August 19, 2008 |
He isn't sure how it started. Sometime during the insufferable training-camp workouts at Lehigh, rookie middle linebacker Joe Mays picked up a nickname. For a first-year player who hasn't yet made the team, that normally would be cause for concern. You would expect it to be something wholly unflattering - a verbal extension of the hazing rituals that neophytes endure each season. Omar Gaither started it, Mays said. "Someone picked up on Omar saying it, and it's stuck with me ever since," the 23-year-old said.
March 7, 2008 |
With Eagles fans awaiting another addition and anticipating the departure of cornerback Lito Sheppard, the team threw a curveball yesterday and released veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes. The move came as a mild surprise because defensive coordinator Jim Johnson had said late in the season that he wanted Spikes back in 2008. "Yes, we'd like to have Takeo back, no question about it," Johnson said then. "He wants to be back; he's a good player and he had a good year for us. " Those were Johnson's words three days before the Eagles played their final game of the season, against the Buffalo Bills.
October 15, 2008 |
The Eagles did not make any big deal before yesterday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, but they did make a transaction in an effort to improve their struggling special teams. That move cost running back Tony Hunt his job on the 53-man roster one week after he lost his job as the starting fullback. Hunt, a third-round pick out of Penn State last season, was released to make room for linebacker Tracy White, who had been released by the Green Bay Packers a week ago yesterday. White, a six-year veteran originally signed by Seattle in 2003 as an undrafted rookie out of Howard University, has contributed mostly on?special teams.
September 29, 2009 |
The Eagles' infatuation with Jeremiah Trotter continued yesterday when the team invited him in for a second workout at the NovaCare Complex. According to an ESPN report, Trotter was also given a physical and could be close to signing a contract, but a team spokesman said last night that coach Andy Reid was undecided on the matter. Attempts to reach Trotter last night were unsuccessful. Trotter also worked out for the Eagles Thursday, and Reid said the next day that the former Pro Bowl linebacker was moving well after not playing at all last season.
October 23, 2009 |
Brian Westbrook raised his hand yesterday and said he was ready for more work. "I think I can make some plays when I have the ball in my hands," Westbrook said before practice yesterday. "It's very hard to show people what you can do when you don't have the opportunities. I think as the season goes on, I will get those opportunities - and when I do, I think I will show people that I can still play. " He showed that Sunday against the Oakland Raiders when he ran six times for 50 yards and caught nine passes for 91 more.
August 5, 2009 |
Jeremy Maclin wasn't the only first-round pick to join the Eagles yesterday. The team made a flurry of roster moves, including the signing of defensive end Jason Babin, a former first-round pick by the Houston Texans. The Eagles also signed veteran middle linebacker Matt Wilhelm, who was recently released by the San Diego Chargers, creating more competition for Joe Mays and Omar Gaither. Both veterans received one-year deals. To make room for Maclin, Babin and Wilhelm, the Eagles released defensive tackle Jervonte Jackson, cornerback Courtney Robinson, and wide receiver Marcus Thigpen.
November 23, 2009 |
Eagles guard Stacy Andrews, one week after making just his second start of the season, was a healthy scratch against the Chicago Bears last night at Soldier Field. It was the first time this season that Andrews did not play, and it was an expensive decision: He's making $4.62 million this season when you add his $3 million signing bonus to his $1.62 million base salary. That means Andrews made $271,764 for a night off in the Windy City. Before last night, Andrews had been rotating at right guard with Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles, but offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg hinted during the practice week that the rotation system could be hurting the line's continuity.
June 5, 2009 |
He will swoop in, break up a pass, and flap his gums like a hummingbird. If Brian Dawkins was Wolverine, Asante Samuel has become the Eagles' Joker. The all-pro cornerback has been the most vocal player during this spring's minicamps, and even though he and his coach say it's nothing new, it's certainly more conspicuous now that Dawkins has taken his superhero act to Denver. "I'm not really a vocal guy," Samuel said yesterday. "I let my play speak for itself. What I do out here in practice is I chatter to make it a competitive environment.
July 31, 2009 |
The Philadelphia Eagles are giving families, youngsters, and fans their first chance to see the entire 2009 team at a preseason full-contact practice on Eagles Flight Night at 7 p.m. Sunday. The kid-friendly event at Lincoln Financial Field will raise funds in support of the team's nonprofit organization, Eagles Youth Partnership, which serves more than 50,000 low-income children in the Greater Philadelphia region every year with a focus on health and education programming. Families can enjoy a 15-minute fireworks show choreographed to music and Eagles highlights.
November 23, 2010 |
As the Eagles took sole possession of first place Sunday night, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott saw something that might last even longer than a Week 11 win: an identity for a group that began the year with many new faces. "The identity of the defense has taken shape, from a physical standpoint," McDermott said Monday. After starting the year giving up huge point totals and getting gashed by the run, the defense solidified and now specializes at creating its own big plays through turnovers.