September 1, 2013 |
CLAY HARBOR will have no regrets if he is told he didn't make the Eagles. The 26-year-old tight end/wide receiver thinks he's done everything humanly possible to prove he belongs on the team. He's built a solid resumé, playing 34 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps the last two seasons and catching a career-high 25 passes in 2012. He's trained hard and has studied harder. He's put in hours upon hours of extra time on the JUGS machine after practice, has watched God knows how many hours of extra video, and didn't hesitate for a second 2 weeks ago when Chip Kelly asked him to move outside and learn the wide receiver position.
August 29, 2013 |
TO BORROW a line from Mark Twain, reports of Brent Celek's football death have been greatly exaggerated. A subpar season and the offseason arrival of two heralded tight ends - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz - had a lot of people in these parts ready to put the 6-year veteran out to pasture. But when the Eagles open the season in less than 2 weeks against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, Celek, 28, once again will be their starting tight end. "I love this offense," he said.
August 14, 2013 |
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
August 9, 2013 |
TWO WEEKS into Eagles training camp, there still is a lot we don't know about Chip Kelly's offense. But one thing we do know is that the tight end position will have a starring role in the production. The Eagles have seven tight ends on their preseason roster. Only one NFC team is carrying more (Rams, with eight). During the team's 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work, Kelly regularly has used two-tight-end sets, and sometimes has put three on the field together, particularly in the red zone.
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.