While the consensus seems to be the Eagles did very well last weekend, not everyone in the NFC East agrees. I pulled this quote from a chat with Thomas George over at NFL.com. It’s from an “unnamed” NFC East executive:
“I think they took some major risks. Maclin should be a good player. McCoy, at some point in this league at running back you have to plant that foot and take it inside and deliver; I don’t think he can do that. Ingram was a medical reject for a lot of teams. Peters is there after the trade but he plays when he wants to play. If they get the perfect storm on all of that, great for them. I think not.”
Hmm? I wonder which of the Birds rivals is responsible for this undressing. It doesn’t sound like something the Giants would admit to a reporter, even on the QT. Dallas is always a possibility, but leatherface and his cronies are too busy deflecting criticism about their own draft.
To me, this reeks of the ‘Skins’ Vinny Cerrato. The guy is an awful talent evaluator and he’s always had a big mouth. Since the Redskins have owned the Birds recently, Cerrato probably feels like he knows better. Just a theory; I have no proof.
Is this masked exec right? I watched a lot of game tape on McCoy. He was asked to run inside quite a bit and looked good doing it. He also showed good leg drive in the red zone. You don’t score 35 touchdowns in two seasons without being able to run between the tackles.
He is correct about Ingram, though. Several teams took him off their boards completely due to the knee injury. I still stand by the Eagles’ training staff; if they thought the guy was a significant risk, they wouldn’t have picked him. It’s just not something Reid does. I’ve posted before, even if he does turn into a bust, all they’re out is a fifth-round pick. Not bad, in my opinion.
As for Peters? “He plays when he wants to play.” Maybe in Buffalo. This is Philly – that nonsense won’t fly. The Eagles are contenders, not 8-8 middle-of-the-packers.
Could this NFC East rival be jealous? Nah, never.