INJURY BUG COMES A'NIBBLIN'

Posted July 31, 2012

RILEY Cooper (out for 6 weeks) and Jason Babin (back by Week One) should be back time enough to make an impact on the season. Mike Patterson is a question mark.

Thing is, there's so much depth on this roster these hurts don't really hurt. Even if they were all season-ending, the Eagles have guys who can step right into these roles and do a very good job when they're in.

Coop is the 4th WR. You don't even replace that. You just wave the #5 guy on, toss out a TE, or line a guy like Chad Hall up in the slot. We're solid.

Babin, had great numbers last year but Brandon Graham has something to prove. If Graham can't prove his worth or finds his way to I.R., Darryl Tapp and Phillip Hunt have shown us that they can ball. And what about Vinny Curry? We're SOLID.

Patterson's absence let's Fletcher Cox, Antonio Dixon and Derek Landri grab some extra snaps. Even if we had to look at 16 games of Cullen Jenkins and Landri in the middle, or even Landri and Dixon, we would STILL have a good interior. Solid, solid, solid.

Even with a few nibbles from the injury bug we still look pretty good.

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28 Comments:
  • You didn't mention the Celek injury. Personally I think Landri is better than Patterson. In fact I think Patterson is an overated lineman so there isn't much of a loss there in my opinion. Cooper wont be missed all that much. I think McNutt will replace him fine. Don't want to see Chad Hall in the slot or anywhere for that matter. I am surprised at Curtis Marsh getting so much love at cam. Not sure what they saw from him, but it looks like he will be getting a lot of playing time this season unless he stinks it up completely. Bryce Brown is going to make this team. He and Lewis are looking good out there. I can't wait to start seeing them hit other people, but they better be careful with these injuries.
  • I think Ford makes it too.
  • I think Harbor has turned himself into a pretty good run blocking TE and that's why he's still around. The Eagles ran a surprising number of two back sets last season. I don't think the Eagles are all that confident in Harbor's pass catching abilities, but if he could figure that out he would be a tremendous weapon for them. Ironically he was more known in college as a pass catcher, but he hasn't been that great in the pros as one.
  • Youch! You're right, I didn't mention Celek's knee. Totally slipped my mind. It just seemed more like a precautionary measure to let him rest it this early in camp.
  • I think you're right, but that's a fragile position to me. It's one of those positions where if Celek goes down there will be a lot of inexperience stepping in to take his place.
  • I was actually hoping to see Cox start. I've heard from many SEC football fans that this kid is as good as it gets.
  • I think Cox will eventually be the starter at some point in the season. I think all the guys will be getting a lot of playing time to keep guys fresh so don't worry you will see the kid playing a lot this season unless he gets hurt.
  • like it or not injuries happen in any sport....thats why a team better have backups to fillin
  • Another injury. I don't think that kid had a shot of making the team, but it's starting to get a little thin on the depth chart. BTW I saw his ankle and I almost puked. Ankles aren't suppose to go that way.
  • You may not like Graham but according to all reports I'm seeing and hearing he looks incredible in camp so far. Give the kid a break, not many DEs come in as rookies and rock the NFL. He suffered an injury after a so-so start and they say it takes a player a full year to get back to where they were after an injury like he suffered. He came to camp in poor shape last year and supposedly came to camp this year in much better shape and according to just about everyone who talks about him it shows. I didn't get why so many people were down on him after 3/4 of a season of healthy football. If he has a good year that d-line should be incredible!
  • I wasn't thrilled they gave up so much for him when their were other options (especially Thomas who no one doubted was a stud)so I get your disappointment there but you didn't like him since you saw his highlight video? I don't quite remember it but I do know he had a very good career at Michigan (29-30 sacks and a plenty of stops behind the line) so the potential is there. It does worry me that some big name analysts (Ray Didinger mainly) think he would have been a better fit in a 3-4 defense but I for one am excited that he is off to a good camp and hope it carries over into the year (I'm sure as an Eagles fan you do too). He and Curry should have us all excited about a deep DE rotation and Cole and Babin helping them learn can't hurt either.
  • 20 when you think about it all the line is rotation guys right now. I hope Graham turns out okay, but he certainly is a guy who most people are expecting to fail. I hope he uses that mentality to motivate him to be great. The Eagles don't need him to get the sack record or anything, but he has to be a productive player against both the run and the pass. I hope he can get in there and blow up some run plays.
  • Cole is a 3 down player no doubt, but I still think the Eagles are planning to spell him more since he's getting older, he had a couple injury problems, and historically he's been known to wear down by the seasons end. If the Eagles plan to make a long playoff run, they are going to have to quickly figure out who does what well and keep guys in and out of the rotation. I agree with you on Landri and Dixon over Patterson. I think Cox like Jenkins will get some time on the ends as well in some run situations. The bottom line is I think they are going to be better this season with their rotations, because they have had a year to figure out how to use their people. Graham might end up being a bust, but I sure hope he doesn't become one, because if he's good he can help them. Like you I'm not expecting much out of him, but I'm hoping for the best.
  • ...and Cole joins the ranks of the walking wounded. Getting depressing...new player every day.
  • ...and add Jenkins to the list with a hamstring. Peters, Patterson, Celek, Cooper, Babin, Johnson (wasn't going to make the team but...), Cole and now Jenkins. For only being the second week in camp the list is too long for my liking. Won't lose any sleep over it but upsetting all the same. Some of these injuries could linger.
  • This is not something the Eagles want to see happening right now. I agree with you on the list being too long even if you take Peters out since he got hurt before the season.
  • It's not unheard of for veterans to have "injuries" during training camp, to get off easy during those extra hot days and what-have-you. I am confident we should be almost 100% come week 1. What I'm worried about it the schedule this year. It's gonna be another 3 way battle for NFC east champ, and who knows what RG3 is gonna do.
  • Am I the only person shocked to see that any team wanted Eagles linebackers? Glad to see Foku gone. I didn't expect either of those players to make the team.
  • I figured Lloyd would survive the Turk and be a big body 3rd stringer behind Matthews. But with Casey at 250 and playing well enough to work in with the 1s Nickel unit, Lloyd was expendable.

    Fokou was ALWAYS expendable. The next LB to go will probably be Jordan.
  • Mathews I think is doing more than Ryans at practice. Of course Ryans is also playing with a better cast of players so I'm not reading too much into it. I just think Mathews is going to get a lot of playing time.
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