July 31, 2016 |
It isn't very often that a 33-year-old running back receives a contract extension, let alone one during the first week of training camp. But that's just what the Eagles did on Friday when they added another year onto the remaining year of Darren Sproles' deal. The Eagles have been generous to their elder players this offseason. They gave 31-year-old tight end Brent Celek a two-year extension in January, and they retained 34-year-old tackle Jason Peters even though his salary and last season's regression suggested they might do otherwise.
July 30, 2016 |
For Jason Peters, it's good that the new boss is the same as the old boss - or, that is, the older boss. The Eagles tackle, after Chip Kelly was fired last December, said that he wanted the replacement to be in the mold of Kelly's predecessor, Andy Reid. Peters got his wish. The Eagles hired Doug Pederson. But they also hired a coach who is, in many ways, the polar opposite of Kelly. And that appeared to be as much of Peters' motivation for wanting a Reid clone as was re-creating the four prior years (record: 33-31)
July 29, 2016 |
BY ALL ACCOUNTS, including his own, Jason Peters did not play very well last season. The $9.7 million question, which is the amount of Eagles salary-cap space he'll be occupying this season, is why. Did age finally catch up with the 34-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler? Was it the seasonlong battle with back and quad injuries? Or was he yet another victim of Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense? I haven't made a secret of the fact the last several months that I favor the Father Time explanation, with the injuries being one of the casualties of his advanced age. Not surprisingly, Peters disagrees with me. Speaking to reporters for the first time since last season following Thursday's first full-squad training camp workout, he blamed most of his struggles last season on Kelly's infatuation with tempo.
June 15, 2016 |
In the Agenda, the Daily News will examine a major issue of the day in Philadelphia sports. We will frame the question and look at it from multiple angles, bringing you opinions from a sports staff unmatched in its experience. The Agenda will run occasionally, only in the Daily News. Les Bowen If I had to bet this question, my money would be on Rodney McLeod. McLeod is assured of starting at safety for the Eagles if he's healthy, and he's played in every game since he arrived in St. Louis as an undrafted free agent from Virginia in 2012, so the odds are with me there.
June 3, 2016 |
BY NOW, you might have picked up on the fact that those of us who cover the Eagles think this Sam Bradford-Carson Wentz-Chase Daniel quarterback mashup has the potential to become a bit of a circus. John DeFilippo and Frank Reich say they are unfazed. They are the Eagles' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, respectively. They've logged time in QB rooms on both coasts and in between. They have seen the good, the bad and the dysfunctional. DeFilippo, especially, knows from circuses: He was the offensive coordinator last season in Cleveland, where the game plan sometimes depended upon whether Johnny Manziel showed up partying somewhere on Instagram before Tuesday evening, when planning for that week's practice was complete.
May 24, 2016 |
WHILE MUCH HAS been made of the money that the Eagles are spending on the quarterback position this year, the fact of the matter is that the $22.35 million in 2016 salary-cap space that will be occupied by Sam Bradford ($12.5M), Chase Daniel ($5M) and Carson Wentz ($4.8M) is just the 11th-highest cap total for the position in the league. Given Bradford's solid play the second half of last season and Daniel's photographic knowledge of Doug Pederson's offense and Wentz's sky's-the-limit potential, you can make a decent argument that $22.35 million is a bargain.
May 7, 2016 |
Before Halapoulivaati Vaitai begins playing for the Eagles, the rookie offensive lineman will have a nickname. Howie Roseman did not even attempt saying "hal-lah-poo-lee-VAH-tee," instead calling the team's fifth-round pick "Big V. " It's a nickname that Eagles fans might need to remember. Vaitai, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle from Texas Christian, is an intriguing prospect whom the Eagles will try to develop at tackle. He also was a player the Eagles considered trading up to acquire before he slipped to the No. 164 pick.
April 30, 2016 |
This was Carson Wentz's day, but the Eagles couldn't avoid the other quarterback who wasn't in the room and hasn't been at the NovaCare Complex since requesting to be traded on Monday. Nor should Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have been allowed to avoid him after they made the unprecedented decision to move up to the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft for a quarterback when they already had an entrenched starter in place. Whether you agree with Sam Bradford's reaction to what transpired last week or not - and it says here that he has overestimated his worth - what shouldn't be argued is that the Eagles did a poor job of anticipating the aftershocks of their franchise-altering trade.
April 27, 2016 |
Offensive linemen are not, by nature, complainers. The role they chose on a football field or, more likely, the role that chose them is a sentence to a silent, grinding existence. It isn't fun, but, really, no one wants to hear it. Lane Johnson, who grew up in the little crossroads town of Groveton, Texas, and graduated Groveton High School with 34 other classmates, doesn't expect playing tackle in the NFL to be easy. When your first job back home was digging graves for $8 an hour, you don't expect very much to be easy.
April 26, 2016 |
JASON PETERS is, without question, one of the best offensive tackles of his era. There is Peters and there is Walter Jones and then there is everyone else. And everyone else includes Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace and Willie Roaf, who, like Jones, happen to have bronze busts in Canton. Five years after he retires and becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame, I will passionately lobby my fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors to put Peters into Canton in his first year of eligibility.