March 12, 2012
Here is a listing of positions, each with analysis of how likely it might be that the Birds will add a free agent, on a 1-to-10 scale: Quarterback: No chance. Peyton Manning apparently doesn't want to play in the NFC East and the Eagles are smart enough not to damage Michael Vick's status in the locker room by making some sort of harebrained play for Manning. They might draft a QB in April. On the free-agency scale, that's a zero. Scale: 0 Running back: The Eagles need a backup/complement to Shady McCoy.
August 9, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Kurt Coleman looks ready for real games. On the last day of practice before the Eagles open the preseason, Coleman delivered the hit of training camp, crushing LeSean McCoy. The play came near the end of 11-on-11 drills. Coleman started near the line of scrimmage, darted back at the snap, but quickly read a screen pass to McCoy. He raced forward and leveled the running back as defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and his teammates on the sideline went wild.
July 26, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Visanthe Shiancoe signed a one-year contract with New England, an NFL source said, ending the tight end's flirtation with the Eagles. Shiancoe worked out for the Eagles on Tuesday, but the 32-year-old free agent, who last played with the Vikings, signed with the Patriots instead, even though they already have two of the best tight ends in the league in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. General manager Howie Roseman said not long after the Eagles worked out Shiancoe that he was looking to add competition to the backup tight-end situation.
September 23, 2012 |
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, a major blow to the team's offense. Maclin has dealt with a hip injury the last two weeks. Maclin's absence leaves the Eagles with only four healthy receivers in Arizona because Riley Cooper is still out with a broken collarbone. DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, and Mardy Gilyard are the Eagles' options on Sunday; they also have tight ends Brent Celek and Clay Harbor figuring into the game plan.
October 31, 2011 |
Throughout the season's first six weeks, Brent Celek reached over, slapped the snooze button on the sounding alarm and fell back to sleep. Once a cornerstone of the Eagles offense, Celek had appeared to fall out of favor and his production continued to sag. The tight end woke up Sunday night, erased those ringing doldrums and returned to form as a cog in the Eagles offense. In the 34-7 rout of the visiting Dallas Cowboys, Celek hauled in seven passes for 94 yards and set the tone for the rushing game with several key blocks.
October 29, 2011 |
The pass-happy Eagles find themselves in an unusual position: They lead the NFL in rushing. Behind LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick, the Eagles have rushed for 170 yards per game and 5.7 per carry, both highs during the Andy Reid era. Their quality on the ground, though, will be tested Sunday against the Cowboys' defense, which ranks first in the league in yards per game (allowing just 69.7 yards per contest) and second in yards per carry (3.3). "They're big, strong, physical guys up front.
December 22, 2010 |
DeSean Jackson said it was "almost unbelievable still, to realize that we came back from being down three to 24," speaking 2 days after his 65-yard game-ending punt return gave the Eagles a 38-31 victory over the host New York Giants. Jackson, appearing on ESPN's SportsCenter, was asked about fumbling the ball and having to pick it up to start his return. "I think it froze a lot of people," Jackson said. "Everybody was coming down so fast and just trying make a big play . . . when I dropped the ball and tried to go right, I couldn't go right, and I just looked back left and there was a huge crease.
November 5, 2011 |
In his second season in Philadelphia, tight end Clay Harbor has just six catches. But that doesn't mean he isn't contributing. Harbor, 24, played roughly half of the Eagles' snaps Sunday against Dallas, often blocking disruptive defensive end DeMarcus Ware, and often winning the battle as the offense rolled. "Clay was killing Ware," running back LeSean McCoy said. "He was killing him, cutting him, standing him up. " Harbor and starting tight end Brent Celek have been significant parts of the Eagles' blocking scheme, in pass protection and in helping spark McCoy to his white-hot start.
January 26, 2013 |
The news of Mike Kafka's signing a futures contract with the New England Patriots on Thursday makes this a good time to revisit the Eagles' 2010 draft class - and specifically the fourth round. That's when Kafka went. He was one of four fourth-round picks for the Eagles. A fourth-round pick in the NFL has value - but not significant value. There's rougly a 10 percent chance of finding a starter in that round. Of course, based on those odds, the Eagles had a realistic statistical chance of finding a starter in that round.
August 1, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Mike Thomas met Andy Reid for the first time before Monday's practice, when the Eagles coach told the former Army sergeant that he looked like a movie star and could be on the field. Thomas, wearing a green Eagles muscle shirt that revealed his Eagles tattoos, told Reid to go win a Super Bowl. It was their first face-to-face encounter, but not the first time they had connected. In 2010, Thomas was badly wounded while serving in Iraq, outside Baghdad. He was in a coma for 20 days in a North Carolina hospital when his family shared his story with the Eagles.