Andrews Could Be Ready Soon
Although Philadelphia Eagles starting RG Shaun Andrews (ankle) seemed pessimistic when talking to the media last week about his availability for the start of the regular season, a player who Scout.com talked to last weekend said Andrews told him he would be ready to go on September 9 against the Green Bay Packers.
Reserve G Scott Young started for Andrews in their first preseason game and second-year G Max Jean-Gilles started last week's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Williams Closing in on Starting Job?
While Chicago Bears second-year LB Jamar Williams has the body type to play on the weak side, he saw time at strongside linebacker during training camp. In fact, a league source said this week that Williams, while he's not starting yet, is pushing starting strongside linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer for the top spot on the depth chart at that position.
Williams isn't big, but he was always a hard working player in college with good speed. He's very solid in coverage though his lack of size could be an issue and could cause him to wear down.
Green Bay Finds Another Good Receiver Past First Round
In the second round of last year's draft, the Green Bay Packers found a solid player in WR Greg Jennings. He ended up having a terrific training camp last year and wound up beating out veteran WR Robert Ferguson for the starting split end job.
Turning the page to the 2007 draft, the team selected San Jose St. WR James Jones in the third round. All he's done is push Ferguson off of the roster and he appears to have already won the No. 3 job. Jones has worked behind starting WR Donald Driver all camp.
Jones was one of the more underrated gems at the receiver position coming into April's draft. A big target with a polished game, Jones was a dominant force as a senior in college, catching 70 passes -- more than double his junior season total. He was reliable, tough, and consistent last season. Many scouts graded Jones as a second-round pick, but the tremendous depth at receiver in the draft pushed him into the third round
Houston's Jones Impressive From Day One
Ever since the start of the team's minicamps, Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones may have been their most impressive rookie during practices. Jones hasn't been limited by the terminology of the West Coast offense like many rookies tend to be. In fact, he has been pushing veteran WR Kevin Walter for the No. 2 job.
Jones was a starter at Lane College who doubled as a receiver and returns specialist. He returned a punt for a score in last week's game.
Jones is a player who plays bigger than his listed size (6-0/210) with 4.50 speed. Film shows that he needs to improve the details of his game (route-running, no body catching) but has the physical tools to produce good results long term.
Meriweather Makes Transition Well
When the New England Patriots drafted University of Miami S Brandon Meriweather in the first round of the 2007 draft, it was thought that he would see time in sub-packages possibly at cornerback. As it has turned out, with starting CB Asante Samuel still not signed, Meriweather is seeing most of his practice and playing time at the cornerback position as an inside defender as well as playing outside.
There was no doubt entering the draft that Meriweather's cover skills were as good as any safety available. A number of NFL scouts actually felt his best position at the pro level would be cornerback, considering Meriweather's ball skills and marginal size. Suffering with a shoulder injury through most of his senior campaign, Meriweather's play was uninspired for much of last year. But a terrific week at the Senior Bowl elevated his draft grade significantly.