July 30, 2011 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Evan Rodriguez openly admits that he wasn't anywhere near the tight end he should have been. He used words such as lazy and immature to describe his first three years at Temple. "It was just basically partying and living the college life," the 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior said. "Once I got older, I matured and started to settle down and realized what's important. I put my priorities straight, and now I'm coming along. " As a result, the North Bergen, N.J., resident is one of 34 players named to the John Mackey Award watch list.
July 24, 2013 |
When all the Eagles have reported to camp and the first full-team practice takes place on Friday, seven tight ends will be trying to find some room on Chip Kelly's first NFL roster. Who knows? Maybe they all will. Not likely, but no position on offense will gain more importance in the Andy Reid-to-Kelly shift than tight end. With the Eagles, the tight end role is going to be transformed from a somewhat necessary afterthought to the most versatile cog of an offense that will be built on versatility.
March 6, 2015 |
GIANTS TIGHT end Larry Donnell was among 149 passengers on a Delta flight that skidded off the runway yesterday while landing at New York's snowy LaGuardia Airport. The plane came thisclose to going into Flushing Bay. After deboarding, he took a photo of the plane and supplied the following caption in a post on Instagram: "Look at this [crap]! Knew I shoulda stayed my [butt] at home. " No one was injured, and later, Donnell released a more composed statement: "I'm blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport today.
June 6, 2012 |
Two years removed from college, Clay Harbor is back in class. The tight end is participating in his first full professional offseason this spring - he was drafted in 2010 and waited through the NFL lockout last year. The extra time with the coaches, he said, means a higher football education, and better results in the fall. In particular, Harbor wants to be a smarter blocker and a more fluid route runner. A couple of tweaks, along with extra two-tight-end packages, might pull him off the sidelines more often this season.
July 8, 2011 |
BALTIMORE - John Mackey, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits for retired players and struggled with dementia, has died at age 69. Mr. Mackey's wife notified the team about her husband's death, Baltimore Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said Thursday. No official cause was given. Mr. Mackey played for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to '71. He helped the team beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl by catching a pass from Johnny Unitas after it deflected off two other players for a 75-yard touchdown.
November 19, 2011 |
Pennsauken rings up style points along with traditional ones on the scoreboard. Take Saturday's 52-23 victory over Triton in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 4 football tournament. In addition to setting a season high for points, the Indians entertained another big crowd at Vince McAneney Stadium with another thrill show by Manny Cortez, Amar Williams, and Anthony Sweet. Still, the top seed in South Jersey's largest group and the No. 4 team in The Inquirer Top 10 has substance as well as sizzle, and grit as well as glitter.
April 20, 2013 |
In February, Cody Booth was still a tight end trying to piece together his thoughts about Temple's disheartening 2012 season. When the Owls (4-7 last season) take the field at 1 p.m. Saturday for the Cherry and White game at Edberg-Olson Hall, fans will see him as something else entirely. A left tackle. With a new system, one that will utilize the passing game, one might have assumed that Booth would be gearing up for a standout season at tight end. The Millersville native caught 17 passes for 137 yards and four touchdowns last season.
May 28, 1999 |
University of Wisconsin tight end John Sigmund is no different than most college athletes. He craves the spotlight, dreams of the day he will be in it and works extremely hard to ensure it will come. It's the patience the 20-year-old Washington Township resident exudes in his progress that stands out, even more so than his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame. Sigmund was a highly touted, pass-rushing defensive lineman/split end when he played football for Camden Catholic. A host of Division I schools showed interest in the then-215 pounder.
April 17, 2012 |
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone has signed a grant-in-aid form to complete his transfer to Kansas, where he will be reunited with former coach Charlie Weis. Ragone, who was a star at Camden Catholic and a top recruit, has completed his undergraduate degree and will be eligible to play for the Jayhawks immediately. He joins quarterback Dayne Crist and linebacker Anthony McDonald as former Irish players who will finish their college careers in Lawrence. Weis recruited all three players to Notre Dame while he was the head coach in South Bend.
September 5, 2015 |
Before Mike Gesicki could make a case to be the starting tight end for Penn State, he had to pick up a few essentials needed to play the position. Like figuring out how to get into a three-point stance and learning how to block. He did little of the former, and hardly any of the latter, during his record-setting career as a wide receiver at Southern Regional High School in Ocean County, N.J. But he studied the fundamentals, worked hard, put in a good 13-game freshman apprenticeship (one start)