February 26, 2016 |
ONCE UPON a time in the NFL, when patience hadn't yet become a dirty word and coaches usually could count on being given at least three years before needing to update their resumes, the preferred method for developing a quarterback was slow-roasting rather than two minutes in a microwave. Back then, when you drafted a quarterback, unless he was one of those rare pass-throwing, ready-for-prime-time prodigies, you usually gave him a baseball cap and clipboard and had him watch and learn for a year or two before you put him in the line of regular-season fire.
February 25, 2016 |
Notables at the NFL Combine Here are some notable players with local ties expected to attend this week's NFL Combine in Indianapolis: From local high schools Eli Apple, CB (Ohio State and Eastern High School): Apple left Ohio State after only two seasons. He is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and a potential first-round pick. Will Fuller, WR (Notre Dame and Roman Catholic High School): What Fuller lacks in size (6-foot-0, 172 pounds), he makes up for with speed.
February 24, 2016 |
Malcolm Jenkins is known as someone who likes to take charge, so it should come as no surprise that the Eagles safety's new five-year deal was negotiated at his urging. After completing the second year of a three-year contract, Jenkins told his agent he wanted to remain in Philadelphia beyond 2016. "If the feeling is mutual," Jenkins said, "I'd love to get something long-term. " The feeling was mutual. Jenkins, 28, agreed to a five-year deal on Monday that could keep him in Philadelphia through 2020.
February 18, 2016 |
IT'S BEEN nearly two weeks since Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said he was going to enjoy a bunch of beer before giving thought to retiring from the NFL. Considering the Broncos had just won Super Bowl 50 when Manning was almost immediately asked if he planned to quit after 18 NFL seasons, he gave the obvious answer. If, however, Manning thinks about this logically, now would be the perfect time for him to walk away. A big part of that is because anyone who watched Manning lob those wobbly ducks around Levi's Stadium knows he's lost the race with Father Time and that his skill sets are no longer those of a competent NFL quarterback.
February 17, 2016 |
The Eagles are on the clock with Sam Bradford. The window for NFL teams to use their franchise tags begins Tuesday and extends to March 1. If the franchise tag is not used on a pending free agent during that period, that player would be free to sign elsewhere beginning March 9. Teams can use the franchise tag on one free agent to help keep that player off the open market. The tag provides a one-year contract at the average of the five highest-paid players at his position or 120 percent of his previous year's salary, whichever is greater.
February 13, 2016 |
Temple will have three representatives at the NFL combine. Linebacker Tyler Matakevich, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, and cornerback Tavon Young will represent the Owls at the combine, which will be held Feb. 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. All three players also participated in last month's Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Matakevich is Temple's all-time leader in tackles with 493. He won the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski trophies as the nation's best defensive player.
February 11, 2016
ISSUE | NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE A unique, not a socialist, business Although the National Football League may have adopted some rules and regulations that are also found in socialist countries, it is not a socialist organization ("America's favorite socialists," Friday). Socialism is defined as state ownership of the means of production. All NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, are owned by private individuals. What may have confused commentary writer Tom Taft are practices meant to keep all teams competitive.
February 9, 2016
TREGG DUERSON was right when he reacted negatively when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell compared the risk of NFL players developing the degenerative brain disease CTE to ordinary risks we all experience in life. In his self-serving annual Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said the NFL "has made great progress" in guarding against concussions. He naively added, "There are risks in life. There's risk sitting on the couch. " Duerson's father - late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson - was one of several NFL players to have committed suicide and later diagnosed to have had CTE. Through the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, Tregg Duerson issued a statement on Sunday that said: "Comparing the CTE risk that NFL players face with an apparently inherent risk in sitting on the couch is an insult to the men affected by CTE. "These men and their families deserve better.
February 9, 2016 |
The Eagles have not made a decision yet on whether they will use their franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford, according to a league source, despite an ESPN report Sunday that said the Eagles are not expected to use the tag on the quarterback. The ESPN report also said Eagles coach Doug Pederson is interested in reacquiring Nick Foles, although the source said the Eagles have not had any discussions about Foles. With Chip Kelly in charge last offseason, the team dealt Foles in a package for Bradford that included surrendering the team's 2016 second-round pick.
February 7, 2016 |
Here is a look at the Panthers-Broncos Super Bowl matchup: When the Panthers have the ball With Cam Newton at quarterback, the Panthers led the NFL with 31.3 points per game this season and averaged 40 points in their two postseason games. The defense helps, but it's Newton's brilliance that is most responsible for the Panthers' scoring. He threw for 35 touchdowns and rushed for 10 scores during the regular season. His dual-threat ability is the most dangerous in the NFL. Newton's running is complemented by running back Jonathan Stewart, who had 989 rushing yards this season and is averaging five yards per carry during the playoffs.