September 13, 2010 |
Stewart Bradley was back and then he was gone again. After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, the Eagles' playmaking middle linebacker returned to the field yesterday, helping his unit put the clamps on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' lethal offense. With Bradley again stalking the middle, the Eagles held the Packers to 54 yards on their first 23 offensive plays. Held them to six first downs and just three points on their first four possessions. And then, with a little more than 5 minutes left in second quarter of a 3-3 game, Bradley collided with teammate Ernie Sims as the two were converging on Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings.
May 26, 2010 |
It happens fast in the NFL. One year you're a rookie. The next year you finally get a chance to play. By the third year you're playing for your professional life. That timeline essentially sums up Joe Mays' career to this point. Of course, the Eagles linebacker hasn't made it to Year Three just yet. "They say that the average life span of an NFL player is three years," Mays said Tuesday. (It's actually 3.5 years, according to the league's players association.) "I'm going into my third year.
May 4, 2010 |
D.J. is not T.O. - at least not yet. Despite playing with a contract that pays less than the going rate for Pro Bowl wide receivers, DeSean Jackson said Monday that he would "patiently wait" for a new deal. "I'm not going to panic," Jackson said at Franklin Field, where he and teammates Brent Celek and Stewart Bradley were on hand ?for the unveiling of plans to honor the 50th anniversary of the 1960 championship team.?"I'm not going to sit here and be a crybaby about it. I definitely know what I'm worth.
May 26, 2007 |
The Eagles continued their rookie-signing spree yesterday when they agreed to terms with fifth-round draft pick C.J. Gaddis on a four-year deal. Gaddis, a safety from Clemson, became the third Eagles rookie to sign in two days, joining linebacker Stewart Bradley and running back Tony Hunt, both third-round picks. The Eagles still have five unsigned rookies, including second-round picks Kevin Kolb and Victor Abiamiri. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but rookies taken where Gaddis was selected generally get signing bonuses of about $150,000, with the total four-year deal worth around $1.5 million.
September 8, 2008 |
After Darren Howard and Mike Patterson met in the St. Louis Rams' backfield to make a sandwich out of quarterback Marc Bulger on the Eagles' first defensive series, Howard leaped off the ground and patted his heart, a gesture he learned by watching Fred Sanford on Sanford and Son reruns. "I like those golden-oldie TV shows," Howard said after the Eagles ripped St. Louis, 38-3. Howard and Patterson were given a half-sack each on a day in which the Eagles had four sacks, along with four hurries, in a dominating performance by the defense, which rarely gave Bulger time to breathe, let alone throw the ball.
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.