Roseman acknowledges Te’o-Nesheim needs to “take another step”BREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, Front Office, News Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Many people who study the draft hard were surprised when the Eagles took DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim last year in the third round. Many thought that the Eagles reached for him and that they could have had him later if they’d have waited.
While it’s too early to judge a guy after one year, I think we all agree that reaching was a bad idea here. The team’s official website says that his contributions last year were “minimal,” but I’d like to know what less than minimal is.
Even GM Howie Roseman is acknowledging that they need more from him.
“I think with Te’o, in training camp, he got a little beat up,” Roseman said, referring to an early-season shoulder issue. “I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Te’o. He’s a hard worker, he’s really productive, he’s going to do whatever it takes and we’ll just see what he does this year. Obviously it was a disappointing year for him and we expect him to be better and he expects better of himself.
“Now, he’ll come back. He’ll be in his second year. I really think he can work. He’s a high-motor guy. He loves to play, but he has to take another step.”
That’s Eagles management speak for: “This guy is bad.”
I know Howie wants to be positive, but he keeps saying hard worker, loves to play, high-motor guy. None of that means he can be a good player in the National Football League. I love to play and I’m a hard worker, but guess what? Yeah, exactly.
The bigger point here is that these comments brought my attention back to Te’o-Nesheim and reminded me of how bad he is. (Could he improve? Certainly. In a year or two, I could have this article shoved back in my face and get laughed at. But so far, I’m just not seeing a guy that can compete at this level). It looks like another waste of a third-round pick and the Eagles need to stop with these tweeners.
I rarely get excited or irritated on draft day because no one has any clue if these guys can play or not. However, what will set me off is when the Eagles keep taking undersized guys that don’t fit their system on defense. Anyone remember Bryan Smith? 231-lb. DE out of McNeese State? Does anyone ever remember seeing him on the field? I don’t. He was woefully undersized to be a defensive end in the 4-3.
Either they are drafting guys that don’t fit their system or they seem to love drafting a guy who plays one position and then using him in another. Ricky Sapp can’t play linebacker. Did Chris Gocong ever pan out at linebacker? “Oh, you had 22 1/1 sacks your senior year playing with your hand down? How do you feel about covering tight ends?” Omar Gaither has been moved around so much I don’t even remember what his original position was supposed to be.
Sorry to go on a tangent, but Roseman’s remarks on Te’o-Nesheim made me get upset at their personnel moves all over again. Let’s hope this franchise gets serious in this year’s draft and adds players who can – or at least have a fighting chance to – help. No more Byran Smith’s. No more Daniel Te’o-Nesheim’s. No more drafting offensive tackles and asking them to be the punter. This team doesn’t have enough difference makers on defense and it’s years of drafting with this approach that’s the main culprit. Bring in guys that fit your scheme and stop trying to show everyone how smart you are.
I promise you Te’o-Nesheim isn’t making anyone look smart right now.
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