September 5, 2012 |
An Eagles pep rally, scheduled to last till 2 p.m., took over Love Park late this morning, featuring players signing autographs, freebies, and a big slingshot that can launch Angry Birds. Perhaps 200 to 300 fans were on hand during the lunch hour, but by 1:15 rain returned, threatening to end the enthusiasm. Before the rain, cheerleaders and mascot Swoop were on hand, along with WIP (94 FM) hosts Ike Reese and Michael Barkann, who interviewed offensive tackle Todd Herremans, after his autographing stint was over.
August 25, 2012 |
The Eagles will become familiar with Cleveland Browns Stadium during the next two weeks. They play the Browns on Friday and again on Sept. 9 to begin the season. Because of the return trip, don't expect the Eagles to reveal much in the third preseason game. Still, there is reason to watch. Here are five story lines to observe: 1 Foles vs. starters. Nick Foles has been a virtuoso throughout the preseason, but the production mostly came against reserves. Even when Foles entered Monday's game after Michael Vick suffered a ribs injury, the Patriots fielded many backups.
August 21, 2012 |
FOXBORO, Mass. - The best that can be said about the game was that an X-ray of Michael Vick's injured ribs came back negative. But if two X-rays in two preseason games for the quarterback are going to be harbinger of things to come, the Eagles are in for a very long season. For a team that was looking for a solid effort from their starters - and the Eagles had every opportunity to do so playing against the Patriots' reserves - Monday night's 27-17 preseason victory at New England fell far short of expectations.
August 17, 2012
THE FIRST current player to filter into the NovaCare auditorium to pay tribute to Tra Thomas, as the Eagles' all-time games-played leader among offensive linemen officially retired, was Todd Herremans. These days Herremans is the right tackle, but for four seasons he played next to left tackle Thomas at left guard, after arriving as a fourth-round draftee from Saginaw Valley State. Herremans posed for photos with Thomas and former offensive line coach Juan Castillo, now the defensive coordinator.
August 5, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On one field, most of the Eagles practiced. About 150 yards away, at the far end zone of another field, nine Eagles rehabilitated injuries. The latter group ranged from Pro Bowlers such as Jason Babin to roster hopefuls such as Jamel Hamler. Coach Andy Reid suggested earlier in the day that the Eagles are amid the "dog days" of training camp. With more than 10 percent of the roster rehabbing and other players missing from practice, the work with strength and conditioning coaches served as evidence of Reid's claim.
June 11, 2012 |
For years, Joe Banner's unyielding negotiating style defined the Eagles' front office. But even before Banner resigned as team president Thursday, general manager Howie Roseman had brought a softer, more personal touch to making deals, according to players and agents. "He is a relationship guy," said agent Jerrold Colton, who represents former Eagles kicker David Akers. "That matters to him a lot. " Roseman, who had already taken over the Eagles' salary-cap management and contract talks, often speaks about finding ways to make deals work so that all sides feel satisfied.
May 25, 2012
WHEN JASON Kelce was named the Eagles' season-opening starting center over Jamaal Jackson last summer, there were more than a few players on the team who wondered whether that really was such a good idea. Kelce, a fifth-round pick out of the University of Cincinnati, was a cerebral player who picked up the Eagles' offense and blocking schemes last summer quicker than anybody had a right to expect, particularly considering that he didn't see a playbook until the day before the start of training camp thanks to the 4 1/2-month lockout.
May 24, 2012 |
Never have so many been so glad to see a bunch of professional football players running around in shorts. Organized Team Activities (OTAs or, as we called them before the NFL was completely bloated with self-importance, minicamps) have come to South Philadelphia. That is welcome news for two reasons: one, because it signifies the unofficial start of the 2012 season; and two, because it signifies the official end of all the lame excuses about how the lack of running-around-in-shorts time hurt the Eagles in 2011.
May 21, 2012
The dynamic may have shifted slightly, some tinkering may have been done, but the Eagles still conduct business as they always have. And yet, the narrative, after what unanimously has been declared a successful offseason, has been that the Eagles have significantly altered their philosophy or shaken up the front office after a disastrous 2011. Not true. They have made changes. However, they are micro adjustments that owner Jeffrey Lurie hopes will have a net macro result - the Eagles finally winning a Super Bowl.
May 19, 2012
HE STEPPED UP on the stage for his press conference, and gave his coach a playful pat on the back, and you could not have smacked the smile off LeSean McCoy's face if you had tried. On the day he got paid, signing a 5-year contract extension worth $45 million overall and $20.765 million guaranteed, the Eagles' elite running back admitted that his dominant emotion might just have been relief. "It feels good just to wake up tomorrow and go to work knowing that the deal is done and it's over with," McCoy said.