March 24, 2015 |
After a stellar freshman season, Temple quarterback P.J. Walker took a step back in 2014, a campaign that was marred by an ankle injury. That's why the hiring of quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas is among the most significant offseason developments for a team looking to improve on its 6-6 record. Thomas, 37, comes with strong credentials and high expectations. For the last seven years he was an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons, including the last three as quarterbacks coach. If Walker can revert to his freshman performance, Temple could continue its improvement in coach Matt Rhule's third season.
December 20, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
October 25, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 8 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Falcons. With just one 300-yard outing (in Week 1) and only nine passing scores in his first seven games, Stafford has been a huge disappointment. It doesn't help that Calvin Johnson has been gimpy or absent for much of that time. But Stafford will be facing a very generous Falcons pass defense when they square off in London. Whether or not Megatron suits up, Stafford should prosper.
October 21, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - As far as first six seasons of an NFL career go, the list of quarterbacks with more regular-season wins than Matt Ryan is short. Exceptionally short. It reads: Flacco, Joe. The only two current NFL starting quarterbacks from the Philadelphia area will forever be tied as the only players at their position drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft. Both experienced early success, Flacco, from Audubon, N.J., earning Super Bowl MVP honors two seasons ago and Ryan, the pride of Exton, claiming rookie of the year and making four postseason appearances in his first five seasons.
October 21, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - The only two NFL starting quarterbacks from the Philadelphia area met at midfield 90 minutes before the Baltimore Ravens' 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Audubon's Joe Flacco, the Ravens' Super Bowl-winning quarterback, faced Exton native Matt Ryan, a Pro Bowl passer with the Falcons, for just the second time in their NFL careers. Ryan, a Penn Charter alum, asked a bout Flacco's family. Flacco, who went to Audubon High School, asked Ryan how many people he knew coming down I-95 for the game.
October 7, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The New York Giants will enter Lincoln Financial Field reenergized for their game Sunday night against the Eagles. This is a far different team than the one that was written off after a disastrous first two weeks. With the Giants trailing by 10 points past the midway point of the third quarter, rookies Andre Williams and Odell Beckham Jr. sparked them to a 30-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. The Giants have won three in a row after losing their first two games to Detroit and Arizona by a combined 32 points.
August 29, 2014 |
Tom Brady, Patriots: Had just 25 touchdown passes last year, his lowest total since 2006. He responded in 2007 by throwing 50. Brady should get back into the 30s, especially if tight end Rob Gronkowski is healthy. Drew Brees, Saints: His left tackle is Terron Armstead, a third-round pick last year out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Armstead was beaten for three sacks by Greg Hardy in Week 16 last year, but has had a good summer. His continued improvement is key for Brees, whose receiving weapons are among the best in football.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Chip Kelly has talked to at least one offensive star this week who isn't DeSean Jackson, Kelly said yesterday. The Eagles coach said he spoke 2 days earlier with quarterback Nick Foles. Remember him? Twenty-seven touchdown passes, two interceptions? Back before free-agent safety mania, back before the Jackson trade intrigue surfaced, Foles' status and potential were topic No. 1 in Birdland. At some point, Foles will again dominate the spotlight, as he returns for his third NFL season, his first as the acknowledged starter, with his photo now hanging in the NovaCare corridor lined by Eagles Pro Bowlers.
October 11, 2013 |
IN MOST LEAGUES, there are enough wide receivers on the waiver wire to fill out lineups running low because of poor play or to cover those that are on bye. But the problems Julio Jones owners face can not be covered with a simple drop/add. When Mama Pajama rolled out of bed Tuesday, she found Julio down by the trainer's room. The news has been grim, and the panic high, ever since. Jones is out for the rest of the season with a broken right foot. "You know, when it rains, it pours," Falcons owner Arthur Blank told USA Today . "In this case, we're having a monsoon right now in Atlanta.