April 24, 2012 |
Remember Jeremy Bloom? He was the last wide receiver the Eagles drafted that can truly be labeled a bust, and that may be overstating the ineffectiveness of the fifth-round draft pick. Even if Andy Reid isn't given a pass on Bloom - who was supposed to cure the Eagles' return-game ills - the coach has done a splendid job of choosing receivers in the last six NFL drafts. Before that, his selection of ball-catchers was, to put it mildly, about as poor as Freddie Mitchell's modesty.
September 12, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - If you were expecting perfection from Nnamdi Asomugha, well, you're not going to get it. He is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, but cornerbacks get beat sometimes, and cornerbacks draw penalties sometimes, and cornerbacks miss tackles sometimes. Asomugha did all three in yesterday's 31-13 win over the Rams. Got beat in press coverage by wide receiver Brandon Gibson for a 31-yard completion. Got flagged for a 41-yard pass-interference penalty against Gibson that set up a Josh Brown field goal.
March 10, 2010 |
The Tennessee Titans have signed former Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon, according to a report. ESPN, citing a source, reported that Witherspoon signed a 3-year deal worth $11 million. According to the report, Witherspoon, who was released by the Eagles last week, will receive $5 million in his first season with the Titans. Witherspoon started last season with St. Louis Rams, who traded him to the Eagles in exchange for receiver Brandon Gibson prior to the trading deadline.
March 6, 2010 |
Will Witherspoon was part of the carousel at linebacker last season. But yesterday he found himself no longer along for the ride. The Eagles released Witherspoon, who was acquired in the middle of last season, a day after they tendered restricted free agent Akeem Jordan. The two were expected to compete for the starting job at weakside linebacker, but that position, at least for now, appears to be Jordan's to lose. Witherspoon was slated to earn $5 million in base pay next season, which may have also forced the move.
April 27, 2009
When the dust had settled, the Eagles had drafted eight players, made six trades, and added three picks for next season. We won't know the impact of these moves for quite some time, but the first look at coach Andy Reid's 2009 Eagles will come Friday when the team opens a mandatory post-draft camp at the NovaCare Complex. The most significant move on the second day of the draft yesterday was the deal that sent two fifth-round picks to the New England Patriots for veteran cornerback/kick returner Ellis Hobbs . Fifth-round draft pick Cornelius Ingram , a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end from Florida, was the Eagles' first pick on the second day of the draft - they traded away two third-rounders - and he's also the one most likely to have some sort of impact as a rookie.
September 2, 2009 |
The locker room was nearly empty, but Brandon Gibson hung around answering the same questions. When you're part of a square peg and the round hole is just three days away from being filled, the questions can only be about one thing. Do you think you did enough to make the team? NFL teams must pare their rosters to 53 players by Saturday at 6 p.m. The Eagles have their share of position battles, including one at wide receiver, where Gibson is one of eight vying for six openings.
October 25, 2009 |
TODAY Packers (3-2) at Browns (1-5) 1 p.m., Browns Stadium (Fox) Line: Packers by 9 Last week, Josh Cribbs became the first NFL player since 1950 to return a kick for a touchdown and throw an interception in the same game. The Browns are making history. OK, so the rest isn't pretty. The Packers can't afford a stumble. Already three back in the win column to Minnesota, they will face the Vikings next week in Favre II. 49ers (3-2) at Texans (3-3) 1 p.m., Reliant Stadium (Fox)
October 21, 2009 |
Plan A at middle linebacker crumbled during the embryonic stage of the season when starter Stewart Bradley was lost to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Now, as the Eagles prepare for their sixth game of the season, against the Washington Redskins on Monday night at FedEx Field, they have been forced to Plan E at the position. With Omar Gaither likely sidelined for a while by a foot injury, the Eagles completed a trade yesterday that brought them veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon from the St. Louis Rams.
August 17, 2009 |
Michael Vick has had success in the NFL, but it would probably be as inaccurate as his left arm to say he has been a successful quarterback. "He's a dangerous player and any time he steps on the field in any capacity he brings a formidable threat to the table," Eagles defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said before the team went through its second day of practice with its newest offensive weapon. "Just being on that other sideline from a defensive standpoint ? dangerous, scared, are all those words to describe the feelings running through defensive coaches.
January 8, 2010 |
WHENEVER a player switches teams, there is always a degree of apprehension that he takes with him as he settles into his new surroundings. In the case of veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon, who came over to the Eagles 6 weeks into the season in an October deal with St. Louis, it was vital to him that he immediately prove his value, if only to show his new teammates he would not be "the weak link in the chain. " He did. And then some. Against the Redskins in his Eagles debut on Oct. 26 at Washington, Witherspoon intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown, sacked quarterback Jason Campbell and forced a fumble.