September 7, 2016 |
THEY GOT the news in different ways. Zach Ertz got an 8 a.m. call from Sam Bradford. Rodney McLeod was watching the college football pregame show when the crawl across the bottom of the screen informed him that his team's starting quarterback had been traded. Bryan Braman saw it on Twitter. Wentz himself, memorably, told reporters Monday he'd been lying "in a cornfield . . . somewhere in Jersey," early Saturday morning, hunting geese, when Eagles coach Doug Pederson called to tell him Bradford had been traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
September 7, 2016 |
Unless the Eagles reacquire either Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez - circumstances that seem considerably unlikely at the moment - not a single pass will be attempted for the Eagles this season by a quarterback who was on the roster the previous year. At least in the history of this franchise, where one season holds hands with the next in a line of quarterback succession that was not always orderly but was at least discernible, this is a seismic departure from how things operate. The only other time it happened in the team's 84-year history was 1943 when the Eagles combined with Pittsburgh to form the war-year Steagles.
September 5, 2016 |
For months, the Eagles said they would keep Carson Wentz bubbled-wrapped as their third-string quarterback. He would develop behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, not dress on Sundays and gradually make the transition from Division I-AA college football to the NFL. But Christmas came early on Saturday. By trading Sam Bradford to the Vikings the Eagles ripped open the wrapping on their prized rookie and in the process tore up their initial plan for his education. What changed?
December 23, 2015 |
Seattle clinched a playoff spot on Sunday, while Carolina continued its unlikely march toward perfection. Along the way, their quarterbacks are carrying countless fantasy teams to the promised land by playing at a consistently - even ridiculously - high level. In my leagues, three-fourths of the teams that advanced to this weekend's championship games are led by either Newton or Wilson. I suspect those two are common denominators in the vast majority of fantasy leagues, along with Antonio Brown and two receivers who are rapidly shedding the "underachiever" label that has followed them throughout their careers: Doug Baldwin and Ted Ginn.
November 21, 2015 |
Could a potential Eagles quarterback of the future be playing in their own stadium this weekend? No doubt when Memphis (8-2 overall, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) visits Temple (8-2, 5-1) on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, Paxton Lynch will be a featured attraction among NFL scouts. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Lynch has generated plenty of NFL buzz. "He has become a first-round quarterback," Temple coach Matt Rhule said. "We have seen Teddy Bridgewater, [Blake] Bortles, and he is the next one. " Temple played against Bridgewater at Louisville.
October 4, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 4 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals vs. Chiefs. You have to be impressed by the way Dalton and his receiving corps dismantled the Ravens pass defense in Week 3. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have given up 10 passing TDs already. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders at Bears. Carr has been en fuego over the last two weeks, teaming up with rookie Amari Cooper as one of the most prolific young duos in the league.
July 23, 2015 |
It all started with thousands of quarterbacks at Nike combines around the country, playing for a chance to be in the Elite 11 quarterback competition. Those thousands became 30 in June. The 30 were then whittled to the 18 quarterbacks who made the trip to Nike's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. And when a week of competition produced the Elite 11 last Friday, two Philadelphia-area quarterbacks stood among the nation's best. "I think that everyone looks at the meccas of high school football being Texas, Florida, or California," said Archbishop Wood's Anthony Russo, who was joined in the Elite 11 by Council Rock North's Brandon McIlwain.
February 11, 2015 |
YEAH, I KNOW pre-Valentine's Day mock drafts are pretty absurd. We haven't even had the combine or the Pro Day workouts. But hey, wouldn't you rather read who the Eagles might take at No. 20, even if it's an absolute blind guess? So, let's hit it from the top: 1. TAMPA BAY Jameis Winston, QB Florida State 6-5, 235 Risky pick because of his off-the-field issues, but he's the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. 2. TENNESSEE Marcus Mariota, QB Oregon 6-4, 211 Forget all of the nonsense about Mariota falling out of the top 5 because he didn't play in a pro-style offense.
September 24, 2014 |
If the theme of Week 2 was the wicked sting of the injury bug, this weekend may go down as the dawn of the Class of 2014. Injury and ineptitude led to a changing of the guard at quarterback in Minnesota and Jacksonville, respectively. Much like Derek Carr in Oakland, both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles have stepped into less-than-desirable offensive situations and cannot be expected to prosper in the short term. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, a certain uber-hyped freshman QB still awaits his turn, perhaps because his achingly short "highlight" reel features as many yellow flags as red ones.
May 13, 2014 |
Marcus Smith was a 6-foot-3, 210-pound high school quarterback when he attended Florida's football camp. He intrigued Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong - but not because of his arm. "I knew he wasn't a quarterback," said Strong, the current Texas coach who coached Smith at Louisville, "but I knew he was something. " That something was a Louisville pass rusher, and eventually an Eagles first-round pick. This is the second straight year that the Eagles drafted a converted quarterback: 2013 first-round pick Lane Johnson also started his college career as a quarterback before finishing as an offensive tackle.