May 4, 2015 |
In the third round of the NFL draft, with the No. 85 overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft, a graduate of Downingtown East. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, who played youth football for the Marsh Creek Eagles, caught 24 passes for 269 yards while helping the Scarlet Knights go 8-5 (3-5 in the Big Ten) last season. Kroft's best statistical season came in 2013, when he made 43 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns.
May 4, 2015 |
Tyler Kroft had a stellar season at tight end for Rutgers in 2013, starting in all 12 games and making 43 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns. His numbers dropped significantly last fall, largely due to the program's switch in offensive coordinators from Ron Prince to Ralph Friedgen. In Friedgen's more run-oriented scheme, he had 24 receptions for 269 yards. That didn't keep the Cincinnati Bengals from selecting the 2011 Downingtown East graduate in the third round of the NFL draft.
November 15, 2014 |
AT SOME point, either before or after Sunday's game, Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still will walk up to Saints coach Sean Payton, shake his hand and say "thank you. " In September, Payton heard about Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, who has stage 4 neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. When Payton heard the Bengals were offering the proceeds of the sale of Still's No. 75 jersey to battle the disease, he bought 100 of them, at $100 a piece. And Payton wasn't the only one. The team raised over $1 million for Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.
September 26, 2014 |
BENGALS defensive tackle Devon Still was overcome with scores of joyful emotion yesteday. Still took to Instagram to announce his 4-year-old daughter, Leah, had successful cancer surgery at Philadelphia Children's Hosptial of Philadelphia. "After a 5 hour, 50 minute surgery the surgeon was able to remove ALL of her tumor and all of her lymph nodes and her right adrenal gland where it all started from," Still wrote. "Best news I've received in a long time. " Leah Still was was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer, in June.
May 7, 2014
The Eagles signed Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, giving the 6-foot-9, 277-pound defensive lineman his first chance to play football since he was commissioned on May 22, 2010. Villanueva spent the past four years in the Army and served three tours in Afghanistan. He last played football for Army in 2009 and tried out for the Bengals in 2010. The Eagles scouted Villanueva, 25, at the super regional combine in Detroit in April. He will be with the team for the rookie minicamp from May 16-18.
February 18, 2014 |
THIS WOULD normally pass as a nothing kind of February story as far as the NFL is concerned. But seeing as how so much of current NFL offensive strategy was birthed in college, and seeing as how Eagles coach Chip Kelly is responsible for more than his share of the birthing, it is worth a mention. That is, the proposal to slow down college football. Under current rules, if an offensive team does not substitute, it can snap the ball as soon as the referee makes it ready for play.
December 24, 2013 |
ON SUNDAY NIGHT, Eagles coach Chip Kelly uttered the now famous words: "We're from Philadelphia and we fight. " That got us to thinking about other notable quotes involving the Eagles. Here's a sampling: * Freddie Mitchell after making fourth-and-26 catch: "I'd like to thank my hands for being so great. " * Ricky Watters : "For who? For what?" * Randall Cunningham: "Let me be me. " * Donovan McNabb about Terrell Owens' criticism of the quarterback's performance in a loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX: "Just keep my name out of your mouth.
December 21, 2013 |
Will Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers play Sunday? Let's look at the clues and see what we can deduce. Rodgers, appearing recovered from his broken left collarbone, practiced Thursday and looked OK. So maybe he'll play. But though he did a little stretching and looked sharp in position drills, he watched as backup Matt Flynn, who took the majority of the reps on the day, led the offense during another short practice period. Uh, oh. However, coach Mike McCarthy said he thought Rodgers looked "ready to play" and said he would name his starter on Friday, which might mean Rodgers has a shot.
October 22, 2013
The Eagles lost their ninth straight game at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Their last home victory was against the Giants, 19-14, on Sept. 30 of last year. The Eagles host the Giants on Sunday. Here is a look at their nine straight losses: This Season Sunday Cowboys 17, Eagles 3 Sept. 19 Chiefs 26, Eagles 16 Sept. 15 Chargers 33, Eagles 30 Last Season Dec. 23 Redskins 27, Eagles 20 Dec. 13 Bengals 34, Eagles 13 Nov. 26 Panthers 30, Eagles 22 Nov. 11 Cowboys 38, Eagles 23 Oct. 28 Falcons 30, Eagles 17 Oct. 14 Lions 26, Eagles 23, OT
January 6, 2013 |
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers, and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the playoffs for the second straight year. Matt Schaub made his postseason debut a successful one when Foster's 1-yard touchdown in third quarter helped the Texans to a 19-13 AFC wild-card playoff win over the Bengals on Saturday. Now comes the big test. The Texans (13-4) move on to the second round on Jan. 13, when they visit the New England Patriots, who beat them, 42-14, in Week 14. Shayne Graham kicked four field goals for the Texans, while Foster finished with 140 yards and became the first NFL player to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games.