November 22, 2011 |
EIGHTEEN PLAYS, the most the Eagles have put together on a scoring drive since the 2001 season opener. Eight minutes and 51 seconds, the most elapsed time in an Eagles scoring drive since a 10:26 drive back on Sept. 18, 2005. A whopping six third-down conversions, including the touchdown play. The most amazing thing about the drive that beat the Giants Sunday night was the cast of characters. Vince Young? Clay Harbor? Ronnie Brown? Riley Cooper? Jason Avant? Yes, there was a huge DeSean Jackson play in there, and a strong sprinkling of LeSean McCoy, but the foot soldiers really pushed the march.
December 12, 2012 |
As the legend of Nick Foles grows - the Eagles QB apparently drew the game-winning play up in the dirt for coach Andy Reid - it's important to note that, while Foles played splendidly and was sharp under pressure, his fourth start was not without its flaws. That being said, Foles once again showed improvement over the previous week and in Sunday's 23-21 thrilling win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he took his biggest step yet. What impressed most was how he moved in and out of the pocket when protection broke down and threw the ball on the run. Some of Foles' best passes actually came when he had to escape the pass rush and improvise on the run. Two throws stood out: The 39-yard heave to wide receiver Jason Avant in the second quarter and the 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Clay Harbor that started the Eagles' comeback.
May 25, 2012 |
Nate Allen tracked Clay Harbor. The two Eagles raced across the middle of the field. As a pass flew in, Allen reached with his left hand, and swatted the ball to the ground. Fellow safety Kurt Coleman was waiting to congratulate him. Crouching, they slapped hands low four times - Allen swinging right, left, right, left - then each swung an arm overhead, connecting at the inside of their elbows. The pair of safeties, one laid back, one emotional, one a highly touted second-round pick, one a seventh-rounder, have been close since they arrived together in the 2010 draft.
July 24, 2013 |
When all the Eagles have reported to camp and the first full-team practice takes place on Friday, seven tight ends will be trying to find some room on Chip Kelly's first NFL roster. Who knows? Maybe they all will. Not likely, but no position on offense will gain more importance in the Andy Reid-to-Kelly shift than tight end. With the Eagles, the tight end role is going to be transformed from a somewhat necessary afterthought to the most versatile cog of an offense that will be built on versatility.
March 14, 2013 |
While the Miami Dolphins acted as if they were the 2011 "Dream Team" Eagles and other teams snatched up high-priced veterans, the Eagles signed five under-the-radar players on the first day of NFL free agency. The Eagles announced the moves in rapid-fire succession Tuesday evening, a little more than four hours after free agency kicked off. They signed defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga, safety Patrick Chung, and tight end James Casey to three-year contracts and cornerback Bradley Fletcher and linebacker Jason Phillips to two-year deals.
November 21, 2011 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Just about everything was different this week. The quarterback was new and sharp late. The defense was stifling. And when the game got tight, the Eagles made the biggest plays, winning by 17-10 on the road against the Giants. For the first time in weeks, there was joy in the Eagles locker room. Vince Young threw a third-down strike for the winning touchdown, and as the Giants drove on the ensuing drive, Jason Babin stripped Eli Manning and Derek Landri recovered.
December 19, 2011 |
It's not going to make for a good argument if the Eagles and DeSean Jackson ever hold contract extension talks, but the wide receiver could point to Brent Celek's resurgence this season for proof of his worth. Jackson's loss has been Celek's gain. The tight end had a career day as the Eagles held on to dear playoff life and trounced the New York Jets, 45-19, on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Jackson not so much. The pregame storyline on Jackson was that he needed to put on a show against the Jets' all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis with his future in Philadelphia in great doubt.
December 29, 2010 |
Several young Eagles again stepped into prominent or increased roles in Tuesday night's game. Rookie middle linebacker Jamar Chaney , in his second career start, was active against the run early and had an athletic pass breakup against tight end Visanthe Shiancoe late in the first quarter. Clay Harbor , inactive from Week 2 to Week 9, had his first career touchdown and fifth career catch in the first quarter, bringing in a 3-yard pass from Michael Vick . Rookie safety Kurt Coleman got the second start of his career, filling in for Nate Allen , who was out with a knee injury.
December 18, 2011 |
It's not going to make for a good argument if the Eagles and DeSean Jackson ever hold contract extension talks, but the wide receiver could point to Brent Celek's resurgence this season for proof of his worth. Jackson's loss has been Celek's gain. The tight end had a career day as the Eagles held on to dear playoff life and trounced the New York Jets, 45-19, on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Jackson not so much. The pre-game storyline on Jackson was that he needed to put on a show against the Jets' All-World cornerback Darrelle Revis with his future in Philadelphia in great doubt.
January 1, 2011 |
Even stone-faced Andy Reid couldn't mask the obvious. The Eagles' coach wouldn't come out and say that he was resting most of his starters in Sunday's regular-season finale. But with a number of significant regulars injured; with the team coming off a short week; and, most important, with the first round of the playoffs looming, Reid will use an otherwise-meaningless game against the Cowboys to give his reserves some extra playing time. "Your roster's not big enough where you can" sit every starter, Reid said Friday behind a devilish grin.