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.
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.
September 2, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The real purpose behind last night's Eagles' preseason finale against the New York Jets was to settle a half-dozen or so roster spots for each team. NFL teams must cut from 80 to the regular-season limit of 53 players by 6 p.m. tomorrow. Roster projections are like mock drafts - mock drafts can never be 100 percent correct because there are always trades, which can't be predicted. With the roster, you have the fact that every other team is trimming from 80 to 53 as well.
September 2, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The first injury to an Eagles quarterback in last night's exhibition final against the Jets was the fault of neither a balky offensive line nor a risky play. The second? Someone missed Matthias Berning in the third quarter last night, and Berning did not miss Mike Kafka, slamming the Eagles' third-string quarterback hard to the ground, knocking the wind from his lungs. Kafka stayed in the game. Vince Young, who left after crumpling under his own weight during a second-quarter rollout, did not. But after having his right leg massaged for a few minutes on the sideline, Young walked limp-less to the locker room, his smile reflective of his relief, and that of an increasingly excited fandom.
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.
August 10, 2012
OK, WHO had the second quarter of the first preseason game in the when-will-Michael-Vick-get-hurt pool? Twenty minutes. That's how long it took for the nervousness over the possibility of Life Without Mike to turn into genuine panic. On a third-and-8 play from his own 22 with 9:57 left in the second quarter of Thursday night's 24-23 preseason win over the Steelers, Vick heaved an incompletion over the head of tight end Clay Harbor. During his follow-through, he slammed his throwing hand into the back of center Jason Kelce's helmet.
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.
November 21, 2011 |
If he is healthy, Michael Vick will start at quarterback Sunday against the New England Patriots, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday. Vick's two broken ribs kept him out of Sunday night's game, so the if is significant. But after Vince Young's performance in the Eagles' 17-10 victory over the New York Giants in which he led the Eagles on an 18-play, game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, Reid may not feel as compelled to hurry Vick back. Young, though, was erratic in the first 28 minutes.