June 16, 2015 |
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
January 1, 2015 |
Among the many "isms" that can stir emotions in this country, heightism is low on the totem pole and, yes, the pun was intended. Nobody is going to lie down in the street or march in Center City because some short guy did not measure up in the eyes of the boss. There is, however, a growing sentiment among Eagles fans that the smallest of their favorite team's five cornerbacks is getting a raw deal and that it needs to stop now. Brandon Boykin, listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, is the most popular Eagles cornerback, which after this season is kind of like being the valedictorian in a class of one. What's puzzling is the reason that Boykin has not been given the opportunity to cover wide receivers on a full-time basis.
August 7, 2014 |
WITH 90 GUYS to watch at training camp, reporters make choices, sometimes subconsciously. There are players you know are just out there to take preseason reps, guys who absolutely will not be around when the 53-member regular-season team takes the field. Why waste your time? Unless they happen to be married to Nobel Prize-winning scientists who also sing Karaoke, or grew up in caves after having been adopted as infants by grizzly bears, they are unlikely fodder for an engaging story.
January 29, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may retire from football if the Denver Broncos win Sunday's Super Bowl. In Philadelphia, Eagles fans are joking, "Didn't he retire two years ago?" But the former Eagles cornerback wasn't kidding about calling it quits even though he's coming off arguably the best season of his career, is still only 27 years old and will likely have multiple suitors when he hits free agency in March. "Coming out of college I gave myself a five-year goal," Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
January 10, 2014 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It was an early morning flight just about 3 years ago. Sean McDermott remembers driving to Philadelphia International Airport in darkness and cold, pondering where his career and his life might be headed, mulling his responsibilities as a husband and a father of two young children. McDermott had been fired after 12 years with the Eagles, the last two of them as defensive coordinator, where he was the designated successor of the late Jim Johnson. McDermott, an overachiever since his days as a football safety and national champion wrestler at La Salle High, had never been fired before, never failed at anything.
September 30, 2013 |
Peyton Manning has no desire to be Bill Davis this week. Davis, the Eagles defensive coordinator, reexamined his old notes. He keeps them after games, cataloging what works and what failed. But there's not exactly a blueprint for stopping Manning. Davis has twice coordinated against Manning - now the Denver Broncos quarterback, previously the Indianapolis Colts quarterback - and both were losses. This is no reflection on Davis, because Manning is a four-time MVP who has won 69 percent of the regular-season games he has started.
September 27, 2013 |
REMEMBER that time the Eagles played great against Peyton Manning and won? Nate Allen, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Kurt Coleman certainly do. Manning, not so much, the Denver Broncos' quarterback indicated yesterday. It was nearly 3 years ago - Nov. 7, 2010 - and Manning and the visiting Indianapolis Colts were disguised in dowdy white throwback uniforms with plain, dark blue helmets. But that was indeed Manning on the field, waving his arms and barking out seemingly random signals, while throwing a pair of interceptions to Asante Samuel in a 26-24 Eagles victory.
June 2, 2013 |
If it was just his daughter's recital, or just his wedding, or even the recital and the wedding, you could excuse Cary Williams' absence from most of the voluntary workouts this offseason. But the veteran cornerback not only scheduled his nuptials during the period reserved for spring practices, he had dental work and the building of a house - reasons he gave for missing workouts in April - planned prior to his signing with the Eagles in March. After this week's three-day, mandatory minicamp, the players will have six weeks of freedom - or to have elective surgery - before training camp begins.
May 2, 2013 |
ANDREW BYNUM showed the good people of Spain something he has yet to show Sixers fans: That he's got moves. The Sixers' center, who didn't play a single game this past season because of bad knees, was recently filmed flamenco dancing at a club in Madrid. Guess the local bowling alley was closed. Actually, Spanish dancing was appropriate, considering Bynum took an 82-game siesta this season. A little more than a month ago, Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both his knees.
March 11, 2013 |
Free agency begins this week, but the top player the Eagles should target won't technically be on the open market when the clock strikes 4 p.m. Tuesday. But he will be available, and he will make more of a difference than any of the hundreds of free agents looking for jobs in two days. Darrelle Revis is on the trading block, and the Eagles should do whatever is takes to acquire the New York Jets cornerback. They have the draft picks; the salary-cap space; and, most important, a glaring hole in the secondary that makes dealing for the all-pro a no-brainer.