Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Chat wrap: Vick still likely Eagles starter
By Dan Graziano
We had our weekly chat Tuesday, and if your morning meeting is running late you can read the whole thing here. If not, here are a few highlights:
Ken (Pa): Dan, realistically, what are the odds that Michael Vick is even on the Eagles roster come opening day? Not saying Matt Barkley is going to be the savior, but Chip Kelly does not require a "mobile QB" and why not see what you have in the younger guys, aka Nick Foles and/or Barkley?
Dan Graziano: I think right now, Vick is the clear favorite to be the Week 1 starting QB. The most experience and highest ceiling of any QB they have on the roster. Could he perform badly enough in the preseason to lose that job? Yes. If he does, could he be released? Sure. But I wouldn't bet on that happening.
Bill (Virginia): Dan, the Redskins seem to have gotten a lot of guys who can win turnover battles but also give up the homerun hit in this draft. Coupled with the current starters (Brandon Meriweather, DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson), are the Redskins going to have the most feared AND laughable Defensive backfield in the league next year? Seems like they're the epitome of feast or famine.
DG: Yeah, I see where you're coming from. I guess the theory is that you can coach technique and disciplined coverage, but not the instincts required to make plays on the ball. So you get the guys with the instincts and you try and fix their deficiencies so they're not too costly.
Gene (DC): Draft is over. Most of the free agents are signed. What do you see as the biggest remaining hole on each roster?
DG: Cowboys: Right tackle. Giants: Linebacker. Redskins: Safety. Eagles: Quarterback.
tim (toledo, oh): why did the cowboys take a center and not a guard? I thought that Phil Costa did a good job when he played and Ryan Cook filled in well. was guard a more pressing need? or center?
DG: See, this is one of the reasons I like the pick. Travis Frederick can play center or guard, as can Costa. So you take a guy in Frederick who is now putting pressure on three players -- Costa, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau -- to beat him out. If he outplays any one of them in camp, he can take his position. Gives them options.
Martin (NY): Have you seen enough of David Wilson and Rueben Randle to believe that they're ready to be major contributors this year?
DG: No, I don't think anyone has. But that's not to say they can't. And just because they're not major contributors Week 1 doesn't mean they won't be in Week 10. The Giants believe in development, and different players take different amounts of time.
Thanks to all who attended and the many who asked questions. We'll do it again next week.