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.
January 19, 2014 |
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's laugh rang from his corner of the Denver Broncos locker room after Friday's practice, just as it did during his two seasons with the Eagles. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid used to say that "every day is a good day for DRC. " But the team suffered from more bad days than good days when Rodgers-Cromartie was in Philadelphia. Rodgers-Cromartie's smile is for good reason this season. He signed a one-year deal in Denver during the offseason and has become an integral part of the Broncos' defense.
December 28, 2013 |
Earl Wolff was sitting at his locker at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday afternoon, his back to everyone, his head hanging low, when out of the corner of his eye he saw DeMeco Ryans enter the room. A rookie safety, Wolff is nursing an injured right knee and has missed four of the Eagles' last five games. Though he had practiced Thursday, he still felt so sore that he worried whether he'd be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, for the game that will determine whether the Eagles reach the playoffs.
November 26, 2013 |
THERE HAS been a lot of attention given recently to Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and the rest of the Eagles' offense, which seems to have finally hit its stride. But how about some attention for a defense that has held opponents to an average of 17.4 points per game since that 52-20 loss at Denver in Week 4? In the wake of that lopsided loss to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sept. 29, the defensive unit has turned things around and become a big reason the Eagles have gone 5-2 after starting the season 1-3. While defensive coordinator Bill Davis has seen improvement each week since Denver, he hopes the defense will continue to grow and improve through the end of the season.
October 1, 2013 |
Here are some observations and ruminations about Sunday's Eagles-Broncos game: DENVER - One of the key matchups on Sunday was Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson against his former teammate, Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Broncos trusted Rodgers-Cromartie, who signed with the Broncos after the Eagles let him walk, on Jackson, keeping him in one-on-one coverage without a safety over the top. Jackson finished with two catches for 34 yards. Jackson's first catch came when the Eagles moved Jackson to the slot, which, as Eagles fans know from 2011, is not Rodgers-Cromartie's specialty.