There is a former Giants wideout who has a good chance of making the Eagles this season, if there is a this season.
No, not Plaxico Burress, who has yet to be reinstated to the NFL. Sinorice Moss, not exactly Burress-sized at 5-8, 185, signed with the Eagles the day after the Birds' season ended with that 21-16 playoff loss to Green Bay.
Moss, the Giants' second-round pick in 2006, met several of his new teammates for the first time today, when he drove down from Secaucus, N.J. to an informal workout organized by quarterback Michael Vick at a facility in Burlington County, N.J. Moss said when Vick called, he was happy to hit the turnpike; players trying to change teams are at a particular disadvantage during the NFL lockout, as spring wafts away without them learning new offenses or syncing up with new teammates.
Moss said he looked for guidance to an old friend, Jason Avant, who was among the dozen players gathered on a warm late-morning in front of a handful of observers, and kids playing on a nearby playground.
"Just being out here with him, him telling me what I need to know as far as some of the routes and depths, some of the key things I need to know so that when we do gdet a chance to return, I can be on top of my game," Moss, 27, said when asked what he got from the hourlong session.
Moss, renowned for his speed coming out of Miami, suffered a string of injuries and never made an impact with the Giants, catching just 39 catches for three touchdowns in five years. He was in line for return duties last season before going on IR with a sports hernia and reaching an injury settlement with the team in November.
"Changing teams at a time like this is very, very interesting," Moss said. "I ran a couple routes, got back in the feel of being on the field, being around teammates, feeling that cameraderie and just having fun. That's the one thing I've missed the most. I work out with a group of guys in (North Jersey) that are on different teams, and you have a cameraderie with those guys because you're friends, but having the same cameraderie with your teammates is totally different. Having an opportunity to come out here today and work out with these guys is definitely a pleasure."
Along with Avant, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Brent Celek ran routes, as did safety Jamar Adams, among others. Vick and Mike Kafka were the passers. Celek and kicker David Akers said adding defensive backs to the mix would make the drills better, but also would raise the stakes on injuries, which are particularly dreaded right now, since injuries suffered during the lockout could void contracts.
If you're paying attention to that NFL Network thing ranking the top 100 players for 2011 (and I frankly am not), Asante Samuel will land somewhere between 51 and 60, on a segment airing Sunday at 8 p.m. Samuel, the second Eagle to be named (Trent Cole was No. 73, much to his tweeted displeasure), will be presented by his new defensive coordinator, Juan Castillo. Here's a link to a video of Andy Reid talking about Samuel's ball skills.