June 10, 2014 |
In a University City laboratory, Mike Patterson recently shared his thoughts on the potential impact of the business he has helped launch. In doing so, the CEO of Graphene Frontiers demonstrated an unapologetic inability to understate. "This is changing-the-world stuff," Patterson said. At the core of the business: the guts of a pencil. Graphite, the writing part of a pencil, is stacked and bonded layers of graphene. While the mission of Graphene Frontiers has nothing to do with writing in the literal sense, it does involve rewriting the book on medical diagnostics.
October 25, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles announced on Jan. 16 that they had hired Chip Kelly as their head coach, and with that, the oldest of old-school men left in the NFL began reading up on his new colleague and adversary. Though Tom Coughlin had noticed the eye-popping offensive numbers that the University of Oregon had been putting up, Kelly's tenure there had been a matter of curiosity to him, little more. But now Kelly was on his way to the NFC East for at least two games a season against the Giants.
October 8, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Alex Henery missed field goals in the last three games, but he redeemed himself in Sunday's 36-21 win over the New York Giants by connecting on all five of his attempts. "My confidence was still there, but it does feel good to have a good day of kicking out there," Henery said. "Ninety percent of the kicking game is confidence, so it's just one of those things it helps out. " Henery hit field goals of 27, 29, 36, 40, and 41 yards. He is 12 of 15 this season and 86.3 percent for his career.
October 7, 2013 |
After three losses to AFC West teams, the Eagles return to the NFC East in a different state than they left following a season-opening win over the Redskins. The Eagles still have an opportunity in the NFC East, where the combined records through four weeks are 4-12. This is also Chip Kelly's introduction to the Eagles-Giants rivalry. The two franchises have had memorable moments over the years, and Kelly's arrival adds another chapter. "I'm very aware of the rivalry between the Giants and the Eagles," Kelly said.
October 4, 2013 |
When all else seemed to go awry in the Eagles locker room last season, veteran defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson tried encouraging Cedric Thornton. They told him the next season would be his chance. Thornton and Fletcher Cox would be a part of the Eagles' future. That future has come, and it has arrived without Jenkins and Patterson. The team moved on from both, releasing them together on Feb. 25, early enough to begin planning their next move. Both eventually signed with the New York Giants and will face the Eagles for the first time Sunday.
October 4, 2013 |
A YEAR AGO, as Cedric Thornton struggled to get snaps on a 4-12 Eagles team, veteran defensive-line starters Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins told Thornton his time would come. "Last season, they were telling me that next year was going to be my test," Thornton said yesterday, as the Eagles prepared for Sunday's visit to the New York Giants. "They prepared me for it . . . Most likely, you're not going to get too many opportunities, but when you do, you just want to step up to the plate.
July 27, 2013 |
Todd Herremans walked through the players' entrance Thursday afternoon to check into his ninth training camp with the Eagles. When he started to fill out an informational sheet during his physical, he realized just how long his career has lasted. "I'm like, 'Don't you guys have this eight times over already?' " Herremans said. "Can't you look somewhere and get all this information?" A few hours earlier, Trent Cole made that same walk. For both Herremans and Cole, checking into camp is an annual late-July ritual.
July 26, 2013 |
BENNIE LOGAN might have been the most surprising Eagles' draft pick in April. (It was surprising that they got quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round, not all that surprising that they drafted him.) Logan is a defensive lineman from LSU. After the Eagles went offensive line (Lane Johnson) in the first round, and tight end (Zach Ertz) in the second, most observers would have laid odds on a safety or a corner in the third. You saw the Birds' secondary last year; maybe there didn't seem to be a defensive back in the draft worthy of being taken fourth overall, where the Eagles took Johnson, but nobody would have been shocked if they'd gone for secondary help in the second, third and fourth rounds.
May 24, 2013 |
THE MUSIC Howie Roseman was happiest to hear from the Eagles' practice field this spring wasn't Nicki Minaj, Lupe Fiasco or even the Lumineers. It was the sound of Eagles players trumpeting their excitement over new coach Chip Kelly's changes. Roseman, who spoke to reporters yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field after participating in a Rothman Institute panel discussion of "The Impact of Sports," was asked if Kelly's loud, frenetic practices were as big an adjustment for him as they were for reporters, accustomed to the more staid style of 14-year coach Andy Reid.
May 22, 2013 |
THE EAGLES and the Giants exchanged players this offseason. Not formally, of course, but New York signed Eagles free-agent defensive linemen Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins, and the Eagles signed former Giants first-round safety Kenny Phillips. It will be interesting to see which organization had a better read on the other squad's talents. Patterson, a smallish defensive tackle, didn't fit the Birds' new defensive scheme. Jenkins just seemed to be wearing down at 32, and seemed expendable to a rebuilding team.