicamp ... Some you might have seen and some you might have missed ... Enjoy
* We know you are sitting there wondering what Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson did for the Memorial Day weekend. The wedding is about a month away; Kendra's new reality show on E! debuts June 7. Well, we'll tell you. Hank and Kendra and fellow "Girl Next Door" Holly Madison hosted a pool party at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to the folks at Enterainment Tonight online and VegasNews.com.
* With his weekend off before returning to camp, Kevin Kolb returned to his native Texas to compete in a fishing tournament with a friend. The tournament drew 400 anglers to Lake Whitney. Kolb, who grew up in Stephenville, is an avid outdoorsman. (You might recall the story of his hunting boar with a knife that he once told Les Bowen.)
"We pre-fished last week," Kolb said in a telephone interview, "and we caught some really good fish. ... Shoot, who knows? We’ve got as good a shot as anybody. We’ve just got to go out there and get it done."
Kolb also told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams some of the things that caused a bit of a stir among some of the local media last week.
"The next step for me is getting out there and catching back up with the speed, and there’s lessons that I need to learn on the field," Kolb said. "I’ve done enough in the books; I’ve done enough in practice. I’m ready to get on the field and learn those lessons on the field."
* NFL.com's Pat Kirwan provided his preseason power rankings. He has the Eagles at No. 3 and poised for a run at the Super Bowl. Kirwan has the defending champion Steelers at the top, followed by New England.
Of the Eagles, he writes: "The offseason put two new offensive tackles on the roster, and insured the pass protection and run blocking will be excellent. Donovan McNabb has plenty of targets to throw to and finally there is a quality running back in LeSean McCoy to back up Brian Westbrook. Despite playing in a tough division, the Eagles appear poised for a run at Super Bowl XLIV."
Kirwan has the Giants at No. 4, followed by Indianapolis. Dallas is ranked 14th and Washington is at No. 21.
* ESPN.com's Matt Mosley thinks the Eagles would consider signing linebacker/defensive end Greg Ellis, if he is released by the Cowboys. We are not so sure about that one. Ellis had 36 tackles and eight sacks last season in Dallas.
Writes Mosley: "I think the Eagles would consider adding another defensive end if the right guy becomes available. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Andy Reid tried to sign Greg Ellis if he's released by the Cowboys. He's scheduled to make $4.15 million this season, but there's no way he sees that money. It's far more likely that a team such as the Patriots, Bengals, Eagles, Panthers or Redskins sign him for somewhere in the $2 million range. Ellis could start at defensive end for several teams in the league, but his time as a starter at outside linebacker in Dallas has come to an end."
* The Washington Times writes about Byron Westbrook, younger brother of the Eagles start running back. Byron has been on the Redskins' practice squad for 2 years and NFL rules say he cannot return for a third. He either needs to make the team or will be waived.
"I don't want to go nowhere," Westbrook told the Times. "I'm a hometown guy. I'm a Redskin at heart. I love the guys here. Hopefully everything works out for me. But in the end, if the opportunity isn't here for me, it will be - somewhere else."