February 20, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - If Chip Kelly does in fact covet Marcus Mariota - and evidence suggests as much - then he will have to leapfrog a number of competitors for the Oregon quarterback in this year's draft. But are there really that many teams that could be contenders? If the Buccaneers select Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick, then all bets, of course, are off. If Tampa Bay takes Jameis Winston instead and the Titans choose Mariota with the next selection, then that, too, would nip the Eagles' chances in the bud. But what if Mariota slips past the first two teams?
November 10, 2014 |
MARK SANCHEZ last started an NFL game on Dec. 30, 2012, at Buffalo. His New York Jets lost, 28-9. Sanchez completed 17 of 35 passes for 205 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. His passer rating was 55.1. The Jets wrapped up a 6-10 season and went on to draft Geno Smith out of West Virginia. Sanchez's journey from that night in Buffalo to Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, where he will be introduced as the Eagles' starting quarterback for the first time, has been a bumpy one. The key event was a shoulder injury suffered in 2013 when he was reinserted late in a meaningless Jets preseason game, causing Sanchez to miss that entire season and closing the door on a future with the team that had drafted him fifth overall in 2009.
October 15, 2014 |
DONOVAN MCNABB has company. Like the former Eagles quarterback, Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted on Sunday that he didn't know a game could end in a tie. That explains the quizzical look he had when players started walking onto the field to shake hands with the scoreboard reading, Panthers 37, Bengals 37. "I was like, what? I was confused," Benjamin told the Charlotte Observer. "They had to explain what was going on. In a way, it still kind of felt like a loss.
October 8, 2014 |
So it appears Tom Brady isn't quite finished yet. And the Patriots defense that cost me a win last week by actually producing negative points proved they can still be a formidable fantasy play. The Matt Asiata juggernaut hit a serious speed bump on Thursday night, but Eddie Lacy is back in fine form. Any worries about Arian Foster's health were put aside in Dallas, for one week anyway. But the natives are getting restless waiting for LeSean McCoy to break out. If he doesn't have a solid outing against the Giants on Sunday night, his fantasy owners might start calling him "Trady.
October 1, 2014 |
Heading into Thursday's game, it was hard not to feel good about my tight end matchup when I saw Larry Donnell in my opponent's lineup. After all, I had the option of Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates, while he was forced to sit Julius Thomas because of the bye week. By Friday, I was popping antacids, and my opponent was dishing out a heaping helping of smack talk. Enter Matt Asiata. When he plunged across the goal line for the third time Sunday, the tide had turned and my decision to draft Marshawn Lynch and Giovani Bernard back-to-back didn't cost me a Week 4 victory as expected.
September 30, 2014 |
T HIS SEASON, the Phillies struggled just as much in the stands as they did on the field. The Phightens drew 2,423,852 fans to Citizens Bank Park, an average of 29,924 per game. That was over a half-million fewer than last year - 588,551 to be exact - and marked the fourth straight season there was a drop in home attendance. The Phillies' year-by-year home attendance figures since they moved to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 are on Page 57. My bad High-five to Jets quarterback Geno Smith for apologizing after cursing at a fan while leaving the field following a 24-17 loss to the Lions yesterday.
September 5, 2014 |
AFC East NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 2013 record: 12-4 Biggest addition: CB Darrelle Revis Biggest loss: LG Logan Mankins What's the story: Tom Brady is the starting quarterback. Bill Belichick is entrenched as head coach. That formula has been consistently successful since Brady took over as a starter more than a decade ago. Incoming cornerback Darrelle Revis adds another key component to a team that is attempting to win the AFC East for the sixth consecutive season. Prediction: 12-4 NEW YORK JETS 2013 record: 8-8 Biggest addition: WR Eric Decker Biggest loss: RT Austin Howard What's the story: Geno Smith is unproven after a shaky rookie campaign, but will start at quarterback.
August 8, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME Mark Sanchez took the field in a preseason game, he saw the life crushed from his 2013 season and his New York Jets career. Sanchez, 27, begins his comeback tomorrow night in Chicago. And though he has no idea how much he will play behind starting quarterback Nick Foles, who is scheduled to get about 10 to 15 snaps along with the rest of the first-teamers, at least this time Sanchez knows he's scheduled to play. Last Aug. 24, as a Jet, Sanchez watched rookie Geno Smith quarterback most of a preseason game against the Giants.
August 8, 2014 |
CORTLAND, N.Y. - Watching Michael Vick throw a football never gets old. That oh-so-effortless arm motion followed by a dart-thrower's flick of the wrist followed by the piece de resistance : a perfect spiral that comes out of his hand like a bullet exiting the chamber of a gun. As evidenced by his .562 career completion percentage, the ball may not always go where Vick intends it to go, but it's still fun watching him throw it. And...
June 2, 2014 |
When it comes to Mark Sanchez and the five years before he became an Eagle - that is, the five years he spent with the New York Jets - there's no single moment that could define his career. You just stick your hand in the vat and pull something up, and the scenes and anecdotes and circumstances are all endless and interesting and revealing. So where do you start? With the "butt-fumble," that unforgettable sight of Sanchez's crashing headfirst into teammate Brandon Moore's derriere, dropping the football, and having the New England Patriots' Steve Gregory return it for a touchdown - all while we were still digesting our dinners on Thanksgiving night 2012?