November 12, 2007 |
The first quarter ended yesterday the same way it began for Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse. He was on the visiting sideline without his helmet on and without having played a single down. Though head coach Andy Reid hinted during the practice week that there could be some changes made after the Eagles' lopsided loss to Dallas, it was still shocking to see Kearse on the bench for the first 15 minutes, especially when you consider that the team is paying him $5.2 million this season.
February 28, 2007 |
Most of the outside attention regarding the Eagles' potential free agents has been focused on quarterback Jeff Garcia and wide receiver Dont? Stallworth. Inside the organization, the two players the Eagles have wanted to retain the most are defensive end Juqua Thomas and safety Quintin Mikell. Half of that mission was completed yesterday when Mikell agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the Eagles through the 2010 season. Details of the deal were not released, but it is believed to be comparable to a three-year deal signed by San Francisco safety Keith Lewis earlier this month.
November 26, 2008 |
POSITION: Left defensive end HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-2, 250 AGE: 30 BIRTHDATE: May 15, 1978 HOMETOWN: Houston COLLEGE: Oklahoma State YEARS PRO: 8 HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent in 2005. THIS YEAR: Is second on the team (behind Trent Cole) with five sacks and fifth with 63 tackles. Scored the first touchdown of his career with a 55-yard interception return at San Francisco in Week 6. CAREER: Parker was signed by Tennessee as an undrafted free agent in 2001.
January 25, 2008 |
This isn't the scenario Trent Cole envisioned, but he has gladly accepted his invitation to Hawaii to represent the NFC in the Feb. 10 Pro Bowl. "It's an honor to get in, and it's going to be a great experience for me," the Eagles' third-year defensive end said yesterday after the official announcement that he would replace Seattle's injured Patrick Kerney on the NFC roster. That doesn't change the fact that Cole felt snubbed by the initial voting. "I take the game serious, and my goal is to be the first pick to get there," he said, repeating his feelings about being a reserve that he first conveyed during the season.
March 4, 2007 |
Two Eagles free agents are expected to meet with other NFL teams this week, according to league sources. Running back Correll Buckhalter is expected to visit with the Denver Broncos, and cornerback Rod Hood is expected to meet with the Cleveland Browns. Buckhalter could still hold some interest for the Eagles if they don't come to terms with another running back, but Hood is not expected to return. So far, the Eagles haven't made a big splash in free agency, at least when it comes to players from other teams.
May 30, 2007 |
For now, Victor Abiamiri is the Eagles' other second-round draft pick. He's the guy who doesn't play quarterback and didn't receive all that much attention after being selected by the Eagles last month. These things can change, of course. In fact, it's highly probable that Abiamiri will have more impact on the fate of the 2007 Eagles than quarterback Kevin Kolb, the second-round pick who has been closely scrutinized at the team's never-ending minicamps. Abiamiri, the 57th player taken in the draft, will likely arrive at training camp in late July as the fifth defensive end behind veterans Jevon Kearse, Trent Cole, Darren Howard and Juqua Thomas.
March 1, 2008 |
The Eagles' second free-agent move figures to get done today. After signing Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel yesterday, the Eagles will entertain pass-rushing defensive end Chris Clemons today. Clemons, who had eight sacks in a reserve role for the Oakland Raiders last season, is scheduled to undergo a physical examination this morning. His agent, Don Henderson, said he would arrive in the afternoon with the intent of completing a contract for his client. "I'm looking forward to coming in there and finalizing things so Chris can get started with his off-season training program," Henderson said last night.
October 25, 2007
"An offensive player is permitted to block an opponent by contacting him with his head, shoulders, hands, and/or outer surface of the forearm, or with any other part of his body. A blocker may use his arms, or open or closed hands, to contact an opponent on or outside the opponent's frame (the body of an opponent below the neck that is presented to the blocker). If a blocker's arms or hands are outside an opponent's frame, it is a foul if the blocker materially restricts him. The blocker immediately must work to bring his hands inside the opponent's frame, and as the play develops, the blocker is permitted to work for and maintain his position against an opponent, provided that he does not illegally clip or illegally push from behind.
September 26, 2007 |
This is a great time to be a member of the Eagles' defensive line. After three weeks, the team leads the NFL with 14 sacks and is ranked fourth against the run, allowing just 71.7 yards per game. Third-year defensive end Trent Cole leads the NFL with five sacks, a higher total than eight teams in the league. The Eagles' nine sacks Sunday in their 56-21 romp over the Detroit Lions were more than 23 teams have this season. Thanks to big plays by Cole, fellow defensive end Juqua Thomas, and second-year defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, the Eagles prevented the Lions' talented, big-play receivers from doing too much damage against a depleted secondary.
October 10, 2006 |
A year ago, the Eagles' defensive line was in shambles, suffering through injuries and ineffectiveness. By the end of the season, it was a beaten-down unit. Now, along with the resurgence of quarterback Donovan McNabb, the improvement of the defensive line is a major reason why the Eagles are 4-1 following Sunday's 38-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles had seven sacks against Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe, all by the defensive line. Last season the defensive line accounted for 21 1/2 of the Eagles' total of 29 sacks.