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.
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 10, 2013 |
Whether one subscribes to the argument that having two above-average, pass-catching tight ends greatly increases an NFL team's chances of success, the Eagles need to upgrade at the position. Like at safety - another spot where the Eagles need change - there are an abundance of tight ends in free agency and the draft from which the team can address its need. Free agency, of course, comes first - Tuesday, to be exact. There aren't any studs on the market, but there are a handful of tight ends - Jared Cook, Delanie Walker, and James Casey - whom the Eagles could get at good value.
September 17, 2012
For the Eagles, it was a win without asterisks. For their quarterback, it was a comeback victory in more than one sense of the word. Michael Vick went into Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with much more than pads on his shoulders. Coming off a four-interception debacle in Cleveland last week, which was stacked on top of a season of frustration last year, Vick needed to reassert himself as the Eagles' offensive leader. A jury of 69,144 was empanelled to weigh the evidence.
December 14, 2012 |
Trent Edwards was once Nick Foles. It was 2007, and Edwards - like Foles - was a rookie third-round draft pick, with the Buffalo Bills. After starting quarterback J.P. Losman was injured against the Patriots in the third game of the season, Edwards - like Foles - took over for the veteran. And - like Foles - Edwards made his first NFL start the next week, against the Jets. Finally, Edwards - like Foles - played well enough to eventually unseat the veteran incumbent as the full-time starter.
August 17, 2012 |
EVERYBODY WANTS to know who makes the 53-man roster for the Sept. 9 Eagles season opener. Fact is, even with the Birds having flown from Lehigh Tuesday, to resume preseason work at NovaCare Thursday, the jury remains way, way out on roster spots. The Eagles have played one of their four preseason games. Everybody - yes, even safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, child of fan and media scorn after his inept performance in the preseason opener - still has a chance at redemption. The Eagles don't cut down from 90 to 75 players until Aug. 27, the day after the Flight Night practice at Lincoln Financial Field, and they don't have to get to 53 until Aug. 31, the day after the preseason finale.
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.