June 4, 2014 |
LeSean McCoy is not backing down from his claim that he's the best running back in the NFL, and he is willing to stack his merits against those of Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. "Especially the last three years," McCoy said. "Check the numbers. " In the last three seasons, Peterson rushed for 4,333 yards on 5.2 yards per carry, with 34 touchdowns. He also had 87 catches for 527 yards and three touchdowns. McCoy rushed for 3,756 yards on 4.8 yards per carry and 28 touchdowns, with 154 receptions for 1,227 yards and eight TDs. The McCoy-Peterson discussion started when McCoy said during an ESPN interview earlier this spring that he was the league's top running back.
June 4, 2014 |
It doesn't take much for LeSean McCoy to notice the value and importance of the running back position withering around the NFL, and it takes even less for him to rage against it. The sport is built around the quarterback and the passing game and the best ways to stop a quarterback and his passing game. No team has selected a running back in the first round of either of the last two NFL drafts. A tailback might sign a boffo extension, then find himself released before the contract ends, thanks to advancing age and declining production, because the perception these days is that, relatively speaking, even an excellent running back is easily replaced.
May 29, 2014 |
THE EAGLES opened their almighty OTAs yesterday but the session was closed to the media. And who said there is no God? OTA: organized team activity. If that term sounds a bit legalistic, that is because it is a bit legalistic. It comes from the collective bargaining agreement between the players and owners, a document that now circumscribes what can and cannot be done by an NFL player during the offseason and does it in impressive detail. From the end of the season to the start of training camp, everything is accounted for except the timing of the players' bathroom breaks.
May 24, 2014 |
The NFL announced on Tuesday that Minneapolis and the Minnesota Vikings' as-yet-unfinished football stadium would host Super Bowl LII in 2018, and this created two potential problems, one of which affects the Eagles. The first problem is that, with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to town for the game, the likelihood that someone's left ear will freeze, fall off, and be lost forever in a snow bank has increased far beyond what is customary for Minneapolis in late January and early February.
May 23, 2014 |
A LONG, LONG time ago, an Eagles player - one of those freakishly cut offensive linemen from back then, with no body fat at all - lost his mind on the practice field, just attacking everybody he could reach. It was quite a scene, a classic 'roid-rage incident. The next day, the club told reporters that they weren't sure, but they thought it might have been some kind of allergic reaction to a bee sting, and we all wrote it down and put it in the paper the next day. We were such idiots.
May 22, 2014 |
Superior Court staff in Atlantic County will join Baltimore Ravens fans and fantasy football leagues in keeping an eye on running back Ray Rice for at least the next year. Rice, 27, was approved Tuesday for a pretrial program designed to lead to dismissal of an assault charge stemming from an altercation with his then-fiancee in a Revel Casino Hotel elevator Feb. 15. Rice will have to complete at least 12 months of a supervised program that will likely require counseling, employment, and staying out of trouble.
May 15, 2014 |
Victoria Ellen Denenberg, 69, of Merion, archivist for the NFL's treasure trove of game footage, died Monday, May 5, of cancer at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Ms. Denenberg began her career at NFL Films in 1966 as an assistant to the league's business manager. She handled a variety of duties before becoming the manager of its film library. In that role, she oversaw the cataloging and archiving of all footage shot by NFL Films camera operators. NFL Films was located initially in Philadelphia, but when it moved from Center City to Mount Laurel in 1980, she helped guide the transition.
May 14, 2014 |
LAURENT Duvernay-Tardif almost didn't get to hear his name announced on ESPN when he was selected in the sixth round by the Chiefs. The reason? He was helping deliver twins via C-section. Duvernay-Tardif, you see, is a medical student at McGill University in Montreal, which has had just one other player drafted by the NFL - Randy Chevrier, a long snapper taken by the Jaguars in 2001. "I think when you play football, you have to play 100 percent," Duvernay-Tardif, a tackle, told the Associated Press.
May 14, 2014 |
What a powerful kiss. Three days after Michael Sam embraced his boyfriend in a loving caress in front of ESPN's cameras after the St. Louis Rams drafted him in the seventh round, America is still feeling the aftereffects. On Monday, the 24-year-old Sam - the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL - saw his No. 10 Rams jersey outsell that of every other rookie, with the exception of Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel. He even beat out the first overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney.
May 12, 2014 |
Two years ago, Tom Savage, working construction with his father and desperately seeking one last college opportunity, thought his football playing days might be over. Now, after impressing in one season at Pittsburgh and dramatically raising his stock in recent months, the strong-armed quarterback from Cardinal O'Hara is set to begin a pro career. He was selected Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft, with the 135th overall choice, by the Houston Texans. "It was tough," Savage said.