May 20, 2013 |
Chip Kelly has been open about his desire for versatile players, a trait sought by many coaches. But Kelly's search for versatility stretches beyond convention, as evidenced by at least two roster experiments during organized team activities last week. Tight end Clay Harbor spent one day of practice at outside linebacker. Wide receiver Jason Avant took practice repetitions with defensive backs. Neither player is changing positions. Rather, it seems to be an effort to explore different scenarios, if needed.
May 18, 2013 |
Part Three of a Series The Eagles are amid their first organized team activities this week, and they will practice throughout the next four weeks. After those practices, coach Chip Kelly will have a better idea of the Eagles roster. But there's a lot that will happen between now and then. Here is a look at the tight ends: Projected current first team TE1: Brent Celek (6-foot-4, 255 pounds), age 28, 7th season TE2: James Casey (6-3, 240), 28, 5th Of all the positions on the Eagles offense, the one that has seen the most change this offseason is tight end. Kelly brought in three new quarterbacks, but the current top two remain the same.
May 2, 2013 |
"I KNOW MOST of the police officers in town," said comedian Wanda Sykes , loving the simple life of Media. "Not because I've been arrested," she clarified, "but because it's a small town. " Sykes, who is performing at the Borgata on Friday and Saturday ("I'm always excited for Atlantic City," Sykes said. "The audience comes to have a good time. They're there, they're happy there and they're little bit drunk. "), splits her time between L.A. and Delaware County. Sharing Sykes' bicoastal lifestyle is her wife and their two children, who often come up in her act. Sykes said she likes her dual life of living in a sprawling urban center like L.A. and the quieter environs of Media.
April 30, 2013 |
THE MATT BARKLEY stunner aside, there were two major Eagles surprises when the draft process concluded. The rebuilding Birds, who had just one selection in the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds, were never able to trade down and acquire more. Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought that up without being asked in one of his weekend media sessions, volunteering that nobody called when the Eagles were on the clock at fourth overall or 35th. That led to the second surprise: As happy as they might have been with getting offensive tackle Lane Johnson in the first round or tight end Zach Ertz in the second, adding a second-, third- or a fourth-rounder might have allowed the Eagles to address their secondary problems a little earlier than the fifth round (safety Earl Wolff)
April 28, 2013 |
The first three picks the Eagles made in the NFL draft, including their second- and third-round selections, have Chip Kelly's imprints all over them. The two players the Eagles took on Friday night - Stanford tight end Zach Ertz and LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan - played on two of the three teams that beat Oregon in Kelly's last two years there. And while Kelly never faced Oklahoma during his four seasons as Ducks head coach, tackle Lane Johnson, the Birds' top pick, played in an up-tempo offense that ran almost as many plays last season as Oregon's.
April 19, 2013 |
Two days into Chip Kelly's first minicamp, his attempts to downplay the new brand of football he's bringing to the NFL were thwarted by the Eagles' amazement with his approach. "From a communication standpoint, it's going to change the league," tight end Brent Celek said. Quarterback Michael Vick - who is confident that "it's still my team," and that the starting quarterback position is "still my job" - said Kelly's offense is "something like I've never seen before. " It's a new world at the NovaCare Complex.
March 17, 2013 |
The Eagles traded a sixth-round pick to Tampa for a seventh-rounder and disappointing wideout Arrelious Benn on Friday. The Bucs also got a conditional 2014 pick. Benn, 6-2, 220, was a second-round selection in 2010 out of Illinois, but has caught only 59 passes in three seasons, including four last season, when he was hampered by knee and shoulder injuries. He showed promise as a kickoff returner in 2011. Just before the trade announcement, the Birds made some of their free-agent signees available.
February 24, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Like his brother, Travis Kelce is working back from an injury. Kelce, the Cincinnati tight end who is one of the better prospects at that position in the upcoming draft, underwent offseason sports hernia surgery and isn't working out at the NFL Scouting Combine. Jason Kelce, the Eagles' center, tore his ACL in the second game of the 2012 season. Both are expected to be fine for the 2013 season. "I tore it probably around Week 3. During the season, just played on it, played through it, got through the season," said Travis, the beardless Kelce.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Nick Foles and Garrett Celek are good friends. How good? When the two were roommates at Michigan State, they decided to get Chinese symbols tattooed on the inside of their left arms, just under their armpits. Tattoos often come with stories of regret, however. "I love the guy, but I kind of regret getting them," Celek said. "I need to probably get it removed one day. " Celek is a rookie tight end for San Francisco. The younger brother of Eagles tight end Brent Celek had just gotten done showing his Chinese symbols to someone during Super Bowl media day on Tuesday.
January 31, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Brent Celek has played in 95 games in six seasons for the Eagles, an even 100 if you count the playoffs. Hasn't ever had a chance to do what his younger brother Garrett might do this week - win the Super Bowl. Garrett Celek is an undrafted 49ers rookie tight end from Michigan State who has played in 13 NFL games, plus two more in the playoffs. "He's doing all right. He's a little jealous," Garrett Celek reported on Media Day, when asked about Brent. "I know he really wants to be here in my shoes, but he's just real happy for me . . . He's going to watch from home.