Leftover Scrapple From Philly Game

One of the things that players who are scrambling to make the roster of an NFL team must do is separate themselves from the herd.

For instance, if there are a bunch of defensive linemen all fighting for one or two spots, it’s going to be the guy who steps up his performance, who makes the coach notice him on field, who does more than one thing that can set him at the head of the class.

That’s what Jackie Battle (right) has done. A third-year running back, Battle has been able to survive in the NFL since he was added to the Chiefs roster at the end of the 2007 season as an injury replacement. His first NFL carry went for three yards and a touchdown against the Lions in Detroit. Battle was part of three games that year, nine games in the next and just five games last year before he went to the injured-reserve list in October with a shoulder injury.

But at some point, just surviving does not cut it. The way his pre-season has gone, it’s doubtful that Battle will have to wonder about his status in the next week when the roster gets cut to 53. It would be the upset of the season so far if he’s not on the squad.

Against the Eagles, he ran 10 times for 49 yards, including a 21-yard gain. He also caught one pass for four yards and he was part of just about every one of the major special teams units.

In this pre-season, he’s the team’s leading rusher with 113 yards on 25 carries. He also has the team’s longest run, that 21-yarder he ripped off in the fourth quarter against Philly.

“Jackie Battle has been trying to get noticed the last few weeks,” said head coach Todd Haley. “He’s trying to separate himself from the rest of the competition and that’s a good thing for us and him.”

What’s also good for Battle is he understands that as nice as his running stats might look, his chance of being the No. 3 back will depend on his special teams contributions. Haley says he’s already been noticed in the kicking game.

“That third, fourth back, has to be helping us on special teams,” said Haley. “That’s where Jackie is doing some real good things that are getting him noticed.”

THE FORGOTTEN DEEP BALL IN CHIEFS PASSING OFFENSE

On the last play of the game, QB Tyler Palko and WR Lance Long hooked up for a meaningless completion as time ran out. The 39-yard play is the longest passing play of the Chiefs pre-season.

That’s not good for overall health of the K.C. offense. Through three games, QB Matt Cassel is completing 68 percent of his passes, 34 of 50. That’s a good completion percentage. But Cassel is averaging just 4.7 yards per passing attempt. That’s 235 yards divided by 50 attempts.

At some point the Chiefs are going to have to take the ball down the field more often than they do right now. They may have dialed back on the deep ball for any number of reasons in the pre-season. With the offensive players they have, they are not going to become a Mad Bomber offense and filling the skies with passes that fly 30 to 40 yards in the air.

They are going to rely on their playmakers like Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster to grab short passes and turn them into big plays. The longest completion of the pre-season for Cassel was a 20-yard pass and catch with Charles near the end of the first half.

EAGLES IN RELOADING SEASON

There’s no question that the Eagles, by their own choice, have put themselves in a transitional season, with the additions and deletions they’ve made to their roster. That’s especially so at quarterback, where Kevin Kolb has replaced Donovan McNabb as the starter.

Not even the notoriously negative Philly fans can possible expect Kolb to be the equal of McNabb in just his first season as a starter. Friday night against the Chiefs, he looked like a young quarterback getting his first taste of full-time NFL action. Overall, he’s completing 52.8 percent of his passes, getting 6.1 yards per attempt and he hasn’t thrown a TD pass yet. His longest pass play is just 29 yards.

“I think this is great work for him; it’s all positive situations,” said Eagles coach Andy Reid about Kolb’s performance. “I think everybody, including me, there are things we can do better.”

One guy who had a bad night against the Chiefs was former Mizzou star Jeremy Maclin. The second-year receiver caught three passes for 39 yards. However, the ball was thrown to him 11 times in the game. A bunch of those that did not connect were dropped passes.

“That’s not like Jeremy,” said Reid. “He’s just got to focus in and on plays like that where you’ve got to squeeze the ball, focus on it and make the catches.”

THE WINNING TOUCHDOWN

Give rookie QB Mike Kafka out of Northwestern credit on that final drive where he took his team 80 yards on eight plays without a timeout. There are some veteran quarterbacks that struggle with that type of assignment. Kafka thrived and his TD pass to WR Riley Cooper was a strike. It was like those guys had been working together for years.

They were helped by the fact that the Chiefs had run out of cornerbacks that late in the game. At that point Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas were shut down for the game. Maurice Leggett did not dress because of the neck injury he suffered last week. That left Mike Richardson, Travis Daniels and Jackie Bates.

Richardson was dressed but did not play because of an unknown injury suffered in last week’s game. Bates was on the field at the left corner. Daniels had played most of the second half, but he was not out there at the time. So that forced safety Ricky Price into a cornerback role on the right side.

Cooper ran past Price into the end zone and safety Reshard Langford could not get over in time to break up the throw.

WHAT’S SCRAPPLE?

Haven’t heard of scrapple? Haven’t eaten some with breakfast? Then you don’t know about this delicacy that is favored in southwestern Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia and the Amish country.

From Wikipedia, here is a description of the composition of scrapple:

“Locally called “everything but the oink” or made with “everything but the squeal”, scrapple is typically made of hog offal, such as the head, heart, liver, and other scraps, which are boiled with any bones attached (often the entire head), to make a broth. Once cooked, bones and fat are discarded, the meat is reserved, and (dry) cornmeal is boiled in the broth to make a mush. The meat, finely minced, is returned to the pot and seasonings, typically sage, thyme, savory, black pepper, and others, are added. The mush is formed into loaves and allowed to cool thoroughly until set. The proportions and seasoning are very much a matter of the region and the cook’s taste.

Trust me, good scrapple is very tasty. I won’t even address bad scrapple.


5 Responses to “Leftover Scrapple From Philly Game”

  • August 29, 2010  - KC_Guy says:

    Ricky Price has been listed as CB on the Chiefs roster for a while now (basically he traded spots with D. Washington when he was moved to S).

    And scrapple reads a lot like Haggas … Urrrgghhhh …


  • August 29, 2010  - Joe says:

    You can’t beat scrapple & eggs!!!


  • August 29, 2010  - John says:

    Scrapple and Haggas are very similar. I prefer Haggas over Scrapple though…tastes better to me. There was this little pub over in Scotland that I had my first time with Haggas. Had it several times during that vacation.


  • August 29, 2010  - Kenneth says:

    Scrapple sounds thoroughly disgusting and I was raised on a farm where we ate all the usual critters that people generaly go hunting for in the winter.

    So i’ll take your word for it and pass. LOL


  • August 30, 2010  - aPacificChief says:

    Where did the topic of Scrapple come from?

    Scrapple = Spam soup?




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