Many Eagles fans are understandably suffering from "DeSean fatigue," and while we'll continue to cover any noteworthy developments on the DeSean Jackson saga, we'll be getting back to the rest of the team in more depth as well. Here's a mix of DeSean and non-DeSean Eagles notes:
Georgia Tech OLB Jeremiah Attaochu to visit the Eagles
Georgia Tech OLB Jeremiah Attaochu will visit with the Eagles, according to Mark Russell of nique.net. The visit will occur within the next two weeks.
Attaochu had 12.5 sacks his senior season at Georgia Tech, including 10.5 in his last 6 games. We had previously reviewed Attaochu back in January, but here's the short version:
Attaochu has the requisite athletic ability and size to be a dominant pass rusher, but it could take some time to teach him how to rush the passer and master the finer points of the game (timing out the snap count, etc). In terms of his fit in Philly, Attaochu could be played sparingly behind Trent Cole for a year, before taking over as the rush OLB in 2015.
Jake Knott suspended
Eagles ILB Jake Knott was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. While suspended players do not count toward the 53-man roster, Knott's suspension will hurt his chances of making the team this year. Knott is also not eligible for the practice squad, as he dressed for too many games last season.
No compensatory pick for DeSean Jackson
A number of you have asked if the Eagles would at least get a compensatory pick for losing DeSean Jackson. The answer is no. Players who are released are not eligible for compensatory pick compensation.
DeSean Jackson interview with Stephen A. Smith was a complete waste of time
I remember the first training camp I covered in 2010. I was a horrible interviewer at the time. The first player I ever interviewed was Quintin Mikell. After each training camp practice, you're allowed to grab players as they're walking off the field and get a few minutes with them. So one day after practice, I asked Mikell if he had a minute to talk, and once he was standing in front of me I really had no idea what to ask him. I realized I was only talking to him for the sake of talking to him. I asked Mikell three useless questions, which he answered, and then it was like, "OK, thanks Q, see you later." The interview couldn't have lasted more than one minute. It was reminiscent of the Big Gulp scene in Dumb and Dumber.
On Friday night, Stephen A. Smith interviewed DeSean Jackson. It was the first time Jackson spoke publicly since being released. We learned that Chip Kelly cut DeSean over the phone, and didn't give him a reason for cutting him other than that they were "moving forward." Aaaaand, that was about it in terms of new information.
In case you missed it, the interview in its entirety can be found here, but honestly, it's not worth your time. Smith was as unprepared for his interview with Jackson as I was for my awful interview with Mikell. Smith asked Jackson every which way about gang affiliations, gang signs, gang this, gang that, when really, the story was DeSean's relationship with head coach Chip Kelly, and how it deteriorated to the point where the Eagles wanted to get rid of their best weapon in the passing game. The gang angle was certainly worth addressing, but Smith made that the focus when there were far more relevant and interesting dynamics to this saga.
That question is awful on so many levels. To begin, Smith is basically begging Jackson to accuse the Eagles of leaking information to NJ.com so that they could cut him. Worse, this question shows how woefully unprepared Smith was for this interview. The police officer in the NJ.com article who accused Jackson of gang ties was LAPD detective Eric Crosson. You know how I know that? Because his name was mentioned 14 times in the original NJ.com article. It was certainly not "anonymous."
In the same way I interviewed Mikell after practice that day, just for the sake of doing it, it seemed like Smith and ESPN talked to Jackson just for the sake of talking, and the result was roughly 20 minutes of nothingness. Can we get a re-do, please?
In case you missed it at the Red Zone:
More details emerge on why DeSean Jackson was cut.
Video on how DeSean moving from the Eagles to the Redskins affects the balance of power in the NFC East.
Oregon State WR prospect Brandin Cooks thinks he can do it like DeSean Jackson and do it better.
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