April 21, 2012 |
Linebacker wasn't always an annual question mark. In 1982 the Eagles sent two homegrown 'backers to the Pro Bowl: Frank LeMaster, a 1974 fourth-rounder, and Jerry Robinson, a first-round pick in 1979, the last linebacker the team has taken in the NFL's opening round. It was the only Pro Bowl appearance for either, and the next year the team began a drought at linebacker that would seem familiar to fans today. After '82 the Eagles went nine years without a linebacker in the NFL's all-star game, but they eventually broke the streak with Seth Joyner, an eighth-round pick in 1986 who would grow into one of the central pieces of Buddy Ryan's defenses.
August 8, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM — The Eagles released their first depth chart of training camp Monday, and there were no huge surprises. The biggest ripple might have been that Mat McBriar is listed as the starting punter over incumbent Chas Henry, even though McBriar acknowledged again Monday that he is still working his way back from a nerve problem that affects his plant leg. "I don't know if it's anything too official," said McBriar, 33, a two-time Pro Bowl punter...
August 4, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - DeSean Jackson injured his left ankle during Friday afternoon's practice after he was sandwiched between two safeties during seven-on-seven drills. Jackson slowly came to his feet and walked to the trainer's tent. His left ankle was wrapped and he returned to the team, although he did not play any more. When Jackson was asked how he felt while walking to his car after practice, he gave a thumbs-up. Fifteen players missed practice because of injury or illness, but most were minor pulls and spasms.
September 12, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Maybe Juqua Parker and Darryl Tapp should get their money back. Parker and Tapp, now reserve defensive ends on a deep Eagles defensive line, took paycuts last week to stay on the roster and help the team lower its cap number, presumably so that a deal with disgruntled wideout DeSean Jackson will be more feasible. They are believed to have created about $1.5 million in cap space. Jackson zoomed to a strong opening day performance, six catches for 102 yards against the host Rams, with agent Drew Rosenhaus in attendance, but Tapp and Parker might have turned the game around.
May 29, 2009
STORIES ABOUND about smart guys purposefully dumbed down by the college athletic experience. Former Ohio State standout running back Robert Smith left the team in 1991 after charging that his coaches discouraged his pursuit of pre-med. He was needed on the field, not the classroom. Moise Fokou was lucky. No big school wanted him out of high school. Truth be told, no midmajor school did, either. He was a good high school athlete with decent grades, a converted soccer player, an immigrant from Cameroon.
October 19, 2010 |
Largely unmentioned in the offensive display and quarterback questions that followed Sunday's victory over the Falcons was the play of the Eagles' defense, which held Atlanta to 293 total yards and forced two turnovers. It was a significant performance for the group and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who had faced criticism in recent weeks. "Sean McDermott had a great game plan," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "That's a very good offense, now, and they were fully loaded.
March 31, 2010 |
Restricted free agents Ellis Hobbs and Chris Gocong signed one-year contracts with the Eagles yesterday. The Eagles tendered Hobbs at a first-round level and Gocong at his original third-round draft level earlier this month. Neither free agent, however, was expected to draw much interest, especially since other teams would have had to part with high draft picks if the Eagles weren't going to match an offer. Hobbs will make $2.621 million in base salary, and Gocong will make $1.176 million.
October 19, 2009 |
There will be many questions for the Eagles after yesterday's disappointing 13-9 loss to the Raiders, but the one that will probably be asked in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons is: Why was Jeremiah Trotter on the field? Eagles coach Andy Reid had a legitimate answer for why the 32-year-old was at middle linebacker during a crucial, late-in-the-game third down. Omar Gaither, who split first-down plays with Trotter and played on most of the defense's nickel package, had sprained his foot, Reid said.
August 2, 2009 |
It's not as bad as it looked, Lorenzo Booker insisted. A day after dropping two passes, the Eagles running back took his lumps during a pass protection drill. And it wasn't just the linebackers that were roasting Booker. "Come on, Booker, you're a turnstile," yelled one fan after Joe Mays raced outside the second-year Eagle. Then, after fullback Leonard Weaver properly blocked linebacker Omar Gaither, another from the peanut gallery quipped, "Take notes, Booker. " It's been a rough last two days of training camp for the reserve running back - at least in the eyes of some fans - but Booker said yesterday that he was pleased with his performance thus far. It will be coach Andy Reid, however, who ultimately decides how well Booker has practiced and whether he can hold off rookie LeSean McCoy for the spot behind starter Brian Westbrook.
November 16, 2010 |
LANDOVER, Md. - Forget about Washington's 28 points, the 352 yards and Donovan McNabb's 289 passing yards in the final three quarters of what became a 59-28 Eagles victory. Take those numbers, crumple them up and toss them into the trash along with the time-of-possession statistic. Now consider these numbers: four three-and-outs, 23 total yards and zero points. That was the entire Redskins offense in the first quarter. As Michael Vick and the Eagles' offense turned the first 15 minutes into a track meet - imagine Usain Bolt racing Albert Haynesworth - the Eagles' defense was just dominating in the field events.