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Remember how frustrating it was to hear Andy talk about how good Thrash, Johnson, Pinkston, et al were? Remember Mark Simeneau, Dhani Jones, Omar Gaither? Reid just never seemed to think those positions were important.

We've seen Kelly draft an OT high in round #1 and release a #1 receiver. He kept a high priced MLB, signed a FA OLB and two so-so FA CBs. This year he avoided a game breaking safety and signed a converted trash talking CB and resigned a border line bust safety.

Here's an interesting tid bit I found. Not exactly the value topic, but more of a developmental topic. Which is part II to that question. Are these coaches good enough to take average talent, put the player into a scheme that fits them and make them good players?
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The Eagles have five safeties on their roster. Most fans can name Malcolm Jenkins, Nate Allen, and Earl Wolff. Chris Maragos was signed this offseason from the Seahawks and will make the team as a special teams contributor who can help on defense. The final one is a little more obscure, but donít forget about Keelan Johnson. The Eagles like Johnson, and this isnít just in the way they say that they like all players on their roster. Johnson, who spent most of last season the practice squad, had an appealing opportunity to leave to Philadelphia.

Before the Eagles signed Johnson to the 53-man roster on Dec. 17, the Arizona Cardinals tried signing Johnson off the Eagles' practice squad. Any NFL opportunity is a good one, but going to Arizona would have given Johnson a chance to play for his hometown team. He still declined the Cardinalsí offer.

Johnsonís decision was not about 2013. He understood that Allen, Kurt Coleman, and Colt Anderson were pending free agents. He had a good sense that there were going to be changes in the Eaglesí defensive backfield in 2014. The Eagles encouraged him to stay. Johnson had learned the defense, the coaching staff was intrigued by him, and he thought a full offseason in Philadelphia was better than joining another team in midseason Ė even if he was guaranteed a 2013 roster spot elsewhere.

The Eagles wanted developmental safeties. They were sorry to see Jordan Poyer go earlier in the season. The team had plans to see Poyer at safety, as Cleveland has since done. They did not want to lose Johnson.

Iím not writing this to suggest that Johnson is the teamís answer at safety. But itís worth remembering his name when looking at what the Eagles have on the depth chart in 2014. One player with a similar story was Cedric Thornton. In 2012, the Bucs tried signing Thornton off the practice squad. The Eagles persuaded him to stay. One year later, he was a contributor. Two years later, he was a starter.
Linc ...

I think it's interesting that Johnson didn't take the opportunity to go back to Arizona, make more $ on the active roster but chose to stay on the Eagles practice squad. Another "development" player who I see mentioned frequently is OLB Travis Long. Jake Knott got quite a bit of chatter last year as a guy with a lot of potential who maybe should have stayed in school another year to get bigger and more experience.
nephillymike
QUOTE (Zero @ Apr 19 2014, 06:05 AM) *
Remember how frustrating it was to hear Andy talk about how good Thrash, Johnson, Pinkston, et al were? Remember Mark Simeneau, Dhani Jones, Omar Gaither? Reid just never seemed to think those positions were important.

We've seen Kelly draft an OT high in round #1 and release a #1 receiver. He kept a high priced MLB, signed a FA OLB and two so-so FA CBs. This year he avoided a game breaking safety and signed a converted trash talking CB and resigned a border line bust safety.

Here's an interesting tid bit I found. Not exactly the value topic, but more of a developmental topic. Which is part II to that question. Are these coaches good enough to take average talent, put the player into a scheme that fits them and make them good players?
Linc ...

I think it's interesting that Johnson didn't take the opportunity to go back to Arizona, make more $ on the active roster but chose to stay on the Eagles practice squad. Another "development" player who I see mentioned frequently is OLB Travis Long. Jake Knott got quite a bit of chatter last year as a guy with a lot of potential who maybe should have stayed in school another year to get bigger and more experience.

How long between the time the Cards wanted him off our PS and before he landed on our 53 man?

Reason being, the Iggs could have said he would be on our 53 man which could be why he stayed.

Maybe he will pan out as a nice backup.
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