September 5, 2011 |
The Eagles added some offensive line depth Sunday, and perhaps a competitor to first-round pick Danny Watkins, signing guard Kyle DeVan, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts. DeVan, 6-foot-2, 306 pounds, started nine games in 2009 under current Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd. He started 12 in 2010 but was released in the Colts' final cut down last weekend. DeVan, 26, could challenge Watkins for the right guard job. Watkins has struggled in the preseason while DeVan is already familiar with Mudd's ways.
November 6, 2011 |
The Eagles activated defensive end Brandon Graham off the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list on Saturday and released guard Kyle DeVan to make room on their 53-man roster. The team had until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to make a decision on whether to active Graham before Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. It appeared as if they would use all of their allotted time because of defensive end Juqua Parker's uncertain game-day status. Parker missed his second straight practice Saturday because of a high-ankle sprain and was listed as "doubtful" on the official injury report.
September 8, 2011
DANNY, WE hardly knew ye. Before he has played a down, the Eagles have benched Danny Watkins, their first-round draft choice. They picked him this spring and penciled him in at right guard from the very beginning - and then, yesterday, Watkins was erased by coach Andy Reid. In his place, Kyle DeVan will be the starter for the season opener against St. Louis. DeVan was claimed on waivers the other day after the Indianapolis Colts cut him. All of which raises the questions: What would the Eagles have done had the Colts not decided to let DeVan go?
September 10, 2011 |
It doesn't start easy for the Eagles' new-look offensive line. After an offseason shuffle the Week 1 starting five had just three days of practice together. Now they head to St. Louis Sunday to face a defense that had 43 sacks last season, seventh most in the NFL. "Very explosive. Their pass rush is very explosive," said Eagles coach Andy Reid. "We know they can rush the passer. " Defensive ends James Hall and Chris Long combined for 19 sacks last season, and they're joined this year by first-round pick Robert Quinn.
September 12, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - The game was over when LeSean McCoy pulled on his blue Superman T-shirt, though his heroics had begun a little while earlier, with just more than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. McCoy, held to 27 yards rushing on 11 carries in the first three quarters Sunday, broke loose late against the Rams, helping put away an Eagles win. He ripped off an 11-yard run with 10 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game and the Eagles holding a 24-13 lead. He followed that with runs of 17 and 8 yards on the next two plays and then slashed through the defense and was off like a speeding bullet for a 49-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory.
October 2, 2011
The hole is deeper now for the Eagles, and the crisis of confidence is more profound, and there is no better symbol of their aimlessness, and lack of stomach, than that Ronnie Brown play yesterday at the goal line when he tried to throw a pass as he was being tackled and ended up fumbling the ball instead. The play was conceived out of fear. It was executed out of idiocy. Even on a day when they blew a 20-point lead and lost to the San Francisco 49ers by 24-23 - a day when their defense was again revealed to be as hollow physically as it is emotionally, and a day when their rookie kicker missed a pair of field goals - it was this play, this silly play, that best described the Eagles' current state.
September 6, 2011 |
JAMAAL JACKSON was right there where we'd left him, along the row of offensive linemen's locker stalls at the back of the NovaCare locker room, when the Eagles convened yesterday for the first time since cutting their roster to the regular-season limit of 53. If Jackson, the longest-tenured Eagle, was surprised or disappointed not to be somewhere else, somewhere he might be able to return to his accustomed role as a starting center, he wasn't...
September 6, 2011 |
The NFL regular season must be getting close, because there is suddenly extra space to maneuver in the Eagles locker room at the NovaCare Complex. The temporary lockers that are wheeled into the middle of the long room to accommodate the overflow of a training camp roster are being wheeled out gradually, and the cubbies that remain are increasingly vacant, like abandoned purple martin houses after the fall migration. The final cut-down weekend removed 18 players from the roster, including defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, who suffered the cruelest cut of all, making it safely through Saturday's deletions only to get the unwanted phone call Sunday.
October 3, 2011
THE HOLE is deeper now for the Eagles, and the crisis of confidence is more profound, and there is no better symbol of their aimlessness, and lack of stomach, than that Ronnie Brown play yesterday at the goal line when he tried to throw a pass as he was being tackled and ended up fumbling the ball instead. The play was conceived out of fear. It was executed out of idiocy. Even on a day when they blew a 20-point lead and lost to the San Francisco 49ers by 24-23 - a day when their defense was again revealed to be as hollow physically as it is emotionally, and a day when their rookie kicker missed a pair of field goals - it was this play, this silly play, that best described the Eagles' current state.
August 15, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM - Fun fact: In 2011, Jason Peters was the only offensive lineman who started the three preseason games in which the Eagles played their starters, plus the season opener, in the same spot. This bit of trivia would be a good thing to keep in mind in the wake of the recent demotion of Demetress Bell, the left tackle the Eagles signed to replace Peters, who is presumed out for the season with a twice-torn Achilles'. Like so many before him, Bell is struggling with the unique Howard Mudd blocking style, which requires tackles to initiate contact with defensive ends, instead of dropping back to fend them off. Fifth-year sub King Dunlap, with a year's study of the ways of Mudd under his belt, has been tapped as the starter.