August 21, 2013 |
Considering the test that life hurled at Romond Deloatch earlier this year, this was nothing. A week ago Sunday, Deloatch, one of 14 true freshmen to play for Temple last season, found out that his late arrival to a team meeting would be punished by being moved from tight end to defensive end. "At first I was mad about it," said the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder. "[Coach Matt Rhule] just handed me the defensive playbook and didn't say anything else. But I knew why he was doing it. I understand.
August 15, 2013 |
During the last two seasons, Jeff Maehl heard the questions in the Houston Texans locker room. It continued after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly in April. The intrigue from Eagles fans about whether Kelly can succeed in the NFL was not limited to this region or even those who watch NFL games on Sunday. It extended even to those who play in the league. "There are a lot of guys that are curious. 'Are they going to run it just like Oregon? Are they going to have the same tempo?' " said Maehl, a wide receiver who played for Kelly at Oregon.
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.
August 4, 2013 |
Chip Kelly insisted the Riley Cooper situation is a "life deal," not a "football deal. " But the Eagles head coach still runs a football team. So Cooper's indefinite absence from the team while receiving counseling for shouting a racial slur at a June concert leaves an undermanned wide receiver corps missing another important piece. The group that practiced Friday featured veterans DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant and a cast of seven players with few achievements and even fewer expectations for major contributions.
August 2, 2013 |
In trying to forecast Riley Cooper's future with the Eagles, two dynamics are in play. On the field and in the locker room. Having worked in the National Football League, in the Green Bay Packers' front office, and also as a consultant helping with contract negotiations for the Eagles, Andrew Brandt tends to take a clear-eyed look at NFL issues, including how Cooper's fate will play out. "You have to realize all players aren't created equal,"...
August 2, 2013 |
Despite several team leaders speaking out in support of Riley Cooper on Wednesday, there are many Eagles - the majority of them African American - that are having a difficult time accepting the wide receiver's apology for using a racial slur, according to team sources. And there was one prominent Eagle who questioned the punishment - Cooper was fined an undisclosed amount - handed down by owner Jeffrey Lurie and new coach Chip Kelly. "I'll tell you one thing, if it was Andy Reid, he would have gotten more than a fine," the player said on the condition of anonymity.
July 26, 2013 |
Matt Barkley sees the irony in Russell Shepard's catching his passes at Eagles practices. In 2009, they were the two top-ranked quarterbacks coming out of high school. Barkley topped the pro-style list, while Shepard headlined the ranks of dual threats. "It's funny the way things work out sometimes," Barkley said. Barkley's path to the Eagles after a standout career at Southern Cal could become folklore if he turns into a long-term starter. Shepard's path has been less heralded, which is consistent with his career at Louisiana State.
July 19, 2013 |
Jamal Custis has excelled in basketball and football at Neumann-Goretti. In college he could have the chance to play both. Southern Methodist has offered Custis scholarships in both sports, according to the 6-foot-6 swingman and his AAU basketball coach, Charles Martin. Custis is a wide receiver for the Saints' football team. He is weighing Division I offers from several schools and he is interested in playing both sports in college. He is playing in the Hoop Group Summer Classic East Tournament.
June 6, 2013 |
THIS WAS GOING to be a column about DeSean Jackson learning a new offense under coach Chip Kelly and maybe, just maybe, finding a way to unlock what can be a devastating skill set with a little more regularity. It still is going to be about that, too - after a short detour. Because here is the thing: I could not care less about the identity of Jackson's agent. When word broke the other day that he was firing Drew Rosenhaus and maybe signing on with Jay-Z, my only reaction was to click on the next story as soon as humanly possible.
June 5, 2013 |
THERE IS MORE to the Eagles' depth chart at wide receiver than DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. The current roster has 12 wide receivers, with each one thinking he can contribute in one way or another. Seven of them are at Eagles camp for the first time. "I think everybody is doing a really good job learning the offense and doing well, so I think we do," wide receiver Jason Avant said of whether the team has a surplus of valuable receivers. Arguably the most intriguing addition to the class is wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah.