August 05, 2007

"Bubble Boys"

Jerome McDougle, DE -- The Eagles traded up to select the former University of Miami standout with the 15th overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft, but his pro career seemed doomed from the start. McDougle skipped out on the first week of training camp to get a six-year contract from the Eagles that included $6.122 million in bonuses. McDougle suffered injuries to his ankle, knee and hip in the final preseason game of his rookie year against the Jets at Lincoln Financial Field and missed the first eight games.

In 2004, McDougle first was put on the shelf with an irregular heartbeat, then lost four games to a sprained knee. He missed all of 2005 after being shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt near his home in Miami on the eve of training camp. He saw his most action last season, but over a most forgettable four-year career in which he has never started a game, McDougle has just 23 solo tackles and three sacks. The Eagles likely will begin the season with 10 defensive linemen.

McDougle is not expected to be one of them.

Ryan Moats, RB -- The Eagles had high hopes that Moats could serve as an apprentice under Brian Westbrook after selecting the former Louisiana Tech running back 77th overall in the 2005 draft.

But Moats has seen far more action on his Internet blog than on the field, where he has been rendered inactive for 19 of a possible 34 games and has rushed for only 347 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries.

Correll Buckhalter, Penn State rookie Tony Hunt and Thomas Tapeh are virtual locks to make the team.

Matt McCoy, LB -- Unless the Eagles think the former second-round draft pick out of San Diego State can help dramatically on special teams, the undersized McCoy could be history.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 230 pounds, McCoy played even smaller than that while starting 10 of the first 11 games of 2006 at weakside linebacker. He lost his job to rookie Omar Gaither after the Indianapolis Colts ran up 420 yards of total offense, including 237 on the ground, Nov. 26 at the RCA Dome.

McCoy could stick if the team keeps seven linebackers. If not, it appears he'll have to beat out Tank Daniels as Gaither, Jeremiah Trotter, Takeo Spikes, Chris Gocong and Stewart Bradley are all, barring injury, dialed in.

Kelly Holcomb, QB -- The veteran Holcomb was thrown into the March trade that sent Darwin Walker to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Spikes. He would have been safe as the team's third-string QB behind Donovan McNabb and A.J. Feeley had the Eagles not drafted Kevin Kolb with the 36th pick in the 2007 draft.
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