September 21, 2015 |
Hindsight is a handy thing and awfully good for accuracy, but it tends to make people forget how little they knew before they knew it. After the Eagles lost their opening game in Atlanta - a loss that popped the hopes of those who wrote 13-3 or something similarly silly on their prediction balloons - it was easy to explain away the defeat after the fact. Hindsight is great that way. Opening on the road is always difficult. That's true. Seattle lost at St. Louis last weekend and Indianapolis at Buffalo.
July 16, 2015 |
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Brandon Boykin doesn't want your pity. So, a broken leg dropped him from the first round to the fourth and cost him $5 million? "It might be the best thing that ever happened to me," Boykin said. So, the Eagles won't move him from nickel cornerback after he outplayed big-name outside corners Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams? "I don't think I've entered my prime," said Boykin, entering his fourth season.
May 3, 2015 |
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
December 28, 2014 |
The Eagles listed Bradley Fletcher as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but what is without question is that the cornerback will not return next season. He may not be the only starter from the Eagles' beleaguered secondary headed for an exit. Safety Nate Allen's contract will also expire in the offseason. Cornerback Cary Williams has one year left on his deal, but all of his salary for 2015 isn't guaranteed. The Eagles could opt to move on from both their outside cornerbacks as they did two offseasons ago when Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie weren't brought back.
October 16, 2014 |
ZACH ERTZ always has aimed high. He doesn't want to be only a good NFL tight end; he wants to be a great one. He wants to catch 80 passes a year. He wants to go to Pro Bowls. He wants to be mentioned in the same breath with the best tight ends in the game. He believes he has that kind of talent. His coaches believe he has that kind of talent. If you saw his incredible, diving touchdown catch in the first quarter Sunday night against Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, you know he has that kind of talent.
August 7, 2014 |
WITH 90 GUYS to watch at training camp, reporters make choices, sometimes subconsciously. There are players you know are just out there to take preseason reps, guys who absolutely will not be around when the 53-member regular-season team takes the field. Why waste your time? Unless they happen to be married to Nobel Prize-winning scientists who also sing Karaoke, or grew up in caves after having been adopted as infants by grizzly bears, they are unlikely fodder for an engaging story.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Judging from some of his comments at yesterday's NFC coaches-media breakfast, I get the sense that Chip Kelly hopes to be a television game-show host in his next life, where he could spend his work week handing out cars and Caribbean cruises and lawn furniture and big, big wads of cash to lucky winners. "I tell all our players I hope they all get paid a billion dollars," the Eagles coach said. "It's not the reality, but I think they all should be paid. This league makes a lot of money.
January 30, 2014 |
NEWARK, N.J. - DeSean Jackson's face flashed on the big screen and the crowd that came to watch the Broncos and Seahawks get interviewed during Super Bowl media day booed. He laughed. This is New York Giants territory, and MetLife Stadium, site of the Eagles wide receiver's miracle punt return, is just up the road. Jackson, of course, wishes he was attending media day as a participant and playing at the Meadowlands on Sunday rather than spending Tuesday and the rest of the week making paid appearances.
January 29, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may retire from football if the Denver Broncos win Sunday's Super Bowl. In Philadelphia, Eagles fans are joking, "Didn't he retire two years ago?" But the former Eagles cornerback wasn't kidding about calling it quits even though he's coming off arguably the best season of his career, is still only 27 years old and will likely have multiple suitors when he hits free agency in March. "Coming out of college I gave myself a five-year goal," Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
January 29, 2014
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Funny how things work out for some people. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gave the Eagles two of the worst years of his career. We're talking hold-your-nose bad. He played so poorly that the team didn't even make an attempt to re-sign him after a 4-12 crash-and-burn season in 2012. Just told him good-bye and good-riddance and don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. But 6-2 corners with 4.4 speed don't grow on trees. DRC found a team desperate enough for coverage help to ignore what they saw on tape the last 2 years and offer him a 1-year, $5 million contract.