July 20, 2012 |
ALL INDICATIONS are that this has to be the year Andy Reid reaches the mountain top. The first steps of that journey will be taken under the burning sun at Lehigh University when the first practice takes place on Monday. Here then are 25 things to consider as the Birds resume their pursuit of a Vince Lombardi trophy: 1 Michael Vick has played 16 games only once in nine seasons and he turned 32 on June 26. It has been pointed out that this was the first year as the Eagles starting quarterback Vick had access to the NovaCare Complex in the offseason.
October 24, 2012
EAGLES PRACTICE was closed Monday and the members of Howard Mudd's beleaguered offensive line weren't forthcoming afterward, but it eventually trickled out that King Dunlap has replaced Demetress Bell at left tackle. CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank reported the switch, which was reflected Monday night in the depth chart posted on the team website. The Eagles signed Bell to start at left tackle in March for $3.25 million this year, after Jason Peters' first of two Achilles' tears.
February 28, 2014 |
When Jason Peters signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2004, he received a signing bonus of $5,000. At that point, earning a roster spot was the only foreseeable goal. Peters has since developed into one of the NFL's premier left tackles and has been compensated accordingly. The Eagles made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in 2009, and they gave him a four-year contract extension on Wednesday that includes what Peters' agent Vincent Taylor said is the most guaranteed money ever given to a tackle age 32 or older.
May 8, 2014 |
THE FIRST round of the NFL draft is both sexy and important. But overlook the remaining six rounds at your own peril. Check out the list of first-team All-Pros last season, where about half were former first-round picks. The other half, of course, were not. The numbers are interesting, though not unique to 2013. Of the 24 players on the first-team All-Pro, 11 were selected in the first round. Just three of the offensive players were first-rounders, and none of the three Eagles - LeSean McCoy (second round)
December 7, 2009 |
ATLANTA - Any time somebody leaves the field because of any kind of a head injury, alarm bells now ring in the NFL. Yesterday, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters left the game early in the second quarter with what were described as head and shoulder problems following a cut block gone bad. Peters did not return. Naturally, the postgame questions began about a concussion. Peters swears he does not have one. "I just got banged," Peters said, after the Eagles' 34-7 win over the Falcons.
May 24, 2013 |
TIGHT END James Casey, one of the nine unrestricted free agents the Eagles signed in March, had arthroscopic knee surgery this week. The former Houston Texan will miss the Eagles' final four OTAs next week, as well as the team's mandatory minicamp, June 4-6, but is expected to be ready for the start of the training camp in late July. The Eagles did not release the news of Casey's surgery, which is something they usually, but not always, did when Andy Reid was the head coach. The news was first reported by USA Today Sports.
December 28, 2012 |
IN 1998, the Eagles were 3-13 and placed nobody on the NFC Pro Bowl team. Fifteen seasons later, for only the third time since the postseason accolades began in 1951, the Eagles have been shut out again. The Birds were among eight NFL teams with no selections announced last night at the conclusion of a mysterious process that currently involves players, fans and coaches. There is an extremely slim chance the 2012 Eagles will not stay shut out, when all is said and done. A source close to the situation said left guard Evan Mathis is a third alternate for the NFC team.
May 7, 2013 |
Eagles guard Evan Mathis recently underwent surgery to "clean out" his left ankle and could miss the rest of spring practices, an NFL source said. The source called the surgery "minor. " Mathis played most of last season with an ankle injury - he started every game - and was slated to undergo surgery once the offseason began. The Eagles decided the procedure was unnecessary, but recent swelling and discomfort in the ankle prompted the team to reconsider. He is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.
June 29, 2013 |
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.
August 10, 2012 |
Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters is suing the maker of a modified crutch and walker he was using during his rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon, claiming he would have returned to play this season had the device not broken and caused him to reinjure himself. Attorneys for the five-time Pro Bowler filed suit against the Roll-A-Bout corporation Thursday morning, alleging strict liability, breach of warranties, and negligence. According to the complaint, Peters began using Roll-A-Bout's crutch and walker alternative, the SW-T-500 model, soon after undergoing surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon in April.