After a three-month layoff, the Eagles returned to work today in preparation for the 2010 season. Getting a read on injured players, roster battles and how new faces are fitting in is impossible to gauge after one or two practices in shorts, but there were a few mildly interesting developments to ponder.
The gastric band – File this under the WTF department. Max Jean-Gilles has never been the most svelte guy on the team, but apparently his weight had become such a concern that he had a gastric band placed around the top portion of his stomach to treat his extra poundage. Hey, whatever it takes to get a tad quicker is fine by me.
Te’o-Neisham at DT? – Although he lined up as the third-team right defensive end, there is speculation that Daniel Te’o-Neisham could see extended time at tackle. His long arms and ability to get an inside push might give the defense what it’s been lacking since the days of Corey Simon.
Who backs up Trent Cole? – Today it was Darryl Tapp as the second-team RDE. Trent has logged a ton of reps the last two seasons, so it’s imperative one of these new guys be able to spell him during the season. A fresh Trent equals a more effective Trent.
Alex Hall at defensive end – The forgotten guy in the Sheldon Brown trade is linebacker Alex Hall. He’s tall and lean and a bit of an enigma. He saw time at RDE today, which is the position he played in college. How and whether he fits into this defense remains to be seen. I would think he’s best suited to play SAM, but right now they have five guys lining up there. Fokou, Keenan Clayton, Ricky Sapp and Jamar Chaney being the others.
Speaking of linebackers – These guys as a group are on the small side. Speedy backers who can cover is great in theory, but power running teams feast on undersized defenses. Relying on Stewart Bradley to be the only one to attack the run is kinda risky considering he’s coming off a torn ACL. Right now the entire unit looks very unsettled.
Kolb in charge – After knowing exactly what to expect from the offense for the last decade, I’m excited to see the differences with KK under center. I envision a lot more quick timing throws and RAC by the wideouts as opposed to the 50-yard bomb approach. Kolb has much to prove, but with all the weapons at his disposal, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t put up impressive numbers.