July 28, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The afternoon heat and a full stomach are a bad combination for someone who needs to run around on the field for more than two hours. Just ask Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who could be seen vomiting during Friday's practice. "We ran a lot. The heat," Jackson said after practice. "Gave it up a little bit, but it's part of training camp. " The new collective bargaining agreement ended two-a-days, so the Eagles conduct one walk-through and one full practice.
October 4, 2013 |
A YEAR AGO, as Cedric Thornton struggled to get snaps on a 4-12 Eagles team, veteran defensive-line starters Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins told Thornton his time would come. "Last season, they were telling me that next year was going to be my test," Thornton said yesterday, as the Eagles prepared for Sunday's visit to the New York Giants. "They prepared me for it . . . Most likely, you're not going to get too many opportunities, but when you do, you just want to step up to the plate.
November 12, 2012 |
TONY ROMO was running for his life. The Cowboys' season was delicately hanging in the balance. There was 2 minutes and 14 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Dallas was trailing 17-10. Romo, a pocket passer with a penchant for pussyfooted plays, had already been sacked twice by a mostly toothless Eagles pass rush. It was third-and-5. Moments earlier, Nick Foles had led the Eagles on a field goal drive. Romo snapped the ball. He sidestepped Fletcher Cox, who was the first to get into the 'Boys backfield.
October 9, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - For the second straight Sunday, the Eagles' vaunted and flaunted pass rush went without a sack. It has been 94 consecutive pass plays - a game-time span of 138:50, dating back to late in the third quarter in Arizona in Week 3 - since the Eagles were able to drag down a quarterback. As a whole, the Eagles have just seven sacks this season. For most defensive lines, especially one of the Eagles' caliber, averaging barely more than one sack per game would be an utter failure.
November 15, 2012
Seven games remain and the playoffs are still a mathematical possibility, but Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is making a list, and it's full of well-paid veterans who could be out of jobs come the offseason. The Eagles are projected to be about $18 million over the salary cap for 2013. Even if they carry over some of the $22 million they're under the cap this season, they will be looking to dump salaries and renegotiate contracts (offer pay cuts). The majority of the team's starters are under contract for next season, with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the one notable exception.
October 7, 2013 |
After three losses to AFC West teams, the Eagles return to the NFC East in a different state than they left following a season-opening win over the Redskins. The Eagles still have an opportunity in the NFC East, where the combined records through four weeks are 4-12. This is also Chip Kelly's introduction to the Eagles-Giants rivalry. The two franchises have had memorable moments over the years, and Kelly's arrival adds another chapter. "I'm very aware of the rivalry between the Giants and the Eagles," Kelly said.
September 16, 2011
DOWN THE row of lockers, Jason Babin was talking about his greatest hope for the Eagles' defense - "what I want for Christmas," he said - is to create such a nasty persona for this group that opponents actually fear them. To which, Cullen Jenkins smiled. "I'm more of a nicer guy," he said. As it turns out, it takes a village to dismember a quarterback. And if Trent Cole is a bundle of lethal emotion, and Babin is a funny, sarcastic assassin, Jenkins is more of the even, stable, relentless center.
October 8, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - One play. The Eagles defense needed to make one play here Sunday. An interception, a sack, a fumble recovery, a third-down pass swatted away - anything to disrupt Ben Roethlisberger's methodical game-winning drive. That one play never came. "We should have won that game," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "We didn't take advantage of the opportunity. " You can't fairly blame a defense for a 16-14 loss to the Steelers. The Eagles are 3-2 despite an offense that has broken the 20-point barrier just once and a quarterback who just can't stop giving the ball away.
August 3, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM — In the morning, Jamar Chaney was promoted to starting nickel linebacker. In the afternoon, Chaney left practice with a left hamstring injury that was to be MRI'd Thursday night. He joined a growing list of injured Eagles, almost all of them suffering from minor afflictions. Thursday's additions included safety O.J. Atogwe (right groin), wideout Jamel Hamler (right hamstring) and right tackle Todd Herremans (shoulder). Left guard Evan Mathis sat out with an illness and safety Nate Allen and running back LeSean McCoy left the afternoon practice with cramps.
August 26, 2012
CLEVELAND - The Eagles have five defensive ends who could start on any number of NFL teams - six if promising rookie Vinny Curry develops as expected. The depth at the position, while a luxury, will present Andy Reid with a few difficult decisions when rosters are to be trimmed to 53 by Friday. And yet, when faced with replacing the injured Jason Babin during the preseason, the Eagles coach did not promote one of his backup ends but rather shifted a defensive tackle - most notably Cullen Jenkins - outside.