September 8, 2011 |
FIRST, IN JULY, Vince Young painted a bull's-eye on the Eagles' back with his "Dream Team" comment. Then, last month, Michael Vick lacquered the target after signing his $100 million deal, with his Super Bowl or Bust declaration. Nine hundred miles away, new Rams safety Quintin Mikell cringed. And smiled. Mikell remains attached to Philadelphia, where he developed over the past 8 years before leaving via free agency for 4 years and $28 million. But nothing Mikell could say this weekend could better fire up his new team to beat the old one when they meet Sunday.
August 23, 2011 |
Several Eagles players have professionally framed copies of a group photo sitting inside their lockers. The wide, panoramic-style picture features Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Asante Samuel, David Akers, Quintin Mikell and Colt Anderson, all in suits. They were the team captains for the Eagles wild-card game against the Packers in January. That's four regular Pro Bowlers, along with Mikell, a veteran leader on last year's team. And then there's Anderson, a special teamer who had spent the first eight weeks of the season on the Vikings practice squad yet was a captain for the Eagles biggest game of the year.
August 6, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - There are plenty of uncomfortable situations that come with sharing dorm suites at training camp, but splitting one with the primary player you're competing against can be first-date awkward. Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett share a four-man suite, along with cornerbacks Jorrick Cavlin and Trevard Lindley, but the Eagles vying for the starting free-safety position have rooms directly across from one another. In some circumstances, doors might be closed most of the time.
July 28, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Football-starved media members captured every step of Mike Vick's trot from the training camp check-in building to his white SUV Wednesday on Day 1 of Eagles training camp. A gang of photographers waited for him, snapping pictures, jockeying for position because football is finally back, and Vick is the Eagles' biggest star. "I'm ready," Vick said when he was engulfed by media members on all sides. He was probably referring to the questions about to be asked, but he could have meant playing football, too. He answered four questions and spoke for a whopping 75 seconds.
July 27, 2011 |
The Eagles are not pursuing their 15 free agents as NFL business resumes, and will almost certainly not bring any of them back, including starters such as linebacker Stewart Bradley and punter Sav Rocca and backup running back Jerome Harrison. Safety Quintin Mikell, long expected to depart, agreed to a deal Tuesday with the St. Louis Rams. Kicker David Akers also has been expected to leave ever since the Eagles drafted kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round. Other free agents expected to be allowed to depart include cornerback Dimitri Patterson, guards Nick Cole, Max Jean-Gilles and Reggie Wells, and linebackers Ernie Sims, Omar Gaither and Akeem Jordan.
June 13, 2011 |
Even with signs of optimism coming from not-so-secret confidential meetings between the NFL and the former NFLPA, this continues to be one of the most trying NFL offseasons in league history. And for free agents like Quintin Mikell, it has been nothing short of a test of patience. With player movement on hold, Mikell is among the hundreds of free-agents-to-be who are not only waiting to find out when they will get back on the field, but for which team. As the weeks and months continue to pass since the NFL locked its doors, Mikell has trained himself to think not of the uncertainty that dominates his life, but to simply let things play out as they will.
June 2, 2011 |
TODD HERREMANS has a video Howard Mudd gave him earlier in the offseason, featuring Herremans' play and images of Colts offensive linemen Mudd coached. Fellow Eagles lineman Austin Howard has one like it. The idea is to give the now-locked-out players an idea of what the new o-line coach wants, since he isn't able to instruct them in person right now. "He sent me a film, clips of myself in the past that he likes, and he'd like to see more of, clips of his guys from over in Indy, so I've been watching that.
May 26, 2011 |
Lehigh dean of athletics Joe Sterrett said yesterday that school officials and the Eagles have decided to make the call around mid-June on the viability of holding 2011 training camp in Bethlehem, where it has taken place every year since 1996. Previously, Sterrett had said Lehigh would like to know what's up by early June, so the school could schedule a sports festival or something to fill the gap if the Eagles weren't going to use their late-July through mid-August dates because of the NFL lockout.
May 8, 2011 |
On the afternoon before the Eagles selected Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett with the 54th pick in the draft, Quintin Mikell took advantage of the temporary lifting of the lockout to swing by the NovaCare Complex. There were things in his locker he wanted. Pictures. Footballs. Cleats. Memorabilia. Workout gear. As he was waiting for a security guard to collect his belongings, Mikell bumped into Howie Roseman, then Andy Reid. They exchanged pleasantries, nothing more. Mikell heard them loud and clear.
April 30, 2011 |
If you told Andy Reid he tabbed both his draft selections last night higher than they'd figured to go, Reid probably wouldn't disagree. But the Eagles' coach contended that the nature of this draft, after the first round, led to teams targeting players and grabbing them, even if they might be taking them above their strict grades. The Eagles went for Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett with the 54th selection in the second round. Then the Birds completed their night with unheralded Utah State corner Curtis Marsh in the third round.