NFC East: Bryan Smith
Biggest surprise: I guess putting quarterback Michael Vick on the commissioner's special exemption list might qualify, but it might only be for a day or two. The Eagles kept A.J. Feeley on the 53-man roster, probably so they can keep trying to trade him. As long as Vick's on that exemption list, he can't practice with the Eagles. But they can take him off the list at any time. The Eagles are known for cutting ties with former draft picks rather quickly if they don't see steady progress. They've done that with cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu and defensive end Bryan Smith. Tom Heckert hinted that the Eagles might try to bring at least one of those players back on the practice squad.
I noticed that some folks had fullback Kyle Eckel and defensive tackle Dan Klecko projected to make the team. Eckel didn't help himself by whiffing on a blitz pickup in the final preseason game and Klecko was one of the reasons a Jets rookie running back ran wild. Biggest surprise may have been the fact that Reggie Brown and Hank Baskett both made the 53-man roster. The Eagles have seven wide receivers right now. But something could certainly change on that front. They're in the same boat as the Giants at wide receiver. I think the Eagles might downsize at receiver if they can find a third tight end they like.
No-brainers: There was no way to keep rookie Brandon Gibson and veteran defensive end Jason Babin off this team. Babin, a former first-round draft pick, performed so well that he received a restructured contract and Gibson simply made plays throughout camp. He outperformed first-round pick Jeremy Maclin. I think Danny Amendola is a fun player to watch, but he's NOT Wes Welker. He's not anywhere close to Welker, but he may be good enough to make the Eagles' practice squad. I think he could be a decent punt returner. Can't hold up as a receiver. The drop in the end zone against the Jets didn't help.
What's next? Well, we have to see how this quarterback situation plays out. I don't think a team's going to give up anything significant for Feeley at this point in his career. It wouldn't surprise me if Vick's back with the team by Wednesday. He's making too much progress right now to suddenly take him out of the locker room.
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Bob Brookover, Eagles beat writer for the Inquirer, took a stab at nailing the final 53-man roster for the club. Brookover's been known to hit this thing out of the park, so keep his list handy for Saturday afternoon. And speaking of Saturday, we'll be providing full cut-down day coverage on the Beast and several of our affiliate blogs.
I'd take Eldra Buckley over Kyle Eckel at the running back/fullback spot, but Brookover disagrees with me. If Reggie Brown's not traded, Brookover thinks the Eagles will come up with a fake injury and put Brandon Gibson on the IR. I don't see that happening. Gibson could actually make a contribution this season. And with Kevin Curtis' history of injuries, I'd keep Gibson around.
Brooky has Bryan Smith getting cut. I don't think the Eagles are going to do that. Jason Babin's had his moments this preseason, but I'm not convinced he'll be on that final roster. So does Jack Ikegwuonu make the team? That will be interesting to watch. The guy was a fourth-round pick and the Eagles would like to see where he's headed. We'll have to say goodbye to Dimitri Patterson if that happens -- and that's too bad.
What can the Eagles get for A.J. Feeley? Well, we're about to find out.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- We're about 30 minutes away from kickoff and Giants running back Brandon Jacobs just called all his teammates over for a spirited discussion in the end zone.
It's in the high 20s, but the players are under bright sunshine. A lot of people were worried about high winds, but right now, it doesn't seem like much of a factor on the field. Sal Paolantonio will be joining me in a moment. We'll see if he has any last-minute information.
No huge surprises there. Lewis was carted off the field before last week's game against the Vikings with an ankle sprain but he returned. Schobel, of TCU fame, was in the lineup last week because of L.J. Smith's absence. We'll see if Smith gets his starting job back. Brent Celek has played really well in his absence.
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Just had a cup of coffee with Giants GM Jerry Reese. But more on that in a moment. First, let's post tonight's inactives.