June 17, 2014 |
ONCE THE SEVENTH and final round of the NFL draft concludes each spring, it's typically interesting to learn which undrafted free agents the Eagles are bringing in for training camp. There's usually a good story or two among them, perhaps a kicker with a unique nickname or a former star running back who overcame extreme medical odds to earn a pro contract. But of the 15 undrafted rookies the Eagles signed after last month's draft, there is perhaps none a more intriguing prospect in Chip Kelly's system than Trey Burton, the multifaceted tight end from the University of Florida.
April 27, 2013
Day 1 LANE JOHNSON First round, fourth overall Position: Tackle College: Oklahoma Size: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds Hometown: Groveton, Texas Skinny: A former high school and junior college quarterback, Johnson moved to tackle only two years ago. He played both left and right tackle for the Sooners and said he is comfortable on either side. But he is likely to be the starter at right tackle. He started at tackle his final two college games then rose up the draft chart after the Senior Bowl and the combine.
September 29, 2014 |
Zach Ertz was not given a choice of where to attend college. It did not matter whether Stanford was less than one hour away from his home in Alamo, Calif., or nearly 3,000 miles away in Philadelphia. Lisa Ertz wanted her son at Stanford if he could gain admittance. It was a residual benefit that Stanford was a short drive from Alamo. Lisa went to every game, and Ertz remained in close contact with his three younger brothers. A child of divorce, Ertz said he assumed some fatherly responsibilities for the boys while in high school.
January 19, 1987 |
In the end, the University of Pittsburgh won out. After visiting the school Jan. 10 and 11, West Chester East football star Eric Seaman made a verbal commitment to attend. Under college rules, he is allowed to sign a letter of intent after Feb. 11. Seaman, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end and defensive end for the Vikings, was named to The Inquirer's all-area team for the season. Although he had visited Notre Dame and was scheduled to visit Syracuse and Rutgers, Seaman said that the minute he stepped on Pitt's campus, he knew it would be his choice.
August 14, 2013 |
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
September 18, 1988 |
Haddon Township football coach Bill Hoover hopes his team will turn the corner to respectability this season. After finishing with a 3-5-1 record last season in the Colonial Conference - Haddon Township's fifth straight year without a winning season - Hoover is looking for his Hawks to reach the .500 level this season. Haddon Township had six straight winning seasons between 1977 and 1982. But only a 4-4-1 record in 1986 has relieved the string of losing seasons in recent years.
September 7, 2014 |
The draft had just ended, and Trey Burton was fielding calls like most of the rookies who just missed out on being selected. He knew the Eagles were interested. The feeling was mutual. But the post-draft scramble for undrafted rookies is a free-for-all, and while Burton's multiposition four years at Florida might have lowered his draft stock, it would certainly make him an appealing addition to any training camp. The Eagles had more in mind than just a camp body, though, and Burton envisioned as much, because of his familiarity with Chip Kelly's offense.
November 11, 1991 |
Mike Graff, movie critic for the Springfield football team, liked what he saw during film sessions leading up to Friday night's game at Marple Newtown. "We saw that their defense was very aggressive," Graff said. "On every little fake, they came flying up. " Graff flew by Marple's defenders Friday night whenever the Cougars ran play-action. The Springfield tight end caught 6 passes from Brian Romesburg for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Cougars walloped the host Tigers, 49-13.
January 18, 1988 |
It was a few days before Christmas when Scott Donald decided that Villanova University held the keys to his future. The only problem was that the 6-foot, 7-inch, 230-pound tight end from Sun Valley could not sign a national letter of intent indicating his desire to accept the scholarship Villanova offered him until the official NCAA signing date of Feb. 10. That is the first day on which potential recruits are allowed to sign the letter of...
September 1, 2013 |
CLAY HARBOR will have no regrets if he is told he didn't make the Eagles. The 26-year-old tight end/wide receiver thinks he's done everything humanly possible to prove he belongs on the team. He's built a solid resumé, playing 34 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps the last two seasons and catching a career-high 25 passes in 2012. He's trained hard and has studied harder. He's put in hours upon hours of extra time on the JUGS machine after practice, has watched God knows how many hours of extra video, and didn't hesitate for a second 2 weeks ago when Chip Kelly asked him to move outside and learn the wide receiver position.