I wasn’t surprised at all to read on Philly.com that the Birds were interested in an all-purpose back like Florida’s Chris Rainey. This guy is Andy Reid’s type of back, who can create mismatches with linebackers and safeties that try to cover him.
Think about Brian Westbrook at Villanova. He was an all-purpose back who grew into a franchise back, but he started out as an all-purpose guy.
I think the Birds like their current all-purpose guy, Chad Hall, because he’s smart and as tough as nails, but he doesn’t have the speed to be as effective as the Birds want him to be. Rainey has the ability to take this position to another level. He runs the forty-yard dash in 4.45 seconds.
Rainey is on the small side (5-8, 180), but that’s no problem because the Birds aren’t looking for size at this spot, they want a playmaker. From what I understand he has the potential to be just that. They should be able to get him as late as rounds five or six.
Jason Peters underwent Achilles Tendon surgery today at Jefferson Hospital at the Navy Yard
I would like this pick up. Andy almost had his guy in Dexter McCluster a few years back.
where is Florida’s Chris Rainey be projected to be drafted?
Frank22 so you think McCluster was worth a 2nd round pick ?
Looking back at what he has done, No.But he might have been able to excell in a different city. Cant deny his speed. Chiefs arent a very good team.
the article says in the 5th or 6th.
if Rainey can tackle on punts from the outside I would be more interested
Stay away from this guy
Arrested 2010 on “Aggravated Stalking” Charges whichg is a felony in Florida
Has had shoulder problems since HIgh School..Has Attitude and character flags too. At 5-8 180’bs he’s a smaller version of Percy Harvin, who can’t stay healthy enough to play consistently..
Eagles already signed WR/Returner Mardy Gilyard who goes 5’11 & 195lbs and I don’t think they have the luxury of carrying too mansy smallish WR to begin with when there are other needs..
If they want to spend a 6th Rounder on a All-Purose type of player
I would rather them Draft Devon Wylie from Fresno State who is 5’9 190lbs and is a Wes Welker clone who is tough, high motor and of high character per all reports, Stay away from this Rainey.. he’s bad news…
Marty Gilyard personally delivers chocolates, beer, and lottery tickets to Paulman daily. Paul likes the sweets and booze, but the lottery tickets really push his buttons because they let him flex his imaginary psychic skills.
LMAO – come on Paulman, that “nookie” may have been that damn good…he had to stalk her ass! LOL can’t fault I man for not wanting to give up some good “nookie”
Chad Hall might not be the most exciting player, but I like his heart. However, this move makes no difference to me, I dont think Hall did enough to believe Rainey can’t do equal to or exceed production.
Per NFL DraftScouts.com
Rainey is the 120th Prospect rated in the Draft with a late 3rd/4th Round grade on him…
Eagles already have Dion Lewis who should be able to fill some of this role..
How about some bigger RB/WR’s.. Eagles have about the smallest WR corps as it is alreadt with D-JAx,Maclin, Avant and Hall, signed Gilyard and then add another smurf…
I do not care if is Rainey or another player with his skill set. Eagles can use that guy who splits out wide and plays well in space. He does have some off the field baggage, but he can move.
Why havent they done some of these things with D Lewis? Is he able to split out and be affective?
frank – he didn’t do it in college. Pitt doesn’t use RBs in the passing game much. And definitely not lined up out wide. So the extent of his receiving experience was visible to you as an Eagles fan… not much (save for kick returns).
He’s pretty much a running back exclusively in my book.
Saints SIgned LB David Hawthorne to a 5 Year Deal..
They also sign Chris Lofton a week or 2 ago as they rebuild their Defense in Spag’s likeness… You would have to think that even if MLB J Vilma is not suspended with “Bountygate”, that he will be released for Salary Cap reasons..
Good!…let’s get Reno Mahe part Deux the hell outta here. How in the hell Chad hall keep making the team anyway
Paulman it’s ironic that the saints linebackers were better than ours last year yet they get 2 studs while we get a guy with a bad wheel.
I believe Spags made it known when he took the job as DC that their LB’s needed upgrading and it appears their GM has taken Spags advice and is goign about upgrading their Defense.. The Saints better sign Brees for he will hold out and not play under a Franchise Tag which he has stated numerous time which will cause all kinds of issues down in the Big Easy….
I know this is hard for you Songs so I will type really slow, becuase you have truoble comprehending anything football related – Chad Hall could:
1) Line up at RB and take a handoff
2) Line up at WR and catch a pass
3) Line up as a punt returner and field the ball and then try to return it
4) Line up as kick returner and field the ball and try to return it
5) He could line up on special teams (that would be the non-offensive and/or defensive plays songs) like punt team and Kickoff team and run down the field and make tackles
while it was ture he was never going to compete for a league title in any of those categories, he could and di in fact do them all –
see songs – every coach at every level has an ‘issue’ he has to deal with – in Pop Warner it is the minimum play requirement (and parents!) in High School its the grades (and the parents) In college it is somewhat the grades but mostly the feeding and caring of the mighty recuriting machine and the boosters (but no parents and you can curse!) in the pros – it is the fact you only get 53 players on your roster and can only dress a certain amount on game day –
so see songs – Hall is on the team cause for 1 roster spot – you get a guy to play special teams and also be a back up RB and WR – that is how the hell he made this team – but if you have a name that could have done that last year – lets hear it…. thought so
I know – you stuggle with the basics – I think the whole purpose of this article is that this cat may be a little bigger and faster then Hall to fill the same role –
CHAD HALL WAS AND IS GARBAGE PLAIN AND SIMPLE. HE’S NEITHER A GAME CHANGER OR SPECIAL PLAYER. HE NEEDS TO BE THE FRIKIN WATERBOY. HE’S JUST ANOTHER JEREMY BLOOM/RENO MAHE WASTED PICK UP. GET ANDY’S ASS OUTTA HERE ASAP!
I posted after reading the paragraph with Chad Hall’s name and didn’t read any of you guys post; I then went back and read Songs post and I’m glad you saw exactly the same thing in that bum Songs. Andy’s gotta go after this season. He waste’s picks like matthews etc. Get this bum scrapheap grabbing coach outta here.
he wont last til 5 or 6 anyway. It doesnt matter because this FO and Coaching staff cant draft quality players most of the time. The players they happen to draft who become probowlers ain’t because of this FO, it’s because they are guys with heart like DJax and Trent cole. This team sucks without a better coaching staff all the way around.
MY SOURCES TELL ME THE EAGLES WILL MAKE A MOVE SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND THURS.(BEOFRE 1:30PM). YOU GUYS CAN PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER. LOL
wow rocko – how many ‘game changer’ (nice lame ass cliche there) or ‘special players’ are there really on a 53 man roster? Who becomes the 53 man on the roster – by definition are any teams 50/51/52 and 53 players ‘game changers’ big forest out there – try not to hit the tree in front of you –
just keep telling yourself you have a clue – somehow songs manages to do it..
Devon Wylie, and Joe Adams, should be on the Eagles radar for the return game. Adams is the better receiver, but Wylie has more intangibles, and is faster 4.36 40 yd dash.
I absolutely, Agree with Paulman, Chris Rainey although an option, should be taken off our draft board.
If the Eagles want a all purpose guy LiMicheal James is the best guy for the job in this years draft and if McCoy gets hurt he a fill in and do the job.
I can’t believe none of you guys didn’t mention LiMicheal James he’s a beast he’s gonna be just like Darren Sproles
there was a guy that was available in FA that would have been a great addition – Sproles –
Need to find a dedicated PR/KR who makes his living running back kicks – don’t care if he ever steps on the field O or D – I want a Walley Henry a Val Sikehema a Brian Mitchell
let’s examine Chad Hall as a….
receiver – poor
runningback – poor
punt returner – poor
kick returner poor
So, if he’s poor in every area ….how can anyone claim he can do multiple jobs?
oh! Because Andy put him in those positions.
let’s get a skier named jeremy bloom and have him take over return duties.
let’s keep Reno Mahe on the roster because he field balls with 0 yak.
let’s get the chad hall guy from the service because he’s Andy’s locker room mascot.
I’m pissed over this already. Remember the time we cut Landri with garbage ass Laws (another wasted early round pick) making the cut?
You’ll never guess who kept a roster spot?
you got it.
Andy freakin Hall. Hall must have found the negatives of Andy in a compromised position that Segrest left to Juan Castillo.
I remember how many chumps in the media and fans bought into the Jeremy Bloom Hype/Story.. What a joke that was… People actually expected that he could be an impact player for the Eagles and in the NFL… Gullible & Naiive are so many Eagle Fans..
Just the QB Vick and the Drream team of Ladst Year, Just like with the WR Corps of 2 Years ago and just like the OL of a few years ago with the Andrew Sisters… Obviously many Eagle fans do not watch much football outside of the Eagles.. Wonder what it will be this year.. I hope it’s not Ryan Tannehill for I don’t believe he is anything special and is a 2-3 Year Project just to be a back-upat best in my book and the Eagles already haave Kafka to be that.
let examine songs as a …
fan – asshole – constant negative
American – asshole – constnat negative about how government is out to get people
student – asshole – founding fathers were devil worshipers
understanding of the game of football – worse the piss poor
well – there ya go
as for Chad Hall – again songs – name the dude that was better then serviceable in all of those areas (he also covered kicks) – again – you are such a constant moron nobody is saying you can’t upgrade – the question you asked your tap dancing fuck – is how the hell did he make the team – the question got answered – and now you want to change the question (notice the reference to Laws and Andy Hall (wasn’t he a 6th rounder that hung out on the practice squad for a year or so…)
but thank you songs – you give me easy fodder every night your typical bitch all you want and ask lots of questions – but when asked a simple football question – lost- clueless and ignorant – when you had that big coaches meeting – what did you talk about – ubiform colors, mascot changes – immunizations?
Chad Hall is an average special teams player but still better than Jaiquawn Jarrett, Dion Lewis, and Brandon Graham who are other Eagle 2nd teamers who are horrible special team players —– Songs and Rocko are typing their anger at the wrong players — run Lewis, Jarrett and Graham out of town before Chad Hall
Rainey ran a 4.36 40 at his pro day and beat world class sprinter and teamate jeff demps in a race at practice
If we get him in the 5th, or 6th, take a fly on him. Because our return teams blow, & we ain’t chancing DJax on special teams anymore, since we re-upped him with the new contract. Lewis & Hall ain’t going to hack it. But hey, Reid went with Mahe for umpteenth years, because he fair caught & didn’t fumble, so I doubt that position will even be addressed, unless it is a combo position playing rookie. Paulman, WTF is your infatuation with Mardy Gilyard. Holy Krikees! He is a camp body. HE IS A NON-FACTOR! Stop it already. Every article about ST, you bring him up. Did he treat you to a free Washy Washy, or something? Sweet Jesus!
Every year with the FAT MAN it’s the same thing.
We kick off to an opponent, and have to hold our breath that he won’t break it all the way.
They kick off to us, and we have slow motion kick returner (reno mahe or chad hall or some other scrub) back their putting no fear in the heart of the opponent, and us starting on the 22 yard line every drive.
In 13 years, how many kick returns have we had for a touchdown???
How do these slow bums keep making an NFL roster when every year the every team in the SEC and BIG 12 has a barn burner running back kicks.
Mal-nutrition guy is a stable in the ANDY REID roster.
Todd Stinkton, Desean Jackson, Chad Hall, Reno Mahe etc…
There is a company called Weider… They make weights.
Why not find a college player who knows what these are and uses them.
FAT BOY…Stop being so happy to make a slow undersized college player’s NFL fantasy come true and make the Eagles Fans fantasy of a NFL championship a reality.
Goals are dreams with a deadline.
Andy Greed’s should have been up 5 seasons ago.
Songs have you ever been happy or even pleased with a move this team makes? It seems to me that you are a whiny bitch over anything they do. Go route for the Browns, then you’ll have something to complain about.
wild – I don’t think Songs is ever happy about anything – need to get himself some little blue pills and take a trip to the Far East –
To paraphrase Robim Williams from Good Morning Vietnam – I have never met a man in more dire need of a ……………………
maybe after his trip he will understand what this ass is he is always talking about
Karl Malon’s son just signed with the Eagles! Demetress Bell signed to a 5 year deal to replace Peters for this season.
Good job on signing Bell but they still did a shit job in FA. This defense needed more than one guy.
wild bk – he was delirius when we signed Nnamdi – in fact, he took credit for the move – thought that all his whining and bitching for the Eagles to sign Nnamdi convinced the team to do it. And then he declared that we’d go 19-0 because of signing Nnamdi. And THEN, after Nnamdi had a dissapointing season with the Eagles he said they should trade Nnamdi and not Asante.
That’s Songs for you….
jbird – “they still did a shit job in FA” – Didn’t they do an excellent job in FA last year, with poor results for the season? But it’s still about quantity of moves for you? What would a ‘not shit job’ have looked like for you this season?
This Bell signing tells m that they may have their eye on someone in the draft and didn’t want Peter’s injury to hamper their efforts to get him. I just hope it’s not Tannenhill.
On another note I just read in a NY paper that a former Florida Gator who played with Tim Tebow, said that he formed his first impression of Tebow as a nice guy when he walked in on Tebow and Riley Cooper having a pillow fight in their dorm room . Really? a pillow fight? And we wonder why this team is soft. I don’t want to draft anyone who would have a pillow fight with another man.
But I digress.
That is all.
I belive the Eagles went out aggresivley and signed Bell (even though they probably overpaid) but they had the Cap $$S space to do so , where some of teams that Bell visited like the Steelers and Lions didn’t, so that the Eagles can keep their Draft Strategy intact.. This signing allows them use those first 4 picks within the top 3 Rounds and to focus on Defense and specifically the DT/OLB/SS positions instead of probably having to reach for OT early in the Draft.. This was quick,smart move by the Front Office which shows me that they are top of things right now which is a positve thing to see leading up to the Draft.. Now I hope they just don’t screw it up by making a move for Tannehill.. Let’s focus on the Defense and then grab a big WR,FB and sign a experienced RB like J Addai or Ryan Grant to spell MCCoy once in a while
I like the signing also. I think it signals that they have someone in mind in the draft also. I dont think it’s tannehill but a DLineman. I would think Fletcher Cox, but could be another tackle that could rush the passer.
Wonder if they are thinking that Peters injury mite take longer than expected to get healthy? He is a 320 lb man.
i’m sure there is a way out of this contract if peters does come back healthy.
schill…..You needed two LBs. We got one. The Saints just signed Lofton and Hawthorne. We couldn’t talk to Hawthorne about playing SAM? Lets look at the left side of the defense. You have Babin that doesn’t play the run very well, you got DRC who tackles like Assante and behind the SAM you have a guaranteed mediocre SS in either Coleman or Jarrett. I would be shocked if Jarrett could even be an average pro ball player. And the SAM is going to be who?? Jamar Chaney (a mediocre seventh round draft choice coming off a neck injury who stunk up the joint at SAM last year) OR a second or third round draft pick (that is highly questionable they will pick the right player). Then of course there is Fucku or Jordan who both suck as starters. Since we pursued no veterans this us hwat we are stuck with. AGAIN THEY IGNORED THE POSITION!!!!
paulman….Um. I’m waiting. They cannot possibly fill in all the empty spaces with draft picks. They need a starting SAM, another safety, another RB, another corner (if they trade Assante) and like three reserves on the O line. Are we going to fill this all through the draft with nine picks. I’m counting seven roster spots with nine picks. Not all the picks will make the cut so that leaves the proverbial scrap heap. Can we please sign a couple guys before the draft that are not off the scrap heap??? Like Yeramiah Bell and Ryan Grant maybe? Maybe a Jake Scott for the line? Please!
Eagles could still Draft LB Luke Kuechley and have him play SAM from Day 1 which makes the Startets Rolle, Ryans and Kuchely with Clayton,Chaney & Matthews as back-ups as an option..
They could draft Upshaw or HIghtower and make them SAM LB’s..
or they could go for a Zac Brown/Shea McClellin/Bobby Wagner in the 2nd Round for the SAM position
Good points Paulman, there are linebackers to be had in the first or second round. As for Bell, I need to do more research into this. How good of a player is he? Better than Stacey Andrews I hope lol.
I could easily see the Eagles doing something surprising like draft Tannehill or Michael Floyd.
Last year I was sure they would go OG, thought it would be Pouncey though. This year I have no clue.
I do think they pick-up a Veteran RB and possibly a Veteran Safety, but I think they are done in Free-Agency unless some injuries pop up..