August 5, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - They arrived in Lehigh on a July afternoon in 2005, a few months removed from Donovan McNabb's scoring drive in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl and a few weeks away from Terrell Owens' performing crunches for television cameras on his front lawn. They were the new batch of players joining a franchise approaching the apex of the NFL, members of an 11-man draft class on a team that had won four consecutive NFC East titles. After seven completed seasons, Mike Patterson, Todd Herremans, and Trent Cole remain.
May 25, 2012
WHEN JASON Kelce was named the Eagles' season-opening starting center over Jamaal Jackson last summer, there were more than a few players on the team who wondered whether that really was such a good idea. Kelce, a fifth-round pick out of the University of Cincinnati, was a cerebral player who picked up the Eagles' offense and blocking schemes last summer quicker than anybody had a right to expect, particularly considering that he didn't see a playbook until the day before the start of training camp thanks to the 4 1/2-month lockout.
March 29, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN a little over a year since Upper Darby teen Nadin Khoury was wedged into a tree, dragged on the ground and hung by his coat on a 7-foot-high metal fence by seven teens who videotaped the assault and posted it on YouTube. After the video went viral, the bullies were caught and Khoury, then 13, was invited on "The View," where he got the surprise of his life: an on-air show of support from his hero, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, accompanied by guard Todd Herremans and (then)
March 20, 2012
DURING MUCH of the Andy Reid era, the offensive line has been an orderly kind of place, excepting the occasional anomaly, such as the great Shawn and Stacy Andrews adventure of 2009. Then last year, Reid brought in Howard Mudd as his offensive-line coach, and training camp suddenly took on a different tone. Befuddled rookies and brand-new free agents milled about, crashing into one another and nearly getting Michael Vick killed a couple of times in the chaotic preseason. Solid vets such as Jamaal Jackson, Winston Justice and Mike McGlynn, once prized by o-line-coach-turned-defensive-coordinator Juan Castillo, weren't deemed capable of starting under Mudd.
March 15, 2012 |
JAMAAL JACKSON, the longest-tenured Eagle, had one question for the panel that was about to bid him farewell by phone on Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live: "Y'all sure you're interviewing the right Jackson?" Jamaal started 72 games at center for the Birds between 2005 and 2010, but he knew the big news yesterday evening was not his release at age 31, after a year in Howard Mudd purgatory. The big news was the 5-year contract agreed to by wideout DeSean Jackson. It was that kind of day, a frenzy of Eagles developments, one quickly topping another, all of them involving players who were on the 2011 roster.
March 15, 2012 |
To no great surprise, the Eagles parted with Winston Justice and Jamaal Jackson, two of their veteran linemen who were squeezed out last season when Howard Mudd took over as offensive line coach. Justice was traded to Indianapolis, and the Eagles (now second) and Colts (17th) exchanged sixth-round draft picks. While the Eagles were able to get something in return for a player they were probably going to release anyway, it was a dubious end for the team's 2006 second-round draft pick.
March 14, 2012
TIME DOES indeed fly, and it doesn't even have to pay airline baggage fees. Todd Herremans arrived in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, from that well-known cradle of NFL talent, Saginaw Valley State. He was a 6-6 offensive tackle who'd pushed around puny Division II defensive linemen, and whose arms were (gasp!) too short for him to play outside effectively, the people who know such things said. So Herremans became an extremely tall, angular guard, a solid offensive line regular starting in 2006, reliable, but fairly unremarkable.
March 6, 2012 |
Evan Mathis, who will become a free agent in a week, said he is willing to give the Eagles a hometown discount. "Of course, just throw me $20 and a pizza and I'm in," Mathis joked on Monday via e-mail. If only it were that easy. In reality, it will take considerably more if the Eagles hope to retain their starting left guard. Mathis, though, in an e-mail interview with The Inquirer, made it clear that he would prefer to stick with the team that helped resurrect his career.
March 5, 2012 |
Evan Mathis, who will become a free agent in a week, said he is willing to give the Eagles a hometown discount. "Of course, just throw me $20 and a pizza and I'm in," Mathis joked Monday via e-mail. If only it were that easy. In reality, it will take considerably more if the Eagles hope to retain their starting left guard. Mathis, though, in an e-mail interview with The Inquirer, made it clear that he would prefer to stick with the team that helped resurrect his career. "I'd like to return," Mathis said.
January 9, 2012 |
For nine years, Jamaal Jackson has been a dedicated professional for the Eagles, but there appears to be little opportunity left for the veteran in Philadelphia. Jackson, who lost his starting job in 2011 after working to recover from two injury-marred years, refused to criticize the Eagles, but he and his agent have made it clear that they expect him to be on the market looking for work elsewhere this offseason. "My idea is just to go forward and try to find a job," Jackson said after the Eagles' final game of the season, though he noted that he still has two years left on his contract, so his fate remains in the team's hands.