April 29, 2002 |
The instant friendship made perfect sense. Chad Lewis was guiding Justin Ena around the Eagles facility all week, one BYU guy taking another under his wing. The friendship was not exactly instant, though. It turns out Lewis and Ena already knew each other. In fact, Ena is with the Eagles at least partly because of his friendship with the Pro Bowl tight end. "We've been working out together almost every day for the last month and a half," Lewis said. "A group of us worked out in Provo [Utah]
March 2, 2003 |
Orlando Ruff, a free agent from the San Diego Chargers, could be the Eagles' starting middle linebacker next season. Ruff's is not exactly a household name. But the Eagles see the 26-year-old as an overlooked gem who could solidify the inside-linebacker position after a season of mixing and matching Levon Kirkland and Barry Gardner. The Eagles have played their free-agency strategy close to the vest. Ruff's is the first name to surface so far. Reports that the team is interested in Houston linebacker Jay Foreman could not be confirmed.
April 24, 2002 |
The Eagles added another Temple player, as well as seven young linemen, in the post-draft frenzy to sign the remaining college players. Jason McKie, a 5-foot-11, 240-pound fullback, will join Temple teammate Raheem Brock when the Eagles open minicamp Friday morning. McKie, a third cousin of the Sixers' Aaron McKie, was productive in four seasons with the Owls. He started 26 games, rushing 169 times for 700 yards and eight touchdowns, and catching 44 passes for 460 yards and another TD. Brock, a seventh-rounder and the Eagles' only draft pick on the defensive line, will not be the only rookie on that squad for training camp.
October 25, 2002 |
In his first public comments about the release of former second-round pick Quinton Caver, Eagles coach Andy Reid managed to speak volumes in a few curt words. Reid was asked why he did not allow such a high draft pick time to develop. "Those are things we look at, and it's one of the reasons he was here until this late date," Reid said. "We gave him a little time to see what he could do. " In other words, in 18 months with the team, Caver got extra time to prove himself.
September 14, 2002 |
Ike Reese has played in every regular-season game since being drafted by the Eagles in 1998. He has started exactly zero times. Reese's streak could end Monday night. Strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons did not practice yesterday because of a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday in Tennessee. "If he can't go today," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said before practice, "I think it's going to be tough. " Reese has said he expects Emmons to find a way to be on the field when the Eagles play the Washington Redskins.
August 27, 2004 |
Things have gotten so bad and so predictable for the Eagles that the fans at Lincoln Financial Field might soon start an injury pool. Guess the first Eagles player to get hurt and you win. Linebacker Nate Wayne was that player last night. On the Pittsburgh Steelers' second offensive play of a preseason game, Wayne attempted to tackle former Eagles running back Duce Staley and remained on the ground along the visitors' sideline when the play was over. Wayne was helped across the field and taken to a training table on the Eagles' sideline before being carted off to the locker room.
August 25, 2004 |
Dorsey Levens, at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, is a big running back. Thomas Tapeh, at 6-1 and 243 pounds, is even bigger. What the Eagles don't know is whether Tapeh can be an effective halfback. They are about to find out. Offensive coordinator Brad Childress said yesterday that "there is a high probability" that Tapeh will line up as a halfback tomorrow night when the Eagles play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field. Tapeh, a rookie fifth-round pick, played fullback and halfback at the University of Minnesota.
August 29, 2003 |
The Eagles should have played their final game of the preseason under a yellow caution flag. No chance of any accidents when almost all the starters are standing with the pit crew. After saying Wednesday that his starters might play for "a very short period of time," Eagles coach Andy Reid decided that all but one of them wouldn't play at all in last night's exhibition finale against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Only running back Correll Buckhalter was in Reid's starting lineup, and he probably would have been second on the depth chart if Duce Staley hadn't staged a 26-day holdout.
January 23, 2003 |
Doug Jolley had a rooting interest in the NFC championship game. The Oakland Raiders' rookie tight end never played for Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden. But he had good friends and a couple of mentors on the Eagles. "I really was hoping to play the Eagles," Jolley said yesterday. "It would have been great to have them out here, too. " Jolley grew up in Utah and went to Brigham Young University. "I grew up watching Chad Lewis play for BYU," Jolley said. "And those BYU guys all come back in the summer and work out with the players.
July 31, 2004 |
The Eagles can only hope that Terrell Owens has more success finding the end zone than he did locating Lehigh University yesterday. In his first trip to his new surroundings, Owens got lost and eventually needed an escort from public relations director Derek Boyko to reach the Sayre Village dorms, where the players are housed during training camp. Owens was one of the last Eagles players to arrive, pulling into the parking lot in his dark green Chevy Avalanche at 5:50 p.m., 70 minutes before coach Andy Reid's introductory team meeting.