Eagles Droppings 6/28: Vick Update, Eagles Sign Rookie Safety and Jackson's Busy Month
By Lance Epstein
Vick Meets With Police:
Since last Friday when the news came out that Michael Vick's birthday party ended with a shooting, speculation has run ramped about what happened that evening.
Today, Vick and his attorney, Larry Woodward spoke with Virginia Beach detectives to answer some of their questions that arose from the shooting. A shooting, which took place in the early hours of Friday morning outside club Guadalajara [wher Vick held his 30th birthday party].
Virginia Beach police spokesman Adam Bernstein discussed multiple topics. One topic of particular interest was Vick answering the Virginia Beach homicide detective’s questions [homicide detectives are often assigned to shooting cases so no need for fans to freak out].
"The case in still being investigated. The case is currently assigned to a homicide detective. Over the last several days, numerous people have been interviewed by detectives. This afternoon, Michael Vick, along with his attorney, came to Virginia Beach Police Headquarters to speak with detectives. He answered the detectives' questions.
Bernstein continued to say the identity of the shooter is still unknown, no arrests have been made and if anyone has any information to call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
In addition, former teammate and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who attended the birthday bash, said that Vick was no longer at the club at the time of Qaunis Phillips shooting. Fortunately for Phillips, he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and was released over the weekend.
Finally, Woodward told The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot that one guest was kicked out of the club since he was not invited just before the shooting. This is good news for Vick if Woodward is telling the truth. Vick is still on probation and according to court orders is not allowed to be associated with known felons, so Phillips could have been the man thrown out of the party.
Still, this situation is not good for Vick if he expects to be counted on as a backup or even a starting quarterback. This shows a lack of judgment, which my keep some potential suitors away when he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2010 season. Furthermore, for a guy that is supposed to be on his best behavior, he should not be having a party at a nightclub or putting himself into potential danger.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Vick will talk with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and he probably will not have the same type of punishment [if any] that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently serving [six game suspension]. However, it is unknown what exactly the Eagles think of the situation and they could look to sign veteran QB Jeff Garcia.
Eagles Sign Safety Johnson
With Marlin Jackson lost for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendons during the Eagles' June OTA, the team has decided to pick up undrafted rookie safety Brett Johnson on Monday. Johnson (6-1, 194) signed as an undrafted rookie by the Buffalo Bills following the 2010 NFL draft, but was recently put on waivers.
The former California Golden Bear played free safety in college and registered only three interceptions in 49 games. Many scouts and coaches deem Johnson as a rare athlete, but has underachieved and not lived up to his full potential.
While Johnson possesses elite athleticism, do not expect him to make the team. The Eagles still have three unsigned rookies [Riley Cooper, Brandon Graham and safety Nate Allen]. This means they are forced to release three players off the current roster to cut down to the MFL mandatory 80-man roster. In all likelihood, Johnson's days are already numbered with the Eagles.
DeSean Jackson's Big Month:
On Monday, wide receiver DeSean Jackson kicked off his youth football camp at Moorestown, New Jersey. A issues that was address was his contract situation and if anything has changed.
"With the CBA [collective bargaining agreement] it's tough because you have a lot of new players trying to get new deals or whatever it may be. It is a tough situation, we will stick back, be patient and wish for the best," he said.
Jackson said he is just working and no contract is imminent.
"There has been no progress," Jackson said. "So far I'm looking forward to just working with them and hopefully making something happen get it done though... We are going to do what we have to do to get it done though."
Besides his camp, Jackson has had a busy month of June. So far this month he has be on ABC's new reality TV show "Shaq Vs," filmed a promo for NBC's Sunday Night Football and signed EAG Sports based out of Los Angeles to manage his marketing and public relations.
However, Jackson was so busy that he did not attend the Eagles’ last voluntary OTA. On the other hand, head coach Andy Reid expects the new rising star to be at training camp and be on time.