April 12, 2013 |
The Eagles sent running back Dion Lewis to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. Though they had hoped to get a late draft pick for Lewis, the Eagles acquired a young linebacker for a player who probably would have been released. With LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, and a healthy Chris Polk at running back, coach Chip Kelly deemed Lewis expendable. Acho, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas, spent last season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He suffered a meniscus (cartilage)
October 22, 2012
Jamar Chaney Linebacker St. Lucie West Centennial High School Port St. Lucie, Fla. Given that the year before it had gone 9-1 and had some of the better players from that squad back, it was understandable that the St. Lucie West Centennial High School football team had high expectations as the 2004 season approached. Jamar Chaney remembers, "We had a chance of winning the state championship that year. " But that was before the east coast of Florida was hit by two devastating hurricanes within weeks of one another.
April 12, 2011 |
Want to know how Jamar Chaney's offseason is going and whether the second-year Eagle has what it takes to supplant Stewart Bradley as next season's starting middle linebacker? Just patrol the near-vacant football fields in South Philadelphia and keep an eye out for the 6-foot, 242-pounder, running through his linebacker drills in solitude. It's more than Eagles coach Andy Reid can do. Several blocks away, at a nearly deserted NovaCare Complex, Reid is preparing for the NFL draft at the end of this month.
April 26, 2011 |
The Eagles have drafted 13 linebackers since Andy Reid was hired as their head coach in 1999. Six of those selections were in the sixth or seventh round. The Eagles have not drafted a linebacker in the first round under Reid and have taken just one in the second round since 2001: Round 1 (0) Round 2: (3) Barry Gardner (1999), Quinton Caver (2001), Matt McCoy (2005) Round 3: (2) Chris Gocong (2006), Stewart Bradley (2007) Round 4 (1): Keenan Clayton (2010), Round 5 (1)
January 26, 2013 |
The news of Mike Kafka's signing a futures contract with the New England Patriots on Thursday makes this a good time to revisit the Eagles' 2010 draft class - and specifically the fourth round. That's when Kafka went. He was one of four fourth-round picks for the Eagles. A fourth-round pick in the NFL has value - but not significant value. There's rougly a 10 percent chance of finding a starter in that round. Of course, based on those odds, the Eagles had a realistic statistical chance of finding a starter in that round.
August 22, 2011
STRONGSIDE linebacker Jamar Chaney confirmed that he has buried the hatchet with Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster, who dived into the back of Chaney's legs well after the whistle during last Thursday's game. Foster was not penalized. "I don't think he did it intentionally," Chaney said today. "It looked like it on film. It is what it is. It won't help me to be mad about it . . . We don't play the Steelers any more unless we make it to the Super Bowl and they make it, too. " Chaney said he and Foster spoke via direct message on Twitter.
January 20, 2011
WHOEVER ENDS UP as the Eagles' defensive coordinator will inherit an excellent player (Asante Samuel), a very good player (Trent Cole), and a bunch of guys who either are pretty good, very young, largely inconsistent or some combination of the above. And good luck with that. This will be his main issue: Does he dare to turn over the defensive personnel again, or were the problems in 2010 more schematic? Whenever this new person arrives, he will look at the way teams attacked the Eagles.
January 13, 2011 |
Kurt Coleman knows the drill for the first off-season of his NFL career. "I have to get bigger, faster, stronger, and learn to understand the game a little more," Coleman said. The Eagles' rookie safety might have been speaking for all of the team's young players. They gained some experience this season, but their development could be the key to the team's future. "We were able to play young players who were able to get experience," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Some of those young guys are going to be leaders on this team.
December 5, 2011 |
ON MOST MONDAYS during the Eagles season, we turn High & Inside over to the fans to let them praise or blast - lately it has been more of the latter - their beloved Birds. There was no game yesterday. Instead of winning or losing, the players got to enjoy a rare weekend off. Thanks to Twitter and other sources, we are able to share what some of them did: * Michael Vick went shopping: "Toy Store with the kids," he tweeted. "Glad daddy make good money. Early xmas. " * Brian Rolle already has his mind on Sunday's game in Miami.
August 4, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - DeSean Jackson injured his left ankle during Friday afternoon's practice after he was sandwiched between two safeties during seven-on-seven drills. Jackson slowly came to his feet and walked to the trainer's tent. His left ankle was wrapped and he returned to the team, although he did not play any more. When Jackson was asked how he felt while walking to his car after practice, he gave a thumbs-up. Fifteen players missed practice because of injury or illness, but most were minor pulls and spasms.