This is one of those spring cleaning days, and a quick review of seemingly small-impact Eagles developments is in order…
I for one will miss Stanley Havili. He's a smart high-character guy who has a ton of football ability. I think he will blossom in a system that wants a traditional blocking fullback who can also carry the ball and catch outlet passes.
He didn't leave us with too many "big plays" to miss, however, because he got buried in the Eagles offensive system last year. Even though I remember his name being called a lot in the 15 games in which he played, it was an illusion in my head that he was getting more and more involved in the offense. Probably most of those "Havili" calls I heard were for a good block or a play on special teams.
Howie Roseman and the Eagles acquired defensive end Clifton Geathers on Thursday from the Colts in exchange for Havili.
Havili played in 232 offensive snaps last season with the Eagles. He appeared in 15 games with two starts and had just six carries for 22 yards and a touchdown. Havili also caught seven passes for 43 yards.
It seemed like more to me because I fell in love with his potential. But the Eagles' seventh-round pick in 2011 out of USC didn't figure to fit into Chip Kelly's new offense. The belief is that Kelly will run a lot of four-receiver sets and even use running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown in the backfield together. The newly acquired James Casey also played fullback last season and is expected to serve in an H-back-type capacity.
J. Woods is probably taking gas over this trade, as he was dreaming of the Eagles going to more of a traditional stacked running set with a power blocking fullback in the mix. Well, that's not going to happen this season in Philly.
It will be another reason to watch the Colts on TV this fall to see how they incorporate Havili into Andrew Luck's offense. Indy's GM Ryan Grigson worked with Howie Roseman here in Philly when Havili was drafted, and Grigson knows exactly what he's getting with this trade.
Grigson didn't have to give up much for Havili, either.
Geathers (6-7, 325) played in eight games last season for the Colts, recording five tackles and a sack. He logged just 152 snaps. The 25-year-old Geathers has already bounced around the league. A sixth-round draft pick by the Browns in 2010, he's played for the Browns, Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and Colts in his first three years in the league.
Geathers comes from a football family. His brother Robert is on the Bengals and his father and uncle also were NFL players.
Geathers projects as a five-technique defensive end in the Eagles' new 3-4 defense. Currently the Eagles have Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton slotted as starters at end. They had been on the lookout for additional bodies at the position in free agency, but failed to land both Desmond Bryant and Ricky Jean-Francois.
Big "camp body"… my guess is he will stick around for roster depth…if he is motivated to know his role and work hard enough to impress his new coaches.
Meanwhile the quest continues to evaluate the best defensive end prospects in the upcoming Draft.
With Florida's Sharrif Floyd already on their private workout schedule, the Eagles have reportedly set a date with Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, a genetic-freak type defensive end from Utah. Ziggy, 6-5, 271 lbs, is projected to be a top-ten pick this year. It is not known when Ansah will be coming to the NovaCare Complex for the workout, but when he does, it will not be the first time the Eagles will have seen him up close.
Ziggy is from royal blood…
Jerry Azzinaro, the Eagles' defensive line coach, attended BYU's Pro-Day earlier this month. The fact that Azzinaro went would seem to indicate that the Eagles view Ansah as a defensive lineman, and not a linebacker in their new 3-4 defense. Ansah had one of the more remarkable stories at the NFL combine when he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash without even training. His combination of size and potential makes him one of the top prospects in the draft.
The problem with Ziggy is that he's still a raw talent and new to the sport.
While he did record 4.5 sacks last season at Utah to go along with 62 tackles, it was his first full season as a starter on a football team. Ansah arrived at BYU in 2008, and after two failed attempts to make the basketball team, he decided to give football a try. According to NFL.com, Ansah was originally worried about the contact in the game because his body, as he described it, is a "delicate flower."
This is a term we have often heard our prolific poster PPW use in describing his own body, too.
Due to his lack of experience, drafting Ziggy with the No. 4 overall pick would have to be considered a pretty big risk by the Eagles. It could also be fair to wonder how much passion he has for a game that he just started to play two years ago. While it is a nice story that Ansah decided to study for his classes instead of prepare for the combine, you have to wonder if that is a major red flag re. his motivation to excel in the NFL. I hate to think that way, as I believe it is extremely advantageous to have bona-fide scholar-athletes on a roster.
I'm a little more worried about the "delicate flower" thingie…
Oh great— new uniform numbers to memorize…
Just when you think you know every number on the roster, they change it…
Dennis Dixon – 3
Most Recent #3: Mike Kafka
Notable #3: Mark Moseley (won '82 NFL MVP with Redskins)
G.J. Kinne – 4
Most Recent #4: Kevin Kolb
Notable #4: Mike McMahon
Donnie Jones – 8
Most Recent #8: Chas Henry
Notable #8: Brad Goebel/Luis Zendejas
Arrelious Benn – 17
Most Recent #17: Lenny Calicchio
Notable #17: Harold Carmichael
Kenny Phillips – 21
Most Recent #21: David Sims
Notable #21: Eric Allen/Bobby Taylor
Patrick Chung – 23
Most Recent #23: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Notable #23: Troy Vincent
Bradley Fletcher – 24
Most Recent #24: Nnamdi Asomugha
Notable #24: Sheldon Brown
Cary Williams – 26
Most Recent #26: Jaiquawm Jarrett
Notable #26: Lito Sheppard
David Sims – 43
Most Recent #43: Leonard Weaver
Notable #43: Roynell Young
Jason Phillips – 52
Most Recent #52: Brian Rolle
Notable #52: Wayne Robinson
Brandon Graham – 55
Most Recent #55: Darryl Tapp
Notable #55: Maxie Baughan
James Casey – 85
Most Recent #85: Darnerien McCants
Notable #85: Ron Johnson/Na Brown
Isaac Sopoaga – 97
Most Recent #97: Cullen Jenkins
Notable #97: Darwin Walker
Connor Barwin – 98
Most Recent #98: Mike Patterson
Notable #98: Mike Ditka