May 26, 2016 |
WHEN A professional athlete gets a shiny, new contract with set-for-life guaranteed money and then goes out and plays like a basset hound on Xanax, the natural reaction is to think cause and effect. The natural reaction is to think that once he got the new contract, the player - consciously or unconsciously - changed. He lost the hunger and the drive that helped him excel. He became fat and happy. Which brings us to Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Last August, Kendricks signed a four-year, $29 million contract extension with the team.
September 12, 2014 |
A COLLEGE coach suggested Cody Parkey log his kicks. So Parkey did that, then expanded on the idea, making it into a kind of kicking journal, from practices and games. "Along with your makes, you can learn off what you miss, as well," Parkey said yesterday. Parkey and the Eagles are preparing to visit Parkey's former team, the Indianapolis Colts. (At 22, the rookie barely looks old enough to have a former razor, let alone a former team, but he was in camp with Indianapolis until he was traded here Aug. 21)
March 12, 2014 |
FEAR NOT, FANS. As today's 4 p.m. start of NFL free agency edges closer, a source close to the situation says the Eagles are "very interested" in a defensive back who has been to the Pro Bowl. Of course, corner Corey Graham made that Pro Bowl trip as a special-teams player a few years back, but let's not get too picky. Graham, 28, played at New Hampshire when Chip Kelly was there. If you watched the Baltimore Ravens' drive to the Super Bowl a little over a year ago, you know he's not a star, but he's a solid cog, a good guy to have in your mix. His utility work with the Ravens suggests that he could play safety, primarily or just here and there.
January 23, 2014 |
MOBILE, Ala. - A year after they passed on drafting a traditional 3-4 outside linebacker, the Eagles appear primed to fill a need after spending a season with converted defensive ends at those spots. Ideally, the Eagles want outside linebackers who can rush the passer, set the edge, and drop into coverage on both sides. That versatility poses challenges for opposing offenses. The Eagles had one good option in free agent Connor Barwin last season. Trent Cole, who started on the other side, had a good year, even though he was asked to move from end to linebacker.
August 13, 2013 |
IT'S UNCLEAR exactly how many people were still watching the Eagles' 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Patriots on Friday when Greg Salas made the catch of the evening, on the next-to-last snap. With 13 seconds remaining, undrafted rookie quarterback G.J. Kinne chucked a long pass down the middle to Salas. It was overthrown, but Salas reached up with one hand, snagged it and tumbled to the turf at the Patriots' 2, a 35-yard gain. The final 13 seconds of preseason contests generally belong to guys whose tape of themselves playing against the bottom of some other team's 90-man roster will serve as a career highlight.
March 8, 2013
This is a post by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagletarian blog. CONSIDERING THE central role Andy Reid played in the Eagles' slide to a rebuilding team coming off a 4-12 season, it's only fair that Andy should offer them a helping hand, all the way from Kansas City. Reid's Chiefs on Wednesday released right tackle Eric Winston, a big free-agent signing a year ago from Houston who didn't get off to a great start in his new home. (Geez, that story line seems familiar, can't imagine where I might have heard it before.)
May 1, 2012 |
THIS EAGLES offseason has largely been about giving Juan Castillo the tools to succeed. If the Birds' 2012 defense blows fourth-quarter leads, can't tackle and frequently looks confused, it won't be because of personnel that doesn't match the scheme, or offseason work lost to a lockout, or a lack of size and talent up the gut. There will be only one person to blame. Well, two, actually - if the defense falters, Castillo probably will lose his job the same day Andy Reid bids farewell, since it was Reid who made the former offensive line coach the defensive coordinator, and Reid who kept him in place after last season's wobbles and stumbles.
December 23, 2011
Here are some things to look for when the Eagles visit the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday: Coughing it up The Eagles' league-worst 35 turnovers are the most the team has had since the 39 they committed in 1999, Andy Reid's first season as head coach. They are on pace to finish with 40, which would be the most in franchise history since the Eagles coughed up 43 in 1991. The Babinator Just three games ago, Jason Babin stood at a very respectable 10 sacks.
October 16, 2011
Here are things to look for when the Eagles face the Redskins on Sunday. Turnovers On the field, turnovers have been the biggest story of the season for the Eagles. They have coughed up the ball 15 times, including five giveaways against the Bills last week that killed their chances for a win. Michael Vick has 19 turnovers in his last 11 games, including 10 in just five games this season. He has to hold on to the ball Sunday against a fierce pass rush and ball hawk DeAngelo Hall.