December 10, 1997 |
Everybody wanted to talk to Ray Farmer. The Eagles linebacker was one of the most sought-after players in the locker room Monday because he will replace the injured William Thomas in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas, a right-side linebacker, sprained a ligament in his right knee in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants and may be lost for the last two games of the season. Since Thomas was the Birds' best defensive player, and Farmer, normally a left-side linebacker, will be making his first start in nine games, everybody wanted to hear what he had to say. As it turned out, Farmer didn't have time to talk.
June 21, 1996 |
Another former Green Bay Packer joined the Eagles' fold yesterday along with another team draft pick. Receiver Mark Ingram signed a one-year contract for about $300,000 plus a $15,000 signing bonus, according to his agent, Michael George. The club also signed fourth-round pick Ray Farmer to a three-year contract worth $696,000, including a $205,000 signing bonus. Farmer, from Duke, is expected to challenge Marc Woodard for the starting spot at left outside linebacker. He will earn the NFL minimum all three years - $131,000, $164,000 and $196,000.
July 9, 1996 |
With training camp just eight days away, the Eagles are still searching for a veteran left outside linebacker. Among the new candidates they are considering is free agent Carl Banks, who played the last two seasons for the Cleveland Browns. "I talked to [Eagles pro personnel director] Chuck Banker a few weeks ago, and we hope they're considering him," said Alan Herman, who represents Banks. "We think Carl can help them. He has always played well across from the tight end, and I think Ray Rhodes knows that.
January 13, 1998 |
Coming off miserable holidays made so by the hangover of a losing season, Eagles coach Ray Rhodes went west to the San Francisco Bay area last week to scout college players at the East-West Shrine Game. The weather was lousy, so the players practiced mostly indoors. The teams that gave him his coaching start, San Francisco and Green Bay, were to meet Sunday in the NFC title game, where Rhodes expected to be this season. And then the daughter of a close family friend had a heart attack and died while he was there.
March 6, 2013 |
NORTHERN IOWA receiver Terrell Sinkfield participated in a pro day Monday at the University of Minnesota. Sinkfield proved he can run fast. The question is, how fast? FoxSportsNorth.com reported that Sinkfield ran the 40-yard dash, his second attempt, in 4.19 seconds, and it was so fast, he was asked to run a third time. Sinkfield reportedly stumbled on the third attempt but still ran a 4.44. "I knew it was good when I finished," Sinkfield told the website, referring to his faster time.
August 18, 1997 |
Everybody wanted to talk to the linebackers. Sudden celebrities in a locker room usually dominated by three intriguing quarterbacks, Pro Bowl running back Ricky Watters, and ageless wonder Irving Fryar, the linebackers were glad to talk. They had a few things to say. The Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens, 24-13, in a preseason game Saturday night at Veterans Stadium, and the often overlooked linebackers had plenty to do with it. Ray Farmer rumbled 48 yards with a fumble recovery in the third quarter to put the Eagles ahead for good.
September 19, 1998 |
When a team is facing as many negatives as the Eagles - an 0-2 start, endless injuries, nine straight road losses - there are only two things to do. Fold or look for something positive. For the beleaguered Eagles, the positives rest in the negatives - everyone else's. If there is nothing else to rally around going to Arizona, it is that the Cardinals are playing as bad as the Eagles and facing a must-win game coming off an 0-2 start. So when asked about his team's confidence at the close of their final practice yesterday, Birds coach Ray Rhodes looked to his division rivals for hope.
October 8, 1997 |
If it's Wednesday, Ray Farmer is probably short on time. The Eagles linebacker has a special-teams meeting early in the morning and a full team meeting after that. He has special-teams practice in the afternoon and a full practice after that. Then it's off to the weight room, a short break for a mid-afternoon meal, then more meetings. It's no picnic being a starter in the NFL. It's no easy task being a special-teams standout, either. In three of the Eagles' first five games, Farmer has been both.
December 26, 1996 |
Terry Crews couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present. Unemployed all season after being cut by the Washington Redskins in August, Crews was invited by the San Francisco 49ers to fly out last Sunday for a tryout. But just one hour before he was scheduled to leave for the airport, Chuck Banker, the Eagles' director of scouting, called Crews at his home in Virginia and offered him a one-year contract with the Eagles. "It was a great Christmas present," said Crews, a pass-rushing defensive end and linebacker who backed up Washington linebacker Ken Harvey last season.
November 4, 1997 |
Ty Detmer relieved starting quarterback Rodney Peete in the second half Sunday and brought the Eagles from a 17-7 deficit to a 21-17 lead in the third quarter. Detmer, who started the season's first six games, threw two fourth-quarter interceptions and, uncharacteristically, declined to address the media after the game. "I didn't want to get into a situation where I would say something I might regret," Detmer said yesterday. Whew. That might not sound like much, but them's fightin' words for the soft-spoken Texan.