Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Breakfast links: Eagles offensive line moves
By Dan Graziano
Welcome to the Wednesday links. I hope you enjoy them. I know I did.
The Eagles had former Cowboys running back Felix Jones in for a workout Tuesday. I'm not sure what Jones could offer that Bryce Brown can't, but remember -- this is a new coaching staff that might have a different opinion on Brown than the previous one did. Interesting that they're nosing around on running backs, but it might just be interesting here on the NFC East blog because it involves the Cowboys and Eagles. Not sure you should expect anything to come of it.
The team's website is doing position-by-position roster evaluations, and this latest looks at the offensive tackles. Interesting item about Todd Herremans, who played right tackle the past two years but is likely to move back to guard to make room for first-round draft pick Lane Johnson. This piece raises the question of whether he'd just slide over one spot to right guard or switch guard spots with left guard Evan Mathis. The fact that Mathis will miss the spring program following ankle surgery could complicate that decision.
Rich Tandler thinks the best thing for the Redskins and for Brian Orakpo is to wait and do his new contract after this season, rather than before it. I wrote the opposite the other day, and I think it's wiser for the team to do it now, when they might be able to get him at a discount following two season-ending pectoral injuries. But Rich makes some good points, and I know you guys like to see both sides.
The Redskins signed free-agent center Kevin Matthews, who is Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews' son but likely a camp body for the offensive line.
Tim MacMahon thinks there are more question marks at defensive tackle for the Cowboys than the team is letting on. The thought that Monte Kiffin's defense requires a 3-technique defensive tackle was one reason for the criticism Dallas received for its handling of the early rounds of the draft (in which it passed on a few options for that spot). A lot of this is going to depend on whether they found a lottery ticket in Brian Price.
On the other line, Calvin Watkins writes that the offensive line's best player needs to take his game to a new level. I think the source of Tyron Smith's problems last year was the move from right tackle to left, and that he'll be more than fine.
New York Giants
The Giants wouldn't be the first team to uncover a defensive gem because they weren't scared off by a poor combine performance. The case of Damontre Moore was simply one of the Giants' inability to believe that such a productive college player was still there for them to take in the third round.
Should the Giants think about bringing back Ahmad Bradshaw? This writer thinks so. But the issue with Bradshaw, who's drawn interest from the Steelers as well, is whether he's healthy enough for anyone to sign. And to this point the answer has been no.