June 16, 2013 |
DESEAN JACKSON didn't back off his contention, voiced earlier this week on the NFL Network, that it would be better for the Eagles to know who their quarterback is going to be, heading into training camp. But Jackson, speaking at Saint Joseph's before a screening of his documentary, "DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father's Dream," said he understands why new coach Chip Kelly isn't ready to make such a declaration. "I wish I could know, but at the end of the day, that's the coach's decision," Jackson said.
June 7, 2013 |
THERE WAS a reason why some reporters breathlessly charted every minicamp snap this week, trying to analyze whether Michael Vick or Nick Foles got more quarterbacking reps with the first team, while keeping an eye on rookie Matt Barkley. It has been 16 years since the Eagles went into training camp with no designated starting QB. The summer situation has been well-defined, for better or worse, every year since the last unforgettable, immortal clash between Ty Detmer and Rodney Peete, in 1997.
May 31, 2013 |
In two of Pat Shurmur's last three seasons coaching in the NFL, his teams have started a rookie quarterback. In the other year, he started a second-year quarterback. It's hard to find an NFL coach with more recent experience coaching young quarterbacks than Shurmur, the Eagles' new offensive coordinator. An Eagles tight ends coach when Donovan McNabb was a rookie in 1999 and the quarterbacks coach when Kevin Kolb was drafted in 2007, Shurmur watched McNabb become the starter as a rookie and Kolb wait his turn.
May 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - A cause of death was not determined yesterday after an autopsy on the body of a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history. There was no obvious sign of heart trauma on Cullen Finnerty, Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said. Finnerty's body was discovered Tuesday in woods in western Michigan, 65 miles north of Grand Rapids, following a search by dozens of people, including former teammates, coaches and current players at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, where Finnerty quarterback three national championship teams.
May 18, 2013 |
Part Four of an online-only Series The Eagles held their first OTAs this week, and they will practice throughout the next four weeks. After those practices, coach Chip Kelly will have a better idea of the Eagles roster. But there's a lot that will happen between now and then. Here is the state of the quarterback position: Projected starter Michael Vick (6-feet, 215 pounds), age 32, 12th season Other than the changes under Kelly, no topic has received more discussion this offseason than what will happen at quarterback.
May 15, 2013 |
Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley were on the field together for the first day of organized team activities on Monday. But any hope for a clue about who will start at quarterback for the Eagles this season based on the first practice was diminished by coach Chip Kelly's rotation. Vick opened with the first-team offense, but Foles also took a significant number of snaps at the NovaCare Complex. Kelly believed it was near a 50-50 distribution. Neither Barkley nor Dennis Dixon took first-team snaps on Monday, but both received steady work during Kelly's fast-paced practice.
May 13, 2013
Delaware quarterback Trevor Sasek was in stable condition after sustaining multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen during a fight early Sunday morning in Newark, Del., according to the website Delawareonline.com. Sasek, a Spring-Ford High graduate from Limerick, is a fifth-year senior expected to compete for the Blue Hens' starting job this fall. University officials would not comment on the incident or confirm that Sasek was the victim. Delaware football coach Dave Brock , citing university policy, also would not comment.
May 13, 2013 |
If Chip Kelly drafted Matt Barkley, a quarterback virtually no one thought he could be interested in, then there is no reason to think that he can't start this season. History says fourth-round quarterbacks hardly ever start in the NFL, let alone as rookies. But the NFL is evolving and in certain segments becoming more like the college game than vice versa. And there's something about the Great Kelly Unknown that suggests anything is possible. There are some pertinent reasons to support Barkley's candidacy, among them his decision-making, accuracy, and moxie.
April 30, 2013 |
Quarterback Tim Tebow was waived by the New York Jets on Monday, the end of an embarrassingly unsuccessful one-season experiment that produced more hype and headlines than production on the field. And it all ended quietly, with a three-paragraph news release. "Unfortunately," Jets coach Rex Ryan said in a statement, "things did not work out the way we all had hoped. " It also left Tebow's football future very much in doubt. A year after he threw a TD pass to win a playoff game in overtime for the Denver Broncos, the Heisman Trophy winner with two college national titles at Florida may have suited up for the last time.
April 29, 2013 |
Drew Pederson is like many student-athletes, appreciating his time on the field even more once it was taken away. Pederson, considered among South Jersey's top 2012 football prospects, missed his senior season at Moorestown after breaking his left ankle in preseason practice. He's now back competing, albeit in baseball, but is also looking forward to the next chapter in his life in football. Pederson patiently waited behind Andrew Lisa at quarterback at Moorestown. As a junior, Pederson did emerge as one of South Jersey's top defensive backs, making eight interceptions.