In the course of perusing the news today I noticed a common thread that pops up this time of year. The preseason for almost every first string player is over and now is the time where people start to look at who stepped up in preseason and who has been a let down. Just to start off on a positive note, you won't find a member of the media, analyst, or fan that hasn't been truly impressed by what Brodrick Bunkley has done so far this preseason. Peter King recently singled out Bunk in his MMQB column.
Not surprisingly, writers have tended to focus on the negative a bit more. There were a few I found particularly interesting,
First Gary Cobb has been critical of Jevon Kearse all offseason and preseason and he's concerned about the Phreak this year. He talks about how McNabb, despite all the stories written about him, was in Philly all offseason working hard and getting back into form.
Frankly, how can you argue with him? Kearse has done nothing this offseason despite that fact that he was claiming last year that if he wasn't on the IR he would have been able to play in the playoffs last year.
Did anyone hear Andy Reid's quote when asked about Jeremy Bloom?
"He's done just OK," the coach said.
"Just OK" probably isn't good enough for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, which makes you wonder if the Eagles would consider bringing someone else in for return duties before the Sept. 9 season opener at Green Bay.
Outside of that first game against Baltimore, I would characterize Bloom's play as "just okay." Honestly, I've just been chalking it up to poor blocking on the part of the kick return team. At least on TV I haven't seen all that many holes, but if Andy is unhappy with Bloom he must be seeing something I'm not.
Iggles Blog brings us maybe most the chilling example of a player to worry about with their video review of Chris Gocong's performance against Pittsburgh. Derek does a great job highlighting him play by play and the results aren't pretty.