The Eagles made a good move in drafting cornerback Trevard Lindley. He was supposed to go in the second round in 2009 but he decided to stay in school. He injured his ankle but played on it anyway, but the injury caused his play to dip.
It allowed the Birds to draft him in the fourth round. They were able to draft him later than his ability dictated because of his ankle injury. It’s called an injury-discount. So far, Lindley has looked like a steal.
In the 2008 draft, the Eagles selected Wisconsin cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu with a fourth round pick. Ikegwuonu was rated as a late first-round or early second-round selection, but he tore up his knee while preparing for the draft.
The Eagles were able to grab him in the fourth round because of his injury. It was an injury discount.
Unfortunately Inkegwuonu never totally recovered from his knee surgery, plus he had some off the field problems, so the Birds released him early in the season a year ago.
In the 2009 draft the Birds selected tight end Cornelius Ingram, who fell to the fifth round because other teams thought the knee surgery he underwent at Florida during his last year there, was botched.
He was supposed to be a first or second round talent, but the knee injury and suspect surgery caused him to fall to the fifth round. Ingram is in danger of being released now because that knee doesn’t seem to be right.
What this suggests is that you can draft and sign injured-players all you want, but you must accept the fact that regardless of their talent level, some of them will never be able to recover from their injuries and play the way they did before sustaining them. Sometimes you get a bargain by using the injury-discount, while other times you must accept the fact that it was a mistake and count your losses then move on.
That brings us to Eagles right guard Stacy Andrews. They signed him as a free agent a year ago while he was recovering from off season knee surgery. He tried to play a year ago, but his knee was no where near being ready.
He trained all off season and worked to rehabilitate that knee. He ‘s currently starting for the Birds at right guard, but his knee continues to slow him down. Andrews is guaranteed to make $5 million dollars this year whether he starts, sits the bench or is released.
I think the Birds should cut the cord with Andrews now and admit that signing him was a mistake. He can’t move anymore. Andrews doesn’t seem to be able to bend his right knee very much. He doesn’t have enough power in it to do his job.
The veteran doesn’t get any movement at the point of attack because his knee doesn’t have the strength needed to push those big defensive tackles off the ball. He can’t run well, so he too slow to pull or move outside on sweeps or screens.
The Birds should take the $5 million dollar hit right now, rather than hang in there with this guy who can’t play anymore. it would send a message to the rest of the guys on the team and their fans.
Admitting mistakes and doing it quickly, is something that the Birds have struggled at, but they can do the right thing right now.
You’ve got to have quality play on that offensive line or it’s going to create major problems in the passing and running games. Young quarterback Kevin Kolb needs to have everybody on that offense playing well around him or this could be a long season.