August 12, 2007 |
Training camp musings written on the back of an astronomical Peco bill. Plaxico Burress does not fear the Philly fan. In fact, he loves playing at Lincoln Financial Field. "I love Philly. They just don't like me," Burress said recently at Giants training camp in Albany, N.Y. "They say everything. When you've got 75,000 people telling you you [stink], you must be pretty good. You must be doing something right. " Burress has thrived playing at the Linc. He helped beat the Eagles in Week 2 last season when he caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in overtime with Sheldon Brown trying to defend him. He nearly did it again in the playoffs, with two touchdown receptions, including one in the fourth quarter that tied the game.
July 26, 2007 |
Moments after extricating his 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame from the stock car's cockpit, Sav Rocca walked sheepishly toward the board toting the speeds posted during yesterday's exhibition runs at Dover International Speedway. Rocca is no oversize would-be NASCAR driver, but rather a burly Australian-rules football star who hopes to turn coaches' heads when he joins fellow rookies and free agents for the opening of the Eagles' training camp tomorrow at Lehigh University. By topping the charts with a run at 119.72 m.p.h.
June 17, 2007 |
After one more week of working out at the NovaCare Complex, A.J. Feeley will head to his home in Southern California to surf the waves in Delmar. Sheldon Brown will pack his family into their new 41-foot Newmar All-Star RV and drive down to South Carolina. Lito Sheppard will go back to the Bahamas, then hit Florida for his mother-in-law's 50th birthday and a family reunion. And after an off-season spent here rehabilitating his surgically repaired right knee - which sports a lovely eight-inch vertical scar - Donovan McNabb will go to Arizona.
June 14, 2007 |
Sean Considine realized after last season that trying to break into the NFL as a starting safety is more than just learning the playbook and coming up with interceptions and big hits. It's also about things as simple as eating. Considine gained a starting job with the Eagles in his first full NFL season, but he also lost at least 10 pounds. He started the last 10 games last season, taking the spot of Pro Bowler Michael Lewis, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers. Considine was placed on injured reserve after suffering a dislocated shoulder in his sixth game as a rookie in 2005.
April 29, 2007 |
As expected, the Eagles took a defensive back with their first pick. Oh, sure, it was the second day and the fifth round of the NFL draft today, so the name recognition and excitement wasn't quite the same as it would have been if they had used the 26th overall selection of the first round to take a defensive back on Saturday. Nevertheless, Clemson's C.J. Gaddis was overcome with emotion when he got that phone call telling him that the Eagles had used the 159th pick of the draft to select him. He even cried.
April 23, 2007 |
It has been a long time since the Eagles took a linebacker in the first round of the NFL draft, but not nearly as long as it has been since they used a first-round selection on a safety. The last linebacker to join the Eagles as a first-round pick was Jerry Robinson in 1979. The next safety to join the Eagles as a first-round pick will be the first. That's right. The Eagles have never used a first-round pick to select a safety, but that could change Saturday when the team is scheduled to make the 26th overall pick of the first round.
April 4, 2007 |
The Eagles may not be finished with the free-agent portion of their off-season, and once again they could be looking for a former member of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts to help them. Strong safety Mike Doss, a second-round draft pick by the Colts in 2003, is scheduled to visit the Eagles today after spending yesterday with the Minnesota Vikings. Doss, 26, was limited to six games last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he suffered Oct. 22 in a game against Washington.
January 16, 2007 |
You can continue the fourth-and-15 debate if you'd like. Coach Andy Reid's decision to punt when faced with that situation on the Eagles' final offensive series Saturday night certainly had an impact on the outcome of his team's difficult-to-digest 27-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. Reid went on the record twice as saying he'd do things differently, given the benefit of hindsight. To focus just on that decision, however, would be an injustice to all the things that happened to influence the outcome of what was a wildly entertaining game.
January 7, 2007 |
For a team that played in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season, the Eagles will enter this postseason with a large number of starters who are as green as the team's uniforms - at least as far as playoff experience is concerned. When the Eagles (10-6) host the New York Giants (8-8) in today's wild-card game at Lincoln Financial Field, 10 of their 22 starters will be making their first postseason appearance. That is a high number for a team that has qualified for the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons.
December 7, 2006 |
Quarterback Jason Campbell spent a year and a half doing little more than sitting and learning after the Washington Redskins made him a first-round pick in the 2005 draft. The former Auburn star had not played a down until he was handed the Redskins' starting job after a 27-3 loss to the Eagles on Nov. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field. The next week, in a 20-17 loss to Tampa Bay, Campbell made his NFL debut. On Sunday, Campbell, 24, will make his fourth NFL start when the Redskins host the Eagles in an NFC East matchup at 1 p.m. at FedEx Field.