NFC East: P.J. Hill

The Marko Mitchell era ends

May, 4, 2010
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The legend of Marko Mitchell pretty much began and ended during the '09 preseason. The former seventh-round draft choice out of Nevada emerged as a red-zone threat in the preseason and finished with 11 catches for 113 yards for the Redskins. But on Monday, Mitchell and four other players were released by coach Mike Shanahan.

With the Redskins bringing in several veterans, including former Cowboys wide receiver Joey Galloway, apparently Mitchell was expendable. Expect to see him coming to a roster near you. Pro scouts around the league take a close look at preseason film and Mitchell was quite impressive.

Running backs Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, receiver James Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery were also released. Former personnel chief Vinny Cerrato once attributed an interesting quote to Shanahan regarding Alridge's speed.

Hill, a former star at Wisconsin, spent time on the Saints' and Eagles' practice squads before joining the Redskins. Robinson, 27, played for the Florida Frenzy of the National Indoor Football League and then spent time in the Arena Football League with the Las Vegas Gladiators ('07), South Georgia Wildcats (AFL2), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Kansas City Brigade (AFL), Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns (NFL).

Montgomery was a fifth-round draft pick out of Minnesota who had some promise as a defensive tackle, but apparently did not fit into Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. OK, I think we covered everyone.

Skins place Williams, Doughty on IR

December, 30, 2009
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The Redskins have placed offensive lineman Mike Williams (toe) and safety Reed Doughty (ankle) on injured reserve and signed running back P.J. Hill and cornerback Marcus McCauley to their 53-man roster. Hill was a beast of a running back at Wisconsin, where he nearly gained 4,000 yards. He signed with the Saints as a free-agent rookie and then he ended up on the Eagles' 53-man roster when Brian Westbrook was injured.

McCauley was a third-round draft pick by the Vikings in '07 and he played in all 16 games that season. He's sort of bounced around the league since then, but he hasn't had a lot of playing time. The fact that he's started 10 games in the league makes him a viable candidate to compete for playing time in Washington. The Redskins have soured on former Auburn star Carlos Rogers at cornerback. These are the first moves by general manager Bruce Allen and you should expect many, many more in the offseason.

Of course, a coaching hire will be the first major point of emphasis. Once that's done, Allen and the new coach will begin overhauling a roster that is an absolute mess. We'll keep you posted on all the developments.

Williams was a nice story in the offseason, and it was pretty remarkable that he started eight games this season. Doughty had his moments this season, but it's not like he's the future starter at safety.

Eagles make a move at TE

December, 15, 2009
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The Eagles have signed former Missouri tight end Martin Rucker off their practice squad and released running back P.J. Hill. I watched Rucker play quite a few games at Mizzou and he's a very athletic and can make some plays in the passing game. There's been a suggestion in the Philly media that this move was made out of concern for Brent Celek's sore back.

At least one reporter noted that Celek left the locker room Sunday night with something around his neck that may have indicated that he was experiencing pain in that area. It was actually a neck pillow that you can purchase at your local Brookstone store. The Eagles have been thin at tight end all season, so I don't think the move is directly related to Celek's back being injured. The Eagles knew about tightness in Celek's back hours before Sunday night's game and they gave him some pain medication that allowed him to go out and have another strong game.

We'll keep our eye on this situation for you this week, but I know Celek is intending to play against the 49ers on Sunday.

Giants' Bernard a healthy scratch

December, 13, 2009
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the first time this season, Giants coach Tom Coughlin has decided to sit down his former starting defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. The Giants signed Bernard to a lucrative free-agent contract last March but he hasn't performed up to expectations.

The Giants will also have rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks starting ahead of Mario Manningham. That's a move that could've happened several weeks ago. Nicks is becoming a big-play receiver and he's more consistent than Manningham at this point in their careers. Aaron Ross will start this game at strong safety instead of C.C. Brown. That was another move that Coughlin hinted at this week in practice.

The rest of the Giants' inactives: WR Ramses Barden, DB D.J. Johnson, RB Gartrell Johnson, T Adam Koets, T Guy Whimper, WR Sinorice Moss, TE Bear Pascoe.

The Eagles' inactives: Emergency QB Kevin Kolb, CB Geoffrey Pope, RB P.J. Hill, RB Brian Westbrook, G/T Stacy Andrews, G Mike McGlynn, WR Kevin Curtis, DT Trevor Laws.

It's official: Westbrook's out

November, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (concussion) is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Westbrook would not play earlier today.

Here are the rest of the Eagles inactives: CB Dimitri Patterson, RB P.J. Hill, RB Brian Westbrook, LB Chris Gocong, G Max Jean-Gilles, G Mike McGlynn, WR Kevin Curtis, DE Victor Abiamiri.

Cowboys inactives: Stephen McGee -- emergency QB, CB Allen Rossum, S Michael Hamlin, LB Steve Octavien, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Pat McQuistan

One thing to note is that the Eagles are keeping all three quarterbacks active for tonight's game. For the past couple weeks, Kevin Kolb had been serving as the emergency quarterback. Might be a sign that the Eagles intend on using the Wildcat formation with Michael Vick more than usual. I'll keep you posted.

Update: Here’s a statement from Eagles athletic trainer Rick Burkholder regarding Westbrook’s injury: “On Friday afternoon, Brian began experiencing symptoms of a mild headache. From that point forward, we had Brian reevaluated by [team internist] Dr. Gary Dorshimer and we put him through extensive testing. Even though those tests were determined to be negative, we all thought it would be in the best interests of Brian and the team that he should be deactivated for tonight’s game. We will continue to evaluate Brian this week.”

On Friday, coach Andy Reid indicated that he simply wanted to get running back LeSean McCoy some extra reps. It’s not often we receive a statement from an athletic trainer only minutes before a game.

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