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 |
ONE PLAY into Sunday's game, Clay Harbor suddenly was the Eagles' No. 1 tight end. Also their only tight end. Starter Brent Celek took a hit from rookie Tampa linebacker Lavonte David after catching a Nick Foles checkdown, on the first snap. Celek had already been tackled by a cornerback, but as he went to the ground, David flew in low, to limit the lean forward. Celek's head bounced off the Raymond James Stadium turf. Celek became the latest member of the Eagles' concussion club, and Harbor began the busiest day of his 3-year pro career.
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.
April 28, 2013 |
WHEN EAGLES general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly went to sleep early yesterday morning, a few hours after the first round of the draft ended, the name at the top of their draft board was Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. When they went on the clock with the third pick in the second round last night and Ertz still was unclaimed, they took him. While Kelly regularly uses two and often three tight ends in his offense, the position hardly was a crying need. They have Brent Celek, Clay Harbor and newcomer James Casey, whom they signed away from Houston last month.
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.
May 24, 2013 |
THE MUSIC Howie Roseman was happiest to hear from the Eagles' practice field this spring wasn't Nicki Minaj, Lupe Fiasco or even the Lumineers. It was the sound of Eagles players trumpeting their excitement over new coach Chip Kelly's changes. Roseman, who spoke to reporters yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field after participating in a Rothman Institute panel discussion of "The Impact of Sports," was asked if Kelly's loud, frenetic practices were as big an adjustment for him as they were for reporters, accustomed to the more staid style of 14-year coach Andy Reid.
August 29, 2013 |
NFL TEAMS must get down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, which means tomorrow night's preseason game against the Jets will be the final opportunity for Eagles players on the roster bubble to make their case to Chip Kelly and his coaching staff. "There's a lot up in the air right now," Kelly said. "This will be the last opportunity to see how those guys react in that [game] environment. It's a huge night for all those guys. " Linebacker Phillip Hunt was waived injured yesterday as the Eagles reduced their roster to 75 players.
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.
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.