October 15, 2012 |
After the Eagles defense finished its third straight game without recording a sack, Trent Cole insisted the line still had pressure on Lions quarterback Matt Stafford. "It was there. It was there," the defensive end said. "You know it was there. " Whether it was there or not, Stafford picked the Eagles apart in a flurry of a finish after he and wide receiver Calvin Johnson were kept in check for most of the afternoon. And sacks or no sacks, the Birds gift wrapped a 26-23 overtime loss to the Lions on Sunday.
March 30, 2013 |
No longer needed, Eagles fullback Stanley Havili was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts for journeyman defensive end Clifton Geathers on Thursday. With new coach Chip Kelly expected to scrap the traditional fullback from the offense, the Eagles sent Havili to a team that has its share of ex-Birds. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was director of player personnel in 2011, when the Eagles selected Havili out of Southern Cal with their seventh-round draft pick. Rather than release Havili, the Eagles managed to get another long player for Bill Davis' 3-4 defense.
September 18, 2012 |
EAGLES DEFENSIVE lineman Cullen Jenkins thought it a bit odd that coach Andy Reid would come to him in the middle of tight, hard-fought game and make a joke. But the circumstances and the look in Reid's eye told Jenkins that this was no laughing situation. The Eagles had lost center Jason Kelce and left tackle King Dunlap to injury. The Birds had only activated seven offensive linemen for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, and reserves Dallas Reynolds and Demetress Bell already were playing.
September 12, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Maybe Juqua Parker and Darryl Tapp should get their money back. Parker and Tapp, now reserve defensive ends on a deep Eagles defensive line, took paycuts last week to stay on the roster and help the team lower its cap number, presumably so that a deal with disgruntled wideout DeSean Jackson will be more feasible. They are believed to have created about $1.5 million in cap space. Jackson zoomed to a strong opening day performance, six catches for 102 yards against the host Rams, with agent Drew Rosenhaus in attendance, but Tapp and Parker might have turned the game around.
September 2, 2012 |
Throughout the last month, Eagles coach Andy Reid often cited a desire for roster competition. Almost every job seemed for the taking, when taking Reid's comments with a literal interpretation. The Eagles trimmed their roster to the league-mandated 53 players on Friday, and the decisions were an ode to the organization's missive. Quarterback Trent Edwards, who was out of football last season and barely took any snaps early in training camp, made the roster as the No. 3 quarterback.
November 22, 2012 |
Vinny Curry wore a high-top fade two weeks ago. The rookie second-round pick thought he was going to make his debut at defensive end, and wanted the hairstyle for his first appearance in front of Eagles fans. But Curry was a healthy scratch again. So Curry got another haircut last week. His luck still did not change and he did not dress for the 10th consecutive game. Eagles fans finally will get to see Curry in Week 12. He likely will be active for Monday's game against the Carolina Panthers, according to a team source.
September 17, 2011 |
FROM HIS COACHES to his teammates, everyone has told defensive end Phillip Hunt: Be ready. You never know when your time is going to come. No one had to bother. Hunt has been "ready" for the opportunity he will get tomorrow night for years. With Darryl Tapp sidelined with a pectoral injury, Hunt is expected to see his first NFL action when the Eagles play in Atlanta tomorrow night. "I feel like I am 100 percent ready," Hunt said. "I am going to go out there, play with a lot of energy and look for good things to happen.
December 1, 2012 |
Former Eagles defensive end Jason Babin joined the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday while the Eagles continued moving forward without the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end. Meanwhile, Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said he had no role in the decision to release Babin. "That's something handled by management and the head coach," Bowles said. In Jacksonville, Babin praised his new team, the warm weather, and the lack of state income tax in Florida. He also opined on the Eagles' future compared to that of the 2-9 Jaguars.
August 26, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - When the Eagles defense was at its best on Friday, when it was so aggressive that the Cleveland Browns struggled to even hold the ball, the group appeared as fearsome as it has all preseason. That says as much about the concern presented in the first two preseason games as the opponent Friday, but the Eagles' 27-10 win was at least an auspicious effort from the defense. "With the exception of a couple plays, I thought the ones did a pretty good job," coach Andy Reid said, referring to the starters.
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.