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Westbrook, Sheppard report on time

That huge gust of wind coming out of the Greater Philadelphia area yesterday evening was a “Eagles Nation Collective Sigh of Relief” as Bryan Westbrook and Lito Sheppard reported to Training Camp yesterday on time. Westbrook held court for about 15 minutes with reporters upon his arrival, reiterating that his newly hired agent is working on the “off the field” issues and he is here to play football, which is his job. I truly hope that this attitude prevails throughout camp and the regular season, and if it does I definitely see both sides coming to a fair and mutually acceptable agreement. No word from Sheppard yet, although it is being talked about that Sheppard and Sheldon Brown will be competing for the starting right cornerback spot opposite Asante Samuel. Since alot of teams are spreading out their offensive attack and going to 3, 4, even 5 WR sets, there should be plently of opportunity to get all three CBs on the field. I hope Jim Johnson finds a way to keep everyone happy there.

The only other real news coming out of Lehigh is that OG Shawn Andrews has not reported to camp yet for “personal reasons”. This is an unexcused absence and it remains to be seen as to whether Andrews will be fined or not. If you remember, Andrews missed part of the last mandatory mini-camp for the same “personal reasons”. Let’s hope everything is OK and he gets into camp ASAFP.

Analysts Concerned About McNabb’s Shoulder

Wednesday on ESPN, Eric Allen and Sal Paolantonio talked about Donovan McNabb’s shoulder tendinitis. It was originally reported by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday of this week. Sal especially seems to be very concerned about McNabb’s shoulder, and how he’s now sitting out, DESPITE a negative MRI. He wasted no time bringing up the fact that Kevin Kolb will be getting plenty of reps filling in for McNabb while he sits.

Andy Reid, on the other hand, has said that McNabb and the other injured players will be ready for the July 22nd start to camp.

So should we be concerned about McNabb? Or is this simply the media trying to make a story (and controversy?) where there isn’t one? My vote is the latter, and we’ll see a healthy, quick, and ready McNabb in Lehigh next month.

Here is the clip:

Donovan and Howard Eskin don’t seem to think it’s a big deal at all, as seen in this clip from NBC10 Sports Final:

Well you be the judge. Personally, it’s way too early for crap like this from the media. It’s only mid-June! Considering how good the Phillies are doing, I’m surprised this much attention is being paid to how a QB’s shoulder is feeling. Amazing.

Clips were provided by RedLasso.

A great day to be an Eagles fan

First, we were treated with the news that Michael Strahan has decided to retire.  Good riddance.  If I had to ensure one more season of the “Jon Runyan – Michael Strahan” running feud nonsense, I was probably going to have to climb to the top of a tower with a high-powered rifle and…..wait, where was I?  Oh yeah….

And now, NOW, this gem has just been released.  Apparently, our old friend T.O. has been placed in the NFL’s “reasonable cause” drug testing program for performance-enhancing drugs.  Details of this can be found here.

All we need now is for someone in the Redskins organization to get caught soliciting a hooker or buying a kilo of blow and we will be all set!

Eagles Acquire FB Luke Lawton From Colts

Here’s the facts: The Eagles traded a conditional 2009 Draft Pick to the Indianapolis Colts for fullback Luke Lawton. The Philadelphia Eagles website announced it earlier today. Lawton is listed at 240 pounds, and came from McNeese State in 2004.

He hasn’t made much of an impact in his career in the NFL so far, yet played with the Colts for their 2007 Super Bowl season with fellow Eagle Dan Klecko.  Even the Eagles announcement writer isn’t too excited about him, since he called him “Walton”… not much respect so far.  Considering the Eagles won’t be carrying four fullbacks, you have to wonder where the Eagles staff sees him, especially for a 2009 conditional pick.  The obvious direction looks like Special Teams.  You have to figure that with Klecko, Jason Davis and the big rookie Jed Collins in there, there won’t be room on the Offensive side of the ball for the smallest, Lawton.   If he was really fast, I think we would have heard more about him.  He does have some Special Teams experience, though, so there’s that.

I’m not sure how this move works for the team, but maybe they’re not happy with what they’ve seen so far in the existing FB group.  Just trying to keep hope that the men in charge have a plan.

McNabb Interviews and Wants Help Now

Ian blogged over at Inside the Iggles about Donovan McNabb’s pair of interviews on Monday.  He posts both of the interviews on the blog post. You should definitely watch them.  The gist of it is that McNabb is asking that the team not draft for the future, but draft for the hear and now.

As we talked about on our latest show Tuesday night, the team historically (and logically) drafts players for the future as replacements for veterans on the decline.

At the end of the 2007 season, McNabb publicly asked for playmakers for the team, and wasn’t the only one.  The Eagles made some great moves in Free Agency, definitely adding a few playmakers to the team.  A few weeks ago, Head Coach Andy Reid said that he was satisfied with how the team stood now.  He cited the obvious free agent signings, as well as how the Eagles team ended the season on a strong note.

McNabb doesn’t fully agree based on the interview.  By asking that the team break with tradition and draft for starters, he’s reiterating what he said back in January.  Now we don’t know what goes through Donovan’s head, because he’s one of those players that keeps business as business, does not cause problems for the team and deals with management in a professional manner.  It’s one of the reasons he is a great team leader, and why I have so much respect for him. On the other end of things, answering these questions publicly is an obvious way to make his statement to the team’s management.

I think pretty much everyone at this point feels like it’s do-or-die time for McNabb in Philadelphia for this coming season.  He knows his window is closing on his career in the next couple years, he wants to win a championship, and he feels the right combination will bring him that goal.  If it does not happen this season, I don’t think McNabb will be an Eagle next year.  I think his dissatisfaction with Eagles management will become public, he will want out of Philly and ask for a trade.  Couple that with a passionate fan base that will probably turn on him publicly, his fault or not, and we will again witness an ugly scene.

I believe that McNabb is a quarterback that can bring a team to, and win a championship.  I do not think A.J. Feeley can do that, and I don’t know enough about Kolb’s abilities yet as pro, to make that decision.  I am on McNabb’s side.  I want my Eagles to win the Super Bowl right away.  I no longer want the team to build for the future.  I’m ready now.