May 5, 2015 |
The myopia of the moment suggests that Chip Kelly has done irrevocable damage to the Eagles and their offense, for both the near and distant futures, by failing to select at least one offensive lineman in this year's NFL draft. Over two years now, the Eagles have sat through 14 rounds and drafted not a single tackle, guard, or center, and for a team with three projected starters who will be 30 or older this season, this strategy would at first glance seem a dereliction of Kelly's duties as coach and player-personnel czar.
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)
February 28, 2015 |
The Eagles will release veteran offensive lineman Todd Herremans, according to league sources. Herremans had been one of the team's two longest-tenured players after spending the first 10 years of his career in Philadelphia. The move gives the Eagles more salary-cap space, but it also leaves them with a vacancy at right guard. The team did not make any announcement Thursday. Herremans, 32, started 124 of his 127 games in an Eagles uniform. He missed 16 games due to injury during the last two seasons.
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.
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.
July 26, 2013 |
JEFF STOUTLAND is the Eagles' offensive line coach. He grew up in New York. There is a street smartness about him that becomes obvious in about 30 seconds. He says he looks at players in his business but he also looks at people. "Your demeanor and how you go about every day is just huge, it's huge," Stoutland said. This is a man who says he prefers to coach physically, demonstrating techniques at the front of the meeting room where players put their hands on him and vice versa. He pegs the classroom-lecture attention span of the average player at about 10 minutes.
January 24, 2013 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The Eagles will have questions at quarterback next season, but the health of their offensive line will be equally worrisome. Three of their starters on the line, including all-pro left tackle Jason Peters, will be trying to bounce back from season-ending injuries. And two of them - Peters and right tackle Todd Herremans - will be 31 this year. The situation screams for the Eagles to select a lineman early in the draft, possibly with the fourth overall pick. For the first time in 14 years, the team entered Senior Bowl week with a high draft pick, but none of the prospects projected to go in the top five, or even the top 10, were scheduled to be in Alabama.