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.
January 4, 2016 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Christian Hackenberg's announcement on Saturday that he would declare for the NFL draft came as news to Trace McSorley. The redshirt freshman backup quarterback said he had never talked to Hackenberg about what next season would hold. With that future suddenly clearer, "I feel like I just have to come in and compete for that job," McSorley said. "Now, the real work starts. " While he did not know it at the time, Penn State's 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl served as an early opportunity for McSorley to secure that starting role.
December 18, 2015 |
Steve Mason understands the situation but obviously doesn't like it. The Flyers No. 1 goalie has been No. 2 the last three games, and he's aching to earn his spot back. Coach Dave Hakstol pulled Mason early in the second period during a 4-3 shootout loss to the visiting New York Islanders on Dec. 8. Mason allowed three goals and left with the Flyers trailing, 3-1. He hasn't been in the lineup since, replaced by Michal Neuvirth. "It is not a fun situation, backing up all the time, but you realize your partner is playing well, and that is the role I am in," Mason said after Wednesday's practice.
November 20, 2015 |
Mark Sanchez was the Eagles' top quarterback Wednesday during practice for the second consecutive day, and he appears to be on track to start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sam Bradford watched practice from the sideline. He has a concussion and a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He had not been cleared to return to action in the league-mandated concussion protocol. Bradford is able to attend meetings, though. The Eagles' two most intense days of practice are Wednesday and Thursday, so if he doesn't return Thursday, it's likely a sign he won't play this week.
November 19, 2015 |
I'VE COVERED pro football in this town for a lot of years and have seen my fair share of quarterback controversies - some real, others just wishful thinking by fans and talk-show people. Jaworski-Cunningham. Cunningham-McMahon. Cunningham-Brister. Cunningham-Peete. Peete-Detmer. Peete-Detmer-Hoying. McNabb-Garcia. McNabb-Kolb. Vick-Kolb. Vick-Foles. Everybody loves the backup quarterback. Fans have an idealistic view of him, even if he's already washed out someplace else. So, I guess I wasn't really surprised Monday when, against my better judgment, I turned off " '70s on 7" on SiriusXM and turned on the sports-talk shows and actually heard some hosts and guests and callers suggesting that Mark Sanchez - the same Mark Sanchez who threw a game-costing red-zone interception Sunday against the Dolphins - might be a better quarterback option for the Eagles right now than Sam Bradford.