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August 19, 1997 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With a few outlying precincts yet to report, it may be time to declare a winner in the battle for the Eagles' starting left-tackle job. Jermane Mayberry, who had the advantage of being a first-round draft pick, is expected to start his third straight preseason game Thursday night. Barrett Brooks, who started at the position for the past two seasons, may have to show he can play both right and left tackle to claim a roster spot. "We can only dress so many guys," coach Ray Rhodes said.
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April 29, 1995 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randall Cunningham peeked over his left shoulder yesterday and found - for the second straight year - a rookie protecting his blind side. After being shopped around the NFL for weeks, Bernard Williams - the Eagles' No. 1 pick in 1994 - was benched on the first day of minicamp at Veterans Stadium yesterday. His replacement was Barrett Brooks, a second-round pick out of Kansas State. Was Ray Rhodes picking on Williams, preferring his draft choice to his predecessor's? Or was the new head coach trying to use Williams to tell the whole team that it's no more business as usual?
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December 19, 1995 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One day after the 10-5 Eagles clinched their first playoff appearance since 1992, their locker room was not filled uniformly with bright and happy faces. There were actually notes of discord. Here and there, a discouraging word was heard. Unceremoniously yanked in back-to-back games, rookie offensive tackle Barrett Brooks had a message for coach Ray Rhodes yesterday: Leave me alone and let me play. In his first public statement of the season, running back Charlie Garner conceded that he couldn't hold a football with his right hand because of the two pins in his broken right thumb, but he said that something else was bothering him, too. That something, two sources said, was his non-role in Sunday's 21-20 victory over Arizona, which followed his non-role against Dallas a week earlier.
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April 22, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The way the Eagles see things, they might have landed the next Chad Lewis or Hollis Thomas. In 1996, the Birds signed Thomas, a free agent, to play defensive tackle. Thomas, a rookie, played well enough to become a starter last year. Lewis occasionally started at tight end after signing as a rookie free agent last year. This year's crop of rookie free agents agreeing to terms was announced by the Eagles yesterday. The most intriguing are running back Brian McKenzie, a 5-10, 210-pound speedster from Brigham Young who has run the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-second range; and Auburn kicker/punter Jaret Holmes, who might be the answer to the team's deep-kickoff concerns.
NEWS
April 3, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Former NFL offensive lineman Barrett Brooks knows all about gains and losses. "I went from being an athlete to a slob, and I feel like an athlete again," says Brooks, who's dropped 50 pounds since his bariatric surgery on Valentine's Day. His weight was 352 on Friday. "Before, I couldn't jump high enough to slide a piece of paper under me," says the 38-year-old father of five, who lives in Voorhees. "Now I can dunk a basketball. " I met Brooks at Kennedy University Hospital-Stratford, where Marc Neff, medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Program, performed the hour-long "sleeve gastrectomy.
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August 5, 1995 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
The plan is for Randall Cunningham to run a few offensive series, then take the rest of the evening off. High-priced acquisition Ricky Watters also is down for a cameo appearance at running back, as are wideouts Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams. When rookie head coach Ray Rhodes's new-look Eagles take the field at Veterans Stadium for tonight's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons, the starting players who pass, run and catch the football will play no more than one quarter, the better to safeguard their health and preserve their legs after 17 days of brutal training-camp heat at West Chester University.
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December 20, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
This is a time of torn emotions for Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent. His hometown team, for which he plays, will miss the playoffs and endure a losing season for the first time sine 1994. At the same time, Vincent enjoyed the type of season that garners Pro Bowl consideration. "If I had the choice," he said, "I would trade my season for a spot in the playoffs. " He does not, of course, have that choice. The Eagles are 6-8-1 and can play for only pride tomorrow at Washington, pride and the dubious goal of knocking the Redskins from the playoffs.
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December 20, 1997 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
No matter who plays left tackle for the Eagles against the Redskins tomorrow - Jermane Mayberry or Barrett Brooks - he won't be 100 percent healthy. Mayberry skipped yesterday's practice after his right knee filled with fluid and had to be drained in the morning. Brooks, who was replaced by Troy Drake at right tackle after spraining his right ankle last weekend against Atlanta, stepped in and took all the snaps. "Got to play," Brooks said when asked why he was working despite the injury.
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November 11, 1996 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Barrett Brooks figured that Bruce Smith would school him. He spent last week boning up on the techniques used by the man some consider the best defensive end - certainly the best right end - in the game. After the Eagles' 24-17 loss to the Bills yesterday, the second-year offensive tackle couldn't help but smile. Smith was credited with two sacks, but Brooks felt good about the job he did. Smith's first sack came just after the two-minute warning in the first half, when he bulled Brooks back into Eagles quarterback Ty Detmer.
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July 14, 1995 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The Eagles will have all of their draft picks signed by Wednesday's training camp reporting date for rookies, former club negotiator Bob Wallace said. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes will be happy to hear that. "My gift to Ray Rhodes will be getting all his rookies in camp on time," Wallace said from his St. Louis Rams office yesterday. "That'll be my going- away present to Ray. " Wallace resigned his position as the Eagles' legal counsel to accept a position as vice president of administration with the St. Louis Rams.
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April 3, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Former NFL offensive lineman Barrett Brooks knows all about gains and losses. "I went from being an athlete to a slob, and I feel like an athlete again," says Brooks, who's dropped 50 pounds since his bariatric surgery on Valentine's Day. His weight was 352 on Friday. "Before, I couldn't jump high enough to slide a piece of paper under me," says the 38-year-old father of five, who lives in Voorhees. "Now I can dunk a basketball. " I met Brooks at Kennedy University Hospital-Stratford, where Marc Neff, medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Program, performed the hour-long "sleeve gastrectomy.
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August 7, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Barrett Brooks was arrested early yesterday after police said he fled from them on motorcycle. The 34-year-old offensive lineman was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and other traffic violations. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail, police Sgt. Dennis Washington said. Brooks broke into the NFL with the Eagles as a second-round pick in 1995 and played four seasons in Philadelphia. Steelers spokesman Dave Lockett said he was aware of the arrest but did not have any further information.
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March 5, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Jerry Rice suggested last season he might play until he's 45. Now he has a contract that will pay him until he's 46. "It could happen," Jim Steiner, Rice's agent, said after his client signed a 6-year, $30 million deal yesterday that helped the Oakland Raiders with their salary-cap problems. "He takes it year-to-year based on how he feels and how he's playing. Who knows?" The Raiders, by some accounts, were at least $30 million over the salary cap and perhaps as much as $50 million.
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November 2, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The plan, you see, was to follow the blueprint that worked so well for the Cowboys. Acquire really big offensive linemen with decent athletic ability. Put human trees who can fly on the wings, offensively and defensively. Get some defensive ends who devour quarterbacks, and get a tall, steady quarterback with a good head and an accurate arm. The Eagles referred to the Cowboys as the model, and tried to construct a team in their image. The construction project has collapsed, but the architecture was not flawed.
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April 22, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The way the Eagles see things, they might have landed the next Chad Lewis or Hollis Thomas. In 1996, the Birds signed Thomas, a free agent, to play defensive tackle. Thomas, a rookie, played well enough to become a starter last year. Lewis occasionally started at tight end after signing as a rookie free agent last year. This year's crop of rookie free agents agreeing to terms was announced by the Eagles yesterday. The most intriguing are running back Brian McKenzie, a 5-10, 210-pound speedster from Brigham Young who has run the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-second range; and Auburn kicker/punter Jaret Holmes, who might be the answer to the team's deep-kickoff concerns.
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April 22, 1998 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Each of the last two seasons, the Eagles have found their most productive rookies - defensive tackle Hollis Thomas in 1996 and tight end Chad Lewis last year - among those college players who went undrafted. This year, they hope to find a player or two among the 11 undrafted collegians they signed yesterday. The leading candidate would have to be Lewis' former Brigham Young teammate, running back Brian McKenzie. The team also announced the signing of restricted free agent Barrett Brooks to a one-year contract.
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April 21, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The meteor has landed. Now, watch the shock waves roll. The Eagles' selections in the draft during the weekend will serve to shake up the team's depth chart. Before the draft, coach Ray Rhodes steadfastly refused to identify any area of need as more important than any other, but the team's actions spoke as clearly as Rhodes could have. To review: Offensive line First-rounder Tra Thomas arrived at Veterans Stadium Sunday and shoved 1996 first-rounder Jermane Mayberry off the left offensive tackle slot, to right guard.
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February 13, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Alarmed by the speed with which attractive free-agent prospects were being secured by their current teams, the Eagles made an unexpected move and designated defensive tackle Rhett Hall a transition player for 1998. The 29-year-old Hall, a seven-year veteran, will make $2.4 million, a raise of about $1 million from last season, when Hall had a career-high eight sacks in 15 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. By designating Hall a transition player, the Birds can retain him by matching any offer sheet he signs from another team.
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February 12, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
As the clock ticks toward the free-agency signing period, the Eagles are lining up their ducks in their appointed rows. And guess what? Former Pro Bowl running back Ricky Watters isn't there. But his backup is. While the team has made no discernible move toward re-signing Watters, team sources indicated the Birds will try to sign running back Charlie Garner before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at midnight tonight. The Eagles also are trying to re-sign unrestricted free-agent defensive tackle Rhett Hall by the deadline.
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December 20, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
This is a time of torn emotions for Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent. His hometown team, for which he plays, will miss the playoffs and endure a losing season for the first time sine 1994. At the same time, Vincent enjoyed the type of season that garners Pro Bowl consideration. "If I had the choice," he said, "I would trade my season for a spot in the playoffs. " He does not, of course, have that choice. The Eagles are 6-8-1 and can play for only pride tomorrow at Washington, pride and the dubious goal of knocking the Redskins from the playoffs.
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