August 12, 2010
Poor Donovan McNabb. After one season with the best wide-receiving tandem he had as an Eagle, he gets traded to the Washington Redskins. Kevin Kolb will be the beneficiary of what has the potential to the top wide-receiver twosome in Eagles history. DeSean Jackson was a star from the start. Injuries made him the first rookie receiver to start a season opener under Andy Reid, but Jackson's six catches for 106 yards against the St. Louis Rams was a sign of things to come. Jackson set an Eagles rookie record with 62 catches and 912 receiving yards.
August 11, 2005 |
A top aide to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.) will be Mayor Street's next education secretary. And when she takes office, Jacqueline Barnett will have an extra job beyond steering education policy for City Hall: wresting back control over Philadelphia schools, taken over by the state in 2001. "I don't think anybody intended for it to be forever," Street said, arguing that it was time to "start creating the groundwork to be able to modify that arrangement so that the mayor and our appointees pursuant to the Home Rule Charter start taking back control over education in the city of Philadelphia.
April 19, 2001 |
They are out there in the dozens. Predraft publications, Web sites and broadcast shows seem to be spawning like so many amoebae, undergoing accelerated mitosis as they float suspended in a pool of guesswork, misinformation, incomplete knowledge and back-room chatter. This year, virtually all of them have this in common: They predict the Eagles will take a receiver on Saturday with the 25th overall pick. Well, duh. "If you're trying to make a projection," Eagles football operations director Tom Modrak said, smiling, "that's a fair one. " Just six weeks after the 2000 season ended the Birds cut starter Torrance Small.
October 14, 1997 |
The Miami Dolphins released Fred Barnett yesterday, a week after the former Eagles wide receiver lost his starting job. "This is one of the more difficult releases I've ever made," coach Jimmy Johnson said. "I wish every football player had all the intangibles that he has. But he had some opportunities and wasn't productive. " Barnett started the first five games of the season but was demoted to a reserve role in Sunday's 31-20 win over the New York Jets. He saw action against the Jets, but caught no passes.
July 28, 1997 |
It was a great start in Ireland for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart. His Chicago Bears counterpart, Rick Mirer, can't say the same thing. Playing at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland - the storied home of Gaelic football and hurling - the Steelers defeated the Bears, 30-17, yesterday in the American Bowl, the first exhibition game for both teams this year. Stewart, playing before 30,269 mostly baffled Irish fans, looked the part of a poised starter, going 7-for-11 for 131 yards and giving the Steelers a 10-0 lead before yielding to Jim Miller after just one quarter.
December 18, 1996 |
With Mark Seay and Freddie Solomon struggling to make big catches, the Eagles brought back Calvin Williams yesterday as a backup wide receiver. Williams, who after last season was judged a bit too timid for the Eagles' over-the-middle West Coast offense, signed a one-year contract and is expected to pressure Seay and Solomon for playing time. The Eagles also signed defensive tackle Keith Rucker to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not announced. Rucker replaced the suspended Kevin Johnson, who was released.
October 21, 1996 |
As soon as the crowd at Veterans Stadium heard Fred Barnett's name on the public-address system, the reaction was a predictable Philly greeting: Booooooooo. After six seasons as an effective Eagles receiver, Barnett now wears the Miami Dolphins' aqua and coral. "I felt so welcome," Barnett said later, mixing a slight smile and a trace of sarcasm. "It wasn't as loud as I thought it would be: It was a low boo. " Barnett played his first game since underdoing surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament on Aug. 5. The player former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan nicknamed "Arkansas Fred" agrees with the assessment that many observers have made - that his quick recovery is a miracle.
October 21, 1996 |
Turning third downs into first downs is the job of every offense, and success typically comes when some burly 240-pound fullback crashes through the line for the necessary yard or so. With that in mind, the play of Dolphins quarterback Craig Erickson was nothing less than remarkable yesterday against the Eagles. He converted third downs when the yardage needed was considerable and then some. After the Dolphins had suffered their third loss of the season, 35-28, their fans could take solace in some impressive statistics.
October 18, 1996 |
The conditions of Miami quarterback Dan Marino and wide receiver Fred Barnett were listed as "questionable" yesterday - an improvement from "doubtful" - meaning they are considered to have a 50-50 chance of playing Sunday against the Eagles. Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson said Craig Erickson would definitely start at quarterback. But he said that Marino had made steady progress in practice and looked closer to game-ready than he had early in the week. Marino broke his right ankle four weeks ago in Indianapolis.