August 19, 1997 |
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.
April 29, 1995 |
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?
December 19, 1995 |
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.
April 22, 1998 |
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.
April 3, 2011 |
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.
August 5, 1995 |
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.
December 20, 1997 |
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.
December 20, 1997 |
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.
November 11, 1996 |
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.
July 14, 1995 |
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.