September 6, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' special teams were really bad last year, so maybe Chip Kelly saying yesterday he used special-teams play as his criteria for keeping backups at several positions is a good thing. On the other hand, starters get hurt. Some of these guys are going to have to play more than on special teams. At that point, we'll see whether Kelly's philosophy - hardly unusual in the NFL - works out in the long run. Asked what extent playing for him at Oregon factored into keeping reserve wideout Jeff Maehl and reserve linebacker Casey Matthews, Kelly said: "None.
September 4, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY really had us going, didn't he? All that "May the best man win" stuff. All that "Every job is open for competition. " And then, after the blood was let, there were zero surprises on Kelly's first Eagles roster. Zero. Kelly, early in training camp, listed co-starters at quarterback, when one guy fit his offense like a New England accent fits in Philly sports (there's a lot of that going on these days). Making Michael Vick watch Nick Foles run Kelly's read-option scheme would be like making Kelly put his best receiver and his most professional player, Jason Avant, at safety for a day. Avant, all along clearly the only choice in the slot, should drop two passes just to get even . . . but then, Avant lacks that sort of malice.
September 1, 2013 |
The 76ers aren't done adding players. General manager Sam Hinkie said he will make roster moves "in a lot of ways" in the weeks leading up next month's training camp. "In training camp, you can have up to 20 players," Hinkie said. "I'm not the kind of guy that you can say that likes to miss out on opportunities. "The chance to have 20 is another chance to learn more about people. " The Sixers have 14 players on their roster. Two of them - Nerlens Noel and Jason Richardson - won't be available at the start of the season because of injuries.
August 30, 2013 |
THE LAMAR ODOM saga is getting curiouser and curiouser. Yesterday, Radar Online reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have offered the free-agent forward a roster spot if he goes to rehab for his alleged drug problem. Odom, who played for the Clippers last season, played for the Lakers from 2004-10. A source told Radar Online that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made the offer because "the organization and the Buss family [which owns the Lakers] are extremely concerned about" Odom.
August 30, 2013 |
A new coach, many new faces, and injuries to several players on the bubble have made forecasting the Eagles' 53-man roster a difficult task. Chip Kelly has Thursday night's preseason finale at the New York Jets to make final evaluations, but we're getting a two-day head start - NFL rosters must be trimmed by 6 p.m. Saturday - on predicting who stays and who goes. The 53-man regular-season roster will be, of course, fluid. The Eagles are expected to add waived players from other teams at spots in which they are thin in advance of the Sept.
August 26, 2013 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two Eagles cornerbacks left Saturday's 31-24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with injuries, further depleting a depth chart that was already thin in the defensive backfield. Cornerback Brandon Hughes fractured his left hand playing on special teams in the first quarter. Eddie Whitley left the game in the third quarter with a right knee injury. He did not return. Both were competing to make the roster, which is wide open beyond the top three cornerbacks.
July 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - When the cloud that is Wednesday's trade deadline passes, reality says the Phillies must play the balance of the season. Fifty-seven games remain after Sunday, and they will be used to evaluate everyone. So, while moments like the fifth inning of Sunday's 12-4 loss to the Tigers are irrelevant in the bigger picture, there is meaning. Chase Utley was intentionally walked with a runner on third and two outs. Darin Ruf, batting cleanup for the first time in his career, smacked a 1-2 fastball up the middle for a run-scoring single.
July 28, 2013 |
William Powell's stint with the Eagles never truly started, as the running back the Eagles claimed off waivers on Wednesday failed his physical and was waived on Friday. Meanwhile, punter Brad Wing and running back Matthew Tucker were activated from the non-football injury list after passing their conditioning tests. Powell, who was the third-leading rusher with the Cardinals last season, was unlikely to make the roster. But he was at least expected to compete, although that never even happened.
July 24, 2013 |
MANY surprises await. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman spoke about that yesterday, as new coach Chip Kelly welcomed rookies and select vets to training camp at NovaCare, the rest of the team due to arrive Thursday. Already, there are 40 new names on the 90-man roster, 40 guys who never played for Andy Reid. And it would be a mistake to assume Roseman and Kelly are done with their tweaks, as Kelly tries to assemble the group he has in mind. "We're still trying to figure out the guys on the back end of the roster," Roseman said.
July 4, 2013 |
The 76ers shouldn't have any chemistry issues in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The team released its summer league roster Tuesday. There are four pairs of former teammates among the 13 players on the squad. Guard Justin Holiday and power forward Arnett Moultrie both spent at least a portion of last season as Sixers rookies. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Sixers' first-round draft pick last Thursday, played at Syracuse with undrafted rookie forward James Southerland.