June 11, 2016 |
Cody Parkey and Caleb Sturgis did nothing Thursday. This is an exaggeration, of course, but just a slight one. They're competing for the Eagles' placekicking job, but at the team's final day of mandatory minicamp, their activities seemed more like vacation than they did competition. The Eagles' offense and defense practiced red-zone formations and strategy on one field at the NovaCare Complex. There, Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz were completing passes and sending defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz into an expletive-laden lather, and that action occupied everyone's attention.
February 4, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon McManus hopes Super Bowl 50 comes down to him. He wants to be Adam Vinatieri, who booted a 48-yard field goal for the Patriots with no time left to beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and a 41-yarder with four seconds on the clock to beat the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. He wants to be the Colts' Jim O'Brien, whose 32-yarder with five seconds left beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. He doesn't want to be Scott Norwood, whose 47-yard miss as time expired in Super Bowl XXV started Buffalo's string for four straight Super Bowl losses.
December 15, 2015 |
Zach Ertz has caught 142 passes in his three years with the Eagles. Nine finished in the end zone. Three came in the playoffs, including a touchdown. But Ertz said none of those catches was as important as his career-long, 41-yard reception Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. Ertz's third-down catch came when the score was tied at 20 and set up Caleb Sturgis' go-ahead field goal late in the game. "I've made plays for this team the past two years, but in the situation we were in with the playoffs on the line, I think it was the most important catch," Ertz said.
November 20, 2015 |
THE EAGLES worked out a couple of long snappers Tuesday, Tyler Lott and Patrick Scales. Jon Dorenbos didn't have to use any magic tricks to find out about this; his coaches told him. They also told him Lott and Scales went home without being signed. So Dorenbos, 35, an Eagle since 2006, will take the field this Sunday against Tampa. It will be Dorenbos' 143rd regular-season game with the Birds, and he knows it also could be his last, if he doesn't correct the problem that contributed to a blocked punt and a missed field goal in last Sunday's 20-19 loss to Miami.
November 17, 2015 |
The Eagles counted on their special teams to help win games last season, but too often this fall, those same units have been contributing factors in losses. That was the case again Sunday in a 20-19 defeat to the Miami Dolphins. The Eagles had a punt blocked, and they missed a 32-yard field goal, two plays that were big parts of the loss. And it's not the first time either has happened this year. It was the second punt blocked against the Eagles this season, and they now have missed two field goals inside 40 yards.
November 15, 2015 |
Caleb Sturgis couldn't have made a worse first impression with the Eagles, leaving many wondering whether there would be a second chance. Signed after placekicker Cody Parkey suffered a season-ending groin injury against the New York Jets, Sturgis missed his first field goal attempt from 33 yards with this new team and then botched his first extra point attempt during a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins. That dropped the Eagles' record to 1-3. Sturgis kept his job, but he drew groans at Lincoln Financial Field when he missed an extra point the next week in a 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints.
November 8, 2015 |
EVANSTON, Ill. - Clinging to a one-point lead in the closing minutes Saturday, Penn State needed to capitalize on any of the opportunities it had to hold off Northwestern, walk out of sun-drenched Ryan Field with its eighth victory of 2015, and enter its bye week feeling good. The Nittany Lions may have made all the right plays two weeks ago in a one-point win over Maryland, but they didn't against the Wildcats, who got a 35-yard field goal from Jack Mitchell with nine seconds remaining to yank a 23-21 Big Ten victory right out of the visitors' grasp.
October 26, 2015 |
- Have the Eagles ever had a worse group of receivers? Discuss among yourselves while searching online for whatever happened to Todd Pinkston. - There is nothing sadder in the sport than a circle of players, taking a knee, silently praying around an injured teammate. But there the Eagles were in the first quarter, joined by the Panthers, as the doctors and trainers worked on Jason Peters. He was taken off the field on a cart, the Eagles' great left tackle, and taken in for X-rays.
October 17, 2015 |
Before this season, Sean Sandy had barely seen a football, let alone kicked one. He had watched a few Eagles games "here and there" on television over the years, but he mostly just watched soccer. "I wanted to play soccer this year, but I didn't make the team," said Sandy, a newly minted hero. "So you're not even really a football player?" he was asked. Walking by, Kingsway football coach Tony Barchuk overheard the question and interjected. "He is now," Barchuk said. "He's a football guy now. " Sandy, an unassuming sophomore, pushed a 33-yard field goal through the uprights with 30 seconds left, sending Kingsway to a 22-20 win at home over Washington Township on Friday night.
October 13, 2015 |
A WEEK after he missed a crucial extra point (and a field goal) in a close loss to the Washington Redskins, Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis missed another extra point against the New Orleans Saints. That it came in a 39-17 victory was the only consolation. Feel better this week? "We won, so yeah, I feel a lot better," Sturgis said. But will there be another week? You really have to wonder. On the one hand, Sturgis did kick field goals of 39, 29, 26 and 41 yards during the game.