May 26, 2016 |
Malcolm Jenkins and Zach Ertz suffered concussions last season - the first, they said, of their NFL careers. In the Eagles' 10th game, Ertz, a tight end, caught a pass and tried to hurdle a defender for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He landed on his left shoulder, and his head snapped back as if he were the mannequin behind the wheel in an old driver's-ed video. He sat out the Eagles' next game, four days later on Thanksgiving in Detroit. In the Eagles' eighth game, Jenkins, one of the Eagles' starting safeties, lowered his head into the chest of Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden as he tried to tackle him. He rose to his feet and felt his mind fog over but didn't tell anyone.
May 15, 2016 |
The only NFL player to openly advocate for medical marijuana has donated $80,000 to fund cannabis research on football players at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. Eugene Monroe, an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, previously urged the NFL to remove marijuana from its banned-substances list so players can use it to treat chronic pain. "As a player, I'm not allowed to use cannabis, but I've been prescribed opioids for various injuries," Monroe said Thursday evening.
May 7, 2016
Here are the local players selected in the 2016 NFL draft: Wide receiver Will Fuller: High school, Roman Catholic. Attended Notre Dame. Was drafted by Houston in the first round, 21st overall. Defensive end Jihad Ward: High school, Bok. Attended Illinois. Was drafted by Oakland in the second round, 44th overall. Defensive end Carl Nassib: High school, Malvern Prep. Attended Penn State. Drafted by Cleveland in the third round, 65th overall. Cornerback Daryl Worley: High school, William Penn Charter.
May 7, 2016 |
Former Roman Catholic football coach Joe McCourt recalled how Will Fuller's first three catches as a starter for the Cahillites went for touchdowns. Kevin Pelligrini, Malvern Prep's former football boss, remembered how Carl Nassib saved his best game for last with the Friars. Michael Hawkins, the last football coach at now-closed Germantown, recollected how Will Parks wasn't afraid of the coach's laser pointer during film sessions. After five former Philadelphia-area high school players were selected in the NFL draft last week, former coaches and family members reminisced about them while seeing a promising future for current area players.
May 5, 2016 |
THE BIGGEST variable in how soon Carson Wentz plays quarterback for the Eagles might be what happens with Sam Bradford. But surely Wentz will have a say in this, as well. Ryan Lindley, the currently unemployed NFL quarterback who prepped Wentz and Jared Goff for the Scouting Combine and the draft, out in Irvine, Calif., says he doesn't think Wentz will require a long apprenticeship. "I think Carson can get going right away," Lindley said earlier this week. "It doesn't hurt to have some time to learn, but he's got such an amazing football mind . . . You can say what you want about the level of the talent that was around him, but the football knowledge - his football IQ, what he was asked to do - rivals what a lot of people do in the NFL. He was handling protections, doing all that stuff that you don't see many guys do in college.
April 30, 2016
ISSUE | FOOTBALL Order restored The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit brought common sense to the case of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the underinflated footballs by upholding a sports commissioner's power to investigate misconduct and impose discipline ("Brady's 4-game suspension reinstated," Tuesday). In 1920, Major League Baseball owners installed Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner to restore the integrity of the nation's pastime after the Black Sox scandal.
April 30, 2016 |
On NFL Draft Day - one of the biggest events in sports, and a big-ticket marketing opportunity for sponsors such as Verizon Communications Inc. - the National Football League Players Association lined up alongside 39,000 striking Verizon workers. "The NFLPA stands in solidarity with these striking workers who are seeking a fair and just contract for themselves and their families," DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the players' union, wrote Thursday. Smith sent the letter to the presidents of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as the unions' strike against Verizon was entering its 17th day, following talks Thursday in Philadelphia and Westchester County, N.Y. Verizon said it was issuing its "last, best final offer," said Marc Reed, the company's chief administrative officer.
April 30, 2016 |
Temple defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis concedes he is anxious for the final two days of the NFL draft - but not enough to look at mock draft selections. After Thursday's first round, the next two rounds will be on Friday, and rounds four through seven are to be on Saturday. Ioannidis is among a number of Temple players who could be drafted. The list includes highly decorated linebacker Tyler Matakevich, cornerback Tavon Young, wide receiver Robby Anderson and center Kyle Friend.
April 29, 2016
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock gave his views on the top Philadelphia-area players in Thursday's draft: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame, Roman Catholic High School: Fuller is a guy that is a legit 4.3 [seconds in the 40-yard dash]. There aren't many of those walking the Earth. I think he'll go in the first round. If he slides into 2, he'll go quickly. His hands aren't as natural as you'd like, but, boy, can he track the deep ball. Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois, Bok High School: Jihad Ward has upside written all over him. Plus, he's a great story.
April 29, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Last week, with eight days remaining in what Carson Wentz likes to call "the longest job interview I've ever had, and probably that most people ever had," a welcome bit of clarity arrived. Wentz was working out in Fargo, N.D., when he got a text from agent Ryan Tollner: The Eagles had just traded with the Browns, moving into the second position in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft in order to grab a quarterback, and with the Los Angeles Rams apparently settled on Cal's Jared Goff in the No. 1 spot, that quarterback would be Wentz.