Andy Reid Talks About Running Backs

Andy Reid did another tell-all interview with the media while attending the NFL owners’ meetings. Here’s the first wave of excerpts. There was the standard Donovan is “my guy” talk and Dawkins will “always be an Eagle” fluff. To me, that’s boring.

I was most intrigued by what he had to say about left tackle and running back. Here’s the tackle quote:

“We’ve got a couple of guys who can play and be very good at it. We’ll see what happens. I think I’ve got those guys here [meaning left tackle possibilities], but I am always looking for more.”

In other words, he’s still not 100% committed to moving either Andrews or Herremans.

Here’s a couple nuggets regarding running back. The first is about the draft, the second is specific to Westbrook:

“We’re keeping our eyes open. I’d like to have two or three running backs.”

“He can be your primary ballcarrier but you need to supplement somebody else.”

So, he wants a two or three backs. Let’s assume he’s not counting Leonard Weaver, and I pray he’s not including Lorenzo Booker in his depth chart. That means he needs two, plus Westbrook.

“Supplement somebody else” is a revealing statement. We all know the Eagles need runners, but this would seem to confirm one, possibly two backs will be drafted.

However, “supplement” doesn’t mean a primary guy, yet. My own take on this is a 1st round prospect like Moreno or Wells may not be who they’re interested in. Tom Heckert already hinted at looking for a back in the later rounds. I’m not getting my hopes up for a back in the 1st round.

Again, trying to cull anything credible from a Reid interview is an arduous process. That being said, it seems like the Birds backfield will have a couple more new faces come May.

Update: Reid also had some interesting comments regarding the Eaglestight end situation. The first is about Brent Celek:

“I expect (Celek) to get better in the blocking area, but he’s not far off there and he’s very willing. We’ll get that part taken care of. He can be a number one tight end in this league and for us. I have no problem with that. However, you need depth at that spot. We do have (Matt) Schobel there and Schobel is a good receiver. We probably need to get another guy in there. I like to have three tight ends.”

You know what? I agree with Reid on Celek. I think he’s a keeper. However, I disagree about Schobel. I have no idea why this guy is still on the roster.

Here’s what Andy wants in a #3 tight end:

“They better be able to do both. I always feel like you can teach the blocking part of it. He’s got to be willing to learn the blocking part, but getting guys that can catch the ball, that’s hard to teach. You try to get a guy with decent hands and with the potential to be a blocker.”

“Potential to be a blocker” is the key phrase. He wants a guy who can catch, first and foremost. Let the coaches teach blocking.

His thoughts on Brandon Pettigrew:

“I think he can do both. I think he’s savvy. He’s not real fast, but he’s just a huge human being.”

If I’m reading Reid correctly, I’d say he’s not sold on Pettigrew. We all know the guy is a devastating blocker, but Reid wants a pass catching threat, not another O-Lineman. Since he’s never picked a tight end in the first round, I’m still of the belief that Pettigrew is not their man.

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