March 14, 2013 |
JUST AS FANS started to get good and worked up about the Eagles' inactivity in the early hours of free agency, the team dropped a load of signings on the reeling Twitterverse. Five new Eagles joined the roster, though they weren't the splashy, top-of-the-market guys some fans always seem to want, in the face of solid evidence that trying to build a winner that way doesn't work. The signings reflected what general manager Howie Roseman and new coach Chip Kelly said in the weeks leading up to the opening of the market: The Eagles need players, as they transition from the Andy Reid era to new systems.
January 31, 2012 |
EAGLES BEAT WRITER Les Bowen made the following observation about the team's linebackers following a preseason game in Pittsburgh: "A confused, porous half of work against a really poised, honed Steelers offense does not necessarily portend disaster," he wrote. "But it's always troubling when something you suspected might be a weakness really seems to be shaking out that way, in spades. " For most of the fall, the defense often seemed out of sorts, out of position and out of talent.
July 27, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM — Brent Celek left practice early Thursday with what the Eagles described as a "mild" right knee sprain. Celek later walked briskly to the parking lot, waving off reporters' concerns with "I'll be good. I promise. " He was wearing a wrapping on his right leg. Just a day earlier, the Eagles seemed to be done with their tight-end flirtation. Visanthe Shiancoe had signed with the Patriots, and the Eagles hadn't opted to bring in four-time Pro Bowler Jeremy Shockey for a physical, after reports said they might.
September 18, 2012 |
HE MARRIED a South Jersey girl, still owns a house there, still has far too many relatives from the two sides of his extremely extended family to possibly get tickets for. There was even a big bus that took some of them from his hometown of Audubon to the game Sunday - uncles, aunts, cousins and in-laws - but Joe Flacco shook his head when someone asked after the excruciating, 24-23 loss to the team he grew up cheering for if the day had any special significance....
March 17, 2008 |
The Atlanta Falcons are negotiating a trade that would send outspoken cornerback DeAngelo Hall to the Oakland Raiders for a second-round pick in the NFL draft. A source familiar with the talks, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized, confirmed to the Associated Press the Falcons were discussing a trade for the 36th overall selection. The Falcons have the No. 3 pick in the opening round. Hall is a two-time Pro Bowl selection, but he is nearly as well known for his outspoken demeanor.
August 23, 2011 |
The bombshell out of Napa, Calif., on Monday was not that Oakland had used a third-round pick in the NFL's supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The real news was the immediate speculation that the Raiders would try the 6-foot-5, 232-pounder at receiver. Pryor ran a 4.36 in the 40 at his workout on Saturday, which would make him the league's fastest QB, with the possible exception of Michael Vick. But a Raiders source told ESPN.com's John Clayton the team is looking at Pryor more as receiver than a quarterback at the NFL level.
August 17, 2012 |
NNAMDI ASOMUGHA was supposed to return to practice Thursday, and he did, briefly, before deciding his whiplashed neck wasn't comfortable. This left third-year cornerback Brandon Hughes manning Asomugha's spot, as he has done in practice since Asomugha went down in a scary collision with safety Nate Allen Monday at Lehigh. For Hughes, 26, battling for a roster spot, these reps have been precious. Even more precious would be a chance to start against the Patriots Monday night in the preseason game the Eagles are pointing toward as their key preparation for the regular season.
October 29, 2012
Up-Down Drill Andy Reid We've reached the lowest point in Reid's tenure. He has had worse records, but never has the coach been as close to losing his job as he is now. It's fair to wonder if he's lost his ability to reach his players. Jason Babin/ Trent Cole The defensive line finally notched a sack (two of them!), but neither came from the Eagles' vaunted defensive ends. Babin and Cole have been among the biggest disappointments in a season of many disappointments.
September 7, 2012 |
ASANTE SAMUEL says he doesn't care if he starts at cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons. His stance isn't much different from Week 1 last year in Philadelphia after the Eagles acquired Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Even though he started all 14 of his games, Samuel was initially the odd man out. By October, with Philadelphia off to a poor start, he complained about management's desire to reduce his role. With the Falcons, the label of being a starting cornerback is somewhat less relevant.
October 22, 2011 |
Asante Samuel has heard the whispers, and he's not happy about them. The Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback, who has been on the trading block since this summer and whose name resurfaced in trade rumors Tuesday, said the talk "doesn't sit well with me. " "I've been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me there - 22, 23 interceptions over my years, broke playoff records. Obviously they don't want me there so life goes on," Samuel told 97.5 FM on Saturday. "We'll see where I'll be at. " This isn't the first time Samuel has voiced displeasure with seemingly being the odd-man out of the Eagles talented cornerback corps.