June 19, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY'S Church of Sports Scientology came into Brent Celek's life just in the nick of time. The tight end was 28 going on 60 when Kelly replaced Andy Reid as the Eagles' head coach two years ago. Six seasons of playing pro football the only way he knows how - pedal to the metal, with no regard for his physical well-being - had taken its toll on his body. "I probably wouldn't be here if not for the type of stuff we do now," he said. "I was starting to break down a little bit and I needed to take care of my body a little bit better.
April 30, 2015 |
During Chip Kelly's first spring with the Eagles, he practiced a wide receiver at defensive back and a tight end at linebacker. He drafted an offensive lineman who converted from quarterback and defensive lineman. He signed a linebacker who played tight end in college and a tight end who played quarterback in college. In two years with the Eagles, Kelly's made clear the value he places on versatility. The Eagles are scheduled to pick eight times during the NFL draft from Thursday to Saturday, and when they're on the clock they will consider what else a player can do besides his listed position.
April 9, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As Adam Breneman prepares for the 2015 season, he has a renewed sense of motivation. Last season, the Nittany Lions tight end was sidelined by a knee injury, which forced him to refocus his life. "I learned how to live with myself without football for a while," Breneman said Tuesday as Penn State continued spring practice ahead of its April 18 Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. "I learned about myself outside of football and that was kind of neat, even though I always wanted to be playing.
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.
February 21, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles released tight end James Casey on Thursday, an expected move that saves the team $4 million in salary-cap space. Casey was a core special-teams player with limited offensive production. He caught only six passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns during his two seasons in Philadelphia. "I was fired by the Eagles today," Casey wrote on Twitter. "Thank you to the entire organization, my teammates, coaches, and all the fans for 2 great years. " Casey's role was not what he expected when he signed a three-year, $12 million contract at the start of free agency in March 2013.
December 28, 2014 |
All Southeastern Pennslyvania Defense Pos. Player School Yr. Ht. Wt. L Ryan Buchholz Great Valley Sr. 6-5 235 As a two-way force, the Penn State recruit led the Patriots to a 12-2 record and the District 1 Class AAA title. L Shareef Miller Washington Sr. 6-4 235 A hard-charging end, Miller has scholarship offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Temple, among others.
October 31, 2014 |
IN THE FALL OF 2008, Chris Maragos and J.J. Watt were walk-ons at the University of Wisconsin, Watt having transferred back to his home state after not getting much playing time as a freshman tight end at Central Michigan, Maragos having left Western Michigan in search of a bigger stage. Watt - shifted to defense and still growing into his 6-5, 289-pound frame - sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but a few practices taught Maragos a lot about the man who remains his friend and offseason workout companion.
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.
September 21, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The perception is that Penn State's tight ends have taken a step back in their offensive roles under James Franklin, but the numbers say different. Jesse James, Kyle Carter and true freshman Mike Gesicki have combined for 18 receptions in the Nittany Lions' first three games, with James (10 catches) accounting for both touchdowns from the position. Previous Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was known for his imagination in utilizing his tight ends, who caught 83 passes in his first season, 2012.
September 19, 2014 |
Position-by-position grades for the Eagles after their 30-27 win over the Colts on Monday, spotlighting one player at each spot. OFFENSE: B Quarterback: C+ Nick Foles had an OK outing Monday and, most important, came home with a win. There were missed receivers again, but he cut down on the turnovers and made some nice throws and reads. His numbers were slightly skewed by the large amount of successful screen passes. Foles hit Zach Ertz for 27 yards on the first drive.