The Jags have a scrimmage tonight, one that could shake things up. With QB David Garrard nursing a back injury, his absence could open up an early opportunity for 1st round pick Blaine Gabbert. Word is, head coach Jack Del Rio likes the rookie QB, and might not be afraid to start him if he does well throughout the preseason.
Desean Jackson is reportedly ending his holdout, and will be appearing at Eagles practice on Monday. I have been stating, on several other websites, that both the player and the team have been taking necessary steps. The explosive WR is entering his 4th season, so a week of practice won’t harm the Pro Bowler that much. After the free agency the Eagles had, they will now turn their attention to Desean Jackson and QB Michael Vick. Vick is franchise tagged, and will negotiate a well-deserved long-term deal to remain in Philadelphia. This will give the team more cap space to extend Jackson in a deal of his own.
By the way, no players have been fined yet. The first date any player would be fined for not showing up is Monday August 9.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints have brought in C Olin Kruetz to the team. He was contemplating retirement, after he didn’t receive a contract from the Bears that they disputed over. He will now join a good offensive line in front of Drew Brees, that is arguably the best in the league now with his presence and leadership. That is good news for a QB coming off nagging injuries and 21 interceptions.
New York Jets
The Jets add another receiver this offseason, veteran Derrick Mason. He joins a WR corps of Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress. With these 3 veterans, Dustin Keller at TE, and a power running game, QB Mark Sanchez has weapons and options to work with (Granted, 2 of them are in their mid-30s). This could be a make-or-break year for the “Sanchize” in the Big Apple.
New York Giants
Speaking of make-or-break year, it will be interesting to see which direction the G-Men go if they do not make the playoffs again. Yes, a few years ago they beat the undefeated Patriots, in part to a miracle helmet catch, and Eli Manning had an outstanding postseason performance. To be honest, I hold off on anointing Eli Manning in the 2nd tier of QBs in the league. I think he has cemented himself somewhere among the 3rd tier of playcallers at the helm. I’m just curious to see if the franchise feels he is that damn good, or if they choose to move on (Head coach Tom Coughlin is always on the hot seat, but is Eli Manning too?).
Alright guys, well that’s it for the afternoon, remember that preseason begins this Thursday! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!