March 27, 2004 |
Bobbie Williams' short and unspectacular career with the Eagles ended yesterday when the offensive lineman agreed to a three-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Eagles' second-round pick in 2000, Williams started 12 games in place of the injured Jermane Mayberry last season. The team, however, was not interested in bringing Williams back because Mayberry is expected to return after undergoing elbow surgery last season, and Artis Hicks has emerged as the team's top reserve lineman.
October 24, 2003 |
Time for the latest bit of bad news for the NFL's worst-ranked offense: Pro Bowl right guard Jermane Mayberry will not play again this season. The Eagles made that announcement yesterday after their indoor practice at the NovaCare Complex. Mayberry, an eight-year veteran who made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, needs reconstructive surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left elbow, an injury he suffered during the team's third game of the season in Buffalo. "You hate to lose good players," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement.
October 4, 2003 |
Basketball was Bobbie Williams' first love at Jefferson High School in Texas. At 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, he had the build to be a punishing power forward, but the Eagles offensive lineman prefers a more flattering description of his court presence. "Baby Shaq," he said in reference to Shaquille O'Neal, the super-size center from the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams said he averaged about 17 points and 12 rebounds per game his senior season, numbers that fall short of the Shaq standard, but are impressive nonetheless.
December 21, 2003 |
Three good words. That is all Bobbie Williams could promise the mother of his dead friend. He would say three good words about his college teammate, his fraternity brother, his friend who had withered to nearly nothing and died one September morning of a failed heart. But when Williams, then 22, stood before the thousands who packed the little Newport, Ark., church for Justin Brown's funeral, he could not manage even one word. He wanted to talk about the kindness of his friend, how Justin would give you anything - the keys to his car, a meal, his last nickel.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - If you go strictly by career starts, Bobbie Williams has the distinction of being the most successful offensive lineman the Eagles drafted during Andy Reid's 14 seasons as head coach. Williams, a 36-year-old backup guard for the AFC champion Ravens, who face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, has made 136 NFL starts since the Eagles selected him in the second round of the 2000 draft. That's 36 more than Todd Herremans, 41 more than John Welbourn and 79 more than Shawn Andrews.
November 13, 2003 |
So far, John Welbourn's inflamed knee has forced him to miss only some practices. That could be about to change. In addition to missing another practice yesterday at the NovaCare Complex, the Eagles' starting left offensive guard was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. For the second straight week, coach Andy Reid said that Artis Hicks would start if Welbourn is unable to play. Hicks, in his second season with the Eagles after being signed as an undrafted free agent, practiced with the first-team offense yesterday and twice last week.
August 21, 2000 |
Diversification usually strengthens companies; if one division falters, the others might still prove profitable. So, too, does diversification strengthen a football player's value. Eagles offensive lineman John Welbourn grows more valuable daily. Welbourn won the starting right tackle spot as a rookie last season, but a knee injury cost him all but the first quarter of the opener last year. Free agent Jon Runyan was signed to play right tackle, which opened the door for Eagles head coach Andy Reid to make Welbourn the ultimate backup.
September 10, 2002 |
John Welbourn broke his left leg in the first quarter Sunday. The Eagles' offensive line went on to have its worst game in at least two seasons. The two are not necessarily related, coach Andy Reid said yesterday. Doug Brzezinski, who replaced Welbourn at left guard, played fairly well, Reid said. "We didn't want to lose John Welbourn," Reid said. "Doug Brzezinski did a nice job in there for the most part. Are there things he needs to work on? Absolutely, just like the rest of them do. That was not the reason for the sacks.
August 11, 2000 |
Yes, Duce Staley is still with the Eagles. No, his relative inactivity during the preseason is not a sign of things to come. The Eagles know what Staley can do. He is a given. That puts him pretty much alone among the team's offensive players. During the first two preseason games, the Eagles have been working on other areas. The idea is to develop a passing game that can complement and even improve the running game. In their two games, the Eagles have run the ball just 33 times.
July 18, 2000 |
The Eagles didn't sign guard Bobby Williams yesterday. They signed guard Bobbie Williams. It turns out the second-round draft pick, who signed a four-year contact worth a little more than $2 million last night, has been misidentified for months on rosters, in media guides, in news reports and in NFL documents. His first name is Bobbie, not Robert or Bobby. Williams said he didn't correct the mistake because he's so used to it that it doesn't bother him anymore. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound guard from Arkansas reported to Lehigh University in time for a 7 p.m. meeting.