Sunday, December 21, 2014

Vick, Eagles-Jets, Hard Knocks

Updated (4:41): Vick is eligible to play Week 3, according to commissioner Roger Goodell. Here is more from the Daily News and Inquirer.

Vick, Eagles-Jets, Hard Knocks

Updated (4:41): Vick is eligible to play Week 3, according to commissioner Roger Goodell. Here is more from the Daily News and Inquirer.

Updated (12:46 p.m.): ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on TV that Michael Vick and commissioner Roger Goodell met this morning at the Eagles' team hotel in New Jersey.

From earlier:

Michael Vick will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell today to learn when he'll be reinstated, according to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

Several reports surfaced in the past 48 hours, indicating that Goodell would announce his decision before Saturday when teams have to cut their rosters to 53.

Dan Graziano of Fanhouse reported last night that Vick would be reinstated immediately, making him eligible for Week 1 against the Panthers.

Farmer calls that scenario "entirely possible."

Before his debut against the Jaguars last week, Vick was in bankruptcy court. And now today, it appears he'll have another important meeting before the Birds take on the Jets.

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On the surface, tonight's game can be classified as the least important of the four preseason contests. But there's plenty to watch for. Most notably, players who are on the bubble get one last chance to prove they belong on the roster. It may seem insignificant, but for several of these guys, playing in the NFL has been a dream since childhood. They busted their tails at Lehigh, making mistakes, listening to coaches and doing everything they could to prove they belong. For some, Saturday will be a great day. For others, a disappointing one.

In other words, try telling players like Jack Ikegwuonu, Bryan Smith, Kyle Eckel and Eldra Buckley that tonight's game is meaningless.

We'll be live chatting it all at 7 p.m.

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Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden were given an over-under of 10 wins for the Eagles today on SportsCenter. Both took the over.

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The league gets stranger and more unpredictable with each passing day. The Bucs today fired offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski. They just hired him in January. The Chiefs fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey earlier this week. That's one thing you have to give Andy Reid credit for. When coaches leave the Eagles, it's usually to move on to bigger and better things. And they always continue to have a great relationship with Reid. The only possible exception I can think of is assistant Otis Smith who was let go in June. No one's gotten to the bottom of that one yet.

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Another great episode of Hard Knocks last night. Chad Ochocinco comes off as 10 times more likeable on the show than he did previously. I'm man enough to admit it. I wish I had him on my fantasy team.

On another note, I'm stunned by Marvin Lewis' post-game speeches. I know that this might be his last chance to get on track in Cincinnati, and he wants to show his team that he's serious, but if you take it to that level in the preseason, how do you raise it another notch in the regular season, say if your team starts 0-3?

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