August 31, 2014 |
THE EAGLES made decisions yesterday on roster cuts, but chose not to make any of them public, even after they'd been widely reported, in one case by a player himself on Twitter. (That was fan favorite Henry Josey, the 5-8 running back from Missouri who overcame a terrible knee injury in college and ran for 121 yards on 22 carries Thursday night against the Jets. He bid Eagles fans farewell.) So, here is what we could piece together from other sources, and what others have reported, which might or might not be entirely correct.
August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
August 27, 2014 |
THE NUMBER, if accurate, is staggering. So far, there have been 66 concussions in 49 NFL preseason games. That, according to @NFLconcussions, the Twitter feed that tracks such things. Former NFL player Dave Pear isn't surprised. "It's probably way more than that," he told the Daily News yesterday. "In the preseason, guys want to make teams, so they aren't going to say they're hurt. " It's not the concussions that worry Pear. It's what happens afterward. Pear, who played a combined six seasons (1975-80)
August 20, 2014 |
THE THING we know about the NFL is that not only is it a league of adaptation, but it is also a league of adjustments. For every measure that one side of the football gets to gain an advantage, the other side of the line will come up with a counter in an attempt to even up the odds. So, no matter that it has made normally unwatchable preseason games unbearable because of a constant barrage of yellow hankies, the NFL has made it clear that it is not stepping away from the decision to emphasize enforcement of its rules against illegal contact.
August 19, 2014 |
The pose is typical - the way many people remember him on the football field, always ready to capture the action. His eyes scan the ground as though waiting for the next play, the next classic shot. And his video camera, like an extension of his body, is perched on his right shoulder, prepared to record impossible catches and colliding giants. A bronze figure of Steve Sabol, the late president and co-founder of NFL Films, was unveiled last week during a private ceremony outside the company's Mount Laurel headquarters.
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - LeSean McCoy started a Twitter campaign last weekend about his quest for 2,000 rushing yards. It's a lofty goal for any running back, even the NFL's defending rushing champion. Only seven players in NFL history have eclipsed that figure. McCoy's league-leading 1,607 rushing yards came on a career-high 314 carries. To reach 2,000 yards with his 2013 rushing average of 5.12 yards per carry, he would need 77 more carries. That's unlikely to happen. McCoy didn't do the math, but he knows the long odds.
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Brad Smith's NFL career hasn't turned out quite the way he envisioned it 8 years ago. The plan, at least in his mind, was to follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol, Randall Cunningham, and make his way in the league as a quarterback, the position he had played his entire career, the position he played at Missouri, where he threw for nearly 9,000 yards and 56 touchdowns, rushed for 4,193 more yards and was a first-team All-Big...
July 29, 2014 |
SOMETIMES WHEN we touch, the honesty's too much . . . LeSean McCoy has probably never heard that 1977 Dan Hill song, and he is much better for it, since it regularly earns a high spot in polls ranking the worst-ever lyrics. But McCoy had an issue with being touched yesterday by his Eagles teammate and buddy, Trent Cole, after McCoy became the 879th running back, by unofficial Daily News count, to elude the second-day training-camp pass coverage of a pursuing linebacker. Some Eagles described the touch as more of a hard bump, in what was supposed to be a noncontact session.
July 26, 2014 |
The security video lasted just 49 seconds, and as security videos often are in such situations, it was grainy and fuzzy and had the feel of a sequence in a Scorsese film. But there was no mistaking what it showed. On a February night inside an Atlantic City casino, an elevator's doors slid apart, and Ray Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, emerged, holding the woman who is now his wife, Janay Palmer. In a fight minutes earlier, Rice had rendered her unconscious , and now she was in Rice's arms, slumped over at her torso.
July 11, 2014 |
IT'S ONE OF THOSE great summer beach-chair debates, to be pondered and argued and even dreaded a bit as you stuff a cold drink into a coozie and take your swings at the greenheads. LeSean McCoy or Nick Foles? Who's more valuable to the Eagles right now? That was the question posed in a Philly Sports Talk poll earlier this week, and while the voting is still open, Shady leads Foles by 6 percent as I sit down to write this. That's closer than their respective finish in the NFL Network's Top 100 list, which places Foles 70th and Shady fifth in the league.