September 25, 2015 |
AFTER SPENDING 11 years in the league as an offensive lineman and another two-plus decades breaking down miles and miles and miles of film for his TV jobs as a college and NFL analyst, Brian Baldinger is a pretty good judge of offensive line flesh. He can tell a good one and he can tell a bad one. Even with the offseason releases of veteran guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, he felt fairly confident that the Eagles had a good one. So, he is as surprised as anyone by the Keystone Kops routine he's seen the last two weeks.
September 15, 2015 |
While Steve Devlin has an intense and demanding coaching style, defensive end Mack Schwartz says Archbishop Wood's ninth-year boss finds a healthy balance when it comes to relating to his players. "He can be pretty tough on you when he sees a mistake, but he'll also joke with you," the senior said. "And he's really good at sensing when a player needs positive reinforcement instead of criticism. " On Saturday night, with Schwartz registering seven tackles, Devlin notched his 100th career victory as the host Vikings downed Simon Gratz, 44-30, in a nonleague matchup at William Tennent.
September 9, 2015 |
Coach Chip Kelly calls tight end Brent Celek the "epitome of a Philadelphia Eagle. " Celek, a blue-collar player who has been with the Eagles longer that every player except long snapper Jon Dorenbos, says he has been indirectly pushed by his grandfather, Ed Celek, who is a retired business manager and supervisor of buildings and grounds for schools in Fremont, Ohio. Ed Celek went to Notre Dame to play football, "but his mom died and he had to go home and take care of his family, so he really never got to live out the football dream," Brent Celek said after a practice last week.
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)
September 4, 2015 |
It's that time of year again. While sportswriters and fans make a game of predicting the Eagles' 53-man roster, some players will have their lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL spoiled by the time the cutdown deadline rolls around Saturday at 4 p.m. Chip Kelly, given complete control of personnel this offseason, assembled a roster that is deep at running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive line and inside linebacker. But there are still areas of concern like the offensive line, outside linebacker and the secondary, and that is where the Eagles coach may have to make some of his most difficult 53-man decisions.
September 3, 2015 |
When he addressed the media at the start of Penn State's training camp last month, James Franklin sounded enthusiastic about having tight end Adam Breneman back after he sat out a year because of a knee injury. "He was in a much better place right now," Franklin said of the former No. 1 high school tight end. "I think in the long run it's probably going to be a positive for him and a positive for our program. " The Nittany Lions' regular-season opener against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field is three days away, but the prognosis on Breneman, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore, is anything but positive.
September 3, 2015 |
When the Eagles released James Casey, who served as a third tight end in addition to special-teams duties in 2014, Trey Burton knew there was a chance for him to seize that role - if he could, and if it still existed. Neither of those things was guaranteed. "This season was a little different mind-set for me," said Burton, who was a rookie last season and became a dependable, if unsung, special-teams performer. "It's all about not feeling complacent. I definitely want to make an impact on this team both offensively and special teams-wise.
September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY - As an undrafted rookie last year, Trey Burton showed he could be indispensable on special teams, both blocking a punt that was recovered for a touchdown and recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown. This year, Burton wants to prove he can be an important asset at tight end. He took a step in that direction Saturday night at Lambeau Field, notching a pair of touchdown passes among his four catches for 21 yards. "With one hand!" quarterback Mark Sanchez said, when asked about Burton's second scoring grab, on which he was far down the progressions, but found an opening in the end zone, over the middle.
August 28, 2015 |
Martellus Bennett, Bears: Led all tight ends with 128 targets and 90 catches. Bears new offensive coordinator Adam Gase comes from Denver where Julius Thomas emerged as a star. Jordan Cameron, Dolphins: Two years removed from an 80-catch, seven-touchdown season. He's healthy after missing six games last year with concussion symptoms. Owen Daniels, Broncos: Ask Julius Thomas (24 TDs last two years) how much fun it is to have Peyton Manning as your quarterback. No such thing as a handcuff for tight ends, but keep an eye on backup Virgil Green.
August 16, 2015 |
WITH ZACH ERTZ sidelined for the entire preseason with a "core muscle" injury that required surgery, the Eagles are left for the remainder of training camp with two healthy returning tight ends, in ninth-year veteran Brent Celek and second-year Florida product Trey Burton. Also in the equation is a trio of undrafted rookies: Eric Tomlinson, Andrew Gleichert and Justin Tukes, who will compete for the fourth-string tight end job. "We have three guys in Celek, Ertz, and Trey that we feel really confident in, but we're really trying to figure out who that fourth guy is," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who revealed Ertz' situation yesterday.