Reid, McNabb Profess Faith In RB's and WRs
What is Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb supposed to say? They were asked on Monday about the Eagles receivers and both professed to have faith in these maligned groups.
"We're comfortable with the skill position players," McNabb said. "With the receivers, tight ends, the running backs, I think we can do some good things this year."
Again, McNabb can't be ripping his teammates, but wouldn't somebody like to give him a lie detector test? While tight end L.J. Smith and Matt Schobel are looked on as positives, the receivers as a group might be the worst in the NFL.
And if Brian Westbrook isn't healthy, the running back situation will be dire.
If the Eagles were so happy with their skill position players, why would they work out Stephen Davis, who has battled knee injuries and now old age (32). Once an all-Pro, Davis is no longer of the elite status. Whether he can squeeze another effective season remains to be seen.
The fact that the Eagles are looking for reinforcements, shows they indeed aren't satisfied with the skill players, nor should they be.
The receivers had an awful hard time getting open against the first-team Baltimore defense in Thursday's 20-10 loss to the Ravens.
Reggie Brown is the No. 1 receiver who seems more suited to be a No. 2. There really isn't a legitimate No. 2 receiver among the rest, including Todd Pinkston, who still has plenty to prove coming off last season's ruptured Achilles tendon injury.
Reid was asked if there is anything about the running back situation that made him bring Davis in.
"No necessarily," he said. "We had planned to bring him in later in training camp to take a look at him and if he was still available and just make sure we evaluated him without people and see where he is at."
Teams don't bring in 10-year NFL veterans just to evaluate them. Obviously the Eagles are concerned about their running backs, especially since Westbrook has questionable durability.
So Reid and McNabb have to keep stating the company policy, suggesting that the backs and receivers will be fine.
They can't insult their players in public, but privately, there has to be plenty of talk about upgrading both positions.