(Denver, CO) Josh McDaniels has proven time and time again to have an itchy trigger finger. Staying true to form, he traded J.J. Arrington to the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Joe Mays today.
Eagles also acquired a conditional draft pick in 2012 from the Broncos in exchange for Mays.
Arrington, the pass-catching back will be battling it out with rookie Charles Scott for the No.3 running back slot behind LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell.
The 27-year-old running back underwent microfracture surgery on a knee injury last year. The former Arizona Cardinal had yet to play a down for the Broncos.
Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter are both locks to make the team.
This leaves Kolby Smith to battle it out with undrafted rookie free agent running back Toney Baker, who is my dark horse in this race.
Lance Ball and Bruce Hall will also be in contention for the third, and more than likely final, running back spot on the roster.
The competition factor at the linebacker position just got kicked up another notch.
Joe Mays joins Darrell Reid, Jarvis Moss, Jammie Kirlew, and Akin Ayodele in what will certainly be the must-see battle in Training Camp, as these five linebackers will be battling it out for tree remaining roster spots on the unit.
Linebackers who are a lock to make the team?
Robert Ayers, Elvis Dumervil, Mario Haggan, D.J. Williams, and Wesley Woodyard.
Joe Mays, at 5-foot-11 and 246 pounds has excellent speed and quickness for his size. The former North Dakota State Bison was a sixth round selection for the Eagles in the 2008 NFL draft.
May's is a middle linebacker known for being a strong tackler with good instincts, as well as being good special teams player.
The downside is that Mays seems to struggle against the pass due to his seeming lack of agility; he also has a tendency to get engulfed by blockers.
It will be interesting to see how he pans out after two lackluster seasons with the Eagles.
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