September 28, 2012 |
If he takes a right on Federal Street, another right on Route 130, and hops onto the Walt Whitman Bridge, Thomas Tapeh can travel from Woodrow Wilson High School to Lincoln Financial Field in 20 minutes, tops. But the former Eagles fullback has learned that high school football in Camden is worlds away from professional football in Philadelphia. "I had no idea," Tapeh said of the challenges of coaching in one of the nation's most economically depressed and dangerous cities. Not that Tapeh, 32, is complaining.
September 28, 2012 |
If he takes a right on Federal Street, another right on Route 130 and hops on the Walt Whitman Bridge, Thomas Tapeh can travel from Woodrow Wilson High School to Lincoln Financial Field in 20 minutes, tops. But the former Eagles fullback has learned that high school football in Camden is worlds away from professional football in Philadelphia. "I had no idea," Tapeh said of the challenges of coaching in one of the nation's most economically depressed and dangerous cities. Not that Tapeh, 32, is complaining.
March 15, 2008 |
The Eagles added a guy with a nice collection of jewelry yesterday. Dan Klecko has three Super Bowl rings, and coach Andy Reid hopes he gets a fourth one next season because the former Temple star is returning to Philadelphia as a member of the Eagles. Klecko, a 27-year-old free agent, agreed to a one-year deal with the team and will go to training camp trying to win the job as the starting fullback. The deal will become official Monday, after Klecko takes a physical. "This was the opportunity Dan was looking for," Paul Sheehy, Klecko's agent, said from his Colorado office.
November 12, 2007 |
The play is officially called "Fox 2 halfback right screen. " But Eagles receiver Greg Lewis knows its real name: "Just get the ball to Westbrook and watch him run. " Giving the ball to Brian Westbrook is the only way the Eagles win games, and it's how they came from behind for an improbable 33-25 win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field yesterday. Westbrook went 57 yards on a season-saving touchdown pass in which he wasn't touched by a soul wearing burgundy and gold.
October 22, 2007 |
Still in his grass-stained and sweat-soaked uniform nearly 30 minutes after the Eagles' galling 19-16 loss to Chicago yesterday, Brian Westbrook sat in his locker with Correll Buckhalter perched to his left and Thomas Tapeh in a chair to his right. The running backs were as befuddled as everybody else. "We were just basically talking about playing better and wondering how we lost that game," Buckhalter said a little later. The Eagles lost their fourth game of the season because, as was the case the previous week against the New York Jets, they could not convert a red-zone appearance into seven points.
October 15, 2007
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It goes without saying that this season didn't start out the way the Eagles or Reggie Brown had hoped. The team lost three of its first four games, and Brown wasn't much of a factor in those four games, catching eight passes for 81 yards. A guy who caught eight TD passes and averaged 17.7 yards per catch just a season ago, suddenly found himself being compared to some of the worst pass-catching dreck to ever put on an Eagles uniform. But in a game the Eagles absolutely, positively had to have yesterday, and on a critical third down they absolutely, positively had to convert, the oft-maligned third-year wideout came up big. Brown turned in his best performance of the season in the Eagles' 16-9 win over the Jets.
August 3, 2007
Crunch Time is a compilation of hits and a few misses from Eagles training camp: BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The perception among those watching is that the Eagles are running the ball more than usual in the early days of camp. In fact, the debate along the sideline among sweat-drenched reporters begging for a Lehigh breeze yesterday was over whether the Birds were running it more to help the offense establish the run or to help the defense gain confidence in stopping it. (The defense certainly seems to have had the upper hand so far, regardless of whether it's first-team offense against second-team defense, or what.
July 11, 2007 |
Francis "Bucko" Kilroy, 86, a Philadelphia native who became a six-time all-pro guard for the Eagles during a 13-season playing career in the 1940s and 50s, died yesterday. Mr. Kilroy, a graduate of North Catholic High, died in Stoughton, Mass., the New England Patriots said. During a 64-season NFL career, including 36 years with the Patriots, Mr. Kilroy also worked in player personnel and scouting for the Eagles, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. He was one of the founders of the NFL combine, and had been a scouting consultant for the Patriots the last 13 years.
July 10, 2007 |
The Eagles waived fullback Zach Tuiasosopo today. Tuiasosopo spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Washington product signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent in 2005. He split time between the Steelers and the Oakland Raiders' practice squad during the 2005 season. The Eagles are already deep with fullback prospects entering training camp, which opens with rookies and selected veterans reporting to training camp on July 27. The Eagles return starting fullback Thomas Tapeh.
April 25, 2007 |
The NFL draft is just three days away and, predictably, there's a segment of Eagles fans hoping, wishing and begging that their favorite team will use one of its picks to take that "big running back. " Forget the fact that the Eagles ranked a respectable 11th in the league in rushing yards despite having the sixth-fewest rushing attempts in the league last season. (Note to Andy Reid, just in case he forgets to run the football next season: The five teams that had fewer rushing attempts than the Eagles - Oakland, Cleveland, Miami, Detroit and Tampa Bay - were a combined 19-61)