September 11, 2015 |
YOU HAVE your opinion of the Eagles' season-opening roster and I have mine. Here's how an NFC scout broke it down for the Daily News, position-by-position, heading into Monday night's game against Atlanta: QUARTERBACK Starter: Sam Bradford; Backup: Mark Sanchez Scout: "I watched the tape of that first quarter against Green Bay. I think every one of Bradford's completions was a first read. He never had to get to a second read. When you play at the tempo they play at, there are only so many coverages a defense can play.
September 7, 2015 |
In the end, there weren't many surprises after the Eagles announced their league-mandated 53-man roster on Saturday. Well, maybe that there were only 52 players. A day after he dealt Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals, Chip Kelly waived Tim Tebow and kept open the possibility of adding a third quarterback off the street. The Eagles coach was blunt in his assessment of Tebow - "We didn't feel like he was good enough" - and all you could do was nod in agreement. There were a few other minor decisions that may not have been forecast.
September 6, 2015
AS THE director of content and programming for the World Meeting of Families, Mary Beth Yount is responsible for planning the speakers at the World Meeting's congress (the 4-day pre-Pope gathering at the Convention Center) as well as the lineup at the Festival of Families and the papal mass on the Parkway. Yount, a mother of four from Media who is an assistant professor of theology at Neumann University, recently spoke with Stephanie Farr about her big gets for the congress, some of the criticisms that organizers have faced and how she got a group of nuns to host a dance party.
September 4, 2015 |
It's that time of year again. While sportswriters and fans make a game of predicting the Eagles' 53-man roster, some players will have their lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL spoiled by the time the cutdown deadline rolls around Saturday at 4 p.m. Chip Kelly, given complete control of personnel this offseason, assembled a roster that is deep at running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive line and inside linebacker. But there are still areas of concern like the offensive line, outside linebacker and the secondary, and that is where the Eagles coach may have to make some of his most difficult 53-man decisions.
September 4, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The fourth preseason game is the proverbial cool-down for NFL teams, as they rest most of their starters and give the unheralded players one last opportunity to make an in-game impression before final cuts are made. Some of those fringe players will indeed make the 53-man roster, while others could join the practice squad or secure an invitation from another team. The most unfortunate of the lot will head back home with nothing to show for their efforts.
September 2, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The annual date for major-league roster expansion Tuesday will not see the Phillies promote any touted prospects like they did a year ago by summoning Maikel Franco. This year's crop of September call-ups will be minimal altogether. The team will promote "probably three" players, according to interim manager Pete Mackanin, and maybe one or two more at the end of the triple-A season. Tuesday's call-ups are likely to consist of bullpen depth and a third catcher. "I don't think you're going to see a lot of moves made because the guys that are here are the ones that need to continue to play and progress," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
August 25, 2015 |
WHEN THE Eagles signed Rasheed Bailey as an undrafted free agent in early May, it made for a nice, sweet, local-boy-makes-good story, even if the kid's chances of making it to the 2015 regular-season starting line with the team seemed somewhere between slim and none. The Roxborough High product had been an NCAA Division III pass-catching scourge at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, leading the nation in receiving yards (1,707) and touchdown catches (19). Set the school record for career receiving yards (3,138)
July 31, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY starts training camp Sunday, and by the time he's done his decision-making, the roster will have 53 players on it. Here's one man's opinion on what Kelly will wind up with: Quarterback (3) Sam Bradford Mark Sanchez Tim Tebow Cutdown casualty: Matt Barkley Comment: Kelly has kept three QBs the last two years and that isn't expected to change this season. If Bradford stays healthy, he'll be the starter and Sanchez will be the backup. There will be no "open" competition for the starting job. Tebow has worked his butt off the last two years to improve his throwing mechanics, but I didn't see a whole lot of difference in him in the spring workouts.
July 23, 2015 |
Forget that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss next season due to a bone in his right foot being broken - again. If you go to a game, you'll at least find a new player at the food concession: Lee's Hoagie House. The Southampton, Bucks County-based chain has reached a deal for the next year to operate two stands at the Wells Fargo Center for all events - sports, entertainment and other, including the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, said Jon Waxman, corporate vice president of Lee's Hoagie House Franchise Group.
July 17, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - On July 5, a contingent of players left Philadelphia and headed for the Summer League in Utah. Meanwhile, back at the 76ers practice facility, another group was preparing to make the trek to Las Vegas to participate in that league. The groups have competed in seven games, with only one win. But that's not what the summer is about. It's about evaluating talent, determining strengths and weaknesses and, at least for fans and media, trying to predict who will get invited to training camp, which will start in late September, and who will be on the roster Opening Night.