May 1, 2016 |
The Eagles drafted their first offensive lineman since 2013 on Friday when they selected Oregon State's Isaac Seumalo with the No. 79 overall pick. It came in the third round with the team's second pick of the draft, and it was used on a 6-foot-4, 303-pound lineman that coach Doug Pederson believes can vie for a starting job and is versatile enough to play every spot on the offensive line. "I think this kid can come in and compete and give us great depth at the spot," Pederson said.
March 11, 2016 |
SOMEDAY, we will be privy to the pictures Howie Roseman has of Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum that helped him facilitate one of the great NFL trade robberies of the salary-cap era. For now, it's enough to know that cornerback Byron Maxwell and his XXXL contract are somebody else's problem and the Eagles are picking five spots higher in the first round of next month's draft than they were three days...
February 29, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles scouted the offensive linemen at the combine the last two years. But when those drafts arrived, they avoided that pool of players. The Eagles were the only team to eschew the position in both the 2014 and 2015 drafts, and Lane Johnson was the lone offensive lineman selected in Chip Kelly's three years with the team. Expect that to change this spring, when the Eagles will add to their line with some of their nine draft choices. "We were leading the league in offensive linemen drafted from, I think, 2000 to 2013," executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said last week.
June 16, 2015 |
Jason Peters watched the NFC divisional playoff game with his family in Texas. He was not happy to be watching it because he felt the Eagles were good enough to be playing in the game at Green Bay. The veteran offensive tackle was still not over the fact that his team had let a 9-3 start dissolve into a disastrous ending that included three straight losses to Seattle, Dallas, and Washington. "I felt like if we had made the playoffs we could have contended for the ring," Peters said last week after a long and hot Eagles workout.
June 15, 2015 |
The Eagles will work out offensive lineman Jared Wheeler on Monday, according to a league source. He will sign if he passes his physical, according to agent Brett Tessler. Wheeler, 24, is 6-foot-5 and 319 pounds and played at the University of Miami. He was waived by the Seattle Seahawks after the draft in May. Wheeler spent last summer with the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills. He was with the Bills during the preseason, but did not make the final roster cut. Wheeler started six games at Miami in 2013 - one at left guard, two at center, and three at right guard.
May 1, 2015 |
After four months of speculation filling airwaves and dominating page views, the first round of the NFL draft has finally arrived. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on the clock Thursday at 8 p.m. They will have 10 minutes to make the top selection, which is expected to be Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Then the fun begins. The Tennessee Titans have the No. 2 pick, which is attractive to teams that want Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. If you haven't heard, the Eagles are one of them.
April 28, 2015 |
The first draft pick Chip Kelly made as the Eagles head coach was an offensive lineman, Lane Johnson. He has not picked an offensive lineman since. The Eagles have three projected starters who will be 31 or older next season. The draft this week could be a good time for the Eagles to add at least one young lineman they could pencil in as a future starter. If the Eagles stay at No. 20 in the first round Thursday, they will be in the range for some of the draft's top offensive tackles.
February 27, 2015 |
LANE JOHNSON was the fourth overall selection in the 2013 draft, from Oklahoma. Todd Herremans' draft status was not quite that lofty - he was taken in the fourth round, in 2005, out of much less prominent Saginaw Valley State. But Johnson quickly attached himself to Herremans, his mentor in the ways of the NFL. Herremans, 32, is "someone I love like a brother - really helped me mature as a player on the field and as a man off the field," Johnson said in a text, after Herremans yesterday confirmed an ESPN report that he will soon be released, after 10 seasons with the Birds.
November 22, 2013 |
IT'S FOURTH-AND-1 from the goal line and Imhotep trails by five points with just seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The PIAA Class AA championship is on the line. Aaron Ruff, a 6-5, 280-pounder, sticks his hand in the turf and steadies his nerves. He explodes off the snap, takes a handoff 5 yards deep and barrels into the end zone for the game-winner as the crowd goes wild. Offensive linemen can dream, too, right? "I'm always thinking about that," said the Panthers' right guard after practice Tuesday night.
July 26, 2013 |
Maryland offensive lineman Pete White, who was once considered one of the nation's top high-school recruits, has transferred to Temple for his final season of eligibility. The Maryland graduate is immediately eligible to play because he is enrolled in graduate courses not available at Maryland. White spent three seasons at Maryland and was a key cog for the Terrapins in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was hampered by injury last season and left the team in February for "personal reasons.