August 11, 2016 |
DOUG PEDERSON remembers his first NFL preseason game, as a rookie quarterback. "It was late in the fourth quarter, and I knelt down three times. Three knees, in Miami," Pederson recalled recently. "Dan Marino, Scott Secules and Scott Mitchell were the three" quarterbacks ahead of Pederson on the depth chart that 1991 training camp, he said. Mitchell was the up-and-coming QB who got most of the work that night. Pederson, then an undrafted rookie from northeast Louisiana, wasn't facing great expectations.
July 11, 2016 |
This week, on the ground floor of Philadelphia's original Ritz-Carlton, where patricians once frequented that hotel's lavish Empire Dining Room and Ritz Bar, customers lined up at Wawa's deli counter. The transformation of the posh Broad and Walnut hotel, from high-society hangout to Hoagiefest's home, suggests just how much Center City and its dining options have changed. Wawa's occupancy of what was a grand hotel lobby also has helped to further obscure the significant sports history that took place in that building, 20 or so floors above the provolone and pickles.
July 9, 2016 |
Bob Brady says the 2017 NFL draft will be held in Philadelphia. The city says: Not so fast. The U.S. representative said in an interview Thursday that the draft, held in Chicago the last two years, would take place in Philadelphia in April. Although the city did not confirm that a deal had been made, Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, said that Mayor Kenney called him Thursday to tell him that the city had agreed to host the draft and to commit $5 million to pull off the three-day event.
May 15, 2016 |
TWO QUARTERBACKS are throwing at the Eagles' rookie camp this weekend. One of them has been nationally famous since leading his college team to an undefeated season in 2012. The other is Carson Wentz. It's a funny world. Dozens of reporters lined one wall of the indoor facility Friday at NovaCare as Wentz took the field for the first time as an Eagle. Minutes earlier, he'd appeared at a news conference where Wentz, the North Dakota State QB the Eagles traded up to draft second overall, told reporters he figures he'll have a good relationship with returning starter Sam Bradford, even though they have yet to meet.
May 4, 2016 |
LAST THURSDAY the NFL inadvertently and unintentionally made a case for paying college players. Minutes before he was expected to go within the top three or four picks in the NFL draft, Laremy Tunsil found out both his Twitter and Instagram accounts had been hacked, sharing with any potential future employer a two-year-old video of him smoking out of a gas mask bong and messages suggesting he was paid under the table while playing for Ole Miss. Tunsil tumbled to the Dolphins as the 13th pick overall - the Eagles' original draft position - costing the offensive tackle by, even modest estimates, more than $8 million in lost wages.
May 3, 2016 |
FOR 15 DAYS in July 2014, Wendell Smallwood's football career was very much in doubt. Smallwood was arrested at West Virginia University, where he was training for his sophomore season at running back, and was extradited back home to Wilmington, Del. He was charged with trying to get a witness in a murder case to recant her statement implicating Smallwood's friend, a man named Zakee Lloyd, who was accused of killing 51-year-old Manuel Oliveras in...
May 1, 2016 |
WELL, IT IS DONE! The beloved Eagles picked Carson Wentz from North Dakota State with the second selection in the NFL draft to be their quarterback of the future. They gave up almost a king's ransom in draft choices to get the second pick. Was it worth it? I'm afraid the answer is no. I am afraid, because I hope with all my heart that Wentz turns out to be, if not a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, at least a Drew Brees or Philip Rivers. I hope I am wrong because if the actuarial tables are right, Wentz could be the Eagles' quarterback for the rest of my lifetime, and, Carson, if you see this, winning the Super Bowl is on my bucket list.
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 |
TYLER MATAKEVICH sees the irony. That doesn't mean he has to understand it, much less accept it. He's been here before. He just figured that after four years of proving a lot of people wrong, he might be past that. Instead, the most honored player in Temple football history now has to prove himself all over again. "It's funny, because I get asked a lot about this," said the 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker, who won the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards as the best defensive player in the country last season.
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.