Friday, February 12, 2016

McGlynn: "It'll work out for me"

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike McGlynn can see the writing on the chalkboard.

McGlynn: "It'll work out for me"

Will Eagles offensive lineman Mike McGlynn still be with the team after Saturday´s roster cuts? (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Will Eagles offensive lineman Mike McGlynn still be with the team after Saturday's roster cuts? (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike McGlynn can see the writing on the chalkboard.

His days as an Eagle are likely over.

"I have a lot of experience under my belt from last year -- played 17 games," said McGlynn, who started at center a season ago. "I'm comfortable playing football. I know what I can do. The issue? Is there any issues? What's the issue? If I get on the field I'm going to play and be a professional."

McGlynn has been buried on the depth chart pretty much since the start of training camp. With rookie Jason Kelce and veteran Jamaal Jackson battling for the center spot through most of the preseason, McGlynn dropped out of contention in the middle. So he played a lot of guard in camp, but never looked comfortable learning new offensive line coach Howard Mudd's unorthodox teachings.

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McGlynn, drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, was asked if he felt like he got a fair shake.

"You know, I'm not going to answer that,"McGlynn said after the Eagles' final preseason game, a 24-14 win over the N.Y. Jets. "It doesn't matter what my thoughts are. It'll work out for me. I'm not worried about it. I know what  I can do in this league. Did I get a fair shot, this and that? Who knows?"

By Saturday 6 p.m. 27 Eagles will find out they did not make the 53-man roster. That number could be tinkered with depending upon whether or not the Eagles make any last-minute trades. But with great depth at several positions some familiar names will be let go.

With the first team resting against the Jets, McGlynn started and played the first half at center. He was briefly moved to right guard at the start of the second half and played right tackle the rest of the way. The Eagles appeared to be providing the versatile McGlynn with some tape for other teams to view. He could be a potential trade chip.


Brian Rolle doesn't have to worry about making the team.

For one, the rookie is penciled in as a first-team nickel linebacker. But Rolle has played splendidly with each passing week. Against the Jets he started at weak-side linebacker, played most of the game and finished with 1-1/2 sacks and another tackle for loss.

Rolle was an All-Big linebacker at Ohio State, but wasn't drafted until the sixth round because of size concerns. He is listed 5-foot-10, 229 pounds.

"Some people wanted me to play a different position, but I stuck to playing what I know and not let someone tell me I should do something else," Rolle said.

Some reporters have speculated that Rolle is much shorter than 5-10.

"That's actually very accurate," Rolle said of the listing. "And the weight -- 229 -- I was 229, but I'm about 238 now. I just hold it up well."

Rolle mostly played middle linebacker with the Buckeyes. The Eagles had him there with the second team during various points of camp behind starter Casey Matthews, but he was on the outside for most of Thursday night.

"I feel comfortable anywhere, but MIKE I played my last two years of college," Rolle said. "So I was kind of hoping to play there. But I know in the NFL they expect those guys to be huge and bulky. But I look at myself as 6-1, 240, even though most people don't say it. But I play like it."

Rolle doesn't believe his size hurts him against the run.

"If you watch this game and last week before that, you get the lead plays with these big fullbacks, you'll see I'm meeting them in the hole and they're not getting any movement," Rolle said. "So that shows I can play the run and play it real good. I'm sure the coaches have seen it on film."


Dion Lewis is another of the Eagles' late round finds. Drafted in the fifth round out of Pittsburgh, the running back has dazzled in the preseason. He'll get most of his early looks during the regular season as the Eagles' kick returner, though. 

"I haven't returned kicks since high school, but the more reps I get the more comfortable I'll feel," Lewis said. "I feel like I can do it. I feel like I can play make plays back there for a team."

Lewis took back two kickoffs for a total of 57 yards against the Jets.


Alex Henery seemed to get it.

When you miss a kick take all the blame. Eagles fans won't tolerate many misses, but they want their kickers to hold themselves accountable.

Henery pulled a 43-yard attempt wide left against the Jets in the first half. But came back after the break and nailed a 49-yard to ease some of the concerns about the rookie's accuracy.

"It was my fault," Henery said of the miss. "I just pulled my head back and swung across. It's just kind of like a golf swing. If you bring your head up when you swing it's going to go straight left. It's my technique fault and hopefully I don't do that again."

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