July 19, 1996 |
Enjoying the NFL Experience, Kerri Kappler, 8, of Levittown, kicks a ball at the Eagles' training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The interactive football event offers nine activities to try.
August 17, 2016 |
On the list of trouble spots for the Eagles this season - a list that is lengthy at the moment - the running back position isn't at the top but not for a lack of potential problems there. When the offensive line is in serious disarray, the receivers are lackluster, and the defensive secondary is still suspect, it's difficult to focus on a position that has proven players, even if they have asterisks attached to their names. Before the season is over, however, maybe before it starts, the run game will climb the list again.
May 2, 2016 |
AN HOUR OR SO after being drafted second overall by the Eagles on Thursday night, Carson Wentz was joking with reporters about sleeping on an air mattress in the living room of a Fargo, N.D., house he shares with five roommates and their three dogs. Wentz's life is changing in a hurry. He has talked about not being overwhelmed by going from Fargo to Philly, from quarterbacking in the Football Championship Subdivision to the NFL. But these early months as the franchise's savior-in-waiting will be chaotic, disorienting.
August 26, 2016 |
The most important player (arguably) on the Eagles defense didn't earn his starting spot until two weeks ago. He spent almost all of the offseason rehabbing a broken ankle and wasn't 100 percent back until three weeks ago. He signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract in March and has never started an entire season. Little is guaranteed in the NFL, but he has spent his career toiling in the shadows of others. He isn't flashy and speaks softly, which is probably why his story has been undersold.
April 29, 2016 |
On the Monday after Easter, Ron Wingenbach welcomed Eagles scout Anthony Patch to Century High School in Bismarck, N.D. Patch's trek to the center of the Great Plains state wasn't part of some quest to visit all 50 capitals. He was here for one reason - Carson Wentz. The Eagles had finished their on-field evaluation of the North Dakota State quarterback, but they sent Patch to meet with Wentz's high school coach to cross off any final concerns they may have had about character.
March 14, 2013 |
JUST AS FANS started to get good and worked up about the Eagles' inactivity in the early hours of free agency, the team dropped a load of signings on the reeling Twitterverse. Five new Eagles joined the roster, though they weren't the splashy, top-of-the-market guys some fans always seem to want, in the face of solid evidence that trying to build a winner that way doesn't work. The signings reflected what general manager Howie Roseman and new coach Chip Kelly said in the weeks leading up to the opening of the market: The Eagles need players, as they transition from the Andy Reid era to new systems.
August 12, 2007 |
1 Steve Van Buren. The best ever. How do you judge? How do you cross eras and compare? Just what is universal, what is the tipping point, what is the criteria for such an honor as being named the best ever for a franchise that has existed for more than seven decades? Championships. When it comes down to it, the game of football is about winning championships, and no one was more instrumental in bringing not one, but two championships to the city of Philadelphia than Steve Van Buren.
December 13, 2015 |
MALCOLM JENKINS' heart belongs to his wife Morrisa. But his arm belongs to his college frat. On the back page of Monday's Daily News was a picture of Jenkins having just picked off a pass from Tom Brady in the Eagles' 35-28 win over the Patriots and was about to dash 99 yards for the longest touchdown of his career. Within staff photographer Yong Kim's wonderful picture is what looks like a large tattoo on Jenkins' biceps. "It's a brand, really," Jenkins said. "It hurt for about four seconds and then the nerves were burned off, basically, and I couldn't feel it anymore.
September 9, 2016
Offensive Backfield Carson Wentz, QB: The Eagles made a blockbuster trade before the draft to acquire Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, and their initial plan was to keep Wentz on the bench while developing this season. When they traded Sam Bradford last weekend, Wentz's timetable was accelerated - even though he missed most of the preseason with a hairline fracture in his ribs. The future is now for the franchise quarterback. Chase Daniel, QB: Daniel had been linked to the Eagles from the day Doug Pederson was hired as head coach, and the former Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback followed Pederson to Philadelphia when he signed a three-year, $21 million contract.
September 3, 2016
The $160,050 in cash and gifts District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly decided to report raises a host of ethical, if not legal, questions for the city's top law enforcement officer. But one gift in particular stands out for its sheer sense of entitlement: two sideline passes Williams received to five years' worth of Eagles home games. Even more breathtaking: After Williams finally got around to disclosing the gift pile that dates back to 2010, he had the gall to claim the Eagles passes had "no face value.