September 19, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Redshirt junior Brandon Smith became the most unlikely star of Penn State's 34-27 win over Temple Saturday, entering the game after middle linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White was injured late in the first quarter. The 6-foot, 228-pound linebacker was in on eight tackles and admirably handled his signal-calling duties. Smith, who said he was intending to go to Penn before deciding on Penn State, said it was something he had long anticipated. "I was just very thankful for the opportunity," said Smith, 22, who lives in Winfield, Pa., on the west branch of the Susquehanna River south of Lewisburg.
September 19, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - It was a sight that no one on the Penn State sideline wanted to see: Saquon Barkley limping off the field on the opening drive. Despite how much coach James Franklin had praised his backup running backs, the ground game had been primarily Barkley's show since his 1,076-yard season last fall. During the first half of Penn State's 34-27 win over Temple, those other backs finally got meaningful game action. The Nittany Lions logged 116 rushing yards, 82 of which came before halftime.
September 18, 2016 |
The greatest fear in almost every NFL city is the entrance of the backup quarterback. "It's natural," said Chase Daniel, the Eagles' backup quarterback. "Fans are going to freak out, especially if the starter is a star player and they think the team's success hinges on him. " Many times the apocalyptic reaction is justified. In Dallas, for example, the Cowboys have watched two of their last three seasons destroyed by Tony Romo injuries and they're worried it could be happening again in 2016.
September 8, 2016 |
There was never a moment on Saturday when Chase Daniel wondered whether he would get his first chance to be an opening day starting quarterback in the NFL. At the same time he learned that Sam Bradford was traded, he was also informed that Carson Wentz would start. Daniel's role didn't change, but the order around him did. Wentz overtook him on the depth chart without even playing, and Daniel continued as the No. 2. "It's unfortunate for me personally, but that's not what it's about," Daniel said.
September 3, 2016 |
The Eagles players exited the locker room after a 14-6 win over the New York Jets on Thursday night knowing the next time the team officially convenes, there will be 22 fewer names on the roster and the games are about to count. Two players who emerged from relative obscurity to relevance this summer finished a sterling preseason: undrafted rookie wide receiver Paul Turner, who led the Eagles with six catches for 66 yards and had a 71-yard punt return touchdown, and veteran defensive end Steven Means, who had the Eagles' lone sack and two additional quarterback hits.
August 13, 2016 |
Sam Bradford needed just three plays Thursday to do what Sam Bradford does during an Eagles' preseason: He chews bubble gum, kicks tail, completes passes, and leads touchdown drives. Kenny Bell, a wide receiver/return man for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, had lost a fumble on the opening kickoff, giving the Eagles the ball at the Bucs' 18-yard line, and the one thing you don't do is give Sam Bradford a short field in a preseason game, because he will make you pay. And he did: a 3-yard completion to Brent Celek, two handoffs to Ryan Mathews, and presto: Eagles touchdown.
August 12, 2016 |
IN A refreshingly unexpected exhibition of candor seldom seen in the NFL, coach Doug Pederson acknowledged the elephant in the room. The elephant was his elephantine right tackle, 6-6, 317-pound Lane Johnson, who, indirectly, Pederson confirmed is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the policy for performing-enhancing drugs for a second time in three years. Pederson said that the Eagles are making contingency plans to replace Johnson if his B sample comes back dirty and his appeal is denied.
August 5, 2016 |
HEY, YA KNOW what would be a fun training camp debate? To ponder where the Eagles could least afford to lose a starter. Who is truly irreplaceable? Let's run down the list. There's thought interrupted by tap on shoulder; colleague points to safety Malcolm Jenkins limping to the sideline with a hamstring strain, to be replaced by, let's see, looks like it's gonna be Ed Reynolds . . . OK, I think we're done here. The Eagles boast what should be one of the league's top safety tandems in Jenkins and Rodney McLeod.
April 8, 2016 |
Federal agencies have repeatedly advised railroads to use backup safety precautions for workers on the rails after accidents hauntingly similar to Sunday's fatal Amtrak crash in Chester. Sources with knowledge of the crash that killed two have said a communications lapse during a shift change contributed to workers' staying on the rails while safety precautions designed to route trains away from them were canceled. This exact scenario, according to a 2014 Federal Railroad Administration safety advisory, has been an ongoing problem in railroad work.
January 28, 2016 |
T.J. McConnell is starting to get a better understanding of the NBA's tempo. The 76ers point guard understands "who needs the ball, what play should be called, defensive rotations and on-ball, pick-and-roll defense," coach Brett Brown said. "You hear me talk about Jahlil [Okafor] being in 30, 40, or whatever pick-and-rolls a game. NBA point guards are the same, constantly in pick-and-rolls. "He's developed in a big way there. " The 6-foot-2 rookie has settled in nicely as Ish Smith's backup.